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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2,214 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simply put, if you're not a fan of the genre, then Phantasy Star Portable 2 isn't for you. If you have been a fan for this long, then the good news is that there's more missions and loot for you to spend the next few weeks collecting, as well as a fully online multiplayer that's both functional as well as free. Whether you'll find an audience of fellow PSP players connected at the same time, however, is almost as uncertain as the universe itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If the Action / Real-Time Strategy hybrid seems like an interesting one you might like to try "Sacrifice" (which is about six years old), because while Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War tries hard to bring something new to the crowded RTS genre with it's Hero mode and naval battles, there are just too many downsides to the game to make it worth playing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though there are few features of Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers that attempt to add some kind of complexity -- levelling-up the characters, power-up items, different meters to monitor -- but there's nothing here more complicated than slashing things.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I have to give Telltale a nod for at least trying something ambitious and coming up short. The Jurassic Park setting has room for new stories, but they needed to bring out the varsity for this one and they didn't. Here's hoping they take the lessons to heart and try again.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the combination of some of the absent design aspects, the forcing of micromanagement, and the sub par graphics, I can only marginally recommend this game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sonic and the Black Knight is a fun diversion for kids, and a glimmering star of hope for longtime fans, but it’s going to take a lot more experimentation to restore the greatness of the mascot who once stood toe to toe with Mario
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As far as the gameplay is concerned, this may be one of the deepest fighting games I've ever played.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those shut-ins or people with a raging case of obsessive-compulsive disorder will be the only ones to accomplish all the tasks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On the outside chance that some nameless gamer out there is thinking about picking up Rumble Roses XX on the basis that it will provide an excellent wrestling experience, I should plainly state, that the actual wrestling action is just average.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the character advancement scheme and tactical battle maps are improvements worth keeping, they feel almost wasted on unworthy antagonists in the service of a wretched storyline.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most puzzles games should be easy to pick up and play, yet hard to master. But Puzzle Guzzle forces you to think diagonally, which can be a bit mind bending.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's really no way around it; while Geist offers some neat ideas, it's an entry level shooter with an okay story and few interesting gameplay elements.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Magical Starsign offers a bit of amusement, and more than its share of chuckles, the actual game mechanics keeps it from being too engrossing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The various drives and needs are back and rather than be an engrossing part of the overall gameplay they're just a pain in the ass.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two Worlds is a game that will surely appeal to RPG fans, but even fans of the genre will be irritated by the countless problems with the game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed by Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. While it is not a terrible game, it doesn’t live up to the expectations that the first one created.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While all this gameplay is offered, and the core strategic elements of the game are sound, the game is crippled by its mediocre production values.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Back to the point though, Splatterhouse is actually more satisfying than the original games, even with all of the game's problems. In that way it's a successful reboot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While neither innovative in its gameplay mechanics or its fright-fests, F.E.A.R. 3's solo outing is still a better-than-average experience that is made all the more entertaining with another player. Its multiplayer offerings are on the opposite side of the spectrum, featuring interesting and fun new gameplay modes that deserve to be imitated by future FPS titles. Unfortunately, the current netcode issues keeps gamers from discovering this for themselves, as if Alma's vengeful spirit lingers as a ghost in the machine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Comparing the game to "Jak & Daxter," the control is noticeably less intuitive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Had the potential to be so much more, but the control problems, the pacing, inconsistent health bar, and lack of any multiplayer options, make it merely a novelty as Rare’s first Xbox title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The other knock against the single player campaign is that there's no option to save your progress. No option to save your progress. It bears repeating because this is 2013! What the hell?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is no real choice or variation however, as gamers must exhaust all the dialogue options before they are able to stop talking to someone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are a lot better music action titles out there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of Dragon Ball Z probably won’t care too much about some of the simpler fighting mechanics and the tedious method of unlocking all the capsules, but newcomers to the Dragon Ball Z universe will likely be left scratching their heads as to why the series is so popular.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Once players have heaved themselves over the massive learning curve, there is a strategy game here worthy of attention but the "price of entry" is so high Supreme Commander likely won't be attractive to anyone that isn't a hardcore fan of the strategy genre.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a game, it's a little bit hard to recommend this, especially considering that it's basically just an assemblage of Flash-style games, the kind you could play for free on a movie promo site.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix fails to enchant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The lack of extras and choice of games makes this harder for me to recommend than I would like to. The fact that you get four reasonably good games in one package is nice, but knowing the size of these games there is no reason why between 6 and 8 games could not be included in a compilation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it may appear that Glory of Heracles is overridden with negatives, it still equals an overall solid RPG adventure, with a well written localization that helps establish its charm when the graphics fail to do so.