Play Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,350 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 NHL 2004
Lowest review score: 0 Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Score distribution:
2350 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
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    With a revamped Dynasty mode, a new batting system, and my favorite feature, Big Play Control, MVP Baseball 2004 is the complete package. [Apr 2004, p.73]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All of this delightful action and horror comes wrapped in a bone-chilling soundtrack with enough chanting and "what the hell was that?" sound effects to sen dyou running for the light switch. [Aug 2002, p.62]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    EA has done it again, implementing expanded Freestyle control, improved defensive AI, superior graphics and a brand-new announce team...Looking for the best basketball game? NBA Live 2004 is nothing but net. [Nov 2003, p.105]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best overall college basketball game on the market. [Jan 2004, p.80]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With its choice multiplayer extras in tow, this has to be considered one of the best SP games of all time. [Jan 2005, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Legacy mode is incredibly comprehensive and it's something that'll keep players busy for hours on end. [Jan 2003, p.84]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mario Sunshine can easily rank as one of the greatest games ever made, perhaps topping the list. [Apr 2002, p.62]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Among the myriad of reasons why I loved this game more every second I played it...is the way the puzzles and especially the visual presentation evolve. [Dec 2004, p.70]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Smilebit's marriage of art, music, and gameplay is so profound, I may never stop playing it. [Mar 2002, p.24]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Art is at the core of Panzer Dragoon Orta, and it permeates every facet of the game, from the gross to the subtle. [Jan 2003, p.24]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The epitome of what a handheld title can aspire to - a game you pray as you play it will never end. [Aug 2002, p.72]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliant...Indeed, it's the kind of game that you find yourself playing in your head as you fall asleep at night, counting Pikmin, as it were. [Feb 2002, p.56]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Let me get it out in the open right away - ESPN NHL 2K5 may be the best hockey game you'll ever play. [Dec 2004, p.103]
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    • 100 Critic Score
    Essentially "Castlevania" with added character interaction, more environments and a deper story. [Jan 2005, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Above all, a better feeling and playing game, boosted by subtleties that you may not even recognize until you've made it to the playoffs.[Sept 2002, p.72]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Debuting in this '03 renewal is the EA Sports "freestyle" control. Wihout question, it WILL change the way you play basketball games...forever. [Nov 2002, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA has done it again, implementing expanded Freestyle control, improved defensive AI, superior graphics and a brand-new announce team...Looking for the best basketball game? NBA Live 2004 is nothing but net. [Nov 2003, p.105]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Possibly the best AI ever found in an RTS. [Aug 2003, p.77]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What MotorStorm has become to racing and Odin Sphere to action role-playing, Heavenly Sword is now to 3D action: Perfection. [Sept 2007, p.17]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I truly love this game. It has everything a hockey fan could want. From the improved animations to the great Franchise mode to the great Pick Up and Play mode, NHL Hitz Pro is a necessary purchase. [Oct 2003, p.84]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Naughty Dog use the PS3 to reinvigorate the adventure gaming experience, combining key elements that every gamer holds dear in a game that looks and feels like a blockbuster film. [Dec 2007, p.52]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Where else can you skate to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, De La Soul, Public Enemy and the Sex Pistols? "Evolution Skateboarding"? Yeah, right! [Dec 2002, p.76]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If ever there was a pure gamer’s game, Darksiders is it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The character models and animation are absolutely superb, the backgrounds seamless works of art and the gameplay easily the most diverse and enduring of any “fighting” game to date. I wouldn’t even classify it as a fighter. This is an action masterpiece.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The Legacy mode is incredibly comprehensive and it's something that'll keep players busy for hours on end. [Jan 2003, p.84]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    A level of detail never before seen...This is the gold standard for adventure horror. [Apr 2002, p.62]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For a mere $20, Sega's game is every bit as deep, feature-rich and addictive as EA's powerhouse. I'm not saying that 2K5 is better than "Madden"...but it's just as good - no joke. [Sept 2004, p.84]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A marvelous game, and the fact that it's not really changed on the Xbox is irrelevant. [June 2003, p.67]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Visually, the SlugFest series has always looked damn good...And SlugFest just wouldn't be SlugFest without the antics of Tim Kitzrow and Jim Shorts. Together they have some of the funniest play-by-play I've ever heard. [June 2004, p.71]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    For someone who feeds off of the connection between game and player, the kind of connection that only the very best can forge, an hour of Wario is worth ten of a game that only pays of sporadically. Wario World pays off every second I'm holding the controller, and that, to me, is greatness. [June 2003, p.60]
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