TheSixthAxis' Scores

  • Games
For 724 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Lowest review score: 10 Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 724
724 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a landmark game, unmatched and unrivalled and absolutely unmissable. We've not talked about the belly achingly funny radio shows, great licensed music, fantastic voice acting, the cabaret shows, the strip clubs, the restaurants, the zeitgeist tapping plot or even the guest appearances and cameos. All that you can find out for yourself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To review such a game as Metal Gear Solid 4 is like commissioning a blind man to share his opinion on a beautiful oil painting painted by a true artist, it just wouldn’t work. The nature of Metal Gear Solid 4 lifts it above such conventional ways of judgement.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stunning, powerfully confident title that deserves all the praise it’s ever been awarded, the Media Molecule guys should be so pleased with what they’ve managed to accomplish and just as much good feeling goes the way of Sony for putting so much faith in the game and getting behind it 100%.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's actually pretty damned impossible to fault Tools of Destruction on any level: this is the epitome of platforming excellence.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliantly crafted single player story coupled with the finest multiplayer action since Warhawk represents astounding value for money.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the most part Killzone 2 is utterly, mesmerisingly brilliant and polished to perfection: the gunplay is solid, the controls, once tuned to your liking are superbly weighted and intuitive and the action, when good, is relentless. Time will tell whether or not the single player campaign will be held in as high regard as we’d all want it to be, but right here, right now, this is as good as it gets. [single-player review only]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SingStar Volume 2 is the absolute epitome of what we think videogaming should be about.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An unmissable game for any fan of the genre or great action adventures in general. We don’t often get masterpieces around here, but this is certainly one of those moments in time when gamers will look back more fondly on a dusty old six shooter than anything that involves jacking cars.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you don’t own this you are doing yourself a disservice. Some may think that £6.29 for two hours of gameplay isn’t good enough value for money. My response is simple; never before has a game moved me so strongly, never before has a game made my day better, never before has a game affected my view on life and never again will I be so content with the spending of a handful of pounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With this title Blackrock Studios have established themselves as a studio to watch out for, and in Split/Second they have delivered the most action packed racer this generation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    God Of War Collection says you have to slay your way across Athens, cross a desert and climb half way down a mountain to get it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is as close to perfect as any game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta is the perfect swansong for Ready At Dawn, their mastery of the PSP unmatched, and it's also a fitting climax to a portable sadly suffering in the shadows of endless rumours of a successor.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 is what we've been wanting since the release of the first Guitar Hero; it's what we've needed. The perfect music game is here, right now.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioWare may just have done something incredible: Mass Effect 2 is a genuine contender for Game of the Year 2010 and for the same title in 2011.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rocksteady has managed to do something nobody else has in the two years since Arkham Asylum: they've improved on that combat system. Add to that the larger, more free-roaming play area as well as the masses of extra content and Arkham City is an exceptional achievement.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no question here: this isn't just the best Uncharted game Naughty Dog have made, it's probably the best PlayStation 3 game anyone has made – and I'm not sure what other praise I can offer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the first spec of sand to the last flake of snow, developers thatgamecompany have managed to get more emotion and more life into a video game than anything else in recent memory; and the striking confidence that the game exudes drags you along for the ride without once letting you go, until the credits roll by two or three hours later.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I love this game, and have easily clocked up seven hours plus on it. Velocity is easy to pick up, yet provides plenty of challenge for those wishing to seek out every little secret it has to offer. It looks good, sounds sublime and will satiate those will enjoy shooting the hell out of things whilst also engaging their brains a little bit. Not only is it the best mini I've ever played, but it could also stand toe to toe with some of the PSN's big hitters.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Aside from some superficial issues, there’s really nothing wrong with the game at all – it’s better than BioShock ever was; it’s fully realised and complete. It’s so, so near perfect and the first words Booker hear when he steps into the land of Columbia reflect my thoughts entirely: “It’s heaven – or as close as we’ll see until judgement day.”
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here the developers have carefully pieced together something rarely seen in the industry – a considerably more substantial, meaty take on the saturated third person adventure genre, and one that surprises at every turn without wrong-footing a player ready to invest serious time and emotion into the project. A real achievement, and one that respects you as an adult.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliant title, and could just be the breakout game that really establishes the series in Western markets. There’s a great story here, with likable characters and voice acting that makes the characters feel real. The streamlined leveling, equipment choices and skill tree make Xillia one of the best RPGs I’ve played.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Mercenary might not be the best shooter in the world, in its own field – as a handheld title – it’s almost perfect; there’s no other experience like this on a device as small as this. And, judging the game from that perspective, it’s an experience that will stick with you for a long time, much like GoldenEye, Call of Duty 4 and other revolutionary shooters have managed in the past, and one entirely worthy of its acclaim.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is engaging, compelling, interesting, clever, funny and packed with things to do and see. It’s a personal story, or several personal stories, set in a magnificent world that ebbs and flows with thousands of people who all seem to be living their own personal stories. It’s a genuine landmark event in the history of videogames.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a game that wears its heart on its sleeve while bringing something fresh to the landscape; it’s quite divine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Velocity 2X delivers another dose of pitch perfect shoot ‘em up gameplay, but refuses the rest on the laurels of its predecessor. Taking Kai out of her Quarp Jet opens up whole other avenues for the gameplay that only gets better and better as you progress, with every other part of the game lavished with further polish and refinement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a full complement of rifles and grenades you're only as deadly as everyone else around you - pick a good clan (with headsets and tongues) and devote the time, and you'll have an absolute blast. Warhawk is easily the best multiplayer game this generation. There, we said it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FoM ticks every FPS box and adds some panache with the story and cut-scenes. It’s a stunning start to PS3 development for Insomniac and is an essential purchase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a game experience Heavenly Sword is unmatched - it flows superbly and at its highest peaks it soars - absolutely unmissable and so close to a ten it hurts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good lord, this is fantastic!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a really, really good shooter - although it's a shame there's only one multiplayer mode - and we have no hesitation in recommending it for anyone remotely interested in the genre. Great stuff.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Paradise is a wonderful game: it's inventive, confident and brilliantly produced and just shows what's possible when developers make the PS3 the lead console. If you're even remotely into racing games, this is one you can't afford to miss out on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, with a decent selection of cars (and bikes), the most extensive modification options yet seen in a video game, real-car traffic, race editors and loads of online modes (not to mention a total of 60 hidden unlockables) this is amazing value for money.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA is now the complete package; it combines all the licensing you could want along with graphics slicker than a Gerrard through ball and adds a match engine with more play-styles than Rafa Benitez has rotation options.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSHD is a great package - it's complete, timely, expertly produced and at just £4.99 it's absolutely essential for any shooter fan.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wet
    WET has taken the third person shooter genre and turned it completely on its head – not for everyone, but I loved every last second of it. Tarantino would be proud.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sound too is expertly done, and this is where the PS3 version wins out over the otherwise identical 360 version in that the digital sound is utterly incredible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliant, inventive and as we've said before, a Sega fan's perfect game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At £25 this is an absolute steal, and don't listen to anyone saying this is only a demo, it's not - it's worth every penny and is only going to get bigger and better given the support the Japanese version is seeing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant, hugely enjoyable racer - certainly the best on the PS3 so far - and one that we reckon no fan of the genre can afford to miss. It's deep, involving, fun to drive and an absolute blast with mates.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is a wonderful game for fans of the genre. It's humourous when it wants to be, yet also deep and worryingly tragic when required to be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bioshock is one of those once-in-a-lifetime games. Think "Super Mario World"; "Legend of Zelda"; "Ocarina of Time"; "Halo," genre defining classics that are still just as stunning years later. It’s a richly constructed, lavish game which wraps you up from the first second to the last, and yes, the PS3 version is every bit as brilliant as 2007’s Xbox 360 version.