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 Rock Band 2
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet while the game has plenty of niggles such as duplicated left-right mirrors, texture shimmer, dull lighting and the like the truth is that it plays better than any other racing sim I've played on console. There are better racing games out there for the current crop of consoles, but there isn't a better handling one whose aim is simulation.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The series has had a good run, but it just hasn’t really evolved much from it’s initial outing and unless they can do a complete reinvention on the next installment then Actvision should just call it a day.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The core gameplay is fast and furious enough to keep it alive if more variety is added and I know I will pick it up again at some time in the future.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fantastic game. It's hampered by a few problems, but nothing major. It provides ground breaking gameplay that I am sure will be imitated by others.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reinventing the franchise in a simplistic but addictive manner, the self-proclaimed interactive screensaver is a surprisingly addictive game that will confuse onlookers and anyone within earshot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s something worth experiencing even if you end up coming to the conclusion that it isn’t for you, your gaming perspective will have been broadened.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amped 3 brought lots of smiles to my face, but these were down to the wacky presentation rather than anything else.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I would certainly recommend MK vs DC, perhaps not at full price but at a sub-£20 price point I can’t see it disappointing many, and it actually does enough to deserve a seven.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins often threatens to be obtuse and dated platformer, it’s hard not admire its impishly cunning design, charming presentation and strict old-school challenge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I really disliked the single player aspect, but the multiplayer saved the game in my eyes.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Really this is the definitive Dragonball Z game, for the fans anyway, there’s not much they can do to improve it, bar maybe a class system and some working net code.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A finely-poised slice of real-time tactical action. Tactical Strike won’t pry you away from the likes of Company of Heroes, and series purists may lament the loss of direct control, but it stands foremost of its genre in the handheld arena.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A decent, side-scrolling action romp, with admirable multiplayer offering and enjoyable gameplay. This, comrade, is well worth an investment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When I previewed the game in September it oozed potential greatness, but somewhere along the line Arkane and Ubisoft have lost their way and we're left with what I can only deem as half a game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands now, Mario and Sonic Olympic does have some scope as an entertaining multiplayer game, but isn't really thrilling enough to be remembered as a classic outing for these videogames icons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, it hardly comes close in terms of quality to the most vaunted titles of the console, but then again, addictive, joyful games for the Wii have been so thin on the ground of late that Deadly Creatures is bound - and perhaps deserves - to make some kind of an impact.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With that first release having had such a limited audience, there’s no doubt that what is on offer here will seem fresh and innovative to some of those who pick up what is a decent and lengthy expansion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a good videogame adaptation and none of the flaws prevent it from being immersive and enjoyable to play. You won’t find another game quite like this. American Football and the fantasy world of Elves and Orcs make undeniably strange bedfellows and their unholy offspring may be ugly but it is entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At £5.99 on Steam I find it hard not to recommend this off the wall piece of budget brilliance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is, nonetheless, probably worth checking out – though not, perhaps, at full price unless you’re buying for a younger gamer. However, I’m looking forward to seeing what Red Fly Studio get up to next, as there’s lots of good stuff in those mutated ‘shrooms.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The single, or should that be double, player campaign is a bit on the short side, but it’s quite replayable due to being fun with a friend, and the multiplayer is good for a blast, just hope some new maps turn up for it pretty soon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the rough edges, Killing Floor can be considered a resounding success.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And if you love Guitar Hero, but don't have deep enough pockets to fit out a whole band on the World Tour game then this is a good substitute, just mind the funny looks you'll get rocking out on the bus.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The combat is the title’s biggest blessing and curse. On the one hand we have a multi-faceted scheme that relies on a veritable orgy of button bashes in order to unleash the nest moves. But it’s entirely counterattacked by dodgy enemies who rarely change beyond what race they are.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a flawed but decent conversion of an older title based on a flawed but decent movie. That level of consistency is pretty rare these days.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It was fun to play a space action game that used trading to get you into opportunities for a fight rather than study for a degree in advanced intergalactic economics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although, more often than not, these ‘borrowed’ gameplay elements are poorly implemented and tiresome, there’s a surprising amount of mileage within the game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not to say that it isn’t fun, but Pain is clearly a victim of its own hype.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But if you like your games with a challenge, if you want more depth, and want a multiplayer experience that doesn’t degenerate into strike attacks, then unfortunately Legends of WrestleMania is unlikely to be for you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Demon Stone may entertain in its straightforward nature as a button basher with cinematic pretensions and presentation, yet it?s also let down by a camera that often obscures the action and by the repetitiveness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it might appear a little dated, the game offers some innovative features, such as the addition of the Dreamworld, combined with a good story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The characters don't move with the speed and finesse of those in Smash Bros and the fighting has less finesse. The recognisable characters help to make this title stand out and it's not necessarily a bad thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not a great game, but it is a good one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of turn Russian developer 1C's Fantasy Wars title will feel at home here and novice players may be attracted by its simplicity and omission of in-depth resource management, but Elven Legends does little to break new ground in its genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Certainly there is some fun to be had here - mostly in brief stints as a party game - but the track list is not what it could have been. When combined with the lack of DLC or interoperability with World Tour, I find it difficult to wholeheartedly recommend Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s clear that this game is aimed at children. If you have a child that’s a fan of the film, this will no-doubt appeal to them and they may well find it a lot more enjoyable than older gamers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you liked the original, or love games like Prince of Persia or Ninja Gaiden then it is definitely worth a look at.