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
    • 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

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