Telegraph's Scores

  • Games
For 494 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 Super Mario 3D World
Lowest review score: 10 Kung Fu Rider
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 494
494 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Erratic, smart, puerile, limited but never less than a lot of fun, Lollipop Chainsaw is something of an endearing mess. Too often its satirical tone can run into trouble, and Grasshopper's hyperactive approach to game design can infuriate as much as it impresses. But Lollipop Chainsaw's quirky edge and strong writing carries it through those shakier moments, leaving a candy-coated video game in possession of a sharp bite.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is pretty much a must-play for anyone interested in videogame narrative or the debate on virtual violence, and the sheer subversiveness it brings to one of the most profitable and least nuanced of gaming genres is certain to be influential in future. But dubious mechanics, cursory multiplayer and niggling design shortfalls all weigh heavily in the other scale. Spec Ops may turn out to be less notable for what it is than for what it inspires.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a single-player construct through and through, and tossing in an extra player doesn't do it many favours, particularly in the limited confines of a handheld screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To embrace Disney Infinity is to buy-in to the whole package: collecting the physical toys, building in the Toy Box, enjoying the Play Sets. Without interest in all its components, its appeal is diminished.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a superior game to Conviction, but it won’t be held in the regard as the original Splinter Cell or Chaos Theory. It’s spread too thin and too focussed on trying to cater to everybody than exploiting what it’s best at.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Flag is a good game not because of its meandering plot or lumbering main missions, but because of its invigorating interpretation of swashbuckling on the high seas. A thrilling pirate’s life for us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To blow COD out of the water, they will need a more polished game than this. Perhaps the next-generation will provide it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At its best, it rivals anything in City. At its worst, it's comfortably the weakest of the three Arkham games. It was a lot harder to recommend a couple weeks ago, when it was a more broken, but now it's certainly worth checking out if you're a bat-fan. Just don't go in expecting anything fresh, new or groundbreaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What is here is a thumping, bubbly, precisely-engineered and consistently entertaining platformer, but one that lacks for ambition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The terrifying debut of Red Barrels is a masterclass in the art of video game horror that is stretched a little thin.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As I played Child of Light for review, I found it to be a game that I wasn’t itching to play, but rather enjoyed myself when I did. A pretty, diverting yarn that I’m thrilled exists, but is perhaps a little too nice to recommend wholeheartedly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A nearly game; good ideas and intentions scuppered by a desire to cram in as much stuff as it can. Yet despite this, Infinity still provides a lot of fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t lack for content, then, but those looking for something filling and nutritious may feel short-changed by the game’s adolescence and humdrum tasks. But sometimes you simply need a sugary, cathartic snack. Taken under these circumstances, at least, Sunset Overdrive’s giddy blasting often hits the spot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ubisoft’s insistence on releasing what is, frankly, an unfinished product is inexcusable. Players falling through floors, obnoxious NPCs interrupting cutscenes, characters turned into terrifying grotesques as they are rendered without skin. All have been exposed in Unity’s litany of bugs. You could be lucky and not see any of them at all, or they could come and spoil your fun entirely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The additions are welcome, bolstering Black Flag’s excellent formula. The only thing that stops Rogue from reaching the heights of of that game is how its lack of new ideas isn’t replaced by a fresh setting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s gorgeous, wonderfully polished and a fascinating cast of misfits drag you through a mire of gameplay foibles that make that off switch look ever so tempting. There is some fun and satisfaction to be had in the beautiful and bloody combat, too, but we wish the gameplay was lavished with as much care and attention as the presentation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the overall lack of challenge and depth which proves to be the major sticking point.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All the charm in the world can’t hide the fact that Nuts & Bolts is a wasted opportunity. In the building there is the seed of a classic title here, but skittish handling and tedious tasks means that , disappointingly, Nuts & Bolts fails to blossom as it should have.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eventually, Bolt uses up its charm and can slip into repetition. there are a few attempts to mix things up at the climax which produce mixed results, but there's a fair chance that even young players will lose interest before the denouement. With that said, Bolt is a more than serviceable movie tie-in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Due to its shortness of length, repetitive (and at times annoying) gameplay and non-existent re-play value, its hard to justify paying the full recommended retail price for it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Due to its shortness of length, repetitive (and at times annoying) gameplay and non-existent re-play value, its hard to justify paying the full recommended retail price for it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just Cause 2 is not without its flaws, but it offers a highly satisfying, if hardly unique, open-world adventure in which players are encouraged to indulge in as much mayhem as possible.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it lacks the action set pieces that helped to push the FPS genre to where it is today.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it lacks the action set pieces that helped to push the FPS genre to where it is today.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Saw
    Fans of the film series may find the video game adaptation of Jigsaw's latest round of lethal morality tests diverting, but true blue console horror fans are better off waiting for something with a bit more bite.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But these hopes were dashed in the final third where poor design, repetitive waves of enemies and button-bashing gameplay took all that my enjoyment and curdled into a numbing disappointment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just a pity that when compared to the franchise's most recent successes, Band Hero comes across as both a bit of a cash-in and more than a little soulless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Polly could use a new bow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its controls are a little ropy and its depth severely lacking, but these aren't concerns that will trouble the audience it's aimed at. Not only that, but it's tremendous entertainment value. Just ask my other half. She hasn't laughed this much in ages.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Alan Wake fans will want to check it out, if only for the morsels of story it gives them.