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 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 571
571 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Left me wishing I had enough time and luxury to jump straight back in and take the entire journey again. It's destined to enter the annals of gaming's classics in years to come.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The way it plays is a measure of beautiful precision and patience, and when you couple the community aspect to the near perfect gameplay, it makes for a package which is one of the strongest of 2012 so far, and we have a feeling that in terms of Evolution, the best is yet to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s not a complete overhaul of the series, but it’s an entry that intelligently pushes Animal Crossing into new areas of control and creativity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Early quick-time events aside, this twelve hour adventure suffers so few missteps that it’s a genuine delight to play, even as the lead gets trampled into the seasoned pro we’ve come to know. Everyone take a bow… the first lady of gaming has returned.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pure Nintendo magic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is not COD with an afterthought of a campaign, nor is it Far Cry 2 with its open expanses and sand-box gameplay. It's not a corridor shooter like Doom and it isn't Battlefield or Killzone 3. This is Crysis 2 – a magnificent first-person experience in its own right that stands out from the crowd by focusing on a campaign that is wholly engaging, at times highly challenging and often truly memorable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything about the game – plots, combat, progression, characters – comes together in a tidy, satisfying package.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's this blissful sense of nostalgia that makes Street Fighter IV the runaway success that it undoubtedly is. Street Fighter hasn't changed per se – at heart, it's still the very same game you played all those years ago - but it's been tweaked and enhanced to within an inch of perfection.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But for now there're very few games that can match God of War 3's cinematic sensibility, its dynamics, its carnage.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though it doesn't do anything particularly revolutionary, the level of artistry is so far beyond anything we've played recently that it almost doesn't need to. Standing uniquely in the busy Christmas schedule and indeed within 2008 as a whole, Fallout 3 is an experience to savour.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I was surprised there would be a sequel to Pullblox, given the versatility of the game, but this one manages to be just as fun and different enough to be equally worthy of a purchase.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem Awakening is a truly absorbing experience; a game which can make you fist-pump in victory and shout in horror as you watch zombie archers pick off your last Pegasus knight, all while you plan on how you’ll do it all better next time. And for what is essentially a board game-type RPG where little men and women run around a grid, that is pretty damn impressive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you're a seasoned veteran or new to the franchise, you have every reason to dive into these games in all their HD glory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Thus, Persona 4 Arena is a standout game; it marries theme and mechanics closely, and through its apparent simplicity allows a total novice to enjoy it all while layering on levels of strategy for advanced play based on positioning and timing rather than specific dexterity at inputting attacks.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Last of Us is the type of game that could only be crafted by a developer willing to take risks. Were Naughty Dog to have thrown its money at yearly iterations of Uncharted, it would likely still have found its audience, but with The Last of Us it has struck out in a bold new direction that asks some very big questions about some of the fundamental aspects of videogame culture and the relationship that exists between gamer and game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pullblox is one of the finest titles currently available for the 3DS and even in a world where iPhone games can cost under a pound there's no questioning the value for money that Pullblox provides; it's really is a massive game with near-endless customisability.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The level of polish that has been applied to LittleBigPlanet 2 is as apparent as we've come expect from the series, with no stone left unturned in upgrading each facet of the game's design.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Still nobody does this better than Harmonix, and with Rock Band 3 they are at the top of their game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never mind videogaming, Chrono Trigger is one of the great recent examples of storytelling in any medium. In short, it's everything role-playing games are meant to be, sucking you into a unique world until your identification with the game is inseparable from the characters and their goals.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V is the rare entertainment experience that simply won’t let you down.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Still nobody does this better than Harmonix, and with Rock Band 3 they are at the top of their game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is so immense and chock-full of content that we could conceivably rant about it for pages, but to do so would only detract from the time you should spend physically playing it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once it sinks its claws in, you'll find it nigh on impossible to escape until the Kingdom of Boletaria is free from the horror of The Old One. In short then – Demon's Souls is a modern classic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Limbo is a game about death that manages to invest the act of dying, at least in the context of gaming, with a rare impact – quite an achievement considering how often it happens.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    The aesthetics, the way it plays, the satisfaction of discovery – all are aspects that are missing in too many modern releases. Should you have found your interest in gaming to be waning of late, then this may have the power to restore your faith in the industry's ability to surprise and innovate. For that alone, Fez deserves your undivided attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It definitely treads a very thin line, balancing interactivity and spectacle, but it is a balancing act that it gets absolutely right.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When it comes down to it though Bioshock Infinite is a labour of love, a staggeringly impressive achievement and an example of the invention and singularity of vision that so many big budget games lack. I
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is gaming’s equivalent to YouTube: an unprecedented channel of collective talent that offers a level of creative freedom never before seenin a commercial videogame. It does for the platform genre what Half-Life did for shooters and what Gran Turismo did for racers; injecting innovation into a rapidly-staling genre and paving the way for the future of the side-scrolling platformer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is as much a triumph of curation as it is a technical showcase; Ghibli and Level 5 have cherry-picked the very best elements from their own past and combined them with the best that the genre has to offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Little King’s Story is a game of stunning breadth, imagination and slickly implemented design, and filled with an envious degree of heart and soul.