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 The Orange Box
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1,003 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certainly better than last year's, so it’ll definitely last until next year, possibly longer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nerve has stuck enough diverse tweaks into the format to make for a thrilling, admittedly more terrifying experience. Resurrection of Evil is a much better game than "Doom III." Trust me.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most fun, convincing, action-packed and atmospheric football games released on a console. It’s not merely a tournament cash-in, the choice of teams and game content mean it’s a full game in its own fight and bodes very well for the next full FIFA game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun. Frustrating. Gory. Cerebral. Engaging. Off-putting. Brutal and civilised. A thing of uneasily juxtaposed opposites, much like the Empire it's set in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If all you want to do is play football with friends then PES will still provide you with everything you need. Just don’t go expecting miracles as it is still very much another evolution in the series, we might have to wait until next year for the revolution.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an RRP of a mere £14.99, and I’ve found it for under a tenner, it means that you could theoretically have one credit on each game and pay for the same experience of walking into an arcade with the same amount of money.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all that's been added, it was never going to recreate the dumbfounding awe of Rapture when experienced for the first time, which, unfortunately, played a pivotal role in the first game's appeal, and something required to allow the sequel's combat to flourish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The war waging is brilliant, but diplomacy, speed, user interface etc robs the game of a better score.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Why Team17 didn't just make this game the first time around instead of last year's abomination, I don't know, but it was worth the wait. Fortunately, this time it's actually worth looking into.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no deal breaking major issues with World Tour, only the hardcore will be annoyed by the over-charting at the harder difficulty levels. Guitar Hero: World Tour is a damn good game. But in a month that sees the release of Fable II, Far Cry 2, Dead Space, Midnight Club, Gears of War 2 etc. it needed to be a bit better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever stance you take, though, the game's biggest problem is its length, coming in between five and six hours, depending on skill and just how important it is to you to complete the levels with absolute precision.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the only questionable aspect might be the length, but given the game's pacing and the gradual addition of new elements, characters and locations to the gameplay, this never becomes a drudge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But for my money, it's time well spent, as it succeeds more often than not in recapturing the spirit of some of the more highly regarded CRPG titles of the earlier part of the decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even the fast turning speed with beautiful motion blur seems to add to the sometimes frantic feel of the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a solid, fun game and there's no doubt you could do a lot worse, but you might find yourself feeling a little detached from it all after not too long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Water effects are much prettier and the added bump-mapping makes the massive tanks very impressive. It’s not much, but it’s nice to see that the graphics have evolved.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A taut, atmospheric and engrossing experience. The only real gripe is that The City sections become long-winded, lacking as they do the focus of the story missions and as a result make the game feel a little bloated.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BlazBlue is a finely crafted fighting game with some real depth to it. Polished art, great character designs and some solid mechanics make this addictive once it gets under your skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No matter what you decide, Hearts of Iron II and Doomsday represent some of the best turn-based strategy you’ll ever play.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's story mode and character customization are so much more fun than your usual career mode.
    • 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.