Digital Spy's Scores

  • Games
For 667 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Catch-22
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 667
667 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
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    With a hauntingly beautiful game world, stunning visuals, and a wide variety of ways in which players can approach combat, The Last of Us is another exceptional game from the team at Naughty Dog...However, it's the studio's ability to make this past-pandemic world and its contrasting cast of characters feel so believable and credible that really makes The Last of Us stand out from its peers.
    • 95 Metascore
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    It features a superb plot, contains at least one piece of essential DLC and looks absolutely stunning, making it an essential purchase for newcomers and one to consider for fans of the original.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it was a risk to move away from the depths of Rapture and into the clouds of Columbia, Irrational Games has once again crafted a dazzling new world, which succeeds in taking the franchise to stunning new heights.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether revisiting Hyrule for the umpteenth time, or paying your first visit, prepare to be dazzled by one of the finest gaming experiences ever created.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even without the platform versatility of its other versions Skulls of the Shogun is still among the best strategy games to grace iOS, and one that armchair generals shouldn't pass up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's platforming perfection, brimming with clever ideas and flawless execution.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hearthstone's main drawback is a matchmaking system that can often put new players in matches out of their depth, along with a few stability and framerate hiccups that pop up in the iPad port.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the Wii showing its age more than ever, Nintendo's strategy is to compensate with an immersive interface, mesmerising world and engaging story. It's an approach that pays off, proving that gameplay should be valued above all else.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Punch Quest is a wonderful fast action romp for iOS that will keep drawing players in for a long time to come.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite this minor gripes, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a masterpiece and a strong contender for game of the year. Like its predecessors, it pushes the boundaries of what's cinematically possible in the medium of video games, and is a thrill ride from start to finish.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the appearance of maths fool you, Threes is a deceptively addictive game of sliding, matching and growing the puzzle with every move.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have re-awakened the Fire Emblem series in top form, merging its story and tactical combat as a masterful accomplishment for strategy RPGs.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those already addicted to Tiny Wings' charm will love the new levels, while those still on the fence couldn't have asked for a better invitation to join in.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The fact that Journey has so effectively condensed the experience into a two-hour interactive poem is an astonishing achievement. It is the evolution of Jason Rohrer's art game Passage, bringing an unmatched humanity to the experience through its multiplayer.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Xenoblade Chronicles doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does add a stylish new body and a slick new engine.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Suffice it to say though, for puzzle fans Device 6 is hands-down the game that best takes advantage of the iPhone as a gaming platform.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shadow of the Colossus remains an undisputed classic, with its breathtaking vistas and epic boss battles, and despite its ageing mechanics, ICO remains a piece of gaming history.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a constant stream of more realistic racing simulation games, the high-flying action of Asphalt 8: Airborne stands out for its interesting courses and intense speed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combine spot-on controls with dozens of fish to discover and a wonderful sense of humor, and it would be ridiculous not to download Ridiculous Fishing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is a massive game for iOS, and it gets a gorgeous visual upgrade over the DS original. However, it's hard not to feel that it's priced too high for the iOS market, especially for a non-universal app.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall, Borderlands 2 is the sequel we were all hoping for. Gearbox has clung rigorously to what worked the first time around, and fleshed out the experience with refined customisation options, more variety, and a vastly more interesting story. With fantastic co-op support, there's tonnes of longevity on offer here, and no doubt future DLC will sweeten the deal. Looting and shooting doesn't get much better than this.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even so, the fact remains that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a fantastic strategy game, and one of the best and most robust available on iOS.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Oozing quality and packed with content, Rayman Legends justifies its place among the platforming elite, and proves that even after all this time, Ubisoft's oldest mascot is still full of new ideas.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Painting over any cracks that were starting to appear in the Zelda series, A Link Between Worlds is a refreshing experience and another Nintendo 3DS masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a hardcore, heart-pounding adventure that's more accessible to newcomers, without sacrificing the series' sense of mystery, awe and wonder.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bug Heroes 2 has a steep learning curve, but mastering that curve reveals a strategic shooter with deep class specialisations and a satisfying online arena.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a surprising amount of repetition within the single-player campaign, Far Cry 3 is a wonderful shooter with lots of secrets to discover and a huge game world to explore. Taking place in a stunning environment and featuring a compelling narrative, as well as an excellent cast of characters, Far Cry 3 offers hours of enjoyment, something which is greatly extended thanks to its competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dungeon crawlers aren't to everyone's taste, but you would be hard pressed to find a better one than Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition on consoles. This is the definitive version of an already great game, and it truly excels on the PS4.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Ocarina of Time before it on 3DS, Nintendo once again proves that it has a deft hand at reviving its classics, preserving their timeless essence while making them easier than ever to revisit for new and old audiences alike.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Playing Okami HD is a joyous experience, but it is sad to see that after six years it is still one of the best examples of its genre. Okami HD is fantastic, and hopefully this re-release will inspire a new generation of game designers to play, enjoy and then scoff, "Ha, I bet I could do better".
