NME's Scores

For 195 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Psychonauts 2
Lowest review score: 20 Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 195
195 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you don’t mind the whiplash of jumping between satisfying elation to feeling like you’re stuck in a cursed geometry class, then We Were Here Forever is going to work for you. It’s a brilliant co-op game with superb puzzle design and cool visuals, but it is by no means an easy ride. I wouldn’t recommend it as a follow-up to something like It Takes Two — the level of challenge is a far cry and it doesn’t have the narrative chops. But if you’re a fan of the series already or love challenging asymmetrical co-op, you’re going to enjoy this one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big Bad Wolf’s spin on the world of Vampire is a complex, enthralling adventure let down by low-quality modeling and some frustratingly vague puzzles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Paradox has made a pro-player choice in divvying up the paid vs free new content, making Overlord feel like a less essential purchase than it otherwise could. While most of the big structural changes are available to everyone, this DLC still offers some exciting and varied new additions to the richest and most entertaining sci-fi strategy on the galactic market.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most unique titles in a long while, Soundfall is successful at marrying together multiple genres while also bringing a sparkling, universally pleasant soundtrack that must be played and listened to. With plenty of reason to replay stages and songs, this really is one of the nicest surprises of the year in games so far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combining a superb character generation system with challenging dungeon exploration, Rogue Legacy 2 is an engrossing blend of action-platforming and emergent storytelling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is a solid turn-based strategy game that plays to the strengths of the 40k license. Those without an attachment to turn-based strategy or 40k might struggle to get past the complicated UIs and slight jank, but it’s worth persevering with as it’s an engaging entry in an unloved genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trek To Yomi will set you back the price of a cinema ticket, but guarantees more spectacle than you’ll find in most big-screen ventures. A killer combination of stylish swordfights and thought-provoking storytelling, Trek To Yomi should be high on your list of games to play this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    King Arthur: Knight’s Tale scrapes a pass with its decent tactical combat. If it doesn’t improve on its art and spelling, however, it’ll need to see me in my office.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bloodhunt is pretty good, but not good enough. With the popularity of battle royale games waning as a whole, Bloodhunt is unlikely to find its audience. For those that dig it, though, this is a bloody good time. It’s just hard not to be frustrated by the game’s several minor issues.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Teardown is about causing as much carnage as possible, but then funnelling that into something manageable. It’s about streamlining your play in the campaign before becoming completely unhinged in the sandbox modes. It’s about having as much fun as possible in whatever way you want, and it’s a blast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the stylish B-movie mayhem and endlessly entertaining presentation can sometimes clash with overly prescriptive and slow missions, Kaiju Wars is a generous package stuffed with retro turn-based fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo Switch Sports brings a beloved series onto modern platforms with aplomb. Though some minigames are slightly weaker than others, some impressive standouts – namely Chambara and Football – deliver an exceptionally good time. Better yet, Nintendo Switch Sports‘ £31 price tag is cheaper than most Nintendo games, and that sort of value’s hard to argue with.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken with a grain of patience, Skábma is a warm and wonderful coming-of-age story with a refreshing change of scenery. The game’s platforming is held back by some major bugs, but captivating storytelling and gorgeous graphics ensure it’s easily worth the £14 price tag.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MotoGP 22 knows its audience and isn’t afraid to lean into it. While it won’t change the world, with some nice new features and excellent PlayStation 5 DualSense controller implementation it’s the best way to race motorcycles available for fans right now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moss: Book 2 is a big, bold adventure about a stunningly well-realised tiny mouse. It effortlessly uses perspective and framing, married with incredible animation, to create a bond with a virtual creature to an extent that hasn’t been achieved since The Last Guardian, while also being a perfect showcase of everything Sony’s first foray into virtual reality is capable of. A dream-like experience that lingers long after the credits roll, your mythic connection to this realm and its miniscule inhabitants not quite severed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wobbledogs‘ £15.99 price tag is absolutely worth it for anyone looking for a slow-burn simulator, or players who simply want to run wild with an in-depth genetics system. Though there’s not much to do besides watching your hapless dogs struggle to get their four legs working in unison, sometimes that’s all you need.