Riot Pixels' Scores

  • Games
For 880 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 95 BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
Lowest review score: 1 Bloodbath Kavkaz
Score distribution:
880 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s neither a revelation nor a reimagining of the good old series, just a really, really fun platformer without the usual drawbacks of this genre.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The amazing art direction and style are on double duty in The Last of Us, because the game’s designers did not think its universe through. Yes, monsters are not the focal point of this story, but only three types is too few for a campaign spanning 12 to 15 hours. There are also human bandits, but a few encounters – and you’ve seen them all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Epic, beautiful, clever, melodic, riveting game. Right now, it has just a few small (hopefully temporary) flaws, and absolutely no rivals on the horizon.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An interesting concept, a weak execution.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid V is amazing at times, and I enjoyed playing it, but there are so many embarrassing blunders and contradictions. Rich tactical gameplay vs an almost dead world. Fun HQ management and interesting characters vs an unfinished narrative and boring side quests. In some regards, this is a huge step back from previous Metal Gear games.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A few years ago, Spelunky was a unique phenomenon. Now, when its ideas have been adopted and improved upon by Super House of the Dead Ninjas, Binding of Isaac, and Rogue Legacy, this remake is simply first among equals.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    NBA 2K13 is very smart game that offers so many tactical possibilities.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Heart is hands down the best expansion of this year.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Pillars of Eternity is a good RPG even when you play it without your rose-tinted nostalgia glasses.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    No Time Left is Telltale's best effort to date. It has the longest heart-to-heart talk in the entire game, the most exciting action sequence featuring Lee, a hatchet and a horde of zombies, and a quiet, emotional climax.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is enough spectacular action to keep you occupied for a couple of weeks, but Horizon is not the hot new killer app for PS4.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a pity that Naughty Dog cut this episode from the original game. Yes, it breaks the pace, but the story is worth it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Exhilarating, colorful, mindless – that's Far Cry 3 in three words.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like XCOM, and you want more of the same — well, here you go.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To make fun of video games, just like they do it in The Stanley Parable, you have to love them with all your heart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Despite the weak diplomacy layer and clumsy UI, Civilization 6 as a whole outshines its shortcomings.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Legacy of the Void is hardly a milestone in the RTS genre, but it is a nice bookend to the trilogy. Blizzard has finally fulfilled its promise to StarCraft fans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a decent platformer worthy of your 10-20 hours of free time. But, as far as metroidvanias go, there is so much stuff to improve in the potential sequel, for example, a map, a teleport system, a bag of collectable items and lots of well-hidden secrets.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Playing Ori and the Blind Forest is akin to having a piano lesson — it is fun only when you press exactly the right keys. Get off the mark for just a split second, and the entrancing melody is gone, the tempo is ruined, and all you can hear is the sound of your fingers frantically tapping the keys.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is probably the most original iOS game since Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a spectacular summer blockbuster, and it keeps you entertained until you notice that as far as creativity goes, it’s been running on fumes the whole time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    TowerFall: Ascension is polished to almost perfection in both style and substance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You move blocks and jump around only to realize that Tearaway is a fun, but shallow experience. There is no cohesive narrative, no gameplay mechanics development – just a series of almost unrelated events. Tearaway is an equivalent of a children’s book that people read to their kids at night, while the mysterious Message is just an empty ploy to keep you playing for 6-7 hours.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With this expansion and major updates, Blizzard finally did what it should have done two years ago – make Diablo 3 a fun game to play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nice-looking, with bright, colorful landscapes, lots of nostalgic references to the old RPGs of yore, and a very high degree of freedom, this game wanted to grab as much audience as it could. But in reality, only somewhat masochistic power players will be able to beat it. Are you one of them? Welcome to Rivellon, then!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Gone Home is an ideological sister to Dear Esther, only not as beautiful or mysterious.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The depth and scope of Football Manager 2013 are impressive. I only wish that the developers hadn't taken the 2-in-1 approach where they bundled a traditional version that is in need of polish, with a simplified Football Manager Classic aimed solely at new players. Pleasing old fans while bringing in fresh blood is a very risky balancing act. Sports Interactive should think about where to focus their efforts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a bit weird to laud a sequel for a simple scale-up of its scope, but in case of Warhammer 2, this is the most drastic change. Thanks to it, the campaign feels like a full-fledged Total War game, rather than an amusing experiment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    We've been waiting for the developers of GalCiv 3 to fix their end-game mechanics, and they finally did.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Imagine the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider in a different setting using a modified engine and sans useless multiplayer, because the rest is pretty much the same.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Nonary Games is an awesome compilation for all true fans of adventure games.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spectacular, loud, bare-bones – that’s Titanfall for you. Respawn wanted it to become popular so bad that they went overboard and cut off too much meat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the surface, Hollow Knight looks like a simple game that heavily borrows from ages old retro cliches, but this is a beautiful, epic adventure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Days when people considered StarCraft a gold standard of the RTS genre are long gone. Nowadays, Blizzard tries to mask the old formula by grafting superfluous gameplay elements and tugging at nostalgia strings. Unless you’re a huge fan of StarCraft’s multiplayer, better save your money for Company of Heroes 2 and Wargame: AirLand Battle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Arkane made a very polished stealth/action hybrid, but those expecting an emotionally charged story filled with dramatic twists, like in the first game, will come away disappointed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Wolfenstein 2 lacks novelty, it’s still a fun shooter with a meticulously detailed world, a cast of colorful characters, and lots of ways to brutally murder nazis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A bottomless chasm separating the story and the gameplay is the biggest problem of this Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics rebooted the series with an origin story. The developers wanted to show us how Lara learns to kill – first animals, then humans – in order to survive, how the hardships of the Yamatai island will make her into the tomb raider well know and love. But in reality, you can’t suspend your disbelief even for a minute. Though Lara sighs and whines a lot, her superhuman vitality would make Wolverine green with envy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Anomaly: Korea represents the lazy approach to game development. The game is still fun to play, but it is not nice to sell the same product twice.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Short, but enjoyable single-player campaign blending Shogo, Portal 2 and Mirror's Edge compliments the familiar multiplayer, which is equally fun and infuriating.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Day of the Tentacle did not age at all. It looks and plays as if they made it just yesterday. Thanks to Double Fine, we can once again enjoy a good adventure game, which, despite some flaws, is leaps and bounds better than many recent offerings in the genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The gameplay and its mechanics are incredibly simple, and there aren’t any new ideas, but boy, it can be so fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Talos Principle’s worst transgression is that it is absolutely predictable. The levels are all too similar, and by the end of the game you do pretty much the same routine as you do in the beginning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Cities: Skylines has many annoyances and shortcomings, but still, it’s a fun game, and it has one huge thing going for it — its creators are passionate and enthusiastic. They’re neither corporate slaves who churned out the last SimCity, nor penny pinchers who sell the same product over and over again (hello, Cities XXL). I bet that when I launch Cities: Skylines 6 months from now, I will see a much better game, and my review will become obsolete.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If Almost Human had made a strict dungeon crawler like the first Legend of Grimrock, but with a properly fleshed-out world, better UI, redesigned combat and role-playing systems, I would have recommended such a sequel in an instant. Alas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Inquisition is a weird amalgamation of two different games. One is almost like those classic RPGs from BioWare’s early years; it makes you sit on the edge of your chair, waiting for shocking twists, deliberate over moral dilemmas, laugh and cry. The other is a MMO with generic quests and soulless grinding, having slithered where it should not be. And, alas, there is no way to separate them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    If you value humor and atmosphere above all else, go forth and enjoy Tales from the Borderlands. If not, you will have a hard time enjoying a cartoon without gameplay, freedom and bedazzling graphics.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In contrast to the previous expansion, Afterbirth is just a collection of scraps and trimmings that has nothing original to offer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    However flawed Badland is, you won’t go wrong if you buy it on sale – it’ll help you to kill some time on a trip.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Graphical flaws and overly linear gameplay aside, DmC is a solid first installment in the relaunched franchise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A new benchmark for “branching narrative” games. The Wolf Among Us turns players into viewers by almost ditching gameplay, but you will enjoy watching this show.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I probably should berate Battle of the Bulge for having only one map, but I can’t bring myself to do it. By focusing on just this scenario, Shenandoah Studio honed it to almost perfection. Plus, $9,99 for a game that will captivate you for 3-4 hours straight is, I think, a good deal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yakuza 0 is a compact slice of modern Japan with one difference that in real Tokyo and Osaka they actually have street traffic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BattleBlock Theater is not original and it’s not ashamed of that. It’s everyone else that should be ashamed and green with envy that they couldn’t make such a fun 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an unforgettable trip into the horrifying world of bureaucracy.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only thanks to the Nemesis system stinky orcs from Peter Jackson’s movies rise above being cannon fodder and turn into actual characters. If this cool system weren’t here, no one would have looked twice at this hybrid clone of Batman: Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It would be a mistake to call Darkest Dungeon a roguelike game. It is, in fact, a more elaborate version of Cookie Clicker. You play with numbers instead of playing a game.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though the scope of this stand-alone adventure is smaller than usual, there‘s enough exciting, yet all-too-familiar blockbuster scenes, a daring escape from a crumbling temple, a high-octane car chase and a sequence that can only be described as the train from Uncharted 2 on steroids.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Black Flag is not a sequel, it is just a big expansion pack, and it has nothing to merit the “4” in its title. Just like Brotherhood and Revelations that fleshed out Assassin’s Creed 2, it is not a step forward, but aside.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A worthy heir to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It compensates for its narrative shortcomings with immersive atmosphere, top-notch combat system and flawless pace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An unforgettable, incredibly depressing adventure, and the finest work by Frictional Games so far.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fallout 4 is an OK game if you treat it as an open-world first-person shooter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    No matter how much content is recycled here, New Super Mario Bros. U is a gem in Wii U’s launch line-up. Problem is, there is nothing that sets it apart from a long line of its predecessors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    I was wrong about The Wolf Among Us – twice. The first time is when I hoped that, having practiced drama skills writing an on-rails zombie adventure, Telltale Games would be able to build something more complex and spectacular. The second time is when I thought that there would be some twist in the case of dead hookers. My failed prediction is not what vexes me; it’s the fact that Telltale just skipped the climax of the story altogether.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A devilishly fast, fun, exciting multiplayer platformer, SpeedRunners is an excellent party game when playing in Steam's Big Picture mode.

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