PSM Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,326 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 NCAA Football 06
Lowest review score: 20 Sonic the Hedgehog
Score distribution:
1,326 game reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a good, basic tennis game, reasonably enjoyable with solid, if not too demanding game mechics. To quote a phrase, it's "Mostly Harmless." [Oct 2005, p.92]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you have the patience of a Zen master, MC3:DE can definitely be fun. Unfortunately, for most the amount of time required to get to the fun just isn't worth the wait at all. [Sept 2005, p.84]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Ty's biggest drawback is a lack of action. [Nov 2005, p.94]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Radiata's core charm is hidden under too many layers of lightweight chatter and too little real substance. [Dec 2005, p.104]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The mechs are a tad sluggish, targetting is tough with these controls, there's no story mode, and this is just too dense for all but serious mech-heads. [Dec 2005, p.116]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Decent overall and marginally better then its predecessor, it's not worth another $40 in the same calendar year. [Holiday 2005, p.100]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Never quite captures enough of Wallace and Gromit's charm to overcome these problems over its 16-20 hours. [Dec 2005, p.108]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While CTTR isn’t exactly what we’d call a memorable game, it offers some decent fun while it lasts – just not much more. [Mar 2006, p.87]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's a short lived blast at best, overshadowed by the much better "War of the Monsters". [Jun 2006, p.84]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Surprisingly, this latest Frogger adventure is quite solid. [Nov 2005, p.82]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The graphics aren't "Z.O.E.", but they'll still make most fans weep with joy. [Nov 2005, p.94]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A fun-action RPG with a heavy emphasis on the action. [Jan 2006, p.86]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For a good while, this is wickedly - even perversely - fun. [Holiday 2005, p.90]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Phenom is essentially a beefed-up NBA Jam: the one-on-one gameplay isn't significantly deeper than that of the original Ballers, and the "extras"--the open world and custimizable lifestyle--aren't really anything we haven't seen before, even in other genres. [May 2006, p.80]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's not that the game is particculary lacking in any area, but Ballers lacks the personality to be considered any more than a week-long fling. [May 2006, p.86]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Alas, the ridiculous lengthy load times sap much of the fun, and the game only gets really interesting when you play with friends in ad hoc mode. [Jun 2006, p.87]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's plenty challenging, but it lacks that "Tetris" feeling where you have to force yourself to turn it off. [Aug 2006, p.84]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The PSP has no camera-maneuvering second analog stick, making the spy's portable debut a frustrating chore. [Jun 2006, p.85]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So while nowhere near as sophisticated or well-produced as, say, a “Final Fantasy”, MS Saga does take a good 50-60 hours to churn through, and there’s a decent challenge hiding under its deceptively cutesy surface. [Mar 2006,p.85]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Better than "Encounters", but not as good as "Bridge Commander", Tactical Assault is a mediocre Star Trek game that introduces an interesting cat and mouse strategy system that unfortunately wears thin after fighting the same battle again and again. [Feb. 2007, p.88]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The technical aspects are weak, too: The engine's rough, and the framerate fluctuates a bit too much. [May 2006, p.75]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But how can you really enjoy a game that's supposed to be portable, that's supposed to be playable anytime and anywhere, when you have to wait so long to start just one race? The answer: not very well. [May 2006, p.85]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the ovverall pace of the game is bogged down by the numerous loading screens. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The AI is the type that has five aces in a poker hand - that is to say, cheap. [Oct 2006, p.86]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game is long and play is grindingly slow, hampered further by too-frequent loads, iffy translation, and interminable cut scenes. [Dec. 2006, p.82]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's just too bad that the game gets so repetitive and has some rather unengaging story sequences. [Apr 2007, p.86]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The fuzzy A.I. and lack of more spectacular weapons work against the game's great sense of speed and carnage. [Feb. 2007, p.82]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Other than hovertanks that are slower than your baby sister in her bouncy chair and a camera that the testers overlooked, Battlezone is mildly fun, in a "Jaws Unleashed", beat-your-head-against-a-wall sort of way. [Feb. 2007, p.86]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Picture a surfer being tossed into a vicious undertow--that uncontrollable motion is how fighting through Dawn of Mana feels. [June 2007, p.82]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's fun enough, but even with