PC Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,379 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 3.7 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:
2,379 game reviews
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Visually near-perfect, but the ample action is bottlenecked by narrower level design and a weaker Nanosuit.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most impressive new feature is F1 2002's dedicated multiplayer support for up to 16 players. [Sept 2002, p.70]
    • PC Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A treasure of a wargame. It aptly portrays his fight to conquer the world, and it works hard to transport you to the scene of its battles. [Feb 2005, p.75]
    • PC Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles is one of the most unique and fun strategy games I’ve ever played, despite a few flaws with the port.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Its dynamic world is one of the most interesting RPG settings ever. [Feb 2004, p.78]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Clever questing and a stand-out combat system make for an entertaining MMO that's as large as it is full of character.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    An engrossing game that outdoes its strong but rambling predecessors. It’s the crown of a groundbreaking series. [Feb 2002, p.64]
    • PC Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In my 12 years of reviewing wargames, I've never enjoyed a deeper, richer, more historically plausible simulation. [Sept 2002, p.68]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rarely has the rally ethic been so faithfully re-created, with careful attention paid to the endurance-intensive realism of off-road competition. [Apr 2002, p.80]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A great comeback from episode two, A Crooked Mile amplifies the drama—though sometimes in the wrong ways—and confronts Bigby with hard choices and proper detective work.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Combat, while simplistic, captures some of the campy charm of the '60s Batman TV show. [Holiday 2008, p.72]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    True, the learning curve is Himalayan, but once I got sucked in, my love of strat games was instantly rekindled. [Feb 2002, p.73]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Allow yourself to get pulled into the show, and it’s hard to see where real life finishes and NBA 2K starts. It's the best sports series on earth. By a distance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a charming, sunshine-bright indie action-RPG with an old-school disregard for your time. It'll consume you with a smile, and you'll be smiling, too: but it's down to the community to turn it into something special.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Expect this one to take up a hunk of your hard drive for many moons. [Oct 2000, p.119]
    • PC Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hand-down the best of the MechWarrior series. [Feb 2001, p.52]
    • PC Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As accessible and deep as a serious military simulation can get. If you want to taste command in modern war, this is your game. [Mar 2003, p.95]
    • PC Gamer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Wild! is a must-buy for critter lovers and coaster-builders alike. [Apr 2006, p.100]
    • PC Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I'd recommend this game at $50. At the cost of a quick snatch-and-grab from the nearest recruiting station, it's easy to call it a must-play. [Jan 2003, p.118]
    • PC Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead's signature moral dilemmas are more nuanced than ever in a plot-heavy second episode.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Myth II has wanton carnage, great multiplayer action, and killer graphics. What more could you want? [May 1999, p.101]
    • PC Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you thought the original Descent was a walk in the park, you'll meet your match in Descent II. But stick with it and you'll enjoy the ride. [June 1996, p.82]
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