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 The Orange Box
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GTA IV is the best game in the series. It's a triumph - especially in terms of design and character performance
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game designed to excel in all areas with one goal ' making the player feel at the centre of the action and in control. The level of interaction with the world is breathtaking and heightens the sense of danger and the rewards for success.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bioshock is a real triumph, a wonderful story told in a beautiful world gone terribly wrong. Xbox 360 owners may balk at a game that doesn't feature multiplayer action but this really shouldn't put you off.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part of Resident Evil 4's charm comes in recognising the various sources that have inspired Mikami throughout the development cycle. The initial stages of the game owe much to Tobe Hooper's horror classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," with the run-down houses and crazed psychotic villagers.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some might say that Valve is crazy, putting all these gems in one box. But in doing so it has provided a clear statement of its place among the top ranks, offering value for money as well as truly superb gameplay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a superb adventure, a deep gameplay experience, action packed and stuffed full of amazing vistas, If you own an Xbox 360 you have to buy this game. It's every bit the the smart, sexy, thrilling, moving, funny, tense game we hoped it would be.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    San Andreas' greatest success is that it gives us more space for our imaginations than most other games do, and ties together the edges neatly with a well-crafted story and missions, adding up to a whole that few games can compare to.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A single player game that keeps on giving, is as good as if not better than Grand Theft Auto IV and is as beautiful as a Hollywood epic.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo 2 online is not total perfection, but it's miles better than anything out there right now, by a long long way... It's a genuine milestone in online console gaming. [Multiplayer Review]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's sound effort is nothing short of impressive, with a particularly thumping, epic soundtrack playing throughout.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As good as if not better than Grand Theft Auto IV and is as beautiful as a Hollywood epic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is extremely effective in terms of its new cover system and leaner, more focused action. The lore and mythology is involving and the story pulls you into the universe. The voice acting, soundtrack and graphical fidelity are the icing on the cake.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here we have a game that is intelligent and uncompromising yet wonderfully easy to get involved with and enjoy.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is less a videogame and more a life in and of itself. The longer I’m away from it the more I come to appreciate it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its learning curve is fair instead of gleefully obstinate and that's what marks this series' major step forward.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are two issues that make the campaign less than perfect. First is the length. Given the price gouging Activision has embarked on with this release the centrepiece of the game is insultingly short. Played on normal you have one evening's play here for your 50 or so pounds...Secondly the pace of the game is very one note.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kojima’s cinematic direction is a massive asset to the project, but in many ways has overshadowed the core gameplay that makes it less fun to play than its predecessors for those that love the style; Play them first, they’re better games, and then you’ll forgive the weaker elements in MGS4 to see how it all plays out.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can grin and bear your predictably initial lacklustre performance, you'll soon realise you're within the grasp of one of the greatest Wii games to date.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without doubt the ultimate release in the Unreal series. Smooth gameplay, great graphics, and mountains of content. Epic has released a game that may well be able to dominate the online gaming scene for the next couple of years.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GoW2 is exactly what every action/adventure game should aspire to be. Everything from the puzzles to the action to the story are so perfectly in sync that the game becomes less of a game and more of a personal conquest.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its inventive, thrilling and above all, quite possibly one of the most immersive game out there.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game concludes with a satisfying outcome, but really doesn’t make much of a big deal of your course through the game and final decisions on what to do, and unless you’ve got a save before the unexpected point of no return, you’ll have to start again to explore more of the world. Of course that’s the beauty of the game. You’ll want to.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's good, and will hold your interest, but with some slightly frustrating controls that aren't customisable, driving Duke owners to desperation, or a new controller S (effectively making it into a £55 game) it's only really slightly improved over the PS2 version.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s always a hesitation in giving something 10 since you are essentially saying that it’s perfect but as things stand now that’s exactly what World of Warcraft deserves.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Casting morality aside for one moment, GTA: SA is a glorious thrilling ride of delinquency. It offers just enough freedom, and more than enough violence, to make for a truly epic game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The key to God of War III's success, though - continuing on from that of its predecessors - is how finely balanced it is. So expertly administered are its parts that the repetition one would expect never emerges.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may however still end up being my game of the year; 8/10 for a £180 game is still a pretty incredible recommendation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super fun races with interesting AI and that surprisingly great customisation section.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Xbox 360 owners can be assured that this is one of the finest, if not the finest, releases for the console so far. It is a celebration of the car, but even more a celebration of the joy to be had in driving.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are no songs that give the same sense of glory that More Than A Feeling had in the first game, it offers plenty of fun for the non-musician and musician alike and is one of the better party games available for PlayStation 2.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 1 was innovation. Rock Band 2 is perfection. Buy it.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    R&C3 is not really a challenging game nor does it try to be, it places key emphasis on being fun and fast paced.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Certainly not perfect, but it provides an unrivalled single player experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique, visually stunning and utterly involving.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I encountered a number of bugs on my play through, to varying degrees of seriousness.