Gameplayer's Scores

  • Games
For 214 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 LittleBigPlanet
Lowest review score: 30 Iron Man
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 214
214 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But GTA IV will never get old, or start repeating itself. It will always offer anyone who turns it on an experience to savour.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s obvious that developer Game Arts have put a painstaking amount of effort into creating this game and every time we play it we’re discovering new Nintendo references which bring back a rush of nostalgia. Brawl’s chaotic multiplayer sessions are some of the best to be had on the system, plus there are plenty of challenges and modes to amuse those ‘friend-impaired’ individuals out there as well. It’s a no-brainer, every serious Nintendo fan out there should score themselves a copy of this game, invite some friends/victims around, and have a smashing good time.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But GTA IV will never get old, or start repeating itself. It will always offer anyone who turns it on an experience to savour.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With such complete attention to the teensiest of details, it’s obvious that de Blob was more than just another project for all those involved; it captured their imaginations and became a labour of love.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But at the end of the day, even the most vehement of MGS detractors will put their hand up and admit – Metal Gear Solid 4 is, by far, the most polished combination of presentation and gameplay this generation. It sets a new benchmark in terms of production values, and will blow your tiny little mind to smithereens on more than one occasion.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is like a magic trick, and in that respect it feels less like a videogame than an incredible concept executed perfectly. LittleBigPlanet is like LEGO (the blocks, not the game), it’s like Monopoly, it’s timeless... it’s lightning in a bottle – and if Sony play their cards right it could well save the PS3, and propel the console into the stratosphere.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The genius of Super Mario Galaxy is that its basic game design solves every problem that’s ever existed with a platform or adventure game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Street Fighter IV has returned from a nine year hiatus (man, that makes us feel crusty) to successfully wrest back the crown of ‘most awesome fighter on the market’. It is a shining beacon of quality and hope in an otherwise dying, largely forgotten genre of video gaming. Recognising this, Capcom has wisely kept it accessible to newcomers, sufficiently evolved for veterans, and chock full of the chess-like depth that made the series so infinitely playable in the first place.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Killzone 2 is a stunning game best suited for FPS aficionados, rabid graphics whores, and all proud Ps3 owners in general. Guerrilla Games have stepped up to the plate and delivered very comparable results to “that preview video” that blew our collective minds in 2005. Using Guerrilla’s proprietary ‘deferred rendering engine’ Killzone 2 squeezes a lot more juice out of the Ps3 than anything we’ve seen thus far.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A brilliant game. For the most part it takes the brilliant template laid down in the original and injects it with a smartly integrated new move-set, an exciting world to rip to shreds, and the same addictive, unquestionably stylish gameplay which saw the Tony Hawk series bolt for the hills.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Gears 2 is a lesson in masterful pacing; whether it’s lulling you into a false sense of security, dropping you into an inescapable situation, or blowing your hair back with a ‘speeder bike’ vehicle section. It’s a ripping good yarn that is continually one-upping itself by belting you upside the head with yet another over the top action sequence that eclipses the last awesome thing you just did.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combat handles well, it’s visually stunning, the voice acting and musical score are brilliant, and the epic storyline doesn’t end before it begins (like the first game did). But the most appealing thing about it is that it delivers everything that Molyneux has promised, plus it is oozing with wit and charm - something sorely lacking from many games nowadays. At the end of the day, Fable II is a triumph and a must buy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A brilliant game. For the most part it takes the brilliant template laid down in the original and injects it with a smartly integrated new move-set, an exciting world to rip to shreds, and the same addictive, unquestionably stylish gameplay which saw the Tony Hawk series bolt for the hills.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game is also unashamedly adult in its content and we, for one, see as a breath of fresh (marijuana scented) air on the platform. Dealing drugs, hand making molotovs, chainsawing people in half, swearing up a storm, blowing people’s heads off with a sniper rifle – it’s all in here, and if you’re underage you had better check with your olds before getting it. Or don’t, and just hide it really well. Whatever works.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s brilliant, inspired and will easily secure their supremacy as the leader in the MMOPRG market.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It looks amazing, its immersion factor is second to none, and the whole experience is like a good book; addictive and impossible to put down. Packed to the gills with the incredibly deep Fallout mythos, you can play through the twenty odd hours of main quest but come back to experience the 50+ hours of side quests dotted throughout this freaky, radiated reality.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenal product.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Daring, dazzling, and different. Divine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No other Japanese PS3 game to date provides quite such a vivid game-world in which to play. [JPN Import]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rest assured, Prince of Persia is every bit the game you wanted – it is the game you were promised and a whole lot more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks gorgeous, it has an addictive ‘one more turn’ feel to it, and it has a truly awesome soundtrack packed full of some seriously phat beats. At the end of the day, Pure is a shinning example of an arcade experience done right and it delivers on this with big air, big thrills, and a whole lotta dirt.