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: 75
Highest review score: 100 Okami
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
Score distribution:
2350 game reviews
    • 89 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dishes out some truly inventive (if not a tad insane) leve design, tight gameplay, and great visuals, to the extent that anyone even remotely interested in the sport will likely embrace this game's spin on the whole extreme sports trend. [Oct 2002, p.85]
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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
    • 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
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's innovative for sure, but for me, that's not enough. [Aug 2005, p.57]
    • Play Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dishes out some truly inventive (if not a tad insane) leve design, tight gameplay, and great visuals, to the extent that anyone even remotely interested in the sport will likely embrace this game's spin on the whole extreme sports trend. [Oct 2002, p.85]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, refreshingly stylistic adventure that lets you play at the pitch you desire. [Dec 2002, p.83]
    • Play Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dishes out some truly inventive (if not a tad insane) leve design, tight gameplay, and great visuals, to the extent that anyone even remotely interested in the sport will likely embrace this game's spin on the whole extreme sports trend. [Oct 2002, p.85]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Packed with nuances that, for aspiring fans and drivers must really float their Skoal. Drafting, line selection, pitting...this is a great simulation covering 20 seasons. Not for me. [Oct 2002, p.84]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A deep, refreshingly stylistic adventure that lets you play at the pitch you desire. [Dec 2002, p.83]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A formidable, beautiful-looking GP game. [July 2002, p.82]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Like the last game, your team really isn't all that widely effective and functional, inevitably creating a feeling of going through the motions on autopilot; but more complex AI routines and better scripted scenarios do definitely help. [Aug 2004, p.57]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Packed with nuances that, for aspiring fans and drivers must really float their Skoal. Drafting, line selection, pitting...this is a great simulation covering 20 seasons. Not for me. [Oct 2002, p.84]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    New fighting styles, more weapons, added match types, rowdy crowds and some wicked, brutal environmental interactions help make up for the watered-down brawling. [Oct 2004, p.87]
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    • 84 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]
    • Play Magazine
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Packed with nuances that, for aspiring fans and drivers must really float their Skoal. Drafting, line selection, pitting...this is a great simulation covering 20 seasons. Not for me. [Oct 2002, p.84]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game needs some touching up, and the framerate kinda sucks. But so good are the multiplayer online battles - don't you dare buy this for solo action - that any of the game's undeniable deficiencies become quickly forgotten. [Feb 2003, p.91]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Bouts of bad behavior distributed between T. Hawk-style fun, the highs and lows of the THUG 2 experience truly boggle the mind with various goals so flawed in execution it feels as if the programmers passed out on their keyboards. [Nov 2004, p.58]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The AI is aggressive, but loads of upgrades are available to give you much-needed edge and add an element of strategy. [Apr 2005, p.70]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unlike other companies that concentrate on visuals, High Heat puts its energies on the fundamentals that make a great baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
    • Play Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Bouts of bad behavior distributed between T. Hawk-style fun, the highs and lows of the THUG 2 experience truly boggle the mind with various goals so flawed in execution it feels as if the programmers passed out on their keyboards. [Nov 2004, p.58]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With Eidos' latest foray into professional assassination, players will have to dig deep, wading through mission after mission of trial-and-error gameplay to hunt down a series of targets. [June 2006, p.49]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    New fighting styles, more weapons, added match types, rowdy crowds and some wicked, brutal environmental interactions help make up for the watered-down brawling. [Oct 2004, p.87]
    • Play Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unlike other companies that concentrate on visuals, High Heat puts its energies on the fundamentals that make a great baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
    • Play Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sadly for fans (and myself), it's pretty much the same game that was released last year. [Jan 2003, p.85]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A more serious issue is the amount of times I was disconnected or suffering through some lag. [Nov 2002, p.86]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While the game is still good fun, its kid-friendly finish and slightly dated graphics make less of an impact than it might have if released a year ago. [July 2003, p.79]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With Eidos' latest foray into professional assassination, players will have to dig deep, wading through mission after mission of trial-and-error gameplay to hunt down a series of targets. [June 2006, p.49]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There's no denying that the level of interaction in here is humbling. [Nov 2004, p.54]
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