PlayStation LifeStyle's Scores

  • Games
For 1,249 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 Overwatch
Lowest review score: 10 Prison Break: The Conspiracy
Score distribution:
1249 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With all of the side missions, skills to unlock, items to craft, hilarious side quests such as the milk delivery quests, Parallel Quests with co-op capability, offline and online matches, and not to mention the main missions, there is more than enough for players to sink their teeth into. It will feel padded to some, especially those who played the first game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A well-made JRPG that never strays too far from its series roots.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ys: The Oath in Felghana is one of those games that fits perfectly on to a handheld system. Its balls to the wall game combat is wonderfully complimented with a simple item and upgrade system. Running in unison with the game is a great soundtrack and a minimalistic story, which in this case is not a bad thing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sword Art Online: Lost Song’s story is probably not going to win over non-adherents of the popular anime franchise, but thankfully it’s not required to enjoy the rest of what’s on offer: a fun, lighthearted and breezy run through well-worn action-RPG territory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I’d heartily recommend this for KH fans, although I caution that perhaps they should wait for the price to drop. Newcomers to the franchise entirely should avoid this title until the first two anthologies are under the belt. This is definitely not an installment that is easy to jump into.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the online is a ton of fun especially playing as the creatures it is a real shame they couldn't of added more. You should be able to get a few hours of fun, but this looks to fade out pretty quickly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When I sat down to write, I was prepared to be more positive about SOCOM 4. Multiplayer and co-op make for a ton of fun and the game is built solid from the ground up, but don't waste your money if you only plan on playing SOCOM 4's single-player campaign.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re playing it for the first time, this is as good a version as any to get a taste of the excellent blend of turn-based strategy and real-time action that made the game such a hit on PS3; if you’re a returning fan, on the other hand, you might be slightly disappointed to learn that this “remastering” doesn’t look much different from the original version (or offer any new content, for that matter).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Last Tinker: City of Colors if a throw back game that provides gamers with a simple approach to fun and it works.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For anyone who has played through all of Season 1 and can’t wait for Season 2, this does have its moments and immerses you back into the world you helped shape last year, even if it is just for an hour.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The asking price is a bit steep, all things considered, but the addition of cross-play makes this title a little easier to swallow for those who like that sort of accessibility.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t say that you should go out and buy The Golf Club: Collector’s Edition simply for these new additions, but I do recommend the game if you think creating beautiful golf courses is your cup of tea.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those looking for a more 'blockbuster' feel to their FPS, they might want to look elsewhere. Although the game is 'grounded in reality', it still has it's fun and offers a good variety of gameplay moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this may be the best iteration of the series in some time, it's mostly just a ton of potential that ultimately lets you down. Pitching is great, but batting needs some practice. Fielding is frustrating, and even more so when you take the game online. Audio work is incredible, but not reactive enough nor as customizable as in The Show.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My largest disappointment came in how quickly my adventure came to a close, but given the solid overall experience, I am very interested to see where developer Zoink! goes from here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, NBA Jam is a solid reboot that does a good job of keeping to the franchise's roots, while adding a few new game modes to the table.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The easy move set, complemented by the addition of a dodge roll; combined with the Action RPG elements and encased by really good local and online ease of entry make for a truly fun title to keep any player busy for at least an afternoon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Incredibly shortened loading times when run off the Memory Stick/internal Go memory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good game for kids, since its never very challenging or frustrating, and it makes for simple platforming fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Destiny is the player’s story and Rise of Iron continues to make me feel like a legend in my own right, even if at the moment it holds a little less endgame vitality than other releases have offered.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game offers stress-free, relaxing gameplay that allows its users to be as creative as they'd like to be. Although PixelJunk 4am may have a lack of traditional game elements, that same lack of traditional game elements is what makes it great and one of the most fascinating and intuitive experiences available for PlayStation Move.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bedlam is undeniably an enjoyable kick for those who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, surely drawing from personal experiences with the games it’s emulating. The eccentricities found in Brookmyre’s writing may work to alienate those merely passing through, but for those drawn in by the familiarity of its charming block graphics it’ll simply be an added bonus.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lack of any online component does put a damper on this game, but still shouldn't turn you away. This may not be for everyone, but if you like to throw darts with friends on the weekend, this will be a nice bonus for the living room.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Alpha Protocol does have its flaws in almost every corner, with its frustrating mini-games to the way the game handles combat as well as pretty poor AI. However, this game is a fresh take and face on a new franchise which includes an involving storyline paired with a new twist on character interaction making Alpha Protocol a fairly enjoyable game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's nothing revolutionary, Aqua Panic! is a challenging, fun puzzler with aspects that can certainly be described as addicting and infuriating at the same time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay is great and the unique Pawn system makes you feel like you're playing with others even though it's a single player experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Considering the amount of content that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone offers, it really had the potential to be a standout game. Instead, it’s only a paradise for hardcore fans as anyone else will likely grow tired of going through the extremely long tracklist.