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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 98 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 5 Xiaolin Showdown
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 924
924 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's just a shame that time and time again it's the controls that you'll be telling your mates about as much as the game itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The quality of the characters, story and writing is the biggest draw as far as I was concerned and is certainly the game's greatest strength. The characters are full of quirks, idiosyncrasies and flaws, making them seem like realistic individuals rather than the tool of a games designer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Needless to say Boom Blox gets my highest praise not because of its masterly delivery, clever controls or intriguing levels but because it makes me and my family genuinely enjoy playing it together.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Technically its a marvel, especially when it comes to the creation of a realistic and highly immersive world. The story too is a bold and well-executed step into unfamiliar territory for gaming. But the meat of the gameplay has its failings, and every so often it just doesn't quite live up to its epic billing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    T: DS is a very atmospheric game which has just one too many small faults to make its gameworld a compellingly believable one.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So, on one hand you've got a splendidly jazzed up version of one of the most defining Japanese RPG's ever created, and it's a good forty hours to boot. On the other you've still just got Final Fantasy IV.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you like you shooting with a dollop of tangible fear, F.E.A.R. is for you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It may not reinvent the wheel as far as the open-world genre is concerned, but in crafting a suitably compelling and eminently playable title, Sucker Punch have shaken off the child-friendly shackles of their Sly Cooper games and produced something distinctly dark and mature, that simply demands to be played.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics are crisp and sharp, not too snazzy and not too lazy. It all feels just right. It is simple, but intelligent. It feels fresh and familiar. Not too easy, not too hard. Space Invaders Extreme is a walking oxymoron.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a PSP exclusive R&C: Size Matters is a welcome reminder of what the PSP should be about, a truly great game that uses the hardware perfectly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    CoD 5 is a very solid FPS that can sit proudly enough on the shelf next to it's predecessors. If you are not turned off by the idea of returning to WWII, you'll have five or six hours of enjoyable shooting in solo mode, and probably many more in the team deathmatch and war modes online.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Virtua Tennis makes full use of the PSP's graphics capability and delivers perfect miniature replicas of today's tennis titans for you to mould and manipulate with your fingertips.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a gentle, charming distraction that can be picked up and put down with as much frequency as you like, I strongly recommend you give it a go. It's certainly one of the better looking titles about, and makes for a relaxing counterpoint after all the gritty realism in the likes of "Gears of War."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Technical faults such as difficultly seeing where you're going and suspect frame-rates are serious issues when it comes to games of such speed requiring cat like reflexes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But fight fans beware - this isn't Street Fighter IV or Tekken. This is as real as it gets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter isn't the most difficult game of all time, of course, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a contemporary title that places such rigorous demands on its players' dedication and skill. In the same respect, it tends to either terrify its audience off within a couple of hours or engulf them completely.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's perhaps not the ideal starting place for GH newbies (unless they're Metallica die-hards) but for the rest of us it's a lovely addition to our growing GH library.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Spore really is the sum of all its parts. The first four sections could not standalone as a single game, but with the addition of being able to navigate the galaxy Spore pulls us back and keeps us hooked even when there is the gaping hole of no multiplayer mode.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A scintillating performance, marred only by the odd foul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In its favour Crysis Warhead has the best graphics engine money can currently buy, and at a budget price. It also has a compelling storyline, an interesting character, and is a real treat for those who never played the original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Was it worth the wait, yes, it did keep drawing me back but through the final missions auto-pilot mode had taken over. Regrettably, for a new game, it already feels dated.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In some areas (like the moveable furniture) it adds interesting enhancements, whilst less successful innovations can simply be ignored. But what it fails to do is to keep the momentum of the first game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bulletstorm may be a sick, filthy game that you may not want to show to everyone, but at least it knows it is and simply doesn't care. It's much more interested in whether or not you can slam three shotgun shots into that guy you just flung into the air.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If there's one complaint it's the precision necessary to succeed in completing some of the championships.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If there's one thing that pisses me off without exception it's a full-price retail tag slapped shamelessly onto a distinctly half-arsed product. Now there's a quote for the box.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    It is worth a glance, but if you bore easily you may find this doesn't have the 'wow' gameplay factor to hold your interest for long, and would probably be better off looking elsewhere ultimately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The fact that you are being asked to pay full premium for what is effectively an expansion pack in all but name, may put some off.