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 Hitman: Blood Money
Lowest review score: 20 The Rub Rabbits!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 397
397 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The courses in this game are just as much the stars as the cars. The dazzling downtown locations are massive, dominated by skyscrapers whose light bathes the streets in a radiant glow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The potential is vast, and if this game does not quite make the most of it, it points the way.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a quality sci-fi blockbuster brought alive with sleek visuals, superb voice characterisations, explosive sound effects and a robustly stirring music score.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The construction sites are nicely animated, and newly ordered buildings pop up quickly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The controls take some time to master, and there's a surfeit of useless jargon seemingly designed to prevent you getting to grips with the gameplay. Nor is this a game for the short-sighted, since the on-screen captions that supposedly offer guidance are minute and virtually illegible.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid, nicely rounded 3-D adventure that is annoyingly satisfying to play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's horror done "Ring"-style, low on explicit gore, but with plenty of chills and jumps, and the misty half-light of the action is beautifully complemented by one of the most unnerving soundtracks you'll hear.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who do not want to embark on complex challenges will still find hours of enjoyment in sandbox mode.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The 3-D graphics, though impressive, have changed little, and the fighting characters remain pretty much the same.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a shame, too, that the levels aren’t more exciting and spontaneous. Such predictability stops this game from being any more than an enjoyable flight simulator.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OutRun2 is not a game that you will spend hours playing at one sitting, but you will experience lots of very happy five-minute bursts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    "Ratchet & Clank" fans may turn up their noses at the largely failed attempts at humour in the dialogue, but if your Christmas games are already losing their appeal, you could do a lot worse than this, especially for the price.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This outing is more rounded than the original and has more choice - such as eight courses to play compared with only three in the original - and at £17.99 it is good value.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    "Ratchet & Clank" fans may turn up their noses at the largely failed attempts at humour in the dialogue, but if your Christmas games are already losing their appeal, you could do a lot worse than this, especially for the price.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics are pretty impressive for the Game Boy and it's worth playing just to watch those crazy critters float about the clouds. It's hard not to envy the lunatic who dreamed them up. This is a fun and imaginative game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is the clichéd choice of music played on the camp radio that makes you wonder whether it is worth delving deeper into this game: Paint it Black, yes we’ve seen Tour of Duty; Nowhere to Run — yup, we watched Good Morning, Vietnam, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game does move at a slow pace, but with such a complex case to unravel this is no time to rush about, eh, Watson?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shark Tale may feel linear at times, but the experience is not so diluted that it delivers a totally flavourless caper. The game is rated 3+ and younger players should enjoy its mix of chases, stealth, puzzle-solving, simple fighting and musical tap-dancing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shark Tale may feel linear at times, but the experience is not so diluted that it delivers a totally flavourless caper. The game is rated 3+ and younger players should enjoy its mix of chases, stealth, puzzle-solving, simple fighting and musical tap-dancing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shark Tale may feel linear at times, but the experience is not so diluted that it delivers a totally flavourless caper. The game is rated 3+ and younger players should enjoy its mix of chases, stealth, puzzle-solving, simple fighting and musical tap-dancing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Terrorist action is undermining the system. Your job is to pile in and blow them away. It’s a simple task, rendered wonderfully tense by the brooding background music and the amazingly detailed scenery. It’s almost like controlling your own Hollywood blockbuster.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Terrorist action is undermining the system. Your job is to pile in and blow them away. It's a simple task, rendered wonderfully tense by the brooding background music and the amazingly detailed scenery. It's almost like controlling your own Hollywood blockbuster.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The courses are stunningly handsome and the golfing action and ball physics are true to life. The game has an almost limitless replay value.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The courses are stunningly handsome and the golfing action and ball physics are true to life. The game has an almost limitless replay value.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The courses are stunningly handsome and the golfing action and ball physics are true to life. The game has an almost limitless replay value.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This all-new version adds minute details to the daily rituals of the little inhabitants — you can almost zoom in to see specific ingredients as meals are prepared, or read book titles on shelves. Watching the Sims dance is a triumph of animation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Disadvantages include not being able to jump the cut scenes — frustrating when the game is hard enough to get you killed often before the end of a level.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fine in short blasts for anyone looking for some mindless tension-busting target practice. However, those seeking something that challenges the grey stuff will need to look elsewhere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unusual adventure game - an interesting concept competently carried off.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fine in short blasts for anyone looking for some mindless tension-busting target practice. However, those seeking something that challenges the grey stuff will need to look elsewhere.

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