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 Resident Evil 0
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
Score distribution:
2350 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You don't need to be an experienced MMO player to have fun with this game, and you don't need a beast of a PC to run the game smoothly. [July 2005, p.80]
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    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The level of customization is simply astounding. In addition to the typical options like face, hair color, eye color and facial hair, players can change the structure of their cheek, chin and jaws. And not just the appearance, but the width, height and length too. [Oct 2003, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    On its own merits, the game deserves purchase; it's near-perfect in its presentation, extremely fun to play, and always allows players to feel as if they've accomplished something. [Apr 2006, p.56]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the kind of game worth buying a DS for. [Oct 2005]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA Sports BIG and developer NuFX, Inc. have taken their nearly flawless game and made it that much better, taking it to a whole new level in terms of graphics, gameplay, sound and presentation... Right when you pop in the game, you know you're in for a good time. [Apr 2003, p.72]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game consistently looks and sounds incredible. [May 2004, p.60]
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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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without question, the must-have racing game for any fan of the sport. [Apr 2003, p.69]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the rest of you, Persona 3 FES is one of the best RPGs the PS2 has ever received, and one of the console's proudest moments period. [May 2008, p.58]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For 2003, Sega has upped the ante once again and has developed a near-perfect baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game is everything FPS and movie games need to be, chewing up and spitting out the vast majority of the competition. [July 2004, p.68]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No question, every game in the series has felt great, but this one is in another league. [Apr 2005, p.58]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GT what? DiRT 2 is the real deal, capturing the thrill of rally racing in one hell of a slick package. Play it for the mud sliding physics alone.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transfixing. [May 2005, p.67]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    About as close to true perfection as games are gonna get right now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In the very opening, when Bowser surreptitously swipes the Princess, any Mario fan will smile in newfound satisfaction, ready to re-live, perhaps for the first time since that first time, what it's like to play a gem of a Nintendo game. [Jun 2006, p.52]
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    • 89 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]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Come game time, stellar graphics - easily the best ever for any tennis game - are center court, along with astutely tuned AI - staunch but never frustrating, always in league with your rank. [Nov 2003, p.107]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The level of customization is simply astounding. In addition to the typical options like face, hair color, eye color and facial hair, players can change the structure of their cheek, chin and jaws. And not just the appearance, but the width, height and length too. [Oct 2003, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 2K3's biggest accomplishment is without question the AI: it is absolutely brilliant - especially the goalie. [Jan 2003, p.84]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Instead of a series of self-contained challenges, Paradise offers up an open world where players are free to explore their inner vehicular homocidal maniac to their hearts' content. [Mar 2008, p.56]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Together with a deep career mode, eight new courses (14 total) and, of course, online gameplay, this latest Tiger Woods is as good as it gets. [Oct 2004, p.88]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA Sports BIG and developer NuFX, Inc. have taken their nearly flawless game and made it that much better, taking it to a whole new level in terms of graphics, gameplay, sound and presentation... Right when you pop in the game, you know you're in for a good time. [Apr 2003, p.72]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hits the mark as a sparkling XBLA action game, but misses the target as a Super Metroid/SotN-level experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For V3, the player models have photorealistic heads and faces - you can actually see facial details and markings. The development team even incorporated cloth animations. [Feb 2005, p.75]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With more of an emphasis on the intimate perils of war, the game feels fresh enough, but staggers in an attempt to draw us in to the characters. [May 2005, p.50]
    • Play Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Why risk changing an already perfect passing sytem? I guess when you're the only game in town, you can do what you want. [Oct 2005]
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