Armchair Empire's Scores

  • Games
For 2,214 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Left 4 Dead
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    An extremely challenging game, with a lot going for it, but unfortunately the game is hindered by some aspects, like the save function.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Much like a NHL expansion team that does unexpectedly well in its initial campaign but doesn’t have any realistic chance of competing for even a number-eight seed playoff spot, NHL Rivals 2004 is a good start for Microsoft’s hockey franchise, but needs many more superstar elements to challenge its competition in the hockey game arena.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Good, clean clobberin’ fun. It’s got its problems, mostly with the Banner sections, but it’s fun. And sometimes that's all I want.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A complete joy to play and worthy of the attention of even the most hardcore gamer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you can deal with the occasional frustrating roadblocks you'll face, then Lethal Skies II will probably be a somewhat enjoyable, if not particularly engaging, way to waste a few afternoons, even if you can't tell a MIG29 from an A-10.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If one can look over the odd, “brave Sir Arron ran away” combat method, and a ineffective story sewn together from fantasy cliche’s, there is some fun to be had with Nightcaster.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mini-games are a blast! I think I ended up playing them more than the actual racing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Puzzlegeddon is a competent puzzle game with some innovative twists.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How to Survive's story can be played quickly, so the two-player co-op and the Challenges are a buyer's best option to extend the play time. That's the only way the average player will be able to explore all the seemingly inconsequential upgrade options and power-ups and not feel bored.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At its worst, Future Soldier is an uneven experience with some unchecked boxes as they pertain to PC ports (e.g. no option to invert the controls on a gamepad) and an unrecognizable story, but at its best it's a good shooter with a little more thought required than many other 3rd person shooters available right now.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's only too bad that some of the elements that were only loosely introduced could not have been made more of a focus or an option in the game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Condition Zero still carries the Counter Strike magic. However, given its age, how much it costs and the quality of the current competition, CZ cannot honestly and should not be at the top of any FPS gamer’s list.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, as a whole, it seems to be more a welcome mat for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Still, as long as you can put up with the awkward system, Metal Gear Acid 2 is a worth checking out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While certainly a good game, the fact that it is overshadowed by its other iterations leaves a feeling of expectance. Rainbow Six 3 does deliver but those with more than one system at home will like want to pick up a different version of the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A little bit long in the tooth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    XBV could have been alternately titled DOA Casino, Playboy's Girls of DOA, or DOA Dress-up. If you're expecting a deep volleyball simulation, forget it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game is best for those who want to play a blowout game and not think about defense… ever. This is a good-looking game, and is fun to play, but purists should look elsewhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those gamers that were fans of the original from a single player aspect, Rise of the Witch King doesn't really add that much more such it should grab your attention. For die-hard Lord of the Rings fans, the minimal content additions will likely be enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At times the multiplayer features can be quite entertaining but there may not be enough wrinkles added to the gameplay to keep groups playing. [Score = 94 if no experience with GBA game]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No franchise was built in a day, and I’m afraid it might take another installment before CivCity Rome lives up to its potential.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I found issues with the unit balance and the visual style of the units and buildings wasn't for me. The story line is campy and doesn't succeed at being engaging or funny in this style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Without the adoption of 3rd Edition rules, IWD2 is essentially the same D&D game released years ago.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's very little question that Brink is highly geared towards the multiplayer crowd. The SMART system and the well done visuals are very attractive, but the level design imbalances and small map variety don't offer much in the way of longevity. There's a lot of promise in the game but only the most patient of players might be willing to see that promise realized.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t make TimeShift a bad game, it edges slightly above average thanks to the time powers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gretzky NHL 06 showed some serious improvement graphically over last year’s version but otherwise all the same flaws remain untouched.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So while the grading is still off, and the song selection is still scant, PaRappa has so much charm in its songs that it's still worthwhile all of these years later, whether you're revisiting it or playing it for the first time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Far and away the most humour is found with Captain Quark's levels, which almost makes me wish SCEA would green-light a game focusing purely on Captain Quark.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its [slow] pace will kill the game for some, but others not so experienced in the RTS genre will appreciate the accessibility the speed affords.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite having to baby-sit your troops, and play with the same objective over and over, the game still had me coming back for more.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual is a decent title that is just a little shy of greatness.

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