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 Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    All round AI is lacking. Enemy AI is laughable at times – walking toward you backwards or standing still while you spray them with the flamethrower.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    "NBA 2K3" and even "NBA Live 2003" are better overall choices.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    You’ll be looking for opportunities to heave enemies off catwalks or crack them against a wall so Indy can smack them silly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A great improvement over "Rise of the Machines," and actually better than some games in a few ways, but still not in the higher ranking levels of current games.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    This was, overall, a well put together game but the AI is one of the things that could have been much better instead of the simple just standing around and shooting things.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Aside from the inexcusable loading times that totally drag down the Totaled gameplay experience and a short single-player mode, the game’s multiplayer action, decent control scheme and level design make Totaled a better than average title for destruction derby fans not seen in a video games since, well, "Demolition Derby."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Even the interface is out of the olden days.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A sharp, visual style and a great co-op mode that overcomes the average action gameplay provide a wonderfully wizardly good time despite a too-short and too-easy escapade.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    When you realize that a mini-game is better than the actual game, it kinda sends off signals that something is a little bit wrong.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    As a whole, Blitzkrieg does deliver a decent RTS that will last for a very long time; however the game isn’t at the stage to compete with current RTS standards, still sporting the 2D landscapes and scratchy infantry movement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Ridge Racer 6 is recommended for nuance-loving race fans. With the amount of fore-thought and planning required to win, casual fans are likely to frustrated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Gun
    It’s just unfortunate it’s over all too soon, because there is some good action here – the execution is just a bit off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It’s the ham sandwich of shooter games. It won’t knock you on your ass with an explosion of flavor, nor will it bore you to tears with plainness, but mmmmmm, when the ham combines with the mustard, boy is it tasty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It’s got its flaws and it's share of bugs, but being able to have free reign almost cancels them out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It simply seems like an animal taken out of its native habitat and dropped in the middle of some alien world. If you have a PC, I can think of no reason to recommend the PS2 version.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    For fanz of the Matrix and those that must simply figure what the Matrix really is, will pick up Enter the Matrix and have a blast. For everyone else, Enter the Matrix is an above-average action game with some cool moves and awesome production values (but repetitive).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If you don’t fiddle with the default graphic settings you’ll be working a lot to find the right items, navigate the game world, and discover clues. Searching a blood-soaked hotel room is tough enough without having to stumble through the dark.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Is Worms 3D as good as its predecessors such as Worms, and Worms Armageddon? No, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean that Worms 3D should be overlooked.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Prye runs and walks as if he’s just spent the last 15 hours on the back of a galloping horse then, unable to find an outhouse, crapped himself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's a fun title that gives the genre some notable tweaks, and it's certainly recommendable to anyone with an itch for a fast and furious dungeon crawl.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This game might not be a hardcore hockey fan's portable dream game, but the less pickey gamers might want to give this game a shot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The game controls pretty smooth, except when your player gets the ball. In perhaps an effort to emulate the awkwardness of dribbling, all of your movements are delayed slightly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    An aesthetic surprise with great visuals and sound; and a huge disappointment of Gameplay and AI.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Shooter fans will probably find that GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is an average experience, with enough slick action and challenge to warrant at least a rental.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 isn't without its flaws -- I would have appreciated more courses and it does take a long time to "master" -- it is probably the best of EA's launch sports titles for the 360.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Needless to say, this type of gameplay is hardly challenging, thought provoking, or enjoyable, for most serious gamers. However, what Broken Sword does do is very polished and offers a slick level of gameplay for the occasional gamer used to solitaire and minesweeper.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    On a technical level, the control scheme is a pain in the ass!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    That's not to say it's not enjoyable or that it's a bad game – it is very easy to pick up and play for enjoyment in short spurts – it's just average. If you want the definitive Crazy Taxi game, this is it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The third installment of the series, doesn’t do much in terms of “innovation."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This title is complete fan service to those who like the anime, and will largely be enjoyed by these people, just be careful of the occasional cheap comeback by the computer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    An extremely challenging game, with a lot going for it, but unfortunately the game is hindered by some aspects, like the save function.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Much like a NHL expansion team that does unexpectedly well in its initial campaign but doesn’t have any realistic chance of competing for even a number-eight seed playoff spot, NHL Rivals 2004 is a good start for Microsoft’s hockey franchise, but needs many more superstar elements to challenge its competition in the hockey game arena.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Good, clean clobberin’ fun. It’s got its problems, mostly with the Banner sections, but it’s fun. And sometimes that's all I want.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A complete joy to play and worthy of the attention of even the most hardcore gamer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you can deal with the occasional frustrating roadblocks you'll face, then Lethal Skies II will probably be a somewhat enjoyable, if not particularly engaging, way to waste a few afternoons, even if you can't tell a MIG29 from an A-10.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If one can look over the odd, “brave Sir Arron ran away” combat method, and a ineffective story sewn together from fantasy cliche’s, there is some fun to be had with Nightcaster.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mini-games are a blast! I think I ended up playing them more than the actual racing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Puzzlegeddon is a competent puzzle game with some innovative twists.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How to Survive's story can be played quickly, so the two-player co-op and the Challenges are a buyer's best option to extend the play time. That's the only way the average player will be able to explore all the seemingly inconsequential upgrade options and power-ups and not feel bored.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At its worst, Future Soldier is an uneven experience with some unchecked boxes as they pertain to PC ports (e.g. no option to invert the controls on a gamepad) and an unrecognizable story, but at its best it's a good shooter with a little more thought required than many other 3rd person shooters available right now.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's only too bad that some of the elements that were only loosely introduced could not have been made more of a focus or an option in the game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Condition Zero still carries the Counter Strike magic. However, given its age, how much it costs and the quality of the current competition, CZ cannot honestly and should not be at the top of any FPS gamer’s list.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, as a whole, it seems to be more a welcome mat for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Still, as long as you can put up with the awkward system, Metal Gear Acid 2 is a worth checking out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While certainly a good game, the fact that it is overshadowed by its other iterations leaves a feeling of expectance. Rainbow Six 3 does deliver but those with more than one system at home will like want to pick up a different version of the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A little bit long in the tooth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    XBV could have been alternately titled DOA Casino, Playboy's Girls of DOA, or DOA Dress-up. If you're expecting a deep volleyball simulation, forget it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game is best for those who want to play a blowout game and not think about defense… ever. This is a good-looking game, and is fun to play, but purists should look elsewhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those gamers that were fans of the original from a single player aspect, Rise of the Witch King doesn't really add that much more such it should grab your attention. For die-hard Lord of the Rings fans, the minimal content additions will likely be enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At times the multiplayer features can be quite entertaining but there may not be enough wrinkles added to the gameplay to keep groups playing. [Score = 94 if no experience with GBA game]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No franchise was built in a day, and I’m afraid it might take another installment before CivCity Rome lives up to its potential.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I found issues with the unit balance and the visual style of the units and buildings wasn't for me. The story line is campy and doesn't succeed at being engaging or funny in this style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Without the adoption of 3rd Edition rules, IWD2 is essentially the same D&D game released years ago.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's very little question that Brink is highly geared towards the multiplayer crowd. The SMART system and the well done visuals are very attractive, but the level design imbalances and small map variety don't offer much in the way of longevity. There's a lot of promise in the game but only the most patient of players might be willing to see that promise realized.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t make TimeShift a bad game, it edges slightly above average thanks to the time powers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gretzky NHL 06 showed some serious improvement graphically over last year’s version but otherwise all the same flaws remain untouched.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So while the grading is still off, and the song selection is still scant, PaRappa has so much charm in its songs that it's still worthwhile all of these years later, whether you're revisiting it or playing it for the first time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Far and away the most humour is found with Captain Quark's levels, which almost makes me wish SCEA would green-light a game focusing purely on Captain Quark.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its [slow] pace will kill the game for some, but others not so experienced in the RTS genre will appreciate the accessibility the speed affords.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite having to baby-sit your troops, and play with the same objective over and over, the game still had me coming back for more.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual is a decent title that is just a little shy of greatness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a game that seems to be positioning itself as the anti-Diablo, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing puts in a strong, if kind of rough, performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The online setup is great, supporting an in-depth ranking system and easily accessible online options.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GHWOR does little to change the minds of those who thought the series was past its prime. Frankly, GHWOR could have existed as a track pack, but for what it's worth, Neversoft still manages to squeeze out some fun gameplay even if it is to the same old tune.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's already been a price drop of about $20 for Lost Planet 3, which makes it a pretty good deal. The timing for such a thing isn't great. There are a couple new consoles launching soon and the tidal wave of 4th Quarter games has only just started, I think Lost Planet 3's window of opportunity has closed for this somewhat enjoyable mid-tier game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s for kids, so it’s not difficult to unlock most of the stuff in a few hours of play, but this isn’t one of those games that’s aimed at me, at the older, core gamer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although not much of a gameplay challenge for anybody over the age of 10, the Clue-like gameplay structure of Disney Guilty Party provides a nice little mystery party for wannabe detective Wii gamers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Naruto is worth a pick up for Naruto fans or those who enjoy a simple combat game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not overwhelming in what it offers in addition to what the original game offers already, but it does have enough interesting points to make it worthwhile for fans of the original.