PLAY! Zine's Scores

  • Games
For 872 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Luigi's Mansion 3
Lowest review score: 10 Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 872
872 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are JRPGs that break boundaries and experiment with crazy ideas. Ys is not that kind of game, but instead just focuses on delivering a great and complete experience with well designed known systems and cool characters. Monstrum Nox continues Adol’s story with brand new crazy adventures.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tribes of Midgard possesses a promising concept and great tincture of rogue-lite elements and survival genre. At the same time, it is a great co-op experience, and frustratingly annoying due to its bad balancing issues and potentially steep difficulty curve for new players to the genre. It still shines in most of its parts with its astonishing visual design and catchy gameplay loop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twelve Minutes is a welcoming innovation in the video games industry, with a fully fledged all-star cast that does the job masterfully. Sadly it possesses some drawbacks in the form of immense repetitiveness in the later segments, but it shines with its excellently written story and interesting design.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scarlet Nexus is a fun action RPG-lite that has a complex story and a bunch of unnecessary gaming mechanics that somehow work. If you like games like Astral Chain, you will not go wrong with Scarlet Nexus, especially as it’s being set up as a potential future franchise. The combination of telekinesis and action elements are nothing new, but SN does it beautifully by combining it with other different skills and magics. If you like Anime and brainpunk themes, Scarlet Nexus is for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Warriors series has proven quite some times that you can teach an old dog some new tricks. This time relying on quality opposed to the well known quantity, Samurai Warriors 5 remains a fun title of a franchise that is somehow too old to be this entertaining - yet it is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neo: The World Ends with You is a great sequel that is almost worth all the wait. Primarily because the wait was 14 years long, and not because there is something majorly wrong with the title. Great music, great characters, flashy combat and a fun story, make this a sequel worthy of the beloved original. If only the pace was a bit more upbeat…
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Necrobarista is a relatively short yet beautifully directed visual novel that tackles a couple of serious themes such as death and general parting with people. Although linear, it tends to tell its story with no holding back, whether you are going to like it or not. Even though the Switch version runs much more poorly compared to the previous PC release, this remains to be an intriguing story filled with interesting characters and great storytelling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you never loved the Monster Hunter series, yet you found yourself intrigued by it, this could be your moment to fall in love with its world. The original Stories was an easily overlooked game since it was exclusive to the 3DS. However, this sequel is not just more available, but also an amazing and charming title on its own. And players that don't mind the more simple stories will have nothing but love for this sweet little adventure, which is anything but tiny.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mini Motorways is a fun little puzzler-builder with beautiful minimalist visuals. Coupled with a charming presentation, this game is a perfect way to relax after a stressful day, but also provides a hefty amount of challenges along the way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metro Exodus Complete Edition is the tightest and one of the most beautiful atmospheric and visual experiences you can afford. It is a truly artistic masterpiece that is helped by a solid story and excellent level design. It may be a bit tough and unfitting for certain audiences due to its slow gameplay and big surroundings that may take a long time to get around.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the turn-based combat remained interesting and stayed true to its roots, and the units have a lot of variety, the newly implemented elements leave a lot to be desired. This coupled with some annoying bugs and an overall sense of an unfinished product make King’s Bounty II a very lackluster experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you ignore some minor bugs and issues, you’ve finally got yourself a decent competitor in the 4X genre. Humankind has gorgeous music, colorful graphics, and fun and challenging gameplay that will keep you wanting to play "just one more turn".
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Guild of Darksteel has a couple of interesting ideas and a strong atmosphere, but it falls short when it comes to combat. Not to mention the promises it seems to silently made to the player and then fails to deliver. Repetitiveness, cryptic systems and mechanics prevent this game from truly shining. Ultimately, Darksteel remains to be a little bit too dark.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If beautiful art, graphics quality and music are all you look for in video games, look no further. Just make sure that frustrating juggle between three characters is not something that could drive you mad. Because this game is exactly that - a beautiful series of tedious gameplay mechanics. A truly charming mess.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is the best way of experiencing this gorgeous video game. It is maybe not a reason enough for some people who have already completed the game due to its expansion being relatively short and PS5 upgrades not bringing anything “game-changing”, but it is a great piece of content and an upgrade that truly boosts the overall experience that many new players and existing ones will feel and appreciate.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a short and sweet romp through a surreal town on fire. It gives some interesting isometric mechanics that play well with its puzzles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2021 is one of the best F1 games to date, with a fun little story mode in the form of Braking Point, also presenting a great co-op driving career mode, and marking the return of the extremely detailed and fun My Team mode. The only drawbacks it has are its severely smaller amount of content than the 2020 edition, and occasional server problems.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While looking gorgeous and dripping with atmosphere, Ender Lilies may not be the greatest metroidvania when it comes to level design and combat. Thankfully, it is easy to overlook if you are not of the nitpicking kind. But still, make sure to use the game’s momentum while it lasts, since a number of its bumps may spoil the ride for some players out there.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Dark Alliance is riddled with fundamental errors with its non-functioning AI, lackluster loot game, and terrible camera. It is flooded with good ideas that seem awfully unfinished, badly designed and implemented that draw it downwards to being another trash looter hack ‘n’ slash game with a potential for a bit more greatness if it had more time invested in it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cris Tales brings all the classic JRPG greatness and modernizes it in its own fashion. While the repetitive battles and numerous bad twists make the game lose the momentum, if you know how to cherish all that is great about it, you will have a great time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you haven’t played a good roguelite title in a while, here’s a chance for something new and original. While not perfecting the genre in any sense, Dreamscaper manages to be original and fun, yet a slightly repetitive game. An atmospheric roguelite experience that won’t blow your mind but may surely make your day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are into combining genres that include point and click adventures and card based RPG titles, yet are undeniably in love with dark and strange Slavic folklore, look no further. Black Book is a game you should not miss for the world. In any other scenario, you should at least give it a chance. It surely is not your everyday game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Son of a Witch looks like a cute little game, but it quickly starts to show its true, challenging form. Great game with deep gameplay mechanics, optional multiplayer, and a lot of replay value.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skyward Sword was and still remains to be one of the greatest Zelda titles of all time. Fans of the original formula might not agree, but innovative, intuitive, and different style of gameplay, always boldly stood their ground in face of the critique that yearns for the familiar experience. HD remaster is undoubtedly well earned, and while it hits many points on improving the sluggish aspects of the original, the very core remains intact. Yet even after it all, the biggest regret might be a missed opportunity to improve on the graphics that needed more than a resolution boost. But either way, it is an experience that is very easy to recommend, yet even easier to fall in love with. You may even find it to be just perfect - just for you.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you think that old games had the perfect gameplay and just needed some better graphics, this game is absolutely for you. If you believe graphics are equally important to gameplay - you may wait for a sale and just play the original while you wait for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spellcaster University is a fun little experience where you can finally channel your inner Dumbledore. It has some design issues with its “too much rng, too little planning” gameplay loop, but it is an exceptionally fun game that makes it that much more worthwhile if you are an HP fan or just love some good fantasy managerial sim.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solasta: Crown of the Magister is one of the best tabletop video game replications that successfully translates many of the famous tabletop mechanics into a video game. It has some problems, but despite its lower budget, lacklustre story and weirdish character models, it is worth your money and time, especially if you are an RPG or tabletop fan.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SGW: Contracts 2 is another relatively mediocre title in an overly long franchise of sniper sim games. It has some creative level design and great sniping moments when assassinating long-range targets, but it still remains an overly generic FPS game with lacklustre mission design and terrible AI.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Red Solstice 2: Survivors is a game that wants to be an RTS, Twin Stick shooter and XCOM but does all three poorly. The game was clearly designed for 8 player co-op, and it plays best in that way, but the solo, single-player campaign is not worth it. The AI is troubling sometimes and the little control you have over your marines makes this a dull experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Necromunda: Hired Gun is a fantastic FPS set in the 40k universe. Doom Eternal influence is prominent throughout the game like in the gunplay, verticality, and mobility, but with a much lower budget – and that shows. However, Hired gun is a competent FPS that delivers on fast-paced shooting but is marred with technical problems.

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