Times Online's Scores

  • Games
For 397 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Forza Motorsport
Lowest review score: 20 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 397
397 game reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The trouble is that once you have got the hang of the swordplay, throwing stars and bow and arrow, it all becomes a bit repetitive, while the problem-solving element to the game provides little challenge.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the whole experience takes a nosedive when you start to play. Without the excitement of shooting down other planes, or the challenge of a regular flight sim, Pilot Academy would struggle to hold your interest on a flight to Europe.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game does have one cute twist, in that you can choose a Story option in which you take on the role of a young Japanese boxer and watch lengthy anime sequences in between your bouts. Sadly, even with the fast-forward button held down, these scenes move far too slowly, much like the boxers around the ring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Roam around Tokyo, find some bad guys, see some load screens, a couple of cut-scenes, some more load screens, press some buttons in fight mode and so on.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As any gamer knows, frustration is part of the joy of gaming, but this level of unresponsiveness is something not even the training mini-games on the title can prepare you for. Put that together with poor level signposting and you have an unengaging experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As any gamer knows, frustration is part of the joy of gaming, but this level of unresponsiveness is something not even the training mini-games on the title can prepare you for. Put that together with poor level signposting and you have an unengaging experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As any gamer knows, frustration is part of the joy of gaming, but this level of unresponsiveness is something not even the training mini-games on the title can prepare you for. Put that together with poor level signposting and you have an unengaging experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is little more than a random compilation of one long movie trailer, countless tedious game trailers and 20 music tracks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although the bikes are fast during the races, they are overwhelmingly underpowered when pulling off at the start of a race. Twist the throttle all you like, but lift-offs provide all the G-force of a gnat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A clutch of the titles have stood the test of time surprisingly well, but most — particularly the side- or vertical-scrolling shoot-em- ups — are so far past their prime it’s laughable, and many are very similar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game becomes more strategic as it progresses, I am assured by fans of the ten-year-old series, but by then it is very hard to care.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Without an auto- targeting feature, this game is so challenging that you’ll be hurling your controller to the floor in no time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Mind-bogglingly shallow.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The result in single-player mode is a messy, unresponsive mass of button-pushing and frantic joystick-twiddling that evolves from impossible to challenging to repetitive and dull in less than an hour.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The result in single-player mode is a messy, unresponsive mass of button-pushing and frantic joystick-twiddling that evolves from impossible to challenging to repetitive and dull in less than an hour.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The result in single-player mode is a messy, unresponsive mass of button-pushing and frantic joystick-twiddling that evolves from impossible to challenging to repetitive and dull in less than an hour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game suffers from sluggish load times, with little Pietro frozen as each fight boots up. In contrast, he moves around his castle home and the surrounding landscape with lightning speed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's still not enough to stop my tame ten- year-old tester pronouncing it Project: B.O.R.I.N.G.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s still not enough to stop my tame ten- year-old tester pronouncing it Project: B.O.R.I.N.G.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's still not enough to stop my tame ten- year-old tester pronouncing it Project: B.O.R.I.N.G.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The fact that the graphics are so impressive, and the road maps so brilliantly extensive, only adds to the disappointment of the overall experience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The fact that the graphics are so impressive, and the road maps so brilliantly extensive, only adds to the disappointment of the overall experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A classic case of style over substance, being little more than a glossy advertisement for the film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A classic case of style over substance, being little more than a glossy advertisement for the film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Wrestling fans will be disappointed by the vagueness of the controls, while Streetfighter types have far more fast-moving titles to choose from. An interesting failure.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The flaws really hit home: the senseless randomness of matching DNA data and the unchallenging routine of tracking down clues.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The graphics are terrible. They tried way too hard to make the people look as they do in the animated series, but the result is that it all looks pretty flat. Even the first Budokai had more depth. People tell me that I judge the game too much by the graphics. I agree; but this isn’t right. Seriously.

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