YouGamers' Scores

  • Games
For 82 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 82
Highest review score: 97 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Lowest review score: 45 SunAge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 82
  2. Negative: 3 out of 82
82 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is pure value-for-money: a total of 5 excellent games for the price of one (and a bit). The sheer quality of the gameplay to be experienced makes The Orange Box an absolute "must have" purchase. Get it now, get the gnome into space but don't eat the cake.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is a finely polished experience that you should not miss. It is also fairly short but ultimately that isn't the biggest issue - the chronic lack of challenge for those of us that already know how to "think with portals" is. A lot is saved by the excellent co-op mode but I weep for the missed opportunities.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a cinematic sci-fi epic that continues the story of Commander Shepard with an unforgettable adventure. Some RPG elements have been thrown overboard and gameplay has been simplified, perhaps even a bit too much, but the flaws are minor and easy to shurg off. The characters, the story and the setting are just that good.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Flawlessly executed masterpiece that stays firmly true to the original old school gameplay that makes Starcraft so good. The best RTS of the decade and shows that Blizzard still has the touch with finely crafted gameplay and unmatched quality of presentation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4 is a great online shooter, and welcome competition to both Counter-Strike: Source and Battlefield 2. The single player campaign is everything you can expect from a Call of Duty game and then some.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    When the biggest flaw of the game is that it gets a bit repetitive after the first hundred or so hours of play, you know you have something special.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    World of Warcraft reigns supreme, and Lich King only serves to cement the lead Blizzard has in MMOs. Does almost everything right while actually breaking some new ground, even if the content is getting a bit too easy in the name of accessibility. A must buy for all existing World of Warcraft players and yet another reason for the rest to get back or join in. Resistance is Futile.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Crytek has crafted an exceptional game, but if you were waiting for a revolution in FPS gameplay, then your wait continues.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A flawless PC conversion with PhysX visual extras over the console versions. In every way polished and fun, managing to at all times to capture the essence of Batman. Game of the Year material.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Street Fighter IV on the PC is easily the best version of the game and a must-buy for a fighting game enthusiast, yet not too harsh introduction to a newbie either. The only downside? Arcade style joystick effectively mandatory, driving up the total price of admission.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great game and definitely worthy of being called Fallout, easily beating my modest expectations. Not perfect, but the flaws are mostly inconsequential when you consider the big picture. Excellent storyline, interesting game world and plenty of gratuitous violence.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is an exceptional role playing game that features a strong setting and storyline and offers quite a challenge, effectively requiring you to either stack your group and abuse overpowered abilities or play on Easy as combat is poorly balanced. Suffers also from offensively poor handling of downloadable content - when will the DLC milking stop?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    World of Warcraft is still the number one and Cataclysm shakes up the world for the better. Finally returns some proper challenge to the gameplay and provides a fresh new set of endgame content - just not very much of it. A must buy for all existing World of Warcraft players and with up-to-date starting content, a good reason to jump in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best single-player experiences of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Fine addition to the overall storyline of Gordon Freeman. Fails to stand alone, but I guess that's episodic gaming. Bit on the short side and the weakest link of The Orange Box, but good fun as long as it lasts.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A great step forward in streamlining and modernizing Civilization and a lot more forgiving for newbies, yet ultimately shipped with a long laundry list of problems and balance issues, not to mention completely incompetent AI. A flawed classic in need of some serious patching.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A solid game worthy of carrying the name "Deus Ex" and the best action-RPG title of the year. Not perfect, but stands out due to solid story, fun gameplay and believable play environments. Could have benefited from multiple proper endings with separate gameplay, but I guess that may be too much to ask these days.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV is definitely the best version of the game and almost a must-buy if you haven't already seen it all. Just don't underestimate the hardware needed to run it properly - a quad core CPU is almost mandatory for acceptable performance as is a high end video card. PC-specific Video Editor is a nice bonus but the gameplay is untouched and just as good as on the consoles.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Empire: Total War is impressive and very ambitious in scope, but it feels like the final polish was sacrificed to ship the game according to a set schedule. First patches have resolved some of the worst bugs, but the gameplay is still riddled with dumb AI and other issues that can't be overlooked. Pretty and perhaps after some patches a truly great game, but it's not there just yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead is, above anything else, a fun and replayable co-op experience. Everything is elaborately designed to support the co-op gameplay and the moody zombie theme. So it doesn't have a heavily scripted 30-hour storyline with dozens of maps? Who cares! Refreshingly original and polished to the point of being a textbook case how to make a proper PC game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2, like the first one, is a fun and replayable co-op experience that can be tons of fun with a group of friends. Unfortunately somewhere during the drive to add more and more weapons, enemies, maps and game modes, that magic Valve iterate-polish-polish cycle got cut short and the end result, while still good, is not quite as magical as the first one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Battlefield 3 is the new baseline in first person shooter games and while the single player is short and painfully linear, you can only admire the atmosphere and the visuals. Multiplayer maps are too small for 64 players and the game needs a patch or two to fix some small issues but otherwise the online play is pretty much spot on - BF3 will be played for years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite some partially unfinished features and a few annoying balance issues, EVE Online is greater than the sum of its parts and the best "sandbox" MMO in a market cluttered by canned content. Still a bit harsh to newbies, but with the release of Apocrypha more accessible than ever before. If you can get over the initial hurdles, potentially more addictive than World of Warcraft - you have been warned.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fast and furious arcade racer translated to the PC with great care. The Ultimate Box tosses in plenty of freebie additions and the ongoing content development ensures that Burnout Paradise won't end up gathering dust after the first few weeks. Has that magic "one more race" feel and is easily one of the best arcade racers on the PC.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On its own merits, Opposing Fronts is a worthy expansion to Company of Heroes. DirectX 10 shenanigans and a surprising lack of finish make the whole package less than we were promised, and had the right to expect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the same great-looking, fast-paced, fun-to-play game, only with an extended story and higher-resolution visuals. That the experience is better on a PC is only natural, given that mouse-and-keyboard controls are the heart of any honest shooter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A fine digital toy and a great purchase for the fan of the series - as long as you accept that a lot of expansion features from The Sims 2 are missing and will probably be sold to you all over again as an endless stream of expansion packs and downloadable add-ons. As a game, things tend to get just as repetitive as your average daily grind in real life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Fairly conventional fantasy MMO with some interesting innovations and heavy bias towards large scale player vs. player combat. Polished and playable, but with many small reservations. Badly in need of more content and balance tweaks.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Massive adventure with plenty of action, addressing every flaw of the first game in some way while adding tons of new gameplay features. Story, characters, combat... the mix is just perfect and the PC conversion is almost flawless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Dawn of War II is a highly innovative twist on the usual RTS formula that dares to think outside the box while staying true to the WH40k source material. Campaign co-op play is a great addition to the already superb single player game but the head-to-head multiplayer skirmish is a bit of a disappointment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Visually impressive and ambitious but ultimately falls short of the hype. Attempts very hard to immerse you in a realistic sandbox world but fails to be anything but a simple, repetitive shooter. Driving across beautiful but lifeless world while fighting infinitely respawning enemies to complete unimaginative missions for people who all try to kill you can be summed up as beautiful but disappointing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Strange game. Technologically impressive and initially very fun, but feels overly dumbed down for the casual audience and suffers from poor gameplay balance. Manages to entertain for a while, but lacks substance and depth to keep you interested in the long term.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A fine shooter with multitude of game modes and maps, just not quite as polished as "Team Fortress 2."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Good things come to those who wait - Alan Wake on the PC may show up very late but it is visually a clear improvement over the Xbox 360 version, plays better with a mouse and brings the excellent atmosphere and gripping story to a whole new audience. No couches needed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The most enjoyable PC racing simulation to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The classic gameplay is mostly untouched, so all the grumpy old gamers will feel right at home. On the other hand, anyone who wanted a true sequel might be disappointed by the lack of real gameplay improvements. In dire need of a gameplay balancing patch to sort out the rough edges.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Mask of the Betrayer is a great epic level fantasy role playing campaign, based on aging and limited technology, with two glaring flaws: a dysfunctional multiplayer mode and a very high barrier of entry. That said, if you finished Neverwinter Nights 2, this expansion is definitely worth getting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Beautiful, atmospheric and decisively old school dungeon crawl that does proper justice to the classics of the genre. Keeps the gameplay simple and logical, is suitably difficult and pulls no punches when you mess it up, yet you simply can't put it down. Recommended.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Reasonably pretty scripted cover-based shooter that does break the mold with the skillshot system, offering good fun for about eight hours. Very limited multiplayer and little replay value, offering dubious value at full retail price.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fundamental simulation aspects haven’t changed, but the action layered on top does much to eschew the series' reputation as a competent but sleepy simulation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new visual style works and the technical side of the game is flawless but ultimately this re-imaging of Prince of Persia ends up being a bit short and easy. In the quest to rid the game of all potential sources of frustration, the low difficulty level is unfortunate collateral damage. Fun and accessible but fails to match the brilliance of Sands of Time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A must have for Supreme Commander fans, Forged Alliance improves upon the original game in every possible way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    To stay on top of this great game or to enjoy it as intended, you need to pay attention and think before committing yourself. A far better game than the sum of its parts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Atmospheric and original story that keeps switching gears between fast-paced FPS action, sneaking and pure horror. Completely linear and has a tendency to be brutally unfair, leading to some frustrating deaths. Still, definitely worth checking out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Mirror's Edge shines on the PC due to superior controls. At times it can be very harsh towards amateurs but rewards proper practice and skill to a great degree. Audiovisual masterpiece and a polished experience, yet doesn't quite match all the expectations and offers little content for the price.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Age of Conan might turn out to be a fair game at some future date, but we can't score a game based on future promises. As it stands now, it's incomplete, rushed and buggy, with major game systems utterly broken. Recommended only for exploit hunters and MMO fanatics that enjoy waiting for that next patch - the one that will "fix everything" - even when it never does.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Trine proves that if you have an original mix of ideas, even old school gameplay can still work great, especially when paired with incredible visuals and extremely polished code. So, it is a bit short and lacks long-term replayability and gets scored accordingly, but don't let that stop you - Trine is definitely something special.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best parts of old adventure games are still there, and the tiresome bits have been trimmed out. All in all, this is the best adventure game interface ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Great PC conversion of a somewhat flawed game. It just feels that the actual gameplay elements got sidelined while developing all the technology used to realize the the impressive cities, the crowds and the great character animation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Innovative and fun, yet has plenty of depth even for older gamers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not a complete disaster, but lacks in scope and ambition, and fails to keep the interest up as the quality of available content falls as you level up, and the high end game is just promises at this point - while the newbie experience is fine, the "meat" of the game that would keep you playing for months seems to be still under development.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Fine story-driven game about mafia and a life of crime that stumbles on lack of content - there just isn't much to do in Empire City and the story is over before you know it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Online play suffers from the Games For Windows Live disease while the single player game is a tad short and heavily scripted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine may not be a perfect masterpiece, but it has been polished from all the right spots. Non-stop action worthy of the M-rating, showing you exactly what you can do with a pair of adamantium claws in gory detail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Surprisingly good effort for a pirate-themed MMO. Instead of a reskinned Everquest-derivative, we get some actual gameplay innovations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun little RTS on the cheap, proving that creativity can't be declared extinct just yet - even in this day and age of multi-million dollar game budgets. Best when played against human opponents.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Polished, visually impressive and offering a surprising amount of depth under the deceptively simple gameplay. On the downside, Demigod suffers from major multiplayer connectivity issues and lack of content at launch - a lot is riding on patches and free content updates appearing as promised.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Forgettable story, linear levels, some technical snafus, boss copy-pasting, combat issues... the list of bits that don't quite cut it is long and it is all over far too quickly, yet Forgotten Sands is a fine addition to the Prince of Persia storyline that plays well and manages to capture some of the platforming magic of Sands of Time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Eminently playable and entertaining old school top down 2D shooter-RPG-adventure that is hard to classify. They just don't seem make games like this any more, making Space Pirates and Zombies a pleasant surprise for us old geezers. Those too young to remember Star Control may want to check the demo first.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The racing is balanced and never dull, and the only downside is that the fun is over far too soon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Fresh and fun isometric story-driven monster bash where you can actually improvise and cast spells by combining raw elements instead of mashing numeric keys for canned results. Fun even alone and hilarious chaos in up to four player co-op.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What can I say - Ghostbusters: The Video Game succeeds in being a proper Ghostbusters game with a good storyline and gameplay that fits the setting and gets a thumbs up for that. On the other hand, it is embarrassingly linear with almost zero replayability and the PC version omits multiplayer modes found on the consoles. At least it is priced accordingly, offering reasonable value.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A fine turn-based digital version of a superb board game that, despite some bugs and AI issues, is a blast to play. Rules take some effort to learn but they provide a wide set of strategic options, ensuring endless hours of entertainment in online leagues. Shame that the owners of the first Blood Bowl are left out with incompatible multiplayer across editions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Entertaining, if somewhat unfinished superhero MMO. Feels a bit like the unholy marriage of City of Heroes and World of Warcraft, liberally borrowing features and gameplay from both and mixes them with a couple of original ideas. Thin on content and in need of a balancing patch or three, but depending on further development, could turn out to be okay in the long run.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Ultimately, there's just not enough of a game here for most players. Rail enthusiasts, with the time and patience to tinker with the editor, will adore it; everyone else are likely to be bored with minutes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TimeShift is a bag of old tricks that won't surprise the audience but will entertain them. It's also an encouraging example to game developers (or anyone else for that matter) struggling with a delayed, seemingly hopeless project.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A disappointment. Unfinished, unpolished, monotonous and offering poor value for money with the subscription scheme. Yet it kind of grows on you over time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A positive surprise, a remarkable "public transport tycoon" game from a brand new dev team that clears all the basic hurdles of the genre and manages to be entertaining. Traffic simulation needs some fixes, but otherwise quite polished and beautiful - just make sure your video card is good enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As a stand-alone racer, a competent console conversion; maybe a bit repetitive in the long run, but still a fair effort from EA.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you can cope with the game's shortcomings, then this title can offer hundreds of hours of intense gaming.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men could be a great game. Unfortunately it feels unfinished, and falls short of that mark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately not a bad game, just "too casual". Definitely enjoyable for many, especially younger players, gamers with lives or those who actually prefer the simplicity. For a hardcore reviewer like me, the gameplay is unfortunately just too simple, repetitive and unchallenging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    To its credit, Two Worlds dares to be less conventional than Oblivion, but it's not nearly as polished in any regard. The unbalanced difficulty makes for a frustrating first few hours, and there's little incentive to return to the game after completing the main story line.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Ironically, the story is better-suited to a summer Hollywood horror flick, and it falls flat as a premise for driving action in a video game. With a number of great releases on the horizon, there's no reason to let this aberration anywhere near your hard drive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    End result is a rushed and buggy software toy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Escape from Paradise City isn't trying to be the most visually stunning or the most innovative game, but with its excellent blend of several genres, its attention to detail, and easy accessibility with its low requirements and absolutely no frustration due to bugs, it becomes a game that I'd easily recommend to anyone.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate is a half-assed second sequel that fails to live up to the original's good name. It doesn't try to introduce anything new to the plot or design of the game, and contents itself to copying the classic in an uninspired manner.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Rise of the Argonauts may be based on some ambitious ideas, but the implementation is terribly uneven and filled with obvious corner-cutting. The "action" and "RPG" elements are both weak and what little gameplay there is feels flat and uninteresting. PC conversion is a rush job with little effort to cater for the platform.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Alone In The Dark truly horrifies me. How can such a big-budget title actually get to the stores with such unfriendly controls and gameplay glitches? The game is clumsy, completely linear and absolutely no fun to play.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Definitely looks like a game from 2007 and can't match the visuals of modern shooters. Single player is fairly short and multiplayer is mostly a tickbox feature, yet Duke Nukem Forever manages to capture some of the magic of the original and has that spark that seems to be missing from most games these days - it may be rude, shocking and decisively old school, but I had fun!
    • 50 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    In a year of excellent RTS titles, Empire Earth 3 has nothing to offer. In an effort to garner mass appeal, the game has been dumbed down to the point of irrelevancy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's no fun beating up on the little guy, but whoever green-lighted the release of SunAge surely must have known that the release code was beta at best.