Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)'s Scores

  • Games
For 951 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 God of War III
Lowest review score: 20 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 951
951 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sadly this year, it's hard to find a compelling reason to upgrade if you played 09. [Aug 2009, p.76]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Welcome to the big leagues. Clank. [Aug 2008, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Developer Blue Castle has done a solid job taking over from Capcom Japan, maker of the original Rising. [Dec 2010, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you carry dice in your back pocket, Sacred 2 is worth a shot. [Aug 2009, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is not a bad game, either, but it does require a certain tolerance for the absurd. [Jun 2010, p.80]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You can use your controller to issue every command, but the real draw is using your headset for vocal order-shouting. [Holiday 2008, p.68]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a few frustrations, I found Overlord: Raising Hell an enjoyable romp through a fantasy realm so comically twisted it could make Tolkien grimace. [Aug 2008, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Once we'd been playing for a while and knew what we were doing (and, more importantly, had leveled Thorton up considerably), the action got a lot more fun. We just wish the gameplay itself were more enjoyable. [Aug 2010, p.71]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Reflex's control scheme provides a fantastic simulation of what we believe off-road driving is actually like. [Jan 2010, p.86]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a stark contrast to the uninspired single-player campaign, but SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs' online exemplifies everything we love about the series. [June 2011, p.69]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, SVR on PSP remains a fun time, and it's unfair to expect a handheld offering to measure up to its console counterpart. So, in the context of a portable game, it's a good ol' slobber-knocker. [Holiday 2009, p.72]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Move controls work well, but the drab presentation and an enthusiast-centric seriousness lands the play experience in the bunker. [Dec 2010, p.85]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A plethora of other modes (multiplayer, exhibition, card collecting) rounds out this ambitious title, making it well worth the time of those who usually shy away from sports games. [Holiday 2007, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A decent game, but it feels like the developers invested too heavily in the physic-based destruction and neglected to create a well-rounded experience that could contend with the likes of its own "Saints Row." [Aug 2009, p.70]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn't exactly harness the power of the PS3, but Denied Ops is one of this spring's pleasant surprises. [Apr 2008, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Badman's core mechanic is frustrating in that you can't directly control your troops, so it feels like luck plays as much a role as skill. [Nov 2009, p.84]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even so, First Departure has transitioned so smoothly to the PSP that it's definitely worth playing if you're curious about Star Ocean's origins or if you're itching for a charming and portable classic RPG. [Nov 2008, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nier can be surprisingly rewarding, but learning to appreciate its bizarre charms does require patience. [July 2010, p.78]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For our money, though, we'd go with playability and looks and sacrifice a bit of the depth; hence March Madness 08 comes a close second to "College Hoops 2K8". [Feb 2008, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An enjoyable romp, worth playing but as forgettable, perhaps, as a one-night stand. [July 2010, p.76]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The third-person gunplay feels clunky when not behind the crosshairs and the deliberate pacing is an acquired taste, but the sharpshooting-focus, campaign co-op, and fresh take on WWII make V2 a welcome alternative to all those Call of Duty clones. [July 2012, p.77]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The nice surprise is that it's entertaining and polished enough that you're not gonna need to swill that rat poison you were initially planning on feeding to the guinea pigs. [Sept 2009, p.80]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay flow on the enclosed fields is great, though. [Mar 2008, p.84]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not the longest or hardest RPG, but it's heartfelt worldview makes it worth our time. [July 2012, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though a create-and-share track builder does add to the fun, this is essentially just an enjoyable change of direction for the series. [July 2012, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sonic games have always worked best at top speed. Unfortunately, for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, commitment to that joyous speed is severely lacking. [July, p.79]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, this remains a Star Wars game - and an essential one thanks to its compelling story and, to be fair, engaging gameplay. [Oct 2008, p.74]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a good start in the right direction, but anyone with a copy of Dirt 3 already on their shelves will probably be content with a rental. [July 2012, p.82]
    • Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's best attribute is its price - half that of the PSP game. [Sept 2009, p.81]
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