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: 74
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 Ape Escape Academy
Score distribution:
1125 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    For anyone with the inclination to be educated in how games used to consist of pure gameplay magic, or for those who wish to revisit their gaming pasts, Taito Legends is a superior collection of titles, some of which are truly classics in the absolute sense of the word.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It’s no "Diablo 2," yet, but give it time and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how much is on offer here. And hey, if nothing else you get to pretend that the demons are Christmas shoppers, which makes slaughtering them just that little bit more fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The tweaks to the existing feature set and gameplay have certainly raised its game and will make you feel like you are close to experiencing a real football match.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Little touches like the ambient music and subtle film grain only add to the unsettling atmosphere, which is utilised via various plot devices almost as a weapon against your senses. Definitely worth a look if you like those kind of bleak horror movies that make you sleep with the light on.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It never quite manages to be an excellent tactical shooter, nor is it the most action-oriented of titles, but by combining thoughtful gameplay with some simply brilliant and explosive set-pieces, Ubisoft has managed to create a compelling single player experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A slight improvement on the first episode which comes highly recommended if you’ve already enjoyed "Culture Shock." And it’s still less than a fiver.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The vast world offers so much freedom that you could easily think you are lost. But you are not, because you can do whatever the hell you want, so even if you’re not able to complete a quest there will be plenty to keep you occupied until you can.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The Sims 2 is, after all, a lovingly crafted and very well put together piece of software.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    For some the cutesy-wutsey graphics, chirpy speech and offers of handholding might be irritating, in which case say hello to the three ghosts of Christmas for us when you see them. For everyone else, this is an enjoyable, well polished game with bags of personality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's a violent, cinematic and mature experience that will keep you hooked, even if the characters do use the word 'f..k' like they’re in a Tarantino film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It does manage to offer a good balance of tweaks as well as new content. If you never managed to make it through Sacred, then it has to be said, Underworld probably won’t be enough to rekindle your interest, while if you’re a hardcore fan then it should go without saying that this is a worthwhile purchase.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Aside from the lack of internet play (although there is the option of 8 player gaming thanks to the joy of the multitap), it could be said that this is as close as gaming has ever come to a classic Ice
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you ever played Ecco The Dolphin on the Mega Drive, or its conversion on the DreamCast, and you spent some time just happily swimming around on that first level doing flips and jumps while enjoying the simple delights of the whole virtual-swimming experience, there’s a good chance that Endless Ocean is going to be right up your watery boulevard.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Gun
    At least if you do take in everything the game has to offer on the first sitting, you’ll easily feel like you’ve had a fulfilling experience, but unlike a GTA game, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll come back for more once you’ve finished.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The tweaks to the existing feature set and gameplay have certainly raised its game and will make you feel like you are close to experiencing a real football match.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It’s odd, but Modern Combat is a much better single-player game than it is multiplayer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The most consistently hilarious scripting in any game or series to date, which we’re sure is becoming increasingly and splendidly darker in tone as the season progresses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Whether or not you take advantage of Everybody’s Golf’s online mode, there can be no doubt that it not only offers enjoyable gameplay, but a wealth of worthwhile content. The only trouble is that you’ll have to spend a lot of time unlocking everything.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The tweaks to the existing feature set and gameplay have certainly raised its game and will make you feel like you are close to experiencing a real football match.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Gun
    At least if you do take in everything the game has to offer on the first sitting, you'll easily feel like you've had a fulfilling experience, but unlike a GTA game, it's pretty unlikely that you'll come back for more once you've finished.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It’s essentially the same game as before, only played from a different angle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although RotWK certainly doesn’t justify rushing out and purchasing the original if you don’t already have it, BfME2 fans who can put up with the micromanagement and fancy some new challenges will find plenty to love here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N+
