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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Viking is sadly, a massively missed opportunity that's dragged into the depths of mediocrity by a boring story, an uninteresting hero, repetitive missions, endless wandering around, hit-and-miss sound, disappointing battles and lots of slowdown.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    D-Day doesn't change anything or bring anything new to the table sadly, but if you want the same Brothers in Arms experience on a handheld, then this is faultless if a bit unambitious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The online mode, featuring co-op play and deathmatches for up to three other players, almost salvages the game, but the sheer tedium of the rest of it sinks it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If this wasn't a portable game it would get very dull, quickly. But it is, and developer Koei has taken advantage of that by producing a game that's very good at providing short, sharp bouts of mindless carnage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rough edges aside, Kane & Lynch is still a solid squad-based shooter with plenty of action, great characters, tight story and a slew of cinematic influences so brazenly clear you can't help but smirk at them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So ignore the significantly-improved-yet-still--not-quit-brilliant single-player mode and bear in mind that this is a game that demands at least two people of roughly equal ability, preferably more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pitching all the characters into a frantic, objective-based free-for-all, and dressing it up with the visual panache that developer Clover Studio does so well means Red Hot Rumble is a unique and superbly enjoyable button-mashfest.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fun to play, but it's too punishing and packs a hefty learning curve.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's incredible depth to how you strike the ball, which makes the overall game very satisfying. There's little in terms of game modes, and no online mode is a bitter pill, but as a pure golf simulation it's very slick indeed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite our low expectations, Miami Vice is competently made and surprisingly enjoyable. It isn't the most original of games and doesn't really push beyond the pattern established in the first mission, yet it does prove that PSP can 'do' shooting games and deserves some credit for that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Being able to play as Jack Bauer and do all the stuff they've seen him do in the show is the most important thing to them, and on those basic terms, 24: The Game is an unqualified success.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only thing that has changed is a slight improvement in looks. Please Koei, stop. We give in. Chinese water torture has nothing on this.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not the greatest shooter with some annoying puzzles, but Fracture serves as a hugely entertaining game for those looking for something a little bit different.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the single-player game can be a total bitch, the multiplayer takes that frustration and turns it into actual excitement.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans will love this, but most will be better off with "Star Wars: Battlefront II."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Aston-driving sections are literally a blast and the atmosphere of the film is nailed. But the main event - running and gunning with Mr. Bond - is a real letdown.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tirelessly one dimensional. [May 2009, p.88]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jericho isn't a groundbreaking shooter, but what it does, it does really well. Sadly, there's no online content here, just a slew of production art to unlock by completing skill tests in the game - making for a sound FPS that will have horror geeks gagging for more and shooter fans reaching for the sick bag. [Nov 2007, p.92]
    • PSW Magazine UK
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A bland, ugly and dreary game - which goes against everything you're used to after playing the series on PS2. There's a certain compulsive quality to sniping but after a couple of levels, you'll develop a strange sense of deja vu and wish you were playing a better shooter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only downside is it would have been perfect Wi-Fi fare, only there are no online features at all. The lack of vehicles is also a shame, but at least the PS2 version's decent fighting system remains.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the tweaks to the game and some definite improvements, at the end of the day, Gary, it's a stop-start, often infuriating experience which just makes us appreciate proper football games even more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Younger kids will love it and come back for more. A fun concept, well executed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If the presentation wasn't so ropey this might have been a contender, but as it is, Eagle Eye Golf is a bit of a cheap knock-off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At best, it's a simple hack and slasher with an okay Co-op mode, but 10 minutes of play is all it takes to realise how shoddy the action is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Drakengard 2 is decent enough, but ultimately looks a bit cheap and doesn't really pull off its ground or aerial combat with great conviction. It mutters 'average' from the first minute to the last.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Don't expect too many surprises if you've played a Dynasty Warriors, a Kessen or a Samurai Warriors game before, but don't expect this to be complete and utter sh.t either. After 17 similar games, you should know what you're getting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you long for those days then Splinter Cell Essentials is right up your street. Not only do some of the missions recall Sam's early years, the game as a whole is one long flashback to the hardcore stealth of old.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's so much packed into this you'll be playing it long after you've completed the main story mode - and you can't say that about many PSP games now, can you?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Genji looks great, and bodes well for what PS3 will be able to do, but as a game it feels like a technical demo.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It looks really pretty, but it's too hard for kids, too childish for 'da yoof' and too much like a bad acid trip for anyone over 25. Even the most diehard Sega fan will find Sonic's latest a bitter slap in the chops.

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