Boomtown's Scores

  • Games
For 1,003 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Halo 2
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1,003 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is extremely effective in terms of its new cover system and leaner, more focused action. The lore and mythology is involving and the story pulls you into the universe. The voice acting, soundtrack and graphical fidelity are the icing on the cake.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here we have a game that is intelligent and uncompromising yet wonderfully easy to get involved with and enjoy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s always a hesitation in giving something 10 since you are essentially saying that it’s perfect but as things stand now that’s exactly what World of Warcraft deserves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A single player game that keeps on giving, is as good as if not better than Grand Theft Auto IV and is as beautiful as a Hollywood epic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After creating this masterpiece, Bethesda has a mighty task creating something just as good. I can’t recommend Broken Steel highly enough. If you have Fallout 3, you need Broken Steel to go with it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo 2 online is not total perfection, but it's miles better than anything out there right now, by a long long way... It's a genuine milestone in online console gaming. [Multiplayer Review]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some might say that Valve is crazy, putting all these gems in one box. But in doing so it has provided a clear statement of its place among the top ranks, offering value for money as well as truly superb gameplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I have never played anything so momentous or revolutionary as Heavy Rain. In the coming years I expect the game's influence to be felt throughout the industry in terms of gameplay, storytelling and interactivity. This is a game that deserves all the plaudits it can get. So please go out and buy Heavy Rain and reward those that have made such a groundbreaking videogame event.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game designed to excel in all areas with one goal ' making the player feel at the centre of the action and in control. The level of interaction with the world is breathtaking and heightens the sense of danger and the rewards for success.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As good as if not better than Grand Theft Auto IV and is as beautiful as a Hollywood epic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Xbox 360 owners can be assured that this is one of the finest, if not the finest, releases for the console so far. It is a celebration of the car, but even more a celebration of the joy to be had in driving.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a superb adventure, a deep gameplay experience, action packed and stuffed full of amazing vistas, If you own an Xbox 360 you have to buy this game. It's every bit the the smart, sexy, thrilling, moving, funny, tense game we hoped it would be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is less a videogame and more a life in and of itself. The longer I’m away from it the more I come to appreciate it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 1 was innovation. Rock Band 2 is perfection. Buy it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a fantastic selection of memorable catchy tunes moulded together with a simple easy to learn and addictive gameplay, Lumines is the perfect game for a handheld whether you have just ten minutes or a long two hours to kill.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The historical period is beautifully realised, and the included onscreen encyclopaedia is great reading. If you have an interest in this period, pirates, the age of sail - you'll find lots to enjoy, especially if you're a fan of the works of Patrick O'Brian or Alexander Kent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The much vaunted Gotham TV is fun, but more welcome is being able to save your replays when playing with friends rather than watching strangers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Certainly not perfect, but it provides an unrivalled single player experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve been searching for a strategy game that really puts you in the line of fire and in which you always feel the consequences of your actions, look no further than this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only one thing stops us from awarding top honours to this game: the lack of a co-op mode, which would have been an obvious inclusion.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new addiction revenge part is doing that job perfectly, though, and if you like arcade racing games, Burnout: Revenge is the best you can get for the 360. Criterion has done it once again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sid Meier and his crew have managed to update one of the major classics of gaming so that it is now a worthy example of the fact that good gameplay never goes out of fashion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 is phenomenal fun and brings new meaning to the term open world. It has surpassed my expectations and without a doubt Ubisoft Montreal have taken an uncut diamond and worked it into a nearly flawless gem.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warhead was great fun and even the ending is better, and certainly less annoying than that of Crysis, but I did find it slightly too easy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic achievement for a first gen PSP title, it is immensely playable and arguably the best Ridge Racer on any console or hand-held to date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Casting morality aside for one moment, GTA: SA is a glorious thrilling ride of delinquency. It offers just enough freedom, and more than enough violence, to make for a truly epic game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The words stunning, engrossing and addicting just don't do this game justice, and if it wasn't for my belief that no game will ever be truly perfect (as well as the vehicular silliness and the occasionally suicidal squad antics), the score you see below would have crept into double figures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank fans didn’t want this to be remarkably different; they wanted something recognisable that sent the series off with a bang. And it does just that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tracks do a good job of combining a load of remarkably great songs with the simple fact that they were released in the same decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To be honest this is pretty much a no brainer if you like Wii Sports, and that's most people really, the selection of sports is nice and varied, as are the methods of playing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s enormous fun if you’re a fan and atmospheric in a way very different from "Doom 3" - a horror of another kind. Although slightly shorter than before, the end is just as dramatic and intense as Stalingrad, and is perhaps a campaign with better flow overall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For an action adventure it's the almost the complete package; great graphic design, attention to detail, excellent controls and camera and well thought out levels and encounters.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The key to God of War III's success, though - continuing on from that of its predecessors - is how finely balanced it is. So expertly administered are its parts that the repetition one would expect never emerges.