PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,289 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 98 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 7 NRA Varmint Hunter
Score distribution:
2,289 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An incredible strategy game, Alpha Centauri is destined to go down as one of the best ever made. [April 1999, p.92]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Destined to be a classic, Crysis is a creative and technological marvel that eclipses every other shooter released this year. [Holiday 2007, p.60]
    • PC Gamer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    History in the making. It raises the bar for interactive entertainment, and then uses that bar to club all other games into submission...Valve has forged the framework for the next generation of games, demonstrating what our medium can and should be able to accomplish - an exhilarating entertainment that can emotionally move you one moment, kick ass the next, and keep you immersed the whole time. [Dec 2004, p.48]
    • PC Gamer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This is The Big One, and it's even better than we could've hoped. [Jan 1999, p.166]
    • PC Gamer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    An immensely addictive and playable strategy game that's the rightful heir to the Civilization crown. [July 1996, p.82]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Straightforward and replayable, Spelunky is precision engineered to make death fair, funny, and a story worth sharing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes should be on the must-play list of every RTS fanatic out there, even those tired of WWII settings. It's just that good. [Oct. 2006, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Intuitively interesting and contagiously fun, with an unparalleled scope for creativity and memorable experiences.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I cannot recommend the Company of Heroes series enough, and if you haven't tried it yet, Opposing Fronts is a perfect opportunity to join up for a tour. [Holiday 2007, p.86]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A sublime piece of interactive art, The Sioms is teh first serious contender for Y2K's game of the year. [Apr 2000, p.82]
    • PC Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the best game in the GTA series, and an all-time classic. [Aug 2005, p.52]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Can you believe it? It's finally out - and the four-year wait was well worth it. [March 1999, p.100]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Well, slap me silly, because not only does Far Cry offer utterly sensational visuals and jaw-dropping gameplay, but it also heralds the arrival of developer Crytek, which now joins id Software and Valve at the head of the shooter class... A stunning achievement. [June 2004, p.62]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most innovative, creative, original, and awe-inspiring PC games ever. [June 2001, p.52]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the finest of the series. [Apr 2003, p.94]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The finest racing simulation on the market today - bar none. [Apr 2001, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most immersive, emotive, addictive, and just plain fun computer games we've ever played. [Oct 1999, p.122]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Central to its pull is a storyline as persuasive as any I've encountered in a fantasy roleplaying game. [Sept 2002, p.60]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If this isn't destined to be a classic, I'll swallow a cutlass. [Feb 1998, p.95]
    • PC Gamer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best compliment I can pay Oblivion is that it achieves far more than I'd even thought possible. It's a superlative RPG. [May 2006, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A must-own...a rare and rewarding game for fans of the genre. [Sept 2000, p.82]
    • PC Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Don't steal, but lie and cheat if necessary. As a gamer, it's your duty to own Diablo II. [Aug 2000, p.75]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's finely tuned maps and balanced gameplay prove that you CAN improve on perfection. [Sept 2005, p.56]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A dark, cool, and beautiful revival of an incredible game. [Oct 2011, p.68]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Leave it to Valve to deliver the goods on such an ambitious game package...The Orange Box is one of the finest compilations of gaming content ever produced. [Nov 2007, p.58]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Age of Kings is a work of art, and one of the best RTS games ever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is the best roleplaying game you can buy. Period. [Apr. 1999, p.94]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    All-round, the best 3D action game to date, and LucasArts' best game since the excellent TIE Fighter. [Dec 1997, p.174]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead's emphasis on teamwork and vague hints of story may not appeal to gamers who demand a focused single-player experience, but for the millions out there who have ever imagined their role in the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, it simply cannot be missed. [Jan 2009, p.30]
    • PC Gamer
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A challenging, hilarious, and mind-expanding puzzle experience for one or two-treasure your first time through.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most amazing, spectacular, ultimate superhero game ever made. [May 2002, p.58]
    • PC Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is rip-roaring strategy for gamers who love the RTS genre and have been waiting for it to get on with growing up. [June 2005, p.78]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best RPG combat ever. Not gaming's best story, but maybe its best storytelling. Darker, sexier, better. [Mar 2011, p.64]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Doom 3 is a masterpiece of the art form - staying true to the frantic legacy of the Doom series, while ambitiously reaching new heights and bashing down the doors of the next generation of PC shooter. The bar is raised. Let's see someone else climb over it. [Sept 2004, p.34]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A brilliant game in every facet of its design and execution, with not a single dull moment in the lot. [August 2002, p.62]
