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: 65
Highest review score: 100 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2
Lowest review score: 10 Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt
Score distribution:
1415 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    King is the best, most synergetic convergence of film and videogame I've ever seen. It turns Two Towers' wow factor into an emphatic "holy freaking crap!"
    • 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
    Good lord, is this a beautiful game. [Jan 2002, p.124]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I know everyone is expecting this game to be good, but I have to tell you I was shocked at how great it is. [Dec 2001, p.159]
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    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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
    One of the most incredible experiences I have ever had with a game. [July 2002, p.98]
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    • 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]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I haven't been sleeping much, because I can't put this game down...Easily one of the best first-person shooters out there - on any system. [Dec 2002, p.176]
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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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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An example of WE7's overhauled physics engine for the ball itself. It no longer glides over the pitch, but randomly bobbles off the imperfections in the turf. This leads to a slew of new control options for dealing with bouncing balls. [Mar 2004, p.101]
    • 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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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's so good that it'll have hardcore hockey fans enthralled. [Jan 2003, p.134]
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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]
    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The controls are great, it's exceptionally playable, and if you're a real gearhead you should be very excited. [June 2002, p.128]
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    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In all my years of playing MMORPGs, none has grabbed me as strongly as FFXI. None has made me more proud of my in-game accomplishments or more excited to see what's around the next corner. I'm addicted. [Mar 2004, p.97]
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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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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Aside from the cultural tweaks, the other major improvement here is in the scale of the game. The mountain you're competing on is huge, and the better you get, the more of it you get to see. In places, it's downright beautiful. [Nov 2003, p.134]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Has everything I've ever wanted from a sports car racing game: Cool rides, some of the best engine noises ever committed to a gaming sountrack and most importantly, a sense of incredible speed and power. [Nov 2002, p.186]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you want to pick a fight, why not battle with the best of 'em? [Mar 02, p.34]
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    • 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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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never mind that it's one of the best fighters ever made - it's one of the best games ever made... Brilliant. It's one of those extremely rare games that screams perfection. [Sept 2003, p.94]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In Thunder 2004, you take the track with 42 of the most vindictive drivers ever to hold a wheel. [Oct 2003, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When it comes to games for sports lovers, this one leads the list. It's my early favorite [yes, over "Madden" and "NCAA 2003"] for sports game of the year. [Dec 2002, p.170]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yep, Tiburon's gotta go and give us a new greatest NFL game ever made. Again. And they'll probably do it again next year. [Sept 2003, p.99]
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