The A.V. Club's Scores

For 880 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Assassin's Creed II
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie Driver
Score distribution:
880 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sure, it gets a little repetitive, but Rotastic reinvents itself on almost every level, with minimal cognitive reconstruction required.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Technical nuisances don't ruin the delight of moseying through New Vegas and sampling the huge variety of depravity-and occasional glory-that post-nuclear Sin City has to offer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The nice thing about sequels to successful games is that all the rough edges are buffed out, and The Two Thrones honors its graceful hero with impeccable controls and design.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's easy to lose yourself in the experience of The Witcher 2. Geralt's role as detective, exterminator, and hand of justice is just flexible enough to accommodate all types of role-players.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The nice thing about sequels to successful games is that all the rough edges are buffed out, and The Two Thrones honors its graceful hero with impeccable controls and design.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Plants Vs. Zombies' gratification isn't all instant. The rest of the time, it slowly shambles up on you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As you squeeze off headshots and sail around the stunningly rendered destroyed city, the game’s only hiccup is in forcing you to read fine-print-sized text about the game’s optional mythology. But don’t let a little reading stop you from enjoying what’s essentially a playable action movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No game makes more creative use of the Nintendo DS touch-screen. Where many milk the technology for gimmicky distractions or Palm Pilot-style input, Elite Beat Agents bets the farm on precision touch-screen play, and wins big.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A tirelessly crafted make-good well worth experiencing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The nicest touch is that your free-roaming sabotage has a direct effect on the quests that advance the main story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Players earn higher points and ratings on an Angry Birds-esque three-star system for more efficient marble-wrangling, adding another layer to an already-great game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Arguably the PSP's best puzzle game, PQ2 may not make you smarter, but you'll have a great time feeling stupid.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The story and dialogue are clunky at times. And there are many situations where you'll be utterly perplexed as to where to go next. But overall, no game this year looks, or plays, quite like this one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The first few minutes of Bully are claustrophobic and off-putting, but as soon as you and Jimmy settle in, the game becomes surprisingly endearing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Filled with countless remember-when moments-as in "Remember when you outran that wave of sand?"-Shattered Dimensions is less literary and artful than Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it's far more fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimate Alliance may be schlocky and unrefined, but the endless Dream Team combinations of Marvel super and not-so-super heroes prove irresistible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A self-esteem booster for your tone-deaf friend, though the introduction of more content should help make it stay fun for everyone else.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But Dead Space is a reminder that influence and convention, sharply focused, can become terrifically creepy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But Heroes Of Light transcends these hiccups, and its oversimplified nature, to become a vital portable Final Fantasy title.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The only major flaw comes in the controls: Lukus tends to wander, or stand still when he shouldn’t, messing up timing in ways that often send him back to square one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There are only two college basketball games available, EA's or 2K's. The latter costs less and plays better, so the choice is pretty clear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A five-letter word used to describe Catherine, Alexander, and Tony the Tiger's favorite cereal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The "Tug Of War" mini-game on the 360—in which two teams start at the 50-yard-line and alternate possessions—is a good quick-and-dirty alternative to a full game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Once you get past the fact that the film's somber gravity will in no way translate to the console, The Godfather: The Game is as good a moral perversion as any.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Resistance 3 delivers the goods, make no mistake. They just happen to be the goods that gamers already had, dolled up in a shiny new package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There are only two college basketball games available, EA's or 2K's. The latter costs less and plays better, so the choice is pretty clear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There is a disappointing paucity of extras beyond the main endurance mode. Players of Lumines could face off against a friend or against a murderer's row of computer characters; Electronic Symphony ditches the "versus CPU" option.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In theory, this no doubt sounds small and predictable. Yet the whole operation miraculously coheres into something far more spirited and compelling. The game's visceral pleasures are what make it cohere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's flat-out ridiculous, designed strictly to amuse, not to offer any greater message.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Medal Of Honor favors gritty realism-and some surprisingly moving, quieter moments-over cinematic excess, and it's all the better for the restraint.