User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.07/10

Total of 37 user reviews spread across 37 releases

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  • User Rating 7
    Shows promise in many places, but not really better than it's predessor surprisingly.

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    Rated on April 12, 2014 by DerekLoffin

    Shows promise in many places, but not really better than it's predessor surprisingly.

    I've played all the assassin's creeds save the handheld ones, and I came into this one with a lot of promise that ultimately just turned into frustration over numerous step backs in gameplay.Pacing w...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6
    8 by itself and fairly good, but have to say, sadly, avoid the expansion that is what costs the score.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    Rated on February 22, 2014 by DerekLoffin

    8 by itself and fairly good, but have to say, sadly, avoid the expansion that is what costs the score.

    I can't seem to review Enemy within by itself, so I'm putting this here. The original game is in most way a very good game. By itself, I'd probably give it a 8. This is more about the expansion th...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6
    Far too much timing and trial and error puzzles

    LIMBO

    Rated on January 07, 2014 by DerekLoffin

    Far too much timing and trial and error puzzles

    I can see why a lot of people liked this game, but I can't say I do. The presentation is top notch and all, but most the challenging puzzles are all about trial and error and/or tight timing (and I ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    There is a lot going for this game, but it has a few key missing pieces that I just can't forgive it for.

    Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou

    Rated on April 06, 2013 by DerekLoffin

    There is a lot going for this game, but it has a few key missing pieces that I just can't forgive it for.

    Ni No Kuni has some great backing. I mean, seriously, Level 5 and Studio Ghibli? That's a major powerhouse team. And for the most part they deliver, but not quite. Pretty much everything in the ...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A welcome and potent title in a what will hopefully be an interesting franchise.

    Dishonored

    Rated on December 08, 2012 by DerekLoffin

    A welcome and potent title in a what will hopefully be an interesting franchise.

    Got done with this one over the weekend and I'm impressed. I have to particular obsession with stealth games, having to go through a level and just knocking out everyone I can, and this game fed well...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    A game with a lot of great ideas and a fair number of bad ones.

    Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

    Rated on December 07, 2012 by DerekLoffin

    A game with a lot of great ideas and a fair number of bad ones.

    Probably like a lot of people, I took advantage of the Humble bundle offer and this game and its expansion were a part of it. Don't regret the buy, but there is definite issues that make me very glad ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Theoretically a good addition that just doesn't really do enough.

    Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

    Rated on July 13, 2012 by DerekLoffin

    Theoretically a good addition that just doesn't really do enough.

    I'm going to preface my review here to say I kinda burned out on Civ 5. It lasted me several weeks, then another week a couple months later, but I was done. So, when I saw this expansion up for sale...

    1 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Not the best in the series, but definitely way better than GS gives it.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Rated on January 02, 2012 by DerekLoffin

    Not the best in the series, but definitely way better than GS gives it.

    Seems 2011 is the year of terribly off the mark reviews for Gamespot, and I think SS stands out as the most off the mark. While SS isn't the best in the series, I would place place quite high. So,...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A very strong entry in the franchise that is just missing a bit on a few bits here and there that hold it back.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Rated on September 12, 2011 by DerekLoffin

    A very strong entry in the franchise that is just missing a bit on a few bits here and there that hold it back.

    Well, here we are on the 3rd installment of this franchise, one that has some weird ups and downs. Unlike Invisible War, Human Revolution is definitely a member of the franchise that lives up to the ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A strong successor to infamous, but with some issues and not quite the improvement it should have been.

    inFamous 2

    Rated on June 12, 2011 by DerekLoffin

    A strong successor to infamous, but with some issues and not quite the improvement it should have been.

    I finished playing infamous 2 yesterday after a marathon play session into the wee hours of the morning and overall a very good game. However, I can't give it a 9. It feels like 2 steps forward, 2 s...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    Terrible controls

    Metroid: Other M

    Rated on June 10, 2011 by DerekLoffin

    Terrible controls

    I'm not going to say much in this review, because I give up. There is a lot of talk about the story and other issues out there, and from what little I've managed to endure through, I can say those co...

    6 out of 11 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    The next semi-installment of AC that feels better in a lot of ways, but still lacking in places.

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3 Slim Bundle)

    Rated on January 22, 2011 by DerekLoffin

    The next semi-installment of AC that feels better in a lot of ways, but still lacking in places.

    I'm not going to regurgitate my AC2 review, so let's hit some of the highs and lows that still carry over from the predecessor. Graphic still good, but still kinda repetitive. Story is a little weak...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    The latest in the Civ series, steam lined but still good.

    Sid Meier's Civilization V

    Rated on December 01, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    The latest in the Civ series, steam lined but still good.

