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 Tunnel Rats: 1968
Score distribution:
695 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mirror’s Edge feels like an 8-hour ad for another, much more thought-out product. It has many things that blockbusters are made of: stylish visuals, elegant stunts, and great music. All it needs is to firmly land on its feet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It may not be the most good-looking or exciting action game ever, but few games convey the feel of a dying city which is at the mercy of a single creature.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    H.A.W.X. sorely lacks in the epic battles department. There is no one else really fighting in the sky, besides you and two wingmen who react to commands like “Engage!” and “Cover me”. While the sky is almost empty, the ground is unnaturally clean: there are no signs of destruction, no shell holes, no burning armor... Even for an arcade game, H.A.W.X. is full of conventions.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Grim post-nuclear romanticism of Fallout 3 is going to be a huge revelation for console owners. Those who spent the last 11 years exploring the nuclear wastelands of America on the PC, will probably see this game as nothing more than Bethesda’s attempt to fix the mistakes of Oblivion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tracks are what makes Resurrection so memorable. It’s hard to forget battles on the decaying streets of once-beautiful cities. Forgotten, overgrown San Diego, rainy Bangkok, mysterious Prague, snowbound Moscow...These places look fantastic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite horrendous optimization, Africa 1943 is still a cut above the others in its genre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a well-done sequel – an evolution without revolutions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The atmosphere of ArmA 2 reminds of now-classic Operation Flashpoint. Dirty streets, shabby signboards in Russian, ugly Soviet-style architecture – you can see this in any real provincial town in Russia. The volume of work is astounding, but the potential hit is marred by flaws and rough edges, in both single-player and online modes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If the recent overabundance of WWII-themed RTS games and the lack of multiplayer do not bother you, pick up this game. A good single-player campaign is a rarity these days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite a few nagging shortcomings, The Settlers 7 is the best game in the series so far. It is good-looking, well-made, complex and accessible at the same time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A worthy purchase for all fans of tabletop games.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Toy Story 3 offers entertainment for any taste. License-based games of such quality are few and far between.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If clichés that permeate Killzone 3's story and gameplay do not turn you off, than, by all means, plan your trip to Helgan today. Its denizens sorely lack in originality and intelligence, but they still manage to entertain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lost Horizon is like a good summer blockbuster. Analyze it under the microscope, and you will see a myriad of small flaws, but the action is explosive and gripping until the very end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Multiplayer is the only thing that makes Revelations worth its price (and if you're still interested in the story, just go watch the ending on YouTube).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Three of four new maps offer full-scale urban combat that was sorely missing in Battlefield 3. But why this expansion is so sparse on content?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Serious Sam 3 is riddled with flaws, but there is so much flying bacon that you can fill an entire meat plant. It's a decent game that could have been better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Stacking is a great "sandbox" game for kids and adults alike. It tests your patience rather than wit, though, and after defeating The Baron, there is no reason to come back to it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Swordigo is a prehistoric platformer without a single new idea; a hardcore journey through dark fairytale worlds, and a bow to arcade hits of the 90s.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If not for its poor technical execution, Game of Thrones would have taken its rightful place in the 80+ range.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The idea behind Total War Battles is hardly clever or fresh, but The Creative Assembly did what most of its less talented rivals could not – it turned a casual concept into a full-fledged strategy game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This episode delivers excellent drama at the cost of killing the non-linear storytelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Shad'O is a beautiful story of overcoming one's fears wrapped in a TD-style gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A well-made platformer with a nice pedigree, albeit too short.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dishonored rarely challenges the players, but it doesn't take them for fools, either, so that's an achievement compared to other games in the genre. Just don't expect strokes of genius like the Shalebridge Cradle level from Thief: Deadly Shadows.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The three acts of Deadlight cater to three different tastes. One is for the people who love rainy film noir, the other is for fans of hardcore platformers, the third one feels like a summer blockbuster. It's a pity that Deadlight is too short to satisfy the appetites of even one of these groups.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Vampyre Story is truly a brainchild of professional artists, which is evident not only in excellent graphics at anachronistic resolution and quirky characters, but also in rather bland game design.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Design flaws and the game's tendency to wax philosophical do not distract from the core idea and its stylish execution. This is what Vivisector, Action Forms' previous project, should have been like.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Remove the ho-hum gunplay, and the rest is an interactive action movie that's decent enough for one walkthrough. Don’t go for seconds, though. And if you’re still craving for a space opera fix by the time you’re done with Mass Effect 2, better rent all five seasons of Babylon 5.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    There is a reason for comparisons between Rise of Flight and the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik. Rise of Flight is truly a good game. Now all it needs to do is to use its potential.