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: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Orange Box
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1003 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    No-one’s going to argue over a couple of quid really, and if you’re looking for a lateral thinking puzzler, there can be no doubt that Sony has brought another unique product to the ever diversifying PlayStation Network. Just try not to fall off the edge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Napoleon: Total War shimmers with genius at times. The series is still the undisputed king of strategy games, but this latest expansion takes two steps forward and one step back. The numerous improvements are greatly welcomed, but the core element that is the AI still remains broken and until CA fix it the game remains a flawed diamond.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Control niggles aside this is a great game. There's imagination in the storyline, context and setting, humour throughout and plenty of fun to be had.
    • 81 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As for actual challenge or feeling of gaming accomplishment it doesn’t always succeed in making its mark and it falls all too readily into genre clichés that are already beginning to look stale. A finger across the lens really.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s horribly unbalanced (you can walk out of one boss fight straight into another with no save ability in-between). It’s still a goof game on a purely destructive level – where the hacking and slashing is as good as the series has to offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The phrase fan-service has never been so apt.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Violence is what makes the game so enjoyable in the first place. It's a little disappointing just how much the game looks and feels like every other Rockstar has released recently, but the shining story and brutality of it all make it all a worthwhile endeavour.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a good game here, with at least twenty hours of gameplay to keep you occupied, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, even if this wasn’t essentially just a re-release with a few added extras.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is very little to fault Metal Slug: Anthology. Big guns, big vehicles and some colossal enemies is a combination that seldom comes under serious scrutiny, and of all the big platforming shooters out there, Metal Slug owns the field.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The continued concentration on stat-grinding rather than creating a game where player skill matters and the lack of real change in the sport really does make me believe that the Tiger Woods franchise needs to take a vacation next year while the whole basis of the franchise is rethought.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If your nerves are shot to pieces with the glut of zombie gore 'em ups out there Osmos will do a sterling job of rubbing those aching temples and making the nightmares go away.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite being about one of the great composers, music is not an integral part of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It can’t possibly sustain its ardour, but nevertheless, purely for reasons of bringing Spider-Man to life in the best way possible, this is a spectacular experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Relentless, exhausting and unique, although Full Spectrum Warrior is certainly one of the most innovative strategy games we’ve played for some time, it’s not always a wholly satisfying one- it often feels too much like hard work. Good, but not quite the classic it could have been.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It won’t set your gaming world on fire, and FIFA might even be the better option (it’s a close call, much closer than on the PS3/360) but if you do have the PS2 version and fancy carrying on with your Master League on the move (and are prepared to put up with the control foibles), or just have to have the latest version, PES 2008 is unlikely to disappoint.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sepulveda has so lovingly created? No, absolutely, unequivocally not. Darwinia+ deserves to be experienced by as many people as possible. It’s not going to be for everyone, that’s for certain. Some won’t even give it longer than the first couple of levels (which are painstakingly slow and confusing to boot) or be able to forgive it its frailties.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Square have tried to give us a chance to tell our own stories through this game, but their rules and prerequisites are often too restricting and the rewards not always enough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it is Tekken 6 comes highly recommended to those who can play it regularly with friends, or to those that are prepared to wait to see if the soon-to-be-released patch really does sort out all of the online issues. Just stay away from the Scenario Campaign mode. It’s six hours of your life you’ll never see again if you don’t.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If there is to be a sequel, and I join the rising chorus of voices demanding one, it is going to have to properly develop the core (design) gameplay that Tomb Raider: Legend gets back to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As good as Trine is it left me slightly wanting due in part to its length-at about 6 hours maximum it’s very short for its price tag. If it’s a higher price, it should be full length.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can get past the problems or are fortunate enough not to care you are going to find a great biking sim with amazing depth and longevity. It’s one of the best loved games on Live, and this release shouldn’t do too much to change that.