Absolute Games' Scores

  • Games
For 694 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 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 95 Valkyria Chronicles
Lowest review score: 1 Tunnel Rats: 1968
Score distribution:
694 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best Paradox Interactive game to date. No game has ever explored feudalism so deeply.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The already excellent Crusader Kings 2 just got a second wind – now with a spicy Middle-Eastern flavor!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For every flaw of XCOM, there is a dozen virtues.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 87 Critic Score
    Gears of War 3 is a bit thin in the story department, but it's a great shooter nonetheless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies is not as complex as classic titles of this genre, GemCraft and Protector, but then again, it doesn't want to be hardcore. Its graphics are nice despite the minuscule 800x600 resolution, voice-overs make you smile, and there are many ways to entertain yourself (even more than in Space Rangers 2).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    "Brilliant" is the best word that sums up NBA 2K11.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s an instant classic, not less.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Victoria 2 proves that "games for brainiacs" can be accessible and fun. It doesn't have enough strength to steal spotlight from Civilization V, but you won't get a better game this year if you prefer more serious entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ubisoft has finally realized its darling dream by creating a world where substance and style go together. Virtual tours of Florence, Venice and Tuscany are as captivating as the main story. For once in a way, “open-ended” doesn’t translate to “boring”, “lifeless” or “empty”. The height takes your breath away every time Ezio scales a tall building; the excellent animation makes up for annoying bugs and quirky gameplay conventions. Yes, the final boss fight is borderline silly, but it’s just a smudged line on a last page of a thrilling novel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    After having created the toughest armor deep down in Hell, you will realize that you've seen and done everything that Terraria has to offer. But it'll take you about 30 hours to get to that point, plus, free expansions are already on their way.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ubisoft has finally realized its darling dream by creating a world where substance and style go together. Virtual tours of Florence, Venice and Tuscany are as captivating as the main story. For once in a way, “open-ended” doesn’t translate to “boring”, “lifeless” or “empty”. The height takes your breath away every time Ezio scales a tall building; the excellent animation makes up for annoying bugs and quirky gameplay conventions. Yes, the final boss fight is borderline silly, but it’s just a smudged line on a last page of a thrilling novel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's not easy to create a worthy sequel to a great game, but Robot Entertainment managed to go around the now-familiar gameplay formula by adding new ways to develop the characters and a very addictive coop mode.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if this game had nothing but this graveyard of creaking, moaning, almost talking ships, it would have still made a lasting impression. The developers created something more than an all-new location or the floating “prison” concept – an exciting feeling of initiation in a big, dangerous secret.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hearts of Iron 3 treats die-hard “armchair generals” with depth and attention to detail while easing things up for newcomers. Its shortcomings, namely bugs and poor optimization, pale in comparison with its many virtues.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The execution is flawless as usual. Backgrounds, animation, lighting, music, sound, visual effects are breathtaking, well-directed cinematics are peppered with snarky dialogue. It's a bona-fide Hollywood blockbuster.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption is much easier to describe than the complex predicament of its principal character. "Grand Theft Auto 4 meets Wild West" – and this is it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's basically a remake of GTA 3 with a bigger budget, a new cast of characters and solid storytelling. And it's still incredibly captivating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Upon premiering on Xbox 360, Braid immediately joined Aquaria, Darwinia, Samorost, and World of Goo in the gold reserve of indie games. Its indie roots show through outdated, but stylish graphics, great music, and original ideas. Braid challenges your gray matter, but it does so in such a subtle and elegant ways that you can’t help but fall in love with it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a loud, spectacular action horror that shuns fresh ideas while enjoying a bigger budget and refined gameplay. So far, the old formula of Dead Space has been working perfectly, but something will have to change in the inevitable third installment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a loud, spectacular action horror that shuns fresh ideas while enjoying a bigger budget and refined gameplay. So far, the old formula of Dead Space has been working perfectly, but something will have to change in the inevitable third installment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is amazing from the opening sequence to the melody that plays over the closing credits.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Journey can be a commentary on human life, a story of redemption, a parable on futility of all efforts, or, quite the contrary, perseverance in the face of obstacles – even if you're not into waxing philosophical, you will still discover your own meaning of this three-hour journey.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A nice reincarnation of The Lost Vikings. But, as opposed to the “lost” runner Erik, archer Baleog, and sturdy Olaf, the three heroes of Trine are imprisoned in one body.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Judging by the collection of excellent works published at the ModNation Racers website, this fun, half-childish, half-grownup arcade is destined for success.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption is much easier to describe than the complex predicament of its principal character. "Grand Theft Auto 4 meets Wild West" – and this is it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Looking back at Left 4 Dead 2’s offerings, it’s hard to call it “just a $50 expansion pack.” All worries and boycotts were in vain; you can’t go back to the original Left 4 Dead after playing this one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Instead of cloning Puzzle Quest, Capybara Games took the concept and elevated it to a new level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Instead of cloning Puzzle Quest, Capybara Games took the concept and elevated it to a new level.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Finishing a trilogy is always difficult. Tying off dozens of story threads which had been woven by players into many different tapestries is a daunting task. Mass Effect 3 is the first game that succeeded at this colossal undertaking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is not without its flaws: the tracks will bore you sooner or later, some vehicles behave too similarly, the upgrades are purely cosmetic, objectives and modes are few and far between. But BigBig succeeded in conveying the excitement of an extreme snow race, while maintaining nice visuals and the freedom of MotorStorm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    2K's NBA is still the best sports simulator out there.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ghost Trick is a story about loneliness that leads to unnecessary aggression and stirs the appetite for revenge. It's a touching tale of kindness, loyalty, and redemption. Only after experiencing a shocking number of secrets at the very end, you will realize how many metaphors are hidden within this game. And it's enough to forgive Ghost Trick for its stringent linearity, unskippable cutscenes, and a penchant for overly chatty dialogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A rare tower defense game is addictive enough to suck you into playing it for days on end. Orcs Must Die is one of them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Street Fighter 4 is definitely the best fighting game on PC since Guilty Gear #XX Reload. (Which is kind of ironic, because other offerings on this platform are shareware titles and certified trash.) However, the stagnation in the genre does not depreciate Capcom’s merits. Street Fighter 4 is a fast, beautiful game with an intricate combat system and a great soundtrack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The best racing blockbuster on PC since Burnout Paradise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Get hooked up on Legend of Grimrock, and it will not let you go until the end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Fall of the Samurai is what every expansion pack should be. There is nothing that will make you gasp with awe, but every one of the new features fits the game perfectly. Evolution at its finest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is a stylish farce. Its sheer originality and incredibly low price are enough to overlook clumsy gameplay balance and poor code optimization.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Deponia is a refined adventure game – beautifully drawn, creative, incredibly funny and so close to the classic definition of the genre that it takes your breath away.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a lot of previous mistakes corrected by the mini-expansion, Europa Universalis: Rome got its second wind. Vae Victis is worth a look even for those grand strategy fans who dismissed the original game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Amnesia offers an experience so rich that we're willing to forgive its weak ending, imperfections of the engine, and low-bugdet production values.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unity of Command is a looker. Its minimalistic, but stylish visual design is sure to please the fanciful "iPhone generation" of gamers. The map is clean and accurate, and the interface is a picture of user-friendliness. Beyond this delightful façade, there is a wargame that's deep enough for experienced armchair generals and welcoming for newcomers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite a few problems, Civilization 5 is a great game and a worthy sequel with a very bright future.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While BattleForge is quite costly to play and has some shortcomings, it is one of the most thought-out and engaging multiplayer RTS of the last few years. And it is definitely the most original one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rocksteady and Paul Dini created a game which is open for both fans and those who never heard of Batman. Arkham Asylum is the middle between animated series and Chris Nolan's movies. But don't let the "Teen" rating push you away: the gloomy hospital/prison where criminals are literally monsters and doctors are crazier than their patients, is more atmospheric than some "horror" flicks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's fun to freely explore the gloomy city now that Amanita Design got rid of their bite-sized locations. This is a full-fledged, mature adventure game. Hang around just for a minute, and you'll take a liking to this odd-looking world.