Times Online's Scores

  • Games
For 397 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Indigo Prophecy
Lowest review score: 20 The Silent Hill Experience
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 397
397 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The over-theshoulder style does allow for the seamless integration of glossy scenes to drive on the plot and add a more genuine movie-like feel to the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Right from the start in the tree kingdom of Kelethin, you are plunged into hack’n’slash heaven. The graphics are some of the best on the PS2, and there is plenty of variation in the gameplay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A simple but elegant narrative imbues the experience with considerable inertia. Urgent, funny, frightening and bleak, Half-Life 2 tells its tale of rebellion against a grim European dystopia with ease and vigour.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The level of detail in the various maps and multiplayer levels will have you reeling, while the integration of voice communication software allows you to chat with friends, in real-time, in mid-battle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a chess game of healthy pedigree, using the Perfect Chess engine previously seen in Ubisoft’s Chessmaster. Not only that, but the price is right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game will become the benchmark by which all such titles will be measured. The game’s AI is strong enough to present a challenge and the lack of base and harvest management is wonderfully refreshing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pandora Tomorrow is a miniature masterpiece. This goodlooking, great-sounding and convincingly voiced espionage thriller delivers two satisfying game outings.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This all-new version adds minute details to the daily rituals of the little inhabitants — you can almost zoom in to see specific ingredients as meals are prepared, or read book titles on shelves. Watching the Sims dance is a triumph of animation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Doom 3 has its flaws, but remains a graphical, audio and visual tour de force.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are divine, with vast urban locales and spectacular crashes. The cars handle well, and each vehicle has its own characteristics. Yet this is no easy driving game — one of the reasons why, subject matter aside, it carries a 16+ rating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This adventure looks great, its landscape dominated by crooked buildings and brooding grey skies; navigating Jack is simple and the characters are all well realised. A perfect children’s game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An evocative gem of a game, one all Long John Silver or Johnny Depp wannabes should thoroughly enjoy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What singles out this series from the rest is that it homes in on the sheer intensity and ugliness of war.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Decent graphics that hold up smoothly in the height of fighting, plus atmospheric cut-scenes, great locations and superb sound effects all measure up to a memorable, if utterly exhausting, experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A completely engrossing game, designed for the patience of adult players, that will stand up to an almost infinite number of sessions. It’s a technically marvellous achievement by David Cage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A completely engrossing game, designed for the patience of adult players, that will stand up to an almost infinite number of sessions. It’s a technically marvellous achievement by David Cage.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is at its best when played online or across large networks, since real opponents can be ingenious and make better fidgety targets.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The courses are stunningly handsome and the golfing action and ball physics are true to life. The game has an almost limitless replay value.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The courses are stunningly handsome and the golfing action and ball physics are true to life. The game has an almost limitless replay value.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This sim certainly delivers the goods. Keeping an eye on the details involved in running a winning team is so engrossing that, once you accept your first management job, you can bid farewell to months of free time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EyeToy: Chat is Sony’s slap in the face for telecommunications companies around the world. Armed with the Chat software and a broadband connection, users can transform their EyeToy camera and PS2 console into a live video phone capable of making free calls to other EyeToy: Chat users anywhere in the world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An epic, not only because the immaculate world you inhabit is so immense, but also because the gameplay is fantastically intense.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Project Rub makes no use of the DS’s wireless communication feature, so there is no multiplayer event. Still, this off-beat gem is a must-have game for any fledgeling DS collection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This episode has more depth than the two previous follow- ups, and its developer, IO Interactive, has introduced many intelligent refinements.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This episode has more depth than the two previous follow- ups, and its developer, IO Interactive, has introduced many intelligent refinements.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Frighteningly addictive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each activity comes with a tutorial from a virtual instructor, and as you kick out at the falling balloons on the TV screen it’ s impossible not to smile. And how often do you see that down the gym?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In short, AoE III is yet another masterly triumph.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Games do not come much larger than SOCOM 3, which has been designed very much with the internet in mind: go online and you can play against up to 31 opponents.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a gritty Second World War caper that loads the gaming experience to the hilt, leaving players battered, bruised and thoroughly stirred.