User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.39/10

Total of 393 user reviews spread across 393 releases

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  • User Rating:7
    The Killing Floor fills a tactical gap in the floor-based defences of Sanctum.

    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 Killing Floor would fix thi... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    If not for the commentary, the peculiar alien and the Easter Egg, this simply-designed (but free) map would be dull.

    Sanctum: Yogscave

    If not for the commentary, the peculiar alien and the Easter Egg, this simply-designed (but free) map would be dull.

    INTRO: Coffee Stain Studios started on its path of game development after having won recognition from Epic Games in a certain event. Since then, it would appear that it has attracted the attention of certain other partie... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The Violator is close to being overpowered, but its drawbacks provide the needed balance for its inclusion in Sanctum.

    Sanctum: Violator

    The Violator is close to being overpowered, but its drawbacks provide the needed balance for its inclusion in Sanctum.

    INTRO: Several months after the official launch of Sanctum, Coffee Stain Studios decided to supplement their revenue by offering premium additional content for the game. One of these packages is the Violator. Compared to... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    The Penetrator highlights deficiencies in the A.I. scripts for the defences in Sanctum.

    Sanctum: Penetrator

    The Penetrator highlights deficiencies in the A.I. scripts for the defences in Sanctum.

    INTRO: After having filled the holes in its once barely complete game, Coffee Stain Studios proceeded to design premium additional content for Sanctum. Some of these additional content pieces are in the form of defences.... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Sanctum has a refreshing, first-person take on tower defense, but it took so long to add value to the customer.

    Sanctum

    Sanctum has a refreshing, first-person take on tower defense, but it took so long to add value to the customer.

    INTRO: Most tower defense games have the player plonking down buildings to funnel and massacre waves of creeps in various ways, usually with the help of a convenient camera view that gives a good view of the map. However... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    This festive DLC is marred by eye-hurting lighting and particle effects, as well as awful singing.

    Sanctum: X-Mas Carnage

    This festive DLC is marred by eye-hurting lighting and particle effects, as well as awful singing.

    INTRO: Sanctum was the game that gave indie developer Coffee Stain Studios its first major break. After a less-than-ideal launch of the game where it debuted with only the barest essentials, Coffee Stain Studios appears ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Beneath a Steel Sky would have been a wonderful dystopian tale if not for flaws in its execution.

    Beneath a Steel Sky

    Beneath a Steel Sky would have been a wonderful dystopian tale if not for flaws in its execution.

    INTRO: During this game's time, there was a lot of competition in the adventure game genre (which was then strong) to create stories that are not only riveting but also believable. The spiritual predecessor of Beneath a ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The third entry in the franchise goes some way to reconcile the first and second entries, both gameplay- and story-wise.

    Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

    The third entry in the franchise goes some way to reconcile the first and second entries, both gameplay- and story-wise.

    INTRO: The first title in the rebooted Prince of Persia franchise had a fairy-tale vibe to it, in addition to surprisingly satisfactory platforming gameplay for most people. The second one had more of the latter, but thr... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Eufloria may be a game with appealing abstract visuals, but its presentation does not match its gameplay.

    Eufloria

    Eufloria may be a game with appealing abstract visuals, but its presentation does not match its gameplay.

    INTRO: With a name like "Eufloria" and abstract visuals, this game would have given the first impression that it is a game that one plays to relax and unwind. In fact, its first level, which has the player seeding astero... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The game has a wonderful twist on the trope of zombies, but it is not without issues that sometimes sour its gameplay.

    Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

    The game has a wonderful twist on the trope of zombies, but it is not without issues that sometimes sour its gameplay.

    INTRO: It is not often that a game that involves zombies would actually be about a zombie's travails, instead of the struggle of those that are being hunted by zombies or more commonly, those that are killing them by the... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Hard Reset has splendid graphics and interesting weapons, but does not live up to its promises made during marketing.

    Hard Reset

    Hard Reset has splendid graphics and interesting weapons, but does not live up to its promises made during marketing.

    INTRO: During the time of this game, there were and still are more than a few rumblings from older game consumers about the general state of the FPS genre in the present day. They happen to hark from the days of very old... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    A Game of Dwarves may have digging in 3D, but everything else about the game is unimpressive or even dull.

    A Game of Dwarves

    A Game of Dwarves may have digging in 3D, but everything else about the game is unimpressive or even dull.

    INTRO: For people who are into the management subgenre of strategy games, dwarves may be the fantastical race that fascinates them the most, being the diminutive and stubborn folk with plenty of facial hair that they are... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Despite its simplification of space and obvious sources of inspiration, SPAZ is a sophisticated strategy/RPG title.

    Space Pirates and Zombies

    Despite its simplification of space and obvious sources of inspiration, SPAZ is a sophisticated strategy/RPG title.

    INTRO: The runaway success of the Space Rangers franchise had inspired the creation of more than a few similar games. Space Pirates and Zombies, or "SPAZ", to use the official acronym of the game, is one such attempt. At... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Civilization IV was an astonishingly sophisticated game that catered to many civilization-building playstyles.

    Sid Meier's Civilization IV

    Civilization IV was an astonishingly sophisticated game that catered to many civilization-building playstyles.

    INTRO: With the fourth entry, the Civiliztion series enters the 3D realm. However, what would appeal more to the series' veterans is the return of sophisticated turn-based gameplay designs. It is, however, not without pr... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Age of Empires III was the near-culmination of the series' designs, especially in terms of visuals.

    Age of Empires III

    Age of Empires III was the near-culmination of the series' designs, especially in terms of visuals.

    INTRO: The Age of Empires franchise may have seemed like a cheap attempt to adapt medieval and ancient settings for an RTS game, but so far, up to this entry in the franchise, they had been rather entertaining, despite t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A sci-fi shooter with both exciting gameplay and a convincing sense of dread is rare, but F.E.A.R was that game.

    F.E.A.R.

    A sci-fi shooter with both exciting gameplay and a convincing sense of dread is rare, but F.E.A.R was that game.

    INTRO: F.E.A.R. was certainly ambitious. There were few game designers that would dare to attempt to implement close-combat moves in a shooter game, and fewer still that would dare to do that and include horror film elem... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    While this expansion pack seems a mere redesign of its predecessor, the new feature of migrations is quite thrilling.

    Rome: Total War Barbarian Invasion

    While this expansion pack seems a mere redesign of its predecessor, the new feature of migrations is quite thrilling.

    INTRO: Rome: Total War was a pivotal entry in the Total War franchise, then-enhancing the already sophisticated gameplay of the Total War franchise with its improvement of the province-based strategic map. However, it ha... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Indigo Prophecy could have been more engaging if not for its intrusive Quick-Time Events and barely decent graphics.

    Fahrenheit

    Indigo Prophecy could have been more engaging if not for its intrusive Quick-Time Events and barely decent graphics.

    INTRO: Themes and settings such as conspiracy theories, zero-to-hero, latent superpowers and murky pasts have become quite the trope in works of fiction. However, it did not stop the likes of Quantic Dream to mash all th... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Earned in Blood is more of the same, but its core appeal of portraying soldiers as conflicted people is still there.

    Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood

    Earned in Blood is more of the same, but its core appeal of portraying soldiers as conflicted people is still there.

    INTRO: It is rare that first-person shooters ever give much attention to the events of World War 2 (WWII) beyond the carnage that has been wrought during this era. The Brother in Arms franchise does not shy away from doi... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    If not for the entertaining pace of its official campaign, Neverwinter Nights 2 would have been run-of-the-mill.

    Neverwinter Nights 2

    If not for the entertaining pace of its official campaign, Neverwinter Nights 2 would have been run-of-the-mill.

    INTRO: The first Neverwinter Nights did not exactly live up to the hype, though it was far from being a poor game. However, Atari apparently was not impressed enough to let the developer of the first game, BioWare, work ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The sequel addresses many issues with the first game but also added elements that reduced the franchise's uniqueness.

    Black & White 2

    The sequel addresses many issues with the first game but also added elements that reduced the franchise's uniqueness.

    INTRO: The first Black & White was hardly a successor to Peter Molyneux's once-ground-breaking Populous, but it broke ground anyway with the feature of Creatures, which happen to be uncannily quirky and endearing. Li... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The addition of a new faction is good value, but the new campaign seems too short and the changes are not all positive.

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault

    The addition of a new faction is good value, but the new campaign seems too short and the changes are not all positive.

    INTRO: Dawn of War was a surprisingly good RTS title that captured the fast-paced brutality of war in Warhammer 40K fiction, though it took more than a few liberties with the canon in order to fit it to a base-building R... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It is mostly well-designed, but this game has little more to offer than its premise of two rival groups joining forces.

    X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

    It is mostly well-designed, but this game has little more to offer than its premise of two rival groups joining forces.

    INTRO: Wherever there is a work of fiction involving groups of characters who strive to complete objectives that occur outside of the games industry, there would be game-makers who are eager to adapt this work of fiction... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Dragonshard seems sacrilegious, but it adapts the D&D rules for RTS gameplay surprisingly well.

    Dragonshard

    Dragonshard seems sacrilegious, but it adapts the D&D rules for RTS gameplay surprisingly well.

    INTRO: It is not very often that a game-maker would attempt to take something that has been established and alter it for something else entirely. Yet, Liquid Entertainment has done it, after having secured a contract fro... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Although Fable for Windows has the same content to offer and more, it is also reminder of Lionhead's failure to deliver.

    Fable: The Lost Chapters

    Although Fable for Windows has the same content to offer and more, it is also reminder of Lionhead's failure to deliver.

    INTRO: The high/medieval fantasy role-playing game (RPG) genre has so many tropes that there would be little space left for innovation, despite its outlandish settings. Yet, this has not prevented Peter Molyneux and Lion... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    With gameplay that requires an awful lot of memorization and timing, Life Force deserves little if any praise.

    Salamander

    With gameplay that requires an awful lot of memorization and timing, Life Force deserves little if any praise.

    INTRO: During the late 1980s and early 1990s, games often resorted to having difficulty that is so sheer as to have the player trying over and over again upon each failure. The challenges were mostly cheap, and unfortuna... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    BloodRayne 2 is improved over its predecessor, but struggles to stand out from other titles with similar gameplay.

    BloodRayne 2

    BloodRayne 2 is improved over its predecessor, but struggles to stand out from other titles with similar gameplay.

    INTRO: In hindsight, BloodRayne depended on a lot of hype about its sultry and tart-mouthed half-vampire, half-human protagonist to market itself. In practice, the game has gameplay that is not tightly designed, a camera... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    San Andreas trumps its predecessors on sophistication and game content.

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    San Andreas trumps its predecessors on sophistication and game content.

    INTRO: Grand Theft Auto III was a surprising entry in a series that had otherwise been known for open-world gameplay with a focus on wanton violence; it injected somewhat story-centric gameplay into the series, a change ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Psychonauts offers a bizarre yet wonderful adventure, as well as some of the most hilarious writing seen in video games.

    Psychonauts

    Psychonauts offers a bizarre yet wonderful adventure, as well as some of the most hilarious writing seen in video games.

    INTRO: Tim Schafer is known for creating goofy characters, what with the likes of Guybrush Threepwood of Monkey Island fame, whom he co-designed with his peers. However, with Psychonauts, it would be evident that his pee... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Although the expansion is not exactly more of the same, it does not offer anything remarkably new either.

    Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil

    Although the expansion is not exactly more of the same, it does not offer anything remarkably new either.

    INTRO: Doom 3 was a bold move by id Software, which threw off traditional designs of run-and-gun shooting seen in the likes of the previous Doom games in favour of more emphasis on story-telling and atmosphere, at least ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    SWAT 4 was a refreshingly different shooter during its time, but it had to be affected by Sierra's search for revenue.

    SWAT 4

    SWAT 4 was a refreshingly different shooter during its time, but it had to be affected by Sierra's search for revenue.

    INTRO: It is a very rare shooter indeed that does not have the player taking control of a lonely player character who either has to shoot up a bunch of opposition to get from one spot in a level to another or fight other... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Chaos Theory builds on its predecessors, but also highlights some policy foibles on the part of Ubisoft.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

    Chaos Theory builds on its predecessors, but also highlights some policy foibles on the part of Ubisoft.

    INTRO: Considering the reception of the previous Splinter Cell games, it was not a surprise that there would be another to propagate the franchise, and for Ubisoft to reap the rewards from (through ways that can be consi... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Act of War has bold and rare gameplay ideas as well as splendid graphics.

    Act of War: Direct Action

    Act of War has bold and rare gameplay ideas as well as splendid graphics.

    INTRO: Firstly, it has to be said here that it was rare for a real-time strategy title to make use of modern combat and near-future settings back in 2005, when RTS titles mostly had sci-fi settings, which were perhaps mo... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    This is one of few space-based games that has six-axis physics; it delivers, and with more sophistication than expected.

    Nexus: The Jupiter Incident

    This is one of few space-based games that has six-axis physics; it delivers, and with more sophistication than expected.

    Nexus: The Jupiter Incident has a lot of hurdles in getting people to play it; not only was it not very well-known due to lack of marketing, it was also a game with full six-axes physics, which can be disorienting to man... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Tribes: Ascend has splendid gameplay, but free-loading in it is a pain and it suffers from oversights on Hi-Rez's part.

    Tribes: Ascend

    Tribes: Ascend has splendid gameplay, but free-loading in it is a pain and it suffers from oversights on Hi-Rez's part.

    (Note: This review has been made using version 1.0.1121.0 of the game.) Firstly, it has to be mentioned here that, for better or worse, the majority of the followers of the Tribes franchise follow it for its highly compe... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    With its greater sophistication and challenges, this is what the first game should have been.<br />

    Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty

    With its greater sophistication and challenges, this is what the first game should have been.<br />

    The first Commandos game, Behind Enemy Lines, was lauded for having gameplay that is very different from many other games during its time; it was also praised for focusing its exploitation of World War II on a different ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    This game recycles the gameplay of its predecessor, but an interesting story and expansions to game modes provide value.

    Freedom Force vs The 3rd Reich

    This game recycles the gameplay of its predecessor, but an interesting story and expansions to game modes provide value.

    The original Freedom Force was known for making a surprisingly good game out of themes that seemed unlikely to be popular during its time, at least not to anyone that is not already a fan of the Silver or Bronze eras of ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    This game seems shamelessly derivative, but the exciting pace of its single-player mode makes for a splendid experience.

    Star Wars: Republic Commando

    This game seems shamelessly derivative, but the exciting pace of its single-player mode makes for a splendid experience.

    It is very rare indeed for a game that is based in the Star Wars universe to lack lightsabers and the presence of the mysterious Force. It is even rarer for a Star Wars game to try to adapt game designs that have been se... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The Sith Lords is not aesthically superior, but it has more content than its predecessor and an excellent story.

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

    The Sith Lords is not aesthically superior, but it has more content than its predecessor and an excellent story.

    After having hired BioWare to craft a rather splendid role-playing game for the Star Wars franchise, LucasArts handed the contract work over to Obsidian, which at the time was quite familiar with BioWare's techniques at ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Armies of Exigo's splendid graphics and few innovations are held back by poor screen-writing and too-familliar designs.

    Armies of Exigo

    Armies of Exigo's splendid graphics and few innovations are held back by poor screen-writing and too-familliar designs.

    During this game's time, there were few real-time strategy games that can boast of splendid 3D graphics; having to have many models on-screen is not an easy design to pull off. When Armies of Exigo introduced itself into... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful