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 MVP Baseball 2004
Lowest review score: 0 Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Score distribution:
2,364 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
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    The character designs and architecture at work here are pure vintage Core...Special doesn't begin to tell the tale. [Apr 2002, p.46]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    The most realistic and technically advanced soccer game to date. It's almost too real. [Dec 2002, p.91]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    A true masterpiece...it holds you in its grasp from start to finish, and then you'll probably want to play it all over again. [Mar 2002, p.59]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    The true star of the ESPN NHL Hockey is the play-by-play commentary. Courtesy of ESPN's Gary Throne and Bill Clement, this is some of the best commentary I've ever heard in a hockey game. [Jan 2004, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    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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    • 79 Metascore
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    I truly love this game. It has everything a hockey fan could want. From the improved animations to the great Franchise mode to the great Pick Up and Play mode, NHL Hitz Pro is a necessary purchase. [Oct 2003, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    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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    • 86 Metascore
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    I've just played the most majestic, delicately crafted role-playing game since "Chrono Cross." [Dec 2002, p.77]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    The edge-of-your seat action is incredibly intense and perfectly paced. Combined with ties to real-life events, the immersion level is off the charts. [Jan 2005, p.64]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Not to be outdone by "Winning Eleven 6," EA Sports has pulled out all the stops and created a soccer game that is second to none... I dare you to find a soccer game where the ball moves so dynamically and realistically. [Nov 2003, p.108]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    This is a game that re-invents nearly everything it does, from weapons fire to storytelling to rescue missions to boost-and-hover gameplay to bold new ways to humiliate farm animals. [Dec 2003, p.68]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Watching the game run at 1600X1200 left me speechless. Textures are incredibly rich; the lighting is to die for... On the flipside, however, in order to really enjoy Halo, you need a hardcore gaming rig to see any kind of smooth framerate. [Nov 2003, p.95]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    An extraordinary game that any action fan will go nuts over. Everything from the graphics to the sound to the action itself, Infinity Ward and Activision have taken the genre to an all-new level and it's truly something special. [Dec 2003, p.88]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    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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    • 83 Metascore
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    Debuting in this '03 renewal is the EA Sports "freestyle" control. Wihout question, it WILL change the way you play basketball games...forever. [Nov 2002, p.88]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    Possibly the best AI ever found in an RTS. [Aug 2003, p.77]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    The true stars of the game are the titans themselves. Each of the four civilizations has their own unique titan. Just watching these lumbering giants in battle is plain awesome. [Nov 2003, p.96]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    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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    • 94 Metascore
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    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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    • 91 Metascore
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    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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    • 80 Metascore
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    Debuting in this '03 renewal is the EA Sports "freestyle" control. Wihout question, it WILL change the way you play basketball games...forever. [Nov 2002, p.88]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Players will spend most of their time in the new Play Now mode. Here, you're given 50 scenarios where you are immediately thrown into the heart of competition. [Dec 2002, p.90]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    The most realistic and technically advanced soccer game to date. It's almost too real. [Dec 2002, p.91]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Rayman 3's most awesome attribute, as incredible as the movies, dialogue, and gameplay are, is a level of visual splendor that defies everything I've come to know about lighting effects in a video game. [Mar 2003, p.47]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    With so much to do and unlock, great characters, killer music, and truly sick graphics, it's hard to find fault in freekstyle. [July 2002, p.78]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Combined with top-notch sound effects, new weapons, and special moves, it will leave you speechless. [Dec 2002, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    What a great, overachieving sequel this is. [Dec 2003, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Without question, EA's latest baseball title is our choice for best baseball game for 2003. [Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 94 Metascore
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    Where else can you skate to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, De La Soul, Public Enemy and the Sex Pistols? "Evolution Skateboarding"? Yeah, right! [Dec 2002, p.76]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not to be outdone by "Winning Eleven 6," EA Sports has pulled out all the stops and created a soccer game that is second to none... I dare you to find a soccer game where the ball moves so dynamically and realistically. [Nov 2003, p.108]
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