Playstation Official Magazine Australia's Scores

  • Games
For 920 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Spelunky
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 920
920 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the skim readers out there; there are two ninja launch titles for Vita. This one cuts the other one a new butt crack. [April 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heavily recycled from the PS3 version, but still one of the most rewarding 2D fighters around. [April 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    True evil never dies. It gets a decent facelift. [May 2012, p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This third game in the Ninja Storm series is going to feel like a small step backwards from the previous title for longtime fans. Conversely for newcomers it's perhaps the easiest game ever to get into despite the manic on-screen action – if you have a sense of timing. [May 2012, p77]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offline, it's a slightly better game than last year. To make it a substantially better sequel you must be willing to be perma-connected to the PSN. That's all fine-and-on-the-fairway for hooked-up Aussie gamers, but it's a sizeable sand trap for the many who aren't. [May 2012, p78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a hell of a slog to win a match and characters are fairly underpowered at the start. It is tactically deep and responsive, but make sure you have mates to play with. [May 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wrecked is the remake of the PS2 game Mashed. To anybody possessing gaming experience and at least three friends, that opening sentence was the end of the review - the verdict received: must-buy. [May 2012, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've been looking for an excuse to dust off your Move controller, this is it. [June 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Codemasters have made this look the goods from the glossy cars to the vibrant environments, the edge-of-your-seat events are few and far between, and the carnage is limited due to a small field of competitors. You'll either feel indifferent to its attitude or loathe it outright, and your gut reaction will tip you either way. We, and we suppose many others, will be curious to see how this sideshow influences DiRT 4. [July 2012, p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a single-player thing, Sorcery is just okay. You run, you stick your shimmering shield up if things get hairy, you wave spells at shambling horrors, and a lot of the time our boy Finn does something completely mental because the control scheme is a very delicate thing indeedily. It's simple but frenetic, with some surprisingly nutty moments and even nuttier boss battles. [July 2012, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Think: a cheaper, slightly nastier version of 2008's Pure, and you're not too far off the track. [July 2012, p83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its age, VF5 is still as solid as a palmfist to the midsection from a karateka. This is fast, technical and bereft of 'super technique bollocks' seen in other fighters. If you've never ventured beyond DOA or Tekken try this. [July 2012, p83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where Spec Ops succeeds – just – is with its themes of the end justifying the means, the ravages of war on a man's psyche and its portrayal of extreme violence. This is simultaneously its downfall as the team haven't quite nailed the execution until the final moments, where the full extent of what's happened over the last eight or so hours dawns on the protagonists. We wish Yager had teased and fleshed out the concepts sooner than leaving it to the beguiling endings; we doubt many players will bother reaching the credits. A year and half ago we might have been more impressed with The Line, but its poor presentation and boring shootouts completely let it down. [August 2012, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arkham City is arguably the best superhero game ever made, so it makes sense that Beenox would look to it for inspiration. And while The Amazing Spider-Man seldom succeeds entirely in emulating the accomplishments of its illustrious antecedent, it makes a pretty decent fist of it, for the most part. [August 2012, p72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With rewarding physics and plenty of content, our main complaint is the tech used to render the game. To be blunt, it looks damn average. Racers are known for pushing the PS3 to its graphical limits, but SBK looks like it's running on two cylinders. While the frame rate and anti-aliasing is tight, the tracks are utterly devoid of detail. The world also appears to be lit by fluorescent tubes, giving it a stark, artificial feel. [August 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The robust character progression is your first clue that Disney isn't dumbing down the formula, the second arrives with the puzzle sections. Some of them are fairly taxing, as they require a lot of doo-dad flicking and switching between the three 'solver' bears at your disposal. Kids may get annoyed. [September 2012, p72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Persevere past the tail-happy nightmares from Ferrari's silver age and there's a wealth of content here to play with. To the average gamer, looking for something to tide them over until DiRT 4 arrives, this will be seen as a barebones experience that only gives up the goods after a very long courtship period. This is more geared towards the people who remember Richard [Ball Busting] Burns' Rally on the PS2, or the diehards who will do anything to have a sado-masochistic relationship with all things Ferrari. [October 2012, p75]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an ethereal, Limboesque puzzler that will challenge your intellect, this isn't it. What's required of you is always obvious, thanks to a predictable mish-mash of platforming and box puzzles. [October 2012, p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it feels a bit old fashioned with a lot of story to get through, Tales of Graces f is a decent translation. If you've shied away from JRPGs in the past this is as good a point of re-entry as any. [October 2012, p78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its inventiveness means there's a lot to like, and the price is definitely right. [October 2012, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    DOA 5 is a slick, beautiful mash of fighting polish and icky sleaze. There's a mountain of fun to be had with its characters, combos, and counter system, but it often degenerates into a confusing high-speed mess. [November 2012, p71]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Taking your hands off the traditional controls to manipulate a touchscreen wider than the Nullabor isn't fun. And yet a lot of puzzles in LBP, timed and otherwise, revolve around doing exactly that. You're forever tapping blue blocks to create solid ground, or you're dragging them to solve environmental puzzles. At best, it's disruptive to classic platforming, at worst it'll be the bane of any no-deaths run. [November 2012, p78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yeah, the puzzles are moderately difficult, and (we think) the levels are linear, but there's simply no denying childlike wonder Unfinished Swan engenders, nor the indelible mark it leaves upon your heart. [December 2012, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gone are the wide beams and lovely safety fences around the edges of levels that we'd grown used to. They're replaced with a brand of fiendishness that'll have you tearing your hair out, punching objects and hurling your Vita across the room. Only to pick it up and have another, begrudging, go. [December 2012, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Being Sherlock Holmes is a welcome of pace. He's no Downey Jr., but this videogame version is still an amoral prick who 's totally down with poisoning plebs, breaking and entering, prodding corpses, and threatening some of the ugliest children ever rendered digitally. Aside from explosions, QTEs and loot, more could you want from a game? [December 2012, p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great design and syrupy animation. Busy without being chaotic, and humourous too. [December 2012, p81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The multiple inescapable tutorials that open Worms Revolution's campaign are an ill portent: for series veterans they're insulting, and the new mechanics introduced don't seem like anything special. It's not until you've played a few games and dipped into the campaign proper that the merits of Revolution become clear. [December 2012, p82]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you have an existing library of Rock Band tracks you'll dig this. [December 2012, p83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Battle Royale is an otherwise tightly designed and technically accomplished fighting game. Consulting our crystal balls – not a euphemism – we see it acquiring a small but dedicated following on the tournament scene. It'll never be as big as Street Fighter or Tekken, but it'll always be present on the periphery. [Christmas 2012, p.70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though neither of these games can eclipse the love and attention lavished upon other Kojima projects, they're still decent examples of their genre. [Christmas 2012, p.74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia