Computer Games Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,338 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 29% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion
Lowest review score: 0 Drake of the 99 Dragons
Score distribution:
1,338 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of the game's levels are very well crafted, and many of them are huge. Looking Glass has done an excellent job making each level feel like a "real" place.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players who are wary of all things pecuniary can elect to leave the stock market alone, and those that are truly phobic can opt to play in "sandbox mode" without any competition or monetary concerns at all-kind of a fancy virtual train set. Those that do will be missing out on one of the best features of the game, however.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The unit AI is good enough that you can give broad orders without worrying about your men and monsters doing too many dumb things. [Jan 2003, p.60]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The emphasis on story and involving missions, combined with great visuals, audio, and exceptional control make this a top-notch game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first computer game to capture the grandeur and epic feel of the "Star Wars" movies... An outstanding, if not perfect, game. It is beautiful to look at, exciting to play, and it takes the RTS genre where no one has gone before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But be warned, this isn't a beer and greasy snack-style arcade racing game - this is the real deal, as intense, deep, and accurate a simulation as exists on your computer. [May 2003, p.78]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliantly reworked world with technology to die for. [March 2005, p.66]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unreal Tournament 2004 might be the superior product, but "Battlefield Vietnam" is the better game. [June 2004, p.73]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you combine the new features with a physics model that takes wind into account more than last year, stunningly beautiful visuals, more online options via EASO, and a course architect program, it's hard to fathom how this game can get any better. [Jan 2004, p.60]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players who tried "Tribunal" and found it enjoyable but a bit underwhelming, this second expansion is easily the best of the bunch, leapfrogging even the original for buffed-up playability. [Sept 2003, p.70]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Putting aside concerns about the campaign structure, Gettysburg! may be the best recreation of Civil War combat (or even just combat) of any game yet released. Sure, some of the hardcore data is missing, and Firaxis chose to eliminate supply issues, but it's amazing how realistic this game feels much of the time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The challenge and entertainment comes from learning about flying, recreating historic flights, and plain old barnstorming. [Nov 2003, p.90]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The weapons feel superb, and are among the best ever featured in a real-world first-person shooter...Where MoH falters a bit is in its multiplayer offerings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A major accomplishment and an excellent game. [Dec 2004, p.75]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to think of anything that you might want to do in civilian flight that you can't do here...an incredible piece of software.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Value is largely subjective, but PlanetSide does offer numerous perks that you won't find in other games: fast servers, no cheating, larger battles (much larger) with more strategy, more socialization, and a system that makes it extremely easy to meet and play with friends. [Aug 2003, p.82]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be pointless, and also brilliant, but it’s safe to say there’s nothing quite like The Sims. Its possibilities are endless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brings the game to another new level of entertainment and challenge. [Sept 2003, p.82]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its well-developed plot, unique races, intuitive interface, and excellent campaign editor make it worth the price of admission, especially for those that liked "Warcraft II."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once it gets started, the tension on each level is practically unbearable, and the final room of the final level provides the perfect ending to a game that sneaks up on you and never lets go. [Apr 2003, p.72]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the type of game experience everyone asks for but rarely receives. [Aug 2003, p.82]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a game of resource management and tactical combat, Total Annihilation is not fundamentally different from anything that has come before, but it is nonetheless an evolutionary leap for the genre of real-time strategy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's nice to see Duke again, and even nicer to have a great modern platform game. [Sept 2002, p.84]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The animations are superb, despite the great quantity of creatures and heroes that appear during the campaign. The sound effects augment the animations perfectly. [Jan 2004, p.73]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not win over the reflex-challenged, bearded gamer types, but fans of the original "Generals" won't find a title better tuned and tweaked to their tastes. [Dec 2003, p.88]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like your strategy games historical, complex, and deeply stimulating, Europa Universalis is more than a mouthful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it's still not the greatest-looking game out there at this point, the textures and moster animations have improved tenfold with this expansion. [Feb 2004, p.61]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This "Grand Theft Springfield" perfectly captures everything that makes the show great: the writing, the setting, the humor, and most importantly, the characters. [Mar 2004, p.72]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of BioWare's finest storytelling and scripting work. [Mar 2004, p.73]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Extra marks to LucasArts for giving the game an impossibly large number of options... Ignore the story and immerse yourself in the incredible environments - you may never want to come back.