Play UK's Scores

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For 1,561 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Wipeout HD Fury
Lowest review score: 5 Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta
Score distribution:
1561 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An intensely satisfying and stupendously intelligent puzzle game that's incredibly well crafted, making it a very early, yet solid, Game of the Year contender. [Issue#267, p.62]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a superb piece of DLC that shouldn't be missed. [Issue#198, p.103]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quality like this doesn't tend to arrive until way later in a generation, so we doff our caps to the team at CDPR for breaking tradition to deliver one of the best RPGs we've ever played. [Issue#247, p.60]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Makes the experience of online war infinitely cooler, though obviously a lot more horrific. [Issue#200, p.100]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliant start. [Issue#192, p.97]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Easily the best piece of DLC we've seen this year. [Issue#191, p.92]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fury feels like a standalone game as opposed to a piece of DLC. [Issue#183, p.82]
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    • 100 Critic Score
    An essential add-on. [Issue#192, p.97]
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With only the most insignificant flaws remaining, Grand Theft Auto IV is a triumphant epic that no other developer could ever create. Designed with unrelenting passion, the series has categorically set the standard for the coming years.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Truly spectacular, and certainly worth buying and playing again. [Issue#251, p.64]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Gigantic and stupidly detailed, GTA V is everything we hoped it would be. Individual components could be a touch better, but when a game does literally everything, nobody can expect perfection across the board. That it even comes close is incredible. [Issue#236, p.62]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A stunning and emotive game, Fallout 3 is compelling, dark, funny and deep. Play it and glimpse the future of videogaming. And, possibly, of mankind.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    One of those rare games that speaks to the player on a personal, emotional level with a thought-provoking, mature storyline set in one of the most amazing worlds conceived in a game. Plus, it's a wonderful FPS with deep, tactical combat. Essential. [Issue#230, p.66]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Engaging, deep, stunningly atmospheric, funny, witty, shiny and - get this - fun. [Issue#201, p.92]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With the incredible tracklist, tweaked engine, new modes and the overwhelming quantity of extra songs available for download, this is easily the best rhythm action game currently sitting on store shelves. It must be said the guitars are still second best, but then nothing’s perfect.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An amazing game that will ultimately only be limited by the imaginations of the people who play it. [Issue#201, p.86]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Better than "Liberty City Stories" in every single way, Vice City Stories is an astonishing achievement and one of the best games of the year on any system. [Issue #147, p.66]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Nathan Drake is a likeable hero, his story is funny, interesting and exciting and the game itself is a masterpiece. Uncharted 2 is absolutely, positively, genuinely fantastic and a reason to own a PS3, of that there is no doubt.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Full of charm and packed with variety, this is easily one of the best PSN games you can currently buy. [Issue#194, p.102]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fez
    The perfect package of platforming, abstract thinking, and retro love. [Issue#243, p.60]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The perfect marriage of style and substance, a lively, inventive and satisfying game wrapped up in the most impressive and striking visual style of any game on the PS2. There's nothing else quite like this out there. [Issue 150, p.80]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Anything Rock Band can do, World Tour can do better. That said, the gap is only small and, unless you’re particularly fussed by Music Studio mode, your preference should ultimately be determined by your music tastes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Endlessly entertaining and featuring a fantastic selection of fighters, Street Fighter IV is the best one-on-one brawler your PS3 is ever likely to see. It deserves to be experienced by anyone with even a passing interest in the genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the best arcade racer of this generation. [Issue#225, p.76]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    No fruity descriptions, no fancy words: just buy it. [Issue#205, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bar some combat control issues, GTA: Chinatown Wars has perfectly translated to the PSP and is a must-have game. [Issue#185, p.68]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    They're absolutely, without a doubt, worth buying. [Issue#210, p.78]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Highly addictive and with a set of challenges that will keep you going for an age, it's a must-have purchase that no PS3 owner should be without. [Issue#189, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Thinking, planning, failing and dying is back in fashion: XCOM is a phenomenal reimagining of a classic title and an instant classic in its own right. The love poured into it and the sheer depth of the experience has created something truly special.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best game we've played this year. [Issue#163, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    You couldn't ask for more. 40 of the highest caliber tracks, refined gameplay, expanded multiplayer and even a practice mode all make for the finest action game of all time. [Issue #147, p.87]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There are flaws that hurt the experience, but nothing, nothing stops Tekken 6 from being an intense, tactical and utterly brilliant fighting game, perfect for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the genre. [Issue#184, p.60]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A magnificent package. [Issue 145, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    An amazingly deep and beautiful fi ghting experience, marred by a couple of unnecessary characters, but essential nonetheless. If the online modes simulate the feeling of a traditional one-onone battle, we’ll be in combat heaven.