Playstation Official Magazine Australia's Scores

  • Games
For 1,075 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
1075 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a sizeable u-turn that deserves the moniker ‘major expansion’. It really does make the original Destiny release look like a beta, thanks to large framework tweaks and a king’s ransom of exciting new content. We’re quite taken by it. You will be too. [December 2015, p60]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MAG
    MAG won’t wow you with its graphics like MW2, nor does it offer any kind of offline component. Instead MAG delivers online battles that feel epic and the outcomes actually affect your PMC. [Apr. 2010, p.72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hardcore lovers of the sport will relish the challenge, enjoy every throttling by the AI, and take their skills online. But there'll only be so many times basketball punters will endure this level of difficulty without reverting to Tourette-like hysterics. So yes, it's complex. And yes, the experience oscillates between sublime and diabolical between each game, but basketball is a complex sport. With such unparalleled presentation and unapologetic gameplay, this is likely the best basketball game ever. [December 2010 p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Media Molecule, more than any other dev, makes games that fit snugly into its platforms, and here it’s maximised nearly every feature PS4 has to offer. [December 2015, p66]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It truly is a must-have package. A thoroughly entertaining and pivotal part of the Speed franchise and the racing landscape in general, we want more like this. [Nov 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So it’s official, last year’s game wasn’t a fluke. PES really is back to where it belongs: at the top of the league. [December 2015, p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you were soured towards the franchise thanks to Just Cause’s variety of glitches, repetition and a half-baked control scheme; you should totally give this franchise a second chance. Not only has Avalanche solved these problems, it has crafted one of the most exciting and entertaining open-world romps we’ve experienced in years. Plus; stripper zeppelin. [May 2010 p.67]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A worthy sequel to a true PSP classic. [May 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impenetrable for twitch gamers, essential for patience imbued fantasy fans. [Jan 2010, p.72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LIS has built a series of pivotal plot-forks based on seemingly innocuous actions, but the isolated nature of this heartbreaking scene makes me fear it’ll be forgotten when the series draws to a close. [November 2015, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like Game Of Thrones has finally got going in this, the penultimate instalment. [November 2015, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A best-in-class puzzler that in no way caters to the lowest common denominator. Punishingly difficult. Extremely rewarding. [April 2016, p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly the best extreme sports game ever. [Feb 2009, p.72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amazing value for newbies and borderline amazing to look at for veterans, this has a little something for everybody. [May 2015, p82]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Inclusive, streamlined, faster than ever, and looks radiant on Unreal Engine 4. Street Fighter V has no challengers. [April 2016, p72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killzone 3 stands as a fantastic entry to the series and an engrossing action romp for any fan of the first-person shooter genre. All of the things we loved about Killzone 2 have made a return and have been built upon. However, with some minor issues across the board and a campaign length that's a little too Modern Warfare 2 for our liking, Killzone 3 is held back from the dizzying heights of perfection. [March 2011, p64]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lush, beautifully rendered graphics with amazing particle physics. You'll not see a demonic custard tart explode more realistically... LBP2 is already a contender for game of the year. [March 2011, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Football fans who go to sleep with their laces on and foam at the mouth at the prospect of creating a virtual team ... should tattoo this title’s release on their hand and sell their copy of FIFA 09 to the blind kid around the block. [Nov 2009, p.74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks a treat, plays a treat and you can beat the crap out of Anthony Mundine, and unless Kyle Sandilands or Uwe Boll decide to lace up their gloves, it just doesn’t get much better than that. [Aug 2009, p.66]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Well worth the price of admission to earn yourself a seat. But you'll only really need the edge of it. [Mar 2011, p77]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Tekken draftees are the new Street Fighter characters you don't want to go home. Apart from integrating them visually into Ryu and co's saturated universe, each has had their exhaustive move set refocused to align with Capcom's different play style. It doesn't just work, it's brilliant. [May 2012, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't make the mistake of viewing Crysis 2 as a new shooter on the block that has to desperately prove itself to all the established PS3 heavy-hitters. In many ways it's actually the other way around. [May 2011, p.69]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another surprisingly good game feature is the story. Objectives and allegiances chop and change, and the radio chatter drips with comic book melodrama. [July 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a generation weaned on Rocky movies Fight Night Champion is the ultimate boxing experience. It sounds like a throwaway sentence, really. A platitude you toss at an otherwise good game to get the hard work out of the way. It's completely true though... What's particularly clever about Champion Mode is the way it pulls strings in the background to heighten the tension. During the fights throughout the story you might find yourself nursing a broken hand, or suddenly at the mercy of a bent referee or a desk full of bribed judges. Champion Mode will uppercut you with surprises like these, ones that require you to adjust the way you're fighting, across its duration. Champion Mode is bold, different and we absolutely want more of it. [May 2011 p.70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's official: Gran Turismo 5 is on notice. Like V8 Supercars 3 [Pro Race Driver 3] wooed us from GT4 back in the halcyon days of PS2, SHIFT 2 Unleashed is currently busy courting us with its incredible sense of speed, well-rounded garage, long list of tracks and impressive attention to detail... Forget what you think you know about where Need for Speed games stand in the racing sim landscape because the crew at Slightly Mad Studios has just taken a bulldozer to it. [May 2011 p.72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 was a truly outstanding game. Far Cry 4 is even better. It introduces one of the most enjoyable open worlds on new- gen, looks gorgeous and features a protagonist we don’t want to bitch slap. Kryat may not be a vacationer’s dream, but it does demand your attention. [January 2015, p62]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to GTAIV’s paint-by-numbers mission design, the average job in Chinatown Wars is more of a left-field, mayhem-filled shenanigan. This even extends to the wanted system; Huang doesn’t skulk away and hide from the heat like Nico – he prefers to utterly destroy pursuing cop cars in a crazy Blues Brothers-esque escape. [Christmas 2009, p.78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Charming and hard to stop playing. See for yourself what all the fuss is about. [April 2011, p.81]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throw in Dark Souls-like player invasions, and the best co-op this side of Diablo III, and Alienation is a loot-tastic, bughunt safari that should not be missed. [July 2016, p72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this game could be summarised with one image, it would be walking out of a bunker and seeing the city of San Francisco being torn apart by hundreds of Chimera ships - large and small. [Summer 2009, p.52]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia