PC Zone UK's Scores

  • Games
For 709 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 96 BioShock
Lowest review score: 3 Deal or No Deal
Score distribution:
709 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Never has the medium been used as a storytelling device in such a beautiful and engaging way, and never have we been drawn so deeply into a gameworld. Long live Rapture. [Oct 2007, p.62]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So intelligently structured, with such a consistently beautiful style. [Nov 2008, p.54]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • PC Zone UK
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you love gaming - if you love leaving your identity at the door and embarking on red-blooded adventure that's previously only been the domain of high literature and childhood imagination, I can give no higher recommendation. Make no mistake, this is more than the best role-playing game of our times. It's the best one we've ever seen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A triumph. [Jan 2010, p.58]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A triumph. [May 2009, p.58]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Something of a landmark title. [Jan 2010, p.52]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Faults dutifully noted and easily forgiven, this game is truly epic storytelling. [Apr 2010, p.74]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The perfect integration of classes, the character and level design, the visuals, and the level of accessibility. [Dec 2007, p.64]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There have been lots of World War II RTS games, but this is the one that finally gives the subject matter its due - it's nothing short of brilliant. [Nov 2006, p.78]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A monumental pillar in multiplayer gaming; playing it without yelping in delight is like eating a doughnut without licking your lips. [Jan 2009, p.54]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    "Must-buy" doesn't seem strong enough. There should probaby be some kind of law forcing every player to have it. For their own good, of course. [Apr 2007, p.73]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is a brave and brutal return to form for PC fantasy roleplaying - bettering nearest rival The Witcher through both its combat and the innate lovability of so many of its characters...With Dragon Age: Origins BioWare have secured their position as masters of the RPG art. [Christmas 2009, p.68]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Warhead honestly is the finest burst of action gaming released so far this year, and if you're canny then you'll be able to pick it up for a mere £15 from online retailers. It's a five hour tour-de-force that's plugged the holes in Crysis with diamonds.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As far as driving sims go, Simbin have yet again proved that the PC is <I>the</I> platform for real racers. If you're after realism, forget "Gran Turismo" and "Forza" - this is the sim that you want to take the wheel of. [Nov 2006, p.70]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An absolute joy to play once more. [Oct 2010, p.80]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Crysis thrives on putting the onus on you to create your own brand of action and adventure in its stunningly beautiful locations. You and the game can haphazardly create moments of such gaming brilliance that often you pretty much have to stand up and applaud. [Christmas 2007, p.44]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Buy GCII, and you may never need another strategy game ever again. [Dec 2008, p.64]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    To my mind, this is a better, tighter and more emotionally engaging game. [Apr 2010, p.78]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a stunning achievement and one that puts it firmly at the head of RTS titles for the year...A tactical nuke of a game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The license is strong, the game is great, and the quality of the content is second- to-none. If servers are stable, players are listened to, and expansion content is as well tweaked, inventive and superbly written as its launch material, this could be the game that savages WOW's subscription numbers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    These improvements over the previous game nailed it - I became absolutely besotted. I've lost so many hours to The Sims 3 the PC Zone team were convinced they'd have to surgically remove my mouse from my hand to get me to work. [July 2009, p.56]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of what BioWare's done in the past, like action with a hefty dose of sci-fi and want something new, or just like playing a really good game, then you owe it to yourself to pick up this fantastic title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By taking all that's best from the real-time build-and-conquer template, mixing it with elements of Civilization and Total War, and wrapping it up in an impressive (though not quite eye-popping) engine, Big Huge Games have taken the genre in a bold and exciting new direction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If your machine is up to the task, then don't hesitate to snap up what is undoubtedly the best indie game we've ever had the pleasure to paw. [Feb 2007, p.86]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The PC version brings enough additions and improvements to the fundamental GTA IV experience to make it an essential purchase for anyone who hasn't played it yet. [Feb 2009, p.74]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Without a shadow of a doubt, Half-Life 2: Episode One contains the best Freeman moments ever conceived, but by necessity it carries too much over from before to be as consistently entertaining as its forbear. [Aug 2006, p.67]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Light years ahead of the competition and to miss it would be unforgivable. And if another reviewer writes a better box-friendly quote than that, I'll piss in their face. [May 2008, p.80]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the slightly glitched real-time battles may not be all that much different from Rome's, and naval battles and new multiplayer options are still conspicuous by their absence, there's simply no way that any selfrespecting strategy fan can spend this Christmas doing anything other than rampaging across the world on a whirlwind of medieval conquest.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For a pure-hearted escapist adventure, and what I consider the meatiest and most satisfying combat system around, you can't go wrong with Fallout 3. It's been a rocky road, but we got there in the end. [Dec 2008, p.50]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the best games ever. [Oct 2009, p.69]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's nothing like it around, and even with its flaws, it's a game you certainly grow to love. [Dec 2008, p.56]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without the 3D engine, Football Manager 2009 is still fully deserving of its classic rating, providing a staggeringly comprehensive simulation of the complex world of management. We predict a few patches before the match engine is fully functioning, but even in its current state, it tangibly enhances the experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Genuinely clever stuff. [July 2009, p.64]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has an amusing script, good puzzles and wonderful voice-acting. [Sept 2010, p.88]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A simple little game that's polished and varied enough to compete with the big boys in terms of pure, joyful fun. [July 2010, p.82]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the most outrageous games I've ever played and for that alone I love it. [Oct 2009, p.67]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PC version of Gears of War is a welcome reminder of how much better PC gaming can be, and that it can do big, stupid action way better than the consoles that took stupid to the masses.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The uncanny knack of mirroring real life is testament to the massive infrastructure of international scouts that provides the player database, allied to the witchcraft that goes on under the bonnet. [Christmas 2007, p.85]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone not buying it right now is making an idiotic mistake. [Dec 2008, p.66]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, there are little problems and niggles that can be found if you look for them, but none of them spoil the game or ruin the playing experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A splendid next step for Dawn of War II. [June 2010, p.83]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I did briefly forego free food and beer and the attention of 20 teenage models dressed a refugees in an attempt to arrest the slide, putting together a four-match unbeaten run. [Christmas 2006, p.68]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world is fully realised, it feels solid and vibrant. The enemies are smart, the allies are smarter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its single-player campaign may be weak and forgettable, but its true genius lies in the untouchable quality of its firefights, its splendiferous visuals, diverse level design, massive attention to detail and downright awesome vehicles and weapons. [Jan 2008, p.60]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best of the best. [Jan 2010, p.75]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn't a more exciting and involving racer around. [Jan 2010, p.68]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immense amounts to do. [May 2010, p.74]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilte it may not be totally perfect, the sheer depth and replayability of Kingdoms raises it high above any RTS expansion I've ever played. [Oct 2007, p.68]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow, the game, as a whole, comes together beautifully. [Sept 2010, p.80]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With a great story, tons of missions, beautifully rich settings, satisfying fighting and brilliant characterisation, all swaddled in over 20 hours of play, Jade Empire has transcended its Xbox roots to reincarnate itself as a high-kicking, epic RPG for PC. The chi is strong with this one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If the combat has been a bit more sophisticated in the latter stages of the game, it'd have been a nailed-on Classic. [Dec 2009, p.62]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The biggest advancement the series has seen since polygons. [Christmas 2006, p.73]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Tightened engine. [May 2010, p.78]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Undeniably fun; a slick arcade racer from an impassioned and talented development studio. [May 2009, p.66]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4 is just like every other Call of Duty game, but in a radically different setting, and with an ounce of clever-dust sprinkled on top.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Double Agent comes close to earning a Classic award, let down only by the fact that we wanted to see them run a bit further with the trust system idea.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It may be short, but it's a wonderful learning experience, forcing you to rethink rather base concepts of the first-person genre. [Dec 2007, p.68]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Absolutely gorgeous to look at. [Jan 2007, p.66]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Remains teh best 'arcade' football game around. [Christmas 2006, p.74]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    McRae's finest outing to date (minus, of course, Colin himself). The new types of racing offer far more variety of gameplay, the sound effects are impressive and there are eye-searingly gorgeous graphics and an excellent career mode to boot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Not quite as awesomely mindblowingly epic as "Civ IV," but it's not far off. [Dec 2008, p.78]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Clear Sky is a unique experience, so far unparalleled save for its predecessor. [Oct 2008, p.52]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The sex is still great, and I'd love to say we could still stay faithful to one another for many years to come. But it may well be that we've come to a point in our lives when it might not be a bad idea for us to start seeing other people. [Dec 2008, p.72]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The visuals, music, gameplay, feel and balance are all spot on. [Jan 2010, p.64]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While Supreme Commander may be slightly flawed in places, it's still a wondrous rendition of futuristic combat, and one of the finest specimens of 21st century RTS gaming you can currently buy. [Apr 2007, p.62]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The maps are still a bit bland. But by god, holy war's never been so much fun. [Christmas 2006, p.80]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's funny, clever and thoroughly enjoyable to play. [July 2010, p.86]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Codemasters' racing studio know what they're doing and have again got the key elements right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For the first time in its history, the franchise finds itself second best to Championship Manager in a number of key departments - most noticeable, training, scouting and set pieces - and while its superiority remains intact, its dominance isn't as clear cut as in previous years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    To be fair though, it's something of a novelty to have room available in a list of negatives to be able to castigate a game's misogynist overtones - because in every other department The Witcher is an intelligent, adult and thoroughly compelling adventure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    An imperfect romp that manages to cover its flaws with charm and relentless action. [Oct 2010, p.84]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Once you've learned what number corresponds to what key, you'll be fine. [Feb 2009, p.85]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A brilliant combat game that can be dabbled with in short bursts or long bouts of human vs human combat, there's no denying that it is a must-play for PC fighting fans and those looking for a bit of short, sharp fun. If you've got a setup that allows you to play in your living room on the TV, add three extra points to the score.