Spank!'s Scores

  • Games
For 144 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 ISS Pro Evolution
Lowest review score: 4 WWF Royal Rumble
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 144
  2. Negative: 10 out of 144
144 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The problem is that the game really needed a huge injection of adrenaline, but it would appear that all that was offered was a cup of tea and a biscuit.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Competently put together, with some lovely graphics at times, but totally lacking in any originality, personality or a reason to buy it.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good, solid 3D platformer that won't disappoint fans of the purple dragon, but may leave fans of the genre feeling a little empty.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for no-frills old school resource management, then Red Alert 2 is what you are looking for.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a competently put together shooter, but it doesn't really excel in any of the many pies it tries to place its fingers into.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing particularly innovative, but like an old joke we've heard many times before, its familiarity is rather comforting.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not the greatest game you'll ever play, but a good blast with plenty of atmosphere and ideas to see you through to the end.
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Stunt mode in particular is well worth a look. Not huge, it's nevertheless worth the price of admission alone.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Funny gags, cool graphics, neat characters and easy progression make this an ideal way to wile away a rainy day. Don't expect too much and I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dig below the surface however and you'll find the kind of depth that'll take weeks or even months to fully explore. A shameless clone of Sony's "Gran Turismo," and a a pretty good one too.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What is lacking in over familiar gameplay is made up for with impressive visuals, a genuine atmosphere and very friendly features and controls.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not a title with an immediate pull, you'll have to work at it to get something back, but it does present a breath of originality that we've been looking for some time.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Without the thrills you got when you started playing the first game, a lot of the impact is lost - so in some ways, this isn't as good as the original.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It does a lot of things very well and were it not for a few mistakes it would be a classic.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you have never played a Tekken game before then prepare for perhaps the best fighting game ever, however Tekken veterans shouldn't expect too much.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's above average but definitely not the best of mutant breed.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Serious Sam was born into a world where "Doom" has placated the need for logical thought and lives in a world governed by the visceral.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If they could have added a bit more variety, in terms of plot twists and gameplay structure this could have been a real contender.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It looks sweet and the gameplay is sufficiently untaxing as to be rather therapeutic.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Princess Amidala might by nice and decorative, but a convincing military leader she ain't.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Boasting value for money gameplay, a tight cohesive storyline and a gorgeously realistic setting this is a game that demands to be played.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a quick fix of violence wrapped up in the sort of looks that will impress your non-PS2 owning mates, and at least you can show it off when they come round. Just bear in mind that it won't beat "Tekken," "DOA2" or "Soul Calibur" for replay, and you will enjoy it.
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Resident Evil fanatics will probably hate it and call it a travesty, but remove the Resident Evil tag and it's a damn good zombie shooter with a revolutionary control system.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all it's flaws, you get a sense of achievement from this game. You do want to see what's coming next, and the exploration bits where you have to avoid a hazard by inching across a ledge or ducking under an obstacle are still absurdly enjoyable.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 2 forces you into a state of emotional connection - I mean for God's sake, your characters limp and hold their ribs when they're hurt! Prick me, and do I not bleed? Kill me, do I not die?
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I do think that the developers are guilty of trying to please all the people all of the time, but for all that Tomb Raider Chronicles is eminently playable.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    There's a lot of gameplay here but most of it is either excruciatingly dull or annoyingly derivative.
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Beyond an hour's playing it looks grim.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A great disappointment for PlayStation fans everywhere.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You can't fault the simulation, but there's not enough here to recommend it to anyone who isn't a die-hard fan of old-style aerial combat.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gaming equivalent of a vapid summer blockbuster: shallow, but fun while it lasts and a lot more enjoyable if you experience it with a friend.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's strong overtones of strategic gameplay but sadly, they're never properly realised. As Roy Walker from TV's Catchphrase might say, Away Team is good (ish), but it's not right.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I found it a little dull, but it's not aimed at me, it's aimed at children. Who may also find it a little dull.
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of gun games would be far better served grabbing a copy of "House of the Dead 2" + Sega's gun.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's hard not to feel some satisfaction from decapitating an enemy with a cunningly timed swipe then watching his headless body loll for a few moments before collapsing in a heap. Or how about this - slice off a baddy's arm then pick it up and beat his mate to death with it. Blimmin' marvellous.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The real problem here is the shoulder-saggingly illogical puzzles. If you're a Monkey Island fan this is a bitter disappointment and if you're not you'll wonder what on earth all the fuss is about.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Could have done without some of the extra resource and development bits that seem rather tagged on but still a hefty challenge for war gamers.
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The graphics aren't quite as good (as "Rustin Parr"), it' not as scary or atmospheric, the movement is less believable, the AI is poor and the dialogue isn't up to the same standard.
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just Duke being Duke - stupid but fun. For a while.
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some people will be happy enough with mowing down people and fans of the series may like what they get but whether it will convince the non-believers is questionable.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Light years ahead of the competition? Well, no, but the kids may enjoy this one.
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The music's jaunty, the sound effects "zappy"; it looks okay, it plays okay, and it's all perfectly diverting for a few hours or so.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you've got a Dreamcast or N64, buy the original Wetrix - it's got more to it and the gameplay is unfettered by irritating controls.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fifa has got all the right connections while "ISS" is much better qualified to do its job.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Me, I'm gonna have another go, but I'm odd like that.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's an RPG, and it's almost indistinguishable from every other RPG on the market. If you like them, you'll like this -- it's big, it's pretty, it's Final Fantasy with a different name.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This will gain friends more because of it's online compatibility than the quality of the actual game which is a very average and graphically unimpressive racer-by-numbers.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    If this game was part of a bundle then I might play it again, but only when I was very drunk and had forgotten how poor it was.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It's not a bad game, but there are many other games of this type that play a lot better and ultimately simulating the large vessels from the "Star Trek" universe is it's undoing.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's obvious that this was a rushed attempt at getting some software ready for the PS2's launch and it's a shame.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The most fun you'll have with this one will come from the first few tries - after which familiarity will rapidly breed contempt.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An utterly pointless game in every way. Unless you're a Disney fanatic who's always wanted to drive Mickey Mouse round a load of bland go-kart track, this is not for you.
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Vacuous pap...It's not one of the worst travesties to ever soil a console, but merely a very average shooter that shouldn't have had the Star Wars license put anywhere near it.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    People looking for a more realistic and rewarding football experience go for "ISS Pro Evolution." If a fast and not too taxing kickabout is what you want, well, you know the score with FIFA games by now.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I'm not given to venting my spleen, but I really didn't get off on this title.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The PS2 marketing machine has done it's job. Now Sony have to back it up with quality software, not limp, glitchy sequels like this.
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