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles, Overkill doesn't take itself remotely seriously. It harkens back to an age of entertainment that, if not more innocent, was a lot more honest. This is good, dirty fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It tells an intriguing tale, the very definition of value for money, and the environment of Liberty City is just as amazing as ever. That said, if you weren’t a fan of GTA IV in the first place (yes, all three of you), this DLC doesn’t reinvent the wheel enough to win you back to the fold.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A PSP game you simply can’t live without.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best feature of NMH has got to be the visceral combat system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, several radically different gameplay styles are presented in Spore, but it would be unfair to call the game a Jack of All Trades — it's closer to a Queen or a King of All Trades.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like either Sonic, or RPGs, you have to buy The Dark Brotherhood. It’s as perfect a handheld RPG as we’ve ever played.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Punch-Out!! is still a stellar classic that is guaranteed to hit casual and hardcore Nintendo fans fair in the face with fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We’re surprised to hear ourselves say it, but we actually had as much fun playing The Conduit, as we did with Metroid Prime Corruption. It really did blow us away!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be a different beast, but it’s still a whole lot of fun. Resident Evil still has the chops to rock our world. However, if Capom do decide to continue down this action-packed path they’ve begun, they’d better get their sh.t together when it comes to “run ‘n gun” gameplay mechanics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: World at War has had a lot of time spent on it, it takes full advantage of (and in some places improves upon) one of the best FPS engines there is, and its unflinching approach to the mature subject matter gives the immersion-factor a kick up the guts. Does all of this make Codwaw worthy of a purchase? Hell yes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The play balance is sublime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve got the time and patience for it, there’s literally hundreds of hours of gameplay to be found in the single-player portion of the game (specifically, World Domination). This is also a game that rewards various play styles and encourages you to try new things, all the while becoming more and more addictive with each hour that passes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic Games is onto a winning formula and UTIII does deliver just what online console gaming needed: accessible, frantic, and endlessly enjoyable old-school gameplay. Just switch on your console, get in there and blow sh.t up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is officially a must-have product.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s outrageously awesome entertainment that forgoes taking itself too seriously to ensure you’re grinning ear-to-ear throughout, smiles gleefully lit up by the biggest explosion-fest in gaming history. And we have no problem with that, whatsoever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The feeling of progression and development is a great draw as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The campaign structure, the selection of events and vehicles, even the damage modelling and Flashback systems are all of a piece, and all intended to achieve one goal – to keep you on the racetrack, pedal to the metal, chasing the win. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It succeeds because it doesn’t just try to throw more humans into the same old environments and gameplay. It offers a smart three class system that encourages savvy team-work, an experience meter that builds to enable special attacks and uses levels designed specifically for the mode to maximise the resulting gameplay. It also dynamically shifts the action to take into account the number and skill of players in each game, making for near endless replayability. It’s a hit, pure and simple.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There has been a surprising amount of thought and attention to detail put into Battlestations: Pacific, even though it often plays like an arcade title. The problems with the game are few and far between, so if you’re after an epic historical action title with plenty of bang for your buck, this should definitely be your port of call.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Space is a pearler of a horror ride. For fans that love gory adventure and classic flicks like the Alien series, Predator, or any other marriage of gore and suspense, this must be played. Just be sure to book in a recuperating massage for when it’s over.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intelligent Systems put an awful lot of thought and effort into Dark Conflict. The result is that the series has been rebooted and revitalised. If you’ve had Advance Wars fever in the past, prepare for a relapse.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic Games has done a more than admirable job of transporting the game from PC onto PS3 and further refined their genre-leading gameplay. Offline gamers, however, should just rent it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A word of caution however, don’t get fooled by the kiddy visuals presented in Zack & Wiki because some of the puzzles contained within require a fair degree of lateral thinking to beat. With that in mind, older gamers seeking an enjoyable challenge should definitely pick this up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best puzzle game for the DS to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intuitive team controls, fantastic presentation, superb sound and impressive visuals (particularly the paratrooper models) make Hell’s Highway far better than we ever would have guessed. That said, it’s going to be divisive for all manner of reasons.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s outrageously awesome entertainment that forgoes taking itself too seriously to ensure you’re grinning ear-to-ear throughout, smiles gleefully lit up by the biggest explosion-fest in gaming history. And we have no problem with that, whatsoever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic, frantic combination of pretty much all the highlights of previous Civilization titles rolled into one single package. Finally, a worthy way to experience Sid Meier's legendary franchise on your console!