Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 3,898 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 God of War: Chains of Olympus
Lowest review score: 10 Kick-Ass: The Game
Score distribution:
3,898 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Completely wonderful in every way, Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a must for fans of the franchise, and anyone who enjoys the platforming genre.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 is an essential purchase. It's as simple as that.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant port of a brilliant game. VVVVVV on iOS is well worth a first, second, or third download.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much more than a shooter, PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is an ingenious game of elemental manipulation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dig out some eShop credits: you're not going to want to miss ye olde Shovel Knight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge, wonderful looking, deep experience, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is brilliant on your own, or with friends.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    World of Tanks Blitz offers some of the very best multiplayer you'll find for your mobile or tablet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's you and your machine versus the circuit. In this respect, Gran Turismo PSP doesn't stall, effortlessly powering to the front of the handheld field in a manner that is likely to leave many a petrolhead breathless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An engrossing strategy game with a rich array of units, excellent replay value and a history lesson thrown in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may have little grounding in reality, but Me & My Katamari is so unique and delightful – from the very germ of the idea through to its jaw-dropping, coherent and bursting-with-character execution – that it's one of those games you simply must play.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A truly independent voice amongst the blockbusters, this artistic puzzler deserves to be a breakout hit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you wasted your youth on a salty pier arcade with the series, or met Vic Viper for the first time in this review, Gradius will quickly become your pet name for twitch gaming thrills.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slightly bruised by its host hardware, but otherwise a technically outstanding, impressively comprehensive and hugely enjoyable fighting package.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Devilishly unforgiving and dangerously infuriating. But also delicately updated and delightfully addictive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First-rate conversion of two excellent games that, individually, lose a little of their spark on PSP, although nothing that significantly dulls the overall experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best PSP football sim to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big, brash and beautiful, Ace Combat X is a prime example of the PSP's capabilities and deserves a place in every thrill-seeking PSP owner's collection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boasting charming touches, rammed full of content and even trailing a Wi-Fi infrastructure multiplayer mode, it's an easy recommendation for anyone with an itchy trigger finger.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if the combat mechanics aren't alive and kicking, with its inventive puzzles and unique sense of style the body of Dead Head Fred offers an experience PSP owners shouldn't miss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Children of Mana brings intelligence and charm into the realm of dungeon-based button bashing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its learning curve, Rocket Slime offers charm, weirdness and huge, huge tanks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Effortlessly stylish, engagingly simple but deep and beguiling, this is handheld twitch gaming concentrate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With oceanic depth, honed controls and absorbing missions, this is the epitome of bad, meaning good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stylish, noir-inspired adventure with a sophisticated plot and deep characters, Hotel Dusk is the place to stay for smart DS gamers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Greater than the sum of its parts, it's eventually hard to feel anything but sheer joy when playing Magical Starsign.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is a deep, enthralling game but the presence of some flawed elements mean it's not as good as the previous "Dawn of Sorrows."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A compelling mix of dark plots, kooky stories and lawyer talk, Justice for All adds more evidence to the DS's case as the thinking person's console.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A decent driving model set within a rich virtual petrolhead lifestyle world that – occasional technical glitches aside – can prove absorbing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An improvement over its predecessor in almost every area and as such the new lord of free-roaming gangster simulations – there's nothing to match it on PSP. But the narrative feels a little undercooked.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to plenty of tweaks and additions, Mercury Meltdown boils down to a bit more than more of the same. An excellent pocket puzzler.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Uncommonly strong retro compilation heartily recommended to those with fond memories of their days of Mega Drive ownership or, indeed, any fans of solid gaming experiences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A hugely enjoyable brawler with an engrossing story and an atmosphere you can cut with a machete – one of the greatest movie tie-ins ever.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliantly tailored to the PSP, with varied gameplay and astonishing audio and visuals, this is an easy recommendation to WWII fanatics and civilians alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid – often brilliant – simulation, which for some may prove a little too realistic for its own good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A happy coda in a symphony that had lost its flow, Anniversary cannily pairs the refinements of the last decade with the peerless excellence of the original Tomb Raider.