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best game in the series so far and well worth adding to your collection. If you are new to the series however, I would recommend starting with an earlier iteration, simply because the learning curve is quite unforgiving for an absolute newcomer.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game concludes with a satisfying outcome, but really doesn’t make much of a big deal of your course through the game and final decisions on what to do, and unless you’ve got a save before the unexpected point of no return, you’ll have to start again to explore more of the world. Of course that’s the beauty of the game. You’ll want to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best recommendation I can give is to tell you that the CD hasn’t been out of my drive since I bought the game before Christmas. I simply love this game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    San Andreas' greatest success is that it gives us more space for our imaginations than most other games do, and ties together the edges neatly with a well-crafted story and missions, adding up to a whole that few games can compare to.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo has good effort to make a multiplayer platform game here, but it just doesn't feel quite right, it's not bad but if you think of it as nothing more than a tacked on extra to a single player game then that's about right. But as a traditional 2D platform game it's the business.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Niko's adventures were drab and often lacked thrills, The Ballad of Gay Tony is a return to classic over the top Grand Theft Auto destruction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless boxing disgusts you, you do have to own this, and I’ll take anyone on in the ring if despite the single player frustrations (if anyone suggests turning down the difficulty I’ll slug them) they can’t see the beauty and polish that has gone into the gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s possibly the most mainstream Hitman yet but it’s also the most accessible and dare I say it the most fun. It’s certainly the most accomplished.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a dark and sombre atmosphere, multi-layered, fluid and ferocious combat and deeply engaging stealth, Batman: Arkham Asylum is the game Batman fans have been waiting for, and more. It's simply a fantastically told, superbly acted and brilliantly realised action adventure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm genuinely struggling to overcome just how amazing WOP really is. To cram top-notch graphics, an enviably smooth control system, a soundtrack that would stand alone as a CD release and raw, unadulterated fun into a handheld game is beyond my comprehension.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without doubt the ultimate release in the Unreal series. Smooth gameplay, great graphics, and mountains of content. Epic has released a game that may well be able to dominate the online gaming scene for the next couple of years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With around 50 hours (if you play both sides) of immersive RPGing and several different possible conclusions for both Dark and Light side players, you're getting good value for money. Just try not to sweat the ending too much.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It certainly feels like a complete segment, in that the ending is satisfying, interesting and leading towards the next episode.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bioshock is a real triumph, a wonderful story told in a beautiful world gone terribly wrong. Xbox 360 owners may balk at a game that doesn't feature multiplayer action but this really shouldn't put you off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, EA has genuinely raised the bar in the world of golfing games and Tiger Woods 07 will become the benchmark game that all others will be compared to for some time to come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Judged on its own merits, Invisible War is a great example of a game that offers meaningful freedom of choice, that rewards different approaches and that creates a coherent, intelligent world wrapped up in a very well paced and expertly written plot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This PSP inception of the franchise will definitely be remembered as an important part of it, rather than a bastard child desperate to cash in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even out of Lucasarts' hands, Tales of Monkey Island remains right a staple of the genre. Any adventure fan should have this in their collection. We recommend you buy the whole package right now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While tennis games do have a set type of person who will like them, Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 performs so well that I can’t imagine anyone disliking it unless they want a much simpler version (in which case buy the original Smash Court Tennis for the PS one).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And while the devil is in the details, the game as a whole forms such a genuinely immersive and unique experience that to let it go unnoticed would be a disservice not only to Lovecraft but one extremely talented bunch of developers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great round of applause then for DICE for making a game that improves the concept and gameplay as well as Battlefield 2 does it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you already own Football Manager 2005, I think that this new version is an absolute must-buy. It’s got a lot of cool new details, and you know you want them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant game – not only because of its amazing gameplay but also because the game combined with "City of Heroes" creates a complete comic book universe with heroes and villains.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not to be missed, in short. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s an abyss of self-reproach I should be wallowing in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The scope is beyond epic.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GTA IV is the best game in the series. It's a triumph - especially in terms of design and character performance
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can grin and bear your predictably initial lacklustre performance, you'll soon realise you're within the grasp of one of the greatest Wii games to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The grace and speed of the animation coupled with the near-flawless controls make for a very engaging gameplay experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I really like Desert of Flames but the new mob lock system really doesn't work.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Tecmo have created a game that recreates, and in a none too shallow way, the martial arts action movie experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more time you spend interacting with the characters and the world around you, the more you will enjoy the wonderful experience it has to offer. This is a galaxy truly worth saving.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reinventing the franchise in a simplistic but addictive manner, the self-proclaimed interactive screensaver is a surprisingly addictive game that will confuse onlookers and anyone within earshot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MC3 works surprisingly well on a PSP, despite the grand setting and detail put into the original.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stardock has created a deep, intelligent, yet not too serious strategy game that’s going to be the best of its class for quite a while.