PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,734 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 98 Crysis
Lowest review score: 7 NRA Varmint Hunter
Score distribution:
2735 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In most games, frustration and annoyance are solid indicators that something isn't working. Here, they're part and parcel of competition. If I'm annoyed, someone else is having a good time. If I'm elated, someone else is raging. That can be difficult to put a score to, because it removes emotion as the guiding light of a subjective process. Here's what I can say for certain: Overwatch is a great, occasionally fantastic shooter, and filled with fresh, clever design decisions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Enhanced with hi-res sprites and a spiffier soundtrack, this indie success story has received the update it deserves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A brilliant resurrection of a classic. Speed and skill-driven mechanics separate Tribes from other modern shooters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gorgeous gib-filled excitement for deathmatch players with beefy systems. [Holiday 2002, p.112]
    • PC Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite a rather ho-hum main quest, Dragonborn is crammed with enough side quests and new stuff to be an exciting add-on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A visual masterpiece with enough good gameplay to make it a classic. [Feb 2001, p.50]
    • PC Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Delivers one of the most convincing sensations of raw ground speed that I’ve ever seen in a PC racing game. [Jan 2002, p.72]
    • PC Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This latest Medal of Honor proves to be the best of the series, and one of the deepest and most challenging World War II shooters I've ever played. [Nov 2007, p.68]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The last few herbs and spices that Civ V’s epic stew was missing. A recipe for hundreds of hours more delicious turn-based strategy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    True to the spirit of its pioneering predecessors, Railroad Tycoon 3 is a richly textured and hopelessly addictive strategy game that's almost certain to steam straight to the top of the sales charts. [Jan 2004, p.114]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If EA can work in some car damage, a hard-core physics option, and some proper cockpit views for the next chapter, this franchise will leap into a league of its own. [Feb 2005, p.54]
    • PC Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An exciting new direction for MMOs that's plenty of fun already and should only get better with a few patches under its utility belt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best-ever WWII sim gets new planes, new settings, and carrier operations. [Jan 2005, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The turn-based combat isn't the best, but it's a delightfully written RPG absolutely packed with humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A novel, homicidal romp acted out by charming, cliches. [Feb 2011, p.73]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A wonderfully executed, brilliantly stressful reinvention of party-based dungeon-crawling, Darkest Dungeon is great fun, even when it’s cruel.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Challenging but immaculately calibrated controls power an exciting and enormously rewarding sci-fi roguelike.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    So, McRae-tagged it may be, but DiRT 2 isn't really a rally game. It has thrown off the stern shackles of the sport it theoretically represents, determined instead to turn racing into one giant party--and everyone's invited. [Jan 2010, p.82]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quake Live may be a 10-year-old shooter, but it's still a rush. [Nov 2010, p.85]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    However, if you've been level 60 for a while and let your account lapse, The Burning Crusade is reason enough to reactivate your account. [Apr 2007, p.46]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A vast and incredible playground for destructive experiments and improbable stunts. [Jun 2010, p.64]
    • PC Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Night of the Raving Dead lacks a truly memorable, show-stopping sequence to really put it over the top, but it's Grade-Z(for zombie and zany)through and through. [May 2008, p.66]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Wings of Power add-ons exist to place PC pilots in the cockpits of the world's most storied warplanes, and they do so with style and panache. [Nov. 2006, p.118]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A brilliant, massive sandbox of systems, albeit largely the same one Bethesda has been making for years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With some nifty tweaks to the engine, A-class writing, and a dazzling implementation of the D&D 3rd Edition rules, ID II is like hauling out yesterday's burrito casserole and realizing that it tastes even better reheated. [Oct 2002, p.87]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Paradox’s biggest expansion yet brings Stellaris closer to its original promise with a stellar rework of internal politics and new endgame goals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    More of a refresh than expected, but still hands down the best modern way to conquer unknown space.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to parse, but understanding the nuances of Frozen Cortex reveals a deep strategic experience that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Frozen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A beautifully designed, tough, and cheerful roguelike that rewards perseverance with a singular feeling of finesse.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Brutal, beautiful, emotion-wringing turn-based storytelling muffled by flat base design.

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