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 Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra
Lowest review score: 10 C.O.R.E.
Score distribution:
2,223 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: First Departure may be full of flaws, but being an RPG from 1996, that shouldn’t be entirely unexpected.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tongue-in-cheek tone of the game almost seems to mock you as much as it mocks the real life despots of the Cold War. If you can shrug that off, you'll find a decent little sim.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s a quality game, I just felt like I’ve been here before. If you’re new to the SOCOM experience, by all means give it a whirl.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I love the animation and look of the game and some the technical fighting aspects, but there's not much else.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With more emphasis on quick-hit, easy-to-play mini-games and casual-centric visuals with extremely basic controls, Madden NFL 10 on the Wii might as well be referred to as Madden Lite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Repetition aside, Rabbids Go Home is still a worthy title just short of becoming a Wii classic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t quite hold up to the sports titles found in more powerful consoles, the quick-placed play and the easy-to-use controls make FIFA a fun distraction for the casual crowd, and even for gamers who hear the name “Zidane” and think of the main character from Final Fantasy IX, instead of the guy who considers head-butts as compliments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If portable Basketball on the go is what you’re looking for, you could do worse than The Inside. But the real inside scoop is the fun time-wasting mini-games, which depending on whom you ask, either compliment an otherwise generic sports package, or eclipses it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The enemy AI is predictable, typically running straight at Jack; ordering Shadow around is hit and miss; there's zero help when it comes to targeting enemies (i.e. no lock-on function); and the animation can be disjointed and completely bizarre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days doesn't evolve the third-person shooter genre in any way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Blood Stone is a solid Bond title and an improvement over Quantum of Solace, but at the same time, it lacks any real substance. The short campaign and lackluster multiplayer make this title more worthy of a possible rental than a purchase.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This game got released too early. Had it been released around the holidays, and with the collection of bugs and broken quests eliminated, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a great gift for gamers. As it is, I can only say that it's beautiful but tragically flawed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It looks good and it feels good at points but I'm afraid its shortcomings are going to make it a forgotten title.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    2010 has been a busy year for the racing genre with games such as Need For Speed, Blur and GT5 all being released this year. SVR does little to separate itself from the competition and that's where it ultimately falls flat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Dragon Ball Raging Blast is for the die-hard fans and only for the die-hards. I use to be obsessed with DBZ when I was younger, but have moved on since and consider myself just a casual fan and that's not a good enough of a reason to buy this game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a decent game it just doesn't offer anything spectacular.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Playing Raging Blast 2 reminded me of all the fun from the anime series, but it also reminded me of all the shortcomings of that series as well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you are a big DBZ fan you've probably already picked this title up. If not, give it a try first before you take it home forever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game is competent but not compelling, adequate but not outstanding. Unless you are a big Michael Jackson fan it's a rental at best. Unless you can find that version with the glove. Now that will provide hours of fun and amusement.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Capcom deserves all the praise in the world for bringing back the folks behind Rearmed. It's just too bad their attempt to win back Bionic Commando lovers after the devastating (in more ways than one) 3D experiment fell short.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It is a little too derivative of the better games in the genre, a little too short and a little too easy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It does provide a short bit of fun, but that quickly ends as the repetition sinks in its claws.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s not a terrible game, but everything about it, from the gameplay on down, has been done a great deal more effectively in a slew of other GBA games with considerably more gameplay muscle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In terms of challenge and entertainment Mario Pinball Land is a good choice for a long flight or a series of shorter periods.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At least in WCP, when players get tired of beating up on the poor A.I., they can play some Blackjack or Video Poker to pass the time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even a fan like me can’t help but term the control a bit problematic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Comes up shooting blanks with a very mediocre adaptation that has few redeemable features outside its strong multiplayer Xbox Live presence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Fans of the soldier shooting genre are better off sticking with the current and upcoming Tom Clancy games than looking at the weak shadow of a game that SORM ultimately turns out to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Once you become intimately familiar with the levels, Hitman becomes a lot of fun, and the game is practically made for infinite replayability. The problem is, getting to that point is so messy that it's more confusing than fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    "Fight Night 2004" is better on all levels, but if you are a Rocky fan or just want to go head up versus a buddy, Legends will give you the action. Just make sure that you time your combos right and know how to block and maneuver, because all it takes is one punch to throw you down.