PC Format's Scores

  • Games
For 967 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 96 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 4 Legacy: Dark Shadows
Score distribution:
967 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Hugely repetitive action game. Hugely repetitive action game. Hugely repetitive (you get the idea).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Incredibly easy, very short. [Jan 2011, p.109]
    • PC Format
    • 39 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    The usual amateurish nonsense. [May 2006, p.90]
    • PC Format
    • 55 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Many other games do this better. Play them. [Sept 2010, p.98]
    • PC Format
    • 57 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    Tolkien must be revolving speedily in his grave. [Apr 2009, p.48]
    • PC Format
    • 43 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    Slightly fun, but only in the most stupid definition of that word. [Sept 2008, p.115]
    • PC Format
    • 71 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    Plodding, bland fair. [July 2009, p.95]
    • PC Format
    • 52 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    A solo Nightcrawler game could rock, but this team effort is cash-in gibberish. [July 2006, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 44 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    A low-tech and rather uninspiring 2D RTS. [Mar 2008, p.108]
    • PC Format
    • 75 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    Unfinished and unrewarding, the game's gorgeous artwork is not matched by the plot or the nonsensical puzzles. [Feb 2009, p.98]
    • PC Format
    • 54 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    Bluntly, the problem with EA's Create is in the title. It suggests you'll be creating things, with all the imagination and excitement that implies. Instead, Create feels like Little Big Planet, as copied by a robot that one day hopes to know what love is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    Traditional point-and-click game complete with traditionally rubbish gameplay. [Christmas 2004, p.119]
    • PC Format
    • 46 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    Despite aspirations to intelligence, this is comfortably one of the dumbest first-person shooters we’ve ever come across. The FPS action is stilted, the RPG elements make you want to rip your own still-beating heart out, and the main character sounds a lot like Duke Nukem’s halfwit brother.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    It wants to be like the classic survival-horror games of old, and to be fair it does feel like it's at least a decade out of date and being played on a 386. [July 2010, p.101]
    • PC Format
    • 59 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Let's hope that The Old Republic gets is right in the many, many places where The Force Unleashed II gets it wrong. [Feb 2011, p.104]
    • PC Format
    • 64 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    At times, it feels like "Dead Ringers the Game," with a load of people doing not-quite accurate impressions while looking rather unlike the real actors. [Sept 2009, p.98]
    • PC Format
    • 41 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Epic, steampunk fail. [Aug 2009, p.96]
    • PC Format
    • 42 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    A great idea that's failed because of execution. [May 2009, p.96]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Exciting as this may sound, it's based on design and an engine that conspire to make Hunting Unlimited 2008 uniformly atrocious, with dull footprint-following, animals often running tight circles around you, and the awful voice over chap talking about how 'pumped' he is that he shot something in the head. [Apr 2008, p.112]
    • PC Format
    • 68 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Miserable nonsense that would have Holmes reaching for the syringe. Real detective work is tedious, lengthy, frustrating and often pointless. In that sense at least, Silver earring is spot on. This is fun how? [Nov 2004]
    • PC Format
    • 58 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Frustrating array of random pointing and clicking.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    So bog-standard it's positively peaty, and more buggy than a pram warehouse. [July 2008, p.113]
    • PC Format
    • 51 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Every bit as boring as it should have been awesome on toast. Button mashing, blandness, and dodgy controls. Zzzz. [Aug 2008, p.105]
    • PC Format
    • 72 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Ultra-generic. [Dec 2009, p.99]
    • PC Format
    • 56 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    If there is an intriguing idea buried within RF Online, it's suffocating. [Apr 2006, p.94]
    • PC Format
    • 70 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A victim of its own sneers, this is the world's first self-parodying game. [July 2005, p.90]
    • PC Format
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Hinterland's cheap; but that's not excuse for a game this poor. [Dec 2008, p.73]
    • PC Format
    • 55 Metascore
    • 44 Critic Score
    When you factor in the poor translation, the stupid difficulty and the poor controls it's as much fun as the black death. Hard to be a good game, more like. [Apr 2008, p.115]
    • PC Format
    • 59 Metascore
    • 44 Critic Score
    It's managed to create a whole new genre: the untactical shooter. [Mar 2006, p.104]
    • PC Format
    • 58 Metascore
    • 44 Critic Score
    Boog, the 900lb grizzly bear, would make a good rug and nothing more. [Christmas 2006, p.96]
    • PC Format
    • 60 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    Five or six hours of totally joyless shooterage. I played this game so you don't have to. Don't let it all have been in vain. [Feb 2008, p.110]
    • PC Format
