PCMag's Scores

  • Games
For 88 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Persona 4 Golden
Lowest review score: 50 Code Shifter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 88
  2. Negative: 0 out of 88
89 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil Village blends Resident Evil 7's grounded horror with Resident Evil 4's fast action and offbeat concepts. More tension, more combat, and more weirdness round out a game whose faults lie on the edges of the overall experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Outriders offers a deeper narrative than its looter contemporaries, but it's ultimately a run-of-the-mill shooter that leaves no lasting impact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Returnal expertly weaves shoot 'em up and Metroidvania mechanics into its base, roguelike gameplay. Though its tight controls, visual fidelity, and intriguing story may entice you to play, the game's almost insurmountable difficulty will certainly alienate a portion of its intended audience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New Pokemon Snap on the Nintendo Switch is a worthy follow-up to the N64's beloved photo game. It blends the classic gameplay with cool, contemporary touches.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pac-Man 99 is gaming in its purest form, marrying classic arcade nostalgia with a dynamic multiplayer twist that makes it hard to put down.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Featuring beautiful sprite work, creative puzzles, and fun action-RPG mechanics, Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth recalls Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, while forging its own path.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Disco Elysium’s dense, authored, yet player-driven storytelling uses the bones of RPG gameplay to deliver a truly modern piece of interactive political art.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Evil Genius 2 is the natural continuation of the 2004 base-building, trap-laden classic. New evil geniuses, new minion types, and expanded bases round out this mostly satisfying sequel, but a grindy mid-game and no minion control dulls the game's shine a bit.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some unavoidable control snags, League of Legends: Wild Rift successfully shrinks the massively popular PC game into a surprisingly capable mobile edition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon transforms the long-running beat'-em-up series into a Japanese role-playing game—and it's shockingly good. Though it retains some of the past games' clunky character animations, Like a Dragon's action-packed combat and engaging story make it a must-own RPG.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with action, side content, and heart, Yakuza 6 brings Kazuma Kiryu’s gangster journey to a close. Despite lacking challenge and snubbing important series characters, The Song of Life is an excellent beat-'em-up title.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter Rise takes what World introduced and runs with it, delivering a game that streamlines the gameplay and beefs up your kit for maximized man-versus-monster action.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a classic, JRPG experience, Bravely Default II is a fantastic pick up. Like the previous series entries, it brings old school role-playing into the modern era, with beautiful graphics and flexible systems.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nioh 2 is a superb sequel that builds upon its predecessor by adding massive amounts of new content, enhanced combat, and deep character customization.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World is an incredible and underplayed Wii U adventure that's now available on Switch. But Bowser’s Fury steals the show with its exciting and fresh take on a 3D Mario game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Persona 5 Strikers isn't a Dynasty Warriors game with a coat of Persona paint slapped on it. It's a Persona game that cleverly incorporates Dynasty Warriors combat into its systems. The shift to more action-focused gameplay works extremely well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Medium impresses with its next-gen graphics and unique, split-screenplay that lets you jump between the human and spirit worlds. Unfortunately, the horror game's not particularly scary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Pathless is a visual stunner that lets you explore its gorgeous world via an innovative and fun traversal mechanic. It may be modest in scale, but the platformer leaves a big impact courtesy of smart puzzles and exciting boss battles.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Five years after kicking off Hitman's new era, IO Interactive closes out the World of Assassination trilogy in spectacular fashion. Hitman 3 is a massive package full of fantastic new levels and modes that's well worth the purchase for stealth-action fans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its long absence, the beat 'em up remains one of the most enjoyable brawlers ever released, thanks to its fast action and gorgeous sprites.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Falconeer blends aerial exploration with dogfighting, but doesn’t stick the landing. It delivers an interesting, but middling, action-fantasy experience that's filled with gorgeous sights and clunky combat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous next-gen visuals and fresh takes on Tetris multiplayer make Tetris Effect: Connected an even more transcendent version of the near-perfect puzzle game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To become a mob kingpin in Empire of Sin, you’ll need brains, brawn, and a high tolerance for boredom.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While its endgame suffers a few stumbles, Shadowlands prepares you to make one of the more meaningful narrative choices in a WoW expansion. Shadowlands thrives at its level cap, though, with new gameplay elements that combine to make an excellent experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cyberpunk 2077 is a cynical look at a future, fallen America. The dystopian action-RPG boasts a deeply satisfying story, an engrossing world, and excellent shooting and melee combat, but it suffers from numerous bugs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Loot-focused titles like Destiny and The Division grew stronger over time, as their developers added content and fresh gameplay mechanics. It’s difficult seeing the same happening to Godfall. There simply isn’t enough meat to provide a solid foundation for future updates and enhancements. It’s possible that the developer, Gearbox Software, could resurrect this title with a massive, Final Fantasy XIV-style restructuring, but the task would be—pardon the deific pun—Herculean. If you want to enjoy your new PlayStation 5, pick up Demon’s Souls or Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales instead.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Using the same tools behind Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft delivers a grand, Greek myth-inspired adventure featuring a host of enemies to overcome and challenging puzzles to solve.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the original Fire Emblem's first Western release, Americans can finally enjoy the excellent, debut game in Nintendo's popular strategy-RPG series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a strong enough internet connection, Control Ultimate Edition - Cloud Version lets you stream a surprisingly seamless rendition of Remedy’s cutting-edge shooter to Nintendo’s modest tablet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a fine action game with plenty to do, and a satisfyingly robust combat system. It's denser and more focused than Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, but that focus removes some of the charm. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was a love letter to the entire Legend of Zelda series, a game filled with familiar characters and places from several of titles. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is very much a Breath of the Wild-specific game, which is certainly fine (Breath of the Wild was excellent), but not nearly as much of a fan-pleasing barrage of elements from the entire series. It’s a game that expects you to specifically love Breath of the Wild, and be invested in what happened before its events. If you dig that idea, you'll dig Age of Calamity.

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