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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Company of Heroes
Lowest review score: 10 C.O.R.E.
Score distribution:
2,214 game reviews
    • 48 Metascore
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    Full on style but short on substance. Although it’s firing on all cylinders in terms of presentation, the repetitiveness is disheartening and becomes too boring to make Murakumo even a recommended rental.
    • 54 Metascore
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    With the poor storyline, unchallenging missions, and poor enemy AI, the single player portion of the game is totally disposable. With enough patience, players could find Rogue States worthwhile, in a multiplayer capacity.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Mario Party 8 has sold extremely well but it seems to be riding the crest wave of previous Mario Party titles, because there’s nothing worth coming back for.
    • 64 Metascore
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    I am sure if I was much younger or a weak gamer, I would take more enjoyment in the game, but I was left with a challenge-less adventure.
    • 43 Metascore
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    There are one or two thrills to be had by fans of the old GI Joe cartoon, but that’s about all that can be said for Rise of Cobra, which is unfortunate because as campy as GI Joe is there’s a lot of potential for a good game.
    • 60 Metascore
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    There's nothing about the PSP Rainbow Six Vegas that doesn't feel like a cheap cash in, in hopes that some fan of the console games might mistake this for something of the same quality.
    • 53 Metascore
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    These arcade games, while overdone, are still the best reason to own this collection - it's hard to completely hate any product that includes the relatively unsung Dig Dug II and Gaplus - but otherwise this whole package is little more than a quickie cash-in.
    • 65 Metascore
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    In trying to do something new with the Don’s View, it seems like the resources of the development team were stretched too thin, resulting in a completely forgettable experience.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The overwhelming amount of on-screen activity reduces greatly the overall resolution of the game to a saucy mess at times and the many independent characters running around all seem to have the collective I.Q of a Pringle.
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    • 50 Critic Score
    I know that I don't fall in the demographic that American Dragon: Jake Long is aimed at, but even I can recognize a bad game, even if it is sprinkled with one or two points of interest.
    • 57 Metascore
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    All in all, Transformers Dark Side of the Moon wasn't the worst game I've played, and moreover certainly wasn't even the worst movie adaptation of a game I've played but it certainly could have used more QA time.
    • 51 Metascore
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    There are bugs and crashes to contend with, the crossover with Silent Hunter II is non-existent, and the learning curve will leave you panting if you’re new to the simulation scene.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Despite the complaints, Attack of the Saiyans is still a decent RPG adventure, particularly for those who are new to the genre and could use a good entry point. But for fans of both Dragon Ball Z and RPGs in general, there are many other titles on both fronts that are more worthy of their time.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Ultimately, it’s barely any better or worse than the ones that came before it – and probably after as well.
    • 64 Metascore
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    As it stands, it's only barely playable, and it's only fun if you have the patience for fumbling controls.
    • 62 Metascore
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    The mouse sensitivity is atrocious, even when set to maximum.
    • 56 Metascore
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    The Wii controls are simply abysmal at the worst of times and merely “okay” at the best of times.
    • 58 Metascore
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    For everyone else that got tired of the same repetitive gameplay years ago, there’s absolutely nothing to see here.
    • 51 Metascore
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    All in all, Fuel Overdose has a ton of replay value for those willing to look past its warts, especially for the price point.
    • 59 Metascore
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    The drone-like guests don’t offer any spice, there are no real pressing concerns like fire or floods, and boredom is your greatest challenge.
    • 69 Metascore
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    However well done the game is from a technical standpoint, its actual content makes a mockery of the men and the operations it tries so very hard to flatter.
    • 65 Metascore
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    In a move that will surely infuriate some, Capcom included a dancing/rhythm element to boss battles.
    • 74 Metascore
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    It's unfortunate that the simple gameplay hasn't held up well over the years, because most of the fun here is had through shear nostalgia (whipping candles, etc).
    • 49 Metascore
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    Okay combat, some neat spell effects, okay levels, a protection mechanic that works, upgradeable powers, spells and special items, and protracted cutscenes that revel in being overly dramatic (that's a positive in my book), make Knight's Contract utterly unremarkable.
    • 50 Metascore
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    Nintendo has given its gamers a game to keep them healthy with Wii Fit. Unintentionally, And Then There Were None has given them the perfect sleep-inducing game to follow a rigorous Wii Fit session.
    • 56 Metascore
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    A twenty-pound sledgehammer of wall-to-wall action.
    • 41 Metascore
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    Wacky Races offers some fun for a half dozen races and a nostalgic trip back to a Hanna Barbara series that some may remember. Beyond that, the game offers little depth or replayability and is probably best looked at as a rental.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Basically dreck. I should have been a straight-up action game or a full-fledged role-playing game with a coherent story to accompany more connected levels. Instead it's long, boring and not worth anyone's time, even if the touchscreen spellcasting is kind of fun.
    • 58 Metascore
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    The overall mediocrity will quickly relegate the Sims 2 to shelf warmer status.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Nothing really stands out in EOE, I had to force myself to finish it; nothing compelled me to do so.
    • 50 Metascore
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    It's really hard to encourage people to go out and buy this game, even the for the hardcore X-Men fans. Although some fanboys will just be happy with seeing some of their favourites in the game, I feel most will be disappointed in not being able to play as their favourites and by the very repetitive action.
    • 58 Metascore
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    If it had offered a more comprehensive and fun single player experience with a great storyline, it might be worth it for the legions of FPS fans.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Largely dreadful.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Would I suggest buying ShellShock: Nam 67? The answer would have to be “No!” Especially with way better third person shooters around like "SOCOM II."
    • 41 Metascore
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    My instinct is that, despite BE5’s flaws, it might have potential for modding or for higher quality sequels.
    • 45 Metascore
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    Rock of the Dead does little to rejuvenate the struggling music game genre. Rock of the Dead is an interesting idea, but unfortunately the execution falls flat. If you want a new interesting take on the genre and want to learn a real instrument, you're money is better spent on Rock Band 3.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Overall, this game does what it says it will on the outside of the box but with limited gameplay modes and a scant song selection, you might want to look at renting it first before you make a full purchase.
    • 27 Metascore
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    The Incredible Maze doesn’t quite live up to its name but it does offer some fun in short bursts.
    • 63 Metascore
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    All told, Outcry isn't a bad game. It's not one I would recommend for players who aren't already a fan of the genre.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Ultimately, Super Monkey Ball's 3D debut is an adequate distraction for younger 3DS owners, although the deceptive difficulty might prove frustrating for players both young and old.
    • 61 Metascore
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    If you have a hankering for a beat 'em up / RPG hybrid, you can do better than Sacred Citadel.
    • 66 Metascore
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    If a 16-bit-esque Sonic game appeared on Xbox Live Arcade or PSN, I’d likely be all over it because the glimpses we get of a the Sonic of yore in Sonic Unleashed are very fun. It’s not enough to redeem the entire game though.
    • 64 Metascore
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    More of a simulation than arcade, which may seem good at first, but it's not.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Once your island is set up, you can tackle the missions. Well, tackle may be too strong of a word, trudge may be more correct.
    • 73 Metascore
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    The lack of a tutorial is a glaring omission in a game that is not intuitive at all for those unfamiliar with "Europa Universalis". With no objectives, if the gamer has no passing interest in history, the game is sure to fall flat.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Beyond the storyline, there is not one thing that is truly well executed in this game.
    • 54 Metascore
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    All in all, Devil's Cartel just differs too much from the winning formula for those fans of the first two games, and for the newcomers, there are better co-operative games on the market for your dollar.
    • 53 Metascore
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    I don’t want to discourage the intrepid few who might find some real pleasures here or are so excited about the time period that they’re willing to endure Great Invasions’ abundant frustrations.