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 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Lowest review score: 20 Star Trek: Encounters
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 629
629 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most involving, witty, well-rounded and goddam exciting GTA ever. [June 2008, p.86]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All the style of the series so far plus a maelstrom of new shocks, twists and challenges makes this the best survival horror game ever. [Nov 2006, p.104]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A must-own, state-of-the-art tactical espionage stealth-a-thon. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Massively expansive, even over "Vice City." The biggest game ever. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The singleplayer campaign or the multiplayer options alone would make this essential. But the two together bode for months of enjoyment. [Dec 2007, p.119]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Subsistence is one hell of a package, encompassing Metal Gear's past, present and future. Essential for newcomers, recommended for fans. [Nov 2006, p.92]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Heart-in-mouth joy from this frantic and bloody hack-fest. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Accessible, exhilarating and macho as all hell, it's another thunderous outing for PS2's angriest anti-hero. Essential. [Mar 2007, p.82]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super-long, fast races make this an essential PS2 purchase. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A true epic. It's a dog-eat-dog world in the games industry, and Okami buries the opposition like a load of old bones. [Jan 2007, p.82]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    FFXII is the apex of adventuring; gaming doesn't get any better than this. [Jan 2007, p.68]
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute classic. Simple to play but hugely rewarding, challenging and entertaining like nothing else on PS2. You need this game. [Apr 2006, p.110]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weapons and flashgun-centric play make this the series' best. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Huge and beautiful, but hopefully not as doomed as its beasts, Colossus deserves to sell ten times what "Ico" did. [Jan 2006, p.94]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An unmissable, epic adventure that's as dramatic as any of Kratos' full-sized games. [Apr 2008, p.106]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ICO
    Persevere to the bitersweet conclusion and Sony's uniquely atmospheric puzzle adventure will hold a place in your heart forever. [Feb 2006, p.88]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Faster-than-light and the best arcade racer in existence. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As vital to PS2 has your central nervous system is to your brain. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looks sensational, plays tightly and lasts like a marathon-running robot. Not for casuals but a hardcore delight. [Apr 2006, p.102]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unsurpassed, automotive beauty. The best driving game on PS2. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank may be going through the same routine, but it's impossible not to love them. [Dec 2007, p.118]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The original Playstation fighter beats its way back to top form. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Tomb Raider but with mroe guns and fewer puzzles, Uncharted deserves to be 2007's sleeper hit. [Christmas 2007, p.118]
    • 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]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant extension of the GTA series, and the new yardstick against which every future PSP title will be measured. [Christmas 2005, p.72]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This will feel fresh and immediate even to those whose Tekken-love was waning. It's engaging, exceptional and essential. [Sept 2006, p.82]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly superb racer; fast, vast and there's plenty to do under that super-slick surface. [Jan 2008, p.118]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Move in for the commander-in-chief of online tactical shooters. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Top stealth adventure, travelling the world to surprise terrorists. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly addictive, satisfying and inventive stealth shooter that's packed with character, style and replay value. [June 2006, p.90]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While we definitely don't remember school being this much fun, this is a brilliant return to a more innocent time. One of the year's best games. [Dec 2006, p.102]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun game for short sessions, suited to the system and with some clever ideas, but it's not the proper Metal Gear Solid title we were expecting. [Mar 2007, p.107]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This epic adventure is short on the nuts-and-bolts of adventuring, but its charm, and the quality of its production still merit a high score. [Nov 2006, p.88]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Spellbinding stuff with lashings of imagination: well worth top marks! [Feb 2008, p.76]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Technically very accomplished and graphically gorgeous, but ultimately unsatisfying, even in online multiplayer. [Feb 2008, p.102]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gets repetitive after a while, but overall a charming, crazy treat. [Apr 2008, p.107]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not quite "Jak II" but still an engaging platformer. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Calibur makes every other fighting game feel outmoded. Only our reservations over the new strategy element prevent a perfect score. [Dec 2005, p.114]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Music/rhythm game with loads of top artists and online options. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only is this the greatest game on PSP, it also leaves a large percentage of the PS2 back catalogue looking ordinary. But it right now. [Dec 2006, p.76]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hugely inventive, charming and funny. Psychonauts is a surprise hit and this year's star platformer. [Nov 2005, p.128]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Witty, exciting and sweaty as all hell. If you love your adventures on the epic side, you'll have to make time for this one. [Christmas 2005, p.78]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This makes you realise how much Jak has been holding Daxter back all these years. It also shows just how good PSP gaming can get. [May 2006, p.84]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FF meets "Charlie's Angels" for a narcotic dose of the familiar RPG. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make room, Metal Gear Solid: ballsy, tough, heroic spying is officially cool again. [Jan 2008, p.123]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cartoon-style action adventure with great fighting controls. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wet-the-bed scary survival horror. We dare you to play it. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Makes skating feel like it should: often dangerous, and always really, really hard. [Nov 2007, p.118]
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enjoy all the fun of free-roaming warfare. And get paid for it! [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shooter with enough guns to satisfy the most trigger-happy soul. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combine the first game's addictive gameplay with Lucas' classic trilogy, and you've got a supremely entertaining slice of sci-fi escapism. [Oct 2006, p.101]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combat-heavy adventure with shooters and swords. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No massive innovations, but a neat fine-tuning job confirms Fight Night as the uncontested heavyweight champion of boxing games. [Apr 2006, p.94]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, you've seen much of it before, but it's never looked so searchingly brilliant, or felt so surging. [Mar 2008, p.102]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Solid, but nowhere near spectacular sim that will only satisfy B-ball fans who can appreciate its subtleties. The rest of us can only look on, slightly bemused. [Apr 2006, p.100]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very occasional lack of realism aside, this is one of the most comprehensive yet accessible sports games ever to grace PS2. [Oct 2006, p.93]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Top flight sim that will take your breath away. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeous cutscenes, interesting dungeons. [Sept 2007, p.92]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Highly addictive with a damn near perfect gameplay balance, Warhawk is the bomb. [Oct 2007, p.119]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not got broadband? You may want to lop off a point. [Nov 2005, p.82]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We expected a humbler roster update. Instead, we got a game so comprehensive it renders every previous wrestling title redundant. [Nov 2005, p.86]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sublime platform adventure and oodles of varied gameplay. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant adventure with more ideas in its little digital finger than some games manage in a whole disc. An essential purchase. [Dec 2005, p.108]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully blended oddball collage of colour, sound and playability. Original and inventive - it's PSP gaming at its best. [July 2006, p.86]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A supremely entertaining romp through the classic Star Wars universe, LSWII deserves to be played by everyone. [Nov 2006, p.102]
    • 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]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may have its pros and cons, but its pros are so wonderfully abundant tht it really doesn't matter. A fine, fine game. [June 2008, p.90]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stylish, cinematic reinvention of the point-and-click adventure. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deep, addictive and awash with colour and character, Rogue Galaxy is a near-perfect take on the old-school Eastern RPG formula. [June 2007, p.76]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't expect a revolution, or even an evolution, come to think of it, but this is solid stuff and truly excels in multiplayer. [Nov 2007, p.100]
    • 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]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blood Money is without question the best Hitman yet, and although it can be punishing at times, it's also hugely compelling and stylish. [June 2006, p.78]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exceptional in looks, sound and story. [Apr 2008, p.78]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    WipEout's core chemistry is rich and balanced enough to merit continual evolution. [Dec 2007, p.123]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A game that's forgotten it's about superheroes. They're supposed to be spectacular, aren't they? This isn't. [Dec 2005, p.111]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to realism, TOCA is now hot on Gran Turismo's heels. As for variety, accessibility and heart, it's already way ahead. [Feb 2006, p.84]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the key reason why FIFA 07 will keep you playing, because it's the first in the series that gets inside your head and forces you to give a toss... FIFA has finally managed to meld both style and substance. [Oct 2006, p.84]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The strikingly impressive robo scrapper returns. Cracking stuff. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant action adventure that could well be the world's first classic movie-tie in. Innovative and flawlessly paced. [Nov 2005, p.74]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's little speed, skill or urgency to any of the platform/shooting action - making this another ignominous entry in Mega Man's CV. [Apr 2006, p.100]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the best stuff from the first two games has been kept in and everything that's been added just makes this GH the best yet. [Christmas 2007, p.80]
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Simplified PSP controls do dial down SOCOM's complexity, but impressive options both on and offline make this shine. [May 2006, p.90]
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're on the trail of a first-class scare, this truly terrifying game is unmissable. [Mar 2008, p.103]
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best retro compendium around. [Christmas 2006, p.98]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much better than the last game, and one of the best PS2 RPGs. Let down only by the relentless fighting and steep learning curve. [Feb 2007, p.70]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An addictive take on both WW2 and squad-based shooters. [Jan 2007, p.106]
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A typically solid performance from Seabass. [Dec 2007, p.82]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bright, highly polished, massively desirable and built to impress. OutRun 2006 shows the same class as the Ferraris it lets you race. [Apr 2006, p.112]