PC PowerPlay's Scores

  • Games
For 678 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Dishonored
Lowest review score: 0 Infestation: Survivor Stories
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 678
678 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A combination of sublime and ridiculous, Saints Row IV is outlandish fun. [Nov 2013, p.97]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's never been a batter time to replay Human Revolution; especially with the devs in your ear explaining why things are broken. [December 2013, p.94]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Makes up for the failings of AC3, delivering a fantastic, engaging open world experience. [Jan 2014, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might look dead on the outside, but the systemic mechanical genius of State of Decay is gloriously alive and kicking. [Feb 2014, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest TV to game transitions ever made, though not to everybody's taste. [Apr 2014, p.56]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story of Act V may come off as a bit of an afterthought, but the new changes and classes breathe new life into Diablo III. [May 2014, p.60]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The definitive Dark Souls II experience, the latest entry to The Souls series shines on the PC. [June 2014, p.50]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gem that combines a great PC franchise with simple gameplay and a reasonable Free to Play business model. [June 2014, p.54]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent expansion for an already excellent RTS. [Aug 2014, p.56]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A polished, intricate and highly enjoyable old fashioned RPG featuring some very modern mechanics. [Aug 2014, p.60]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid action wrapped in a fascinating simulated Orc society. [Nov 2014, p.52]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some rough edges, but this is the finest RPG to emerge in many years. [Nov 2014, p.56]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    UT3 has all the elements of a solid, well-executed deathmatch multiplayer game, with a passable singleplayer campaign and some vehicle modes bolted on. [Jan 2008, p.41]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall a good mix of realistic action and tactical gameplay will appeal to the Private Ryans rather than the Rambos. [Dec 2008, p.73]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In full stride Kane & Lynch comes up trumps. It offers an action-packed ride of memorable settings wrapped around a couple of gritty-as-hell characters. [Jan 2008, p.55]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Play this game like a hack-n-slash violence festival and it just doesn’t work. Play it according to the Creed, and it’s sublime – in the strictest sense of the word. [May 2008, p.53]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not L4D should form part of your gaming collection can be decided with your reaction to a single word: Zombies. If a little chill of excitement tingled down your spine right now, you know what to do. [January 2009, p.47]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frontlines is a great and engaging game that may not steal your life, but if you are a fan of FPS and online combat, this is definitely a worthy game to have nestled beside Battlefield 2142. [May 2008, p.58]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We found the different races to be surprisingly equal on the battlefield and if this holds up under super competitive online play UAW could become very popular indeed. [Feb 2008, p.59]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seems Gas Powered Games has really been listening to the fans because forged Alliance builds on the Supreme Commander legacy to make a great game downright amazing. [Jan 2008, p.58]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition maintains the franchise’s unassailable position as the king of chess sims. [Mar 2008, p.64]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prefer a beastly PC over a console? It’s about time you played some Guitar Hero. Fun for kids and adults, great alone or with friends, and perfect for pretending you’re awesome at something you may well suck at in real life. [Mar 2008, p.57]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a genre that’s looking for new ideas, this would be a nice achievement for a brand new franchise. That Relic has managed to surprise us this late in the Warhammer day is all the more remarkable. [May 2008, p.59]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FM 2008 proves that sometimes a minor tune-up is really all you need. [Mar 2008, p.65]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some say the Point-and-click adventure is dead, but with a combination of fun gameplay and humorous send ups, Sam & Max 201 proves that good things come in small packages. [Jan 2008, p.62]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MMO gamers will be surprised to find that there is still a lot of adventuring goodness to be had inside the world of EverQuest II. [Feb 2008, p.56]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you ever find yourself staring at your computer monitor longing for a well made, easily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable action game then Aquaria is for you. [Mar 2008, p.63]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the Sims 2 fan whose enthusiasm has been decaying in the six months since Bon Voyage, prepare to be bombarded by new things. And for those gamers who haven’t yet experienced the world’s highest grossing game series, perhaps The Sims 2 is now exhaustive enough to deserve a second glance. [May 2008, p.61]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Vegas 2 is a solid effort. Gameplay may not be particularly groundbreaking, but is of a high quality. [Jun 2008, p.57]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Over the course of its 30 or so hours, Mass Effect defies many of your assumptions about the modern RPG. It’s as innovative as it is traditional and succeeds where you least expect. However, one assumption remains: Bioware still know how to make a terrific game. [Sept 2008, p.55]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some presentation concerns the rest of what was on offer during this match was truly thrilling. [Sept 2009, p.60]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strangely, Pure is best described through its title. It's not complicated, it's not especially deep, and in parts it's not even that refined. It's straightforward, fast-paced, exciting racing. [Christmas 2008, p.80]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't serious RTS. You may see RA3 trotted out at tournaments here and there, but it will never be a stalwart of the genre. Not in that way, at least. But when it comes to the elusive quality we call “fun”, this is a benchmark title. [Christmas 2008, p.71]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sims 3, while certainly not as comprehensive as The Sims 2, is a promising start to a new series. [Aug 2009, p.52]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Evolution is a fantastic expansion to an already amazing race sim. [Oct 2008, p.64]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cute graphics, big whips and Lego all add up to a rainy day box rammed to the gills with win. [Sept 2008, p.60]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most will stay for the joy of new discoveries, even if Colonization doesn’t have the same long lasting appeal as the more extensive Civilization series. [Dec 2008, p.71]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some concerns, the game is certainly not a bad one; it's no Call of Duty 3, by any stretch of the imagination – and Treyarch is definitely back in good form. The action is top notch, and the multiplayer will certainly keep people occupied for some time. [Christmas 2008, p.75]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GTA4 is what it was always going to be: an expertly fashioned port. If you've clocked up 100 hours on the 360, there's not much point picking it up now. But if the idea of the video editor intrigues you, or somehow incredibly you HAVEN'T played the game yet, GTA4 is a must-buy. [January 2009, p.45]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best of all, the only real resource you need to manage is the Multiwinians, so the game becomes much less about who has the best build order and more about crushing the two-dimensional skulls of your brightly coloured foes. [Christmas 2008, p.82]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Having said this, Prince of Persia is one of those games that has obvious flaws but manages to pull together to become so much more than the sum of its parts. The charmingly cliched story, the visuals, audio, and their sparkling polish come together to make the Prince of Persia a modern epic. [January 2009, p.51]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the serious gamer, expect lighthearted fun and you won't be disappointed. For the casual or younger gamer, expect to be painlessly initiated into the exciting world of strategic deck-based combat. [Christmas 2008, p.77]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, this version is the quintessentuial FM experience. Aside from a few very unfortunate bugs, this is the most complete FM game to date. It's a no brains purchase for any fan of the series, and maybe even for one or two people yet to take the plunge. [January 2009, p.58]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With insane stunts and explosions in a huge game world, this is pure adrenaline-fuelled action to the point of repetition. [June 2010, p.60]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of dedicated servers, Modern Warfare 2 is undoubtedly the best thing to happen in 2009. [Jan 2010, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More fun than the entire French air force crashing into a firework factory. [Dec 2009, p.62]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dripping with style and generously packed with content, Left 4 Dead 2 refines every aspect of its predecessor. [Jan 2010, p.82]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander in name only, this new take on the franchise has a refreshing focus on macro-strategy. [May 2010, p.62]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Deliverance" with a laser rifle - more fun than it sounds! [Sept 2009, p.67]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some will fall in love with its stats and leveling, whereas others will abandon it due to its lacklustre story and polish. [Jan 2010, p.80]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Life consuming strategy - after you beat that learning curve. [Nov 2009, p.60]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are the kind of person who enjoys traditional MMO design you will find Champions one of the best to appear on the scene since Azeroth got connected. [Nov 2009, p.62]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique and intense challenge for RTS fans bored of the same-old. [Dec 2009, p.54]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still the pick of the manager sims for this year, but the distance is shrinking. Reliability on match day crucial in the end. [Jan 2010, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A spectacular heart-warming and utterly enchanting adventure. [Christmas 2009, p.66]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Such incredible innovation deserves to be experienced. [Feb 2010, p.54]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fitting lead-in to the final installment for this season. [Jan 2010, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A nice-enough end to a stellar first episodic outing, but some will find the puzzles lacking. [Feb 2010, p.61]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After an hour or so of play this one is quite hard to put down. [Feb 2010, p.63]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dazzling reminder of what FPS as pure entertainment can be. Serious Sam is still relevant, and this remake is a real blast. [Feb 2010, p.62]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing change of pace for jaded MMO gamers. [Mar 2010, p.68]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A content-stuffed expansion that will thrill fans. If only it did a better job of paying attention to events in the first game. [June 2010, p.56]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps too complex for some but a beautiful, sprawling city management game nevertheless. [June 2010, p.58]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Same great quality, plus enough subtle tweaks to shake things up for the better. [Aug 2010, p.61]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the freshest that Sam & Max have been in a while. [July 2010, p.60]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Light on true innovation, but everything in it will soon become an essential part of your tyrannical regime. [Sept 2010, p.64]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Make no mistake; this game is hard. You will die, and die often. [July 2010, p.62]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game with real soul. The gut impact is huge, but it may leave some with a faint appetite for just a little more. [Nov 2010, p.56]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Red Tide rewards patience and planning with immense satisfaction. [Nov 2010, p.62]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the better games of its type on the market but too similar to the first games to have existing fans cheering for joy. [Nov 2010, p.63]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most terrifying survival horror game released in years. Buy it. What's the matter, too scared? [Dec 2010, p.58]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best racers in years. However, AI disappointments and bugs may kill the appeal for some. [Dec 2010, p.60]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gaming equivalent of a popcorn flick. Won't win awards but it doesn't need to - simple, unpretentious fun! [Dec 2010, p.63]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are very few fruitless, time-wasting missions here. [Jan 2010, p.50]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The diamond in the rough gleams more brightly, but still a chore to properly enjoy. [Jan 2010, p.56]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bottle-blonde of racing games; gorgeous and loud, but something you'll want to spend time with in a group of friends. [Jan 2010, p.59]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes the best way forward is a humble step back. [Jan 2010, p.60]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An incredibly well-made puzzler. [Jan 2010, p.67]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing groundbreaking, but polish is ideal for those who escaped last year. [Jan 2010, p.68]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An essential purchase for every true Battlefield fan. [Feb 2011, p.55]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect game to sit back and relax with while pondering the end of the world. [Feb 2011, p.63]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameplay that refused to break any new ground can't tarnish the love and care shown in this nostalgia piece. [Mar 2011, p.68]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A little gem of a puzzler. [Mar 2011, p.69]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the expansion pack that Chaos Rising should have been, and essential strategy gaming! [Apr 2011, p.58]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fast, frenzied and brutal, and despite its simple concept never manages to get old. [Apr 2011, p.66]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OCD-fuelling obsession for some, brain-melting difficulty for others. Choose, and perish. [Apr 2011, p.70]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If any MMO is capable of beating Blizzard at its own game, it's this one. [May 2011, p.56]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Does for risk what Plants vs. Zombies did or tower Defense - made it colourful and gave it character! [May 2011, p.66]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tighter, louder and gaudier journey than the first, but the core sandbox gameplay still manages to occasionally shine through. It's also the best looking game the PC has ever seen. [May 2011, p.72]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Difficult to get into and somewhat unintuitive, but so wonderfully tactical and complicated! [May 2011, p.74]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clever storytelling makes this an essential addition to the collection of any sci-fi or adventure gaming fans. [June 2011, p.64]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique take on the zombie apocalypse, and one we would love to see more of in the future. [June 2011, p.67]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last Starfighter of Political Science. [June 2011, p.68]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Portal 2 gains in cinematic narrative presentation, it loses in puzzle-solving ponderousness. It will delight you and entertain you, but it will not fill you. [July 2011, p.66]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful and rewarding action adventure. [Aug 2011, p.65]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combat is flawed, but does little to detract from the game's breathtaking depiction of lunacy. [Sept 2011, p.61]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its quirks, EYE's mind-boggling ambition evokes the best of PC gaming's past, while giving us a glimpse into its future. [Oct 2011, p.56]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great wargame that doesn't sacrifice its depth for strategic challenge. Some puzzle-like scenarios will obfuscate enjoyment. [Oct 2011, p.64]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid alternative to the deluge of twitch-based multiplayer shooters, with great potential to draw in new fans to the realism shooter scene. [Nov 2011, p.42]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overture deals a winning hand with this gem, delivering addictive gameplay in spades. [Nov 2011, p.52]
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