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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So if you are under the impression that The Sims 2 is for girls and housewives and that you wouldn't touch it with my rocket launcher you could be doing the gaming node in your brain a great disservice to pass over this title with such wilful abandon.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At no point in Black's development did the game ever indicate it would become anything more than what it is: a high-powered homage to the FPS genre in its simplest and most undiluted form.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whenever a game of such craftsmanship actually gets a release in Europe, you would be a fool not to grasp it tightly and treasure its unique and original interactivity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Traffic Checking and trackside shortcuts gives Revenge a little more of a complex feel to the high speed simplistic madness of the series so far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the tutorial level at the start of the game is a work of genius in this gem of a game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cop response isn't quite as overwhelming as in the console GTA's, but overall GTA Liberty City Stories is not only an amazing technical achievement but an awesome portable game worth any PSP owner's £35.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The pure footballing pleasure of Pro Evo 5 serves as a reminder of what it all should be about. Some fans of past iterations may not like the tweaks made here to a formula loved by so many, but evolution is inevitable and I think we're just about heading in the right direction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the best poker experience available on any platform and should not be missed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliant title that we've all been waiting for, making the DS that extra mile more appealing and helping seal my growing contempt for the PSP even though I'm not in the least bit a "fanboy".
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Animal Crossing isn't for everyone, but the Nintendo DS realisation of the game is absolutely brilliant, but not - I might add - without its flaws, most of which are thankfully forgivable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most pleasing things about Killzone Liberation that it seems to have been polished to the point you can almost see your face in it, it's impeccably balanced, looks amazing and is full of little gameplay touches and ideas that only come when a game has been developed by people who truly care about it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It pushes the stilted FPS genre in a direction not often associated with mindless run and gun action. The seamless integration of brilliant performances, staggering character animation and near photo-realistic presentation only serve to enhance impressive white-knuckle action gameplay and a truly creepy yet compelling pseudo RPG storyline.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The frenetic immediacy of the uprisings and the power of their resulting fire fights is thoroughly entertaining as well as graphically hard hitting - despite the obvious "Far Cry" similarities. The sense of absolute speed when behind the wheel (or controls) of some of the game’s more ‘beefy’ land and sea vehicles is always thrilling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The retro touches like the return of cheesy cut-scenes, the universe itself and the focus on Tiberium in its decidedly science fiction storyline have had just the right amount of effort applied to make this an incredibly refined experience.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are always a large number of players online whatever the time of day with the dedicated Sony servers usually holding the larger 32 player battles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All you can ask from an expansion pack, does it improve the original game, does it offer more content and does it do enough to become essential to the core experience. The Burning Crusade offers an emphatic yes to all these so there really is very little excuse for fans not to buy it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret Files: Tunguska signifies a new era for point and click adventures, both in terms of playability and stylistically - don't miss it!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's really all about the experience, reading all the facts and features lists in the world isn't going to accurately convey the feeling of playing GRAW 2, the feeling of being sucked into a game world so beautifully formed and well designed that the individual features blur into the impressive whole.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a game with a huge sense of fun, it knows what gamers want and isn't ashamed to deliver it in spades. Its unforgiving elastic band AI and relatively steep learning curve may put some people off but they'll be missing out on one of the most enjoyable racers around and should be taunted accordingly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most accomplished tennis simulation I've ever played, and I really liked VT. That says it all, really.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's something genuinely thrilling about Ace Combat's high speed dog-fighting that grabs you by your throat and refuses to let go. It's unashamedly arcadey, it doesn't last all that long and the between mission cut scenes are a bit of a pointless distraction, but once you're in the air there's few games that provide as intense a feeling of exhilaration.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As it is, we're still wowed by Rock Band's ambition, while the Band World Tour mode is truly groundbreaking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a genuinely exciting brand new IP, its Wii exclusive, it has a flawless understanding of how best to use the console's motion sensing controls and it proves there's a use for the adventure game genre in this current generation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This sort of incidental fun has historically been the preserve of childhood matchbox cars and track, and it's therefore great to find a videogame that encourages such imaginative play. For me this more than compensates for any shortfall in 'directed' experience, and I'd suggest is an opportunity for the gamer to play a greater part in creating their own fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that more than makes up for the protracted wait, with both a fantastic single player campaign and brilliantly worthwhile multiplayer component to boot.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most polished FPS titles I've ever played, it does not redefine the genre but simply shows others how it should be done. An immersive storyline captures the imagination but falls down by being too short.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dangerously compelling entertainment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throw in a nice selection of Achievements for you Gamerscore junkies, and you have a nice little package, very attractive for the price.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not have that many genuinely new ideas but Dead Space is still a thing of beauty. It has successfully taken all the best bits from the survival horror genre, perfected them, and mixed them in with a whole array of Hollywood influences to create an experience that's still completely it's own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wii Fit is going to make Nintendo money by the bucket load. But rest assured there is some pretty impressive substance behind the hype.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is explosive, balls-to-the-wall action that makes no concessions in delivering the ultimate playground in which to wreak havoc. The almost limitless potential for reckless mayhem is what makes Guerrilla such an unashamedly fun game to play, which is why this is without a doubt the biggest summer blockbuster so far this year and consequently an essential purchase. Now go on, get your ass to Mars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soul Bubbles is an original game, beautifully executed, perfectly suited for the DS, using the touch screen to its full potential. I would love to find some fault with it, but I simply can't. Okay, I did get frustrated from time to time, but it was enormously satisfying when I finally got all my little spirits to safety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's pretty hard to find serious fault with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals may not delight to quite to the same degree as the 360 version, and the view can be a little close-up at times, but new features like wi-fi animal trading, the interface, and of course the icon-based menus that are much more intuitive, make for an experience that can hold its own against the original title and will hopefully attract a few new players to the series too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a crowd pleasing game for those Christmas parties that will still entertain long into the new year then you can't go far wrong with this; just don't blame us if you've can't get a go yourself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a gaming world populated by companies able to throw millions of pounds at tired franchises that sell on their name alone and where genuine innovation and fresh ideas should be welcomed with open arms, there's no better game to throw your weight behind than World of Goo. If more titles were made with this much passion the gaming world would be a much nicer, although possibly gooier, place.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lost and Damned is an excellent, well-produced, complete title. It, deservedly, makes Project Anchorage, Bring Down the Sky and Knothole Island look timid. It makes Half-Life's Episodes look miniscule.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is easily more than a technology demo - as some accused Flow of being. As with any game like this, it is much easier to understand in the flesh than to explain. And I suggest you do just that. For a minimal investment you will find a gaming experience as elegant and subtle as any novel. And like a good novel, it is one you will want to pass on to all your friends.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may lack the narrative impact of its predecessor - BioShock's jaw-loosening plot twist is one of gaming's finest - and the art deco wonder of Rapture may have lost some of its artistic wow factor, but there's still plenty to applaud here. Instilled with the same graphical beauty, eerie atmosphere and depth of character that made the first visit to Rapture such a discomforting yet immersive pleasure, it's the fluid dual-wielding gameplay, tense tactical set-piece battles, and the truly terrifying shriek of the Big Sisters that convincingly propel BioShock 2 towards greatness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the graphics are perhaps a little rough around the edges, the sprawling cityscape is as appealing as it ever was, the NPC population just as lively, and the renowned in-car radio broadcasts swing between a bonanza of musical styles and fabulously written politically incorrect talk shows and discussions that are laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza 3 is undoubtedly the most comprehensive in the series to date, boasting more cars than you can shake a (gear)stick at and a whole host of fantastic courses to race them on. Slickly presented throughout, Forza 3 has pure quality coursing through its high-performance engine. Make no mistake, this is currently the finest racing sim money can buy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With competent combat, thrilling exploration and the inherent joy of becoming a world-conquering super soldier, Shadow Complex is a triumph. The journey might be short, but it's one of the sweetest you'll have all year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Harmonix have created a loving dedication to one of the greatest bands of all time. It might not set the Christmas charts on fire, but it will be a critical darling for years to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those of you willing to concede a degree of control, and embrace the game world, its characters, its ambience, will find that Heavy Rain is a slice of entertainment that stays with you between plays and compels you forward. It isn't perfect, but there's no questioning the gripping endeavour here. Meanwhile outside, in the night, the rain keeps falling, and time is of the essence get to it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DiRT 2 is a hugely enjoyable and well rounded game. It might not be as sim-like in nature as some hardcore rally fans may have wanted, but what it does offer is thrilling and enjoyable racing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The downside to all these positives is that the mini-games, so enjoyable on the DS touch screen, become little more than button tapping affairs here losing most of their charm in the process.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Machinarium wants to tell you a story, it needs you to eek your way through it, and the artists have clearly sweated buckets of WD40 in creating a world originally brilliant for you to absorb, but it isn't 'free'. Your payment (besides the 11 GBP it costs) is the dying brain cells and droplets of blood forming on your forehead as you ponder another conundrum. But pay gladly my friends, because this is a kind of value you'll rarely see in any world, mechanical or otherwise. Savour it too, because Machinarium will pay you back tenfold.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its core concept of an ever expanding universe filled with bite-sized platforming chunks dovetails perfectly with the pick-up-and-play nature of handheld gaming to the extent you start to wonder if it was actually always meant to be played this way. Obviously if you loved the original then this fresh slice of near identical pie should delight you once again, if however, you loved the ingredients but were left a little nonplussed by the whole thing last time then this second helping could convert you.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A deceptively simple game, one of those classics that you can instantly pick up and play but which colludes with the pleasure seeking part of your brain into compelling you to keep on playing until you master all its little nuances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A diamond of a game that you really ought to snap up. Get it now and prove to the gaming big guns that we want games like this, that we won't just be fobbed off with sequel after sequel and lackluster movie tie-ins.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A solid title that delivers a satisfying third-person shooter experience successfully drawing the player into its action via meaty weapon selection and customisation, an intriguingly adult and believable storyline, extremely pretty in-game and pre-rendered graphics and animation, appealing and humorous character camaraderie, immersive if not somewhat flawed partner A.I and Aggro systems, and a thoroughly decent level of challenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Those who hate it will throw down the controller a long time before the ass-serving and seemingly shallow controls give way to fulfilling battles and a truly awesome character; while those who love it will stubbornly plough forward from death to death, ever-reaching for the next level, and the next level, in order to experience the sheer visceral pleasure of directing Baldur in his almost invincible dance of death.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whilst Fable 2 is not exactly flaw-free, the bulk of the game is splendidly entertaining. Lionhead consistently bite off more than they can chew with their games, so the scope and ambition of Fable 2 is both unmatched by other development studios and occasionally unrealisable in a current-gen video game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Yes, the loading times are a pain but do they ruin the experience as a whole? Not at all. Yes, the AI seems a little weaker than the PS2 version but is it really that noticeable? No, especially at the higher difficulty settings.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The real-time strategy experience that fans of the genre will have been waiting for. Its complex, finely tuned, gorgeous to look at and includes extensive online support for those who have 'pwned' the single-player mode, so to speak, and fancy taking on the world.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is a game you could think of as real 'summer blockbuster', although this is meant in the best possible way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gearbox Software have managed to squeeze another ounce or two of power out of the DS, and it's all put to very good use. The game ultimately makes a success of itself because the experience is not only believable, but great fun to play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you were a fan of the first then this is an improvement on that in almost every aspect and you will love them all, however if you hated the first one then chances are you won't take to the sequel either as it is very similar in most aspects.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you have the time and the dedication, Empire: Total War will shower you with gaming glory and riches.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I've not played many of the previous Madden games, and I wouldn't call myself an American football enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination. But this game really managed to capture my attention. Its addictive; its fun, and its very easy to get sucked into.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Critic Score
    A stimulating, compelling game of gridiron.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's hard to be anything but overjoyed with WipEout HD Fury. The price seems miniscule for the amount of content on offer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On a very basic level it's little more than a conventional corridor shooter, however, it's draped in such atmospheric finery you'll hardly notice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    2010 FIFA World Cup is a brilliant football game and a perfect example of how to build a proper game around a one-off tournament. It's hands-down the best football game out there at the moment until FIFA 11 at least.