PlayStation LifeStyle's Scores

  • Games
For 1,072 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 NHL 11
Lowest review score: 10 Prison Break: The Conspiracy
Score distribution:
1072 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Last of Us Remastered is just a perfect game made even more perfect.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between the marvellous story, perfect pacing, evolving/subtle soundtrack, challenging but not frustrating puzzles, and one of the absolute best ending sequences the likes of which may never be seen again, there is literally nothing to complain about this game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As near perfect as a game can get and should not be missed.
    • 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.
    • 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%.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 gamer in everyone will launch Skyrim in their PS3 and sit in awe at the masterpiece Bethesda Game Studios has created.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PlayStation 4 finally has its exclusive killer RPG.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With such a diverse and deep amount of content crammed onto the disc, along with the highly addictive gameplay, this is the fighter that no fighting game fan should be without. Get. It. Now.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only trouble with Borderlands 2, on a critical level, is that it feels less like a true sequel than a Borderlands 1.5, a redux of the original title that lacks in completely new ideas but still clearly has all-around improvements.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I just wish there was a more elegant solution for touch-screen gameplay that simply doesn’t translate to platforms other than Wii U, where Legends was conceptualized and built first.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is a magical recipe of pain and frustration that seeks to make you a better player by the end, simply breaking you down step by step, until you feel like you have personally leveled up more than your digital avatar, and that is something not a lot of games can do.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best version of Diablo III, possibly anywhere. Sure, it may look better on PCs with high-end graphics cards, but you can’t beat the control scheme and accessibility of the console version.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I dreaded the day that boat began to pull away from the island. I decided my friends could wait. I was still having too much fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the new defensive control scheme is certainly a bold move, it is a double-edged sword that may alienate veteran players at first. It does grow on you over time, but prepare to set aside some time to learn the new system.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between the tight platforming, nostalgia-inducing graphics, and pitch-perfect sound design, old-school gamers need look no further for their fix.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Does an admirable job at upgrading the leading baseball simulator. The new analog control scheme feels natural for hitting, pitching and fielding, while the announcers have a more lifelike flow to their conversations. It seems that only some stiff Road To The Show fielding as well as unreliable online are the only blemishes on an otherwise faultless package.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The true vision of the creators has seemingly been realized, in glorious 1080p high definition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most every major unresolved plot point is given a conclusion in The Vault of the Traveler.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LIMBO is stunning.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With no real competition in the NBA video game arena, 2K Sports could have phoned this one in and still dribbled away with a boat load of cash. Instead, they took a well designed NBA 2K12 and polished it up, threw in a few more needed additions, added some bells and whistles, and finished what could possibly be the Sports Game of the Year.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's also a concept that is incredibly well executed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark Souls III is another punishingly hard game in an era of hand-holding that masochists will appreciate. While enemy AI is laughably dumb, those same enemies can take you down in no time flat. This is a game that forces you to learn its intricacies and quirks, and use them all to your advantage. Sporting a wonderful environment full of color, suffering, death, and a small amount of hope, fans can expect to sink several dozen, if not hundreds, of hours into the game, if they haven’t already.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Criterion Games has done with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is develop the best entry in the series in the last 5 years of release.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is really the pinnacle of a customizable shooter. Every level has multiple paths that you can take, each tailored to a specific play style. Combat is tough, and every battle is won, not through sheer reaction time, but rather through cunning tactical moves.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    L.A. Noire combines the best of action games, the best of adventure games, the best of cinema, and the best facial animation in video games to create an experience unlike any other.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a game that simply needs to be experienced.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The transition into HD isn't as good as it could have been, but you're still getting three of the best games in the series - of all-time even - on one disc for one low price. If that doesn't make an exclamation point appear above your head, I don't know what will.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is more of the same that you've been wanting over the last two and a half years. Despite its few flaws, it's still an experience that no one should miss. The core gameplay is as solid as ever and, despite a few hiccups and plot holes, the story is still incredibly engaging.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal Gear fans should rejoice, as this game could easily become your new favorite MG game if you're not paying attention, because even though it has a few flaws, the game is so good that you'll easily over look them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, whereas NBA 2K10 was a moderate update in the series, 2K11 has made a heaping lot of improvements across the board to achieve a much better overall gameplay experience. The presentation is loud, full of energy, extremely realistic, and hardly ever falters.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Vita version of Spelunky turned out brilliantly and is probably the best port of the game you could pick up, especially if you plan on taking the game out on the road with friends.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the different characters, morbid and disturbing story, and intense, action-packed gameplay, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is definitely a game all PS4 and PS Vita owners should have.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is stunning, and the Caribbean makes for a gorgeous setting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the core gameplay isn’t perfect, the scale and grand design of the title prove to be a huge success.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's that type of nonsensical fun throughout that makes Rayman Origins one hell of a good time. But it's the visuals and crisp gameplay controls over Rayman's platforming that make the game really stand out among other platformer titles. Rayman certainly gives Mario a run for his coins.