Telegraph's Scores

  • Games
For 585 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Gran Turismo 6
Lowest review score: 10 Kung Fu Rider
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 585
586 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some will find Journey too slight and too sparse an experience to justify the asking price. And that's fine, it deliberately speaks to an audience that will fall head-over-heels for its painterly style and worthy metaphors. But whatever camp you fall into, never say Journey isn't a video game. While it is one of the most expressive and unique titles of the medium, it is a video game. A magnificent one. Embrace it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy games released all year, and once it's installed be prepared to lose many hours of your life to the quest of global domination.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a small step for Nintendo where its competitors have made deliberate and purposeful strides, but a step forward nonetheless. It might be too late to completely turn around the Wii U’s fortunes, but when Nintendo are releasing games as good as this, it may just have a chance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero is an exciting and brilliantly realised package, and while it may not offer the fantastic co-op experience of some of its contemporaries, its slick gameplay and fantastic presentation make it a must-have title in an overcrowded genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remedy has created a superb video game that uses one of the best written characters in the medium all year to tie its plot, themes and gameplay together seamlessly. Thrilling, frightening and genuinely compelling, Alan Wake is a nightmare players will not soon to forget.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And when you can create your own movies (including voice acting), upload a top-down shooter in the style of Zombies Ate My Neighbours, or take down a giant robot by throwing jam in its face, what's the occasional floaty jump between friends?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best looking games released all year and in terms of sheer specatacle, there are few titles that can match it. This is a fast-paced, high-octane and resolutely hard-core shooter, which makes no concessions to casual gamers. It also happens to be one of the best games of 2010.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the individual parts of Mass Effect 3 aren't perfect, the whole is a remarkable achievement. It's an adage that's true of the entire series. Each game has its flaws and do not escape criticism as standalone titles. But the commitment to the long-game reaps its own rewards for BioWare, with five years of dedication from creators and players alike coming together for a suitably heart-wrenching end to arguably the finest video game series of this generation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some may be horrified to discover that the gurning Lego figures now come fully voiced, in context it makes perfect sense.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valve has created a more robust version of its predecessor by offering a ton of new content while not losing sight of everything that made Left 4 Dead a sure-fire hit last year. The zombie apocalypse has never looked more appealing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who can look past such things and embrace Yakuza's very Japanese brand of oddity will find a game to make them laugh, make them cry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a game everyone should be thrilled exists in a vibrant and daring independent scene, tapping a reservoir of fascinating themes and content that mainstream games dare not touch.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that Rock Band 3 is both easy to pick up and play while offering an intricate learning tool is a remarkable thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A terrific compromise that brings action and story together in a fabulous work of craftmanship and sky-high production values. So it may not have the scope of Rockstar's most famous oeuvre, but it more than makes up for that in focus, detail and raw thrills.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is brilliant stuff, always thrilling and constantly rewarding. There’s perhaps a lack of alternative modes, providing a straightforward parade of levels that perhaps look slim in the light of, say, Geometry Wars 2’s jam-packed fairground. But Resogun knits a timeless brand of skill-based arcade gameplay with a few neat tricks that we haven’t seen before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This blazingly intelligent and thoughtful addition makes me absolutely certain they could do it again if they tried.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Developers Plain Vanilla have taken every tried-and-tested gamification device and every social media lure and stuffed them into a fun quiz app, complete with a delightfully clear and cheery design.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That FM continues to build an enormous, cogent world out of a crazy, crazy sport continues to be a marvel. The romanticism of being able to mould a club to your own desires is the fuel of its appeal. And now, with its focus on the people that fill these clubs, this year it is its heart that impresses most.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that Rock Band 3 is both easy to pick up and play while offering an intricate learning tool is a remarkable thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is, however, a considerable improvement on the existing template, to the point where it's hard to see how the series can avoid a fairly notable change in approach. This could – and perhaps should – be the swansong to the Pokémon formula we're accustomed to, but if it is then it'll go out at the very peak of its existence: teetering on the edge of feeling too familiar, sustaining an incredible feat of balance, but nonetheless still standing tall at the very top of its game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero is an exciting and brilliantly realised package, and while it may not offer the fantastic co-op experience of some of its contemporaries, its slick gameplay and fantastic presentation make it a must-have title in an overcrowded genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is, however, a considerable improvement on the existing template, to the point where it's hard to see how the series can avoid a fairly notable change in approach. This could – and perhaps should – be the swansong to the Pokémon formula we're accustomed to, but if it is then it'll go out at the very peak of its existence: teetering on the edge of feeling too familiar, sustaining an incredible feat of balance, but nonetheless still standing tall at the very top of its game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Device 6 is a short game, polished off in a couple of hours, but its effects will linger. Its narrative is sharp and engrossing and its style, while drawing on influences as disparate as Lost and Kafka, is quite unlike anything else.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There may be teething problems in adjusting to its nuances, and there's certainly room for refinement, but FIFA 12 is unquestionably a change for the better. There's still potential for an even more improved game of football then, but this is a huge stride to fulfilling it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This attention to detail and the recreation of a genuine park experience makes any shortcomings forgivable. When the Kinect controller (for space, light or other environmental reasons) takes a little time to get setup it's less frustrating because the end result is worth it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One could still wish for a better story, for more choice and consequence in your actions or for an end to the nagging collect-em-up nature of the Ubiworld. But for sheer daft mayhem, this is now the action game to beat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The enthusiasm and joy that was involved in crafting this game is evident in almost every single frame and it's an undeniably unique gaming experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creating such beautiful chaos isn't easy, especially in a racing game, but forming some kind of order out of it is even harder. In marrying the simulation sensibilities of a hard-core driving game with the ferocious combat of a kart-racer, Bizarre has done both. And in doing so, brought us the most exciting new racer in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that is a masterclass in stimulating the senses throughout. But its greatest achievement is making Kinect seem indispensable, allowing you to take centre stage and feel part of Eden's glittering landscape. An evolution of sorts, borne from the endeavour of creation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no great revolution here and it occasionally lacks for visual variety and challenge, but Horizon 2 earns its stripes with a breezy determination to simply show you a ruddy good time.