User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.85/10

Total of 34 user reviews spread across 34 releases

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  • User Rating:9.5
    Put a God in your machine.

    Deus Ex

    Put a God in your machine.

    My goodness, I wish it was the year 2000. What would it have been like to experience Deus Ex at the time of its release? After all, it's currently 2011 and I own two high-definition consoles, as well as a more-than-capab... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    This review approved by the Aperture Science Board of Quality Assurance and Control.

    Portal

    This review approved by the Aperture Science Board of Quality Assurance and Control.

    [Portal 2 comes out in two hours, and I'm writing this now before the sequel clouds my judgement of this game, for better or worse.] GLaDOS, Portal's wonderfully passive-aggressive villain, spends a good deal of time ... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A worthy kompetitor.

    Mortal Kombat

    A worthy kompetitor.

    In the late nineties I spent a lot of time in arcades, when such things were still commonplace. Wherever I visited there were always, invariably, at least one version of Street Fighter and one version of Mortal Kombat. I... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    As aweswome as advertised?

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

    As aweswome as advertised?

    In the music world, an "EP" is a short (usually twenty minutes or less) collection of outtakes, B-sides or other compositions that didn't fit in to any main album, released as a way for an artist to clear their backlog b... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    (Numerous) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Dead Space 2

    (Numerous) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    The opening of Dead Space 2? In a word, inspired. Without much of an introduction to where you are or what is happening, our hero, Isaac Clarke The Unluckiest Guy In The Inhabited Universe, is running down dimly lit corr... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    The Ghost of Sparta is a ghost of his former self. (spoilers)

    God of War III

    The Ghost of Sparta is a ghost of his former self. (spoilers)

    In my review of God of War II, I noted the grand paradox of the game; "by dragging their hero down to the depths of the underworld, Santa Monica has taken their series to dizzying heights." Conversely, God of War III ope... Read Full Review

    11 of 21 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    In space, no one can hear you scream. In your living room, however...

    Dead Space

    In space, no one can hear you scream. In your living room, however...

    The survival horror genre is constantly evolving and changing. From Resident Evil to System Shock to Eternal Darkness, it seems every other year developers find new ways to scare the s*** out of gamers. The latest additi... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    I will not make a "This is SPARTA" joke I will not make a "This is SPARTA" joke I will not make a...

    God of War (Greatest Hits)

    I will not make a "This is SPARTA" joke I will not make a "This is SPARTA" joke I will not make a...

    Think back to the last time you used the word epic. "I got some epic air on that last jump." "Mark and John are fighting after school in the basketball court - it's gonna be epic." "You missed an epic pottery class yeste... Read Full Review

    17 of 23 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    By dragging their hero down to the underworld, Santa Monica has taken their series to dizzying heights.

    God of War II

    By dragging their hero down to the underworld, Santa Monica has taken their series to dizzying heights.

    Bigger. Better. More badass. That mantra belongs to the team behind the other GOW franchise, but it couldn't apply more to God of War II. The game proves Sony Santa Monica is a studio mature enough to recognize their ... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Street Fighter II Ultra Turbo Alpha HD Champions Edition.

    Street Fighter IV

    Street Fighter II Ultra Turbo Alpha HD Champions Edition.

    Capcom must be doing something very right. I can't count the number of versions of Street Fighter they've released, each with only marginal improvements over the last. This doesn't stop each edition from selling like lem... Read Full Review

    13 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Seminal. The Watchmen of video games? Oh, go on, then.

    Braid

    Seminal. The Watchmen of video games? Oh, go on, then.

    The 'games as art' debate has been raging for years. Traditionally gamers have struggled arguing their side, but we may finally have our ace in the hole. It's safe to say that with Braid, Jonathan Blow has done for video... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Homestar Runner makes the transition to the gaming world - with more than a few missteps. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner

    Homestar Runner makes the transition to the gaming world - with more than a few missteps. (ADD sufferers beware)

    The Brothers Chaps' Homestar Runner cartoon has been entertaining Internet-goers for over eight years now. The site has garnered something of a cult following over the years, and has been successful enough to make the sh... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    This is not the greatest game in the world, no! This is just a tribute.

    Brutal Legend

    This is not the greatest game in the world, no! This is just a tribute.

    Those who regularly read my blog should have some idea of my musical tastes, and as such will probably have a hard time believing this: I used to be huge on metal. But although my Metallica and Black Sabbath records now ... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Who knew an alien infestation could be so boring?

    Dead Space: Extraction

    Who knew an alien infestation could be so boring?

    Dead Space was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2008 for me. The sci-fi nerd within me ate up the world and characters, while my horror-buff side adored the lighting and sound, and got easily immersed in the atmosph... Read Full Review

    7 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Planet Terror, eat your heart out.

    The House of the Dead: Overkill

    Planet Terror, eat your heart out.

    Before we get started, I'd like to give a big kudos to Sega for realizing the Wii has a hardcore, mature audience as well as a family one. With games like Overkill and the upcoming MadWorld and The Conduit, it's pretty o... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The Wii gets a bit of the ol' ultraviolence.

    MadWorld

    The Wii gets a bit of the ol' ultraviolence.

    [The following was written as a part of my week of of my one-hour reviews, a series meant to challenge and, hopefully, enhance my skills as a writer.] At a glance, MadWorld might seem like a poor fit for the Wii; exce... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    More than your average sequel. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

    More than your average sequel. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Let's get one thing straight right off the bat - Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is NOT a platformer. If you've been expecting an experience akin to the n64 originals, you can stop reading now. Nuts & Bolts is a complete rei... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Super Metroid, remade for the Gears of War generation.