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a remarkable title and yet another shining example of the excellent quality we’ve come to expect from the PSN Store when developers put their mind to it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, with the official license, stunning graphics, a whole host of online options, 7 player local matches and a lengthy single player campaign this is the ultimate football game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic video game, worthy of all the praise it receives. Although there are a couple of minor flaws in its execution (lack of sound-awareness in the poor AI and a relatively cheap final boss stand out) there really isn’t a lot that you could fault with this game. It is certainly one of the best releases this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 is a brilliant game, beautifully presented and intelligently executed with a few problems with the multiplayer side of things and a couple of frustrations in the story mode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a cracking set of games, filled with fond memories and frustration alike, and is recommended to everyone from grizzled old fogies like us to those born into Generation PlayStation that fancy a look back on how things used to be. Brilliant stuff.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For anyone that enjoys third person adventures Uncharted 2 represents a thrilling experience with some breathtaking set pieces and enough challenge to retain your interest far longer than most console games this generation, and it's almost worth buying just for the graphics which I don't think will be bettered for a good couple of years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a tenner this is an absolute no-brainer – an utterly wonderful online fighter and one that shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Try singing Fat Bottomed Girls or We Will Rock You without pretending you are at Wembley Stadium or I Want to Break Free without pretending to do the hoovering. This is great fun especially after a few drinks with a group of friends and a far better bet than Next Gen and Vol 2 for an all round good time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this blockbuster is just another version in the Modern Warfare franchise and whilst failing to live up to the unreachable hype that was developed prior to release, Infinity Ward have produced a very impressive title. One good enough to even convince this sceptic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an action game it holds up very well, as an RPG it will keep the average quest junkie enthralled, and as a fishing/karoke/arcade sim, it also manages to tick each of those apparently mutually exclusive boxes with a defiant stroke. As a whole, and, more importantly, as a game, it works.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic game and although the progression may be similar to the first, the action feels a lot fresher.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BlazBlue is a wonderfully presented game which should appeal to the more casual audience thanks to its easy and accessible control system. It also looks absolutely fantastic and is a blast to play. If you’re after a 2D fighter then you will certainly not go wrong with this one. Outstanding stuff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great new way to play pool, a great way to play straight pool, and a great way to get friends playing together. It needs just a little more variety, but with no other faults it is an essential purchase from the Playstation Network Store and a demonstration of the quality we should now come to expect from Dark Energy Digital.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is a league above in terms of design quality, direction and production. The stealth-based gameplay might not appeal to some but it is the core that this series was built on and to see it return to that form is a joyous thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A triumph of a game. It has depth and scale which will keep you interested for many, many hours.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s one hell of a game here, and we can’t find a single thing we’d really want to change: whilst it’s not perfect, it’s as near as we’re going to get right now. Wonderful stuff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fat Princess offers some of the most addictive and rewarding gameplay in recent times and can be a fantastic joy to play with friends online. Over time, it wouldn’t be at all surprising for Fat Princess to get better and better as players settle down into their roles and really engage with the teamwork – much like has happened in Killzone 2’s multiplayer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More PSP exclusive content would have sealed the deal, but as it stands this is wonderful stuff.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might be possible in the coming months to find a realistic racing game that is more fun, there will certainly be more approachable racers before the end of the year. If you want unapologetic realism and inclusive simulation then Supercar Challenge is the only game you should be considering.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absolutely the best of the launch titles in our opinion, and one that should be right at the top of the list for anyone wanting to see what all the fuss is about. Lets hope multiplayer gets patched in at some point, even if we have to pay for it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Critter Crunch is a charming, funny and extremely well-presented game with solid and engaging gameplay mechanics. There are issues with the multiplayer but for fans of puzzle games this is a must-have which will amuse and entertain you without ever becoming frustrating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a fantastic addition to the ever increasing PSP library. It’s smart, well balanced, packed with content and a penny under twelve quid is actually pretty good value.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tremendous fun, with literally endless potential if the online community picks up on the game – sure, there’s a few bugs with the bigger, more complicated levels and it’s a shame you can’t play locally with a mate, but this is brilliant stuff, and essential for fans of the genre.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With creative freedom, Kratos's latest adventure is staggering in scale, superbly visualised and, for the most part, an absolute joy to play through. And most importantly, where it counts – the action sequences – God of War III is utterly unmatched and unequaled, and therefore absolutely essential for action fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To me it seems that EA have learned their lesson from past games and have went all out to provide a game that anyone watching the World Cup will be proud of and you know what? They have succeeded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resonance of Fate is definitely for hardcore RPG fans only, but at the same time the map and combat systems make it substantially different from anything you’ll have likely played before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The creation is as deep or as automatic as you want it, the online as time sapping or as casual as your heart desires – MNR is a game for everyone without ever making anyone feel left out, and in the days of hardcore first person shooters and single player epics, surely that's exactly what we all need just now?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's good, really good. Hello Games might only be four strong but their first game has production values and a sense of purpose many retail PS3 games can only dream of. It's a focused, concentrated game, apparently clear of feature-creep and publisher intervention, and manages to tick all the right boxes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully unique and well presented title, the presentation is wonderful, the action fast paced and the experience is an addictive one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new features make the game playable by a much wider audience but all the tools are there for those of you who want to tune your experience and take minute control over your team.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flight Control on the PlayStation 3 is absolutely the best version of the game currently available, and if you're picking up PlayStation Move this week then it's a must have because when you're tired of chopping hair or flying down Asian streets on an office chair, the pensive mood of Flight Control might be just what you need.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Worms 2: Armageddon is basically the same Worms game that you've been playing for years, with tons of content thrown into the mix.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a racing game that will grow with you over the coming months, F1 2010 is that game. It's not perfect, but it does more than enough right to make it a non-brainer for most – utterly brilliant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just the best re-creation of Space Invaders I have played, it is also one of my favourite downloadable titles of 2010. This is an absolute no-brainer recommendation to anyone who played the game or its clones in the '80s, and for anyone who hasn't played it, you will enjoy a very quirky and unusual top-down shooter.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NHL 11 is an absolutely fantastic game that will provide hockey fans with literally hundreds of hours worth of gameplay. If hockey is your thing then pick this up, if it's not but you want something different then I highly recommend trying it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic 4: Episode 1 is the best Sonic game I have played for a long time; and I absolutely loved it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few small niggles, NS:UNS2 impresses from first to last.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The dilemma over whether to purchase the game comes down to your willingness to knuckle down and learn how to play a basketball game. It will take work but you won't find a better virtual outlet for your passion once you do.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero 2 acts like Activision have listened to feedback from the first game and the good points read like a checklist of improvements. Better music? Check. More single player modes? Check. More freedom to influence the audio? Check.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without question, this is one of the best games of 2010.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call Of Duty: Black Ops features an exhilarating campaign mode, arguably the best in the whole series with a compelling narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again Ninja Theory has created something magical. Pigsy's perfect 10 is a great example of how to do single player DLC.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a wealth of entertainment to be had with LittleBigPlanet 2 – it's a game like no other and with no equal in terms of the flexibility it offers to gamers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Naturally, those that didn't really get on with the first Dead Space will find that little (literally) has changed save for the location and a richer sense of characterisation, but for those of us that adored Clarke's first adventure this sequel represents everything we could have wished for: it's bigger, better and more beautiful but without straying from the core principles that mapped out the former.