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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every factor is so well designed; the combat, graphics, animation, music (brooding symphonic score a la Wagner), sound effects, puzzles etc. Even the voiceover is fine, not great, but fine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best PC strategy game I've played for ages, since Rome: Total War in fact. Even if you aren't entirely happy about the period covered, it being something of a retread, there's so many new features and depth in this release to make any comparison with the first Medieval: Total War rather pointless.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the gorgeous detailed graphics, humour, wonderful on-set animation and the entertaining radio news system, The Movies is a landmark game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super fun races with interesting AI and that surprisingly great customisation section.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best sports simulations ever released, the on pitch action is convincing and more importantly a lot of fun. Played with friends the game is even better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with "Halo 3" and "Bioshock" adding to my 360 game collection, Assassin’s Creed has stepped in and stopped me worrying about what to choose for our ‘Game Of The Year’ article this year. Clear enough for you?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I asked you at the start of this review to buy a copy of this game - buy two - and not to let it become another "ICO." If it does, it's YOUR fault, dear reader.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the main things that has kept the franchise going strong is the community and The Sims 2 does nothing to reverse that; quite the opposite. Almost everything can be created or modified now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are simply state of the art. Virtual Lego, and perfectly implemented.
    • 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."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Naturally, the game is highly detailed, and the transition to the current console generation has certainly been successful. But you can’t help but notice the amount of aliasing, and it really doesn’t suit Halo 3 in any way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It chooses not to innovate in the racing genre but smartens up its looks and sounds enough to look like an evolution.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smart and thrill a minute really can go hand in hand and strategy fans used to more hardcore options should try World in Conflict.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game does look quite good, especially considering that it’s not very taxing on your computer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the perfect game for deep-thinking military strategists and an awesome ride for those who just like to blow stuff up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Battlestations Pacific delivers is something that is all too rare these days. This is a game that's fun and action-packed without treating the customer like a fool. The blend of realism and arcade fun is beautifully balanced - think of this as the warfare equivalent of Project Gotham Racing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SCEE Cambridge has skilfully followed in Media Molecule's footsteps in creating the platform, and though the final result is marginally easier than LittleBigPlanet PS3, there's no doubting this is one of the best titles on Sony's handheld.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A thrilling action adventure, with plenty of varied tasks, more variable combat, engaging characters and it all taking place in some of the most beautiful locations ever recreated in a videogame. What's not to like.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most pleasure from Gears 2 has to be in multiplayer, and I’ve very much enjoyed playing the campaign with friends in ever more challenging difficulties.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whatever the situation, we can only judge the game as it is now. And one thing is for sure: playing it for the first time is a journey that borders on magical.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there are deeper thrills to be found within "Virtua Fighter," Tekken 5 offers one of the most accessible and exciting entries into the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to see a game with so much polish pull it off in gameplay terms too, but FIFA 07 really is a fantastic piece of work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've a love for games such as Civilization and Settlers then this is one PC game you can't do without. While not as high-profile as those titles it should not be missed.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's story and dialogue, while full of plenty of macho nonsense, is humorous and never takes itself quite seriously - giving great credibility to the engaging characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is loooooong term fun. This is rich in character and beauty. This is an ode to an author who started something huge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Special praise also has to be dealt to Turbine for creating an MMO that managed to ship in a fairly completed state, and with stability issues kept to a minimum.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Burning Crusade is a must-have, both for ongoing players of World of Warcraft but also the players who got bored at level 60 and stopped playing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's been an utter delight to play the game again, especially as the conversion to Xbox has been handled so well. No self-respecting Xbox Live player should be without this game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the best basketball game you can get right now on the PS2 and dare I say it, on any platform.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is everything you could possibly imagine, stuffed into miniature craft based levels, and executed remarkably well, and although everyone is still getting used to the tools, there are some real gems available online already for the keen player.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While you’ll be afraid for the majority of the time, the save game and checkpoint system is quite generous so that you’ll never be too frustrated at a death and having to replay large portions of the game, though this takes away none of the fear.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gripping, and challenging, single player mode should eat up a good ten to twelve hours, and the wealth of multiplayer options should keep you going for a lot longer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sequel is out in Japan. The sooner it arrives, the happier I will be. If it’s not as good as the first, I may resort to self-harm.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game looks and sounds as good - and with moderately decent hardware looks even better.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If GRAW is as well supported with extra maps and content as Ghost Recon was, this is one of those genuine cases of a game you’ll be playing until a sequel comes along.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's sound effort is nothing short of impressive, with a particularly thumping, epic soundtrack playing throughout.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valve has worked wonders translating this game over to Xbox. For Xbox owners who've not tackled the PC original, this is a must-buy game.