    • 45 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    More spit than polish. [Sept 2005, p.98]
    • PC Format
    • 78 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    There’s too much replaying of banal levels over and over again until you learn enough button combinations to survive long enough to reach a checkpoint. Sure, there are a few good moments – the sheer scale of the halls of the dead, and the backdrop of hundreds of charging orcs during some of the battle scenes – but the braindead playing of them renders the whole experience futile.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    Obtuse, ugly, hair-teraingly frustrating at times, and only very occaisionally imaginative. [Nov 2004]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    How the hell does such a simple system manage to be this fiddly? [Feb 2009, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The only steering you'll be doing is steering clear. [Feb 2008, p.113]
    • PC Format
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Pointless in the xtreme, unless you're interested in war game archaeoogy. [July 2005, p.97]
    • PC Format
    • 74 Metascore
    • 41 Critic Score
    A cumbersome and confusing affair. Order a full retreat. [June 2006, p.86]
    • PC Format
    • 70 Metascore
    • 41 Critic Score
    It's almost as if not enough time has been spent on either this or the Combat Upgrade, making it impossible to accept RoTW as it stands. [July 2005, p.95]
    • PC Format
    • 38 Metascore
    • 41 Critic Score
    The driving model is so bad, it makes you wonder if anyone involved has ever been in a car. [Sept 2008, p.117]
    • PC Format
    • 64 Metascore
    • 41 Critic Score
    More boring than watching gravel. [July 2006, p.102]
    • PC Format
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Jan 2008]
    • PC Format
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Quickly repetitive actin, with ultra-violence that soon becomes mundane. [March 2005, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Generic online gaming with a single, barely attainable good idea. [Christmas 2006, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Eragon bored me almost to tears, and the limp plot utterly failed to keep me pushing on through the pain barrier. [Feb 2007, p.68]
    • PC Format
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Predictably poor. Proof that every gaming franchise has its limits.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Appealing alterna-stealth undone by trying to be all things to all men. Specifically, the sexually frustrated teenage ones. [July 2009, p.93]
    • PC Format
    • 41 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    You're left with Commodore-era finger bruises and PS2-quality graphics, and you don't even get the full complement of Olympic sports. Rubbish. [Christmas 2004, p.122]
    • PC Format
    • 56 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    Perfect for people who hate helicopters and simulations. [Dec 2004, p.104]
    • PC Format
    • 66 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    Ridiculously fast, under-developed and frustrating to control. [Christmas 2004, p.119]
    • PC Format
    • 31 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    The frustration of RTS interrupting RPG is maddening beyond belief, but you won't understand what's going on anyway, so it's not worth the worry. [Christmas 2005, p.102]
    • PC Format
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Web of Shadows aims for a sandbox GTA-style open environment, but has neither the verve, nor the technical ability to pull it off. [Jan 2009, p.101]
    • PC Format
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A textbook - not to mention chastening - exercise in making something inherently fun no fun whatsoever. [Sept 2007, p.60]
    • PC Format
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A waste of time for all involved, go watch paint dry instead. [Aug 2005, p.97]
    • PC Format
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Messy, clumsy, and deeply unsatisfying beat-'em-up combat. Surpised? Catwoman is a poorly made tie-in game for a rubbish movie. Someone find me a bag and a brick. [Oct 2004, p.96]
    • PC Format
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Five years ago it might have been average. [June 2009, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 22 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    With too much emphasis on the factory insteady of the beauty, this is a game that really is skin-deep. [Sept 2008, p.117]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Dull, dated, and deeply dim-witted. Let's snore together. [Dec 2004, p.104]
    • PC Format
    • 50 Metascore
    • 36 Critic Score
    Basically it's not a game, it's still just a tech demo, and a pretty unsuccessful one at that. [July 2007, p.64]
    • PC Format
    • 54 Metascore
    • 36 Critic Score
    Yet another unnecessary and unwarranted poker game. Avoid. [May 2007, p.69]
    • PC Format
    • 49 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    An Xbox port that looks a little green around the gills. [Sept 2006, p.99]
    • PC Format
    • 59 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    As an alternative to "The Sims," only the abundance of nipples saves it. [Apr 2005, p.104]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It barely raises a smile, reducing most gamers to a grim comatose zomebie-state, the only sign a life now a dull flicker of hate in their glazed, cold eyes. [Christmas 2004, p.107]
    • PC Format
    • 53 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's an awkward strategy game that tries to step out of the turn-based frying pan and ends up in the unplayable-pap fire. [May 2006]
    • PC Format
    • 50 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    It wasn't fun. [Jan 2010, p.93]
    • PC Format
    • 39 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    A perfect storm of cynical derivative design and slipshod implementation. [June 2008, p.102]
    • PC Format
    • 47 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    We can't think of a time throughout the history of the PC when this might have been considered a well-executed title. [Christmas 2006, p.92]
    • PC Format
    • 55 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    The game boils down to hammering the hit button until all the identikit bad guys have turned red and vanished. It's cack. Avoid. [June 2007, p.64]
    • PC Format
    • 53 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    Genuinely uninteresting racing. [July 2009, p.94]
    • PC Format
    • 58 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    On PC, however, it's an utter travesty. You'd have to be crazier than the Rabbids themselves to buy the PC version of this game. [Feb 2007, p.68]
    • PC Format
    • 25 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    A sim of Arnie’s election campaign would be more entertaining.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Drivel. [Mar 2007, p.76]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Cheap, tired and dull. Avoid it, and the inevitable fourth sequel. [Nov 2004, p.103]
    • PC Format
    • 68 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Is there a form I can fill in to get these hours of my life back? [Feb 2010, p.95]
    • PC Format
    • 57 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    An ugly WW2 RTS. Full of text-based mission intros and no joy whatsoever. The controls are clunky, the unit models are thoroughly basic and utterly devoid of any graphical niceties. [May 2007, p.68]
    • PC Format
    • 40 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Fill your house with treacle and grenades instead. That's actually more fun. [Sept 2005, p.102]
    • PC Format
    • 59 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Crude and boring. Stick a cork up Larry's ass and his game in the bin. [Christmas 2004, p.120]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    The core game itself can't stand alone and captivate its audience as much as it confuses them. [Oct 2007, p.65]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Cheap, tired and dull. Avoid it and the inevitable fourth sequel. [Nov 2004]
    • PC Format
    • 32 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    A PS2 port, when there's an Xbox 360 version? This is a dreadful example of shameless corner cutting and an awful game. [Aug 2008, p.107]
    • PC Format
    • 48 Metascore
    • 31 Critic Score
    An awful port of a dismal console game. Buying this would be a crime-in-itself. [July 2005, p.98]
    • PC Format
    • 51 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    You can't out-Diablo "Diablo," so don't try. [Oct 2005, p.92]
    • PC Format
    • 60 Metascore
    • 27 Critic Score
    Go buy the book, it'll last longer, give you more joy and won't make you feel like your brain's leaking out of your ears. [Mar 2007, p.76]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 26 Critic Score
    Sonic Riders resembles what I can only imagine Keith Richards' worst nightmares are like, but rendered in 1999-qualitiy Playstation-o-vision. What's more, if you have an ATI card, it's framerate is slower than evolution itself. [June 2007, p.64]
    • PC Format
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If you find your trigger finger itching, you'd better buy yourself a WWII or sci-fi shooter to sate your appetite, because Kuma/War manages to get it very wrong. In every single sense. [Dec 2004, p.101]
    • PC Format
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Combine all of this with shocking AI, unfair combat and limited ammo, and you're looking at a veritable festival of the mediocre. [June 2005, p.101]
    • PC Format
    • 50 Metascore
    • 23 Critic Score
    It looks lovely, but plays like an out-of-tune banjo, thanks to the notorious trial-and-error gameplay. [Sept 2006, p.104]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 23 Critic Score
    One of the worst adventures I've ever played. [Sept 2008, p.116]
    • PC Format
    • 33 Metascore
    • 22 Critic Score
    The only thing you'll be smashing if you buy this game is the area surrounding your PC. It really is truly offensive. [Sept 2008, p.114]
    • PC Format
    • 48 Metascore
    • 21 Critic Score
    It's as much fun as cycling up the wrong side of the M5. [Sept 2008, p.115]
    • PC Format
    • 44 Metascore
    • 21 Critic Score
    It makes Doom 3 look like a masterpiece. [Christmas 2009, p.94]
    • PC Format
    • 44 Metascore
    • 21 Critic Score
    Stunningly terrible. [Jan 2008, p.72]
    • PC Format
    • 16 Metascore
    • 21 Critic Score
    All the thrill of the hunt, without the thrill or hunt. [March 2005, p.113]
    • PC Format
    • 23 Metascore
    • 21 Critic Score
    There's so much wrong here, from the Matrix rip-off storyline and painful attempts at imitating "Deus Ex," to the lack of textures and dull levels. [July 2006, p.102]
    • PC Format
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's hideous. The graphics are atrocious, the controls are ridiculous, and missions consist of running around the blocky levels, firing wildly until random chance results in you killing everybody. [Oct 2004, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    One of the most incompetent strategy games of recent times. [May 2005, p.104]
    • PC Format
    • 40 Metascore
    • 18 Critic Score
    A huge, horrible, gut-wrenching car crash, with blood-soaked teddy bears. [June 2005, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • tbd Metascore
    • 11 Critic Score
    Completely and utterly pointless. [July 2010, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 20 Metascore
    • 6 Critic Score
    This game is a shameful dismantling of an iconic (though possibly equally shameful) gaming figure. [June 2009, p.101]
    • PC Format
    • 41 Metascore
    • 4 Critic Score
    A truly spectacular failure. Long may it live in infamy. [May 2005, p.105]
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