PSX Nation's Scores

  • Games
For 982 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 SoulCalibur II
Lowest review score: 20 Salt Lake 2002
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 90 out of 982
982 game reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Why Capcom didn’t name this survival horror game "Clock Tower 4" is beyond me. Other than the reduced gore, single location and reliance on canine companion Hewie to save Fiona’s backside at every turn this is basically the same game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A series of linear lightsaber swing-a-thons tied together by badly-edited clips from a yet-to-be-released movie and recycled John Williams music (with horrendous voice-acting to boot), Revenge of the Sith is the worst SW game since 1999's "The Phantom Menace" (ouch).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Konami’s handful of ideas to make driving sims better (VGS displays, Enthusia Life mode, etc.) are worth sampling despite a handful of odd decisions by the programmers (losing Enthu points to a rear end crasher??!!).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite forcing players to spend what seems like an eternity unlocking 90% of the good stuff at the start Hot Shots Golf Open Tee is a winner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Control issues, lagging response time and a rushed-to-market feel water-down what should have been the best soccer game on PSP.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Despite unresponsive controls and average graphics riddled with a jerky frame-rate (elements that would normally kill any racing game’s enjoyment) Blazin’ Trails delivers a surmountable and fun but challenging struggle for first place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    MLB
    It has enough gameplay modes to last a while, plus the pitching/batting mechanisms are variable enough to make the pitcher/batter duels a little bit unpredictable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A deep, mature, and original plot, beautiful cel-shaded textures and plenty of hidden extras (like optional bosses, treasures, etc.) make Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga one of the greatest role-playing experiences on the PlayStation 2 to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Highly recommended for anyone with a sense of humor (that excludes you George Lucas... out, out, OUT!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The improved graphics make this the best-looking DW installment to date. Too bad the tweaks to the time-tested gameplay (smarter bodyguards, more balanced weaponry, etc.) and handful of new gameplay modes (Bridge Melee) are beginning to show more desperation than innovation or creativity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Extensive loading times aside (understandable given the insane amount of animation frames on display) Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower does the classic 2D fighting genre justice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Despite a few rough edges (blurred textures, loading pauses galore, etc.) this is easily the best licensed golf simulation ever released on a portable console.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The only requirements needed to have a blast playing Ridge Racer on PSP are (a) a pulse, (b) the skill to be competitive in a driving videogame (not everyone’s cup of tea) and (c) some historical perspective of what this series has meant to Sony in both sales and as a measuring stick of its then-new systems’ power.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What the hell is happening to the Sega that I knew and loved through the Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast eras?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Fans of previous Metal Gear stealth adventures will have to adjust their tolerance level to ‘HIGH’ to deal with MGA’s insanely hard and complex new turn-based card system.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Still shots don’t do justice to its clean interface and pretty graphics justice; Lumines has to be seen, played and heard to be fully appreciated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Untold Legends’ lengthy single-player campaign and multiplayer options compensate somewhat for its underwhelming sound, forgettable story and mindless hack-and-slash gameplay.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It also carries the baggage of dated graphics, cumbersome controls and scavenger hunt mentality that was all the rage (get it?) back in 1999.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Unleashed duplicates the look and feel of its big console counterpart remarkably well, so much so that owning both versions of the game would be foolish.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The bite-sized pace of the shrunken battlefields’ brawls robs DW’s gameplay of the urgency and hardcore struggle that characterized its console predecessors.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A handful of new gameplay tweaks, new hovercraft racing classes and a PSP-worthy visual overhaul make WipeOut Pure the best installment in the series since 1996â??s "WipeOut XL."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    NBA
    Not even support for the handheld’s online network and some decent graphics will be enough to entice anyone to overlook the poorly-implemented controls and minimal sounds in this first-generation disaster.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Multi-console owners should consider the Xbox version of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (or either of the original Gamecube versions) over this slowdown-riddled and slow-to-load PS2 port.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The atmosphere isn’t scary or dreadful enough to instill fear in players, and the brevity of the experience is only matched by its lack of originality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A looser and slightly more free-wheeling soccer experience than the so-sim-oriented-it-hurts "FIFA Soccer" PSP game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Despite online support and being the only hockey game on the PSP Gretzky NHL’s sloppy controls, lackluster sound and choppy frame-rate make it a less-than-stellar representation of the sport it recreates.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The addition of the style system, a concrete storyline and a slick new arsenal of moves makes this entry arguably the best in the series so far. However, don't be mistaken, Devil May Cry 3 is hard as hell.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, there's a little blood and the replays really show off some of the sport's unforgiving brutality, but it's only enough to warrant the game a Teen rating from the ESRB so parent's shouldn't have to worry about their warping their children's fragile little minds with this one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outstanding visuals (the best yet on PS2), killer sound, kick-ass characters (new one’s as well as returning one’s), finely-tweaked gameplay (which still lags behind VF4 in depth but not replayability) and a truckload of extras (including the first three Tekken arcade games) make this the be-all, end-all installment of Tekken to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From graphics to cool weapons, and from in-depth online multiplayer options galore to the choice of using stealth or brawn to complete missions, Crystal Dynamics’ FPS shooter is just what the doctor ordered for the genre-deficient PS2.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The emphasis on improved graphics, realism and vehicle/track variety come at the expense of a missing online component, better AI for the CPU drones and the return of the dreaded license tests. The good overwhelmingly outweighs GT4’s handful of tolerable negatives though.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A mindless hack-and-slash experience with little to distinguish it from the many similar titles that preceded it, this rehash of last year’s "Castlevania: Lament of Innocence" engine is a good excuse to blow both steam and a free rental at Blockbuster.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good game all-around and a great continuation of the planned six-part saga, Episode II still falls short of what you'd expect from a supposed epic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sega should have known better than to pick after Activision’s pile of rejects.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A terrible movie spawns a mediocre-at-best action game that compares poorly with both the motion picture it’s based on and the comic book that inspired them both.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Too bad the game’s bloody battles (starring Agrippa) far outpace its stealth segments (featuring Octavianus), resulting in an uneven experience that makes players anticipate half the game and loathe the other.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From generic level designs to Nina Williams’ busted right analog control, and from amateurish voice acting to an unbearable amount of never-ending loading pauses, this game is inexcusably poor and no fun to play whatsoever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute blast to play, especially with friends online or off. If you love action RPG's then I can't imagine you'd find a better one than this.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From its patchwork gameplay and its broken control scheme to its first-generation PlayStation 2 graphics and third-tier sound effects, nothing about this game is even worthy of a mention.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A poor man’s ".hack" clone with characters/sounds from the Virtua Fighter series poorly tacked-on for no reason other than name recognition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When the smoke clears, it's just another third-person action game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Suikoden IV’s unimpressive graphics, generic audio (except for the voice-overs), infuriating battle frequency and watered-down strategy (less party members = less variety of attack combos) aren’t going to cut it in 2005.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gameplay aside, Mercenaries is loaded with tons of unlockables such as the ability to play as Indiana Jones, as well as opening up new vehicles and weapons (like the portable airstrike). Now how cool is that?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The online play is fantastic, the new wall moves add to the arcade feel and the music simply rocks. I highly recommend this game!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hours of deep strategic gameplay, excellent music and interesting stories (particularly in "The Dual Darkness' chapter of the saga) make Growlanser Generations a keeper for RPG strategists in need of a noggin-shaking fix.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A textbook case of a videogame sequel done right.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MegaMan X8's return-to-basics approach makes for predictable but reasonably entertaining gameplay antics IF you're a diehard fan of Capcom's series.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Kuon has beautiful graphics and haunting sounds (including a choice of English or Japanese languages) that go to waste on a survival horror experience that isn’t the least bit original or frightening.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ill-advised addition of needlessly graphic displays of violence, backtracking galore and contemporary music/voices take attention away from Warrior Within's excellent new combat maneuvers, still-outstanding environmental puzzles and lengthier quest. The PS2 version is also saddled with periodic bouts of slowdown and no online support whatsoever (sigh!).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Two years after its predecessor conclusively proved it Ghost Recon 2 reaffirms it: the PS2 doesn't have the RAM to do justice to Red Storm's intense A.I. routines and team-based gameplay justice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite carrying on the legacy of one of the greatest First-Person Shooters of our time, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent fails to match up to the N-64 classic in almost every department... well, as far as a fun factor goes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The low price (under $20) and handful of AAA classics still manage to make this an appealing purchase proposition IF you can tolerate its noticeable shortcomings and/or have an appreciation for the industry's history.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Poker videogames need either brilliant Artificial Intelligence for offline single-player games or excellent online modes that factor in human fallibility for multiplayer competition. World Championship Poker lacks the former, and the latter isn’t up to the standard of online poker websites.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The shortness of the experience, reliance on a barely-improved gameplay formula, melodramatic storyline twists and stepped-up quality of its competitors (particularly Sam Fisher's "Splinter Cell" games from Ubi Soft) prevent us from scoring Snake Eater higher.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    2005 is taking its first step to becoming one of the top games on the market by adding all the new features.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a flawed and shallow button masher (very few moves and no technique) but also visually alluring and reasonably entertaining for a second-tier fighting game.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite new licensed wrestlers, dozens of new songs and new additions meant to appeal to rural America’s prurient interests (i.e. porn stars as playable wrestlers) Backyard Wrestling 2’s bad graphics, poor collision detection and awful dialogue sink it into the pit of holiday expendability.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most fun I have had playing online as far as the first person shooter genre goes. This is one of those games you will want to have for sure just to see how good online play can be!
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This isn't a terrible or bad fighting game, just an uninspired one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From fantastic special effects to authentic (though recycled) voices/music from the TV show, and from new useful moves (teleportation!) to a keen balance between overkill and authenticity to its source material in the graphics, this is it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Emphasizes flashy visuals, corporate sponsorships and ease-of-use over the seedy aspects of street racing. The competitors’ AI goes from dumb to aggressive in the blink of a tail light too.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too short and easy for grown-ups but just about right for the target audience of both the books and the Jim Carrey movie currently out in theaters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rumble Roses' knockout visuals, spot-on control and near-flawless execution of an outrageous premise flirt with greatness. Lack of depth, repetitive moves, and horrendous voice-overs hold back Konami's chances of giving "Smackdown! Vs. Raw" a run for its money.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Daxter's shtick notwithstanding (he hasn't made me laugh since the middle of last year's adventure) Jak 3 stands tall and proud as a testament of what polished gameplay and cutting-edge graphics can do when the host system's Emotion Engine is maximized.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Predictably competent.
    • PSX Nation
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The derivative visuals, unoriginal gameplay, bare-bones multiplayer mode and annoying BGM make this an amusing weekend rental, but that’s it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No game is perfect, but I'll be damned if Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal isn't close as can be. There's something in here for everyone to enjoy, and at a mere $40 pricepoint, it's worth every penny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Older gamers won’t be challenged in the least by Spyro’s new abilities or quests, but the whole game has a pleasant, Disney-like harmless vibe about it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An entertaining but sporadically inept first-person shooter whose shortcomings (crummy frame-rate, lackluster AI, etc.) are slightly outweighed by the things it does get right (intense firefights, great atmosphere, good sound, etc.).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The cakewalk difficulty, absence of key characters from the book/movie and uneven control schemes (turn-based battles geared toward melee combat) overwhelm one’s gaming senses more than the detailed visuals (character animations are off though) and stellar audio.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the single-player modes are merely OK is in its multiplayer and online modes that this third Offroad Fury game earns its worth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you love 2D fighters with loads of variety and customization and you have two or more friends handy to share in the chaos, Guilty Gear Isuka is made for you, but if you're looking for something with a deep single-player mode and online play, then you might want to pass on this one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can live without its busted online brawls and missing wrestlers but love WWE matches then Smackdown! Vs. Raw is worth the fifty bucks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The variety and timeless appeal of the blue hedgehog’s better games however, combined with the low price, make this a must-buy stocking stuffer for the Sega fanboy (or girl) in all of us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Graphics and sound are saddled with an odd ‘cartoony’ vibe and powered by an outdated engine though.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A very pretty-sounding and good-looking shell of a cash cow for THQ and Pixar to make a few bucks off of the movie’s popularity. Sorry gang, no sale!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If The Bard’s Tale played as well as it pokes fun at hack-and-slash RPG clichés we’d be talking about a ‘10’ here. The repetitive combat and reliance on tried-and-true RPG conventions, sadly, bring down the score.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot of fun, offers great music but could use a more sensitive, less frustrating controller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s hard to imagine how the single-player Ace Combat experience could get any better than in The Unsung War.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The programmers behind Neo Contra make some puzzling changes to the series’ classic formula that shoot the whole project to hell. It’s as if KCET ("Gradius V") wanted to destroy Contra instead of reviving it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The linearity, repetitiveness, price and absence of a second player to share the experience with, however, dramatically drain Crisis Zone’s long-term appeal.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You know Konami has screwed-up royally when a 15 year-old beat’em up wipes the floor with their current batch of Turtles games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everything the original should have been two years ago but wasn’t: intense, gritty, ultra-violent, stylish and a lot of fun to play through... ONCE!
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Controls like its SNK 2D predecessors but lacks meaningful gameplay modes (besides standard one’s) or stellar graphics that would make anyone but hardcore SNK fanboys (and girls!) take notice of its arrival.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne does anything right, it's the game's uncanny ability to show rebellious and confused teenagers across the globe just how cool the devil really is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Imagine a GTA-like gigantic world set in a cartoon-like Australian Outback universe, complete with mini-games and sidequests to distract from the main quest. That's what Ty 2 delivers for under twenty bucks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Controls are tighter and provide more control of where the ball and team players can be moved than ever before. Spotty visuals (PS2 version) and a complicated Career mode, however, make FIFA Soccer 2005 a good secondary choice after "Winning Eleven 7."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other than the VHS-quality bonus videos with the developers and the absence of "Moon Patrol" and "Stun Runner" this is Midway’s best compilation of classic videogames to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ironically, Deception's Konquest mode that the developer has been pushing so much is the games only real weak point.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A steady stream of competent enhancements (especially online) and a return to the original franchise’s goal-based gameplay a fresh experience does not make. Story mode is just plain dumb, and the art design has been needlessly changed for the worse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The pinpoint difficulty of the proceedings also limits the game’s appeal to either small children that will play anything or hardcore “Crash” fans from the PSOne era.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Competent but uninspired, Armored Core Nexus continues to cater to a dedicated following of PS2 owners that milk its customization features for all they’re worth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rock-solid Role-Playing Game with a moving story, believable characters, and loads of great humor that keep it from dragging you down...Hands-down the definitive role-playing experience for the PlayStation 2.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game looks/sounds/controls remarkably well. Little children that saw the movie will be amused-enough to finish Shark Tale in a rental or two.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The good portions of Headhunter: Redemption (clean visuals, smart opponents, a lengthy and tough challenge, etc.) outweigh the bad one’s (needlessly troublesome controls, idiotic dialogue, inconsistent game design, etc.) by a very narrow margin.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Aside from some moments of fun online, Monster Hunter is a pretty boring game that is at the bottom of Capcom's ability.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This so-called RPG (cough- cough-) will be of interest only to young children without GameCube's, RPG newbies or beyond-hope Mega Man fanatics that must own all Mega Man branded items.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Light on story and depth but packed with tons of action (particularly in multiplayer), Legends is an X-Men fan’s dream come true and the best non-fighting game ever made featuring Marvel’s legendary team of superheroes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The visuals are dated but everything else about Katamari Damacy is too wonderfully weird in its simplicity for anyone to explain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story is cool, the voice-acting & music superb and the action sequences intense. The visuals are merely serviceable though, and emphasizing firepower over psychic abilities lessens the impact of the latter.

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