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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    Fail and wind up like so many game journalists at E3 – waking up across town with absolutely nothing in your pants pockets (if you're wearing pants at all).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    Even with its Halloween theme, Spirits and Spells is more of a cruel trick than a tasty treat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If there is one place where Stolen has the edge over Splinter Cell it's probably the minor gameplay mechanics like lock picking and computer hacking.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All the splashy, light-blooming graphics in the world and a “sexy” anime-lite protagonist can’t save X-Blades.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is only one word to describe MR’s graphics and the word is ugly! The game looks like an old Nintendo 64 game. The character models are ugly and the cut scenes are horrendous.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I can understand a game being derivative, but only so long as it adds something good to the mix. Empire Earth III fails to meet up to the standards of the games that came before it. It has failed to learn from its own history.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I know this is a bargain title, but I can’t come close to recommending Bold Moves to anyone other than the die hard Ford car fan.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It works in small doses in providing some carnage and distraction from reality.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Greatest of the game's faults is the failure to capture the personality of such an exciting era of wrestling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Any way you slice it, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is a poor game and you’d have to be Sam Fisher’s number one fan to grab this rendition of the franchise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The actual gameplay and overall feel of moving your character is somewhat reminiscent of the feel of the Unreal series but nowhere near the same level of fluidity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In attempting to capture the essence of Tarantino's first masterwork, the developers mutilate it. By not bringing the rest of the original cast into the game, they leave all the heavy lifting to Michael Madsen, with predictable results.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Instead of concentrating on a single-player and at least making it competent, the team had to split resources and make a haphazard multiplayer feature as well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For fans of the book and movie, Eragon might be one of those games that you pick up mainly because you've already got the book and have pre-ordered the movie on DVD, but don't expect much from this game once you actually fire it up.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Granted, at the $40 price tag you'd probably be better off investing more money and grabbing DDR, Rock Band, or Guitar Hero for an experience that is going to last longer, and is ultimately more satisfying.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Fuzion Frenzy 2 was never asked for and if there’s ever plans for a third edition the game will need a complete gutting before it can be stitched into something that people will want to play.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In resurrecting Duke in this way, dropping him from 1996 into 2011, with uninteresting levels tethered together in a loose way, middling gunplay, and offensiveness trying to hide behind parody and satire, even the thickest rose-colored glasses of nostalgia won't hide the fact the game's not good or even fun to play.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The developers might have had their hearts in the right place, but the DS platform is just not the right way to go for what they might have been trying to accomplish. Spitfire Heroes buys the farm on this sortie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There must have been something critical lost in translation when Lux-Pain was brought over from Japan because I was a few hours into the adventure and I still had very little understanding of what the hell was actually going on.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    There is nothing – absolutely nothing – in The Guy Game that is a positive feature, outside of the breasts. I am almost entirely sure some fundamentalist church, sponsored this game in an attempt to lure young horny teenage guys with lustful sirens and instead being rewarded with pain, terribly unfunny pain.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you have a hankering for some twin stick fun on the PC go play Geometry Wars or Waves. They're far much better than this game.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    How can anyone justify dropping $50 on a ninja game with a broken camera, un uber weapon that makes most of the game a cakewalk, some twitchy control and only a so-so presentation? I certainly can't.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The painful hand cramps, the repetitive motion of sliding the stylus, and the extremely uneven challenge of the opponents, make Pokémon Dash a title that can be safely missed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's priced as a budget title, but unless you're a big fan of pirates, there's not a lot here for the average gamer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Star Trek The Video Game just isn't very good.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    But however pleasant that perspective may be, the unnecessarily complicated controls, the crappy fighting system and the inability to change perspective before jumping from place to place grinds to a halt whatever potential this game had for a bounce off of an atomic box-office bomb.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What really kills the game for me is the load of historical inaccuracies and anachronisms. I know, games are supposed to be fun, games are not supposed to be exactly like reality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    C.O.R.E. is the kind of low budget crud that would be sold in drugstores, hastily bought by an uncaring relative to pass on as a birthday gift to a poor, unsuspecting gamer. At least that plastic Transformers knockoff can serve as a chew toy for pets or a test dummy for firecrackers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Diluted, saucy graphics, aggravating camera angles, a crappy combat system and questionable controls make LoAD not a whole lot more than its acronym suggests.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    From top to bottom BTL screams “1997” or at least, “1998.”