User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.81/10

Total of 68 user reviews spread across 68 releases

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  • User Rating:8.5
    If you loved the original Metroid, prepare to relive your glory days in this 2D exploratory shooter

    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

    If you loved the original Metroid, prepare to relive your glory days in this 2D exploratory shooter

    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (ITSP) opens with a full orchestral score, your flying saucer (and your planet, for that matter) under attack by an unknown alien organism that has infected a nearby star- and that infectio... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4
    S:S&SEP is an adventure game that eschews compelling gameplay in favor of quirky humor and audiovisual pizazz

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

    S:S&SEP is an adventure game that eschews compelling gameplay in favor of quirky humor and audiovisual pizazz

    Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP (S:S&SEP) is a unique take on the adventure genre. Your avatar is the Scythian, a Monk sent to complete "a woeful errand." At its core, you must steal and destroy a powerful, evil arti... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Angry Birds is a fun and accessible diversion, but it's tough to imagine how it became such a phenomenon

    Angry Birds

    Angry Birds is a fun and accessible diversion, but it's tough to imagine how it became such a phenomenon

    Angry Birds is a two-dimensional, turn-based slingshot game with some puzzle elements. In essence, you fling birds - which are indeed quite upset - at pigs that have stolen their eggs. You win if you kill all the pigs be... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    If Harvest Moon and SimCity got together and had a Dragon-baby, it'd probably look something like Dragonvale.

    DragonVale

    If Harvest Moon and SimCity got together and had a Dragon-baby, it'd probably look something like Dragonvale.

    Dragonvale is one of the highest-grossing, most popular gaming apps on the iOS platform (which includes iPads, iPhones, etc.) as of February 2012, and it's easy to see why. The game is free, but you can pay real money fo... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Super Mario Galaxy is everything you could want in a platformer

    Super Mario Galaxy

    Super Mario Galaxy is everything you could want in a platformer

    Super Mario Galaxy is almost perfect for anyone interested in a solid, well-designed platformer laden with nostalgia. It is well-paced, intuitive, instructional, introduces new concepts constantly to challenge and engage... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    New players will find it easier than ever to jump into Azeroth, but veterans may find the same car under all that polish

    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

    New players will find it easier than ever to jump into Azeroth, but veterans may find the same car under all that polish

    Deathwing - a very large, very angry black dragon - has returned to Azeroth following his banishment to the earthen plane, Deepholm. His return collapsing the border between that realm and Azeroth, causing continents to ... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Expect more of everything you loved about the original - and vice-versa - in this content-packed expansion.

    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

    Expect more of everything you loved about the original - and vice-versa - in this content-packed expansion.

    Wrath of the Lich King adds more content to World of Warcraft, increases the level cap from 70 to 80, an additional profession, and a new playable class for all races: Death Knights. This expansion requires the original ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The Burning Crusade is a required purchase for anyone that enjoyed its predecessor

    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

    The Burning Crusade is a required purchase for anyone that enjoyed its predecessor

    The Burning Crusade adds thousands of virtual acres of game space and troves of content for players of the original, and is a requirement for anyone that wants to continue to enjoy the original title. Much of the new con... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It may not be original, or even superior to predecessors, but UT3 is still a great first-person shooter at its core

    Unreal Tournament III

    It may not be original, or even superior to predecessors, but UT3 is still a great first-person shooter at its core

    You are Reaper, a young man whose world was raped by an invasion years ago led by the Necris - a growing race of human beings modified by the substance known as "nanoblack" - high inquisitor, Akasha. You, your sister Jes... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Its sheer volume of content and massive community makes WoW a requisite title for role-playing gamers

    World of Warcraft

    Its sheer volume of content and massive community makes WoW a requisite title for role-playing gamers

    Azeroth has been shattered by ages of war between the many races of the world. The lands overflow with the ruins of past glories and lost empires. Power has splintered into two camps called the Alliance and the Horde tha... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A classic game of defense requiring quick reflexes, timing, and ammunition management that has aged like fine wine

