PSW Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 170 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 30 World Series of Poker
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 170
  2. Negative: 13 out of 170
170 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece from both a technical and storyline standpoint. You have not and probably never will play another game quite like it again.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer mode is almost enough for us to recommend parting with your cash a second time, but we realise that many UK gamers just aren't bothered about playing PS2 online.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all the style and attention to detail that's been put into this game, it's a pity the bulk of your time is spent fannying around completing boring and what feel like irrelevant side-quests.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an example of master storytellers at the height of their powers, and despite the shadow of its illustrious heritage, Final Fantasy XII is by far and away the best game in the series yet.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer is so much fun that it's probably worth buying the Guitar Hero II bundle even if you already own a controller from the original game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is exactly what video games are all about: putting us into the shoes of people with abilities we only wished we had. Guitar Hero offers the chance to become exactly that, kidding you into believing that you could jam with Hendrix if only you put your mind to it. And if he wasn't dead.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid proof that the PSP is a hugely formidable force in the world of handheld gaming. Chains of Olympus is, without fail, the best PSP game out there on the market. You must own it!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's full of numerous, wonderful touches you'll remember long after the game's end - a cheeky little devil's Sultry Dance attack, which cause your party members to dance uncontrollably; the way the blue slimes do deadpan better than Bill Murray; even the way saving your game requires a trip to the church to confess.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For every moment I spent screaming at my TV and throwing my controller I had four moments of awe. [JPN Import; May 2009, p.86]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is bold, bleak gaming from the haunting opening credits to the pulse pounding finish...Stunningly detailed, expertly paced and lavishly slaved over by Glen Schofield and his crew at EA Redwood, Dead Space should be classed as one of the finest looking and intelligently crafted games in many a moon...The new benchmark to beat in survival horror that pushes the genre to twisted new heights and into the outer limits of space itself. [Issue # 113]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So if it isn't the most original premise, at least it's executed beautifully.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An action game like no other. There are similarities with the awesome "God of War II," but if you consider that epic as an arcade experience, then Sigma falls somewhere in-between arcade and sim.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fight Night Round 4 is not only the most realistic simulation of the sport of boxing that's ever been produced, it also translates into a hugely satisfying game. Polished and accomplished, Fight Night truly is king of the ring.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've resisted the temptation to give it a blast in the past, there's never been a better time, since this Special Edition is a fiver cheaper than the Platinum re-release. As a time-waster until "Devil May Cry 4" on PS3, it's worth a squirt.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You do get the feeling that Sony has gone all out with Dark Mirror. It looks lovely, but more importantly you won't feel like switching it off in order to play a 'proper' console version.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it's not a new WipEout, this retread in new clothes is one of the best PS3 downloads. These classic circuits will remind you how great the series was and still is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very good game, but it's so close to being something completely out-of-this-world that you can't help but feel just a little short-changed by how strangely bereft of challenge it is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb online FPS shooter that sets the standard for deathmatch on PS3 and showcases just what the Cell processor is capable of. Shame about the single-player mode, though.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some truly mesmerising play will be had, but more importantly Winning Eleven 10 will see the old grimace of concentration replaced by a big daft grin. Roll on PES6 - it's sure to be even better. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal noise pollution of the highest order - a perfect package. [May 2009, p.80]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a slick combination of strategy, focused aggression and all-out nerves of steel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very good platformer - It's not kid's stuff, yet kids will love it just as much as the 20-somethings who wistfully look back to a time when all platformers were as much fun as this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Takes everything that was great about Dark Mirror, improves on it and comes up looking like the best PSP game out there right now. If you're a stealth fan take our advice. Buy. This. Now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Packed with extras, World At War is a fast, frantic, exciting and emotionally draining shooter. This is how a war game should be. [Dec 2008, p.66]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Polished and innovative and extremely challenging, Far Cry 2 tests the boundaries of the FPS genre. Gamers used to exciting setpieces may find it a bit dry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from the teeth-grinding frustration of the races, this is a rewarding and varied pleasure. It's also wondrous to look at with crisp, vivid landscapes and lively enemies bursting with character. The final clincher is the excellent multiplayer options.