Jolt Online Gaming UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,125 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 Ape Escape Academy
Score distribution:
1125 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While the game at its heart may be simple, and the presentation equally so, AudioSurf’s near perfect melding of music and gameplay guarantees your fiver will be well spent. That’s right – a fiver.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Virtua Fighter 5 is, quite simply, about the art of fighting. Not destructible environments, super power moves or jiggling breasts, but technique, speed and strategy. As such, this is a game you have to be willing to work at to enjoy, and certainly won’t enjoy if you don’t.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the most enjoyable if short-lived gameplay experiences. The game is practically a work of art, but that may not be enough for everyone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 3 may not be vastly different to Call of Duty 2, but it is quantifiably better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    That the gameplay itself is not of classic status is a shame, but S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is still a game that anyone with am interest in first-person shooters or richly detailed, immersive game environments should seriously consider buying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fresh, quirky and original – and better still, only seven quid. What are you waiting for?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What we’ve seen here is a more-vulnerable Sam Fisher rather than the near-invincible super ninja of the previous games, which certainly gives Double Agent a distinctive feel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If publishers and developers insist on making PSP games with big-console values, they could definitely learn a thing or two from Fireteam Bravo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the most enjoyable if short-lived gameplay experiences. The game is practically a work of art, but that may not be enough for everyone.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Widely available for about fifteen quid, Dark Crusade is a ridiculously attractive prospect for RTS gamers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Everquest 2: Rise of Kunark has a lot of welcome content for new players and veterans alike, and while the game may not rival WoW in terms of player numbers, what it does do is really bring the new and old worlds of Everquest 2 and Everquest together into a new seamless package that is going to have a lot of appeal to a lot of people.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Admittedly the game’s next-gen appeal is questionable since it shuns flashy graphical effects in favour of immense detail and smooth action, but the fact alone that it can stand alongside the PC version looking none-the-worse for it speaks volumes about how far console gaming has come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A robust, well-rounded, highly enjoyable and easily recommendable racer with a twisted sense of humour and a good all-round sense of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of portable online gaming, Logan’s Shadow has a lot to offer, improving on Dark Mirror in a number of ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While still similar in many ways to Midnight Club 2, the two remain sufficiently different that neither negates the other.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There’s not much here that’s new, but at least it’s accomplished, and has been put together with style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Crisis Core has everything a Final Fantasy VII fan would ever want: reams of backstory and exposition about Zack, hours of fun gaming in a familiar universe for a handheld console that causes horrible hand cramps, and most importantly of all, a decent excuse for everyone to revisit Midgar.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you’re on the market for a fighter then you could do a lot worse than MK:D. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to do any better as this is a highly complete and well-rounded package with lots to keep you interested.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    As a mature FPS experience it still comes highly recommended though.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The feel of going back for just one more crack at an operation is amazing and there’s always plenty to go back and improve on even after you’ve waded through the six chapters of story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is as close to a proper skateboarding simulation as we’ve seen, and is up there in the fun stakes with the best of the x-sports games, but for added realism we’d like to see fewer loading screens, civilians that behave with a mote of intelligence or self preservation and even the ability to get off and walk once in a while.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The effect that all this adds to the game is more a sense of realism than a sense of camaraderie. The harrowing, dangerous nature of war is shown here in its truest form in a video game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There’s no doubt that Quake Wars is a good deal of fun to play, and that counts for a lot, but in terms of winning and losing, it’s clear that the onus is primarily on the defending side to get and stay organised, as only then will the attackers need to do the same.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed either of the first two games, then know that while Two Thrones isn't revolutionary, it does combine the best elements of both and is still a fitting and worthwhile conclusion to a superior trilogy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Although it's unlikely to usurp SingStar's title of ultimate party game, and is very unlikely to actually help you on your way to learning how to play a real guitar, Guitar Hero is a gaming experience that will take you to a place you’ll have never been to before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The combination of varied mini-games, relatively short and highly replayable campaigns, a save anywhere feature and an addictive 4-player ship battling mode make it a near-perfect fit for the system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There’s so much to do, so much to see and so many piñatas you can gently tap on the noggin with your mighty shovel it could keep anyone from 8 to 80 occupied until the moozipans come home.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is as close to a proper skateboarding simulation as we’ve seen, and is up there in the fun stakes with the best of the x-sports games, but for added realism we’d like to see fewer loading screens, civilians that behave with a mote of intelligence or self preservation and even the ability to get off and walk once in a while.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    As perfectly as it nails the traditional, linear turn-based approach and draws you in before opening up, the only real giant leap it makes for the RPG genre is by being easily the finest Japanese example to so far grace the Xbox 360. Traditionalists, however, will simply love it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Very much a Ratchet & Clank game, just tweaked, refined and in some cases streamlined.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Blood Money may be tough, disappointingly short, and plagued by stupid NPCs, but there’s plenty of replay value and the discovery of new and unique methods of elimination make this a game that should sneak its way onto anyone’s shelves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In the end there’s no accounting for taste, but if you have any serious interest in MMORPGs, you owe it to yourself to at least try Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A true original, and one we’d be surprised to see surpassed in terms of quality on Xbox Live this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is simply a pleasure to behold and a joy to play; but be warned that it’s a simple pleasure – possibly too simple for some – and there is an element of nostalgia in effect here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly the expansion is better value on the PC, and you don’t have to worry about logging into Xbox Live in order just to play it, but both packages still represent good value at a solid 20-40 hours of additional gameplay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you're on the market for a fighter then you could do a lot worse than MK:D. In fact, you'll be hard pressed to do any better as this is a highly complete and well-rounded package with lots to keep you interested.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The multiplayer definitely benefits the most but all in all, one of the best and most disturbingly addictive games ever has just upped the stakes once again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed either of the first two games, then know that while Two Thrones isn’t revolutionary, it does combine the best elements of both and is still a fitting and worthwhile conclusion to a superior trilogy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed either of the first two games, then know that while Two Thrones isn't revolutionary, it does combine the best elements of both and is still a fitting and worthwhile conclusion to a superior trilogy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly the expansion is better value on the PC, and you don’t have to worry about logging into Xbox Live in order just to play it, but both packages still represent good value at a solid 20-40 hours of additional gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s not as heavy on the role-playing as a subscription MMO, and it’s not usually as instantly gratifying as an online shooter, but it strikes a great balance for the casual MMO fan and the achievement-oriented action fan alike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Legends does absolutely nothing to advance a series which admittedly doesn’t really need advancing, but carries with it the finest selection of tracks since "SingStar ‘80s."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed either of the first two games, then know that while Two Thrones isn’t revolutionary, it does combine the best elements of both and is still a fitting and worthwhile conclusion to a superior trilogy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The combat has been really well thought out, the exploring is fun thanks to the gorgeous art style and the whole game just comes over as an entertaining way to spend 30-40 hours of your life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Admittedly there are no truly grave punishments in the game, but the violence is often more comical than serious anyway.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen takes a little while to get on the boil, but once it does you’ll find yourself absorbed in a lengthy, enjoyable, balanced and accessible JRPG that is as welcoming to genre veterans as it is to complete newcomers. There’s more than enough modern polish and sheen to justify bringing this former NES classic back for yet another outing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    So is Wipeout Pure a must-have PSP title? Weâ??d have to say yes â?? for now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The graphical upgrades and presentation improvements are certainly noticeable, while the game continues to have some of the best set-pieces of any first-person shooter. We do hope though, that for the next outing Valve puts a little more focus into creating all new gameplay scenarios and interactive experiences.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Depending on how you look at it, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 on Xbox 360 is either fantastic value and the best golf game on the market, or it’s a somewhat less-than-fantastic value update to a game that, while undeniably good, hasn’t gotten a great deal better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Coupled with alcohol, SingStar is definitely an improvement now that it’s on PS3, even if that’s simply because it’s all shiny and new and you can pretty much create your own collection thanks to the SingStore.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    By tackling the epic levels of Dungeons & Dragons, Mask of the Betrayer has a lot to offer both as an adventure and as an upgrade to the existing game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Whether you’ve played the first or not, KotOR 2 offers a complete RPG experience – with a full bodied story, a good experience points system and combat that’s fairly satisfying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The keywords are creepy, realistic and atmospheric, and taken on those grounds, the combined whole works very well indeed. Aside from some muddy texture work here and there, the game is audibly and visually sublime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While it’s not worth upgrading from the Xbox version for the graphics improvements alone, the fact that you essentially get the expansion for free does help make up for the feeling that the game isn’t as next-gen as it really ought to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s not trying to be particularly clever, but what it does it does very well and when the political and economic side of things starts to affect how you play you will find yourself in a very immersive world that will surprise you and keep on doing so.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you have aspirations to be a virtual Tiger Woods then the cheesily cheerful presentation might be off-putting, but look past that and you’ll find a game of golf as able to please veterans of the game as complete newcomers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Codename: Panzers has seemingly appeared from nowhere – at least on these shores – yet has effortlessly succeeded in being one of the best RTS titles of the year so far.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    No matter how many bad songs there are, no matter how many planes you’ll never pilot or how much you want there to be multiplayer, Ace Combat: Squadron Leader is still a fantastic game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A slightly fiddly control scheme, some less-than-stellar AI and perhaps the sense that the graphics could have been a teensy bit more polished are the only factors that hold this particular experience back from absolute greatness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The slick studio graphics and optional online features are all that really set it apart, so there’s not a huge point in upgrading if you already have a Buzz! game or two, but at least PS3 owners now have one to call their own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The best 3D scrolling beat-em-up ever. And did we mention it’s a near-perfect port with a budget price?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If there’s any criticism at all it’s that the game throws it all at you at once thanks to a fairly unwieldy menu system, but the tutorials go some way to help and even if advanced team tactics and formations aren’t up your street, it’s good to know that they are there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Put simply, the game is slick, well polished and has a real Hollywood feel. If you’re looking for an all-round actioner with a badass hero, an interesting story and solid gameplay, then Riddick is your game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An interesting and entertaining way to spend 30 minutes a day, lavished with as much charm and consideration as Nintendo has ever been able to afford.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Virtua Tennis 3 is undoubtedly a relatively mild updating of what has gone before, which is particularly surprising when the length of time that’s passed since the last full instalment is considered, it still manages to convincingly retain its crown as the king of the tennis roost.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    FIFA Street 3 is about taking all the superficial and superfluous things about modern day football – from the overhead kicks to the pop-culture that surrounds the beautiful game in the 21 st century – and placing them centre stage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But every game has its weaknesses, and as far as the complete picture is concerned, Ground Control 2’s aren’t enough to excessively interfere with what is, whichever way you look at it, a very good game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But in spite of some niggling problems, Pirates! is a very addictive game that you can while away whole evenings on, just trying out different things.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In GTR 2, the casual gamer still doesn’t have a game that will easily cater to them, but the hardcore racing fans have a new benchmark for racing sims on the PC to play with, even if the slider has only moved slightly on from the original GTR.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a movie tie-in, we can say with no authority whatsoever that it's totally authentic and sure to please fans (in all seriousness, the production values and treatment are extremely respectable).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nintendo have managed to make the Wii-wheel work – something we were very sceptical about – and they’ve managed to bring Mario Kart online play to our TVs. Besides a few niggles with unfair A.I. and some average tracks, this is a valuable addition to the series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When combined with solid, focused, accessible gameplay and handy features such as the ability to ping objectives so that you don’t get lost, or automatically rewind time Prince of Persia style when you inevitably cock something up, Sly 3 represents the cream of the genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pure is somewhat reminiscent of the old PC classic Motocross Madness, which was another highly addictive game. It doesn’t have the open-ended stunt practice, but everything else about the formula has been improved in almost every way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Virtua Tennis 3 is undoubtedly a relatively mild updating of what has gone before, which is particularly surprising when the length of time that’s passed since the last full instalment is considered, it still manages to convincingly retain its crown as the king of the tennis roost.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're considering the purchase but hesitating to find out whether or not it'll live up to your expectations, we'll go out on a limb and say that it will.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even with new chapters set to join Blood Curse's current package further down the line, what's already here is a sophisticated re-imagining of the ethics the series was founded on, providing the PlayStation Network with a cash cow that delivers dividends of entertainment to anyone who is willing to take a punt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    FIFA Street 3 is about taking all the superficial and superfluous things about modern day football – from the overhead kicks to the pop-culture that surrounds the beautiful game in the 21 st century – and placing them centre stage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A well crafted remake of a well-loved game. Nostalgics, completists and other Final Fantasy fans can buy with confidence, but newcomers are better off looking elsewhere to begin with.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With such a high investment of time needed in order to see any real gains, it’s more likely to grab the attention of the hard core of MMORPG players.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a movie tie-in, we can say with no authority whatsoever that it’s totally authentic and sure to please fans (in all seriousness, the production values and treatment are extremely respectable).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pure is somewhat reminiscent of the old PC classic Motocross Madness, which was another highly addictive game. It doesn’t have the open-ended stunt practice, but everything else about the formula has been improved in almost every way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You have to appreciate the effort and craft that's gone into Fable, even if much of it is pretty shallow or not as well realised as it might have been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Due to the fact that there are so many ways to eliminate the enemies on screen, there is a certain reply value to this other than unlocking the various movies, but the levels are quite linear in design and maybe once the novelty of the psi abilities has worn off this title may well start collecting dust a few weeks down the line.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s simply a superbly put-together RTS which, while lacking in the all-out strategy of "Rome: Total War," excels in traditional "Command & Conquer"-style action.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    TimeSplitters: Future Perfect is far from a revolution. It's a step-up from TimeSplitters 2, but nowhere near as big a one as we'd hoped for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Table Tennis not only triumphantly brings a sport comparatively new to gamers to the table (embarrassing pun not intended), but actually manages to wipe the floor with the likes of the disappointing "Top Spin 2" into the bargain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As with an increasing number of recent Xbox titles, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf gets our recommendation largely thanks to the inclusion of a multiplayer mode that is pretty unique and a lot of fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall Combat Mission Anthology is a great buy, if you’re looking to explore the deeper end of the World War II tactical combat pool.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While you’d need to think long and hard about whether you need THUG2R if you already own THUG2, fans of the series or newcomers who enjoy arcade sports games should be arranging an importation post haste. In fact, we’d even go so far as to say that this is probably the best way to play THUG2.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As far as chess games go, though, you’ll be hard pushed to find anything better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Particularly welcome though is the increasing comfort Telltale are apparently gaining when it comes to handling the scripts and situations – it really is starting to feel more and more like the Sam & Max of ye olden days.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, NBA 2K7’s biggest accolade is a result of its triumph in communicating a passion and love for one sport so completely.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some of NBA 2K6’s updates are incremental, while others show a continuing commitment towards maintaining the best NBA video game on the market.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the step-down in charm, the game underneath it all is splendid.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk might be contracted for skating games until he’s far too old to be tearing it up on small planks of wood with wheels on, but at least the developers can still keep him going while he’s requiring medical aid to go to the bathroom and complaining about things being better in his day.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Great Tekken gameplay, nice new graphics, but certainly nothing we haven’t seen before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the step-down in charm, the game underneath it all is splendid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some of NBA 2K6's updates are incremental, while others show a continuing commitment towards maintaining the best NBA video game on the market.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It scores well in all areas, but the inclusion of StarForce will put a lot of people off. Note to Monte Cristo: Seriously, guys, don’t use StarForce on one of your products again. Ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ability to travel back and forth between the mission zones is a nice idea, but a little wasted because they aren’t really big or numerous enough to warrant repeated exploration, and the darkness powers, while adding genuine playability and interest, take much of the challenge out of the game. But those missteps can be forgiven because the true game – the story-driven shooter that lies underneath – is fun, engaging and superbly atmospheric, and has been created with the kind of care and attention to detail that more developers ought to take note of.