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mario's best handheld game in years, and even when put up against his acclaimed console offerings, it's yet another sublime adventure crammed with surprises and smiles every few minutes. It's also perhaps the first 3DS title that makes the screen an integral part of the game rather than an eye-catching afterthought.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In closing, Guild Wars 2 is a staggeringly ambitious project that makes a bold statement about the future of the MMORPG. It is living proof that a game of this manner can thrive outside of the subscription business model and the genre's established conventions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who haven't played Limbo before, or for those who simply want to play it again while riding on the bus, you can download the iOS version with confidence that it is just as creepy and well-crafted as on any other platform.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fans of the series will be delighted at just how much Eidos Montreal has gotten right with this prequel, from the dark cyberpunk visuals to the open-ended puzzle solutions. It tells an epic story full of twists and turns, set atop an incredibly challenging gameplay experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dishonored's open-ended approach is a commendable one, but we felt the way it cheats the player out of the best ending if they choose the 'wrong' play style to be a bit frustrating. However, while it's a little short, Dishonored is ultimately a very enjoyable experience, with a vivid, unique world that will surprise whoever steps into it.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The developers at The Game Bakers already proved they could make a great game with Squids last year, and now with Squids Wild West they have turned it into one of the deepest and most enjoyable franchises on iOS.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monument Valley's absolutely stunning visual style and clever level manipulation make it a fantastic mobile experience. The only shortcoming is that you will wish there was more of it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sporting three all-time classics and two retro gems - all for the price of an average new release - the compilation represents unbelievable value for money.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Infinity Blade II continues to be a step forward for iOS gaming. Chair has delivered a visual masterpiece with satisfying combat that rectifies many of the issues of its predecessor. We aren't quite at that point where smartphones and tablets have made handheld gaming systems obsolete, but after this release, the gap between them is certainly narrower.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Aside from that one unbalanced bonus, Joe Danger is still easily one of the most fun games to download on iOS, capturing everything that made the games such a hit on consoles.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's not uncommon for players on PC to pour hundreds of hours into FTL, and with the move to the iPad with intuitive touch controls the addiction is now portable and stronger than ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 8 is a conservative update, choosing to polish and refine rather than reinvent, but it's still as alluring a racer as it ever has been.
    • 88 Metascore
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    FIFA 14's next-gen tweaks and improvements are largely aesthetic, but then this is a title that, barring some balancing issues, was always as close to the beautiful game as virtually possible.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With excellent characters, emotionally charged storytelling and tense action set-pieces, deciding whether or not to revisit Naughty Dog's stunning game world really is a no-brainer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Torchlight 2 is nothing revolutionary. It favors a remix of genre conventions over any true evolution of the action RPG formula, but it is a pitch-perfect execution of those traditions that remains satisfying from start to finish and beyond
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fieldrunners 2 is definitely geared towards tower defense veterans, so newcomers to the genre will quickly become overwhelmed, but those looking for a new strategic challenge to conquer will get a lot out of this sequel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is a lot more to The Stanley Parable, but to reveal the many wonderful surprises and twists crammed into the three hours it takes to see just about everything would be foolhardy. So instead, you'll have to trust us. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a funnier and more delightful game than The Stanley Parable this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Platformer fans, especially those fond of Rayman Origins or classic Sonic games, will definitely want to pick up Rayman Jungle Run.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sever issues aside, players who approach Diablo 3 expecting a definitive dungeon crawler won't be disappointed. The basic formula is largely unchanged, but comes highly polished and bolstered by robust character customisation and strong co-op support. If hacking your way through hordes of demons and gathering loot hold any appeal, you won't find a better alternative.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet PS Vita in many ways defines the series. The option to create on the move or jump in and out of user-generated mini-games sees the concept take on a new level of significance, and it makes few compromises along the way. Age-old complaints about the complex nature of content creation still apply, but so does every one of the plus points of the PS3 classics.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Angry Birds Star Wars is like a "best of" album for the series, combining terrestrial and space levels with fun character abilities all wrapped in a delightful Star Wars shell.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with imperfect controls, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is an absolute classic and every bit as worth playing as it was ten years ago. The best experience will still be the PC or Mac version with a keyboard and mouse, but the iPad port is still a worthy addition to the game's legacy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But thanks to some welcome tweaks and neat 3DS-specific features, for those that want to slowly savour paying a mortgage, picking fruit and making friends with weird animals in short but sweet daily bursts, New Leaf is the best Animal Crossing yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Between its eerie atmosphere, creative puzzles and clever use of an oft-ignored area of folklore, Year Walk is a brilliant game that will stick with you long after the credits roll.