    It shows great aptitude for minimalist design and strikes a good albeit controversial balance between steep difficulty and steady progress. Joyful and infuriating in turns, it comes well and truly to life as a shared experience and, if nothing else, is perfect for masochists.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Strong Badia the Free is a shorter episode than Homestar Ruiner, it’s more perfectly formed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As simple as Toki Tori is, its cheerful presentation coupled with a well thought out difficulty curve make for a puzzle-platforming treat that is more than the sum of its parts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of initial on-screen prompts aside, it’s entirely possible for anyone to throw themselves into Tiger’s 2008 outing and have both a rewarding and entertaining time, be they a golf fan or not.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be no substitute for the real thing, but is by far and away the best stop-gap we’ve seen so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the interface, audio and visuals that make this an outstanding package, although even here there are things that are not quite right.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Purely from a gameplay perspective, it works.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no huge technical leaps or jarring presentational changes, just eight-or-so hours of extra content and some convenient and entertaining additions to the core gameplay.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enjoyable and engrossing game. It’s a little on the short side and it relies a bit too much on the strength of a single gameplay mechanism, but fortunately it’s a mechanism that is fun and that we haven’t really seen before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is it as good as "Yoshi’s Island," "Super Mario World," or "Super Mario Bros. 3"? No. And that is a disappointing fact. It is, however, a solid game, worth it for the nostalgic trip alone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Open Warfare 2 is pretty near perfect in terms of presentation, balance and content. That basically means we don’t need to see another Worms game ever, and if we do, it had better be somehow more original and better than this. So that’s it. We’re happy now, thank you very much Team 17.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Newcomers to the series should definitely stick with the first instalment, while veterans should be aware that, despite the title, this is in no shape or form a proper sequel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s visually wonderful, technologically marvellous and honestly a great deal of fun to play, but as with many other people, we have to seriously question its staying power.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although describing it as the best submarine sim available could quite easily be a backhanded complement considering the genre’s paucity, SH4 is a genuinely absorbing and fun game that manages, largely successfully, to straddle the never-land between hardcore and arcade gaming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s novel, it’s a good fighting game and it’s extremely well presented, but Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi is still one for the fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The downsides don’t trash what is basically a fun and frantic experience that manages to combine realism on the ice with arcade action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jade Empire is non-linear in the most magnificently linear way, and well worth it for those who missed it first time around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like a real orchestra, Red Orchestra requires a concerted effort to get the most out of it. It may not be the most popular mod right now, but it has one of the strongest communities and anyone willing to invest a little time to become a part of it will be well rewarded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pounding soundtrack, the huge campaigns and the four different approaches with each side you control will certainly make this one to keep the midnight oil burning for strategy gamers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s accessible, addictive, and an excellent tech-demo for the Wii-mote, not to mention an obvious choice to whip out when you want to show off your new purchase.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get around the slightly muddled menu system there is quite a lot of content between the full & mini games within this package to keep you entertained for many an hour, either playing against pretty decent AI controlled teams or over Xbox Live.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You’ll have worked out by now that our earlier reference to the quality of the three parts of the game refer to the space battles being pretty good, the campaign map being reasonable, and the ground battles being a bit limp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This might go some way to appease those who thought the original game was too repetitive, but we suspect it’s probably too little, too late. As for everyone else, ROE follows the exact same formula and therefore doesn't disappoint.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you get down to it, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift is a bit basic in terms of overall structure, but the intense multi-disciplined racing still makes for a fun and relatively unique experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike the innovative "Rainbow Six 3," Lockdown doesn't introduce a great deal new to the franchise aside from some miscellaneous aesthetic improvements.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That said, this collection of safe, well known chart singles from the past four decades is sure to go down well at parties, and if you’re canny you can pick it up for less than £20, making it actually pretty good value, relatively speaking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As addictive as the gameplay can become, the comprehensive (albeit complicated) modding software is sure to trigger compulsion in the more creative players.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Area 51 is a good solid shooter with a decent storyline and rather nice graphics for a PS2 game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The single-player mode is surprisingly entertaining, while single-DS play is perfect for car journeys. And, provided you have a dictionary on hand, it can even be pretty educational.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With high production values, good attention to detail and well executed gameplay, it should appeal both to fans of action-platform games like Prince of Persia and people who actually know who Marc Ecko is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, the leagues are here; the players are here; the stadiums (well, some at least) are here. But FIFA 08 represents EA’s first real attempt in years to do something with the franchise other than just repackaging what has gone before. Here’s a game that makes a real (if occasionally flawed) effort to move the sports sim forward.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Out of the box bugs make a mockery of Ascaron’s hard work, making the difficult job of selling an already unfashionable genre even harder. But even we can recognise that despite everything, some of the sheen and charm has worn off the second time around. Whatever Ascaron has planned to make a success of next year’s console releases, they have some hard work ahead.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With so many fast-paced action games clogging up Xbox Live Arcade, a slower-paced puzzler like Switchball really stands out. As to whether or not that’s a good thing, well it’s really up to you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With high production values, good attention to detail and well executed gameplay, it should appeal both to fans of action-platform games like Prince of Persia and people who actually know who Marc Ecko is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If anything, this is a great sign of things to come for Naruto games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the brilliant intro, it draws you straight into its world of intrigue and conspiracy, and will keep you there until you make it through to one of the multiple endings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Age of Empires has been stripped of its frills, the core still shines brightly. Ignoring the ‘limitations’ of its chosen format entirely, The Age of Kings is as competent and enjoyable as any strategy title out there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When placed in the context of the Metal Gears before it, Snake’s latest and last adventure feels a touch diminutive and hollow.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s still above average and the multiplayer modes are worth investing time in if you’ve enjoyed them before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game with an aspiration to create a real online community around a racing game. For the most part, it achieves this and becomes a shining example of real quality on a format still in its infancy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So, if you have friends, you like movies and you’re in the 25-35 age range, this game is pretty much tailored for you and about five million other people. Clever Sony. And as for that rivalry, well sometimes you just have to know when to throw a fight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, the leagues are here; the players are here; the stadiums (well, some at least) are here. But FIFA 08 represents EA’s first real attempt in years to do something with the franchise other than just repackaging what has gone before. Here’s a game that makes a real (if occasionally flawed) effort to move the sports sim forward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scarface the game is not a classic befitting of the film, but it’s an edgy, uncompromising, sometimes humorous and overall positive offering, which makes the blatant cadging from a superior game series just a bit more forgivable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no getting away from the fact that Duke Nukem has gotten on a bit, and he’s already been around the block a few times on several other systems. Still, as a trip down memory lane or an insight into a key period of FPS development, the Live Arcade version is just about worth the admission price.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For every ten or so big releases which disappoint, there’s a relatively small-scale title that comes along and surprises everybody by being pretty good. Arena Wars fits nicely into this category.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very competent online shooter with some excellent features that can be extremely fun if you play it with the right people. Once again though, we must stress that we can’t recommend this game on the basis of its offline content alone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply speaking, for $9 (which is under a fiver in proper money), even if you’ve already bought BS4, there’s no reason at all not to get hold of this. As far as we’re concerned, we’d rather have had an updating of Monkey Island or Day Of The Tentacle. Until – or even if – that day arrives, Culture Shock will more than suffice as a reintroduction to a world of gaming that has long since past.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sports game with a sense of fun and, perhaps crucially, provides a great series of single player matches to work through. Most notably of all though is the fact that it’s made its way into our pile of games to be dug out at parties, alongside "SingStar."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The downsides don't trash what is basically a fun and frantic experience that manages to combine realism on the ice with arcade action.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Vampyre Story is clearly a labour of love, although whether that’s a love lost on you will be down to how accepting you can be of what is for all intents and purposes a point-and-click adventure styled after those of the early to mid nineties.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Ship is a fresh and different slant on multiplayer death-matching; one not dependant on speed of reflexes and advanced techniques. It’s fun and innovative – something that some of the big name games dominating the charts seem to forget about every so often.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scarface the game is not a classic befitting of the film, but it’s an edgy, uncompromising, sometimes humorous and overall positive offering, which makes the blatant cadging from a superior game series just a bit more forgivable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s visually wonderful, technologically marvellous and honestly a great deal of fun to play, but as with many other people, we have to seriously question its staying power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While still not perfect, if you overlook the slow start and the cheap puzzle we mentioned, Abe Lincoln Must Die! marks out an extremely welcome return to form for the series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole we admire what NFSU2 has brought to the table in terms of customisations and we’re even swayed by the glitzy graphics and excellent audio. It’s just a shame that the racing isn’t quite as exciting.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re after a fairly intuitive 2D level editor with a vaguely disappointing platform game attached and it absolutely has to be on the PS3, we guess LittleBigPlanet will do. Just don’t believe all the hype.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Suffering is certainly recommendable for its gory/creepy factor, and the shooting action is competently handled if a little lacking in finesse.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some elements of the game could definitely use a bit more polish, and we’d hope to see some more significant retroactive technical changes for the next inevitable outing, but for now Guild Wars Nightfall represents a perfectly justifiable if not essential purchase.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws though, EVE is deeply, deeply addictive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scarface the game is not a classic befitting of the film, but it's an edgy, uncompromising, sometimes humorous and overall positive offering, which makes the blatant cadging from a superior game series just a bit more forgivable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mercenaries has superb graphics and a sublime soundtrack, but the fact is that it can just be boring unless you're willing to invest a little effort into creating your own excitement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good-but-unremarkable, lacking any significant problems, but equally any real innovation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of initial on-screen prompts aside, it’s entirely possible for anyone to throw themselves into Tiger’s 2008 outing and have both a rewarding and entertaining time, be they a golf fan or not.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trackmania United doesn’t essentially bring anything new to the table (perhaps the sandpit is a better analogy), but it is yet another example of a developer at the top of its game in a field where it is most certainly in pole position.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Day of Reckoning is an absolutely crucial addition to the games collection of any fan of WWE.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enjoyable and engrossing game. It’s a little on the short side and it relies a bit too much on the strength of a single gameplay mechanism, but fortunately it’s a mechanism that is fun and that we haven’t really seen before.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More of a step forward than a revolution, Rail Simulator is still undoubtedly improvement over the previous generation of train simulation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Strong Badia the Free is a shorter episode than Homestar Ruiner, it’s more perfectly formed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of initial on-screen prompts aside, it’s entirely possible for anyone to throw themselves into Tiger’s 2008 outing and have both a rewarding and entertaining time, be they a golf fan or not.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    What this game is about is mayhem, destruction and style, all of which it has in bag loads. It doesn’t have the most original gameplay, nor is it the most sophisticated game of this type, but it is essentially an officially licensed John Woo game, doing what a lot of wannabe John Woo games have been doing for a few years now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Roogoo is a strange creature, combining cutesy childlike design and whimsical story with fiendish gameplay and a steep challenge curve. Stripping away the fluffy exterior reveals a meaty core that will satisfy even the healthiest of gaming appetite for the time it will take to finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Perhaps more of a focus on cerebral maze-like levels and less on the ‘gotcha’ high-wire acts might have helped this unique game series reach its full potential.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Offering little in the way of innovation, it will keep fans of the series very happy and is definitely an essential purchase if you have ever enjoyed a DW game in the past.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If Command & Conquer’s 45 minute matches are too meaty for you, or World In Conflict’s system specs too demanding, then Multiwinia may be the lean and achingly stylish RTS you’re looking for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Its simplicity is its strength, and its weakness – while traipsing around looking for annoyingly hidden items and backtracking is almost completely avoided, the limited direction of the game reduces its chances of holding your interest for long enough to play it all the way through.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The game has style, variety, originality, plenty of content and bags of fun – but let’s face it, when you’ve seen one mountain, you’ve pretty much seen them all. The same goes for a good deal of the other unlockable content.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The game may not have a huge amount of depth, but its clear a great deal of care and attention has gone in to making it as polished and as faithful to the subject matter as possible, from the colourful voiced menus to the dazzling special effects and cinematic camera cuts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Despite sounding incredibly deep on paper, the reality of Spore is little more than a patchwork quilt of ultra-simple games that, even taken as a whole, have the depth of a puddle in the Sahara Desert. To be perfectly honest, you’d be better off sticking with the standalone creature creator, as it’s actually the only portion of the game that isn’t half-baked and in need of some serious evolution.

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