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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one situation where more of the same does not negate the experience. More of the same is more than we could have asked for. It's the brown bun alternative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very well designed game despite the so-so battle system. It runs smoothly on most systems and is seemingly bug-free.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And if you love Guitar Hero, but don't have deep enough pockets to fit out a whole band on the World Tour game then this is a good substitute, just mind the funny looks you'll get rocking out on the bus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both an exciting action RPG and an involving social simulation, Fable is a luscious folk-fantasy adventure teeming with clever details, hidden secrets, and moral possibilities. It may be too short but boy is it sweet.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a large number of secret missions for Espers, weapons and general loot, which should keep a completionist playing for a good number of hours, but I can’t help but feel like for all of its production values, depth, and size, Final Fantasy XII tries too hard to reinvent itself, missing those aspects that brought a swarm of fans to the series from FFVII.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pandora Tomorrow doesn't mark a substantial evolution of the stealth genre but it does progress from the first game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as an expansion goes, it has to be said, that this felt a little light weight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of how many awards it wins though, it’s a fantastic representation of the sport.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing newcomer in the world of adventure gaming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The entire game runs on the well-known Unreal Engine, which has been extensively modified, and is now called the Vengeance Engine. Player models sport lots of detail, and the landscapes are both pretty and varied.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a fantastic yarn beginning to end, with a satisfactory noir ending that leaves just enough unresolved stuff to allow a possible sequel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rockstar has embellished the world it created with GTA4 with a story that is not only original in its own right, but functions as another element of Liberty City as a whole. Rather than just a few new missions and weapons, TLAD adds a whole new dimension to the experience, setting a high standard for what DLC should be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pop Hits remains a solid addition to the series with a lot of great songs that you’ll know, and enjoy singing, but watch out for the style of singing you may require during some of the songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In actuality, in spite of these congruities, all of its parts are tailored toward the shooter genre, so it's not an RPG at all really, it's just a multi-layered FPS, which, to be honest, is brilliant.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are no songs that give the same sense of glory that More Than A Feeling had in the first game, it offers plenty of fun for the non-musician and musician alike and is one of the better party games available for PlayStation 2.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My only strong disappointment is the multiplayer aspects of the game. The CTF, Assault and Deathmatch games are fine enough, but the different trooper types were just crying out for some kind of class-based multiplayer action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Daxter can be accused of anything it’s playing it too safe. It’s a title never feels anything less than solid, but outside the impeccable presentation Daxter is rarely inspired; it’s enjoyable rather than exhilarating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a videogame it's no great shakes really. But as a way of adding some interesting and fun exercise into your life it works very well indeed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, overall, it just falls short of the mark. Though you'll definitely be aware you're playing a God of War game – so much so that it's hard to write a review without an odd sense of Déjà vu – it makes itself apparent quite early on that it's a diet version.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is no denying that it is wonderful, and narratively and graphically speaking perhaps Heavenly, but it falls into the trap of many a young console’s first games, an attempt to show off what the console can do rather than what the player can do.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It ceases to become an essential annual purchase.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welcome back, Mario. Each day without you was like another dagger through my (S)NES, and your return is triumphant if short-lived.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The slight frame rate issues do grate, but Midnight Club 3 is so un-ashamedly arcade like - and refuses to even attempt to act like anything more – that it stands out as a true racing gem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Would your parties be better with a quiz show to add to your Karaoke marathon? If so, Buzz: The Mega Quiz is the one for you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although, more often than not, these ‘borrowed’ gameplay elements are poorly implemented and tiresome, there’s a surprising amount of mileage within the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sheer ingenuity of each stage keeps you going, but the scope of collectibles keeps you going back.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Metro 2033 is a stunningly atmospheric survival shooter that deserves a high chart position.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is arguable that no game that is directly comparable to Jade Empire in the past two years has been better than it, and that in all probability none will be until "Mass Effect" is released later this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new maps nicely supplement the old ones and the expansion adds plenty of mileage for fans of the game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a great game for kids, adults and families and makes a refreshing change from some of the stuff in the shops at the moment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s simple, addictive, compelling and innovative all rolled into one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those with an interest in White Wolf's property may find that it remains truer to its inspiration than the first game, and as an example of the action RPG sub genre it's definitely one of the finer titles to emerge in recent years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though there's a new, fancy interface (with decreased user friendliness, we have to admit), more finely tuned gameplay mechanics and a better AI, I can't help feeling that there's a bit of a lack of good ideas in comparison with "Burnout 3."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fun little romp that returns to some of the classic elements of the GTA series after the stylistic bump in the road that was San Andreas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A pleasure to experience from start to finish. It’s thorough, pretty, sometimes challenging and downright fun to play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just Cause 2 is silly, action-packed, funny and a huge time-sink. Avalanche Studios has created a wonderful game here and if it can solve those control/finesse issues for a third release we'll be seeing a game of the year contender next time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Any "Diablo" fan should lap the game up. It's a detailed, entertaining and long-lasting adventure with plenty to do and see.