User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.85/10

Total of 193 user reviews spread across 193 releases

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  • User Rating 6.5
    Double Dragon Neon is mostly 80s fluff with little substance, compromising the spirit of its renowned source.

    Double Dragon: Neon

    Rated on November 02, 2012 by Asagea_888

    Double Dragon Neon is mostly 80s fluff with little substance, compromising the spirit of its renowned source.

    25 years ago, a brawler hit the arcades like a knee to the face, eating quarters for breakfast and challenging gamers the world over to brave the mean streets in order to teach a dude with a machine g...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    New Super Mario Bros. 2 is classic gameplay in its rudimentary form.....with a uniquely interesting twist.

    New Super Mario Bros. 2

    Rated on November 02, 2012 by Asagea_888

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 is classic gameplay in its rudimentary form.....with a uniquely interesting twist.

    Collecting coins is certainly nothing new in the Mario games. I've been doing that long enough to know every 100th coin you get hands you an extra life. New Super Mario Bros.2 , however, is the la...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    Diablo 3 is less of what Diablo 2 was, and more of what it wasn't.

    Diablo III

    Rated on November 02, 2012 by Asagea_888

    Diablo 3 is less of what Diablo 2 was, and more of what it wasn't.

    It's been twelve years since Diablo 2's release. The innumerable success of Diablo 2 meant that demand would soon follow for a third game in the series. Naturally, expectations were high, and Blizza...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    While not inherently bad, Resident Evil 6 falls somewhat short of being another highlight in the franchise.

    Resident Evil 6

    Rated on November 02, 2012 by Asagea_888

    While not inherently bad, Resident Evil 6 falls somewhat short of being another highlight in the franchise.

    Resident Evil 6 is the latest installment in Capcom's widely-successful survival horror game franchise, and bears the jaw-dropping distinction of having a development team of 600 members. Naturally, C...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Skyrim could be one of the greatest games ever made, and there may never be anything quite like it.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Rated on March 16, 2012 by Asagea_888

    Skyrim could be one of the greatest games ever made, and there may never be anything quite like it.

    A lot of games earn the unflattering distinction of being catalysts of social destruction. Is the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim any different? No, not really. Yet, if you can allow yourself to cave in,...

    2 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 4.5
    Impressive storytelling can't save Asura's Wrath from the fury of fruitless, derivative mediocrity.

    Asura's Wrath

    Rated on March 16, 2012 by Asagea_888

    Impressive storytelling can't save Asura's Wrath from the fury of fruitless, derivative mediocrity.

    Anger is one of humanity's most dangerous character flaws. Few video games explore the possibilities of using the feeling of anger within the context of effective gameplay, and this is what Asura's W...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Soul Calibur V is a good game, but it could have much more. It is a step backwards from what it once was.

    SoulCalibur V

    Rated on February 05, 2012 by Asagea_888

    Soul Calibur V is a good game, but it could have much more. It is a step backwards from what it once was.

    When I became a member of GameSpot, the very first game review that I wrote and submitted was for Soul Calibur IV on the PS3. That was four years ago. Here I am now, at the threshold of a new year, ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    A fitting entry in a franchise spanning 25 years, Skyward Sword isn't perfect, but it is one flight worth taking.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Rated on November 21, 2011 by Asagea_888

    A fitting entry in a franchise spanning 25 years, Skyward Sword isn't perfect, but it is one flight worth taking.

    Long before the events that unfolded in Ocarina of Time, there existed a young man named Link; a greenhorn (no pun intended) of the Knight's Academy in the world of Skyloft, a floating island providen...

    8 out of 12 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    A finely-tuned HD celebration of two incredible gaming experiences.

    The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

    Rated on September 28, 2011 by Asagea_888

    A finely-tuned HD celebration of two incredible gaming experiences.

    The cries of an anguished, mountain-sized beast that echo across the expanse of a forbidden land as it collapses to the ground like a skyscraper after a horrendous earthquake. The uncertainty that ha...

    11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A solid, no-frills update of the Nintendo 64 classic that's just as fun and engaging as it was fourteen years ago.

    Star Fox 64 3D

    Rated on September 11, 2011 by Asagea_888

    A solid, no-frills update of the Nintendo 64 classic that's just as fun and engaging as it was fourteen years ago.