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We were both literally and figuratively gob smacked by UFC Undisputed. The nuances to the hand-to-hand/fist-to-face/foot-to-face combat were ridiculously deep, and far from the realm of button-mashery. Top it off with some of the most sexified graphics we’ve seen, and an intricate leveling-up system, and there’s little wonder it’s…undisputed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps best of all, though, the developer has managed to create a graphically rich and detailed version of 13th Century Japan that’s positively dripping with atmosphere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As is to be expected with such a realistically-driven simulator, the learning curve is huge and if you don’t regularly frequent the genre, be prepared to invest large quantities of time before determining whether it’s for you.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you’ve already conquered Liberty City on PS3 or Xbox 360, there really isn’t enough extra stuff to demand that you fork out more money for the PC version. But if you have yet to savour the GTA IV experience, this is a must have because of the unforgettable single-player experience and frantically fun multiplayer as well as the extra PC features.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A solid title that manages to be a helluva lot of fun, despite the lack of an abundance of new stuff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A thoroughly entertaining game that has a wide appeal for young and old. The low level of violence and simplicity of challenge makes it easy to play. A good solid family game that we highly recommend.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whichever way you slice it, Trauma Center: Second Opinion on the Wii is the definitive ‘doctorb’ experience – the ‘b’ is for bargain!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The truth of the matter is that Star Wars: The Forced Unleashed is an enormously fun game, which will suck you in with its story, frequently blow your mind with its visuals and, perhaps most importantly, will fulfil your Jedi fantasies like never before. And that, Star Wars fans, is worth the price of admission alone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Small gripes aside, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is a title for anyone who’s ever stomped on a sand castle, mashed together Tonka trucks, or blown something up. It’s big, it’s bad, and the thrill of demolishing everything in sight never gets old.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gripes aside, Left 4 Dead is a well polished experience that is an absolute blast to play co-operatively with mates (or randoms for that matter).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    H.A.W.X feels more like a Top Gun movie than Ace Combat ever did. It mixes in some refreshing new innovations that keep the missions exciting, and the appeal of that four player online co-op mode simply cannot be denied. If you’re an Ace Combat diehard, we recommend deviating from your usual flight pattern to acquire this target. Alternatively, if you’ve been ground-based gamer all these years and you’re looking for an accessible game that looks and plays great, we recommend you grab a copy of H.A.W.X and buzz the counter at your local game store.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a niche product. It has an anime look, and a novel-like pace. Yet the biggest difference from your run-of-the-mill WWII shooter is that you have to think very carefully about what you are doing. The combat system is straightforward, yet merciless. You will make mistakes, and you will be forced to learn from them. But if you're into this sort of thing, you will get your rocks off — and that's what matters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it certainly isn’t the graphical revelation it has been hyped to be, this is a game that is very much deserving of any PS3 owner’s hard earned cash. Or, to put it another way, Infamous can successfully generate 1.21 Gigawatts of fun, without the danger of setting anybody’s eyeballs on fire.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Certainly the ability to punch a hole through the wall of a building to get access to the Ruski vermin camping inside is a great step forward for the acclaimed series as it looks to motor its dominance from PCs onto consoles. The world destruction on show is suitably ‘next-geny’ and thoroughly enjoyable, there’s no doubt. But despite developer Digital Illusions spirited attempts, Bad Company doesn’t quite reach the rarely tapped heights of dual-radness, and is just a really good game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We’d usually advise waiting a month or two with MMO titles, for major patches to fix any foibles, but WAR actually feels very stable and polished at launch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game has three game modes and 50 levels, so even when you’ve beaten the ever-increasing-in-difficulty Inventor Mode (basic puzzles and mechanics) you can take them all on again in Time Challenge Mode (30 second time limit) and Move Challenge Mode (ten moves only).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It hides its flaws gracefully.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At this point in time, we’re confident in recommending Age of Conan if you love MMOs and are looking for something completely different to what’s out there. It admirably manages to present a massively multiplayer experience while at the same time forging its own path with an added emphasis on single player story and real time combat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By incorporating gameplay mechanics not because they’re new, but because they work, they have created a game that is different enough to warrant taking notice, and familiar enough that anyone who’s played an RTS in the past 5 years can jump in and play without worrying about the learning curve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So no, Ninja Gaiden II hasn’t remedied some of the oddities that plagued the Xbox original. It has, however, completely refined, waxed, polished, and shined its peerless combat engine. Along with its trademark difficulty and balls-to-the-wall ninja action, it’s an essential buy for fans of the original and anyone else willing to put their hands up for a stiff challenge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A thoroughly entertaining game that has a wide appeal for young and old. The low level of violence and simplicity of challenge makes it easy to play. A good solid family game that we highly recommend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo has put on the DJ Phones and taken a firm hold of MS Paint and somehow managed to create pure madness on your NDS. If you previously didn't find it enjoyable to have shaolin monks hit you in the face with different dishes, all to the rhythm of techno beats, then you definitely will love it now!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A decent addition to your collection, but it hasn’t evolved.