User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.43/10

Total of 63 user reviews spread across 63 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
    An unusual experience that could've been great with better writing.

    Catherine

    Rated on April 05, 2012 by Epochend

    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...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Completely solid in the nuts and bolts, but missing all the imagination of its predecessors.

    Unreal Tournament III

    Rated on January 19, 2012 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A fascinating game that still feels fresh and original today.

    Beyond Good & Evil

    Rated on October 21, 2011 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Adds a few nice features, but still not much of a step on from its fantastic predecessor.

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3 Slim Bundle)

    Rated on July 11, 2011 by Epochend

    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....

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    The best tennis game currently available, though there are still improvements to be made.

    Top Spin 4

    Rated on April 25, 2011 by Epochend

    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...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Fantastic setting, theme and writing, but a few little niggles hold it back.

    BioShock

    Rated on March 18, 2011 by Epochend

    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....

    0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A solid foundation for the rest of the series, but definitely rough around the edges.

    Assassin's Creed

    Rated on January 31, 2011 by Epochend

    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 ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A few little changes could have made it better, but still an amazing experience.

    Red Dead Redemption

    Rated on January 30, 2011 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    There's a few good changes, a few bad ones, but it's Virtua Tennis as usual.

    Virtua Tennis 3

    Rated on January 26, 2011 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    One of the scariest games ever made, and still one of the best in the series.

    Resident Evil (Value)

    Rated on October 30, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    A very unusual and original fighting game, though flawed in its execution.

    Bushido Blade

    Rated on October 30, 2010 by Epochend

    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! ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Not quite as gut-wrenching as the original, but the storytelling and production is second-to-none.

    Silent Hill 2 (Special 2 Disc Set)

    Rated on October 30, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    An absolutely terrifying experience, even to this day.

    Silent Hill

    Rated on October 19, 2010 by Epochend

    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 ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    About as linear as an RPG can be, but still a step in the right direction after FFXII.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    Rated on September 22, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    2 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Because some disputes can only be settled with Clubber Lang vs Ivan Drago.

    Rocky: Legends

    Rated on September 21, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    A bit of a let-down, thanks to some mislaid priorities.

    Tekken 6

    Rated on September 19, 2010 by Epochend

    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 ...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A really solid FPS, with some moments of surprising ambition.

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    Rated on June 03, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    It may not be as immediately dazzling as its PS1 brothers, but stick with it and you'll be richly rewarded.

    Final Fantasy IX

    Rated on June 03, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Like a medieval GTA, where you can scale the tallest buildings and ram a wristblade through someone's back!

    Assassin's Creed II

    Rated on June 03, 2010 by Epochend

    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 ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Brilliant in many ways, but a let-down in just as many others.

    Final Fantasy XII

    Rated on June 03, 2010 by Epochend

    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,...

    7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    A brilliant game, and deserving of just about all the praise it gets.

    Final Fantasy VII

    Rated on June 03, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A great mix of realistic tactics and brutal firefights.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

    Rated on April 15, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    An utterly unique game, which anyone with a bit of patience should love and cherish.

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Rated on April 14, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Perhaps it's been a teensy bit over-hyped over the years, but this is still a brilliant, evocative experience.

    ICO

    Rated on April 14, 2010 by Epochend

    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 ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Not quite as brilliant as it could have been, but still a quality entry to the series.

    Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits!)

    Rated on February 19, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Final Fantasy meets X-Com, via World War 2, drawn in watercolor!

    Senjou no Valkyria

    Rated on January 04, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    My favourite Final Fantasy game, and a great change of direction for the series.

    Final Fantasy VIII (Platinum)

    Rated on January 04, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Both better and worse than Virtua Tennis, but definitely worth a try to see how it sits with you.

    Top Spin 3

    Rated on January 04, 2010 by Epochend

    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...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A beefy, exciting action game, and more than just another MGS-wannabe.

    Syphon Filter

    Rated on September 27, 2009 by Epochend

    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 ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    It may not look it at first, but Syphon Filter 2 does a good job of amplifying the best bits of the original.

    Syphon Filter 2 (Platinum)

    Rated on September 27, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Despite occasional niggles, the game is still a great evolution of the Total War gameplay.

    Rome: Total War

    Rated on September 24, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A strong follow-up to the original, and still scary as anything!

    Aliens Versus Predator 2

    Rated on September 18, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    A game that's so excited about its ambitions, it forgets what made its predecessors so good.

    Burnout Paradise

    Rated on May 06, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Not exactly realistic, but great fun nonetheless.

    Virtua Tennis 2

    Rated on April 28, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    The game that put the boot in all other racers.

    Burnout 3: Takedown

    Rated on April 22, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Probably the best game in the Burnout series; and thus, the best racing game money can buy!

    Burnout Revenge

    Rated on April 22, 2009 by Epochend

    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 ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Deeply basic, but still has the Final Fantasy experience buried away in there.

    Final Fantasy Origins

    Rated on April 20, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    One of the best games on the Megadrive, and still a solid platformer to this day!

    Flashback

    Rated on April 20, 2009 by Epochend

    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 ...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A great sequel indeed, though I never liked it quite as much as the original UT.

    Unreal Tournament 2004 (DVD Version)

    Rated on April 11, 2009 by Epochend

    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...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    The game can be pretty good fun; when you're actually allowed to play it, that is.

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Platinum)

    Rated on April 07, 2009 by Epochend

    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, ...

    7 out of 16 found this review helpful.