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 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 0 Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
Score distribution:
955 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But the sometimes grisly, sometimes pacific sound design is never less than pitch-perfect, and stuck between worlds or not, Limbo's three hours of play time are concentrated, puzzle-gaming heaven.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy is one of the best platformers ever made. Yet that statement underestimates the game's achievement, which transcends mundane considerations of genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Retro Evolved 2 manages to induce both nostalgia and awe, maintaining the series' status as one of gaming's purest pleasures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The real miracle of Civilization V is how effortlessly the game delivers its take on global empire-building. Beneath its well-polished hood, Civilization V is deep and complex. But where it counts, the game feels deceptively simple.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's fun here, and a great deal of content, with a whole second quest of new levels and remixed challenges waiting after you beat Bowser, but 3D Land is nonetheless weightless.
    • 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
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    I’m not so sure how well the series will hold up to another reincarnation. With all the constant recycling of ideas, its flame is starting to fade. Luckily, it was such a magnificent fire to begin with that it’s still a roaring success even after a little dwindling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the ideal example of evolution trumping revolution in creating great video games.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rez does Tron better than any Tron videogame ever has.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The forced repetition and steep odds could've been a disaster. But the mêlée combat, mapped primarily to the PlayStation 3's rear triggers, is so beautifully precise, it demands to be mastered.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Here's a litmus test: If playing fetch with your virtual dog doesn't move you, the rest of the game probably won't, either.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s only one truly disappointing aspect to The Beatles: Rock Band: Future games made around your favorite band probably won’t be half as good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But even without this clever take on online play, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood would be a strong outing. With the addition firing on all cylinders, it's a real killer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A redefining moment for the survival-horror genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A redefining moment for the survival-horror genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is better than its predecessor in nearly every possible way. It’s more demanding, more varied, and more entertaining.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the game resembles Peggle in that it's also clearly inspired by pachinko, levels of Coin Drop! are more complex than anything in PopCap's game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On a deeper level, Dark Souls' audacity at shoving you into an adventure, giving you a colossal world to explore, and forcing you to earn every speck of progress is downright exhilarating.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Cave Story is a largely linear experience, but it's retained the intriguing ease with which it recaptures and improves upon the NES era of side-scrolling exploration.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Creates a nifty little sandbox to play around in, and other than some overly childish touches (which seem out of place, given how complicated the game can be), it's an excellent addition to the iPad game library, which grows more robust by the day.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The rare game in which theme and gameplay harmonize.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But Dead Space is a reminder that influence and convention, sharply focused, can become terrifically creepy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 isn't bad, it simply isn't the evolution it should or could have been. By the time the closing credits roll, don't be surprised if the only dead space you're feeling is the one in the middle of your chest.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s only one truly disappointing aspect to The Beatles: Rock Band: Future games made around your favorite band probably won’t be half as good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If gaming's holy grail is a thousand stories, well told, L.A. Noire might be the first to come within spitting distance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game's sprawling, detailed, lively alien worlds are full of secrets and rewarding to explore. The entire affair is dazzling in high definition...(but t)he game's nonstop barrage of quips and one-liners is a bit fatiguing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's still an unparalleled platformer that should make your eyes light up, then glaze over in obsessive concentration.