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 1.5 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
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Revel, savour and bask in the brilliance; this is a game that no gamer can afford to ignore... The PC's finest gaming moment, with a half-life of forever. [Nov 2004, p.83]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A paragon of single-player, story-driven gaming that outdoes "Deus Ex," "STALKER," and even "HL2." Taste the air, and smell the fear. [Oct 2007, p.52]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A visceral, well-written and worthy sequel to an excellent game, with huge potential to become a modern classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Everything here is bigger, better, brighter, faster, longer, sicker, cooler than the series has ever been before (and almost any other game you care to mention).
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    United they stand, divided they fall doesn't apply. Each game stands alone as an example of inspired design. Together they are essential. [Dec 2007, p.94]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Gory, thrilling and this year's essential play. [Christmas 2009, p.84]
    • PC Format
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With stunning visuals and a racing model so finely-judged Codies has done it again. An oil-stained masterpiece. [Jan 2010, p.82]
    • PC Format
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While other games may offer more to immediately get excited about, its charms will last long after their 3D glories wane, and for fast-paced but thoughtful strategy action, you simply cannot do any better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Strategy game of the year, perhaps of the millennium.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Crosses the rubicon of greatness with a Latin flourish; it's the equal of a hundred lesser games. [Nov 2004]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Broken. Absolutely and utterly broken. Not the game, oh no, it's my fragile nerves that have been shattered. Adrenalin is still coursing through my veins as I type, and what's more, I absolutely love it. STALKER is a thoroughly affecting game, and it's got me by the short hairs. [Apr 2007, p.56]
    • PC Format
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The 21st Century's finest, most involving roleplaying game so far. [May 2006, p.85]
    • PC Format
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Indie gaming's finest hour and the best puzzle game since "Lemmings." Easy on the eyes, your system and your wallet - it's a triumph. [Christmas 2008, p.94]
    • PC Format
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Perfectly balanced multiplayer with old school elements intact, and rich and dynamic single player campaigns. [Issue#244, p.102]
    • PC Format
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Hardcore RPG players will probably hate AC2, deeming it too simple to be worth their while. It is simple, certainly far simpler than AC1 or EverQuest, but it’s not simplistic. Turbine has merely removed much of the annoying faff and limitations from the genre and concentrated on the game itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    UT2003 may not be a revolution, but after a raft of unexciting "Counter-Strike" clones over the last couple of years, it’s the finest game you’ll find gracing any server right now.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There’s no reason to fear its Xbox origins – while you may occasionally long for extra depth on a mission or perhaps some more involved combat, the rapid pace and dedication to narrative and character will soon have you back hacking away in the thick of the action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Now here’s the clever thing – there are three sides fighting for the planet Auraxis but the battle is worldwide. It’s not the simple small arenas of Counter-Strike and Team Fortress, nor is it the enormous maps but frustratingly futile team versus team of Tribes 2.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The whole process feels just perfectly balanced; this is literally the most expert game you can play, it feels great and fans of the original will love it. [Oct 2004, p.84]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Broadly speaking, in MMOs you hit things, then fashion things to make your hitting more effective. World of Warcraft does that better than anything else on the market at the moment. [Jan 2005, p.96]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A jack of all trades and a master of some - San Andreas tries astonishingly hard to let you do anything. And so long as you don't crave any meaningful character interaction outside of mow down with a monster truck first, ask questions later, it very nearly manages to pull it off, too. [Aug 2005, p.88]
    • PC Format
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    At once familiar and surprising. A monster slice of historical strategy fun. [Nov 2006, p.100]
    • PC Format
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite a clunky couple of stages and too much micromanagement, it's the vast galactic toybox that we've prayed for. [Nov 2008, p.98]
    • PC Format
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's the best strategy game released this year, and if you don't like it, there's something wrong with you. [Dec 2005 p.87]
    • PC Format
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The bar for MMOs has been lifted even higher - it'll take something almost sexual in nature to topple the mighty WoW now. [Mar 2007, p.70]
    • PC Format
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Possibly too relentless for the less devout mouse-jockey, but it's astounding proof that being a brain-dead shooter is a very good thing. [Jan 2009, p.86]
    • PC Format
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sumptuously realised, stuffed with action and pushed along by an engaging plot. Far Cry 2 is how shooters should be made. [Dec 2008, p.86]
    • PC Format
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A colossus of a game. The challenges presented by the Grand Campaign firmly establish Empire as the stuff of legend: it’s far-reaching, truly massive and utterly engrossing. Once more, CA has refused to rest upon its laurels, creating one hell of a time-filching game; expect some late nights and canceled social engagements once Empire hits your hard drive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Challenging, refined and exciting, this is the new RTS benchmark. Just don't expect to tank rush your way through it. [Apr 2010, p.90]
    • PC Format
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As good as Civ ever was, with some interesting new additions and, better yet, no more stacks o' doom. A worthy series update. [Issue#245, p.98]
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