Press Start Australia's Scores

  • Games
For 229 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 INSIDE
Lowest review score: 30 Back in 1995
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 229
232 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An improvement in every aspect, Overcooked 2’s addition of ever changing kitchen experiences as well as online multiplayer options cements itself as one of the best multiplayer (especially co-op) experiences you can buy right now. Delicious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Three Fields continues to slowly inch their way towards the Burnout successor everyone is clamouring for. At the end of the day, Danger Zone 2 is much too light on content to recommend despite scratching the itch to a certain degree.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Playdead’s Inside is a masterpiece from beginning to end, and its Switch port is as good as you could hope for. It’s another must-play title on Nintendo’s hybrid, and is unlike anything I’ve ever played before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Octopath Traveler is truly a charming and wonderful J-RPG that has reminded me that there's still a place for old classics. Some might call it dated, I'd call it ageless and even peerless when held up against a recent generation of watered down, Westernised role-playing games. Square Enix delivers a nuanced, tactical game and an endearing cast to boot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another great Wii U game that is made better by the Nintendo Switch's portability. It's a fun experience that doesn't overstay its welcome, but definitely does feel repetitive in certain areas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is still a great package on the Nintendo Switch. Whilst the game looks a little bit worse, and doesn't run as well, the games are definitely more suited to the portability of the Nintendo Switch. The Trilogy should be in every Nintendo Switch collection, regardless of whether you purchased it on PS4 or not.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its satisfying core loops and drip-feeding of loot slathered in mechanical jargon, it's hard to recommend The Crew 2 based on what many would consider to be its selling points. The world is barren despite being billed as a greatest hits of American landmarks and 'car feel' itself is frustratingly basic and holds your hand far too much. The interconnectivity did its best to compel me to stick with it but The Crew 2 is a sad case of wasted potential.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Paladins fills a fairly significant gap in the Switch’s library, and should hopefully continue to grow as a great multiplayer shooter on the system. Some general bugs and long queue times aside, what’s here is - generally - an excellent experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I wouldn't exactly go so far as to call it 'awesome', it's more of an okay adventure set within an engrossing world that continues to go from strength to strength. As someone who values a game's plot, I was able to forgive some of Captain Spirit's inadequacies while I expect others might not be as magnanimous. I can say that the episode itself and its uplifting cliffhanger have left me wanting more of the indomitable Chris and his Captain Spirit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like its predecessor, The Banner Saga 2 finds an excellent spot in the Switch’s library. It’s a sequel that refines rather than evolves any of the key gameplay elements, but still manages to feel like an important piece of the series’ narrative puzzle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario Tennis Aces is without doubt the best tennis game to come out in the last five years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story, the world and its characters are all oddly compelling, despite some visual and technical shortcomings. Despite its issues, Vampyr is a rare instance in a game where I felt like my choices meant something and had consequences. It’s a huge shame that repetitive combat and exploration means it doesn’t keep up that momentum from beginning to end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tarsier Studios’ unique take on horror is immersive and terrifying, and, barring some load time issues and small technical problems, finds a good home on the Switch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SEGA Mega Drive Classics does a great job at modernising the classics, bringing in some games that we haven’t seen in a release like this before, but at the same time drops some true classics like Sonic 3. While a plethora of features and some slick presentation make this feel like less of a cynical cash grab than it could be, the omission of these titles and cumbersome navigation makes this collection serviceable but less than definitive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Detroit: Become Human is, without a shadow of a doubt, David Cage's best work. After almost a handful of failings, Detroit: Become Human showcases what David Cage is capable of as both a writer and a director. He isn't shy about tackling taboo topics, regardless of the backlash, and it pays off here in what is a tour de force story of overcoming oppression.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Banner Saga is an excellent game, driven by a wonderful score and a moving story. It’s a perfect fit for the Switch too, and the port itself is handled well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    State of Decay 2 is just as good as the original but fails to make good on its major promises. There’s some great quality of life improvements here and there, but the repetitive goals to work towards and cursory co-op options stop it from being any better than the original. Despite all this, State of Decay 2’s gameplay loop is strangely alluring, but many won’t put up with its technical shortcomings.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an exceptional platformer that feels right on the Nintendo Switch. It's one that both experienced gamers and newcomers alike will both enjoy (thanks to the new Funky Kong mode), but probably not worth it at full price for those who picked it up on Wii U.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a good fit on Switch, though some noticeable technical issues highlight the sacrifices made in order to get it on the hybrid system. That said, what’s here is a great South Park adventure — one fans of the show should certainly check out if they haven’t already.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God Of War is a cinematic masterpiece that manages to reinvent and push an already fantastic series to new heights. Barring some pacing issues in its narrative, Sony Santa Monica has breathed new life into Kratos and the God of War series, and I can't wait to see what's next.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I really wanted to love Sea of Thieves, I think it’s a fantastic concept that could truly grow into something special. But as I kept playing it, I was waiting for more to present itself to me. More to do. More to find. Unfortunately, after many long hours with the game, and some server issues (that have since been fixed) I’ve decided that I’ve had enough time with Sea of Thieves. In short, it’s not a game for everybody.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Outlast 2 on Switch is a great way to tackle what is one of the scariest horror games I’ve played in recent memory. The port is excellent, only marred by some inconsistencies seen in the game itself — horror fans should definitely check this one out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 5 is an absolute blast from beginning to end, chock full of things to do and involve yourself in. The narrative is interesting, and everything you do in Hope County feels meaningful in some way or another — making for an experience that feels as rewarding as it does enjoyable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rich and thoughtful independent darling that delivers on a story that respects its characters and remains grounded, hardly ever resorting to nonsense action just for the sake of it. Though we predicted the game's ending before it happened, the conclusion hit us like a truck. With its extremely reasonable pricing and share play, A Way Out is a must play from one of the industry's most talented small teams.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every part of the game was a delightful surprise and I’ve found myself absolutely addicted to the game, even post-story. Every time I come back to Yakuza 6, I find something else absolutely charming about it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the most lackadaisical remasters that I’ve ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ni No Kuni 2 is a wholesome adventure that improves on the first game in almost every way. The art design and visuals are some of the best on the PS4 and the combat and exploration are both fun and engaging.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is a modest remaster but a good one. While some other options would’ve been appreciated to prioritise framerate over resolution, the game itself still stands up four years on. It’s missing some of the bells and whistles that games like Origins have since introduced, but it’s unique premise and concept means it’s an experience most Assassin’s Creed fans shouldn’t miss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Attack on Titan 2 is a great dive into the brutal world of Shingeki no Kyojin, and is a blast to play on the Switch. While held back by some annoying technical bugs, what’s on offer here should be enough to appease both series veterans and newcomers alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burnout Paradise is unarguably a stellar racing game and it paved the way for the likes of Forza to do what it has done with its Horizon franchise, so for that there'll always be a place in my heart for it. It's a tough sell for returning veterans as the visual buffs are minimal and the game itself is unchanged. Though if you were too young and didn't get to play Paradise, there's enough here, especially with all of the extra content on-disc, to justify the price of admission.

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