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 Saints Row IV
Lowest review score: 10 C.O.R.E.
Score distribution:
2,223 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Aimed at the first-time player – for everyone else, go download a mod. [Score intended for those who don't own "DS" already.]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    An above average bit of RPG goodness, with some added mechanics, and all of it's served up in a very eye-catching package.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Those without a network adapter are left in the dark as Project: Snowblind unfortunately contains no split screen multiplayer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    To give the visual style greater impact Stubbs the Zombie features the best soundtrack this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A very good real-time strategy game and the best that has featured the Star Wars franchise (regardless of what I said about Galactic Battlegrounds).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The wacky characters, impossibly upbeat music and insanely addicting party management, will have strategy gamers obsessed long after the doldrums of the summer months have passed. Makai Kingdom isn't the best of the bunch, but it holds its own quite nicely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This game does a good job in retaining its cartoony look and it does that well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The game doesn’t just look impressive, but sounds impressive too. Every sounds fits the game and some voices are so-so, but for the most part; it’s very fitting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s still pleasant, lighthearted fun and legions better than the embarrassing "Lunar: Dragon Song," making it the uncontested champion of DS RPGs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s got a sense of fun, a main character that can be outfitted in a bikini, lots of swordplay, a chance to bend the laws of Nature in really big ships, and playability that’s easy to pick-up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Like "Max Payne," BR is fun while it lasts and it has enough style to make it worth revisiting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The sound design is simply amazing! If you’ve got a decent sound system, Frontline will rattle your bones and quicken your pulse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A terrific pick for younger gamers and a great update for older fans of the series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t consider scooping Island Thunder unless you are a Live subscriber, because as good as the game’s story and single-player missions can be, there’s simply not enough levels and gameplay here for going solo.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The last great game of 2003 you've never heard of.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    VV has enough going for it - an amiable style, easy control, good puzzles, the platformer conventions, and humor - that it’s time well spent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The action is fast and furious (although “punctuated” with periods of running around), the graphics are impressive and the voice acting is very good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Bustin’ Out adds nothing but positive reinforcement to the Sims legacy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Features some of the best visuals on the Xbox.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Almost like you're careening down the hills of San Francisco's city streets in a car with its power steering out of commission.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, there's no online support, but SWON is packed with enough diverse gameplay with a heavy challenge level that you won't lament the online absence too long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Refines the original – layers some extra flash but at its core, remains very much the same as the original.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Oddly enough, hunting down targets isn’t integral to gameplay, it's completely optional.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the wrestling genre, Def Jam Vendetta is just what the doctor ordered.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Despite its few technical faults, Chibi-Robo is a deviously charming little game, with an addicting quality that makes it hard to put down.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    I suppose the upshot of it is, is that I would recommend The Simpsons: Hit & Run, particularly to those that may have been let down by prior Simpsons games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It has high caliber production values, mission variety, easy control, and plenty of Bond moments that offset the linear levels and less-than-stellar camera.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I enjoyed playing Echelon. The environments look great, the action is fast, and most of the missions can be taken on the third or fourth try.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The simplicity of it all combined with just a touch of humor helps make Mister Mosquito a title well worth taking for a spin or three.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you are a big fan of the Star Trek universe and revel in the details and strategy involved in knowing the many races and ships and how to use them in battle, then Orion Pirates is the game for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It might not be the best way to be introduced to the genre because it is so deep in the gameplay department, but those accustomed to the genre will eat this up and have a great time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s deep and highly entertaining but a few flaws and misses hold it back.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Maybe Bloodmoon could have been down as a free, or low cost, download, but the added value of the werewolf alone make the twenty dollar cost seem like a bargain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite being a somewhat easy game that’s visuals are slightly long in the tooth, Ape Escape 2 still proves to be a fun game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A good game – almost achieved "great" but, sweet momma, some of those missions are hard – filled with action, challenge, the obligatory references to Star Wars, and a first-rate presentation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As far as audio goes, the game is a mixed bag of licensed music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s no GTA but it’s a nice change. If you’re really itching for a good sci-fi game with a good sense of humor, then look no further.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Those who haven’t played the first two games can hop right in without feeling alienated, and those who have followed the Sly series from day one can feel safe that the game’s quality hasn’t ebbed in the least over the years, while still enjoying the little in-jokes peppered throughout Sly 3.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This makes practically every other strategy game on the market feels like child's play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's just about everything a fan could want even if it's more popcorn than a "serious" RPG.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The perfect kind of portable title -- while it's based off a console game, the unique visual style alone makes it worthwhile to own both.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Online, Project Gotham Racing 3 is practically an addiction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For those that want a more relaxed game experience devoid of that “Go! Go! Go!” mentality, you’ll feel quite at home in Animal Crossing: Wild World.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled as I was – Pokémon Emerald is a great strategy RPG.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A fun ride with two or three frustrating bumps along the way – I’m just hoping for some deeper missions in the sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Like the Wicked Witch of the West, the battle engine dissolves (i.e. explodes) when immersed in water.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An unapologetic action game in the same vein as Max Payne, but with a dog sidekick and hand-to-hand combat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With the solid on-court graphical presentation, fast-paced gameplay and variety of game modes, many may actually see it on even par with "NBA 2K3."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a good story, excellent graphics, varied tracks, and a whole lot of great racing machines that most of us only dream of driving, Apex is one of the better racers to be found on the Xbox.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Although I really liked Breakdown for its story and first-person implementation and grew to love the combat, some will think it’s a “niche” title with too many idiosyncrasies for a wider audience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Since Deadly Shadows shares the same engine as "Deus Ex: Invisible War," you get the same gorgeous visuals, amazing lighting and incredible physics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Having only a few flaws is still too many flaws when stacked up against the stiff competition of both "Madden" and "ESPN Football."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    After starting out with some interesting gameplay and moves, including a adventurous amount of big Boss battles, I-Ninja falls back on a few too many standards of the genre that go back to the granddaddy of the modern platformer, "Super Mario 64."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Kong's controls are naturally quite sluggish, and the combat plays off like a jungle version of WWE, except instead of pinning your opponents, you grab their jaws and pound buttons until you twist their necks with a satisfying snap.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But the same advice I offered for "Crusaders still applies: it's "a rewarding experience if you're willing to put in the time." It also doesn't hurt if you can withstand a moderate amount of frustration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's just about everything a fan could want even if it's more popcorn than a "serious" RPG.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A true simulation of soccer with all the hoopla of competing for the only real "world" championship with excellent online play kicks FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 into the net of quality video gaming soccer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Square-Enix has successfully implemented interconnectivity in a way that not only makes sense, but also works.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, I found myself coming back to this version of Wreckless (over the Xbox version) because it has more options and winds up being more fun (even though there’s still some frustration to cut through). I know I seem to be in a minority, but I still liked Wreckless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It may not replace traditional board games, but Mario Party 5 is another solid addition to the Mario Party franchise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    New players to the genre might be put off by the learning curve and difficulty level, but if they stick with it (and practice) they will start to have fun. Serious players will like the chance to sink their teeth into a good turn-based game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Halo for the PC is everything that PC gamers want in a first person shooter, but a bit of a failure to those Xbox gamers waiting for the multiplayer.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Feels like a new game when you compare it to previous Rayman games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    There’s a big list of spells, many details to track, loads of different units to recruit, train, and summon, a good level of challenge, an interface that doesn’t get in the way of playing the game, and a very intriguing end-game sequence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Despite Gothic II’s problematic inventory system, as well as its sometimes-difficult battles, it is still a very fun RPG.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The game is successful in combining elements from four or five different genres.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A very fun wrestling game here loaded with style and bone crushing action. There are some annoying shortcomings to the game, but they certainly aren’t enough to irreparably hurt the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The most important aspect of playing this game is the technique – just driving in the correct lines is dreadfully difficult not to mention maintaining a straight line is dicey at best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While TSBO isn’t a major overhaul to the original Sims (more of a "console expansion" if you will), it does however provide enjoyable game play coupled with never ending fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    I would highly suggest fans of the series to buy it even though the battle system is a little weak.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    For hardcore strategy gamers Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth is a visual and aural feast but low on actual strategy since battles almost always descend into attrition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The strategic elements are in place for the most part, it has an interesting take on resource collecting, and the 3D engine makes the explosions nice to watch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The story started to grate on me after beating the first few Blacklist opponents.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    EA redeems itself and the James Bond video-game line nicely with 007: Agent Under Fire, a good FPS game, notably in the extraordinary multi-player mode, that finally makes up for the mediocre-at-best duo of "007 Racing" and "TWINE."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    But its biggest flaw is the same as many 3D platformer games that are released today: there's nothing new or innovative in Vexx to make it stand out over many similar type of games.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A solid racer with good graphics and control, a well-integrated trick system, and provides a challenge. There are some downsides – lack of shortcuts, no stat modification, occasional frustrating AI – but they aren’t enough to sink the experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    By far the biggest problem with Raw 2 is the audio. The menu music is solid, but everything else is horrendous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Instead of being the Mario challenger it could have been, the overall control, camera issues and the above-mentioned weak points of the game bring it down to good-but-not-good-enough status.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Should satisfy those looking for otherworldly action in a fantasy "medieval" Japanese setting. The style isn’t for everyone, but the RPG elements and the nonstop combat make it worth playing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A nice, neon-enhanced glow sharpens the graphical package, and the colorful costumes of many of the game's characters alleviate the rather dull environmental visuals, above and below ground.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Black Arrow features enough improvements to keep you playing for a long time, albeit mostly online.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Partnered with the excellent look of arenas is the aura that only comes with a frenzied crowd.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    DESA should be given serious consideration by all parents looking for a good game for younger children whether for themselves or some good family competition, especially if you are a parent that can overlook the nefarious advertising.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A solid "racing" game with good entertainment value. It has solid pick-up and play control, wide-open levels, good graphics and multiplayer options, and the return of FMV!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A very good game – not explosive, it won’t turn the gaming world on its head. But it is incredibly easy to pick-up and play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It’s the perfect melding of classic old-school gaming on the newest generation of video gaming consoles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The plot is full of fantasy cliches, so you can expect your fair share of dragons and lost princesses and Black Knights.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you liked the Sims, Bustin’ Out is a great addition. Much of the series’ originality has lost its shine, but the mechanics and playability remain extremely good even though there’s not much in the way of plot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    For short spurts Test Drive is pure racing joy. As you whiz your car in and out of traffic you feel like a god on his chariot, but unfortunately too often you come crashing back to earth after hitting something or having something hit you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Can be a bit too formulaic, but Star Wars fans will be able to ignore the standard gameplay of JKJA and completely get engrossed exploring and adventuring throughout the Star Wars galaxy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It adds multiple innovations to the survival horror formula and improves on that genre immensely. Unfortunately, The Thing also holds on to some of the most annoying conventions of the genre.