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 Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Lowest review score: 20 Way of the Samurai 3
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 571
571 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Who's That Flying? is a spirited, enjoyable and interesting release that, while not quite managing to mine its central concept to its fullest, is nevertheless worthy of a place in your collection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When put up against the competition PES feels outdated and crude, crumbling under the weight of expectation that each annual iteration brings. The additional modes may make it the best PES on the current crop of consoles, but the rigid animations, pathetic commentary system and shoddy online component all add up to a game that just hasn’t progressed since the PS2-era as much as it deserved to.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dawnguard is a mixture of old and a little something new, but it's also a case of success and failure. In trying to present an epic pilgrimage, the game becomes exasperating and a chore, but in attempting to do new things it occasionally sets itself apart from the side-quests discovered in the main game. There's nothing earth-shattering or fresh from an artistic standpoint, but Dawnguard has its high points, a very welcome companion and as well as new powers for you to play around with. Whether or not you consider this worth the 1600 MS points will depend on just how desperate you are to return to the world of Tamriel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No Gravity: The Plague Of Mind is yet another PSN oddity, joining the ranks of Everyday Shooter, Flower, Noby Noby Boy, Flow etc. Like them, it’s a title that thrives on its idiosyncrasies, succeeding in ways that you probably weren’t expecting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So, SingStar Queen does exactly what it says on the tin. And with SingStar’s recently released wireless microphones, there’s never been a better time to unleash our inner Freddie Mercury.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst not raising bars and lacking the ability to set new standards, F.E.A.R. 2 is nevertheless a great example of a ‘typical’ genre piece that we can recommend to shooter fans, without doubt.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The iconic series has always been first and foremost about the driving, and Polyphony Digital has managed to encapsulate that perfectly. It’s just a shame that some of the more endearing bells and whistles have had to be removed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Legend of Kage 2 pays homage to its 22 year old father extremely well, with a traditional feel that should really excite fans of the side-scrolling genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, these four tables form a good spread of pinball styles; they vary in complexity and skills needed and do not feel like duplicates of each other.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All told, its peculiarities make for a fun and well-paced trip into cartoon weirdness with just enough of a Tim Schafer tint to pass the grade.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, this is short, and is going for 400 points, which is barely anything. It's not so long that you get bored, and it's not so short that you feel robbed with the cost, unlike a full retail game which can outstay its welcome. The Walking Dead Episode One is a great experience which makes an overused genre interesting once more and tells a nice tale along the way. Hopefully the next episodes can keep the momentum going.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sadly, there are weaknesses here that are exclusively down to the new additions to the game, and this makes it tough to call Ascension a particularly great game in its own right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The latter part of Resistance 2 is altogether more successful than its opening, with some diverting puzzles, nods to Valve's storytelling technique and a well-considered balance between checkpoints. But the fact that its levels are so sparse and the production values so surprisingly low suggests this isn't a game in which every action should be savoured, rather one to plough through at full pelt. Look for revolution in Resistance 2 and you'll be found wanting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's distinctly lo-fi in terms of visuals and environmental detail, and far from being either groundbreaking or epic, but the bold manner with which the aesthetic and set of mechanics support an overall theme of survival and hopelessness ensures I Am Alive is an experience worth undertaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Should you find yourself with an abundance of MS points this summer and not much to play, you could still do worse than give this a whirl.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If sociable gaming is your thing, then prepare to put the pedal to the metal for a quirky experience that encourages a creative hand and patient mind. Everyone else should take it for a test drive first.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately there is every likelihood that UFC fans will be able to put up with these frustrations and in turn find the portable UFC title they had hoped for. The more casual audience however, might not be quite so patient.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a game whose RPG-stylings will lend themselves well to super-powered speed runs many months from now, whose light touch and hidden depths could well create something of a cult following.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    DC Universe Online is a bold, ambitious and challenging attempt to bring a subscription based MMO experience to the PlayStation 3.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many will be put off by Yakuza 2's lengthy cutscenes, or bored by the lack of variety in the gameplay; but for those for which the game clicks, it is a title that will be hard to forget. The boldness of its narrative and the confidence of its mechanics make Yakuza 2 a slice of Japanese gaming that is well worth experiencing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When the credits roll, Escape Plan leaves you satisfied of time well spent; getting know its cast of charming characters is a pleasure and its gameplay is largely on the right side refreshing. Though it arguably rarely feels essential, it is a quietly charming game that feels perfectly at ease with its glacial pace, and it is this – along with Lil and Laarg's PVC-clad charisma – that ultimately enables Escape Plan to meander its way into your heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is a challenge. It will challenge your perceptions of today’s shooters, challenge your ingrained behaviour but also challenge your patience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Metal Slug 7 is what it is; a resolutely old school, unashamedly non-progressive and brutally tough side-scrolling shooter and, in many respects, SNK should be applauded for bringing an authentic Metal Slug experience to the DS.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is in many ways a very unassuming title; it slinked onto the scene with relatively little fanfare and has had few expectations placed on it by gaming fans, many of whom will likely dismiss it as 'just another Prince of Persia' or (at worst) a shoddy movie tie-in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those with fond memories of whittling time and money away in the arcades, Final Fight Double Impact is well worth a look.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a primer for Walking Dead’s upcoming sophomore season, 400 Days is absolutely a worthwhile stop-gap. More importantly, it is a great reminder that Telltale can continue to deliver on a quality of writing and characterisation far beyond many of its contemporaries, even when placed into a single chapter so fleeting compared to a full season’s worth of escalated drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s in desperate need of some more variation, but Dawn of War II is luscious, visceral and fast-paced.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a well-presented game that looks the part and sells itself on speed and accessibility, Sonic 4: Episode 2 is slightly better than the previous effort in a number of ways and yet, there's still room for improvement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With the step to next generation consoles it will be interesting to see what Travellers Tales can do to keep the Lego games feeling fresh going forwards. As a near-perfect mix of brands, Lego Marvel Super Heroes works as well as you would imagine, it’s just a shame that the framework the game is built on is starting to show its age.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A must for all Dead Space fans, then, but what it lacks in scares and scale it makes up for in visceral heart-pounding action.