Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)'s Scores

  • Games
For 953 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Final Fantasy XIII
Lowest review score: 20 NFL Tour
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 953
953 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Forgive the sometimes long load times and other minor quibbles--Assassin's Creed is a resounding success that no one should miss. [Jan 2008, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The light cast across the spectacuarly detailed facades, the slick road affecting car handling and causing footsteps to kick up splashes, the imposing skyscrapers, the flashing neon, it all changes wiht each passing street, and weather system...That's what you'll take away from GTA IV, along with the multiplayer gift that will keep on giving. [June 2008, p.36]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you come to the game with no prior MGS knowledge, you'll still uncover one of the most absorbing stories ever told. [July 2008, p.38]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics only represent the topmost layer of a pervasive meticulousness, and every last detail feels thoroughly polished. [Apr 2010, p.66]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For now, all you need to know is this: UT3 is the killer, exclusive PS3 app we hoped it'd be, and if you're not playing it, you're missing out on some damned good times. [Feb 2008, p.82]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For Playstation gamers who might not have played these game on other platforms, The Orange Box is the best value package available on the PS3. [Feb 2008, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the God of War universe, of action-adventure titles, or of the PSP, you must pick up Chains of Olympus. [Apr 2008, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's worth every penny; the fun you'll have with friends--and even alone--is truly priceless. [Jan 2008, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's too early yet to declare a new era or direction in gaming, but LittleBigPlanet feels like the birth of a revolution; like through sharing our collective creativity we'll somehow become better, stronger, closer to each other. [Holiday 2008, p.56]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The group co-op challenges alone are some of the most fun we've had playing online in years. [Feb 2008, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With CoD4, developer Infinity Ward throws you into real-world situations, but places the focus on fictional bad guys. [Holiday 2007, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's true that Killzone 2 is filled with moments that can handily be described as inspiring awe. Each scene is incredibly well detailed, from the gaps in jerry-rigged cover points letting you sneak in a killing headshot to scarred and scratched textures, the planet feels entirely believable... Without a doubt Killzone fans, action and shooter fans of any stripe will instantly tag this sequel as a powerful contender for best game of 2009. [Feb 2009, p.38]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like the powerhouse race thoroughbreds that populate it, GRID is an unrelenting ride that keeps rewarding you the harder you push it. [Aug 2008, p.64]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like many games earning classic status, FNR4 generates repeated standout, jaw-dropping moments, and none of them are pre-scripted. [Aug 2009, p.64]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A remarkable achievement, a triumph of gameplay and narrative that everyone should choose to play. [Nov 2008, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, this is the Batman you've been waiting for...It's a wonderful experience, beginning to end, never taking the easy or familiar route, and infusing each shift of the story with original ideas that cut no corners. [Oct 2009, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By striking a balance between fresh and familiar, and by delivering the best aspects of Street Fighters past, Street Fighter IV is easily one of this console generation's best fighting games. [Feb 2009, p.66]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A veritable master class of all-round game development. From a sensational single-player experience that never takes any short-cuts and maintains its story's mythological credibility right to the end to the co-operative online play to the robust, balanced, and just plain fun multiplayer modes, this is a package of content that more than earns its $60 price tag... [It's] this season's biggest PS3 victory. [Nov 2009, p.42]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare is everything you'd want from a sequel. [Jan 2010, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sequel has arguably changed for the better in just about every conceivable way...Assassin's Creed II truly offers an experience like no other, one that mixes history and brutality to sheer perfection. And it's absolutely massive. [Holiday 2009, p.38]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're still wondering if BioShock 2 is better than the original as you enter the final level, by the time you beat it, you'll have no doubt. This is one of the best games you'll ever play. [Mar 2010, p.62]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We're enjoying it immensely... It is a game like none other. [Mar 2010, p.66]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an amazing technological feat, and anyone with a PSP, an imagination and a sense of fun should play it immediately. [Jan 2010, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    God of War III is beautiful. It's bloody. It's brilliant. But it's not perfect. [Apr 2010, p.44]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    That commitment is made palatable by the quality oozing out of every feature, every visual detail, every pitch, and every hit in The Show--the best baseball game currently available. [Jun 2010, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps Resident Evil 5's most remarkable achievement is how it deftly straddles the line between the franchise's sometimes endearing, sometimes frustrating, legacy gameplay mechanics while incorporating more contemporary action adventure elements like enhanced interaction and exploration of environments and a decidedly more shooter-like control scheme. [Mar 2009, p.38]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a fantastic epic adventure and a title that belongs in every gamer's library. [Aug 2010, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Indeed, Sparta is not only a great PSP game but a great God of War game with an absolutely incredible ending. [Dec 2010, p.42]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 has touched a place in our hearts few other games have. Despite the abundance of science fiction-themed games availble today, none has rivaled the depth of a classic sci-fi book the way this does. [Feb 2010, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Buying the game is buying into its potential. Its prefabricated campaign is fun enough - especially with four players - but experimenting with its Create mode is hugely addictive, and imaginative players will find themselves sucked in for hours on end. [Feb 2010, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The blade shines brightly and with a razor's edge; the time for killing is here. [March 2011, p.44]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The new version of MLB: The Show is available. Play ball. [April 2011, p.86]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Limbo is simply one of the most impressive titles that PSN has to offer, and at $15, it's an experience that no gamer should pass up. [Oct 2011, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beyond its highly polished gameplay, the sheer breadth and depth of what 2K12 offers will keep basketball fans happily playing for hundreds of hours. [Dec 2011, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arkham City should be celebrated as a shining achievement for the action-adventure genre for its masterful execution. [Holiday 2011, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Third may be dumb fun, but it's the smartest realization of the sandbox spirit we've seen in a long while. [Holiday 2011, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Viewed strictly as a videogame, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception represents the height of technical achievement--the state-of-the-art, if you will--for the interactive console experience. [Holiday 2011, p.49]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim is a gorgeous production that truly does justice to the words "roleplaying game." It doesn't just tell us a story, it gives us the chance to tell a story of our own. At its best, that's what an interactive art form should be all about. [Jan 2011, p.73]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's intuitive, and we loved the precision it allows on tight through passes. [Apr 2012, p.59]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A beautifully told, smartly paced, and relentlessly addictive shooter. [July 2012, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A seriously engrossing game that really, truly blends shooters and RPGs to brilliant effect. [Nov 2012, p.75]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The all-new Control Stick system highlights this year's gameplay improvements, allowing more precise ball handling through the Right-analog stick. [Dec 2012, p.82]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The driving sim of choice for the true racing aficionado on the go. [Dec 2009, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who aren't alread obsessed with Final Fantasy VII may disagree, but I for one am grateful for the depth Crisis Core has added to the FFVII universe and wholeheartedly recommend it to fans and newcomers alike. [May 2008, p.64]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the best-looking game, it's clunky in its controls, but it delivers where it counts with a fun experience that will keep you entertained through to its conclusion. [Aug 2008, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's also packed to the gills with lengthy, real-time cutscenes, which, true to the series' form, are filled with awesomely over-the-top action sequences. [Mar 2008, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The original "Pursuit Force" remains one of our top PSP games. The missions have more variety this time around. [Feb 2008, p.75]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A well-produced, polished 3D fighter that no PS3 owner should be without, and is definitely one of the system's must-have party games. [Oct 2008, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plan frequent breaks. Your emotional well being will thank you for it. [Dec 2008, p.64]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So often we see PSP ports that are missing features or don't control well, but Afternoon of Darkness is a shining example of what ports should be. [Holiday 2007, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You don't have to be a Metalhead to love Brutal Legend, but if you are, you'll love it even more. [Holiday 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For baseballs fans of any persuasion, MLB 08: The Show is a phenomenally feature rich package that you'll be playing all the way until 09 comes around. [May 2008, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like any good trip to Vegas, the sights and sounds will absolutely assault your senses. [May 2008, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX on ATVs. Not a perfect analogy but it's darn close, and fans of the seminal snowboarding franchise should probably just stop reading now and go buy this game. [Nov 2008, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    WWE '09 provides enough content and depth to last the armchair wrestler for years and is one of the most accessible yet deepest sports games I've ever played. [Holiday 2008, p.64]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story is a real hoot. [Dec 2008, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And that's the draw of the game: interacting with a living, breathing world that centers on you as the star. [Holiday 2008, p.60]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But still, even flawed, World at War is fun. [Jan 2009, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'd best get ready to rock. [Holiday 2008, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is probably Atlus USA's best work yet, with a script full of lively, natural-sounding dialogue and a cast of talented actors who take that dialogue and run with it. [Feb 2009, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fast-paced. [May 2009, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So for soccer purists, if you're able to remove the barrier to acceptance built by the licensing(though PES includes full Champions League support, including the images and music), this is a wonderfully deep, playable, and entertaining sim. [Feb 2009, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a shooter, it always succeeds, with tight control, thrilling gunfights, subdued stealth missions, and over-the-top explosions. [Holiday 2008, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a near-perfect sequel in almost every way. [Mar 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be a perfect way to extend the experience, but it will surely help tide you over while you eagerly await the sequel hinted at in Persia's pitch-perfect ending. [Jan 2009, p.66]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If "LocoRoco's" too-cute art style turns you off or its odd gameplay still confuses you, trust me. Give LocoRoco 2 30 open-minded minutes. You won't regret it. [Mar 2009, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can have a very different gameplay experience depending on how you develop your character. [Feb 2010, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The modern military FPS genre is as crowded as a mess hall at chow at chow time, but BC2 has managed to inject plenty of freshness into its firefights with an engaging single-player yarn and a host of defining online features. [Apr 2010, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA Montreal delivers a rich, over-the-top buddy experience that provides intelligent choices and a tough but fun Die Hard-like vibe that helps lighten the game's dark, gritty atmosphere. [Feb 2010, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most substantial upgrade the NFS series has ever received, along with some of the best visuals in the genre's field. [Nov 2009, p.83]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A top-notch addition to the genre. [Aug 2009, p.67]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PES may not be evolving at the same rate as its competition, but that makes it comfortable and familiar. [Holiday 2009, p.84]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The "Be a Pro" career mode is incredibly enticing. [Nov 2009, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero 5 still emphasizes challenge over fun, but if that's the beat you march to, this may well be your new favorite game. [Nov 2009, p.73]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can swing the $120 for the whole package, go for it--it may not be exactly like real DJing, but if you're into the scene, it's a helluva good time. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BlazBlue has the moves and goods to back it up. [Aug 2009, p.71]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arguably the purest, most hardcore hack-and-slash fighting game on PS3. [Nov 2009, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's clear that the user-creation tools, mixed with the improved base game, will make this the SVR that lasts you into next year. [Dec 2009, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fundamentally, soccer fans can rejoice, but more impressively, even casual sports fans will appreciate a perfectly conceived, wonderfully executed sports sim. [Dec 2009, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's charming story and characters are accompanied by fun, compelling gameplay mechanics in both time-tested and totally new styles. [Holiday 2009, p.64]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thinking-man's RPG is remarkable for many reasons, but its overbearing scale and variety are the parts that stand out from the get-go. [Jan 2010, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creating new players with your buddies and forming online crews to play five-on-five matches against other crews is cool. [Dec 2009, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Questionable controls aside, Chinatown Wars is a beautiful blend of the modern 3D games with the pick-up-and-play appeal of the '90s original. [Holiday 2009, p.70]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though many of Half-Minute Hero's whopping 120-plus quests fly by in the blink of an eye, you'll get a ton of mileage and many hours of enjoyment out of this gem. [Dec 2009, p.84]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best of all, by the 11th hour, Split/Second had us doing something few racing games can accomplish: it kept us smiling. [July 2010, p.71]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These powerful new attacks – along with some much needed tweaks to a few regular and super moves – add a massive amount of strategic nuance and mix up a lot of the match-ups. You also get a streamlined multiplayer lobby (where you can spectate or play solo while waiting), saveable replays and the return of bonus stages (i.e. belting barrels and cars). For its price, Super Street Fighter IV features a lion’s share of new content. Grease up and grab it today. [May 2010, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These were two of the PS2's greatest games, and they're just as compelling--and much better looking--on PS3. [Jan 2010, p.83]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you've worn out the pitch in your copy of FIFA 10, there's no doubt this is the best virtual way to experience the action of the World Cup--before it even happens. [Jun 2010, p.75]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But multiplayer is where Blur really shines. The eye-melting barrage of speed and pyrotechnics produced by up to 20-player online races is dizzying at times--as is the frequency of race position changes. [Aug 2010, p.81]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kojima's team did the best they could and it's more than good enough to call Peace Walker a genuine Metal Gear Solid 5. [Aug 2010, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Atlus didn't rest on its laurels with this revival. [Sept 2010, p.84]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indie studio Hello Games' debut release hooked us from the get-go, and with good reason: It's one of the best original games to hit PSN. [Sept 2010, p.82]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, amid an overdose of pomp and ceremonial broadcast presentation, this simulation provides great football action and enough dream material to give high school kids goose bumps. [Oct 2010, p.84]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a couple of infuriatingly obtuse puzzles and perhaps the game's overall difficulty level, there isn't much to complain about here. [Dec 2010, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band's greatest achievement may be that it's not just another Rock Band game; it's an ambitious step forward for the genre. [Dec 2010, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game looks and feels just that much more authentic without feeling like we're sitting through 90 minutes of Stoke City versus Wigan. [Dec 2010, p.85]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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