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 8.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Italian Job
Lowest review score: 10 Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt
Score distribution:
1415 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Franchise Mode is 10 seasons of blissful replayability. [Nov 2001, p.160]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't begin to explain how addictive I found this. [Jan 2002, p.140]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of my favorite games, ever...It's got story, it's got action, it's got amazing graphics and some of the best animation you'll see anywhere. [Dec 2003, p.166]
    • 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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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Packs in more quality gameplay than most RPGs could ever hope for, with the finest battle system yet for the series. [Feb 2002, p.104]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 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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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first PS one installment of Final Fantasy is still one of the best ever. [Mar 2002, p.34]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    PaRappa will win over anyone with his hipster looks and smooth style. [Nov 2001, p.50]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It lacks a certain "oomph" I get out of EA football. [Sept 2003, p.98]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it really comes down to it, what this game's about is no-frills rocking. And no-frills rocking is what it does very well. [Nov 2005, p.98]
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most noteworthy part of the game is easily the end sequence. Without spoiling it, it's a chase that combines elements of MGS, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "Return of the Jedi", "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker", and "Ico" into an utterly engrossing and visceral ride.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled by that cutesy purple dragon - this ain't just a kiddie game. [Nov 2001, p.51]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can appreciate artistry in games, if you hanker for an experience that transcends genre, if you want to see what happens when a creative design team is allowed to ignore sales numbers and flavor-of-the-month trends, by all means bring yourself into Shadow's world. [Oct 2005, p.98]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    NCAA 2003 comes so close to perfection that you really have to wonder if Tiburon can top itself again next year. [Sept 2002, p.114]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still great, great football, and al the new stuff makes it the best one yet. I'm just not so sure it's worth 50 bucks if you already have last year's edition. [Aug 2004, p.87]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually stunning goth-action vampire romp with soul-sucking goodness. [Mar 2002, p.34]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's remarkably astounding... but is it better than "FIFA 2005"? For American fans, not quite. [March 2005, p.94]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As some would argue, the best 2.5D platformer ever released. [Nov 2001, p.40]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ICO
    It's hard to express how stunning this game looks and sounds. [Nov 2001, p.158]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But for the first time I can remember, an extreme-sports game actually has a real story, honest-to-goodness characters, and a reason to play beyond seeing the next level or beating your last high score.
    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers took to the hero Gabe Logan with such enthusiasm that the mere mention of the franchise name still gets folks excited. [Nov 2001, p.52]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Multiplayer is a hoot, rebounding is spot-on, the Career mode lets you unlock legends, and the new defensive counters add loads of strategy. But most important, the first game's rubber-band logic that kept every game close has been abandoned. [May 2003, p.94]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest improvement - the RPG-style character growth - really and truly changes everything. I kid you not. Replaying a section isnow a reward unto itself, since you gain experience for every enemy you kill... Man, I <I>really</I> love this game. [Dec 2003, p.154]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's worth pointing out that most of these new options simply add a layer of polish to preexisting aspects of the game. [Sept 2004, p.93]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The obvious choice for baseball enthusiasts for this new season. [May 2004, p.99]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Good lord, is this a beautiful game. [Jan 2002, p.124]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 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]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Infinite playability and attention to the he-men details make this a treat. [Mar 2002, p.34]
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