Digitally Downloaded's Scores

  • Games
For 856 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Lowest review score: 10 Battleminer
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 856
856 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is sharp, witty, intelligent, and just the right shade of nasty -, and is a true inspiration for future open-world action adventure games.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm not sure just how much of my love of Legend of Grimrock is because of a sense of nostalgia, or a consequence of great level design. The game offers intricate maps and some classic crawler action, and it's as good a second time through as it was the first. Having this game on my iPad for play on the go is this retro 'crawler fan's dream.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't think of the game as a free-to-play one. It's actually very expensive if you want to be competitive, and so it's a premium game. It's worth it, but go in expecting it to be a big part of your gaming hobby going forwards.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What you are getting with Metal Gear Solid V is hours upon hours of the vision of one of the most creative and artistic directors in video game history.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I genuinely believe this kind of game is something that anyone studying Hamlet should play and should make it part of their extended studies of the play. That's not to say it's not entertaining, because it really is laugh-out-loud funny and working through some of the decision trees gives it a lot of replay value.
    • 92 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Combat aside, Bloodborne is a visionary work by a visionary artist. Intense in both theme and application, it's a gory concession to the tastes of the modern mainstream player, while maintaining the spirit and uncompromising narrative that was the hallmark of the Souls games at their finest. But this is far more consistent in that application than those games, making it From Software's finest work to date.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shovel Knight is yet another fantastic indie addition to the continually growing Vita catalogue. It might lack Vita-specific extras (and is therefore a pointless purchase for people who already own the game on some other platform), but for old-school retro platforming fans who might have missed out on this fantastic title so far, it's a must buy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the most artful, the most intelligent, or the most important, but it's certainly going to be the most spectacular. And I know for a lot of players out there, the spectacle is all that matters.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no better time to buy into the console.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Banner Saga asks a lot of its players, especially in the early chapters, but those who stay for the long run will enjoy a mature, character focused story which is both challenging and memorable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 will challenge some people. It will make the uncomfortable. It's transgressive in numerous ways, and with that comes the potential to offend. But in causing offence, Bayonetta 2 encourages conversation, and that's the very definition of a good work of art.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rayman Legends on the current generation of consoles is the best platforming experience of this early 2014 year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part of me is agonising over every detail and wondering what – if anything – I missed, but that is already subsiding in the hours since I left that police station for the final time. I may be slowly coming to peace with what has happened, but the memories that Her Story created will last a lifetime. Her Story has become intertwined with mine.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls 2 offers glimpses of hope and illumination, but they always feel just out of reach. Scratching just below the surface to take on the challenges Dark Souls 2 has for you is where this game's appeal lies. The game will not be for everyone, but for those willing to tackle this game, it is a rewarding experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That balance is why its predecessors were so popular, and that's why the sequel is certainly going to be a major hit.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Velocity 2X takes everything that was great about the top down shooting action of Velocity Ultra and not only improves it, but adds a whole new layer of depth: platforming. It creates a new hybrid genre that's seamlessly blended together by its creative narrative and delicate balancing of controls for each style of game play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This War Of Mine plays well, is challenging, and is a very good game. It just also happens to be a very good piece of art.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fez
    Phil Fish has forced me to put more thought into playing a video game than I would have initially liked, but I feel like a better gamer for it. I used to think that the joy of exploration and unbridled sense of discovery was lost to the games of consoles past, but Fez has not only proven me completely wrong, but it has given me hope for the future.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s an old saying, you can never have too much of a good thing. This is false. Hearts of Stone doesn’t offer that much new to the game, which is what the second expansion is supposedly meant to feature, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What Hearts of Stone gives players is another reason to dive back into this world, and enjoy the stories that lie within.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda series has become the incarnation of an adult, and for better or worse, Majora’s Mask is the coming of age story that made us all grow up.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioWare achieved everything that it needed to with Dragon Age: Inquisition. It revitalised a series that had suffered real brand damage in Dragon Age II, and easily stands as the best RPG we've seen in years. There is absolutely no reason to miss out on this one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Superficial elements aside, Pike & Shot is a rock-solid simulation of an era of military conflict that is ignored by most developers and publishers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What FTL boils down to is a brutally difficult and very rewarding roguelike and it is one of the finest examples of the genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The brevity and minimalism do make it hard to take Dark Echo as more than just a novelty, but it's no doubt that the game's dark corridors hide some bright ideas.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another decent, if unspectacular effort from Nintendo. The series needs better balancing if skill is to ever become a factor again and the single player mode may be a total slog, but Mario Kart is still a hit where it always mattered: with friends.