Armchair Empire's Scores

  • Games
For 2,214 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 NBA Jam
Lowest review score: 10 Fear Factor: Unleashed
Score distribution:
2214 game reviews
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    • 75 Critic Score
    Visually appealing and off-kilter enough to remind even the worst cynics that games can actually have a fun core and work out from there — rather than building something then trying to figure out the fun part — BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger offers an interesting distraction, which might not be enough for hardcore fighting fans (who probably played the game to exhaustion years ago), but I'm not one of those people so I actually had some fun with the game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you loved the main game (and if you didn't, why not?) then you are going to love this too. Go get it, and don't let yourself get Left Behind.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For those who can overlook the controls to appreciate the complicated game design behind the plain wrapper, you will enjoy your find. For everyone else, I'd recommend holding on to your money.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    TellTale has been using and refining the same engine over multiple games and there are still some really awful bugs. Not game breaking by any means, but when non-interactive character models appear, stock still, in the middle of a room it breaks my focus on the story
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As something to mess around with for no money down, World of Warplanes offers a wonderful arcade flying experience even if the richness of the gameplay modes is about ankle deep.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are collectibles scattered throughout, like VR missions, but the main draw for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is the entertaining whackiness of the whole thing, including the so-far-over-the-top-it-hits-the-moon violence. For that alone, you get your money's worth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Broken Age - Act I snaps closed just as things are heating up with a twist that I thought I'd figured out but then there's another twist that has me anxious for Part II. I haven't felt this kind of anticipation since LOST — I need to see what happens next!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There may be some complaints about the game being a linear affair, with nothing in the way of free-form exploration. Those complaints are absolutely accurate, but I hardly view it's linear approach as something to whine about. It lets the story run it's course without the chance of the player running off the rails trying to dig around through a branching story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 shows off what lies ahead for the series on the PlayStation 4. While it's first effort on the next gen consoles falls short in several areas, it still makes a great first impression and leaves me excited for the next iteration of the series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A-Men 2 is a game that ultimately fails to follow through on its execution.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this is your first Ratchet & Clank game, you might feel a little bit lost in the characters or story but it's still an enjoyable experience overall.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of The Dark Eye setting will likely have this down to complete their collection. The rest of us get a decent introduction to a setting we've probably not heard of before and might want to check out if we have the time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great and humorous story, colourful environments, deep campaign and swappable characters make this a great game you shouldn't miss.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall, this world is one you are not going to want to miss and I highly recommend it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, I'd say that Y's: Memories of Celceta enters the "Must Have" area for RPG fans. It shows it's age in some places and isn't the prettiest game ever, but the depth of game to be explored here is well worth the price of admission.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Rainbow Moon is a charming indy title – obviously not as polished or fleshed out as it could have been, but certainly worth the lowered price point on PSN.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Charlie Murder is a hard-rocking good time on its own merits, not the least of which are the multiplayer and RPG facets that combine with satisfying classic Ska Studios brawling gameplay.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mario Party: Island Tour has lost a little of the magic that seemed to be in the first releases of the game way back on the Nintendo 64.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I said it before on the first game and I'll say it again here. There is nothing to recommend this version of Baldur's Gate II over the original version available on GOG.com.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At this moment in time, Battlefield 4 is less of a work in progress than it was at launch. It's enjoyable for long stretches, which is a lot more than I could say for it a few weeks ago. It has yet to reach its final form but at least Battlefield 4 isn't a train wreck any longer (at least on PC).
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even with the slightest of appeal for its online play, overall tepid gameplay and graphics combine to once again prove the all-too-often bad movie-based videogame cliché and sink Pacific Rim to the ocean's depths.
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    • 65 Critic Score
    There's absolutely nothing wrong here, just nothing unexpected.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Problems aside, I still had a lot of fun playing the game. If you love Ratchet & Clank or the early Jak & Daxter games you will feel right at home here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's definitely some re-tread going on with Batman: Arkham Origins, but the combat, the relatively good story (B-list villain aside), the powerful feeling of being Batman in video game form has only muted my enthusiasm for the franchise by the smallest of margins.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But despite that brevity of gameplay, DuckTales: Remastered is a fun flashback with modern flair for both those that quack-attacked in its 8-bit incarnation or those totally new to the duck tales of Scrooge McDuck.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Atomic Ninjas is just missing so much it is unplayable in this current format. Without a better multiplayer system or community it's DOA. Without a single player mode, you effectively have a really shiny time waste. Hopefully a patch can save the core concept of this title, but right now, I'd say spend your money elsewhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rivals isn't the most deep or balanced racing game around, but what it lacks in charm, it makes up for it by providing an intense and unforgettable experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With over 80 playable characters and a varied amount of modes, it feels like a love letter to those who love the series, and if you don't, you'll never understand what all the fuss is about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Killzone is indeed the best the Vita has to offer in regards to those itching for a good shooter, but there is still room for improvement overall, and I hope that Guerilla’s next effort eclipses this one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Urban Trial Freestyle has a tinge of "time waster" about it, one of those games you can play for a few minutes here and there, especially with the extra Challenges, which are ridiculous fun. Races are quick but it'was easy to get sucked into that mindset to "try it one more time" and have a quick ten minutes spin out into ninety minutes.

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