PCMag's Scores

  • Games
For 153 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 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: 88 out of 153
  2. Negative: 0 out of 153
156 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Soundfall’s music-based gameplay adds a fresh groove to an otherwise standard dungeon-crawling adventure.
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    Vampire Survivors might look like Steam Early Access shovelware, but its depth and satisfying gameplay loop will keep you coming back for more. [Early Access Score = 80]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Triangle Strategy is an outstanding tactical-RPG that brilliantly marries narrative-based decision making with polished fantasy and strategy elements, making it a must-buy game for genre fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring outstanding cinematic presentation, first-rate voice performances, and superb sound design, Trek to Yomi wraps Akira Kurosawa-like flair around its fun, side-scrolling samurai battles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enjoy casual spins on popular sports, such as soccer and tennis, in this motion-controlled game collection for the Nintendo Switch. Although volleyball and a few other new additions feature disappointing controls, returning fan favorites showcase just how exciting it is to move your body while playing a video game.
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    PowerWash Simulator pairs water-powered cleaning with relaxing tasks, resulting in a surprisingly zen-like gameplay experience. [Early Access Score = 70]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga packs the nine, mainline films into a galaxy-spanning, kid-friendly, open-world toybox.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The House of the Dead: Remake gives the classic zombie-shooting game a frightfully fresh coat of paint, but its arcade roots create new problems as a home console release.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ghostwire: Tokyo is a horror-themed shooter that features a cool, ghostly premise and a lavishly rendered open-world Tokyo. However, it doesn't provide many scares or particularly engaging action.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Chocobo GP has the makings of a great kart racer with its diverse cast of specialized racers, excellent power-up combos, and terrific visuals. However, uninspired track design and excessive microtransactions mar the experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Memes aside, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an aggressively ridiculous action-RPG with surprisingly deep combat and subpar performance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the series' first real step into 3D action, and the game deftly makes the transition with its many challenges and secrets. However, there's less ambition on display than you might expect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Elden Ring is a wonderful action-RPG that features thrilling combat, an amazing open world, and tons of replay value. Unfortunately, its PC performance needs work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The first Puzzle Quest combined match-three puzzles with RPG elements to great success. Puzzle Quest 3 adds free-to-play mechanics to the pile and ends up with far less than it started with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dying Light 2 should appeal to fans of the original game with is terrific graphics and zombie-bashing action, though it suffers from poor pacing, a bland story, and technical issues.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent rebound from the divisive The King of Fighters XIV, KOF XV showcases developer SNK's deep fighting game chops via a creative combat system, vibrant graphics, and many fun extras.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Horizon Forbidden West takes everything that made Horizon Zero Dawn an excellent action-adventure title, and adds more environmental variety and quest verticality to create an even better game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lost Ark is a fantastic, free-to-play MMORPG that features exciting combat, attractive visuals, and a seemingly endless endgame.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sifu is a surprisingly robust and thoughtful action game that hearkens back to the quarter-munching arcade days of old, and Capcom’s cult classic, God Hand.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokemon Legends: Arceus isn't the open-world Pokemon game fans have been waiting for, but it's still the most ambitious Pokemon experience yet, and a fun collect-a-thon in its own right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Windjammers 2, the sequel to the cult classic Neo Geo game, delivers the same joyous arcade-sports thrills as its predecessor, but adds new moves and smooth online play to the action-packed, strategic mix.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter Rise blends the best elements from earlier series entries, and delivers a streamlined, action-packed, monster-slaying experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kratos, the god slayer, gets a new look, fresh tools, and a Norse pantheon to cut down in this dramatic, exciting shake-up of the classic God of War franchise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rune Factory 4 Special delivers all the life sim, farming, and RPG action of the original 3DS release—it's perfect for fans of the Story of Seasons series or Stardew Valley.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It won’t replace the real deal, but Rocket League Sideswipe turns the brilliant arcade sports game into an entertaining mobile companion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an excellent reimagining of the iconic PS1 JRPG that features fantastic visuals and addicting combat. The new Yuffie side content provides additional fun, and even addresses a few minor issues from the 2020 console release.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remake the original Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo Switch. They're still lengthy, fun Pokemon adventures, but not much has been added, and even the remade graphics are showing their age.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remake the original Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo Switch. They're still lengthy, fun Pokemon adventures, but not much has been added, and even the remade graphics are showing their age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halo Infinite pushes the franchise forward with a deep, open-world campaign, and includes multiplayer modes that recapture the classic games' satisfying game feel and matchmaking experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No single release from an annualized franchise revolutionizes the gameplay experience, but Football Manager 2022 delivers visual and mechanical improvements in multiple areas, making it the best series entry yet.

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