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to convey a story in first person form without the use of heavy scripting and this is something that Warren and the boys haven’t gotten quite right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a brave, thrilling and fun-packed game that sets out to entertain us with recreations of daring do from the last century. It really achieves those aims, but in also doing so while giving us a say in how we play it, it makes the game all the greater.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Really good, easily approachable games are pretty hard to come by – especially on the Wii, but Boom Blox is a triumph in many respects. Whether you're playing on your own or with your friends or family, the game's difficulty slant and physical appeal drags in players and voyeurs respectively throughout the entire duration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are, however, times when the game betrays it's cross-platform development (such as telling you not to switch off your computer while it saves your career progress), yet there's a lot here to make the game worthy of purchase if you're even remotely interested, while snapping this one up should be a no-brainer for established fans of the series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all I'd say that EA can do better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Criterion has made a major mistake removing crash junctions and replacing them with the rather poor red-headed stepchild showtime. But the racing events and seamless online integration mean that Burnout Paradise remains a game that I can still highly recommend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes this game is very linear and you can wonder why you’ve paid £40 to wander in pretty much a straight line. But don’t forget what you’re playing Final Fantasy for; the story and battles. And Final Fantasy XIII delivers big time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are two issues that make the campaign less than perfect. First is the length. Given the price gouging Activision has embarked on with this release the centrepiece of the game is insultingly short. Played on normal you have one evening's play here for your 50 or so pounds...Secondly the pace of the game is very one note.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You even get to see the coaches of the respective teams geeing-up their players and remonstrating about decisions and player misdemeanours which all adds up to the great overall presentation of the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phantom Hourglass absorbed me and ate my time more so than the Wii Zelda has done. Maybe it’s because it can sit in my bag calling to me, tempting me to do just one more thing. More likely, it’s because Phantom Hourglass is uncluttered, pure and wonderful Zelda gaming at its best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can find yourself falling in love with the slightly twitchy handling, and look past the few failings involved with the enemy AI especially on later levels, then this could just work it’s way gaining a large portion of your Christmas gaming time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enjoyable but ultimately routine sequel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although experienced players will probably find the game too easy the new features, inclusion of legendary players and ten new courses will make it difficult for fans of the series to avoid purchasing it and a must for anyone looking for a console golf game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t exactly re-invent the adventure genre, The Moment of Silence is undeniably a well executed and solid title. So, if forced perspective backdrops, plausible puzzles and pulp fiction-like character and plot development are your bag, you could certainly do a lot worse than pick this one up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a word I keep repeating through the review, but much like flOw gave us something resembling a game but that was definitely an experience, this remains a game that is artistically painted into an audio-visual experience that can be both challenging and rewarding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It remains the best incarnation of the franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, if you ask me the sandbox element is a little superfluous and brings the game down a little, it's still a great game though, lots of fun, makes you use your brain, great story and varied gameplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It plays superbly, the management mode is certainly addictive in the extreme, the AI is great, the graphics detailed and crisp and there are so many modes to enjoy. So it all comes down to those stutters, which seem to affect some gamers more than others.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A technically and graphically stunning port of a game that was already pretty damn good, with the potential to deliver bigger and better things in future. And you can’t complain too much about that.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The single player campaign is beautifully mad, full of the insanity of modern warfare, huge explosions and action that always feels fresh and exciting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's lacking graphical glamour, but it more than makes up for it with superb sound effects and music – not to mention deep customization and solid multiplayer. It may be running on an old engine, but it's got life in it yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By no means a classic, and the online multiplayer modes aren't quite as instantly gratifying for Halo 2. But it's a very good solid game that offers value for money and a chance to get involved with a prolonged war online.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Excellent value for money and something every PSP owner must experience: it's fun, visual and audibly impressive and is perfect for a quick blast to and from the shops on the bus. Although it isn't perfect, it's more down to the hardware than it is the software, so I'll let it off just this once.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kojima’s cinematic direction is a massive asset to the project, but in many ways has overshadowed the core gameplay that makes it less fun to play than its predecessors for those that love the style; Play them first, they’re better games, and then you’ll forgive the weaker elements in MGS4 to see how it all plays out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing strategy experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tacky mutants, the fact that your opponents become almost anally accurate towards the end (or on high difficulty levels), the slightly disappointing finale - all these things may mar Far Cry to various degrees, but they cannot dull its shine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you look at KUF:TC objectively, it seems to be very much more than a sum of its parts. The audio is flawed, the graphics can be dodgy, the plot is thin and the controls are iffy, yet it still proves to be a very compelling and accomplished little action/strategy game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a great game underneath the gimmickery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a little extra polish it could have been an absolute masterpiece, but instead Rockstar have brought us a solid, if a tad unspectacular title, which totals up to far more than the sum of its parts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are very few games on Wii that are this good, and it's nice to see that someone other than Nintendo are making full use of the Motionplus, rather than just making it an optional extra.