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 3.5 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It may not be the worlds greatest game but it still brings a lot of funny perspectives into the world of massive multiplayer online games.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After finishing playing it for this review I promise I'll never play this game again and that speaks volumes, sadly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Irregular, often frustrating, boring, not technical enough for simulation addicts, not fun or crazy enough for arcade lovers, despite a few positive aspects The BIGS 2 gives off a lukewarm feeling by taking a middle-of-the-road approach.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Truly terrible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a stunner to look at and genuinely scared us on more than one occasion. I'm sure Darkworks would take some comfort in knowing that. But in the end it accounts for nothing, because this turkey is well and truly cold.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the many disappointments, undoubtedly the thing that disappointed me the most with FIFA World Cup 2010 is that it has no identity. It doesn’t know whether it’s a simulation or a simplistic arcade game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I believe EA could have created a very nice 2D/Top down view version of the game to suit the DS but instead it thought that a liner mission based structure would be more fun for the player and in my opinion they could not have been more wrong.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The puzzles (if that’s what you want to call them) are either ridiculously easy or they are completely devoid of logic and impossibly hard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The lack of decent opposing AI and a distinct lack of strategic options makes for and uninspired and often, well boring, experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As a multiplayer game, it can provide some entertaining moments with some like-minded friends. As a single player RPG, it is deeply flawed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hardcore fans of the original will either be apologetic of NiGHTS shortcomings out of loyalty to the original, or be completely incensed with the shoddy production values.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fails to spark any excitement, innovation, or fun at all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The on-going appeal of NHL10's stats and progression system is something 2K10 simply cannot match, and couple that with the poor controls and slow pacing and you've got no decision on where your money should land.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only players I would feel comfortable in recommending this title too would be existing hardcore Eye of Judgement fans (I know that they’re out there) who are looking to get their hands on a portable fix.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From Russia With Love had all the makings of a Bond classic. The story was already there, along with a number of cool set pieces. Unfortunately the game forgoes any subtlety in the film in favour of OTT action sequences and barely any stealth at all (it’s there, but like everything else in the game it is rudimentary at best).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Only diehard fans and those looking to complete every aspect of the game will get the most out of it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The most telling point about the game is that it quite often made me want to throw the controller-S out of the window with anger due to missing shots I reacted well to.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Along the way decisions were made to cheat the player and in doing so this is one racer robbed of most of its fun. That really is a crying shame.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A deeply flawed game. From the terrible image tearing to the offensive voice-overs, it’s as big a failure as I’ve seen from a major Publisher for some time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Survives on the good will generated by its predecessors. But compared to those previous games, this new game lacks the same charm, the same childish appeal and its unique humor. Maybe the console versions look much better than this PC version, but Travelers Tales' otherwise very quirky series has not survived the jump from Playstation 2 to PC very well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Arguably, the dress code is the highlight of a game that desperately needs some kind of distinguishing string to its bow, for otherwise it’s as bland and culturally distant as clichéd manga template design can be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To cut to the chase, this is more a new episode than a new series, with what little changes there are related to updated graphics and a slightly modified search system.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are 10 basic levels, plus a bunch of challenge-style bonus levels that can be unlocked if you can bear the plodding, outdated gameplay, unresponsive controls, uninteresting graphics, and average sound. Otherwise, frustration and boredom are likely to see Operation: Vietnam being traded in very quickly indeed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Is the game a kid's game? If it is, that's no excuse for such a shoddy piece of work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At some stage during development, either the money ran out or everyone just decided they couldn’t be bothered. Dynasty Warriors 4 Hyper absolutely reeks of sloppy work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I found Phantasy Star Portable to be nothing other than a disappointment, it has redeeming features but too many flaws to make it enjoyable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A huge letdown for a franchise that is yearning for its reinstatement at the top. EA really should have done so much better. Why not just use the Burnout Paradise engine, create a new city, slap in the NFS gameplay and call it...Most Wanted Hot Pursuit Porsche Unleashed? I'd buy it. In fact I'd buy two copies out of unadulterated joy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s just nothing there to recommend, beyond a reasonably decent plot. Best thing I can suggest, then, is to find a detailed guide somewhere online and read the story there – you’ll have more fun and won’t waste time and money on the game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The final levels positively encourage you to achieve zen-like levels of concentration as you determinedly edge your way carefully through without losing a life because failure means having to play it all again and the rage meter bubbling over.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a shame really as EA could have done a whole lot better. The control system could be a lot better, the animation could be better and the cut-scenes could be better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    “Oddly not as compelling as it sounds” is an apt summary for it all, to be honest.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Okay, the gloves are off. I really dislike this game. The titular fury is so apparent after just one race.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It feels rushed, it looks dated and it’s filled with annoying glitches that should have been ironed out during play testing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As much as this game would like you to believe it's suitable for all ages, I believe it's been made with kids in mind and at the same time, someone in the Quality Control department at Jowood has thought that low quality will be fine for said same children.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    An incredibly disappointing and frustrating experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There’s plenty of modern retro arcade games out there that don’t pander solely to misguided nostalgia for you to get coaxed into buying this.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    That's one of the main problems with Fatal Inertia, it feels like a half-baked mod to Unreal Tournament rather than a proper game in its own right.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All I can do, and it kills me to say this, is advise you don’t get this game. Simply because it’s a poor game, with a score propped up by a better, more traditional Sonic available to play. Sadly it’s not available to play with enough.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Constantine the game is supposed to be in the horror genre just like the movie, but it simply fails to scare even just a little bit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Carter is such a boring character it's hard to see his appeal. Unless you like playing gungho simpletons that congratulate themselves at any given opportunity for things as banal as successfully popping a guard in the head with a rubber bullet.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The game looks good, but is let down by a poor camera control system and the music is simply woeful.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    And there are some hilarious one-liners, but most of the time it is a lukewarm mix of outdated pick up lines and dialogue which tries to be funny, but fails. And again there is too much repetition.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If the difficulty levels were sorted, the turn-based combat system rehashed and the player was told with reasonable conviction what the hell is going on, Hired Guns could be quite enjoyable, but as it is it's a frustrating, indecisive, low-level strategy game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It offers no challenge for the solo player and is unplayable online, even after the hefty patch. If it wasn’t already hard enough for KoF to compete with Street Fighter, this release has made it even more difficult for it to do so in the future.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The bugs in the gameplay make it difficult to recommend and the graphics make it unpleasant to watch.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is an ambitious title that tries to be original but fails on almost every level due to poor design. An odds-on failure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Quests just involve killing a certain number of creatures. Nothing more. If that’s all you want, fine, but most folk are going to want more out of a game.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    On the whole, the extremely variable difficulty level, the bugs, the graphical pop-up that makes the driving so infuriating and the overall poor standard of the on-foot missions mean that this is, unfortunately, Driv3l.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s hard for me to think of anyone who would find Hot Pixel entertaining, even at its reduced RRP of £19.99. It would be too fast and frantic for young kids, too ridiculously camp at being street for young teenagers and too brain-numbingly dull for anybody with an IQ over 50 to play it for more than half an hour.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Broken, broken, broken.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By no means a complete disaster, but by no means worth spending money on.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If the developer doesn’t care to address the problems True Crime: New York City has, you shouldn’t care to buy it. It’s that simple.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I can only urge you to buy this if you are an avid fan of all things Spore or you happen to see it for at least half of the current selling price.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In fairytale terms this game is a poisoned apple and if it doesn’t kill you it will probably put you to sleep.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I don’t want to play this game anymore, and I can unreservedly suggest you don’t play it either. Go swat flies instead – you use the same motions and will achieve more satisfactory results.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s the very definition of [average], with so-so graphics and sound, mindless, repetitive action and nothing to get even vaguely excited about.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    One of the PS2’s better looking debacles. On a sheer destructive scale it’s a beauty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is a bit like a film that, when it appears in the TV listings, makes you smile fondly. Then, having forgotten it’s on, you stumble across it when you flick away from Bargain Hunt in the afternoon. You spend a little while watching it before your smile vanishes and you realise that, actually, it’s not really very good and you flick back to Bargain Hunt.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The learning curve, hampered by comically poor documentation and badly-executed tutorials, is almost vertical.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Aside from the brief diversion of the multiplayer mode there’s little to enjoy here. Dead Man’s Chest is the very definition of a lazy licence - so routine, clunky and mechanical that it’s as soulless as a ghost pirate.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    With the lack of challenge, the absence of fun and no attempt at providing an experience for it’s target audience, EA has managed to produce one of the worst ‘games’ (if it can even be called that) that I have ever had the misfortune to play.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are some good ideas in here and with a bit more bug fixing and tweaking before release this could have been a decent offering. In the end Stormrise has so many problems that it is impossible to recommend.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So far, so 1/10! But, despite the control issues, the awful production values and the Create-a-player mode being the most stripped down and useless creation tool I’ve ever seen (there aren’t even any stats to give your player), PDC still has that ‘something’ that makes it worthy of more than that.