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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Batman: Arkham Asylum
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    There is absolutely no denying that Diablo III continues to maintain the high artistic standards that it has kept over the years. But the dumbed character and inventory systems, coupled to the ridiculous always-on connection and the breathtaking arrogance of the"you'll play how we tell you to play" attitude makes playing this title a damned shame instead of a hell of a good time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Because like all art, it's subjective – I may not know art, but I know what I like. And I don't like this. For something truly "art wothy" try "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In a vacuous bubble, the prospect of combining creatures would create all sorts of wacky experimental fun. But in the context of real-time strategy, it becomes an unnecessary chore.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Barely saved only by its sense of strategy, Lost Kingdoms is a lost cause if you’re not into card games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Homefront is an ambitious title with a solid idea, but lacked the courage to distance itself from the (media established) king of First Person Shooters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The idea of WWII espionage and sabotage efforts on the Eastern Front is ripe with possibilities for a game, but Death to Spies bungled the execution on this one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately sometimes when an older game duplicates its own spin-offs the final product is a blatant but poor copy of the worst and the best of the offspring. Such is the case with Blood Omen 2.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All in all, playing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a painful and tedious experience. I would not recommend it except to those with a collection fetish or for the young fans who don’t know any better.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    When I was able to get connected, I would often stay connected for three or four matches before something would slip and I'd have to restart the matchmaking process.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Fans will be asking where the hell the Franchise mode went.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    Obsessive fans of the show can at least play through for the storyline without tearing out too much hair. And with the extremely simplified gameplay, it seems to be made squarely for fans who don't play much video games. Everyone else can simply leave this on the shelf, with the quiet satisfaction that they haven't paid yet another game company for making yet another crappy game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I had a certain expectations going into C&C 4 and they was utterly destroyed, even knowing about some of the changes beforehand.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The Baconing isn't completely devoid of enjoyment; occasionally you may stumble upon a fun weapon or two, such as poison arrows or a flamethrower, and the experience system allows you to choose what kind of bonuses to receive with each Level Up (such as faster speed, more health, etc). But without the laughs to back up the mediocre gameplay, not to mention the ludicrous difficulty, it might be time to bring out the oversized shepherd's hook and pull Deathspank off the stage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    NBA 08 feels like an almost finished game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A huge disappointment. The general concept is decent, but the game never evolves past that. The controls are frustrating, and the aesthetic / story of the game is such a yawn fest that only those with tremendous patience will be able to persevere for more than ten minutes at a time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    You could say that it is a competent video game that fans of the franchise will enjoy. But you could also say that Bakugan fans are goddamned idiots.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    You’ll have to be extremely familiar with the controls to have a hope in hell of finishing the game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Don’t bother with Rock Manager unless you’re a huge music industry fan.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nothing ruins a fond memory like a crap game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I hope to God the guys at Firaxis are watching this, because Jagged Alliance: Back In Action is, and probably will for many years hence be, the definitive textbook example of how to mess up by the numbers when attempting to "relaunch" a classic franchise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Might interest younger gamers and please parents with it’s inoffensiveness, but there are still better games out there for the younger audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    You sever someone’s head and you need to lob it into a goal! Sounds fun? Yup, right up there with watching grass grow.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Avatar does look awesome (even better, I'm told, when you're playing in Stereoscopic 3D) but there's so little fun here that your money is better spent elsewhere.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's achingly repetitive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Critical flaws in a console game are unacceptable, especially when updating (i.e. patching) console games just isn’t done yet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A clumsy interface as well as an ineffective physical activity, Exerbeat is not the worst offender in this continuously offensive market of unimaginative motion control games, but it offers little value beyond keeping grandma and grandpa entertained during their next visit, though Nintendo's first party efforts are still the clear choice for virtual workouts.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A textbook case of a good idea gone horribly wrong.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Had a lot of potential – graphics are great and the sound is just as good; however, the terrible controls and camera ruin any real fun that could be experienced.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I didn’t have much fun playing Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and if any old-school adventure fan is thinking about purchasing MCL I’d urge them to re play the old games because they’re more fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The fighting sequences had little snap in the punches, the storyline had few surprises, and the world of the Matrix didn’t leave enough to the imagination.