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid singleplayer campaign souped up by a cracking multi-player experience. From a technical standpoint, Bad Company sets a new benchmark in the FPS genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The courses in MotorStorm are a real strong point. Well designed, they're challenging, but they also let you have fun. There aren't too many on offer - just eight - but every one of them is a sprawling playground for you to muck around in. [JPN Import]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is simply unadulterated fun, and often what keeps you playing is the incentive of seeing how they'll interpret the next part of the film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A more intelligent, defensive-minded and strategic boxing game than previous Fight Nights. The easier defence system and stance-switching give you more tactical options, while the crazy squelching brain effects make it more of a laugh when you put someone down.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's still that nagging feeling that, certainly on a few of the defensive plays, you could put down the controller and it wouldn't make any difference to how the action panned out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine addition to the series, and the Trust Meter addition means that, for the first time, this'll be one spy game you'll go back to even after you've finished it. Sam going bad is good news for Splinter Cell fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it simply, it's gorgeous in every respect, even though it's only in 2D. PS2's last great game? What a way to go.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The depth and quality of the core gameplay is sold short by the simplistic Career mode. A contract is signed for each fight, you train, then box, and the process is repeated. There's no tangible sense of edging along a long road to glory. Apart from this slight disappointment, and some overly long loading screens, this is easily the finest sports title yet to hit PS3.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crisis Core is more than a nostalgia trip for FFVII fans - it's a fresh and exciting game in its own right, and arguably the single most impressive application of the PSP's power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bigger picture is what Blood Money really thrives on. Ignore the control issues, and bear in mind instead the large scale setpieces that are second to none in terms of both scope and execution.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Same-old, same-old, which means slick, challenging and extra packed online content!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    COD 3 pulls out all the stops to put you as close up to the action as possible, even allowing up to 24 players to experience full-on war in the online mode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The more advanced physics engine adds some welcome variety though, as objects can be manipulated more naturalistically. For instance, there's a bit where you need to get a box onto a raised area, something that can be done by dragging it onto the end of a glorified seesaw and jumping on the other end, propelling the box through the air.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    OutRun 2006 Coast 2 Coast has everything. It's two thrilling arcade machines reproduced in incredible style, it's a vast collection of all-new driving challenges, plus it's an online racer - and one that connects to the PS2 version to unlock exclusive stuff for those who buy both games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can play a full 18-hole round in about twenty minutes, but if you want to go even deeper and perfect technical shots then there's more than enough in EG's locker to accommodate that too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's all a bit dour in truth, with little excitement generated by the commentators, the court-side atmosphere and, most significantly, what happens on the court itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Providing you can get your head around the overly crammed control system and slightly iffy player intelligence, the addition of Master League mode should provide many a pleasant train journey.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So there it is - another below-par (in the golf-based, positive sense) round for PlayStation's undisputed king of the pin. Next time we expect a little more by way of innovation. Until then, this beautifully executed next-next-gen update will do just fine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately this is a game that knows what its fans want and delivers it to them in spades with plenty of style and confidence. It isn't as difficult as the prequels, but makes up for this with a surprisingly deep and flexible character upgrade system.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once you've witnessed the beauty of the courses, felt the perfection of the sliding feel and mastered the art of flicking your Ferrari from one powerslide into another, you won't want to go back to any other boring old driving game. OutRun 2006 shows that when it comes to making games you want to play over and over again, realism isn't as important as sheer fun, colour and character.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The chassis of Dark Athena is five years old and it makes for a safe and at times a predictable experience. Still, this is a Credit Crunch-busting package, and it's highly recommended...Reminds me why I love the original. The best thing Vin's done. [Apr 2009, p.91]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    VT3 is pure, unadulterated genius. It was everyone's favourite Dreamcast game for a good reason.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A classic Call of Duty game, stubbornly sticking to the well-worn template and format of the previous two titles in the series, but making it all bigger and slicker so you get totally sucked in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can't fault the amount of matches and modes either - there's a ton of stuff in here including a sixman Money In The Bank mode, which really shows off just how much stuff can happen on screen at once.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 (Yakuza 3) is that place where games and films make sweet music together. Stick around for the climax to this outstanding cinematic adventure and you'll go away with a big smile. [JPN Import]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Alpha games feature special counter moves, and more characters and combos with each progressive title. The main question is: do you want to spend 20 quid on this collection when you've probably already got most of the titles in the loft?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, you won't ever have played a sandbox game that creates so much carnage and offers so many ways to play.