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DC Universe Online is ground-breaking; it's innovative and downright addictive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a multiplayer game, then, Killzone 3 will rise to the top of many a PS3 owner's collection. As a single player game it's really good – inventive, impressive, even smart in places, but generally playing to familiar strengths: solid gunplay, but wholly linear, and rarely pushing the envelope in terms of gameplay mechanics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hands down a must own title for fans of the series. Even if you only have a passing interest in the genre, this is a game that you shouldn't miss out on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A much improved game engine and a new art style gives the realm a cleaner, more attractive look and its inhabitants a more distinctive appearance. Minor niggles aside, this is without a doubt the best story-driven fantasy RPG available on consoles at the moment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who only want to extend their singleplayer experience, at £7.99, The Da Vinci Disappearance is a hard sell, despite how brilliantly crafted the new missions are. However, for those who also enjoy the online multiplayer, it's an absolute no-brainer, adding hours of additional replay value.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall I'm very impressed with Top Spin 4. Whilst it doesn't bring anything new to the table, everything it does bring is refined to within an inch of its life. It looks nice, it plays superbly, and it is deeper than a conversation with Professor Brian Cox. Your move, SEGA.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Games like this don't come around very often, and if you miss out on this one you'll be skipping one of the finest examples of the medium the industry has to offer: Portal 2 is compelling, exciting, wildly capricious and, most importantly, laugh out loud funny. And who knows, maybe there'll be a surprise waiting for you – at the end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is by far the best in the series, the visuals are as detailed and gory as ever, and the presentation is second to none. This game changes the way we look at fighting games from a single player perspective.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't just an amazing game; it's an 800 MSP warning shot across the bow of all £40 retail games currently in production. The downloadable titles are here, and getting better with each release.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looking for a deep and meaningful single player story? Then step away. Looking for an intense online shooter with more guns than Texas? Come on in, the water's fine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Going through the story for the first time is an intriguing affair that ultimately makes you question the type of person you truly are, maybe even more than you'd like to admit. While the difficulty might be too much for some people to handle, it's an experience that is just as rewarding as it is punishing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's obvious how much time Eidos Montreal has spent on Deus Ex: Human Revolution and behind the wonderful design is a solid game with a plot that will keep you guessing. This is a quality product in the same class as Dead Space 2 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and I'm sure it will be in many of the 2011 awards lists.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The perfect example of a game that has actually aged better over time. There's something for everyone even if you never got into it twelve years ago. While the high level of execution may take some time to get adjusted to, it's ultimately worth it. The online multiplayer not only provides a near lagless experience, it moves the genre forward in terms of features and technology.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best HD updates we've seen since the trend of updating past games for current machines kicked off.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both are presented in crystal clear 1080p, and run at thirty frames a second. Compared to the original Ico, the difference is immense, although very few of the assets have been touched which gives the games an almost 'emulator' look to them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful offline experience. I can't even hazard a guess as to how many hours playtime can be wrung out of My Player, and it's topped off nicely with NBA's Greatest. Unfortunately the online portion seems to be riddled with issues, which will frustrate fans looking to take the NBA experience further, so be warned.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 12 represents the biggest step forward for the franchise since '09 invented the fast, free-flowing FIFA we know and love. It still has all of the fluidity and slick presentation that is the trademark of the series but it has added an extra layer of tactical know-how that will require some learning for all FIFA players, no matter how experienced.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    1000 Tiny Claws is a great little game despite the occassional bugs. It should probably be played in short bursts for maximum enjoyment and the challenge of getting every gold medal, as well as high scores, means the game will last for a good few hours.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hydrophobia Prophecy on the PSN really is the best version. It looks and sounds great, with water effects surpassing games with ten times the budget. Add in Move support that works well, and a price of £5.10, and what we have is one of the PSN's best games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a compelling experience that takes what you'd expect from Assassin's Creed, refines it and then adds some stellar new features. And when it all ends, you'll experience the closure of old plot threads and the paving of new ones. Until that story is explored in the next game, you've still got the rest of Revelations to get on with – side quests, multiplayer, renovations, recruiting Assassins and much more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins puts Sonic in his place and stands atop the pile of this generation's 2D platformers. It's as close to platforming perfection as we can get from a Rayman game and not just a step forwards for Rayman himself but ultimately a step forwards for the genre altogether.