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: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MX vs. ATV Unleashed is hardcore racing action. If you can handle it, you’re a god among insects. If not, say goodbye to any sense of feeling you had in your thumbs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps it is only the desire to see more of the scope of the world (and hope for more variety) that keeps you going, but when you can count on your fingers the time it takes to finish the story missions, I wonder if my completist attitude will be enough to push me to claim the entire map as my own.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are minor problems, such as lackluster cut scenes that fail to live up to the opening cinematic and a loot collection system that sometimes forces you to choose between holding the line and making a quick dash for cash, but if you're prepared to overlook these then the game should make a worthy addition to your collection.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's good, yes, but not brilliant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may lack the cinematic punch of the big guns of Jak and Ratchet, but it never plumbs the depths of Ty or Crash.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much of Tourist Trophy feels like a duller version of Gran Turismo 4 and that game wasn't exactly packed with thrilling racing. Polyphony really does need to rework its racing games to include some racing. There's fun to be had in TT but not nearly as much as there should be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are mutliplayer modes which should keep you coming back to this title for a while.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the main quest line is not as long as previous content releases, Point Lookout has a large game environment, with lots of places to explore and several other side quests.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The real saving grace though for The 40th day is the multiplayer options.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This version of Puyo Pop feels like nothing more than a last ditch attempt to squeeze some money out of a game that has been converted to every platform available in the last two years. It adds nothing - unlike the 8 player mode offered by the DS.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Line Rider is immense simple/complex (simplex? Comple?) fun if you’re the right kind of person, if you’re the target audience. If you’re not, you’ll be baffled as to what all the fuss is about, while the rest of us will justifiably mock you for the knuckle-trails you leave behind you as you walk.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the visuals don't exactly push the envelope, the audio is one of the better aspects of the game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is enjoyable and has some great stand-out moments, but it’s very much a case of the more of the same here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Of course, the game improves enough on the past titles in the series that it will appeal primarily to existing fans and they certainly won’t be disappointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SOCOM 3 doesn’t innovate in any way at all, but it does entertain.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Coming in to a game with a preconception of its value is a difficult idea to change, but after playing it through I have simply come to the conclusion that it is a great puzzler for the money (yes, even our money). America is simply getting a fantastic deal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Three decent puzzle games with plenty of modes, options and even an online and offline multiplayer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It feels like a gaming time capsule, reminding you of how things used to be. Power Stone deserves to be played again, so this is still recommended. Once it loads up, at least.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it lost in this pursuit of silver-screen-esque mayhem was subtlety and character. It's a solid First-Person-Shooter – one I would recommend to any fan of the genre – but it doesn't quite possess the same diversity as the first – something I never thought I'd miss.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps not a game for tennis nuts as it's too simplistic to be a realistic representation of the sport but a great fun light-hearted look at the world of tennis and good for some multi-player action.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gratuitous Space Battles manages to strike a respectable balance between casual gaming and deep, engaging strategy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So to summarize, Blood on the Sand doesn't suck. After Bulletproof it didn't look to have much of a chance, but the game plays to its strengths by not being anything too serious or demanding, giving way to a simple, solid, unpretentious and surprisingly enjoyable third-person shoot-'em-up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shame more effort wasn't put into this release as it just feels rushed and unfinished. The loading times alone are enough to make you want to give up and play something else instead.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lack of variation with the missions, and with very few things we haven’t seen before, Scrapland tries admirably, but fails just short of the mark of being fully recommendable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a Wii owner and looking for a flight game then you really should give this a go, it's by no means perfect, but it is a lot of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many of the set-pieces are utterly predictable (the mini-battlemech you meet coming up on a lift platform thing, for example, or the snipers in the distant windows on a rooftop), and the AI seems distinctly switched off for these moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a fun game and the new ways to control the game are nice, but Table Tennis on the Wii has an air of missed opportunity about it, and the game fails to set itself apart or improve on the 360 version.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those of you who experienced the original and didn't like it, you won't like this either. Those of you who enjoyed it will enjoy Ten Hammers and the extra vs. mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps a little more variety with the fighting, less of the annoying ‘trapping the player in a glowing circle until he has killed all enemies’ gameplay elements and more opportunity for clever exterminations like pushing enemies off ledges with telekinesis would have worked better, but it still remains a good game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Desert Rats can address its most severe problems - a very variable AI and a rather stunted mutliplayer - then it might be able to up itself to an [80] rating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the best part of the package lies in the repetitive but gratifying fist fighting system, a few more issues frustrated me to the end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Somewhat tellingly, there isn’t much more to say about NHL 08 – it’s a very good game, but the genre’s moved on and once again PC gamers haven’t been given the chance to see how.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, it doesn't stray far enough from the parts of "Jak 2" that made it a let-down and, while tolerable, it's a bit of a shame.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you haven’t played Butcher Bay before then that will surely be the highlight and the graphical overhaul really disguises the fact that the game is nearly five years old. However, if you’re a fan of the franchise and looking for a true sequel, then it’s ultimately a let down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not quite the genre defining game it could have been, but EA is definitely heading in the right direction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is a shame that you can’t simply fight the standard troops well enough for your friends to flood the main enemy and help you out there, but it seems to be a one man band at each Shaman or Champion, your allies acting as background help rather than making a real difference to the battle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pac-Man Rally is fundamentally Mario Kart in a different guise. Usually such blatant rip-offs are recipe for disaster, but Rally is apparently the one exception where it manages to pull off a half decent attempt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The final marks I'm giving the game reflect my frustration with the defending aspects of the game and the poor implementation of Xbox Live, but if you're a fan of flight action games this is one of the better ones around.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A finely-poised slice of real-time tactical action. Tactical Strike won’t pry you away from the likes of Company of Heroes, and series purists may lament the loss of direct control, but it stands foremost of its genre in the handheld arena.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shame that ArmA II has suffered the same problems as its predecessors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a flawed but decent conversion of an older title based on a flawed but decent movie. That level of consistency is pretty rare these days.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A few bugs here and there as well as some obvious yet simple features that seem to be missing add frustration to playing the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It makes it hard to justify paying extra for a game that can be bought cheaper on another console.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a grizzled and scarred veteran of the original this expansion pack offered a satisfying challenge to get my teeth into. Anyone who enjoyed the game will enjoy this expansion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite being about one of the great composers, music is not an integral part of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sepulveda has so lovingly created? No, absolutely, unequivocally not. Darwinia+ deserves to be experienced by as many people as possible. It’s not going to be for everyone, that’s for certain. Some won’t even give it longer than the first couple of levels (which are painstakingly slow and confusing to boot) or be able to forgive it its frailties.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There has been an enormous development over the past 10 years in the shooter genre and Perfect Dark obviously can not measure up with the latest in this genre . But if you know what you're getting you'll have plenty of fun with this welcome re-release.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it remains simplistic overall, Calling All Cars is undeniably a great little multiplayer game, easy to pick up and very fun to have a quick blast on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s solid with good visuals and enjoyable racing, but it does nothing new.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a good game, but nothing more. It’s certainly not great. The single-player game isn’t very well balanced for most gamers and at times seems rather unfair.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It presents a good learning curve for those unaccustomed to the Wiimote, and stays true to the tried-and-tested Monkey Ball formula.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With that first release having had such a limited audience, there’s no doubt that what is on offer here will seem fresh and innovative to some of those who pick up what is a decent and lengthy expansion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the next gen consoles got a new facelift the PC version seems to have been an afterthought.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Warband extends the gameplay with new features and multiplayer antics, and the hardcore enthusiasts will be able to overlook the flaws; it is the best medieval horseback combat and real time strategy kingdom building sim role playing game on the market. But then, it's the only one, and the execution of Warband never quite lives up to the excellent concept.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Too lightweight to be a truly great RTS. Instead it's an amazing looking diversion that won't tax an intelligent player very much. A missed chance at something very special.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A return to form for a series that was beginning to loose its way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If your emphasis is purely on strategic and tactical gameplay, AoE is unlikely to disappointment. It may lack soul and charm, but AoE has that essential ‘just one more turn before bedtime’ appeal to it. If however you want a more rounded package, something that has charm in addition to gameplay, and one that is likely to live long in the memory afterwards, there are many better suited titles to choose from.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Twitch players in favour of the 'rush and crush' tactic will be deeply frustrated here, but those who like to take their time and mull over the tactical options available should find much to keep them occupied.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fairly patchy Wii functionality isn't enough to critically damage Marvel Ultimate Alliance but it's certainly something many developers will have to work on. It should make the inevitable sequel something to look forward to.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay part unfortunately subtracts from an otherwise exciting experience – but Capcom deserves credit for releasing such an alternative game in times where most companies stick to the safe blockbusters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not a perfect port, however, but much like my breakfast this morning it’s still good enough to keep you planted on the sofa for a few hours and bask in its goodness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t take too long to get the hang of things, and while more professional moves will take practise, feeling like each match relies on you isn’t too far away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personally for me, the learning curve is a bit steep and the commitment too large. But that’s me – this is a great game, polished and well worked. If you have the time and the inclination the rewards on offer are great, and it’s highly unlikely to become a repetitive experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is an unpolished game. It's an odd thing to say because it's basically an annual update on a game that's always been pretty good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A puzzle game with a simple concept, but woven in a way that ensures its more than often, pretty darn addictive and challenging. It suffers from some dreary missions and generally repetitive nature, but overall, Remix is a pretty decent little puzzler worth checking out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Far from disappointing, it’s just not the best in its series and not the innovation that some people might have hoped for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No-one’s going to argue over a couple of quid really, and if you’re looking for a lateral thinking puzzler, there can be no doubt that Sony has brought another unique product to the ever diversifying PlayStation Network. Just try not to fall off the edge.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unlike many other games, there is little satisfaction in the subtle degrees between the player's success and failure, only the obstacles in the way of the next point in the plot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is the sort of game ‘real’ gamers hate to acknowledge, and having it in my collection makes me feel somehow illicit, like a raw-foods vegan tucking into a Big Mac. It’s bold, brash, skin-deep but oddly irresistible, and while it doesn’t leave my desk with a firm recommendation, fans of arcade action could certainly do worse.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The continued concentration on stat-grinding rather than creating a game where player skill matters and the lack of real change in the sport really does make me believe that the Tiger Woods franchise needs to take a vacation next year while the whole basis of the franchise is rethought.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands now, Mario and Sonic Olympic does have some scope as an entertaining multiplayer game, but isn't really thrilling enough to be remembered as a classic outing for these videogames icons.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Violence is what makes the game so enjoyable in the first place. It's a little disappointing just how much the game looks and feels like every other Rockstar has released recently, but the shining story and brutality of it all make it all a worthwhile endeavour.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Developers have struggled to create control methods that would allow console games to host the kind of strategy games the PC enjoys. Here Ubisoft has nailed it. So it's just a shame that the strategy game that was tacked onto it is so light.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to like about The Godfather and enough neat little touches to make it one to look out for (side missions, unlockables, character progression and the fighting style spring immediately to mind). Unfortunately though, there’s not quite enough polish in some areas to make it an essential purchase.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story is overblown but actually engrossing as long as you set your expectations correctly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you liked the original, or love games like Prince of Persia or Ninja Gaiden then it is definitely worth a look at.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In a very narrow sense, Champions provides a set of features and a whole lot of polish to keep things interesting for its audience and the online modes go a long way in extending things even further.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The phrase fan-service has never been so apt.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a Dragonball Z fan this comes recommended, as knowing the characters and understanding the plot will only add to what’s already a decent game. For the rest of us, it’s a fun card-based game that’s only let down by its lack of difficulty and length. Worth looking at.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It never even gets close to matching the presentation and gameplay of the PS2's Sly Raccoon and Jak and Daxter and even Voodoo Vince, the other Xbox exclusive platformer, knocks Blinx 2 for six half the time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a good game here, with at least twenty hours of gameplay to keep you occupied, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, even if this wasn’t essentially just a re-release with a few added extras.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The player needs to be given much more freedom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I enjoyed it as a mindless entertainment that kept me going through each level by incentivising the cinematics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is good fun if a little frustrating. Fans of the original might be a little miffed by the drastic shift in dynamic, but as long as you recognize that this isn't just a side-scrolling beat 'em up, you should be pleasantly surprised.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall this is a great value game, which will last longer than most other arcade games you buy either from the PlayStation Store, or Live Marketplace. There is something frustratingly addictive about the game, meaning you want to come back for more and beat that high score you’ve just posted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins often threatens to be obtuse and dated platformer, it’s hard not admire its impishly cunning design, charming presentation and strict old-school challenge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The one aspect that does feel out of place though is the game’s approach to sex. Geralt can basically one-night-stand his way through many of the world’s female NPCs, with the game issuing incredibly tacky “sex cards” of the women in each encounter.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This may be little more than a last generation game with upgraded visuals, but it does what it’s supposed to, it’s a fun platformer that‘s not too taxing on the brain.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ubersoldier has been made with some interesting ideas (although the choice of a WW2 setting seems strange considering the crowdedness of the genre and the nature of the story), but the execution of these ideas is far from perfect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The core gameplay is fast and furious enough to keep it alive if more variety is added and I know I will pick it up again at some time in the future.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Taking into account the design flaws, AI inconsistencies, the lack of progression and that the PS2 version is arguably a lot better (and cheaper) than the ‘next-gen’ versions yet again (albeit very little different to PES 6 save for some subtle differences), but also taking into account that for some people the frame-rate issues and online play aren’t as bad as they are for others, PES 2008 still just about manages to scrape a six.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is very little to fault Metal Slug: Anthology. Big guns, big vehicles and some colossal enemies is a combination that seldom comes under serious scrutiny, and of all the big platforming shooters out there, Metal Slug owns the field.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It provides the classical Simmer gameplay, with minor changes to accommodate the hand held format, but do not hold your breath while searching for any major innovations with regards to the DS side of things.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Big Red One comes across as rather flat and uninspiring online, and even though there's room for 16 players, most maps will feel quite empty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not as good as any of the “proper” stand alone Resident Evils, so unless you’re a hardcore zombie fan this can be quite quickly crossed off your shopping list.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are some unique ideas concerning health replenishment and inventory management.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lazy effort. Xbox Live play is poorly implemented and those seeking online racing are better off trying the PC version.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the problems with the game can be summed up in a mission to defend a factory, where failure meant game over rather than the continuation of the battle from that point on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gameplay, graphics, multiplayer, sound and everything else are all okay.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sadly rather disappointing. It's all the more disappointing because it promises so much and because it is so reminiscent of the classic "Theme Hospital."