Playstation Official Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 2,259 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2259 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like the Mega Drive Maddens of the early '90s, it's a game absolutely worth learning a new sport for. [May 2010, p.108]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's one of the few games you'll genuinely reflect on after completion, and an object lesson in how less can be more when it comes to crafting narrative and eliciting investment. This is a game about which I would change nothing, and I can't remember having said that too many times before.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Massively replayable. [Apr 2008, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once you've fallen into the arms of The Show, no other sports game you own will ever feel quite the same again. [May 2009, p.106]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beautifully polished and endlessly exciting, Rocksteady's latest take on Batman is finally the hero that PS3 truly deserves. [Dec 2011]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When such a talented developer hits these creative, narrative and technical heights, the result is a game that wouldn’t look out of place smuggled into PS4’s launch lineup. The acting is more believable than LA Noire’s hi-tech gurning. There are sneaky set-piece excursions that outdo even Metal Gear Solid 4 at its best. And tying it all together is an utterly mesmerising world instilled with a seamless sense of time and place. This is a work of art in which amazing sights and sounds fuel an emotionally draining, constantly compelling end of days adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's frenzied. [Dec 2009, p.18]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the second time in succession, Naughty Dog has created a game that can claim to not only be the best on PS3, but also one of the best in gaming history...A visual, technical and narrative tour de force that takes the sky-high expectations of an entire community and blows them out the back of a jumbo jet, replacing them with more show-stopping moments than you could hope to find in a dozen other games combined. [Dec 2011]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It was a world I was gutted to leave, and as such stands among the best that PS3 has to offer. [June 2010, p.107]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s simply more here than in any game before, and yet quality is never sacrificed for quantity. Personal favourites will persist, but it’s hard to put anything else on top of the pile. Everything you’ve ever wanted a GTA game to be, and a whole lot more. Consistently hilarious, constantly compelling and combining never-before-seen scale and ambition. This is going to make next-gen look bad for a long time to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An essential purchase for anyone with two thumbs. [Dec 2009, p.18]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Guns of the Patriots is almost intimidating in the consistent quality of its ideas, invention, and execution...Even by the series' stratospheric standards, MGS4 is a remarkable high point. [June 2008]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A great example of mould-breaking gaming at its best. [June 2011, p.100]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A refreshed classic that remains as vital as ever thanks to a beautifully crafted port. [Sept 2014, p.99]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a series fan, a JRPG evangelist or a total turn-based newcomer, this is an essential play. Persona 5 is packed with stuff to do, expertly put together and exquisite to the last pixel. An unabashed masterpiece. [Issue#134]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolute masterpiece. [Nov 2007, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a triple lightning strike of character, freedom and sound. [Dec 2008, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I've never encountered a game that so completely captivated my attention for this long. I've clocked 180 hours in total and I'm still playing. [May 2007, p.78]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There simply isn't anything else like LBP on any system, anywhere. It's a beautifully elegant and powerful creative tool that puts unlimited potential in the palm of your hand. [Nov 2008, p.92]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Enduring masterpieces. [Nov 2011, p.108]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Full of simple-to-grasp tools, all with huge potential - and you could easily lose more time to LBP2 than any other game released in 2011. [Jan 2011, p.104]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's so good that it ruins you for other games. Once you've played it you'll be spoiled, expecting everything to be as stylish, immersive and balls-out brilliant as Modern Warfare. Whether you're creeping through a forest at twilight, slotting unsuspecting militia with silenced weapons or pounding war-torn streets as all hell breaks loose around you, it's an experience that never dips below astonishing. [Dec 2007, p.82]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lord knows how long the San Diego boys can continue trumping themselves year after year, but for now their golden touch shows no sign of fading. [June 2011, p.106]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If Half-Life and the original Deus Ex stand as the apotheosis of the narrative-driven shooter, and Bioshock brought the genre to PS3, then Infinite is the latest game to join these hallowed ranks. This is a masterpiece that will be discussed for years to come, and praise doesn’t come much higher than that.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best game on PS3 is now the best thing on PS4. A loving, comprehensive remaster of such quality, it's damn near as essential as oxygen. But it. Yesterday. [Jan 2015, p.91]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unless you're born without thumbs, eyes or a sense of humour, it's obvious that Uncharted 2 is a 10/10 game after two minutes of the first level...It's the most complete, polished and fun adventure game - and maybe just game - on PS3, and it's absolutely essential. [Nov 2009, p.101]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Up-'til-3am immersive. [May 2012, p.108]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not a lot of games – almost no games, in fact – manage to establish the kind of white-hot emotional connection between player, cast and setting that Mass Effect 3 somehow conjures. That's the reason this story of Earth, the galaxy and Shepard's last stand is so harrowing, and why people will be talking about it for years to come.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The quality hits you like a tank - the visuals, the set-pieces, the detail. [Christmas 2009, p.100]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A magnificent, deeply personal tale of a boy and his monster. Smart, subversive and emotionally enriching, this is one of the most evocative games to grace PlayStation in the last decade. Clearly, you can't rush genius. [Jan 2016, p.102]
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA IV is richer, deeper and more involving than its predecessors. By the time the story threads start to tie up, the mission trees shake out, you're totally invested in the characters and their world. I'm actually jealous of everyone about to experience it for the first time. The greatest testament to GTA IV's brilliance is that I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since putting the pad down. [May 2008, p.88]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sort of thing you dreamed about while you ate your tea and watched Star Trek. [Feb 2011, p.107]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Naughty Dog's victory lap is a celebration of its past, present and future, with clever pacing and thrilling set-pieces surpassing expectations in its most exhilarating Uncharted to date. No PS4 should be without this. [June 2016, p.74]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you’re anti-games lawyer Jack Thompson, you’ll enjoy Hotline Miami for what it is: an impossibly stylish indie tour de force about playing with your food. With its incredible soundtrack in your ears, neon flashes in your peripheral vision and endlessly, shamefully gratifying combat in your hands, you’ll learn to stop worrying and love the wrong.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hoops: they did it again. [Dec 2016, p.73]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A compulsive bite-sized gaming chunk.