    Shadow Complex

    Super Metroid, remade for the Gears of War generation.

    It's fitting that Chair asked Epic Games to publish Shadow Complex; the game feels like Super Metroid remade for the Gears of War generation. It's louder, flashier and dumber than the games that inspired it, steeped in s... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Genocide has never been so adorable!

    Ousama Monogatari

    Genocide has never been so adorable!

    Good strategy games are few and far in between on the Wii, and with Nintendo remaining stubbornly tight-lipped about their upcoming Pikmin 3, there's a rather large gap in the system's library. Luckily, developer Cing is... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It's not just a shooter - it's the first-ever full-fledged zombie apocalypse sim.

    Left 4 Dead

    It's not just a shooter - it's the first-ever full-fledged zombie apocalypse sim.

    Have you ever looked at a building and mentally planned the optimal escape route? Furnished a room so that it could be set up as a barricade? Or picked up an item at your local mall to see if it could, in a pinch, crush ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Something S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

    Fallout 3

    Something S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

    The year is 2277. The world has been ravaged by nuclear war. It may seem a bleak world, but for your character fresh out of Vault 101, it's one full of opportunity. Fallout 3 is a game so massive in scope and scale it... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Brilliant ideas marred by poor execution (ADD Sufferers Beware!)

    Lock's Quest

    Brilliant ideas marred by poor execution (ADD Sufferers Beware!)

    About a year ago, I got hooked on a free flash game called Desktop Tower Defense. The game was ridiculously simple in concept - you built up a structure of turrets, and used them to fend off waves of enemies. Since then,... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    One hell of a way to celebrate an anniversary. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Space Invaders Extreme

    One hell of a way to celebrate an anniversary. (ADD sufferers beware)

    In an industry as young as video gaming, a thirty year anniversary is a huge event. It's hard to believe, but that's just how long it's been since Taito graced arcades worldwide with Space Invaders. To celebrate this ach... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    Don't call it a sequel. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

    Don't call it a sequel. (ADD sufferers beware)

    You might not be able to tell from the sugary-sweet visuals, but Viva Piñata is one of the deepest games the XBOX 360 has to offer. The original, released back in 2006, has garnered something of a cult following, enough ... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Move over, Symphony of the Night. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Akumajou Dracula: Ubawareta Kokuin

    Move over, Symphony of the Night. (ADD sufferers beware)

    Eleven years ago, Konami released Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the PlayStation. The game was the first Castlevania to break away from the linear stage-based gameplay, instead presenting players with a giant, op... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Spielberg offers up one of the Wii's best party games

    Boom Blox

    Spielberg offers up one of the Wii's best party games

    The Wii was built with the part-time gamer in mind. When it comes to the casual market, however, there's a severe shortage of decent games. Most developers seem content in putting the absolute minimum effort into their g... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Focus on the casual gamer brings down what should be an amazing racer (ADD Sufferers Beware!)

    Mario Kart Wii

    Focus on the casual gamer brings down what should be an amazing racer (ADD Sufferers Beware!)

    Hardcore gamers seem to be constantly whining about Nintendo's huge new focus on the casual market but in reality, no one has anything to complain about. The Wii's only been on the market for eighteen months, and Nintend... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A fun game for everyone -- if you can get past it's glaring problems (ADD Sufferers Beware!)

    LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

    A fun game for everyone -- if you can get past it's glaring problems (ADD Sufferers Beware!)

    Back in 2005, a little-known company called Traveller's Tales teamed up with LucasArts to bring the Star Wars universe into the world of LEGO. The product, LEGO Star Wars, was received warmly by critics, gamers and fans ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A gorgeous fusion of form and function, and the DS' best game to date.

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's a Wonderful World

    A gorgeous fusion of form and function, and the DS' best game to date.

    Over the years, the JRPG has developed quite a reputation as a stubborn genre. While other genres have grown and evolved over the years, it seems the JRPG is content with sitting back and watching its brethren change. It... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Nintendo's all-star smashfest returns, bigger and better than ever.

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    Nintendo's all-star smashfest returns, bigger and better than ever.

    It's hard to believe that it's been two years since Super Smash Bros. Brawl was first announced at Nintendo's press conference at e3 2K6. Since then, the hype surrounding the game has become nearly insurmountable, and mo... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Level-5 tries something entirely different; but do they have a formula for success?

    Professor Layton and the Curious Village

    Level-5 tries something entirely different; but do they have a formula for success?

    The Japanese game studio Level-5 has become quite well-known among the JRPG community over the last few years. They've continually pumped out quality RPG's across a variety of systems, including Dragon Quest VIII and Dar... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Old-school adventure goodness with a new-school twist.

    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

    Old-school adventure goodness with a new-school twist.

    Waaaay back in October, I was simply ecstatic to get my undeserving hands on a copy of Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure for the Nintendo Wii. It had been on top of my 'must-play' title for as long as I could r... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The Zelda you know and love, with a revolutionary new control method.

    Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei

    The Zelda you know and love, with a revolutionary new control method.

    When looking for a great quality game on a Nintendo console, thoughts almost immediately turn to the Zelda franchise; and with good reason. For more than twenty years, you could always count on Zelda games to deliver an ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Need a good survival horror game on the DS? Then for the love of God look elsewhere!

    Dementium: The Ward

    Need a good survival horror game on the DS? Then for the love of God look elsewhere!

    Over the last few weeks I've been faced with a bit of a conundrum: How do you classify a survival horror game completely devoid of scares? I've had the misfortune to play one such game this month: Dementium: The Ward for... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful