Console Monster's Scores

  • Games
For 921 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Lowest review score: 10 Crash Time 5 - Undercover
Score distribution:
921 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's just moments of absolute genius that make this game probably the best video game I've ever played - and I've played quite a few!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fantastically well-crafted, unbelievably atmospheric and impeccably balanced, Dark Souls will test your patience and your skill repeatedly, but the rewards are more than worth it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dragon's Dogma excels in every single aspect I could hope for, and also exceeds that hope to the greatest degree. Yes, it may not be perfect, but I can't think of any game that is perfect. However, Dragon's Dogma is the soul reason I play video games. It's fun and it's a masterpiece. That's all that can really be said.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioShock Infinite is an excellent game and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Once you finish the game it will make you play the original BioShock all over again, which is truly saying something about this release.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Let me put it this way, there are times when I’m playing GTA IV and I forget that it’s a game. It literally is an immersive experience.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Galaxy warps you back to when you were a child, charming you with its simple, imaginative gameplay, amazing level design and tremendous amount of variety—all the while sticking to the core Mario formula that we all know and love.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The graphics and sound are fantastic, the story and gameplay are brilliant and the multiplayer aspects are just amazing. The additon of Forge and co-op gives the game a much longer life span than many other games. You couldn't find a better game for any console.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It offers depth of experience unlike any other.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The superb attention to detail, coupled with mind-blowing visuals, fantastic combat, immense climbing puzzles and a brilliant storyline makes Uncharted: Drakes Fortune the best PS3 title to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The thrilling single player lives up to the standards originally set by the predecessor and the addition of a very strong multiplayer takes Bioshock 2 to another level. It may be too soon to call Game of the Year, but Bioshock 2 is certainly a contender and a very strong one at that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The thrilling single player lives up to the standards originally set by the predecessor and the addition of a very strong multiplayer takes Bioshock 2 to another level. It may be too soon to call Game of the Year, but Bioshock 2 is certainly a contender and a very strong one at that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    For every person that hates this breath of fresh air for gaming, a dozen will love it. For me, Heavy Rain has been the highlight of the last ten years and a ground-breaking event in video games that I am glad to have experienced; a masterpiece of gaming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Overall, despite a few minor complaints that many won't notice, this game is exceptional.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Both start off with a light story and focus on brilliant gameplay, but their respective closes end with more emotion and character than you'd find most anywhere else. If you've yet to experience either, you owe it to yourself to rectify this at the earliest convenience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    This is a great shooter, perhaps the best we have had this year, so far, and it is definitely a game that is looking to be on my top 5 list of games for 2012. We have been lucky to have some great titles come out this year and we still have some exciting titles on the release schedule too, but don't make an error and miss this gem. I really hope we get a third game in this series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    This reboot is gritty and brutal, casting Lara in a new, grittier light and you will see Lara in a different perspective than we originally know her by. Tomb Raider feels similar to the Uncharted series, and has really made a welcome return to consoles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    To put it lightly, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the best games I have played in years. From the moving story and characters to the amazing visual style and game design, there is little to complain about here.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Overall, Trials Evolution is definitely one of the best Xbox Live Arcade titles available, if not the best. The title improves on everything from its predecessor and goes one step further with the incredible track editor and the addition of multiplayer. Other developers take note: this is how sequels should be done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    If you want to be shown how a PC port should be done, then look no further than The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This is THE best Halo game yet, and although the campaign in short, there's an abundance of content to keep Halo 4 in your disc tray.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    To define 'fable' you would be describing a short and simple story that teaches a lesson. To define Fable II, you are looking at more of an enveloping adventure, which takes hold and won't let go, taking you on an emotional rollercoaster of enjoyment.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Graphically, Bioshock is simply a masterpiece. The graphics are equally measured by fantastic technical excellence, showing without a doubt the best water effects in any game and an art style that flows through the city of Rapture, providing a streaming masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    There is just no other game out there that makes all your mates want to sit and play an instrument co-operatively until their fingers bleed. Quite simply, a work of genius, and the slight discrepancies in the peripherals are forgotten in an instant.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Killzone 2 is a gorgeous piece of gaming art, with a great story and a compelling and sometimes challenging single player campaign. It has truly raised the bar pretty high in the console FPS genre and will no doubt become a killer app for Sony’s console this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    How shocked I was to find that the more hours I spent investing into Darksiders, the more rewarding it felt. Darksiders feels like a breath of fresh air, a step in the right direction and a reinvention of formulas that are sorely missed when used at this level of quality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    How shocked I was to find that the more hours I spent investing into Darksiders, the more rewarding it felt. Darksiders feels like a breath of fresh air, a step in the right direction and a reinvention of formulas that are sorely missed when used at this level of quality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Superb physics engine.