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 BioShock
Lowest review score: 5 Xiaolin Showdown
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 924
924 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    This is a good game, unquestionably, but I want more and have come to expect more, it is as simple as that.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderful achievement both technically and, more importantly, in the level of historical detail that it contains.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The content on offer is frighteningly good, and even more so because Namco-Bandai didn't simply scale the portable modes down along with the screen sizing.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's also bountifully endowed with that certain something that Meir sprinkles into his games that makes them so hard to stop playing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It feels and handles unlike any other football game currently available and it's about as close to the beautiful game as you can get.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    And thanks to Autolog, you'll definitely be attempting events over and over. Autolog tracks your friend's achievements and lets you know what times they've set. They can even add pictures and text to your in-game wall, cajoling you into beating them by setting challenges.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In the end it's this lack of additional play modes that lets Ridge Racers down a bit, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that what is offered is extremely entertaining, remarkably solid and technically incredible.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Plants Vs Zombies is clearly a labour of love and on top of that it's what you might call the perfection of simplistic budget gaming. The game stimulates the emotional mind from start to finish, providing the kind of spontaneous quick-fire stimulation that our minds have come to expect from 21st century lifestyles.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There are some great firefights where the odds are so heavily stacked against you that victory, when it comes, is an emotional event.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No matter how you look at it though, FM 2010 is the finest football management sim available today. It's not without its problems but, in the long run, these are far outweighed by new features and gameplay refinements that further the level of immersion and help make you feel more like the gaffer than ever before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's the most complete Pokemon title yet and a very appropriate way to say goodbye to your DS before the ever tantalising 3DS emerges.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    FIFA 09 is more than just an update; its another huge leap forward for EA. It is the marzipan on a Battenberg, and the designer dress on a super model. How they're going to top this I don't know, so enjoy this near-perfection while you can. Yes, this is simply the best football game ever made.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The ever flirtatious relationship between Gordon and Alyx is communicated with beautiful clarity by the astonishing amount detail and expression on Alyx's face.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Right now, DiRT 3 is one of the best racing titles you can buy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Undead Nightmare is an immensely enjoyable and compelling alternate story set within the Red Dead universe, that succeeds in making the open-world feel fresh and different. The story is entertaining and engaging, and just as well-written and produced as the main game.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Country Returns definitely has its faults, and we'd wager that the majority of players will never see it all the way through to the end. Yet while the difficulty curve is ridiculous and the multiplayer is quite broken, the game's charm and mystery prevails, giving us some of the same feelings that the original releases did. If you're looking for a serious challenge and don't get frustrated too easily, Donkey Kong Country Returns is worth a look.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's still a title that's hampered by the limitations of its chosen platform, one that would have been significantly more fun to play on a PS2 or any of the other home consoles.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Fight Night Round 4 is easily the best boxing game of 2009 and also markedly better than its superb series predecessor, the game's perfectly balanced blend of challenge and excitement, relentless action, intuitive controls, jaw-loosening graphics, and fulfilling career mean it's the best example of "the sweet science" to ever grace home consoles.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The bold lines, simple colours and innocent aesthetic emphasises the idealism of the Zelda series at its finest: this tiny, wide-eyed boy can conquer unimaginable evil, and his stoic determination can achieve more than even omnipotent deities could manage. These games might be perfect for children, but they're as fine an example of gaming as any adult could hope to encounter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Eight-player online racing provides endless gameplay and all eight of the relevant disciplines are catered for, from point-to-point endurance to time trials, rally and beyond. It is without doubt the most comprehensive and utterly playable off-road racing title we've ever played, the pitch perfect balance between immediate arcade gratification and detailed authenticity making for a matchless rally experience. Colin McRae: DiRT 2 is simply racing at its most unreservedly sublime.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like your Japanese RPGs and have a lot of time to spend to get the most from the game, it comes highly recommended.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I can't imagine a better RTS being released in the foreseeable future; certainly one has never bettered it before this. Everyone, regardless of whether you enjoy RTS' or not should own a copy - you're doing yourself a massive injustice if you refrain.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a game that becomes a part of your life in a way that only the very very best games can do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Where it fails, it is very difficult to criticise, simply because the premise offers little room for Insomniac to really shake things up. Number two represents a leap over the original Resistance, and although some may bemoan the lack of a main campaign co-op option, some of the multiplayer choices implemented instead are bold and highly enjoyable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    How you like your racing games is a personal thing, for me the delicate balance between pedal to the metal racing and slightly dull car porn is something that GRID gets spot on.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In summary, Kingdom Hearts II might not even meet some definitions of what a computer game is, and for long sections it would probably be better described as 'next-gen interactive fiction'.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An unrivalled showcase of imagination and creativity, Bayonetta is potentially 2010's game of the year before 2009 has even ended. [JPN Import]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great game marred only by a pervading sense of dj vu, then. But when the quality bar is raised this high, deja vu be damned - we couldn't care less. We just sincerely hope that Insomniac see reason and postpone killing off their strongest franchise for a some time yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    You might well think that Persona 3 is a mishmash of very "Japanese" ideas, and you'd be right. But it's all down to the execution of these ideas and this game has managed to combine some very peculiar elements into a very delicious package.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Visually and aurally it's a real tour de force, the plot pretty much stays the right side of the crazy line and on the whole combat feels fresh and well designed. There are a few hiccups and they do take the gloss off things more than the rest of the game deserves, but they shouldn't be enough to put you off.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's a solid shooter that ticks all the right boxes and is a blast to play in places. Just don't expect it to blow you away or give you a good idea about what the PS3 can do, because it only scratches the surface.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The variety, innovative interaction and sheer playfulness on offer are more than enough to warrant the cover price alone.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While the squishy and squashy invention of the PSP's award-winning LocoRoco perhaps comes closest to Patapon in terms of creativity and originality, the genre-straddling ingenuity and intrinsic simplicity of Pyramid/Japan Studios' horrendously addictive rhythm-based, all-action, resource management God game successfully lifts Patapon head and shoulders above most of today's videogames - PSP or otherwise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Beyond the Sword shows signs of how you can stuff too much into a game not initially designed to hold so much content. I look forward to Civilization V with great anticipation and till that game graces the world I will continue to play the fully expanded version of Civ IV which now graces every computer I regularly use.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's really chuffing addictive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Boxing may be more of a niche market than it used to be but Fight Night Champion is still a glistening jewel in EA Sport's championship belt.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    One of the greatest video games ever made. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The familiarity of Vice City Stories also breeds a clawing sense of stagnancy, and the lack of a second analogue stick - while patched - does leave a rent in the application of the gameplay control.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On balance, I personally will probably stick with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. But there is definitely an audience out there for Skate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Just be warned though, don't expect it to be an easy ride at all. War is hell, especially in Dark Conflict's case. If you're new to the series then maybe start with Dual Strike for a friendlier introduction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Vegas is very good, the only drawbacks coming from the slightly too short singleplayer campaign which can be dispatched in about 8-10 hours.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This little arcade shooter is worth a decent amount of cash on its own, so its inclusion in the package only makes PGR4 that much more attractive. Oh. And there are motorbikes in it too. They bump the score up an extra few percentage points.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game play can be tedious to the point of frustration at times, but it is novel and interesting. The game fails to create a convincing, "hook-the-player" atmosphere and only those seasoned puzzle solvers out there will come back for more time and time again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Multiplayer modes and online support already take the game to another level, and coupled with a revitalised track-list, lovely visuals, a great new controller and and an attention to detail and polish previously unknown to the genre, what we have here is the return of a true hero.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a boon to Nintendo's device.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    By concentrating solely on the bits people who want to play superhero games are most interested in, namely superpowers and character abilities, rather than any of the more involved economics of other MMOs, COH/V manages to deliver a pair of finely focused games that understand what their audience wants and aren't ashamed to provide it by the bucket load.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The replayability is immense and after spending a whole weekend blasting through both single and co-op campaigns, I still went back to perfect my speed and score runs as well as collect up missing upgrades and items.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's the branching gameplay that catapults Double Agent above its predecessors and marks the series as striding forward into a wealth of possibilities.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Critic Score
    A stimulating, compelling game of gridiron.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    LocoRoco 2 could well be the most enjoyable mix of madcap nonsense and simple yet perfectly formed gameplay that there's been all year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a pity that there is no new PvMP zone but I'm sure it will be added in future expansion packs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    For the best part of seventeen years consoles have been trying to emulate the unparalleled experience of playing first person shooters on the PC. For the first time Crysis 2 shows console gamers that they can have the PC experience without the massively expensive gaming rig.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I was never going to feel the same buzz playing Soul Calibur IV as I did the original: the core experience is too familiar. But the online play has been implemented impressively, and prevents this becoming a game that will sit on your shelf until your friends come round.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    To be honest, Dark Mirror was so good that Sony Bend could have got away with slapping a fresh story and some new levels around the same engine and been done with it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game play can be tedious to the point of frustration at times, but it is novel and interesting. The game fails to create a convincing, "hook-the-player" atmosphere and only those seasoned puzzle solvers out there will come back for more time and time again.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When push leads inexorably to shove, there are probably two good games here. The problem is that you have to play them both at the same time. Those of us that would have preferred a pure platformer, or indeed a pure RPG experience, will suffer the most. Those that are happy to live with the combination will find a compelling experience, with well written dialogue, innovative play dynamics and bucket loads of Nintendo charm.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Starcraft II might be looming on the horizon, but for now I'm more than satisfied - both online and off - with my troop of grisly Space Marines. I'll also be very surprised if even Blizzard can manage to top Relic at single-player.
    • 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.