Telegraph's Scores

  • Games
For 498 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Fallout 3
Lowest review score: 10 Fighters Uncaged
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 498
498 game reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The film truly is a millstone around the game's neck. If this game was called Cosa Nostra or Organised Crime 101 (or something similar) it would feel like a far stronger title altogether. Its open-world game template may be well worn but The Godfather II contains some excellent ideas, and the way it integrates them through a smooth control system is admirable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The film truly is a millstone around the game's neck. If this game was called Cosa Nostra or Organised Crime 101 (or something similar) it would feel like a far stronger title altogether. Its open-world game template may be well worn but The Godfather II contains some excellent ideas, and the way it integrates them through a smooth control system is admirable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Irritations aside, there’s rarely a dull moment and a delightfully ludicrous storyline with high-camp villains frames the action nicely. As such, Bionic Commando at its best is a macho, cheeseball 80s action movie that Arnie or Sly would have been proud of.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a lovely, bucolic charm to Pikmin which makes its brevity easy to forgive. Less acceptable is the fact that a seven-year-old game has been repackaged as a Wii title for an excessive £30 – Nintendo has certainly missed a trick by not adding any kind of extras to increase its longevity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We all need a Die Hard every now and then, and that’s exactly the kind of spirit Retribution evokes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its beautiful presentation, well designed levels and two adorable titular characters, A Boy And His Blob is a game that rewards and appeals in equal measure. Would all curmudgeons now kindly leave the room on tiptoe.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The visual novel is a very niche genre in the west, and even forgiving the game its numerous grammatical sins, Lux-Pain will be a tough sell to most. But it deserves praise for engaging some unusually weighty themes, and weaving them skilfully into its own twisted tapestry of psychological chills and sci-fi-flavoured thrills.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An all out co-op shooter that does exactly what it says on the tin. What it sets out to achieve it succeeds with style, even if these ambitions are firmly rooted in B-movie territory. Whilst this stunted ambition and some minor gameplay niggles hold it back from being truly great, this is a full throttle, adrenalin fuelled, macho-fest which is dumb, fun and full of guns.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shift doesn’t pull off that tricky balancing act with the finesse of Bizarre’s urban racer, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had here for petrolheads after a lighter introduction to the world of sim-racing. If nothing else, it’s certainly a shift in the right direction for the series, with a solid base for improvement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Better than we expected.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Effortlessly likeable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The noticeable improvements aside, there are some very real problems with the core gameplay of PES that aren’t easily forgotten. The engine is well past its sell-by-date, its clumsy brand of football is given a real thrashing by FIFA in realism and too many aspects of the package remain disappointingly unrefined.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mini Ninja’s toybox is generously and imaginatively stuffed but, unfortunately, the same can’t be said of its playground.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As good as all the new content is, however, veteran Lego game players may find hard to get away from the sensation that Lego Indiana Jones 2 is more of the same it may not appeal to anyone who feels that the core gameplay is in need of an overhaul. However, as family friendly titles go, it's hard to find fault.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nier is a twisting, turning journey of erratic quality. It's one of the best, worst, most broken, most perfect games I've ever played.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its core template may be showing its age a little, but the overall package offers enough new content gameplay tweaks to keep the faithful happy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It still has more charm and character than most and –despite the hiccups- provides a challenging, fun and satisfying puzzle experience for players young, old -and everything in between.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst FM10 tries its hand at all aspects of football management, it isn’t entirely successful in all its pursuits and does end up lagging behind its older, slightly more mature brothers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a game in the here and now, The Forgotten Sands can feel dated, its hero outshone by glossy new kids on the block like Nathan Drake.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Of course, a totally linear game is nothing without its plot, and The Whispered World doesn't disappoint in that respect. It's a relatively unique take on the 'reluctant hero saves the world' tale, with the kind of memorable ending that'll divide opinion straight down the middle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The racing experience is zippy and robust, while its gleeful celebration of all things SEGA is wonderfully endearing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its varied combat, ridiculous story and outlandish weapons it's a fun and engaging title and it's a real pity that that Activision haven't given it the attention it deserves. If you're willing to overlook its shortcomings and enjoy old school running-and-gunning, Singularity is an immensely satisfying romp.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crackdown 2 is immense fun, but this is thanks to the fact that its core gameplay remains largely unchanged from its predecessor. In a way, the game feels more like a slightly more evolved version of the original Crackdown than a true sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sports Champions is really rather good on the whole. Table Tennis is exceptional, Archery is great and games like Gladiator Duel and Bocce are fun while showing off some of Move's potential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it may lack the grunt, confidence and sustained excitement to truly compete with the industry's big hitters, H.A.W.X 2's missile-ducking, bogey-outmanoeuvring nonsense is a rare thrill.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combat, and it's worth noting that this makes up the majority of the game, is superb. It's not particularly deep nor clever, but it's immensely rewarding, as too are the scripted first person sections which exist purely to, yes, let you punch things in the face.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fascinating, unique take on the action genre bogged down by vapid soliloquising and a stuttering flow. A game that cultivates the past of a series while looking to the future, but perhaps doesn't know when to shut up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a strange juxtaposition between restriction and fun, and I still don't feel they've accurately nailed it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's also the most resolutely hard-core Guitar Hero title to come off Activision's assembly line in a while; anyone can breeze through the easy setting on this game, but expert level on Warriors Of Rock turns some of the tracks into visceral finger-bleeders.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But it never crosses the threshold into greatness, either in its visceral thrills or in its sober, but ultimately a little bland, tale of the soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan.