CD-Action's Scores

  • Games
For 1,585 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Dark Souls II
Lowest review score: 10 Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta
Score distribution:
1585 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I had huge expectations and was nearly certain that the game would fail to live up to them. Fortunately I was wrong – From Software miraculously managed to improve on nearly perfect Dark Souls. [04/2014, p.56]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 will force you to make tough decisions on a galactic scale. You have to think them through and you feel bad about yourself afterwards. It really kicked me in the emotional equivalent of testicles. What a spectacular finale to the trilogy! [April 2012, p.44]
    • CD-Action
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Witcher 3 is a game I judge with my heart, not with my brain. And my heart says Blood and Wine deserves the highest rating. [07/2016, p.46]
    • CD-Action
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rockstar promised that the PC edition of GTA V would be the best way to experience this breathtaking game, and that’s exactly what it is. [06/2015, p.48]
    • CD-Action
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I played dozens of point’n’click games over the years and The Dream Machine might be the best of them all. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best thing in the space shooters genre, or – to be precise – the 'bullet hell' subgenre. [November 2011, p.83]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hands down the finest version of the best Tomb Raider game. [03/2016, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This very simple jRPG is the funniest game I have ever played. [12/2015, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What do you do when your beloved game series – in this case Harvest Moon – keeps disappointing you? You make your own game, better in every aspect. Every moment spent with Stardew Valley is magical. It’s the Harvest Moon I’ve been waiting for my whole life. [06/2016, p.62]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Years go by and Homeworlds remain the best real-time space strategies ever created. [04/2015, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 57 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for something pretty, scary and uncommon, Ice-Pick Lodge’s game is an excellent choice. Instead of 3 hours needed to complete Knock-knock I’ve already got 15 on my timer and I don’t regret any of it. [12/2013, p.60]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Amazing story. Amazing experience. It’s amazing what games can become if we let them. Pathologic’s execution is very, very bad, but it is still one of the best games I have ever played. [01/2016, p.56]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the best games for new consoles. Maybe even the best one. [Nov 2014, p.58]
    • CD-Action
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Skyrim has some minor issues but as a whole is a brilliant RPG. It offers you a wonderful world full of legends and mysteries, tens of guilds and factions that you can join, freedom and myriad of side quests, a great character development and an extensive crafting system. It was very close to receiving 10/10. [December 2011, p.56]
    • CD-Action
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The ultimate edition of the best fighting game currently available. [05/2016, p.59]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Who could have expected such absurdly high quality from a level editor? [11/2015, p.62]
    • CD-Action
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rockstar did not have to try hard – GTA V would sell on new consoles even it was the same game as before. It’s hard to underestimate both their ambition and effort to make their latest offering something more than a simple reissue. The new first person view really changes the gameplay and alone is worth your money. [01/2015, p.36]
    • CD-Action
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game’s playability puts to shame everything that’s been released for the new generation of consoles. [06/2014, p.54]
    • CD-Action
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Great visuals, wonderful audio, varied gameplay, interesting idea for internet co-op and remarkable atmosphere make this Journey unforgettable. [April 2012, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rocksteady proved once again that they’re in a league of their own. Arkham Knight not only outclassed their two previous Batman games put together, but also turned the whole trilogy into a masterpiece. It’s not just a strong candidate for the Game of the Year title. It’s one of the best games of the decade. [08/2015, p.44]
    • CD-Action
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Astonishing scale, great execution and vast, fresh contents. [13/2015, p.72]
    • CD-Action
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Although in terms of gameplay mechanics The Old Republic closely resembles World of Warcraft, it's not just another MMO. It's a full-blooded RPG that makes your character important from the start and tells stories that are worth following. It also allows you to enjoy them alone if you're not keen on that whole multiplayer thing. There are a lot of unknowns in TOR's future but I keep my fingers crossed for it to be bright. [February 2012, p.50]
    • CD-Action
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An essence of pure, unpretentious fun, a work of geniuses with untamed creative powers. I simply can’t imagine a human being that will not enjoy this wonderful, beautiful game. [CD-Action 11/2013, p.66]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Total War and Warhammer are a match made in heaven and Creative Assembly’s latest release is a dream come true for the aficionados of both franchises. As a fan of Game Workshop’s tabletop original I have waited my whole life for this game. [07/2016, p.70]
    • CD-Action
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This truly outstanding game raises the bar to new heights that will be extremely hard to reach for BioWare, Bethesda and any other developer. [07/2015, p.38]
    • CD-Action
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If I had to choose just one game to play for the rest of my life, it would be Melty Blood. [07/2016, p.74]
    • CD-Action
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s not every day that you encounter such brilliance. You won’t find a better game about running to the right and shooting everything that comes from beyond the screen. [04/2016, p.63]
    • CD-Action
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There was nothing in the way of Age of Wonders III maintaining the quality level of its predecessors. But that did not happen and instead of another solid title we got a game that will make every armchair strategist cry... tears of joy. [05/2014, p.52]
    • CD-Action
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s a freaking masterpiece! Do yourself a favor and experience it if you haven’t done it yet. [06/2015, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I tried to criticize this game for something but it really does age like a good wine and today tastes even better than in 1998. In most cases digging up the gaming past leads to disappointment but this time I was having a blast. [August 2011, p.71]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Let’s put it plainly: if you don’t play Saints Row IV, it means you hate having fun. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.40]
    • CD-Action
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I liked almost everything about this outstanding roguelike – the atmosphere, the wonderful visuals, the unbelievably exciting combat, the unforgettable narrator, the challenge it poses, the uncommon replay value. [03/2016, p.52]
    • CD-Action
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For many developers creating a new edition of last year's best sports game would be an overwhelming task. But not for the guys behind NBA 2K12, who coped with it brilliantly. [November 2011, p.78]
    • CD-Action
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game makes you crawl like a goddamn worm, in constant fear of being squashed. I was scared to leave the closet I was hiding in, because the monster was somewhere out there. [Dec 2014, p.68]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some nods towards younger generation of gamers it’s still good old Guilty Gear. [03/2014, p.71]
    • CD-Action
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has everything required to claim the first place in my private ranking of tower defense games. [03/2014, p.73]
    • CD-Action
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that such an amazing game is trapped inside PS3 and therefore is condemned to frequent technical issues caused by the lack of power and will never gain the popularity it deserves. [02/2016, p.46]
    • CD-Action
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fascinating character design makes every fight a breathtaking spectacle. [09/2015, p.49]
    • CD-Action
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the distinguishing features of the series – the Templars, parkour and brutal assassinations – are here, but now they are not the core, they are just elements of the best pirate game ever, of a Red Dead Redemption at sea. [13/2013, p.52]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best hack’n’slash I've played in recent years. If the visuals are not the most important aspect for you and what you crave is a juicy adventure in a growing world (subsequent acts are on their way) full of monsters to slay, skills to acquire and loot to collect, you need to give Path of Exile a try. [13/2013, p.60]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best looking 2D titles of this year and a game that you can spend 50 or 100 hours with and still not have enough. And if you have three friends to enjoy the co-op mode with, Dragon’s Crown is amazing. [13/2013, p.64]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As usually Nintendo squeezed every last drop of fun out of a simple idea. [04/2015, p.59]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kojima finally found the reasonable balance between gameplay and storytelling. The Phantom Pain is a game like no other and I would love to find a way to experience it for the first time again. [10/2015, p.44]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best platformers is now more accessible (but even the lowest difficulty setting can be frustrating) and introduces a new area and two new useful skills. The Definitive Edition is a great opportunity to catch up if you haven’t played this amazing game (and you really should!), but also a good reason to revisit Nibel. [06/2016, p.59]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s so beautiful, cute and charming that even the grimmest death metal fans will go ‘awwww’. If you want to introduce someone to the world of games this gem is hands down the best way to do that. [09/2015, p.57]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, it’s one of the best remasters in history. [12/2015, p.70]
    • CD-Action
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Pokemon game since Gold and Silver. It’s worth buying a 3DS. [13/2013, p.76]
    • CD-Action
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With every segment I was more and more impressed with designers’ imagination. [12/2015, p.73]
    • CD-Action
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remember to remove your credit card information before launching Nintendo Badge Arcade, because the game might be free, but it will convince you to cough up money. [02/2016, p.67]
    • CD-Action
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest’s simple mechanics work great along MtG’s tactical complexity. [02/2016, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of production values and gameplay Badland 2 is second to none. [02/2016, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great gameplay accompanied by wonderful visuals. [02/2016, p.68]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Image & Form once again proves that enjoyable basic mechanics are key to success. Shooting is so well executed in SteamWorld Heist that it kept me excited throughout the whole over a dozen hours long campaign. [02/2016, p.69]