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt about it, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is punching well above its £9.99 price bracket. The production values coupled with over ten hours of quality gameplay mean the game would easily be worth £40 if stuck on the shelf of your local retailer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Conflicts aside, I can't help but think that everyone should have this collection, but maybe that's just me.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that The Darkness II is a sequel to a game with its roots entrenched in a fairly-twisted comic-book canon is irrelevant. There are no barriers to entry here, no homework to catch up with, just a fantastically pieced together tale coupled with a refreshingly creative take on the ever-staling FPS formula. It handles well, looks great, and sounds even better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I absolutely love the game, and found myself totally absorbed in everything it has to offer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At just under five quid it's extraordinarily good value, there's lots of game here and the trophies hint at at least two new festival bundles, potentially expanding what's already a considerably beefy game into one that might threaten to make the rest of the line-up obsolete for some time...I love this game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    UFC fans will love it. Newcomers may come to love it due to the better accessibility the game offers. UFC Undisputed 3 has a good career mode but the strength really lies with facing other human opposition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is a brilliant fighting game that will take an absolute age to master.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilst there's some issues with writing, some of the mechanics and various other glitches, the epic scale and relatively strong narrative push these aside, giving Mass Effect 3 its rightful place amongst the great, sci-fi epics of our time and acting as a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bleak, sometimes frightening, always powerful and quite often shocking, Max Payne 3 takes the third person genre about as far as it can go, and most likely does the same this with this generation's now ageing console hardware. Polished to near perfection, with just a few minor sticking points that dent – ever so slightly – what is overall a wonderful slice of gaming. Enjoy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It blends a brilliant story with strong characters and gameplay mechanics that rival much more established franchises. Yes the difficulty spikes can be a grind, but push on through and you'll find one of 2012's best games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sound Shapes has emerged as one of the Vita's finest games, seemingly out of nowhere. It's deep and complex enough for the hardcore whilst remaining accessible and fun for those that just want something a little bit different.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Retro/Grade is a stunning take on both the rhythm and the space shooter genres – both of which haven't had much innovation in recent years. With solid mechanics, fun gameplay and excellent presentation, this could just be the best, and certainly the most unique, downloadable game this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PES 2013 has made huge strides forward in how it plays over last year's game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A joyful experience, full of humour and character. It manages to walk the fine line between silly base humour and a more intelligent wit too, which is something almost unique in videogames. With a narrative that expands on the original storyline in every conceivable way and so many ways to play, different characters to build and so much cooperative fun to be had, it's hard to see a downside.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most striking thing about Dishonored is the way the later stages of the game change, depending on how you've approached earlier missions. If you go through killing everyone and blowing things up, you'll invoke a lot of chaos in the game world and later missions will be darker and more difficult to navigate stealthily.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tragic, powerful and thought-provoking, but also intelligent, witty and beautiful - Giant Sparrow's debut is begging to be played.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The other key element in increasing that tension is the fact that each death is a real problem for the XCOM initiative that you're in control of.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exactly what a mash-up should be – not single game environments, not stories that only include the character of one specific game, but a fusion – a celebration even – of the brilliant PlayStation games that we all know and love.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s Drinkbox’s best game so far (and I was a big fan of Mutant Blobs Attack on Vita) and it’s the best combo-brawler on PSN. It’s also one of the best platform puzzlers and one of the best Metroid-vania style games. Not content with that list of “bests”, Guacamelee! is also one of the best games for your Vita.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When the curtain finally closed on Thomas Was Alone, I couldn’t help but feel touched. Despite being two-dimensional in appearance, the game’s cast of characters exuded more personality and depth than that of some games propped up by millions of dollars of development funding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One thing that really hasn’t changed since 2010 is how Duels presents itself. The UI and playing field have been spruced up with a few fancy animations here and there but it’s still mostly the same. In truth, this isn’t such a bad thing, though if Stainless wants its series to become something more than an adaptation they need to look into adding 3D models and new effects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quell Memento is just one of those puzzle titles that is pretty much perfect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blizzard really has put the effort in though, and it shows with an absolutely fantastic port that plays brilliantly, looks good, and will keep you interested for hours on end.