Total of 78 user reviews spread across 78 releases
Assassin's Creed III
Several problems keep Assassin's Creed III from reaching its full potential, but it's still worth playing.
The previous installments of the Assassin's Creed franchise sent us into the lives of Desmond Miles' ancestors Altaïr and Ezio. While Desmond battled Abstergo Industries in a modern, quasi sci-fi envi...
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
There are a few tweaks to the single player, but otherwise this is the same Call of Duty that has polarized gamers.
Call of Duty has become one of the most polarizing franchises in gaming. The competitive multiplayer system that took the world by storm in Modern Warfare has remained largely the same over the last h...
Ravaged is certainly in need of tuning, but it's a decent attempt at a multiplayer FPS.
When developing Ravaged, 2 Dawn Games promised to make fun the top priority, a feat they claimed would be more easily accomplished without publishers forcing restrictions on their every decision. Of c...
With its senseless puzzles, nasty bugs, and unresponsive controls, Anna is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster.
The opening moment of Anna, a point-and-click horror by Italian developers Dreampainters, displays to us an ideal setting for a local folklore tale. There is only the briefest of introductions before ...
The combat and RPG elements are incredible, but glitches, constant loading times, and almost nonexistent puzzles hurt.
Never played the original Darksiders and wondering what all the fuss is about? All you need to do is imagine a blending of The Legend of Zelda and God of War. Developer Vigil Games openly borrows from...
The Last Story
The Last Story's excellent combat system is just enough to make it one of the better JRPGs in recent years.
What makes a good story? It's the ubiquitous question in the minds of Role-Playing Game developers, and was certainly forefront in the mind of legendary Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi as he...
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII isn't bad, but it's probably not what most fans were looking for.
The power of modern technology is wonderful. It allows for such gameplay and graphical advancements that developers of older games could only dream of. But in reality, it seems as if the "gameplay" ...
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
A deep, addicting multiplayer along with a compelling campaign turns the series back in the right direction.
The move from WWII to modern warfare was excellent, and the series has returned to the right path. The campaign is intense and satisfying, compelling the player to continue to the end. The action si...
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 is an entirely improved sequel, including better characters and atmosphere than the original.
t had been nearly two years since the release of the original Mass Effect to a very positive critical reception, by the time of Mass Effect 2's release. While not perfect, the original Mass Effect di...
Forza Motorsport 3
Forza 3 is loaded with content and exciting throughout most of the game.
Forza Motorsport 3, revitalizing my love for racing games. Even after my long absence from the genre (other than some good races with friends every once in a while), the qualities present in this For...
Okamiden: Chisaki Taiyou
While not nearly as magnificent as its predecessor, Okamiden is still a poignant and often entertaining adventure.
September of 2006 saw the release of the original Okami on the PS2. Originally appearing to be a Zelda clone with a stunning visual design and little appeal to mainstream gamers, Okami sold little de...
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Skyward Sword carries new strengths and new flaws, but it ultimately sends the Wii off on a positive note.
Apprehension filled me as I pulled out the disk and inserted Skyward Sword for the first time. It's not that I was scared to play the next saga in this great series, but that, like Twilight Princess,...
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins sure has its moments, and these moments mostly out-weight a few big weaknesses.
At first glance, Dragon Age: Origins is every fantasy lover's dream. Massive armies, epic battles, a variety of races, huge cities, legendary swords, magic, and dragons. It passes the eye exam wit...
Tactics Ogre: Unmei no Wa
Tactics Ogre is a must-own for PSP owners looking for that elusive great title on their system.
The SRPG genre is one that isn't known to many Western gamers, and games like Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together show exactly why this is such a shame. The PSP version of Tactics Ogre is a remake fr...
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Chains of Olympus is a great action game that PSP owners should definitely pick up.
God of War 1 and 2 on the PS2 were excellent action titles for the system. As Kratos, a badass demigod, you blasted your way through scores of mythical beasts on an awesome adventure in Greek mytholo...
Ubisoft strikes again with another highly anticipated, mediocre title.
Seemingly Ubisoft's most heavily worked-on title, Assassin's Creed garnered a massive amount of hype. In a gen where good action/adventure titles are few and far between, Assassin's Creed was suppose...
Fallout: New Vegas
New Vegas takes some big steps forward, and then some steps back, but it's certainly worthwhile for RPG fans.
Fallout 3 released to universal acclaim in 2008 and is quite easily one of my favorite games of this generation. But the revelation that New Vegas would release slightly less than two years after Fal...
Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei
With creative boss fights and fun puzzles, Phantom Hourglass is an very innovative game.
First of all, I'm a longtime Zelda fan (beaten every single one), and I was glad to get my hands on a copy of this gem. It might have its minor issues, but not even the biggest of fanboys will be dis...
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
While some gameplay revisions move the series backwards, many new aspects of Spirit Tracks are a breath of fresh air.
Another year, another game for the critically acclaimed Zelda series. Building upon the fresh mechanics used in the Wind Waker sequel Phantom Hourglass, Nintendo makes some tweaks for the newest inst...
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
A gripping atmosphere and outstanding gameplay results in a game that should not be missed.
The STALKER series has, for the most part, lingered outside the gaze of most gamers this generation. This is quite the unfortunate fact, because, since the release of Shadow of Chernobyl in 2007, STA...
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3 Slim Bundle)
Brotherhood brings more to the table, but doesn't quite have the flare of its predecessor.
After the release of the dismal original Assassin's Creed, this series really capitalized on all the endless potential and released a spectacular sequel in Assassin's Creed II. But it was dishearteni...
Reach is the latest great entry in the Halo franchise, with all that fans would expect plus some additions.
After the first three entries in the series, Halo has taken a little detour with the releases of ODST and Reach. You can bank on the franchise returning with a full sequel in the future, but for now,...
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country returns with a bang, delivering some of the finest platforming in years.
Retro Studios did wonders with the Metroid series, coming out of nowhere to create one of the greatest games of all time in Metroid Prime. They've barely missed a step since then, creating gems that ...
Darksiders might derive too heavily from Zelda and God of War, but it's a great game in its own right.
Darksiders is a fresh take on games you've played before. You play as War, one of the Four Horsemen, whose job it is to make sure Heaven and Hell don't overstep their boundaries in their endless stru...
God of War III
God of War III is loaded with brutal, thrilling action and is an epic conclusion to Kratos's struggle with the gods.
Picking up right where its predecessor left off, God of War III sees Kratos working with the Titan Gaia to scale Mount Olympus and destroy the gods once and for all. The opening scene is massive and ...
Super Mario Galaxy 2
A wide variety of new additions results in a masterpiece of balanced gameplay that is both challenging and exhilarating.
Super Mario has, for a long time now, been a once-in-a-generation gem unbelievably good enough to keep us salivating until Nintendo's next console. So you can count me among those who were shocked to...
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Black Ops continues the good, time-tested gameplay of its predecessors, though a breath of originality would be nice.
The Call of Duty series has been critically acclaimed in recent years and the popularity continues to grow. This trend has continued with Black Ops, which continues where Modern Warfare 2 left off, b...
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Ocarina of Time 3D is the definitive version of one of gaming's greatest achievements.
To think that it's actually been thirteen years. Thirteen years since the original Ocarina of Time was released to universal acclaim on the N64. Without a doubt one of the greatest games ever create...
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption's incredibly high production values make for a beautiful and memorable Western gaming experience.
Opening with protagonist John Marston on a train heading west with passengers talking of the world's affairs, many things about what kind of experience awaits in Red Dead Redemption become clear. The...
Metroid: Other M
Other M is furious fun and a fresh Metroid experience, though some aspects could've been better.
How often does a franchise get completely turned on its head? My guess would be "not that often," so it makes me wonder if any franchise has seen as many drastic changes to its core gameplay as has M...
Dante's Inferno: Shinkyoku Jigoku-Hen
The combat delivers exactly what fans of the genre would want, but the plot, level design, and puzzles don't match up.
The announcement of Dante's Inferno was of particular interest to me because of my studies in literature. The Divine Comedy is the apex of Italian Literature and one of the greatest epics in the hist...
Assassin's Creed II
An abundance of improvements made, Assassin's Creed II is vastly superior to its predecessor in every way.
The hype surrounding the original Assassin's Creed a few years ago was nothing short of overwhelming. The graphics looked stunning, the gameplay looked laudably realistic, and the amount of detail in...
Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 contains the same exciting action as the original and will leave fans satisfied.
Released a year prior to Left 4 Dead 2, Left 4 Dead contained intense campaigns and mind-blowing multiplayer. While it's strange that Valve would follow it up a mere year later with a full-fledged se...
With its intelligent puzzles and stunningly somber visuals, LIMBO is a perturbing, yet beautiful game.
LIMBO. A young, feeble child caught in some nightmarish world seeking to tear him apart. A Limbo indeed. No story. No developed cast of characters. Just one child on an arduous journey to escape ...
Super Mario Galaxy
Galaxy comes complete with a brilliant atmosphere, addictive platforming, and the nostalgia you would expect.
There haven't been many platformers that could compare to Super Mario 64. Eleven years passed before another one appeared. Galaxy builds on what made SM64 and SM Sunshine so good, and then adds its ...
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead is a thriller that will provide many hours of blistering action.
Gotta love a new franchise from Valve. With their track record going into this multiplayer project, it was obvious Left 4 Dead was the birth of something special. Valve is the cream of the crop at c...
Great online modes highlight the most well-rounded game in the series.
As the most widely loved series dating back to the release of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo has probably taken the largest amount of fanboy worshiping and hating out of any other series. I, for one, fou...
The brutal atmosphere and frantic plot stand out, but they're just two of Dead Space's many inspired aspects.
It seems as if horror games have gone the way of horror movies: creepy and bone-chilling titles like System Shock 2, Silent Hill, and Resident Evil haunted gamers for years, but new ideas have been ha...
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
The campaign is solid, but it's Bad Company 2's multiplayer that truly excels, flying high in a league of its own.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a sequel with many changes. The original Bad Company released in 2008 to a solid, if not quite frenzied, critical reception. Numerous changes were made, not only to imp...
Pocket Monsters HeartGold
Great remakes that provide many hours of fun even though the gameplay is starting to show its age.
September of 2004 saw the release of the first complete remakes in the Pokémon franchise, FireRed and LeafGreen, remakes of the original GameBoy games Red and Blue. These releases came in between the ...