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 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut
Lowest review score: 0 Postal 2
Score distribution:
711 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Vice City doesn't improve much on the few shortcomings of its predecessor. Fortunately, it doesn't have to. [Aug 2003, p.74]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Diablo is the perfect example of a game that transcends its genre.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you harbor any interest in strategy games and want something with more depth than the average mindless RTS, then you would do well to immerse yourself in Civilization IV and let it soak in.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    And therein lies the game's beauty—it's expertly balanced. For every Goliath tank driver, there's a Manta master or Raptor pilot who can rip you a new one.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA 3 is the crack cocaine of gaming: You know it's bad for you, but you keep using it. [Sept 2002, p.74]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpeice from BioWare. Easily the best RPG of the year, and possibly the best Star Wars game ever made. [Feb 2004, p.61]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's designed to let players make significant progress without requiring a decisive committment to sitting motionless in front of the computer for days at a time. Unfortunately, the game's so addictive that you may end up with a case of bedsores anyway. [Feb 2005, p.73]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This latest GTA is an epic, involving experience, no doubt--but when you get past the expansive world and the RPG-like elements, it's the same epic, involving experience it was last year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blizzard delivered as promised, and then some. But I wasn't floored. Not even close. [Sept 2002, p.70]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A well-played game of Winning Eleven 7 gives the impression of having watched a TV soccer match and controlled the results. It's that good. [Oct 2004, p.84]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More so than any other stealth-action game, Chaos Theory really makes you feel like a spy.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just about everything in this game feels <I>right</I>, sometimes almost in spite of itself. [Mar 2002, p.68]
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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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best World War II flight simulator ever. [Mar 2002, p.90]
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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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    • 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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The neat thing is that none of it—the chain of command, the elitist bands of E-brothers, the Patton-approved battle plans—needs to matter, at least to the curious weekend commando looking to pop into a public server and simply shoot somebody.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The DM client and tools elevate Neverwinter Nights into a creative medium of expression. [Sept 2002, p.80]
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    • 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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    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best Madden game yet, but be prepared to buy a Logitech Dual Action controller. [Nov 2003, p.130]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Sims 2 is as big as life and as consuming. At heart, and with heart, it is a masterpiece.
    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You can turn a guard's own gun on him, shank him with a homemade shiv, snap his neck with your bare hands, or drop down on his head. [March 2005, p.71]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It was difficult to write this review, because each time I started the game to check on some detail, six hours mysteriously vanished. [Jan 2002, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Dangerous Waters" is a superb modern naval combat simulator but Silent Hunter III is destined to be a Sim Hall of Fam all-time classic. [June 2005, p.94]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most impressive civilian sim ever. [Feb 2002, p.97]
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