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
Score distribution:
2350 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Its focus is clunky, and the disparate connection to your teammates sabotages the elements that game does get right. [Aug 2002, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I buy games to explore other worlds, and the Wii seems satisfied with merely distracting me from this one. [Oct 2007, p.90]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Although the game holds an intriguing and extremely likable protagonist in the plucky slacker Zoe Castillo, the rest of the game in the gritty parlance of the streets, blows enormous monkey chunks. [Jun 2006, p.49]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Although the game holds an intriguing and extremely likable protagonist in the plucky slacker Zoe Castillo, the rest of the game in the gritty parlance of the streets, blows enormous monkey chunks. [Jun 2006, p.49]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In a game that is billed as a "true filmic crossover," neither the story nor the play provide any pull, and their inability to work in tandem reveals the cracks even deeper. [Mar 2003, p.44]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game is in serious need of some diversity – namely, some platforming and/or puzzle elements. [Apr 2002, p.59]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I find Spy Hunter somewhat an exercise in memorization as you traverse each trecherous path discovering which weapon to use where. [May 2002, p.58]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The game, like the movie it was also inspired by, has failed to properly tap into the vivid, dark energy of the comic book. [Feb 2005, p.62]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The game part of the game has you snapping pictures and keeping stray dinos under control, which couldn't be a more miscalcualted idea in modern game design. [Apr 2003, p.62]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The game, like the movie it was also inspired by, has failed to properly tap into the vivid, dark energy of the comic book. [Feb 2005, p.62]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news for WWF fans, but Raw falls well short of expectations. [Apr 2002, p.62]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Flat control, annoying fish-eye perspective, and a schizophrenic camera that never settles down. [Jan 2003, p.80]
    • Play Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The game, like the movie it was also inspired by, has failed to properly tap into the vivid, dark energy of the comic book. [Feb 2005, p.62]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    My feelings are a lot less mixed about the fact that the Anniversary project is basically just a PSP post of "Dawn of Souls" with the two games sold separately. [June 2007, p.83]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Takes the shallow one-on-one fighting action of its predecessor and repackages it with essentially no noteworthy enhancements to the fighting engine or visuals... Disappointing. [Dec 2003, p.82]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    We're treated to slow-paced gameplay hindered by arbitrary rules - having to start every stage without your weapon, and being forced to sneak around the level to find it, is a huge contrivance. [Nov 2004, p.90]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Budokai has style, but the substance is almost non-existent. [Nov 2003, p.92]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Flat control, annoying fish-eye perspective, and a schizophrenic camera that never settles down. [Jan 2003, p.80]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The graphics, though slick, lack the sort of interest I expected and are actually quite bland. [Feb 2002, p.62]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Though the doggie animation is realistic, the graphics are sub-first-gen quality, the first-person "Smellovision" view is misguided and the platforming always stays pretty basic. [Oct 2004, p.76]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    An extended session with Misters Been There Done That. [Dec 2005, p.66]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The game, however, also gleefully stomps over its source material when it allows these same tiny hobbits to impede the path of a huge and insanely powerful Balrog. [Jan 2006, p.53]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This isn't an awful game, just so average, rough and predictable at everything it does that you find yourself quickly ready to call it quits. [Sept 2003, p.81]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Besides a real lack of polish on the models and backgrounds in Dimension, it just feels mediocre when stacked against competition like "DOA," "Kakuto Chojin," and "MK Deadly Alliance." [Jan 2003, p.81]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The missin objectives leave no room to breathe and take in all the loveliness; the physics on the robot are too floaty given its awesome scale; and the difficulty becomes insane too quickly. [Aug 2002, p.70]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I’d have enjoyed movie tie-ins as well, like Michael Ironside barking out the mission briefings. [Feb 2002, p.62]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War allows players to win most, if not all, of its battles solely by holding down the right bumper button on the Xbox 360 controller. [Nov 2007, p.73]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Briefly interesting, until repetitive, unimaginative mechanics make the experience more closely resemble prostitution than actual gameplay. Ok if you’re looking for a cheap thrill (or a rental)...for everyone else, you’re advised to look elsewhere.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There just isn’t anything about this game that excites the way a jet-ski racer should. [Feb 2002, p.62]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This truly is a shell of the other two console versions, so I beg you to pass. [Oct 2002, p.84]
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