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 Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Lowest review score: 20 Star Raiders
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 571
571 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aliens: Infestation is slickly produced and generally fairly engaging, but it's not quite an essential experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While not devoid of charm and a solid visual showcase for the PlayStation 4, Knack is best described as a PSOne title in shiny modern clothing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You’ll march through a campaign with an imagination as wide as its corridors, but be enthralled by a lavish if largely familiar multiplayer suite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the solid wrestling system at heart, TNA had potential to be one of the better wrestling titles out there, but there just isn't enough content offered to recommend a purchase.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With Ninja Blade, From Software commits the cardinal sin of the action game developer; it allows the action to become boring.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It turns out that EA, first with FIFA and now with Need For Speed, had the answer to beat the cynics all along: simply make a good game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Ghost Recon Future Soldier is enjoyable enough, in a genre as heavily populated as modern tactical shooters 'enjoyable enough' no longer cuts it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, it ably showcases the potential of motion controls and takes you on an enjoyable ride, but it's a ride that ends all too soon and that doesn't give you much reason to go around a second time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it may dip a little in the middle Papo & Yo finishes strongly, making good use of the game's evocative musical score and themes to create a resonant conclusion that may be a little on the nose, but still feels risky and experimental compared to the narrative tropes typically used by most games.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It doesn't do anything particularly outstanding to persuade MotoGP virgins to dip their toes in two-wheeled waters, but to say the game does little right would also be doing it a disservice. This instalment of MotoGP feels like a new beginning for the sub-genre, and as such deserves sampling by most. The petrol heads amongst us, especially.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Homecoming is an assured and welcome entry into the series that will be appreciated by fans of survival horror, though to gamers unfamiliar with the ways of Silent Hill, it may come across as slightly anachronistic in the face of such efficiently tooled thrill-rides as Dead Space.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 6 is crying out to be watched rather than played and it will gleefully punish you for daring to do so, in which case you might want to kick back and let someone else do all the hard work instead.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The excellent qualities of Second Evolution are always at war with its meandering, trifling aspects.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet Karting makes no bones about the fact that it's a kart racer with familiar series hooks thrown into the mix. The racing itself is fine, but as ever, you come to LittleBigPlanet to revel in the madness of its community creations – and this is a lure that still works a treat here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Were its opening acts more strongly defined, and the characters presented initially as less one-note, then it would be a far better game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Danger Alliance offers a good looking, well produced and accessible turn-based strategy experience that can be recommended if you're looking for a light-hearted strategy-based distraction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not without merit, Lords of Shadow 2 is one to pick up at a lower price in the upcoming summer draught.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lost Planet 2 is an ambitious and enthusiastic title that is sadly lacking in focus, with a single player experience that falls some way short of the competition and a multiplayer campaign that is diminished by unconvincing AI opponents.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Really, the only thing that makes Resident Evil: Revelations notable is the apparent lack of knowledge of what makes a game scary. That’s a charge that couldn’t even be fairly levelled at the current-generation entries into the series but, sadly, it’s one that’s fair to level at Resident Evil: Revelations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game's smooth-as-butter movement is a great hook which deserves to be paired with a more engaging game, as the end result feels far too sparse and underused in the greater context of everything it has going for it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The worlds have a vibrancy that recalls the original PlayStation games, special effects are suitably dazzling and the whole affair is efficiently produced whilst making the most of the host hardware. It's close to being the sort of Spyro game that, judging by their PS3 Ratchet & Clank adventures, series creators Insomniac would have made had they still an active interest in all things purple dragon, and an appropriate way to mark Spyro's 10th anniversary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MAG
    On one hand, MAG is an ambitious experiment that has delivered on many of its promises – it genuinely offers lag-free 256 player online battles with a huge potential for team work. On the other hand, it is a game that struggles to find a sense of purpose beyond this, or a real sense of identity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's no denying the core concept remains fun, frantic and often enjoyable, but it feels slight and the game's long ingrained mean streak and occasionally sneering tone only serves to highlight how far the industry has come in the last decade. Peek closely enough under that shiny new coat of paint and you'll soon find evidence of rust.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Takistan is still home to an erratic framerate, temperamental engine and the kind of sloppy AI that remains completely oblivious until you start firing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    RACE Pro is a racing game for racing fans and, to its credit, never tries to be anything else.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Luckily such design oversights are quite rare, but an overall polish doesn’t change the fact that this 10 year old remake is suffering from an identity crisis. If the charm and appeal of Cornet’s world gets its claws into you, you’ll be hooked. If not, you’ll be bored before the end of the third chapter.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is, however, hard to open-handedly recommend it to everyone: One Piece fans will find far more to like in it than non-fans, and the stylisation can be a divisive visual look.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Being let loose with the Force and given some spectacular scenarios to work with makes for an excellent game in premise, but LucasArts just haven't nailed the basics. Disappointment of the year? Quite possibly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To conclude, were there even the slightest concessions to moderation in Skullgirls' aesthetics, and a few small but fundamental UI changes, it would be a superb entry-level fighting game which allows a player new to the genre to leap in and through practice become a master. But as it stands, the relentless sexuality on display is ineffective as parody and serves only to reinforce the belief that games are designed for young men who read FHM.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gameplay-wise, A Darker Shade of Grey just pips Death in Scarlet to the post on variety, even if it does this by sacrificing the core gameplay mechanic.