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has taken the gameplay of the previous games, refined it, and combined it with a huge open world that is packed with enough content to literally last for days. If you have ever wanted a proper pirate game, this is as good as it gets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tearaway is the kind of game that the PS Vita has demanded since launch, something crafted and tailored to its form and its capabilities, but rather than feeling forced, creating an easy sense of wonder fun and inventiveness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a brilliant approach to the narrative, while Ellie and Riley’s charm shines throughout, their wonder and imagination matching exactly how you’ll feel as you return to this world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I truly believe that Ys: Memories Of Celceta could be one of the strongest Vita titles introduced since the console’s launch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be an extremely lengthy affair, but when it comes to art direction, well paced gameplay, and a brilliant sense of exploration, SteamWorld remains king.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn’t stray off the series’ beaten path too much, but there are enhancements in terms of gameplay and some stunning effects put to good use to create the PS4′s most fun and best looking game yet...While the narrative might not have the same impact as previous games, it’s somewhat more of a down-to-earth tale of an ordinary man with extraordinary powers, and that’s an exciting new direction for the series to take.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sly Cooper Trilogy on Vita is one of the best collections available, and it remains so much fun. Sure, the first game does seem a bit dated and repetitive, but the other two titles really open up the gameplay options.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The user-generated content adds plenty of longevity, even beyond the promise of those six DLC packs over the next year and the new trick system – frustrating and difficult to master as it is – is a perfect fit for the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fez
    Whilst there isn’t necessarily much of a traditional challenge to the game, working your way through the different worlds is so enjoyable that you’ll barely notice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Following on from Bastion, I doubt many would have begrudged Supergiant from heading down the same path again. While Transistor does hold certain similarities, such as having the constant presence of a voice and the general underpinnings of the action RPG gameplay, the Turn() planning phase completely transforms the manner in which you will tackle a fight, making it a far more considered and tactical experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MouseCraft is a game that manages to take inspiration from two classic titles and create something fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic release of an already great game. There may just about be enough here for veterans of the original release and its expansion to return to the world of Sanctuary, but for those who’ve yet to experience it the PS4 edition is a truly excellent dungeon-crawling RPG, and the definitive console release, capable of providing hours and hours of gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A solid story, an interesting cast of characters, and two games that make you panic in a good way. It’s worth the price of entry.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden 15 is easily the most complete release in the series so far, with all of the improvements tying together to create an enjoyable and enthralling game of American Football.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a series that is synonymous with incremental improvements, FIFA 15 manages to feel like more of an evolutionary leap.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That idea of never being comfortable with how the game is unravelling is something that feels quite unique and it’s extremely well imagined here. Plenty of survival horror games have you feeling vulnerable as you essentially fulfil the role of a hero but things are different here. In Alien: Isolation you’re not the hero, you’re the prey.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadow of Mordor is without doubt the best Middle-earth game available on consoles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall PIX The Cat is incredibly fun and addictive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, NBA 2K15 has come on leaps and bounds from the previous year’s game, really fleshing out all the game modes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall Race The Sun is a fantastic endless runner style game, a genre which I’m usually not a fan of. It’s incredibly addictive and really taps in to that ‘one more go’ mentality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the heart of Advanced Warfare is the exoskeleton and all of the possibilities it opens up, transforming the way that you get around amidst the futuristic setting. Yet it delivers on many more levels too, from a compelling story and cast of characters to the graphics and the vast array of options for multiplayer character and loadout customisation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a fantastic return for the series that brought the twin-stick shooter to modern consoles. Damningly hard, visually and aurally distinctive, there are few games that can match it for both immersion and addictiveness.