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 Stealth Bastard
Lowest review score: 0 Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
Score distribution:
880 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A massive, enthralling achievement.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Add in excellent voice acting, gorgeous graphics, highly customizable characters, and complex systems for how spells interact, and the result is a game destined to become a new RPG staple.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first goddamned good action Western that gaming has seen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero has reached its apex. It may be downhill from here.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Worth flocking to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ezio feels complex and human. This virtual version of Florence feels vital and real. From the ashes of the overwrought, flawed original comes one of the few videogames that truly qualifies as an adult, mature experience.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But it's most laudable for the way it simultaneously mocks and adores the videogame culture that birthed it without conceding to shallow in-jokes.
    • 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.
    • 88 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
    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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But most of all, Aaaaa! scores on style. From the made-up lingo to the flirty backtalk and insider gags, it plays like an underground skating or Parkour flick—but one that’s made for an imaginary sport instead of a real one.
    • 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).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most beautiful games to hit home computers in a long time.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's confounding how this simple world can evoke feelings of curiosity, wonder, and dread all at once.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the coolest way to spend six bucks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nelson Tethers is also smart enough to mock itself for the frequency with which puzzles unnecessary crop up: The hotel owner doesn't see anything odd in the fact that her assistant wrote your room key down in code, but Tethers roll his eyes before rolling up his sleeves and tackling another puzzle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cable-TV executives may not have major networks to fear in the summer, but they should be terrified of deep, blissful time-sucks like DeathSpank.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Minor quibbles aside, this is a must-play game for action gamers, especially those who enjoy playing cooperatively online.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cataclysm polishes the game experience, but keeps all the basics that made it so successful. For those who have never played World Of Warcraft before, or are taking a break, there's never been a better time to get into the game.