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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Batman: Arkham Asylum
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Where Madden 2003 really isn’t anything special is the sound department.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I wouldn’t way Rome: Total War is a good title for novice strategy players, there’s plenty of depth and fun in this masterful effort from Creative Assembly without being overwhelming.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although I lament the camera a bit, the Mario-less voice acting, and the linear stages there's too much to like, too much to enjoy about Mario Sunshine to really bash it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Soul Calibur II will satisfy most fighting fans with its smooth play and brilliant graphics. It stands easily among a handful of other games as one of the best fighting games of all time.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the best graphics on the PS2, and... completely refined battle and character progression systems...On the other hand players will have to sit through a heavy handed, all together weak story, weak characterization of the cast, and a lack of any sense of exploration.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With all of the play modes, excellent multi-player setup, great graphics, and absolutely amazing level design, this game stands high as a shining example of what a first person shooter should be.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Twilight of the Arnor does an excellent job adding more meat to an already meaty game. It's a bit raw and bloody deep in the middle, but still quite satisfying.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's not dramatically different from the original but, man, is it fun. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is a title every GameCube owning shooter fan should have.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The AI is unlike anything else I've seen in a driving game...At times in R1C it was hard to believe I was facing off against computer controlled opponents.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    More of the same with a few extras throw in. But that’s not a bad thing – not by a long shot.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer was touted to be the biggest addition to the franchise and it does not disappoint.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a surprising amount of strategy involved in fighting the zombies, especially when dealing with more than one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    At heart, Shadow of the Colossus seems to me a bit like the work of a Transcendentalist in that it begs us to examine the world the hero lives in and leaves us unsure of whether we made the correct choice in our interactions with nature.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I do not feel it takes the accepted throne of stealth action games, Splinter Cell is highly polished, and extremely solid as a game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I hate to sound like an EA Sports poster boy, but NCAA is a must-have for any sports gamer.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Crysis has been on the receiving end of a lot of hype for quite some time now, so there has been tons of pressure for the game to perform well. By and large it has. It looks very good, and the gameplay is solid with some fun new tweaks thrown in.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Throws in some streamlined role-playing elements such as basic item gathering and earning experience points. But you'd never mistake NG for a role-playing game because most role-playing games don't require the reflexes of a mongoose.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, God of War: Chains of Olympus is an amazing title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Madden 2004" may include more realistic gameplay and statistics, but ESPN is a much more satisfying experience when breaking down the purpose of games in the first place. To be fun.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the tip of the shiny helmets to the grass-wedged cleats, NCAA Football 2003 is a marvel to behold.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Did I thoroughly enjoy Halo: Reach? Yes, very much so. Will I ever watch a cut scene from this game ever again? No. Will this game continue to remain in high play rotation on my Xbox? Very yes.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combination of style, wit, creativity, spycraft, cool locations, great gadgets and the overall sense of fun make this one a must have for FPS fans and a recommended game for casual gamers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The God of War Collection is the equivalent of Disney releasing a remastered version of Snow White: you know precisely what you're getting (because you've probably already seen it) but it looks and sounds so good you can't help but pull out your wallet to buy it again.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City is one of those games that rightly garnered much attention with the end of 2011 Game of the Year lists. Maybe it didn't get as much attention from PC gamers, but it should. If you want to have the definitive Arkham City experience, I'd say PC is the way to go.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Batten down the hatches, let the answering machine do its thing, and keep some snack food on standby, because Planescape Torment is one of those RPGs with such a deep, rich story that it demands every ounce of the players attention.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For a series known for addictive nail-biting shootouts as well as breathtaking visuals, this third and possibly final act to the Xbox 360's first mega blockbuster is a fitting end to one of the most definitive multiplayer experiences in our current console generation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s certainly enough in the multiplayer portion of Killzone 2 to extend its shelf life beyond the relatively quick single-player Campaign and makes it worth your time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A brilliant and highly polished RPG masterpiece.

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