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 10.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne
Lowest review score: 0 Drake of the 99 Dragons
Score distribution:
1,338 game reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Provides a very satisfying wrap-up to this series and, in some ways, is the best gaming experience of the group.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At a good 20 hours and packed with loads of collectible cards, Acid 2 is classy, original work for the PSP. [July 2006, p.89]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The generous slathering of nostalgia for the locations and characters of the old arcade games is a treat. [Dec p.93]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can stomach the difficulty and the middle-of-the-road graphics, Dark Corners of the Earth offers a lot of suspense-filled gameplay in the 10 or so hours it takes to complete the adventure. [Sept. 2006, p.70]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don't have any friends over 30, the developers have kindly provided 'bots. [July 2005, p.91]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wings of War isn't perfect, but beautiful; stylistic design and creative mission structure go a long way toward disguising the game's few drawbacks. [Dec 2004, p.93]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With Rise of the Witch-King, EA has officially left precious few licensing stones unturned. [Mar 2007, p.64]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The generous slathering of nostalgia for the locations and characters of the old arcade games is a treat. [Dec p.93]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just as solid a race game on the PC as it was on the Xbox, and definitely one of the better Rally-based arcade racers out there. [Feb 2003, p.77]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No real surprises; this is a fine expansion if you have a higher level character, but, beyond the Alternate Advancement system, there's little to entice you if your entire stable of Everquest II characters tops out at level 23. [Jun 2006, p.82]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a name that sounds like a new blend at Starbucks, there's a lot to like about Shadowgrounds. [Oct. 2006, p.70]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lavish aesthetics notwithstanding, Adventure Pinball also plays a mean game. Only the inevitable onset of repetition dulls its luster.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Koios Works is building the best ancient wargames since the "Great Battles" series of the late nineties. [Aug 2005, p.74]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are times when it plays like a dream; conversely there are times that it plays more like the Arena League rather than the NFL.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It will take at least a full game or two (or three) before you have any idea what you are doing, but even before you learn the ropes, Europa 1400: The Guild is strangely addictive. [Apr 2003, p.85]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Running a multiplayer league pretty much works as advertised, but it feels tacked on...It's the kind of game that is worth wading through its warts to get to the good stuff. [May 2004, p.64]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A light but oddly entertaining gaming hors d'oeuvre... And the price is right. [Oct 2002, p.75]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The framework is there for a solid game with a compelling, if not entirely original, story. [Jan 2003, p.74]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's about as straightforward as an expansion pack gets. There's just more of everything, and one or two minor interface tweaks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lush ground terrain and scenery make this one of the richest looking settings for some quick action. Just don't bank on realism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Normally, mining the license library to populate new hardware is a move that smacks of laziness and creative bankruptcy. In this case, Capcom seems to be on to something. [May 2006, p.91]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only those hungry enough for the challenge to overlook the stodgy game engine need apply.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Which brings us to the game's greatest flaw, a smorgasbord of bugs, glitches, and blatantly missing features. [Dec 2003, p.82]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A better-than-average expansion pack, worth the asking price of thirty greenbacks, but diminished by its lack of real inspiration. [Sept 2003, p.72]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The number of levsls has shrunk with the rest of the package, a bummer revelation that casts a minor cloud on this tropical beach party. [July 2006, p.89]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's incredibly playable and entertaining for 10 hours or so, it's also limiting and linear. [Nov 2003, p.99]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But for every warm fuzzy old-school feeling it invokes, there's an annoying old-school counterbalance, including a litany of bugs (some of whihch have been patched) and a tired, predictable plot. [Jan 2003, p.70]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While some features are better, the most important part—the AI—has received little attention. While it's still a fun game, it's not much of an improvement over last year's edition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game takes about as much time as reading a few twenty-page comics...There aren't many superhero games that have even come close to the sheer reverence this game holds for its lead character.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's rough around the edges, playing more like a prototype than a finished product, there's finally a reason to get excited about the future of the series. [Jan 2004, p.70]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the AI is good on the field, it's terrible in the front office. [June 2005, p.57]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A reminder that sometimes a solid jaunt through a colorful little world is better than plodding through yet another post-apocalyptic wasteland. [Feb 2003, p.73]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all its clumsy new baggage and rushed feel, Homeworld 2 takes itself seriously, designed from the ground up as a reward to the faithful rather than an olive branch to the casual newcomer. [Dec 2003, p.84]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's impossible to dislike, despite its flaws. [Jan 2005, p.63]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mobile forces is vanilla near-future sci-fi, and this non-descript, and non-story sensibility hurts the game a bit. [Nov 2002, p.83]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it was designed to do, it does very well. It barely makes a pretense of doing anything else, however—extra bells and whistles are definitely not part of the package.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's goofy, satisfying, and unapologetically drenched in hilarious M-rated cussing, blood and ragdollery. [Sept. 2006, p.81]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It does the hard stuff that most game neglect so well, but it either phones in or omits entirely the easy stuff. [Sept 2004, p.72]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 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]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    There is very little luck involved, lots of direct conflict, lots of room for both tactical brilliance and strategic planning, and a much more complex rule-set relative to popular American games. [Apr 2006, p.61]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The missions, while varied, are wildly uneven in difficulty, and many are totally unsuited for the sort of unit that you're ostensibly commanding...It is, however, extremely good-looking, great sounding, and very entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Easily the most accessible and beautiful Trek combat simulator yet. Ultimately, though, it's only a small upgrade from the previous mission. [Feb 2003, p.72]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It ups the ante on art and style while taking its attempts at being "cinematic" too seriously. This makes it nearly impossible to ignore the general level of mediocrity to the characterizations, writing, and storytelling despite its mostly solid action. [Jan 2004, p.62]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you found the original game lacking, this add-on isn't going to change your mind.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    May be too complicated for many real-time strategy players and a little too silly for hardcore wargamers. If you don't mind making some compromises in either direction, however, there is ample fun to be had.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    O.R.B. has a nearly perfect interface, and its graphic engine renders everything from the wisp of exhaust trails to the imposing bulk of planets with great skill. [Feb 2003, p.76]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The biggest issue is that it runs amazingly slow... [but] for a first edition game, it shows an enormous amount of potential. [Oct 2002, p.80]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With solid netcode, short sharp snappy rounds, and game modes that focus the action without limiting it, this is punishing lethal gunplay at its best. [June 2003, p.75]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But for the time being, this is as close you're going to get to a Pocket Diablo, and that counts for a lot. [May 2006, p.93]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the bugs, this is a great baseball game boasting more than enough improvements to keep you from going back to High Heat 2001.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oni
    It's so close to being a masterpiece that you'll inevitably be disappointed, but when you step back and look at the whole instead of focusing on the parts, the one thing that stands out more than save limitations or the lack of configuration is the spectacular action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best pure simulation of pool currently available for the PC, but it lacks much in the way of frills and simple user-friendliness and warmth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even after five years, it still hurts so good. [May 2006, p.56]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, my two main complaints with Rifles are that it feels too generic and that, despite the delayed development, there's a feeling it was rushed out the door before it was completely polished.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly, Alone in the Dark remains one of the most ground-breaking games of all time... Although the second and third games lack the magic of the first one, the collection remains a treat for any adventure fan.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good, if slow, game. [July 2005, p.62]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yet another one of those blandly respectful WWII shooters, with all the reverence for history of a five-day bus tour. [Aug 2005, p.90]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a substantial amount of innovative content, a great orchestral soundtrack, and a fabulous-looking gameworld, Desert of Flames is probably worth the price - especially for high-level players. [Feb 2006, p.78]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All these new visuals may not change or improve RCT3, but they certainly take it further. [Sept 2005, p.56]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rounds the original game out nicely, providing a surprisingly un-chilling reception to those burnt out on battle.net. [Feb 2003, p.81]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Something that delivers the goods this fast and with such a high smile-to-trigger-pull ratio will be hard for anyone to put aside for long. [July 2006, p.83]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's impossible to overlook the game's unforgiving level of difficulty, it is often very entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's roughly 12 - 15 hours of play time (on veteran difficulty) easily trumps most expansions, but as in "Doom 3", something just feels missing. Maybe it's the hell. [July 2005, p.54]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The sense of speed is superb, particularly with the visual assistance. [Feb 2004, p.73]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hardcore combat sim fans with equally serious hardware and a cast-iron stomach for aspirin will find themselves engrossed in a simulation of incredible depth and subtlety.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rush for Berlin also puts a time limit on your missions, so you can't just wait around while your soldiers heal or your tanks are repaired. [Oct. 2006, p.76]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Breezy, lightweight entertainment at best. As a quick coffee break-style diversion, the product succeeds well enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Summoner's biggest fault is the party AI. Sometimes your party members seem incredibly intelligent; other times they seem to have trouble outthinking the average lab monkey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is truly a shame that many clever ideas are obscured by the game's lackluster manual, because its blend of real-time strategy and tactics is an innovative re-working of the genre. [July 2004, p.62]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most distinctive characteristic of Starship Troopers' gameplay is its immersive quality... In Starship Troopers you feel like a member of the squad. You're not actually in the action yourself (ala Quake) but you'll feel connected to the team.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dark Corners weaves a spellbindingly scary vibe. [Feb 2006, p.89]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combat is frequently challenging, especially by the time you get to the second disk, and it certainly sets the game apart from the party-based monotony found in most games of the genre. [Apr 2006, p.90]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun diversion and an enjoyable game in its own right, but ultimately the emphasis on objectives and challenges grows a bit annoying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's a bit unpolished and repetitive, and resorts to action when tension might be better generated through inaction, it still manages to impress. [Jan 2004, p.80]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are intermittent slow-downs and brief stoppages during play, particularly during aerial acrobatics. The game seems to prefer Voodoo cards over the NVIDIA line, so you may have better luck if your machine is equipped with Voodoo magic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But as a hybrid of the two genres, SpellForce has a funky sort of synergy that elevates it above the sum of its ho-hum parts. [May 2004, p.58]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of new jobs in the expansion, and the difficulty of the Promyvion zones, there is plenty of new content to warrant a pickup for any but the newest players. [Jan 2005, p.76]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid game, but it isn't terribly original.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is so addictive that it's difficult to put down—even though a bug could strike out at any moment, or the screen could turn black, locking up your keyboard and forcing a reboot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if Titan Quest doesn't deliver on its promise to hang out with Homer, this is a cut above the average "Diablo" clone. [Sept. 2006, p.69]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a respectable johnny-come-lately, rough edges tempered by its newness and straight-arrow Leave It To Beaver charm. It's beach reading, basically.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, incisive humor and caustic personality win out over dicey combat and console-itis. [Oct 2005, p.66]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This latest effort seems mired in a war between greatness and mediocrity—and mediocrity has the upper hand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While everything doesn't quite pull together as well as it should, there is enough here to interest anyone that enjoys cunning design and challenging puzzles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's got the same staying power as a keychain, a stuffed doll, or some other memento from this year's tournament in Portugal. [Aug 2004, p.57]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's enough good in D&D Online to make it worth recommending, but whether there's enough meat to inspire monthly donations beyond the 30 days that currently come with the box is questionable. [Jun 2006, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don't have DOOM II and you've got a Win95 P90Mhz or above, this is the best version to buy! For beginners, it makes loading those .WAD files as simple as pointing and clicking, and setting up a multiplayer game is just as easy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some games—AquaNox, for example—seem like they were made up of leftover game parts and assembled in total darkness by a team of deranged, acid-dropping monkeys...What's really crazy is that, oddly enough, it ain't half bad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a beautiful, creative tale told in the desert of originality, a startling flower in a wasteland of murder-and-loot online games. [July 2003, p.71]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Delivers good, slow-boil tension wrapped around an interesting mystery in an atmospheric setting. [Dec 2003, p.95]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It never really takes off, seeming perpetually stuck in neutral rather than shifting to the higher gear it feels like it should achieve. [Jan 2005, p.64]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ballistics is, without a doubt, the fastest racer ever made. The game is all about speed. Make that insane speed. Reaching velocities that pop the sound barrier, this is a racing game for adrenaline freaks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's true that none of the individual puzzles glue you to the screen like the latest quest in "Star Wars Galaxies" or "Guild Wars" might, it's still frighteningly easy to sink several hours into this ocean before realizing it. [Oct 2005, p.82]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a mouse or gamepad [sic] in hand, however, it's one of those likeably repetitive games that develops a rhythm that's hard to resist. [Dec p.54]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Empires isn't flashy or exotic enough to be crowned the new event horizon of the now officially clogged "historical" real-time strategy wheelhouse, but it's likable and shinier than most. [Feb 2004, p.64]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The campaigns are exceedingly difficult—so difficult they diminish the attraction of the game's solid mechanics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
    • Computer Games Magazine
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very linear game. Like a puppet on a string, you are pulled along a straight path between cut scenes and have almost no control over the sequence of events. Couple this with a rather short story, and you have a release that provides an excellent entry point for those who are new to video gaming.