PLAY! Zine's Scores

  • Games
For 971 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Lowest review score: 10 Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 971
971 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Were Here Forever is the fourth instalment in a nicely progressing series that just continues to add more interesting and fun co-op puzzles. If you like escape rooms, co-op play and puzzles, grab this game right now.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Swansong will be compared to Bloodlines, and that’s inevitable even though this is not the same kind of game. Unfortunately, Swansong wants itself to be compared to Bloodlines and doesn’t really make a stand against its older sire. A mess of RPG and adventure mechanics boil down to luck, and with weak voice acting and not very Camarilla vampire models, Swansong leaves a lot to be desired. If you’re looking for an adventure akin to Life is Strange, you’ll surely find it here. But if you’re looking for a World of Darkness RPG with deep and charismatic characters, better hope Bloodlines 2 comes out soon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you would call Trek to Yomi a poor man’s Ghost of Tsushima, you’d be gravely mistaken. This game „emulates“ an old-style Japanese samurai movie to perfection. While the combat is a bit clunky and the game is not that long, the overall experience is excellent and easy to recommend to anyone interested in such a theme.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Stanley Parable is still an excellent, provocative and unique experience that any fan of narrative adventures and out-of-the-box game design must play. With great new content that adapts to modern gaming culture and industry, it is certainly a cult classic expanded and built upon in the greatest manner possible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shijima Story is a great narrative experience for any crime story and mystery fan. Even though there are some hand-holding and some limitations, it's qualitative writing. Great pacing and characters are enough to hold you through this great live-action experience that provides a feeling like you are watching an excellent TV show with its remarkable cast, great costumes and vivid story points.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With the fifth edition of SE, Rebellion makes a few steps forward, as well as a few steps back, due to its great focus on sandbox level design, riddled with problems with arena-like level segments, and bad implementation of Invasion mode with weird design choices when the UI is in question.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Nintendo Switch Sports reignites that old fun factor of the original Wii sports games. While some are not that great, some are amazing, and some will be added in the future for free; starting 6 disciplines will surely give you and your friends a great time around the TV. Just don’t forget to strap on your JoyCons.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a single-player game, Evil Dead: The Game fails in almost every way possible. But as a multiplayer experience, this is an authentic Evil Dead ride that no fan should ever miss. While it’s a bit rough on the edges with a few glitches that most fans would forgive, it is one of the best titles of the genre so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apex Legends Mobile is one of the best mobile ports out there, but if we’re comparing it to the original, it can still bring something new to the table. The controls can be a bit challenging at the start, but the game itself looks really beautiful and runs smoothly. To top it all off, the players even get some new content and features, like exclusive legends, game modes, and more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revita is a dynamic, roguelite, twin-stick, 2D action platformer that redefines the control scheme in a mind-boggling fashion, yet if you get used to it… You will be in for quite a ride.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even though The Show 22 provides players with some great gameplay changes and improvements, SDS still offers nothing new to the single-player modes. It still is a great baseball simulation, but the lack of upgrades sadly provides existing players with little reason to transfer to the new iteration, besides this season’s new dynamic content in Diamond Dynasty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a short yet fun 3D platform game for your PSVR, its humble library just got a bit bigger with one such title. Lucky’s Tale can be easy and it can be hard, but for the entire length of its short campaign, it never fails to stay charming and fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forgive me Father mashes 2.5D with comic-style graphics and Lovecraft themes to bring you a back-breakingly fast-paced and frantic shooter that rewards precision and good ammo management.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you missed the crypto craze in its starting days, Crypto Miner Tycoon Simulator lets you relive it in a realistic way. You need to manage your GPU farm and maximize profits, but don't be tempted to sell everything right away. Prices are historically based and you can influence them in later stages.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Chrono Cross has been and still remains one of the greatest JRPG titles of all time. As such, remastering it properly would require utmost care and love, making the game shine once more in the modern era of video games. Unfortunately, this remaster is of no such sort as some of the improvements made the game look even worse than the original. But as it still remains what it is at its core, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers edition is undoubtedly worthy of your time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is by far the best WWE game in the franchise. The controls, game mechanics and all game modes have received significant upgrades, which is exactly what the series needed. If you are a long time fan of the series but you are a bit sceptical because of some of its previous iterations, don't worry. WWE 2K22 has definitely put wrestling back on the map!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weird West was a surprise all in all. I expected a rudimentary Action RPG, and I got an immersive dark fantasy cowboy sim that I could not let go of. The story is very well written, and the choices do matter in this game. Besides some AI issues, the game runs very well and is a great debut from a studio with so many game developer veterans. The game is played the way you want to play it, either gun blazing or with a diplomatic/stealth approach. There is something for everyone, and we highly recommend it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tiny Tina’s an average DM in this tabletop Borderlands spin-off. The story lacks a punch with unnecessary politics inserted, although the humour can sometimes still be pretty great. Combat is still great and fun, with a fantasy setting and few additions sprinkled on the familiar BL formula, but Wonderlands misses out on the potential to make a truly new experience that will differ from its very close cousin, condemning itself to be appealing to mostly Borderlands fans, which still poses a good game, but misses the chance to become a great one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it brings nothing new when it comes to the traditional JRPG gameplay, The Cruel King and The Great hero blows away anyone in love with cute storytelling and intriguing fairytales. The only cruel thing is how charming the game is. Or gets to be, if you can overlook its slower pace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Truly a return to form for the masterpiece that was, and still is, the Syberia series, with some interesting modifications to the interaction with the environment. The game could use a manual save, but all in all, Syberia: The World Before is a textbook game in the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Stranger of Paradise is one of the strangest Final Fantasy spinoffs I have ever played, but it does not necessarily mean it’s a bad game. Yes, it has a remarkably bad cast of characters and story, but still has strong points that make it a decent game. Packed with some truly enjoyable combat and nostalgia, it’s a game any fan of the series will know how to appreciate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shadow Warrior 3 is not ashamed to admit that it is borrowing everything from other fast-paced FPS games like Doom Eternal, Serious Sam and even Bulletstorm. But with all those references, Shadow Warrior 3 fails to provide any originality and loses its charm from the previous games. The humour is still there, but this time it feels much more forced than usual. With a game-time of 5 to 6 hours, you will have some short burst fun, but it still doesn’t justify the asking price.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skywalker Saga is one of the best, if not the best Lego games we experienced. It is content-filled, it evolved its combat and gameplay, and it is just gigantic in scale and atmosphere that it will be a delight for all Lego and Star Wars fans alike. It may not possess the most complex or satisfying combat or gameplay systems but it will easily pull you into the world of Star Wars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kirby and the Forgotten Land manages to bring the charm of the series into the tridimensional world. While some of its mechanics and level design have trouble evolving in order to remain accessible to the less skilled players, the game holds ground as a remarkably fun and atmospheric adventure. An absolute recommendation to all the Kirby fans, but also to those that seek some lighthearted fun that one can never truly have enough of.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo 7 establishes itself as a racing masterpiece, with a great driving model, astonishing graphics and excellent sound design. It is truly a marvel that is drawn back by its microtransactions and some weird design choices.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You won't be saving the world but you will be fighting sadness and depression. Crystar’s story is marred by poor gameplay execution that can become repetitive very fast. If you are looking for something different in the JRPG genre then this is a good start, especially with all the Gothic Lolita style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What could potentially be one of the best kart games out there is sadly plagued by a heavy microtransaction system. We say "could“ because even if there were no microtransactions, many other elements would need a lot more polish. This is especially obvious when it comes to a not so great track design and clunky driving. Yet if you are a huge fan of the series and don’t mind spending some additional money on the game you’ve already paid for, give this one a go. There are still things to love in this package.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It may have a few interesting mechanics up its sleeve, but Babylon’s Fall manages to be one of the least interesting titles we have played as of late. And if you add astoundingly bad visual presentation on top of bland gameplay, you get a mixture that is hard to believe came from such a renowned developer and publisher. Not many will enjoy this one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dawn of Ragnarok is a much better paced and written experience than vanilla AC Valhalla is, but suffers from the same gameplay and design problems, even with its better condensed and well thought out world and characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it’s not a perfect game, Total War: Warhammer 3 is indeed very close to the ultimate Total War experience. The diverse factions, the epic campaign and the vast, beautiful world are guaranteed to draw you in and keep you in for at least a few hundred hours.

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