PSX Extreme's Scores

  • Games
For 1,235 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Okami
Lowest review score: 18 World Championship Paintball
Score distribution:
1,235 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite improvements across the board, the lackluster controls, disappointing team and player editor, and lack of new features make NHL 06 a good, but not great game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Worms 4 is a big improvement from its 3D predecessors and the game has taken a step in the right direction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The load times are dramatically better, and the controls are less frustrating, but it doesn’t offer anything more from a gameplay standpoint.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FIFA 06 is a very good game, but since it follows its predecessor by a little over six months it’s not a huge leap forward.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suikoden V by and large shines if you can get through the sticky parts in the beginning.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a total package, Lord of the Rings: Tactics is impressive. It's a reasonably intricate strategy game in its own right, and, thanks to its slickly produced presentation, it's also one of the better video game adaptations of the films made to date.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's going to slip under the radar for most people, but it is worth the effort. It's a lot of fun to play due to the battle system and dungeon mechanics and even though it wanders too far into the realm of role-playing stereotypes at times, the plot and characters are reasonably enjoyable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a fun game to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, or if you've heard about the fun of Metroid Prime Pinball (review) but own a PSP instead of a Nintendo DS, you can't go wrong with Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The portable go-anywhere nature of the PSP game makes it easy to tolerate that version's rough spots. If you like boxing, either version should make you very happy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good for what it is... a simple, arcade style racer that retains the core concepts of the original OutRun arcade game while incorporating many necessary gameplay and audio-visual enhancements.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visually it does the job, albeit with a few minor quips here and there - but it does have a good frame rate to be thankful for, and that's imperative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A definite upgrade, plain and simple. It may not be quite enough to summon new fans this late in the day, but that Story Mode and extra modes/content is always intriguing, regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with the franchise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A serious franchise update. The game fails to impress on just about every level, and ironically enough, manages to stay fun and entertaining thanks to a fully realized online battle mode and the all-important vehicle alterations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has some pretty obscure problems, like incorrect specifications for cars and no control configuration, and only one fifth of the soundtrack is worth listening to. But the rest of it is a pretty enjoyable experience from start to finish, as long as you don’t expect an immense amount of depth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to Koei making some key enhancements, the controls have now been fixed up considerably, erasing much of the game's previous faults.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To put it briefly- for college basketball fans, there's really no better option, even though it's hardly the best basketball game in history.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exactly what it should be: a fun-filled romp down memory lane for the old-schoolers, and an entertaining glimpse into the past for the younger gaming class. Besides, one of the best new features is something we can all identify with- you can save.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA has released an innovative product that both fans of skateboarding games and actual skateboarders will enjoy quite a bit. But I can't really recommend the PlayStation 3 version as an all-out purchase, largely thanks to its framerate issues.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of "Metal Gear Solid" and "Resident Evil 4" should enjoy the game quite a bit, as should fans of the action genre, altogether.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Almost entirely satisfying from top to bottom, as the control is still wonderfully solid, the speed is still off the wall, and you still get that ol' familiar feeling of "domination" upon performing an ultra-sweet Takedown.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I feel that fans of the original two Tony Hawk titles and the SSX series will probably enjoy Downhill Jam quite a bit. It takes the series to a territory that it should’ve been at quite some time ago.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The characters are interesting, and so the story is more rewarding than you would imagine. Yes, there are some control issues, but they aren't terrible enough to disregard the game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is frustrating, the rubberband A.I. does suck, and there are some unusually poor design choices, but with a large city, good customization, good visuals, terrific audio, and solid online gameplay, Midnight Club is still worth taking a look at.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a good real-time strategy game, EndWar should fit your bill. It's got a fairly lengthy single-player campaign, despite having an absolutely hollow story, and it's also got a pretty epic online mode.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given the ever advancing state of online titles, what with the updates and patches, it’s not a good plan to give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” based on the first week of performance. Wait a bit, and then we’ll see… And we did.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fantastic fun for two players (great for the whole family, too), those 36 chapters provide a huge amount of gameplay time, the levels are diverse, it can be very funny, and the entire production will make you grin. It's hardly a supremely polished blockbuster, but it's worth playing, especially for Star Wars fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun, fulfilling and yes, even addictive game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NBA Live 08 delivers arguably the most convincing looking and playing game of hoops. It may not be super rich in its mechanics, but that doesn't change the fact that the game just plays well and is the most fluid basketball game to control.