PALGN's Scores

  • Games
For 1,949 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Galaxy
Lowest review score: 5 Elf Bowling 1 & 2
Score distribution:
1949 game reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spectrobes is a great beginning for Disney Interactive's new IP - it's clear this is only the tip of the iceberg for the franchise. Spectrobes comes highly recommended.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the single-player options may not be very compelling, if you're after a quick portable battle by yourself or with friends, Broken Destiny fits the bill.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An addictive and worthy remake of the arcade classic. While the single-player experience is a little limited, if you're into high scores and competitive multi-player, then you should look no further.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In terms of the graphics, the PS2 version does a very commendable job both in terms of technical ability and presentation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With one of the best soundtracks yet Singstar 90's is definitely a title that younger readers will want to add to their collection, if you weren't a fan of 90's music then steer cleer, but otherwise this is a game you'll want to pick up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With around 70 levels to play through, both fun and challenging gameplay, and appealing visuals and sound, Toki Tori is a worthy addition in any puzzle game fans’ collection.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a stand alone product Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is a solid game with a decent RRP. Those who want the full Gran Turismo experience will need to wait until next year, but Prologue still offers up a bundle of content, making the title a worthwhile purchase for even a casual Gran Turismo fan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A tighter and more interesting instalment than the first episode, and a step in the right direction for this oddball series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Earth Defence Force 2017 might be a little rough around the edges, but it offers non-stop action on a breathtaking scale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Call of Juarez isn’t without its flaws, it is still a remarkably enjoyable game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A very enjoyable game that gives you greater control over your players than ever before. The series has had a rest on next generation consoles thus far, and the break has certainly paid off.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter Freedom 2 plays much like the love child of Phantasy Star Online and World of Warcraft, but lacking the online component. It may prove daunting for many, but could be the perfect match for those looking for a hefty adventure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although times have changed and the series isn’t the high profile name it used to be, if you want an old school, arcade style sliding, high speed racing game you need not look any further.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of Tetsuya Mizguchi’s previous works such as Rez and Lumines really need to check this out, as should anyone else on the lookout for an addictive puzzle game or shoot ‘em up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s Mario Kart with Sega characters, trading off originality for simple, enjoyable gameplay with a nostalgic twist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Red Star, whilst not a title that is groundbreaking in any way, offers some incredibly fun gameplay and is definitely worth a second glance for those wanting some old-school style fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's the story that really makes this unique, and if you don't like the story, you should probably stay well away. On the other hand, if you do enjoy their unique sense of humour, this may just be the funniest game of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Conan may at times be awkward and slightly derivative, but when compared to the fun that is available within, these shortcomings pale in comparison.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    NHL 2K7 improves upon what is still pretty much the best game of hockey available, but we expect a little more in the way of new features and improvements next time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bangai-O Spirits is an entertaining portable shmup title that has plenty of game to offer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Played it before or not, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter belongs in every shooter's fan library for its brilliant throwback to older days when killing things was all we needed to do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Such a hard game to review as the core gameplay is so much fun, but many things are holding back from achieving greatness. The 'power shots', while a good addition, should never have been made compulsory for Tournament play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the repetitive fetch quests, the fine story retelling and accessible fighting system make Naruto: The Broken Bond among the better anime or franchise based games available.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Enriched with lovely graphics, an inviting gameplay structure and that special Meier something, Railroads! could’ve been a real gem for train simulation fans. However, with a few flaws such as simple and repetitive goals, and a game that is an absolute system hog, Sid Meier’s Railroads! isn’t as great as we expected.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Our main complaint with Virtua Tennis 3 is the fact that Sega are happy to sit on their laurels and release a game that is very similar to its predecessor. However, they say that if it isn't broke then don't fix it, and Virtua Tennis 3 is definitely not broke.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An unexpectedly good time that manages to rise above a cluster of problems, most notably - for us, at least - with multiplayer. A smidge more polish will get Universe at War up there with the best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 08 is a step in the right direction for Madden on the HD consoles. While it's still quite a good game, a few more steps are needed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a little rough around the edges and there’s not much in the way of variety here, but what it does do it does well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After Burner Climax definitely delivers in the explosions, thrills and fun, but much like a Half Minute Hero, it's over before you know it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Madden for the masses. It's fun, easy to get into and a great fit for Wii.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dante’s Inferno is an enjoyable and technically impressive action game which is otherwise blighted by its unappealing aesthetics and wholesale lack of originality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The best thus far of the Yu-gi-oh! franchise. Not for doing anything new, but for making the best translation of the card game into digital form. Is it a sign of things to come?