PlayStation LifeStyle's Scores

  • Games
For 1,267 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Lowest review score: 10 Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified
Score distribution:
1267 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Persona 3 has made an amazing transition to the PlayStation Portable system and all of the changes made to the title have pushed this game into a realm of its own.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is not one or two, but three of the best PS3 games, remastered with precision, love, and care for the current generation.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game gave me the same feeling as the first time I saw the original Star Wars trilogy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brotherhood beats its predecessor in every aspect. It has a new team management system, a beautiful environment to explore, fantastic controls that will have you running all over the city, along with an engaging storyline. Throw in one of the most unique multiplayer experiences to date, and you have yourself one of the greatest games of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gamer in everyone will launch Skyrim in their PS3 and sit in awe at the masterpiece Bethesda Game Studios has created.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With endless replay value, a Platinum trophy, and offline and online co-op, it puts together everything that gamers, not just shooter, zombie, or horror fans, will love.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Offering a fantastic storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, BioWare has proven once again why it is one of the top developers in the gaming industry. They took the time needed to make an even better title than before on a new console.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The atmosphere is second to none, especially in regards to other games out there trying to wrangle the wild west. The characters, the world and the storyline all mesh perfectly to make an experience you wont soon forget.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Series vets will be happy to find an improved game this time around and new players to the series will find plenty of fun to be had on their way to the cup.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kratos' legacy of brutality and chaos ends with a remarkable bang. The game is brimming with unforgettable, jaw-dropping moments that will stay with you forever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is a special game that entertains effectively, and does nothing less. Playing together with friends, and enjoying the unrestrained power of man's creativity is a sight to behold.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Horizon Zero Dawn is an early contender for game of the year. Guerrilla Games has outdone themselves, in astounding fashion. This is a glorious game, the result of a team of masterful artisans who not only had a story that they wished to tell, but a world that was living inside of them which they wanted to share with us all. Now, we get to play inside their creation, and it is a breathtaking experience to behold. A massive, open world filled with equally massive, terrifying robots, juxtaposed against the beauty of the Earth, nature fighting back the darkness as it tends to do. Horizon Zero Dawn is the kind of game you play to get lost in, and can be enjoyed by players of all types. This could be the beginning of a stellar franchise, and there is something for everyone here. If you own a PS4, you owe it to yourself to give Horizon Zero Dawn a go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed III takes everything that worked well in previous titles, sprinkled in a touch of Red Dead Redemption, tweaked the combat to be as smooth as Batman: Arkham City, borrowed the cinematic and character development of Uncharted 2, and polished it all off to be one of, if not the very best, game of 2012.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As near perfect as a game can get and should not be missed.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a hallmark of excellence in writing, design, and performance. Naughty Dog and Sony not only have a system seller on their hands, but a game that’ll define an entire console generation—a true classic that’ll be talked about and fondly regarded for years to come.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If anyone is still wondering if GTA has lost its ability to take on the politically correct about ‘appropriate’ content, do not fear, as it is full of violence, social commentary and explicit nature that is sure to aggravate someone with too much time on their hands.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Last of Us Remastered is just a perfect game made even more perfect.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With accessibility to spare, a real commitment to diversity and an infectious sense of innocent fun, Overwatch feels like an important game — the sort that can bridge boundaries in the oft-segmented gaming community. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this may just be the project to revitalize lapsed or disheartened gamers’ interest in the medium, or the one to bring new players onboard the FPS wagon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its simple yet innovative style, deep customization, tongue-in-cheek humor, along with a plethora of game modes makes Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake one of the best titles currently available on the PSP and indeed one of the best transitions from the PS3.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Killzone 3 is the ultimate ending to a new form of sci-fi epic. It is a story of interpersonal conflict and struggle more than two civilizations at war. By taking full advantage of the PlayStation 3 Guerrilla Games has created an expansive world and proves that even shooters can have a compelling narrative With plenty of variety to keep the action fresh throughout the entire campaign, it never feels tiresome.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Journey is minimalist to allow you to fill in those gaps with your own emotion and experience — to apply your personal situation and make the story your own. It’s a simple beauty, but one that shines brightly and now has the opportunity to be played by millions more thanks to its stunning upgrade to PS4, with beautiful lighting and environments that impress.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When the journey comes to an end, you’ll find yourself in shock, emotionally-drained, and appreciative The Last Guardian stayed in development this long and still made it to release. The entire game’s pace is perfect. The difficulty and challenge is high, and completely reliant on how observant and explorative the player is. Every section of the game is stunningly gorgeous – a real work of art. The gameplay is pure perfection (aside for some clunky controls).
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Incredibly, unbelievably, what we have here is a nearly perfect finale to the Metal Gear franchise. I truly believe that The Phantom Pain is where Kojima always envisioned he would take the franchise. This is personalized, open-world infiltration at its finest.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without the new Champion Mode, it would have been yet another successful installment under EA's belt. But thanks to the game's new Champion Mode, Fight Night Champion brings passion back to the sport of boxing and makes for the most entertaining sports game of all time. Fight Night Champion is a knockout, hands down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shines in every way one could expect from a downloadable title, and it simply can't come more highly recommended.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there is one game you buy this year, make it Batman: Arkham City. Few other games released this year will reach this level of polish, variety, story quality, action, scale, and length.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So much more than a game. It blends genres and transcends the video game medium to offer up an experience unparalleled in this industry. This game will easily be a front-runner for Game of the Year and is in my mind a serious contender for being the best game of this generation. It may not have a multiplayer mode that can stand up to the likes of Halo and Call of Duty, but it does offer the best single-player experience that $60 can buy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A large portion of FIFA veterans, as well as new players, will undoubtedly be blown away with FIFA 11′s realism and satisfying gameplay; it's staggering to notice the amount of polish and improvement the latest iteration of FIFA has received, but it's something you really must experience in order to truly understand.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In some ways it feels like I’m playing Uncharted for the first time again, living that sense of incredulity and adventure as we join Nathan Drake and his charming half-tuck for one final adventure rooted in love and sacrifice. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but they’ve gone all in to make sure that A Thief’s End is the Uncharted finale that the fans deserve.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The entire Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception experience comes together and delivers an unforgettable adventure rich with cinematic eye-candy, intense action sequences, and a multiplayer component that convincingly entertains.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kaz Yamauchi's passion for the racing sphere shines through every aspect of the game. The incredibly-detailed cars, the slick presentation, the spot-on physics. Polyphony Digital brought its A-game. Nothing else on the market can come close to the realism and immersion you feel throughout. Gran Turismo 5 is virtual racing at its very best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unity doesn’t just play well, it looks beautiful too. The graphics have a stunning painted quality to them that may be attributed to the way that different materials react to the lighting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In the end, the only thing I can truly say is that Life is Strange is a must-buy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Swapper will fly under many people’s radar, which is unfortunate because with its unique take on graphics, puzzles, and narrative, they will be missing out on what I would say is the best puzzle platformer experience since Portal.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Some will be disappointed by how quickly the game ends, but the two hours that mark your journey is the most incredible and unique you can possibly have on your PS3.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's beautiful, simple, unique, and if you ever had even the slightest interest in creating your own music, you're going to love Sound Shapes. If the thought of creating music is overwhelming to you, still, you're going to love Sound Shapes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There is a certain magic present here that a decade has only made stronger. Newcomers and fans alike will find enjoyment in this collection and you won’t able to help smiling at plenty of moments, even if you’ve seen them play out before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best part? None of these will cost you an easily regrettable 99 cents. Users will crank out tons and tons of the games, further fulfilling the promise of LBP and the imagination.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While minor design choices keep it from being absolutely perfect, The Witcher 3 will go down as one of the best games of this generation of consoles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As amazingly as this game was done, not only is Borderlands 2 an excellent portable version of the console game, I would argue that it is simply one of the best games on the Vita to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Broken Age is a wonderful experience that I can’t recommend enough. As someone who grew up on the LucasArts-style adventure games of old Double Fine has pulled through with just enough nostalgia and modern aesthetic, offering up a fresh and funny classic in an age where blockbuster games rule the roost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s a little something for everyone here and even if you don’t particularly enjoy online shooters, you ought to give this one a shot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s such a shame that this is the only expansion that is going to hit Bloodborne. With a great attention to detail, and meaningful changes to single player, we can only wonder what other sort of innovative ideas From Software had in store for us before their plans changed. Still, The Old Hunters enables Bloodborne to go out with a bang, and a challenging one at that.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a godsend for Vita fans. At a time when support for the little handheld seems to be rapidly dwindling, here comes a role-playing masterpiece with all the right stuff: XSeed’s superior localization, which bypasses anime cliches in favor of real depth; an addictive set of life-sim mechanics, from bonding with the lovable cast to cooking a bevy of dishes; and a combat system that rewards customization and cooperation between party members.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Rocksmith 2014 won’t be replacing the guitar teacher, it was designed as a supplemental tool to make learning and practice a lot of fun. I feel that it succeeds in this design and is an essential addition to any guitarist’s arsenal, whether you’re picking up a guitar for the first time or you’ve been playing for years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game made me shed more tears than any game I have ever played before, and I find that I am not alone in that sentiment. I even think this game communicated parts of WWI so well that it could be used as an educational tool, though the characters’ story is fiction.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Left Behind is worth the wait, worth every penny you spend on it, and worth the two-hour plus investment of time you put into playing it. It’s even worth playing The Last of Us in its entirety again before loading up Left Behind for the first time so you can get the most out of the atmosphere, gameplay, and connection to these deep characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The dialogue may be funny, but the game is far from being a joke. It’s in the running for RPG of the year, if not game of the year and is, by far, the best Final Fantasy title the company has put out in several years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A must-own for anyone at all considering a purchase of a PlayStation Vita. It shows what that little portable with plenty of power can do, from the graphics, to the controls, to the Vita-specific touch features – it's truly amazing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With so much content in such a tiny package, P4G will keep me occupied for months trying to nail down every possible ending and effectively complete the game to a 100%.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The massive amount of choice given to players keeps the game interesting through multiple replays, proving that multiplayer isn't necessary to be a hit. In a year, and an industry, stricken with a plague known as "sequelitis", Dishonored is the perfect cure, and should etch its name into every Game of the Year discussion with a sharply-tipped assassin blade.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I can’t stop thinking about the story of Transistor, even after finishing the game. There is so much mystery and intrigue that left me smiling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is just so much to love about Kingdoms of Amalur. Its genre-elevating combat and gorgeous visual design are unparalleled and will undoubtedly be emulated in years to come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The worst part about completing The City That Dares Not Sleep is knowing that it will probably be a long time before we see Sam and Max again, and that's a shame.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is just like the original, with a couple of added tweaks — this is a good thing!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MLB 10: The Show is the closest you’ll ever come to experience playing baseball for a Major League Team. The sheer polish and level of detail mostly overcome the share of problems that hinder it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It puts players in a position not seen in most games, entirely proactive and in control of the environment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beginner mode is perhaps the smartest move made and should invite plenty of new fans to the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The living, breathing underworld of Hong Kong is expertly recreated. The sum of all of these parts give Sleeping Dogs that classic Hong Kong Kung Fu action flick vibe, putting you in the director's chair. There may not be any multiplayer, however, the sheer volume of content and the added Social Hub will keep you playing long after the credits roll.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a year that has been jam-packed with quality releases, this is an experience that can hold its own. You genuinely owe it to yourself to give this game a try, regardless of whether or not you are a Tomb Raider fan. It is just that good. And when you consider that the game costs less than a ten spot, this purchase should be a no-brainer.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Each morally ambiguous decision I made left me questioning whether I was the right person to be making them, but in the end, it was MY Bigby and MY story, and I can only thank Telltale Games for giving me the opportunity to tell such an awesome tale in my own way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a brilliant, beautiful, masterfully crafted work, and the more you discover, the more apparent it is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Gran Turismo 6 isn’t as groundbreaking as it’s predecessor on the PS3, it’s still a worthy addition to any GT fans library.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a rare game that tackles strong morals and emotions under the guise of a beautiful walk through the wilderness that always manages to keep you on your toes, a walk you’ll be hard pressed to ever forget.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, if you have picked up Angry Birds on your mobile device, the PS3/PSP version does not offer anything new. Regardless of what system you play Angry Birds on, it is proof that simple, puzzle games can have AAA gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s really exciting that non-Vita players are finally getting a chance to play this series with Danganronpa 1&2 Reload. Even having played them through multiple times before, I found that I couldn’t put the controller down as I experienced them again on PS4, and not just because of my review. Though they start off a little slow, the pace at which they begin to move is exceptionally thrilling, and you’ll find yourself drawn in until the very end, especially if it’s your first time through.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For pinball fans, this is a must-buy. The tables are extremely detailed, the framerate rarely falters, the tables and missions are challenging, and tilting with the SIXAXIS/DualShock 3 controller is more rewarding than just using a stick.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though there are some inconsistencies with the single-player elements, the overall scope of the Black Ops package overwhelmingly puts this game into the category of a must buy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic debut for Gaijin Games on PSN. Its deep and engaging gameplay presents more than enough of a challenge for seasoned Bit.Trippers while also opening its arms to new players curious to try it out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DeathSpank is an absolute blast, a ton of fun to play, and thanks to a well-written script and befitting voice acting, it's comedic gold.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most every major unresolved plot point is given a conclusion in The Vault of the Traveler.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game doesn't blow you away with its story or characters, but instead with its charm that shines through with every "dot".
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The excellent integration of the Vita’s features into its gameplay, the way Tearaway reaches out to the player, the charming and well-developed world, the use of imagination in a medium where imagination is a precious and often forgotten thing – these factors stand above the negative to create an experience you should play at least once.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of 90 minutes, FIFA 14 on the next-gen consoles doesn’t deliver anything jawbreaking, instead opting to improve the game through graphics, animations, and minor gameplay tweaks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resogun is short, but considering the challenge, an added online co-op mode, and a reliance on besting high-scores that you’ll actually feel compelled to beat, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a great ending to a great game, and might possibly be called the best episode of the bunch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with Dead Space 3’s minor faults such as the psychological, personal terror being nowhere in sight, the human enemies being a terribly executed addition, and the graphics not making a huge leap, the game is simply fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minecraft PS4 Edition is a tried-and-true game in a solid console format. Couch co-op is extremely fun and easy to jump into, – it’s like the video game version of the perfect playground.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That's what Darksiders II is all about, exploration and an epic quest. I also applaud the team at Vigil Games for taking the risks that it did with the focus of this title and the scale to which it is built.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rogue Legacy is a gem among indies. As a wash of indie titles comes to the console market, many with nothing inherently fresh or new to offer, Rogue Legacy breaks through and offers a breath of fresh air with a strong variation on familiarity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don’t know what I expected with Valley, but this was not it. I was not prepared to find an exploration game with a powerful story, fun exploration mechanics, a unique twist on death, beautiful artwork, and one of the best video game soundtracks in the industry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype is an absolute blast and an experience that cannot be missed by arcade and action fans alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This still remains the best entry in the series to date. Pick it up if you want to see Kratos at his greatest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Altogether it’s a sharp crossroads between horror films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, and the classic slow paced survival horror of Resident Evil.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nier: Automata is a delectable buffet of remarkable experiences that seamlessly and beautifully mesh together. In spite its plethora of elements, the game doesn’t suffer from the sometimes inevitable pitfalls of trying to do too much.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a game that simply needs to be experienced.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Added to the package is all of the DLC from the XBLA market place, team arena, the volleyball mode, and the lush 2D graphics, make it worth the $15 asking price. If you have the time and the dime, Castle Crashers is a worthy PSN title to add to your mantle!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Danganronpa 2 is a masterful piece of dark mystery storytelling, with a focus on exploring morally ambiguous facets of the psyche.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An insanely full featured game. If code was a physical thing, this game disc would be bursting at the seams with how much Treyarch has packed onto one Blu-ray. There’s a little something for everyone here. Players looking for a dark, rich narrative have the campaign. Competitive players have a whole new way to play in multiplayer. Fans of roguelikes and horde modes have Shadows of Evil.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the game’s length, you’ll no doubt find yourself lured back in time and time again, and if you’ve yet to play it, there’s really no excuse… do it now!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combine the depth of gameplay that will be examined for years, the gorgeous attention to character animation, and the inclusion of Simple Mode, and you have a game that's easy to recommend for anyone with a PlayStation 3.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a few minor technical issues (they should be fixed in a future patch) and less than impressive visuals, Velocity Ultra is perfect for PlayStation Vita owners who want a fun, fast-paced, and just overall awesome game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most important part of FIFA 17, the actual gameplay, is as solid and dependable as ever. On-field action feels like the pace has been sped up a bit, but it’s nothing that’s going to lead to balance issues. In fact, given last season’s deliberately slower pacing, this is probably a welcome enhancement.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With or without PlayStation VR, Rez Infinite is an incredible revival of a classic best, but given the choice, I’d much prefer to immerse myself with the headset on my head, finding the ultimate incarnation of Rez’s synesthesia in virtual reality.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those looking to enter the fray to see what the fuss is all about, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift offers the best ticket to the show.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trials Fusion is a good game. Great, even. It’s taken what we’ve all come to know and enjoy, and added in quite a few new longevity ingredients to the mix.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Disgaea 4 brings a kid-like excitement to the table, with its energetic presentation to go along with extremely deep gameplay.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re like me and spent an exorbitant amount of time with the game already, you may find that the new content will keep you busy for a some time, but ultimately it will be a trip down memory lane more than a new lease on life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yakuza 3 is an astounding success in bringing the Japanese culture over in a great package of emotions and raw combat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is without a shadow of a doubt the best Madden title we have seen in a long time. For those complaining that EA Sports attempted to make it too mainstream, every one of those settings can be turned off via the options. Give the game a shot, both long time Madden fans or football fans new to the series will not be disappointed.