    Exiled on the planet Venom, the evil scientist Andross has launched a full-scale invasion against the Lylat System. Responding to the cry for help from General Pepper of the planet Corneria, Fox McCl...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    A few issues get in the way, but Alice: Madness Returns is one rabbit hole you won't mind falling into.

    Alice: Madness Returns

    Rated on September 11, 2011 by Asagea_888

    A few issues get in the way, but Alice: Madness Returns is one rabbit hole you won't mind falling into.

    Far removed from the pleasant atmosphere of the Lewis Carroll books and even furthest from the Disney films, Alice: Madness Returns is a morbidly twisted take on a familiar children's story. It just ...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Although it isn't perfect, Uncharted is quite possibly one of the finest video game experiences available today.

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    Rated on August 18, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Although it isn't perfect, Uncharted is quite possibly one of the finest video game experiences available today.

    Compared to most other video game characters, Nathan Drake doesn't wear any fancy duds or carry earth-shattering weapons and gadgets. He can't summon monsters, cast magical spells, or leap halfway ac...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Doing justice to the license, Arkham Asylum is quite possibly the greatest Batman video game ever made.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Rated on August 04, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Doing justice to the license, Arkham Asylum is quite possibly the greatest Batman video game ever made.

    At the dead of night in Gotham City, a seemingly random attack by the eponymous Joker at the mayor's office sets a sinister plan into motion that threatens to besiege the shadow-stained metropolis wit...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Outland is a feast for the eyes and the thumbs.<br />

    Outland

    Rated on August 04, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Outland is a feast for the eyes and the thumbs.<br />

    In an era long past, two Sisters were responsible for the creation of the World. But what they set out to create, they have also set out to destroy. Thus, a mysterious young man, haunted by vision...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.5
    With an abundance of recycled content and short length, the $10 asking price for this DLC is hardly justifiable.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Reverie

    Rated on July 07, 2011 by Asagea_888

    With an abundance of recycled content and short length, the $10 asking price for this DLC is hardly justifiable.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a game I pegged as my personal favorite of 2010 because of how it successfully blended a multitude of different genres into a satisfying, visceral gameplay experience ...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    The game has been taken as far as it can go, making it the seemingly definitive version to own if it suits you.

    Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

    Rated on July 06, 2011 by Asagea_888

    The game has been taken as far as it can go, making it the seemingly definitive version to own if it suits you.

    When the original Street Fighter 2 first crashed into arcades, it was still in a somewhat experimental phase---although the reception it received from arcade goers would make you believe otherwise. I...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Legend of Mana is a beautifully made game -- marred by sluggish combat, disjointed pacing and absence of a solid plot.

    Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana (PSOne Books)

    Rated on June 29, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Legend of Mana is a beautifully made game -- marred by sluggish combat, disjointed pacing and absence of a solid plot.

    Thousands of years ago, the benevolent Mana Tree, the infallible source of life in the world of Fa'Diel, burned to ashes. This horrific calamity prompted a violent war between the Faeries, Humans and...

    3 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    A fantastic, readily accessible new 3DS take on one of the greatest video games ever created.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    Rated on June 22, 2011 by Asagea_888

    A fantastic, readily accessible new 3DS take on one of the greatest video games ever created.

    The Ocarina of Time holds the key to saving Hyrule from a diabolical desert menace bent on finding the Triforce, and it has fallen in the hands of a young Hylian boy named Link. With the mysterious a...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    An accessible, rewarding experience that encapsulates the true meaning of its renowned source---the idea of fun.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Rated on May 23, 2011 by Asagea_888

    An accessible, rewarding experience that encapsulates the true meaning of its renowned source---the idea of fun.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2. What can I possibly say about the game that hasn't already been said? For someone like me to call it one of the finest platformer games of its generation would only add a low-k...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Quite possibly a contender for fighting game of the year, Mortal Kombat delivers on nearly every count.

    Mortal Kombat

    Rated on April 25, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Quite possibly a contender for fighting game of the year, Mortal Kombat delivers on nearly every count.

    Few games have ever received as much love and evoked so much disdain as Mortal Kombat. And now, nearly two whole decades and nine tournaments later, the latest entry in the controversial franchise is ...

    10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Definitely not a game for everyone, but for those willing, Splatterhouse is deep, brutal fun.