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whatever happens you'll believe it's a real world and a fantastic setting for the action. It's not as dense or as varied as, say, Oblivion - you'll go somewhere, kill everyone, every mission - but it's utterly convincing and engrossing. [Dec 2008, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An assured, confident outing with barrels of both quantity and quality. Physical play is more rewarding than last year; attacking play's more excitingly incisive, and The Journey's a great experiment. [Dec 2016, p.74]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Odds on, you'll finish the ride exhilarated. [Dec 2007, p.92]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique, dripping in detail, and well worth rediscovering. [Oct 2014, p.83]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a fantastic package - a dark, witty tale of death and retribution that can be whatever you want it to. It captures the ebb and flow of tension that stealth games forgot about years ago, but presents it in a way that feels utterly contemporary. [Dec 2012, p.88]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The addition of Reaper of Souls content makes this an essential upgrade for veterans, while the power of PS4 ensures it's smoother than a dolphin's back. [Oct 2014, p.87]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An experience that's less like playing a game and more like setting up residence in the best Pixar movie you can imagine. [Dec 2009, p.118]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliantly put together game, ambitious but not over-extended, lovingly crafted and devilishly designed. [June 2007, p.96]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole game is a class act. The fighting is sophisticated but arcade-addictive, the visuals are stylish, and the Lara-like exploration is smartly done. Plus the DC heritage feels all-encompassing like a big blanket. Arkham Asylum is comfortably the best comic book game that PlayStation's ever had, and is up there with the system's best actioners, full stop. [Sept 2009, p.95]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From one angle, you've seen much of it before, but it's never looked so searingly brilliant, or felt so surging. [Mar 2008, p.94]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thus far the standout episode this season. [Oct 2014, p.93]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A remarkable update of a classic videogame, Rez Infinite is a perfect fit for PS VR. The astonishing new Area X is worth the cost of entry alone. Utterly essential. [Dec 2016, p.86]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the first bounce, it feels like a genuinely new generation of sports game has arrived. All the depth, drama and longevity you take for granted by now, and even some new ideas to match its next-gen looks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of doing what it says on the box, SingStar Abba simply can't be faulted. [Jan 2009, p.99]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It stands out as the most complete version of one of the greatest fighting games of all time. [July 2014, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hearts of Stone may not make any significant improvements to The Witcher 3's core gameplay, but it succeeds largely on the quality of its engrossing narrative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Own PS VR? Then Thumper needs to be part of your gaming collection. Don't own a PS VR? Thumper still needs to be part of your gaming collection. It's that simple. [Dec 2016, p.88]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressively huge game. [Apr 2010, p.111]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vintage slice of survival horror. [Apr 2010, p.116]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own Sony's handheld but haven't bought this yet, then quite simply you're doing Vita wrong.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Taken King is a bold, brilliant expansion that brings out Destiny's true potential. It's pricier than I'd have liked, but still a massive new adventure whether you're a newbie or a veteran Guardian. [Dec 2015, p.92]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The seamless integration of its previous content is a massive boon for Rock Band 2 that gives it depth "Guitar Hero" can't offer yet. [Christmas 2008, p.112]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With no player limit, only one headset required and endless replay value, this is the perfect VR party game. [Dec 2016, p.92]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the ratio of old to new ideas is a little too cautious, and the Blue Sphere stages can become annoying, this is everything fans have been wanting for far too long. It's the best Sonic game. [Oct 2017, p.90]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliant core gameplay remains deep like the Mariana Trench. Go get. [Jan 2009, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weird yet wonderful, baffling yet beguiling, silly yet symbolic, this is a piece of art to make you appreciate the amazing absurdity of its creation. Safe to say, it's worth 12 quid. [June 2017, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An engaging fantasy visual novel elegantly supplemented with an addictive and unique sport, Pyre is a true original. As gaming obsessions go, it burns bright, if not long. [Oct 2017, p.93]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3's real triumph is blending so many elements into a cohesive whole without any feeling extraneous or tacked-on. Every element works and has its place, and contributes to a narrative that may not be class-leading but certainly exceeds expectations. It also possesses the perfect balance between steadily empowering you, yet never allowing you to feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what's on offer – something even a game as great as Arkham City couldn't manage.