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a noble failure with much to admire, but it is still a failure. All very well harping on about the handling then have to contend will really terrible damage modelling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This Is an offering to a niche and one that doesn't really have the greatest appeal to people outside that niche.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If nothing more than an interesting footnote in the evolution of gaming ideas, it would be a real shame to let this game fade into obscurity without at least coming to your own conclusion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So to summarize, Blood on the Sand doesn't suck. After Bulletproof it didn't look to have much of a chance, but the game plays to its strengths by not being anything too serious or demanding, giving way to a simple, solid, unpretentious and surprisingly enjoyable third-person shoot-'em-up.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    X3 is a great game, but if Egosoft grasped the challenge and offered immersion of the type seen in "Freelancer" and similar ship handling, combined with its own beautiful and complex universe, then we might finally have a game that deserves to called the new "Elite."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's story mode and character customization are so much more fun than your usual career mode.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the best part of the package lies in the repetitive but gratifying fist fighting system, a few more issues frustrated me to the end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Smackdown vs Raw 2008 is an unpolished game. It's an odd thing to say because it's basically an annual update on a game that's always been pretty good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While part of the beauty and pure artistry is that it doesn’t hold your hand the whole way, I can’t help but feel that it does lack direction, but it shows off the PS2’s Sixaxis in a more than appealing way, and gives the PS3 an edge of experimentation and originality that could sway the odd savvy gamer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not as good as any of the “proper” stand alone Resident Evils, so unless you’re a hardcore zombie fan this can be quite quickly crossed off your shopping list.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I enjoyed it as a mindless entertainment that kept me going through each level by incentivising the cinematics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm actually having more fun online with this game than "GRAW" thanks to the even greater emphasis on team play, role types and big robot things exploding.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It seems to borrow too much, and doesn’t really deliver in terms of an immersive story, hoping that the gameplay itself will be addictive enough to keep an audience captive and paying extra per month.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a perfect handheld game and something that’s bound to always keep a smile on your face.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If The Urbz was marketed as ironic social commentary it may have raised a wry smile, but the frivolous manner in which it tries to appeal to the cool-set eventually becomes irritating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tales of Valour just doesn't add enough new content and what it does add is pretty much useless. This one is only for the die hard COH fans.
    • 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
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though the multiplayer premise sounds like an excellent watered down version of the Battlefield series, the same flaws that come to close to completely crippling the single player experience only detract from the overall quality of the game to the extent that it barely improves on the single player format.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game, perhaps unfortunately overshadowed by the number of higher profile FPSs being released around this time, and let down only by an overly confusing plot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Desert Rats can address its most severe problems - a very variable AI and a rather stunted mutliplayer - then it might be able to up itself to an [80] rating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’ve never seen the draw of Harry Potter, then perhaps this game isn’t for you, although with nothing too complex to get your head around and the ability to out-magic Malfoy and his troop, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban spells more fun than a lot of movie-to-game conversions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands EyePet is a fun, funny, cute and diverting little game for your children that will also raise a few smiles among adult gamers too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s hard to see anyone over the age of 12 getting enough enjoyment out of M&S DS to recommend it as a purchase, and then only if they have friends with the same game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It feels very much like a first attempt, although this is in fact the third in the series.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personally I find it annoying that I lose points when my opponents hit me and not the other way around, but I still like the idea.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    By taking out the two aspects of the series that made it stand out from the slew of other racing games on the market, Need For Speed ProStreet ends up as an exercise in mediocrity and offers nothing new or remarkable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps not a game for tennis nuts as it's too simplistic to be a realistic representation of the sport but a great fun light-hearted look at the world of tennis and good for some multi-player action.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The level of destruction you’re capable of is phenomenal. If you’ve ever played "Burnout" and wished you could do as much damage to the scenery as you can do to cars, then this is the game for you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are mutliplayer modes which should keep you coming back to this title for a while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GripShift’s one of those marmite games. You’ll either fall in love with the weighty physics and adore the time based collection challenges. Or you’ll detest the numerous restarts, and missing out on progression by a mere split second.
