PC PowerPlay's Scores

  • Games
For 712 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Lowest review score: 0 Infestation: Survivor Stories
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 712
712 game reviews
    • 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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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They cut the crap, made the good stuff better and here we have the best arcade racer you can buy today. [Aug 2014, p.48]
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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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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can't go wrong with sticking to Rocksteady's Bat-formula, however it is starting to feel a little played out. [December 2013, p.93]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very different, beautifully constructed and compelling look at the horrors of war. [Aug 2014, p.58]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is what Battlefield 2142 should have been. [Dec 2009, p.52]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surprisingly deep city-building sim with lots of neat quirks. [Christmas 2009, p.62]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Inoffensive, easy and relatively fun. [Sept 2010, p.60]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A promising start to an atmospheric series, ironically let down by its puzzles. [Sept 2010, p.63]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anodyne falls between average and perfection, offering a strange, funny, horrifying few hours of old-school action-adventure. [June 2013, p.91]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you want to spend a night out with FreeSpace 2 in a slinky red dress, this is your game. Just don't expect thrilling dinner conversation. [March 2013, p.84]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A schizophrenic shooter, equal parts entertaining and tedious. [Nov 2009, p.50]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like an oboe, this game gets ruined in the playing. Well, a bit. [June 2013, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game suffers from a major lack of restraint - next time they should focus on a smaller, more varied city with a limited set of better-balanced powers. [Sept 2009, p.70]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A conflicting mash of awesome and awful, with awesome maybe just edging out on top. [March 2013, p.92]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Maps are darker and more atmospheric. [Feb 2010, p.63]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fur's not flying here - Mists of Pandaria is another solid addiction to World of Warcraft. [Nov 2012, p.68]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An inventive physics-fueled game that pushes players' patience a little too hard in later levels. [Nov 2012, p.70]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A mix of good ideas, but they come off a little half-baked. [Feb 2010, p.59]
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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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A flawed gem that's very much worth playing. [Jan 2012, p.44]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mediocre gameplay hides an enjoyable RPG with moments of genius. But it could have been so much more. [Aug 2010, p.56]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Always fascinating, this devious puzzle-platformer makes up for in creativity and charm what it lacks in polish. [Nov 2012, p.81]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rather than wheel out a new car for this year's season, F1 2012 is content to dust off last year's model and slap on a new set of tyres. [Nov 2012, p.83]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid but unremarkable entry in a venerable franchise. [Jan 2012, p.56]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most detailed Pets expansion for the series. Horses, in particular, are an exciting inclusion. [Jan 2012, p.60]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unique and beautiful, but barely a game. [Mar 2011, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unique puzzle mechanics provide some intriguing conundrums, but things end up stuck in the flat dimension. [Aug 2012, p.62]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More "Young Guns" than "Unforgiven" but still worth it. [Sept 2009, p.64]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A brilliant treatment of feudalism in terms of strategy and story, but requires major investment to overcome information overload. [May 2012, p.52]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The darker story and high production values make this one worth a peek, but otherwise its nothing special. [May 2010, p.70]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The kind of eccentric humour and senseless attention to detail makes this worth a look, even if it can seem somewhat short, repetitive and claustrophobic. [Aug 2008, p.61]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its less than stellar story and struggling engine, Storm of Zehir is still an easy recommendation for the right RPG gamer. In many ways it is a more strategic game than the previous titles, just as Icewind Dale was to Baldur's Gate. [February 2009, p.57]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t really push the genre any further forward in terms of gameplay, and as such loses some of the jaw-drop factor that Crysis brought to the market in spades. But then, it isn’t designed to be groundbreaking. It’s designed to preach to the choir. [Dec 2008, p.69]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Conquest of the Aegean has the niche market cornered when it comes to simulating the German attacks on Greece and Crete, and the impressive Pausable Continuous Time engine strikes a reasonable balance between moving symbols around on maps and real-time play. [May 2008, p.63]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot of fun, but perhaps a little too polished. [May 2014, p.54]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Conceptually interesting, visually stunning, but ultimately feels hollow in the gameplay department. [May 2014, p.62]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Difficult, nerdy, tedious but satisfying. What more could you want in a lover? [May 2011, p.70]
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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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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A short experiment based around a fairly oblique puzzle system, Litter Inferno succeeds as a compelling curio. [Feb 2013, p.75]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Visually spectacular alien-blasting action; another fine port from Volition. [July 2011, p.60]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rather satisfying post-medieval combat sim hidden behind jank, bugs, and general awkwardness. [July 2011, p.64]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A strange and effortlessly charming game that rewards those who take the time to parse its various idiosyncrasies. [Feb 2013, p.81]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A unique puzzler which will scratch you creationalist itch. [Feb 2013, p.83]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frustrating interface and some instability aside, a return to these magical, and bleak, worlds is what we've been waiting for. [Dec 2014, p.60]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous and amusing diversion, even if puzzling feels tacked-on, rather than integral. [July 2011, p.71]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fun, but grindy and lacking reasons to return. [Sept 2014, p.50]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As PC's only alternative to GT5, Shift 2 is satisfactory at best. But true racing enthusiasts will need to go elsewhere to really satisfy their...need for speed. [July 2011, p.74]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A charming, multi-genre-hybrid experience, that will appeal to those who don't mind the sometimes tedious underlying gameplay. [July 2011, p.75]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it oozes atmosphere, frequent and irritating monster encounters tarnish an otherwise solid shooter. [May 2010, p.56]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A space diamond in the rough, Pandora may not get everything right but exceptional combat and city management shines through. [Feb 2014, p.86]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hardly essential, but worth it if you loved Skyrim's Daedric quests. [Sept 2012, p.52]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best experience is probably on console. [Oct 2010, p.60]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pricey, but five hours well spent. [Oct 2009, p.80]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans will love it, but it could have been so much better. [Oct 2010, p.62]