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It actually works quite beautifully. [Feb 2010, p.112]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both beautiful and chaotic - a bit like Cheryl Cole's bed hair. [Sept 2011, p.116]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hit your stride and the confluence of hard-won experience, favourite ride and the unmistakable kick of nitrous will see you threading through rush-hour traffic at speeds bystanders will scarcely believe possible. [Dec 2008, p.102]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best games on PSP. [JPN Import; Apr 2010, p.110]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ten hours in you might have doubts, but stay with it and you'll be smitten right through to the frankly unbelievable end. [Apr 2010, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm saying this deserves to be picked up by so many more people than the niche of role-players and Studio Ghibli fans it immediately appeals to. I'm saying it's so finely crafted it could warm the heart of an Army Of Two player and soothe the perpetual anger of a FIFA-phile… if they'd only let it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is - at pretty much all times - entertaining, stylish and hugely enjoyable. There are tightly scripted blasts of action one minute, more open, pensive situations the next...There are individual parts of Metro: Last Light that are easily the equal of Bioshock Infinite, and sections that are better than COD. [June 2013, p.95]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No sports experience comes close to NBA 2K16's presentation. [Dec 2015, p.91]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As ever, the platforming pair shine especially brightly durding combat. [May 2008, p.115]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With every element of Xcom's complex yet utterly accessible systems – from meaningful combat tactics, to budget balancing, to life-or-death diplomatic decisions – feeding directly into every other aspect of the game, this is as compelling a world as any in recent memory.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sensational storytelling. [Christmas 2007, p.84]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You've never played anything like Mirror's Edge. It's a genuine original. When it's good - like when you're soaring between two rooftop cranes, pigeons scattering and traffic thrumming below, or dashing between roaming sniper laser sights, breaking into an enormous needle-shaped skyscraper - it's a total rush. And even when it's not quite so good, when you can't work out how to get through a particularly tricky section, the compulsion to keep trying remains strong. [Dec 2008, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creator Matt Thorson has achieved a ludicrous standard of gameplay in Towerfall Ascension, one that seduces you instantly and jettisons all thoughts of million-poly character models and full-performance capture from your gaming consciousness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The big surprise isn't that it serves up another great campaign, but that its take on Modern Warfare's world-conquering multiplayer may be the best yet. With Spec Ops and Survival mode, this is one hell of a package, and sees off the trilogy with a bang: not much has changed, but this is as big and beautiful a game as ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The rejuvination you've waited a decade for: PES gets everything right on the park, and only off-field gripes prevent this top, top player from earning the top, top score. [Nov 2016, p.83]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls III rarely innovates, but it experiments within the Souls parameters to grotesque and glorious effect. Another Game of The Year contender, then. [June 2016, p.81]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a great example of how sports games should be done - both as a simulation that teases ever greater skill from all comers, and as a service to fans. [June 2009, p.88]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant must-buy. [Jan 2010, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A short but sweet turn-based nod to the original games that ends up celebrating Lara's heritage even better than Rise of The Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. [Feb 2017, p.97]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious, funny, occasionally touching and often maddening tribute to the 8-bit platformer. [July 2015, p.87]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hitman's developed better than expected - but the onus is now on IO to keep adding content throughout the next year. [Issue#130, p.93]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An important, palate-cleansing release in a crowded genre, Doom is essential playing for anyone who registers as a shooter fan. Heed the call of the FPS daddy and get your ass to Mars, pronto.[July 2016, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You need to know the sport to master it - hence no 10/10 this year - but PS3's greatest sports series is on the verge of once more dominating all contemporaries. [June 2016, p.94]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For once, it's a brilliant update of a genuine classic. [Sept 2008, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Agent 47's chrome dome has been polished until it positively squeaks. [July 2016, p.88]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stacking is utterly individual and cat-in-clown-shoes crackers. [Spring 2011, p.112]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant mix of accessible RPG elements, exhilaratingly fluid action and awe-inspiring environments that consistently captivate. Anchored by the charmingly blunt Aloy, Guerrilla crafts an experience that will live long in the memory. [Apr 2017, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game I love like a brother. [Apr 2014, p.87]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Learning is half the fun and even the smallest victory makes you feel like you’re winning with a capital FU.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Places the emphasis back on racing over contrived storylines - and leaves its peers eating its dust in the process. [Aug 2014, p.88]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's equally confusing and brilliant. [Feb 2010, p.106]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compelling and respectful in a way few games can match. [Aug 2014, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A polished labour of love, Velocity 2X is addictive in both its top-down and platforming sections and visually astonishing to boot. A truly triumphant must-have title. [Oct 2014, p.86]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually it's so far ahead of anything else out there it shatters your expectations...This is a PS3 showing what it's truly capable of and delivering a landmark piece of explosive entertainment you can't afford to miss. [Feb 2009, p.88]
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