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 Command & Conquer
Lowest review score: 0 Drake of the 99 Dragons
Score distribution:
1,338 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every time you feel that you've had your fill of a particular type of gameplay, Half-Life 2 introduces some new wrinkle that reinvigorates the entire experience...It's certainly one of the most masterfully paced [games ever]. It's the type of game that you can't wait to talk about with other people. [Jan 2005, p.60]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Outstanding writing combined with a good plot, plenty of content, beautiful graphics, and an engrossing soundtrack place Baldur's Gate II alongside some of the best role-playing games ever created.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Somehow, Rockstar keeps the same old ingredients, adds a handful of new ones, and manages to create a great new recipe. [Feb 2005, p.NP-9]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An adrenaline rush in a box...Everything about this game shouts quality.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the type of game experience everyone asks for but rarely receives. [Aug 2003, p.82]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Satan, your game has arrived. It spits up blood and pisses vinegar. It sprouts horns from its head like the proud minion of evil that it is. It shoots lightning bolts, for cripes' sake. It's a game of pure evil. And even purer entertainment. It's also the best action game on the planet.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Now, however, the game is here, the hype has receded...and we're left appreciating what might be the best role-playing game ever made. [Jun 2006, p.61]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The large cast of characters is unforgettable. Although for the most part they are skeletons in 40s garb, with mask-like faces that can be attributed to Day of the Dead festivities, their personalities render them as distinct and memorable as members of an extremely diverse cast from any fine film.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the rather pale storyline (at least within the game itself), watered-down quests and a fair amount of necessary repetition, Diablo is a must for anyone interested in "just plain fun." Action gamers and RPG-ers alike will be enthralled.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With this new online mode, it's much easier to admit that you like Metal Gear Solid 3. [July 2006, p.93]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A spectacular exercise in cinematic excess, accessible gameplay, and bleeding-edge technology. [June 2005, p.87]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is easily the best version of Civilization ever made. [Jan 2006, p.52]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is where we've been waiting Relic to take us, and with Company of Heroes, the company has confirmed what many folks suspected after "Dawn of War". This is a developer whose name belongs alongside Blizzard, Ensemble, and EALA(nee Westwood)when it comes to real-time strategy games. [Nov. 2006, p.71]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The reason to keep coming back for more is the game's online multiplayer component. [July 2004, p.7]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The elegance and accessibility that BioWare made part-and-parcel of this game should be the future standard for this genre. Don't pass it up. [Feb 2004, p.52]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The soundtrack is inspired, with a heavy emphasis on late-'8s/early '90s rap and alternative rock. [Sept 2005, p.50]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic story and characters, loads of style, and top-notch production value. [Sept 2002, p.2002]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's ultimately Forza that ends up with the win for its more comlete features and player friendliness. [July 2005, p.85]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Blows away its established rival with outstanding controls and AI so lifelike that you feel like you've just stepped onto the pitch at Old Trafford. [Sept 2004, p.66]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's scary, it's atmospheric, it has a great plot, and it rewards the thinking player more than the fragaholic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So good, it makes the rest of the series look downright mediocre. [July 2005, p.52]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Enough staying power to keep you busy for years. [Dec 2004, p.72]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The kind of game that makes it hard to keep a grin off your face. You constantly feel like you're getting away with something you shouldn't.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding game. It looks great, is very well balanced, and is easy to get started with. The game has more strategy and fewer mouse gymnastics than the average RTS game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A first person shooter loaded with astounding maps, diverse game styles, great weapons, and the best bots in the business.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might sit a little short of Transcendence, but at four o'clock in the morning you probably won't even notice.