User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.3/10

Total of 73 user reviews spread across 73 releases

  1. 10
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  2. 9
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  3. 8
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  4. 7
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  5. 6
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  6. 5
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  • User Rating:7
    Sterile and uninspired, Guitar Hero: World Tour does little more than check the required boxes for an all-band game.

    Guitar Hero World Tour

    Sterile and uninspired, Guitar Hero: World Tour does little more than check the required boxes for an all-band game.

    This fall marks the first time where we are truly swamped with full-band plastic instrument games. Each of them, ideally, should bring something unique to the table to distinguish themselves from one another. Rock Ban... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A great puzzle game marred by the dumb and obnoxiously vocal companions you're supposed to rescue.

    Exit

    A great puzzle game marred by the dumb and obnoxiously vocal companions you're supposed to rescue.

    At first glance Exit appears to be a nice distraction from puzzle game conventions, with crisp, colourful graphics and a nice sense of style to complement its platforming/rescue focus. And it is a nice chance of pace fro... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Bioshock is a fantastic experience, and it tells a good story within the shell of mediocre gameplay.

    BioShock

    Bioshock is a fantastic experience, and it tells a good story within the shell of mediocre gameplay.

    Bioshock has an amazing concept. It's the sort of game that puts a grin on your face when you read a description of it, because the setting and the plot sound so unique in a sea of World War II clones and bad sci-fi shoo... Read Full Review

    4 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    A fun - yet fundamentally flawed - roleplaying game, Oblivion is far greater than the sum of its broken pieces.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    A fun - yet fundamentally flawed - roleplaying game, Oblivion is far greater than the sum of its broken pieces.

    It's easier to describe Oblivion's flaws than its strengths, and it's equally easy to say that the game ends up as more than the sum of its parts. Like Grand Theft Auto, which serves up a fun action/adventure game that f... Read Full Review

    3 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Beautiful, smooth, fun, and unforgiving - the most compelling speed-run platformer in recent memory.

    Prince of Persia Classic

    Beautiful, smooth, fun, and unforgiving - the most compelling speed-run platformer in recent memory.

    Prince of Persia is a deceptively shallow game at first glance - you run around, leap over pits and roll under blades, fight guards, and are over and done with in less than an hour. Describing it that way is doing the ga... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    Emergence offers a beautifully campy and satisfying experience full of over-the-top violence and top-heavy women.

    SiN Episodes: Emergence

    Emergence offers a beautifully campy and satisfying experience full of over-the-top violence and top-heavy women.

    The original Sin was good, uncomplicated, violent and cheesy fun. It was also unfortunate enough to hit shelves at the same time as Half-Life, which, well, ended up being one of the most pivotal games in years. Needless ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    An intense arcade racer that's worth playing for the police chases alone.

    Need for Speed Most Wanted

    An intense arcade racer that's worth playing for the police chases alone.

    At first glance Most Wanted seems very similar to the Burnout series - you've got your assortment of traffic, rival cars, boost, and exaggerated blur that kicks in at high speeds. Truthfully, the game appears to use ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    Torment is somewhat of an anomaly; it's an RPG with an awesome story, memorable characters, and actual roleplaying.

    Planescape: Torment

    Torment is somewhat of an anomaly; it's an RPG with an awesome story, memorable characters, and actual roleplaying.

    The two main RPG styles are rarely broken - Japanese RPGs love their part fantasy part sci-fi settings with tween characters and Western ones are quite content with their monogomous relationship with Dungeons & Dragons. ... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    It's fun for what it is, but Mario games have done so much more over the years that this game feels like a step back.

    New Super Mario Bros.

    It's fun for what it is, but Mario games have done so much more over the years that this game feels like a step back.

    Depending on your current mood, playing through a few levels or worlds of New Super Mario Bros. will put a big smile on your face or reaffirm that Nintendo has no idea of the direction they should be going. It's easy to... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    There is no 'maybe' with this game - by reading the briefest of descriptions you'll know whether it's for you or not.

    Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

    There is no 'maybe' with this game - by reading the briefest of descriptions you'll know whether it's for you or not.

    Brain Age is not a game. But you already knew that. It's a piece of DS software that is exactly what any description might suggest - take it as WarioWare Lite, a bizarre set of minigames designed to emphasize mental refl... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It's not quite enough, but that thick layer of Disney is almost sufficient to make Kingdom Hearts seem good.

    Kingdom Hearts

    It's not quite enough, but that thick layer of Disney is almost sufficient to make Kingdom Hearts seem good.

    If there was another recent example of a game's presentation trying desperately to save the underlying gameplay, you might look at Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball. But, wait! There it was breasts attempting to dis... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    Easily the most fun rhythm game ever made - thanks to its controller and unbelievable soundtrack.

    Guitar Hero (w/Guitar)

    Easily the most fun rhythm game ever made - thanks to its controller and unbelievable soundtrack.

    The rhythm genre is one of the strangest subsections of gaming, home (mostly) to all sorts of Dance Dance Revolution type clones and other weird games, from PaRappa the Rapper to Amplitude and Gitaroo Man. They all succe... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    There is a ridiculous amount of content backing up the timeless gameplay of the Advance Wars series. Magnificent.

    Advance Wars: Dual Strike

    There is a ridiculous amount of content backing up the timeless gameplay of the Advance Wars series. Magnificent.

    The Advance Wars series has always used a cursor-based system - so it's no surprise that it's come to the DS or that using the stylus to move your units around feels so natural. Not only that, but you're free to use the ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.8
    A fun remake that finds itself on the wrong platform: the DS simply cannot offer the level of control required.

    Super Mario 64 DS

    A fun remake that finds itself on the wrong platform: the DS simply cannot offer the level of control required.

    Imagine a real-time strategy game being played on a console - picture yourself yanking the analog stick around to move the cursor. Unwieldy, isn't it? Now imagine emulating that analog stick with a more rudimentary devic... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    Note to developers: THIS is how you create atmosphere for your game.

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

    Note to developers: THIS is how you create atmosphere for your game.

    The Chronicles of Riddick is basically a first-person shooter/adventure prequel to the movie Pitch Black. It's also (arguably, perhaps) the best thing Vin Diesel has been involved with outside of The Iron Giant. The g... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    Bloody satisfying, bone-crunching and brutal, God of War makes ripping enemies to shreds ridiculously fun.

    God of War (Greatest Hits)

    Bloody satisfying, bone-crunching and brutal, God of War makes ripping enemies to shreds ridiculously fun.

    God of War is bloody satisfying. Or bloody and satisfying - take your pick. As another entry in a recently cluttered genre it has to provide something a little different to distinguish it from the Devil May Crys, Prince ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    Beautifully rendered, top-heavy and scantily clad women whaling on one another with a simple yet deep fighting system.

    Dead or Alive Ultimate

    Beautifully rendered, top-heavy and scantily clad women whaling on one another with a simple yet deep fighting system.

    Dear or Alive: Ultimate is a collection of the first two DOA games, the first surviving intact (mostly for the worse) and the second receiving a massive face-lift. That face-lift is stunning, resulting in what is arguabl... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Ridiculously dumbed down courses make Double Dash the most insulting installment of the Mario Kart series.

    Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

    Ridiculously dumbed down courses make Double Dash the most insulting installment of the Mario Kart series.

    The Mario Kart series has never been particularly serious - the previous three games were all fairly lightheated and light handling arcade-style kart racers where you drove a buzzing little vehicle half the size of the c... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    Flavourful concepts wrapped in a generic tortilla shell.

    Dark Chronicle

    Flavourful concepts wrapped in a generic tortilla shell.

    Dark Cloud 2 wants to be many things at once. On one hand it's a Zelda-style RPG that takes place in real-time, tasking you to navigate through dungeons defeating enemies and collecting items. On the other, it's a weird ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    The greatness of Mario Bros. 3 refined further.

    Super Mario World: Super Mario Bros. 4

    The greatness of Mario Bros. 3 refined further.

