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 Rock Band 2
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one of the best sporting simulations ever made and is easily the best basketball game to hit a console.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite finding the storyline enjoyable, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was only there to prepare me for PvP action.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The scope is beyond epic.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    All versions of Just Cause 2 are great - but the PC version just has enough to nudge it up to the next score threshold. Kudos to Avalanche for not fobbing off PC gamers with a poor console port.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warhead was great fun and even the ending is better, and certainly less annoying than that of Crysis, but I did find it slightly too easy.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happily, NBA 2K6 continues the series’ legacy of producing the best basketball games around. Everything is solid, fun to play, and there’s lots to it.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can summon up the courage to try a flight game for the first time, Ace Combat 5 - Squadron Leader will be a great place to start.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My main gripe is that the single player game doesn't have the durability I would have hoped for, so if you don’t plan to go online then it’s not a game I’d recommend you pick up.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a step up from last year so if you were on the fence then this might be time to take the plunge.
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What we have in The Battle For Middle Earth 2 is a good title, very good at times, that could become rather great with some patching.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best realistic shooter on Xbox Live and it's only real rival might be the forthcoming "Operation Flashpoint Elite," which may steal some of it's thunder.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It serves as the perfect introduction to the franchise or indeed MMORPG games in general, as the quest system is exceptionally easy to follow, while the presentation and visuals are top notch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I’d rate it similarly to Battlefield 2142, purely for the team-based interaction and gameplay, but it doesn’t have the “must play, need upgrades” system that Battlefield has nailed.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real meat of the expansion though are the new scenarios which offer plenty of variety and interesting gameplay nuances. However they do tend to be rather tricky, even for experience players.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve been searching for a strategy game that really puts you in the line of fire and in which you always feel the consequences of your actions, look no further than this.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In conclusion EA Sports has put together is damn good game here and one worthy of your money. There's still some work to do though before the Tiger Woods franchise becomes the definitive home of the sport it aims to simulate - as the FIFA franchise has become.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a game that has ideas and refuses to be diluted by mediocrity. These days that’s a rare and brave thing to do.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    For an action adventure it's the almost the complete package; great graphic design, attention to detail, excellent controls and camera and well thought out levels and encounters.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Halo: ODST is very much a traditional Halo game at heart but distinguishes itself from the second and third games in the series by having much more personality and a more engaging campaign.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good bit of arcade racing fun. It just won’t keep you hooked for that long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a lot of game for your money, especially if you have the patience to slog your way through it all, much like more classic video games that we remember fondly, but it does bear more than a passing resemblance to ‘Desktop Tower Defence’ (Google it) in its gameplay choice.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tecmo has once again shown other developers how much graphical splendour can be squeezed out of the Xbox.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With little additions to the franchise, a decent but not mammoth amount of maps, and some pretty standard gametypes saved by Warfare (that I’m not even so keen on) it’s only the extension to the Single Player Campaign that saves the score from being considered little more than an expansion pack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fun, fast and furious. Play single, against your friend or online, it’s all good.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few will tire of the almost endless possibilites available to England, Germany, Russia and so on. There will probably never be a more realistic and detailed WW2 game for the PC, and if this is the sort of thing that floats your boat, go buy it now.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One disappointment is that no new classes have been introduced, and there's no denying that the scales are probably tipped slightly in favour of newcomers and/or those looking to start a fresh alt, but it's also undeniably a well rounded and substantial package that deserves a look from anyone even remotely curious about the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly capable albeit niche fighter which plays to the strengths of the DS hardware.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can climb to the tip of the cities tallest skyscraper and look out over the whole city, take a sniper rifle up there and look through it’s scope and you can even see some of the smaller details, the draw distance is immense.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is by no means perfect, but it's a wonderful evolving experience that it's a pleasure to be part of.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Again, it’s nice to see the duality of the FFVII games, (it is Zack that falls into Aerith’s church this time), and a genuine attempt to develop the universe so many of us love, but simplifying the battle system, story and general style of discovery and transport leaves Crisis Core being a welcome spin off, but no replacement for a real sequel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darksiders is far from original with a story stolen from religious mythology and gameplay borrowed from other titles, but it's great fun.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certainly better than last year's, so it’ll definitely last until next year, possibly longer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    With the new tutorials and the improved interface, the game is very inviting for new people to the genre, but the complexity, possibilities and atmosphere is preserved and expanded.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this new game is that instead of some series being good and others (such as rallying) being very poor, the general quality level of each type of racing is very high.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It remains the best incarnation of the franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant game – not only because of its amazing gameplay but also because the game combined with "City of Heroes" creates a complete comic book universe with heroes and villains.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is beatifully made even if we miss the possibility of smashing through a house with a tank, as one could in "Heroes: Soldiers of WWII."
