PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,344 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 Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Lowest review score: 7 NRA Varmint Hunter
Score distribution:
2,344 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • PC Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A cross-over wargame that has depth, beauty, smarts, and replayability. [Jan 1998, p.218]
    • PC Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    More accessible, challenging, and rewarding than its predecessor, this is the Dark Souls sequel PC gamers deserve.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The most comprehensive sports sim going, and one that delivers fresh twists on old school, text-based systems.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mass Effect deserves a spot on your shelf next to the rest of the PC's great RPGs. [Aug 2008, p.58]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    PC racing fans of all stripes will have a blast with GTR, but serious driving aficionados - those with synthetic motor oil in their veins and lots of horsepower in their towers - will go absolutely hog-wild over this amazing new racer. [May 2005, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Red Alert will be like by the legions of the faithful, and win new converts as well. [Dec 1996, p.238]
    • PC Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A gorgeous and uncompromisingly realistic racing sim that anyone can drive. [Holiday 2006, p.108]
    • PC Gamer
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A bigger, prettier, better version of Baldur's Gate that's sure to satisfy. [Dec 2000, p.146]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Except for the game's rather pathetic documentation - made utterly redundant by the tutorial missions that ship with the game - Allegiance is about as good as it gets when it comes to an online multiplayer gaming experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A traditional RTS essential for anyone interested in competitive strategy games, and highly recommended for anyone who isn't.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may not be my perfect PC game, but I think it's well on its way to becoming one of my favorite toys. And if there's one thing we could all use more of, it's time to just...play. [Nov 2008, p.33]
    • PC Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Drowning in bonus content. Not only is it worth the admission price, but it's really a must-buy for RCT 3 owners. [Sept 2005, p.71]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Balanced, innovative, gorgeous. Truly worthy of the series. [Holiday 2005, p.52]
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