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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Batman: Arkham Asylum
Lowest review score: 0 Blood Drive
Score distribution:
880 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto IV is, simply, the latest way to flip the bird. And damn if such a simple gesture doesn't feel good.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The only word to describe fighting Bowser with an orchestral score in the background is "badass."
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's confounding how this simple world can evoke feelings of curiosity, wonder, and dread all at once.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A technical masterpiece with a story that reaches too far—but Andrew Ryan would have it no other way.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But the character interaction and the superb story will stay with players long after they've escaped its final trap.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Great role-playing uses unpredictable situations to provoke unexpected responses in players, and accordingly, Mass Effect 2 is surprising time and again.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim lets these rough edges show, because the element of chaos lets players feel like the game is happening to them, and they are alive in it-not just cogs in a pre-fab Game Experience. That's what sets Skyrim apart from some of its contemporaries. Where many games with lavish production values seek to direct players' imaginations, Skyrim seeks to ignite them.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A technical masterpiece with a story that reaches too far—but Andrew Ryan would have it no other way.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When Sackboy drifts into freefall while skateboarding down a steep incline, that sinking feeling in your gut means that the game's exquisitely tuned physics are working.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fifty-plus hours, an immense adventure, and a sexy new style? Twilight Princess may not perfect, but it's darn near close.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first goddamned good action Western that gaming has seen.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there was ever any doubt that Portal could be expanded into a big, narrative experience with all the bells and whistles of a mainstream gaming hit, have no fear. Valve solved that puzzle with Portal 2.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though the game's downbeat point of view doesn't quite jibe with the gameplay, the puzzle setups are irresistible, and the physics impeccable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Arkham City and The Dark Knight (film) have something much more important in common: They're so sublime, they render their predecessors nearly forgettable by comparison.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At first glance, Anomaly Warzone Earth feels like an impossible game, but closer inspection reveals that it's merely extremely hard.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Worth playing for the sense of discovery—each environment looks different from the last and requires a nuanced reaction—makes the action addictive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no substitution for the bone-deep abhorrence we harbor for Hitler and his henchmen, but Modern Warfare does an admirable job of creating villains out of arms dealers and ultranationalists.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Still, judging a game like Halo 3 on the single-player campaign is like taking a movie to task for its opening credits. Halo 3's multiplayer is its reason for existence.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Worth playing for the sense of discovery—each environment looks different from the last and requires a nuanced reaction—makes the action addictive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In spite of its good looks, Modern Warfare 2 has the slightest whiff of insecurity. It feels like the developers, under pressure to top the original Modern Warfare, engaged in a bit of hand-wringing this time around.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Hours of concentrated narrative abuse can't obscure or dilute the detailed game within.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Matches play like a Destroy All Monsters mêlée, with up to four players duking it out until the last man, or Pokémon, stands.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a game for all the people who found Grand Theft Auto IV too ponderous, scattershot, or just too damn different from the rest of the series.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are also a wealth of presentation options that cover the gamut of Pac-man's 30-year history.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn't a game about time, it's about memories, and how they can be repeated and eventually rewritten.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sense of scale is off the charts. From the opening brawl with the towering Colossus of Rhodes to the Island of Creation—a sprawling mega-level which takes a good half of the game to traverse—God Of War II's venue doesn't feel mortal for even a moment.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it manages to pull off pathos, it's also filled with laugh-out-loud jokes, including the traditional ludicrous dialogue from your units.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Is Street Fighter IV the best version? Absolutely. But once fans have relived their virtual-martial-arts glory days; once they’ve defeated Seth, the poorly named final boss; once the patina of nostalgia has worn off, most will wonder whether they needed to spend $60 on a game they already own.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game's music is enchanting, combat is simple but a blast, and it all comes with a full cast of endearingly kooky characters.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.