Pixel Judge, a PC gaming website formed literally by members from around the world. United by a passion for both PC games and PC gaming, we aim to offset the relative lack of PC industry coverage in the media these days. Let’s face it, PC gaming is awesome, and we want to open everyone’s eyes to that. There’s no elitism here, even if you’re new to PC gaming or a seasoned veteran of the keyboard and mouse, there’s a home here for you at Pixel Judge - PC Gaming, written by PC gamers, for PC gamers.
We score games on a 5-point system, with half point intervals. When we give a game a five that doesn’t mean the game is perfect, but the reviewer felt that it meets or exceeds all expectations. We don’t believe game scores can be ‘mathematically quantified’, our scores just reflect the experiences of the reviewer.
You will see a lot of terms such as "defence", "prosecution", "case" and similar across the site. What does that all mean?
The Defence - Basic information about a game, including; publisher, developer, release date and genre.
The Prosecution - Recommended system requirements for the game.
The Case - The introduction to a review or preview.
The Trial - The main body of the review.
The Verdict - Our verdict on the game.
Case Review - A summary of the review, or a "quick read" alternative.
Appeal - A second opinion by another Judge.
Judge's Panel - A score of the game from the rest of our staff. We are using this for the biggest and most popular games so you can be sure to get the most objective score around.
Name: Jess Kinghorn
About me: I’m a student in my early 20s, presently mid-way through a 4 year English Language & Literature degree course with a year in Germany. I have been gaming since I was young though in many respects I came to gaming quite late, having only recently bought my first gaming PC. My non-gaming interests include reading (novels and comics), writing, digital art, video editing and working towards my life goal of becoming some sort of digital media renaissance woman.
Genres I like/play: RPGs, Survival Horror, Art Games
Favourite franchises: Shin Megami Tensei, Silent Hill, Shadow Hearts
Top 5 games: (In no particular order) Ico, Silent Hill 2, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, The Cat Lady, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
My most underappreciated game: Koudelka and the first Shadow Hearts. Both are excellent (though admittedly extremely dated and imperfect) Lovecraftian, Alternate History RPGS with elements of horror.
Name: Elof 'L' Coulsen
About me: A gamer for more than three decades, a keen reader and even (shameless self plug) an aspiring novelist already with two published novels under my belt. I spend my time playing video games (shockingly enough) looking after my cats, working on a series of (at present nineteen) planned novels and dispensing pearls of wisdom to my little girl.
Genres I like/play: RPGs, Indie, Third Person
Favourite franchises: Assassin's Creed, Legacy of Kain, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell
Top 5 games: Shenmue, Beyond Good and Evil, Mirror's Edge, Shining in the Darkness, Shining Force 2
My most underappreciated game: Legend of Legaia
Name: Sawyer Scherbenske
About me: College Softmore double majoring in journalism (for the passion) and nursing (for the ethics/money). When I'm not sleeping through a presentation on nursing home nutrition, I'm watching anime, playing video games, and demanding that Square Enix releases a good game again like they used to.
Genres I like/play: Turn Based Strategy, Fighters, Character Action, JRPG, Action RPG
Favourite franchises: Souls, Civilization, Final Fantasy, Smash Brothers
Top 5 games: Dark Souls, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Civilization 5, Final Fantasy 9, and Devil May Cry 3
My most underappreciated game: Barkley, Shut up and Jam, Gaiden.
Name: Ben Larkin
About me: Been gaming for most of my almost 22 years, and for longer than I can remember if my parents are to be believed. I grew up playing Starcraft, Dungeon Siege and Freelancer. Outside of gaming I occasionally find time to write about a whole slew of other things that interest me, from Epic Fantasy novels to Music to History and Religion.
Genres I like/play: RPG, Shooter, Strategy, Action
Favourite franchises: Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Half-Life
Top 5 games: Half-Life 2, Skyrim, New Vegas, Dungeon Siege, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
My most underappreciated game: Freelancer - not sure how well received it was in general, but at least within the circles I grew up in there wasn't a lot of love for this awesome game.
About me: Ze German bloke who likes to take pictures of games. I also play them from time to time. I always was a PC gamer, though, I had a PS2 and a SNES at some point. If I’m not playing games I try to make some electronic music or learn how to "hack" games so i can make better screenshots.
Genres I like/play: Co-op Games, Open-World, Racing and Action/FPS or Video Games
Favourite franchises: BioShock, Batman, TrackMania, Call of Du...just kidding
Top 5 games: Batman Arkham City, BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea DLC's, Dear Esther, Wolfenstein - The New Order, Dishonored
My most underappreciated game: Dear Esther
Name: Runar Jenssen
About me: Pure PC gamer, pure Norwegian. Always had a love for PC gaming and a fascination for anything military. Joined the army and served for three years before getting bored of all the bureaucracy in it. Dropped out, went to college and finished a bachelor in Film Studies. AKA "nothing useful at all". Whenever I'm not playing some PC game with my friends or to review for PJ, I enjoy.
Genres I like/play: RPGs, open-world stuff, tactical shooters, COOP-games!
Favourite franchises: The Witcher, Half-Life, Metro, Borderlands, Total War, Torchlight
Top 5 games: Gothic 2, Rome: Total War, The Witcher 2, Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
My most underappreciated game: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Name: Mr Incognito
About me: I have been gaming on PC for over 15 years already and definitely like it. My specialisation is physics and I'm currently studying in Uni for B.Sc. degree. My other interests include reading, history, photography and a bit of video editing.
Genres I like/play: FPSs, Grand Strategy, RPGs (top genres for me, not the only ones)
Favourite franchises: Europa Universalis
Top 5 games: Half Life 2, Europa Universalis III (with expansions), Civilization V (with expansions), Team Fortress 2, Witcher 2
My most underappreciated game: Red Orchestra 2
Name: Kyle Johnson
About me: A sometimes student living in the Midwestern United States, I've been gaming on and off for a decade, getting my start with a secondhand Gamecube and eventually buying a PS2 shortly thereafter. This was followed by my acquisition of an Xbox 360, and up until last year (2013), I had no way to actively play games on PC. Outside of video games, I write fiction, specifically short stories, read all manner of material from creative nonfiction (memoirs, etc.) to poetry, with a healthy amount of fiction, genre or otherwise sprinkled in. I also enjoy making model kits of historical aircraft and tanks, drawing, and an unhealthy amount of coffee.
Genres I like/play: JRPGs, FPSes, Strategy
Favourite franchises: Persona, Bioshock, Battlefield
Top 5 games: (In no particular order) Mirror's Edge, Hearts of Iron 2, NIER, GTA: San Andreas, Persona 3
My most underappreciated game: Infinite Undiscovery — a deeply flawed action JRPG that eventually attempted to tackle some pretty important themes and issues, and one that turned out to have some lasting appeal.