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 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I really enjoyed playing Dirt 2. It breaks my heart really to give it a low overall score, but you just can't expect people to pay high prices for very little content. In these hard economic times value for money is as important as gameplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a more enjoyable and slightly more challenging game than the first, and it’s perfectly suited to the system and to the typical Wii demographic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very pretty game, gorgeous in fact, with plenty to do and see. But ultimately it just doesn't quite seem new enough. It's an example in safe game development and taking the easy path, but while it lasts, it's a fun path.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, there's plenty to do here, but you're really going to have to put in some effort to get the best experience back, and the game doesn't incentivise it beyond the hope of improving your skills.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Two Thrones just lacks that special spark. Thus it is difficult to think about Two Thrones without feeling regret.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It tries so hard to be all things to all people but for me it tries to walk before it can run. Oh well, no invite for me next year then!
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    World At War puts on a great show, but it's the last time I'm going to be able to watch this same show without getting bored. Activision will most likely continue to make a lot of money selling us the same magic tricks even though we've been able to see the wires for some time. Where's the ambition in that though? Don't excellent games sell more than okay games?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I’ll briefly abandon my objective viewpoint and daringly say that I love Disgaea. But I can find very little to strongly recommend about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Neversoft is getting better at these Guitar Hero games. But if the developer can't get its note charting in order - and give us the option to choose which guitarist's track we want to play (rather than constantly moving between them) - then Guitar Hero 5 may not be as well received as World Tour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A shamefully small amount has changed with each game apart from graphical upgrades, new characters and some abilities, but it's still an entertaining formula, and DMC4 is proof of that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I have had both the best and worst multiplayer battles in this game because the game is balanced very well, but I can’t help but feel like putting a complete focus on multiplayer, and missing out on any tutorial system (besides the odd tip that pops up mid-game occasionally) will lose the game fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The core element of the game is solid and all that needs to be done is some polishing. Hopefully, the next installment in the series will do just that and then we really do have an undisputed champion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    N+
    While it’s a great game, if you bought your 360 to see high definition graphics and all new gaming experiences, N+ won’t satisfy your modern hunger for High Definition. But if you liked the flash game, rate gameplay over graphics and don’t mind paying just over a fiver for some old fashioned entertainment, buy it… but be prepared to destroy the odd controller at certain difficult levels.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good bit of arcade racing fun. It just won’t keep you hooked for that long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What we've been given is a game that looks like rallying, but the cars have so much grip, so much power in the brakes, that in the rally sections there's no feeling of driving off road at all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    CMR2005 is a competant and at times exciting game, but it has two better rivals in "Rallisport Challenge 2" for Xbox owners and the excellent "WRC4" on PlayStation 2.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only Codemasters had at least given us the option of something a bit more slippy then this might have been one of the best driving games released this year.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The camera, for instance, is more often than not pointing in entirely the wrong direction. It points in the direction that you were last moving but rotates very slowly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If all you want is a well-executed platform action game, with no innovations, you can have a really good time with Maximo vs. The Army of Zin, but otherwise steer clear. You’ve seen it all before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s Football Manager, but online on a vast scale. You can’t beat playing against human managed teams.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SOCOM 3 doesn’t innovate in any way at all, but it does entertain.