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is also a visual feast with striking environments, meticulous vehicle models, and adrenaline enhancing post-production effects. While its true the series hasn’t made a massive evolutionary leap forward in terms of gameplay, it still offers up plenty of unforgettable racing moments where you’ll get P.I.T. maneuvered by an opponent on the last corner but manage to desperately slipstream turbo your way back to win by the span of a diamond encrusted hood ornament. In other words; it’s got fun factor out the chrome-plated wazoo.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics in Multiwinia have a certain retro functional aesthetic that fits in perfectly with both the theme of the game and the style of play – simple and elegant, with very little to distract you from the gameplay at hand. Little has changed from Darwinia and system specs are kept comfortably low as a result. The game is quick to load and quick to play, which is all that a game like this should be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not quite as special as the original, but still impossible to ignore.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SC: IV has seen some much needed tweaks to the fighting mechanics, the game looks as beautiful as ever, and the customization options available for of your characters opens up a lot of avenues strategy-wise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant shooter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want a 2D fighting game for your DS, then it would be tough to think of a better example than this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a staggering array of moves to be done here, many of which you’ll apparently discover quite by accident while waggling sticks with a dim optimism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it stands, Space Invaders Extreme is a well priced, solid game that is a shining example of how the classics should be remade.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BAJA is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing – a robust, addictive and unique racer that handles better than DiRT and sounds better than Forza disguised as unassuming release schedule filler. It even supports up to four-player split-screen, which is great considering split-screen of any type is a real rarity these days. It’ll probably vanish without a trace, but right now we’re turning off the driving aids and screaming off into the sunset.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it does have its flaws, Saints 2 still manages to feel like a Van Damme action movie - a very, very guilty pleasure. Sure, the production values aren’t up to scratch, and the over-the-top action scenes are a bit seedy - but it can make up for most of these shortcomings by being chock full of big dopey fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a simple pick-up-and-play style of game, but there are 20 deceptively involving stages to draw out the experience. The hand-drawn graphics are charming, and the management of your economy and overlapping fields of fire is engrossingly complex. You can lose yourself in this world for hours.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This may seem like a dumbing-down, but if memory serves the ninjas in Naruto’s world never had to use seals to perform those feats in the first place. Authenticity wins the day.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beauty of Civilization Revolution DS is that it’s just so damn addictive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must-own Wii racer that pays multiplayer dividends.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When the gameplay is playing to its strengths – three faction combat, survival-hunting element, spooky jungle terrain – it is thoroughly enjoyable. Only occasionally does it slip into the old-school generic FPS territory which should, like the game’s reptilian protagonists, be well and truly extinct by now.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn’t yet the game it will become, but it’s still damn fine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond those minor disappointments, Tiger Woods 09 has proven itself to be a very decent sequel that manages to bring some meaningful upgrades to the table – most notably the performance coach, the Club Tuner, and the faster multiplayer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay is refreshing and addictive, the strategic elements have you constantly assessing the situation and working the angles, and it has a decidedly non-Japanese, JRPG feel to it. Slick, fun, intelligent and rewarding, let’s hope this is the direction turn based affairs take in the future.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just enough strategy to balance the combat. Loads of fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The king of the team-based multiplayer hill!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re after something dramatic that makes good use of Wii controls, Disaster is well worth a look.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pro Evo, for me, is a better single-player game. FIFA is a better multiplayer game, and also, this year, a better football game overall.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game makes many improvements over the original – it’s just hard to now recommend this title over the many superior racers that arrived in the wake of the first MotorStorm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a disappointing lack of online multiplayer, Sega Ultimate Megadrive Collection is one of the best old school compilations that money can buy. It’s well presented, sports interesting behind-the-scenes unlockables, and all the games have been converted so that they play as good as we remember them (except for Alex Kidd, which has aged like a 19th century milkshake).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re after an intense shooter that rewards style, enforces persistence and encourages competition, then The Club is taking members now. You should probably sign up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like we said, if you look at Skate It as a place to screw around and have a little fun on a skateboard you’ll have a tremendous time. It’s not a particularly complete game in any other sense. One for real skating fans, for sure dudes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frustrating, but fascinating. Music with a twist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as we know there’s no other game on the market that allows you to swallow a human for health, while being chased by a mutant twice your size, hurl a car at a helicopter, hijack a tank, cleave a soldier in twain with an enormous biological blade, transform into an invulnerable steel behemoth, tear apart vehicles with your bare hands, stealth consume and mimic any NPC in the city, and run up the walls of any building in Manhattan. Surely that’s got to count for something, right?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an almost perfect example that any other similar projects in the future should follow ­ a game that creates a gaming experience that Metallica fans will cherish.