Play Magazine's Scores

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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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
Score distribution:
2350 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With mind-blowing visuals, music, dialogue, and animation to die for, KFC is the most filling Chinese you may ever encounter. [Mar 2003, p.60]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll be astounded by how much game there is here. [May 2005, p.67]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Racing fans are lucky this launch season. [Jan 2006, p.46]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Either single player or online, Fat Princess delivers excellence in every way. The single player is quite short and should be looked at more like a tutorial for the very deep multiplayer aspect. If there were one thing I’d like to see added to Fat Princess it would be split-screen local multiplayer, other than that I can’t complain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to the raw energy and unadulterated action, ZOE2 has few peers. [May 2003, p.72]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite being a bit burned out on the whole music-game craze, Guitar Hero 5's new features and ear-pleasing track list had me strumming and drumming on the plastic instrument peripherals all over again...and having a great time doing it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the learning curve in Hero 2 is gentle, and even beginners can shred through a chart-topper with just a little practice. Building on a steady set foundation, fret-gnashing gamers can pull of solid, satisfying songs in little-to-no time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easy to pick up, hard to put down. [Nov 2006, p.82]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I never thought watching could be so engulfing. These models are truly extraordinary. The breasts are wonderful (along with teh shoulders, thighs, faces...) of course, but do you have any idea how difficult it is to model armpits? They are perfection. [Mar 2003, p.52]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Essentially, with MX vs. ATV Unleashed, Rainbow has perfected everything they introduced as the pioneers of next generation off-road racing. [Apr 2005, p.74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We would have paid in excess of $6400 for this collection, which you can now buy for less than the sales tax. [Apr 2008, p.57]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Instead, the developers have wrapped up the Metroid Prime trilogy by taking everything that past installments did well and doing it ever-so-slightly better. [Oct 2007, p.83]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's challenging and furious fun, made only better by multiplayer. [May 2005, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Together with a near flawless play-by-play announcer, excellent sound, music and solid online play, EA Sports has done it again with MVP. [Apr 2005, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splendid (and strangely addicting). [Oct 2005, p.73]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Aug 2005]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moto GP 2006 gets a squeaky clean bill of health...and then some. The Xbox 360's first 2-wheeled racer is a godsend. [July 2006, p.69]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This port's still brilliant, still mind-bending and (certainly) still Psychonauts. [Aug 2005, p.51]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great videogame filled with some of the most impressive visuals you'll ever see, dripping with style and oozing with funk-essence. [Nov 2002, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Daxter makes a much better lead than he ever did a sidekick. As a lead critter, he's everything I look for and then some. [Apr 2006, p.71]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply incredible. [March 2005, p.66]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn’t a single element of Arkham Asylum that isn’t polished to the utmost degree.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If it's Metroid it's in here, and looking absolutely amazing... [Nov p.99]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with a weak script, Turok's flexible play mechanics, strong level designs, and high production values make the story mode alone worth the price of admission. [Jan 2008, p.49]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Evoking a sense of otherworldliness is, I am assuming, the reason Folklore exists, and it succeeds at this in an almost heartbreakingly beautiful way no other game ever has. [Oct 2007, p.70]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One thing I can say for DiRT is that aside from being the most beautiful, it's among the most all-inclusive Rally games to date. [July 2007, p.65]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ground-breaking visuals (for real) and tons of new gameplay; bigger worlds, more characters, more management, more tactics and more mistresses! Plus a truly inspired original score and no crap online modes!
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spartan Total Warrior doesn't remind me of anything before it, which is extremely rare. [Nov p.70]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's derivative, stark, and brash. But the game succeeds because of its swagger. [Mar 2008, p.54]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is Xyanide a 3D space shooter but it is like no other you have ever seen or played. It's actually a benchmark title. [Dec. 2006, p.60]
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