Armchair Empire's Scores

  • Games
For 2,223 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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Orange Box
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2,223 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2 isn't flawless, just like any great work of art, but that doesn't make it any less of a masterpiece.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An evolutionary leap not just in RTS, but for video games in general.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Civilization IV has a ridiculous amount of strategic elements packed into it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a phenomenal achievement on virtually every level.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game comes together so well and with so much polish and fun, that Wii owners should not let Super Mario Galaxy slip them by.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Otherwise, it’s the absolute pinnacle of the Smash Bros. series and a fun game to boot.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While playing offline or split-screen isn't as fun as playing with a two or three friends online -- Left 4 Dead thrives on camaraderie -- so that's probably your only consideration when purchasing the game, because everything else is too awesome to miss.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Succulent and juicy sweet gaming goodness – The Orange Box is waiting to be unpeeled.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Portal can be bought separately or as part of the Orange Box package – Half-Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2 – but either way you get one of the best gaming experiences of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can’t recommend Arkam Asylum enough.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn't just the best game released this year, or even the best Playstation 3 game yet, it's one of the best games released during this generation of consoles.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When the storms kick up on Hard Rain making it really easy to startle a wandering Witch, escaping the mall in Dead Center, running around a rollercoaster track in Dark Carnival, running a gauntlet of abandoned vehicles across the bridge in The Parish, reviving a dead Survivor in Swamp Fever as a Tank could be heard somewhere behind me and managing to down the Tank with the guy I just saved. Even just writing about it makes me want to jump in and play some more.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end, Super Mario Galaxy 2 has done an excellent job of bringing back what players loved about the first Galaxy game, while steadily building upon the experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    NBA Jam is good for you. Find it, play it, love it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Undead Nightmare, as a single-player upgrade, is an exceptional bargain for the amount of new gameplay that it provides. But including the highly entertaining Undead Overrun multiplayer mayhem makes this a cannot-miss DLC purchase for Red Dead Redemption gamers.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Adding to the story is some of the best voice acting to ever come to a videogame. The entire cast did an absolutely top-notch performance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you haven't already, go out and buy it now! It's an instantly classic redefinition of an already classic title from the Golden Age of gaming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After "finishing" Morrowind, I'm left wordless to describe the experience...This game is about as linear as a bowl of spaghetti.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The depth of Morrowind's gameplay and overall design is matched by the audio-visual presentation. Hands down, Morrowind's soundtrack should be released on CD – once you've heard the opening chords you'll be humming it for hours after first booting it up.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perfect: from the Latin "perfectus"; entirely without fault or defect (flawless); satisfying all requirements; corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept; lacking in no essential detail... Add Metroid Prime to that definition.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pile on the "Oh, yes!" moments of solving some really great puzzles, and there's every reason to start thinking about Game of the Year accolades. It's that good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    L.A. Noire is on my personal Game of the Year list. The game appeals to me on so many levels and delivers on the same that overlooking the occasional graphical glitch and annoyance with some of the chases is easy. I'm really looking forward to what Team Bondi comes up with next to fill-out this already fantastic world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, the actual game has never looked or played better and the game stands tall more than dozen years after its release.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City is one of those games that rightly garnered much attention with the end of 2011 Game of the Year lists. Maybe it didn't get as much attention from PC gamers, but it should. If you want to have the definitive Arkham City experience, I'd say PC is the way to go.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall, this is the best experience I've had playing a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time and I'd have to say they are pretty equal in my opinion. Either way, you won't be disappointed getting this game, it's a masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim is definitely one of the best games of 2011, but if the DLC holds out, it might just be one of the best games of 2012 as well.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Dishonored is put together so well and executes its ideas in such an expert way that it would be difficult to not recommend the game to the highest degree possible.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Walking Dead isn't just Game of the Year material, it's one of those touchstone games that will continue to be referenced years from now.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games ever created, no matter the platform. It’s engaging from beginning to end, the production values are first rate, and on Wii U there’s an extra level of depth to the experience. You can't go wrong with an outright purchase.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's some uneven bits but Saints Row IV captures what video games should be or at least strive to be: Fun. And that exuberance of playing around in a big sandbox with almost no limits placed on the player while spinning an entertaining yarn that fully acknowledges that it's a game should put Saints Row IV on a lot of Game of Year lists.