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 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 20 Namco Museum Battle Collection
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 629
629 game reviews
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cartoon-style action adventure with great fighting controls. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its satisfying difficulty curve and intricate courses this is a solid if not revolutionary update of an already innovative puzzle game. [Nov 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    PaRappa is just as refreshing today as he was 10 years ago, though somewhat hampered by the PSP's control scheme. [Aug 2007, p.101]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A decent effort that, even with its excellent pimping options, struggles to provide lasting appeal in this competitive genre. [July 2006, p.93]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the racing is good rather than great, see it as just part of the game's charm and CTR makes for a fun family treasure box. [Apr 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some issues with the control system can't stop this being a fun and surprisingly enjoyable game for fans of the film. [May 2007, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are moments that'll have you on the edge of your seat, but unwieldy combat and easy enemies takes away the fear. [May 2008, p.70]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surprisingly well made for a film tie-in. [Oct 2007, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    EA's ice hockey annual trades gamepay depth for arcade accessibility and speed. For our money though the PS2 offers a greater challenge. [Nov 2006, p.103]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid serving of tennis-lite, but in the face of "Everybody's Tennis," can only really be recommended to the Sega hardcore. [Apr 2008, p.72]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We like new gaming concepts, and B-Boy is both unusual and innovative - but it's not deep enough to sustain your interest. [Oct 2006, p.89]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A sprawling platform brawler with a few frustrating sections, but there's plenty of fun to be had with your little green pals. [Apr 2007, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not an exceptional racer but enjoyable all the same, and certainly the least juvenile of the current crop of G-riders. [Nov 2006, p.137]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A delightful, brilliantly realised platformer, Tians would have scored higher were it not for its reliance on competition. [Nov 2007, p.80]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Concentrates on totally accommodating casual players, at the expense of entertaining fans. [Jan 2008, p.122]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Needs to make serious progress if 'Gran' isn't to become an indication of age. [June 2008, p.87]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An innovative and challenging take on an old formula. [Nov 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Serving in the same unit as "Brother in Arms" and "Call of Duty", Strike Force just doesn't make the grade. [Mar 2006, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bursting with superhero energy and verve, and makes up for what it lacks in inspiration with water-tight execution. [Feb 2007, p.58]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Educational and enjoyable, and will last you for months. It's just a shame that the tests are so samey. [Jan 2007, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If we needed to shed some lard, this is how we'd do it. If we needed birthday presents for the kids, we'd buy them "SingStar." [Mar 2007, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lara's PSP debut is a captivating adventure that only falls down on the back of a frustratingly awkward set of controls. [June 2006, p.94]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Basically good but let down by annoying and compulsory combat sections. [Feb 2008, p.107]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Will appeal to first timers, butthe changes made will alienate many of Onimusha's staunchest fans. A grower, but vintage 'Musha it ain't. [Apr 2006, p.97]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Stunning to look at and seriously addictive all the same. [Oct 2007, p.94]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Impressive, immense and pretty but somehow it fails to achieve greatness due to shortage of a variety of high-speed thrills. [Feb 2007, p.72]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Solid but not stunning. [Oct 2007, p.96]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A stylish shooter that will be compared to "Lumines" - but unfortunately can't hold a candle to it in the puzzle stakes. [Christmas 2006, p.101]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's not quite enough freedom in the levels to find that perfect shot, but this is still a rewarding and enjoyably fresh sniper sim. [Nov 2006, p.135]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Straight arcade action with no depth; play for points, though, and you'll relish it. [Feb 2008, p.103]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fine, if slightly soulless. The corporate sheen makes us feel queasy, but there's no denying it's a playable, if simple, tie-in. [Apr 2006, p.113]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A stylish puzzler, whose slightly unwieldly control system and inevitable repetition are the only minor spanners in the works. [Mar 2006, p.89]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Buy it if you didn't play it the first time, but otherwise prepare to be disappointed. [Feb 2008, p.107]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if you never play half the games on offer (and you won't), the inclusion of genuine classics means this lives up to its billing. [July 2006, p.89]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game to throw in your PS2 when you're looking for a quick fix of fun violence, even if it's a little rough around the edges. [Feb 2007, p.66]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Too short despite early promise of an epic, Heavenly Sword is quite a disappointment. [Oct 2007, p.119]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Less complicated than "Untold Legends," but equally stuffed with things to kill...and you can talk to a chicken. Sold! [Jan 2007, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fun on a kicking-people-in-the-face level, but below the surface this is as shallow as groping a computer-generated lady. [Dec 2005, p.98]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still offers the definitive MMO experience on PS2, but online is still the only way to get the most out of this expansion. [Mar 2008, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Too linear, but one of PS3's most charming and satisfying adventures so far. [Nov 2007, p.118]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The could've been stunning, but after a strong start, the story and missions descend into repetitive, formulaic play. [Nov 2005, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a straight kart racer, Zero Gravity performs well. There's just not enough depth and content here to propel it higher. [Mar 2008, p.76]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Steambot isn't as polished or as deep as "Dragon Quest" or "Final Fantasy", but it's still a charming curiosity laden with fresh ideas. [Oct 2006, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not the most stylish fighter, but those desperately seeking a bruising helping of Tekken-lite action should look here. [Aug 2007, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The frustrating thing is that these faults don't seem to be the result of poor design or sloppy development, but stem rather from a lack of ambition to turn what is a steady game into something that could have been spectacular. [Dec 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nightmarish, gut-wrenching, and frustrating, but still a tempting prospect as long as you're not looking for the next "Resident Evil 4." [Aug 2007, p.78]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Good-looking, good-natured and entertaining but simplistic and shallow too. [Oct 2007, p.123]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A respectable enough take on frozen hockey, with some off-the-wall but fun multiplayer modes thrown in foor good measure, but does anyone actually play these games? [Apr 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Stomach-churning graphics and bad AI undermine an otherwise solid tactical shooter. Has "For Hardcore Fans" written all over it. [Apr 2007, p.89]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a fluffy fantasy adventure Gurumin pushes all the right buttons, although it's hardly serious RPG fare. [July 2007, p.98]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a new football game on PSP, then Street is the friendliest option. [Mar 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offering a commedably laid-back and tongue-in-cheek driving experience, slick multiplayer racers make v4 well worth a spin. [July 2006, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The campaign lacks the depth of its console counterparts but while you're involved its one of the most atmospheric shooters on PSP. [May 2007, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An entertaining if shallow compilation of some genuine classics that's well worth a punt at 20 quid. [Christmas 2006, p.92]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Intuitive controls make Rogue Trooper easy to pick up, but a 'meh' storyline and dull surroundings make it easy to put down, too. [June 2006, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Look beyond the somewhat crude control system and there's plenty of life in this deep and handsome boxing game. [May 2006, p.94]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tasty comat and fresh tactics system make this a rare beast indeed: a Samurai Warriors game that surprises and excites. [Apr 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An enjoyable and enchanting adventure with a few flaws but fountains of fun, especially (but not exclusively) for kids. [Mar 2008, p.70]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid and substantial attempt at bringing online RPG play to offline gamers, but it lacks any long-term appeal without others. [Christmas 2006, p.78]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A busy and rather decent shooter targeted towards young 'uns, but there's very little on offer here for veteran gamers. [Christmas 2006, p.85]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, rewarding tennis game that lacks the fireworks of Virtua Tennis and also some of its fun. You will like it...eventually. [June 2007, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Restrictive and ponderous in places but more often immense and rewarding. Disgaea 2 is an underrated RPG with surprisingly commendable depth. [Oct 2006, p.104]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Worth weathering the doldrums for the good bits, but don't rush through or you'll miss them. [May 2008, p.103]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is not "Jak 4." It's just a kart racer, albeit a quality one with bags of online potential. [Dec 2005, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The classy presentation and slick action capture the spirit of the PS2 game, but this is nothing more than a competent racer. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's no "Lumines," but accept that PQ will occasionally make your blood boil and you'll find it an engaging and rewarding puzzle game. [May 2006, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fairly average RPG, rescued from mediocrity by some unique mechanics, an oddball plot and the dozens of demons at youru disposal. [Apr 2007, p.81]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not very deep, but it's very fast, looks gorgeous and handles ever so sweetly. [Nov 2007, p.119]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An enjoyable update, but one that only the most ardent of fans will appreciate. [Dec 2005, p.128]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What could have been a great game is hurt by a lack of depth and variety, but this is still one of the best PSP shooters out there. [Aug 2006, p.95]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You need to be an NBA aficionado to get the most out of Rebound, but for those who aren't this still delivers slick and feature-packed balling. [May 2006, p.85]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brilliantly chaotic, relentlessly quick and rammed with gaming modes to keep you at it. Fasten your seat belts. [July 2006, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The vast amount of characters will excite fans, but MKA feels old-fashioned. The series needs to evolve if it's going to survive. [Dec 2006, p.80]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unique use-your-body-as-the-controller jet-board racing game. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's still the best hockey game on PS2, but a lack of new features means it's just last year's game reloaded. [Dec 2007, p.98]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nearly a quirky classic. [Dec 2007, p.123]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As kiddie-friendly games go this is quality stuff. [Nov 2006, p.140]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's plenty here, but while it is good quality, it's all familiar stuff, and the emphasis on quantity rather than variety gets tiresome. [Apr 2006, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An enjoyable beat-'em-up that does the movie justice. But there's little more than a basic scrolling brawler under all the great ideas. [Nov 2005, p.84]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With this many ways to organise your team and develop abilities, everyone will find something to suit their style. [Nov 2007, p.123]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still dry as hell and frustrating on occasions, but immensely playable nonetheless. A smart alternative to "Everybody's Golf." [Christmas 2005, p.105]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jaws is genuinely witty, outrageously violent and top fun but - wait for it - slightly lacking in depth. [Aug 2006, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brilliant in short bursts and great looking to boot; only question marks about its longevity prevent Gottlieb earning a higher score. [May 2006, p.93]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An ideal first game for Buzz! virgins or film buffs, but seasoned contestants will soon tire of it. [Dec 2007, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a few technical glitches this is a solid back-to-basics effort with some extra bells and whistles and a load of groove. [July 2007, p.94]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a racing game, Cars is good, straightforward, family fun. As a movie license, it's a must for all fans. [Christmas 2007, p.88]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is really a funky platformer with okay raacing tacked on. Either way, it's still lots of fun, and arguably better on PSP than PS2. [Christmas 2005, p.104]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo's flaws plus imperfect handling make this hard to love. As a glossy bike catalogue, it's lush. As a game, it's not quite right. [May 2006, p.78]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ambitious gameplay is marred by lazy design, leaving this wallowing in mere decency when it could have been devilishly enjoyable. [Feb 2006, p.96]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As good, if not slightly better than Marvel Ultimate Alliance - it really just depends which company's heroes you prefer. [Christmas 2006, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Avoid it if you want "Ridge Racer"-style conventional racing, but this is an enjoyable part-racer, part-puzzler that's well-tailored to the PSP's strengths. [Apr 2006, p.97]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay's hardly moved on in more than a decade, but simplicity is the key to Puyo Pop's appeal. An absorbing if not original addition to the handheld ranks. [June 2006, p.86]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Respect is due for trying something different. [Dec 2006, p.94]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Will delight even casual rugger fans. [Sept 2007, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not perfect but it's creepy. The mix of investigation and scores easily outweighs the clunky controls and occasional lulls in the action. [Mar 2006, p.105]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's no "Tekken: Dark Resurrection," but baby-proof controls and some intriguing extras make Unchained an above-average face-rearranger. [Dec 2006, p.90]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On PSP it set new standards but this port, enjoyable spy romp that it is, simply seems a bit dated when brought to the PS2. [Sept 2007, p.82]
    • Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A reasonably entertaining creation sim, good for dip-in, dip-out playing thanks to its quirky minigames. [Dec 2007, p.96]
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