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game works well because it doesn't stray from the known formula, but at the same time it leaves you with a strange sense of having done it before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole though the racing action is very good, with a strong range of cars, attractive visuals and an international approach to motorsport that doesn't seem false or forced.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each character has the classic Tekken combination of throws, punches, kicks and spinny flying kicks that never fail to impress, and since the game is simply about fighting, the characters are balanced beautifully to provide easy to pick up, hard to master gameplay that feels far in advance of the current £6.99 price tag.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The aspects that had to be removed or toned down for the console have been made up for in more important areas of gameplay making a semi-sequel that is superior to the original title in many ways.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s expansive, fun, challenging and most of the time, plain hilarious. Yet, concurrently, it’s also in dire need of a makeover and the combat system could do with a refined dusting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FIFA 09 is very much like Arsenal actually; great to look at, at times an absolute joy to play and has a fantastic future if they can build on what they have, but it’s just made too many silly and needless mistakes to stop it from being great this year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A big bonus is that the game doesn’t take itself too seriously.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I encountered a number of bugs on my play through, to varying degrees of seriousness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Valve's insistence on quality over quantity has paid off – this is a small but perfectly polished package.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plaster up your thumbs, buy a new control pad, call in sick and lock up your family because this little extraterrestrial is going to take over your life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I’m sure it won’t appeal to everyone, but go on, admit it; you kind of want to try it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battle for Europe is a detailed and historically accurate look at the age of grand armies of Europe and the classic clash of Empires. While not offering anything particularly new or groundbreaking it succeeds in providing an entertaining and thoughtful strategy game for those tired of meaningless tank rushes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coming from an adventure game fan, I found it a very fulfilling addition to my collection, and from a relatively unknown German game developer (Fusionsphere Systems) I can offer only congratulations to them for a decent brain testing continuation of the genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With one of the most engaging and mature stories that I have played in quite some time, great visuals and well designed and acted characters (not to mention Nobuo Uematsu’s expectedly brilliant soundtrack), Lost Odyssey did not let me down, despite great expectations.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole the writing is poor quality and the dialogue risible, embarrassingly so at times. It doesn't quite make Gears of War seems like a quality drama but it's not far off. At least Gears of War features memorable characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    THQ has delivered another strong RTS offering here, with the major put off being a relatively high price for an expansion pack.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story and general game play is very good. The game on a whole is good but is no better than Star Wars or any worse for that matter. It’s just a shame it’s let down by some poor finishing in places.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of some minor ambiguity as concerns the control interface, it's a game that has a fairly shallow learning curve, yet promises much in the way of long term amusement for those who don’t like their 4X to be too taxing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A really terrific game of football. The pace of play, the ball physics and the AI combine to make a top notch simulation of the sport. On the higher difficultly levels there's a very strong challenge ahead of you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't have the sense of a bustling metropolis like inFamous or GTA4 do, but then again, inFamous and GTA4 don't have shape-shifting, 50-story elbow drops or five-foot blades that grow out your arm. Prototype is a simple pleasure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main gripe of Battlefield 1943, however, is its staying power, considering just how shelled-out it is in comparison to previous entries in the series. It's quite superb in small doses, but with only two game modes, one of which has only one map, and both of which are only minutely customisable, there's no chance of losing a day to it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Obviously 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is going to feel rather dated in just a couple of months, but this is by no means a cynical release by EA Sports. This evolution of EA's football gameplay engine is a most welcome one and deserves the chart success it is already enjoying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sitting down for half an hour will quickly lead to you looking at the clock and only to discover its 5 am three days later.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main issue I have with the game is that the units, even with their team colours, lack individuality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a perfect handheld game and something that’s bound to always keep a smile on your face.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a foundational package, far from threatening the professional music development studios, but it's a gateway piece of software, bound to inspire aspiring musicians to pursue the real deal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A flawed masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The scope for large online battles and some great fun action in the single-player mode make this a worthwhile purchase. Fans of "Call of Duty 2" will really have a lot of fun with it. But Call of Duty 3 could have and should have, been better than this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the rough edges, Killing Floor can be considered a resounding success.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    R&C3 is not really a challenging game nor does it try to be, it places key emphasis on being fun and fast paced.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a good videogame adaptation and none of the flaws prevent it from being immersive and enjoyable to play. You won’t find another game quite like this. American Football and the fantasy world of Elves and Orcs make undeniably strange bedfellows and their unholy offspring may be ugly but it is entertaining.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm actually having more fun online with this game than "GRAW" thanks to the even greater emphasis on team play, role types and big robot things exploding.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet while the game has plenty of niggles such as duplicated left-right mirrors, texture shimmer, dull lighting and the like the truth is that it plays better than any other racing sim I've played on console. There are better racing games out there for the current crop of consoles, but there isn't a better handling one whose aim is simulation.