The Sydney Morning Herald's Scores

  • Games
For 694 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Lowest review score: 20 Seven Samurai 20XX
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 694
694 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
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    A wonderful game that rewards experimentation and co-operation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most captivating first-person role-playing game yet. This is essential gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every lap is terrifying...Polished to perfection, Burnout 3 is faster and more thrilling than any previous racer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Visually spectacular and hugely rewarding.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beautiful, involving, impeccably designed and outstanding value, this is a grand game that is difficult to fault. It will captivate even those who have been immune to Final Fantasy's spell.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Many clever obstacles, opponents and switches demand co-ordinated effort.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A wonderful game that rewards experimentation and co-operation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Episode One could be criticised for lacking new weapons and environments, yet few games are more polished or entertaining.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The focus on opponent "takedowns" was a smart, natural evolution for the series. The gorgeous environments and detailed cars whiz past at amazing velocity, and the fender-bending carnage is spectacular.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is epic in scale and length, but its fascinating plot, characters and dialogue (impeccably translated from Japanese) ensures players will devour every second.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As long as you're not too distracted by the superb graphics, you will discover that Gears of War is a classy, imaginative shooter with plenty of gritty action.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy games yet: intense, atmospheric and tactically deep.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Many games have presented a "go anywhere, do anything" structure, but few have been filled with places, challenges and mysteries as intriguing and charming as Breath of the Wild. The massive land of Hyrule, from beautiful grassy plains and craggy mountains to marshy swamps and long-forgotten ruins, is rife with wildlife, monsters, villages and all manner of suspicious landmarks that tug constantly at your curiosity, and demand to be investigated.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every couple of years a game is released that is so well crafted, so perfectly made, that it sets a benchmark for gaming quality. Rome: Total War is one of those games. We couldn't find a fault.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A two-player mode is included, and few games are more fun with a crowd. It's pricey, but a euphoric experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Few games are as successful as God of War II in making a player feel like an invincible warrior. This is an absolutely thrilling adventure and a clash of the titans you are unlikely to forget soon.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game's stunning locations include a war-torn Athens, a storm-swept desert and a temple chained to the back of an awe-inspiring titan. The approachable controls allow players to instantly feel thunderously powerful, performing dazzling strikes, blocks, grapples and jumps.
    • 85 Metascore
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    A wonderful game that rewards experimentation and co-operation.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No other game provides such rich atmosphere or better blends exciting action with sublime storytelling. It is much more than a science-fiction shoot-'em up: the adventure has convincing characters with great emotional depth and thrilling cinematic set pieces providing astonishing spectacle.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Fantastic animation, incredible art design and an intensely challenging fighting system ensure Virtua Fighter 5 is a game PS3 owners will be proud of for months to come.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Magnificent on the Xbox 360, this could be a contender for game of the year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The epic scale astounds, with dazzling scenery including space stations, war-torn cities, temples, snowy wastelands and ruins. The audio is equally extravagant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of my favourite games of the year and it's one I'd encourage any previous Final Fantasy fan to consider. Besides the brilliant nods to the series past — adorable retro touches like pixel art character menus and classic game soundtracks you can buy in servos and listen to in the Regalia — this is a game that's doing something new and great with what's come before. It's the fondest I've felt about the series since VIII.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece. As you guide your endearing digital denizens to health, happiness, fame and fortune, you may become so addicted that your own life suffers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pokemon games are in a unique spot. They have to change significantly from game to game in order to keep casual fans engaged, have to stand on their own enough to entice new players in and also have to maintain a certain degree of continuity so that dedicated players' collections of monsters work in the new game and will continue to work beyond. Sun and Moon are the first games in several generations that I've honestly felt have nailed them all, and should provide hundreds of hours of entertainment for fans new and old.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pokemon games are in a unique spot. They have to change significantly from game to game in order to keep casual fans engaged, have to stand on their own enough to entice new players in and also have to maintain a certain degree of continuity so that dedicated players' collections of monsters work in the new game and will continue to work beyond. Sun and Moon are the first games in several generations that I've honestly felt have nailed them all, and should provide hundreds of hours of entertainment for fans new and old.
    • 81 Metascore
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    A wonderful game that rewards experimentation and co-operation.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The way the scale changes seamlessly is incredibly cunning with areas becoming accessible and later off-limits again according to the size of your flotsam-encrusted orb.
    • 96 Metascore
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    A relentlessly gripping ride that assaults the senses.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Imaginative and masterfully designed, Twilight Princess is every bit as good as the best Zelda adventures. It is hugely rewarding and absolutely essential for new Wii owners.