OPM stands for Official PlayStation Magazine. You'd think that because it's sponsored by Sony, it would have slightly inflated scores for the games. But that doesn't seem to be the case ... at all. In fact, it appears that OPM is dishing out some painfully low scores on games that have been reviewed favorably by most other publications. For example, Killzone: Liberation only got a 7.5, Ace Combat X got a 6.0, and most surprisingly of them all: Lumines II got a measly 6.0. I've been playing my review build for quite some time, and I find it to be much better than the original, and that says a lot. What's with these horribly low scores, OPM? Do they have a grudge against the PSP?
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Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
11-12-2006 @ 5:32PM
Infiltrated Ninty or M$ zealots, methinks.
11-12-2006 @ 5:50PM
After your penultimate question, Yoon, it would make sense to also direct the last question to OPM as well. In other words, the "they" should be a "you" to make the most sense.
11-12-2006 @ 6:34PM
OPM, Ziff Davis Media, Is Only Licensed To Have The PlayStation Name, Like How They Were Licensed The 'Games For Windows' Name..
11-12-2006 @ 7:40PM
Yes, matt, the have finally "relized" how much games that are getting higher scores in most places actually suck. Sure thing, kid.
11-12-2006 @ 7:45PM
Holy crap, here I am, trying to look clever and all and I can't even write "they". Shame on me.
Anyway, I think Lumines II didn't innovate enough, and the newly added pop tracks with the videos not only made the game look like a big showcase for some of those so called artists, but also made the game a little confusing at times (not always, anyway).
Maybe the OPM is being critical of the newly released PSP titles because they expect something more. I mean, with the PS3 almost here (and already dwelling in Japan), I feel the hype for groundbreaking, ultra "eye candied" games.
(Anyway, I tried Killzone: Liberation, and it wasn't what I expected at all, but hey, that's just me, and most critics would say I'm wrong there.)
11-12-2006 @ 7:51PM
Jonathan H. said...
This is one of the reasons I prefer OPM to PSM; the writers are nowhere near as blatantly biased (if biased at all), and they never follow the reviewing trends of other publications. However, I fail to see why most of those games would receive "special treatment" in the first place. After all, the only game out of the three that Sony actually developed and published is Killzone: Liberation.
11-12-2006 @ 8:06PM
Maybe it's because the games just aren't innovative enough!
Who wants to buy games they've already bought 4 or 5 years ago.
I part-exchanged my original Black PSP after I got bored the first time around, only to get sucked back in by the promise of better games (like Locoroco) and bought a second (White) one.
Since then, it's [Locoroco} probably the only game I've enjoyed playing on Sony's overpriced paperweight!
I'm certainly a *lot* more careful picking out PSP titles than I was last time!
Call me a Nintendo fanboy if you like, but (and I've said this before) Nintendo *know* how to innovate. More quality games, less *Shovelware*!
11-12-2006 @ 9:53PM
OPM is not a Voice box for sony, they just have a deal with them to be acknowledged as an official magazine
11-12-2006 @ 11:17PM
Will Gray said...
Why do people think that OPM is an outlet for an expression of love for Sony? Don't they pay to use Sony's names and get the demos, not the other way around? Seriously, there a unbiased source of journalism specifically focused on providing detailed information on all things Sony rather than spreading themselves then.
As to your specific question, no; I don't think they have a grudge against the PSP. Did you read the reviews? Lumines, while still rated above average and, therefore, recommended, apparently did not innovate enough to warrant the same high scores as the original. (That's not to say you won't enjoy it on a similar level, they're just not willing to grade it with the same standards the second time around.)
On the others: only a 7.5? That seems like a pretty good score to me. I didn't read the Ace Combat review because I wasn't interested, but 6.0 is hardly an act of hatred against a game or system. Besides, these are just opinions. Evidently, they came away with different ones than you did. Does it really matter?
11-13-2006 @ 1:36AM
The game scores are very low for those games. I haven't played Lumines II, but Ace Combat and Killzone are AA+ games, period. Killzone is an entirely new title, so the idiot saying "Who wants to buy games they've already bought 4 or 5 years ago." I'd say try PLAYING the damn games before you make such comments.
Does that mean OPM is biased against the PSP? No, but it could mean the writers of those particular reviews were.
11-13-2006 @ 2:41AM
Jonathan H., Killzone is developed by Guerilla studios (which, in turn, has been bought by Sony, but it wouldn't make Killzone a "Sony"-development, in my opinion).
11-13-2006 @ 7:02AM
I hope you realize that the main difference is that OPM (like 1UP or GFW) scores uses the full 1-10 scale while most other are 7-9. A 6 (above average) is an good score.
11-13-2006 @ 11:03AM
Well deffinatly they would desirve more , unfrotunatly there are even worse PSP critics than there . A magazine here , where the entire console content ( even MS and N consoles )are financed by Sony ( the name is Level ) allways gives the PSP games around 3 stars ... WTF , oh and they only write 150 words in the revs .
11-13-2006 @ 1:39PM
Wait people actually read the mag? Everyone I know just subscribes for the demos. Once downloadable demos become the norm on PS3 and PSP you will see OPM subscriptions numbers drop big time.
11-14-2006 @ 2:44PM
It’s like EGM giving Neverwinter Nights a 5/10 because it's not their type of game, when in actuality it deserves more than 8.