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 0.3 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The most enjoyable FPS narrative based WWII shooter I've played in years, and I loved Call of Duty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The story remains suitably compelling and entertaining throughout, but it's the intuitive controls and strength of the ghostbusting itself that'll keep you playing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Despite the strong competition of World of Warcraft and Everquest 2, Tabula Rasa manages to add some unique and innovative features to the genre such as the cloning system, and hopefully with a few more patches under its belt (adding extra features); it will be guaranteed a strong player base for many years to come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you already own previous Maddens then take a moment to think before buying this one, if you haven't dipped your toe into the Madden lagoon for a while then now is as good a time as any to take the plunge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    They say timing is everything and there's a sense that EA will be onto a winner here simply by being the first fully integrated MotionPlus tennis game to hit the shelves.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    For the fans, especially the ones who've strayed away in the last couple of months, Infinity Ward's latest collection is more than enough for them to welcome the game back with open arms. Tango sucker!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the World War II setting has been done to death in countless games, RUSE's version is a strangely fresh take, although perhaps the game's biggest success is in crafting an RTS for the console that hasn't been diluted in any apparent way, elegantly transferring all of the PC's complicated commands to just a few buttons.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    What makes Ridge Racer unique is that, even though the entire race is driven at top speed, it requires total concentration, control and pin-point precision to capture the chequered flag. Your performance has to be consistent throughout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The additional material in Venice gives the impression that it should have been part of really great enhancement patch, rather than a fully featured and fully priced expansion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If however you are considering what should be your first folly into World War action, then consider looking elsewhere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The most impressive thing here is the restraint shown in the amount of Sega branded bedlam and power-ups. What results is a kart racer that offers something unique on 360 and PS3 and a strong alternative to Mario fatigued Wii players.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This version of Sega Rally isn't as good as the game that stole my heart and money all those years ago, however it's more than a worthy homage.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A dynamic cover system makes shootouts enjoyably tactical and the action remains quick and consistent throughout. What's more, it's a massive improvement over the comparatively rough first game, especially where the visuals are concerned.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As a standalone football game without all the World Cup-related fluff and filling, EA have provided something which is actually good fun to play (both off and online), certainly not like their frustratingly average efforts over recent years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The detail of the environments, the splendour of the graphics, the wonder of the physics engine, all these things combine with the dangerously entertaining gameplay to make SHOWW2 the best game of its kind, and one of the most refreshingly enjoyable games I have had the pleasure to review.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As a standalone football game without all the World Cup-related fluff and filling, EA have provided something which is actually good fun to play (both off and online), certainly not like their frustratingly average efforts over recent years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A perfect example of this fact, not only is it the best game so far in this underrated series it's also one of the most enjoyable racing games around at the moment for any console.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's nothing inherently wrong with Kane's Wrath - it is a very slick, stable and polished package - and as long as you feel the allure of the C&C universe is strong enough to warrant yet another visit then this purchase will not disappoint.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is retro gaming as it should be, other developers please take note!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Perhaps it's time that developers Neversoft go away for longer than twelve months and come back with something other than a glorified extension of a series that seems to be short on innovation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It's still got some dodgy AI moments (mafia members running non-stop into walls, anyone?) and occasionally the Wii controls are a little unresponsive, but for 20 plus hours of gameplay, you could certainly spend your money on worse during what seems to be a somewhat worryingly slow period for game releases on Wii.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Lego Indiana Jones is very accessible and very well produced. Although for some endlessly smashing Lego scenery and finding keys to fit winches again and again and again in a desperate attempt to reach the next mildly humorous Mr. Bean-injected version of a scene from the classic films may get slightly tedious after hours and hours of it, and this is just about all Lego Indiana Jones' gameplay really amounts to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Horse racing and Stronghold take some perseverance, but if you're able to get pin down the gameplay, then you'll get more out of the new modes. Get a posse together meanwhile, and you'll find more than enough to enjoy in Liars & Cheats.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Put aside such quibbles however and you're left with a fantastic action game that brings you as close to being the lead in a fully formed John Woo film as you're ever going to get, for his fans that alone will be enough, for the rest of you still left undecided go and watch 'Hard Boiled' with an Xbox controller in your hand and imagine how great it would be if it was interactive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Testing out the new additions and playing around with the new options is more than mildly diverting. However, after a while the tediousness of the city-scape and the simplicity of the driving model conspire to make one think of the other things that could be done with the time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The online multiplayer is addictive and fun too, thanks to the context provided by the evolving world, and although the game is marred by weak singleplayer narrative and lacklustre AI, the lasting impression is still well within the positive.