Percentile Rank

Grey Goo is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 28 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 23, 2015

Grey Goo is definitely a throwback, albeit one with some compelling innovations. Those who remember the heyday of the RTS genre should get a kick out of it, while the unprepared may be scared away.

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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 23, 2015
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Scored Reviews

SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 23, 2015

Grey Goo is a crowning achievement to the RTS genre, and a must-have for fans of strategy games. The narrative is excellent with stunning cinematics, and the gameplay either online or offline is certainly worth your time. This is a wonderful step back into the glory days of RTS games for myself, and for those wanting to try it for the first time, it will not disappoint.

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PC Invasion
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 28, 2015

Grey Goo is an extremely well produced game. Fans of classic RTS games should sample the Goo for themselves because it's the best RTS released for quite some time.

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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 27, 2015

Still, these are flaws in an otherwise tremendous offering from Petroglyph. It's the most purely fun, accessible RTS I've played in years. Whether it will stand the test of time like Company of Heroes or StarCraft is a question for five or ten years from now. What I can say now is that Grey Goo is a superb, cheerfully inviting real-time strategy game. It's one I can recommend to both fans of the genre and people who have felt shut-out from RTS gaming these past few years.

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The Escapist
Feb 4, 2015

Grey Goo is, frankly, fantastic. From the opening scenes through the entire narrative thread of the campaign, you'll want to improve your game if only so you can see what happens next as quickly as possible.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 23, 2015

Grey Goo wildly exceeds all expectations for presentation and gameplay. While there are a few issues with cheating and infinite units in single player, the multiplayer is rock solid. The Goo itself presents an all-new twist to the RTS world, and any fan of the genre should experience it. Grey Goo is the best RTS title I've played in a very long time.

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PC Gamer
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jan 23, 2015

Two very similar factions dull its edge, but Grey Goo's old-school take on strategy still makes it one of the most interesting new RTS games in years.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2015

Grey Goo isn't a paradigm shift but Petroglyph still really know what they're doing when it comes to RTS. They introduce some clever new twists on the formula and tell an intriguing story in the process. For anyone wishing for a spiritual successor to Command & Conquer, Grey Goo is definitely it.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 1, 2015

Great gameplay and a modern look make Grey Goo an excellent traditional RTS.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2015

[T]his is a confident return to form with one foot securely in the past and one striding forward to an assured future. They're back doing what they do best, and that's great news for RTS fans.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2015

By most standards, Grey Goo is an excellent real-time strategy game with fantastically unique factions and stunning graphics. Its campaign undermines some of its positive aspects with a steep difficulty curve, some annoying "gotcha" moments, and maps that can make it difficult for expansion. Despite this, and the amount of multitasking it takes to manage over the Goo faction, you can hardly find a better real-time strategy game than Grey Goo.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2015

In the end, Grey Goo is an interesting attempt at a simple but effective RTS game. Aside from the Goo, which is fun to play once you get used to its nuances, the other units are familiar enough that genre fans can immediately jump in without much complication. Genre beginners will appreciate the simplicity that eases them into the game while everyone will appreciate the presentation. The net code could use more tweaking, and the small pool of maps is a disappointment, but if that can grow alongside the community, then RTS fans will have a solid game to add to their libraries.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2015

Grey Goo is a new spin on classic RTS. Without taking anything essential away they added in new ways to play, and new strategies to manage.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 5, 2015

Grey Goo is perfect for fans of 90s real-time strategy games and is one of the best RTS games in recent memories not to be called StarCraft II.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2015

Probably Petroglyph's best game (especially if you're not a Star Wars fan), it won't steal the RTS crown from Blizzard or Creative Assembly but if you want a straight fun strategy you won't regret being absorbed by Grey Goo. It's still a stupid title, though.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 8, 2015

It's a testament to sound design when the worst aspect of a video game is indeed its actual title. Even with it, though, Grey Goo is a stand-out RTS that has found an expert way of blending old with new to create something familiar but fresh.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 22, 2015

Grey Goo is a symphony of strategy games. The rhythm of base building roots your spine with the amazing soundtrack and visuals providing a solid melody from the wind instruments.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 16, 2015

This game made me happy to see that a new RTS can still surprise and delight me to this degree, and fans of the genre and general gamers alike will no doubt enjoy this game too.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2015

You may not get as much time out of it as you would with the likes of Red Alert 2, but for the time you're involved it's a neat little RTS title that has some good ideas and can provide a great challenge.

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IGN
7.6 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

7.6 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2015

Grey Goo oozes with enjoyment for old-school

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2015

Grey Goo, if you'll excuse the pun, oozes originality. It's a refreshing take on a classic style of real-time strategy gaming. Players shouldn't be put off by the somewhat unappealing title. Grey Goo features a compelling story and an enjoyable gameplay experience. This is a game that's well worth a look for any RTS fan that definitely brings something new to the table.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2015

Grey Goo is a novel real-time strategy game that attempts to emulate the luster and wonder of the Command and Conquer series. With sloppy mechanics, a less-than-inspiring plot, and a mixed bag campaign, it falls short of this goal. Nevertheless, for those looking to play something other than StarCraft II, you may want to give it a try.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 9, 2015

Despite some frustrating missions and problematic Goo faction, this is one of the strongest traditional RTS games to have released in some time and will surely satisfy those looking for a nostalgic CnC-like experience.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 25, 2015

One of the best real-time strategies for some time, although it's a shame that despite a few new ideas it's not really interested in pushing the genre forward.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 26, 2015

Grey Goo is an engaging experience that rewards players with the patience to develop solid tactics and a firm understanding of the ways that each faction can exploit the weaknesses of their rivals.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2015

With a hefty asking price, Grey Goo has a handful of wonderful ideas while also treading similar ground, but the community dropoff rate has absolutely killed the online aspect of it. It's a solid real-time strategy that will likely please fans of the genre, but most may want to wait for the resurgence of players with the inevitable sequel or expansion, which will hopefully come with more features. The titular Goo race is one of the freshest aspects of the genre in a long time, and I hope that Petroglyph has some more great ideas up its sleeves for the future.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2015

If you want something other than StarCraft, it might be worth the time.

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