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There is no denying that LocoRoco is the landmark PSP title. The effortless charm and relentless happiness hide one of the most complete games we've ever had the pleasure of playing. [Issue 142, p.72]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's the best version available of what is arguably Playstation 3's best game and The Last Of Us remains every bit as dramatic, powerful and engaging as it was when first released. Still incredible. [Issue#247, p.59]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Violently sublime and logically puzzling there is no better third-person adventure out there. Get it - this is another true classic. [Issue #152, p.56]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With the best 2D sprite animation around and furiously paced gameplay, Continuum Shift surpasses its predecessor.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A game that will split opinion, but to our minds it is one of the most immersive, mature and refreshing games in years. If you've been waiting for something new from your PS3, then this is essential. [Issue#189, p.64]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is certainly more difficult to master than we first imagined, but it pays off on its promise and then some. Media Molecule has created a game that deserves to take the world by storm, and this really is just the beginning.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There's no denying that LucasArts is treating its revered series with the respect it deserves. [Issue#195, p.102]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Black Ops is undoubtedly the best online FPS ever put together. [Issue#199, p.70]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best RPGs around, with great characterisation, a gripping story and smart combat mechanics that greatly improve on the formula found in past Persona games. [Issue#228, p.78]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Singularly the best reason to own broadband ever invented. [Christmas 2009, p.68]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    We're sure you've already seen plenty of quotes and sound bites that announce Arkham City as the best superhero game ever made but such statements sell the game short: Batman's latest digital outing is probably one of the best games this year, if not the entire generation.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It will live with us. Here, finally, is a videogame that will live with us. There are inconsistencies here and there, some lulls in its gameplay, but when The Last Of Us is good (winter), it's better than anything else this gen - we do not say that lightly. [Issue#232, p.62]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Alone it's alright, online it's bordering on genius. Bad Company 2 is quite possibly the best online shooter on PS3 today. [Issue#190, p.66]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Still brilliant. [Issue#210, p.99]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A truly astonishing port. [Issue#202, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's still a bit rough around some edges, but there's no denying the scope, intelligence and passion poured into Hitman: Absolution. IO has made quite possibly the best game in the series and easily one of the best games on PS3.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Two of the greatest PS2 action games of all time at a bargain price. [Issue#188, p.74]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A brilliant title. [Issue#188, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Excelling in so many aspects, from its eye-popping visual style and electronic soundtrack, through to its perfectly balanced twin-stick action and smart, surprising story, Wrong Number lives up to the legacy of the original. We’d go so far as to say it’s essential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A great range of genuinely entertaining play modes. [Issue#186, p.87]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The PS3's most dramatic and beautiful racing game. [Issue#172, p.72]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Don't miss this. [Issue#187, p.86]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    After another year of middling shooters, BioShock is as complex and hypnotic as it was in 2007. It’s an imperfect first-person shooter, and the quality swerves erratically towards the end, but the PS3 port has been handled gracefully.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    All the relentless pace and slick style of a classic 2D Japanese action game in a 3D modern masterpiece. [Issue#197, p.71]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A pure, stripped-down, focused shooter that handles the fundamentals of firstperson violence better than any other titles before it, while also managing to be the best-looking game on the PS3 by quite a margin. Bring on the multiplayer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the best games on PS4 and with this affordable update, it just got even better. [Issue#247, p.66]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Shepard's story ends with a journey that's exhilarating and dramatic, with fantastic moments that beg to be replayed so you can see what other outcomes are available. [Issue#216, p.68]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A staggering achievement from Ninja Theory. DmC injects new life into one of the best genres in all of gaming, and does so with a style and confidence that elevates it beyond its roots. Awesome, truly. [Issue#227, p.60]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The eclectic level design makes the chore of unlocking a lot more colourful. [Issue#223, p.78]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Building upon everything that made Oblivion such a joy, Skyrim has easily secured the crown as the biggest game this gen and also as one of the best. Even if you don't ordinarily like ye olde fantasy RPGs, this is brilliant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's five games - every one of which is among the best of its type, if not the best - for half the price of one. Had Valve updated it for PS3 then it would have socred even higher. [Issue#161, p.76]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Once you get to grips with the new guitars and find people to play with, Rock Band is a fantastic title that oozes quality. [Issue#162, p.84]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Stunning, entertaining and essential for anyone who enjoys a scrap. [Issue#253, p.60]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Smooth, slick and sexy, setting a bench mark for PSP. [Issue#139, p.102]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Despite the demo being met with scepticism, Square Enix has crafted a truly fantastic game that is a stunning change of pace and feel for the Final Fantasy series, but still manages to stay largely true to its roots. Beautiful. [JPN Import; Issue #139, p.60]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most over-the-top, unremittingly silly, astoundingly inventive, consistently thrilling, overtly sexual, guility enjoyable Japanese action game we've played in years. [Issue#187, p.70]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The definitive weapon-based fighter comes to the PSP and manages not to lose anything in the translation. [Issue#183, p.72]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a genuine joy to bounce, swoop, and peg it across the levels, even more so when you're rewarded with a new way of doing so. [Issue#251, p.68]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The hype is real - From Software did not disappoint. Bloodborne is amazing, and easily the best triple-A exclusive on PS4 so far. Come have a horrible time in Yharnam with us. [Issue#256, p.65]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A gaming experience that is truly unlike any other, The Walking Dead should be required playing for anyone who considers themselves a fan of our favourite medium. [Issue#231, p.76]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's enough to make you want to start chewing t'baccy and eating jerky, if you don't already. [Issue#193, p.90]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As well as being by far the best beat-'em up on the PSP, Tekken: Dark Resurrection is one of the machine's standout games: it looks great, controls well and is everything anyone could ever want from a handheld Tekken. Truly unmissable. [Issue 143, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    So good it will bring tears to your eyes. [Issue#46, p.74]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's just such a wonderful game that as long as you can get over the fact that the cars behave in quite a strange way, and the control is incredibly loose, you're guaranteed to enjoy it. [Issue#158, p.74]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Even better thanks to far cleverer puzzles. [Issue#194, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The combat remains some of the best and most intricate Arc System Works has composed to date. [Issue#250, p.64]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Easily up there with Resogun and Trials Fusion among PS4's best score attack games, Dimensions is the return to form we feared we would never see but are so glad that we have. [Issue#252, p.68]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite its intrusive storyline, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a varied, engaging and entertaining epic. It may diminish slightly towards the end of the game, but there could be no greater reward for the fans' patience than this. [Issue#167, p.78]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Everything we hoped it would be, giving bedroom air guitarists a chance to live out their rock 'n' roll fantasies. [Apr 2006, p.100]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dishonored basks in artistic brilliance. Dunwall unravels at your feet, reacting organically to your in-game actions in a way that you feel rooted in its rich lore. Stealth has never been so satisfying as it is in Dishonored. One of 2012's finest.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is brilliant - no two ways about it. It's everything a sequel should be and it's a fine, poo-your-pants inclusion to anybody's library. [Issue#201, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A masterclass in how to make a game truly suited to the PSP. [Issue#193, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a classic point-and-click adventure this won't disappoint. [Issue#195, p.103]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sheer brilliance. [Issue#161, p.98]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Even better thanks to far cleverer puzzles. [Issue#194, p.102]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There are few better rhythm-action games on the handheld. [Issue#181, p.81]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The character roster might put some off, but this is a truly excellent fighting game that every fan of the genre should own. [Issue#209, p.98]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's fluid, vivid and with as much depth as you want. A delight. [Apr 2006, p.104]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A superb game and a fitting swansong for Dante on the PlayStation 2. [JPN Import; Issue#139, p.104]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A comprehensive update to one of the best games in its class, Reaper of Souls is an absolute must-play for anyone that likes loot. [Issue#248, p.62]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Already one of our most-played PS4 games this year, Rogue Legacy is absolutely superb. [Issue#248, p.68]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It might not be online, but if you have three friends, who really cares? [Issue #151, p.68]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Darkness combines the best bits of mafia and war films, producing one complete, intriguing experience...Few licensed games go beyond the realms of their source material, but The Darkness does it in a fun, gritty and engaging way. [Issue#154, p.62]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Buy it, learn it, love it. [Issue#243, p.70]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A simply brilliant sequel. [Issue#199, p.72]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A joy to play. A huge story mode, rock-hard trials and great online will keep players occupied for a long time. [Issue#231, p.80]
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