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s tempting to go so far as to state that this is the epitome of mainstream, generic console fare, but it doesn’t have playable rap stars or street racing in it, so it doesn’t even merit that.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Its ugly presentation and poor execution are an insult to both the recommended system specifications (one gigahertz for this?) and to all the progress that's been made in designing shooters over the last few years. This is one to avoid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Oh God, where to begin…? The utterly, mind-bogglingly dreadful character design and animation? The hugely irritating Californian-princess voice over? No, No! Even better, how about the generally sub-PS2 environments and enemies? How about the fact that the near-silent, samey, uninspiring bad guys keep floating up into the air when standing too close to the scenery? Or the sucky frame rate?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If we had a penny for every bug or piece of glitchy physics we’d seen we would have a pretty hefty penny jar. In the end what could have been a potentially potent mix of gaming genres has turned out to be a below average hotchpotch of half-baked execution.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So you’re left with a game that provides surprisingly enjoyable family-friendly fun, but one that doesn’t last longer than four hours (five if you’re a child) and misses opportunity after opportunity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, Two Worlds is a bit like when you know there’s a five pound note hidden under a pile of rancid, squishy, steaming manure – sure, you’d like the money, but is it really worth wading through all that poop to get to it?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    No one is going to cough up cash for two games that, to be honest, can be played with bits of paper if you have the time and inclination to make them.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk RIDE is rubbish.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s no easy way to put this, but Sonic the Hedgehog is quite possibly the worst Sonic game ever.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Running away is a decent strategy, actually. If you see Dungeon Lords on the counter in your local games store, run away. Run as though your life depended on it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    They really need to work on the game's AI to make the single player game fairer, and that wobbly reticule, if they are going to make another edition next year, but even then it'll still only be darts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The breaking of the missions into arbitrary short sections doesn't work for me, as I would prefer to see a large mission with sub-goals rather than what feels like lots of really short missions.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Avoid Unleashed like you’d avoid Godzilla himself.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The combat system is very basic and rather repetitive. The cut-scenes and story don't make a great deal of sense. The puzzle and adventure parts of the game aren't very well designed or thought through.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you are an absolute diehard darts fan, someone who really enjoys watching the televised tournaments then there is possibly something here for you, otherwise if you’re simply looking for a game of darts, one that you can enjoy with your mates? Well nip down to your local high street, a bog standard dartboard is likely to cost about half of where this game will RRP.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yet another poor incarnation of a movie (which didn’t do that great anyway) which doesn’t accomplish anything other than giving the player consistent headaches throughout. Blame it on its poor level design, repetitive gameplay, constant bugs or whatever you like, as there are ample pickings.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Capcom has dropped the ball and left us with a title that will be forgotten about even before it hits the bargain bins, which won’t be too long at all by the looks of things.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day this is just another lacklustre movie tie in really, it had some good ideas badly executed, but if you are a fan of the movie you may get a few hours enjoyment out of it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's a quaint and mostly enjoyable familiarity to it all, but it's something only fans of the television series will appreciate, and then only momentarily. For anyone else, well, the horse is already dead.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is an awful, awful, awful game. Don’t even buy it for your enemies. Don’t even think about it. You’ll never get the time back you spend playing this rubbish.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You can’t help but feel cheated by the lack of polish overall on this game as a PC gamer. Spark has taken the tried and tested graphical powerhouse that is the Unreal III Engine and churned out a straight port of a console game that takes all the power of the modern PC and totally ignores it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Plagued by poor and outdated graphics, horrid voice acting and some of the dumbest AI of the year, the potential hit quickly turned into another bitter miss. Too bad.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day it's a pretty average racing game here, it has a lot in common with Excitetruck, but is a pale imitation of it really.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A real mess.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The lack of any challenge and enjoyment in single player, gameplay dull enough to send you into a coma, and complete lack of what games should be about, fun, means that ATV Quad Frenzy is about as appealing as a punch in the face. Utter rubbish.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Shellshock 2 is truly a bad game. It's short, it's ugly and it's uninspiring. Just what Rebellion were thinking before releasing this travesty is beyond me, because it doesn't have a leg to stand on in comparison to most PS2 FPSs, let alone anything the current-gen consoles have to offer. Leave this one alone.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There is nothing good to say about this game. I imagine it was pretty poor on the PSP, and it’s even worse with shoddy Wii controls added.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Indeed, If a more damning indictment were needed, it actually took me longer to write this review than to play through and get bored of all the activities in More Game Party. So that's it then. Game over. Or in this case, it never really began.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Not only a contender for the worst game of the year, but also the worst game of all time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Given the new found popularity Limbo of the Lost has gained over recent weeks this may go down as a cult classic. However that’s not to say that the game is so bad it's good, the game is so bad it's an insult.