    Missile Command

    A classic game of defense requiring quick reflexes, timing, and ammunition management that has aged like fine wine

    The combination of flashing sirens, dark hallways, and flashing red lights made it difficult for the young lieutenant to find his way to the general he sought at the other side of the compound. Her shirt was soaked with ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Punch Out!'s combination of accessibility and challenging gameplay make it essential to any NES collection

    Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

    Punch Out!'s combination of accessibility and challenging gameplay make it essential to any NES collection

    In Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! you play Little Mac, a spry, 17 year-old, 107lb boxer from the New York Bronx. Your goal is to fight your way through the ranks to a Dream Round against Mike Tyson himself. Little Mac must box ... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Despite its dated graphics, River Raid remains challenging and addictive even for experienced gamers today

    River Raid

    Despite its dated graphics, River Raid remains challenging and addictive even for experienced gamers today

    The year was 1982, and budding developer Activision was hot coming off multi-million copy sales of titles Kaboom! and Pitfall! for the Atari. One of the first female video game designers Carol Shaw dreamed up River Raid,... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.7
    What Dungeon Siege lacks in creativity it makes up for in solid gameplay execution

    Dungeon Siege

    What Dungeon Siege lacks in creativity it makes up for in solid gameplay execution

    The Krug, lopish, human-like creatures with think-wits and strong arms, ravaged your village in the Kingdom of Ehb. The Krug have been increasingly aggressive in recent memory, stoked by some unknown and unseen evil. No ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:2.5
    Somewhere over the past twenty years Excitebike lost some of its "Excite"

    Excitebike

    Somewhere over the past twenty years Excitebike lost some of its "Excite"

    Excitebike was one of the first games released for the NES in 1984 and was designed by gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda to name a few. The game is a two-dimen... Read Full Review

    6 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    So difficult it gives Ninja Gaiden a run for its money, but you'll keep coming back to its beautifully horrific world.

    Max Payne

    So difficult it gives Ninja Gaiden a run for its money, but you'll keep coming back to its beautifully horrific world.

    The overwhelming shadow of a city - rotting with disease - presses in around you. The neon lights and chittering rats mock you knowingly. The streets are lined with graffiti, trash, and needles. There are more dumpsters ... Read Full Review

    25 of 26 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    GTA II Coasts on the Success of Predecessor

    Grand Theft Auto 2

    GTA II Coasts on the Success of Predecessor

    If you played the original Grand Theft Auto, prepare to be surprised by the lack of surprises in its sequel. Grand Theft Auto II (GTA II) looks and plays identical to its predecessor. In the original, you take phone c... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Every bit as strange as its moniker, it might have been the first video minigame collection ever

    Gorf

    Every bit as strange as its moniker, it might have been the first video minigame collection ever

    Gorf can be described with no word other than weird. At the time of its release the Atari was growing in popularity, you could count the number of colors available in the gaming palette on your hands and toes, and straig... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Galaxian is a Space Invaders clone with the same fast-paced alien blasting action that made its muse a classic

    Galaxian

    Galaxian is a Space Invaders clone with the same fast-paced alien blasting action that made its muse a classic

    Its predecessor Space Invaders is a truly classic video game as well. Born in 1978 from Taito Corporation, the player controlled a small, single-colored ship at the bottom of the screen from which he or she shot hordes o... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    A classic puzzle game that is completely unique and has yet to be replicated successfully

    Lemmings

    A classic puzzle game that is completely unique and has yet to be replicated successfully

    Lemmings was a novel puzzle game introduced at the height of PC gaming in 1991, taking off like wildfire and inspiring dozens of sequels. The player must save a requisite number of the lemming population on each level. L... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    Epic Pinball is still the best available video pinball game nearly 15 years later, though it has its own flaws

    Epic Pinball

    Epic Pinball is still the best available video pinball game nearly 15 years later, though it has its own flaws

    Pinball's popularity waned with the growth in popularity of the video game. Video games are a more dynamic medium for play with limitless possibilities. Pinball is tied to two flippers, a ball, and a slanted play field. ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9
    Heretic is a Doom clone set in a fantasy setting that is great fun, but ultimately feels like it's missing an ingredient

    Heretic

    Heretic is a Doom clone set in a fantasy setting that is great fun, but ultimately feels like it's missing an ingredient

    If and when you finish Heretic you will feel like you assembled a 10,000 piece puzzle, only to find that a piece was missing from the box. Sure, it was fun while you were playing, but you are denied complete satisfaction... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    Starcraft is a space-based real-time strategy game that is top-notch from start to finish in both single and multiplayer

    Starcraft

    Starcraft is a space-based real-time strategy game that is top-notch from start to finish in both single and multiplayer

    At first glance Starcraft appears to be a standard RTS (real-time strategy) game where the player builds up a technology tree and gathers resources in order to create new and more powerful units to use against their oppo... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:2
    Even hard-core Star Wars fans would be hard pressed to find any redeeming qualities in this hodge-podge of item hunting

    Star Wars: Yoda Stories

    Even hard-core Star Wars fans would be hard pressed to find any redeeming qualities in this hodge-podge of item hunting

    Yoda Stories was priced for the bargain bin when it was released, and with good reason. The game puts you in the shoes of Luke Skywalker, Jedi-in-training under Master Yoda. Yoda assigns tasks to Luke, who must then vent... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    The gameplay is great, but it's the humor that keeps you coming back to play Duke Nukem 3D

    Duke Nukem 3D

    The gameplay is great, but it's the humor that keeps you coming back to play Duke Nukem 3D

    Duke Nukem 3D is a Doom clone, but its unique collection of weapons, humorous atmosphere, and highly interactive environment made it the standout title of its time. You are Duke Nukem, a Jack Burton clone who has no f... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    Descent 2 improves upon the weaknesses of its predecessor to offer more challenge, variety, and replay value

    Descent II

    Descent 2 improves upon the weaknesses of its predecessor to offer more challenge, variety, and replay value

    Descent 2 will make you feel dizzy, lost, alone, and claustrophobic, but you'll keep coming back for more. The Descent series is an FPS (first-person shooters) trilogy where the player is a mercenary hired to destroy min... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Raptor is one of the best top-down arcade shooters ever made for the PC.

    Raptor: Call of the Shadows

    Raptor is one of the best top-down arcade shooters ever made for the PC.

    Let's face it, taking away the graphics pretty much every top-down and side-scrolling arcade shooter is the same. You fly a ship over a slowly scrolling landscape and hit the fire button as rapidly as possible to take ou... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.4
    What do you mean you never heard of it? Standard top-down space shooter fails to hold its own.

    Galactix

    What do you mean you never heard of it? Standard top-down space shooter fails to hold its own.

    Galactix is a top-down space shooter on a fixed screen. You pilot a ship in one-dimension, left-to-right, in a manner similar to the classic Galaxian. You face 100 waves of enemy fighters in increasingly difficult waves ... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold is ultimately a Wolfenstein 3D clone with mediocre innovations and a generic plot.

    Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold

    Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold is ultimately a Wolfenstein 3D clone with mediocre innovations and a generic plot.

    You play as Blake Stone, an agent of British Intelligence that is assigned to investigate Dr. Goldfire. The Doctor has delusions of taking over Earth with the backing of his organization (STAR) using human employees and ... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.9
    Nintendo makes the old new again in a fairy tale adventure  with a princess, an elf, a sword, and a talking boat.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Limited Edition)

    Nintendo makes the old new again in a fairy tale adventure with a princess, an elf, a sword, and a talking boat.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a standalone game in the Zelda series. While parallels can be drawn between the watery world and preceding installments of the series, gamers need not have played through its predec... Read Full Review

    6 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    The original GTA is great fun for adults, but don't expect a lot of depth.