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It would have been forgivable to exaggerate the gameplay in places in order to make it more entertaining. But The Godfather is a game for the purists and in order to please it has to feel genuine, The Godfather certainly is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Yet another example of the dangers of one publishing company gaining a monopoly over a particular genre. The experience becomes homogenised and the resulting games become soulless products devoid of any indication.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    F.E.A.R. 2 is a decent mix of self-aware cliche, gratuitous and hyperbolic violence mixed with the occasional touch of subtlety and reservation. It's a solid, dependable shooter that, in its best moments, gets your heart racing. Whilst the universe might be confusing and unfriendly for those who haven't played the first game, the shooting mechanics should be satisfying enough for fans of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gun
    Graphically Gun is as pretty as a peach. The motions of both man and beast are well captured and even close up, they look beautifully textured, very tangible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While the experience is short-lived, the seven or so hours of gameplay you get from it are truly amazing and for once, I can say a film-to-game conversion has successfully been achieved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Prof. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain is an intriguing 'program'. This is not a game for Mensa geniuses, but is ideal for those of a general intelligence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The boss fights showcase the game's weapons-based puzzle solving well, and no more so than the final boss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It does what it does very well indeed providing a version of football that while not hugely realistic plays the kind of fast exciting all action game you wish you watched week in week out on the terraces. Put it this way, my England vs. Croatia game this morning ended 7 - 1 (4-4-2, Beckham on from the start and no untested young keeper), hands up who'd have rather watched that on Wednesday night.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    As for what was actually made, Transformers: War for Cybertron is a solid but unremarkable effort that occasionally shows glimpses of its true potential. It provides a complete, if a little too short, package of modes and features in a genuinely interesting setting. It just needed a little more spark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Simultaneously engaging and fun to play, Op Flash 2 will be enjoyed by all but the most staunch realism pedant. Given the slight scaling back of the unremittingly harsh difficulty of the first game, this sequel boasts more than enough authenticity to replicate more than just a modicum of what real war might be like.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If FlatOut 2 proves anything it's that there's room for more than one type of racer that strongly encourages wreckage at every twist and turn, and it's refreshing to see that despite EA's undeniable might smaller developers are willing to have a go at competing, often showing them a thing or two about game design in the process.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If the idea of having complete control of every aspect of your squad and planning the action down to the last detail floats your boat then the PC version is ideal, if you'd rather feel like you're in charge of a team of real people surviving moment to moment on your instincts alone then you'll have more fun with the console version.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It's definitely worth a look, if only to have something on the shelf that's gently mesmerising and a very nice break from the norm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    "Underwhelming" is a word to describe Heroes of the Pacific as a whole. It's a game that is definitely competent but it just doesn't do anything special.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A very solid, if slightly unspectacular title. It's not amazingly long, but unlike some of its contemporaries it hangs together well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is how all casual games should be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As current gen platform games go this is still one of the best even in a bite-sized package. As a Ratchet and Clank game however you're left yearning for all the bits they've left out. If you're a fan then there's enough platforming fun here to warrant its purchase just don't be expecting Tools of Destruction 2.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Absolutely crammed with speed and thrills, though perhaps a little light in terms of content and longevity without the inclusion of multiplayer, Burnout Dominator is still as impressive as most of the series editions, and certainly equally as appealing as Burnout: Revenge in all the right gameplay places - but that is also perhaps its one defining fault.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gun
    Graphically Gun is as pretty as a peach. The motions of both man and beast are well captured and even close up, they look beautifully textured, very tangible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a quick game which uses its brevity as a lure with that one-more go factor scoring very highly. Its rich visual style and strong core gameplay put many other monster titles to shame.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Those of the football mad persuasion will certainly relish the tangible sense of occasion, excitement and authenticity ingrained throughout EA Sport's latest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    All in all, considering that the overall gameplay mechanic is a rinse and repeat exercise of duck and cover shooting coupled with a partially fractured command interface, it's hard to recommend Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway to anyone other than hardened series fanatics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What a waste of a perfectly decent videogame. Activision should hang its corporate head in shame, directly after it offers the development team at Raven a public apology for so savagely shafting its work on Singularity. If there were any justice in this world, and my opinion amounted to anything more than a whisper lost amid a crowd of screaming maniacs, every shooter fan would promptly purchase Singularity in order to drag it back from the depths of hell to which it has been so unfairly consigned.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Its strengths lie in that it's simple to a fault, it's direct and honest, it's damn addictive, and it's the perfect foil for starting (or ending) a fun Saturday night on the town - or any night for that matter. What more do you need from an arcade FPS game?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MAG
