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 Chrono Trigger
Lowest review score: 20 Scourge: Outbreak
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 571
571 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mighty Switch Force screws with your noodle while forcing you to try and speed through the levels to meet the ungodly fast 'par', always taunting you with your slowness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although not the complete overhaul that some may have desired, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a surprisingly bold and distinctive sequel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a great action adventure/survival horror game then – it just isn't necessarily the greatest game in the Dead Space series.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Joe Danger: Special Edition is the definitive version of the game and one that the plucky stuntman can be proud of.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a great action adventure/survival horror game then – it just isn't necessarily the greatest game in the Dead Space series.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as superhero showdowns go, you simply won't find anything more spectacular than Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a great action adventure/survival horror game then – it just isn't necessarily the greatest game in the Dead Space series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as superhero showdowns go, you simply won't find anything more spectacular than Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, then, FM2014 is a quality product; an enjoyable entry point into the series for new players and customisable enough for series veterans to add or remove the features they want to make the best experience for them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an experience, I’d definitely recommend Jazzpunk. It still fits in the, “Wandering Around Game” style, however its comedic sensibilities are great and its treatment of other video game styles are a love letter to gaming in the most fun, madcap way that Necrophone Games could have thought of.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only has the studio delivered a title that lives up to its predecessor’s colossal standards, but it’s achieved a new milestone for the console RTS, paving the way for the future of the genre on a platform previously thought lost.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While DodoGo! Robo may not do a great deal to expand on the ideas laid down by the original, it delivers a cheap, cheerful and challenging package that is more than worthy of a place on your DSi. It's a prime example of a simple premise being taking to a satisfying and engaging conclusion, and stands head and shoulders above most of its 200 DSi Point brethren. Extinction would be a cruel fate for this particular Dodo.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At no point does Forza Motorsport 4 feel as impactful as its predecessor did two years ago, but that certainly doesn't mean it's an inferior game. In fact, its refinements and production values are executed so well that it is arguably not only the best game in the series, but the best driving simulator on the market. If you missed out on the third entry, then Forza 4 is highly recommended. But if you're not quite ready to delve back into an experience that is largely unchanged from the last outing, then you might not find much worth coming back for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is everything fans of the series would expect from a high-definition remake.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thus while these remakes do not offer much new, they are remakes of such high-quality games that they are worth revisiting, or visiting for the first time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it does manage, however, is to not only demonstrate the Wii as a serious first person platform – a well overdue achievement – but sits alongside the likes of the Call Of Duty franchise as being one of the top shooters available on any console.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cuddly charm of BattleBlock Theater tells only half the story – the game boasts a horde of smartly designed puzzle platforming stages as well as a multiplayer suite goofy enough to raise some pure and honest laughter. Whether on your own or with and against some friends, there’s plenty worth chewing through here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With that being said, it's extremely difficult to complain too much about a game that is as pumped-up, gratifying and shameless as this and that features a skillshot-system with the potential to launch an entire franchise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With that being said, it's extremely difficult to complain too much about a game that is as pumped-up, gratifying and shameless as this and that features a skillshot-system with the potential to launch an entire franchise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In conclusion, Borderlands 2 is a significant improvement on the original; it sharpens up the narrative, the core game progression, the visual theme and many other fundamental aspects that needed adjustment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soul Calibur II HD Online illustrates this perfectly: with the core game given nothing but a face lift, it remains a great fun experience, even if it’s the exact same experience that it provided ten years ago. The new features add very little, but then there’s very little that needed to be added even ten years ago, and therefore it remains to be seen whether similar tales of swords and souls will continue to be eternally retold.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There can be no doubting he pleasure in revisiting the wonders of gaming past, and Starfox 64 3D still stands today as a beacon of impeccable design, but at this present moment the 3DS's balance seems too heavily skewed towards looking back, retromania over reinvention. On the other hand, this is a superb package, and a robust reminder of just what the 3DS is capable of. Starfox 64 3D, then: it's the console's second-best game, just behind Ocarina Of Time 3D.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a package, Assault on Dark Athena stands on a par with Valve’s The Orange Box for value, albeit not quite in terms of quality.
    • 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.

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