Riot Pixels' Scores

  • Games
For 849 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 95 Europa Universalis IV
Lowest review score: 1 Bloodbath Kavkaz
Score distribution:
849 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Last year, I called Crusader Kings 2 the best game that Paradox had ever produced. Now it is joined by Europa Universalis 4.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 is nothing less than the best game in its genre, and it’s a solid reason to buy a Wii U.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The gods of fighting games love those who are strong and stylish, and that’s what CPEX is all about.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It took CD Projekt RED three attempts to create an epic masterpiece. You will laugh, feel sorrow, and reflect on important matters in-between killing hundreds of monsters in a spectacular fashion. You will embark on a long, wild adventure tempted by the myriads of tantalizing “?” signs scattered across the map. In other words, I know what you’ll be doing this summer.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I fell in love with Team Fortress 2 because in that game, you win by being smart and considerate instead of quickly sniping off everyone you see. Overwatch improves on this concept tenfold.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most amazing thing about this criminal saga is not only its scale, but that it perfectly works on several levels. Spine-tingling driving, fun missions, excellent dialogue, fully fleshed characters, vicious satire on pretty much everything… One play-through is not enough to appreciate GTA 5 in all its multi-layered glory.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Persona 5 took the best parts of its predecessors and carefully evolved them without making any earth-shattering changes. The result is a more or less traditional Japanese RPG, but it’s so good that I’m ready to go on a limb and declare it one of the best JRPGs of the decade. If not *the* best.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Blood and Wine should be used as an interactive workshop for other developers to show them how to create awesome game expansions.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Battlefield 1 is an exemplary multiplayer shooter and, looks like, the only decent game about World War I in the entire history of the FPS genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This unusual action game set in an offbeat world created by Taro Yoko is a treasure trove of pleasant surprises. It's not often that we meet such a stylish, offbeat, memorable game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creating a fun fighting game is akin to art. Only the select few have mastered this art form to perfection over the decades: Katsuhiro Harada, Daisuke Ishiwatari and NetherRealm’s Ed Boon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sons of Abraham integrates into the original game so seamlessly that it feels like it has always been there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game will charm you as soon as you will see its loading screens and listen to first heavy metal chords of its awesome soundtrack.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, you can nitpick Prey's ending, uneven shooter mechanics and voice-over volume. But it won't change a thing, because Prey is amazing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun follows the gold standard of this sub-genre set by the Commandos series: big maps that feel alive, different playable characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and lots of ways to complete a level.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year, Expeditions: Conquistador and Shadowrun Returns proved that Kickstarter can help create a good RPG. But The Banner Saga is not just good – it’s amazing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Basically, it’s the second full-length movie based on South Park, now fully interactive. Even bigger, longer and uncut.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Heart is hands down the best expansion of this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would have been cool if every nation added in The Old Gods got the same detailed treatment as the ones from the Legacy of Rome expansion, but still, this is a fascinating journey into the unforgiving Dark Ages.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Road Not Taken is an endless stream of puzzles and a mysterious world which you just can’t stop exploring. Every new secret you solve brings up new exciting questions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aftermath is the best out of all Battlefield 3 DLCs. Its maps tend to favor infantry, but the experience is as tense as ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Originality, tactical depth, variety — you’ll find them plenty in Crypt of the NecroDancer. ‘90’ is not only a score but the minimum amount of hours you’ll spend obsessing over this game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hearts of Iron 4 in one word is "optimization". There is now proper gameplay mechanics instead of duct-taped hacks and artificial restrictions seen in previous installments; the AI, freed from dozens of scripts, now thinks and acts on its own, while the game itself is more accessible and comprehensible, but still offers the same depth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At first glance, The Age of Decadence is a walking dinosaur, but awesome RPGs like this are too rare to ignore them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fisher’s annoyingly sulky character, questionable controls when it comes to grabbing people next to doors, traditionally daft ending level and the buggy Uplay services – these are pretty much all the sins of Blacklist. They can be easily forgiven because the rest of the game is stealth action goodness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rainbow Six: Siege is a smart, truly unique action game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Chaos on Deponia is not an ideal adventure game, but it is totally worthy of being called a true successor to Monkey Island.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Visual Concepts just needs to add some spit and polish to turn this game into the best sports sim of our time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Accompanied by an 80s horror movie soundtrack, death screams and sounds of gunshots, a merciless zombie horde shambles through the darkened streets, ready to win over your hearts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Right now, Endless Legend is already much more balanced and fun than its direct competitor, Age of Wonders 3.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Door Kickers is perfect lunch-break entertainment, and it’s immensely addictive.
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    • 87 Critic Score
    This NBA 2K is surely rife for nitpicking. Annoying update notifications, clunky menus, AI blunders, Spike Lee’s unnecessary meddling with the well-oiled machine of MyCareer, a rough Gauntlet mode, and traditional connectivity problems. But still, even with all that, NBA 2K16 is like a complex, mesmerizing painting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Chaos Reborn is a very accessible strategy game. It will take you just half an hour to learn all of its secrets. Thanks to simple rules, a turn lasts just a few seconds, and the entire session usually ends in 10 minutes or less. But you will be glued to this game for hours.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Goodbye Deponia is a wild rollercoaster ride - a bigger, smarter and funnier adventure than the previous Deponia games. It will earn a place in your heart even after it totally fails to deliver a proper cathartic ending.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The boring misadventures of US marines in China is nothing more than a six-hour tutorial for those who don’t want to jump into multiplayer head first. But to hell with the stupid story – Battlefield 4 delivers the best online battles out there right now, with amazing graphics to boot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Broken Age looks, sounds and plays so great that you can recommend it to anyone.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Amazingly beautiful tracks where you race, swim and fly, sometimes changing the level as you progress through it, are what makes this game great.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s a great reason to (re)visit Abe and his odd world, especially if you haven’t played the original game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    You won't find a shred of originality here, but who cares! This is Doom you were looking for. Or, technically, its remake.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    Don’t Starve is addictive like a drug, you can’t go cold turkey on it that easily. Just when you think that Klei Entertainment is out of surprises, the next update turns everything upside down. And now Reign of Giants offers even more opportunities for crazy survival experiments.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Finally, a worthy successor to Puzzle Quest and Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An excellent management simulation that will be a shining example of this genre for years to come.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    There is no universal formula, a sure-fire method that allows you to instantly master any character, and this is why Central Fiction is so fun to play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You will probably remember three hours of playing Inside as three best hours of computer entertainment in a very long time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even though I wish that Endless Space 2 had fully controllable battles and smarter AI opponents, this is still an amazing game that you will be exploring for hours.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The sequel is not exactly long on fresh ideas, but the multiplayer is sheer joy and it reminds me of Perfect Dark Zero and TimeSplitters 2.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is probably the most original iOS game since Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I would have never thought that I’d see a game that perfectly captures the spirit of the cult classic Cannon Fodder. The only thing that could have made it better is the destructible environment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Until Dawn is a crash course in branching narrative, pumped with adrenaline and pure fun. Even if you replay it a couple of times from beginning to end, you will not be bored.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Stanley Parable was a brilliant satire on video games. The creators of The Magic Circle picked a different target — not games themselves, but people that work on them. And, unlike those “walking simulators”, there is plenty of fun stuff to do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Apart from the abrupt epilogue and somewhat daft AI, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a great expansion to the original game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An excellent arcade game with nice RPG elements and a massive replayability factor. You will enjoy Rogue Legacy if you’re not afraid to die – a lot.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    However predictable the ending of BioShock Infinite is, it is the journey that counts, and you will not go away disappointed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of Warhammer, and you long for a tactical strategy game that captivates you for hours and never forgets a mistake, Mordheim is for you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Brave New World brings a huge tangle of exciting political nuances that you’ll have to navigate on your way to world domination.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Conquest of Paradise is a solid, although somewhat narrowly-focused expansion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A cool futuristic city, amazing electronic soundtrack, deep tactical gameplay and splashy carnage — what a great combination.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A beautiful world, amazing soundtrack and a fantastic story full of mysteries, touching scenes and emotions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is probably the most impressive, inventive story about a family curse. And one of the best interactive dramas I've played.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Nonary Games is an awesome compilation for all true fans of adventure games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed 3 offers a spectacular way to fill in the blanks in your knowledge of the American Revolution - it never holds back on scope, drama or action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Republic is a great niche add-on. If Paradox continues to work on Crusader Kings 2 in this vein, eventually fans will be able to create a medieval grand strategy of their dreams by mixing and matching its expansions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Scribblenauts Unlimited is a rare opportunity to forget about scripts and usual conventions, to create your own rules instead of playing by someone else's. Turns out, playing God is not as hard as it seems, and it's a whole lot of fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Those who regard Skyrim as a virtual tourism app, will enjoy exploring every nook and cranny in Hitman. If I had to pick just one reason to play this game, it's because you can immerse yourself in its meticulously created mini-worlds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A true gem for the fans of old-school RPGs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The graphics in Yooka-Laylee are not bleeding edge, but it is incredibly close to what they call 'artistic perfection', and it brings nothing but joy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Of all the remakes that were released in 2014, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is truly a born again game. What once was just a sketch, turned into a beautiful painting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spatial puzzles and meticulous optimization tasks go hand in hand with frantic escapes, intense shoot-outs and tense moments of silence. This mix is so engrossing that at first you don’t even notice all these minor annoyances that DotE is rife with. Still, even with them, the game is very enjoyable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fourth installment of Uncharted is exactly what you were waiting for: awesome action sequences, kick-ass graphics, and, finally, a full point in the story of Nathan Drake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    TowerFall: Ascension is polished to almost perfection in both style and substance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite truly ancient visuals, this is the best heir of Crimsonland that I've ever played.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Stardock built a sturdy 4X platform to build upon in future expansions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Despite grim subject matter, Plague Inc. is a relaxing, entrancing game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This brutal saga about power and burden of choice is such a captivating adventure that you quickly forget about the game's minor flaws.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Battle Brothers needs more text to fully bring its world to live, but if you like turn-based battles and open worlds, this game is as good as it gets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Wealth of Nations offers even less scope than Conquest of Paradise, and the changes it introduces are hardly game-changing, yet they’re all thought-out and very appropriate. If you’re going to play as a trade empire, don’t skimp on this expansion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An unforgettable, incredibly depressing adventure, and the finest work by Frictional Games so far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Brothers, unlike many recent indie hits, is very down to earth. It is not rife with intellectual puzzles like Braid, it is not as open to interpretations as Journey. It just makes you think about simple human values.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A great opportunity to feel yourself like one of the soldiers from Starship Troopers and dive headfirst into an intergalactic war.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A great example of interactive storytelling where the story changes greatly depending on how you ‘read’ it.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    Even though tactical freedom is just an illusion, Afrika Korps can keep you captivated for hours thanks to its unpredictable dynamic scenarios.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    High Voltage Software produced a solid PC port, with a 60 fps frame rate, better visuals and excellent keyboard support. I wish they did not unlock all the characters, outfits and fatalities right off the bat, though.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Pillars of Eternity is a good RPG even when you play it without your rose-tinted nostalgia glasses.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Behind the plain-looking graphics lives an excellent logic game with perfect balance and multiple ways to solve each puzzle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you've been putting off getting to know Age of Wonders 3, now's the time to do it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you’ve never heard of words like “metroidvania” and “beat-‘em-up”, Guacamelee! is an excellent entry point for you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Nioh has come a long way since its inception. It's not ideal, but very impressive nonetheless. Its brutal, unforgiving combat in a fresh setting more than makes up for flawed narrative.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It seems that From Software has finally realized that bad game design decisions were a poor addition to an already uncompromising game, and fixed them, while keeping the same level of ruthlessness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Touching, exciting and all-round beautiful adventure somewhat tarred by its monotonous gameplay and the ludicrous image of the Big Bad Enemy. And it is almost a perfect way to explain the concept of war to your kids.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Even though Citadel, like other Mass Effect 3 expansions, plugs into the final third of the campaign, this is probably the closest thing to a happy end that Shepard & Co. will ever have. And if you think that there is no place for fan service and inside jokes in the gloomy universe of Mass Effect, you’d better stay away from this DLC.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you still haven’t played Company of Heroes 2, The British Forces is a good reason to do it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Just like other Nintendo’s first-party offerings for Wii U, Pikmin 3 carefully walks the same twice-beaten path. And it is refreshingly stern with the players – colorful vistas and charming characters hide a hardcore game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    NBA 2K13 is very smart game that offers so many tactical possibilities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of hardcore games, try Dark Souls 2. It is not as memorable as its predecessor, and yet it is still a phenomenal experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Please, resist the temptation to write this game off as yet another survival horror, and give it a chance. You will discover pixel-perfect art, a neat combination of familiar gameplay mechanics, and a great story with a cool twist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coming off of a string of failures, Fatshark has finally managed to release a solid game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Among the Sleep is yet another good example of a successful game made possible thanks to Kickstarter.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boring puzzles and at times jarring low-budget visuals stir a lot of negative emotions, but all this anger and frustration will be wiped away by the narrative tide of sincere emotions and soothing nostalgia. Ragnar Tornquist creates colorful character, and writes witty dialogue; he knows how to carry on the intrigue, make you laugh and, when the gods of drama demand it, sucker-punch you with full force.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hack ‘n’ Slash is not an introduction to programming; if you’re a dummy, you’d better off playing the old classic Roboforge. But, if you do code, this game will make you ecstatic. Unlike Scribblenauts, where you being god removed all the challenge from the game, in Hack ‘n’ Slash you don’t have to invent your own adventures – the developers will keep you occupied.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    XCOM: Enemy Within is a good expansion. I envy those who had never gotten around to playing the game until now.

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