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Considering the amount of content that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone offers, it really had the potential to be a standout game. Instead, it’s only a paradise for hardcore fans as anyone else will likely grow tired of going through the extremely long tracklist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Modern Combat: Domination is a valiant attempt at trying to go head to head with shooter genre giants such as Call of Duty and Battlefield and is, to some extent, successful, but overall the title fails to bring anything new to the table, or build upon other titles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've traveled this path before, the only new things that are really offered are trophies and the option to enable 3D if you've got the hardware. However, if you haven't had the chance to experience the lore of Sam Fisher (and you're not an inverted player), the Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD has the potential to offer you a unique and memorable journey.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strategy gamers rejoice! There is finally a game worthy of your time on the PlayStation 4.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For fans of the first game, and fans of JRPGs structure, White Knight Chronicles II is an engrossing trek through a large, beautifully rendered world. It's a game that provides a large foundation of content to explore, which is only prohibited by its average gameplay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The appeal might not last forever due to a lack of content and depth, especially in the game’s story mode, which doesn’t fully explore all the great wacky ideas it seems to have. Even so, this is a standout indie that will bring a lot of people back to the couch — both the literal one and the figurative one of their past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What holds the game back from being a truly stellar title is its dreadful combat system, as well as its lack of originality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Technical issues and some repetitiveness keep it from being labeled as great.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s not much to Fairy Fencer F beneath the surface. You’re out to reluctantly save the world, and combat quickly becomes too easy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Giving players only a tiny laser to kill bad guys with puts a unique and interesting spin on the typical top-down shooter model, and beautiful visuals offer a nice retro feel.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game will only get better, and it’s already a feat of unique gameplay coupled with charming visuals and a sense that glory will come to the comrades that work the hardest!
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Core gamers looking for a deep experience, or loners wanting a solo affair will be gravely disappointed in Start the Party. However, those of you who buy it for what it is meant to be are in for a real treat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combat can be a bit simplistic and shallow, but it doesn’t keep it from being enjoyable. It is a game that can be enjoyable without any knowledge of the amine/manga, and by people who don’t care for either of those mediums.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is not without its growing pains as the graphics suffer at times, offline co-op is absent and the Multiplayer can become a lag fest. However when the dust settles and you step past these issues, you are left with one of the most enjoyable games featuring transforming robots in recent memory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end it seems odd, and a little disappointing that Volition chose not to include any directly competitive multiplayer mode, especially after the unique flair of the one in Guerrilla. However, the modes available do provide plenty of fun and gameplay, making Armageddon well worth playing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate takes a previously released title back to the gym, worked out some known kinks in its system, adds in some new flavors of game play, pushes the total roster to 29 fighters, takes the best parts from the PS Vita version, and repackages it in a way that should draw in new fans, all the while pleasing long time fans of the series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun, albeit bite-sized, adventure with some beautiful animation work that seeks to re-explore how point-and-click adventures are handled on consoles, but its short length doesn’t leave any room to explore some of the more interesting plot points. As an initial foray for Pewter Games, it makes me excited to see what they’ll follow it up with. I don’t fault The Little Acre as a bad game, but rather as something that comes up short and fails to explore its full potential.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s easy to recommend Q*Bert: Rebooted to both returning fans and new ones alike. The PlayStation release allows for choice of play either in its classic mode or the more modern version for those who want something a little easier on the eyes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The only real downside are the controls and combat system, which feel dated. This is the very best collection available for Tomb Raider fans, or for anyone who wants to learn about Lara Croft and the series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For what you would spend on one measly map pack in another game you could pick up an entirely new arcade style FPS, with a full campaign and robust multiplayer mode which, simply put, is a fantastic deal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fuse is a standard cooperative third person shooter developed by a top tier developer, but it is not a life altering experience or a game that will stand the test of time for years to come.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the content is very short, it is also a very enjoyable experience overall. The game itself does a great job of telling Leliana's backstory, featuring fully voiced cutscenes throughout Leliana's Song.