Total of 352 user reviews spread across 352 releases
Deponia is the first of the best-refined series of games to come from Daedelic.
INTRO: That Daedelic Entertainment is slanted towards adventure games is perhaps known to those who still keep an eye on this once-vibrant genre. However, instead of watching the genre fade into obliv...
The Whispered World
Problems both technical and graphical mingle with The Whispered World’s witty humor and writing.
Spot is perhaps the character with the least personal issues, giving credence to the adage "ignorance is bliss".INTRO: Daedelic Entertainment is infatuated with adventure games, this much should be ap...
Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
Harvey’s New Eyes has an intriguing and heart-tugging story to tell, if one can bear its technical issues.
INTRO: It is not very often that an adventure game can present discomforting themes while hiding them beneath a veneer of cartoonish artwork. Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes would be one su...
Journey of a Roach
Whimsy and shortness make Journey of a Roach more of a prototype of a game than a full-fledged title.
INTRO: Recently, there have been attempts to revitalize the once-dead adventure game genre. Most of these depend on delivering stellar story-writing and presentation over any advancements in gameplay ...
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords
The Warlords expansion enriches the already sophisticated gameplay of Civilization IV.
INTRO: Civilizations IV debuted with sophisticated gameplay that one would think could not get any more complex. Then came the Warlords expansion, most of which seem to add more of the same that is fu...
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Episode One does not offer any new gameplay and is very short, but it certainly whets the appetite of Half-Life fans.
A flat joke establishes the name of an enemy creature.INTRO: The original Half-Life 2 has an ending that unapologetic fans of the story of the first Half-Life would love, though its cliffhanger nature...
The Spirit Engine 2
Spirit Engine 2 improves on its predecessor, and has a splendid story to go with surprisingly sophisticated combat.
There be giant killer-baby monsters in this game.INTRO: The first Spirit Engine was an attempt at creating a side-scrolling RPG adventure, but many issues, most of which are technical, dogged it. Its ...
AI War: Fleet Command
A.I. War’s complexity is refreshing and enduring, but it is also terribly daunting to newcomers.
If you understand what is happening in the screenshot above, chances are, you like very complicated games.INTRO: It is not often that an RTS game has a convincingly challenging single-player experienc...
Hitman: Blood Money
Blood Money takes the best designs from its predecessors to provide more refined gameplay.
INTRO: After the series’ semi-reboot in both gameplay and canon in Hitman: Contracts, it may seem like it is getting its act together by addressing the gameplay issues in the first title and cut...
Heroes of Might and Magic V
The series goes back to its roots with clear improvements and increased sophistication.
There are bridges in the game, but no trolls - yet. INTRO:The Heroes of Might & Magic series has gone through some upheaval when its original creator, New World Computing, experimented with risky ...
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars
Spellforce 2 builds on its predecessor’s ideas and does what the previous game did not do well.
"Aren't you cold?" - JaredINTRO: The first Spellforce was an ambitious game – perhaps too ambitious. It was not the first game to try to pair role-playing elements with typical strategy gamepla...
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Frustrating first-person shooting and platforming detracts from the game's otherwise entertaining horror elements.
INTRO: H.P. Lovecraft's works are well-known for being suspenseful works of fiction, as well as presenting an unsettling portrayal of the unbelievably ancient and inhuman. For better or worse, ther...
Black & White 2 - Battle of the Gods
Battle of the Gods may not offer anything brand-new, but it does more of what the original package did well.
INTRO: Black & White 2 was not exactly the sequel that every single fan of the previous game was hoping for, but to those who appreciate it, there is quite a lot of content that was not seen in the...
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Splendid story-writing compensates for the confused identity in the gameplay of Dreamfall.
INTRO: The Longest Journey was not exactly a stupendously splendid game; it had rough edges, especially in the animations of its in-game models. However, the rest of it was excellent enough for The...
Tomb Raider: Legend
Legend also has Lara exploring exotic places and shooting things, but its platforming is improved over previous games'.
INTRO: The older Tomb Raider games were popular in their own way, likely because of their common appeal of a sassy and peculiarly proportioned femme fatale who explores ruins with great athleticism...
Men of War: Red Tide
Red Tide is mostly a straight rehash of Men of War.
INTRO: Even before Men of War (which was actually a rename from its original Russian and European version), developers Best Way and Digitalmindsoft had already designed many games before it. Theref...
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Oblivion exchanges some of the series' sophistication for a more believable open world and luck-free gameplay.
INTRO: Hindsight is a mark of wisdom. It would bring one to realize that despite having been a much-awaited entry to the Elder Scrolls franchise, Oblivion had its own issues that marred its purport...
Men of War
Lack of user-friendliness and bugs makes Men of War's great sophistication and challenge difficult to enjoy.
INTRO: During the time of this game, there are few game-makers that are eager to exploit the events of World War II. Even fewer among these have sophisticated gameplay that can be considered as res...
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
The Dread Lords builds on the already considerable sophistication of its predecessor to new stellar heights.
INTRO: The first Galactic Civilizations might be considered a testing ground for the aspiring developer that is Stardock. Although it had a few rough edges, it was one of the best titles of the sor...
Super Monday Night Combat
The fun gameplay and content of MNC's sequel comes with the caveat of issues typically endemic to 'free-to-play' titles.
INTRO: Although the first Monday Night Combat may not have a premise that is original – it has already been done by the likes of Unreal Tournament – its story was used as an excuse for a proven ble...
It would not be an overstatement to say that Braid had breathed new life into the 2-D puzzle-platforming genre.
INTRO: By the time of Braid, there had not been much of anything remarkable in the 2-D puzzle-platforming genre, beyond the efforts of indie game-makers like Edmund McMillen (who had yet to become ...
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
Winterbottom's game uses done-before gameplay to create tricky puzzles alongside a slightly dark & whimsical story.
INTRO: Anti-heroes that are aged men are not exactly pervasive in video games, and anti-heroes that are geezers with a criminal penchant for pastries are even rarer. P.B. Winterbottom is one suc...
World of Goo
The World of Goo's gameplay concepts would have been more entertaining if not for the limited camera and controls.
INTRO: Building rickety structures out of unlikely things is a pastime for some children, as well as adults with some time on their hands to burn. World of Goo would happen to fulfill this itch. ...
It is yet another game involving zombies, but Nation Red still scratches that itch for killing fictional former-people.
INTRO: Killing people, even if they are fictional, is not exactly a notion that is comfortable to many. However, zombies, which are monsters that do undeniably resemble people, have always been an ...
NightSky seems to be merely about puzzles that has a ball rolling from A to B, but its use of traction is refreshing.
INTRO: Every once in a while, some aspiring game-makers have ideas for games and would cobble together some working prototypes. If they have enough proof-of-concept, they are hammered together into...
Teleglitch may seem simple and punishing at first, but rewards determination, skill and familiarity in satisfying ways.
(This review was written before the Die More Edition, published by Paradox Interactive, was created.) INTRO: Old games that were once vaunted such as Doom often inspire game designers long into ...
Trine is one of the best-looking indie games and has decently fun platforming, but it also includes a rude surprise.
INTRO: There had been plenty of indie 2D action/puzzle-platformers before Trine, including those with similar gameplay. Trine would appear to do nothing remarkably different gameplay-wise, though i...
Hydrophobia: Prophecy had a lot of promise, but dubious pacing and storywriting cut short its potential.
INTRO: Games that prominently feature water as obstacles, tools and hazards all at the same time are very rare, mainly because of the difficulty of simulating water physics in convincing ways. H...
Orcs Must Die! Artifacts of Power
The additional items are as overpowered as they are entertaining, but the additional traps are at least balanced.
INTRO: The vanilla version of Orcs Must Die! is challenging enough with the arsenal that is available to the player. In its attempt to enrich the game – and itself – further, Robot Entertainment ha...
Orcs Must Die!
Orcs Must Die! is an uproarious take on tower defence with a hearty dash of nasty traps, but it has lingering bugs.
INTRO: There are few medieval fantasy stories that are willing to describe what orcs would do when they storm a fortress, beyond saying that the defenders have already lost because the orcs have ma...
Orcs Must Die! Lost Adventures
If not for the wall-mounted device, Lost Adventures would be a DLC package of questionable value.
INTRO: During the development of any game, there would be content that is made and then cut out of the final product because it does not fit well with the rest of the game. Said cut content would h...
Torchlight is a splendidly solid action RPG with more features than one would expect.
INTRO: Having business interests mix with game development may have removed some game designers' desire to stay at where they were, but fortunately for followers of the kinds of games that they mak...
World of Tanks
Many issues detract from an otherwise sophisticated game that features armoured vehicles in ways that no other had.
INTRO: Games that present tanks as ungainly and vulnerable are very rare; most games with them presents them in arcade-like manners, easy to handle and rumbling around with gusto. In World of Ta...
A convincing adaptation of a dour sci-fi novel and a few unusual gameplay designs makes Metro 2033 a worthwhile shooter.
INTRO: Although Metro 2033 was a vaunted novel, not everyone would have been pleased by the news that a shooter title would be made from it; after all, Metro 2033 came about at a time when the like...
Star Wars: Empire at War
It lacks depth for its 4X section and has balance issues, but Empire At War is still a solid Star Wars RTS game.
INTRO: It can be difficult to argue which subgenre of strategy games that Empire at War is best placed in. If it is an RTS game, then Empire at War has hardly any revolutionary RTS gameplay. In fac...
This map's verticality and non-linear linking between platforms make for an amusingly deceptive level of challenge.
INTRO: Platforms that are suspended or floating in mid-air have always been quite a bizarre yet entrancing sight. It would appear that someone in Coffee Stain Studios has been captivated by them to...
With its jump-pads and two-way teleporters, Cavern makes itself different from many other Sanctum maps.
INTRO: As Coffee Stain Studios could not do much with the player character's arsenal and the designs of the Lumes in Sanctum without breaking its gameplay balance, the most dependable way for the d...
A lack of building space and uneven terrain makes Aftershock a challenging addition to Sanctum.
INTRO: It is undeniable that Coffee Stain Studios had thought of adding new content for Sanctum long after its launch, but for better or worse, it has decided that some of this content has to be pl...
This interestingly designed map is best played on higher difficulty settings.
INTRO: In vanilla Sanctum, the original maps have different layouts compared to each other, though there were only a handful of them. For better or worse, Coffee Stain Studios has decided that some...
Sanctum: Killing Floor
The Killing Floor fills a tactical gap in the floor-based defences of Sanctum.
INTRO: Sanctum debuted with a few floor-based defences to deal with the waves of aliens, but none of them actually inflicted any damage on the aliens. The formerly premium-only DLC that is the Kill...