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like a faint Pikachu attempting to escape a rare Poke Ball, Pokemon X shouldn't fail to draw you in and hold on tight, even though it's not quite the mega evolution we were expecting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Catch-22 is one of those perfect games that will keep you playing just one more round long into the night.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wayward Souls is an intense challenge, but that only makes the feeling of reward all the greater when you finally succeed, and unlock the next multi-floor deathtrap to explore.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The game even features matchmaking based on your skill level, ensuring that you and your opponent are evenly matched. With so many asynchronous multiplayer games popping up, it may seem easy to skip the latest craze, but passing on Outwitters would be a huge mistake for even the most casual strategy fan.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Camera adjustment issues aside, inspired level design and creative puzzle mechanics make Blast-a-way an easy iOS recommendation.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Super Stickman Golf 2 is one of those games that is easy to pick up and play a few holes, or you can dive in and practice to master all of its tricks.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The paper world of Tearaway is a thoroughly original one, loaded with quirk and aesthetic charm. Character animation has a stop-motion look to it, and the result is mesmerising at times.
    • 87 Metascore
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    In many ways Arc Squadron is a better sequel to Star Fox 64 than the official games that followed it, making it a must-have for mobile space combat fans.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls offers little in the way of earth-shattering innovation, but the game is all the better for the new content it brings to the table.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only does it play great, but the fact that Rayman Origins packs one hell of a challenge and boasts some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous visuals we've ever seen, cements its place as the new king of 2D platformers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pikmin 3 expands and improves upon the systems that made the original games such a joy to play...While we would have liked to seen the development team make better use of the Wii U's features, Pikmin 3's stunning visuals, fiendish puzzles and incredible boss fights have seen it blossom into another treasured Nintendo franchise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inclusion of 'Classic' mode is a shred move that is sure to pay dividends, causing many old fanatics to relapse and encouraging newcomers to join the fold, but it still remains miles ahead of its competitors with its sheer level of depth, sophistication and challenge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However, what you get out of Gone Home is a top-class piece of interactive storytelling. Considerable care has been put into all aspects of The Fullbright Company's debut title, and the end product is a roaring success that may hit home closer than you would expect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The minimalist visuals and soothing sounds of Eliss Infinity hide a deviously challenging and rewarding puzzle game, but those who already played the original Eliss can safely pass on the semi-sequel unless they are desperate to play on an iPad.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite its inspiration lying in classic games, Organ Trail can really stand on its own with a tricky resource management, mini-games well suited to touch control and a bitingly witty sense of humor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With such a generic narrative and no penalty for failing missions, the story campaign lacks tension and fails to hold the attention. However, in Titanfall's case, the failure to implement a strong narrative is ultimately inconsequential. Players will tell their own stories simply by jumping and jetting through the vertical environments, experimenting with parkour and, of course, causing destruction in the seat of those towering Titans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Hexagon is perfectly designed for mobile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel, yet it's a fan-pleasing addition to one of the best real-time strategy titles of recent years that will have a revitalising effect on its multiplayer community.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Horn is by far one of the most substantial games released for mobile devices yet, with a quest spanning several hours that is better suited to setting aside time to focus on your game than a quick session here or there. But for those looking for a mobile game that can live up to its console contemporaries, Horn is a must-have.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While transforming vehicles don't completely change the game from Anomaly 2's predecessors, it does offer a few new strategic twists on the series' already strong gameplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Either way, Where's My Mickey? manages to add both new puzzles and a much-needed dose of classic Disney charm, turning it into a game that can stand on its own instead of simply being another Where's My Water? expansion pack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rayman Fiesta Run, like its predecessor, sets a new standard for mobile platformers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The core Plants vs Zombies gameplay is still as strong as ever, so there is still tons of fun to be found in the sequel. But after the first game's carefully crafted difficulty curve, Plants vs Zombies 2's grinding can make it feel like a more inconsistent experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However, it is rather irritating that one of those extra units is something so essential as the medic class, which gives those willing to pay more a significant advantage. Even with that drawback, Great Big War Game lives up to its name and is a great pick for any strategy game fan.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Diablo 3 was always going to be a great fit for console given its intuitive and infectious gameplay, but Blizzard deserves plaudits for the skill with which it has handled the porting process.
    • 86 Metascore
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    While the puzzles are fun and challenging, it is the game's presentation that puts it over the top. The world of Nihilumbra is gorgeously realized through fantastic artwork, animation and a haunting soundtrack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a more traditional challenge there is also the survival mode, which drops blocks at timed intervals for a fast-paced challenge. It all plays fantastically on the iPad, and makes for a unique twist puzzle fanatics will enjoy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 is far from a revolutionary release, and it's arguably inferior to the much improved PES 2014 in terms of pure footballing gameplay. That said, FIFA 14 is the most complete virtual footballing experience available today. Whether in single or multiplayer, there's enough to keep fans busy well into the new football season and beyond.
    • 86 Metascore
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    While the system has been blessed with multiple must-have Mario adventures, it's a delight to say there's now an essential one from his often overlooked sibling too.
    • 86 Metascore
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    A lack of decent bonuses makes the Definitive Edition a hard sell for existing fans, but for newcomers it's a slice of platforming perfection that will make the wait for next-gen blockbusters easier to bear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Studio Ghibli, meanwhile, has helped to create a memorable and touching narrative that's sure to strike a chord with gamers both young and old.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game itself, however, is still out of this world, with Wii U users benefiting from the new and improved ending and a more efficient touchscreen control system. If this is your only opportunity to put an end to the Reaper invasion, we can't recommend the game enough, but if you access to a different gaming system, it's better to look elsewhere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bravely Default's more interesting ideas, particularly the mechanics behind the battle system, breathe some life into a very traditional RPG. However, the game is also let down by its fair share of derivative and less ambitious features. Bravely Default disappointingly wastes a lot of its potential, but Square Enix will get another shot with the already-announced sequel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lack of sparkle in Battlefield 3's campaign is offset by engaging and addictive large-scale multiplayer battles that have few equals, along with a co-op game that is thoroughly enjoyable while it lasts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hotline Miami is an odd experience. Missions flow between stealth and combat with split-second tactical choices reinforced through trial-and-error. The context for that gameplay is brutal beyond measure, though the game also provides a rare opportunity for reflection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The implementation of minimalist strategy is brilliant really, with clever systems that are fun and challenging to learn. And while the experience is short-lived after you have learned everything, it's a unique experience that is well worth taking the time to master.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although they come with a few problems that only the nostalgic will forgive, the HD versions of both Final Fantasy X and X-2 have plenty to offer long-term fans and newcomers alike.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oceanhorn may not be as clever as Nintendo's series in its dungeon designs, and few games are, but the sense of exploration and discovery makes it easy to recommend on its own merits.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As only the first of five episodes, it is difficult to tell how the series will play out and evolve from here. However, The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - Faith makes a fantastic first impression and has us eagerly awaiting the next chapter of Bigby's story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where Kingdom Rush Frontiers really succeeds is its variety though. The sense of monotony that often plagues tower defense games never sets in, with tons of variety both in settings and enemy types so that you're always facing some fresh challenge.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The controls are marvellously intuitive, as a simple tap launches one of the tentacles to latch onto the walls of whatever gut or organ you are currently navigating. Each tap sends out the next tentacle, creating a surprisingly smooth experience as the creature crawls through passages, often fighting against the current of bodily fluids.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the game is starting to show its age and display a slight lack of imagination, it's safe to say that there aren't too many Nintendo 3DS games that can match the enjoyment derived from Mario Kart 7.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It becomes difficult to tear yourself away from Rogue Legacy, as the repetitive flow is brilliantly augmented by randomly generated traits and dungeon layouts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Out There is a game about controlling what you can, and adapting to what you can't, as a new story unfolds with each jump across the stars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Football Manager 2014 is as much about removing the restrictions of past installments as it is about introducing new content.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hundreds is certainly worth a look for those craving a challenge on their iPad, but only for the most masochistic gamers.