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a full range of attack subs, surface vessels and the introduction of aircraft it's amazing that a simulation can remain so detailed and focussed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those of you who have always loved Unreal Tournament but no longer game via your PC than there's really no need to deliberate. You need UTIII on console, and either the X360 or PS3 versions will scratch that UT itch in a very satisfying way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a single player FPS then you really can’t go wrong here, the story is excellent and really drives the action along perfectly, and the attention to detail is superb.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but for me it's the racing and driving game I've always dreamed of playing. Well done Eden.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Tales of Monkey Island Episode 3 – Lair of the Leviathan continues the excellent series, pretty much as expected, given the great previous chapters. Well worth a purchase for any of you silly enough to have not bought the full season already. If you’re not sold now, maybe Monkey Island isn’t for you.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The atmosphere of the game is so thick that you can cut it...Even though it all ends kind of sudden[ly], S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is still one of the best First Person Shooters I’ve played in a long time, especially if you like the post-apocalyptic atmosphere from games like "Fallout."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s possibly the most mainstream Hitman yet but it’s also the most accessible and dare I say it the most fun. It’s certainly the most accomplished.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seems like this project has received more loving attention than Deus Ex 2, and this is why it is still a pleasure to become a master thief, even though the game is rough around the edges.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The massive database of over 32,000 players & staff and also over 3,000 teams is not something that can be sniffed at. And it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the game so as not to disappoint the legions of loyal Ice Hockey fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After creating this masterpiece, Bethesda has a mighty task creating something just as good. I can’t recommend Broken Steel highly enough. If you have Fallout 3, you need Broken Steel to go with it.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Previous control schemes have always worked well with Mario Kart, and you can still use variations on these by adjusting your options, but the new wheel just feels so intuitive you’ll be wondering why they bothered including them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls are intuitive, proving there’s life in console RTS games yet, and the game itself is as diverse, challenging and enjoyable as the series ought to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do decide to pick it up you’re unlikely to be disappointed, but it’s also unlikely to set your gaming world on fire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine this is the story Gearbox has always wanted to tell, but judging by the craftsmanship behind all of its elements, from the crisp visuals to the hilarious writing, you'd be forgiven for making the mistake. With a greater duration and improved AI it would've been damn near perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you enjoy one of the many solo modes or take on friends with the excellent and – in my experience so far – lag free online multiplayer, you've a football game that's going to stick with you all season.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re the patient and careful type it’ll suit you. Otherwise, you’ll have to put in a lot of effort.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s solid with good visuals and enjoyable racing, but it does nothing new.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saints Row is an explosive mix of gameplay elements that will always provide you with something to do, something to see and something to destroy.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This PSP inception of the franchise will definitely be remembered as an important part of it, rather than a bastard child desperate to cash in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Quake 4 we have is ultimately not the Quake 4 that was born of four years worth of development. There is just no way in hell. And from a developer this kind of game is appalling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's about being scared out of your wits one minute and then bellowing with laughter at something gruesomely humorous the next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The simple addition of a useful targeting systems opens up so much gameplay that felt tedious in "GTA."
    • 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.
    • 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.