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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A good first effort from Orbital Media -- with some tweaks any possible sequel could be turned into a franchise of sorts. It's a decent enough game, but it could use even more new ideas to truly stand out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With more emphasis on quick-hit, easy-to-play mini-games and casual-centric visuals with extremely basic controls, Madden NFL 10 on the Wii might as well be referred to as Madden Lite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In terms of challenge and entertainment Mario Pinball Land is a good choice for a long flight or a series of shorter periods.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At least in WCP, when players get tired of beating up on the poor A.I., they can play some Blackjack or Video Poker to pass the time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Visually, things are on the sloppy side. The collision detection is awful and there’s a distinct lack of detail to practically everything including the menus, which are rendered in fuzzy detail.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Has lots of appeal and it'll surely become very popular as soon as the press gets to it - but it isn't polished enough to hold long-lasting interest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As is, Transformers is an average game that younger fans of the film should enjoy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Insect Armageddon is missing the magic B-movie sensibility of its predecessor -- Insect Armageddon looks too sophisticated! -- but it's still an okay action game to play with friends and strangers who would rather blast giant monsters than serve as cannon fodder in Call of Duty or Battlefield.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Credit has to be given to City Interactive for venturing into an era that is most commonly avoided and creating a game that will please historians; though not grab the attention of many gamers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TTT is only going to meet the needs of the hardcore fans who need something to keep them busy until TTT2 is released this Fall.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the series, it’s definitely worth looking into. If you’re looking for a new platforming experience with some action thrown in with a non-human character, try checking out ‘The Legend of Kay’ at your local retailer. You’ll find it more enjoyable in the long run.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's absolutely nothing wrong here, just nothing unexpected.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I really did not like Blinx 2 in the least. What could have been a redemptive game that just needed to retool a predecessor that really wasn't that far off from being a very good game turned into a disaster.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t quite hold up to the sports titles found in more powerful consoles, the quick-placed play and the easy-to-use controls make FIFA a fun distraction for the casual crowd, and even for gamers who hear the name “Zidane” and think of the main character from Final Fantasy IX, instead of the guy who considers head-butts as compliments.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The campaign is a solid adventure that is best enjoyed with another person (rather than the AI!) and the game offers a certain level of "surprise" with some of its unique gameplay elements. It's just a shame that some of these unique elements are not incorporated better or injected more frequently in the campaign. While I wouldn't pay full price for the game, it's definitely worth checking out once the price goes down.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Dragon's Lair HD is purely for old school arcade players that want to relive the glory days, it's a perfect rendering of the action and gameplay of the arcade game, but it could have been so much more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite the steady stream of real historical events, Making History seems strangely outside of history, inhabiting some alternate universe where nations go through the motions, behave erratically or simply do nothing at all. It’s hard to feel immersed in such a situation. And it’s hard to really care.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A different sort of game, one where story dominates the action, but in this case to a fault.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The idea behind NFL Head Coach was an interesting one. But too many little flaws and deficiencies shelve the game on the nearly-unable-to-perform list, at least at the performance level it set out to reach.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In all, Gods: Lands of Infinity won’t set yours or any other world on fire, but it is a fun diversion and maybe an enjoyable change of pace, and I do look forward to Cypron’s future releases.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Overall, the game is a bit above average. If you love the license, you'll have fun and you'll forgive some of the issues. If you can't wait to be The Undertaker, or Randy Savage or even Jake the Snake then this game will leave you howling in (and out) of the ring.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Decimation Pack retails at $9.99 and while there is a decent amount of content, the scarce online community as well as the familiarity of the maps make this additional content passable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    GR does little to rekindle your memory of the original Golden Eye. While there are some references to the original title, they aren't enough to make GR more than a mediocre title.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Feels like a half-hearted effort in a saturated genre that won’t be keeping the folks at Blizzard up at night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s a quality game, I just felt like I’ve been here before. If you’re new to the SOCOM experience, by all means give it a whirl.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    $30 for a barebones package that doesn't have nearly the addictive qualities or visual panache of other games in its genre is a bit steep.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So it’s a lot of fun when you first get started and learn to swing around, but the missions are going to get tiring and boring rather quickly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you're a hardcore extreme sports fan, Disney’s Extreme Skateboarding Adventure will probably have you bored to tears in within an hour. However, if you have kids or younger siblings (girl or boy) in the house, it fits the bill as a challenging, entertaining, kid-friendly game. [Add 23 points if you're looking for a kids game]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I cannot suggest a purchase to anyone except hardcore fans of the console versions due to the controls and crappy camera work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days doesn't evolve the third-person shooter genre in any way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: First Departure may be full of flaws, but being an RPG from 1996, that shouldn’t be entirely unexpected.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    To push an untested franchise out the door, when the game is full of problems, during the season when we get the most games, in a year where we'll be seeing a system launch, well, that's just silly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Maelstrom isn’t original or perfect or devoid of problems, but it is innovative and fun, which should be what matters. And it should provide a nice alternative before that other game (hint: rhymes with . . . uh . . . okay, it’s Supreme Commander) comes along and wipes the floor with everyone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At any rate, Overclocked: A History of Violence has a good story going for it, you just have to know that will only come after some "digging."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Its problems stalk it like Jason stalks his victims – they’re always right behind you just when you thought you had lost them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As a third-person shooter, Inversion has some fun and long-lasting single-player gunplay (even if it does a huge amount of copycatting off of Gears of War). That's despite an utterly incomprehensible and confusing single-player story filled with too many plot holes along with a very sparse online presence to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game does present a lot of action and is sure to entertain gamers for at least a week or two, but in the long term, the game will unlikely enter the classic status of vanilla ice cream.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The best looking football game on the market. It's definitely not the most full-featured football game available.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    All in all, Painkiller is a blast to play in short doses but quickly devolves into a ho-hum slaughter-fest. Worth trying out if you're in the mood for some Duke Nukem 3D combat without the 15 year old graphics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Like most PSP games, Moto GP is pretty much the same as the Playstation 2 version, just smaller. While the translation is very well done, there’s nothing interesting and worthwhile unless you really need it in a portable format.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A lack of true performance tweaking and additions makes this a rather hard sell on the 3DS, but it's certainly not the worst version of the game out there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While Headhunter does well to borrow from games like "Metal Gear Solid 2" and the sort of comically futuristic world found in movies like Robocop, it falls short with it’s blandly typical story and constant cliché rip-offs that cheapen the experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Capcom deserves all the praise in the world for bringing back the folks behind Rearmed. It's just too bad their attempt to win back Bionic Commando lovers after the devastating (in more ways than one) 3D experiment fell short.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Brings back fond memories of older puzzle games but doesn’t show the polish that could have made the game better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If it’s not your thing and you are looking for an entrance into that world, this one might be a bit of a steep curve for you. If you’re a seasoned player however, the fact that this game so closely follows the original rules will appeal to you greatly and definitely add a couple of points to my score.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I would definitely not pay full pop for this game, but if you can get it on sale and if you are in the mood to beat the crap out of things and are a fan of Gundam, then this game might be worth your time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For those who can overlook the controls to appreciate the complicated game design behind the plain wrapper, you will enjoy your find. For everyone else, I'd recommend holding on to your money.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even a fan like me can’t help but term the control a bit problematic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Comes up shooting blanks with a very mediocre adaptation that has few redeemable features outside its strong multiplayer Xbox Live presence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals is not a bad game – it’s just an average game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The process of building mechs then testing their mettle on the battlefield is Armored Core V's strongest element, but with another showing like this if there ever is a sixth Armored Core, the longtime mech franchise may be dishonorably discharged.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Progress through Excite Truck doesn't just mean winning races. Performing rad power slides, collisions, tree runs, or massive air will earn you stars...(I can't believe I wrote "rad.")
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This is unfortunate because this series has the potential to reach a much higher standard of gaming but as it stands now, it’s nothing more than average.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If portable Basketball on the go is what you’re looking for, you could do worse than The Inside. But the real inside scoop is the fun time-wasting mini-games, which depending on whom you ask, either compliment an otherwise generic sports package, or eclipses it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    All in all – Naruto Shippuden Ninja Storm Generations is moving in the right direction – giving fans the chance to use all of the favorite characters and making it accessible to as many people as possible. When making parity though you have to be careful that you aren't watering down all the characters too much which is what ended up happening.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Avid fans won’t be disappointed with the purchase, but curious onlookers might want to wait for a sale.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Between the somewhat overly complicated nature of the game and the slow, dull battles there just wasn't a lot to get excited about in the game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a decent game it just doesn't offer anything spectacular.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This game is not an exercise game per se but you will get up and moving and have fun with it. I am happy to say that with the inclusion of some of the extra modes it looks like the developers cared enough to put some other extras into it. Overall, it's a good game (but not a great one) and if you already have the Active Life mat then this is a no-brainer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This game got released too early. Had it been released around the holidays, and with the collection of bugs and broken quests eliminated, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a great gift for gamers. As it is, I can only say that it's beautiful but tragically flawed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    An all-right RTS game but compared to current RTS games it's lacking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    "Fight Night 2004" is better on all levels, but if you are a Rocky fan or just want to go head up versus a buddy, Legends will give you the action. Just make sure that you time your combos right and know how to block and maneuver, because all it takes is one punch to throw you down.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While it is creepy, and does have a solid story the mixed presentation and weak controls mar the experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Though Star Wars Galaxies does have the potential of becoming a better MMORPG, the current version of the game is dull and lacks in quality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Once it drops in price a bit, go ahead and add another point or two to the score, because it’s really a victim of poor pricing than poor gameplay.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Alive offers a great racing experience. It's just a shame that everything outside of the actual racing is sub standard. The frustrating levelling up system almost ruined the entire experience for me and the lack of tutorials leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I’d actually have to agree these criticisms I just don’t think it detracts from the overall arcade-like vibe that I want from a game like Time Crisis 4.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite some satisfying leap-tall-buildings-in-a-single-bound moments above the skies of Metropolis and providing the best Superman adventure yet (again, not saying too much, if you examine the history of Superman games) with some moments of solid adventuring before getting too repetitively stale, Superman Returns just isn't that super.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The action is very good, even if you can almost ignore finesse and button mash through a lot of the game, but there's not enough for me to keep coming back.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But it’s nice to see that Nintendo is at least vaguely on track with this series – maybe we’ll get a traditional entry next, and maybe this time they’ll let us configure the controls.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Loki: Heroes of Mythology may not bring anything really new or exciting to the table, but if you enjoy this sort of game you will find hours and hours of enjoyment and after all, that’s really what it’s all about isn’t it?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Fans of the soldier shooting genre are better off sticking with the current and upcoming Tom Clancy games than looking at the weak shadow of a game that SORM ultimately turns out to be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Overhaul Games didn't ruin the goodness in their effort to be loved, but they did make it harder to get to and enjoy. As a game, it's not what I would call the definitive experience, and I can't recommend people going with it when there's a better path out there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's new, it's fresh, it is ruined by a faulty camera!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Demon Stone’s gameplay cannot match the quality of the game’s presentation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While F.E.A.R. 2 still delivers in its action and grim setting, especially for fans of the original, FPS games have evolved since 2005, and the very innovations that made the first game stand out have now become cliché and drawn out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Once you become intimately familiar with the levels, Hitman becomes a lot of fun, and the game is practically made for infinite replayability. The problem is, getting to that point is so messy that it's more confusing than fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While there is no doubt that True Crime is an ambitious game and that it does offer up a plethora of gameplay, the quality of that gameplay is somewhat lacking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Maybe my only real complaint is that during Challenge mode there's a half-second delay from the completion of a line of tiles to the time is disappears.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The biggest thing I felt was missing was the all-important fun factor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I love the animation and look of the game and some the technical fighting aspects, but there's not much else.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It does provide a short bit of fun, but that quickly ends as the repetition sinks in its claws.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Playing Raging Blast 2 reminded me of all the fun from the anime series, but it also reminded me of all the shortcomings of that series as well.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s not a terrible game, but everything about it, from the gameplay on down, has been done a great deal more effectively in a slew of other GBA games with considerably more gameplay muscle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you want to play baseball on the Wii, try The Bigs or MLB Power Pros. Even though Sluggers does have fast paced action, giant baseball super pitches and fireball star hits, as a baseball game, Mario Super Sluggers is too simplistic for the average game player.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Hands down, this is one of the weirdest games I’ve played this year. But it’s also the funniest.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Like Gotham City Imposters a few months ago, the component parts of Nexuiz are sound; the weapons and shooting good, and the "hook" of the mutators offers some variety but there just isn't the player base to make it worth checking out unless gunning down bots isn't a deal breaker. And it should be reported that unlike Gotham City Imposters, getting connected and staying connected to a match of Nexuiz was never a problem.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A game that really needs a design overhaul – some might like title, but I certainly wouldn’t want to spend more time with it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Double Agent on Wii is definitely workable and even enjoyable, but you've got to work for it and and that may turn a lot of people off.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As far as move tie-ins go it’s better than some of them without actually having much innovative about it besides the Wii controls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The concept of SOCOM Tactical Strike is remarkably cool, and when the controls aren't getting in the way, it's a pretty fun game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Harry Potter Kinect provides a fun but short main campaign that is great in small bursts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It puts at least a cherry on the "vanillafication" that was Generals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Hard Reset isn't a bad game, but it's rote old school sensibility has passed me by. I don't have the same kind of reflexes I did 5 or 10 years ago to properly appreciate the twitch elements, so maybe I have to take some responsibility on that front. For me, Hard Reset is unremarkable because it seems about 5 years too late for me.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    All in all, Medal of Honor: Airborne brings a sense of authenticity and realism with a tinge of the arcade to a simulation of a daring period in American military history.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In the end, I found myself sticking to the story mode more than anything (which was short, but decent enough), but I just couldn't get into the game. I have to commend Spike on replicating the look of the anime, but I felt I was left with a shallow experience. Hardcore DBZ fans will probably find it the game worth it and battling fellow fans online might be a good way to pass the time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It looks good and it feels good at points but I'm afraid its shortcomings are going to make it a forgotten title.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It is a little too derivative of the better games in the genre, a little too short and a little too easy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It is quite satisfying to power your way through the technology developments but having to do this over and over again, loses its entertainment value.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    2010 has been a busy year for the racing genre with games such as Need For Speed, Blur and GT5 all being released this year. SVR does little to separate itself from the competition and that's where it ultimately falls flat.

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