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 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1,003 game reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If the difficulty levels were sorted, the turn-based combat system rehashed and the player was told with reasonable conviction what the hell is going on, Hired Guns could be quite enjoyable, but as it is it's a frustrating, indecisive, low-level strategy game.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Capcom has dropped the ball and left us with a title that will be forgotten about even before it hits the bargain bins, which won’t be too long at all by the looks of things.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Avoid Unleashed like you’d avoid Godzilla himself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s the very definition of [average], with so-so graphics and sound, mindless, repetitive action and nothing to get even vaguely excited about.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The final levels positively encourage you to achieve zen-like levels of concentration as you determinedly edge your way carefully through without losing a life because failure means having to play it all again and the rage meter bubbling over.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You can’t help but feel cheated by the lack of polish overall on this game as a PC gamer. Spark has taken the tried and tested graphical powerhouse that is the Unreal III Engine and churned out a straight port of a console game that takes all the power of the modern PC and totally ignores it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The breaking of the missions into arbitrary short sections doesn't work for me, as I would prefer to see a large mission with sub-goals rather than what feels like lots of really short missions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After finishing playing it for this review I promise I'll never play this game again and that speaks volumes, sadly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Broken, broken, broken.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In fairytale terms this game is a poisoned apple and if it doesn’t kill you it will probably put you to sleep.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only players I would feel comfortable in recommending this title too would be existing hardcore Eye of Judgement fans (I know that they’re out there) who are looking to get their hands on a portable fix.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Along the way decisions were made to cheat the player and in doing so this is one racer robbed of most of its fun. That really is a crying shame.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From Russia With Love had all the makings of a Bond classic. The story was already there, along with a number of cool set pieces. Unfortunately the game forgoes any subtlety in the film in favour of OTT action sequences and barely any stealth at all (it’s there, but like everything else in the game it is rudimentary at best).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A huge letdown for a franchise that is yearning for its reinstatement at the top. EA really should have done so much better. Why not just use the Burnout Paradise engine, create a new city, slap in the NFS gameplay and call it...Most Wanted Hot Pursuit Porsche Unleashed? I'd buy it. In fact I'd buy two copies out of unadulterated joy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hardcore fans of the original will either be apologetic of NiGHTS shortcomings out of loyalty to the original, or be completely incensed with the shoddy production values.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The lack of decent opposing AI and a distinct lack of strategic options makes for and uninspired and often, well boring, experience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is a bit like a film that, when it appears in the TV listings, makes you smile fondly. Then, having forgotten it’s on, you stumble across it when you flick away from Bargain Hunt in the afternoon. You spend a little while watching it before your smile vanishes and you realise that, actually, it’s not really very good and you flick back to Bargain Hunt.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    They really need to work on the game's AI to make the single player game fairer, and that wobbly reticule, if they are going to make another edition next year, but even then it'll still only be darts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At some stage during development, either the money ran out or everyone just decided they couldn’t be bothered. Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper absolutely reeks of sloppy work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I found Phantasy Star Portable to be nothing other than a disappointment, it has redeeming features but too many flaws to make it enjoyable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s just nothing there to recommend, beyond a reasonably decent plot. Best thing I can suggest, then, is to find a detailed guide somewhere online and read the story there – you’ll have more fun and won’t waste time and money on the game.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, Two Worlds is a bit like when you know there’s a five pound note hidden under a pile of rancid, squishy, steaming manure – sure, you’d like the money, but is it really worth wading through all that poop to get to it?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Okay, the gloves are off. I really dislike this game. The titular fury is so apparent after just one race.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It may not be the worlds greatest game but it still brings a lot of funny perspectives into the world of massive multiplayer online games.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you are an absolute diehard darts fan, someone who really enjoys watching the televised tournaments then there is possibly something here for you, otherwise if you’re simply looking for a game of darts, one that you can enjoy with your mates? Well nip down to your local high street, a bog standard dartboard is likely to cost about half of where this game will RRP.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Only diehard fans and those looking to complete every aspect of the game will get the most out of it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To cut to the chase, this is more a new episode than a new series, with what little changes there are related to updated graphics and a slightly modified search system.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    “Oddly not as compelling as it sounds” is an apt summary for it all, to be honest.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day it's a pretty average racing game here, it has a lot in common with Excitetruck, but is a pale imitation of it really.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So you’re left with a game that provides surprisingly enjoyable family-friendly fun, but one that doesn’t last longer than four hours (five if you’re a child) and misses opportunity after opportunity.

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