Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 629 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 God of War: Chains of Olympus
Lowest review score: 20 Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 629
629 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While "GTA" and its imitators keep tongues firmly in cheek, Scarface plays it totally straight throughout - the chuckles come from Tony's increased madness and warped sense of morality, not funny radio stations and fast food joints with joke names. The result is a city full of people that feels genuinely realistic. [Nov 2006, p.76]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few games dare to be bold or innovative these days, yet Ecko's baby scores on both fronts. [Feb 2006, p.104]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great shooting, epic-set pieces, regrettable sewer level. This is a satirical, heartfelt love letter to the kind of police force we'd like to join. [May 2006, p.74]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Steer monkeys in Perspex balls around courses in this arcade oddity. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This most creative follow-up shows off the EyeToy to full effect. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reinventing Mortal Kombat was risky, but Shaolin Monks rams home the action with style, guts and excitement to spare. [Nov 2006, p.138]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hardcore, ultra-bloody, action-survival horror. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bulletproof is like G-Unit's music translated direct to PS2. You'll either completely love it or miss the point entirely. [Apr 2006, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Addictive and action-packed, racking up combo kills creates a twist that will keep pulling you back in for just one more go. [Nov 2006, p.142]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No doubt about it, 24: The Game has flaws. That said, it's a quality recreation of the show and is lots of fun to play. [Feb 2006, p.2]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Legend is a largely tremendous update of the classic Raider template, only let down by the short lifespan and lack of challenge. [Apr 2006, p.80]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all the best entertainment, it's simple, undemanding and enjoyable. [Dec 2005, p.102]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an urban racer, Most Wanted is at the top of its game. But for speed and thrills, Burnout Revenge still rules the arcade racer roost. [Christmas 2005, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fastest, prettiest and bestest motorbike racing money can buy. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not got broadband? You may want to lop off a point. [Nov 2005, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A genius piece of eccentric gaming that's a hair's breath from being indespensible. Utterly entertaining from start to finish. [Feb 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SSX still rules the snowboard scene, but On Tour fails to live up to its predecessors. [Nov 2005, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Entertaining and absorbing. This is an intelligent, testing mix of action and strategy spoilt only by its motor-mouthed characters. [May 2006, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Insane shooter with exploding zombies and schizophrenic killers. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A jaw-dropping adventure that disappoints slightly thanks to a short central plot padded out with repetitive objectives. [Oct 2006, p.78]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best movie tie-ins you'll play. [Nov 2006, p.135]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    7/10 for the regular bits and a whole bonus point for the excellent Superstar Challenge. Happy dunking. [Christmas 2005, p.116]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no massive revolutions since last year but this still easily retains its 'king of the swingers' crown. [Nov 2005, p.118]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fast, it's fun and it looks amazing. [Christmas 2005, p.105]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefront II marches onto PSP without losing its keep strategic edge or its blaster-happy action. [Christmas 2005, p.110]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Looks outdated, but is challenging, cheeky and charming. The combat and sidequests will keep you entertained for ages. [June 2007, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Absolute chaos but brilliant fun, this fast and furious fighter is exactly the type of adrenaline-rich game PSP was made for. [June 2006, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Filled with neat innovations and bringing a real focus to its story-mode gameplay, The Sims 2 is the best console God sim yet. [Nov 2005, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than port the PS2 game, The Sims 2 on PSP is a tailor-made experience that hooks you early on and doesn't let go. A superb game. [Jan 2006, p.112]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SingStar 80's is laser-targetted at hen parties, 20-somethings and drunks - and works much the better for it. [Nov 2005, p.116]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is extraordinary stuff. Our excitement is only slightly dampened by inconsistent driving and sudden difficulty spikes. [Nov 2006, p.154]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't already own the PS2 gmae, this is a must-have. If you do, then it's not quite so essential, but a quality grappler nontheless. [Jan 2006, p.102]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you haven't already been hooked by Katamari's mad charms, then