PLAY! Zine's Scores

  • Games
For 833 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 Dreams
Lowest review score: 10 Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 833
833 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be flawless, but it is still amazing just how good this trilogy stands despite the test of time. A compilation of Sigma and Razor's Edge games, you could call this a definitive collection of sorts when it comes to the 3D Ninja Gaiden titles. And even though the Switch version sacrifices resolution in order to achieve a perfect frame rate, it is such a joy to be able to take these games on the go.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Odyssey is a terrible, unoptimized and buggy experience that has immense potential to become something great in the far future. Now, it is just a wreck with its basic combat, unplayable multiplayer and disappointing interface and mission design.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wreckfest remains one of the best demolition racing games of the newer generation, made with love, grit and grind. It has a bit of a bland map design and a few tweaks here and there could make the career mode much more interesting, but at the same the time it is one of the most fun racing experiences, especially in multiplayer and with an excellent PS5 upgrade.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Invisible Hand offers insight into the world of stock trading, with some interesting turns. You can gain an unfair advantage by browsing the dark web and manipulating it, but freedom of choice exists as an idea, rather than a feature.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Definitive Edition is an attempt at a quick cash grab while there is still some love for the franchise. The limiting two-player couch co-op, the lower resolution visuals and no new features are not something to fault the Switch console for, but at least you get all of the DLCs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    RE: Village is a mixture of almost all previous Resident Evil elements, making the most of both survival horror and puzzle intensity, but with the primary stage being left for the more action-like nature of Resident Evil 4. It has some great story moments, sprinkled with a few lacklustre characters that are still overshadowed by its most notable characteristic – most detailed environment to date.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Reknum Cheri Dreamland is an action platformer with a couple of quality elements that are simply sedated by the rest of the game. Nothing motivates the player in this poor man’s Cuphead wannabe title, so all that is good about it simply serves as a reason to torture yourself some more by playing it. Not all is bad, but seeking quality is hardly worth all the trouble.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We would not usually note this, but to pay the asking price for this game and not be absolutely in love with the Pokémon franchise is close to insane. There is plenty to love here if you are a fan of slow-paced, relaxing and pretty puzzle games, but if only that is the case - do wait for a discount. In any other case, better invest that money in a real camera.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Miitopia is a real utopia for all the Mii lovers out there. If you love to be in control though, there’s not much to love or control here. The game is a random set of events between characters you choose and create yourself. If you lack the number of characters you’d love to see interact, this is probably not a game for you. Otherwise, no matter how repetitive, there is a high chance you will fall for its undeniable charm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most complete edition to a famous franchise to this date, with improvements on almost all levels is the showmanship of how you remaster a video game. Exceptional work and a stellar upgrade for a masterpiece of a trilogy that is Mass Effect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Layers of Fear 2 is one of the best horror games on the Switch platform. While the amazing atmosphere, built by binaural audio and great graphics deliver a strong and immersive experience, gameplay and story could be much better. Yet all of the qualities this title builds, still shine strong, enough for any horror fan to truly enjoy an around 8 hours long ride.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While having an interesting premise, Hood: Outlaws & Legends offers an extremely mediocre and repetitive experience that leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Days Gone PC port is a good and much better day 1 experience than Horizon Zero Dawn was. However, HZD has one leg up on Days Gone – it is fun. This cookie-cutter zombie game offers little innovation or fun experiences except in set pieces and a couple of quests. You will be fighting the same zombies and burning nests throughout the game, but hey, it looks and works really nice on PC.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Building Have Feelings Too! is a game where charming looks, good presentation and the humoristic story is in a constant fight with average gameplay that doesn’t allow it to become something great.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Biomutant is an open-world RPG with a lot of interesting ideas that have already been done. This ambitious game was an interesting concept a few years ago, but bigger studios got there faster. The phenomenal character designer and the lush and beautiful world, and an interesting character concept do not help this game stand out. However, I have had a lot of fun playing it even though the combat had its issues.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mysterious trilogy is a great intro to the Atelier world because not only does it get rid of the time limit but also gives you a more personal story and interesting characters to meet. The DX version that’s been ported also comes with a plethora of additional content that is worth exploring and getting the whole pack together.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there is one title that feels like it beckons the start of the next-gen era, it is undoubtedly this game. Its flawless presentation and beautiful graphics may be polluted by a glitch or two along the way, but nonetheless, it is an amazing experience that just can't be recommended enough.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Returnal is a must-play and a first perfect true next-gen experience that utilizes all that Sony has marketed for its new console. A sci-fi third-person shooter that uses its roguelite attribute in combination with its time loop story that surprises with its originality and surpasses the expectations by far.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've wanted to try out a Monster Hunter game but were always discouraged by its complexity and systems, here's a title that might change your mind. With tweaked pacing and mechanics, Monster Hunter Rise feels more accessible than ever, yet it loses next to none of its complexity that the veterans of the series cherish so dearly. For newcomers and returning players, this is the title to rise above all others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a standalone title, Bravely Default II stands as a superb JRPG. But when it gets to be compared to the original, it sadly falls short. No matter how great its strengths are, they will always be remembered as being even greater before. Yet you should still not miss it if you are into the genre or if you loved the original, as it is a wonderful title no matter what you compare it to.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An overclocked, moustached package of nostalgic goodies and refreshing, innovative greatness. While 3D World aged amazingly, and with a bit of polish shines strong again, Bowser's Fury could be the greatest Super Mario game of all time... When a miserable number of technical imperfections and shorter length of a game are its only flaws, be sure that we are talking about an absolutely mind-blowing title that should be a direction the series takes from now on. An Odyssey we were promised long ago, has finally reached us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This remaster does not do much except adding some controller support, but it does amazing work on the visual and audio segments and just for that it deserves to be in your library even if you still have the original.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    RIDE 4 isn't the best entry in the series, but it fixes a lot of its past problems. The on-track action is amazing, and no matter what track you’re on or what time of day or conditions you’re racing in, you’re in for a fun time. It’s a challenging game, but in a good way, as it encourages you to get better and offers a wide variety of difficulty options to help you along the way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PHOGS! lets you play as two mutantly attached dogs throughout a goofy, cartoonish and awkward world full of puzzles and platforms. Simple yet clever puzzles make PHOGS! family-friendly and available for all ages. This game does not destroy friendships but embraces them with fun gameplay and relaxing atmosphere. Stretch and bite your way through obstacles set across the themed worlds of Food, Sleep and Play, in local/online co-op or single-player.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not all the fans may think New ‘n’ Tasty is a faithful representation of the original, but for the newcomers - it sure is a good starting point. While waiting for the Soulstorm, it's a great opportunity to play the Switch port of the 6 years old remake of the 23 years old game - on the go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fun and innovative fusion of Metroidvania and monster taming genre with the fast and surprisingly complex turn-based combat system. Coupled with a huge roster of acquirable monsters and over 20h of gameplay, it is well worth its asking price of only 20$.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Haven is a fun mixture of visual novel storytelling, walking simulator exploration and just a dash of action-adventure. The main focus is on the couple and their story of survival on an alien planet. With that in mind, it's not a game for everyone, but it is a fun adventure to take.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is a decent game that can make a regular gamer move about and try to exercise. It does enough to get you going and make it interesting, but at the end of the day, it’s the will of the gamer that’s going to be needed for a regular and proper exercise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Great idea, a great base for a potentially good game, but in this state, it is unfinished, unbalanced and buggy as hell.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it suffers from a few graphical downgrades being a Switch port, the Definitive edition truly is definitive. Packed with content, it's what you should get if you are even considering trying the Dragon Quest XI out.

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