PC PowerPlay's Scores

  • Games
For 848 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Dishonored
Lowest review score: 0 Infestation: Survivor Stories (The War Z)
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 848
848 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The unique setting, brilliant AI and palpable atmosphere, make Far Cry 2 a quintessential PC gaming experience. [Dec 2008, p.63]
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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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    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A love story. A private story. A rare privilege. [Jan 2012, p.40]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The rarest of all expansions: the one that's better than its base game. [Aug 2012, p.58]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fast, stupid and thoroughly enjoyable - Rocket League will eat your life five minutes at a time. [Sept 2015, p.55]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As good as open world action gets. [May 2011, p.58]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite possibly as good as it gets when it comes to sci-fi horror. [Nov 2014, p.48]
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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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    • 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]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bethesda's finest hour and one of the greatest RPGs of all time. [Christmas 2011, p.47]
    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beyond Earth is the finest thing that Firaxis has made and a game that we suspect we'll be playing for a long time to come. [Dec 2014, p.52]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    A masterpiece by any measure. [July 2013, p.89]
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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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this is what Ubisoft is capable of in ts "spare time", it deserves more time off. Inject this glorious blue neon goop into our veins. [June 2013, p.82]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We urge you to try and understand Hitman's environment, take action within it and control it as much as you possibly can. [Issue#250, p.60]
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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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weak story notwithstanding, Arkane Studios has again delivered a truly excellent stealth action game. [Issue#258, p.53]
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Simple controls and deep mechanics combine to make a seriously great puzzle experience. [Issue#258, p.58]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clever and accessible combat system masks a brilliant meta commentary. [Issue#258, p.63]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It rises above its problems to provide the kind of RPG that reminds you what made the genre so great in the first place. This game was a labour of love for CD Projekt and it shows. [Jan 2008, p.53]
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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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't play it as a puzzle game. Play it as a way of recalibrating your perception of reality. [March 2013, p.96]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether you're a Batman fan or not, or whether you're angry that Batman's name has once again been taken in vain, the reality is that Lego Batman is just fun. And even angry people like fun, right? [January 2009, p.61]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Massive in scope without sacrificing strategy or teamplay, PlanetSide 2 shows us what only PC gaming is capable of. [Dec 2012, p.66]
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    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is addictive as all hell. [May 2013, p.88]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FTL posits that managing oxygen and engines is but a metaphor for balancing the noxiousness of hope with the crushing weight of despair. [Nov 2012, p.72]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monaco offers a new and unique kind of chaotic co-op stealth gameplay, resulting in a work of indie art worth stealing. [May 2013, p.94]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Klang may be short, but it's a hell of a lot of frantic rhythm action fun while it lasts. [Issue#256, p.62]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A love letter to the joy of exploration and randomness. [Issue#256, p.64]
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most thoroughly enjoyable RPGs of all time. [Jan 2010, p.73]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jumping out of nowhere with a confidence that beggars belief, Endless Space is galactic strategy at its best. [Aug 2012, p.54]
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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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Miles deep, loaded with options and gorgeous art, Sins: Rebellion is a great, genre-transcending strategy game. [Aug 2012, p.60]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure mayhem, pure fun, pure Serious Sam, pure first-person shooting. [Jan 2012, p.66]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best of the Dragon Age series by far and one of BioWare's most accomplished games to boot. [Jan 2015, p.50]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hilarious, action-packed and engrossing, Tales from the Borderlands is a fresh new take on life on Pandora. We can't wait for more. [Jan 2015, p.55]
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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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moving even further from the classic RPG, strong story and clever combat are nonetheless still found within Dragon Age II. [May 2011, p.52]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beating the shit out of incoming musical notes has never been this much fun. [Issue#252, p.70]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lightning fast gameplay with an unexpected depth of subject matter. A surprise indie gem. [Dec 2012, p.76]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unusual yet beautiful game bound to remind you of nature's power. [Oct 2011, p.50]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Addictive and completely engrossing - you'll lose time playing Galacide. [Sept 2015, p.64]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rogue Legacy isn't reinventing the wheel, but it is an incredibly well designed wheel and one that's fun to spin. [Sept 2013, p.86]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the first-person shooter distilled, a tribute to PC gaming's glorious days of yore. You need to play it. [Sept 2013, p.88]
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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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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amazingly true to the source material, with combat and action aplenty, and lots of rewards (loot!) for repeat play. Verminitide is the rat's whiskers. [Dec 2015, p.53]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Binge all five episodes and you're in for something pretty damn special. [Dec 2015, p.61]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Occasionally suffers from a bit of slowdown but otherwise Hands of Fate is a highly polished and idiosyncratic joy. [Apr 2015, p.60]
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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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    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Short but sweet, Superhot is evidence that a good idea well executed can make something pretty damn special. [Issue#249, p.54]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maybe too mumblecore for some, Life is Strange is a wonderfully dark story of friendship and personal apocalypse. [Dec 2015, p.63]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A little daunting at first, but with some theorycrafting Grim Dawn proves to be an extremely enjoyable bit of hack and slash. [Issue#249, p.56]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sparse with its controls, Layers of Fear nonetheless delivers a rich, immersive, and - most importantly - really bloody scary game. [Issue#249, 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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    • 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I was pleasantly surprised. [Jan 2010, p.86]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterful rendition to the franchise. [Apr 2012, p.58]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true exemplar of intelligent game design, Waking Mars is a compelling and imaginative masterpiece. An absolute must-play. [Feb 2013, p.74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simple controls don't mean a simple game. A great game for those of you up for fiendishly complex battle. [Apr 2012, p.60]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fresh take on the survival simulator with a few key innovations that instil contrasting moments of zen and sheer terror. [Feb 2013, p.76]
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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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    • 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refreshingly crisp and astutely focused look at one of the greatest 19th century battles. [Sept 2014, p.60]
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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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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drink the kool-aid and go to a happy place. [Oct 2010, p.56]
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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
    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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new benchmark for superhero games, and a serious GOTY contender. [Dec 2009, p.56]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Totally free, and totally worth your time. [Oct 2010, p.65]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Spore seems to me to be like the gaming equivalent of a massive meal at McDonalds. It tastes great as long as you’re eating, and there’s certainly plenty there. But once you start to get near the end, you realise that it wasn’t quite as ‘deep’ as you thought. [Oct 2008, p.61]
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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
    • 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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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A short, sharp dose of boardgame action, that has a disarmingly sweet art style and great mechanics. [Oct 2015, p.62]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an expansion pack, Mines of Moria is practically perfect. It breathes new life into the Lord of the Rings Online, and if that life is occasionally plagued by deja vu, it's certainly worth the trade off for the new feature set it brings to the table. [February 2009, p.55]
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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it's a linear game, Abzu offers a sense of freedom to rival any sandbox. [Issue#254, p.56]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The way the game is a whole response to the shortcomings of the original just goes to demonstrate how GSC believes in this title and IP. [Nov 2008, p.51]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Third time's a charm for this quintessential PC franchise. [Feb 2010, p.58]
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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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    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More of a spit-polish than a full remaster, but that doesn't matter. Grim Fandango remains a genre high point. [March 2015, p.64]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An all but perfect condensation of what makes rhythm action good. [Issue#257, p.56]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid action wrapped in a fascinating simulated Orc society. [Nov 2014, p.52]
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