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 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2,214 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, Night of the Rabbit was an extremely enjoyable game, one certainly that most adventure game enthusiasts will have a fun time with.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Last year the clear winner was NHL 2K7 when it came to online play. This year the playing field is definitely more even – it didn’t matter what game I put in I always had fun while playing over Live. However, having some friends over to play, the choice was always NHL 08.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lemmings is a re-hash of an old classic, but it gets nearly everything right. Team17 once again confirms that they are masters of simple, fun, funny games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A hack-and-slash with plenty of action-adventure gameplay, Rise of the Kasai is a good game for the gamer who loves the blood-spilling with huge and heavy weapons.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Darksiders II is an extremely deep and well balanced game. While Darksiders II may not appeal to everyone, its certainly going to please those looking for a deep and enjoyable action adventure title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The days when the new Tony Hawk games were one of the highlights of the year are gone, but THUG 2 still offers plenty of joy for gamers that haven't left the genre behind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Packed with action and personality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Most Wanted is definitely aimed towards those players who normally don't play racing games. The game doesn't feature the exhaustive customization options of game's like Gran Turismo; instead Criterion successfully delivers a beautiful looking and fantastic adrenaline packed racing experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It has a great balance and will draw you in with its depth thanks to some innovation, and is fun, even if it’s fun in a serious way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Snoopy Flying Ace gives new meaning to a dogfight, that's certainly for sure. With a bargain price for a full-featured game, Snoopy Flying Ace is an ace's-high shooter with plenty of entertaining arcade-style plane combat, including challenging online play, for XBLA gamers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With very good controls transitioned from a PC title onto consoles, Dungeon Siege III has gratifying old-school dungeon crawling combined with RPG elements for ton of hack & slash adventuring fun, especially for gamers that indulge in co-op gameplay.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s certainly enough in the multiplayer portion of Killzone 2 to extend its shelf life beyond the relatively quick single-player Campaign and makes it worth your time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So, if you’re looking for “bang for your buck” this is it – near limitless vehicle creation, interesting levels, mini-games and multiplayer outside the main story, a light-hearted sensibility and mostly optional items to collect make this a good game and worthy of attention.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I suggest a purchase for anyone who has a PSP and likes Action RPGs. You do not even have to be a hardcore X-Men fan to enjoy this one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It doesn't have the same high quality of the NBA Street series due to the more urban roots of street basketball versus street football, but for a good adrenaline rush of smash-mouth football, look no further.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great story, and ferocious and intense air combat missions in a variety of different flying war machines soars Ace Combat Assault Horizon to dizzying heights as a great skyward-bound fighting shooter.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The story is tight, the gameplay and flow of the game is familiar, but still an improvement over past offerings, and there is more goodies than you can shake a stick at this time too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    World at War proves to be another solid addition to the Call of Duty franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even with the minor warts, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 still provides a great experience, both on and offline. And that's what we all want from our "sequels."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the storyline and innovative one vs. one vs. one gameplay, NBA Ballers is a few balls short of the full rack that NBA Street Vol. 2 happens to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Space Marine is a satisfying action game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Runaway is the best adventure game out right now, and my early nominee of the best adventure game this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At $20US Guilty Gear X2 #Reload is a steal for those that are passionate about their fighting games. Snatch it up!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Besides just being fun and funny (I found the Pitfall mini-game hilarious for some reason) for Marvel fans, there’s enough here to warrant keeping the game in rotation long after its release.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For an action fix, particularly Horde mode, Gears of War 2 is recommended.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's not really a better game than the original, as the controls are still a little bit wonky, but it is more creative, and you have to give props to the developers for giving us some humorous reasons to play the same (excellent) game again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the biggest surprises the game has is the user-friendly interface. It’s very easy to give commands to your character. One problem does arise though, which is the reaction time of your character.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Metroid has been taken into first-person shooter territory and has done so with a rock-solid multiplayer experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the British humor leanings of Fright of the Bumble Bees might not be everybody’s cup of tea (and crumpets), and doesn’t have the same hilarity level of both the Sam & Max and Strong Bad games, it is funny enough and continues the Telltale Games propensity for creating yet another very enjoyable point & click adventure with a smartly written story and tough-enough puzzles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you’ve enjoyed the first two episodes of Sam and Max’s capers, then Sam & Max: The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball will be just as pleasurable to play, although be forewarned this is the shortest of the three so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Bright Side of the Moon has a stellar and hysterical script, which taken in the entirety of the season, simply cannot be topped today.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Longtime Sims gamers won't mind heading back to school again with plenty of new educational experiences and places to socially explore with a revisiting of those school days gone by or experiencing it in tandem with current college life, depending on the age of the gamer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A must-own for MLB fans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ridiculous fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As fun as it is for fans, novice players should give it a pass.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, Saints Row: The Third is a ridiculously fun game, giving you a good 30 hours of main story activity for a run through.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Deep, fun at long stretches, accessible and you just might learn something about economics – Railroad Tycoon 3 is a recommended title.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Battlefront are an admirable group whose games all feel like labors of love, and you can feel developers’ blood, sweat and tears all through Combat Mission: Shock Force.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, Grid is a lot like candy, delicious in small doses, but too much could leave you feeling sick.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The uniqueness of the setting and the Platoon/Full Metal Jacket inspired cut-scenes and soundtrack add a lot to the experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I really liked playing Spider-Man: Shattered Dimension because every level seemed to have something different to do, and failing that, at least it always looked radically different from level to level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the single player campaign isn’t a drastic improvement over previous versions of the series, the multiplayer goes the distance, providing one of the best experiences available on Xbox Live.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Play for a little, get a hit of Mario nostalgia, challenge your brain, and continue with the rest of your day. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem makes for a great gaming fix.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The single-player is great and the multi-player is even better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Madden 25 has traveled a long road from its Sega Genesis beginnings to today's modern iteration. It's certainly not perfect, but once again gamers get a solid football title with all kinds of entertaining modes both offline and online.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An old game in new clothing, which, fortunately, is a not a bad thing. Sure, some of the sound effects are recycled from the earliest C&C titles – send out infantry to be slaughtered and tell me I’m wrong – and it does not bring anything significantly new to the genre but is sure is fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All of the above adds up to a game that is fun, with enough depth to the action and strategy to keep Mario Strikers Charged in regular rotation, particularly when I need a game to cleanse the palette during and after the 4th Quarter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game’s straightforward interface, light sense of humor and cute graphics might be sufficiently charming to engage and possibly teach a thing or two to players who are moderately interested in electoral politics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As much as Dead Space should be a big mess for mixing genres and borrowing so many ideas and gameplay mechanics from other games, it manages to stand on its own as an extremely good game, especially for a new IP.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the best survival/horror, emphasis on the “horror”, in recent memory. Trust me, you’ll be begging for Mommy halfway through the game.
    • 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
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a such a wealth of options, NHL 2K3 is about as deep a hockey game as any fan could wish for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite R-Type Final’s high level of difficulty’s ability to bring out the masochist in all of us, this title is a wonderful close to an amazing series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a surprisingly large upgrade of the gameplay offerings, including generally good (although too easy/too difficult at times) Wii-centric controls, if you haven’t been “made” in any other version of The Godfather, the Wii version certainly is a perfect way to learn the Corleone “family business” for the Mature-aged gamer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the delayed journey to the West, Ni No Kuni is definitely a title you should at least give a chance. There is a demo up on PSN that you can go ahead and download, and once you get used to the combat system and mechanics of the game, you’ll be treated to an adventure like no other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The save system is crummy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Worth checking out for Gears of War fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With fun puzzles and a funnier story in yet another of its game series, Telltale Games has shown everybody that the success and quality of its Sam & Max franchise wasn’t just a fluke, and that any developer/publisher that is interested creating episodic gaming has only to look Telltale’s way on how to do it right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A game whose flaws are more obvious than its strong points but still manages to be exceptionally entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This may not quite be the pièce de résistance finale that franchise fans desired. But a good-not-great single-player campaign story for the trilogy conclusion with a less interesting protagonist is easily overcome with a fantastic variety of alien-eliminating weaponry, solid FPS controls that restore gameplay functionality to fan-favorite quality with the reintroduction of the weapon wheel and health bar, and good-not-great multiplayer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The multiplayer portion of the game is practically a game unto itself. Most matches quickly develop into fragfests – gone is any semblance of tactical approach.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Driver is a well made game and even though I sometimes got bored of doing side missions, overall it was better than I expected. It's a good addition to the series and shifting is a pretty cool feature that maybe not all people will like, but you'll just have to see for yourself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although there are some gameplay moments if gamers aren't especially careful with expenditures early in the game when some dark clouds of boredom while waiting for some moola to multiply in the national vaults can rain on a sunny day of tropical island ruling, those who enjoy SimCity or Civilization-style resource management gameplay with a heavy dose of political behind-closed-doors wheeling and dealing will enjoy an excursion to Tropico in its latest rendition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are plenty of hidden secrets and scoring/upgrading incentives to replay levels, especially on Xbox Live with a few fellow dungeon crawlers. That combines with satisfying old-school hack & slash RPG action in a dark, dank and deeply buried dungeon realm that's visually appealing along with a not entirely original but certainly captivating story for a completely entertaining XBLA adventure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    DICE also has a long history of supporting their games and there are already plans in place to offer DLC in the coming months. This has all the markings of a long-term investment in fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For a first attempt at an established franchise, The Bourne Conspiracy makes good on its promises and gives us the chance to become the perfect weapon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a standalone "episode" of Alan Wake, American Nightmare is something PC gamers should be checking out, particularly if the craziness of it appeals to you. For $15 there's really no excuse; and if it ever goes on sale, the trigger on this purchase should be pulled without hesitation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Problems aside, I still had a lot of fun playing the game. If you love Ratchet & Clank or the early Jak & Daxter games you will feel right at home here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The graphics are gorgeous and the game engine has some excellent physics. With the excellent sound effects and music, the game drew me right into the atmosphere, and these days, all gamers should be demanding no less.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The shooting is good and the driving/car combat/racing aspects offer a lot of potential to fill out the world even more. As is, Rage is still recommended.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I was surprised with Guitar Hero III – surprised that I actually enjoyed pushing buttons in time to music. It’s not really rockin’ out, but it sure is fun and I’m a little sorry I missed the previous titles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's so much extra built into the game I'm not sure how anyone could evaluate all of it in one go, which is why I'd encourage anyone interested in NHL 13 to give it a rental first to focus on the part of the game that might be of most interest. For me, it's the action on the ice during couch matches, which is my recommended way to play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are many great World War II games but in my mind Call of Duty 2 is the best of the bunch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gearbox has churned out another hit with Borderlands, an original IP with original style, flare, graphics, and gameplay in a land of sequels, spin-offs and clones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Charlie Murder is a hard-rocking good time on its own merits, not the least of which are the multiplayer and RPG facets that combine with satisfying classic Ska Studios brawling gameplay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you missed this game on the consoles, or just want to experience it on the go, it’s a no brainer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A fantastic game. Save for the somewhat dated look of the game, there is just too much being offered by Empire Earth II for RTS gamers not to take notice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The one major nuisance in the game is that very few of the cars in the pack provide much of a challenge. Only the cars in second and first place put up much of a fight, while the rest behave like placeholders.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No matter if gamers are a fan of casual PC/Mac poker of just looking for an easy way to score some Team Fortress 2 item upgrades, Poker Night at the Inventory is a great bargain that also happens to be a very good poker game with a most unusual collection of card competitors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Players looking for a game that will consume them for the next while should consider Don't Starve. The whole process of gathering supplies, and making a go of surviving in the wild while fending off starvation, madness, and predators is quite entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Much of the fun in Crackdown is your ability to muck around in a world alive with (destructive) possibilities – sometimes it’s just satisfying to run around and blow stuff up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's a lot to see and do in Dead Rising 2, even after the credits roll. Loads of nooks and crannies to explore and strategies to develop. Money well spent!
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A solid story with accompanying satisfyingly gory and glorified GTA-esque Western gunplay along with added multiplayer and mini-game modes overcome a too-short story mode and just-barely-OK controls as Gun Showdown ride off into the sunset as a quality Western-themed adventure for the PSP.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Clearly aimed at locomotive enthusiasts and hardcore simmers. If you fall into those two categories, you’ll not be disappointed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This iteration is a stellar continuation of the series – plus an offer for a free year of Golf World or Golf Digest to sweeten the deal for aficionados – but there’s room for expansion (including an LPGA event was good step!), rather than improvement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Having an almost two-games-in-one element to it, The Last Resort weaves the best of both gaming genres (point & click adventure and mystery) together seamlessly, expanding the Wallace & Gromit world with even more characters involved in the gameplay for yet more fun folly from the wacky wannabe inventor and his devoted doggie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A few points keep it from achieving perfection, but you won’t be disappointed in the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The control aspect takes a bit of practice and some of the longer, tougher missions take a bit of patience to replay a few times to find the best points of tactical advantage, but Battalion Wars succeeds on being both an action game and a game of strategic pondering.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A surprisingly solid collection of various offensive and defensive moves, good visuals, and plain all-out fun multiplayer gaming more than makes up for the few small shortcomings of Kung Fu Chaos.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Another small genesis for the franchise, which is now scarily ever closer to being as true a life simulation as it could possibly be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Black Rock Studios' last title was Pure, an ATV racer that dealt out a phenomenal amount of vertical experience. Lots of tricks and crazy stunts. It has remained in rotation at my house thanks to a 10-year old that has long since eclipsed my own skills at the game. And it looks like the studios' follow-up, Split/Second, will finally take Pure's place in that rotation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's fast action, and unique, varied game play makes this game a blast and a half.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    That said, Plants vs. Zombies remains a triumph for PopCap. The game joins their Peggle at the top of the addictive, just-one-more-level-and-I'm-off-to-bed, list.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even with it’s somewhat weaker story (in comparison to the original), Syberia II still managed to send a chill up my spine as the story closed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Considering Alien Hominid's humble beginnings as a web-based flash game, the game we get here is as good or better than most side-scrolling shoot "em ups in recent memory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While fans of the original might be disappointed by the amount of gameplay changes, it should appeal to mainstream gamers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Bustin’ Out adds nothing but positive reinforcement to the Sims legacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    With tons of game modes and a large number of customizable options World Tour Soccer 2003 will bring back soccer fans for more, even with it's short-comings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    You're not going to find a better beat 'em up, action game leading up to Christmas than The Warriors. The language is a little salty, but it has so much going for it – especially the fact it doesn't descend into repetitiveness and has an interesting story to tell – that it would be shame if you missed it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Does a marvelous job of bringing the tension and suspense of being a silent device of death to the PS2.