    Civilization is starting to remind me a lot of Dynasty Warriors. Seriously, how many times can you redo essentially the same game? However, unlike Dynasty Warriors, which is a guilty pleasure for me...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Polished to a near perfect shine, but missing things that really hold it back that little bit.

    Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

    Rated on July 31, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    Polished to a near perfect shine, but missing things that really hold it back that little bit.

    I've been debating what to give SC II, 8.5 or 9.0, and I finally fell with 9.0 just because the single player is probably the best RTS single player I've played in a long time. But, let's drill it al...

    1 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A game with a lot of potential, terribly let down by its own horrible pacing.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    Rated on May 24, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    A game with a lot of potential, terribly let down by its own horrible pacing.

    Well, finally done this installment of the good old FF series and once all is said and done, I definitely can say it is probably one of the weakest of the series for its time. FF 13 does a lot righ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A streamlined sequel that takes 2 steps forward and about a 6 back.

    Supreme Commander 2

    Rated on March 06, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    A streamlined sequel that takes 2 steps forward and about a 6 back.

    Supreme Commander 2 is one of those sequels that makes you wonder just what audience they were shooting for. The answer seems to be a much lower end crowd that your typical RTS fan. It's still a g...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A game with both some very strong elements and some sadly very disappointing elements.

    Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)

    Rated on March 05, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    A game with both some very strong elements and some sadly very disappointing elements.

    Well, after 3 starts, I finally finished this game a couple days ago and it's time to put my thoughts down on it. This is not an easy one to classify, but in the end I got to say, especially compared...

    3 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Bioshock 2 fixes a lot of the core issues with the original, but sadly doesn't distinguish itself from that original.

    BioShock 2

    Rated on February 21, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    Bioshock 2 fixes a lot of the core issues with the original, but sadly doesn't distinguish itself from that original.

    Wasn't long ago when the original Bioshock came out, and although I liked it, I felt it was fairly overrated by the professionals. It had its strong points but definite flaws that I felt the reviewer...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A very good game, held back by some annoying issues.

    Assassin's Creed II

    Rated on January 04, 2010 by DerekLoffin

    A very good game, held back by some annoying issues.

    Got AC II for good old X-mas, and having recently finished it, I feel like giving a review. Overall, right off the top, I'll say I enjoyed it for the most part. However, given the issues I did encou...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    An amazing looking and very solid game, but not without a few issues that hold it back.

    Oboro Muramasa

    Rated on September 17, 2009 by DerekLoffin

    An amazing looking and very solid game, but not without a few issues that hold it back.

    I just finished beating Muramasa, so with it fresh in my mind, it's time to give my thoughts on it. I think it can be easily be said that this is a beautiful game. It's not pushing huge polygon co...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A great example of how to make a fps work on the Wii.

    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    Rated on September 12, 2008 by DerekLoffin

    A great example of how to make a fps work on the Wii.

    Recently I reviewed Super Mario Galaxy, and like that game, this one had been gathering a nice layer of dust for several months as I was distracted with other things. So, after finishing Mario, it wa...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A game with very little to fault it on, but despite that just doesn't quite work for me.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    Rated on September 04, 2008 by DerekLoffin

    A game with very little to fault it on, but despite that just doesn't quite work for me.

    This is a strange one for me. I've always had an odd relationship with the core Mario title. I play them, I truly appreciate them, but they just don't inspire the level of enjoyment that I'd expect....

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A stellar update to SupCom, but not without it's issues.

    Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

    Rated on November 28, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    A stellar update to SupCom, but not without it's issues.

    Well here we are, and not that long ago we had the release of the original Supreme Commander, and now we have it's expansion (possibly the 1st expansion), and it's a strong entry, but not without it's...

    7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Crysis is one of those games that comes along and just plain raises the bar.

    Crysis

    Rated on November 22, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    Crysis is one of those games that comes along and just plain raises the bar.

    Crysis has been on everyone's radar for quite a while on it's graphics, but with it finally in gamers hands does it deliver on the promise. I think the answer is a yes, but it's not without some tech...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Another strong episode in the Half Life story line that really only stumbles at it's end.

    Half-Life 2: Episode Two

    Rated on November 01, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    Another strong episode in the Half Life story line that really only stumbles at it's end.

    Here we are with the 2nd episode of Half Life 2... which is kinda the 3rd episode seeing as Half Life 2 the original sorta acts as episode 1, but whatever. Naming aside, episode 2 continues on in HL2...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Every once in a while you'll run into a game you just love despite a glaring fault.  This is that kind of game.

    Portal

    Rated on October 30, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    Every once in a while you'll run into a game you just love despite a glaring fault. This is that kind of game.

    It is really hard to review Portal. What do you say about a First Person Shooter with almost none of the normal First Person Shooter trapping, and that is really just First Person Puzzle game? I do...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    WoW is a game that aims to set a new standard in MMORPGs, and it has essentially done so, but not without many an issue.

    World of Warcraft

    Rated on September 24, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    WoW is a game that aims to set a new standard in MMORPGs, and it has essentially done so, but not without many an issue.

    I've been aiming to review WoW for a while now. Having played FFXI, and City of Heroes, I feel I have at least some experience in the field. Additionally, unlikc official reviews, I can tell you the...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A strong successor to System Shock that doesn't quite live up to it's legacy.

    BioShock

    Rated on August 31, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    A strong successor to System Shock that doesn't quite live up to it's legacy.

    Having just got myself a completely new rig (last one was pushing 5 years old and was only pretty good then), I decided my first serious game to get was Bioshock. Now, right off the top, it was a fun...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.2
    A strong successor to UN, but the kind of game that takes 2 steps forward, 1 step back.

    Naruto: Narutimate Hero 2

    Rated on June 18, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    A strong successor to UN, but the kind of game that takes 2 steps forward, 1 step back.

    I own Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, and as my review for it said, I found it to be surprisingly good and it basically sold me immediately on Ultimate Ninja 2. Now, while Ultimate Ninja 2 does improve on th...

    3 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    A technically demanding game that is very true to it's Total Anniliation roots while still adding some nice new elements

    Supreme Commander

    Rated on March 05, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    A technically demanding game that is very true to it's Total Anniliation roots while still adding some nice new elements

    Having played Total Anniliation, I jumped right into Supreme Commander and wasn't disappointed. It takes everything that TA did right and adds more, with only some slight quibbles holding it back. ...

    9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    Homage to the old, or tired overuse of dated mechanics... hard to say either way

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    Rated on February 06, 2007 by DerekLoffin

    Homage to the old, or tired overuse of dated mechanics... hard to say either way

    Zelda TP is one of those games that is going to work for a lot of people, but if you're like me you just can't quite forgive some of the issues. So, let's start off with the Gameplay. This is clas...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    The first real stiff competion the Zelda series has ever had, and in my book a must get for any fan of the genera.

    Okami

    Rated on October 05, 2006 by DerekLoffin

    The first real stiff competion the Zelda series has ever had, and in my book a must get for any fan of the genera.

    You'll hear it probably every time Okami is brought up, and that is Zelda. There is no doubt that Zelda is a strong influence on Okami in many ways, but Okami is more than a simple copy-cat, it's an ...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.7
    Initially quite impressive, but loses your interest fast.

    San Goku Shi X

    Rated on August 09, 2006 by DerekLoffin

    Initially quite impressive, but loses your interest fast.

    I'm a pretty big RTK fan, and have bought most the recent RTK titles. X is my latest, and after recently having gone back to play it again, I think I have a good feel for what works and what doesn't....

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.7
    I would almost be tempted to give this game a good review, if the idiotic game designed hadn't messed up the difficulty.

    SoulCalibur III

    Rated on August 09, 2006 by DerekLoffin

    I would almost be tempted to give this game a good review, if the idiotic game designed hadn't messed up the difficulty.

    Why the *bleep* is it so hard to do NORMAL? It seems, nowadays, that it's either throw your controller across the room outrageously difficult, or mindnumbing easy to the point you could be asleep and...

    2 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.1
    I went in not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised.  It's not going to blow you away, but it still quite fun.

    Naruto: Narutimate Hero

    Rated on July 05, 2006 by DerekLoffin

    I went in not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. It's not going to blow you away, but it still quite fun.

    If you're like me, someone who didn't even know this game was coming out, you probably looked at it and thought a couple things: It's a licensed game, therefore it will suck, and it's a licensed figh...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.1
    Where did it all go so horribly WRONG?!

    Devil May Cry 2

    Rated on January 19, 2006 by DerekLoffin

    Where did it all go so horribly WRONG?!

    Oh Capcom, shame on you. Let me just start out by saying, I really didn't feel DMC was AAA for me. I could appreciate it, but kinda like a deaf person at the opera, I couldn't truly enjoy the expe...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    A truly beautiful game that follows the artistic standard of Ico well, while also distinquishing itself as unique.

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Rated on October 21, 2005 by DerekLoffin

    A truly beautiful game that follows the artistic standard of Ico well, while also distinquishing itself as unique.

    Where do you start talking about a game that has nothing by bosses? It is a truly different experience. Graphically I don't think you're going to find a game that is the better than Shadow on PS2....

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.