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: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Italian Job
Lowest review score: 10 Gravity Games Bike: Street Vert Dirt
Score distribution:
1415 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If I had to sum up the game in one word, I'm not sure if I'd pick "boring" or "stupid." I guess it depends on what mood I'm in. The mission structure is desperately linear, despite pretending to offer a huge amount of freedom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's time for Mortal Kombat to go. [Dec. 2006, p.126]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What's challenging in hitting home runs with every other hitter? [June 2001, p.99]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It has more of the same clunky controls and general lack of fun for which the series is known. [Oct 2004, p.92]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While the battle system is solid, the battles themselves are dreadfully boring.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mere diversions that don't have much lasting appeal. [Feb 2002, p.116]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Falls flat on its face on just about every level. [June 2001, p.98]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's nice that Pandemic attempted to improve "Full Spectrum Warrior", trying to make it feel more like a game and less like something based on military theory. But the host of said improvements take FSW from and interesting if tame combat simulator to an irritating way to spend an afternoon. [July 2006, p.76]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The jumping puzzles combined with the overt racism combined with the semiwonky controls combined wtih the unctuousness of the protagonist add up to a game that is decidedly unfun. [May 2004, p.101]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Full unadulterated boredom. [Oct 2002, p.147]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Having long since outlived its usefulness, the Wild Arms series has gone, with this entry, from merely banal to actively irritating. With such a wealth of RPGs getting translated nowadays and more companies than ever eager to get into the act, it's about time this appendix was removed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Save your money for a PS2 and a copy of Thunder for that system. It's worth it. [Jan 2002, p.146]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Its boring tracks make you feel more like you're racing around a generic airport terminal with fancy backdrops than actually IN the exotic locales. [June 2002, p.97]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only thing eJay has on its competitors is the Scratch mode, a fairly solid (and, as far as I can tell, reasonably realistic) dual-turntable simulator. [Oct 2003, p.116]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Getting 29 games for $20 shouldn't be a terrible deal, but aside from two or three gems, the selection totally blows - especially when compared to the Japanese releases. [Jan 2006, p.91]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The graphics here are subpar for PS2, the animation is choppy, the level design is awful, and the controls and interface are almost impressively awkward. [June 2002, p.99]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game is so stupid. It also lacks any kind of cool. What a combo! [Aug 2003, p.99]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Do your part and make sure the Just Cause revolucion will not be televised. [Nov. 2006, p.117]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I can't help feeling like this game was designed by sadists, for masochists. It's that frustrating. [Nov 2002, p.183]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Why would I want to play a game that consists mostly of <I>waiting</I>? [Apr 2003, p.87]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A shallow racer spread thinly over other game styles. [Jan 2006, p.101]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Apparently, it never occurred to anyone at Cavia that using a first-person shooter setup to control a game seen in the third person is a little like putting "Resident Evil"-style controls in a "Mario" game: technically possible but deeply stupid. [Dec 2004, p.102]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    "SSX" looked better two years ago, and the water comes nowhere near equaling that in last year's "Splashdown." [Dec 2002, p.160]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Surely, I thought, the challenge level has a setting other than "stupid easy" or "mind-bogglingly confusing because the mutant aiming system bites." I thought wrong. Encounters in Space is just that bad. [Dec 2003, p.164]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What's not so impressive is that actual combat is pretty sucky. The combos themselves are simplistic. [Jun 2006, p.94]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Most of the Atari 2600's great titles had little to do with Atari.[Feb 2005, p.91]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If tweaking out on robo-parts is your thing, proceed. If serious robo-combat is your thing, abort. [Nov 2005, p.90]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Two games in one: both are bland and tedious. [Jan 2006, p.99]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Somehow, the PSP version makes Frogger's already-confusing mechanics even more frustrating. [Jan 2006, p.100]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's no feeling of the weight or power of the real thing, and precious little sense of speed. [Jan 2004, p.130]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game looks so bad I can't begin to like it. [Nov 2002, p.190]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Definitely a good time for the elementary-school set. [Jan. 2007, p.89]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Get with it, EA. You're so far behind High Heat it's like you're playing in the minor leagues. [Apr 2002, p.103]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Maneuvering and combat are both very clumsy, and the whole game leaves you wondering about the choices the game designers made. [June 2005, p.95]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At certain points, you simply feel total frustration - you just wanna stop playing sometimes. Of course, you're better off never starting at all. [Dec 2003, p.162]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Why does the game look like crap? [Jan 2002, p.141]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although not as bad as "Tomb Raider," MI is marred by an appallingly complex control system that (if you're anything like me) you'll never get used to. [Feb 2004, p.103]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Welcome to Sonic Hell, where it feels like you're stuck in Rome and some gladiator prisoner that is being forced to compete mercilessly non-stop with other combatants. [Jan. 2007, p.91]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Soon enough, though, the novelty wears off, and you start to realize the incredible tedium involved because the entire game is a fetch quest - with the ultimate goal being to free some bitch (literally) that got picked up by the dogcatchers. [Sept 2004, p.89]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Devil Kings' mailed-in gameplay is a classic example of what developers should avoid at all costs in the future. [Nov 2005, p.117]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A giant mess on the whole. For starters, you encounter plenty of nice little glitches throughout the game, including random spots where characters just fall through solid objects because of some lame collision detection. [Feb 2004, p.98]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The multiple-character combos are a nice touch, but the execution is so poor as to make it a moot point. [Feb 2002, p.106]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This was a great game...15 years ago. The new Micro Machines fails to offer anything new or exciting to an already stale series. [Sept 2006, p.79]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Too simple for strategy fans and too complex for fighting fans. The occasionally interesting creature design and accompanying animation can't save this one from its cliched premise, uninteresting gameplay, and interminable load times. [Mar 2004, p.103]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The sloppy swordplay and imprecise magic attacks just make the game look like an alcoholic staging of Medieval Times. [June 2002, p.97]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I'll stick to paper and pencil versions of sudoku until a cleaned-up sequel appears. [July 2006, p.82]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When even a game's manual asks, "Wouldn't you rather play something else?" consider taking the hint. [Feb 2005, p.83]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If it weren't for all the basketball in Sony's new NBA 07, I'd give the go-ahead on trying this one out. [Nov. 2006, p.110]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All the features added to Genki's long running game of after-dark street racing are cursory at best and cosmetic at worst. [Jan 2004, p.130]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    And, much like a real sweatshop, WTF provides little incentive to keep you going. [Dec. 2006, p.136]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Did I mention the shooting interface itself? Picture the annoying timing of the triple-tap Hot Shots model combined with the occasional imprecision of the analog Tiger model, and you'll have some idea of what we're talking about here: It's the worst of all possible worlds!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Other than that, Miami Vice is the most unremarkable eight hours you'll sppend en route to a lousy concclusion this year! [Oct. 2006, p.91]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's no excuse for such an absurdly awkward control scheme. [Apr 2003, p.92]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Track design is unimaginative, the cars look like they're made of plastic, it's not fast, and the gameplay structure feels clumsy and unfinished. [Dec 2004, p.128]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    After that brief spasm of historical insight, the charm rapidly wears off, mostly due to clumsy programming. [March 2005, p.95]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Forsakes any sort of previously demonstrated variety, great story, or awesome atmosphere all in favor of fight, fight, fight. It only needs the "POW! WHAP! BLORP!" [Nov 2003, p.130]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite its lousy gameplay, Drakengard's story is what makes me absolutely hate, hate, hate it...Just <I>try</I> to like any of the characters. Impossible. [Mar 2004, p.98]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unbalanced and derivative. [Oct 2003, p.116]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I've had more control when driving a car without a steering wheel. [Oct 2001, p.137]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Contrary to the rules of classic puzzle games, it takes a long time to ick up, but a short time to master. I'll pass, thanks. [Nov 2001, p.167]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This game looks so great, but the controls may very well be the worst I have ever seen in a racing game. [Feb 2002, p.114]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A buggy mess that should be avoided in favor of "NHL 2K6" or "NHL 06." [Dec 2005, p.115]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It seems like the designers spent so much time working on fancy effects that they didn't have enough time to bother with things like level design... It's a pretty major disappointment. [Aug 2003, p.101]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The real disappointment comes from the wonky control and slipshod graphics. [June 2001, p.100]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Micro Machines games have stayed the same over the last decade for the most part, so fans of the series will have a general idea of what they're getting into here. Newcomers can consider themselves warned. [Oct. 2006, p.92]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Solid graphics and a great story don't make up for a lack of content. Would be a steal at bargain-bin prices, though. [Jan 2006, p.101]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A geriatric "MGS" clone burdened with the identity (and scene) thefts of "Mission: Impossible." [Oct 2004, p.88]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A sad, painfully executed experience that can't hold a candle to the former glory. [Nov 2002, p.192]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Why can't you have more than six players at a table? [March 2005, p.95]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's tedious, wearisome, dreary, slow, stiff, flat and monotonous...in other words, it's an utter bore. [Apr 2002, p.103]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So ultimately, you have a bad port of a not-particularly great Xbox game with all of the interesting bits removed. [Dec 2002, p.180]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    An uninteresting, repetitive driving/shooting game with unfunny quips and painfully bad cut-scenes. [Nov 2003, p.142]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It <I>may</I> capture your attention for about one game of 9-ball or doing some trick shots, but career mode will bore the balls out of you. [Jan 2004, p.133]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This barely qualifies as a game. [Jan 2006, p.100]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's an uninspired, uninnovative platform game with incredibly annoying flaws. Combat is brainless - I died more times from wandering into mud puddles (which are apparently deadly and kill you instantly) than I did from enemy attacks. [Dec 2004, p.125]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Cheesy plot, horrible dialogue and translation, bland graphics, and standard RPG cliches circa 1995 as far as the eye can see. [Aug 2006, p.81]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Goes right off the deep end with its length - the entire game can be completed in one six-hour sitting. [Apr 2005, p.102]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Everything is passable--no aspects of the game are missing, nothing's technically wrong. It's just that it doesn't strive above any of the old, established conventions of the genre. It has an average overwrought RPG story line, average graphics, and an average (to poor) combat system that has shifted from turn-based combat to real-time combat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    All the cars suffer from terrible handling physics, which are only made worse by the appallingly sensitive setup on the analog controls. [Mar 2003, p.114]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Once you get past the counterintuitive controls, Rescue serves as a completely serviceable hop-a-thon for tadpole gamers. [Jan 2004, p.133]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Shallow combat meets nonexistente level design in a battle for FPS mediocrity. [Aug 2005, p.89]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Its arenas are cramped, flat, and bland, and its gameplay structure is dated, boring, and laughable. [Dec 2003, p.152]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Armored Core developers are celebrating the series' 10th birthday by giving you the same mech game they've pumped out since the beginning. [Jun 2006, p.92]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's no challenge, and there's no variety. [Apr 2005, p.103]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The game is one long wave of monotonous, sloppy combat. [Jan 2005, p.102]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A fantastic idea ruined by ugly graphics, a shaky framerate, and bizarre design elements. [May 2006, p.80]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Beyond atmosphere, ShellShock pretty much, well, sucks. Probably the biggest irritation is the simply horrifying level design. [Oct 2004, p.88]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's like trying to fly an airplane with no wings, and you can't even tell the passengers to kiss their asses good-bye. [May 2005, p.92]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It has a few innovations, but these aren't executed well enough to make the game really stand out. [Dec 2002, p.174]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The absurd amount of effort you'll have to spend to get any substantial results in Fighter Maker 2's Edit mode won't be worth it for 95 percent of you. [Jan 2003, p.124]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is one of the least user-friendly gameplay experiences I've had in some time. [May 2006, p.90]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Suffers from one of the most useless cameras since the advent of 3D gaming. [March 2005, p.101]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Oversimplified controls and an atrocious camera. If it were a movie, you'd leave the theater halfway through and not care about the conclusion. [Feb 2005, p.86]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You're contantly shooting the same enemies over and over in rather dull environments, only to come upon completely lackluster bosses. [August 2002, p.107]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The graphics certainly don't help any. Really, for a PS2 game, they're an embarrassment. [Dec 2001, p.161]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With a full year since the original and no majjor changes to implement, this should have been great. Instead, it's just more "Dynasty Warriors." [Dec. 2006, p.134]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Anyone who has enjoyed any of the technical, aesthetic, and gameplay improvements of the past decade will probably want to pass this one up [Dec 2004, p.114]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As bad as the roster is, the game itself is fine, and by fine I mean you couldn't have possibly made it more boring. [Jan 2005, p.109]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yu-Gi-Oh completely blows. [June 2002, p.103]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Scoring opportunities are too easy and mean too little, and the "wow" moments - scoring a goal, beating a defender - serve up more yawns than adrenaline. [Apr 2005, p.109]
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