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 NHL Hitz Pro
Lowest review score: 0 Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Score distribution:
2,364 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
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    As redefining an experience as "Super Mario 64" was, and we can all remember how that game made us feel, Super Mario Galaxy is the most profound game since "Super Mario Bros." defined action gaming on the NES. There’s something almost transcendental about SMG.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Judge this magnificent game on its own merits, allow it to burrow into your sense of wonder like the best games do, and you might just proclaim that you've played one of the best games of the year. [Dec 2002, p.24]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Freedom is the name of this game, featuring a downtown playscape so massively intricate that players can literally do whatever they want, whenever they want. [Feb 2002, p.58]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stripped of its hype-induced hysteria and lore, and isolated as a pure action showcase, Half-Life 2 is one of the most satisfying efforts in recent years. [Dec 2004, p.82]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The first-person shooter is, simply, one of the best games ever made. [Oct 2007, p.86]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An extraordinary video-game. It’s polished, entertaining, and unrelenting. The animation, the dialogue, and every environment is stunning. Video-games, as they are now, don’t get any better than this.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As close as games have yet to get to a true masterpiece - a towering achievement in artistic design, technical mastery and emotion-driven gamemaking. [March 2005, p.58]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are many reasons to praise Half-Life 2 that reach well beyond the surface of its gameplay and into the expression of its complete world of fantasy. [Nov 2007, p.66]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are many reasons to praise Half-Life 2 that reach well beyond the surface of its gameplay and into the expression of its complete world of fantasy. [Nov 2007, p.66]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom turned the venerable but stagnant series around with Evil 4 [Nov p.72]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nothing can prepare you for the greatness that is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker... Mark my words: there will be no finer gaming experience this year. [Mar 2003, p.24]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The first-person shooter is, simply, one of the best games ever made. [Oct 2007, p.86]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bigger and richer in every way - a near bottomless game painted end-to-end with stuff to do, or not. As far as free-form gaming goes, it remains the pinnacle. [Jan 2005, p.57]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you don't own these pieces of gaming history already, you'd be foolish not to get them now. If you already have them, playing through them again is utter gaming bliss. [Jan 2004, p.63]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything's designed with a master's eye for first-person intensity, extensively crafted and technicaly superb. [Dec 2004,p.75]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A Link to the Past is one of the best SNES games ever made, and it's found a new home on GBA, losing absolutely nothing in the translation. [Dec 2002, p.93]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I don’t think Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will manage to duplicate the legendary status of its predecessor, but it has already managed to accomplish a similarly impressive feat: hundreds of thousands of people bought a $250 Wii just to play it three weeks early, and no one seems to regret it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Above all, a better feeling and playing game, boosted by subtleties that you may not even recognize until you've made it to the playoffs.[Sept 2002, p.72]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But value and longevity be damned, it’s the emotional impact Modern Warfare 2 brings to the table that in the end deserves the highest of praise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gears of War is truly a breakthrough: The absolute finest game of its kind. The bar has definitely been raised. What Halo did for first-person shooters, Gears does for third person - it's that good.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An y game that can sweep you away like this deserves out utmost reverence. [May 2006, p.51]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The war, as it was, has been won. [Nov 2007, p.70]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It is arguably without peer, the ultimate game for the audience open to its madness. [Oct 2005, p.56]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The challenge is also perfect, the quick-save option makes the game more playable without being cheap, and the e-Card features are icing on the cake. [Dec 2003, p.95]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In all things small and epic, from the palpable graininess of the game's predominantly poorly lit environments, to the endlessly thrilling second installment of the spies vs. mercenaries online competitions, Theory does not disappoint. [May 2005, p.44]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The amount of content spread across these three discs is truly staggering, and Persistence is a quick, pick-up-and-play online experience that offers tremendous variety. [Apr 2006, p.52]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But value and longevity be damned, it’s the emotional impact Modern Warfare 2 brings to the table that in the end deserves the highest of praise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game contains so much energy and conviction, so much skill and spirit. There came a point where I was totally lost to it, in the way you are to a great movie - to any powerful art form. [Apr 2005, p.50]
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