Push Square's Scores

  • Games
For 844 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 90 out of 844
844 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Don’t Starve may make your stomach rumble in frustration if you’re not willing to invest the required time to master its complex systems, but triumph over its crushing difficulty, and you may find a satisfactory dish here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an innovative take on the rhythm genre, Retro/Grade is your jam.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While certainly not terribly friendly to newcomers, seasoned fans will find a heaping helping of engaging strategy gameplay to sink their teeth into and an adventure that offers up countless hours of play to those willing to explore all it has to offer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines' story could have done more with its fascinating premise, but the real meat of this experience comes in the form of its constant and dynamic gameplay systems, which allow for a superb sense of progression.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Life Is Strange: Episode 2 – Out of Time has an excellent ending, but it's letdown by pacing issues that make the events leading up to that point feel inconsequential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Skylanders: Trap Team brings enough new tricks to keep Activision’s cash cow entertaining for another year, but we sense that there may need to be some more meaningful changes next time around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Call of Duty is a series that's getting stagnant. This latest edition is a solid shooter, with highly tuned mechanics, an addictive multiplayer offering, and a plethora of content to play through – but it very much feels like a familiar game with a few minor adjustments. The new Extinction mode is particularly good, but it's the highlight in a title that's following a tired recipe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SunFlowers is a whimsical timewaster with a striking visual style. The gameplay is slick and simple, but it lacks the urgency and variation required to hold your attention over prolonged periods of time. As a distraction, it's certainly worth the asking price – but don't go in expecting Chelsea Flower Show-esque layers of depth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's still not quite at the same standard as FIFA, the Heart mechanic is an inspired addition, and if the franchise continues to follow its current trajectory, it could yet topple EA's giant in the years to come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Injustice: Gods Among Us takes the best elements of 2011's excellent Mortal Kombat reboot and fuses them with a faithful superhero setting, resulting in a solid fighting game with a likeable cast. The online multiplayer may not always be consistent, but this is still a heroic effort that's more than fit for the Gods.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not perfect, but Outlast is still arguably one of the best survival horror games in recent memory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 4 – Amid the Ruins serves up yet another emotional rollercoaster, offering just enough time between conflicts in order to allow you to catch your breath.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is certainly not the perfect introduction to the series that newcomers may have expected, it does a decent job of recapturing the magic of the original release in glorious high-definition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The complex tactical nature of the title won't appeal to everybody, but it's ultimately what sets it apart. If you're looking for a new shooter with a deep single player campaign, then Starhawk isn't it, but if you're in the market for a clever and fundamentally different multiplayer game, then this should absolutely be on your radar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even though the figurines are fantastic, Skylanders: Giants struggles to realise its full potential. There's very little depth to the character progression, and the narrative is pretty poor. However, it's tough to shake the appeal of the toys, and while the game is flawed, that's not going to stop the sequel and its catalogue of collectibles from commanding a spot at the top of most kids' Christmas lists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are already better two-dimensional blob-based puzzlers on Vita, but Puddle is not entirely without merit. The title's impressive variety and evolving mechanics ensure that it's an experience worth dipping your toes into, even if its many difficulty spikes and inefficient communication will make you want to liquidate the expensive platform you're playing it on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Game of Thrones: Episode 1 - Iron from Ice is certainly not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it hits nowhere near as hard as it maybe should have.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unquestionably the definitive version of Team Ninja’s flamboyant fighter, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate repurposes the panache of its predecessor – and pops a glazed cherry on top. The gameplay mechanics are still a smidgen shallow, and there may not be enough meaningful content to woo those that have already had their fill with the original release – but franchise fans and curious newcomers will find a competent option here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tales of Symphonia deserves your attention. If you can stomach JRPGs at all, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The biggest disappointment in this compilation is the sequel, so we recommend picking up the first game cheaper from the PlayStation Store.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a poignant and powerful reminder of the significant human toll borne of the wars that we so often act out in our favourite video games.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Don’t Die, Mr. Robot! doesn’t look especially impressive, but its classic gameplay is engaging enough to keep you hooked in short bursts. While it never attempts to re-invent the wheel, there’s a competent arcade experience here – and it’s that fruity core that will keep you coming back for more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surge Deluxe is a shockingly enjoyable experience built upon an engaging leaderboard system that constantly encourages you to up your game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spec Ops: The Line is a solid, action packed shooter that sets itself apart by demonstrating the brutal realities of war. The fragile lines of morality are easily blurred, and sometimes, only visible when crossed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tokyo Jungle Mobile gnaws down the PS3 release to its core bones, streamlining the concept to fit the philosophy of a mobile phone game without betraying the ideals of the source material. It's not quite as proficient as the console release, but the changes serve the series well and results in an enticing little action game that's fun to paw at on the road.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With stunning presentation, and a clever core mechanic, Teslagrad does a lot to impress. Unfortunately, its occasionally unwieldy controls, inconsistent difficulty, and needlessly challenging boss fights mar the experience. However, if you can look past these infidelities, you’ll find an incredibly unique and often satisfying puzzle platformer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At its blistering best, Strider is a joy to play – its silky smooth controls making it difficult to not feel like the unstoppable agent himself. It's a welcome return to a beloved franchise, but it falls just short of maintaining the momentum that's expected of it, and instead opts to slice its way into a new generation with some less than exhilarating gameplay additions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offers a consuming fantasy adventure set in a desperately dark world. It may succumb to repetition in places, but its underlying moral mechanic brings a warped twist to a genre that’s becoming increasingly crowded in the wake of Monster Hunter’s success. The presentation isn’t always as polished as you’d expect from a first-party release, but the perverse art direction makes up for it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Borderlands: The Pre Sequel plays very much like the previous entries in the series, with only minor additions being made to the formula. If you’re still up for more Borderlands, then you’ll find yourself right at home, but if you had your fill of the humour and gameplay after the last outing, then it may be best to hang up your holster and wait to see what the inevitable next-gen offering brings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Purists will still lament some of the key problems with Virtua Tennis 4's gameplay – the overemphasis on netplay can result in some repetitive rallies – but without Top Spin to compete with it, this is currently the best option available for handheld tennis.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its ambition is modest, but the execution is good, with ridiculous plot beats, larger than life boss fights, and solid puzzles. Only the dismal environments let this instalment down, which are more lifeless than the corpses that you'll be pumping full of lead.