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 Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2,223 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    After playing through the single-player on Normal difficulty, I'd be more inclined to attempt the campaign on a higher difficulty if I wanted to experience the story. Maybe there's some dramatic linchpin that I missed! But I was unsuccessful in keeping my brain from thinking about the problems and inconsistencies I see with the story and the relationship between Cortana and Master Chief the first time around, why would the second time be any different? Halo 4 has its moments, but not enough of them to make me forget about this stuff.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Completely overshadows its predecessor in every single way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improves on its predecessor's already-impressive showing, with the real clincher of its racing game greatness being the Xbox Live support, especially adding the ability to utilize XSN tournaments.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that NCAA Football 06 lives up to the pre-release hype and keeps the dynasty going by staying on top and garnering yet another title as the best college football game around.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If the first two games left you in the dark with the heavy emphasis on stealth, then Chaos Theory will certainly intrigue you as there’s the option to play it like an action game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't go above and beyond, but the expansion pack gets the job done and that's just fine as it is still a very entertaining little romp.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You get your money’s worth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A good solid driving pick-up.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sound is phenomenal, just like the graphics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After "finishing" Morrowind, I'm left wordless to describe the experience...This game is about as linear as a bowl of spaghetti.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So despite being an excellent sequel to a solid first installment, I believe Silent Assassin to be a better game than "Codename 47," but I think many fans will always love the first game best, as I do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It tries to to do too much at once, and while it generally succeeds, there's still some room for a bit of spit and polish.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that NCAA Football 06 lives up to the pre-release hype and keeps the dynasty going by staying on top and garnering yet another title as the best college football game around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Undead Nightmare, as a single-player upgrade, is an exceptional bargain for the amount of new gameplay that it provides. But including the highly entertaining Undead Overrun multiplayer mayhem makes this a cannot-miss DLC purchase for Red Dead Redemption gamers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What you should take away from everything above is that Max Payne 3 is a worthy sequel to the Remedy Games originals. Max's monologues aren't quite as faux-serious (and are instead depressingly serious) and the cover mechanic will certainly be an adjustment for fans of the first two games, but there's a lot of action, challenge, twists in the story, and plenty to do after the credits roll that Max Payne 3 gets high marks indeed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Wii may be more focused in hooking in a new generation of easy-going players, but for Nintendo fans from the early days, this game was made for you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you only buy a handful of games each year Elite Beat Agents should be among them. It’s fun, plain and simple.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Flaws are in short supply. It's easy to save, the control is great, the presentation awesome, and the gameplay deep and addictive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This reboot of the series not only surpassed my expectations, but it is easily one of the best games I have played in a long time. If you're like me and love story driven games that offer a great gaming experience then Tomb Raider is definitely for you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Double-Dash doesn't stray far from what gamers have come to love about the series -- if it aint' broke, don't fix it -- but the added refinements make it a must-play title, particularly with friends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a quick dungeon crawling, hack-and-slash trek through the frozen north with a peppy little story and some great combat then this is definitely a title to get.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you totally enjoyed MGS2, this definitive version is certainly worth a look, delivering all of the extras and the original game in one package.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If Sega can fix some of the problems and totally do away with the worthless batting cursor (batting cursors, like crying, don’t belong in baseball), next year could crown yet another new PS2 baseball champion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    More un-lockable features, multi-player modes, and car upgrade options would be very welcome here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Country Returns starts strong and offers a great gaming experience to players of any age. That's no small feat but it seems Nintendo has been doing it a lot lately.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all of the claims by the mainstream media that this game is just like GTA, and will be a great harm to society’s moral fabric, the truth is far from it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For a true PC RTS to surpass the lazy day couch and button mash of a console classic, it must be fun! Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns is.