Total of 63 user reviews spread across 63 releases
An unusual experience that could've been great with better writing.
I think I'm finally getting to the stage where I'm a bit cynical of gaming, and tired of paying for the same game several times over (I'm looking at you, Assassin's Creed!). However, there are still o...
Unreal Tournament III
Completely solid in the nuts and bolts, but missing all the imagination of its predecessors.
I was dying to get Unreal Tournament 3 when it first came out, but sadly, my poor old PC just wasn't up to scratch - gaming left it behind in 2004! However, having recently upgraded to a beast of a ma...
Beyond Good & Evil
A fascinating game that still feels fresh and original today.
As it was with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, I'd heard good things about Beyond Good & Evil from various reviews, but still did what practically everyone else did: never get round to buying it. Even...
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3 Slim Bundle)
Adds a few nice features, but still not much of a step on from its fantastic predecessor.
So, having gone the topsy-turvy route of playing Assassin's Creed II before the original, I'm finally properly up to date with the series, with a true sense of how it's really evolved this time round....
Top Spin 4
The best tennis game currently available, though there are still improvements to be made.
Once upon a time, I was into Virtua Tennis 2, and all was good. Then I discovered Top Spin 3, and after I'd spent a week or two learning how to play the damn thing, it turned out to be better. I could...
Fantastic setting, theme and writing, but a few little niggles hold it back.
As I tend to be with most games nowadays, I was a good few years late to the BioShock party - but all through that time, I kept hearing from all over the place what an amazing game it was meant to be....
A solid foundation for the rest of the series, but definitely rough around the edges.
Having started the series with Assassin's Creed 2 (which I very much enjoyed), and waiting for its sequel to go down in price before buying it, I decided to invest a fiver in the original and see how ...
Red Dead Redemption
A few little changes could have made it better, but still an amazing experience.
I don't have the greatest knowledge of Western movies, but just seeing the Dollars Trilogy is enough to make me want to visit that world in greater depth - so what could be a better way to take a more...
Virtua Tennis 3
There's a few good changes, a few bad ones, but it's Virtua Tennis as usual.
As with Virtua Tennis 2, I was half a decade late to the party with its follow-up - having looked at Virtua Tennis 2009 and decided it didn't look like anything had changed to justify my money, I came...
Resident Evil (Value)
One of the scariest games ever made, and still one of the best in the series.
I may have been fairly young when this came out, but even so, it's the only game to have ever given me actual nightmares - and believe me, that's a good thing in this case! ~ Pros: + Scary At...
A very unusual and original fighting game, though flawed in its execution.
I've always had a soft-spot for a good sword fight, but in terms of mano-a-mano combat, it's hard to find a good game dedicated to it - so naturally, Bushido Blade caught my eye when it was released! ...
Silent Hill 2 (Special 2 Disc Set)
Not quite as gut-wrenching as the original, but the storytelling and production is second-to-none.
Being a massive Zero Punctuation fan, I knew I would have to play Silent Hill 2 at some point - it has to be pretty special to warrant such gushing praise from Yahtzee! So, having finally finished (an...
An absolutely terrifying experience, even to this day.
I first played this game many years ago, as a rental - it terrified me witless, and I didn't manage to finish it in the couple of days I had. Finally, I tracked it down in a charity shop, and got the ...
Final Fantasy XIII
About as linear as an RPG can be, but still a step in the right direction after FFXII.
I was honestly wondering whether or not to keep buying Final Fantasy games before this came out, having been let down rather badly by FFXII - and having played this now, I'm still wondering, but a bit...
Because some disputes can only be settled with Clubber Lang vs Ivan Drago.
A few different elements combined to encourage me to buy Rocky Legends out of the blue so long after its release: memories of playing the original briefly at university, the desire to play a game revo...
A bit of a let-down, thanks to some mislaid priorities.
I've been playing Tekken right from the very start of the series, and have seen it through both the glorious highs and uninspired lows with dedication. However, while it tried a few new things in the ...
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
A really solid FPS, with some moments of surprising ambition.
It's been a while since I bought a new FPS, and while I think the genre has been over-saturated for a while now, there comes a time when you simply have to start shooting people in the face again; and...
Final Fantasy IX
It may not be as immediately dazzling as its PS1 brothers, but stick with it and you'll be richly rewarded.
This was a big change of pace for me when I first played it: I'd only previously played FFVII and FFVIII, so the straightforward fantasy setting was new to me. I didn't quite know what to make of it a...
Assassin's Creed II
Like a medieval GTA, where you can scale the tallest buildings and ram a wristblade through someone's back!
I was new to Assassin's Creed when I bought this game - I had thought about getting the original, but was put off by the niggling complaints most reviewers seemed to have. Thankfully, though, playing ...
Final Fantasy XII
Brilliant in many ways, but a let-down in just as many others.
While I have always had high expectations of each new Final Fantasy game, FFXII almost took the biscuit in terms of just how great it looked in development (nothing beats the lead-up to FFVIII though,...
Final Fantasy VII
A brilliant game, and deserving of just about all the praise it gets.
This was the first Final Fantasy game I ever played, and as you might be able to guess from the score, I certainly made sure to play the rest... ~ Pros: + Story: This probably has the best st...
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
A great mix of realistic tactics and brutal firefights.
I had always been a big fan of the Rainbow Six series, but as much I loved the intricate planning, I always felt the actual FPS part of the game could have been executed much better - so when Raven Sh...
Shadow of the Colossus
An utterly unique game, which anyone with a bit of patience should love and cherish.
I'd heard many good things about this game (along with Ico) when it came out, but somehow never got round to buying it til now - maybe because it hasn't been in stores for 3 years! Regardless, the adv...
Perhaps it's been a teensy bit over-hyped over the years, but this is still a brilliant, evocative experience.
I remember spotting Ico for £10 at a Virgin Megastore a few years ago, but deciding against - later, I saw it for £12 at GAME, but thought I should be able to get it for £10 since I'd already seen it ...
Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits!)
Not quite as brilliant as it could have been, but still a quality entry to the series.
This is one of the few Final Fantasy games that I don't actually own (my brother did the honours of buying it), but I still played it a great deal while it was around. Coming after the glorious run of...
Senjou no Valkyria
Final Fantasy meets X-Com, via World War 2, drawn in watercolor!
Outside of Final Fantasy, there are very few RPGs I'm interested in trying, so it takes something pretty special to get me to give one a go. Valkyria Chronicles was one such game, and with it's unique...
Final Fantasy VIII (Platinum)
My favourite Final Fantasy game, and a great change of direction for the series.
After being introduced to the series with FFVII, I was wondering where they could possibly go from there; the game was just amazing in every respect. Nothing could have prepared me for the direction F...
Top Spin 3
Both better and worse than Virtua Tennis, but definitely worth a try to see how it sits with you.
Having only previously played Virtua Tennis 2, I thought I might as well branch out and give another tennis series a try - which wasn't too painful a decision, seeing as Virtua Tennis 3 just looked li...
A beefy, exciting action game, and more than just another MGS-wannabe.
Syphon Filter certainly looked like quite an opportunistic game when it first came out, being one of the first to come out from beneath the shadow of MGS, and just so happening to star a secret agent ...
Syphon Filter 2 (Platinum)
It may not look it at first, but Syphon Filter 2 does a good job of amplifying the best bits of the original.
When you first set eyes on Syphon Filter 2, it doesn't seem to be much of a sequel - just a bunch of extra levels and weaponry. However, while the changes aren't exactly mind-blowing, you'll eventuall...
Rome: Total War
Despite occasional niggles, the game is still a great evolution of the Total War gameplay.
As it was going from Shogun to Medieval, I resisted buying Rome for quite a long time; not only because I never believed my computer would play it properly, but also because the Roman setting didn't a...
Aliens Versus Predator 2
A strong follow-up to the original, and still scary as anything!
It must have been a good 5 years or so since I last played the original, but some strange impulse convinced me to finally track down Aliens vs Predator 2 a little while ago - and I wish I'd done it ba...
A game that's so excited about its ambitions, it forgets what made its predecessors so good.
While most of the reviews for Burnout Paradise were gushing praise in its direction, there were occasional voices of dissent who said its new sandbox gameplay wasn't all it cracked up to be: this worr...
Virtua Tennis 2
Not exactly realistic, but great fun nonetheless.
The only other tennis game I'd played previous to this was Pete Sampras Tennis on the Mega Drive (ah, those were the good old days), so I didn't exactly have much else to judge Virtua Tennis 2 against...
Burnout 3: Takedown
The game that put the boot in all other racers.
Before I bought Burnout 3, I'd heard a lot about how brilliant it was, but still wondered if people weren't just getting a bit too excited about it all... After I played it, though, there was no going...
Probably the best game in the Burnout series; and thus, the best racing game money can buy!
I must admit, I wasn't entirely sure at first what Burnout Revenge would do differently from its predecessor; but given how utterly brilliant Burnout 3 was, a little more of the same would be fine by ...
Final Fantasy Origins
Deeply basic, but still has the Final Fantasy experience buried away in there.
For most people, FFI and II should be played only as a historical curiosity, a means of seeing the humble beginnings of a mighty franchise. However, if you're willing to severely lower your expectatio...
One of the best games on the Megadrive, and still a solid platformer to this day!
For some reason not too many people actually got round to playing Flashback, or have even heard of it - I know it's getting on a bit, but that's still a crying shame when it was such a brilliant game ...
Unreal Tournament 2004 (DVD Version)
A great sequel indeed, though I never liked it quite as much as the original UT.
I'd been awaiting this game anxiously after the glory that was the original UT, and with my computer finally upgraded just in time for its release, I played it half to death... But how did it match up...
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Platinum)
The game can be pretty good fun; when you're actually allowed to play it, that is.
In a way, I knew from the moment everyone started lavishing perfect scores on MGS4 that it wouldn't be as good as promised. Remember the overwhelming praise and eventual backlash against MGS2? Still, ...