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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Episode 2 is an awesome example of packing various kinds of gameplay into a compressed time span without the whole thing descending into a discombobulated mess.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    MVP Baseball 2004 has the most accurate and authentic gameplay experience and the most in-depth franchise mode setting the bar higher for other developers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only is this the greatest THPS yet, but as always is one of the year’s best games. Period.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a visual downgrade and a quieter audio track, there is definitely something lost in the translation, and with Liberty City and Vice City Stories performing much more adequately, this PSP port may not have enough weight to keep it from drowning in obscurity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is enjoyable. It's a great action title but it's the deeper, complicated facets of the game that firmly puts it in the running for Game of Year, even this early in 2011.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that gets everything right; the puzzles are just hard enough to be a challenge without being too frustrating, the presentation pleasing and the control spot-on.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Okami's third appearance. It began on Playstation 2, was ported to Wii, and now we have the high-definition version. If you missed out previously, there's really no reason why you couldn't drop $20 on Okami now. It was originally released back in 2006, but it's one of those games that is standing the test of time extremely well.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems strange to say it, but I wish Super Mario 3D Land was more difficult. That's it's biggest fault at the end of the day. More than half the game is a cakewalk, an entertaining cakewalk, but a cakewalk nonetheless.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You should play Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to experince one of the best games available on Wii and one of the top games 2007 has produced (to date).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Will satisfy multiplayer junkies’ needs but will leave single player fanatics wanting more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gearhead gamers will thoroughly enjoy the true-to-life car behaviors and the ability to modify cars to unlimited extremes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An excellent game, one that has restored my enthusiasm for the comic characters of old and their exciting, ideologically simple-minded pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With Madden on Xbox Live and EA's own network playing so well on the PS2, it is hard to recommend the GameCube version to anyone who owns the other two systems. Still, if the GameCube is the only system you own, Madden 2005 is a great purchase.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Empire: Total War is not for the historically faint of heart. It's a sumptuous feast that has a lot of meat to it, though the meat could use a good carving knife to go with it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The presentation is probably the best in any sports game out on the market. You can truly see the ESPN integration in the game. The cut scenes are beautiful and commentating is great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Between the story, the beautiful graphics, music score, and the insanely enthralling card game mini-game, Final Fantasy VIII does the series proud.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Raven has done a fantastic job bringing Star Wars to life, especially with the small touches like the familiar war room from A New Hope.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you had any doubts that Halo 2 is the ultimate Xbox Live title, this map pack will make you a true believer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A very solid launch title for the Xbox 360 but there’s still room for improvement, like some kind of enveloping physics engine.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The brilliant twist of the encouragement to crash cars for gaming pleasure and reward pushes the petal to the metal and zooms Burnout Revenge past the average racing game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of those titles that is equal parts nostalgia, new content, and addictive play that is the hallmark of so many "instant" classic games nowadays.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Graphically, it is a step above the PS2 as there is less flicker in the background and less aliasing in general. It is missing the graphical improvements given the Xbox version, however.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Simply an addictive and adorable game that does a wonderful job evoking the same sense of wonder many of us first experienced on our childhood trips to Oz, Narnia, or Middle Earth.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's everything good to be expected from a basketball game, plus loads of customization.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best role-playing game I have played in years. It features wonderful graphics, a compelling main plot, an immense number of subplots, and all the micro-management a pen-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) geek could ever want.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the amazingly vast landscape to the equally impressive NPC interaction to the first-rate story to the many, many choices and gameplay freedom it presents to gamers, to the co-op that will have gamers coming back for return visits to Albion long after the revenge on Lucien has been satisfyingly taken, Fable II is a stellar and engrossing RPG of the highest order.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Unlike EA’s NHL games, which have generally put an emphasis on offense, NHL 2K3 is a much more balanced game. Most players will not score an average of 10 goals a game in NHL 2K3.