PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,672 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 98 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 7 NRA Varmint Hunter
Score distribution:
2673 game reviews
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A deep, rich, and wonderfully written RPG that lives up to the towering legacy of the games that inspired it.
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    N++
    A masterful distillation of classic action-platforming gameplay, doling out tension and elation in equal measure.
    • 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
    • 96 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A sandbox of extraordinary scope created with a masterful attention to detail. A patchy campaign doesn't spoil this wonderful, evocative city.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 3 is huge, varied and constantly entertaining. It treads a fine balance between simulation and arcade—bombastic and silly at times, but also an accomplished populist racing game. I don't like the script, the cast of irritants manning the radio stations, the way playing your own music in-game requires the use of Microsoft Groove, or the fact that one of the nicknames you can choose is ‘Bantersaurus Rex’. More seriously, I worry Microsoft will continue its habit of integrating DLC cars and expansions in overbearing ways (Forza Horizon 2 went as far as playing an in-game trailer for its Storm Island expansion.) But these are annoyances I'm prepared to forgive in a game as good as this.
    • 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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A big, beautiful, sprawling action RPG full of rich stories, and suffused with an oppressive darkness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A worthy upgrade to one of the best strategy games ever, featuring the best space battles in the business.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Stormblood’s rousing tale of rebellion and exceptional boss fights aren’t just exquisite by MMO standards, but rival even the most beloved Final Fantasy games.
    • 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
    • 92 Critic Score
    Hollow Knight is a new classic, with a dense and detailed world full of secrets to discover.
    • 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]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    To say that Chaos Theory is a tension-packed ride would be a vast understatement. This is easily one of my favorite franchises, and I'm already hungry for the next installment. [May 2005, p.74]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No matter what you think of the movie, Tron 2.0 stands out as a thoroughly entertaining, infinitely playable, and visually spectacular experience. [Nov 2003, p.96]
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