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's plenty of depth and subtlety to uncover in the fighting system, and the only niggles centre on the game's relative lack of fluidity. Everything else makes this a top PSP fighter. And yes, we know, you told us so.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Very much a case of new year, same Tiger, boasting the least significant set of updates we've seen in the series for some time. That said, it still rightfully deserves to dominate the genre, being immensely satisfying when it goes right, and deeply frustrating when it goes wrong.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immediate, accessible, explosive and hugely satisfying, Criterion's competitors are going to have to raise their game immeasurably to get anywhere near the majesty of Black.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is FIFA 08 with the Euro 2008 license slapped on. Don't expect anything different and you'll be treated to the beautiful game. FIFA fans will enjoy, PES 08 fans may well not.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quality over quantity is the vibe here and there's no doubt in our mind that Heavenly Sword is a winner and a work of art (eat that Roger Ebert!) that will help shift tons of PS3s come September. When it's good, it's truly magnificent and some of the final stages will have anyone with a 42-inch high-definition TV foaming at the mouth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Digital Devil Saga is a sumptuous adventure which could easily have disappeared up its own clichéd backside. It hasn't, thanks mainly to its welcoming combat style which still packs a hefty mental challenge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exploring is the best it’s ever been in the series, thanks to Lara’s slick animation.
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, the atmosphere is thicker than Pete Burns' lippy, and sure, this is fantastic hairraising fare, but it is hard to shake the feeling that the bare bones of The Tormented - spooky exploration mixed with shadowy combat - has been done much better elsewhere, and this feels antiquated and cumbersome and in comparison.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the single-player campaign occasionally gets a little repetitive, up against human competition the game becomes almost Chess-like in its intricate strategies. Completely immersive and utterly compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's like video gaming's very own Rio Ferdinand: it looks the part, but aside from one or two promising moments, the way it plays is totally unremarkable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's original, atmospheric and challenging, and sets things up nicely for the stunning PS3 game. Let the hype begin again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's bright, easy to play and no one's going to get offended or upset by the events portrayed. It's a fun game for kids, or larger adults who want a big, stupid thing to have a laugh with.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is SingStar Dad Rock with a few newer songs thrown in for when the kids want a go. It's SingStar for men - men who like This Charming Man by The Smiths and aren't ashamed about admitting to really liking the Pet Shop Boys back catalogue - especially the 1988 Christmas number one Always on my Mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So yes, it's yet another old-school shooter for PSP then, but if you prefer a sterner challenge to what's currently on offer, Gradius Collection could well be just the job.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like "Buffy," retro shooters "Smash TV" and "Robotron" and have a soft spot for "Monster Madness" you'll love this...Chuck in offline co-op, fun bonus challenges, and neat rewards that change the look of the game to comic-strip, sketchbook and so on, and Burn Zombie Burn is great value. [Jan 2009, p.95]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lemmings is one old friend we're more than happy to welcome back, and one who's ageing charms have made it across to PSP pretty much unscathed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A bit half-arsed. The game in general is muted by glitches, slowdown and painful loading times, while the best things about it - the online play options - have been removed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid update of the classic MK series, made relevant by the introduction of a DC roster, spot-on fighters and accessible gameplay. Not original, but tremendous fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A blatant homage to San Andreas, it even extends to upgrading your character in true CJ style. Against the odds though, it actually works.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all there are plenty of gems here, if not a lot of variation. But you can't knock a compilation that offers a classic picture perfect conversion of Street Fighter II.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story can weigh things down, but generally it drives the game along well enough. It's just a shame there isn't more to do in Tokyo itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Armageddon is fine. Nothing special, but not bad, and its Konquest mode is probably the perfect game for that Saturday afternoon period just before the footy kicks off, when your head still hurts from Friday.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More fun, humour and kitsch value than ever. Welcome back.