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The only drawback of Darkest Hour is that it has only two starting points – 1914 and 1936. If you are completely new to the Hearts of Iron series, this is game you need.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Divine Wind is the expansion for the oldest fans of the franchise. The changes it introduces are really nice, but they aren't as exciting as Heir to the Throne and In Nomine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Shatter’s Story Mode is really just an appetizer. Additional modes are the most addictive things in this game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Despite a few questionable ideas, Dungeon Defenders is an entertaining, fresh, vivid (and I mean literally vivid) game. It lacks the ingenious simplicity of Orcs Must Die, but if you prefer to play with friends, then this is what you want.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    UFC Undisputed 2010 is definitely a step above its predecessor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Warp is a unique example of a stealth-based arcade game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Battlefield 3 is the most spectacular shooter of this fall, and I doubt that anyone will come even close.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Only the most hardcore fans will appreciate all the changes and improvements that Arsenal of Democracy brings to Hearts of Iron 2.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Those who unlocked all roads in Test Drive Unlimited will appreciate the scope of Burnout Paradise. Just like on Oahu, you just want to aimlessly drive around the city, poking your nose everywhere, set local records from time to time, and enjoy incredibly diverse soundtrack. If only I could see this world from inside of my car!
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Developers of family games often do hackwork and resort to oversimplification. IO Interactive didn’t succumb to temptation and made a game that stands head and shoulders above its rivals.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Everything here is so Monkey Island, so classic LucasArts. Telltale not only resurrected an old series, but also proved that none of the recent imitators will ever become Monkey Island.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Technically, New Vegas is a spin-off, but in fact, it is the real third game in the Fallout series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Global Offensive is a decent modern online shooter as far as convenience goes, but in terms of content, it's Counter-Strike v1.6 with slight improvements.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The makers of Tropico 3 managed to update the original game while preserving its spirit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A short campaign is the only downside of this otherwise amazing platformer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Napoleon is a great gift to fans of the genre. If only at least some of its innovative ideas would seep into Empire.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    For a game that was made without financial infusions from top-tier publishers, The Witcher 2 looks much, much better than all recent role-playing blockbusters combined.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Bend Studio brought not only Uncharted's familiar gameplay mechanics, but also its rich atmosphere to Vita's 5-inch screen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Warband is not just a great expansion pack that makes this medieval "sandbox" even more enticing. By adding multiplayer, the developers cemented the game's cult status.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles' transition to a handheld platform went surprisingly smooth. The developers preserved everything that made the original game so great, and added many nice little touches. The gameplay and even the key maps are the same as before, so fans of the series will feel right at home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Duels of the Planeswalkers (which bears the same title as the 11-year old expansion to MicroProse’s adaptation of M:TG) is a neat, albeit simplified, adaptation of the classic game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an honest DLC – 4-5 hours of joy for 10 bucks guaranteed!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The biggest merit of Undisputed as a simulator - you can’t beat it using the “arcade” approach. To win a serious match, you will have to use tactics that place your opponent at a disadvantage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lionhead carefully preserved everything that made Fable 2 so good. Though it's a pity that the "king simulator" concept is totally wasted here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy is one of the trickiest, difficult but incredibly interesting games of 2010. But you'd have to be a real geek to enjoy it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Limbo is a beautiful, intense experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    “The game that plays you” is the core idea of Shattered Memories. And it is really so, apart from some quirks. Climax has succeeded in adding a second layer to a Silent Hill game.

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