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A pleasant little surprise. Its twin-stick controls work great on the handheld, there’s no forced touchscreen use, its art style and music work well and its core gameplay is solid for a while. Flame Over isn’t perfect. It is, however, fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a decent amount of fun to be found for fans of twin-stick shooters, but considering the game is currently free on Android and iOS, I feel that Tiny Troopers should have been enhanced further for our HD consoles. If you enjoy humor and pint-sized heroes, grab this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The offline mode can get tiresome, but the online modes are enough to keep arcade gamers busy for some time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The campaign and Zombies are definitely worth playing, but the multiplayer is as likely to leave people feeling frustrated as it is to see a fair and fun match, especially with so many other shooter options that have upped the ante out there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is anything but hollow. There is an almost unbelievable amount of story content, with side stories piled high on top of that.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While StarDrone is enjoyable at first, it quickly becomes repetitive and tedious. Level design seems to actively encourage gamers to replay levels to unlock high scores, but the linear puzzle elements and simple levels make replaying levels unappealing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It sets itself apart with its story and environment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of those games that you will enjoy playing but will leave you wanting just a bit more from the developer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite some of the sound issues, Crazy Taxi still looks great, plays great, and is sure to get everyone from the hardcore to the casual involved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Grab your sword, prepare to enjoy that character creation menu, and get ready to spend as much time in the hospital as in a 3D dungeon labyrinth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even on the easy setting, the game is very unforgiving and style and technique trump power and speed. This is a fairly true simulator that should end up trackside in a fancy setup with a rumble seat and steering wheel. Driving with a controller is very touchy and a decent wheel would be the choice way to play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Freekscape: Escape from Hell is a good example of the entertainment and value a PlayStation Minis title should contain, or indeed any PlayStation Network title. Although the graphics may be lackluster, this shouldn’t detract from the experience that Freekscape: Escape from Hell delivers – and shouldn’t be missed by any PlayStation owner.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The final dagger that prevents Lords of the Fallen from achieving greatness is its completely throwaway plot, and to a lesser extent, a nasty case of uninspired world design.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MX vs. ATV Alive takes what was new about Reflex and tweaks it subtly, though the lack of a traditional career mode ends up hurting the game more than helping it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kojima released this to tease and whet the appetites of the Metal Gear fans that were begging for more. If you fall into that camp, then you have probably already have your mind made up. For anyone who has never played a Metal Gear game however, I can’t recommend that this be your first foray down the nanomachine-filled rabbit hole.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite Kismet’s very blatant “one trick pony” nature, the one thing that still weighs heavily in its favor are the outstanding production values. While other PSVR releases seem to lose sight of the fact that VR offers up a whole new set of presentation options, Kismet embraces the capabilities of the new hardware.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite having this replayability, the two-hour length makes Datura a hard sell at $9.99. Still, I do recommend trying this unusual, unique psychological experience, if only to see what it's all about and to try and figure out what I means to you-even if it is accompanied by overly frustrating, cumbersome controls.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's still the best baseball series on the market, and lack of innovation isn't going to take that away anytime soon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it may lack in depth, Prototype 2 makes up for in solid open-world action and fun. It's highly recommended to anyone who feels that open-world games have offered too many constraints and would just like to engage in some havoc. However, the game's lack of variety and repetitive mission structure may not offer other gamers the experience that they're looking for, especially when compared to other games in the genre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s more melancholy than anything else—sad at times, joyfully freeing for the franchise at others.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game plays well, but at the same time the controls are nothing to write home about. Despite Kutaro’s tricks, the gameplay is relatively simple.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it is frustrating on many occasions and let downs such as commentary may detract from the overall experience, it still can't take away the fact that the game has received much-needed improvements, a slew of exciting additions such as the addictive Master League Online, and some top-notch visuals.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game didn't do enough in my eyes to improve on what made the first game so great.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Freedom Wars is not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination. Its flaws are obvious, constantly present and, in the case of the storyline, disheartening. However, the gameplay itself is good enough to lift its quality above average.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately though, this is still the same critically scorned game from 2007, just with a couple of added features.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Xenoraid is a unique spin on the space shooter genre that offers its own brand of challenge for seasoned players. The short missions are perfect for handheld gameplay, as well, making it easy to pick up and play whenever you have a spare few minutes. Space shooter fans looking for something new that isn’t a dual stick shooter should be fairly pleased with what Xenoraid has to offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fast-paced, non-stop downloadable title, that makes sure to leave everything it has on the table. Fantastic environments, explosions, and weapons make for an experience that is fun to play solo but better with friends. However, the game is around 3-4 hours to complete and the online is the same maps from the single player that can become way too easy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anomaly 2 builds off the first Anomaly with some fresh, new ideas, and is an intelligent, strategic game with plenty of replayability value. It is not perfect by any means, but for the price ($14.99), it is a pretty fun game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of lengthy time spent dungeon crawling and customizing your party, then this will feel right at home, with over 40 hours easily of gameplay to be had. People who aren’t fans of the genre though, won’t find anything new to change their minds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Catherine is a great narrative with a unique blend of puzzle and simulation. It's a shame that the simulation sections didn't play a larger role in the experience, as they feel like the reward for completing the repetitive and frustrating puzzle sequences that make up the bulk of gameplay.