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, playing Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition on consoles is a fantastic experience. It may not be the best way to play, as PC still reigns supreme, but it’s a fantastic version of an already great game. If you’re willing to roll the die, and have luck decide your fate, then you’ll have a blast playing through Larian Studios’ update of Divinity: Original Sin.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is an outstanding remaster of a game many JRPG fans missed on PS2. Perhaps its most striking feature is the refreshing availability of information that comes with its fantastic interface, from easy-to-read maps to detailed descriptions of each item that comes your way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With comparison with other DLC in the same price range, it's very difficult to find a better package, and definitely a worthwhile addition to the BFBC2 roster.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 3 might be "more of the same", but that is not entirely a bad thing as it is a copy of a great game. The MW3 team has delivered a satisfying conclusion to the story introduced with the first Modern Warfare game, brought some great additions to the game's popular multiplayer and co-op modes – but the lack of innovation or real change means that the game is the least enjoyable game in the trilogy.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The changes to the game's offensive movement and realistic ball control provide a great balance to the already strong precision defending. If you are a fan of soccer or looking to become one, there is no better place to start than with FIFA 13.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Talos Principle may be one of the best puzzle games of the year. Sure, it starts out pretty slowly, the first dozen or so of the game’s 120+ puzzles are laughably easy, and the controls may be a little awkward, but these are minor flaws in the bigger scheme of things. There’s an entertaining and thoughtful story about not just humanity, but what it means to be alive.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a brilliant, beautiful, masterfully crafted work, and the more you discover, the more apparent it is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This newest addition is easily a must buy for anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption. There is tons of fun to be had if you're just "dying" to purge the world of evil or if you're looking to get the best bang for your buck.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not groundbreaking on a technical level, the game's visuals are the best we've seen from this studio. Every locale feels authentic and lived in, making the experience, although incredibly linear, still feel organic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you go into Heavy Rain with an open mind and the understanding that this isn’t your average video game, you will reap the reward of playing one of the most memorable video games of this console generation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thing to remember is that this will be Rocksteady Studios’ last entry into the Batman Arkham universe, so if you have been playing the previous entries in the series, and enjoyed them, this is going to be a no-brainer, just go get it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both on its own and as a piece of the cumulative ZE puzzle, this easily has the best narrative I’ve seen in a game so far this year and should go down as one of the all-time greatest stories told through the medium.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It sets the character up for an amazing sequel and improved multiplayer on next-gen platforms. There’s a whole lot of island to cover and tons of killer action on the way. Set-pieces are astounding and really push the player forward with intense visuals.
    • 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
    The beginner mode is perhaps the smartest move made and should invite plenty of new fans to the game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to the smooth, physical gameplay, the amazing animations, and the various and strategic game modes, PES 16 is easily the best title in the franchise. To go one step further – PES 16 is likely one of the best sport games out today.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the game's only con to be the music and a silly tune that plays too often, that's really saying something. Everything else, is nearly flawless.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gold standard for baseball games and sports games alike.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you haven’t played the original or you were stopped a bit short the first time around, Scholar of the First Sin is the perfect excuse to come back and try your hand at the experience again. The new additions and visual upgrades make this the best version to play the game on.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While there are certainly some stumbling points, NBA 2K16 is another great entry in 2K’s series. Livin’ Da Dream may feature more cutscenes than Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but it’s an interesting way to present a career mode.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Take everything great from the PS3 release, add characters, levels, and features that were introduced in Joe Danger 2, and you have a game that holds up great even four years after its original release.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a bit rough around the edges in some areas and could do with a dab of polish. Regardless of these small faults, the stories told and discovered are fascinating and the Commonwealth is immensely interesting to explore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero 2 really is a party in a box, and one of the best the music/rythym genre has to offer.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    They did a great job at smoothly connecting the gameplay parts of the game to the story parts so it doesn’t seem forced or unrealistic. Velocity 2X is a game that, once you play a bit, guides you into a sort of rhythm. Much like music games, it’s a very seductive effect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At a price of only $5.99, Soldner-X 2: The Last Chapter is hands down one of the best DLC offerings on the PSN, and is easily worth the price of admission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Chains of Olympus is equivalent to the first God of War game, then Ghost of Sparta is God of War II. Bigger, badder, and beefier in every way than its predecessor, this is a true God of War experience down to the very core, and you can take it anywhere you wish.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s training tools raise the bar at which other fighters are measured to, and it’s a real triumph in that regard. Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer, there’s a lot to learn here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new full contact physics engine, improved AI, and Dynamic Goalies will give players a more complete NHL experience, and one that can be enjoyed finally with the computer, though the computer AI is still not where it could be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is easily one of the best downloadable fighting games off of the store, so pick it up if you have never gotten the chance to try it out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite containing and combining elements from a number of different games, Joe Danger feels completely unique. This game will keep you coming back for more as you attempt to boost your score with insane combos.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Visually, the game looks stellar on the PlayStation 3, with enemies and effects all popping extremely brightly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not a deep game by any stretch of the imagination, but if you're looking for some classic platforming fun, with an out-of-this-world twist and dirt cheap price tag, then Mutant Blobs Attack hits the sweet spot.
    • 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.