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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Resident Evil 4
Lowest review score: 5 Elf Bowling 1 & 2
Score distribution:
1,949 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are a few technical issues; the frame rate does drop at times when things get hectic and there is some very noticeable pop-in when you're driving through the city.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy is without doubt the finest game Nintendo have produced this decade - endorsements don’t come much stronger than that.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As close to a perfect game as any you will play this year, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an exuberant masterpiece of game design. Challenging yet accessible, imaginative yet aglow with nostalgia, this is a game for everyone which posits Nintendo as a master at the height of its power.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioShock's combination of a compelling story, increased interactivity and fantastic gameplay raises the bar for all future first person shooters.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2 is a masterfully crafted game that not only blurs the lines between game and film, but sets a really, really high benchmark for action games to come.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best game of this generation, nothing more needs to be said.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioWare have not only built up a fascinating, rich universe, they've made another fantastic game in which you get to be a part of it. A masterful piece of video game storytelling and a great action RPG to boot.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just about the finest example of core, yet accessible, Western RPG and open-ended gameplay. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda have realised the game they wanted to make since the inception of HD gaming.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While the GC version is superior in key areas, RE4 is still an absolutely fantastic game and arguably this generation’s finest.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The seamless way in which the DJs react to the in-game environment, and from an intertextual standpoint, merge better with the player's situation far more effectively than in the previous games is just inspiring.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fantastically creative, wonderfully cute, and most of all splendidly fun, LittleBigPlanet reminds us of what 'play' is all about.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Something else that could have people reaching for the eject button is the sheer number of races and license tests required to complete the game. Loading up the Race menu to be greeted with seemingly hundreds of races, including massively long endurance races, is extremely daunting at times.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a game that deserves every superlative attached to it, a title so well-rounded and technically superior that it demands to be played. [Offline review only - includes multiplayer]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine Zelda getting any better than this. Quite simply, one of the best games ever created.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You have a straight-forward yet remarkably compelling story to follow, an ambitious and vast landscape full of discovery and extra tasks that complement the main game without taking away from it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign doubles the length of the original, and is crammed with even more hilarity and devious puzzles than ever before, as well as extending the concept with the introduction of larger environments and new mechanics like the gels. The co-op is amazingly fun, and while the story is less complex, the gameplay is even more concentrated insanity than the single player.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Believe the hype. Arkham City is one of the most important games made for this generation and it's also a masterclass in design, execution and treatment.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a lovingly remade version of a all-time classic, and is currently the best reason to own a Nintendo 3DS.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For those who haven't already been down to Rapture, Bioshock is an experience not to be missed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a fantastic debut for the series on Sony's console, with an engrossing sci-fi story, intriguing characters and outstanding production values. Added to the included downloadable content, Mass Effect 2 is the best value RPG on PS3.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the Xbox 360's best moments to date. Gears of War trades off innovation for the sake of high-class production, solid gameplay and enjoyable combat. A must.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully crafted world with plenty of things to see, do, achieve and kill. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has absolutely everything. An essential purchase.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4's engrossing story, realistic graphics and compelling gameplay makes this shooter one of the releases of the year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Forge and Theatre modes redefine what it is to make a game "for the fans", as they are substantial and influential additions to the game and have the potential to build Halo 3 even further then it has ever been before.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improved in practically every way. More abilities, more weapons, more gadgets and overall just more choice. Level designs offer far more options to the player and the game is simply more fun because of it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes "Burnout 2," completely reworks it, adds a stack of variety, speeds up the game play, introduces more modes to take full advantage of the crashes and never stops sending out the challenges. It is the arcade racer to own, bar none.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent compilation and current-gen send off for the MGS series.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though not quite living up to its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is undoubtedly one of the best games of the holiday season. With an epic single-player, challenging and entertaining Spec Ops mode and greatly improved multiplayer, Modern Warfare 2 is a call that should not go unanswered.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A gaming masterpiece that provides an experience unlike any other.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Superb graphics. Arguably the best on the PS2, with beautifully detailed environments, excellent character models and a silky framerate that pictures could never do justice.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’re a Civ fan this game is a must, if you’re a fan of strategy games this also is a must.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps by being willing to limit itself, Brawl could have been a great game. As it stands, it is simply the strongest iteration of a great series.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply a remarkable game that hasn’t been witnessed for years. The amount of detail and care that was put into this game shows, resulting in one of the most fascinating experiences for any platform.