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An engaging plot, likeable cast, and funny and insightful writing save an otherwise uneven and frequently flat series of puzzles that over rely on search engines and not enough on the game’s strongest elements – its world and storytelling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a big playpen for Star Wars fans, The Skywalker Saga hits all the right notes thanks to its hilarious writing, audio-visual wonder and oodles of content to explore. However, its poor implementation of co-op and unnecessary complexity but you can quite comfortably look past these problems (which in some cases can be patched) in favour of its moreish open-world. This isn’t the Lego Star Wars remake you may have been looking for, but it’s the one we’ve got, for better and for worse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Weird West is a wonderful world tacked on to a clumsy bundle of mechanics. Personally, it’s one of my favourite games this year, but a host of small issues mean most of the game’s impressive potential is left untapped.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Abermore‘s attempt to blend immersive sim mechanics with procedurally generated levels is undermined by an array of technical problems.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Syberia: The World Before takes its time to craft an intertwining pair of personal stories with strong protagonists at their core, while its relatively simple, tactile puzzles are a blessing for the genre. Its visibly low production values can get in the way at times, but not enough to spoil the experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kirby and the Forgotten Land is another saccharine sweet bundle of joy for the Switch, but it’s also the perfect antidote to years of doom and gloom in the real world and video games, presenting a compelling version of the apocalypse that actually seems… pretty okay.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rune Factory 5 has many features that series veterans have come to love over the years and since each game is a self-contained story, newcomers are welcome to start here too. It’s an engaging, cosy sim game with meaty RPG hooks that players can tackle at their own pace. The transition to fully 3D hasn’t been without growing pains, though. The lag and bad framerate can be unbearable at times, and damage the experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ghostwire: Tokyo is a good open-world adventure that wishes it was a great scripted horror story. The game is at its best when it straps you on rails and breaks down reality around you, but all too often you’re left to wander an empty Tokyo with little to say for it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I had low expectations for WWE 2K22, but it seems Visual Concepts has been putting in the hours these past couple of years. What we’ve ended up with is a fine foundation to build upon for future wrestlegames… but this is the eighth mainline WWE game from 2K – it should be more than just a foundation by now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With its grassroots indie charm, Shredders really owns its limitations. The game will resonate most with those tapped into contemporary snowboarding culture but can satisfy anyone who wants to lose themselves to moreish gameplay and a killer soundtrack. As an Xbox Game Pass title, it’s a day-one download, and well worth an evening’s play, even if you never touch it again. It’s not going to change the world but Shredders is an action-sports game that feels sensational to play – and that alone is no easy task.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    No Place Like Home has its issues but there are updates scheduled beyond launch (including a fishing minigame). Some of its biggest problems may be addressed further down the line. But even if not, No Place Like Home has a lot of heart and is worth sinking time into.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tunic is so much more than just a game about a cute fox. It’s a wonderfully satisfying adventure game that’s not afraid to kill you and leave you confused as to what just happened. It’s happy for you to be lost, inconvenienced, and befuddled. It’s also one that offers the elation of overcoming a tough challenge regularly throughout, and also, the fox is definitely very cute.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Stranger of Paradise is mostly just a mess. When the gameplay works, it works surprisingly well, but that wasn’t often enough to make it fun for its entire runtime. It’s hard to make a judgement on the story, mostly because there isn’t much of a narrative, but it’s even more disappointing because I wanted to spend more time with the characters, because they’re far from unlikeable. A grand ode to Final Fantasy it is not, and it fails to appeal to the JRPG lover in me on most counts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Young Souls breathes new life into the beat ’em up genre. It adds in plenty of modern systems to a core old-school gameplay loop, and it does so with aplomb. There are multiple difficulty modes to allow players to fine-tune the game to be harder or easier based on their wants and preferences, and it even has local co-op as well.

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