    • 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
    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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique, visually stunning and utterly involving.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Right out of the box (no patch needed) the game ran smooth, looked awesome and kept me both terrified and unable to walk away. The pacing is perfect and the production value unmatched.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the achievements are well thought-out – what began with Pacifism in Retro Evolved has expanded to the point where eight out of the twelve achievements require you to play in a non-standard manner, for example Wax On and Wax Off – gained for completing one and two complete circuits of the arena walls in Pacifism mode – or Phobia – scoring 1,000 points in Waves mode without collecting any geoms (much harder than it sounds).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is an oddity in the gaming world which is mercifully free of the shallow obsession over improved graphics. Instead the focus is on fulfilling your managerial fantasies and the gaps are filled in by your own knowledge and love of the game. If you aren’t at least mildly obsessed with the results on a Saturday then you’ll never understand the appeal of this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plenty of gloriously explosive action is complimented by depth and variety.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the best launch title for the Xbox 360, with killer graphics, intense gameplay and a solid, if slightly small multiplayer element.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA have really thought about NHL 09 and with the introduction ‘Be a Pro’ this year, they have taken things further. The bar has well and truly been raised by EA and others will have to respond.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armadillo Run is one of the best PC games I've played in a long time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even better than the excellent Xbox version. While it may not have the high profile of "Half-Life 2," it really is one of the better FPS titles you'll play this year. Take the chance, you won't be disappointed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of the new additions that Lich King provides are expertly executed and will provide hours of new content to seasoned players.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Screw it, buy the thing as it’ll give you geometry wars beating action, and cheaper than a couple of beers. (At my local anyway).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portable Ops is a difficult game for both newbies and experienced players, but the way in which the whole aura of MGS has been transferred to a portable platform impresses to no extent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For such a beautiful, engrossing and challenging game, it almost feels wrong to pay just 11.99 for it, but the price tag is just the tip of a spectacular iceberg.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics and art direction, the slow unveiling of the story of Rapture’s fall, the sheer creepiness of it all, and the gameplay which, quite often, makes almost every shooter until now seem rather dull in comparison.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remember to check out if your machine matches the minimum specs or else you’ll get disappointed. We actually recommend that you are closer to the recommended specs if you want it to run properly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A more focused game than the GTA series and you're more likely to plough ahead and actually get somewhere with the story. Those of you who found the scale of San Andreas a little bewildering and ultimately off-putting will find a challenge here more to your liking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But as a longtime player of MMORPGs myself, I love being able to log on for fifteen minutes and actually get a feeling of progress at any level. It is about time MMORPGs started to look at themselves as games, not time sinks.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brings the previous generation’s top gameplay, injects it with a few Sixaxis treats and pumps up the presentation to a top standard for a package that few will want to miss.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really is one of the best looking console shooters I've ever played.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is reasonably addictive and is challenging enough to make you want to complete it.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Behind the exaggerated, sexualized and silly exterior conceals a complex and masterfully designed combat system.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of the often frantic pace, there’s bountiful strategic potential here, which should keep potential Sun Tzu’s happy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're the type of gamer who wants depth and complexity to their games then Rocket Riot won't be to your liking, but if you fancy a great multiplayer game that demands no more of you than two functioning thumbs, you're sure to have a blast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ridge Racer 6's major irritant is the world's most annoying DJ. He'll make you want to smash the game to bits within a few minutes with his insane banter while you're racing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The eight or nine hours it will take you to complete the game are hugely enjoyable.
    • 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."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take the time to master the nuances of minion combat and you will find a lot here to keep you entertained.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly capable albeit niche fighter which plays to the strengths of the DS hardware.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rarely do I find myself so absorbed by the characters I play and the world in which they live, and that's a true homage to Techland for creating such an absurdly assimilating game. But the feeling is shattered at times.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.