Play Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,364 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 ESPN College Hoops
Lowest review score: 0 Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Score distribution:
2,364 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The attention to detail - from the enemy AI and verbal exchanges to visual clues like dust, ash and fog (I even found physics on old tires rolling off of exploded debris) - is impeccable, and the team play aspects, especially in a one-player campaign, equal maximum immersion. [July 2003, p.78]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a game that's just incredible fun, mixing in all sorts of gaming ideas with the thrill of the real sport, painting a final touch of extreme excess and color for scintillating effect. [Nov 2003, p.86]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The detail spent on each and every droid is amazing, as are the physics applied, and the locales, from the underground tunnels to the ravaged cityscapes topside, are splendid. [Nov 2003, p.89]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Few games are as excitingly presented, as gorgeously constructed, as intensely visceral as the extraordinary The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. [Dec 2003, p.52]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Visually, ESPN NFL Football is top notch, especially the tackle and running animations. No other football game comes close in this area. Coupled with tight controls and great online play, ESPN NFL Football is a fine success. [Sept 2003, p.86]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    When you face a player, it's almost like a fighting game: who will execute the proper move first? [Nov 2003, p.104]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pulling it all together is razor-sharp presentation, incredible city construction and track design, and a use of sound and mixed tunes that is unrivaled in the genre; praise to EA for bypassing the numbing of ill-placed techno. [Dec 2003, p.62]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Digging into the online experience can take hours, simply becoming accustomed to the deep strategy of play, which sizzles in the three modes pitting spies against mercenaries. [Apr 2004, p.53]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A mesmerizing tone dominates the heavily Japanese landscape, built off of a rich spirit of what feels like ancient folklore and mysticism. This translates - brilliantly, tangibly - into the connection with the combat and the control of the characters. [Oct 2004, p.71]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game is, simply put, brilliant. The music is intoxicating, the locales magical and the overall vibe decidedly dreamy. [Dec 2003, p.77]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Franchise mode is by far the deepest of any baseball game out there - including"MVP." [Apr 2004, p.73]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you're unfamiliar with Guilty Gear, then be prepared to get blown away - and possibly overwhelmed - by the incredible depth of this underrated fighting franchise. [Aug 2004, p.50]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fantastic little touches abound, adding up to a firmly cohesive, engagingly structured, marvelously imagined setting to explore. [Oct 2004, p.67]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An amazingly involving adventure from spirit to atmosphere to richness of setting and exploration. [Dec 2004, p.65]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By far the best college football game to date. [Aug 2004, p.74]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Thankfully, they took it upon themselves to overhaul the game and create a NASCAR racing experience unlike any other before it. [Oct 2004, p.88]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the best-looking and certainly best-playing rally games ever. You will be astounded by the car models and amaze to the incredibly realistic way they take damage, right down to paint being flicked off. [Nov 2004, p.56]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is just masterful game making, pure and simple. [Dec 2004, p.66]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Phatty houses, cars, jewelry...women - if you've seen it on MTV Cribs, you're going to see it here. [May 2004, p.68]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the grace, speed and precision of a great 2D fighter placed exactly in a 3D mold, Soul Calibur 2 is the only fighter I'll need for a very long time. [Oct 2003, p.72]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Where Left Field shine, and do they ever shine, is in course design, AI and control. MTX is a gas to see and play. [Mar 2004, p.66]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The look, feel, structure and incomparable Nintendo touch have been closely preserved, toyed with just enough to be labeled a substantial sequel. [Nov 2003, p.84]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's just no way to put it except to say that it's quite possibly the ultimate rush. [Jan 2004, p.58]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Exhilarating and beautiful... For as much as the game is about speed and visual impact, it is also about feel and the overlooked art of track design. The game slams you in your seat, but it's also infused with the kind of stubtlety and attention to detail that only truly talented developers can muster. [Sept 2003, p.74]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If rich visuals, stunning environments, and the most diversity-packed gameplay of this year or any other sound good to you, I have a ninja for you to meet. [Dec 2003, p.81]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Once you synch up with Vanessa and the rhythm of the game, it's impossible to put down and clearly meant to be assailed three times (or more), which is also the only path to unlocking every suit and the secrets within. [July 2003, p.16]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's something about the relative simplicity of the first one that mighit appeal to me more, but I certainly like everthing they've added here in this great sequel. [Oct 2004, p.70]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game is, simply put, brilliant. The music is intoxicating, the locales magical and the overall vibe decidedly dreamy. [Dec 2003, p.77]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Demonstrates exactly the kind of pure, playful, unadulterated fun that got me into video games years ago. It's innovative platforming at the top of its game. [Sept 2003, p.72]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's a game that's just incredible fun, mixing in all sorts of gaming ideas with the thrill of the real sport, painting a final touch of extreme excess and color for scintillating effect. [Nov 2003, p.86]