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 Peggle Deluxe
Lowest review score: 0 Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
Score distribution:
989 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Highly addictive online modes dull the pain of mundane offline play.
    • 93 Metascore
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    At more than 60 hours into the game, pushing forward toward 70, it feels like there’s still a lot of The Phantom Pain left on the table. For every new detail I discover—like taking that masterpiece of stealth tech, the man-sized cardboard box, and slapping a pin-up poster on it, thus ruining its stealthiness—it seems like there are five more details waiting just beyond my reach.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No, Skyward Sword isn't better than Ocarina Of Time. But of all the Zeldas to be released over the last 13 years, it comes closest. The game's greatest achievement is that it never stops aspiring to be more than it is. It never stops reaching for emotional moments, going full-tilt for players' hearts.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All the elements work together brilliantly.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A superbly engineered game that is both the most ambitious and the best the genre has to offer.
    • 93 Metascore
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    These issues are easy to overlook in favor of the game’s pleasures: its grasp of narrative, its pacing, its sense of scope, and the charm of its heroes. They squabble and suffer and feel real in a way that makes every jump, dodge, and victory count.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By making every one of us the captain in our own saga, BioWare has retired the one-size-fits all of Kirk and Luke in favor of something much more flexible. Mass Effect 3 is what it feels like to be your own biggest fan.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Discomfort is what Playdead has proven itself to be best at creating. The studio understands that there’s disquiet in the unknown and the undefined, and that what’s unheard and unseen can be even more powerful than what’s right in front of us. This is a philosophy that informs Inside’s every trait, from its ambiguous narrative to its uncomplicated character designs and fragile soundscapes. What really cements the developer’s prowess is the finale, a shocking sequence that proves Playdead is just as capable of recognizing when to break free of those restraints as it is knowing when to apply them.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As a technical spectacle, there's nothing like God Of War III, but while we're meant to truly feel the anguish of Kratos' bloody final battle, Sony hasn't yet trapped a ghost in the machine.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Two years after Thieves, Uncharted's gameplay mechanics and conventions are no longer dated; they're borderline archaic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Give up everything else. This is your life now.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV doesn’t feel hollow or even speciously necessary like the others: It’s inarguably the definitive futzed-over daub of paint on Capcom’s opus.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Wild Hunt is viciously hostile. Hostility infects every element like a poison and unites them with a common sickness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game also feels decidedly adult; it’s unafraid to take dark turns. The writing and themes become unexpectedly morbid in later stages. It’s obvious that Arkham was created with reverence, genuine craft, and love. There’s a rare, considered quality behind everything on the disc, which makes this an absolute must-play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The flesh is weak. Prolonged play can cause serious finger fatigue.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Journey is a marvel, a hallucination of gameplay that feels as deep and immersive as the borderless desert where it begins.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rock Band steps up from clubs to arenas and barely misses a beat.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are also a wealth of presentation options that cover the gamut of Pac-man's 30-year history.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    We've all seen leaderboards, escort missions, running to the right to win, unlockable elements, and such before, but it's harder to swallow in a package that touts itself as celebrating creativity. That said, there's no lack of whimsy: Playing this game, you'll run along cookies that drop into an oven, and clutch crème-filled cupcakes along rollercoaster-like rails.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An epic rock masterpiece that may be the most purely fun game out there.
    • 91 Metascore
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    From its commendably inclusive roster to its varied, dramatic action, it’s brimming with an welcoming liveliness that’s all too rare in games, multiplayer or otherwise.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Playground Games has created a beautiful open world filled with awe-inspiring sights and driving game based on finely tuned systems. But sometimes when I’m cruising within splashing distance of Byron Bay’s emerald waters and an assistant’s voice blares over the radio to remind me of an abandoned Bugatti inside a nearby barn or to pester me about a championship still left unfinished, I can’t help but ask: Is a little peace to enjoy the view too much to ask?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    God Of War: Chains Of Olympus comes damn close to recreating the experience of playing an action game on your couch.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    How surprising, then, that MLB 10: The Show isn’t just one of the best sports games available, but with respect to the ratio between ambition and execution, it’s one of the best videogames, period.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    That high-fiving, frat-house, epithet-spewing, tea-bagging culture has had the unfortunate side-effect of making the Halo universe increasingly less soulful, rendering the subtitle of the original game-"Combat evolved"-something of an oxymoron.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Mass Effect feels like the first two acts of a great space opera, and the main villain and the most intriguing parts of the backstory have been saved for a sequel. The non-player characters that hang around with you have also taken a major step back, with less dialogue and none of the spontaneous clashes (and subtle flirting) of BioWare's past high-water marks, "Baldur's Gate II" and "Knights Of The Old Republic."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The narrative setting is nearly as potent as the gameplay.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Consider the simplistic storyline a training ground for the surprisingly varied online game, and overdose on visual splendor every step of the way.