    Grand Theft Auto

    The original GTA is great fun for adults, but don't expect a lot of depth.

    The original GTA was released in 1997, with the first city freely available as shareware. Grand Theft Auto spread like a Paris Hilton tape through the internet due to the rebellious subject matter and completely origina... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mario Kart 64 is one of the best multiplayer games available for the N64.

    Mario Kart 64

    Mario Kart 64 is one of the best multiplayer games available for the N64.

    It is not often that I disagree with the rankings of Gamespot, but Mario Kart 64 deserved better than the 6.4 it was handed. As in its predecessor for the Super Nintendo, in Mario Kart 64 you can race as a number of N... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Gauntlet Legends is a simple hack-and-slash game that is fun to play with a group of friends.

    Gauntlet Legends

    Gauntlet Legends is a simple hack-and-slash game that is fun to play with a group of friends.

    The young mage Garm, seeking power, used the power of twleve Runestones to bring the demon Skorne into the mortal realms. The demon kills Garm and scatters the runestones throughout the four realms for fear of their powe... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Z2:TAoL (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link) was the worst in the series, yet rocked.

    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

    Z2:TAoL (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link) was the worst in the series, yet rocked.

    Z2:TAoL was like an Olympian that came in last place. It might have done the worst in its group, but it was still a world-class athlete. In Z2:TAoL, Zelda has been put into a deep sleep and Ganon's minions are trying ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.1
    Frogger is a classic game of skill and timing that –while fun- may be too shallow for the tastes of the modern gamer.

    Frogger

    Frogger is a classic game of skill and timing that –while fun- may be too shallow for the tastes of the modern gamer.

    Frogger is a simple game anyone can pick up and play. Your avatar is a green frog that can hop in one of four directions via the 4-way Atari controller. You did not use the button. The goal was to move your frog from the... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    If you look up first-person shooter in the Dictionary, Doom will be the definition.

    Doom

    If you look up first-person shooter in the Dictionary, Doom will be the definition.

    Doom was released in 1993 by iD software, hot on the heels of the popular Nazi-hunting Wolfenstein 3D. Doom took the main themes of Wolfenstein 3D - stay alive, find the exit, kill evil things - and improved the graphics... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Dragon Spirit is a top-down shooter that allows the player to become a dragon, but does little else.

    Dragon Spirit: Aratanaru Densetsu

    Dragon Spirit is a top-down shooter that allows the player to become a dragon, but does little else.

    Dragon Spirit: The New Legend is the NES interpretation of the Arcade game. You are a warrior transformed into a powerful blue dragon that must rescue a princess from an evil demon. You will fly across lands of arid dese... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.3
    Double Dragon II was near the pinnacle of 2D side-scrolling fighters for the Nintendo.

    Double Dragon II: The Revenge

    Double Dragon II was near the pinnacle of 2D side-scrolling fighters for the Nintendo.

    Double Dragon II (DDII) was released in the delicate period between the popularity of coin-op arcade games and consoles. The games follows the tradition of Golden Axe, X-Men: The Arcade Game, Streets of Rage, and Teenage... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Descent is a classic first-person shooter/space flight sim that should not be missed.

    Descent

    Descent is a classic first-person shooter/space flight sim that should not be missed.

    Descent was the first fully three-dimensional, 360 degree space shooter available for PC. You were a mercenary pilot hired by a mining corporation to destroy robots that went berserk due to a virus. The game took you thr... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    A pioneering 2D platformer that lacks some of the appeal of other titles in the series, but is great fun for fans.

    Commander Keen: Keen Dreams

    A pioneering 2D platformer that lacks some of the appeal of other titles in the series, but is great fun for fans.

    Commander Keen was Apogee's claim to fame before Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, but Keen Dreams was actually published by Softdisk. Softdisk employees would go on to found iD software, but the Keen series was developed while t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful