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 Drakan: The Ancients' Gates
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
Score distribution:
2,364 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But value and longevity be damned, it’s the emotional impact Modern Warfare 2 brings to the table that in the end deserves the highest of praise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game contains so much energy and conviction, so much skill and spirit. There came a point where I was totally lost to it, in the way you are to a great movie - to any powerful art form. [Apr 2005, p.50]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game shows high points of inspiration and technical achievement, but there is a pallor of inelegance and flat artistry that too often leaves the work in the hands of the gameplay. [Sept 2003, p.76]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visuals are but one aspect of this game's worth. It's the play that really matters, and VF, as always, plays marvelously. [Mar 2002, p.44]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you demand the ultimate in presentation and extras, look no further than Madden NFL 2004. [Grade = A+; Sept 2003, p.86]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A dose of high-quality gaming fast food that tastes fine but leaves you wanting something that sticks. [Oct 2004, p.77]
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    • 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.
    • 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]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rockstar Leeds has made what I believe to be the very best GTA the DS can muster complete with razors edge technology, a pair of worthy gameplay additions, a bevy of Local Wi-Fi multiplayer games, an 8 scenario co-op mode, and live in-game chat …all on the world’s number one all-time bestselling video game machine, that happens to fit in your pocket.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every single genre of games could learn a thing or two from Braid’s design, and I can’t think of any type of gamer who would scoff at the title. Braid is my ruler for measuring quality in other games. Nothing anyone could say would change my mind: all the pieces fit.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There is not a game out there that takes you this close to an expression of rage. [Apr 2007, p.44]
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    • 93 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]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The fighting is so nuanced and altogether joyous it never gets old for a second, and the bosses are simply stunning. Like I said, Zelda only better. [Oct. 2006, p.50]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The definitive soccer game for the PlayStation 2. Sorry, FIFA, we're going to have to put you aside, there's a new soccer game in town and we're in love. [Apr 2003, p.67]
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    • 93 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]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Genius, pure genius... Everything needed to stir the soul of anesthetized gamers everywhere is in here. Just when you think you've seen it all, some designer somewhere in a corner of Japan hits the great-idea lotto and a genre is reborn. [Oct 2003, p.18]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I beg for a complete shakeup for this series, but for now, a fine polish will have to do. [Aug 2003, p.77]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's a ton of mission variety, but whatever your pleasure, you're going to be doing a lot of driving to specified points on the map and entering a lot of red circles to initiate a lot of scripted events. [Aug 2005, p.48]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the most endearing and involving online worlds the genre as ever known. [Jan 2005, p.72]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, the most definitive soccer game ever released. [Mar 2004, p.70]
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    • 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]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tricky derives as much replay power from its personality as it does its graphics and gameplay. [Feb 2002, p.62]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everybody who frequents the game knows the feeling when the prompts melt away and you find yourself actually playing the music; that's why Guitar Hero is the best music and/or mainstream game to hit these United States. [Mar 2007, p.56]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is simply a picture of beauty, with intuitive gameplay that gets under your skin and never leaves. [Dec 2003, p.74]
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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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    • 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]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It can be incredibly intense at times. [July 2005, p.78]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you demand the ultimate in presentation and extras, look no further than Madden NFL 2004. [Grade = A+; Sept 2003, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In all things small and epic, from the palpable graininess of the game's predominantly poorly lit environments, to the endlessly thrilling second installment of the spies vs. mercenaries online competitions, Theory does not disappoint. [May 2005, p.44]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The scale of FFXII is so grand, so overwhelming, so vast, that comparisons to other video games--a proper review, in other words--borders on the impossible. [Jun 2006, p.69]
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