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 LIMBO
Lowest review score: 20 Final Exam
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 572
572 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Q-Games' quirky tower defence title is as competent as it is colourful, and the heap of additional content supplied in the PSP version makes it worthy of the deluxe title. Issues with frustration and repetition aside, the quick and accessible nature of the gameplay makes it a vital addition to the PSP's catalogue.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Relic’s current RTS formula has almost become a subgenre of its own, and with Chaos Rising they effortlessly prove themselves masters of their domain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is, in many ways, a very meek and understated game…but under its mild-mannered exterior lies an engaging, diverting and enjoyable title that, for the price, offers a heap of entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s being billed as a niche title, but there’s enough joy within Half-Minute Hero to make the game an entertaining experience for anyone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you finally take the key out of the ignition, step out of your hotrod and observe all the carnage that Split Second has wrought, the overriding impression is that this is one slick game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you finally take the key out of the ignition, step out of your hotrod and observe all the carnage that Split Second has wrought, the overriding impression is that this is one slick game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Minor technical quibbles aside, it’s all at once charming, engaging, innovative, interesting and humorous and perfectly pitched at its target audience (namely kids and adults with kids!), not to mention reasonably priced.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario Kart may still hold the crown overall but All-Stars Racing is certainly the closest Sega has come to its own Smash Bros, and in its own little way suggests that, putting aside the welcome updates of classic franchises like After Burner, the still-mighty company has finally learnt to accept – and even revel – in its status outside of the hardware race.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s nothing else out there quite like it, and Darwinia+ will absolutely delight anyone who fondly remembers the arcade games of the seventies and eighties.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've already been won over by last year's instalment though, THQ and Yukes have delivered a solid sequel that serves a strong warning to any would-be competitors – two rounds are down and they have no intention of giving up the fight.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’ve already been won over by last year’s instalment though, THQ and Yukes have delivered a solid sequel that serves a strong warning to any would-be competitors – two rounds are down and they have no intention of giving up the fight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tied in with the absorbing and unique practice of continually upgrading your ship by collecting enhancements (after all, there can’t be many Breakout-clones which afford the paddle their own inventory screen?!) and AlphaBounce is an excellent advertisment for what can be done with ancient concepts given a fresh aesthetic (or: how creating a surface impression of depth can hide innate repetition).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Snoopy: Flying Ace is an enjoyable, well designed and great looking title – in fact, selling as it does for a measly 800 MS points, its production values are nothing short of astonishing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be hackneyed, past its sell-by date and a tad too over-reliant on its predecessor’s successes, but when RE5 remembers that it’s Resident Evil and not, say, Gears of War, it’s nothing less than sublime. But unfortunately for the most part, Resident Evil 5 seems to be suffering from a rather harrowing case of identity crisis.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the simple virtue of being a more cleverly designed game than those from recent history combined with the clear love and appreciation for the source material, Lego Harry Potter firmly stands out as the most accomplished title in the Lego series yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the simple virtue of being a more cleverly designed game than those from recent history combined with the clear love and appreciation for the source material, Lego Harry Potter firmly stands out as the most accomplished title in the Lego series yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is everything fans of the series would expect from a high-definition remake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is everything fans of the series would expect from a high-definition remake.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A quality racer that won't break the budget, we expect Hydro Thunder Hurricane to make waves this summer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, it's well worth a purchase if you're yet to get into the series, and a worthy addition to the mounting pile for fans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, it's well worth a purchase if you're yet to get into the series, and a worthy addition to the mounting pile for fans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bumblebees’ story is as full of broad, cheese-obsessed humour as the television specials, and while the majority of players will most likely complete the game within just a few hours, they’re certain to enjoy the journey while it lasts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may be a touch on the short side, it is still a game that has been crafted with a clear and uncompromising vision and we're happy that it has found a new home and – hopefully – a new audience on the Wii. If you have any interest at all in challenging and original game design, it really is more than worthy of your attention.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's barely the open-ended Mafia game that many were expecting, or indeed hoping for, but then it needn't be: Mafia II is of a quality that matches that of GTA and its rivals without the need for illogical side-missions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, H.A.W.X. 2 is a must for Tom Clancy and flight-sim fans.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, H.A.W.X. 2 is a must for Tom Clancy and flight-sim fans.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, H.A.W.X. 2 is a must for Tom Clancy and flight-sim fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep deserves to be considered as a top-tier PlayStation Portable title that combines high production values with some strong mechanics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By not changing too much from the original template Blue Castle Games have ensured that Dead Rising 2 will likely elicit as divisive a response as its predecessor. Which is fine because Dead Rising 2, a bundle of contradictions with a neat line in bespoke weaponry, isn't an easy game to love at all. Take the plunge though, and you'll find one of 2010's most singular, bloody-minded, and fascinating videogames.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By not changing too much from the original template Blue Castle Games have ensured that Dead Rising 2 will likely elicit as divisive a response as its predecessor. Which is fine because Dead Rising 2, a bundle of contradictions with a neat line in bespoke weaponry, isn't an easy game to love at all. Take the plunge though, and you'll find one of 2010's most singular, bloody-minded, and fascinating videogames.