Playstation Official Magazine Australia's Scores

  • Games
For 873 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 LittleBigPlanet
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 873
873 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It probably could have been a bit longer. [Oct 2009, p.64]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you don’t have others to play with, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun, though, because have no doubt about it, Rayman Legends is one of the best platformers we’ve played in years. [October 2013, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A worthy sequel to one of the best RPGs ever made. Noobs and casual gamers, it’s time to level up. [April 2014, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly evergreen title that looks and handles noticeably better on your next-gen system. [February 2014, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than an update, this is an overhaul. If you have even a passing interest in basketball, or love sports games, get this now. [Dec 2011, p82]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the definitive version of Diablo III, both content wise and platform. [October 2014, p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliant in concept, truly great in execution despite a few stumbles. A must own title. [January 2013, p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While FIFA 12 is certainly solid, there's a big part of us that prefers FIFA 11. The tackling might have been brainless, but compared with the almost-there Tactical Defence it's almost the better devil. Last year's game might not have required the extra skill, but it was less frustrating. While FIFA 12 has fixed a lot of annoying bugs and introduced some great new features, at our next football gathering we'll still be kicking around with last year's champion. [November 2011 p72]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A flawed masterpice for the ages. [Summer 2009, p.76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fez
    Mind-bending and impossible to put down, Fez will have you thinking outside the box. [May 2014, p79]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is a more than a worthy addition to the series canon. The similar setting of renaissance Italy will trick folks into assuming this is a half-arsed expansion, but honestly, this feels like Assassin's Creed 2.99. Don't be fooled by Brotherhood's cunningly familiar disguise. Mark it as a fresh target, pounce and take it down. [January 2011 p66]
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 2008 original was dubbed 'the PlayStation's Zelda' and received wide critical acclaim. Despite that, Okami was criminally underplayed and its shallow sales triggered the collapse of a great developer. It'd be an absolute sin to see that history repeated here. So buy this classic. Wolf it down. [Christmas 2012, p.74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Controls have been upgraded to include a more intuitive feel, with the right stick now used for ball control as well as shooting. The old button controls are still applicable, it just depends if you want to keep up with the times, as well as how much flare you want to add to your floor game. [December 2012, p80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Any PlayStation gamer looking to broaden his horizons really ought to take a chance on this. If you're like us, and you figured 'turn-based' was longhand for 'boring', you'll be shocked when your 1000th (sissy) save reads: 40 hours played. [November 2012, p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    21st Century standards such as midlevel checkpoints and an inventory system that halts the action so you can equip yourself are eschewed in favour of, well, death. You can't even pause the game, so if you're in for this you're in it for the long haul, hours at a time. [August 2010 p76]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We suspect that last year's excellent Shift didn't make as much of an impact as EA anticipated. That semi-serious sim has given way to a positively Burnout inspired iteration that liberally takes the better bits of old NFS titles and makes this gorgeous fast paced treat. [January 2011 p70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, we have a deeply romantic view of FIFA 11. After our initial concerns it would be too sim-like, EA have rounded the edges and made a representation of the world game that rings true. Every soccer fan will be playing this for the next 12 months. Acquire on sight. [November 2010 p68]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the flaws this'll be on your mind well after the credits roll. The plot is engrossing enough to make any techno freak froth at the mouth with lust. Human Revolution is a truly authentic Deus Ex game, and a great gaming experience in its own right. [October 2011 p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a game world that makes you feel like a tourist, like anything and everything is worth looking at. If Team Bondi's Los Angeles was a skirt she'd be a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window... Combining slow-paced adventure gaming with well-executed open-world action was an audacious experiment. Infusing it with state-of-the-art animation tech that pits you in a game of wits against virtual liars was equally bold. Staging all of that in the most richly detailed videogame environment we've ever seen was outrageous. Not only does it work, it works extraordinarily well. It's the evolution of the adventure game, merging slow-burning discovery with the freedom associated with an open-world backdrop. It's the Concorde of its category, rendering fondly-remembered classics like Police Quest akin to simply flapping your arms. [July 2011 p.78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the world may be a tad derivative, Corvo's powers more than make up for it. Blink becomes second nature, and it's obviously informed the level design's go-anywhere approach. There's just enough inventiveness here to elevate Dishonored above its numerous competitors, and it's quite hard to imagine going back to games where you can't teleport to the rooftops, or possess fish to access buildings' cellars. [November 2012, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is a no brainer purchase. [January 2012, p.72]
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buy this game immediately – and a PSP if you must. As well as unfurling the Metal Gear Solid story just that little bit more, and spending more quality time with Snake, it's a truly excellent game in its own right. Engaging and rewarding, this is a solid package no gamer should miss. [August 2010 p68]
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would be foolish of us to pretend that Dark Souls is a game for everyone. It's perfect at what it does, but a big part of what it does is make you suffer for your mistakes. It is a harsh, uncompromising task master and you will have to work to win its approval, because it certainly won't work to win yours. [Dec 2011, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals themselves, from the evolving avatars and costumes to the stages, sets and recording booths, are beautiful. The gameplay is typically right on the button. The mixes are great. It’s all close to faultless. [Nov 2009, p.70]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Combining the depth and difficulty of a rogue-like with the thrill of a platformer, it's an elegant and endlessly replayable gem of a game that is perfectly suited to a portable format. Co-op multiplayer over WAN (no netplay – boo!) is especially rewarding.[November 2013, p83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Short, but brilliantly executed. [Christmas 2008, p.74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of the augmentations do not unbalance what was already a near-perfect formula. Do yourself a favour, step out of your genre-rut and buy this gem today. [Christmas 2013, p74]
    • Playstation Official Magazine Australia