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: 76
Highest review score: 100 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
Score distribution:
2350 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shooter fans may not respect it, but they will enjoy it. [May 2008, p.54]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The controls, sans preloading, clutch work, etc., are a tad bare-boned, but work extremely well in the scheme of things with the emphasis placed more on cornering and picking the right lines for optimum speed. [Nov 2002, p.96]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The customization adds an additional layer of strategy to Chromehounds, one that's very much welcome. [Aug 2006, p.59]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, gorgeous, somewhat alternative view of the Rally genre, Climax Motorsports' Rally Fusion has a lot going for it. [Jan 2003, p.78]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dashing sequences and platforming bits do well to break the monotony, and the character animation is silky smooth. [Nov. 2006, p.104]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, refreshingly stylistic adventure that lets you play at the pitch you desire. [Dec 2002, p.83]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, gorgeous, somewhat alternative view of the Rally genre, Climax Motorsports' Rally Fusion has a lot going for it. [Jan 2003, p.78]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's something so satisfying about hearing the chopper as those first guests arrive...time to raise the price on those chili fries! [June 2003, p.56]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everything is presented in a hilariously over-the-top Japanese interpretation of the American truck-driver scene. [Apr 2003, p.63]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More often than not, I found myself totally absorbed in this moment, rocking back and forth like an idiot while my heart raced as the finish neared. [May 2003, p.74]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unlike other companies that concentrate on visuals, High Heat puts its energies on the fundamentals that make a great baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game needs some touching up, and the framerate kinda sucks. But so good are the multiplayer online battles - don't you dare buy this for solo action - that any of the game's undeniable deficiencies become quickly forgotten. [Feb 2003, p.91]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's certainly potential here, albeit squandered (in my opinion) on the Wii where like so many of its games, the hook--waving the Wiimote--is more curse than cool. [Dec 2007, p.81]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Prism: Light the Way is a classic game of single-screened, piece-manipulating puzzle-solving. [Nov 2007, p.76]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hmmm, do I smell yet another Bandai anime-based fighting game? Indeed I do and again it's all that and a trip to the fruity farm... [Nov p.94]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're down for another BMXer, Hoffman 3 is without a doubt the best it gets. [Oct 2002, p.85]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Better than "Spiderman," but it still could have been better." [Jan 2003, p.58]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As expected, the story is completely convoluted, but the twists are still surprising (if not infuriating), resulting in a worthy but very different addition to the franchise. [May 2005, p.67]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unlike other companies that concentrate on visuals, High Heat puts its energies on the fundamentals that make a great baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brings a fresh chapter to the stagnant SRPG genre. [Aug 2005, p.49]
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    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chaotic fun, but poorly balanced chaotic fun. [Sept 2006, p.59]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may look plain, but Polarium is a game that really etched itself into my brain. [June 2005, p.86]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, refreshingly stylistic adventure that lets you play at the pitch you desire. [Dec 2002, p.83]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's made for kids and nothing spectacular, but old-school platform fans will eat it up. [Aug 2005, p.56]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I'll give em this: It's never boring, always whacked out of its mind, and the control throughout delivers...Nunchuk or not. So in closing, may the Sponge be with you. [Dec. 2006, p.62]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A delightful movie game that's sure to satisfy. [Nov p.92]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's depth and customization is quite strong, as is its sweeping storyline, but the overall presentation, and user interface especially, are quite unfriendly to those who don't live and breathe grid-lined maps and screens overflowing with stats. [Aug 2006, p.65]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A leaden feel of backtracking and other nags here and there tie the game down from anything memorable. [May 2005, p.54]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While each individual boxer's signature music is entirely in tune with their caricature, the stage music is mostly limp and repetitive, a strange turn of events in an otherwise nicely polished game. [Mar 2003, p.50]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Console version fans should perhaps approach with caution, but I had quite an enjoyable time - except for a few cheap bosses with inescapable attacks that cause automatic death. [Sept 2005, p.64]
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