the headset, it's too expensive for a game that you cannot play by yourself, and its balancing issues severely limit what you can do in the game. [Oct 2007, p.77]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Wandering around on foot is a new and interesting way to see the park you make, and it's simple enough for kids, but the whole package is more "Okaytown". [Jan. 2007, p.85]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Too bad the mediocre voice acting does more to keep you away than to keep playing. [Nov. 2006, p.82]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Justice League Heroes on PSP is pretty much the same game as it was on PS2; it's a hack 'n slasher, in the same vein as "Champions of Norrath", but with DC Comics' Justice League characters. [Feb. 2007, p.86]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    However, you'll get a lot of the same ninjas to fight over and over again. [Holiday 2006, p.83]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a nice distraction. [Jan 2007, p.88]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's rough around the edges, but it's still pretty fun overall. [Feb. 2007, p.84]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Next-gen is supposed to mean better graphics, deeper gameplay, and exclusive features not found on current-gen versions--so you can imagine our disappointment when we discovered The Life, one of the features in this year's PS2 version of NBA 07, has been ejected from the game. [Feb. 2007, p.82]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It can be a fun game, but it's not exactly baseball. [Oct 2007, p.84]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The results are mixed, but to its credit, developer Deep Fried Entertainment opted not to scale back content from the console, but instead nearly rebuilt the entire game with new locales, vehicles, and unlockables. [May 2007, p.84]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The strategy is simple: run plays like Yo-Yo Post fade, score, repeat endlessly, rack up 100+ points, and win. [May 2007, p.83]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Maybe Heatseeker would be more fun if we weren't already so darn spoiled by the Ace Combat series. [July 2007, p.84]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While the strategy portion succeeds in breaking up SW2's monotony, it ultimately can't save SW2E from becoming only slightly more interesting. [Apr 2007, p.87]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While Aedis Eclipse, the sequel to 2006's tepid "Generation of Chaos", adds quite a bit to the character development aspect, the core problem of the series remains: combat is almost entirely non-interactive. [June 2007, p.84]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Expect to button mash your way through a bunch of weaksauce tracks. [Aug 2007, p.87]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Suffers from the same flaws as its predecessors: namely, repetitive combat and mostly brain-dead opponents...and for a PS3 game, it doesn't look all that next-gen. [Oct 2007, p.78]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Jackass: The Game on PSP has a lot more longevity. [Nov 2007, p.86]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Just another mediocre RPG: one that feels suspiciously like a "Final Fantasy" knockoff, at that. [Nov 2007, p.88]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The action in this game is somewhat undercut by loose control. [Holiday 2002, p.54]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Graphically inferior to glitzy modern day racers, and nowhere near as fast as it should be. [Oct 2002, p.40]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Poor collision detection keeps this title a step below "Tekken" and "Virtua Fighter." [Holiday 2002, p.54]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its biggest fault is the fact that - underwater setting or not - it's very plodding for an action game, due in large part to some overly cumberson controls. [Nov 2002, p.54]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game can often feel painfully slow. [Feb 2002, p.38]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just doesn't quite provide enough bang for your buck. [Iss #54, Jan 2002]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On the one hand, you have these lightning-fast bikes to ride; on the other, you spend most of the time making them slow down. [Mar 2002, p.30]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Suffers from two major problems: its gameplay can get tedious, and the story progresses very slowly. [Feb 2002, p.44]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gameplay isn't as gripping and the characters aren't as interesting as other rhythm action games. [May 2002, p.30]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If RedCard Soccer 20-03 leaned a little more to the "extreme" side, we probably would have enjoyed it more. [June 2002, p.40]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It doesn't offer anything that would make us recommend it over a better basketball game. [May 2002, p.26]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Feels quite derivative of a lot of other horror games. [Apr 2002]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The speed-impaired gameplay, a problem that hampered last year's version of "NBA Live," can lead to some considerable frustration. [Oct 2002, p.35]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It pales in comparison with "NCAA Football 2003." [Oct 2002, p.40]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's "Time Crisis II," only not quite. [August 2002, p.20]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing in this game that hasn't been done elsewhere, and better. [Holiday 2002, p.44]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's still