Gameplanet's Scores

  • Games
For 992 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Lowest review score: 20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 992
992 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In order to describe every little thing that you see in this game would require volumes. There is a staggering level of detail and for every detail we've mentioned so far, there are at least a dozen we've missed. Still, that's the beauty of Grand Theft Auto IV: the details will always be there for you to discover yourself.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In order to describe every little thing that you see in this game would require volumes. There is a staggering level of detail and for every detail we've mentioned so far, there are at least a dozen we've missed. Still, that's the beauty of Grand Theft Auto IV: the details will always be there for you to discover yourself.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one sequel which bucks the trend by taking an already good concept and building on it, raising the bar in the process. Simply put, it's better than the original because there's a lot more to do, and everything meets or exceeds expectations.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of the franchise and of gaming in 2013. A ridiculously ambitious title that wrings absolutely everything out of the aging seventh-gen consoles, it's a spectacular triumph in every conceivable way. Rejoice, for Rockstar North has done it again.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto V for new-gen is without a doubt the best way to experience one of the biggest releases of the last half decade.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is simply no argument to be had. The PC release of GTA V is by far the very best version of the very best Grand Theft Auto game to date.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2 improves on the original in almost every way. A solid gaming experience, and one that will rate among the very best PS3 games ever made.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like the first Mass Effect, you can ignore everything that is wrong with Mass Effect 2, because it is just so good at everything that it does right. The faults are not as glaring as they were in the last game and you will be so enthralled with the amazing story, characters and combat that for the most part, you won't care anyway.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Where Oblivion may have caused many to sit on the fence when faced with any new Elder Scrolls release, Skyrim stands tall in redemption. It is, without any shadow of doubt, the best RPG experience available right now.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sony's exclusive title shows potential, but it has several areas that need improving. It's refreshing to see a title that has such fun gameplay and amazing customisation options, and we're sure LittleBigPlanet will be around for a long time to come.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An absolutely stunning game that only minors and the squeamish should avoid, The Last of Us will rightly be remembered as one of this generation's very best games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Last of Us Remastered is a better-looking, better performing version of an already incredible game. As such, those who haven't played the original version should buy immediately, and those that have probably should as well.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Portal 2 manages to exceed expectations without compromising any of the core gameplay that made the original so popular, and should easily be considered one of the best titles available so far this year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption is not just the definitive sandbox gaming experience, nor simply the best Wild West videogame (hardly a challenge), it is developer Rockstar's crowning achievement to date.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Arkham City does what everyone hoped it would yet feared it couldn't; expand and improve on Arkham Asylum. Indeed, Arkham City is a bigger and better game in all regards, delivering an immaculately presented, rich, compelling play experience and gripping story while simultaneously respecting its source material's legacy and pushing the Batman myth further forward.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It certainly is refreshing to get a game that isn’t a terrible console to PC port.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Players who have never taken on the adventure and those who are old masters will find joy in unlocking Hyrule's hidden secrets, and felling its foes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No major graphical updates here, nor has the story been modified in any meaningful way. But, it's BioShock, and therefore a must-buy for any platform it's available on.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioShock is the most important new intellectual property of this hardware generation. Like its predecessor, it is an experience that could only ever be achieved in a videogame, one that demonstrates the true power of this medium to engage and inspire us, and in doing so it soars far above so many other games, clipped and blinkered as they are by their lowly, merely filmic aspirations. Irrational's achievements in BioShock Infinite dignify the medium.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Street Fighter 4 doesn’t bring a lot of new ideas to the table but it does do everything better than any previous incarnation, which is exactly what we wanted.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everything a great sequel should be, and fans of the series will love the additions Infinity Ward have included this time around. Easily one of the best games this year, and a contender for the best shooter currently available for next-gen consoles.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid 4 isn't just a game, it's a work of art. By far and away the best PlayStation-exclusive title this year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is huge in entertainment value and a tour de force for the Nintendo stable of characters. Its many game options and the full-on combat make it a game you will come back to again and again. Highly recommended for any Wii owner.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Probably the best DS title on the market currently, Chinatown Wars shows Rockstar can master not only next-gen console and PC, they know a thing or two about handheld gaming as well.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An amazing title which further solidifies Xbox Live Arcade's position as a fantastic platform for gamers and developers alike. Highly recommended.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Mario World 3D pares back some of the complexity seen in recent Mario games in favour of multiplayer gaming, and it works wonderfully.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Blizzard have stuck to what they know with this sequel to one of the most beloved RTS titles of all time. Don't expect any revolutionary twists to the classic gameplay - although what is included is imbued with the kind of perfection you've come to expect from one of the best developers in the world.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Street Fighter 4 doesn’t bring a lot of new ideas to the table but it does do everything better than any previous incarnation, which is exactly what we wanted.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For anyone looking for the ultimate in expression and aesthetic satisfaction, or merely searching for a game that will virtually limitless exploration and achievement, Minecraft offers it all.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't matter what you're playing it on: Hearthstone is a fantastic CCG that gets the balance just right and needn't cost players a cent.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite being unable to match the PC in terms of graphical splendour, there's plenty here to keep you occupied, and fans won't be disappointed with what the developers have crafted.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic have managed to improve on Gears of War in almost every respect with this much anticipated sequel.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 is an utterly brilliant bookend for an outstanding franchise.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without the pro instruments Rock Band 3 is a strong rhythm game but nothing extraordinary. With Pro Mode, and the new Pro instruments this game is a shining light in a genre that had become happy with mediocrity.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's pretty much what we expect from this epic franchise, but the limited scope and fairly mundane ending hasn't rounded off this franchise with the dignity it deserves.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3 has the ability to elicit high excitement from its players through a tight and polished combination of gameplay styles, and through it's unmatched art direction. It's let down only slightly with a kind of shallowness, and a linear quality unbefitting a game of this quality. But these small niggles aside, Uncharted 3 will have players leaning forward through some of the best action sequences in gaming, and will be a favourite for both long time fans and those new to the series.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rock Band is more than a simple video game, it's a highly interactive social experience. There's enough depth and fun here to keep you and your friends entertained for months. A must-have for the festive season!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bloodborne is both perplexing and awe-inspiring, a challenging but rewarding title that will absorb or repel with equal strength.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Witcher 3 is a triumph. CD Projekt has delivered a world that is epic and textured, and a narrative composed of swelling crescendos and artful asides. This is a studio at the top of its game delivering a title that’s now at the top of the field. Quite simply, The Witcher 3 is unmissable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, it's the best console racing experience you're going to have this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The stealth portions are somewhat simple in execution but satisfying when you get it right. When you are high above the enemy scoping them out in order to plan your attacks you really do feel like Batman.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rock Band is more than a simple video game, it's a highly interactive social experience. There's enough depth and fun here to keep you and your friends entertained for months. A must-have for the festive season!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's probably the best fighting game out at the moment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The different modes have enough variety to add a measure of replay value, with minor changes in the gameplay and some new mazes to chomp your way through.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But in most other respects this is an incredibly assured first-person adventure that grants a dozen hours of top-notch escapism in a brilliantly fleshed-out world, and practically demands an immediate replay so that all its delights may be sampled.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At its heart, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a suite of development tools wrapped up in a user-friendly, child-like aesthetic of yarn and cardboard.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With well over ten million people playing the game, any expansion is a must-have for any fan of the game. More so this release, it has more content and depth than the first expansion and brings back a lot of the feel and flavour of the original game release.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As far as adventure shooters on the console go, this has it all, but stack it up against similar games on other consoles and you cannot help feeling it's a runner-up rather than a leader. A good game though, and one that we recommend.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 is a silky smooth and highly-entertaining brawler that all Wii U owners should have in their collections.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kratos has made the transition to the small screen with godly grace. We're barely out of the first quarter, but if you treat yourself to only one action title this year, make it this one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The campaign attempts to wrap itself in the dramatic cloak of human tragedy but fails to deliver on that emotive promise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all the minor problems at hand, Forza Motorsport 4 is the most complete car experience available today. Vast in scope, with many new features, it is slickly present and well executed. Other titles will cater to hardcore racing specialities better, but for those looking to race, tweak, tune and participate in a community, this fourth iteration offers more than enough entertainment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The sequel we've been waiting for. It more than lives up to years of expectation, as Bethesda has seamlessly transitioned the franchise from RPG to tactical FPS without skipping a beat. Game of the year? Quite possibly.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best shooter available on console right now, Gears 3 is an experience not to be missed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killzone 2 is a game which gives war a glorious edge. The cinematic style of the single-player campaign brings forth memories of classic war stories as an elite group of four soldiers battle against a malevolent enemy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Expert storytellers BioWare have made no effort to disguise the fact they consider Dragon Age: Origins to be the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, but the game also owes much to sister title Knights of the Old Republic. The graphics may be a little vanilla, but by and large: Masterful.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rayman Legends isn’t just good, it’s utterly terrific on practically every level. That such a title was once confined to Nintendo’s sickly hardware seems abhorrent, although it’s the sort of rare game that would sell a console. An exquisite offering, it exudes polish and should appeal to everything sentient within 50 yards of the TV.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Link Between Worlds boasts excellent characterisation and spacial design. Even a too-shallow difficulty curve can't hold this long awaited entry back.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This time around, From Software has nailed the PC version of its beloved franchise, leaving absolutely no doubt as to which platform gives players the best experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Souls II is a tough, bleak, and frightening action-RPG that is every bit as harrowing yet satisfying as its predecessors.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most immersive games of 2009. An epic storyline and excellent gameplay leave us almost entirely satisfied.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you are a casual player looking for some new levelling experiences, a manic PvPer looking for the next challenge or a PvE progression player, Cataclysm has something for everyone. Like the expansions that preceded it, Cataclysm is growing and evolving.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is a refreshing and somewhat surprising addition to an already extensive catalogue of action games. A must-buy for any anime gaming fan, and an excellent representation of the genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is a genre-defining experience on consoles. It's a must for console-owning fans of the franchise, and a highly recommended entry point for anyone interested in the action-RPG genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 makes some impressive changes to reinvent the franchise and create an experience that is not afraid to address thematic issues many other games shy away from. Watching Jason both grow as an individual and succumb to the madness that infects the Rook islands adds significant weight to the actions Far Cry 3 asks players to undertake. Ubisoft asks us to consider whether we're just as mad as the rest of the Rook Island natives. There's still room for other games to execute more deftly on these same themes, but for now, Far Cry 3's journey is easily compelling and even easier to recommend.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an extremely solid effort, and feels like a full release title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent update to FIFA 09. Small refinements across the board for a much more precise and controlled soccer experience, that really plays like it should. EA has done it again, the improved AI and ball handling really helps to immerse the player, providing us with one of the most realistic and detailed soccer titles to date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite being unable to match the PC in terms of graphical splendour, there's plenty here to keep you occupied, and fans won't be disappointed with what the developers have crafted.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Portal: Still Alive is ideal for Xbox 360 owners who want the Portal experience without any hassles. Log in, download, and play - but beware, it's not exactly a small file.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For fans of puzzling games, Limbo can certainly help you with that head-scratching itch. However, for those with only a passing interest in the genre, Limbo's difficulty curve, its lack of gameplay direction and its depressed setting could prove a barrier to enjoyment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Together these elements make Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood the most polished experience the series has created to date. It's one that will vindicate fans and hush doubters, even if Ezio's swarthy charms are starting to run as thin as an Italian waiter shamelessly flirting with your date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rockstar's epic franchise gets another round on the PSP, arguably the portable platform it was best suited for in the first place. There are a number of enhancements over the DS release, but it's not all good news as some of the minigames have been lost in translation. Overall though, a stand-out title filled with the type of quality you've come to expect from Rockstar.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That aside, Dead Space 2 is a fantastic shooter. It's a marked departure in mood and gameplay from the first, but these design choices have paid off enormously. A must for horror or shooter fans.