Official U.S. Playstation Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,415 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 8.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 NBA 2K3
Lowest review score: 10 Putter Golf
Score distribution:
1415 game reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I know this all sounds ridiculous, and it is. And yet, there's a certain goofy, tacky charm to the game that's oddly appealing. [Feb 2004, p.103]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Great for players who have absolutely no desire to experience what real poker is like. [Dec 2005, p.132]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    That style and the often funny dialogue are really the game's only redeeming qualities, making it of interest only to fans of the show. [Feb 2003, p.108]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    What really makes this game a disaster is the presentation. The character models and environments look like they were made using "Fighter Maker," which is to say that one one with a fundamental familiarity with 3D modeling was hired to make this game. [Feb 2005, p.91]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Virtually unplayable. [Nov 2001, p.152]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It also suffers some stultifying strikes: excruciating difficulty, obtuse mechanics, a stifling lack of freedom, and a brutal mission structure that punishes you as often as it rewards you. [July 2003, p.94]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are just far too many problems with its basic mechanics. [Jan 2004, p.125]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Realistic drift physics apparently don't equal a good time, especially when added to a frustrating - and mandatory - tutorial mode. [Sept 2006, p.76]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    My advice to the developers is next time, skip the shaking, the timers, and the laughable cinemas and spend more time polishing and testing. [June 2005, p.101]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A couple of good ideas, a couple of bad ideas, but all executed so poorly that the game almost feels unfinished. Combine that with a control and camera system that's been getting progressively worse for the past six years or so, and it's official: The hedgehog has jumped the shark.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Bad control, bad gameplay, bad rosters. [June 2001, p.97]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A terrible game. [Jan 2002, p.130]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's just a veil of mediocrity used to cover what amounts to a crazed-crowd simulator. No, wait, that actually sounds too fun for a game like this. [Jun 2006, p.92]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Tetris we all know and love never got boring. This does. [June 2002, p.100]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Your magnetic skis do more than just hug the rails when you’re grinding along – they magically suck you toward rails if you’re in the vicinity. It’s ridiculous. [Mar 2002, p.108]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's a sloppy, rushed port of a game that deserved better. [July 2006, p.77]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    No other game in the PSP launch window is so miserably underachieving. [June 2005, p.101]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The real-time battle system is such a mess that you’ll get either incredibly bored or overwhelmed in no time. [Mar 2002, p.108]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 42 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Xiaolin Showdown has the elements of a good game, but the execution is so sloppy that it ends up falling flat. [Jan. 2007, p.88]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In short, Shattered Universe just doesn't deliver. The onscreen action never heats up enough to be considered exciting, and even if it did, the shoddy control scheme would keep it from being any fun anyway. [Dec 2003, p.176]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It actually feels more like "Wipeout" or "Extreme-G Racing" than "Crash Team Racing" or "Mario Kart." Well, a crappier version of "Wipeout" or "Extreme-G," anyway. [Oct 2003, p.116]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The best ice-racing simulator for the PSP. Too bad there's no option for winter tires. [Apr 2006, p.92]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    There's something fundamentally wrong about the fact that you can beat American Idol - and not miss a single note - with the sound off. [Feb 2004, p.101]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    That's the worst kind of game design--the kind that only the people who made it can understand. [Oct. 2006, p.83]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The pace of the game is slow enough to serve as a cure for insomnia. [June 2001, p.97]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Insert "cruel and unusual punishment" or similar prison-term jokesterism here. Bonus points for working in the words "salad" and "toss." [Apr 2006, p.82]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The gameplay is just short of completely unredeemable. [Jan 2003, p.132]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It is, thankfully, a roughly four-hour affair, but that time is probably better spent actually watching the two excellent (and one decent) Terminator movies. [Feb 2004, p.104]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sadists can now add a new option to their perverse torture list: Play Evolution Snowboarding. [Feb 2003, p.101]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The whole thing just feels like one big accident. [July 2002, p.101]
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