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkably, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars as fleshed out as it could possibly be. Simply, it does what many DS and PSP games that originated on the consoles have failed to do. It provides the experience of the GTA console games while smartly catering for the platform, both in terms of portability and functionality.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braid is the unique gaming experience that the critical press always cries out for and tells us to get so that more can be made.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arguably a better game than its predecessor in every way. Level design is more intelligent, puzzles require more thought, and the boss battles are more cinematic than ever before. In terms of the storyline, the first game has the edge.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the definitive RTS experience that bends the genre to its will, and is one of the best PC exclusive titles to be released in years.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Street Fighter IV combines accessibility, nostalgia, depth and sheer technical prowess to deliver one of the best games we will see in 2009.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not the hardest game in the world, and it doesn’t quite match Zelda in depth when it comes to puzzles and combat, but it’s a beautiful game, it’s lengthy, it’s packed full with fresh ideas and, most of all, it’s an unforgettable experience that should be experienced by as many people as possible.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A class act, but those solo PlayStation 3 owners might be better served by the upcoming Game of the Year edition.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 is one of the most intense and viscerally enjoyable and sensually appealing gaming experiences that you'll likely have this holiday season.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A magnificent homage for the 25th anniversary of one the biggest franchises in gaming, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword provides a compelling gaming and artistic showcase for the indefatigable potential of the medium as a whole, and a reason to have gaming as a hobby.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best GTA experience and the best open-ended console gameplay experience you can have offline.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best version of one of the top games of this generation - buy it now.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God of War III is as brutal and suitable a conclusion as you could have possibly asked for. Kratos WILL get his revenge.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even those who normally don't consider themselves fans of music games will enjoy Guitar Hero II, it's so easy to pick up and play yet so incredibly difficult to put down. An instant classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer, both competitive and co-operative, has been genuinely improved and provides an exciting alternative for PlayStation 3 owners. At the end of the day, for what it lacks in complexity, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception makes up for it in spades in delivering thrill and adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A game that will last a ridiculously long amount of time. We personally shudder to think of how long it would take to complete the entire game, it would take at least fifty hours and this isn't including the Xbox Live features.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV is not just some money-grubbing upgrade, it's a revamp and re-energisation of a fantastic game. Must buy for anyone even considering it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Team Fortress 2 is, at heart, a gloriously simple game that's been created with style, panache and an undeniable love of gaming. It's the kind of game that you want to show to people who don't play games so that they understand and then either get involved or go away. There is life before Team Fortress 2, and there is life after. After is better.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By anticipating Final Fantasy XII as the greatest RPG ever made, there may be many harsh instances of disappointment. If you feel up to the massive challenge of appreciating this radical RPG, Final Fantasy XII will astound and mesmerise the heart and soul.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza 3 is close to the complete racing game package. It's got the sheer volume of content in terms of cars, tracks and options, a deep and very lengthy single player mode, a creative, thriving online community, and it successfully balances casual and hardcore appeal. Forza 3 may not look the best or sound the best, but it races the best.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Asylum successfully blends action, stealth and the Batman universe to create what is arguably the best comic book game ever made. Don't miss it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bigger and better in practically every way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Taken off its pedestal and with all the hype and expectation dusted away, Chrono Trigger provides one of the most unique and entertaining adventures available on the DS.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A deep breath of fresh air for an arguably stagnant genre, Xenoblade Chronicles is essential gaming for anybody with a flavour for role playing. It represents the absolute best of what traditional Japanese RPGs could be, and triumphantly what Japanese RPGs should be.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are two of the greatest games ever made, and they're still as emotionally gripping and visually astounding as before. This is the closest you'll get to perfection in 2011.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It has taken everything which made Metroid Prime so stunning in the first place and molded, defined and enhanced it into something that is even more stunning.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game that changed a series, and this GBA remake is near perfect. We went close to giving it a higher score, but if you like RPGs at all you really should buy this game.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the purest forms of fun in gaming today. Unless your music tastes lay elsewhere this is something that should be in every PS2 owner’s collection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrath of the Lich King is an epic gaming experience that will suck you in and never let go. A must for WoW veterans.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 focuses more on the music, providing a fun and streamlined experience. However, taking full advantage of the game comes with a rather large pricetag, and it's up to you whether it's the worth the extra cash to upgrade from plastic to fantastic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Excellent. A game that you must play at all costs. One or two concerns, but otherwise great.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The captivating storyline and uniquely brilliant gameplay make this arguably the best game on the PS2.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best of the best comes to the Wii, and it's a resounding success. A great port, and great motion control.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a signpost to the potentially thrilling future of videogaming and an experience like no other title before it, it's almost unquestionably a ten.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though i wouldn't expect anything less from the makers of "Dead or Alive," Ryu's animations are brilliantly motion captured and suitably fluid.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great portable action game and a fine portable distraction until the real deal comes around.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simple. If you own a PC and are willing to devote your life to a great game, you need to buy this.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it hardly represents the pinnacle of the genre, as a complete package and fan service, Halo: Reach is just about the pinnacle of the Halo series.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioWare have set a new standard in storytelling, and if you have even the faintest interest in RPGs or science fiction, then this game simply demands to be played. While there are some technical issues and awkward gameplay decisions that are hard to ignore, when it comes down to it, Mass Effect is so compelling that most people will be able to push the issues aside and immerse themselves in one of the most detailed game worlds every created.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza 4 impresses for not only providing a beautiful, solid and deep racing experience, but making it fun and accessible for any car enthusiast or newcomer.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the strongest multiplayer shooters on the market. With classes that compliment each other, a brilliant squad system, and fast, furious gameplay, Battlefield 2 is about as much fun as online shooters get. An easy contender for game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A terrific compilation which gives two of the best games of the previous console generation the tender, loving care they deserve. Utterly essential for everyone with a PlayStation 3.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though not without its faults, Gears of War 3 ties up the trilogy in a brutally final and satisfying manner.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guerrilla have defied the claims that they could never reach the visual clarity of that infamous 2005 trailer and they defied claims that gameplay would be lacking. They haven't done anything really 'new', nor have they made a game that redefines the way we play FPS games. They've made a game that sets the benchmark for what level of quality FPS games should aim for, and stands strong against this generations biggest FPS games, proudly presenting itself as a vicious shooter that will grip you by the throat, and won't let go.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario Kart at its absolute finest. Miss it at your peril.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vast improvement over the original, Assassin's Creed II is among the most compelling action sandbox titles available.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest games of this generation and one of the best single player FPS's ever created.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is the new Queen of action games, making other games in the genre feel redundant by comparison. Kratos, Dante and Ryu… eat your heart out because Bayonetta is here.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    ICO
    Ico is a fine game that boasts both excellent design and atmosphere, and one of the few titles from this generation that have and are likely to stand the test of time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole cross-com idea, while a reasonably good addition in the single player mode, is an invaluable addition to the multiplayer. Combined with the use of the marker system, communication has never been easier making it the best multiplayer game on the machine currently.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is a wonderful new adventure that takes new directions while also maintaining the foundations set by its predecessors. There are a few minor hiccups here and there, but otherwise it should not be missed by any Mario or RPG fan.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some niggling issues and problems aside, FIFA 12 is a fantastic sports game that delivers where it matters - gameplay.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersive, expansive and funny to boot, Fallout 3 makes the end of the world something to look forward to, indeed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Portal is a compact game that manages to punch well above its weight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest portable adventures ever created, and yet another high point for one of gaming's greatest franchises.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent. A game that you must play at all costs. One or two concerns, but otherwise great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fairly solid 3D Platformer with only a lack of difficulty letting it down. Definitely more worthwhile at the cheaper Platinum price point, and worth a look for all gaming fans.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Half Life 2 Episode Two equals Half-Life 2's achievements and in many cases vaults over the high bar which it created. Brimming with great story telling and excellent action it is almost a must play for anybody even remotely interested.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 offers a unique and unforgettable Japanese RPG experience that even succeeds at being significantly different from what Persona 3 offered. Persona 4 is the kind of game that will win back gamers who grew tired of the genre a long time ago.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In a realm where creativity can so often be found lacking, Limbo stands out as one of the greatest independent games you're likely to find.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Addictive and annoying in equal spades, Super Meat Boy is one of the most vexing games of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the PSP may be no better and not much different than the DS version, but it's definitely worth a shot for any GTA fan who hasn't played it yet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'd be hard pressed finding a more visceral, intense and atmospheric experience with top-level design and a brutal challenge than in the package that is Dead Space 2.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Polished, addictive, imaginative, and fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 reminds us why the service is called Xbox Live Arcade, offering up an old school high score chasing extravaganza that's more addictive, varied and even better looking than its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sid Meier's Civilization V is a fantastic sequel to the popular series and once again pushes the genre forward in polish, accessibility and insane depth.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Inventive, beautiful and dangerously addictive, Super Mario 3D Land is the 3DS defining game, capitalising on the system's strengths and value of portability, while recalling the best qualities of both 2D and 3D iterations of the franchise. Not to be missed.