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Timeless gameplay, expertly ported, Pirates! is a game to savour throughout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant introduction to the GRAW series, this is intelligent, exhilarating portable gaming at its best. While it lasts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest very successfully mixes the depth of an RPG with a neat puzzle-based battle mode.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Polished in almost every department, this is a well-rounded football sim with surprising depth, given the licence. Obsess!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genuinely innovative puzzler that will change the way you think about the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let its cutesy role-playing-lite stylings fool you; Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales is a quality game that's a blast to play. [JPN Import]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best titles yet for PSP, Jeanne d'Arc triumphs not just in its fictional reenactment of the Hundred Years' War, but in refining the tactical role-playing genre with rock-solid gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quirky and bold, Gurumin proves that a simple dungeon-crawler can be as compulsive as even the most heavily-scripted affair.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bright, addictive and fun - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is a great addition to the DS adventure line-up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An amazingly well featured music making package for your PSP. It takes time and effort to yield Beaterator's fruits, but for those looking to take their first steps into music production it's a fantastic place to start.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not very different from versions on other consoles, Theme Park DS makes good use of the console, and is a neat package for those who want to think on the move.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The superbly implemented web-slinging and touchscreen combat of Spider-Man 3 more than makes up for the lack of mission variety.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picross DS isn't the most alluring game you'll ever clap eyes on, but it's startlingly addictive and will provide endless hours of utterly compulsive amusement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A superb action platform adventure that captures the exuberance of the film brilliantly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun and furious, whether in terms of 2D platforming or 3D mini-gaming, Sonic Rush Adventure proves you can teach an old hedgehog new tricks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far more than a cynical cash-in, this PSP version of Final Fantasy is the perfect opportunity to see where it all began.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Difficult but rewarding, Race Driver: Create & Race earns a place on the winner's podium, even if it doesn't play fairly all of the time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may churn over the same ground, this is a feature-laden package that will have you wriggling with pleasure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An innovative collection of Breakout-themed mini-games, Nervous Brickdown is a well-designed and beautifully realised slice of DS pocket gaming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not original, but Tony Hawk's Proving Ground contains more stunts and features than you'll ever manage to roll your way through, and one of the most comprehensive multiplayer modes around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bright, beautiful and extremely playable, Revenant Wings breathes new life into the portable line of Final Fantasies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars: Galaxies triangulates arcade action, subtle depth, and intuitive controls for pure fun you'll return to remarkably regularly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best modder on the market, with more vehicles, automotive parts and decals than you can shake a wrench at.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It still can't quite keep up with "Pro Evo" on the pitch in terms of purist authenticity, but FIFA 08 is a huge, glinting treasure trove of features and modes with accessible gameplay and solid presentation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The crown prince of the American football game, Madden is showing no signs of weakness as he enters his eighteenth year at the top. It may not justify disposing of 07, but this is a great time for newcomers to join the party.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent, thrilling and fearlessly arcade driving affair that matches its technical brilliance with delightful game mechanic touches.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some annoying quirks remain, but the all new tasks and fun multiplayer modes keeps More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain? top of the class.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy games released on DS, ANNO 1701 brings micro-management to the mainstream.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't really add a great deal to the original mobile phone release but Orcs & Elves DS remains an extremely polished and playable adventure that is well worth splashing your Dwarven gold on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Operation: Vietnam doesn't win any bravery medals for its concept, but it's a well-trained, impressively executed idea that hits all the necessary targets.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a two-year hiatus, the Tiger Woods franchise makes a triumphant return to the DS with this exceptionally entertaining golf simulator.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not exactly a revolution, Bomberman Land Touch! 2 is a worthy successor to a worthy title, with a credible single-player mini-game campaign and a truly superb range of multiplayer options.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in gameplay. Arguably the best football game on the system - once you've mastered the basics.