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 SSX Tricky
Lowest review score: 10 Hooters Road Trip
Score distribution:
1,417 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game that redefined the game that redefined video games. [Mar 2002, p.34]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The replayability is off the charts. [Dec 2001, p.168]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most innovative, outlandish, brilliant video game I've ever seen. [Jan 2002, p.126]
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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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    • 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]
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game will twist and turn, surprise and captivate, and surpass any expectations you might have conjured up...The PS2's defining title. [Dec 2002, p.154]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Madden has added so many goodies that Madden fans will be smiling ear to ear, and newcomers'll love it. [Sept 2002, p.116]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Our favorite PS one Final Fantasy. [Nov 2001, p.46]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Makes a mockery of "Hawk 3" - you'll see. Funny, smart, richly entertaining and superbly crafted, Hawk 4 is more in the same class as "Grand Theft Auto III." [Dec 2002, p.178]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the exception of a rather throwaway plot, absolutely no part of Devil May Cry escapes the realm of coolness superior. [Nov 2001, p.152]
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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]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Comes so close to perfection that you really have to wonder if Tiburon can top itself again next year. Somehow, though, I have faith that it will. [Aug 2003, p.100]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    People do not play games because they break new ground. People play games because they are fun. And fun is God of War's greatest strength... This is not a perfect game, but it is a great one.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't get enough of it. Not many games are so great that they can help influence your taste, but this one really is something special. [Apr 2002, p.100]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you don't like Burnout 3: Takedown, there's something wrong with you...It has completely spoiled me, making it near impossible to enjoy other games in the genre. [Oct 2004, p.102]
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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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best 2D fighters ever made. [Nov 2001, p.52]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 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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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that's revolutionary in so much more than its art style. [Sept 2006, p.72]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game plays with Warrick Dunn quickness, and the player models are the best in the business. But somehow the athletes feel sluggish, like they're chugging along with a slab of marble Velcroed to their backs. [Sept 2002, p.117]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's so well-balanced, you're not limited to a video game strategy. You can play it any way you like. It's real soccer, and that why we love it. [Apr 2003, p.100]
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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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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its controls are near-as-damnit perfect, and the connection you feel between yourself and your fighter makes a game like "Tekken 4" look like it's just fooling around. [Sept 2003, p.95]
    • Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    • 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]