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The number and quality of the mini-games makes Mario Party DS an easy recommendation to fans of the series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Attack on Pearl Harbor offers some great 'arcadey' action and some incredibly fun aerial combat that is great in short bursts. However players looking for something in a complicated/involving vein are best to look elsewhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As with any Ridge Racer game, this does exactly what it says on the tin. Although times have changed and the series isn’t the high profile name it used to be, if you want an old school, arcade style sliding, high-speed racing game, you need not look any further.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    We can't help but feel a little disappointed by Sonic Advance 3. There's nothing really wrong with the game, it's just feeling like Sega are treating this game like an EA update, with a few roster changes and minor enhancements. This feels more like Sonic 2.5 than a full fledged sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sports Champions is likely the strongest of the launch titles for the PlayStation Move, as it not only provides some solid entertainment in its game modes, but showcases the potential of the Move itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's big, it's loud and... it's a bit dull. A ginormous RTS feast that will prove to be indigestible for most.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A good, dependable RPG from the masters of the genre that would benefit enormously from some fresh ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With its own distinct approach to puzzle gameplay, and a unique visual style, Exit really stands apart from the crowd.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Worms: Open Warfare 2 hardly reinvents the wheel but is a much better package this time round. It also can be a lot of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Burnout 3: Takedown" aside, street racing doesn't come much finer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A competent action RPG that will appeal directly to children and existing Spectrobes fans. The generic anime visuals and predictable story will put off some hardcore RPG gamers, but those who give it a go will become immersed in the fun combat systems and addictive monster collecting scenario.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A vast improvement upon it's predecessors and an extremely enjoyable golf game, there still aren't enough courses but EA are clearly working on improving the franchise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander 2 is a strategy game that plays very well for the casual market, but may turn off the hardcore fans of the original title. However, make no mistake that this is still a fun game with enough depth to be worthy of your time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With some better controls, more polish and better hardware, Killzone could have been a real contender for best console FPS.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A very solid first effort for the Wii, and provides just a taste of what is, and what will be, great about the Wii console. Pick it up, play it and have fun. Very nice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you are a Geometry Wars fan or are simply after a shooter then you cannot go wrong with Galaxies. The game is ideal for the Nintendo DS and the controls are fantastic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The innovation is there, and what’s expressed is done well. But Atelier Iris suffers from some really stupid mistakes. In a genre that relies heavily on keeping gamers interested, the backtracking, silly errand missions and slow progressing story don’t help at all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The controls, graphics and story are great, but length and lack of replay value brings the game down - but it's always nice to play something different now and then.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What gives this game its punch is the sublime grindhouse presentation, making for a hugely entertaining game experience. The gameplay is ultimately very shallow, but from the soundtrack to the dialogue to the sheer silliness of the story you'd have to be dead inside to not enjoy this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Casual players might prefer to stick to its Wii Sports equivalent, but PGA Tour 10 is undoubtedly the definitive golf videogame for fans of the sport, offering a level of control and nuance that hasn't been achieved before in sports games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was a person, they would have a red hand stamp labelled "Insane" and would be locked up in an asylum cell.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Super Paper Mario is a game that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be and while it’s enjoyable, it’s ultimately an unremarkable adventure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of the finest games to come from a console to a handheld and is easily the best flight sim on a handheld.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With a bit more work on the weapons and little less emphasis on the melee combat, this mix of first and third person combat could be a real hit next time around. As it stands, it's still a very good game, but it falls a little short.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As solid and reliable as Soulstorm is, it's a largely uninspired attempt to wring a few more bucks out of the series. If it's 'more of the same' that you're after, then go right ahead.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whilst not being overly different from the previous Battlefield games it does offer significant improvements and additions to gameplay to make it an extremely good game. A few bugs bring it down a little.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The best open ended superhero game to date, despite what the score says. Excellent action sequences, but needs more mission variety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A worthy follow up to its predecessor, but did we really need another one in such a short space of time?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sonic Classic Collection compiles some of the greatest platformers of all time in one convenient portable package.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Solid game of ice hockey that shines brightly in some regards - but it isn't the Holy Grail of universal accessibility we would have liked. It's worth giving this pucker giving a lengthy chance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've played the previous two titles then this may be worth skipping but if not then here is your chance to get two of the most enjoyable games released in the past two years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The second episode's story is a marked improvement on the first one, although it's still a short, easy ride through 1930s Hill Valley.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    UFC 2009 Undisputed is the genuine article; authentic, visceral and with enough technical depth to satisfy the most ardent fan.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Quake Arena Arcade is a virtual ghost town, but if players are willing to give it a crack, it's one serious shooter that is worthy of your attention.