Play.tm's Scores

  • Games
For 924 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 98 BioShock
Lowest review score: 5 Xiaolin Showdown
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 924
924 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It really is good, old fashioned adventure gaming fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The setting is what really defines Mafia II, providing a genuinely immersive sense of time and place with an impeccable attention to detail in its architecture, sartorial style and superlative soundtrack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than just being a family friendly puzzle game, there is something of considerable substance and style here for any gamer. In fact the quality of the story telling and difficulty of some puzzles felt more like playing Uncharted than something on a Nintendo console.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cataclysm is perhaps not quite as awe inspiring as previous expansion packs considering this is all refinement and a reworking of original content but there's no denying the sense of sheer joy you feel rediscovering old yet familiar areas of Azeroth.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bizarrely Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 seems more unstable than its Xbox counterpart with it actually crashing the normally well-behaved PS3 when the Xbox 360 version would keep on going.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kirby's Epic Yarn has a wonderful, charming tale to tell with a friend, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or a son or daughter. Whether it's your first game or your hundredth, there'll be something in its world of patterned yarn to plant a big silly smile on your face.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    They have concentrated on distilling the best action they can out of Tolkein's, (or should that now be Jackson's) masterpiece and presenting it in a well executed package. Lord of the Ring fans could surely want for nothing more this Christmas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    They have concentrated on distilling the best action they can out of Tolkein's, (or should that now be Jackson's) masterpiece and presenting it in a well executed package. Lord of the Ring fans could surely want for nothing more this Christmas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Cemented in the hall of sporting classics alongside titles like "Pro Evolution Soccer" and "Tiger Woods," Fight Night is a true modern classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Niggly controls, cheating AI, cluttered management screens, a rash of aggravating bugs and an unshakeable sense of over familiarity all combine to keep Rome: Total War from being an outright classic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With a wider variety of tasks and environments and an engine that someone has at least taken a stab at optimising this could have been a true classic (a free pair of fresh pants would have helped as well).
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If any major criticism can be levelled at Final Fantasy XII, a finger would have to be pointed at the game's less than endearing storyline.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With over fifty hours of gameplay and side questing on top, an engrossing leveling up system including the creation of new items by experimenting in an alchemy pot, and a delightful storyline, Dragon Quest offers too much to be ignored - even if RPGs have never been your bag.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It has the most evolved gameplay system, without loosing the 'pick up and play' feel every beat 'em up should have.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An excellent balance of gritty realism and game play. It's been a long time but Outlaws can finally hang up its guns and retire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It sets the foundation and future for the franchise on the next-generation. However, if Ultimate Alliance had better playable characters, improved customization and a little more of a challenge in places it would indeed be perfect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Heavenly Sword is a game that can genuinely claim to be a next-generation experience. Most excitingly for us this is not some clever new combat mechanic or simply more polygons; rather, it is a whole new level of story telling that doesn't simply insert pre-rendered films into the game, but integrates characters into the heart of each play component.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Recommended for acolytes and lay-persons alike.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Were it to include a killer campaign this would be a game that is hard to beat - as it stands it is still an impressive first outing on the PS3.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you like you shooting with a dollop of tangible fear, F.E.A.R. is for you.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Plays the best round of golf available at the moment and comes wrapped in an impressive Golf-RPG package that contains more game modes and options than you could shake a 5 iron at. It may not be a hole in one, but it's a bloody impressive birdie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    At a hefty 25 GBP it's a pretty expensive demo, albeit one that should keep you smiling for a good few weeks.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The variety, innovative interaction and sheer playfulness on offer are more than enough to warrant the cover price alone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Taking all things into consideration, and despite some dodgy gameplay balance issues, wonky supercar handling, and ill-fitting drift events, much of Need for Speed: Shift is undeniably impressive and EA's work is done with regard to breathing fresh life into a decaying series corpse.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Truth be told, I had to blow dust off the Wii before putting New Super Mario Bros Wii into the drive. But only Nintendo's device could ever push a 2D game as their big holiday number - and it's fantastic that they have.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There is only one way to really do justice to DeathSpank and that is to quote one of the game's characters. In the words of Annie the Orphan: "I love you Daddy DeathSpank."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    But what it does have it wears on its sleeve - hundreds of hand crafted miniature challenges - and that's what I keep coming back for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Enslaved is a worthy adventure title that overcomes its own minor shortcomings with an excellent narrative and glorious visuals.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo 5 is a love letter to racing fanatics, but also the perfect entry point for more casual players. It plays like a dream, and as long as you can forgive the occasional hiccup here and there, you'll find yourself completely enthralled.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Overlook Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom and you risk missing out on a thoroughly enjoyable experience.