PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,343 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:
2,343 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Restrictive design decisions sap the energy from a series that revels in it, and technical issues deal the killing blow.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Art of Murder gets most of the fundamentals right, but after spending an hour or so with its grating characters, banal dialogue, and inept plot, you probably won't care. [Oct 2008, p.63]
    • PC Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Shockingly un-shocking, it's too much mood and little "boo." [Mar 2004, p.73]
    • PC Gamer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    But it seems that developer Frogwares spent more time attending to the genre's flaws than crafting an engaging adventure game. [Sept 2008, p.72]
    • PC Gamer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    MM4 is what a game about toy cars shouldn't be--boring. [Oct. 2006, p.108]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    If party trivia is your thing, buying the Trivial Pursuit board game is a better investment. [Nov 2004, p.87]
    • PC Gamer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    For all its awkwardness and self-regard, we need more games like this, that try to broaden the medium and aspire to better it. Eventually, we'll get one that succeeds. [Apr 2013, p.109]
    • PC Gamer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Ryse: Son of Rome's combat and incredible graphics are entertaining, but it's too narrow and repetitive, even for a short game.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Finding opponents (on the internet) proved a chore given that there's no central lobby or matchmaking service - you have to know the IP address of another player. [Feb 2004, p.67]
    • PC Gamer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Few games have had me scratching my head over design decisions like this one, and yet I'm still avidly playing it nearly three weeks later. [May 2003, p.64]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Occasional thrilling battles can;t make up for the fact that a majority of the time spent in BSG Online is just plain dull. [Sept 2011, p.72]
    • PC Gamer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    If you can turn off your brain, Enforcer can be fun for 20-minute sessions. [July 2001, p.73]
    • PC Gamer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Nearly every game I played (via a cable-modem connection) was hindered by lag issues at some point, and "network disconnects" were common. [July 2003, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The initially exciting novelty of seeing those plastic men go to war starts to wear thin in short order. [July 2002, p.66]
    • PC Gamer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The end result is just to routine to be scary. [Holiday 2007, p.84]
    • PC Gamer
    • 60 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    If BlackSite were merely bland, it might be a good time waster, but it has a large helping of technical issues, too. [Feb 2008, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Trade Empires simply isn’t much fun. It’ll appeal only to fans of maddeningly dense economics sims "with a twist."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    While the idea of creating a more "realistic" sci-fi shooter is a good one, Chrome never rises above some bad design decisions and an overall lack of polish... The next mediocre shooter. [Jan 2004, p.115]
    • PC Gamer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Blandoid RTS knock-off. [Feb 2003, p.81]
    • PC Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    The dinosaurs just don't do much, whether you plop them down in their own cages or mix them in with modern animals. [Sept 2002, p.88]
    • PC Gamer
    • 48 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    It's just that not enough of the missions stand out, and the majority feel like sleepwalks through pirate lore that would bore a pre-teen. [June 2007, p.60]
    • PC Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    A rush-job, and certainly not worth your time if you already own "FIFA 2002." [August 2002, p.67]
    • PC Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Despite all the ongoing updates and patches, the most critical element is missing: The game hasn't received a fun patch. [May 2004, p.68]
    • PC Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    It rips my heart in a spray of gore to have to say it, since the weapons and animations are wonderful and the attack combos have their moments, but Shank's awkward controls really hold it back from being a more satisfying, edgier game. [Jan 2011, p.81]
    • PC Gamer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    WRC3's excellent track design counts for little when burdened with unnatural car handling and uninspired design.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    As soon as the novelty of elemental attacks wears off so does EoW's appeal. [Sept 2011, p.75]
    • PC Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos may go straight to heaven with such a faithful adaptation of Lovecraft's spine-chilling years. Others may find that <i>Call of Cthulhu</i> drives them to the mountains of madness. [July 2006, p.55]
    • PC Gamer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Ultima fanatics might stick with it, but most players will give up in frustration. [Jan 1998, p.262]
    • PC Gamer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    There's not an original idea in this competent but dull game's pretty little pre-programmed head. [June 2002, p.61]
    • PC Gamer
    • 60 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Burdened with dreary, murky visuals, this Atlantis is better left sunken. [Nov. 2006, p.120]
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