    The control system might misfire and it might whiff of 'been there, done that', but when the FPS action is as accomplished and solid as MAG's is, there's plenty of enjoyment to be had especially if you're fortunate enough to assemble a crack team of mates to play with. 255 mates though? That's a bit of a stretch. Better get on Facebook now.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ambiguity aside this is a fairly middle of the road follow-on to an ace series that'll still amuse endlessly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main complaint I would have about this game is that it doesn't push the boundaries technologically; it could feasibly have been done on the DS or the GameCube even, as it does not make any real use of the Wiimote and the graphics are decidedly last-generation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you've got the time and patience for City Life, then you'll surely uncover an engrossing gaming experience that, despite its minor faults (including a still-lacking tutorial, a confusing interface and some awful accompanying shopping centre 'muzak') that does more than enough to stand proud in the company of Tycoon and Sim City.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's a good few hours of decent, lighthearted action-adventuring, and some of the most brilliant Marvel fan-service you could hope for.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    "Underwhelming" is a word to describe Heroes of the Pacific as a whole. It's a game that is definitely competent but it just doesn't do anything special.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Second Encounter was (and is) arguably the best entry into the Serious Sam series, juggling the right balance between flippant colourful whimsy and pelleting grubby monsters so hard they turn into a crimson paste.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The RTS foundations are in place and there are plenty of core and online missions to test player mettle (and patience), but, as with Battlestations: Midway, the control interface is still unwieldy, the action is still stodgy and unfulfilling, and the aesthetics are still hampered by distinctly last-gen failings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if it weren't for an oddly skewed sense of gameplay balance that offers two separate genre types (action and puzzle) rather than a comfortable mixture of both, Overlord would be a thoroughly impressive experience that delivers something a little off the beaten track.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It really is good, old fashioned adventure gaming fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Those of the football mad persuasion will certainly relish the tangible sense of occasion, excitement and authenticity ingrained throughout EA Sport's latest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Those new to the Suikoden series and RPGs in general, you could choose no better series or game to start playing, this one has it all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all the enhanced visuals, it's the activities that really make use of Move's location technology that make sense and are the most fun to play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underworld is impossible to actually dislike, as at its core you know this is what games should be about, pure escapism, discovery, immersion. This doesn't stop Lara's latest failing to be greater than the sum of its parts, however, and while this is unquestionably a step forward for the series, Crystal Dynamics could perhaps have gone a few inches further still.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Fans of The Godfather will be pleased to hear that the game based on the film hasn't trodden down the same path as disasters such as "Enter The Matrix"; but isn't quite up there with consensual videogame classics such as the Nintendo 64's "GoldenEye."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a game, then, that so far stops just short of being excellent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It's just a case of proportions - too much storyline and too much random battling - and if we're going down the route of size comparison, hands and shoulders need attention too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    While there is little new introduced to the series and the presentational side of the game feels a tad dated with hardly better than average graphics to show, the gameplay remains slick and highly pleasing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Sure there's frustration and flaws to be found if you go looking for them, and they're definitely enough to stop me slapping a huge score at the end and recommending it to everyone, but if you can accept it for what it is and don't look too hard at the ropy bits there's a hell of a lot of fun to be had here if you give it a chance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Overlord II is solid enough, but it doesn't go quite as 'over-the-top' as we'd have liked.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Much like the original, it has a charm about it that makes you want to like it yet it is hugely flawed, with its many reported bugs and performance problems. It doesn't quite deserve the term 'flawed gem' but nor does it deserve to be discarded either.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While there's no denying it looks great and there's huge fun to be had with it at least to start with, there will be those that fall in love with its ultra repetitive just-one-more-go high score setting nature while others will find the need for such continual repetition too off putting enough on its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Spread across a progressively challenging 10 to 12 hours of game time, Darkside Chronicles is a genuinely decent thrill ride that, if your arms and eyes can suffer the mounting strain, delivers a worthwhile experience that sits somewhere between retro distraction and gory tour de force.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Medal of Honor certainly has some great elements and ideas but they aren't brought together in the most convincing way. The campaign lacks widespread appeal due to aspects of its realistic setup and narrative, and the multiplayer is too focused to draw a substantial crowd from the established shooters already out there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some might still feel that this is severely lacking in the challenge department though, so approach with caution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Black & White 2, while enjoyable for a while, just isn't full of enough gaming nutrients to make it taste as appealing as it looks in the picture over the counter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The main criticism though is that there simply isn't enough of it. You almost get the impression that Sonic Team ran out of ideas toward the end, so they repeated some of the boss battles again and then went home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You have an accomplished, if a little generic, arcade aerial fighter that will please those already in love with the franchise. Equally here's a game that doesn't move the genre forward or in anyway justify the full price tag when you can buy Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War for cheaper - essentially what you get is a new narrative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I still enjoyed playing Immortal Cities a good deal, yet I was content to help the Pharaohs out for a far shorter period of time than I would have given them in the past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    As a game its certainty one for the good pile, and will provide hours of solid well made driving entertainment on and off line, however having created such an open and immersive world so impressively it fails to build on that potential by not offering the player any real sense of progression or involvement in it beyond simply moving from race to race and buying more cars.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Folklore is a game that has extremely high aspirations both in terms of storytelling and ethical engagement. Although it is certainly a valiant attempt, I felt it never quite hit the nail on the head.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It may not quite be the masterpiece I wanted but if you're looking for an excellent puzzle game which you can jump in and out of at will then Mercury's definitely a PSP launch title to take a butchers at.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Scarface delivers on nearly every front, from its varied and excellent soundtrack overseen by Jay-Z, to its strong characterization, stylized violence, outrageous swearing, and engaging progress.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It has many strengths particularly in its rock-solid gameplay, and the single player campaign has some highly engaging and exciting levels. Sadly the game is plagued throughout by dipping frame rates and a slightly underwhelming lack of innovation in its multiplayer mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    If you're not fussed either way or Transformers don't especially tickle your fancy, then you'll still find a competent action adventure that whilst incredibly linear and lacking variation, is still essentially sound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The track list is certainly strong enough to recommend the game for even the most casual of Green Day fans, but Rock Band virgins and those that detest the pop-punk trio will undoubtedly be better served by Rock Band 2 or the forthcoming Rock Band 3 and its keytars, due later in the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's a lot of competition in the DS market, and Monster Lab doesn't quite have the raw talent to go up against that. But, there's a good amount of fun in there that a player could eke out if they were so inclined, and I'm certainly glad I got to play it. It's fun atmosphere can't ultimately redeem the fact it's too confused by its own design.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all this is essentially a game for fans of the series. Its innovations will mostly go unnoticed by the masses and rightly so as they have been primarily designed to titillate the faithful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Drakensang offers around 40-50 hours of gameplay depending on how many side quests you tackle, meaning there's plenty to be getting on with, and with a well written storyline and surprisingly good visuals, it really is a noteworthy all round package.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The problem is it's a one trick pony. The shock of the violence and the speed of the gameplay initially grabs your attention, but it lacks the spectacle to keep itself feeling fresh and inventive, then before long a sense of banal repetition sets in. And you're not even a third of the way through the game. I can't deny that it gives you quite a lot of game for your money, but it also outstays its welcome.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are faults too of course, it doesn't really offer much new after the first few levels other than changes of scenery and some bigger weapons and the slow motion action can get a bit old hat after a while, but they never detract much from the game as a whole and ultimately if you play it the way that it's clearly meant to be played, as opposed to just blasting through the levels as fast as possible, then you'll be rewarded with one of the best action games on the PSP.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's easily one of the better PSP racers out there, the potent mix of high-speed racing and spectacular crashes setting it apart from the more clean cut thrills found in WipeOut and Ridge Racer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Overlook Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom and you risk missing out on a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    An accomplished and well-crafted battle-axe wielding warrior of a game. Just don't expect anything classic, historically speaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The level of freedom offered may be a dream come true for some but will simply be far too much for others, thusly alienating this title from a majority of gamers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With the PSP's powerful graphics processor, the images in the game look stunning throughout and playing with this gadget really does feel like taking your PS2 with you on the move.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good science fiction looks past the wondrous and makes you care about its characters. Star Ocean: The Last Hope completely fails in this regard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Championship Edition is super-realistic. Perhaps too much so for its own good. For F1 buffs it is ideal, but if you want an adrenaline-pumping ride on PS3, there's another game, with a big desert and mad vehicles, which does it all much better I'm afraid. One for the fanatics, then.

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