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But it's the single-player campaign which really shines, thanks to a branching storyline set over 15 different arenas that alters as you make certain decisions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem with the game lies in the fact that something so fresh 18 months ago suddenly feels a little crusty around the edges and suspiciously soft in the centre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a game with real ambition, a title that isn't afraid to overreach itself in the pursuit of perfection. Fittingly, it's game with real balls. Tony Montana would be proud.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Top Spin 3 really won't be to everyone's tastes, and Virtua Tennis fans needn't bother.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the gameplay department, Every Extend Extra is perhaps Q's most unique game yet, and we're delighted to report that it's also as frightfully addictive as its handheld brother, "Lumines."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    FlatOut finds its natural home on PSP where the speedy events and abusing your driver gag don't outstay their welcome as much as on PlayStation 2. An instant pick-up-and-play winner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Championship Edition is super-realistic. Perhaps too much for its own good. For F1 buffs that's 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 far better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What does let the whole thing down are the loading times (they're everywhere, even on the inventory screen, which you want to be able to flick through at speed) and the fact the combat does get repetitive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Carbon is huge and involving, full of neat ideas like crew recruitment and custom bodypart sculpting, but that, yeah, it isn't all that great when it comes to getting behind the wheel. We still need speed from the series, and more importantly, thrills.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At its core, Tourist Trophy is a very nice game but it's totally bogged down by ripping off too much content from "Gran Turismo 4" and not going far enough with the riding simulation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Exploring each level often results in the timer reaching zero, while rushing straight through means you miss out on the chance to score bonus points, so many levels must be replayed to get the minimum points.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With new additions like the Shop, leaner graphics and a custom difficulty option, ensure this is the best Pursuit Force yet. Twenty-plus hours of macho gaming in your hand.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not a radical departure from the original game, which is good, but thoughtful additions like hurling your crash-test dummies through the windscreen online and extra emphasis on exploring the many paths on offer in each track mean that FlatOut 2 is the perfect way to continue driving in high-speed wonky lines.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like your game with punch, this is as hard-hitting as they come. Varied missions and non-stop chaos make this a winner. [Issue 81]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A solid racing game with some good ideas, but the package is overshadowed by a dense, inaccessible structure and frankly boring events. Play online and you'll get more from the game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Renegade Squadron looks great and has some fantastic online multiplayer modes, but it unfortunately suffers from a sluggish control system. Still worth a bash if you're a fan though.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's enough quality here to keep retro-heads entertained for some time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With PSP PES proving just a tad disappointing, this was the perfect opportunity for FIFA to mount a serious challenge. While the commentary and visuals are fantastic, the gameplay is far too shallow and imprecise to please those who take their digital football seriously.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To get the most out of Super DBZ you need to be willing to spend hours and hours plumbing the depths of the combo system and mastering every character. Beyond that, there's just not enough to do here.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the difficulty has been offset by the inclusion of regular checkpoints and some new moves for Arthur - the ability to hang from ledges gives some welcome leeway when jumps are mistimed, and a double tap on the D-pad makes him dash. It's great, simplistic, old-school adventuring, but fiendish with it. Crap gamers: you have been warned.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The numbers are big so you don't have to squint, and mistakes can be erased with a button press. Simple and addictive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mercs 2 is disappointing because its execution doesn't live up to its ambition. Though big and bold, There's a feeling that you've played it all before. And you have.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Undeniably great fun and funny, but still a bit on the vapid side.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Single-player is pitiful and multiplayer is substantial. A cautious thumbs-up then, but in a strange, bi-polar way - and only for keen fans of multiplayer shooters.

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