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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Super Meat Boy
Lowest review score: 0 Blood Drive
Score distribution:
880 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like a divorced parent trying to win the affection of an only child, the game dishes out rewards with every breath.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gameplay is too technical and regimented to really replicate the flow of a DJ set, just as Rock Band is too structured to actually feel like playing onstage. Yet mastering the art of whipping the game's crossfader back and forth, especially in the transition between programmed and freestyle segments, is no less satisfying for that limitation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But Dead Space is a reminder that influence and convention, sharply focused, can become terrifically creepy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    By striving to be nothing more than its predecessor, BioShock 2 achieves something less.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Problem is, when it comes to movie-style storytelling, Uncharted is more "Sahara" than "Raiders Of The Lost Ark."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Apart from a few moments when the game pauses to take a jab at Modern Warfare 2 (snowmobiles, apparently, are for pussies) the single-player campaign is mostly harmless. Get ’er done and play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 online. That’s where everybody else will be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Addictive gameplay and stylish content make this the perfect handheld complement to your all-night Grand Theft Auto sessions.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The PS2/Xbox version introduces a new ground-level third-person camera on kicking plays that would be a great option for defense, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In a year already crowded with terrific racing sims-Blur and Split/Second-this hybrid of two franchises, this homage and evolution, distinguishes itself nicely.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's easy to lose yourself in the experience of The Witcher 2. Geralt's role as detective, exterminator, and hand of justice is just flexible enough to accommodate all types of role-players.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Plants Vs. Zombies' gratification isn't all instant. The rest of the time, it slowly shambles up on you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More than anything, the portable handheld format and open-ended structure ultimately encourages you to do whatever you see fit, whenever, which is infinitely more rewarding than the aforementioned, well-trod routine. Nothing here is filler, though.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Folks who traded in their PSPs for lack of awesome games should be feeling substantial remorse right about now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is cheerful about its grossness, but it’s cute enough to excuse the cheek (fuzzy Biggs’ booty-shaking victory dance especially).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The horrifying scares and raw tension mined throughout ultimately speak to the story and how it’s told.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The other big feature is gymkhana, an obstacle course for cars. It's available both as an open-ended playground and as part of the campaign. But like the rallies, without meaningful variety around it, it all gets to feel familiar and repetitive by the third or fourth time around.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    From hyper-detailed visuals to the superb soundtrack, the game's production values set a new standard for iPhone games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The lack of a strong concept in this game brings that decades-old sameness to the fore and makes New SMB Wii the least essential Mario title to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No game makes more creative use of the Nintendo DS touch-screen. Where many milk the technology for gimmicky distractions or Palm Pilot-style input, Elite Beat Agents bets the farm on precision touch-screen play, and wins big.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The most important thing to know about Donkey Kong Country Returns is that it doesn't try to be anything more than the title implies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The first few minutes of Bully are claustrophobic and off-putting, but as soon as you and Jimmy settle in, the game becomes surprisingly endearing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Everyone's much more accountable in multiplayer, which this time has evolved to include a currency system that smartly lets you unlock and customize your loadout specifically to echo the preferences honed in last year's Modern Warfare 2.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    But like the train you conduct, much of Spirit Tracks feels rigidly stuck on rails.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The PS2/Xbox version introduces a new ground-level third-person camera on kicking plays that would be a great option for defense, too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A fantastically detailed, funny, twisted adventure that will help banish any Wii-related buyers’ remorse.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Playing this game is like blowing bubbles: fun with something delicate and ephemeral that seems strange and strong at first glance. The characters veer between sweet and mad, the music between interactive afrobeat and big-band bluegrass. This game reeks of love. It's Michel Ancel's crowning achievement.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game isn't beautiful, but its otherworldly aesthetic is wonderful because it's so muted. Still, the tale and the graphics aren't a reason to play this game. It's worth playing because it's good.