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A brilliant and immersive game...On the one hand you've got the sheer technical prowess and experience of id, and on the other you've got Splash Damage's intrinsic understanding of what makes a good online shooter. Together, you've got a game that could set a new benchmark for the genre. [Nov 2007, p.62]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Best Tolkien game, beyond a shadow of a doubt. [July 2007, p.66]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    An excellent game that would have breached the 90% barrier had it been a little bit more substantial and erred less on the combat side of things. [June 2009, p.62]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's overflowing with creative vision and imagination. [June 2007, p.66]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    For all its faults Hell's Highway is a rich experience that should be played through at least twice, because in completing the game you just want to keep going. [Dec 2008, p.68]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A superb interface, the ability to garrison your men and unit veterancy are also worthy of high praise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's certainly not gong to supersede the increasingy popular "Battlefield 2," as most of its merits merely held over from its predecessor, but nevertheless it's a brilliant evolution of one of the greatest online shooters ever made. And it's got giant walking tanks. [Dec 2006, p.62]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you're not a master multitasker, you may want to ditch the Red Bull and play something less intense, but until then we'll keep our bastard-massive UFO hovering right over your base.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's so pregnant with ideas and beautiful movements that you'd be a sad fool to to deprive yourself of the experience. If the sequel is longer, a bit more difficult, and plays slightly more intelligently, then I can't imagine it being anything other than a Classic. [Aug 2006, p.58]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Because of the deep sense of planning, strategy, story and general slickness, it'll probably suck you in, anyway. [Apr 2006, p.78]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Like a once-great champ who's come out of retirement for one last crack at the title, C&C3: Tiberium Wars doesn't quite have enough tricks in its repertoire to defeat its younger, fresher opponents. But while it may be more contender than king these days, it still packs one hell of a punch. [May 2007, p.62]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    But by any standard, this far into the development of an MMO, and with two years since your last expansion, the envelope should be pushed a little. Blizzard could've shaken up the genre here. Wrath of the Lich King has had two years to innovate, build and refresh WOW, but all it seems to have done is prolong the same experience that people have been waiting to continue for years. Whether or not that's a bad thing is up to you.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    I normally hate banging on about graphics - but the stark beauty of TM should be clear to one and all. Every time I shut my eyes I see those shimmering blue skies and blinding flashes of colour - and, yes kids, that's because it's been burnt into my retinas. TrackMania United is officially, totally great.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A near-perfect sequel. [Jan 2007, p.78]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Yet another love-letter from Firaxis to their fanbase, and as good a reason for living as chips. [Oct 2007, p.72]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Immaculate physics. [Christmas 2009, p.84]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As long as you're not some kind of hippy who abhors violence, besides the slightly repetitive level design, the game is a masterpiece of nerve-jangling tension the first time round. However, the linear levels, short length (ten hours of play), story that's never fully explained and lack of multiplayer don't offer much in the way of replay value.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Vast database. [Apr 2009, p.62]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the most impressive indie games to date. [Feb 2007, p.87]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As the first paid-for expansion that Turbine have done for LOTRO, Mines of Moria shines. While it's hardly the most revolutionary product ever to be released, what it tries to do it does well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A PC port done right. [Christmas 2009, p.88]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Aquaria just oozes quality. [Mar 2008, p.86]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For just over eight measly quid, you get one of the most challenging Total War campaigns to date. [Sept 2006, p.58]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a brave experiment in all-action shootery, STALKER has certainly succeeded, though with its dearth of personality and many peculiar foibles, you can't help but wish that the publishers had granted GSC some extra time to polish their creation. Oh, hang on a minute... [Apr 2007, p.56]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    DEFCON is such a clever blend of inspired simplicity and deceptive profundity, presented in such a powerfully evocative way, that I want to get Introversion to decorate my house and invent the rest of my life for me. [Dec 2006, p.76]
    • PC Zone UK
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game manages to blend just the right amounts of combat, NPC interaction, character development, exploration, and epic save-the-world storytelling into the sort of potion that your typical beardie will gulp down with wild-eyed abandon. [Dec 2006, p.94]