NTSC-uk's Scores

  • Games
For 578 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 73% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Metroid Prime
Lowest review score: 10 Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 578
578 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mario has not grown older, but younger with time: more slender, more supple, more graceful. It is as if the boundaries of the genre have become transparent, allowing a unique light to shine forth. Super Mario Galaxy will influence gaming perceptions, sure to replenish any lost passion. It will frequently hug your inner child, evoke tears of joy and tug at the heart. It is everything we have always desired, more than we could possibly have dreamed.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the very beginning of your adventure, to the final confrontation against Metroid Prime itself, you will be enthralled and enraptured.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The interior textures could have done with more variety. They get awfully repetitive quickly, and one ends up looking much like the next. Some of the levels use the same layout as well, and you'll get tired of running through one area, only to enter another that looks just like.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flawed though it may be, it's one of the most atmospheric first-person games ever made and perhaps the standout title of the generation so far. Dazzling, thought provoking, compelling and engaging, it's an experience which refuses to lessen its hold until you've seen it through to the end, and in doing so, lodges itself in the memory in a way that few other titles can.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The developers have played it safe to some degree and because of this Uncharted 2 doesn’t feel like it has an identity of its own.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easy to get swept up amongst the hype, but it's hard to deny this is arguably the survival horror genre's most significant landmark title since the original Resident Evil itself.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But the moment the opening symphony plays until the concluding credits, all fear and doubt quickly vanishes like the cool whispering of an autumn's breeze. Though not flawless, Nintendo have once again demonstrated masterful craftsmanship, challenging design and imaginative artistry.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When one picks up the controller, the ability to step into that time and place (never more hauntingly beautiful than in this latest instalment) never loses its allure. Even the most hardened of cynics would have to admit that this title is something else entirely. It's the stuff of dreams. [JPN Import]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between its towering mountains and vast waters there are surprises, in-jokes and events in San Andreas to fill at least a hundred hours. Should "GTA4" be any more involving, there’ll be no one left to see how GTA5 turns out. Half of us will no longer have the jobs to afford it; the other half will be motoring back and forth in the neighbours’ stolen car, endlessly prowling for prostitutes.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of car damage available is a big disappointment.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No single level in Halo 2 is as good as The Silent Cartographer (though the second level does come close), and there are moments that are just as repetitive and lazy as The Library.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Appropriately billed by some as a third-person tactical action/horror shooter it is frighteningly good. Although what's really scary is to think what things will look like with a few more years' development time and the know-how to push the hardware even further.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Due to the diversity and individuality presented to the player in the game, it's not possible to adequately explain just how involving and rewarding the experience of Oblivion is, or put over the immense scope of the living, breathing world on offer. Bethesda richly deserves incredible success in producing something so captivating.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply, Call of Duty 4 is a stunning game and quite difficult to fault. It looks, sounds and plays brilliantly and offers an unrivaled online experience.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another disappointment is the often-clumsy ally AI. While the enemy units display proficient level intelligence, your marine companions often struggle to cope with the enemy onslaught. This is never more evident as when you’re riding alongside a CPU driver in a Warthog; they drive so erratically you half expect them to crack open a crate of Carling midway through the mission.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On the technical side of things, Ninja Gaiden Black has a problem that wasn't present in the original release. The game is prone to bouts of slowdown at impromptu moments and these aren't particularly hectic instances either.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The pinnacle of both stealth and Tom Clancy games, and is light years ahead of its peers. The changes to the gameplay structure accompanied with the very open-ended levels make for a simply brilliant single-player game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burnout 3 has turned an obsession with high-speed destruction into a masterpiece. No idle sequel, no mere upgrade, Takedown is nothing short of a declaration of war – a nosebleed racer that's faster, angrier and more explosive than practically any video game you've ever seen.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward has made the wise choice of not padding the game out to satisfy angry internet comment posters but has instead provided a completely satisfying experience that sits beside the vast multiplayer components perfectly.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bold, ambitious and unlike anything else this generation, there lies an experience beyond several oddly disparate parts. A swansong to a breed of cinematic narrative which has finally reached its apex.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sadly, God of War is rather short and capable of being completed in around 10 hours. However the game packs so much excitement and roller-coaster thrills in that timescale, it really does feel like a much longer experience and is certainly worthy of a replay.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a lengthy, epic adventure featuring hugely memorable characters, a great script, and superb game mechanics, there's no better place to look than Knights of the Old Republic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brawl has the most characters, is the best balanced, delivers the most and generally trumps both the other games so far.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's unique in today's environment, where it seems that every online game is either a FPS or a racer, and the tactical possibilities on display mean that many repeat plays later and it's still feeling as fresh as the first time you played.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn’t much else to say about this stupendous game. It is among the very best games to have graced the console, indeed it is among the best of this or any other generation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through all the spinning, the fireworks, the lights and the board trails, the PS2 is just pushed a little bit too far...The toll appears in the form of a radically stuttering frame-rate which does slightly spoil the mood.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Okami is gorgeous but it is also an epic game that sucks you in so completely that hours pass unnoticed as you roam the massive landscape. [JPN Import]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So, Gears of War 2 manages to traverse the difficult sequel terrain with aplomb, but for whatever reason leaves the player unsatisfied. Maybe the inevitable sequel will put some of the vim and vigor back into the series.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No two battles are ever the same, something new always seems to crop up each time. It is the essence of fun, dedication and competition that causes players to continue competing and hoping to get better. [JPN Import]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes it so effective and modern is the variety, quality and consistency in the game world. It truly is in the hands of the gamer which moves to use in any given situation, making Joe such an unusual and unique proposition. [JPN Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece in terms of design and playability. It is enjoyable for the novice, yet deeply rewarding for those who are willing to take the time it takes to learn its intricacies. [JPN Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Decent physics, clever AI, online racing: this is everything GT4 should have been and wasn't, and it's allowed Forza to take the GT trophy away from Polyphony, at least for the time being. Buy it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst the combat system might not suit everyone, it by no means detracts greatly from the overall experience. The strong narrative and cast mix well to the addictive levelling of strengths and powers, leaving the player more than satiated.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where Madden's defensive co-ordination has been tightened up, ESPN's is a little slacker, with offensives able to turn up the heat on the occasionally sleepy and slow rearguard with little effort.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario instils a sense of longing for when the world was new to all of us. Our childhood bright and full of wonder. When we play in Mario's digital playground, we dream about our own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It offers the more dedicated players, who want to explore the depths of its combat system, almost endless scope and gameplay. [JPN Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First time through may well take less than ten hours to complete, with possible repeat playing naturally taking much less. But for that time, there are some of the most enjoyable gaming experiences ever to savour and the sheer scope of the game makes it seem like you've spent far more time on it than you actually have.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilst none of the levels quite match up to the stunning quality that was Phendrana Drifts, it is, as a sum of its parts, wonderfully evocative as a playing experience and induces the same level, if not more, of internal satisfaction that Prime achieved.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game plays brilliantly, the controller is sturdy and durable, the songs are facemeltingly great.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is in the depiction of conflict as a state of being where Kojima wins-out, though, with his character's movements on-screen depicting the strain, horror and (sometimes) glory of war.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 4 on the Wii has taken everything that was great about the Gamecube and PS2 versions and tweaked it just enough to enthrall even vetran players all over again.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The towering giants aren’t the meat of the experience – it’s the beguiling landscape which proves itself to be the biggest colossi of them all. Sprawling, mystical and dream-like, it can never quite be laid to rest or overcome.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If not for the bland level construction and an oddly low-slung camera this would be truly outstanding.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact the game continues to expand, with a new patch on the way which will include more Outland endgame content - including the chance to fight the Big Bad, Illidan himself - only makes it that much more exciting and World of Warcraft’s continual evolution will ensure its continuing popularity for quite some time to come.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mass Effect has the yearnings to be an epic and it almost achieves it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God of War and its sequel were two of the best games on the PS2. They exist now as an example of streamlined, entertaining and challenging games.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MKDS is a classic reminder that Nintendo created the character-based racer and is still leagues ahead of competitors when making them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is truly epic and makes the first game feel like a prototype for the sequel. It is a deep and wonderfully involving game that is often breathtaking and constantly rewarding.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its feature list is a master class for the attention of both gamers and developers. Whereas once it was cursed for snubbing widescreen TV owners and indulging in trivialities, the series has matured and finally come of age.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    I can honestly say I loved Ico from start to finish. Even though I may not play it again for a while I know I will eventually go back sometime in the future to remember its magic all over again.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sadly, as entertaining as the multiplayer game is, it suffers from some issues with random disconnections of players when things get busy, seemingly requiring a connection with a substantial upload speed to allow even 8 players to play co-operatively (meaning although 16-player co-op is possible it’s highly unlikely to come about in practice).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Things never slack off either due to the brilliant storyline and characters, whilst the tricky combat and devious puzzles keep attention fixated.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those anticipating another dose of what is possibly one of the most fantastically additive games of the past few years will be more than pleased by this installment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Persona 4 has its flaws. Some carried over from Persona 3, and some of its own creation. Initially it’s hard to look past these and the game feels a shadow of its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A great exploration-based real time strategy and puzzle game, but a fractured one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The controls are heavenly but the game isn’t.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Balanced control, evolved brilliance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The realism that the game provides is shockingly accurate, and whether you just wish to play it for the competitive aspect with mates, or go down the whole route of running your own team, it provides reward throughout.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story is compelling, the characters interesting, well developed and likeable, and it’s all gelled together in an environment that rewards the player for exploration, as well as being an enjoyable experience just to roam about and take in the countryside.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does it exhibit and exemplify some of the best 2D level design for almost any action adventure game ever seen, but it also offers a wealth of engrossing replayability for those that wish to explore the gloomy depths of the infamous Zebes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Samba de Amigo is a seminal title amongst the Dreamcast’s mighty games catalogue, a game that truly stands out. The best music game there is.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Demon's Souls asks much of you. For some it may ask too much, but, if you are prepared to rise to the challenges it presents you will be rewarded with one of the most satisfying gaming experiences of this generation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is a superb multiplayer game providing a great level of variety and replay value.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead is a game which keeps things simple, but this to its benefit. It mixes all the right ingredients of tension, gore and rewards to make it thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What will sell Jade Empire (and something it has in spades) is Oriental charm; from the story to the environment, the fighting to the character interaction, it's all very enjoyable and immersive; which is exactly how an RPG should be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This version should be rightly deemed as the definitive racing game of this generation, and one of the best ever made. [JPN Import]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully, longevity hasn't been sacrificed for the sake of beauty: the main quest alone will take the average gamer a minimum of fifteen hours and that's without spending a single moment delving into the fabulous subquests, which will double, even triple that time...A stunning and wondrous game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Football Manager isn’t a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The very definition of sensory overload and outright escapism.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps it is time for the series to evolve again rather than looking inward, just as it did nearly a decade ago when SotN was unleashed on an unsuspecting world. [JPN Import]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As immediately effective the game may be, look beyond the surface and the game becomes surprisingly shallow.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But lost among the vast raft of offerings is a game that has grown, but barely improved, certainly not at the rate gamers really deserve. In so many cases it will be irrelevant, with those that have waited for its arrival so eagerly lapping it up, and being washed away with all its new twinkling extras.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sequel throws players into the thick of battle almost immediately with only the faintest of reintroductions to the Wars world. The missions also get very hard, very quickly, with some of the later missions proving especially demanding, even for Advance Wars veterans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a stylish and remarkably addictive title that blends gameplay with relaxing tunes, and fits perfectly on its home platform. Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s latest game appeals to everybody who samples its future-retro vibe. Luminescent. Luminous. Lumines. [JPN Import]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All at once it feels very familiar and yet fresh. Indeed the visual clarity really does help propel the game to new levels of artistry but on the other hand, it feels like a game played many times before. Regardless it never stops being anything less than great fun to play and hugely engaging.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Online play: what an addition. Duel mode is the same as it ever was, only now with added strangers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ingenuity of design, the sheer level of fun, the warmth of nostalgia and the relief that 2D gaming is still alive and kicking, all combine to make NSMB an unmissable experience and show Nintendo are still masters of the platform game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It joins the ranks of "Winning Eleven" as a title that can be truly decreed master of all it surveys. With the significantly improved gameplay over its peers and additional online elements, it must be considered as an essential purchase.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There lies the juxtaposition within Wipeout Pure: on the one hand, it's fan service of the highest order, returning to the roots that helped them fall in love with the series in the first place, while also suffering from rife conservatism intent on keeping the structure and handling of the play predictable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put simply this is one of the best games of 2009 and arguably the best game yet released on XBLA.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's disappointing that a bad engine and rushed execution detract from the overall experience, leaving it with nothing really remarkable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Space should`ve been a run of the mill, copycat title destined for bargain-bin obscurity. As it stands, it`s a glorious introduction to a new game world.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In fact the only mode notable by its absence is online play and it’s a shame Tekken 5 didn’t take the opportunity to introduce an online function for players to battle across the Internet. [JPN Import]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More often than not there is no real feeling of threat from the various visions and flashbacks, the implementation and setting of which are continually reused. This gives the impression that figuratively speaking the player is doing little more than chasing ghosts and the result is them ending up very blasé about what is happening on screen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply beguiling, a must-experience game, which will firmly cement itself in the mind of the player long after the system has been switched off.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not for everyone, but those that want to try a game that mixes a bit of twitch with some brain-strain must step up and give Meteos the chance it deserves. [JPN Import]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fast paced and full of relentless action, Uncharted: Drake`s Fortune is a pleasure to play from start to finish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately Vegas continues the spiral of descent for the franchise, and moves the series further away from what made it such a success in the first place.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a shining example of how the arcade-racing genre should be done, and it is an essential purchase for all gear heads with an Xbox360. In fact you probably already own it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever with GTA, the flaws and problems can be overlooked for the sheer amount of things which do work, though what Liberty City Stories shows more than any other recent title in the series, is that this can’t go on forever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tekken: Dark Resurrection is quite easily the best fighting game available on the PSP and probably all other handhelds as well. It is also arguably the high point of the series thus far.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this, along with an amusing and twist-laden story, delivered through beautifully choreographed FMVs and equally well-conceived in-game cutscenes, comes together in one of the most visually impressive games with some of the finest gaming moments that gamers are likely to experience during this generation of consoles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sheer thrill of being able to play better-than-arcade versions of the Rave Racer tracks (probably some of the best in the series) in the palm of your hand is almost worth the price of admission alone... The best Ridge Racer game to date? Without a doubt. [JPN Import]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burnout Paradise is a superb title that offers a glimpse into how the racing genre is evolving. While not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, what it offers is sublime entertainment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best tactical shooter you can buy for the PS2 by far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Then the corner was gone, and the car was still under perfect control. They had done it, they had managed to capture the powerslide.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s no doubt that coming to this game from something such as Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea will prove to be too easy a ride for those experienced with the genre, but for anyone looking for a more portable Strategy-RPG, with a wonderful story to tell, Jeanne d’Arc will be a perfect fit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's pacing as the pendulum swings from action to intrigue and tension is a masterstroke with so many memorable sections in such a short space of time that the player will be left breathless and, just like the end of Half-Life 2, wanting more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition encompasses everything that was great about the original title, it expands upon it very little, resulting in a game that unfortunately doesn‘t live up to its name.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Syphon Filter Dark Mirror achieves its goals and more with aplomb. Yes, the controls can be a bit cumbersome at times but such is the enjoyment that this minor irritation is soon overcome.

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