Digitally Downloaded's Scores

  • Games
For 678 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Pillars of Eternity
Lowest review score: 10 Skeleton Rider
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 678
678 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a very rewarding game, with something like 30 different endings to experience, depending on how well you play, and more side quests, optional missions and challenges and places to explore than most other JRPGs out there.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There have been only a few strategy games on consoles in recent years, and none have had the depth conveyed by Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence. The unique historical setting only further cements this title as one of my favourites on the PlayStation 4 to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I strongly suspect that, a hundred years or so down the track, Steins;Gate will be remembered as a truly classic narrative, for it is both entertaining and intelligent. Your grandkids may well be playing this one for their high school class assignments, and that's a pretty neat thought.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It might be decadent, and looking at the screenshots in this review will tell you if it's a decadence that make you uncomfortable, but the gameplay behind it is rock solid and perfectly precise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The reality is that Samurai Warriors 4 is nothing short of brilliant, and a huge leap forward into the new generation of game design by Koei. It's cinematic, its beautiful, it's fast and entertaining, and if you allow it to be, it's even a little educational. And that makes it inspiring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I appreciate the maturity that GUST is bringing to the Atelier franchise. In fact, I really, really appreciate the maturity that the developer is injecting into its flagship series, and frankly, I can't think of a better quality traditional JRPG out there than this one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What impressed me most about Submerged is that it never tries to be more than its concept. It set out to be a simple narrative-driven and emotional experience with a strong environmental message, and it achieves just that. With no unnecessary actions to distract those with limited attention spans it might be perceieved as "dull" by some, but in practice it's a reflective, mature, and artful work, and this here is where games should be going.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rayman Legends on the current generation of consoles is the best platforming experience of this early 2014 year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With a rocking soundtrack, loads of content, plenty of fan service and some clever gelling of two disparate video game universes, Hyrule Warriors is easily my favourite game of 2014 so far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Emotional and poetic, deep and intelligent, it's the kind of game that will fly under most people's radars, but it's also one of those games that will hold a place of pride in the libraries of those that are lucky to discover it. This is a game you will hear me celebrating for many years to come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the sequel that does everything just as well as the original, but adds loads to it. And, with the music selection being even better and more varied than in the previous game, this really is the perfect music game. A little strange for the ears of some people, perhaps, but strange in the best possible sense of the word.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This unique blend of action and tactical RPG elements in one, along with the deep level of complexity, finds the combat to be enticing and addictive in its execution.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V really surprised me. For a series I have had very little interest in the past outside an appreciate for technical proficiency, I found myself drawn into a world where lots of bad things happen to a good number of people - and I was often the one perpetrating these crimes. Call it self-aware social criticism or a guilty pleasure, Grand Theft Auto V proves to be a great deal of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At its core, Danganronpa is a melting pot of various philosophical puzzles that pulls together in such a way that it connected with me on a very deep, very real level. Without giving the ending away, the ultimate fate of all the characters (including Monokuma) left me more than a little shaken, and any game that's able to connect with me at that kind of primal level must be worth the investment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a spiritual successor to some of my favourite RPGs of all time, Pillars of Eternity does those games justice with its ultra-traditional story, presentation and mechanics. But I recommend other people check it out as well, as it offers a sprawling world to explore, and a fantastic cast of companions to interact with, making it the perfect example of a retro genre done right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the second that I stepped into the game's world and into the first village that would become a base of operation for a few subsequent hours, I was hooked as wave after wave of nostalgia hit me.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Europa Universalis IV is the finest strategy game on the market. And it just got better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Steins;Gate has a deep and interesting story to tell and does so through characters worth investing in. The writing is excellent, the presentation folds seamlessly into the rest of the package and the game itself will stick with you long after you have reached its conclusion. It remains, years after its original release, one of the best visual novels available on any platform.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end I came to the same conclusion now that I did back then: I had fun with the game itself, but it was the narrative that will no doubt be what sticks with me for some time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Just as Journey is a beautiful game, it has a beautiful heart, and that makes the ending (which I won't spoil, even though you really should have experienced it by now), all the more heart wrenching, but ultimately beautiful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is something Ubisoft needs to learn about its games on a very fundamental level: when the company isn't sanitising its narratives and characters to target a Call of Duty-sized blockbuster, it makes better games.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fantasy Grounds isn't a game in and of itself. But it's almost certainly going to end up being my most valued piece of Steam software.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Papers, Please is a political and sociological statement, and often it's quite a distressing one. But it also stands as proof of the power of games to extend beyond the boundaries of simple entertainment and thrills, and it tells a hell of a story in the process.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smart ideas paired up with smart writing and an enthralling mystery make for another true game of the year contender.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Laden with meaning (and in future articles on Digitally Downloaded I'll be writing plenty more about that meaning in the weeks, if not years to come, I suspect), this game uses poetry as its basis and executes on that vision so well that it is, effectively, interactive poetry.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Duet's narrative may also be hinting at something touching or maybe perhaps a profound truth, but I'm afraid I may be missing the point or overlooking into things. But, as often is such the case with art games, maybe that's precisely the point here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If I could give Beyond Eyes more stars, I would. Rarely does a character emotion become so pronounced in my own being. When Rae was delighted, I’d laugh with excitement. When Rae was scared, I cowered alongside her. When Rae was upset I was quite literally found sobbing in the fetal position until the wave of emotion passed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game so narrative driven as this would not be effective if the supporting aesthetics aren't up to scratch, and Life Is Strange is nothing short of a gorgeous game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no better time to buy into the console.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there was any justice in the world a game like Atelier Shallie would be considered in the same breath as the latest Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, or the Souls game. Because it is that good.