PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,289 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 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 7 NRA Varmint Hunter
Score distribution:
2,289 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressive accomplishment whose size and depth is a testament to wargaming's ability to bring history to life. [April 2011, p.76]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher is a fantastic RPG, and an amazing achievement for first-time Polish developer CD Projekt. [Jan 2008, p.82]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not have the sheen of Grand Theft Auto, but Saints Row IV is both gloriously stupid and stupidly good.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Proof that the "kill...reward" paradigm still works. [June 2001, p.78]
    • PC Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Given Bug Huge Game's big huge ambition level when crafting <i>Rise of Legends</i>, some dents in the genie lamp are to be expected. But they don't come close to spoiling <i>Legend's</i> fabulous magic carpet ride. [July 2006, p.65]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    More focused and polished than the original, it's a game to get for any fan of the FPS genre looking for something a bit different.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy titles of the year&#133;an out-and-out classic. [Feb 2002, p.65]
    • PC Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    You've got a huge island to explore, ridiculously effective tools for scouting every hostile situation, and so many clever intersecting systems to inspire creative ways to conquer them. It's a better stealth game than Far Cry 1, set in an open world that feels richer than Far Cry 2's. That's an amazing thing to play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's not often that a free MMO shares shares space with World of Warcraft on my desktop, but Duneon Runners changed all that with a splash of Diablo-inspired gameplay that lets you roam randomly generated dungeons as one of three classes. [Sept 2007, p.64]
    • PC Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A chilling sequel that improves on its forebear in almost every way. [Dec 2005, p.66]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A sports classic. [Holiday 2002, p.106]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A distinguished sim of the most fascinating and closely run campaing ever fought on the Western Front. Grognards will love its depth, and newbies can catch up fairly easily. [Mar 2004, p.77]
    • PC Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An absurdly entertaining open world playground that’s at its best when it breaks away from script. Shame about those tailing missions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Polished and involving, FTL spews superb sci-fi adventures like a cornered Mantis boarder spews hot formic acid.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    For dynamic looks and pure depth of gameplay, Winning Eleven 8's smooth, stylish, fast, and fluid style of soccer is a joy to behold. It's better than "FIFA," and that's the bottom line. [May 2005, p.63]
    • PC Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Ball physics are right on the money, with a mouse-swing that really does capture the "feel" of a measured swing. [Dec 2003, p.134]
    • PC Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A cerebral and spooky sequel that expands on the franchise’s story and themes, while slightly dialing down the terror.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An addictive and challenging step forward for team-oriented shooters. [June 2001, p.87]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Despite rough edges, Flanker 2.0 is the best hardcore sim on the market. [Feb 2000, p.119]
    • PC Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you value character development, old-fashioned gameplay, and a good plot, this game delivers on all counts. [Feb 1999, p.178]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Thankfully, smart as ever, Amplitude Studios has created another astounding story-driven game, that really has taken the best bits of RTS, RPG and 4X, drawing much from Endless Space, and spun it differently for every faction.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Almost every bit as much fun as its Microsoft rival, and at a cheaper price. [Jan 2003, p.122]
    • PC Gamer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While Sword of the Stars doesn't possess the battlefield variety of the "Homeworld" games that inspired it, it remains an ambitious and engrossing strategy triumph. [Nov. 2006, p.78]
    • PC Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Consider this game a creative homage rather than a remake of all things Lara Croft, and a perfect chance for newcomers and diehards alike to jump back into the series' seminal single-player action. [Aug 2007, p.60]
    • PC Gamer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It doesn't redefine the action RPG, but in a genre laden with derivative games, Hellgate is a refreshing concoction that's likely to have enduring appeal. [Dec 2007, p.48]
    • PC Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Last minute collapse onto its own silver sword aside, this is one of the most impressive RPGs you'll ever play.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Strictly for fans of turn-based space-strategy epics, but it's the Acme of the genre. [June 2002, p.60]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A deep, dark, challenging and impossibly rewarding fantasy RPG, sadly given a straight and perfunctory port from console.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A glorious scramble for power elevated by some fantastic new units. Shame about those boring boat battles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Even if you're not the seafaring type, Pirates of the Burning Sea offers genuinely enjoyable core gameplay that, despite a steep learning curve and a few rough spots, will capitivate even the driest of landlubbers. [May 2008, p.60]
    • PC Gamer

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