Playstation Official Magazine Australia's Scores

  • Games
For 930 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 L.A. Noire
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 930
930 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Horribly frustrating to begin with, but more than worth it in the long run. [Christmas 2014, p78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end you have a sequel that improves upon its predecessor. It's a better game in terms of presentation and content, and if you didn't play the original then you're going to rip through this with a silly smile on your face. We're not sure that it's going to hold your attention though, and that's a shame as Heller's brutal adventures are amongst the best you'll have. [June 2012, p72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A title that needed another couple of months in the oven. [Christmas 2008, p.68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Being a Japanese attempt at Skyrim, Dragon's Dogma gets a bit overly ambitious in places. Exploration is not a case of 'if you see it, you can go there'. Firstly, because seeing the horizon is difficult; Dogma's graphics engine renders vistas with all the detail of a waterpainting. Secondly, you're held back by locked border towns, or high level enemy mobs, until you have some hours and major quests under your belt. Just as irking is the lack of authenticity to the towns and the NPCs within. You can ransack a house and sell the crap back to the homeowner (while happily stabbing them), or you can score XP by killing their pets. [June 2012, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Starts slow then builds into a time sink, and each victory feels like a monumental win. Tacticians and action fans finally have something in common to obsess over. [October 2013, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never before has a game so gruesomely represented the impact that 9.3 grams of lead travelling at almost one kilometre per second has on the human body. Thanks to this game's disturbing X-Ray Killcam, players are treated (subjected?) to a clinical view of each bullet passing through their target's vital organs whenever they pull off an especially good shot – and by 'good' we mean 'life-ending'. It's brutal, it's disturbing, and we're not quite sure how it got past Australia's over-eager censors. [June 2012, p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Absorbing, personable, and a lot cleverer than it initially lets on. The wildcard Tales series continues to impress. [October 2013, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond the addictive action, where RCR really shines is with its irreverent comedy and fan-service references. Expect to snort milk out of your nose when The Player randomly codecs a Solid Snake wannabe who responds in broken English. Even if you weren't gaming back then you'll get a grin when you're given a DeLorean and asked to run over 88 people to fill your Flax Combobulator. [December 2012, p75]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a wealth of new content here, and it’s all been given the love and care this beloved franchise deserves. Whether you’re a veteran, or somebody who doesn’t know the business end of a keyblade, give this a shot. [October 2013, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coupled with a stronger focus on the sound and feel of gunplay, gamers are granted the chance to pull off memorable robberies worthy of Ocean’s Eleven, with shoot-outs as intense as Three Kings, unfortunately minus the Clooney. [October 2013, p82]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The single player mode is quite challenging at any difficulty level as the momentum of any battle frequently shifts. There are some balancing issues (particularly on the easier difficulties), which may make going it alone less appealing. Versus and online, however, is where Skullgirls really shines and will keep you equally entertained and frustrated. [June 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, Sega's made some tweaks to its Sonic 4-mula that manage to both advance the platforming while bringing the 'feel' of things closer in line with the series' halycon days on the Mega Drive. [June 2012, p 81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far and away the best flight game we've played - a huge surprise and thoroughly recommended. [Oct 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stupidly charming visuals add to the sense of weight of your floating cloud god as he rains blasts of energy on the demons who are impeding your pilgrims' progress. Damn tricky, too. [June 2012, p 81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The formula's barely changed since Just Dance 3. Brightly coloured representations dance on screen, you follow with a Move controller in hand. Or you can do as we did towards the end and sit on the couch and wave it as convincingly and energetically as you can. This works just enough to keep the score counter ticking up, but you'll never hit the max number of stars or nail the new and tough sub challenges that way. These sub challenges ask you to achieve a certain rank in specific part of songs. We just want to let our aching arms recover. [December 2012, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a bunch of new modes from previous versions to challenge your timing and they're insanely addictive. It won't just be your gems that'll disappear, it'll be your life. Our (life-crippling) highlight is the Poker mode. [June 2012, p 81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Joe Danger 2 is tough, especially in the exclusive-to-PS3 bonus levels. Tough, but not unfair. You'll need to memorise the courses as you fling your vehicle through the air, and each of machines feels beautifully weighted and satisfying to control. [December 2012, p83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wild ride, and worth the price of admission, but you've been on this one before. [December 2010 p71]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would be foolish of us to pretend that Sine Mora is for everyone. The fact is most of us simply don't have the time or patience necessary to properly appreciate a game that demands so much from the player. But for those who do: buy it. Buy it now. [February 2013, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A polished collection that every Sony fan should have in their... collection. [September 2014, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nice one, Clever Beans – this is how you do "casual". [January 2013, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the formula hasn't exactly been built from the green ground piece up, Telltale has gone above and beyond our expectations. Take, for example, the fact that Middle-earth is one gigantic, seamless hub world that can be be trodden across (or fast traveled through) from one end to the other. [January 2013, p64]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The top seed of tennis games made even better. [July 2009, p.83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an interactive story it's one hell of a good piece of entertainment. Taking your first tentative steps into this seriously rich universe, planting the seeds for larger implications later in the series, and tangling with one of the best antagonists ever, Saren, is a trip well worth taking. There's a rich, colourful cast you'll want to meet for the first time (Urdnot Wrex in particular) and very poignant moments to be had (e.g. becoming a Spectre). These are watershed gaming moments that the ME2's 'introductory' comic book could never hope to encapsulate. [January 2013, p69]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the money you're laying down, Deathspank is like the glittering bags of swag it depicts. Highly-amusing and addictive as all hell. [September 2010 p78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And while 2K make up for this downgrade via added content, this isn't as extensive as we had hoped. [December 2008, p.64]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple without being simplistic, this is a gem. It requires a bit of patience though. [September 2010 p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although many stages are re-hashed from other games in the series, there’s enough here to tempt veterans back for more. Newcomers should not hesitate to jump in. [Nov 2009, p.71]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sad reality, though, is that most will probably dismiss LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes as just another block-based kids' game. Don't be one of those chumps, because it's a valiant shot at the stars, built upon a solid brick foundation, which should be applauded. Is it simple? Yes, but often devilishly so, and that doesn't stop it from simultaneously becoming one of the best superhero outings and the definitive LEGO game thus far. [August 2012, p77]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact is that having flawless portable versions of Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater (plus the two MSX originals) in a box is worth an exclamation point and a purchase if you're patrolling past it in your local games shop. [August 2012, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia

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