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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Lowest review score: 10 C.O.R.E.
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This iteration is a stellar continuation of the series – plus an offer for a free year of Golf World or Golf Digest to sweeten the deal for aficionados – but there’s room for expansion (including an LPGA event was good step!), rather than improvement.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This reboot of the series not only surpassed my expectations, but it is easily one of the best games I have played in a long time. If you're like me and love story driven games that offer a great gaming experience then Tomb Raider is definitely for you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm offers a challenging campaign, plenty of story and character to consider, and much in the way of production value that few other games can match.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is the standout game on the Wii U for racing, and probably one of the better games available on the console right now. It does have some faults, but is still an excellent example of the Need for Speed universe.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At the end of day, it's a new God of War game that hits most of the high notes we have experience before, with a few new mechanics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, Crysis 3 is an impressive game – it delivers on style and experience, just doesn't do all those little extras to really set itself apart from the pack as a true AAA title.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Worth checking out for Gears of War fans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the delayed journey to the West, Ni No Kuni is definitely a title you should at least give a chance. There is a demo up on PSN that you can go ahead and download, and once you get used to the combat system and mechanics of the game, you’ll be treated to an adventure like no other.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Harry Potter Kinect provides a fun but short main campaign that is great in small bursts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3 is a very solid action shooter that still delivers plenty of scary, survivor-horror frightening moments.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who loved the originals, the $15 investment is well spent. For those who've never experienced the franchise before but love their fighting games, this nostalgic trip is well worth the money to see how one of the greats did it earlier.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It took long enough for a sequel to arrive but Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon offers a spirited romp, a good level of challenge, and might spur some thought regarding your very existence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Virgil's Downfall will add another 8 or so hours of story to your Devil May Cry game, and for those who enjoyed the original game immensely the extra few dollars to purchase is a good investment to get a little more of the same experience. As long as you don't get your heart set on getting the exact same play that you loved about the original you'll be leaving happy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    All in all, Fuel Overdose has a ton of replay value for those willing to look past its warts, especially for the price point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The multiplayer hits all the right notes when it comes to gaining experience points, load-out customization, a good mix of game types, etc. so there's plenty for the competitive player to enjoy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of action side-scrollers will get a kick out of BKS. I just wished the game felt more polished, especially with its controls, but even though the game isn't as memorable as some other side-scrolling classics such as Castlevania, I think it's definitely worth checking out if you have some extra money in your pockets.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There isn't anything inherently wrong with Dollar Dash. It's just a multiplayer only game that doesn't do a lot different and as a result feels overpriced for what we get.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, DMC was a fun surprise to review and one of the best games released this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For players with a large vocabulary, Scribblenauts Unlimited can be pretty simplistic and challenges overcome with a modicum of creative thought. However, kids will appreciate the paper-esque sensibility and chance to just do whatever pops into their heads. Good, clean fun all-round.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everyone gets a chance to play and interact and have fun. Really, that’s what Nintendo excels at, getting everyone involved and allowing childish enthusiasm to file down the sharp corners of the vexation of adulthood and life experience. New Super Mario Bros. U does that very thing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's free, sure, but that doesn't mean it's good.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the games high difficulty at times, it's a "must have" title for the 3DS, especially if you are a fan of Strategy games. Fire Emblem won’t disappoint, and goes on step further in making it memorable with a well-rounded cast of characters, great music and a bevy of customization options.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s still the occasionally spastic camera to deal with – as if even the game itself can’t keep up with what’s going on – and the feeling that something bad-ass is happening with all those button presses without really knowing what, so if you want nuance, just keep looking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With enough variation of modes to opt for, including the new story-type mode Fight Lab (which is rather short, although it will help gamers learn the game's moves), Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has enough fighting gameplay for single-player and same-console multiplayer entertainment, especially with the strong controls and impressive visuals. However, the utter dismalness of Xbox Live (lack of) gameplay delivers a double-fisted punch to the face of Tekken Tag Tournament 2's quality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, I had a great time playing through the campaigns again – with the collectible nature of the game and character power-ups for armor and weapons it's a great game for a little break from reality. I found the $40 price point to be a little expensive myself, especially when I bought my original game for $20… but if you have some money to drop, it might be worth it to give it a spin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Overhaul Games didn't ruin the goodness in their effort to be loved, but they did make it harder to get to and enjoy. As a game, it's not what I would call the definitive experience, and I can't recommend people going with it when there's a better path out there.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Either way, LEGO Lord of the Rings is worth a look.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game itself doesn't possess enough personality (or challenge) on its own to stand out as unique in the admittedly small field of AO games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sleeping Dogs had been in development as the next installment of Activision's "True Crime" franchise but the publisher ceased funding and cancelled it. Square Enix turned up to salvage the project and Sleeping Dogs was the result. The fact it turned out as good as it did -- that it's executed so well, performs as well as it does, sets the bar for open world combat and driving -- made Sleeping Dogs, story stumbles aside, the most surprising game of 2012.

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