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Famitsu Does The Expected, Scores PS4 Launch Titles Highly

February 13, 2014 Written by Heath Hindman


Famitsu is a gaming magazine popular in Japan for its news scoops and interviews, while Japanese gamers routinely call their reviews “advertisements.”  Despite Japanese gamers not taking Famitsu reviews seriously, they seem oddly popular outside of Japan.  And so, here I am posting the scores of PS4 launch titles.

In all, the 11 games are scored out of 40 (by way of four reviewers giving out-of-ten marks), and their total adds up to 384 points, making the average Famitsu review score of a PS4 game 34.9 out of 40. Famitsu’s average review score, upon last calculations, is about 31, with more advertised titles of course getting higher marks. Here’s the full list of games and their scores:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 9/9/9/9 (Total: 36/40)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – 9/9/9/9 (Total: 36/40)
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends – 9/10/9/9 (Total: 37/40)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall – 8/8/8/8 (Total: 32/40)
  • Knack – 6/7/8/7 (Total: 28/40)
  • NBA 2K14 – 9/9/9/9 (Total: 36/40)
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation – 10/9/9/8 (Total: 36/40)
  • Resogun – 9/8/9/7 (Total: 33/40)
  • Strider – 9/8/8/9 (Total: 34/40)
  • Tomb Raider – 9/9/9/10 (Total: 37/40)
  • Yakuza: Ishin – 9/10/10/10 (Total: 39/40)

The PS3 version of Yakuza: Ishin was scored one point lower than its PS4 counterpart.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan on Saturday, February 22nd.