Telegraph's Scores

  • Games
For 582 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 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Lowest review score: 10 Kung Fu Rider
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 582
583 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The football here is unpredictable and undefinable. Matches take on their own personality, depending on who is playing, both on the pitch and behind the controller. You are given enough control and room for expression that you don’t need to conform to best practice. Instead you need to play to your and your team’s strengths, negating the opponent’s and managing the tempo of a game.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a game that will make you happy whenever you think back to it, one where frustration is almost immediately replaced by a smile, and most importantly, it's a game that thrives on having fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Denser, deeper and more intricate than its predecessors, it’s a sequel that understands refinement isn’t simply a case of adding more, even if it’s arguably as generous and complete a package as we’ve seen from Nintendo in a while. Yes, it’s a game about multitasking, forward planning and time management, but it’s also a game where you command sentient carrots to headbutt a crawfish to death. Ah, the joy of simple pleasures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’ve been waiting for Fallout 4, it will simultaneously meet your expectations and exceed them in others. Who would have thought a Fallout game would convince us of Bethesda’s storytelling and shooter credentials? In a year full of brilliant open-world games like The Witcher 3, it manages to stand apart from the crowd and deliver something that feels fresh, despite its familiar foundations.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The delivery may need a little work, but Gone Home’s story is one that’s well worth being a part of. It’s dense, rich, striking and moving; few games this year will leave quite such a mark, and despite a few missteps, it could well prove a watershed moment for interactive storytelling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Players who simply wish to drink in the dreamy visuals and enjoy the cute characters will find Kirby's Epic Yarn a breezy and attractive way to while away six or so hours of their time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a generous, technically excellent and genuinely fascinating omnibus.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For now, Sapienza is a fabulously strong episode, and one of the series’ greatest hits.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sheer scope of possibility is a little daunting, so it’s really to the game’s benefit that it is just so instantly addictive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Titanfall provides a thunderously good time; an accessible yet skilful, hulking yet ferociously nimble shot in the arm for a well-populated genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tribes: Ascend is a worthy successor to its forebears, bringing the same inimitable, hectic play style married to graphics that will stretch even the most capable machine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It only remains to be said that when it comes to adventure games of this type, the God Of War series towers above other offerings in its genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an ardently old-school video game, big on simple, challenging fun and wonderfully overblown, colourful caricatures. A gorgeous, gleeful tribute to how video games used to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heart of the Swarm sits halfway between an expansion and a sequel, yes, but also halfway between casual and competitive, singleplayer and multi, offering a huge amount and not really all that much at all. It’s bombastic and reserved, overwrought and beautifully finessed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Players waiting for their shot at the throne can watch fights in the theatre, with the lovely touch of having your Xbox avatar cheer along and even mark the winner out of ten at the end of a bout. Unfortunately King of the Hill can suffer from appalling lag at times, reducing its quirky appeal in comparison to the smoother one-on-one fights.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a terrific journey, culminating in a moment that weds narrative and mechanics to captivating effect. It is something of a shame that Brothers doesn’t entirely capitalise on its central gameplay idea, but it never truly fumbles it either.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As DmC progresses, it becomes clear that it is a phenomenal action game in its own right, with an interesting alternate take on the fiction and a sublime handle on action gaming. A title that taps into the kind of action the likes of Platinum Games are known for. Ninja Theory has shown they know how to weave superb action, biting dialogue and a brilliant visual style into a wonderful, cohesive whole. A blistering start to 2013.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute delight.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a happy note of homage to the 90s classics, Joe Danger will especially appeal to everyone who grew up during the same period – though its delights are universal. Its frustrations never compromise the sense of fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Make no bones about it, this is Rocky retold in digital form. But however familiar the punches, it's how they are thrown that makes the difference between victory and defeat. Champion executes its game-plan with a skilful touch, weaving the enjoyable yarn around a deep and tactical boxing sim.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an incremental jump over NHL11, then, and NHL12's newest periphery additions perhaps don't fire as they should. However, it's an incremental jump over a game that was ruddy marvellous in its own right.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These breaks in linear action are wonderfully judged, allowing you to take a breath, find hidden treasure and help tribespeople by hunting down some wild boar or disrupting Trinity communication towers. There’s perhaps nothing here that you won’t have seen in open-world games, but these alluring pockets of freedom breaking out from a cinematic thrill-ride is a clever change of pace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact a project of this thundering size gets finished at all – let alone once every 12 months – is of course a minor miracle of hard work and management, but it can only be lauded for greatness if that's what it's reaching for. FIFA 14 seems content with better rather than best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a game unlike any other. Incomparable, yet instantly accessible. The best Nintendo games have a marvelous knack of building the perfect worlds for the perfect heroes and this is the foundation on which Luigi's Mansion is built. Cracking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’re a veteran player, after a jolting transition this is the best the game has ever been. If you’re new - this is the best thing available to play on console. Let’s pretend it’s always been this good.