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 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 920
920 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This year isn’t over yet – let alone the generation – so it’d be foolish and premature for us to throw acronyms like ‘GOTY’ or ‘GOTG’ at you just yet. Even still, we simply cannot see anything out on that horizon which looks like it’s up to the task of toppling this titan – and we don’t say such things lightly. Acquire this game at all costs. Thieve it in a heist if you have to. [November 2013, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA V on PS4 does exactly what gamers everywhere have begged for since the PS3 iteration broke the industry. It provides you with an unprecedented level of freedom, then makes your eyes weep at how pretty it looks when you make the most of it . If you haven’t been introduced to Michael, Trevor and Franklin, then frankly we don’t know what on earth you were doing last year, but now is the perfect time to jump on board. It makes one of the medium’s best games even better. [January 2015, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The spectacular combination of generation-defining visuals, high adventure and cinematic intensity makes Uncharted 2 absolutely essential. There aren't any reasons not to own this game. [Nov 2009, p.64]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Just so there's no confusion, let's state it plain: Batman: Arkham City is not only the best superhero game ever made, it's one of the best games ever made full-stop. Batman: Arkham City takes the already superlative original and gloriously expands on it. It's a deeper game, more complex, more inventive, more mature. In our view it brings the caped crusader's world to life better than any comic, movie, or television show before it ... To say it one last time: this is what it means to be Batman. And when it comes down to it, who the hell doesn't want to be Batman? [Nov 2011, p.62]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I think the fact that you can go to sleep dreaming of a game, thinking of not just gaming but creation, breeds new life into an industry that is already known for its creativity. [Christmas 2008, p.62]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’re for the West, you will latch onto Redemption like an ornery rattlesnake. If the old West is of no particular interest to you, you still ought to find it difficult not to appreciate the incredible level of workmanship and depth on display here. It is a true opus. [July 2010 p.69]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a game, The Last of Us will occasionally falter. Imperfect underwater mechanics and careless friendly AI that insists on blocking your path or causing unnecessary firefights can irk, but they are very minor niggles and should be treated as such. Because as an experience, The Last of Us is powerful, emotionally draining and absolutely one of the finest games of this generation. [August 2013, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the most part, the mind-blowing experience you remember with true new-gen visuals. No PS4 library is complete without this. [October 2014, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That Valve has been able to imbue so much depth to what is, at its heart, a sophisticated puzzle game proves once again it's not the genre that counts. It's the talent. Combine it with a superb physics-based game mechanic and you've got an experience that defies easy categorisation and can be recommended without reservation. [June 2011 p.67]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Infinite will linger in your memory for a long time after the credits have rolled. Irrational Games, through its own turmoil of lead staff departing, a multiplayer mode that started late in the piece only to be canned (a wise move) have proved that excellence takes time. This is a genre-defining game, and it deserves to be played by anyone who’s ready for a brilliant story, engaging gun-play and a real challenge. [May 2013, p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "History is written by the victors" says one character. Infinity Ward has just written history. Modern Warfare 2 is fast paced, deep, flexible and utterly, totally belongs in your console. [Christmas 2009, p.64]
    • 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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, ME2 isn't perhaps the most technical RPG ever created, but it's easily one of the slickest, bearing the unmistakable master craftsmanship of RPG luminaries, BioWare. Not only is this supersized Sony edition of ME2 outstanding value for money – it also represents a sound long-term investment. If the Mass Effect 3 reveals are anything to go by, the conclusion of this saga will be similarly unmissable and the galactic apocalypse will be decided in our own backyard: Earth. [March 2011, p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A tight-fisted gut blow of wow! Must own. [Mar 2009, p.70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re an absolute newcomer to this series, this is must-buy material as it’s the best value PS3 bundle since the Orange Box. Each title has been lovingly remastered and every entry included pushed the boundaries back in the day to be the best titles of their release year, if not their entire generation. No serious PlayStation gamer should be without these. [September 2013, p78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Persona 4 Golden is a Tardis of a game. Initially, it seems cute and friendly and it hooks you with its murder mystery and time management focus. Once you get inside, it opens up exponentially, awing you with its scope. [March 2013, p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Braid deserves success for being bold, original, and brilliant. Get it as soon as you can. [Jan 2010, p.83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 is an amazing experience in and of itself. It's also the perfect capstone to a true AAA franchise, offering a poignant conclusion that'll stick long after the credits have rolled. You're standing on the precipice of one of the best games Earth money can buy. [April 2012, p.60]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game earns our highest accolade because it is a thoroughly entertaining ride from go to death throe. It finds a perfect balance between taxing platforming, cerebral puzzles, and glorious set-piece battles that loosen the bowel when you realise they're in-game graphics. Top that off with masterful camera work – that makes us totally rethink our hatred of fixed-camera action games – and you have a sequel that easily eclipses anything out there and reclaims it's rightful place at the pinnacle of its genre. [April 2010, p.61]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The characterisations by the actors is second to none and even though this tall-tale takes you to fantastical places and events, the script is never once unbelievable. You never feel like an outsider. If anything, you'll feel right at home, ensconced in the constant drama of this loveable cast of returning reprobates and reprehensible villains. [Dec 2011, p60]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Amazing value for the money. This isn't so much SF5 as it is "Street Fighter 4.9". [May 2010, p.76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even under duress, it's easy to lose yourself in this strange, enchanting world. Sadly, it's all too brief. We felt we'd barely scratched the surface when the credits rolled. Sure, there was a suitably enigmatic ending, but we wanted more. Much more. [April 2012, p69]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Championship Edition DX is superbly balanced. It rewards skilled players with a great challenge and extremely frantic gameplay, while those that initially struggle won't feel unfairly punished when the game speed knocks itself down every time Paccers dies. You will crave to beat your highscore on the litany of tables, and every time you complete a round something new opens up. [February 2011 p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best music game currently available. [Feb 2010, p.72]
    • 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
    As a standalone game it's the best music game available, even though it arguably has the weaker soundtrack compared to Rock Band and Rock Band 2. But it feels a little hollow as a standalone game; it needs you to build a massive library to fully exploit it. [January 2011 p76]
    • 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In short, this sequel is a worthy heir. If Assassin’s Creed II was a cart full of hay, and the process of buying it represented an epic leap of faith from a tower, we would have no hesitation in telling you to dive right in. Hell, we’d push your arse into it. [Christmas 2009, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 is smarter, sharper, bigger and funnier than the game it supersedes. Everything that made the 2009 title so memorable has been improved upon, designed for you to sink your life into. These coming months are going to be packed with excellent titles, but Borderlands 2 has enough potential and sheer stuff to keep you going well into 2013. You need this. [November 2012, p62]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Collection is a title that you ought to play even if you played God of War and II back in 2005 and 2007. You ought to play it so you can marvel at the technical achievement, and to see how the games have shaped so many of those that we play today. [June 2010 p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia