Absolute Games' Scores

  • Games
For 695 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 23% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 95 God of War III
Lowest review score: 1 FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction
Score distribution:
695 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Every fan of tactical strategy genre will be happy to spend at least 30 hours with such a smart, captivating game as Valkyria Chronicles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Armored Princess is only a quarter shorter than the original game. How long ago have you played a stand-alone expansion that takes 30 hours to beat it at a normal difficulty?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    God of War 3 not only easily overshadows all of its rivals, but casts new light on the abilities of Sony's platform. Don't think that this is a quality product for the connoisseurs of the genre; God of War 3 is an achievement for the whole industry.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    GLaDOS sang it best back in 2007: "I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS. It's hard to overstate my satisfaction". Huge success indeed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Human Revolution is not a perfect game, but its atmosphere, the intoxicating feeling of freedom, and a tightly-wound story make it as close to the original Deus Ex as possible. We couldn't have asked for more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best Paradox Interactive game to date. No game has ever explored feudalism so deeply.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    You don’t need a thousand words to make you fall in love with Dragon Age: Origins. It has everything that is sought by the most jaded fans of the genre: at least 60 hours of adventuring, colorful, lively characters, flexible combat system, complex situations and quests, dialogues that are pleasant to read and even more pleasant to listen to… Dragon Age, like a good storyteller, captivates within minutes. It doesn’t rush the story, relishes in small details, goes into ornate lyrical digressions, and maintains the intrigue, keeping you at the edge of your seat.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best single-player shooter in the history of Epic Games. If it is going to become a Hollywood movie, it should be directed by no other than Michael Bay.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blue whale is one of the largest animals on Earth. It is also one of the closest to extinction. Empire: Total War is one of the last blue whales in the ocean of brainless multi-platform clones, and second-rate RTS rabble.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Static images can't convey the splendour of colors or the intoxicating feeling of flight, they can't thaw icy shards of winter in the heart. Whether you're cynic or romantic, give Flower a try.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bad Company 2 is an excellent game and the best modern warfare shooter to date. Despite the cookie-cutter campaign, it beats Modern Warfare 2 in both single-player and multiplayer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The smaller scope, a different skill system, lightning-fast battles should, by all expectations, frighten and ward off any fan of the original Dragon Age, but don't trust your initial impression. This is a great RPG, one of BioWare's finest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the "New Game Plus" mode with its full arsenal of potions and gods is not enough to quench the Bastion thirst. Oh, how I wish it had randomly-generated maps, an expansive loot system, RPG stats, and dozens of quests... But that would have been a completely different game. Bastion, first and foremost, is a beautiful story with a beginning, a climax and ending(s). "A proper story", as the old man Rucks would say.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is not unlike Arkham City – easy to get in, almost impossible to get out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my mind, I do understand that Endless Space is not without its flaws. But the mere sight of such a coherent space strategy game is mesmerizing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mutant Blobs Attack is just as enjoyable as its console predecessor, the PS3-exclusive Tales from Space: About a Blob. Absent cooperative multiplayer aside, the game is still amazing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For every flaw of XCOM, there is a dozen virtues.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2 is a blockbuster made with passion. The best ten hours you'll spend sitting in front of the TV in 2009.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    New enemies and ordeals, a bunch of killer abilities, fat loot and a couple of well-fed dragons – what else can a level 20 character wish for?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    L4D’s Versus mode is on par with Call of Duty 4 in terms of drama and tension. Every battle is a Hollywood blockbuster, an endless well of war stories about bravery, team spirit, betrayal, and cunning tricks.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is what Doom 3 could have been if it were developed by creative designers - a stylish, relentless mix of nightmares, drama and visceral action. Wait until the sundown, turn up your speakers and turn off the lights. You will be impressed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's fresh, colorful, and funny as hell; a true successor to Painkiller, a worthy rival of Serious Sam and, perhaps, a better Duke than Mr. Nukem.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Is it possible to tell a deep, touching story about a bunch of emo teens? Yes, and the 30-hour campaign of The World Ends with You is the proof.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Corvo Attano and Agent 47 couldn't possibly have expected that a platformer from the creators of Shank would stab them in the backs and claim the title of this year's best stealth game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Heavy Rain is fast, violent and very emotional. Every now and then the story stumbles over a tired cliché or a “No-o-o-o!” scene, but you try hard to ignore them, because you want to believe the heroes, to accept them with all their maladies and inner turmoil.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The third expansion introduces so many new facets to Europa Universalis 3 that it’s now truly an embarrassment of riches. Those hardcore players who like to delve into the smallest of details will have a blast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Even though it is clearly still a work in progress, Shogun 2 is a beautiful, deep, incredibly stylish, enthralling game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Gears of War 3 is a bit thin in the story department, but it's a great shooter nonetheless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Dark atmosphere, unprecedented drama for an App Store game, amazing finale. Finally, the iOS platform has discovered its own thatgamecompany.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Sims 3 is not so much a game as a rich field for experiments; a blank notepad that will soon be filled with hundreds of wild ideas.