PC PowerPlay's Scores

  • Games
For 872 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Night in the Woods
Lowest review score: 0 Infestation: Survivor Stories (The War Z)
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 872
873 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Packed with a wide range of gameplay, some great features, and - amazingly - works the first time. Great stuff from Rockstar. [June 2015, p.53]
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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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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bethesda's finest hour and one of the greatest RPGs of all time. [Christmas 2011, p.47]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stunning example of cross-game persistence, genre-blending and adaptive narrative. [Mar 2010, p.62]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Problematic plotting and excessive amounts of poorly balanced combat apply friction to what is otherwise one hell of a rollercoaster. [May 2013, p.80]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Larian Studios has taken an already brilliant game and made it better. Original Sin Enhanced Edition is borderline perfect. [Dec 2015, p.59]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not without a few issues, The Witcher 3 is still a towering achievement for CDPR and is one of the best RPGs in years. [July 2015, p.51]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drink the kool-aid and go to a happy place. [Oct 2010, p.56]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is about as good as an indie game can get. Treat yourself. [June 2011, p.60]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It shows how a development team can tackle a new era with the techniques they’ve refined over the years, and rather than lose what made the originals so great, actually improve. [Jan 2008, p.47]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s more than just new content, it is a concerted effort to make Galactic Civilisations as polished and complete a product as possible. And you know what? Mission accomplished. [Sept 2008, p.58]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dark, ambiguous and deathly refined, Dishonored delivers a world as strikingly beautiful as the stacked simulations within. A masterpiece. [Nov 2012, p.58]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another fine example of Blizzard polish. We can't wait to see what they have planned for the future. [Issue#252, p.49]
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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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be the best Metal Gear Solid game ever released, but it's certainly the bravest and most interesting. [Oct 2015, p.53]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new benchmark for superhero games, and a serious GOTY contender. [Dec 2009, p.56]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One Must Fall before this barrage of fighting goodness! [Nov 2009, p.54]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minor niggles aside, Fallout 3 is almost entirely spectacular. Everything from the graphics, to the sound, to the plot is first-rate. The VATS system worlds like a charm, and it’s so easy to get the hang of, you’ll be cracking skulls like there’s no tomorrow. [Dec 2008, p.55]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DX11 and DRM issues aside, Arkham City is not just Batman at his best, it's a brilliant game in its own right. [Jan 2012, p.42]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    A masterpiece by any measure. [July 2013, p.89]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most thoroughly enjoyable RPGs of all time. [Jan 2010, p.73]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nothing short of a stealth masterpiece, Mark of the Ninja highlights everything we love about the genre. [Nov 2012, p.77]
    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are very few fruitless, time-wasting missions here. [Jan 2010, p.50]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radically reinvented and beautifully presented, Civilization V is a must-buy for fans and just as accessible for newbies. [Nov 2010, p.52]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest PC games ever created. Eidos Montreal has touched the sun. [Oct 2011, p.40]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a steep, daunting learning curve, but DOTA 2 offers one of the most rewarding game experiences you can find on PC today. [Sept 2013, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A triumph of polished design. [Oct 2012, p.64]
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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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No one can touch Total War and Shogun 2 simply furthers the point. [Apr 2011, p.48]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An incredibly powerful, emotionally engaging experience; a watershed moment for videogame narrative and storytelling. [Feb 2013, p.70]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not the best port, but not the worst either. The game, on the other hand, is one of the best you'll ever play. [Issue#250, p.65]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sprawling and beautiful in equal measure. It can be a tough slog, but it's worth it. [May 2015, p.62]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Delivers on every promise of the original, being an instant classic that proudly stands alongside the PC's finest shooters. [Oct 2012, p.62]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the strategic side suffers, this XCOM remake still offers a worthy tactical experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game that's more shooter than role-playing, and a conclusion that's more spectacular than dramatic. [Apr 2012, p.47]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both a triumphant leap forward and a return to form for the Battlefield series. This is the best multiplayer shooter on PC. [Christmas 2011, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb, harrowing experience, guaranteed to crawl under your skin and stay there for a long time. [Oct 2011, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As good as open world action gets. [May 2011, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful, whimsical, difficult and brutal, Ori and the Blind Forest is a thoroughly engrossing platforming experience. [Issue#252, p.]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burn through the plot so you can unleash yourself upon Far Cry 3's open world for a worthy FPS experience. [Jan 2013, p.66]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reactionary, not revolutionary. [Nov 2012, p.78]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Manages to make the XCOM gameplay feel more polished than ever before, while adding a fresh new take on saving the world from alien domination. [Issue#248, p.55]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersive, engaging, versatile, and packed to the brim with character and backstory. [Mar 2010, p.56]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Civ VI can feel like a greatest hits collection, plus a b-sides, remixes and rarities disc, 25 years on its core gameplay still stands the test of time. [Issue#257, p.51]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Has DICE made the Great War Great again? Well, it's certainly delivered a fresh-feeling shooter in a very saturated market. But the missing modes are felt. [Issue#257, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it works, Diablo III is the best of the Diablo games. When it doesn't, all it does is make you mad. [July 2012, p.54]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Room to grow, but a triumphant return that shows Blizzard is serious about restoring WoW to its former glory. [Issue#256, p.58]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A warm, moving tale of alienation and redemption in the era of late stage capitalism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game won't be everything to everyone, but it does what it does with supreme confidence, foul-mouthed grace and seemingly effortless attention to detail. [Aug 2011, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As beautiful as it is hard. You'll love it and hate it at the same time, but ultimately walk away satisfied. [Feb 2011, p.59]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare plus squads and vehicles, and minus the stick up its arse. A solid multiplayer FPS. [May 2010, p.66]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Grid is an impressive racer, slick enough to forgive its obvious console origins and deep enough to forgive the frustrating AI. [Aug 2008, p.59]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Destined to join the ranks of the truly great and memorable new age Rogue-likes. [June 2015, p.58]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins has inherited the most prominent feature of 4X games; the ability to make time completely disappear. [Apr 2008, p.65]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A labour of love that successfully captures the spirit of the original. [Oct 2010, p.64]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As ridiculous and over the top as Max's loud shirt, with similar undertones of tension and internal conflict. [July 2012, p.60]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The pinnacle of full-scale multiplayer warfare, Armored Kill is Battlefield perfected. [Nov 2012, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you loved the first Dead Space, you'll like this one. Just not as much. [Mar 2011, p.64]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sharing the experience of tense, realistic flight simming does wonderful things for the game's appeal. [May 2011, p.62]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Gears of War had appeared on PC first, we’d sing its praises as a straight-up FPS which displays refreshing game dynamics. But the fact remains it’s old news. Many 369 owners who are also PC gamers will already have it… But if you’ve resisted, it’s worth playing on the platform that can properly do it justice. [Jan 2008, p.43]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a masterpiece, guaranteed to have players flocking to forums to discuss the ending and try to unravel with it all means. [Issue#254, p.62]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow retains the series' trademark braininess and complexity while being clearer, simpler and far more fun. [Nov 2013, p.92]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most fun to be had in WOW since it was released 10 years ago. Worth of a re-sub. [Jan 2015, p.56]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous game, featuring expert narration and meaningful mechanics, where story, lore and gameplay are effortlessly weaved together. [Nov 2011, p.56]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Gone Home must be applauded for the excellence with which its story is delivered, the central thread itself feels unsatisfying and underwhelming, a wannabe-revolutionary call to arms acknowledgeable with little more than a shrug. [Oct 2013, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterful rendition to the franchise. [Apr 2012, p.58]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most comprehensive football aim on the market just got a little less comprehensive - and is all the better for it. [Dec 2012, p.80]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All in all, the Enhanced Edition is a triumph. Projekt Red took a great game and made it better. While the new content won’t take too much time to plough through for a veteran, it’s worth playing the original campaign again just to marvel at how much has been tweaked. [Nov 2008, p.54]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sequel that surpasses the original in every way aside from stable framerate. [Issue#248, p.60]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A slightly flawed version of each, but still an epic combination of two great franchises. [Issue#252, p.54]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few tweaks and concessions aren't enough to stall this brilliant revival of the fastest multiplayer shooter on PC. [June 2012, p.50]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot of fun, but perhaps a little too polished. [May 2014, p.54]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The equivalent of a man in an art gallery playing a kazoo. [May 2012, p.58]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Coalition at the reins Gears is in safe hands, and we’re genuinely intrigued to see what happens next.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weak story notwithstanding, Arkane Studios has again delivered a truly excellent stealth action game. [Issue#258, p.53]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of Mass Effect 2's most thrilling missions. [Dec 2010, p.64]
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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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    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mesmerising setting, story and battling. Just beautiful. [Apr 2015, p.62]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything you could want from an archeological adventure, except having to press six keys to mantle. [Apr 2013, p.80]
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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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Excellent offroad simulation almost entirely ruined by terrible, mass-market presentation. Add two points if you can live with the triangles. [Aug 2011, p.62]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WAR is not about redefining the genre, and to complain it resembles WoW is to criticize it for being a fantasy MMO. Where it excels is group-based gameplay. [Dec 2008, p.64]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its by-the-numbers storyline, the game grabs you into its sucking chest wound of a world and keeps you there until the last chitinous spike has been blasted from the final suppurating torso. [Dec 2008, p.67]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't fix larger flaws, but it's still a solid expansion. [Jan 2014, p.80]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So good that it's become the only way to play Battlefield 3. Buy this now, and enjoy a bit of nostalgia in a new light. [March 2012, p.56]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent introduction to the world of MOBAs for anyone put off by the learning curve or community of other games. [Aug 2015, p.63]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once you get a hang of the numerous systems, Path of Exile becomes one of the best action-RPG experiences you can have. [December 2013, p.88]
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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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