TotalPlayStation's Scores

  • Games
For 1,092 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 PixelJunk SideScroller
Lowest review score: 15 Go! Sports Ski
Score distribution:
1,092 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's literally almost perfect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Both online and offline are perfect, plain and simple. This is a must-have title that just oozes quality from every pore. You are cheating yourself out of one of the best experiences on the PS2 if you don't own this game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If I remember right, the last game I gave a 10 to was "ICO." GOWII is that caliber. It's polished, infinitely satisfying, offers a ton of replayability and bonus content, and is just plain fun to play. That is a 10 game to me.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is no better value for your buck than getting a game that supports HUNDREDS of hours of play time, and Disgaea 2 does that. The sheer amount of character building and fantastic humor all make for a game that you WANT to play for that long too.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It marries technology with control and keeps giving for weeks if not months after you first pick up the controller. It delivers a powerful single-player experience and an almost impossibly tense, utterly addictive online component and when the two are brought together... well, you're looking at your Game of the Year right here.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you ever dabbled in fighting games, you need to check this one out, and if you haven't, there's no better introduction than what Capcom has crafted here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite simply one of the best games on the PS3. Every PS3 owner needs this game in their collection.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolute must-own in every sense of the word, Chinatown Wars is a game with the single most important factor in any portable offering: every time you pick it up, there's always something to do. And after that, there's another 20 more.
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    • 100 Critic Score
    Ignore the naysayers, the Stimulus Package is worth every single penny of it's $15 price tag.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a game that deserves to be on every platform possible, and now, finally, PS3 owners can enjoy the sheer magnitude of BioWare's accomplishment for themselves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Naysayers, take note: when Valve says they're committing to a platform, they do it. Portal 2 is a mind-blowing accomplishment not only in terms of a console port, but in a sequel that somehow, impossibly, manages to outclass even its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If someone ever tells you videogames aren't art, strap them to a chair and make them play Limbo. Yes, it's that perfect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stunning, impeccable achievement in game design and execution, Batman: Arkham City is every bit as good as you've heard. And more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At times incredibly challenging, yet never frustrating, that's the addictive nature of Sidescroller in a nutshell. It's one of the most memorable bite-sized games I've played in one of the best years videogames have seen in a while.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Games that summon up emotions from a cold son of a bitch like me are incredibly rare... Journey had me grabbing the box of tissues by the time it was over.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not everyday that a remake of a game goes so far above and beyond the original to make it a must-play game in two separate generation, but today is that day. Truly, this is the RPG for people who don't care for RPG's.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Nothing short of the best snowboarding game videogames have ever seen, and while there are a few nagging problems, the presentation and execution of a massive, three peaked behemoth that you’ll try your damndest to conquer is pure gaming bliss from the moment you first drop onto the mountain.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This game is the absolute personification of what free-roaming means. You can do damn near anything you want, and more often than not you'll be rewarded for it. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The sound design is frickin' phenomenal... [and] this is easily the best soundtrack I've heard in a game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The delivery is head and shoulders above any other console RPG, and the overall experience leaves you with such a feeling of satisfaction that it's easy to dive right back into the game once you beaten it just to experience all the big moments again.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If GT4 will be your first venture into sim racing, hold on, strap in and protect any valuable reproductive organs, as you’ll be blown away. It pushes the boundaries of realism and sim racing, while retaining the essential core of the franchise that has been built over the last 8 years. You won’t find a better value.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The difference is that TMB just does it all better. Level design, graphics, weapons, vehicles, players… they’re all pulled off to such a perfect degree that it almost seems like the other games didn’t even exist.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    SSX
    This game looks just as well as it feels, with breathtaking views and intricate details throughout the different circuits.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most finely crafted gaming experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking part in... You would be doing your ears a great disservice if you were to pass over the game because it doesn’t quite seem like your thing. I can assure you with complete confidence that it most certainly IS your thing.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's blatantly obvious that the guys at Neversoft know exactly what they're doing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    ICO
    It's an instant classic that will become a benchmark for originality, fun and old fashioned substance over style.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The environments, the bosses, the combat, everything gels and meshes so perfectly, there isn't an action gamer out there that could call their library complete without this game. Not one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Ratchet is less of a whiny little catbitchthing, the same sense of humor that the first game possessed permeates everything about the sequel, keeping it light despite more dire circumstances.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everything it does, it does with aplomb, from kicking out graphics that just should'nt exist in this generation -- let alone on the PS2 -- to delivering a sense of speed, yet offering controls that allow you to keep up with the increasingly brilliant level design, to offering an suite of online modes that will make you fall to your knees in thanks of broadband. This is the very definition of a must-have game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A weaker soundtrack and nagging problems with the interface take the game down just shy of getting a full 10, but this is the digital embodiment of a killer app.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hands-down the year’s best platformer. This is just a masterfully constructed adventure that drips with charm and ingenuity and never fails to keep you involved, entertained, and loving every minute of it. You can take our word on it: this one is a gem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's just evilly fun, and it'll kick your butt and you'll hate it for being so hard, but it won't really matter, because there's enough charm and downright fun here to keep you coming back.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the single best survival horror game ever made, besting even the Silent Hill series in raw visceral thrills. It’s not nearly as scary, but it makes up for it with an incredible story, tons of replay value, and a game length that’s uncharacteristically stretched for the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You cannot find a better baseball game than MVP Baseball 2005. At $30, it’s an incredible steal for what could be the last licensed MVP game... It actually feels like you are playing the same baseball you play in the park or watch on TV, more than any game previous. The control, immersion and realism are unmatched.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This was absolutely worth waiting for, and credit must be given to Squenix for releasing a game that bravely sticks to its guns in the face of all these ridiculously complex additions to the formula that Dragon Quest got right all along.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, it's the best Burnout yet, and after four games, it's amazing that each one can consistently blow the previous entries away. Revenge does, and it is indeed sweet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hands-down one of the best games every released. Not just on the PS2, but ANY system. Yes, it's that good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Sure, there are some targeting issues, but aside from that, this is a brilliant execution of the basic concepts on a system that nobody thought would be possible. This is the very definition of a must-have game, and the reason to own a PSP.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the best Tony Hawk game yet, and as someone who's played them all to death, that's no passing comment. Better level design, better presentation and better overall polish, this is THE game to buy if you're a Tony Hawk fan.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, one of the best RPGs to hit the PS2. It's quirky, hilarious, loaded with enjoyable side quests and manages to tug the heartstrings just enough to round out the whole experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though it's probably impossible to get a proper online fighting experience Dark Resurrection comes about as close as we can hope for -- and it's completely portable. Few games are this uncompromising, and every PSP owner needs this game. Yep, all of em.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Insomniac nailed the sense of scale, and delights in alternately throwing plot twists and growing and shrinking level designs to keep things interesting throughout the experience.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Yeah, I had a lot of fun with it. It just wasn't something that held my attention as long as I was expecting. Single player was the golden goose.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It should go without saying that this is a game anyone who owns a PS3 should buy, and it's probably no real stretch to say that people should buy a PS3 for this game alone. It's that good.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Portable Ops does the series full justice and then some: the compelling campaign we've grown oh so fond of, coupled with the compulsive recruitment system and the high-stakes multiplayer that should have Subsistence fans grinning like fools. A defining piece of PSP software.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    No, Final Fantasy XIII isn't perfect. It is, by and large, an absolutely incredible accomplishment in terms of technical wizardry and streamlining of so much of the unneeded fluff found in a lot of JRPGs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whatever UTIII lacks in offerings right now (and I can't find one among them beyond stuff from older games), the mod community will add. If that doesn't demonstrate this whole "Game 3.0" concept perfectly, I don't know what does. Seriously, go buy it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a terrific storyline and characters, a difficulty that's challenging but not classically MegaTen hard, and a stupid amount of stuff to do in the game, it's impossible not to recommend this game to anyone who love RPGS. And most who don't.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Jeanne d'Arc does nearly everything perfectly, and I know I keep harping on this, but it's just a stellar first effort for Level-5. If your PSP has been collecting dust since, say, Crush, break out the dust mop and grab this game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It really can't be overstated how much of a technical accomplishment this really is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Wild ARMs 5 is one of the best RPGs to hit the PS2, simple as that. An old-school approach to the genre whittles down the gameplay to simple, core elements while stripping out all the annoying bits that have built up over the years. A definite buy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hardware issues are annoying, yes, but with a killer single player mode, great online multiplayer and the promise of dozens of individual tracks and complete albums, the game more than pays for itself out of the box.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game belongs in every single PS3 owner's collection. It's that good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The single best game you can find on the PlayStation 3 right now, and at the end of the day, it's the best in the series. If you own a PS3, you need this game in your library. It is the absolutely definition of a must-have title, and right now is the front-runner as game of the year, hands down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It may have taken half a decade to go from concept to execution, but Darksiders proves that time, adoration of the classics and a remarkably confident hand can indeed overcome the freshman development jitters. What a debut.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I honestly can't recommend Afternoon of Darkness enough. It is everything a SRPG should be, filled to the brim with a staggering amount of gameplay, a great story with absolutely insane characters, killer gameplay that all SRPGs would do well to copy, and with the PSP version, runs, looks and plays better than the original version.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If WipEout HD were a full-priced Blu-ray release, it would have been just a tad disappointing. As a twenty dollar downloadable title, however, it is a great value and an excellent slice of instant gratification.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, Red Faction: Guerrilla is one of the best games that will hit this year. It's the complete package, and has enough calls back to the first game that it feels like a proper sequel, unlike the last game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's unfortunate that the game is a year late coming to the PS3 in a hectic season full of fantastic games, but it's still up there with the best of them and is most certainly worth playing if you haven't yet experienced it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Add in the fact that Guitar Hero instruments work with Rock Band (and vice-versa), Trophy support and a ton of new music and you have a package that's every bit as attractive as the first game, if not more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's really no other way to say it: Bionic Commando Rearmed is one of the best games on the PS3.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A top contender for Game of the Year and beyond.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An improved sequel in every sense of the word, Patapon 2 is an absolute must-have for every PSP owner, and a perfect way to launch Sony's downloadable-only games distribution service.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I've been a huge Harmonix fan since they created FreQuency and will openly admit that I never thought Neversoft could beat them at their own game. With Guitar Hero: Metallica they just did. And now the real battle can start.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves defines must-own.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rife with variety and bursting with multiplayer options, this is the GH game to get.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a shoo-in for Game of the Year contention and will likely go down as one of the crown jewels of the PlayStation 3's exclusive lineup.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best racers on the PlayStation 3 right now and arguably the best one released this year on the system, DiRT 2 is an unequivocal must-have.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There should be no weighing of options, no hemming and hawing over whether the $20 asking price is worth it -- it is -- I promise you, it is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tight controls, gorgeous graphics and hard enough to keep you coming back for more. A genuinely fantastic little puzzle game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hands-down the best party game experience of the year, Buzz! Quiz World is a massive improvement over the last game, showing that developer Relentless Software not only listened to their fan base but endeavored to actually make the definitive Buzz.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Peggle is one of those games with universal appeal.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's awesome. Did you expect anything different? The story seems a bit all-over-the-place but the more you ruminate on it, the more it actually has an amazing context.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Joe Danger is one of the surest things you can find on the PlayStation 3 and deserves to be on every single system out there. It's that good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Do not wait for the PSP2. Buy a copy of this game and the hardware necessary to play it as soon as is humanly possible. You're not going to see a better marriage of technical know-how, narrative inventiveness and holy-crap-I'm-playing-a-console-game-on-a-handheld-level awe on the system.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its unique blend of traditional JRPG combat with a social simulator that makes you juggle life between friends and school and work, Persona 3 is a game that will stand the test of time!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Improved graphics, improved controls and the game itself is often argued to be the better of the two.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Flight Control HD moves from the small screen to the big screen flawlessly, and remains as addictive as ever. Not only that, it provides another great medium for the launch of the new Move controller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A labor of love in every sense, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock dares to try something new and succeeds in spades.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ghost of Sparta is incredibly well balanced and highly polished. It's an experience that is defining for both Kratos and the system. If you own a PSP, then you owe it to yourself to play this game. If not, then it's time to finally get one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's just plain fun. No other way around it. Criterion managed to bring back a series on the brink of collapse and make it into the best racing game of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An absolutely addictive and surprisingly deep and varied video pinball offering Marvel Pinball does the license right and establishes ZEN Studios as one of the most talented purveyors of downloadable content out there. Buy this game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rarely do you find a package that contains so much nostalgia combined with original ideas for such a great price. Anyone looking to revive a classic series for modern sensibilities would do well to use Pac-Man CE DX as a template.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A really fun game with a lot of different game modes that all provide a challenging and unique experience each time. At $10 you really can't go wrong,
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The original was a movement and this sequel is a revolution.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If not for the inclusion of multiplayer (no, it shouldn't have been included), this would be the perfect package -- especially with Extraction, which may not have had its dues on the Wii.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Shooter 2 is Q-Games' most complete and robust package yet, offering not only an excellently polished single-player campaign, but also what will likely go down in history as one of the year's best multiplayer experiences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I really hope that other fighting game developers are taking note as to what was done here. Because as a fan of the genre this is what I want to see more of: fun fighting, great story and less extra junk. And Mortal Kombat has done this VERY well!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bottom line: If I can only have one SRPG for the rest of my life, it isn't even a contest. I could play Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for the next 10 years and still be finding new stuff to try. One of the best remakes of all time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    When I say it's the best sports game this year I mean it. Every time you play you'll experience something new and move towards accomplishing goals besides those that you score on the field. It's going to be hard for EA to top this one.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I won't say ICO or Shadow of the Colossus are perfect games, but I will say unequivocally that they are so important that they should be played by everyone. Thankfully, Bluepoint and Sony are giving people the best way to do so.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Few games combine tension, atmosphere, deep combat and interesting online play in a way that can even compete with Dark Souls.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tetris has met its match. Lumines: Electronic Symphony is a painstakingly scrawled love letter to puzzle games and electronica of every stripe. Not only should every Vita owner buy it, every person who cares about video games should play it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The re-release is just as strong as the original. They jammed the disc full of everything and even chipped in some extras. Even the thing they omitted (the online pass) is a plus. It's just up to you whether it's worth the door charge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins embodies everything right and good about 2D platformers. If you want to be reminded why this genre took gaming by storm in the 80's and 90's, or you simply want to play a rare, honest to goodness video game, pick this one up ASAP.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The latest in an outstanding crop of indie art games that we've seen this generation, The Unfinished Swan lives up to that legacy and provides yet another sublime experience that transcends the usual confines of video games.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What's really amazing about Okami is that it is just as good of a game today as it was six years ago when it was first released. An HD release that barely had to touch a thing to still be one of the best games available today.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Well, Arkane, you did what so few games have done this generation: you got me to want to come back to play Dishonored annually. Very, very few games have that honor, but I just can't imagine ever getting tried of Dunwall. What a wonderful game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Show retains its place atop the heap of not just baseball games but sports games of all stripes by offering the most options, the widest variety of ways to play and unparalleled customization. Just go get it already!