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 Crusader Kings II
Lowest review score: 1 FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction
Score distribution:
695 game reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    All you need to know about the second Transformers: The Game is that it is a humdrum, lifeless thing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    An idea, no matter how fresh and original, doesn't worth squat without a good implementation. Doc Clock is a prime example of that. The construction mechanics are too awkward, and the game does nothing to encourage our creative thinking.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Jurassic Park is trying its best not to spoil the player with variety. Its three pillars of entertainment are "alternate between two buttons", "press one button to fill a gauge", and "press the same button, but very, very quickly". If not for a few primitive puzzles and the ability to select replies in conversations, it would be not a game, but a collection of movie clips.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    And yet again, the only bright spot in a game about zombies is a CG promo that has nothing in common with the actual gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Wild Blood is in a desperate need of Infinity Blade-style polish. The controls are abysmal, frequent slowdowns are annoying, and epic fights are few and far between.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Those who wait for the WWII version of Total War, are out of luck again.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    One can’t blame this failure on the studio's youth or lack of experience. The Creative Assembly Australia are not some clumsy outsourcers. After all, the well-received Kingdoms expansion to Medieval 2: Total War was entirely their doing. This is why Stormrise is not just another faceless RTS clone, but a total disaster.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Operation Anchorage offers three hours of uninspired action, turning Fallout 3 into a mediocre low-budget shooter without a trace of role-playing.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The issue lies not in the occasional bugs or the concept, but rather in the excruciatingly dull gameplay. I guess some people found the official trailer (with dancing Stalin and cartoony invaders) amusing, but if you can giggle at the same joke for six hours straight, then, by all means, visit a specialist ASAP. Peculiar characters, snappy dialogue, sharp twists, and artful tactics – you won’t find any of this here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It’s hard to see why they ask money for this one. If you want to swing a baseball bat as Rorschach, save yourself $15 and just buy Part I.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    If you liked Majesty 2, don’t pick up Kingmaker. Better wait for the inevitable Gold Edition that is bound to hit shelves sooner or later.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    "Expansions" like this one should be released as patches or included as bonus in reprints of the original game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Besides the handy automap and the journal, the only other positive thing about Arcania is that it's at least better than Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    If only Daggerdale could offer fun gameplay, we would have forgiven it for dull story, horrible visuals and buggy multiplayer. Alas, the combat is beyond redemption as well.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Helicopter boss is a telltale sign of a trashy first-person shooter. Well, this game has five of them.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars 2 is what happens when a space opera becomes a hostage of amateurish idealists.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    At first, NecroVisioN seems like a fun game. But when you realize that the 1237th encounter with monsters is the same as the 561st, and that melee is just a polygon mess, all the fun goes away.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    The best word describing Gangstar Rio is used in the game as a fictional car brand – "Crapo". Stay away from it, chicos!
    • 48 Metascore
    • 31 Critic Score
    Both the gameplay and attempts at satire are equally pathetic.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Some people mockingly compare Raven Squad with Company of Heroes and Call of Duty. I prefer to compare it with Stormrise. These games belong to different genres but share the same approach: invent an original gameplay concept and… bungle it completely.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    One can’t help but wonder what is going on at Infinite Interactive if their latest game feels like a parody of their own Puzzle Quest.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Glitchy scripts, three-minute loading times, broken saves, crashes to desktop and the abundance of blur make this game a nerve-wracking challenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    All in all, Grotesque Tactics is a shoddy low-budget game.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Darkstar made me feel like a time traveler. It is as if at the end of the last century, fearing the "2K error" apocalypse, someone put this game in a capsule, and only now a team of archaeologists has unearthed these artifact CDs.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The only difference between this game and the horrendous Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods is that it's almost bug-free.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Stronghold 3 is boring beyond redemption. The blurb on the retail box should have been written along the lines of "We've run out of ideas, our artists forgot how to draw, and our programmers can't produce stable code anymore, but hey, a long, long time ago we made one really great game!"
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fray in its current state is hardly a game at all - just snippets of code and someone's unfulfilled dreams.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Legends of Pegasus is a warning to all other developers in the 4X strategy genre – if you can't make a solid game, don't bother trying. In space, no one will hear you squeal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I wonder if the developers themselves knew what exactly they were trying to create. Is it a stealth game? a tactical strategy? a top-down arcade? Kitschy, bold artwork is only there to cover up the lack of cohesive ideas, and crude execution.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    Grey’s Anatomy: TVG is an interactive novel where nothing depends on the player. The choice is but illusion. An actor says a few lines, makes an appropriate face, and the story resumes its course. Cue 200 more scenes of cel-shaded doctors phoning it in.