Playstation Official Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,723 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 LittleBigPlanet
Lowest review score: 10 A-Men 2
Score distribution:
1,723 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA is still the best football game your money can buy. It's not streets ahead of PES but there's daylight, and this is the most convincing representation of the sport – incorporating both the on- and off-field aspects – that we've seen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The buzz Dishonored will give you is unrivalled, and the spontaneous moments of brilliance you'll experience will be unique. It's a wake-up call for first-person gaming, resurrecting long-lost values and casually plunging a knife into the neck of the generic sequel.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a dark, cerebral and genuinely unique journey on Vita, this is peerless. [Jan 2013, p.108]
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    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Believable dialogue from rounded characters who behave as you'd expect real people to. [Feb 2013, p.106]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Refreshingly different. [March 2013, p.108]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a couple of pounds more than the cost of a burrito, it’s a tasty morsel of personality – but prepare yourself for a technically demanding challenge.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Show remains the most authentic sports series of all time. FIFA can't touch it. [May 2013, p.108]
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    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Charming, engaging and affecting, this is a unique experience that any indie fan should take in. Finally, a positive use for the term 'bro-op.' [July 2013, p.98]
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Level design is so good – so intricate, yet always presenting the right level of challenge – that you take for granted how effortlessly it pulls off each chapter’s musical finale. Racing through a crumbling castle in sync with a gibberish version of Ram Jam’s Black Betty has no right to be this thrilling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gameplay is the best it’s been on PS3, and presentation is improved, too, with Jeff Stelling’s pre-match, half-time and post-match links upping the broadcast feel yet again. Whatever your thoughts on annual sports games, you really mustn’t miss this one unless you want to spend the next nine months feeling like a defeated play-off finalist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s such a rare treat to find yourself blown away by a game you had no expectations of. I don’t want to ruin that feeling for you, so forget everything you just read after hitting the ‘buy’ button on the store, so you can enjoy the through-the-looking-glass wonderment of SITTM afresh. I can think of only one reason you wouldn’t go and play this, and it’s that you hate fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first twin-stick shooter of the next generation has a good chance of being PS4’s dark-horse killer app at the console’s launch. It’s hard to remember ever having quite this much fun whizzing around blowing up things in space. Resogun showcases how stunning arcade games can look with PS4 tech.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 is one of the few launch games to have evolved in ways that aren’t solely graphics-based, and every one of its changes brings clear, distinguishable improvement. This is an essential day one purchase and – quite literally – the football game you’ve waited generations for.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Embrace it like a comfortable pair of shoes. [Jan 2014, p.84]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game that changed games arrives on PlayStation in fine form with an improved crafting system, tarnished only slightly by a cramped map size. Until the full-fat PS4 Edition arrives, this’ll do nicely.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are themes within this that I’m simply not good enough a writer to dissect (and I doubt few will do it justice). It’s incredible, considering the broader perception of video games, what Naughty Dog has managed to achieve in certain areas here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TxK
    The pounding beats and explosions of colour that used to punch you square in the brain fade into the background as time slows and TxK arrests every second of your attention the way few games ever can.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom revives one of its most hallowed franchises and conjures up one of the most rewarding side-scrolling slash-‘em-ups in recent memory. Loud, proud, and always a blast.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uncompromising in its challenge, this supremely balanced slasher destroys your fingers and delights your soul with its unrivalled sense of triumph through trial.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every combo is a perfect and unique snowflake, though some are more conducive to high-score chasing, while others are just a mad curiosities.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FFX/X-2 HD is everything you could want in a hi-def remake – a beautiful re-imagining of two games that are now a bit more brilliant than they already were. Even the music’s been tweaked – it’s the same classic soundtrack, only slightly richer. Everything you loved about the gems in the series over a decade ago, modernised with fanatical devotion and helpful – rather than horned in – PS Vita touch controls.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game I love like a brother. [Apr 2014, p.87]
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