Riot Pixels' Scores

  • Games
For 489 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 20% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 70% 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 Europa Universalis IV
Lowest review score: 5 Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 97 out of 489
489 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is probably the most original iOS game since Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.