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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 ESPN NHL 2K5
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
Score distribution:
2,350 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's at once intuitive and deep, a bit exaggerated yet deceptively extensive in execution. [Mar 2002, p.47]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MechAssault delivers and looks absolutely brilliant doing it. [Dec 2002, p.75]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Certainly not for everyone, this "life simulator" seems tailor made for the younger set. [Oct 2002, p.83]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like Zelda—if what makes Zelda good for you is the Zelda-y stuff that’s always in these Zelda games—then you’re going to find more of it here. All the charm, all the polish. All the thoughtful puzzles and gorgeous detail. But if you’re looking for something new, you’re going have to wait until the next train arrives. This is another The Legend of Zelda game: The formula we know, the formula we love.
    • 87 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For portable role playing on the go you can't do much better...okay, "Jeanne de Arc", but that's it. [Oct 2007, p.94]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Where most games entertain us with cutscenes to observe, Beyond Good & Evil is a cutscene. This is the first game to fully, properly inject the undeniable power of cinematic technique into the experience. [Nov 2003, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I can’t sing Cing’s praises loud enough. Little King’s Story is the freshest Wii game since de’ Blob and a return to the kind of Japanese development that made me fall in love with games in the first place.
    • 87 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]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although the player models look better than they do in EA's game, the movements aren't as fluid. Some of the animations (especially passing) are a little awkward. [Nov 2002, p.88]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Gray Matter has provided tons of huge maps and fun vehicles like tanks and jeeps, and their twist on various established modes like domination and base assault work very well in these environs. [Nov 2004, p.87]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Arguably the best epic platformer since the Rare/Miyamoto days of N64. [May 2005, p.65]
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    • 87 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not to be outdone, EA Sports has upped the ante with NHL 2004 and it truly has left me speechless. What am I so excited about? One word - Dynasty Mode... For hockey fans, this is a no brainer. [Sept 2003, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA Chicago should be proud. It doesn't get much better than this. [Apr 2005, p.77]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet makes a near seamless jump to the portable. While some of the content and gameplay is lost to the hardware's limitations, the presentation is as infectiously charming as ever. A robust campaign is rounded out by infinite content through user-created levels. SackBoy's new home is a perfect fit!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fourth instalment in the PixelJunk series is perhaps their best, but wherever you stand, this shooter with adventure elements is original and full of style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game like Dark Cloud 2 would, I argue, be much more effective if the emphasis was placed on a more flowing, cohesive world structure, but for what it sets out to accomplish, it deserves minor criticism. [Mar 2003, p.48]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fastidiously laid down, inventirely presented, established with a keen eye for detail. [Aug 2004, p.57]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In ten years, Kingdom Hearts II will be remembered as one of the absolute triumphs on Playstation 2. [May 2006, p.41]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Half-Life has matured with style. [Feb 2002, p.61]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As well as this fighter plays (it's like a drug) and as deep as it is, it's the animation that keeps me coming back for more. [Mar 2003, p.64]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The pinnacle of everything that's made the series great from day one pulled together with sheer mastery and polished to a blinding sheen. Insomniac's finest work to date, and that's saying something. You're gonna love the way it looks, I guarantee it.
    • 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]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Games like Persona 3 are the reason we play games. So, I can't say this enough. Play it. [Aug 2007, p.62]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's innovative for sure, but for me, that's not enough. [Aug 2005, p.57]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The developers did a nice job of capturing Burnout's breathless sense of velocity as well as its wicked series of car crashes and explosions on the PSP. [Nov p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let me get it out in the open right away - ESPN NHL 2K5 may be the best hockey game you'll ever play. [Dec 2004, p.103]
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    • 86 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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