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Tecmo have created a game that recreates, and in a none too shallow way, the martial arts action movie experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, overall, it just falls short of the mark. Though you'll definitely be aware you're playing a God of War game – so much so that it's hard to write a review without an odd sense of Déjà vu – it makes itself apparent quite early on that it's a diet version.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buy this game. It's as simple as that. It's a masterpiece of design from concept to execution and is my game of the year so far.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more time you spend interacting with the characters and the world around you, the more you will enjoy the wonderful experience it has to offer. This is a galaxy truly worth saving.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great round of applause then for DICE for making a game that improves the concept and gameplay as well as Battlefield 2 does it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bethesda has done the Fallout series justice and should be proud of the game they made, unfortunately, the scope of the project was too much for them and the PC game felt unfinished in places, but simply outstanding in other areas.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole the writing is poor quality and the dialogue risible, embarrassingly so at times. It doesn't quite make Gears of War seems like a quality drama but it's not far off. At least Gears of War features memorable characters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a dark and sombre atmosphere, multi-layered, fluid and ferocious combat and deeply engaging stealth, Batman: Arkham Asylum is the game Batman fans have been waiting for, and more. It's simply a fantastically told, superbly acted and brilliantly realised action adventure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rockstar has embellished the world it created with GTA4 with a story that is not only original in its own right, but functions as another element of Liberty City as a whole. Rather than just a few new missions and weapons, TLAD adds a whole new dimension to the experience, setting a high standard for what DLC should be.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phantom Hourglass absorbed me and ate my time more so than the Wii Zelda has done. Maybe it’s because it can sit in my bag calling to me, tempting me to do just one more thing. More likely, it’s because Phantom Hourglass is uncluttered, pure and wonderful Zelda gaming at its best.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply the best submarine game ever, and it will provide months of entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are plenty of flaws and rough edges here but at the end of the day it retains the same feel that has made GTA such a success and it offers many hours of engaging gameplay.
    • 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).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are so many reasons why Forza Motorsport 2 is a great game. But the main one is that it displays a love of cars that you can engage in, it offers such good handling that you'll believe you could be a racing driver and gives you a taste of how tough that really is.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It fails to reach perfection, but Empire Total War is the definitive strategy game. I can't think of any other game that even comes close to it.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though there's a new, fancy interface (with decreased user friendliness, we have to admit), more finely tuned gameplay mechanics and a better AI, I can't help feeling that there's a bit of a lack of good ideas in comparison with "Burnout 3."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only one thing stops us from awarding top honours to this game: the lack of a co-op mode, which would have been an obvious inclusion.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The words stunning, engrossing and addicting just don't do this game justice, and if it wasn't for my belief that no game will ever be truly perfect (as well as the vehicular silliness and the occasionally suicidal squad antics), the score you see below would have crept into double figures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Niko's adventures were drab and often lacked thrills, The Ballad of Gay Tony is a return to classic over the top Grand Theft Auto destruction.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game does look quite good, especially considering that it’s not very taxing on your computer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you already own Football Manager 2005, I think that this new version is an absolute must-buy. It’s got a lot of cool new details, and you know you want them.
    • 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 new addiction revenge part is doing that job perfectly, though, and if you like arcade racing games, Burnout: Revenge is the best you can get for the 360. Criterion has done it once again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tacky mutants, the fact that your opponents become almost anally accurate towards the end (or on high difficulty levels), the slightly disappointing finale - all these things may mar Far Cry to various degrees, but they cannot dull its shine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GT4 has more limitations than previous games on what you can and can't do, too many menus locked until you'll reached certain criteria.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a fantastic selection of memorable catchy tunes moulded together with a simple easy to learn and addictive gameplay, Lumines is the perfect game for a handheld whether you have just ten minutes or a long two hours to kill.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welcome back, Mario. Each day without you was like another dagger through my (S)NES, and your return is triumphant if short-lived.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Criterion has made a major mistake removing crash junctions and replacing them with the rather poor red-headed stepchild showtime. But the racing events and seamless online integration mean that Burnout Paradise remains a game that I can still highly recommend.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm genuinely struggling to overcome just how amazing WOP really is. To cram top-notch graphics, an enviably smooth control system, a soundtrack that would stand alone as a CD release and raw, unadulterated fun into a handheld game is beyond my comprehension.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although experienced players will probably find the game too easy the new features, inclusion of legendary players and ten new courses will make it difficult for fans of the series to avoid purchasing it and a must for anyone looking for a console golf game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of how many awards it wins though, it’s a fantastic representation of the sport.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really is one of the best looking console shooters I've ever played.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The much vaunted Gotham TV is fun, but more welcome is being able to save your replays when playing with friends rather than watching strangers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a full GTA on an UMD, capiche? Besides the controls and a few way too difficulty missions LCS provides you with more fun and durability than three standard PSP games put together.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Doom 3 definitely has gameplay to back it up but it's gameplay from a few years ago while the rest of the world has moved on.

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