    • PC Gamer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the most compulsively playable strategy games of all time. [Jan 2005, p.72]
    • PC Gamer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Those niggling criticisms aside, Bioshock is one of the best 15-20 hours of gaming nirvana you'll spend this year or any other. [Nov 2007, p.66]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    An accomplished and rewarding online RPG that does a great deal to reclaim the promise of its genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I'm unable to go back to straight and simple first-person shooters. Far Cry 2 hasn’t just exceeded my expectations, it’s blown them away. [Holiday 2008, p.58]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's the package that counts, and this one's simply as good as it gets. [May 2002, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Basically, Beyond the Sword is more of a director's cut of the fantastic original game than the usual expansion grab bag of scenarios and units. [Oct 2007, p.68]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A stunning achievement in RTS design. [Aug 2003, p.74]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    United offensive really sines during the Russian campaign...And then there's the harrowing house-to-house clearing in Kharkov. [Dec 2004, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Engrossing RTS play matched to a vital and visually intense story make this a gaming experience like no other. [Dec 1999, p.122]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An achievement as an RPG and an MMO, The Old Republic offers something bold and new for gamers. Don't miss out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Easily one of the most engrossing shooters ever made. [Holiday 2008, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Hands down the best tactical shooter this veteran gamer has seen in his entire ass-kicking, name-taking, tango-stalking life. Get it? [Holiday 2001, p.54]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Isolation is a taut, confident, and electrifying horror game that perfectly captures the essence of Ridley Scott's legendary film. I just wish they'd been braver with the story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One incredible achievement. It's definitely a must-buy for anyone remotely interested in the Descent series - and unquestionably a front-runner in anyone's Action Game of the Year list.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's the 24-mission single-player experience that you'll remember for years. Call of Duty is a first-rate achievement. The sensory overload is amazing, and the interaction with intricately scripted action set-pieces is a big step forward in the art form. [Dec 2003, p.88]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A wildly entertaining third-person shooter that fully realizes its potential on the PC with vastly superior graphics, better controls and an epic co-op experience. [Nov 2009, p.66]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An amazingly polished, finely crafted piece of action gaming excellence that's worthy of the name Batman. [Dec 2009, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Breathtaking action, atmosphere, story, and graphics come together to create a truly compelling combat experience. [Jan 2000, p.172]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A monumental achievement in game design...It is the Mount Everest, the Beethoven's Ninth, and Moby Dick of PC Wargames, and it absolutely qualifies as a genuine work of art. [Nov 2003, p.106]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its combination of dazzling graphics and fast, tactical gameplay, I can easily see World in Conflict becoming a favorite of competitive clans and LAN parties everywhere. [Nov 2007, p.72]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Gorgeous graphics, deep combat and a user-friendly makeover makes the fifth Civilization a great place to start or renew your interest in global domination. [Nov 2010, p.52]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A gloriously well crafted campaign welded to a near Olympic competitive experience. StarCraft II is practically essential.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you failed to get Age of Empires II before, you have absolutely no excuse now. This is as good as real-time strategy gets. [Nov 2000, p.126]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    GT Legends deftly accelerates its way to the front of the pack as the prettiest and most personality-rich racing experience the PC has ever seen. [Jan 2005, p.108]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the most inventive, entertaining RPGs ever created. [Mar 2000, p.82]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best Star Trek game ever, and a first-rate FPS in its own right. [Dec 2000, p.138]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The end of the series is a mixed bag. Satisfying in some ways, nonsensical in others, and ultimately too simple. But the sheer scale of the adventure it's ending – and the music, which is gorgeous throughout – gives it an emotional impact that goes beyond its plot payload.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A brilliant marriage of mechanics, level design and music that will be played and talked about for years to come.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's the ultimate game for unleashing all your pent-up aggression. It is the most astonishing game we've laid our eyes on for ages! In fact, it makes pretty much every PC game we've ever seen - "Doom" included - like slightly dull. Honestly! [July 1996, p.78]
    • PC Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Full of 1970s atmosphere and attitude, I-76 proves that Activision has more tricks up its sleeve than giant robots. It's a blast. [June 1997, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly one of the most original and best games of the year. [Oct 1998, p.198]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Short, intense, and gripping is far superior to 40 hours of average FPS action, and Riddick is too excellent to miss merely because of its first-impression pedigree. [March 2005, p.62]