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Braid is a stunning title which provides an experience which flows fluently from start to end. The simple concept, the complex puzzles, the beautiful presentation or the magical story.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a worthy successor to the original, and whilst it's a surprise to see the legends of hardcore RPG developers BioWare take a step away from the RPG and into the third-person shooter; it's one that will appeal to a far larger audience and when it's at this level of brilliance - everyone should be lucky enough to enjoy it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Multiplayer is fast, frantic and as exciting as ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Anyone that loves Marvel, Capcom, fighting games or games in general needs to pick up this game. At around £12 it's much easier than having to dig around bargain bins or eBay to find a Dreamcast copy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Dragon Age is the perfect first step for newcomers; come on in.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Not for the faint-hearted, L.A. Noire rarely pulls punches when discussing (or indeed showing) the victims of some truly horrific crimes, from paedophilia and rape to arson and cold-blooded murder – but it's well presented in a tasteful and mature manner, meaning it's less about baiting the Daily Mail and more about creating a unique, captivating experience. By turns disturbing, idling and utterly compelling, L.A. Noire is a triumph for Team Bondi and Rockstar that will no doubt earn the latter yet another nomination for Game of the Year. All things considered, they deserve it too.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    As someone who doesn't really enjoy Superhero games, Arkham City and I hit it off from the word go, as I was pulled into the story and role of a crime fighting genius.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Twisted Metal isn't perfect, but most gamers will enjoy this game regardless of genre-loyalty. Twisted Metal is one of the most rewarding multiplayer experiences a gamer can have.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Despite being a fan of the franchise, I am still surprised by just how good Far Cry 3 is. It looks the part, has great varied game play, an interesting story and hours of fun for your hard earned cash. If you are looking for another game to add to the Christmas list you can't go wrong with Far Cry 3. After the wait and worry, Ubisoft have produced an undoubted contender for game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its faultless audio, ambitious graphics, incredible digital characters and compelling storyline, Mass Effect feels like you are playing though a sci-fi blockbuster with a bottomless movie budget.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It may not be as long as some games, or contain as many games as other compilations but it's the best deal with a load of quality games all stuck into one fantastic box.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    LBP delivers in just about every way promised. It brings some solid platforming gameplay combined with some seriously impressive creation and community tools. If you own a PS3, you should get this game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Graphically, Infinity Ward has been able to gasp as much power as they can out of the Xbox 360 in CoD4. Although still looking much like their previous titles, the detailed models and environments, particle effects, smoke, atmospheric lighting and lengthy draw distance makes this title look simply stunning, and all this while running at a baby smooth 60fps.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Best of the 2D Sonic games.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A fantastic addition to the Survival Horror Genre with its fantastic graphics, immense sound, and amazingly detailed story, Dead Space isn’t being blown out of orbit just yet and with talks of Dead Space 2, the only way from here, is Outer Space!
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its gameplay is straight out of the great days of old, add the inclusion of challenges and online multiplayer into the mix and you have yourself a thoroughly enjoyable title with a sustained life cycle that will permanently fuse game's disc into your consoles discdrive.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Older fans will enjoy Drake's new adventure whilst newcomers will not need to know much, if any, of the story from the first title to enjoy it as equally.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Peggle is without a doubt my favourite title on the Xbox LIVE Arcade. From the addictive gameplay to the many challenges on offer, and with more promise, this game is a must for any Xbox 360 owner and at 800 Microsoft Points, there really is no excuse.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As a complete package, I believe that The Beatles Rock Band is certainly something that the Beatles of the 60s would have been proud to attach their name to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    FIFA 10 is the world's best football simulation to date.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    FIFA 10 is the world's best football simulation to date.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All-in-all Super Street Fighter IV is a welcome addition to the series that fine-tunes and tweaks what is already a world-class beat-em-up title, though it is debatable whether you should buy this edition if you already have the earlier edition.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All-in-all Super Street Fighter IV is a welcome addition to the series that fine-tunes and tweaks what is already a world-class beat-em-up title, though it is debatable whether you should buy this edition if you already have the earlier edition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While lacking in any real puzzles at all compared to the confusing tests of the Playstation days, RE5 is not only a masterful piece of gaming experience but also technical art. Probably one of the best looking games on next-gen consoles to date. It has a story that is still gripping, if not outrageous, and gameplay that has me wanting to finish this review up to play some more!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you missed the previous Dirt titles, then Dirt 3 will certainly bring you up to speed with Codemasters's finest racing series, and comes thoroughly recommended to any petrol-headed gamer who loves to power slide through gravelled forest tracks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Ms. 'Splosion Man is a great old school styled platformer that takes what the first game did great, and makes it even better. With single player being around the twelve to fifteen hour range, and multiplayer weighing in at around the same, it's a great value. And for only 800 MS Points, you can't beat it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you are in the mood for a new, fresh, and strange videogame with elements you've never seen together, then I suggest you give Catherine a whirl.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3 will undoubtedly be compared to its predecessor, for the two standalone leagues ahead of their genre. The sheer level of intensity, played out in the most cinematic blockbuster action packed scenes to grace a gaming platform, with a surprising level of variety and detail that resonates development passion, then there's a wealthy multiplayer on top too!
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even with these issues there is only one way to describe Skyrim and that is epic. There is so much to see, do and experience that it's exceedingly easy to get lost in the fantasy. It's not a remarkable or radical departure from Oblivion, so if that game left you cold, Skyrim will too. For those who embraced that lifestyle, you will find Skyrim is Oblivion+++.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's by far the most realistic football title on the market and there are plenty of game modes to keep players entertained. FIFA 12 is a must own title for football fans who will no doubt be playing up until the next instalment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If there was ever a game deserving of the word beautiful in it's description, it's Journey. The game is stunning to look at, satisfying to play and oozes atmosphere from every angle of its dynamic story and immersive world. Sure it's short by regular game standards but Journey is not a regular game. If your ready for an experience that will surprise you, move you and stick with you for many years after its done, then maybe this is the Journey for you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So does Dishonored stand up on its own two feet? It most certainly does! On the surface it is easy to compare previous games we have loved, and it is easy to see similarities in style and gameplay, but these are elements that have clearly been learned, honed and enhanced to make Dishonored a title that lives high up in the rooftops of being one of my favorite games of 2012 so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Cherry Pop Games's first endeavour has left us with a fantastic billiards game featuring stunning visuals, great audio and even better physics. The lengthy, albeit difficult career mode, will give you plenty of play time but perhaps for the wrong reasons. If you're looking for a realistic, stylish, and fun billiards game, Pool Nation is the crème of the crop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a humorous story and plenty of fun to be had in multiplayer modes, this game is well worth the selling price, but it still has a few little flaws. Skulls of the Shogun is a really nice arcade game, and with not many AAA titles out in these early months, this game will keep you occupied for some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Gears of War: Judgment is a brilliant addition to the Gear of War series. While some gamers may question whether the short campaign and the few changes to the multiplayer is worth the hefty price tag, there’s hours of enjoyment to be had, just like its predecessors also offered. With the inevitable summer drought approaching, this is most definitely a game to consider purchasing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    N+
    Simple, clean, basic and beautiful!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is a fantastic game. It has its flaws, as does any game, but it is so immersive and can give you a heck of a lot of entertainment for your money that it's worth the pricetag. If you liked Oblivion, you will no doubt fall in love with this game as I did. Maybe not Game Of The Year, but it is a worthy contender for that top spot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Resistance 2 does a fantastic job of improving on the original game, and is one of the best shooters available for the PS3. The single player campaign is an absolute blast, and the incredible multiplayer modes will keep you playing for months.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With 30 fully licensed leagues, over 15000 players and a shed load of other features, FIFA 09 has really set the bar high.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    For all you Achievement whores out there don’t expect an easy ride in this game, as most of your rewards will be given to you once you have completed all arcade modes and challenges, through to unlocking all characters and pulling off a set number of combos, moves and finishes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If precision perfect brick wall challenging platforming is your idea of a night well spent, or in simple N+ tickled your fancies, Super Meat Boy is sure to deliver and should be checked out right away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is one of the best Arcade titles of the year so far, and one unlikely to be surpassed by many other releases in 2011. Its mix of pure arcade fun and pitch-perfect difficulty, likably-sinister art direction, complimentary angry-rock soundtrack and wallet-pleasing lifespan make it a must for anyone with a connection to Xbox LIVE. In a word: essential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Is Lost Odyssey the best RPG experience on the market? If it isn’t it’s making a strong push towards being one, at least being the best on the Xbox 360. It is however near the top as far as an intimate storyline and a true JRPG.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It is seriously hard not to recommend PjM to anyone, as it is just such a great tribute to the tower defence genre, and is easily one of the best titles available on the PlayStation Store.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fantastic story, genuinely funny, great comic feel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The beautiful game. That's what football is all about, and that's what FIFA is all about. With 30 fully licensed leagues, over 15000 players and a shed load of other features, FIFA 09 has really set the bar high and I fully expect them to dominate this genre for years to come.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What struck me most about the downloadable content was the sheer size of it. To put it simply, it is huge. The 2GB download may take a while but compared to the 12 hours it will take to finish the story and the addition of new multiplayer modes, boy is it worth it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The improvements over the predecessors and the additional features, as well as the game's depth and replayability factor deem FIFA 11 a worthy purchase, even at the £40 price tag
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    They've brought in most of the standard instruments found in rock bands, they've blurred the lines between gaming and learning with Pro mode and they've created a fantastic party game, which is even better with a new instrument and vocal harmonies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Overall, Rayman Origins goes where very few games have been able to go before and has shown that it is possible to revive a classic and to make it even better. It's excellently developed and is great fun to play from start to finish. Minus a few little problems, Rayman Origins is one of the most underrated games of 2011, which is certainly worth playing through.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's safe to say that Max Payne 3 is a fantastic game and with a hefty single player and extensive multiplayer it will keep you entertained for hours and hours. The story is gripping and will have you wondering what happens next, and with the integration of crews to the multiplayer there is even more reason to make regular visits to the city of São Paulo.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In closing, I can't help but think a local co-op option would have been a great addition that would have attracted a wider audience. If you couple this with the fact that Rock Band 3 songs are still unable to be imported, there are a couple of things that stop this from being a 100% scoring game, but nonetheless, it is still a fantastic entry into the rhythm game genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A unique concept, stunning graphics, inspiring audio and enjoyable gameplay comes together to create a fantastic RPG experience that rivals close competition.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rock Band's longevity will last as long as it has support for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There is a lot of game for your MS Points here, with plenty of achievement challenges that will keep you busy for a long while.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Better songs, better guitar, online play and co-op make this game a blast to play—a definite purchase for anyone who's dreamed of rocking out on stage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Brilliant music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite the small selection of courses, and minor gripes with dialogue, the game really is addictive, both off and online.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Awesome soundtrack will see your foot tapping throughout the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The replayability aspect is heightened due to the opportunity to embark upon a mindless destruction rampage, which, ignoring the story, could keep you entertained for a good while.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a great fighting game, stop looking--you've just found it. Whether you are a fan of the TV show, or have never even heard of it, DBZ: BL is quite simply brilliant.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Feels like Geometry Wars but with more great game modes, multiplayer and improved visuals.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Scaling buildings and objects just works perfectly, you rarely miss a jump or ledge, and this helps enhance the gameplay further, letting you concentrate on navigating or shooting your foes. Some gamers may cry out for a multiplayer mode, but a game of this type just doesn’t need it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Splosion Man maybe my sleeper hit of the year on XBLA. It just popped up on my radar upon release and I've pretty much fallen for it since I started playing it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It combines the cuteness of Peanuts with the brilliance of Crimson Skies and creates one of the most surprising packages of 2010 and probably one of the best online experiences of this year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    In closing, Halo Reach is a must have title for any fan of the series (which by now, you should know if you are or not) and even if you aren't a fan of the previous titles you may find that the lengths Bungie have gone to refine their formula will now win you over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Outland harks back to a time before celebrity voice-overs and glossy cutscenes, before the industry exploded into the multi-billion-dollar behemoth it is nowadays. It's straight-forward but intelligent, occasionally bastard-hard but never impossible, repetitive but never tedious and, though Outland might not make much sense story-wise, it more than delivers in every other department.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Going back to the opening question and whether there is anything bad about Sleeping Dogs, there are a few rough edges here and there but absolutely nothing to write home about. The overall experience from start to finish is brilliant and the only disappointment is the wait you'll have until some DLC hopefully comes out. Even if you're currently playing something right now I urge you to stop and go buy this right now!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Regardless of if you are looking for something to pass the time, something portable or something more hardcore, Guacamelee delivers on all these fronts and more. It's fun, challenging and above all else a joy to play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fans of the original will be pleased to know that no radical changes have taken place with the engine.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There’s just something about this title that makes me want to go and play it again and again. Maybe it’s the superb weapon selection, the humorous story and characters, or the intuitive game play elements; I can’t quite put my finger on it. Whatever it is, Ratchet & Clank is a great 3D platform title, with plenty to do for all ages.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Put bluntly, Dead Space is a brilliant addition to the survival horror genre. As the famous saying goes, "In space no one can hear you scream". In Dead Space, your room-mate will.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Looks great, Plays great, Music sounds great.