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just add ice. Getting a party started is easy with this multiplayer gem, thanks to a huge assortment of quirky mini-games and single-cartridge play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't likely to bring a unanimous verdict when it comes to FPS on DS, it makes the most compelling case so far.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hardcore devotees of Irem's legendary shooter series may balk at the methodical gameplay but R-Type Tactics ranks as an intelligent and entertaining extension of the R-Type universe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The speed will impress you, but it's the editing tools that will keep you coming back for more in this impressive DS debut for the hugely addictive - and rewarding - TrackMania franchise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An incredibly slick fighting system and top class presentation make this a must for anyone seeking an alternative to the usual one-on-one fighters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A real European Champion. If only we could say the same about England.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unique in its tranquil style of gameplay, flOw's delightfully smooth experience is punctuated only by technical flaws related to its beautiful visual presentation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some control issues, Fading Shadows is an exceptionally imaginative puzzle game that will offer a long-lasting challenge and plenty of fun marble-based exploration for any PSP owner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Refreshingly original bubble-guiding game. Slow and sublime but also deviously tough, with lots to see and find. Don't let this one float away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far better than it has any right to be after all these years - but just lacking that killer flair that would have made it a new age classic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the kind of game that's perfectly suited to the unique attributes of the DS, and it'll comprehensively while away a long journey or a lazy holiday much as a good book would.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A marriage of new variety with classic action yields a worthwhile union.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeous presentation and an astonishingly complete online element help New International Track and Field overcome its relatively minor issues and ascend very close to the top step of the podium.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From negotiating the labyrinthine levels to cracking heads, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows brilliantly captures the essence of Spidey.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not totally divine, Age of Empires: Mythologies offers solid turn-based strategy with a wealth of options and online multiplayer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Graphically gorgeous and showcasing remarkable depth, Ferrari Challenge is truly a thinking man's racing game. It's regrettable that online play wasn't incorporated, but then there's always the sequel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid traditional RPG married to a refreshingly modern narrative, shot through with a lovely sense of humour.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Funky, fresh and funny, Rhythm Heaven Gold transcends the language barrier with its instinctive gameplay and hilarious scenarios.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's been a long hard road but DS owners finally have a football game that they can be proud of – FIFA 09 is this season's most improved player.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An interesting mix of action platformer and match-three, plus a dash of humour, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a surprising success.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seamless first-person shooting action with a healthy sprinkling of innovative touchscreen side missions - this is one of the best war-mongering affairs on DS.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're interested in making music, the KORG DS-10 is a robust and powerful tool. But those looking for a more accessible DS sonic experience may struggle to make the most of it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moon isn't revolutionary by any means but the overall quality of the graphics and action means this is a satisfying game that affirms the viability of the shooter genre, even on a portable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fleeting love letter to the 8-bit generation, Retro Game Challenge deserves to be experienced by everyone with a heart for gaming culture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The passing of time has done little to dull this classic adventure. This DS release might just be the best version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars yet
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An action-role-player, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time also contains a great multiplayer mode. Only occasional bugs knock off some of the polish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A neat number elimination puzzler, Art Style: CODE is a great example of how small and cheap downloadable games can expand your mind and fill your time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may suffer from repetition and some iffy vocal note tracks, it'll take a very cold-hearted gamer not to warm to Lego Rock Band's infectious humour, varied track list and excellent gameplay.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nostalgia stirs memories of classic role-playing with its turn-based battles and familiar narrative themes, yet explores a new horizon with fun airship battles and a sense of adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny brings much of the fighting spirit of the console version to PSP. It's only let down by the weak single player modes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days delivers magical gameplay, though it forgets to summon a good story along with it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some people may have an objection to the change of focus and different lead character but, when all the evidence is presented, it's obvious that this is still the Ace Attorney that we know and love.