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most important thing to consider here is that NBA 08 is a really good basketball game for the PSP. It may feel a bit simplistic, but it still plays well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be straightforward and linear, but it is still extremely satisfying and a lot of fun - and ultimately, fun is what makes or breaks a game. The story is a bit on the short side, lasting about 6-7 hours, but the multiplayer events are cool and there is downloadable content in the works as we speak.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that Commando 3 is worth the $10. It may not be extremely epic or infinitely replayable, but it's certainly fun enough that you'll likely keep coming back to time and time again.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My frustrations with the franchise and its never ending framerate troubles are getting on my last nerves...[yet at] the end of the day, and I still enjoyed Need for Speed: Undercover, as will fans of Most Wanted.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, for a mere $30, whether on your PSP or PS2, The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga is a fantastic deal for a series of fantastic games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PSN has already seen several fantastic additions this year (Wipeout HD and echochrome are two examples), and although this one isn’t quite amongst the elite, it’s still well worth your time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all the list of songs tells the tale. If you like what you see, Singstar Abba is worth your money. If not, consider the other Singstar options.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn’t take much in the way of brainpower, but that’s good: it’s the perfect complement to games like echochrome and Cuboid. Light ‘em up, chop ‘em up, shoot ‘em up; whatever’s up your alley. We promise you’ll have a blast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What sets this Queen game apart from all of the other SingStar titles in the past is the sheer level of complexity behind every vocal performance of a Queen song.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The A.I. can be absolutely unfair, the sound is lackluster, and the car detail could've been much cleaner. But, the multiplayer is great fun, as is the gameplay, and there's a decent amount of variety as far as cars and tracks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're not really into RPGs, you won't be impressed. However, if you are like me (a role-playing veteran), and you've agreed with things I've said in the past about the genre this generation, get it. I can almost promise you won't regret it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This one looks a little better, the commentary is definitely better, the online and multiplayer (in my experience) was a bit more fun, the movement physics are more authentic, and the many features and options are on par with Live. But the occasionally iffy control, very questionable AI, and significant balance issues makes me give the nod to EA.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as RPGs go, this is a solid one and probably worth your time and money.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s sensitive enough to annoy the uninitiated and the diverse objectives are challenging enough to force you to play one area many, many times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can spend plenty of time doing a variety of things, and Avalanche does a good job of capturing the colorful hilarity of the film series. It feels like "Toy Story" and that's really all we require.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Co-op is undeniably fun, though. I enthusiastically recommend the game provided one takes the following caveat into account: it's gonna piss you off. You might bust a controller. If you're good with that, and you still want to partake of the aforementioned pluses, be my guest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cladun: This is an RPG is made for the old-school RPG lover who appreciates nostalgic throwbacks with a dash of modern glazing and almost endless smile-inducing comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sports Champions is a solid piece of entertainment that gives us a glimpse of what is to come. You really do have to "move" and many of the available events highlight Move's super advanced reliability, precision, and responsiveness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a game that sticks to its roots and expands upon a winning formula. It still can't quite put long-standing problems to rest (or sleep, whatever) but it presents fans with a cohesive, satisfying adventure and in truth, there are three of them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's simple, really- if you want a focused, in-depth flying simulator that puts most all emphasis on intricate gameplay, your game is right here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! is a solid, capable, entertaining, and super challenging action/platformer, and one that would fit nicely in a PSP collection.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The control is a little off and I get this feeling the whole thing would be better on PC but either way, Telltale, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Gale (writer), and the rest of the crew haven't disappointed their fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a darn good package and one the die-hard fans will undoubtedly have to own. As for those who remain a little iffy, just bear in mind that aforementioned longevity and bang for your buck, as well as the prospect of traversing much prettier environments with a much prettier Lara.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pacing takes a hit because I think the developers went a little overboard in terms of character depth, the camera can be problematic, and a few too many of the abilities seem pointless, but in the end, DSIII is a dungeon-crawling winner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid, well-presented game that features a lot of creativity, great sound, and an action/racing style that really can't be found anywhere else.