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An action packed shape shooter that builds on the successes of the previous versions and creates the most solid Xbox Live Arcade experience to date. This game packs a real punch and will give you huge replay value. Better than the original in every way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a sea of tepid first-person shooting sequels, Civilization V shines so brightly you won't realise it's already midnight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By combining the slick 3D polish of modern-era console Mario with the pure and simple challenge of the classic platform era, Nintendo have created a true gem. The frustration one encounters falling off a slick edge for the 14th time is outweighed by the addictiveness of achievement. It's linear, to the point and perfectly tuned for a portable experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For gamers who loved the first game, there is much to enjoy and rediscover here. Those new to the series you will find it nothing short of a revelation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    XCOM can be a cruel, vindictive mistress, but she is one that can be tamed. With an investment of time and patience, players can gain access to a true tactical masterpiece, unlike anything we've seen in the past decade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guild Wars 2 is the first new MMO in a long time to offer a compelling and enjoyable gameplay experience, that doesn't leave the player alone and trying hard to make friends. As with any MMO, it's a complete waste of time. A joyful, well crafted, and highly entertaining waste of a whole lot of time, and one that is highly recommended.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't need a hokey in-game marketplace where players can trade credits for uniforms in order to be better; such insecurity only cheapens the whole thing. FIFA 13 is a triumph when viewed on its core merits; its ability to excite and drive the player to new levels of skill and enjoyment through the age-old medium of football.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The multiplayer alone makes it a must-buy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shogun 2 is a tour de force, plunging even the most detached and practical of real-time strategy fans into the heady waters of the Shengoku Jidai.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Empire: Total War is breathtaking in its scope, enthralling in its detail, and staggering in its execution. Despite one or two minor flaws, it should be considered one of the very best strategy titles available on any platform.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pillars of Eternity demonstrates that a great RPG is as much in our own heads and hearts as it is a developer's vision relayed through a monitor. A must-play for fans of the genre, old and new.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a game for gamers, and a stark reminder that often the best games aren't those that set out to redefine the medium, or seek dour creative legitimacy, but those that set out to entertain, to make us laugh, to surprise us, and make such an impression that we'll return to them for years to come.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Majora’s Mask for 3DS represents the best execution of the game, boasting impressive graphics and extraordinary gameplay depth.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a game with only four levels, there is a surprising amount of gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game will steal your soul, and comes highly recommended.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exceptionally solid action role-playing game, with an immense, immersive world. The new features, including the dog as a helper, and the breadcrumb trail as a guide, have worked excellently. This time, Peter Molyneux has made a game that lives up to its hype. One of the real must-have titles on the Xbox 360.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Valve's much anticipated Zombie game is a co-op experience not to be missed. Although a few more levels would have been nice, the AI is smart enough to provide a unique game each time around. This one is highly recommended!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is a perfect example of what happens when a competent developer takes an existing game and adds just enough to make it better, without subtracting from its initial appeal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hot Pursuit has overdosed on the adrenaline, providing gamers with some of the fastest action this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space was definitely a risk for EA and it's great to see they were willing to run with it, because it is a fantastic game. It looks and sounds great, is a lot of fun to play and oozes atmosphere.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The campaign may be pants, and the co-op may struggle to find a niche, but DICE knows multiplayer – that much is evident. In this regard, Battlefield 3 exceeds expectations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, it's the best Rock Band experience to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rockstar has excelled in producing a truly innovative title that sets the high-tide mark for inquisitive gamers looking for a real challenge. It's not to be missed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Peggle is a colourful, highly addictive puzzle style game that the whole family will absolutely love. The online multiplayer modes make it that much better, and it's a worthy investment for anyone who wants something a bit simpler to wind down with.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Throw all of these things together and you have an excellent game that falls just a little short of perfect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Get into the Dark Souls mindset and be prepared for repeated failure in one of the most engrossing gaming experiences available.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The phenomenal feeling of speed and the freedom to pretty much do what you like has once again taken the Burnout series to another level.