this really is the perfect place to start. [June 2006, p.87]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A slick game that demonstrates how great stealth can be when done right. It's just too damn murky to be a classic, though. [Dec 2006, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fights are brisk so you can dip in and out in ten-minute bursts or batter your way through the entire arcade mode without getting bored. [Mar 2006, p.85]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new rotation mechanic takes some getting used to, but Koloomn proves complex, satisfying and horribly addictive. Good stuff. [Apr 2006, p.113]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks good, it plays good, and it does handheld multiplayer as well as anything out there. Bond and PSP make perfect bedfellows. [Apr 2006, p.107]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This classic series has been lovingly translated for PSP. It's a great stealth fix, although you do want to switch the lights on sometimes. [Apr 2006, p.93]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taxes the brain more than the trigger finger, so it's ideal for anyone hankering after a tactical time waster. [Aug 2006, p.96]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A versatile and immersive fighter packed with individual characters, top tunes, and bone-breaking aplenty. [Aug 2006, p.98]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A handsome looking and crazily addictive arcade racer remake that's only limited by its overly faithful take on the '80's original. [Mar 2006, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Having to unlock the best new addition is annoying, but it's an otherwise decent expansion of the original, excellent DMC3. [Oct 2006, p.91]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A throwback to the days when pure and simple game design reigned supreme, Lemmings is one of the most instantly playable and addictive games that will ever grace your PSP. [Mar 2006, p.94]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If FIFA carries on like this on PS3, it really will start to bother "Pro Evo." [June 2006, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stacked with licenses and serving up a great game of footy, this is PSP's best football offering yet. Over to you, Konami. [July 2006, p.85]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A cracking surprise, The Belkan War is hardcore plane porn tuned for maximum thrills and money shots. [Oct 2006, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still endlessly amusing to just run amok causing bizarre traffic accidents. [Aug 2006, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Japanese capital, reintroduced from "Midnight Club 2," is vibrant and busily populated with smashable motors and obstacles. [May 2006, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The name is a little misleading, but it's still probably our favourite Singstar setlist so far. [May 2006, p.93]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still as fun as it was in the arcades years ago; although it has minor technical niggles, all of those are forgivable if you've got the 'Slug in your blood. [Apr 2007, p.99]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Until "God of War" comes out on PSP, this is the next best thing. [Apr 2007, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Funny, packed with entertaining physics and more variety than the first game, but marred by the occasional annoying mission. [Nov 2006, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still just Ratchet & Clank, but that's no bad thing. It feels as fresh and fun as ever, despite the change in format. [May 2007, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its shortcomings, just tearing about using Altair's acrobatic skills is an experience few games can match. [Christmas 2007, p.119]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeous cutscenes, interesting dungeons. [Sept 2007, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even seven years after the original it looks and plays like few other RPGs. [June 2007, p.96]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most atmospheric and intense WW2 shooter we've played, hampered only by linear warzones and poor mini-games. [Christmas 2006, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A curious balance - chunky visuals betray subtle animation, while deep but fiddy controls yield major addiction. [Christmas 2006, p.74]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exhilarating shooter brushed with John Woo's genius, Stranglehold plays like Max Payne in a bag of snakes. [Oct 2007, p.8]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A confident end to the PS2 ATV series. [Sept 2007, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game that's packed with smart ideas and presented in such an appealing way that you can't help but fall under its spell. [Christmas 2006, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Interesting details for fans but also works as a standalone game - plus it maintains the chilling atmosphere of the big-screen games. [Christmas 2007, p.122]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A glorious soundtrack and a fresh approach to the rhythm action genre makes this a winner - it's bloody hard, mind you. [Sept 2006, p.83]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An influx of enjoyable new characters and stacks of authenticity keep this the finest grapple game on the planet. [Dec 2006, p.72]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deep single-player options and suitably frantic multiplayer combine to make this a joyful and long-lasting handheld bash-up. [Jan 2007, p.81]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best hockey game on PS2. [Dec 2006, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA's quality sim expands on PSP to include a deep career mode and online play. A "fairway" ahead of its competitors. [Dec 2006, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever EA says, this feels like an expansion pack. It's a welcome one though, and it'll make your little Sim home all the more complete. [Nov 2006, p.82]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No objectives, no friendly troops wandering into your line of sight, just furious man-maiming gameplay. Sweet. [Christmas 2006, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most complete football sim in handheld format. It's irrelevant if you already own the PS2 version, though. [Dec 2006, p.105]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best retro compendium around. [Christmas 2006, p.98]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just as entertaining as the first offering, but newbies should invest in the original for a more varied selection of sounds. [Christmas 2006, p.70]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Better than the last one. [Dec 2006, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A treat of a game that lives and dies by its simple gameplay. You'll love the intense bullet action but it is repetitive. Worth a look. [Mar 2007, p.108]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So it's not an epic free-roaming adventure, but After Burner is finely formed arcade shooting: a perfectly proportioned aerial shooter. [Apr 2007, p.94]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A violent, ballsy, moody, stylish adventure that oozes late-1970s street cool and stays true to the spirit of the film. We can dig it. [Mar 2007, p.106]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bargain. [Aug 2007, p.85]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The flaws have been fixed and it's now bursting with the quality you'd expect, but it's still just a trimmed version of the PS2 game. [Jan 2007, p.78]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The charming rogue of handheld gaming, Pirates! is a blast to begin with, but it can get tiresome if you're with it for too long. [Apr 2007, p.98]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another cracking Burnout. It isn't for the weak-hearted because of the difficulty at later levels, but when it shines, oh boy, it dazzles. [Mar 2007, p.96]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lack of realism does nothing to dampen the sheer fun and depth of play behind Virtua Tennis 3. It's, ahem, ace. [Apr 2007, p.95]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the presentation scare you. If ever there was a classic game that screams cult classic puzzler, it's this one. [June 2007, p.94]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't own VCS on PSP, there's nothing stopping you from enjoying this. [Apr 2007, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A surprising success, Juiced 2 is a glamorous, feature-rammed racer with variety by the hood-scoop load and mass appeal. [Oct 2007, p.86]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Takes time to blossom but grows into the kind of game PSP was made for. One to enjoy little and often rather than in long sessions. [Mar 2007, p.109]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A joy to play. There's tons to do, and immaculate attention to detail really brings this charming and gritty game to life. [Sept 2007, p.102]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Providing you have a taste for the Top 20, or are a pre-adolescent girl, Pop Hits delivers another welcome helping of tacky karaoke goodness. [Apr 2007, p.86]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not as educational as the upcoming "Buzz! Schools," but Mega is a packet of guaranteed rainy-day entertainment. [Apr 2007, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    WipEout's core chemistry is rich and balanced enough to merit continual evolution. [Dec 2007, p.123]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A definite step up in quality from last year. [Dec 2007, p.78]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maintain's the "Everybody's" good name by being a deceptively brilliant sports sim that constantly surprises and challenges. [May 2007, p.78]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With 45 hours of missions to do and its PSP-specific design, this is one of the best games on the handheld. [Nov 2007, p.122]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As addictive as they come. [Oct 2007, p.122]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best Potter adventure ever and the best licensed game on PS2. For fans, it's essential and for everyone else, it's highly recommended. [July 2007, p.74]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A jewel in the biking helmet. Accessible, enjoyable and thrilling Moto GP 07 brings a sport, and gaming genre, to life. [Nov 2007, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple to get into, it quickly becomes addictive. [Mar 2008, p.85]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revolution in gameplay it ain't, but its razor-sharp premise and humour make this the best Simpsons game on the market. [Dec 2007, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you want to play in-depth for hours or just drop in, keep it PSP for the finest NBA experience. [Mar 2008, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still the best basketball sim on PS2 and great value, but not much different to last year's title. [Dec 2007, p.89]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be a little rough around the edges, but PES is still the most action-packed footie game on PSP. [Dec 2007, p.122]
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