    Mario has seen a somewhat bizarre trip over the course of his platforming adventures. From single-screen jumping around bumping enemies from below and collecting coins to the full-blown side scrolling adventures of Mario... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    Where slightly lacking in technical abilities, Stunt Race FX sure has character. And cars with eyeballs.

    Wild Trax

    Where slightly lacking in technical abilities, Stunt Race FX sure has character. And cars with eyeballs.

    Way back in the middle of the SNES days Nintendo introduced the FX chip in a number of its cartridges. As per the usual naming conventions started with the Super Nintendo and putting 'Super' in front of half the game tit... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    Crumpled metal, broken glass, blood puddles, severed limbs, and screaming pedestrians. What's not to love?

    Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now

    Crumpled metal, broken glass, blood puddles, severed limbs, and screaming pedestrians. What's not to love?

    Carmageddon 2, like its predecessor, doesn't bother disguising its premise. Through the entirety of the game you get to take place in a number of races where the three methods of winning involve either a) being first aro... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A mediocre transfer of a good console RPG that is both better and worse than the original.

    Final Fantasy VII

    A mediocre transfer of a good console RPG that is both better and worse than the original.

    The PSOne version of Final Fantasy VII is viewed by many as the best RPG of all time. It's probably easiest to take such claims as hyperbole, as while the game is good, it's not that good. A collection of mediocre charac... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    Blast Corps hits that childhood urge to run Tonka construction vehicles over toy buildings. But with explosions.

    Blast Dozer

    Blast Corps hits that childhood urge to run Tonka construction vehicles over toy buildings. But with explosions.

    It's quite difficult to pigeonhole Blast Corps. You could call it an action game, or maybe a puzzle game, but the simplest way to describe it to someone would be to say that you drive various vehicles around an area from... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    Tales might not break any ground in terms of RPG innovation, but its endearing cast and quick battles keep it fun.

    Tales of Symphonia

    Tales might not break any ground in terms of RPG innovation, but its endearing cast and quick battles keep it fun.

    Tales of Symphonia is a fun RPG marred somewhat by its design choices. While the game isn't a chore to play, the collection of traditional RPG conventions that are drawn upon often makes Tales feel like a bizarre combina... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Forza provides a great driving simulation package, from the satisfying physics to excellent online integration.

    Forza Motorsport

    Forza provides a great driving simulation package, from the satisfying physics to excellent online integration.

    As comparisons to Gran Turismo 4 are inevitable, it's probably easier to get them out of the way now - yes, Forza is essentially Microsoft's answer to the Gran Turismo series. Whether it's the better game depends on what... Read Full Review

    3 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    Beautiful presentation and an excellent story save Jade Empire's shallow action and RPG elements.

    Jade Empire: Hisui no Teikoku

    Beautiful presentation and an excellent story save Jade Empire's shallow action and RPG elements.

    Jade Empire is quite a departure from Bioware's usual fare. That's not to say it has nothing in common with its previous games - from Baldur's Gate to Knights of the Old Republic - as the company's knack for story and ch... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    It's no Chrono Trigger, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best RPGs out there.

    Chrono Cross (PSOne Books)

    It's no Chrono Trigger, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best RPGs out there.

    It's hard to look at the jewel case for Chrono Cross without its predecessor Chrono Trigger coming to mind. Revered by many as one of the best RPGs of all time, how can you really step up to the sequel without expecting ... Read Full Review

    1 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9
    Jak II has many great moments as a platformer, but the ridiculous filler keeps getting in the way.

    Jak II: Renegade

    Jak II has many great moments as a platformer, but the ridiculous filler keeps getting in the way.

    It's interesting to see how platformers have evolved over the years. Before the advent of 3D platformers were exactly as their genre title implied, requiring you to run and jump along platform and pit-filled levels while... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    The beauty of addictive free-form gameplay and a space setting make Escape Velocity a true classic.

    Escape Velocity

    The beauty of addictive free-form gameplay and a space setting make Escape Velocity a true classic.

    Ambrosia Software's Escape Velocity brings back memories of the old text-based game Trade Wars. Then again, Escape Velocity itself is nearly ten years old now and is quite aged in its own right. The game places you in... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.9
    Sega GT 2002 wastes its promise, ending up as little more than a poor man's Gran Turismo.

    Sega GT 2002

    Sega GT 2002 wastes its promise, ending up as little more than a poor man's Gran Turismo.

    It may be cruel to say so, but Sega GT 2002 feels like a poor man's Gran Turismo. The two games share similar career modes, although the gameplay mechanics that make Gran Turismo so much fun to play are shockingly differ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    GT4 is not only a racing game, but a beautiful tribute to automobiles in general.

    Gran Turismo 4

    GT4 is not only a racing game, but a beautiful tribute to automobiles in general.

    As the fourth game in the Gran Turismo series it would be expected that the faults of the previous game(s) have been ironed out and padded with even more of the good aspects that made the series so enjoyable. This would ... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.2
    Disappointing as a dungeon crawl and - more importantly - an unfortunate black mark on the Fallout series.

    Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

    Disappointing as a dungeon crawl and - more importantly - an unfortunate black mark on the Fallout series.

    The Fallout series on the PC contains two of the best RPGs of all-time as well as a surprisingly fun strategy game. Actually, with the exception of a 'Tactics' in its title, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel has the same sub... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1
    When being viciously beaten by a game feels damn good.

    Ikaruga

    When being viciously beaten by a game feels damn good.

    Ikaruga is really nothing more than a space shooter - it's even simplified in some ways, most notably the absence of any weapon powerups or collectables of any sort, for that matter. You use the control stick or d-pad to... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Halo 2 is a more than worthy sequel to the original game, even if some of its less desirable aspects carry over.

    Halo 2

    Halo 2 is a more than worthy sequel to the original game, even if some of its less desirable aspects carry over.

    It doesn't avoid all the pitfalls that lie in wait for a sequel, but it succeeds admirably at enough key points that ultimately it doesn't matter much. Many of the levels are repetitive and aesthetically dull (much like ... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    A deliciously colourful and addictive RPG romp to - yet again - help Mario rescue Princess Peach.

    Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

    A deliciously colourful and addictive RPG romp to - yet again - help Mario rescue Princess Peach.

    Though it lacks a '2' in the title anywhere, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for the Gamecube is the second game in the Paper Mario series, with the signature paper-thin sprites inhabiting a simple 3D world. At its c... Read Full Review

    3 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.8
    A brilliant spin-off of the Mario series that rivals it in every conceivable way, especially in style and gameplay.

    Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi Island + Mario Brothers

    A brilliant spin-off of the Mario series that rivals it in every conceivable way, especially in style and gameplay.

    Yoshi's Island first appeared late in the Super Nintendo's life cycle as Super Mario World 2. Packed in its cartridge was the same Super FX chip used in games like Star Fox and Stunt Race, although it was used to a much ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Four magnificent games packed together and given a facelift? Pinch me.

    Super Mario Collection

    Four magnificent games packed together and given a facelift? Pinch me.

    Back in 1993, in a world basically devoid of compilation sets (let alone a compilation catridge for a console) Super Mario All-Stars was released, packed with the original set of NES Mario games, including the 'real' seq... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Fable's greatest strength is its ability to make you believe you're adventuring in an actual world.

    Fable

    Fable's greatest strength is its ability to make you believe you're adventuring in an actual world.

    Fable cannot live up to its massive hype, but that doesn't mean it isn't an excellent game. And admittedly, Fable has a lot to live up to. A couple of years ago, Peter Molyneux (the game's creator, along with previous ti... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.9
    Sonic Spinball is an odd and somewhat unsatisfying spinoff of the Sonic series.

    Sonic Spinball

    Sonic Spinball is an odd and somewhat unsatisfying spinoff of the Sonic series.

    Sonic the Hedgehog held quite the appeal back in the early 90's with the success of his various platformers on the Genesis - all were fairly popular (Sonic 2 in particular) and enjoyed good sales. Where they differed gre... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful