D+PAD Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 571 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 20 Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 571
571 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the perfect shooter by any stretch, if indeed such a thing could exist, but as a multiplayer effort there's every reason to expect the game to reach far into the coming year and beyond.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have tried Zen Pinball before and came away unimpressed, there is little here to warrant taking another look. If, however, you're a fan or just fancy giving a pinball videogame a try, then Zen Pinball 2 really is as good as it gets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s rather difficult to fault the game on any conceivable level, but one minor criticism is that the game-length-to-game-price ratio is a bit uneven.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a hoot to play. It feels like Fable done right, like a third person Skyrim edited to a workable size.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a downloadable game that dares to dream big and pulls it off by throwing caution to the wind and letting loose, but on a very solid base of gameplay mechanics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins signifies a welcome return to form for the hovering hero, presenting a world bursting with charm and adventure. It's a title that really shouldn't be missed, but we have the sneaking suspicion that it'll be overlooked this season amongst the slew of bigger names (the strange selection of levels offered in the demo probably won't help either).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell Conviction may still demand patient planning but when a well-conceived scenario pays off and the air fills with the cries of frightened soldiers, the sense of empowerment becomes palpable – indeed outright addictive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not for everyone; if the idea of a tribute to hard-as-nails adventuring turns you off, then walk away.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could quite easily just watch Asura's Wrath and be raucously entertained; the fact that it places you firmly in the centre of the action makes its achievements all the more impressive.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story may be overambitious, inconclusive and undermined by some queasy sentimentality, but the fine-tuning made to the game's core shooting and cover mechanics make Gears of War 2 Epic's finest work to date.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Countless lauded exclusives have spectacularly flopped since the PS3’s launch and the console’s market share is still less than glowing; there’s a sense that for history to repeat itself twice with another Killzone debacle, given the expectations, the jaw-dropping preview footage and the hordes of illiterate fanboys chomping at the bit, would have been catastrophic. Instead, the end result is nothing short of triumphant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Until then it’s very much a case of damned if they do/damned if they don’t – to those whose obsessive desire for collection and completion has been hard-wired over the last thirteen years, the thrill of the search will likely never fade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Empire is distinct, challenging and immensely gratifying. Easily the finest example of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Faster, flashier and every bit as accessible as before, Soul Calibur V is the sequel the series needed. Some design choices might leave you scratching your head and the lack of a few favourites will irk returning fans, particularly Talim and Zasalamel players where no similar alternatives exist. The AI can irritate at times and the unlockable characters may disappoint, but those into character creation will find themselves losing many hours in their pursuit of the ultimate, and personalised, fighting roster.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The simple fact is this is yet another high quality addition to a series that has rarely, if ever, disappointed, and is a rare example of a developer, franchise and games system working in near perfect synergy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To be more succinct, Fable III is a beautiful mess, and for a game that attempts to capture the complexities of what it means to be human, maybe that's entirely fitting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s easy to overlook a lot of what makes Brothers unique from first glance, its unassuming style belies a title with a lot more on its mind. But stick with it and you’ll be rewarded with something really quite special.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a euphoric example of tight, well-constructed narrative and strong game design, and ultimately a title that won’t only be remembered as the best superhero game to date, but also as one of the PS3’s finest moments.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly there will be those that question the games raison d’etre – was it really worth Sony investing in the title just to put Sackboy in your pocket? Does another portable version of a Playstation 3 title do anything to bolster the PSPs somewhat malnourished library? For our money, the answer to both these questions is a resounding ‘yes’.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PC users have no reason to make a purchase here, but for everyone else, Crytek's smash hit is one of the best downloadable offers to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no question, however, that it offers the kind of well rounded, finely tuned experience that we've come to expect of Samus and as the linearity of the earlier parts of the game give way to more freeform exploration, it's clear that it does everything it can to satisfy both newcomers and series veterans alike.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing the original game alongside the re-release of Dante's Awakening is reason enough for fans and newcomers alike to pick this up without hesitation and even if the reboot fails to recapture the glory of old, this collection shows that it's never been a better time to strap on the leather and slay a few demons.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a flagship title for the PS Vita this latest LittleBigPlanet works beautifully, and with its hugely enjoyable story campaign, creative tools and community features there is huge incentive to keep playing. Most significantly, the breadth and variety of experiences it delivers serves as a reminder that LittleBigPlanet so much more than a simple platformer - it is a platform all of its own.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a major accomplishment and for all its ambition it succeeds where it counts, by transporting you to a world and empowering you to do with it you wish, creating unscripted and unexpected moments that feel unique to you. It is at these times that it becomes more than just an enjoyable stealth action game, but something truly special.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An endearing tale of courage and responsibility, and one of the most delightful titles you’ll find on Xbox 360.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bash Party isn’t a huge leap from the previous game, but then it really didn’t need to be.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a flawed work of art, but a work of art nonetheless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a testament to Mark of the Ninja from a design standpoint that even the most ardent skeptic of the stealth genre can find something to shout about here. It is slick, responsive and vastly rewarding - in other words, something worth shedding light on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't let the innate familiarity here cloud the fact that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a technical tour de force, and by far the best entry in this illustrious series' history.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's pure, ambitious, rewarding, challenging, surprisingly visceral, utterly engaging and proof positive that from even the basest of materials, genuine wonders can be wrought.

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