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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX doesn't do much to break new ground in the genre, but adheres quite closely to elements that have helped define the series over the years. Thankfully it does this very well, providing an entertaining experience well worth spending some time with.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While retaining its gameplay and adding numerous improvements, R6: Raven Shield is definitely worth checking out for any realistic tactical shooter fan.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all the myriad ways that Human Revolution comes up short, it excels in a single point: you are immersed in the setting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s got everything; humor, excellent cutscenes, great graphics and strong gameplay. What more can you ask for?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band playing the classic school fight songs, the cheering of the crowd and realistically rendered stadiums combine with the smooth animations that the 60 frames-per second NCAA Football 08 delivers for a magnificent gaming experience, including a perfect balance of solid running and passing controls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I think it's great that Nintendo is offering an incentive to kids to get them moving with the Pokéwalker. That's pretty much the only thing new happening with HeartGold, everything else is typically addicting of the Pokémon series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TC3 will do what many other light gun games cannot. Convert fans to the genre. I'm a living example.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you let it, Nintendogs will warm your gaming heart. Nintendo put more than enough content into Nintendogs to keep your kids and, lets face it, you engrossed for many hours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing this collection on the big screen TV has left me wanting for more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal Slug Anthology is already a tremendous deal for your money, and the fact that it's portable makes it all the sweeter, especially since you can save the game when you quit and return to where you left off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Find out what Fun is again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be a WoW-killer, but it certainly gives the Blizzard juggernaut serious competition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy IV is not just a re-release of something that has been done a thousand times before, it is worthy of being called a remake as they added a lot of new stuff to the game as well as did a serious touch-up of many of the games aspects.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon Diamond or Pearl will satisfy any fan of the previous games: it’s accessible, it’s fun, it features online play and trading, and the battles are more involved than ever, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it – as long as you play against people your own age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As in-depth as you need or as simple as you want. And with the multiple modes, great course selection, and unlockables, you'll be playing for a while.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The production values are perfectly tuned to the game's style as the graphics and audio are beautifully implemented. Quite simply, I loved the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks amazing. But this game isn’t just a pretty face, the deep gameplay and replay value catapult this title head and shoulders above the crowd.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What accounts for the less-than-perfect score is the extreme amount of tweaking it takes to get everything just the way you like it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some schizophrenic and disagreeable at times controls, with a few new console-centric additions to the already excellent life simulation gameplay, The Sims 3 does a great job of retaining the awesome aura of the PC game while appealing to the console gaming crowd.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With diverse stories and settings, great animations and overall visuals, and strong point & click gameplay along with hilariously smart-ass ribaldry that’s becoming the developer’s trademark, 8-Bit Is Enough is a satisfying series conclusion.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of its issues, Mass Effect is still a completely entrancing blend of two completely different genres, the likes of which we really haven't seen on the consoles since Deus Ex.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is one of the best titles of the year, and marks not only a proper return of the Castlevania series for consoles, but a starting point that future games would do well to follow.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But LIMBO is easily among the best XBLA titles of the year that anybody who plays it won't soon forget for its magnificent art design, tough puzzles and dismally sad story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ending with a patented twisted ending with a twist, The Tomb of Sammun-Mak is yet another great point & click adventure of the hilarious and bizarre lives of the Freelance Police, to be continued in episode three, They Stole Max's Brain!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation and some spoken dialogue really do a lot to hold everything else together. Any puzzle/adventure games can be distilled into a collection of puzzles but the lines holding The Diabolical Box together make for a great challenge and an entertaining experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics and animation are first rate.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the story gets lost on its trip down the highway of quality with plot holes along with a sometimes too-unlikable cast of Harley-loving ruffians, druggies, murderers and criminals, the first DLC content for GTA IV is still a solid game that gives full-price gameplay for a discount price.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a learning curve, gameplay is very smooth, with a first-class presentation, from the fighter introductions, to the actual UFC announcers and referees, to the good audio features of the crowd and impact of punches and kicks onto each fighter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The improvement of the computer AI is really felt here – if you tend to blitz too often, the computer will start relying on short out patterns that will burn you for a ton of yards.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Phantom Hourglass won't disappoint fans. It has all of the core elements that has made the Zelda series so popular, while also breathing new life into it by introducing intuitive touch screen controls.