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 The Beatles: Rock Band
Lowest review score: 0 Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings
Score distribution:
880 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A technical masterpiece with a story that reaches too far—but Andrew Ryan would have it no other way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An epic rock masterpiece that may be the most purely fun game out there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When your opponent leans into that haymaker, it's a bone-crunching delight: Sweat sprays from his head, bloody spittle shoots from his mouthpiece, and his legs turn to Jell-O. Now that's the sweet science.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are a ton of multiplayer modes, using ad-hoc hosting, wireless Internet multiplayer, in-game chart with mic/headset - in fact, every mode the PSP supports. It's enough to raise the game to the status of PSP must-have.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's just a remix of its predecessor, but this is still the strongest and most thrilling Half-Life title yet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The controls are superb, proof that the Wii remote and nunchuk are more than viable for first-person action. Motions that call for Samus to throw a whip or turn an airlock hatch add visceral kick and never seem to get old.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there's an imaginative and genuinely fun way to use the touch-screen this game finds it and exploits it to the fullest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A technical masterpiece with a story that reaches too far—but Andrew Ryan would have it no other way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A dazzling array of showmanship, visual glitz, and a hefty dose of fun make this an absolute must-play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A dazzling array of showmanship, visual glitz, and a hefty dose of fun make this an absolute must-play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The flesh is weak. Prolonged play can cause serious finger fatigue.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Folks who traded in their PSPs for lack of awesome games should be feeling substantial remorse right about now.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Give up everything else. This is your life now.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When your ball approaches the level-clearing peg, the view zooms in tight on the action. Time slows and a timpani drum roll slaps a 50-point accent mark over the tension. As orb and target collide, the rapturous hosannas of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" explode out of the speakers. Few games make winning feel this good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In one Star Wars scene, Han Solo, outnumbered and outgunned, lays chase with his blaster, then changes his mind, comically fleeing a horde of armed stormtroopers. Pac-Man Championship Edition and its table-turning power-pills create an endless chain of these hunter-becomes-the-hunted moments.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Finally, an answer to the early-'90s hockey heyday, NHL 08 is a blazingly swift, smart, well-crafted sports title that brings out hockey's best bits.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Just as Valve's Half-Life 2 is the moody loner to Halo 3's high-school quarterback, Portal is smarter, cooler, funnier, and more sinister than almost any game this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    F...ing awesome.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It inspires such excitement for its muse, heavy metal, that it also serves as a point of entry to an entire subculture. Just as important, it stands as proof that music in gaming is no longer the exclusive domain of “music games.”
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rez does Tron better than any Tron videogame ever has.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Addictive gameplay and stylish content make this the perfect handheld complement to your all-night Grand Theft Auto sessions.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.