fun to be had, but we're hoping for more innovation and greater variety of gameplay. [Apr 2002]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's little depth here even for a gun game. [Oct 2002, p.40]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game does teeter on the monotonous for much of the adventure, with little or no payoff in terms of stoyline or character development. [Nov 2002, p.38]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shows promise, but it's not yet enough to win over serious fans. [Dec 2002, p.52]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A strictly average game that's license becomes its saving grace. [Oct 2003, p.40]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent game for players new to the genre, but there is little to be found behind its shiny façade. [Oct 2003, p.38]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hunting games are still niche titles, but this is a really good one. [Nov 2003, p.48]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An average game that lacks polish, but provides the simple satisfaction of blowing things up. [Jan 2004, p.32]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game itself is just plain sloppy....horrible camera and grippy controls. [Dec 2002, p.40]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There was a lot of wasted potential here, especially given a character of Wolverine's caliber. [July 2003, p.27]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's fun to destroy everything from computers to cafeteria trays, the action gets old, fast. [Jan 2004, p.37]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not the deepest fishing game, but if you're a serious fan, it's not a bad catch. [Nov 2002, p.54]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a better overall package than last year's version, but the quest for a truly old-school wrestling game may never really end. [Feb 2003, p.31]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A mixed bag of a racer. [Apr 2002]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Repetitive above all else, the majority of the stages play out almost identically: kick butt, run away, kick butt again, run away again, repeat, and so on. [Jan 2003, p.30]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's entertaining for a while, but unless you add alcohol and gambling, it won't dominate your life. [June 2002, p.38]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game seems a bit slow in the response department. [May 2002, p.26]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What P.T.O. IV really needed, however, was a heavier emphasis on enemy crunching rather than number crunching. [Mar 2003, p.38]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the sometimes humorous challenges made us chuckle, their basic type remained the same. By the time all is said and done, the repetition led us to near boredom. [Jan 2003, p.28]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The perfect example of a decent game with a lot of wasted potential. [Dec 2002, p.52]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The AI ranges from pretty good to downright lame. [Nov 2002, p.41]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a much improved effort by Konami, but it's not going to out-"Tony Hawk" Neversoft. No way. [Dec 2002, p.42]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Isn't exactly a new game, [but] it is one of the coolest budget titles around. [Jan 2003, p.40]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Looks good. Unfortunately, the high learning curve will keep this a niche title. [May 2003, p.36]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Decent, but it should have been incredible. [May 2002, p.30]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An average adventure with a good sense of humor. [May 2004, p.29]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jennifer Garner is hot - sizzling hot - to be exact, but sadly, her game is just lukewarm. As a result, even die-hard Alias fans may be let down by this game. [June 2004, p.29]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans may find sentimental value here, but Jam just doesn't have the depth, features, or ambition level of its decendents. [Dec 2003, p.46]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It would earn a recommendation if there weren't a superior military shooter ["SOCOM"] hitting the market at the same time. [Nov 2002, p.50]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Without multiplayer, Wolfenstein feels like half a game. [Aug 2003, p.29]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simply a decent been-there-done-that platformer. [Jan 2003, p.40]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Another strange weakness is the storytelling, which glosses over key events and explains itself so poorly that if you don't know the story already, you might not figure it out. [Jan 2003, p.36]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The characters are designed to attempt coolness; instead, they just say unfunny one-liners to each other - that's inexcusable. [Holiday 2002, p.54]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hand-to-hand combat within the game requires zero skill. [Aug 2003, p.31]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With improved defensive aspects and a heap of new creation and game modes, it isn't bad, but it's not great either. [Oct 2003, p.40]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I was also disappointed to see that BR4 is still lacking in the ever-important single-player experience. [Holiday 2003, p.44]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are plenty of cool moves, and the lead character is lots of fun to control, but boring level design and highly repetitive gameplay steal a lot of this potential hit's thunder. [Dec 2002, p.40]