PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,340 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:
2,340 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Fract OSC’s puzzles are often too few and far between the open-world wandering, and the music integration does little to stir the soul.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A pretty good RTS that knows its limitations and succeeds within them. [Holiday 2005, p.79]
    • PC Gamer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This is a very generic, very buggy shooter. One other plus: translations and voice acting so bad, they're often entertaining. [July 2006, p.55]
    • PC Gamer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    I'm confident that Strike Fighters will eventually grow to become one of the genre's all-time classics. [Jan 2003, p.108]
    • PC Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The second problem is that your squad will heal each other and you: you "die" only when your entire squad has been felled. [Apr 2005, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 34 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Somewhat dodgy AI can mar certain missions and the game practically screams for a co-op mode, but unfortunately, it's strictly single-player. [Apr 2007, p.55]
    • PC Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The pirate decor is barely a skin-deep covering on a sim that could just as easily have been made about the ACME Widget Factory. [July 2003, p.68]
    • PC Gamer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Masochists and suicidally confident RTS veterans might embrace the challenge, but for the rest of us, Frontline: Fields of Thunder delivers an entirely one-sided ass kicking. [June 2007, p.59]
    • PC Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    If you're the slightest bit impatient, you'll be bored within five minutes. [Feb 2005, p.59]
    • PC Gamer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The game is great fun, but there's simply not enough content here for $15.
    • PC Gamer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There's fun to be had here so long as you aren't expecting a serious World War II sim. [Feb 2001, p.64]
    • PC Gamer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This game should really be called "The Rather Mediocre Escape." [Nov 2003, p.116]
    • PC Gamer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die--there is no middle ground. [Holiday 2011, p.74]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Merge the complexity of a real-time navel strategy game with the hand-on-joystick appeal of an arcade flight simulator and you get Pacific Storm, an ambitious but buggy new RTS title from Russian developer Lesta Studio. [Jan. 2007, p.74]
    • PC Gamer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There are better games, but not too many better B-grade scripts. [Dec 2005, p.88]
    • PC Gamer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A lot of thought put into new chess pieces; not enough put toward PC gaming. Also, kinda pricey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Intuitive and accessible but also repetitive, SSZ is a flight combat game that trades on tradition rather than imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    On the whole, this game feels like a retreat of older ones - only with +10 wackiness. It's decent, but hardly heroic. [Apr 2004, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Honestly, I have never seen a hunting game this beautiful... Truly hardcore hunters will probably find Cabela's 2004 a deep, authentic game, but more casual gamers will be happier with the easier and more enjoyable "Hunting Unlimited 2." [Holiday 2003, p.105]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    To be clear MLB 2K12 is hardly a terrible game. It simply lives the worst fate imaginable for gamers: It's never fantastic, but it also perennially avoids being too terrible to merit blowing up and rebuilding from scratch. [June 2012, p.81]
    • PC Gamer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    I grappled with Victoria for a solid 10 hours before I actually started having fun, and most folks will deem this figure unacceptable. Even then, the game's glaring bugs had a tendency to disrupt the deep and absorbing machinations that eventually develop. [Mar 2004, p.65]
    • PC Gamer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The downside is that Dark Motives regurgitates the static, "Myst"-style point-and-click gameplay and fuzzy backgrounds of last year's CSI game. [June 2004, p.77]
    • PC Gamer
    • 46 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    You get what you pay for, though, and for a $20 title, WWII TC delivers a modicum of modest, albeit fleeting, big-gun thrills. [May 2006, p.54]
    • PC Gamer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Innovative features lift this game above mediocrity - but not by much. [Oct 2003, p.108]
    • PC Gamer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Despite some memorable imagery, Monochroma plays like a budget-price Limbo. [Sept. 2014, p.69]
    • PC Gamer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Though not the game "Freelancer" fans have been waiting for, space-adventurers will still find plenty of targets to blow up here. And we'll take what we can get. [Oct. 2006, p.105]
    • PC Gamer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It starts promising and gets better in the final act, but the bulk of Betrayer's journey is let down by inconsistent quality, repeat enemies, and investigative drudgery.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The contrived plot gets spiced up with convincing voice acting and smooth cinematic animations, but slick style doesn't hold up against bland levels and repetitive missions, making this just another GTA clone, but with even more f-bombs and bloodshed. [July 2006, p.55]
    • PC Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A fine combat system soured by poorly explained complexity, and a lovely looking game let down by a lack of graphics options.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This is yesterday’s MMO by the merits of its own content, but compensates by potentially ushering in a DIY revolution.