Riot Pixels' Scores

  • Games
For 377 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 19% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 95 Europa Universalis IV
Lowest review score: 5 Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 377
377 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Judgment is a prequel that no one asked for. The story campaign is worth a go if you play it in co-op with friends and take declassified missions – although it adds nothing to the story of Sera. The new multiplayer modes are okay, but overall all these ‘changes’ are just a game of musical chairs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re not into art house video games, steer clear of Kentucky Route Zero. And even if you’re always first in line to try some weird experience, wait until they release the remaining acts. Right now, it’s hard to say what this is: a breakthrough or a hyped-up bubble.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Monaco fails at balancing fun and cold math; the first levels are so easy that you’ll run through them without even thinking, but by the end the awkward arcade shenanigans will become the downfall of your carefully laid plans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is something appealing about The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, despite its rough edges and run-of-the-mill gameplay mechanics. You don’t want to leave this world, but the end titles start crawling mere 15 hours into the campaign.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gunpoint is stylish, incredibly atmospheric and quite deceptive as it is actually a clever puzzle rather than stealth action. Too bad it is only 3 hours long, and there is no incentive to revisit the game when you’re done with it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Reus is a math puzzle dressed as a god sim. Do not mistake it for a laid-back economic strategy game - playing Reus is never a relaxing experience. It is too bad that some of the challenges crop up because of the poorly-designed UI.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As much I enjoyed seeing Rapture rendered by BioShock Infinite’s engine, Burial at Sea offered nothing new. In fact, it is nothing more but a re-tread, a 2-hour long fan service for the most loyal followers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As fun The Shadow Sun is, it feels like the developers had to cut a lot of corners in order to finally make it onto the market.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game’s illusion of freedom is a bit disappointing. There are no paths surrounded by invisible walls as we have come to expect from other ‘endless runners’, and the first thing you do is try to take a peek at the edge of this world. But, in reality, there are only three ways: forward, just to the left, and just to the right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In this final installment, you’ll spend 3-4 hours watching the writers retconning the history of Columbia and Rapture, but none of these revelations are exciting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Infested Planet is Crimsonland of the RTS genre, where you shoot aliens by thousands just because it’s fun or you want to take the top spot in the leaderboards. If you prefer your RTS in the more traditional sense, this game is definitely not your cup of tea.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An open world game devoid of meaningful content will be forever remembered only as a tool for making astonishingly beautiful screenshots.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though Life Goes On is short and simplistic, it offers a bold, welcome break from the ‘science saves the world’ cliché permeating other puzzle games. Three ‘vikings’ will win only if two of them are dead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Besides killing enemies, there is not much to do; the entire game is a linear path from one small arena to the next one. Yes, there is a story, but in Bastion it was seamlessly integrated into gameplay, and here it only breaks the pace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MouseCraft is a puzzle game “like they used to make”, without portal guns and time manipulation. Its only downside is a badly-designed UI.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Retro looks can only get you so far, and in the case of Xenonauts, the longer you play it, the more annoying things you discover. A primitive leveling up system (there are no classes or special abilities), contrived combat mechanics, a moth-eaten 2D engine that doesn’t know how to rotate or zoom. In the end, the strategic part becomes much more interesting than tactical battles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the initial plan to cut The Fall into several episodes, Over the Moon decided not to tease us with a cliffhanger – it’s a self-contained, albeit short, story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combat in Vertical Drop Heroes is simplistic, but fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Don’t mind the uncomely look of the game; it will not let you go until, 7 hours later, you will deal with the final boss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fresh, dynamic addition to the stale artillery genre.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game takes your breath away from the first seconds, but its paper-thin story quickly gets lost in the beautiful picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Should you read lengthy Internet discussions on what is missing now in Beyond Earth, you may think that the game is simply guilty of being not enough like Alpha Centauri, when, in fact, the problem lies elsewhere. Beyond Earth is worse than its 15-year-old predecessor in all regards, and it has nothing to make up for it. Firaxis made a decent, but shallow game that gets old after 2-3 playthroughs, which is not a good sign in a 4X genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Every situation in GRID 2 feels the same, and there is a reason. Having collected more than 50 cars in my virtual garage, I can’t point out my favorite ones – they all behave the same way, without any distinctive quirks of ‘character’. And locations that repeat ad nauseum only make this feeling worse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    At first, State of Decay feels like an exciting introduction into a bleak world of zombie apocalypse, but tedious missions, dated graphics and boring characters quickly ruin all the fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Warlock 2 is a better game than its predecessor, Warlock: Master of the Arcane, but after several playthroughs you will succumb to the familiar boredom.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Bright, colorful, fun, but too simple.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Amid the Ruins gave me hope that The Walking Dead: Season Two may still go out with a bang.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A “CryNET Systems 3.0” logo is plastered all over Crysis 3’s menus, but it should’ve said “2.5”. The final instalment in a story of a super soldier versus alien invaders feels like an expansion rather a full-blown sequel. A six-hour long campaign in a familiar setting, one and a half fresh ideas, slightly improved multiplayer. A few years ago studios were more honest when naming their products – take Crysis Warhead, for example.
    • 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.