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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Sid Meier's Civilization V
Lowest review score: 0 Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
Score distribution:
1005 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    By movie-to-game standards, King Kong is an instant classic. Just don't hold it to any greater standard.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Eden is mesmerizing, visually sumptuous, and insanely frustrating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An eerie, enthralling role-playing game that never settles for a cliché.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The city bustles, yet simultaneously feels devoid of life. And the Old Testament-esque do-it-again-until-you-do-it-right gameplay will prevent casual gamers from seeing the final third of the game. That aside, skate 2, like its predecessor, continues to make the genre relevant again.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The only weakness is the imprecision implicit to the Wii Remote. The action is forgiving, but after a while having to repeatedly gesture to summon the proper wind power sorta blows.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Developer Joshua Nuernberger has crafted a smart, thoughtful tale that keeps introducing fascinating new ideas and characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Revolutionary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Lovely, well-executed, and extremely polished motorcycles, racing through rather familiar territory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The standout moments make the monotony that much more worth enduring.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This creative revival of an ancient format proves that zombies aren't the only ones who rise from the dead.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Spare Parts is a solid platformer if you're playing solo, but it really shines in multiplayer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The problem, then, becomes sight-a common iPhone concern-because you're rarely able to catch a glimpse of your opponent's character and the indicators as to what kind of shot is headed your way. But Battle Blasters is still a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A solid little platformer that’s surprisingly massive in scope. Unlike in the Metroid series, there’s never anything vague about your next objective.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    By movie-to-game standards, King Kong is an instant classic. Just don't hold it to any greater standard.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While there are none of the wild moments of genesis—your accidental fader slip is just a mistake, and doesn’t produce an unexpectedly perfect beat—there’s also little sting of failure. You can’t fail; miss every beat cue, on any difficulty level, and the record spins on.
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    • 83 Critic Score
    In some ways, Glitch feels like a meal made up entirely of side courses, but when all of the sides are this well-done, it almost doesn't matter that the main meal is absent.
    • 83 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A simple, addictive game that'll make you cheer when the missiles launch, and give you nightmares when they land.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With multiple players on board, the game is at its most colorful, but the puzzles and fights that require co-operation never feel as triumphant as they could have if they were designed so players couldn't complete them alone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Its bells and whistles can be off-putting, but otherwise, Might & Magic: Heroes VI demonstrates why it's one of the longest-running series in strategy gaming.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Going by mechanics alone, Splatterhouse is solid, though uninspired. But the extra touches help elevate it from passable distraction to entertaining diversion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The thrill of infinite possibilities drains when you near the end of the game, but an ever-increasing universe-made possible via App Store updates that add just one new element-means there's plenty of discoveries to be made.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The moment-to-moment rewards of Bulletstorm's communal murder are great. Few gaming experiences are more satisfying than using an energy whip to slam-dunk a bullet-riddled patsy whom a teammate has alley-ooped into the air.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Control can be an issue. A Wii-mote/nunchuk combo will get you through the game, but waggling the remote isn't an elegant way to aim a sniper rifle.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Like those children's books that make noise or the shiny gum wrapper you can't stop folding and unfolding, Electroplankton is strangely addictive and impossible to keep your hands off once you've started playing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As the game manual expressly states, every button on your controller makes you do the same thing: “splode.”
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Online games are always a moving target, so take this warm first impression with a grain of salt.
    • 77 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Exploring Rune Factory's rural village of Kardia is like shaking a snow globe; the town is small but nuanced, perfectly preserved yet dynamic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The save function is a complete disaster, and it's especially bad when you're forced to save without the health and materials to survive from that point on.

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