    Splatterhouse

    Rated on April 25, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Definitely not a game for everyone, but for those willing, Splatterhouse is deep, brutal fun.

    When Splatterhouse was ported to the Turbo Grafx 16 two decades ago, it raised some eyebrows for its violent content. There was even a little warning on the box. Still, this was the only real exposu...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.5
    Valis II fails to honor the tradition of its namesake with this disappointing, lacking and derivative effort. <br />

    Valis II

    Rated on March 25, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Valis II fails to honor the tradition of its namesake with this disappointing, lacking and derivative effort. <br />

    The Mugen Tenshi Valis series may not stand out with most people, but for anybody that remembers playing the games in their various forms back during the glory days of Telenet (their original develope...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Although it's over before you realize it, Giga Wing 2 is a fun experience and an admirable successor to the first game.<

    Giga Wing 2

    Rated on March 19, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Although it's over before you realize it, Giga Wing 2 is a fun experience and an admirable successor to the first game.<

    Giga Wing 2 is the dexterous follow-up to the original game released for both the Arcade and the Sega Dreamcast home console. While it is possible that not many of you have actually heard of a game ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    A thrilling, brutally difficult gameplay experience reserved only for the most dedicated of gamers.

    Hard Corps: Uprising

    Rated on February 22, 2011 by Asagea_888

    A thrilling, brutally difficult gameplay experience reserved only for the most dedicated of gamers.

    Spanning two decades of dominance, the Contra franchise has consistently thrived on one underlying principle---giving opportunistic gamers a chance to truly test their bragging rights against the back...

    2 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    The most definitive, accessible version of Tactics Ogre to date, and a brilliant tactical RPG in its own right.

    Tactics Ogre: Unmei no Wa

    Rated on February 22, 2011 by Asagea_888

    The most definitive, accessible version of Tactics Ogre to date, and a brilliant tactical RPG in its own right.

    Almost a decade or so since its first release on the Super Famicom, Tactics Ogre is still a highly-regarded, sought-after game---seen by many as the progenitor of the tactical role-playing genre and a...

    12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    Lord of Arcana is a badly-wrought copycat of the far superior source material that it blatantly borrows from.

    Lord of Arcana

    Rated on February 19, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Lord of Arcana is a badly-wrought copycat of the far superior source material that it blatantly borrows from.

    Lord of Arcana isn't so much a retread in Monster Hunter territory; rather, it is a full-blown, badly-orchestrated copycat. While most gamers will probably be drawn to its mature presentation and Squ...

    9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    An admirable effort at consigning the Bionic Commando legacy that falls short of its potential.

    Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

    Rated on February 19, 2011 by Asagea_888

    An admirable effort at consigning the Bionic Commando legacy that falls short of its potential.

    It may not have been a huge success when it was first released on the Nintendo so many years ago, but Bionic Commando garnered enough of a cult following to be fondly remembered in the annals of video...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    Derivative, shallow gameplay and frustrating exercises in precision timing dull Ninja Blade's appeal and sharpness.

    Ninja Blade

    Rated on January 21, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Derivative, shallow gameplay and frustrating exercises in precision timing dull Ninja Blade's appeal and sharpness.

    Amidst a sea of ninja-themed action games, Ninja Blade tries to stand out as a smoke bomb of a different density. And while it does offer some neat gameplay features that set it apart from the rest, i...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Creators, gamers and everyone inbetween will find a lot to love about LittleBigPlanet 2.

    LittleBigPlanet 2

    Rated on January 21, 2011 by Asagea_888

    Creators, gamers and everyone inbetween will find a lot to love about LittleBigPlanet 2.

    The core of LittleBigPlanet revolves around several important elements; the thrill of creation, a sense of player community, the fun of playing games, and the exposition of ideas and concepts. In the...

    8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6
    The appeal of Raystorm HD is severely hindered by its steep difficulty and high asking price.

    RayStorm HD

    Rated on January 20, 2011 by Asagea_888

    The appeal of Raystorm HD is severely hindered by its steep difficulty and high asking price.

    Raystorm is a shooter you probably might not have heard of. The only glimpse of its existence came in the form of the 1996 North American PlayStation release. Developed by Taito, Raystorm was the se...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Although it could have used more polish, Super Mario All Stars is a nice little tribute to an awesome video game icon.

    Super Mario All-Stars (Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Limited Edition)

    Rated on December 13, 2010 by Asagea_888

    Although it could have used more polish, Super Mario All Stars is a nice little tribute to an awesome video game icon.

    It's hard to believe two and a half decades have passed since the original Super Mario Brothers was released. From my own personal accounts, the first Mario game I ever played was actually Mario Bros...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    R-Type Dimensions is an R-Type fan's dream come true---made even sweeter by HD visual upgrades and new features.

    R-Type Dimensions

    Rated on November 27, 2010 by Asagea_888

    R-Type Dimensions is an R-Type fan's dream come true---made even sweeter by HD visual upgrades and new features.

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest shoot'em ups ever made, the R-Type games rode a collective wave of modest popularity in both the noisy, popcorn-scented arcades and the subtle comfort of N...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Galaga '90 is a cool little update to one of Namco's timeless arcade treasures, and a great addition to your VC library.

    Galaga '88

    Rated on November 22, 2010 by Asagea_888

    Galaga '90 is a cool little update to one of Namco's timeless arcade treasures, and a great addition to your VC library.

    Galaga is one of Namco's greatest arcade shooters. It gave Space Invaders some good competition back in the day as a shameless copycat, yet it was an entirely different style all its own. Galaga '89...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    14 years in the making, Donkey Kong Country Returns is a gaming treat for both fans and newcomers.

    Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Rated on November 22, 2010 by Asagea_888

    14 years in the making, Donkey Kong Country Returns is a gaming treat for both fans and newcomers.

    Back in 1994, Nintendo's burly ape---a heavy-set, pea-brained, pixelated gorilla known as Donkey Kong---embarked on an exodus of self-discovery. In this case, a leap from one-dimensional villainry to...

    6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    An excellent compilation of three classic PS2 platformers, it'd be a crime not to experience the Sly Collection.

    The Sly Trilogy

    Rated on November 14, 2010 by Asagea_888

    An excellent compilation of three classic PS2 platformers, it'd be a crime not to experience the Sly Collection.

    The PlayStation had a lot of mascots; the first being Crash Bandicoot. Throughout the years, many more have entered the fold to promote Sony's gaming platform as a family-friendly affair of sorts. A...

    12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 4.5
    Room for potential notwithstanding, Final Fantasy XIV is a major failure on so many levels.

    Final Fantasy XIV Online

    Rated on October 15, 2010 by Asagea_888

    Room for potential notwithstanding, Final Fantasy XIV is a major failure on so many levels.

    For the greater part of last year, Final Fantasy XIV piqued my interest. I remember my experiences with Final Fantasy XI as having been something of a mixed bag---good in some days, and horrible in o...

    22 out of 24 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    A different Castlevania experience, but also an enjoyable one.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

    Rated on October 15, 2010 by Asagea_888

    A different Castlevania experience, but also an enjoyable one.

    The reins of Castlevania have been entrusted in the hands of Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and Spanish studio Mercury Steam, and it runs much deeper than the changing of the development guard-...

    21 out of 22 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Game Room is a blast from the past....and an unsavory hole in your wallet.

    Game Room

    Rated on October 12, 2010 by Asagea_888

    Game Room is a blast from the past....and an unsavory hole in your wallet.

    When the Xbox 360 was first released, classic arcade games were one of the first inaugural offerings made available from Live Arcade that players would purchase with Microsoft Points, download and enj...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    An unadulterated, timeless classic that inspired other great games, Super Metroid is unquestionably a must-play.

    Super Metroid

    Rated on September 13, 2010 by Asagea_888

    An unadulterated, timeless classic that inspired other great games, Super Metroid is unquestionably a must-play.

    Metroid Other M explored the events following intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran's second skirmish against the Space Pirates on the planet of Zebes. The story that chronicled the struggles and ch...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Nothing can be more fun or rewarding than reuniting a lost baby bird with its mother.

    Ivy the Kiwi?

    Rated on September 12, 2010 by Asagea_888

    Nothing can be more fun or rewarding than reuniting a lost baby bird with its mother.

    A baby bird has lost its mother. Are you a bad enough dude to reunite them? If you've graciously accepted this monumental challenge, consider Ivy the Kiwi? (the question mark at the end of the title ...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.