Riot Pixels' Scores

  • Games
For 986 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 95 Bayonetta 2
Lowest review score: 1 Bloodbath Kavkaz
Score distribution:
986 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Insurgency: Sandstorm feels like a shoddy HD remaster of the original game rather than a full-fledged sequel, complete with annoying performance drops, popping up textures and bland map design.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-type game done right — a perfect combination of a desolate world, polished gameplay, top-notch visuals and a thrilling story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    The narrative can be just as frustrating as the Tsioque’s wonky UI. The game doesn’t bother to explain which door you’re supposed to open next, the need to carry dragon scales with you, or what this magic potion does. These problems stem from primitive gameplay mechanics, as well as absence of dialogue, supporting characters and an in-game diary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 2 is thrilling enough to warrant a second walkthrough to get that extended ending. It’s a great remake, but, more importantly, it confidently stands on its own. This is the best introduction to the Resident Evil series and to survival horror in general.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Ace Combat 7 is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea — even though its impressive single-player campaign is packed with exciting action, the multiplayer part feels like an afterthought, and the quirky story has way too many cliches.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game quickly loses steam, even though at first it seems fun, and its retro-futuristic design is charming throwback to fan-favorite movies of the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately, the monotony inevitably leads to boredom as the game has nothing to challenge you with except to repeat the same few actions over and over.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This game is equally bad in all of its aspects. The developers should remove all the gameplay and turn Kursk into a free virtual tour of the submarine.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    For every bright spot there is a dozen of poor design choices, and don’t get me started on bugs — InSomnia needs a separate review just for them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    This Jagged Alliance is bad, but not to the point that it incites rage. Play, uninstall and forget. It’s not rage, more like… apathy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    The ending serves as a bridge to a possible 5th installment, but it’s going to be just as bad unless the developers reinvent the series. The "entertain yourself" approach to the open world ran out of steam a long time ago, campaign missions are going downhill fast, and the amount of bugs has skyrocketed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Book of Demons is a fun romp, though it’s not as engrossing and captivating as other, more "serious" action/RPGs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    A disgustingly average game not worthy of being a Leisure Suit Larry adventure. You have to get drunk if you want to squeeze any fun out of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With all its attractive graphics, Mutant Year Zero lacks scale to offer exciting tactical options and does very little to flesh out its intriguing post-apocalyptic world.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Shinobi Striker is in a dire need of maps and modes, and looks like the developers have no idea on how to tackle this problem.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its plain look, Mechanicus offers lots of exciting turn-based battles and many ways to level up your team. Unfortunately, it gets only easier as you progress and eventually turns into a cakewalk, but it's not a deal-breaker.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    Whenever developers turn to surrealism while making a video game, they sometimes forget that their goal is to produce an actual playable game rather than a bunch of psychedelic paintings. Dali Games fell into this trap while working on its debut adventure Lucid Dream.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a little bit weird, sometimes disbalanced, boring at times and clearly lacking a better budget, but now, after a handful of patches, you can safely pick it up during a sale.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 34 Critic Score
    Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics has the most primitive levels I have ever seen in a turn-based strategy game, coupled with an equally primitive AI. Combat system has quite a few fine ideas, though, but they're not worth it to suffer through 10 hours of identical gameplay situations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Darksiders 3 is dated in all regards, from gameplay to graphics and facial animation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It's a solid expansion pack with all the merits and flaws of the original game. And for some reason it has "2" in the title.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's sloppy and boring wherever you look. Fallout 76 feels like a mishmash of half-baked ideas rather than a proper MMORPG with a decent story and exciting challenges for both lone wolves and groups.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    There is no thrilling story, colorful characters or allure of the high seas. Instead, Return of the Obra Dinn is a bold, massive puzzle, an exquisite workout for your 'gray cells'. Unfortunately, the innovative gameplay mechanic gradually loses its appeal and excitement towards the finale, and I had to muster my willpower in order to beat the game in one go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the core gameplay is still fun, Battlefield 5 is the most unstable and bug-ridden installment in the series since Battlefield 2. Even if the developers manage to patch the most glaring holes by the end of this year, there is no guarantee that they won’t abandon the game in a few months depending on sales and revenue from microtransactions. I would wait six months to see if anything changes for the better before buying.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Lovecraft-inspired, one-of-a-kind, original-looking… boring grindfest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While AC: Origins was packed with interesting stories, Odyssey is a generic ’Ubisoft sandbox’ in the worst sense, with hundreds of the same-looking places, dozens of ”kill-fetch” quests and almost zero motivation to grind further.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    60 Parsecs! was supposed to fix the mistakes of 60 Seconds and launch this concept into stratosphere, but suffered orbit decay and burned on re-entry.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Fans of WH40K board games will probably enjoy this video game. Fans of computer strategy games should probably buy Valkyria Chronicles 4 instead.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Gardens Between wins you over with immediacy and candor rather than original concept or atmosphere. Don’t expect metaphysical references, hidden postmodernist rhetoric, or a multi-layered narrative — there is none of that. Moreover, it is devoid of conflict, story and text. This is a journey through a child’s imagination made out of clever puzzles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    SoulCalibur 6 joins Injustice 2 on the front line of modern arcade fighting games. I hope the amazing character editor will only increase its popularity over time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Generic heroic fantasy with naive themes and two-dimensional caricatures instead of characters. The writing is all right, with some bright spots here and there, but this story is not worth the emotional havoc this game wreak on you with its poor game design logic and bugs.

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