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 Saints Row IV
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn't just the best game released this year, or even the best Playstation 3 game yet, it's one of the best games released during this generation of consoles.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end, Super Mario Galaxy 2 has done an excellent job of bringing back what players loved about the first Galaxy game, while steadily building upon the experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    NBA Jam is good for you. Find it, play it, love it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After "finishing" Morrowind, I'm left wordless to describe the experience...This game is about as linear as a bowl of spaghetti.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Otherwise, it’s the absolute pinnacle of the Smash Bros. series and a fun game to boot.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Adding to the story is some of the best voice acting to ever come to a videogame. The entire cast did an absolutely top-notch performance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dishonored is put together so well and executes its ideas in such an expert way that it would be difficult to not recommend the game to the highest degree possible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While playing offline or split-screen isn't as fun as playing with a two or three friends online -- Left 4 Dead thrives on camaraderie -- so that's probably your only consideration when purchasing the game, because everything else is too awesome to miss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    L.A. Noire is on my personal Game of the Year list. The game appeals to me on so many levels and delivers on the same that overlooking the occasional graphical glitch and annoyance with some of the chases is easy. I'm really looking forward to what Team Bondi comes up with next to fill-out this already fantastic world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can’t recommend Arkam Asylum enough.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City is one of those games that rightly garnered much attention with the end of 2011 Game of the Year lists. Maybe it didn't get as much attention from PC gamers, but it should. If you want to have the definitive Arkham City experience, I'd say PC is the way to go.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An evolutionary leap not just in RTS, but for video games in general.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The depth of Morrowind's gameplay and overall design is matched by the audio-visual presentation. Hands down, Morrowind's soundtrack should be released on CD – once you've heard the opening chords you'll be humming it for hours after first booting it up.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When the storms kick up on Hard Rain making it really easy to startle a wandering Witch, escaping the mall in Dead Center, running around a rollercoaster track in Dark Carnival, running a gauntlet of abandoned vehicles across the bridge in The Parish, reviving a dead Survivor in Swamp Fever as a Tank could be heard somewhere behind me and managing to down the Tank with the guy I just saved. Even just writing about it makes me want to jump in and play some more.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pile on the "Oh, yes!" moments of solving some really great puzzles, and there's every reason to start thinking about Game of the Year accolades. It's that good.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim is definitely one of the best games of 2011, but if the DLC holds out, it might just be one of the best games of 2012 as well.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall, this is the best experience I've had playing a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time and I'd have to say they are pretty equal in my opinion. Either way, you won't be disappointed getting this game, it's a masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, the actual game has never looked or played better and the game stands tall more than dozen years after its release.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Walking Dead isn't just Game of the Year material, it's one of those touchstone games that will continue to be referenced years from now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Undead Nightmare, as a single-player upgrade, is an exceptional bargain for the amount of new gameplay that it provides. But including the highly entertaining Undead Overrun multiplayer mayhem makes this a cannot-miss DLC purchase for Red Dead Redemption gamers.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2 isn't flawless, just like any great work of art, but that doesn't make it any less of a masterpiece.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game comes together so well and with so much polish and fun, that Wii owners should not let Super Mario Galaxy slip them by.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games ever created, no matter the platform. It’s engaging from beginning to end, the production values are first rate, and on Wii U there’s an extra level of depth to the experience. You can't go wrong with an outright purchase.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perfect: from the Latin "perfectus"; entirely without fault or defect (flawless); satisfying all requirements; corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept; lacking in no essential detail... Add Metroid Prime to that definition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's some uneven bits but Saints Row IV captures what video games should be or at least strive to be: Fun. And that exuberance of playing around in a big sandbox with almost no limits placed on the player while spinning an entertaining yarn that fully acknowledges that it's a game should put Saints Row IV on a lot of Game of Year lists.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Portal can be bought separately or as part of the Orange Box package – Half-Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2 – but either way you get one of the best gaming experiences of the year.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Succulent and juicy sweet gaming goodness – The Orange Box is waiting to be unpeeled.
    • 92 Metascore
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    If you haven't already, go out and buy it now! It's an instantly classic redefinition of an already classic title from the Golden Age of gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Civilization IV has a ridiculous amount of strategic elements packed into it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a phenomenal achievement on virtually every level.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Overall, this world is one you are not going to want to miss and I highly recommend it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The Hawk series soars to its highest echelon in its Xbox incarnation by besting the other earlier releases on the PS2 and GameCube, especially in the graphics department and giving meaning to the old saying "saving the best for last."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I already can‘t wait to see what the series has in store next.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A stunning, involving experience that, though not for everyone, will appeal to both the gamer looking for a long, structured action/adventure game and the one looking for loosely organized chaos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A spectacular game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The best survivor horror game ever made. It's also one of the best action games I've played in a very long time.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I simply know that as a total package there is no game on the planet that can captivate me more than THPS3 and for many hours on end no less.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Taken together, with its hundreds of moves per fighter and addictive modes and polished graphics, Virtual Fighter 4: Evolution is a marvelous game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    With around 10-15 hours of play, outstanding music, the best gameplay system ever conceived, and the two original Prince of Persia's included…you will certainly get your money's worth with the Prince.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It’s a fairly simple concept but its complexity and the way it draws you in is amazing. And the replay value is through the roof!
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Only the graphical bugs, slow-down and other nit picks associated with the fact that the game is pushing the aging PS2 to its limits keeps this from being the first perfect entry into the series.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Everything about it is done right. Control is easy to grasp, the audio, graphic, and level designs are top shelf, the storytelling is head and shoulders above most other games, and the Insanity Meter ads a sick twist – it gets the adrenaline pumping.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The most impressive feature this time around isn't Pandora Tomorrow's lighting and shading effects or it's near perfect gameplay. It's the playability over Xbox Live
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The one factor of the game that can be deemed perfect, revolutionizing, unique, fun, addictive, and challenging, has to be the gameplay system. Bioware has created a different type of RPG, for the non-RPG types.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An absolute must have for any serious hockey fanatic.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Better physics, smarter opponents, and a huge leap in its visual presentation make GT3 a racer well worth playing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It combines a balance of tense action, puzzle solving, story, and fun that has yet to be equaled on in the FPS arena.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The stats engine of All-Star Baseball 2004 is top of the line.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The sound effects are even more disturbing than previous games with crunching bone sounds that will leave most people cringing the first few times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Sims 3 is pure simulation gaming fun, and the ultimate God game today.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Online play, new features, and completely perfect gameplay once again show everybody why NCAA Football 07 is always considered one of the best sports video games year in and year out.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Like everything and nothing you've ever played.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It has tons of replayability and lots of fun, even if it might take a while to grasp the control and get used to the speed issue.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In the end what I was left with after my first play-through was the longest lasting RPG experience I've had in years, and possibly the most emotionally involving computer RPG I've ever played.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you loved the main game (and if you didn't, why not?) then you are going to love this too. Go get it, and don't let yourself get Left Behind.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The only unequivocal improvement that can be found comes through the game's morality system. What makes up for the shortcomings in the individual aspects of the gameplay is the rich plot and the interactions between your alter ego and the members of your new crew.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without peer in Flight Simulators. If you only have one flight sim, this is the one!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Swish it from way downtown or slam it home with a physics-defying, high-flying double or even triple dunk. Whatever way you score it, NBA Street Homecourt is the best streetball game around, bringing a whole new level of energy and exciting gameplay to the NBA Street franchise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a worthy tribute to its progenitor and hopefully the start of something brand new for players who've been dying to get a good squad-based strategy game that lets them not only think, but feel as well.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Certainly not without a few imperfections, Red Dead Redemption is almost unquestionably the best Western-themed game ever, with a great Old West story, an amazingly detailed and expansive landscape that most Rockstar sandbox games are famous for and overall engrossing gameplay that will keep gamers riding off into the sunset for dozens of hours.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Wii may be more focused in hooking in a new generation of easy-going players, but for Nintendo fans from the early days, this game was made for you.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only is this the greatest THPS yet, but as always is one of the year’s best games. Period.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Others have come close before (and Batman Arkham City is as close as it gets), but as one of the two or three best games of 2011, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception defines what an interactive movie gaming adventure truly is and solidifies its place as the best PS3 franchise ever produced.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's an example of a game that doesn't skimp on deep gameplay in favor of style – instead, it has both and it's already a GameCube classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With all of the play modes, excellent multi-player setup, great graphics, and absolutely amazing level design, this game stands high as a shining example of what a first person shooter should be.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Great quests, solid story, very good voice acting, challenging battles, and engaging dialogue and characters make this an RPG that stands head and shoulders above the competition.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    BioShock has more cool elements than any ten other FPSs combined. I would say there is more variation in two play-throughs of BioShock than there is between most FPSs and their sequels.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, God of War: Chains of Olympus is an amazing title.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The new setting is far more appealing than the modern Liberty City of the original. And it seems more dynamic and interactive also, since players can explore inside buildings and rob businesses, which could not be done in the original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A perfect introduction to the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The core gameplay is still here, just as good as ever, and it still has that absurdly addicting quality that makes it impossible to leave it alone. The end result is unquestionably one of the best games you'll find on the Xbox.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Definitely for the over 18 crowd, GTAIII delivers a great gaming experience, and at a 2-for-1 price... well, it's a stupendous dollars-to-gaming ratio.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you have a PlayStation 3 there is no reason why you shouldn't buy this game (unless you are not old enough of course). The story is incredible, the gameplay is fun, and the graphics and sound are amazing. Naughty Dog had a lot to live up to with the release, but they have delivered in spades. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for a sequel. This game is everything you were hoping for, and more. Go get it!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Basically the games are just like you remember them – in many cases, just as simple and just as difficult as you remember them – and anyone wanting to round out their video game knowledge and experience with one big package, this one is perfect.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Every convention of the FPS genre is done to perfection, tweaked, and then turned on its ear. Only the multi-player options of the game disappoint. Still, if the game featured no multiplayer options at all, it does so many things right that it would still be in the running for Game of the Year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As a fan of the Western, Red Dead Redemption hits its target squarely. Perfection may be impossible, but this game gets closer than most, and it sets a new standard for the Western game genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you love shoot'em ups, or even just love great games, go out and buy Ikaruga now.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A highly polished gore-fest that is easily the best game that I have played on the Playstation 2 this last year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Between the story, the beautiful graphics, music score, and the insanely enthralling card game mini-game, Final Fantasy VIII does the series proud.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Kirby's Return to Dream Land features a little bit of everything Nintendo does right on the Wii all in one pleasurable package: the return of a classic Nintendo character, classic old-school platforming gameplay and excellent family-focused multiplayer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Gamers who already bought the game when it came out in 2011, though, won't find enough in the "komplete" edition to justify purchasing it. However, any fighting-game fan that missed it last year shouldn't pass it by the second time around. With smooth graphics and gameplay, great controls, and excellent online multiplayer and spectacular single-player gameplay, Mortal Kombat has reclaimed its crown as the best fighting game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    FT is also a perfect example of how music can make half the experience. The Gone Jackals, a biker band, provided much of the music and it’s situated so perfectly that it’s almost as if it was written especially for FT. Add to that a very good cast of voice actors, some very funny lines, and you’ve got a nearly flawless game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's not dramatically different from the original but, man, is it fun. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is a title every GameCube owning shooter fan should have.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A complete package.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    After I beat the game I almost cried. Not from disappointment however, because the ending was great and it gave a great conclusion to the epic trilogy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As much fun as the original game and its family of expansion packs were, Sims 2’s gameplay is an incredible leap forward that veteran Sims players and newcomers alike will thoroughly enjoy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Graphically, Tekken 5 is one of the smoothest games I have ever played. Almost every movement looks believable and the stages, the lighting, the character models, it all looks amazing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a fighting aficionado or a green rookie, there’s plenty to enjoy about this game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The visual and storytelling satisfaction in gaming today across any platform doesn't get much better than OSW.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Double-Dash doesn't stray far from what gamers have come to love about the series -- if it aint' broke, don't fix it -- but the added refinements make it a must-play title, particularly with friends.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the tip of the shiny helmets to the grass-wedged cleats, NCAA Football 2003 is a marvel to behold.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's chock-a-block full of action, strategy, humor, mini-games, it'll take many hours to finish, and Luigi finally gets some props.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tons of gameplay hours, plenty of missions and activities with an awesome collection of vehicles of various modes of transportation and a large array of firearms put the grandeur once again into Grand Theft Auto.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Episode 2 is an awesome example of packing various kinds of gameplay into a compressed time span without the whole thing descending into a discombobulated mess.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A brilliant and highly polished RPG masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With the engrossing single-player missions, stellar multiplayer, and the incredibly detailed world editor, WC3 is my early choice for PC Game of the Year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It took nearly a decade, as well as the death-knell of the company that spawned it, but at last Mortal Kombat can competently stand toe-to-toe with the other fighting greats due to its gameplay, rather than its gore.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mixes in arcade style gameplay with never before seen realism, topped off with the best graphics and detail in any sport game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All in all, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was one of the best FPS games that I’ve played in the last 5 years and hope that the designers can be enticed into additional single player campaigns or a quick release of the next game if not.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combination of style, wit, creativity, spycraft, cool locations, great gadgets and the overall sense of fun make this one a must have for FPS fans and a recommended game for casual gamers.