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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Fallout 3: Broken Steel
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1,003 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here we have a game that is intelligent and uncompromising yet wonderfully easy to get involved with and enjoy.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 1 was innovation. Rock Band 2 is perfection. Buy it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As good as if not better than Grand Theft Auto IV and is as beautiful as a Hollywood epic.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Certainly not perfect, but it provides an unrivalled single player experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fun, fast and furious. Play single, against your friend or online, it’s all good.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Special praise also has to be dealt to Turbine for creating an MMO that managed to ship in a fairly completed state, and with stability issues kept to a minimum.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But as a longtime player of MMORPGs myself, I love being able to log on for fifteen minutes and actually get a feeling of progress at any level. It is about time MMORPGs started to look at themselves as games, not time sinks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the main things that has kept the franchise going strong is the community and The Sims 2 does nothing to reverse that; quite the opposite. Almost everything can be created or modified now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Right out of the box (no patch needed) the game ran smooth, looked awesome and kept me both terrified and unable to walk away. The pacing is perfect and the production value unmatched.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the gorgeous detailed graphics, humour, wonderful on-set animation and the entertaining radio news system, The Movies is a landmark game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plenty of gloriously explosive action is complimented by depth and variety.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every factor is so well designed; the combat, graphics, animation, music (brooding symphonic score a la Wagner), sound effects, puzzles etc. Even the voiceover is fine, not great, but fine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The atmosphere of the game is so thick that you can cut it...Even though it all ends kind of sudden[ly], S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is still one of the best First Person Shooters I’ve played in a long time, especially if you like the post-apocalyptic atmosphere from games like "Fallout."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game does look quite good, especially considering that it’s not very taxing on your computer.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remember to check out if your machine matches the minimum specs or else you’ll get disappointed. We actually recommend that you are closer to the recommended specs if you want it to run properly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there are deeper thrills to be found within "Virtua Fighter," Tekken 5 offers one of the most accessible and exciting entries into the genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even better than the excellent Xbox version. While it may not have the high profile of "Half-Life 2," it really is one of the better FPS titles you'll play this year. Take the chance, you won't be disappointed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the best basketball game you can get right now on the PS2 and dare I say it, on any platform.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are simply state of the art. Virtual Lego, and perfectly implemented.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few will tire of the almost endless possibilites available to England, Germany, Russia and so on. There will probably never be a more realistic and detailed WW2 game for the PC, and if this is the sort of thing that floats your boat, go buy it now.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics and art direction, the slow unveiling of the story of Rapture’s fall, the sheer creepiness of it all, and the gameplay which, quite often, makes almost every shooter until now seem rather dull in comparison.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique, visually stunning and utterly involving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whatever the situation, we can only judge the game as it is now. And one thing is for sure: playing it for the first time is a journey that borders on magical.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply the best submarine game ever, and it will provide months of entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is loooooong term fun. This is rich in character and beauty. This is an ode to an author who started something huge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Legends is easy to get started with and the concept of quick aggressive races is perfect for the PSP.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A more focused game than the GTA series and you're more likely to plough ahead and actually get somewhere with the story. Those of you who found the scale of San Andreas a little bewildering and ultimately off-putting will find a challenge here more to your liking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MC3 works surprisingly well on a PSP, despite the grand setting and detail put into the original.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If GRAW is as well supported with extra maps and content as Ghost Recon was, this is one of those genuine cases of a game you’ll be playing until a sequel comes along.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its inventive, thrilling and above all, quite possibly one of the most immersive game out there.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The scope is beyond epic.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I really like Desert of Flames but the new mob lock system really doesn't work.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the best launch title for the Xbox 360, with killer graphics, intense gameplay and a solid, if slightly small multiplayer element.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Naturally, the game is highly detailed, and the transition to the current console generation has certainly been successful. But you can’t help but notice the amount of aliasing, and it really doesn’t suit Halo 3 in any way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best PC strategy game I've played for ages, since Rome: Total War in fact. Even if you aren't entirely happy about the period covered, it being something of a retread, there's so many new features and depth in this release to make any comparison with the first Medieval: Total War rather pointless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a single player FPS then you really can’t go wrong here, the story is excellent and really drives the action along perfectly, and the attention to detail is superb.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gripping, and challenging, single player mode should eat up a good ten to twelve hours, and the wealth of multiplayer options should keep you going for a lot longer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's sound effort is nothing short of impressive, with a particularly thumping, epic soundtrack playing throughout.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portable Ops is a difficult game for both newbies and experienced players, but the way in which the whole aura of MGS has been transferred to a portable platform impresses to no extent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Burning Crusade is a must-have, both for ongoing players of World of Warcraft but also the players who got bored at level 60 and stopped playing.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It serves as the perfect introduction to the franchise or indeed MMORPG games in general, as the quest system is exceptionally easy to follow, while the presentation and visuals are top notch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one of the best sporting simulations ever made and is easily the best basketball game to hit a console.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to see a game with so much polish pull it off in gameplay terms too, but FIFA 07 really is a fantastic piece of work.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armadillo Run is one of the best PC games I've played in a long time.
    • 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]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with "Halo 3" and "Bioshock" adding to my 360 game collection, Assassin’s Creed has stepped in and stopped me worrying about what to choose for our ‘Game Of The Year’ article this year. Clear enough for you?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've a love for games such as Civilization and Settlers then this is one PC game you can't do without. While not as high-profile as those titles it should not be missed.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls are intuitive, proving there’s life in console RTS games yet, and the game itself is as diverse, challenging and enjoyable as the series ought to be.