Official U.S. Playstation Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,417 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Lowest review score: 10 Putter Golf
Score distribution:
1,417 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    San Andreas is shocking, not necessarily because of its typically contentious subject matter (though there's plenty in it to rub those of a conservative disposition the wrong way) but because of the sheer scale of the experience...Is it really the best game ever made? Quite possibly, yes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Being able to play as all three members further fleshes out the mission variety - I couldn't tell you the last time I've had so much unadulterated fun playing a game. [Nov 2004, p.126]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Friendly enough for the first-time platform player, deep enough for platform veterans, and funny as hell...It's a brilliant game. [Dec 2004, p.126]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound effects are without any shadow of a doubt the most amazing I've ever heard in a videogame. The rasp of the engine is so unbelievably believable that you can actually feel the reverberation of the exhaust as the ower surges through it. It will change your expectations of what a game can sound like. [Dec 2004, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So say what you will about TimeSplitters being too arcadey or too cartoony or not serious enough—I'll just be over here having a hell of a time. Last I checked, that's what games were for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Patience, careful planning, and a certain tolerance for trial and error are far more important than quick reflexes and an itchy trigger finger, which means it's not really for everyone. But if you're willing to put forth the effort, you're in for a supremely satisfying time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Either way, Final Fantasy XII is a fitting send-off for the series on the PS2, and it justifiably has a chance to proclaim itself the best Final Fantasy on the Playstation. [Nov. 2006, p.106]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For my money, I think I actually like this one better than "Winning Eleven 7." FIFA is packed with more features than you could possibly explore unless you play nothing but this for the next six months. [Nov 2004, p.138]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Burnout 3" may beckon for the sheer thrills, but Chase is one of the best sports racing games ever released. [Oct 2004, p.108]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite simply, the ideal sequel: The developers have managed to not only bolster and dramatically improve the good qualities of an RE title, but also completely drain out the bad aspects of the RE franchise. It's a perfectly executed reinvention of a stagnating franchise. [Dec 2005, p.128]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The series has maintained - or improved - its gritty realism, its immersive, nail-biting single-player campaign, and its extraordinarily engrossing online play in spite of some substantial alterations. [Dec 2005, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Namco went all-out and put forth a tremendous effort, showing onece again why the series continues to remain at the top of the genre. [Nov 2005, p.80]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By making a few seemingly subtle but ultimately profound gameplay changes, Criterion has improved a game we didn't think needed improving. [Nov 2005, p.104]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An eminently satisfying game in its own right, and a more than worthy sequel--already it's going head-to-head with "God of War" in game-of-the-year debates around the office. Regardless, to my mind it's the best Prince of Persia yet. If you play just this one, you'll think it's excellent. But if you've played the last two, you'll think it's a masterpiece.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Turn-based strategy doesn't get any better than this. [May 2006, p.97]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The finally realized Metal Gear Online (as Kojima calls it) ranges from solid multiplayer fare to a total blast. [Apr 2006, p.76]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This title raises the bar for quality and polish for games on the PSP today. [Jan. 2007, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In case you haven't got the point by now, Guitar Hero II rocks. It rocks hard. It bests the original in nearly every way, and that's a damn hard thing to do. [Dec. 2006, p.124]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sure, "Ace 3" has better graphics, and sure, there might be a little more variety in the missions. But the laughable challenge level in "Ace 3" makes it hard to recommend it over its older brother. [Nov 2001, p.38]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This awesome platformer makes use of the Dual Shock in creative ways. [Mar 02, p.34]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Featuring a massive quest filled with RPG elements, mind-blowing 2D backgrounds, fantastic character artwork, an astounding soundtrack and osme of the best Castlevania gameplay ever seen, SOTN is a PS one classic that can't be missed. [Nov 2001, p.40]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another masterpiece from Square, and one of the best RPGs of all time. [Nov 2001, p.40]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As some would argue, the best 2.5D platformer ever released. [Nov 2001, p.40]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game that made kart racing cool. Nothing has ever matched its quality. [Mar 2002, p.34]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Our favorite PS one Final Fantasy. [Nov 2001, p.46]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first PS one installment of Final Fantasy is still one of the best ever. [Mar 2002, p.34]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pack[ed] with stunning FMV, well-developed characters, and a touching story that revolves round the theme of love. [Nov 2001, p.46]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best racing game you'll find on the PS one, hands down. [Mar 2002, p.34]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the sequel out on PS2, you don't want to fall behind, do you? [Mar 2002, p.34]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    PaRappa will win over anyone with his hipster looks and smooth style. [Nov 2001, p.50]
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