Computer Gaming World's Scores

  • Games
For 711 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Unreal Tournament 2004
Lowest review score: 0 Postal 2
Score distribution:
711 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Racing doesn't get much better...unless you're in a real car. [Mar 2004, p.75]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For $35, you get a ton of replayability plus new downloadable planes and campaigns each month. For those who don't mind abstraction in the name of fun, DIF is a must-have.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The core gameplay is so well done and the mechanics are so clean. Thanks to the great A.I., there's no question of the game's longevity.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What really sets NOLF2 apart is the game's sheer polish and professionalism. [Jan 2003, p.100]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it’s shot through with bugs and screw-ups that would remand a lesser title to the bargain bin, the game itself is so damn good you’ll forgive almost anything to keep playing. [Jan 2002, p.94]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic game - ridiculously fun, completely infectious, and one of the best massively multiplayer designs I've ever seen in an action game. [Jan 2003, p.116]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comes close to being the massive, sprawling, open-ended, role-playing epic you've always dreamed of. [August 2002, p.68]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It can stand on its own as probably the best 4X strategy game of the past five years. [Feb 2004, p.67]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game has so much more detail, realism, and flexibility than its predecessors that it effectively laps the F1 racing field. [Sept 2003, p.97]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stroke of brilliance. With its unparalleled scope and enough strategic gameplay for two top-flight games, let alone one, Rome is a game that triumphs over its minor bugs and A.I. glitches and once again redefines what a historical strategy game can - and should - be. [Holiday 2004, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a very good follow-up to the best single-player role-playing game in years, and that's OK with me. KOTOR II is a big, often complex, mature piece of storytelling—and I'll take it over anything that's been onscreen with the Star Wars name in 25 years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might be too friendly for old-school, hardcore EQ players to make the jump, but for gamers looking for a classic fantasy MMO, EverQuest II should fit the bill very nicely. [Feb 2005, p.72]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the best shooter I've played all year. The only real knocks against it are that it's a relatively short game (I finished in about 10 hours) and the multiplayer is lackluster. But let's be honest: If you're into playing a World War II game online nothing compares to "Battlefield 1942" or Day of Defeat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one shooter in which your tactical skills are rewarded more than your ability to line up targets. [June 2005, p.76]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who've never played a computer golf sim may discover that this is one of their favorite games of the year in any genre. [Holiday 2004, p.84]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game presentation is like a television broadcast with an Emmy-winning director in the booth. [Mar 2003, p.106]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is truly all about the cinematic, dramatic single-player campaign, and it is there that it shines, often brilliantly, but a little too briefly. [Jan 2005, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as, if not better, than the original Playstation 2 best-seller. [July 2002, p.79]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The A.I. in this game is capable of some remarkably human-like behavior. [June 2003, p.99]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Winter Assault further cements Dawn of War as one of the great next-gen strategy titles. If you thought you were sick of the genre, come back. This is worth it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stronghold’s deft mix of economic, building, and combat challenges makes it one of the best strategy games of the year. [Feb 2002, p.79]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    IO Interactive has fixed almost every flaw for Hitman 2; the result is an almost perfect blend of action and stealth. [Jan 2003, p113]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    AOW2 effectively straddles that fine line between hands-on control and micromanagement busywork. [Sept 2002, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best-designed games to come along in years. [Jan 2002, p.115]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without the numerous enhancements, tweaks, and goodies, Desert Siege is worth its price for the mission editor alone. [June 2002, p.83]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest and only serious bummer of Half-Life 2 is the installation -- and it's so bad that we're knocking the game's final score.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This brilliantly desinged game breaks out of the cliches of the collectible-card-game genre ("Magic", "Pokemon", etc.) and provides gameplay that can rival that of the deepest of strategy games. [May 2004, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mechanics for pulling off tricks have been perfected. [Jan 2005, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fine blend of strategy, combat, and role playing. [Nov 2002, p.122]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combine Splinter Cell's pure stealth action with the world of Tom Clancy and you've got one hell of a techno-espionage title made even better on the PC. [Mar 2003, p.82]
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