Playstation Official Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,683 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 MLB 12: The Show
Lowest review score: 10 MENA Speed
Score distribution:
1,683 game reviews
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Massively replayable. [Apr 2008, p.92]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolute masterpiece. [Nov 2007, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's frenzied. [Dec 2009, p.18]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An essential purchase for anyone with two thumbs. [Dec 2009, p.18]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A great example of mould-breaking gaming at its best. [June 2011, p.100]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Enduring masterpieces. [Nov 2011, p.108]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Up-'til-3am immersive. [May 2012, p.108]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All talk of complexity aside, VF is still brilliant. The new characters are excellent, the fighting's just different enough to force long-time players to tweak their styles and the new moves are a definite improvement. [Apr 2007, p.80]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The constant pressure of combat, fuelled by rapid five-second respawns, keeps the action ripping along at a formidable pace. [Oct 2007, p.94]
    • 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
    Makes the sport feel like it should: sometimes laconic, often dangerous and always, really, really hard. Which, of course, is what makes it such fun. [Nov 2007, p.96]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's idiosyncratic, heart-warming funky and one of the most refreshing RPGs to appear on PS2. [Mar 2008, p.102]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is punishingly, mercilessly, remorselessly ferocious. You will never, ever finish it. Until you learn to block. [July 2007, p.98]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Innovative, imaginative and extraordinarily playable. [Jan 2008, p.110]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute rock monster. [Jan 2008, p.94]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sensational storytelling. [Christmas 2007, p.84]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scarily deep. It demands you play it: there's so much to find it's incredible. [Jan 2008, p.88]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Odds on, you'll finish the ride exhilarated. [Dec 2007, p.92]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exhilarating, accomplished and relentlessly enjoyable. [Christmas 2007, p.110]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you're the sort of misanthrope who never invites people over to your place, new Singstar is essential to the PS3 experience. [Oct 2007, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It builds into a complex battle of patience and wills. [Sept 2008, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band might wait on the horizon like a dark army, but for now, Guitar Hero still rules. [Christmas 2007, p.102]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NHL 08 is every hockey fan's dream, but it's so exciting that anyone up for a speedy, skilful sports game should definitely get involved. [Nov 2007, p.110]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a perfect update, with glittering HD and savage speeds. [Nov 2008, p.112]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no other game on PS3 that you're guaranteed to still be playing this obsessively this time next year. [Nov 2007, p.84]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a rare gem of a wrestling game which, at under 20 quid, every grap fan is duty bound to try. [Mar 2008, p.98]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players look like real men rather than EA-style waxwork models. [June 2008, p.94]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the songs, utterly charming design and frenzied drumming don't win you over, if the strategy leaves you cold and the battles don't crack a smile, you might want to check that your heart is still beating out <I>its</I> rhythm. [Mar 2008, p.114]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rag-doll requiem of destruction, so gratuitous that it defies moral probity. Like all the best shock and awe titles, the vice is polished so sweetly you'll barely notice you've gone to hell. [Apr 2008, p.105]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GRID's jostling pack racing and slithery, varied events are almost entirely pure driving pleasure. And that's what it's all about. [June 2008, p.98]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As ever, the platforming pair shine especially brightly durding combat. [May 2008, p.115]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For once, it's a brilliant update of a genuine classic. [Sept 2008, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The map is smaller than Oblivion's but it's more tightly packed with action and rounded characters. [Christmas 2008, p.90]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As ever, what it comes down to is the track list - and Vol 2 is a belter. [July 2008, p.99]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a ton of depth here - line changes and create-a-play customisations are just the start - but the main thing is that it plays fast and fluid [Oct 2008, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like LittleBigPlanet the scope is there to make just about anything, and you can fully expect to see some amazing versions of familiar songs, but you'll need to put the hours in. [Christmas 2008, p.108]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PS3's essential RPG. [May 2009, p.98]
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A creative, compelling experience. [May 2009, p.100]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resistance 2 is fixed in all the ways we wanted--it's bigger, tighter, meaner--and the online is trying extraordinary new things. [Dec 2008, p.78]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who loved the last game, it's a brilliant treat; a chance for one last blast while we wait for a full-blown sequel. For newcomers it's an inexpensive way to discover what they've been missing out on. [Oct 2008, p.88]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat's deep and spectacular, the climbing is slick and intuitive, and the story's got enough depth behind the flashy hero/villain hook to fully merit that all-important second playthrough. There's genuinely nothing else like inFamous on PS3. [June 2009, p.82]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a brilliantly presented, fluidly playable game of football overflowing with new features. Over to you, Pro Evo. [Oct 2008, p.82]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "FIFA 09" feels like the better representation of actual football, while PES is the more fun, accessible game. And the end result is a score draw. [Nov 2008, p.100]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a bright, distinctive and hugely playable game, and is a massive slap in the face for other PSP fighters. [Oct 2009, p.122]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's taken nearly two decades, but SFII finally has a sequel that does it proud. [Mar 2009, p.96]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is about as gloriously silly as PS3 gaming gets. [Christmas 2009, p.108]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just enjoy the intensity: like all great art it leaves you wanting more; leaves you with the feeling that somehow you've connected with the universe. That's right, I said art. [Mar 2009, p.100]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Games are] about delivering a world that you want to invest your time in, full of characters you can have an emotional connection with, and Assassin's Creed II does that almost perfectly. [Dec 2009, p.102]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most well-rounded Rock Band on PS3. [Jan 2010, p.115]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersive, addictive, and authentic, it's a sensational return to form for the series. [Oct 2009, p.118]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressively huge game. [Apr 2010, p.111]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It actually works quite beautifully. [Feb 2010, p.112]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge surprise - a nerdy, technically accurate flight sim that's also loads of fun to play. [Oct 2009, p.114]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spectacularly violent stuff. [Nov 2009, p.122]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like so much in life, Peace Walker is great fun with a good partner. [July 2010, p.100]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Beatles game you can possibly imagine. [Nov 2009, p.128]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This not only plays the best on-the-pitch football of any FIFA title, but it has an incredibly smart and compelling way of tying it all together, too. Brilliant, again. [Oct 2009, p.98]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put gaming conventions aside, go in with no expectations other than this is something new and massively good-looking, and you'll be rewarded with a unique experience that lurches between genius and madness, manages to be genuinely emotional, and that you'll be bursting to talk about with your friends. [Feb 2010]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's absolutely spectacular. [Oct 2009, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Accessibly strategic and addictive. [Dec 2009, p.108]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best games on PSP. [JPN Import; Apr 2010, p.110]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its mass of finely-tuned additions, it's bigger and more satisfying than you'd ever imagine. [May 2010, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A mini marvel. [Jan 2010, p.115]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's equally confusing and brilliant. [Feb 2010, p.106]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant must-buy. [Jan 2010, p.104]
    • Playstation Official Magazine UK