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet 2 throws in an absolutely massive amount of new features but forgets to improve upon its gameplay mechanics and in turn loses some of its groove.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Improves on its predecessors in the right ways, and removes a lot of the useless features. That said, the core gameplay is still the same, and may strike some as being either repetitive or milking a series to near death.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Band Hero is essentially just Guitar Hero 5 re-skinned and with a new track-list, but it's still an enjoyable game best enjoyed by its target teenage audience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All the modes have carried over, most of the commentary has been removed and the wrestlers still look great. The loading is a huge disappointment though.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dead Island, while rough around the edges, has a lot of content for those willing to put in the hard yards of side questing and zombie murdering, and is ultimately a solid open world adventure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A decent addition to any rhythm game enthusiast's collection, no matter what the age or experience level. However, older or more experienced gamers may find that the game lacks challenge and that the game's aesthetic is a tad too cheery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As far as a downloadable episode goes, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty serves its purpose extremely well. The experience is fun, fast and furious throughout the four hours that it lasts and fans will definitely get a kick out of seeing how the story has progressed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game is a classic example of a developer being forced to innovate and embrace the Wii remote. Madden NFL 07 on the Wii is clearly one of the best uses of the Wii remote yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's like a party in a box.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A surprisingly addictive puzzle game that not only looks great, but is also insanely deep.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although it may not be without its problems, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is still an incredibly fun and highly recommended experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Drawn to Life offers up some solid, yet safe, platforming. Where it really shines is in the concept behind its world and the ability to draw sections it. There are few games that let you get creative, but this is definately one of them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Disaster: Day of Crisis has a lot of different gameplay mechanics which provide a pleasant and unique experience to players.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The additions added to Disney Magic more than make it a fun and engaging title however, it may seem a little too familiar for returning players and only nine franchises have been taken advantage of plus there are no remixes of classic Disney tunes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fresh, quality content is something that the PSP needs dearly, and just happens to be something that Maverick Hunter X offers in droves. Lovely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Repetitious gameplay and confusing plot drag down what is otherwise a breathtaking audio and visual experience. Visually there is absolutely nothing else like it, which alone warrants a serious look.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not quite a 2K killer, this year's edition of NBA Live is definitely a significant step towards reclaiming the basketball videogaming crown.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters definitely uses the iconic tournament as an advantage and is a great golf game. But it needs more tangible reward and polish, with less fluff and gratuity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you like X-Men and have four friends that share that like, you are going to find that there's a lot of fun to be had in X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse. It's just a shame that it doesn't really appeal to the rest of us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Where many games tend to stick to well trodden gameplay paths when dealing with well know intellectual property, Duck Amuck is brimming with originality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A really great game that feels a leap ahead of its other Eyetoy counterparts. We still can't help but get the feeling that it is a little light on features though.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game play is very varied, with every ten minutes bringing something new to be done. Stealth, action, platforming, all genres make some kind of appearance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Eye of Judgment is one of those rare games that breaks out of the typical video game mould. If you’re into strategy, fantasy or CCG’s generally, it’s a game that deserves a look.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Shift 2: Unleashed doesn't offer the experience that so much of the preview footage was based on. That being said, it's still a great racing game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Conviction features an engrossing campaign and superb co-operative mode. Ubisoft has implemented some serious changes to advance the series and create a worthy stealth-action game.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For 800 MS Points, Crazy Machines Elements is well worth the money, providing patient players willing to overlook its minor flaws with countless hours of fascinating and complex puzzles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Swarm really has a killer one-two punch with its combination of engaging and unique gameplay and whimsical presentation style.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Club is so excellent at capturing the essence of old-school arcade gaming that you might find yourself trying to shove dollar coins into your console.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the lateness, Call of Duty 3 is a intense and enjoyable shooter for the PS3 but only worth it if you haven't already played another version.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a little bare-bones, but Art Style: AQUITE is unique and addictive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You will find that the action-packed explosion-fest that is Mercenaries 2 is kinda like a good action film: light on story, heavy on action and sure to keep a big, dopey grin on your face the entire time you play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Stuntman Ignition is far better than its predecessor and a highly enjoyable game. As long as the premise behind the game appeals to you we have no hesitation recommending the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is the ultimate version of the game to own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Top Spin 3 is a decent game with an incredible learning curve. Anyone who has the patience to stick with it will enjoy the game, but anyone who is just a casual fan of tennis games will be put off by the steep learning curve.

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