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 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 10 C.O.R.E.
Score distribution:
2,223 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there’s only two or three hours, tops, of gameplay in Moai Better Blues, it turns out to be a less is more situation: it’s always fun, always funny, always teasing the brain for solutions to puzzles in a short, single-sitting burst.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once more, gamers won’t be able to find a more smartly and funnily crafted story along with the usual Sam & Max hijinks to enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sandbox destruction at its finest, Red Faction: Guerrilla will surely satisfy action gamers because many of the constrictions we’ve all become used to – that waist-high wall that stops you dead – are blown up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chariots of the Dogs is impressive in its story’s complexity while still retaining a good amount of the trademark Sam & Max humor (although because of the intricacy of tying so many plots neatly together, Chariots of the Dogs isn’t quite as rib-tickling funny as most previous episodes).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfectly enjoyable and satisfying finale, that seems to eliminate the aggravatingly grating Soda Poppers once and for all, along with a grand wrap-up of all of the season's storylines, make "What's New, Beelzebub?" a must-play for all Sam & Max fans until the as-of-yet-unannounced-but-highly-likely-coming-soon Season Three makes its debut soon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For both the young (who were either too youthful or not even born to have been around for the point & click adventure gaming rage of the early 1990s) and old (those who were lucky enough to have experienced the golden age of LucasArts point & click adventuring, including the classic Sam & Max Hit the Road), the Wii version of Sam & Max Season One is sure to bring more than a few rib-tickling chuckles and guffaws along with the superbly written story for a hilarious gaming journey.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Fight Night Round 4 is an excellent game, that will appeal to the boxing fans amongst us. Not perfect yet, but getting pretty darn close with each version.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Fallout 3 is a good game and it lived up to all my expectations, it is certainly not for anyone wanting a quick game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At this point in time, EA Canada has the NHL franchise down to a science. But this year, rather than just spit out another instalment, they took the time to do some really interesting things while refining things like hitting and getting the control aspects almost perfect. NHL 09 is highly recommended.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    inFamous is a type of game that doesn’t come around often enough and is easily one of this year’s strongest titles.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s definitely shorter than the first episode, but more than makes up for it with way more witty banter and thoroughly enjoyable gameplay with more satisfying puzzles than in the first episode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the flaws that it has, Eternal Sonata is still a visually stunning game with a charming story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Four turns out to be the funniest episode yet, with a great spy-spoof story serving as the gameplay background.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are plenty of characters and each with their own unique storyline. Dissidia will surely last many hours before a FF fan will get bored of it. I highly suggest a purchase.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visceral could have gone the easy route and slapped them on the disc as a digitized graphic novel but they went the extra mile with some great audio and subtle animations that make them worth flipping through.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But despite the short length and difficulty, Klonoa’s classic strengths far outweigh its long forgotten weaknesses. Whether you were a fan of the original or a curious newcomer, Door to Phantomile is a wonderful experience that deserves to reach the reception it has long deserved.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much as I was pummelled by the higher echelon of boxers, it was (and continues to be) fun. It’s also open enough to be kid-friendly and punishing enough to offer the kind of experience many of us from the NES era remember so fondly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lots of fun, there’s really no reason not to get Wii Sports Resort because you get a lot of fun games to play and you get the Wii Motion Plus, which will no doubt come into use with a lot of future Wii games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 is a stellar first-person shooter adventure with plenty of boogey men scares and thrills around every black corner.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, NHL 10 is a lot of fun, as I can attest to the 50+ and rising hours that I've put into the game so far. People who purchased the previous year's version may want to hold off for another season for more additions to propagate in the franchise before re-upping.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heavy Rain is an essential title for an adventure game fan but I don't think I can limit the recommendation to "fans of the genre." It's involving in a way that most games don't even aspire to.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Following excellent Sam Max, Strongbad and Wallace & Gromit episodic series, Telltale Games has done it once again. Tales of Monkey Island's first episode, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, is a "yo-ho-ho and a barrel of laughs" P&C adventure game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite clocking in with noticeably less gameplay than in Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, the Siege of Spinner Cay episode has a more involved storyline to submerge gamers in.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With lots of hours to spend exploring and a great combat system this purchase is money well spent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lair of the Leviathan is the best-written episode so far (and as always, extremely hilarious) that not only shines a lost treasure's golden glow in its storytelling but through the completely new gaming environments, including the love-starved male manatee's innards and Guybrush's bottom-of-the-sea "love connection" excursion.