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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I think it's great that Nintendo is offering an incentive to kids to get them moving with the Pokéwalker. That's pretty much the only thing new happening with HeartGold, everything else is typically addicting of the Pokémon series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just firing this beast up, and blasting some bad guys without a care in the world feels very refreshing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Overall, I couldn't be happier with MVP Baseball 2005. For next year, all I need is more mini-games, more un-lockable content, and a couple of pitchers who don't give up poorly-timed gopher balls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The battles are as intense as ever and the gameplay is still as solid as the original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With apologies to the Combat Mission franchise, Opposing Fronts has started to encroach on the "pure sim" functions of "dice rolling" strategy games, but wrapping it all up in good looking, frenetic action make it accessible to a much wider audience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those who have sinned in calling the Wii a casual console, this game is your punishment. But boy does it hurt so good.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As a lifelong fan of both text-based and table-top baseball games, I can honestly say that OOTP4 is the best baseball game I have ever played. The recent releases of its two biggest competitors, "Baseball Mogu"l and "PureSim Baseball," are both top-notch, but, in the end, OOTP4 out options them and certainly provides a smoother, more compelling re-creation of America’s pastime.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Three tables, all with different aspects of gameplay and a variety of characters from the Star Wars universe, will delight the army of Star Wars fans. But as always, regardless of the subject matter, the real supernova star of any FX 2 pinball game is the stellar ball physics and authentic pinball sounds.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hockey enthusiasts will absolutely love NHL 2004.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Gamecube controller butchers the game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It remains to be seen if LittleBigPlanet’s portable community will be as dedicated or creative enough to continually pump out user-made levels, which has allowed the original PS3 version to enjoy repeated success even years after its launch, but regardless of whether you own both consoles or not, Sackboy’s portable world tour isn’t one you want to miss.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visually the game is absolutely stunning with its use of cel shading in comparison to the presentation used in the first game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    From an aural standpoint GGX2 is equally impressive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Be that as it may, the strengths of A Crack in Time overcome its weaknesses and on the whole is a fun experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aimed toward the more "casual" sport gamer. If you just want to pick up the controller occasionally and play some basketball, ESPN is your game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fun and non-threatening, and anyone watching it will be entertained.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Each game and each expansion is always just better than their last mind-blowing accomplishment, and here, the camera work and scene integration is the new star.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An engaging experience from start to finish, including the mini-games and boss battles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    OOTP 14 doesn't feature huge changes from last year's model.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With an outrageous plethora of fantasy league-style features, nobody comes close to capturing the authenticity of fantasy leaguing better than EA.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The single-player is great and the multi-player is even better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Superior controls and artificial intellect go a long way to making this a quality simulation of NFL football on the field.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is the standout game on the Wii U for racing, and probably one of the better games available on the console right now. It does have some faults, but is still an excellent example of the Need for Speed universe.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    And that's what Mercenaries is all about. No, not democracy to a downtrodden people. Cash. And plenty of it!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Sims 3 is pure simulation gaming fun, and the ultimate God game today.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of Marvel's heroes and villains, Pinball FX 2's realistic and engaging pinball gameplay is as close to bringing back the glory of pinball's Golden Age as it gets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much as I was pummelled by the higher echelon of boxers, it was (and continues to be) fun. It’s also open enough to be kid-friendly and punishing enough to offer the kind of experience many of us from the NES era remember so fondly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm offers a challenging campaign, plenty of story and character to consider, and much in the way of production value that few other games can match.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing is better then running over a vulnerable pedestrian, drive under an 18-wheeler while going over 100, speed across red lights inching past others, and use your NAS booster, without being pulled over by a cop.
    • 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!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The more advanced lightsaber customization was another one of those things that made me think that the developers really did have a good grip on what being a Jedi is about.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like an exceptionally well-done dramatic movie or must-read book just too good to stop watching or put down, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has striking visuals, a strong narrative and good-enough puzzles. However, it will be most remembered for its engrossing, dramatic and emotionally charged adventure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    An extremely good fighter; just don’t expect it to reinvent the wheel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main focus here was to improve the AI and even though some of the additions like the ones I mentioned above are welcomed, overall it just feels more like some tweaks to the veterans of the series rather than something that's completely new and improved.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While a few missing extras and features might keep Third Strike: Online Edition from being the ultimate edition of Street Fighter III, the amount of care put into the core game as well as its online multiplayer easily elevates this release as the definitive version. The
    • 86 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It’s a game that fatigues quickly. There’s nothing wrong with the gameplay, per se; it just feels a little bit empty. Try playing through the game without using the bullet time feature, and you’ll see how bland it really is.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, DMC was a fun surprise to review and one of the best games released this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There was enough original action and story line to keep me playing right to the end and wanting more missions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the only game franchise that my wife actually wants to play, I have no problem giving the Unwound Future a massive stamp of approval.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Perhaps one of the coolest parts of this game is that after every level is completed, Sly learns a new stealth move, which helps him get by enemies and dodge traps and ambushes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s nice to see that Harmonix decided not to rest on their laurels and instead try some new things with Amplitude, and the diversity in the available music tracks is commendable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is the best four-player game since the original "Gauntlet" and the resulting fun is worth the effort.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    After installing SE4G my addiction has gotten worse.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of my favorite features is the tutorial called "Offensive Driving 101" where you are taken through a list of all of the best techniques for getting ahead. (Where else can you drive like a maniac in a Student Driver car?)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A very good rally racer. It looks good and plays even better. For those interested in this style of racing, this title is one worth looking into.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best online shooting experience available today, including the recently-released Xbox translation of the PC sensation "Counter-Strike."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a great new single-player mode, the addictive and engrossing Legacy gameplay, online Xbox Live matches, the usual collection of boxing's best fighters in history and the further enhancement of great gameplay and boxing physics, Fight Night Champion packs a punch of excellence as an undisputed champion of gaming greatness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although the single-player is a roller coaster ride, complete with "on rails" vehicle sections that are over all too soon the multiplayer will ensure that you stick around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Max Payne 3 has an action-packed and long-lasting single-player campaign driven by an expectedly solid single-player story that is a Rockstar trademark. That combines with very entertaining multiplayer that will have gamers playing long after the single-player campaign is complete.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What seemed like a worthless waste of effort by the EA Black Box development team in daring to take on the mighty Tony Hawk skating franchise turns out to be completely worthwhile as the new kid skating around the block is anything but a wannabe poseur.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a Warhammer table top player, all I can say is this game has been a long time in coming. If you are tired of the PvE grind in WoW or simply prefer a more tactically oriented PvP game, I heartily recommend WAR.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Advance Wars: Days of Ruin comes with the highest recommendation – the only thing preventing wider appeal for the series, is its difficulty level which is high even for experienced players.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is what an adventure game should be: easy to look at, great puzzles and sound, simple interaction, humour, solid writing and the power to transport the player somewhere else for some fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It took long enough for a sequel to arrive but Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon offers a spirited romp, a good level of challenge, and might spur some thought regarding your very existence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A trip through his cerebral mass would be an interesting journey, just to see where Schafer comes up with his characters and their quirky realms.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It almost seemed as if the music game genre was starting to fade, however GH5 still manages to incorporate some interesting features and bring new things to the table, even if to does not have the same level of polish as the Rock Band games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Simple gameplay that can stay entertaining for a long period of time. You can't really ask for much more from it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Rainbow Six Vegas is an excellent tactical simulator, one that does provide some good replay in forcing you to play at near perfection (on the highest difficulty) and with some patience in order to succeed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though there are minor improvements over the original, Viewtiful Joe 2 is a rip-roaring ride with plenty of fun packed into the experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fisher never wanted to come back to Washington, D.C., and resume his Splinter Cell lifestyle, but with a very good (although short-lived) and very good-looking single-player story along with another strong co-op mode (both offline and online) gamers will be more than pleased with Fisher’s stealthy combat return.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The good news is that there’s a lot of environmental interaction, which affects AI’s gameplay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Metroid has been taken into first-person shooter territory and has done so with a rock-solid multiplayer experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drastically improves on its predecessor’s shortcomings and turned out to be one the better games that I’ve played in a while – the presence of the in-game saves that were missing from the previous version alone nearly makes the game 5 times better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An extremely good hockey game but has one major failing in my eyes: lack of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Too much of a good thing doesn't seem to apply to the Sly Cooper Collection. I went through all three games back-to-back and it just left me wanting to get hold of another Sly game rather than stick the collection on the shelf and forget about the series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfectly enjoyable and satisfying finale, that seems to eliminate the aggravatingly grating Soda Poppers once and for all, along with a grand wrap-up of all of the season's storylines, make "What's New, Beelzebub?" a must-play for all Sam & Max fans until the as-of-yet-unannounced-but-highly-likely-coming-soon Season Three makes its debut soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s got everything; humor, excellent cutscenes, great graphics and strong gameplay. What more can you ask for?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After some effort is put into actually learning it, the flow of the game actually feels pretty good, even to me.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A stunning and beautiful game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being able to snap the lid closed after a round and pick it up again hours later while I'm standing in line at the bank makes Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition the ultimate version of the title. The portability factor and ease of use, even without the production values of the console version, just made it easier for me to get into.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    I’m far from finished with City of Heroes -- I'm still having fun even after so many hours.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, those new to the franchise would be better served to pick up the Mass Effect Trilogy releases that came out at the same time and would get all 3 games for the same price. However, if you don't have access to an Xbox, PS3 or a gaming PC, this isn't the worst way to go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon Diamond or Pearl will satisfy any fan of the previous games: it’s accessible, it’s fun, it features online play and trading, and the battles are more involved than ever, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it – as long as you play against people your own age.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Whether you're miles ahead of your opponents, in the heat of it or straggling behind, it provides you with an adrenaline filled rush.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In this reviewers opinion it meets or exceeds Halo 2 in every category.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s refined battle system, the use of a job system, and a much more palatable story make it well worth checking out for fans of console RPGs.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a solo player the purchase doesn't make much sense; grab Guitar Hero and some downloadable content. For someone with a lot of friends into music games, this will get a lot of play, especially with the potential endless supply of songs over Xbox Live.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A great game. The humour is consistent right from the start and nearly always borders on ridiculous, which is a nice parry to the action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you are a big fan of "The Sims" and are looking for a little vacation from that game, crack out the margarita mix and sun block before heading on over to the exceptionally good Tropico. May your reign be long and your Swiss bank account large!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With it’s own unique cast of characters, it has managed to provide a fun experience without innovating the FPS genre or even its own franchise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If the GameCube is your only access to gaming bliss and you’re a hockey fan, then there really isn’t a better hockey game for you than NHL 2004. Just be prepared to groan when you have your friend trash talk you when they score a back handed one timer from the point.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    While the package is certainly one of the best-looking fighting games ever, the overall gameplay is hit and miss (though it hits more often than it misses) but with human opponents it can be good fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pure is an enjoyable racing game even when an attempt to squeeze in one more stunt results in a pin-wheeling ragdoll rider and dropping a couple of positions. The visceral appeal of driving really fast and performing all manner of impossible gyrations is strong enough to make Pure a gotta play title.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Crysis 2 is an excellent first person shooter and delivers a different experience than what other titles in the genre are currently offering. "Have it your way" is really the name of the game and whether you love frantic shooters or stealth based games, Crysis 2 has a little of everything.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with all the positives running for the game, I still felt a little bit underwhelmed by SCIV, it’s definitely still a solid entry to the series and finally being able to play online is worth the buy. If you are new to the series, I do not think you’ll be disappointed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The music is one of those touches that really remind you that this is a Disney property. All of the musical scores for the worlds are either originals or very strikingly similar ones.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bandai Namco did a great job with Soul Calibur IV creating an excellent fighting game for both casual players and technical masters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite lacking some of the customizable features, sheer amount of cars and complexity of GT3: A-Spec, PGR is a well-balanced racer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Fable is a really good game. It doesn't live up to the promise of "Project Ego," but, really, who cares?

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