    • PC Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    But it's wealth of diverse missions--which includes assassinations, routing drug dealers and arms dealers, and liberating villages--will give you good cause to hope that unrest continues to flourish around the world. [Dec. 2006, p.52]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An outstanding story-driven RPG with fantastic writing, RPG depth and tough tactical combat. It's BioWare's best RPG since Baldur's Gate 2. [Holiday 2009, p.38]
    • PC Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Gun
    An exceptional Old West action game that everyone should play. [Feb 2006, p.34]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Any game in which a giant laser cannon pops out of Teddy Roosevelt's head on Mt. Rushmore is a winner in my book...Red Alert 3 is a highly polished game that doesn't take itself the least bit seriously, and co-op play might jus be the next big thing in RTS. [Holiday 2008, p.62]
    • PC Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Stylish, inventive and easily one of the funniest games in years. Jazzpunk just wants to make you laugh. Don't worry, it will.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    For SupCom owners, Forged Alliance is a must-have expansion. [Holiday 2007, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    GTAIV works well as a multiplayer game. [Feb 2009, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Strategy gaming at its finest - minus all the senseless violence. [Feb 1999, p.172]
    • PC Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Eventually I had to venture online, and the first sounds I heard (no lie) were "Oh yeah, you f******, I am the mother-f******'s s***!" It turns out UT 2004 has built-in voice support, and as easy as it is to set up, it's mercifully easy to turn off. [June 2004, p.79]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Delivers everything that a dedicated flight-simmer could ask for. This game will be a very hard act to follow for a long time to come. [Jan 2002, p.58]
    • PC Gamer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An extremely immersive and detailed game that builds on the celebrated strengths of its predecessor. [August 2003, p.58]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Finally, a hockey game that should appeal to every level of fan. [Dec 2000, p.158]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    SM's grandest new feature is its random map generator. It works, it's terrific, and as much as I wish I could grouse about it so I don't come off as a fanboy, I can't. [Oct 2003, p.100]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An artfully balanced essential upgrade for Street Fighter IV owners, and an amazing value for newcomers. [Oct 2011, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Strong strategy, great graphics, and variety make this one of the year's best. [July 1998, p.114]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    To say I loved every minute of Rome: Total War is a tremendous understatement. For my money, it's the ultimate strategy game. Not only does it effortlessly combine turn-based strategy with raucous real-time warmongering, but it delivers them in a package that is accessibe and easy to play. [Nov 2004, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The finest WWII prop sim of its era. Perhaps even of all time. [June 2003, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Developer dream teams should get together more often. AoE III may be an elder statesman in the RTS world these days, but BHG has dipped the game in the fountain of youth with this revitalizing add-on. [Jan 2008, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Immense fun for both the empire-builder and the medieval combatant with all the intrigue and bloodletting you could want. [Feb 1997, p.148]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    And while NHLEHM 2007 doesn't look much different than NHLEHM 2005...it's still a fantastic game, and the best in its genre. [Feb. 2007, p.77]
    • PC Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    One of the very best things about this game is its almost total lack of any visible interface. [July 2002, p.56]
    • PC Gamer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    OOTP 2007 gets a once-great series back on the road to Cooperstown by balancing depth with a user-friendly interface. [July 2007, p.60]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best Sims game yet. It's still about playing with virtual dolls, but it's never been this big, beautiful and eager to please. [July 2009, p.69]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not only the most accessible wargame on the market, but it's also a rich and fascinating tactical simulation. It's war on your computer. [Mar 2004, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Infuriatingly difficult, but perfectly constructed. Ikaruga is the PC's best bullet-hell shooter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    <i>Space Rangers 2</i> should have shipped with better documentation, and beating the game can prove difficult for new players, even on the easiest difficulty setting. But at 29 bucks(which includes the original <i.Space rangers</i>, a game that never shipped in the U.S.), it's the deal of the century. [July 2006, p.66]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A gorgeous, complex and slick assassination sim, with fascinating systems to play with and huge open levels to explore.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As a shooter, F.E.A.R. succeeds admirably. It's the first game to convincingly channel the kinetic exhilaration of "John Woo violence" in the FPS format. [Nov 2005, p.48]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Just like "Civ II," it blends a simple start with a vast array of options and pulls them together into a detailed, compelling, and seamless gaming experience. [Holiday 2001, p.65]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Any one of the "Big Three" is a good choice. I'll choose this one, thank you. [Jan 2001, p.165]
    • PC Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By merging some of the genre's best ideas with the appealing Warcraft mythos, the game could well become the first "mainstream" MMO. [Feb 2005, p.44]
    • PC Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Life Stories was designed to be laptop-friendly, and it shows: I had no problem controlling the game entirely by keyboard, sans mouse, thanks to numerous shortcut keys. [Apr 2006, p.49]
    • PC Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Combat is extremely fun and very easy to control - you can play the entire game using just your keyboard's Numpad. [Feb 2005, p.46]
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