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A captivating, nicely put-together game with tons of content, a great online component, a streamlined battle mechanic that is faster and more fluid, and some interesting characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fun factor absolutely cannot be denied, as the Dogfight Mode will bring you hours of white-knuckle, ultimately rewarding entertainment. The control is tight and accessible to all, the variety of two distinct flight types adds plenty of flavor, and the challenge is just about right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is yet another competent and fulfilling entry in the Telltale's successful LEGO series. It feels a little too similar to Years 1-4 and the control and camera can still be problematic, but the rest will be quite appealing to fans of J.K. Rowling's blockbuster franchise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Doesn't stray from a winning formula, offers the portable world dual analog sticks (which cements the experience), and brings in a new touch-based mechanic that actually affects the gameplay in a positive way. There isn't quite enough content, the camera does seem to be a bigger problem than in past entries, and I miss a few of the more unique modes found in other titles, but there's no denying it: this is Katamari and the fans should really enjoy it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid RPG with a compelling, fun battle system, a mostly traditional setup, a few appealing characters, and a story that gets better with time. It's dragged down by some pacing issues, occasionally mediocre voice acting, and a slow start, but that shouldn't deter the hardcore fans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A decent assembly of last-generation classics, even if Capcom didn't do quite enough with the package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the one hand, this game really shows how the Move can be extremely entertaining, even if it doesn't necessarily showcase its technological capability. There's also the lovely presentation and style, which I adore, and the variety, accessibility, and pacing that really turned out great. On the other hand, it's too short, the advanced spells don't always work, and adults may find it a tad underwhelming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A special game that is both unique and stylish. The developers (those capitals stand for Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket Games) do a great job of blending slick music with a surprisingly accessible (albeit sometimes out of control) gameplay mechanic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great throwback; a retro game that isn't entirely retro, an old-school experience that reminds us of times long gone. It's self-deprecating and totally loony, it's vibrant and rewarding, and although a bit on the short side, you'll want to play it again…and again (ideally with a buddy).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This offers plenty of bang for your buck, the racing flaws aren't critical, the appreciated variety and diversity adds that patented LBP flair, and playing with friends never gets boring. It should make for a worthy addition to any holiday wish list.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guardians of Middle Earth is a solid MOBA and one well worth your time and effort, especially if you've enjoyed similar titles. It doesn't sacrifice or change much in comparison to other MOBA experiences, and at no point do you feel like you're playing something that's watered down.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The great design and high level of creativity is to be commended and appreciated, the game provides an effectively immersive environment, and Harry Potter followers should really love the style and the chance to become a virtual wizard. The end feels anticlimactic, there's no multiplayer option, and there are a few small technical bugaboos but other than that, this is a really solid step in the right direction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The technical elements won’t blow you away, the combat can feel tedious, and the story isn’t exactly deep, but the entertainment value remains high throughout. Playing with multiple characters bolsters the game’s variety, the comedy relief is always appreciated, the levels are extremely well designed, and the general feel of the game is just plain warm. It’s goodhearted, lighthearted, warmhearted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crysis 3 is a worthy sequel that is highly entertaining on a number of different levels.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a shame the graphics didn't receive an upgrade and we don't understand why the Japanese voices aren't included, but other than that this port of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a great PlayStation Vita title. The game still has lots of features and possibilities, and is covered with a tasteful layer of JRPG influences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tales of Xillia might feel somewhat underwhelming. There’s nothing I can point to and say, “that’s absolutely fantastic.” It’s all pretty good, even great in some ways, but the overall package isn’t especially impressive. But hey, it’s catnip for JRPG fans.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The acting is top-notch, the writing is good, the design and implementation of the life sequences is excellent, and the mechanics are functional and ask you to remain vigilant and timely. It’s just that it doesn’t feel as cohesively polished as one would hope, and there are limitations to the QTE concept, even when it’s expanded upon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good game, and it hints at a rosy future for shooters and video game in general. I remain disappointed at the surprisingly outdated drawbacks, such as audio balancing, silly AI and occasionally unconvincing acting, but the result is still agreeable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strider successfully reinvents a classic. With its tight, super-fluid control, engaging and dynamic 2.5D presentation, and excellent balancing throughout, the game is destined to hook you from the outset.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Addictive but not quite original, that sums up Sparkle 2 quite nicely. A nice game to play in-between the big releases.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Better than last year’s production; it features better cosmetic and aesthetic features, it often feels more streamlined and accessible, and the upgrades on the defensive side of the ball are huge. It’s finally fun to play on defense! Sadly, the game still gets bogged down by a balancing issue, as the defense is simply overpowered.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is fun. Perhaps that’s the simplest and best way to describe it. No, the story isn’t as enticing as I would’ve liked, the Cryo freeze feature doesn’t really enhance the experience, and the zero-grav idea has its drawbacks. But when all is said and done, this is Borderlands.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    EyeToy: Play doesn’t have complex graphics, nor will any of the sound effects or songs blow you away. Despite the fact that the games are simple, they almost all manage to be fun to play alone, or with a group of people.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Overall, the graphics in Rivals do justice to the Underground faceplate. All of the signature visual touches are present, including the dark settings, the lighting effects, the blurring, the flaring, and so on. Likewise, the sense of speed is exhilarating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    THUG2 Remix's biggest fault is its horrendously poor audio quality. If it wasn't for the voice acting and the rather kick ass soundtrack, the sound would've gotten a flat out zero.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Easily the best game in the franchise’s history, but it’s not leaps and bounds better over last year’s game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It’s a technically impressive game that manages to capture most everything the series is known for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you’re simply looking for the best handheld soccer game, FIFA 06 is the far better choice, due to better visuals more licensed teams, online play, mini-games, and the inclusion of commentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Considering that the biggest problems with this compilation are that the games are exceedingly difficult and don't offer a two-player mode, I'd say Konami has put together a winner with Gradius Collection. If you enjoy old school shmups; the kinds with spaceships; you'll feel right at home here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    2006 FIFA World Cup is more robust than the typical World Cup videogame, but even then, its feature set is far below that of FIFA 06.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's a well done port that runs superbly well on Sony's little unit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The PS2 version might have a bit more in the way of content, but the Wi-Fi multiplayer and inherent portability provided by the compact PSP makes this version equally attractive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A solid production that delivers several gameplay surprises and innovations. And we give credit where credit's due. Just fix the damn frames per second conundrum, EA!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you can get past the bland visuals, there is a very deep and solid gameplay experience, overall.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    I'd like to see the animation overhauled for next year's game, and I'd also like to see improved commentary - hopefully Sony is listening. Like I said last year, NBA 07 showed a lot of potential, and NBA 08 is here actually demonstrating some of it. Give NBA 08 a shot, I think you'd be pleasantly surprised.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best Dragon Ball Z videogame to date. Even though the online mode may be thin, there isn't much else beyond the single-player experience, there's still a solid foundation here for future games to come.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Yeah, the game can be more frustrating than we would’ve liked, and the control is just a touch less solid than it has been in recent LEGO entries, but LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures still fits the bill.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Web of Shadows certainly exceeded my expectations. Shaba Games and Treyarch has done a great job bringing back the Spider-Man franchise to its rightful glory yet again. With a much smoother game engine, coupled with fantastic combat, great swinging mechanics, an enormous world, and good replay value, Web of Shadows should finally satisfy fans after the abysmal disappointment that was Spider-Man 3.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A great first effort, which is largely marred by a limitation of the PSP itself and not necessarily a fault of the game's design. If you can get over the controls and really get used to them, you'll find, what is essentially, a portable Gears of War.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    So, what's the verdict? Simple: buy the Xbox 360 version.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The foundation remains solid, but the execution also remains a bit dull. Sure, you're going to have a great time with the game for a few hours, but that'll quickly wear thin on you. Though I do suggest this: if the fun begins to wear thin, finish playing the story in co-op, or hell, play the entire story in co-op mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The soundtrack is definitely more mature than what was found in Band Hero, but LEGO: Rock Band doesn't do a whole lot to drive the experience forward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you're looking for a shooter similar to Gears of War, you'll find yourself sorely disappointed with Resident Evil 5. Despite people claiming that the control scheme makes for a more tense and frightening experience, I find that it only made for a more frustrating, limited, and redundant experience. I dislike gameplay mechanics being forced onto the gamer, and so I found myself disagreeing with Resident Evil 5's gameplay.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It really is too bad that the Campaign has to fall so far short of expectations. If they had only managed to refine that entire mode, and allow us to dive into the nuts and bolts of the game earlier, R.U.S.E. could've been a great – perhaps even an elite-level – RTS.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero is a franchise that's showing a lot of age. Plain and simple.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The AI has gotten better but there are still obvious instances of stupidity, and while the visuals don't shine with unparalleled brightness, the detail and animations are markedly better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's just extraordinarily surprising how much fun this game can be, despite all the glaring problems.