User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.2/10

Total of 436 user ratings spread across 428 releases

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  • Rating:6
    Frustrating first-person shooting and platforming detracts from the game's otherwise entertaining horror elements.

    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, there had been attempts to ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:7
    Battle of the Gods may not offer anything brand-new, but it does more of what the original package did well.

    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 original game. Bat... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:7
    Splendid story-writing compensates for the confused identity in the gameplay of Dreamfall.

    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 Longest Journey to be ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    Legend has Lara exploring yet more ruins and shooting more things, but its platforming is improved over previous games'.

    Tomb Raider: Legend

    Legend has Lara exploring yet more ruins and shooting more 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 that far more than com... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Red Tide is mostly a straight rehash of Men of War.

    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. Therefore, it should not be a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Oblivion exchanges some of the series' sophistication for a more believable open world and luck-free gameplay.

    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 purported improvements over it... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Lack of user-friendliness and bugs makes Men of War's great sophistication and challenge difficult to enjoy.

    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 respectable homage. Men of... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    The Dread Lords builds on the already considerable sophistication of its predecessor to new stellar heights.

    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 sort of 4X strategy games ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    The fun gameplay and content of MNC's sequel comes with the caveat of issues typically endemic to 'free-to-play' titles.

    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 blend of gamep... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    It would not be an overstatement to say that Braid had breathed new life into the 2-D puzzle-platforming genre.

    Braid

    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 stupendously famous). I... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Winterbottom's game uses done-before gameplay to create tricky puzzles alongside a slightly dark & whimsical story.

    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 such character and is the pro... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    The World of Goo's gameplay concepts would have been more entertaining if not for the limited camera and controls.

    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 scratch this itch. The "unlikely things" in ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    It is yet another game involving zombies, but Nation Red still scratches that itch for killing fictional former-people.

    Nation Red

    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 effective, almost guilt... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    NightSky seems to be merely about puzzles that has a ball rolling from A to B, but its use of traction is refreshing.

    NightSky

    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 an actual product to b... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Teleglitch may seem simple and punishing at first, but rewards determination, skill and familiarity in satisfying ways.

    Teleglitch

    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 the present day, resulting... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Trine is one of the best-looking indie games and has decently fun platforming, but it also includes a rude surprise.

    Trine

    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 it still is satisfactori... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Hydrophobia: Prophecy had a lot of promise, but dubious pacing and storywriting cut short its potential.

    Hydrophobia Prophecy

    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. Hydrophobia, the original v... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7

    Orcs Must Die!

  • Rating:7
    The additional items are as overpowered as they are entertaining, but the additional traps are at least balanced.

    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 has released ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    Orcs Must Die! is an uproarious take on tower defence with a hearty dash of nasty traps, but it has lingering bugs.

    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 managed to get inside. Or... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5
    If not for the wall-mounted device, Lost Adventures would be a DLC package of questionable value.

    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 have been wasted work, b... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Torchlight is a splendidly solid action RPG with more features than one would expect.

    Torchlight

    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 make, they did not leave t... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Many issues detract from an otherwise sophisticated game that features armoured vehicles in ways that no other had.

    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 Tanks, trying to drive the t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    A convincing adaptation of a dour sci-fi novel and a few unusual gameplay designs makes Metro 2033 a worthwhile shooter.

    Metro 2033

    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 likes of Half-Life 2 has al... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:7
    It lacks depth for its 4X section and has balance issues, but Empire At War is still a solid Star Wars RTS game.

    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 fact, it may have balance ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    This map's verticality and non-linear linking between platforms make for an amusingly deceptive level of challenge.

    Sanctum: Slums

    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 too, and has inspired the... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    With its jump-pads and two-way teleporters, Cavern makes itself different from many other Sanctum maps.

    Sanctum: Cavern

    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 developer to keep up the... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    A lack of building space and uneven terrain makes Aftershock a challenging addition to Sanctum.

    Sanctum: Aftershock

    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 placed and remain behind ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    This interestingly designed map is best played on higher difficulty settings.

    Sanctum: Aftermath

    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 of the maps that would... Read Full Review

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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