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The humor is why I stayed up late playing, and it’s that humor that prods me to recommend this title to Vita owners. Even if you don’t like toilet humor, which did get rather old about halfway through, there is an option to cut it down or remove it entirely. It’s still just as funny without it. The important thing to remember about this Big Cynical Adventure is to not expect a deep story throughout. It’s about as deep as a toilet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game will do a good job of keeping your heart rate up throughout the huge amount of exercises that it offers, all while you are having fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    God Eater 2: Rage Burst proves that without a shadow of a doubt, the series deserves a home on the console. The great depth, compelling combat and interesting enemies provide an fantastic counterpoint to the Monster Hunter brand, while also providing an exciting new sandbox for players to explore. Unfortunately, there are plenty of shortcoming associated with mediocre port work that prevent this iteration from fulfilling its full potential.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a gem to be found in this game, but boy is it tucked in deep.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The platforming is solid, even if other parts of the game lacking, and it accomplishes everything that it sets out to do.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A decent game that should find a home with people wanting a solid JRPG. A couple of nagging flaws keep this game from fully reaching its potential, but even with those, there is still plenty to enjoy here. A serviceable story provides good balance between humor and drama but is killed at times by awkward dirty jokes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a relatively underappreciated game from the previous generation, Darksiders II deserved a bit more in its revival to prove its worth on the PS4.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite how much Ezio Auditore da Firenze is showing his age, you can’t help but enjoy yourself as you stab your way through countless Templars. That said, it’s only fun if you already played and enjoyed the games the first time. I can’t imagine taking such a large backwards step in gameplay evolution for those who have only played Black Flag or Syndicate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Regardless of these minor draw backs, Explodemon! is a fun game, and does a good job of bringing back retro game elements that are rarely seen in new titles any more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s brutish welcome is certain to dissuade many newcomers with unrelenting AI and unnecessarily obscure move lists, but those that make it past the opening trials will be rewarded with one of the most unique and charming 2D fighters in a long time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When the PlayStation Move tracking doesn’t get in the way, Wayward Sky is a delightful game. Getting to take a peek at the fantastic world that Uber Entertainment has created was fascinating, and they tell a charming story that deals with neglect, death and family. It’s not challenging or overly interesting mechanically, but this fresh take on the adventure genre is worth checking out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Creating new weapons can mix things up, and choosing item and skills loadouts on characters provides for some variety on the battlefield. However, after a dozen or so battles, the game’s lack of real strategic depth can be seen. Coupled with some less-than-stellar presentation, and disappointing ally AI, and Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers feels like a good idea that wasn’t executed to its fullest potential.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not quite a must have game, but it perfectly encompasses the VR experience in a concise and accessible package. As much as I want to play it again and again, I also find no real desire to play it at all, a bizarre schism that perfectly echoes the disparity of the simple complexity present in SuperHyperCube.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls still carries over some of the faults from past games, but it makes meaningful changes that really help improve the formula. It’s a refreshing step forward in a series that seemed to be treading ground. It’s a formidable RPG, and fans of the franchises crossing over should definitely check it out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dexed is worth getting some time with for the unique ideas it provides, but don’t expect to spend a ton of time in Ninja Theory’s VR world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ever the more lighthearted tennis game than its competitors, the arcade feel of Virtua Tennis 4 is a welcome addition to the Vita lineup. It handles well, looks nice and has a style that lends itself very well to portability. Of tennis.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth isn’t a perfect video game interpretation of Bandai Namco’s long-running franchise, but it’s a huge step in the right direction for fans who have been waiting to see the series get on Pokémon’s level. The core gameplay is simple but addictive, making this a perfectly accessible jumping-on point for both casual and hardcore fans of RPGs and Digimon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In spite of Fallout: New Vegas being plagued with bugs, it still manages to take what is familiar and make it work. Sadly, I'm still not sure if putting in the hours is worth the effort just yet because of the random crashing that occurs, and that can really break your patience if you forgot to make that last important save file.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It would have been nice to see the team at EA Sports put a bit more time into refining the engine and bringing over a larger bulk of the game modes. It would have also been nice to see the touch screen controls used a bit better, and the back touch pad's sensitivity turned down.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game won't get you to the summer olympics, but it's a good first start toward a healthier lifestyle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The chaotic action really pops with sketchy cartoon visuals — I especially loved the visceral satisfaction of knocking my opponents into background objects and watching the debris fall. This isn’t as tight or polished as some of the other stuff out there (Naruto Shippuden’s latest installment comes to mind), but it’s well-worth a look if you’re a One Piece junkie or just a fighting game fan looking for a little anarchic fun.