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are so many reasons why Forza Motorsport 2 is a great game. But the main one is that it displays a love of cars that you can engage in, it offers such good handling that you'll believe you could be a racing driver and gives you a taste of how tough that really is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those that criticise and vindicate the linearity of the one player game are misunderstanding the central theme. Atmospherically, the game is without rival and the sense of community is absolutely charming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real bonus for this version of the sim comes from pilot immersion. The focus on high quality 3D cockpits instead of 2D panels combined with some excellent new default aircraft with convincing flight dynamics makes for a wonderfully engaging experience. [Deluxe Edition]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this new game is that instead of some series being good and others (such as rallying) being very poor, the general quality level of each type of racing is very high.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buy this game. It's as simple as that. It's a masterpiece of design from concept to execution and is my game of the year so far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I loved the sheer amount to do within the game and hope for a next gen Kingdom Hearts 3 in the same way the Final Fantasy series never fails to engross me for an exorbitant amount of time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ikaruga is the best shoot-em-up on the current generation of consoles. With perfect gameplay, perfect difficulty curve, and beautiful graphics, it provides an intense experience like no other.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Race Driver GRID is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played and certainly one of the most exciting. You'd be a fool for missing this one. With better handling this would have been my first 10 score given for a very long time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I know that no game is perfect but I can honestly say I had no technical issues with Dead Space at all. It did what it said it would and scared the hell out of me on a regular basis. Dead Space is one of the best survival horror games I have played and I look forward with baited breath to the sequel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins of Solar Empire is a must have for any strategy fan and is definitely a contention for game of the year. For me it just falls short of a score of ten.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its inventive, thrilling and above all, quite possibly one of the most immersive game out there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real meat and potatoes of the game lies in the championship mode. Hardcore fans of the sport will be delighted to know that it is an exact reproduction of the real life version.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you enjoy one of the many solo modes or take on friends with the excellent and – in my experience so far – lag free online multiplayer, you've a football game that's going to stick with you all season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom has really pushed the boat out here, not only does it play like a dream, but it looks and sounds the part too, with beautiful cell shaded visuals with nary a drop in frame rate, it's almost like playing an anime.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is by no means perfect, but it's a wonderful evolving experience that it's a pleasure to be part of.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a full GTA on an UMD, capiche? Besides the controls and a few way too difficulty missions LCS provides you with more fun and durability than three standard PSP games put together.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'd go as far to say LotRO would have perhaps been a better game without the 'O', as it remains one of the best RPGs I've ever played, and the Mines of Moria and all it's hidden depth and majesty only adds to what is an otherwise already superb experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With around 50 hours (if you play both sides) of immersive RPGing and several different possible conclusions for both Dark and Light side players, you’re getting good value for money. Just try not to sweat the ending too much.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saints Row is an explosive mix of gameplay elements that will always provide you with something to do, something to see and something to destroy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but for me it's the racing and driving game I've always dreamed of playing. Well done Eden.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real joy of PGR action is online and the racing is brilliant, especially with friends.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vice City Stories is an amazing game, and one I would wholeheartedly recommend, (a lot of work has gone into it, despite the fact that the city has undergone few changes from the original) but I hope that for the upcoming (if you can wait a year) "GTA IV" we see enough of a change to refresh the genre and franchise, because the games are great, but starting to seem quite samey.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the factors that make a good survival horror game are here; the story, the ambience, the tension, the scares and the gore. The formula has been slightly changed though, this game is more of a shooter than its predecessors and there is less puzzle solving, but it works.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Expertly crafted resourcing and development tools prevent stagnation of the game's simple conquest objective, and the sheer scope of ships, maps and difficulty levels – not to mention co-op – is likely to keep this gem afloat for some time. RTS fans rejoice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While far from faultless, this is one game PSP owners cannot afford to miss, and hopefully one that will capture the hearts and minds of developers for years to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Legends is easy to get started with and the concept of quick aggressive races is perfect for the PSP.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply the best submarine game ever, and it will provide months of entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It fails to reach perfection, but Empire Total War is the definitive strategy game. I can't think of any other game that even comes close to it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GoW2 is exactly what every action/adventure game should aspire to be. Everything from the puzzles to the action to the story are so perfectly in sync that the game becomes less of a game and more of a personal conquest.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part of Resident Evil 4's charm comes in recognising the various sources that have inspired Mikami throughout the development cycle. The initial stages of the game owe much to Tobe Hooper's horror classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," with the run-down houses and crazed psychotic villagers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fun, fast and furious. Play single, against your friend or online, it’s all good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only will you be giving yourself the chance to sample some of the best driving title delights in recent memory, but you’ll be encouraging all those other publishers and developers to keep on tweaking those much-loved, but ridiculously over-looked classics and offer up more of the same.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To hear a paper deer making sounds was one of the highlights in my gaming world for a long, long time. This should tell you something about this game, which is entirely in a league of its own.