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 World of Warcraft
Lowest review score: 0 Limbo of the Lost
Score distribution:
1,003 game reviews
    • 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.