    • CD-Action
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best way to bid farewell to the retiring consoles is to spend dozens of hours having fun in Los Santos: robbing, abusing illegal substances, breaking all laws and enjoying everything else that GTA V has to offer. And after we finish the game, we should all say loudly: ‘okay, Rockstar girls and boys, it’s high time to make a truly new GTA, not just a gigantic DLC’. [12/2013, p.36]
    • CD-Action
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Geralt made it to consoles at last. And in what style! One of the best RPG games in years was ported to X360 almost perfectly – it looks great and plays great. What it lacks is some introduction for those who didn't have the opportunity to play the first game or read Sapkowski's books and therefore might feel lost in The Witcher's world. [June 2012, p.54]
    • CD-Action
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s pretty clear that Dragon Quest VI was developed by people who made Chrono Trigger, and even if it’s not as good as the classic, it still is one of the best jRPGs. I recommend it with all my heart. [10/2015, p.77]
    • CD-Action
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a hard core South Park fan I had tons of fun with The Stick of Truth, I appreciated lots of cool ideas and laughed hard. This is how licensed games should be done – literally every gameplay element was built around the source material to create the illusion of taking part in an episode of the series. [04/2014, p.44]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stealth game with a minimalistic art style but sophisticated contents. It proves that games can successfully tackle difficult subjects as long as gameplay remains the most important element. [11/2015, p.36]
    • CD-Action
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It took The Division a lot of time to reach our computers and consoles, but it was worth waiting for. We have already spent about 200 hours with it collectively and we’re not planning on abandoning it, because it is, simply put, outstanding and shows amazing potential for the future. [05/2016, p.30]
    • CD-Action
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the games that left me thanking God for the possibility to experience electronic entertainment in its contemporary form. [June 2012, p.72]
    • CD-Action
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story is not only engrossing but also adapts to your actions (e.g killing an important NPC) and lets you make decisions that really do influence the future. The game is nonlinear – every problem has a couple of possible solutions (including violence and stealth), some of which were prepared by the designers while other result from your own creativity. This freedom is the game's greatest strength, but not the only one – dialogues are excellent along with the character development system and the visuals are very nice. Human Revolution is not perfect though – it could benefit from a more modern approach to some elements and more spacious hub areas. It's as good as the first Deus Ex but could have been even better! [Sept 2011, p.54]
    • CD-Action
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Take all the beauty of football, all its unpredictability and all emotions it carries, boil it down and what you get is roughly FIFA 13. It's the best, the richest simulation of football ever created. [12/2012, p.48]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We waited a whole year for the PC and PS3 versions of Limbo, but it was worth it – it's a pearl one in a million. Games like this just don't age. [September 2011, p.69]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's been years since we were treated to such a thrilling detective story in a game. It's the best point'n'click title by Frogwares. [12/2012, p.58]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Redesigned interface and wealth of various small improvements make Football Manager 2016 much more accessible to newcomers without sacrificing even a bit of its astounding depth. [01/2016, p.64]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trigger Happy Havoc is an unsettling journey, an absorbing moral dilemma and a brilliant, tangled criminal story. [05/2016, p.60]
    • CD-Action
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blizzard proved that it’s still possible to do something fresh in online shooters and helped me rediscover the charms of fragging. [08/2016, p.48]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing I regret is that Forza Horizon is only available on X360, a platform that doesn't have a decent steering wheel. Still if I had to choose three games to take with me to desert island, two of them would be Forzas – the latest Motorstorm and the new boundless Horizon. [12/2012, p.64]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite introduction of micro-transactions and the lack of a proper tutorial NBA 2K13 is a must-have for every basketball fan. [12/2012, p.66]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my personal ranking The Binding of Isaac joined Limbo and Frozen Synapse, thus completing the podium for the this year's best indie games. [December 2011, p.82]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every level of this platform game brings a new challenge and a new surprise and that results in an extremely high playability. [September 2011, p.75]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the best racing game on smartphones. Simply brilliant. [11/2015, p.65]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I must admit that Blizzard learns from its mistakes – Mists of Pandaria is much better than Cataclysm. For the first time in ages I'm having fun playing WoW. [12/2012, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rhythm game that would not work on any other platform but is simply great on a smartphone. Inventive graphics changing music into vectors and some awesome ideas make Groove Coaster a worthy purchase. [Sept 2011, p.76]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful game utilizing fighters, mechanics and modes that had been cleverly developed for almost a decade. [05/2016, p.69]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very simple (but not easy!) and very addictive mix between crosswords and Sudoku. [11/2015, p.66]
    • CD-Action
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new benchmark for mobile platformers. [01/2016, p.74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I really doubted the single player campaign in CoH2 could surprise me in any way, but the introduction of the strategic map made Ardennes Assault worthy of even being sold as a separate game. I’m impressed. [01/2015, p.56]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns is a dream come true for me as a fan of American McGee's Alice. It's a worthy heir and at the same time a fully modern game that can vie with the best contemporary representatives of this genre. It's long, it's difficult, it's rewarding and enchanting – so far the game of the year for me. [July 2011, p.62]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Loads of effort invested in Metro Redux made this game an instance of exemplary remastering. [10/2014, p.60]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A puzzle game so addictive that your family will have to break down the bathroom door to drag you out. [01/2016, p.75]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Order & Chaos Online is not yet perfect but in its current form is already a mature MMORPG not very different from what World of Warcraft had to offer on the day it came out. Which is even a bit scary considering that consoles are still waiting for a game like this and on PCs Blizzard's masterpiece doesn't have a really worthy competition. [July 2011, p.69]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s been a long time since any game offered me such an engaging challenge and rewarded with so much satisfaction. [10/2014, p.62]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its weaknesses – generic world, bland story and lack of innovation – are easily forgiven because the game is very well put together and extremely addictive. On every step it gave me a reason to spend 'just 15 more minutes' with it. I really couldn't wait to play it again at home. [March 2012, p.44]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of all hack'n'slashes I played this year – including Diablo III – Torchlight II is the best one and it costs an equivalent of just one act of its biggest rival. [12/2012, p.80]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost everything that I loved about the first Company of Heroes is back in the sequel and done even better. It’s been a long time since I played such a stunning and addictive RTS. [CD-Action 09/2013, p.46]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At last I found a game that filled the void left in my life by Knights of Pen & Paper. Despite some technical issues Loot & Legends earned the space in my iPad for a lifetime. [11/2015, p.67]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not only Crytek's best work and the most beautiful PC title to date but also a wonderful good-bye to the current generation of platforms. Crysis finally found its place among Call of Duty, Battlefield and Halo, taking some of their best bits but at the same time remaining distinct enough to be worth your time. You should definitely at least see it. [CD-Action 03/2013, p.44]
    • CD-Action
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real feast for RPG-loving console owners and one of the best games to play in co-op. [13/2015, p.47]
    • CD-Action
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An almost perfect MMO game and the first one in years that had the guts to drop outdated, 'tried and true' means and replaced them with new, fresh ideas. [11/2012, p.46]
    • CD-Action
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are two reasons to put the HD Remaster on the shelf – it’s an example of how magnificent Final Fantasy once was (X) and the evidence of how low it fell (X-2). [06/2014, p.63]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's great that we got such a wonderful game to kill time with while waiting for a real revolution in the Total War series. [April 2012, p.66]
    • CD-Action
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Dragon should open the wish list of every gamer who shares the view that RTS games should promote strategic thinking, not fast clicking. [06/2014, p.66]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The undisputed champion of the genre. This time it's more accessible to beginners and offers an improved career mode, some tweaks to the combat system, as well as the famed PRIDE organization. [April 2012, p.76]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I honestly recommend the Ultimate Edition to everyone who Skyrim still left hungry for questing. [April 2012, p.78]
    • CD-Action
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New gameplay elements introduced by Brave New World are more interesting than what the previous expansion had to offer, and I definitely recommend it to every fan of Civilization. [CD-Action 09/2013, p.63]
    • CD-Action
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you spent your childhood playing DuckTales, Super Marios Bros. or Contra on your NES, no one can convince you that a pixel art indie game can bring that feeling back. Except for Shovel Knight. Shovel Knight can. [Sept 2014, p.68]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is how the only true heir to the old Fallout games should have looked from day one! [13/2015, p.70]
    • CD-Action
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You shoot monsters with your shoes while falling at high speed. Why? Because video games, that’s why. [13/2015, p.71]
    • CD-Action
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absolution throws down the gauntlet –it's difficult but extremely rewarding and never malicious or unfair. It offers great freedom, looks terrific and is packed with huge number of optional tasks and challenges. I spent 15 hours with Hitman but that's just a beginning – I'll be definitely coming back for more. [13/2012, p.30]
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