PC PowerPlay's Scores

  • Games
For 662 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Mark of the Ninja
Lowest review score: 0 Infestation: Survivor Stories
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 662
662 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]
    • 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]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stunning example of cross-game persistence, genre-blending and adaptive narrative. [Mar 2010, p.62]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As good as open world action gets. [May 2011, p.58]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is about as good as an indie game can get. Treat yourself. [June 2011, p.60]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bethesda's finest hour and one of the greatest RPGs of all time. [Christmas 2011, p.47]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The pinnacle of full-scale multiplayer warfare, Armored Kill is Battlefield perfected. [Nov 2012, p.85]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An incredibly powerful, emotionally engaging experience; a watershed moment for videogame narrative and storytelling. [Feb 2013, p.70]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    A masterpiece by any measure. [July 2013, p.89]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The question you’re asking is: “Yes, but is it better than World of Warcraft?” Well, is it? Undoubtedly. Easy to get into, awesome combat, great story, and massively detailed world, gorgeous to look at. [Aug 2008, p.57]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The exhilarating rush of climbing a hill as a song builds up, and crashing down a slope as the music explodes through the speakers is incredible. At first it may seem like a fancy visualiser, but after mastering the more difficult modes it becomes insanely addictive. [May 2008, p.65]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid backbone to a bright Warhammer future. [Mar 2009, p.50]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most thoroughly enjoyable RPGs of all time. [Jan 2010, p.73]
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new benchmark for superhero games, and a serious GOTY contender. [Dec 2009, p.56]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One Must Fall before this barrage of fighting goodness! [Nov 2009, p.54]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersive, engaging, versatile, and packed to the brim with character and backstory. [Mar 2010, p.56]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I was pleasantly surprised. [Jan 2010, p.86]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're after a basketball game that's more than just over the top dunks, 2K10 will most definitely satisfy. [Feb 2010, p.62]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A reminder that games can be simple and satisfying all at once. A triumph of focused, self-consistent design. [Jan 2010, p.84]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Third time's a charm for this quintessential PC franchise. [Feb 2010, p.58]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful to look at and a thrill to play, Blur combines speed, strategy and style into a thoroughly entertaining package. [Aug 2010, p.62]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-have for Age of Conan players. [Aug 2010, p.64]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drink the kool-aid and go to a happy place. [Oct 2010, p.56]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A labour of love that successfully captures the spirit of the original. [Oct 2010, p.64]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Totally free, and totally worth your time. [Oct 2010, p.65]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of Mass Effect 2's most thrilling missions. [Dec 2010, p.64]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stupefying number of bugs and an aging engine can do little to hold back this slice of brilliance. [Issue#185, p.60]
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still one of the most polished and purely addictive games around. You know exactly why you're here. [Feb 2011, p.61]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No one can touch Total War and Shogun 2 simply furthers the point. [Apr 2011, p.48]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful, bacon-fueled carnage. [Apr 2011, p.62]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply one of the most exciting strategy games to come out in years. [Aug 2011, p.58]
    • 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]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than a mere Minecraft clone, Terraria takes 2D platforming to a whole new level. [Sept 2011, p.54]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest PC games ever created. Eidos Montreal has touched the sun. [Oct 2011, p.40]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unusual yet beautiful game bound to remind you of nature's power. [Oct 2011, p.50]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A challenging, rewarding and sublime homage to the early days of the first-person shooter - with a few modern twists. [Dec 2011, p.58]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sexy, sloppy, silly, sassy, and substantial; everything you could want in a sandbox. [Christmas 2011, p.50]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure mayhem, pure fun, pure Serious Sam, pure first-person shooting. [Jan 2012, p.66]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An indie classic on par with Braid or Limbo. [March 2012, p.50]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A significantly more accessible setting makes this latest Anno a must play for all city management fans. [March 2012, p.52]
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both challenging and elegant, Unity of Command is perfect for both novices and hardcore gamers alike. [March 2012, p.58]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterful rendition to the franchise. [Apr 2012, p.58]
    • 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]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly detailed add-in for this controversially received sequel. New approaches to encounter design and smarter enemies stand out, although story remains a strong feature.
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Classic dungeon-crawling brought back to life. [June 2012, p.52]
    • 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]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Secret World is a breath of fresh air in a stale genre. It is the adventure reimagined for a new era. I love this game, unequivocally. And I sincerely hope you do too.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strange, brilliant, and exceptionally well-crafted, this action-RPG deserves your love despite the lack of care from its developers. [Oct 2012, p.66]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lightning fast gameplay with an unexpected depth of subject matter. A surprise indie gem. [Dec 2012, p.76]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is addictive as all hell. [May 2013, p.88]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new campaign provides the perfect training ground for newcomers, who can then look forward to an incredible multiplayer mode. [July 2013, p.88]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sensationally addictive massively multiplayer action RPG, and it's free. What are you waiting for?! [Aug 2013, p.78]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterful expansion that completely revitalises the Civilization V experience. Coupled with Gods & Kings, this is a must-buy. [Aug 2013, p.80]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Real-time strategy doesn't get much better than this. [Aug 2013, p.84]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With an ambitious concept, it's easy to forgive smaller mistakes - fortunately, Beatbuddy barely has any. [Oct 2013, p.86]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the desire for cash or gold that'll keep you coming back, but the desire to pull off the perfect heist. [Oct 2013, p.94]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you found Proteus poignant and Gone Home felt like going home, Shelter will break your heart. [Nov 2013, p.88]
    • 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]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unrelenting torrent of gore and terror that plays your nerves like a fiddle...until all the strings break. [Nov 2013, p.94]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A combination of sublime and ridiculous, Saints Row IV is outlandish fun. [Nov 2013, p.97]