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The first downfall of Build-a-Bear Workshop is that there's no spoken instructions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If nothing else, it should satisfy gamers looking for a good party game and a little more lighthearted fun during their breaks away from their more serious games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I imagine that G-Force will be one of those Trojan Horse games for my nephew that gets him familiar with games that are definitely for the mature player. Who would have thought a guinea pig with a jetpack could be a Trojan Horse?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 was an entertaining diversion for those hack and slash enthusiasts like myself, as long as you aren't expecting anything more grandiose than that.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, I did enjoy playing One Piece: Pirate Warriors there's a lot of love in this title, but some awful too. If you can overlook the warts, you've got a good game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a gamer with a very heavy interest in war games, and a ton of patience then Sniper Elite is a game worth checking out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot less raunchy juvenile humor and more focus on fixing the weapon aiming would have elevated Shadows of the Damned from the depths of hell to a almost heavenly third-person shooter experience. As it is, though, once gamers acclimate their aiming and focus their efforts on the demon-hunting adventure found in the shadows of the debauchery, Shadows of the Damned is a sometimes-scary ride to Hades and back.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While The River of Time has its fair share of technical flaws, the story, and combat in the game more than make up for this. Also, the game is only $20 which helps one overlook its shortcomings. The game quietly slipped onto the market at the start of the year, which is a shame because it certainly deserves the attention of RPG fans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like the match three concept and RPG’s too, there is no question you are going to love this game. If you’re a bit dicey on both then I’d suggest you try before you buy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rango doesn't innovative in any particular way, but it proves to be a solid game all around.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, even considering the frustrations, this game is above average and if you love the source material you're going to love the game even more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many thrills but you'll have to weigh that against the very directed action which takes a bit of the fun out of it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Guitar Hero: On Tour is a very solid port of the franchise to the DS and the technology to get it working is brilliant - why don't more developers make use of the GBA cartridge port for DS games?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A wholly decent entertainment experience although it won’t change anyone’s opinion about the genre it unfortunately sits in.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Your allies are invulnerable for some reason, but that doesn't make them any more useful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a straight-up action adventure game, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron it's falls short in terms of excellence, but the titantic epicness of the concluding shots is so awesome that any Transformers fan should grab Fall of Cybertron if one's willing to overlook the shortcomings of some of the game mechanics.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And I say in conclusion (with great sorrow and apologies to the late Lloyd Bentsen): "Silverfall, I played Diablo II. I knew Diablo II. Diablo II was a friend of mine. And Silverfall [sigh], you’re no Diablo II."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, I really like this game, but the difficulty really puts me in a tight spot - no matter how fun the game is to begin with, it loses appeal quickly as the game becomes insane.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades is a very solid follow-up port of the franchise to the DS and the technology to get it working is brilliant - why don't more developers make use of the GBA cartridge port for DS games? - I can really only recommend Decades to fans of the franchise, with the proviso that they have relatively small hands.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GST2 is a solid effort, but falls short in several areas. The career mode, opponent AI and presentation still need to be fine tuned. If EA can sort out these issues then there's no doubt GST3 could be the new Grand Slam Champion of tennis.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Resident Evil: Revelations is less of a "fans of the genre" title than it is a "fans of the series" title. For everyone else, it's like that B-movie that does just enough things right to be entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s short but its fun. It’s also a decent price and it looks like it may be one of the last original platforming games we’re going to see on the PS2. Go on, be ‘Brave’.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is pretty good graphically, but the music and great voice acting is where it really shines most.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game parents will be able to safely play with their pre-teen kids.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy won't leave much of a legacy behind but it is a decent game and if you've enjoyed any others in the rich history of this franchise, you should definitely set your sights on it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There isn’t anything overly new or innovative in Revenge of Piccolo. It’s just a very straightforward brawler that will appeal to younger fans of the Dragonball franchise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With all its faults, Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is still a fun experience. And even though you know exactly what you’re going to get even before you open the box, that doesn’t make the game bad, it just means it’ll fill you up with empty calories.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're patient enough, and can regularly resist the urge to throw your DS against a wall, you're likely to find a really good handheld RPG in Ring of Fates. For those with less patience, you might want to give this one a pass, if only to preserve your DS from violent impacts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a game that hardcore fans of the genre are more likely to want to spend some time with. Casuals are better off grabbing something like Castle Crashers or Chronicles of Mystara instead, as they are quite a bit better so far as beat 'em ups on the PC go.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For as simplistic as the gameplay seems, there's a simple old school pleasure in dungeon hacking that makes Children of Mana so appealing, even if there are some occasional annoyances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Combined Assault feels much more like an expansion pack than a full sequel. The single player game once again doesn’t show much improvement, while the online play shines.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Score some points, hand over the ball and watch the opposition do the same: it gets quite monotonous and struggles to replicate the soaring, athletic ballet of its subject matter.