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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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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A more-than-capable shooter that is a blast to play. Shame about the pings. [Sept 2012, p.59]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The series' new benchmark for quality. Don't let these bricks get lost under the couch. [Sept 2012, p.62]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid foundation for a street racing MMO, but one undermined by lack of local servers. [Oct 2010, p.66]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Terran Conflict is not everybody's game. It may be more accessible than previous entries but that is not to suggest much headway has been made in this area. I would have loved to have scored this game higher but it can't be ignored that this a difficult recommendation to make to most people. [January 2009, p.55]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A ballsy take on the WWII shooter formula. [July 2012, p.65]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Less Hot Shots and more Hot Fuzz. [July 2012, p.66]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An easy-to-play casual RTS. Starts a bit slow but the stylised graphics and immersive sound keep you hooked. [Jan 2010, p.81]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The missed potential of the Napoleon story and some dodgy AI make this one a fun, but not essential, Total War game. [Apr 2010, p.50]
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A poorly-made, unashamedly dumb game that nevertheless offers equally dumb entertainment. [July 2012, p.69]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all its flaws and shortcomings, The Banner Saga's ambitions shine through well enough. [March 2014, p.52]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What initially seems like a game of dressups and progress bars reveals itself to be a much deeper story based affair. [March 2014, p.58]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can come to grips with the controls and the rather unhelpful upgrading UI, Ring Runner can be a very rewarding experience. [March 2014, p.59]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Incredible work went into the design of almost every element of Risk of Rain, shame that the gameplay couldn't have been more inspired. [March 2014, p.60]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A beautiful expansion of a franchise hampered by its history. [Oct 2014, p.60]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It lacks enough pure content to be for anyone but Dawn of War fanatics. [May 2010, p.68]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This isn’t the greatest expansion in the series, but it remains 100% Command & Conquer and that counts for a lot. EA knows their fan-base and with Kane’s Wrath have dished up more of the same to ensure you get your recommended daily dose of the franchise. [Jun 2008, p.55]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite pacing issues, Teslagrad's strange blend of science and fantasy prove that opposites do indeed attract. [Apr 2014, p.58]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A simple shooter with some cool puzzles. It won't change your world but acts as a pleasant enough distraction. [Apr 2014, p.59]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With an impressive AI, clever campaign and focus on gameplay, Elven Legacy is well worth the asking price. [Aug 2009, p.59]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A proper video game adaptation of a great boardgame - at last! [March 2015, p.62]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're going to buy Homefront, do so for the multiplayer. The campaign is six hours you'll never get back. [Apr 2011, p.52]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fantastic, absurd, and a little on the short side, even for an expansion. [March 2015, p.63]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Exciting to play with friends, utilising a clever, magic system that makes you think. [Apr 2011, p.54]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Both familiar and interestingly different, this is a gentle introduction for newbies, or a charismatic change-up for MOBA veterans. [Apr 2014, p.61]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Proves not every game needs to innovate to be entertaining. [Mar 2010, p.66]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not for the casual gamer, Europa Universalis: Rome requires patience, the ability to micromanage and, quite possibly, post-graduate qualifications in ancient history. And if you don’t have them before you start playing, you will after. [Jul 2008, p.57]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ignore the story and there's a very enticing world to explore. [Apr 2011, p.64]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quick and easy, with some wonderful depth of maneuver. [Nov 2014, p.63]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frustratingly difficult and sublime in equal measure, Flockers rewards patience over the quick fix. [Nov 2014, p.64]
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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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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A satisfying but not stellar action-RPG romp. [Aug 2011, p.67]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The take down system is cool, and the hacking has its heart in the right place. But the developer has been told: this game accompanies the film. Bond can't change the story. It's play it like you saw it on the silver screen, or reload from the last checkpoint. Fortunately, the production, the gestalt of this new-era Bond is strong enough to make QOS a pile of fun. [January 2009, p.49]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Smaller in scope than its predecessor, but still a competent psuedo-sim. [Christmas 2009, p.56]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    With more campaign missions, this would be easy to recommend. But even as is, it's still good, cheap entertainment. [Aug 2011, p.73]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A series we're glad to see come to a close. But if you like games with HEAPS of graphics, or for the multiplayer. [Apr 2013, p.82]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A skilled remastering of an important title - just one that fails to excite as it once did. [Jan 2013, p.70]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hypnotic experience. [Oct 2012, p.72]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mercenaries 2 put me off from the get go, however it has an ace up its sleeve. Yep – explosions. Right at the start of the game you pick up a grenade launcher, and start gleefully blowing stuff away. [Dec 2008, p.74]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3 brings refreshing gameplay options without sacrificing the gritty, believable universe, but scares are few and far between. [Apr 2013, p.92]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It bothers me that it seems to think it’s an update, not a rehash, of the dungeon crawl formula. It bothers me that it could have been so much more. But it is what it is: a good game which doesn’t bother with the bits it thinks we don’t care about. [Jan 2008, p.49]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beautiful to look at, challenging to master, over in the blink of an eye. [Jan 2013, p.84]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A smart, lengthy and logical adventure game that is consistently enjoyable without ever trying to be incredible. [Oct 2012, p.81]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A prettier but more generic experience overall. Still fun, but somewhat lacking in the skill department. [Dec 2011, p.62]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Addictive, nerdy and totally epic strategy. [Dec 2010, p.56]
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