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    For those looking for a strategy game that matched the Second World War in intensity then you may wish to look elsewhere as Making History fails to storm the beaches of excitement and in the end is driven back into the sea.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At last Maxis has tapped the right vein and found pure gold and how long it lasts depends on how much people can tap their imaginations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is just too ambitious for the aging PlayStation 2. The frame rate, control and save game issues make the game a hard unforgiving slog rather than fun at times. But despite that there's a lot to be admired about the game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Buzz Junior: Jungle Party has all the fun of the buzzer in a much more child friendly game - and if they ask you to play along it really isn't the end of the world, it is quite good fun. Until they beat you, of course.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hobbling a good game with awful controls is a crime and in this respect I judge Pandemic guilty as charged.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay part unfortunately subtracts from an otherwise exciting experience – but Capcom deserves credit for releasing such an alternative game in times where most companies stick to the safe blockbusters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If, like me, you have warm fuzzy memories of the glory days of LucasArts, Revolution and AdventureSoft, you'll enjoy The Whispered World. And I did. But there are simply too many shortcomings here to give this game a hearty recommendation. Muted praise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Coming in to a game with a preconception of its value is a difficult idea to change, but after playing it through I have simply come to the conclusion that it is a great puzzler for the money (yes, even our money). America is simply getting a fantastic deal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t exactly re-invent the adventure genre, The Moment of Silence is undeniably a well executed and solid title. So, if forced perspective backdrops, plausible puzzles and pulp fiction-like character and plot development are your bag, you could certainly do a lot worse than pick this one up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It tries too hard to be Halo rather than finding its own niche in the market and comes across as a game that doesn't try hard enough. There are moments of enjoyment, but not enough to recommend this.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A glorified track pack.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Excellent value for money and something every PSP owner must experience: it's fun, visual and audibly impressive and is perfect for a quick blast to and from the shops on the bus. Although it isn't perfect, it's more down to the hardware than it is the software, so I'll let it off just this once.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those of you who experienced the original and didn't like it, you won't like this either. Those of you who enjoyed it will enjoy Ten Hammers and the extra vs. mode.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As retro remakes go this certainly isn't a bad one, but there's a couple of flaws in the gameplay that means it falls short a little of what it could be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If, like me, you’re vulnerable to anime/manga/JRPG cliché, then this game will be a guilty pleasure, but I’ll be surprised if you finish it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A great concept and it really should have been a great title. But with a poor track list and a front end that implies even Activision views this as a cheap cash in, how can we view it as anything else?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a slice of simple fun, and a better one you’ll be hard-pressed to find, but it’s simplicity is just a little too basic to hold your attention for long.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wet
    It’s still strangely alluring, enough so that even after completion (which only took seven hours) I went straight back and played the first two levels all over again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I can now safely say that I've started to see the attraction of NASCAR.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's nothing significant to recommend this over the previous ones if you already own one. If you don't then this is a good introduction to the series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If unoriginal story line, repetitive fights and subpar AI don't bother you or if you have never played a JRPG before, then you may enjoy Magna Carta 2.
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    It looks and sounds ok, but one play through and you’ve seen all you need to see. Mindless blasting can be fun, but this is soulless blasting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fails to spark any excitement, innovation, or fun at all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It is this shortness of experience and relatively shallow gameplay that makes it difficult to see why it is worth the £6.99 asking price, comparing it to many of the other titles available on the PlayStation Network.

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