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 10.3 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:
694 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    From Dust feels not as a game, but as a humble experiment. It's almost like Ubisoft is testing the waters before diving in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Even with all its flaws, Nuclear Dawn is a treat for those who wanted a decent FPS/RTS hybrid.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If only Brutal Legend's gameplay was as imaginative as its cool look! Try not to fall into a rut of side-missions spread over 64 square kilometers, and you’ll enjoy the short single-player campaign. And yet, Shafer & Co. can do much better than this. Just ask Ben, Manny, or Raz.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 is a sequel inspired not by the Muses, but by quarterly financial reports.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    War for Cybertron is a huge leap forward compared to previous Transformers games.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A meditative, unworldly, overly formulaic shoot 'em up. It won't keep you occupied for hours, but it's nice enough to help you kill time until Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet arrives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If only Brutal Legend's gameplay was as imaginative as its cool look! Try not to fall into a rut of side-missions spread over 64 square kilometers, and you’ll enjoy the short single-player campaign. And yet, Shafer & Co. can do much better than this. Just ask Ben, Manny, or Raz.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Halo: Reach is not a breakthrough, yet it's a clear showcase of Bungie's creative growth. The game is hardly a "must buy" – its single-player campaign is way too short and uneven in quality, while multiplayer has very little room for expansion besides map packs and useless character decorations. But with that said, Reach is worthy of your attention for a couple of evenings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    This update of the FIFA series on PC is far what it was promised to be. It's not the soccer that we see in life and on TV, but a tedious arcade wrapped in boring gameplay modes and half-baked engine. Only the online features save FIFA 11 from utter mediocrity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frozen Synapse is no rival to full-fledged tactical strategy games, but it's an ideal time-killer for a lunch break.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shooters like Serious Sam and Painkiller are hard to come by these days. Yes, Hard Reset is full of plot holes, the ending is too silly even for a pulp paperback novel, and there is no blood and flesh – only gear-wheels and oil. But even will all of this, Hard Reset is fun enough if you want to just blow off some steam.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a few old-fashioned quirks, Red Orchestra 2 is fun to play. Clean up the bugs, and it will become a nice middle ground for those who are tired of Battlefield, but couldn't fall in love with ArmA.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Each new product from Eagle Dynamics is one step closer to full-fledged training software, but game simulators are judged not only by their degree of realism. Eye appeal and diversity never hurt anyone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Treasures of the Sun is a good expansion pack. Too bad that it's attached to a mediocre game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Order of War doesn’t require superhuman reflexes, leaving you enough time to plan your strategy, type a message in the text chat window, play about with the “cinematic camera” and so on. It looks like nobody at Wargaming believed in the multiplayer mode, but in the end it is more compelling than the single-player campaigns. All in all, Order of War is an outlet for experienced players and an object of derision for juvenile “hardcore gamers”.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Cannon Fodder 3 had been released a decade ago, it would have become a cult hit. Now, it's a just a decent old-school arcade game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To avoid the risks while working on an expensive next-gen sequel to Resident Evil 4, Capcom recycled the previous game. The developers moved the action from Spain to Africa, replaced Leon Kennedy with Chris Redfield, brought back Albert “Duke Nukem” Wesker as the main baddie, added co-op, and rested. Look past the pretty graphics, and you will see a shameless clone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Last Stand Arnhem is a big step forward compared to the previous Close Combat remakes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An enjoyable and, dare I say, cozy game, even though it has neither flashy graphics, nor innovative gameplay ideas, nor much variety.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By switching their attention to the story and the overall atmosphere, the developers lost sight of what had made the first King Arthur so fun. Technically, the sequel has everything a good strategy "sandbox" should have: dozens of units, a huge map, and the diplomacy system. The only thing missing is the sandbox itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outdated visuals and a few necessary simplifications can't take away the joy of playing this original, amazingly solid game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Changes to the formula are so light that one can’t help but wonder what prevented PopCap Games from making a patch for the original game. The answer to this question is on the price tag.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Infinity Blade 2 is akin to a game of chess where the player is taking down enemy pieces one by one. This time, we can move around the board both vertically and diagonally, and getting to the end-play will take you more than 90 minutes. Alas, the formula is still too simple, and Chair will have to do something about that in the inevitable Infinity Blade 3.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new playable race and nifty multiplayer additions compensate for the disappointingly short, boring campaigns.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Remedy loves to compare its game with television hits like Heroes and Lost, but if you look at gameplay rather than story, it becomes clear that Alan Wake is not a “complete first season on DVD”. It is more like an unbearably long pilot episode that gave all its cards away well before the third act. Judging by the final titles, Alan Wake’s journey through the night will continue (in fact, two DLCs are already shooting for your wallet), so it’s high time to switch gears and introduce new ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Volition wrote a more or less coherent story, squeezed 101% out of the "sandbox minigame compilation" concept, improved the physics engine, and finally made a decent PC version, but the end result feels too derivative and forced. The surprisingly short single-player campaign (15 hours if you're not trying to comb an entire map) doesn't help.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Copy-pasted decks and bays, as well as backtrack-heavy mission objectives will test your patience. This DLC adds nothing to the main storyline; it simply demonstrates the atrocities committed by Belltower in the name of surplus profit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Absolute Power is made for those who loves the original Tropico 3. The developers didn't want to shake foundations, but it doesn't mean that this expansion is not worth its $19.99.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are some nice things to be done in the HD version of The Second Encounter: set new high scores in the endless Survival mode, take part in two-team matches or play cooperatively with four or five cutthroats like yourself. But as for the single-player campaign, it's better to set it aside… forever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This incarnation of Pets is mostly retread of what was introduced in animal-themed expansions for The Sims 1 and 2. The developers simply expanded on some ideas and trimmed a few annoying shortcomings.