D+PAD Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 572 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Fallout 3
Lowest review score: 20 Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 572
572 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Chapters of the Chosen is a deep, well conceived, measured and expertly delivered title that is as rewarding to play as it is aesthetically pleasing. A title that is both a fascinating glimpse into the past and a wonderful vindication of the importance and durability of solid game design.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frantic, fast-paced and undeniably fun, Pacific Rift is a substantial enough improvement to win over doubters of the original, even if some of the track design and vehicle balancing still isn’t perfect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MadWorld may well be a highly nuanced comment on the role violence plays within our entertainment, as well as a gleeful two fingers to the Wii’s so-called casual audience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The characters exude life and soul despite the game’s clunky animations and less than stellar voice acting – that’s the power of Bioware’s effective writing. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the environments: all the rote forests, castles and dungeons tend to blur into a single indistinguishable mess. It’s also too bloody hard in places, with a wonky difficulty curve comparable to a diagonal line drawn by a Parkinson’s sufferer sitting on a moving bus.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cynic in me leads me to believe a combination of RPG and farming simulator will have little appeal to the fans of both genres, but Rune Factory: Frontier, like peanut butter and Marmite on toast, is an unlikely combination that works in ways better than I could have possibly imagined.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the WWE, or even better the original WWF, then you won’t be disappointed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a heavily-tweaked version of last year’s game, FIFA 09 may not have arrived with as much flair as that of its predecessor, but nevertheless it’s a solid and impressive assertion of the ‘new’ EA’s intentions to be market-leaders, rather than simply settle for second-best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a few days spent learning the complexities of UFC 2009 Undisputed, you have to applaud Yuke’s for their efforts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skate 2 highlights the premise of evolution excellently with its minor, yet impressive changes reinforcing its position as the best skateboarding game on the market today.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Multiwinia has a ton of longevity to offer. The game will surprise you constantly, while the formidable AI and exciting variety of match types means there’s plenty of manic multiplayer fun to be had.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Football Manager Live is a curious, audacious shot of adrenaline into a series that was bordering on stagnation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Overkill, Headstrong has delivered an inspired resurrection of both SEGA's decaying franchise and the light gun shooter genre as a whole.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The action is fun, fast and varied and makes for an enjoyable romp fans of the genre would be foolish to pass up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, the fact remains that spending some time on stage with a virtual-Metallica can be a hugely invigorating experience, and fans of the band, or heavy metal in general, will quickly find their hands forming that most recognisable of gestures - the devil horns.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways Drakensang is a throwback, a swansong to the party-based RPGs of yesteryear, yet somehow it doesn’t feel dated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To see WayForward’s lovely creation as a mere respite from the messy business of warfare and killstreaks is almost an insult to what they’ve achieved here. A Boy and His Blob deserves to be in everyone’s Wii collection, whatever their age.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So despite its promise of fast cars and buxom blondes suggesting otherwise, OutRun Online Arcade isn’t quite the game our dreams are made of, but it’s damn near close.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For retro game addicts, Lode Runner will be worth its weight in gold.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it’s not pushing the boat and the game’s selling point of a ‘moral choices’ system isn’t half as deep as it wishes it was, it’s still an enjoyable 8-hour romp that improves upon the original in every department
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst not the best instance of DLC we’ve ever seen, The Pitt serves as a faithful expansion and further raises hopes for the final instalment of the series, and for post-release content in general.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it has a fair few flaws, Just Cause 2 remains a high octane love letter to anyone who delights in exploration and destruction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Big BIg Studios have managed to squeeze an experience previously only available on the Playstation 3 into your pocket is a genuine marvel – Motorstorm: Arctic Edge is feature rich, beautifully polished, graphically ambitious and, above all else, retains the oil, smoke and tears that fans know and love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While nowhere near as technically accomplished as its Western peers Yakuza 3 nonetheless deserves to be experienced for the depth of its central character and its peerless depiction of contemporary metropolitan Japan.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 is an enjoyable experience in its own right regardless of the few niggles which hold it back from being a true masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole however, it's hard to resist the basic level of fun that Blur's overall design attributes bring about.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole however, it’s hard to resist the basic level of fun that Blur’s overall design attributes bring about.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a wealth of content growling under the proverbial hood, but the game comes perilously close to lacking any real enthusiasm to show us exactly what it is that makes it so special.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Building on what came before it technically and thematically, Left 4 Dead 2 proves itself a thrilling multiplayer experience fans would be foolish to pass up. The sequel may have arrived just a year after the first but the wealth of content and overall refinement means you wouldn’t know to play it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not you'll warm to it depends largely on if you enjoy the game's maniacal atmosphere: if you are, or ever were, a slightly juvenile adolescent male with a penchant for videogames and movies – and I think that covers most of us – there's a very good chance it'll go down a treat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the arcade racing innovation of Split/Second and Blur just around the corner, and the simulation behemoths of Forza 3 and Gran Turismo 5 occupying the other end of the scale, DiRT 2 – with its ultimately well-judged balance between substance and style – is perfectly placed to occupy the niche that exists between both racing camps.