User Reviews & Ratings
Total of 193 user reviews spread across 193 releases
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 gun a hard lesson---i... Read Full Review0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 latest entry in the re... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 Blizzard had all this time... Read Full Review3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
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, Capcom pulled no punc... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
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, an immersive, rewar... Read Full Review2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
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 Wrath attempts to mak... Read Full Review5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
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, talking about the la... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
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 providence that sits high ab... Read Full Review8 of 12 users found the following review helpful
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 has befallen the fate ... Read Full Review11 of 11 users found the following review helpful
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 McCloud and his mercenar... Read Full Review3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
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 so happens to be the... Read Full Review1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
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 across a football fiel... Read Full Review1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
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 within its core. Howe... Read Full Review0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 visions of catastrophic ev... Read Full Review1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
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 unlike any other. I... Read Full Review4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
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. It made significant i... Read Full Review7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
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 all other species f... Read Full Review3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
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 artifice in hand, Lin... Read Full Review5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
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-key sound bite to the... Read Full Review2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
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 pushing the envelope... Read Full Review10 of 11 users found the following review helpful
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 exposure of a franchise no... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
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 developer), it was one of th... Read Full Review0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 such as this, it's w... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 backdrop of an endless s... Read Full Review2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
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 catalyst for inspir... Read Full Review12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
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 Square Enix charm, the ... Read Full Review9 of 11 users found the following review helpful
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 game history. Capc... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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, it's still nothing mo... Read Full Review4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
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 two or so years sin... Read Full Review8 of 10 users found the following review helpful
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 second game in the Ray... Read Full Review4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
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. in the arcade with... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
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 North American living... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 updated the formula... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
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 an immersive platfo... Read Full Review6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
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. Among them was a snea... Read Full Review12 of 12 users found the following review helpful
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 others. So naturally,... Read Full Review22 of 24 users found the following review helpful
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----it is a stand-alo... Read Full Review22 of 23 users found the following review helpful
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 enjoy right out of the ... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
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 challenges leading up ... Read Full Review5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
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 is where it's suppos... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful