User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.39/10

Total of 403 user ratings spread across 403 releases

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  • Review Score: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
  • Review Score: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
  • Review Score: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
  • Review Score: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
  • Review Score:6
    This otherwise challenging game is marred by frustrating and silly flaws in its A.I. designs and game mechanisms.

    Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

    This otherwise challenging game is marred by frustrating and silly flaws in its A.I. designs and game mechanisms.

    In the history of video games, the documented battles of World War II are often the fodder for the settings of games based on World War II. However, there are a few games that focus on the secret (or more precisely, poor... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The excellent designs of this film-based game mark it as one of the most satisfying surprises in video game history.

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut

    The excellent designs of this film-based game mark it as one of the most satisfying surprises in video game history.

    Video games that try to feed off the hype of films that they are associated with are often little more than half-hearted pieces of work, usually due to problems like having to stick to tight deadlines or just apathy on t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Warrior Within trades the charm of Sands of Time for more visceral combat, but the trade-off is not exactly worthwhile.

    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

    Warrior Within trades the charm of Sands of Time for more visceral combat, but the trade-off is not exactly worthwhile.

    The first game in the rebooted Prince of Persia franchise ended in a manner that did not suggest that there would be a sequel. Yet, this did not deter attempts to make one. However, in an attempt to concoct a narrative e... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    This remake of Vengeance trades complexity for a lot more fun, but Reloaded also ignores a lot of existing issues.

    Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded

    This remake of Vengeance trades complexity for a lot more fun, but Reloaded also ignores a lot of existing issues.

    Firstly, it has to be mentioned here that Reloaded is a re-make of Alien Shooter: Vengeance that has been done by Sigma-Team in response to criticisms against the original. The revamp removes a lot of the restrictions in... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    In addition to addressing issues with its predecessors, Botanicula offers a refreshingly captivating experience.

    Botanicula

    In addition to addressing issues with its predecessors, Botanicula offers a refreshingly captivating experience.

    With Samorost and Machinarium, Amanita Design had managed to do the unexpected in the adventure game genre, which is to throw away the genre's insistence on logic and reason for puzzles and replace that with a lot of sur... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    This would have been one of the best garage games of its time, if not for its instability and design flaws.

    The Spirit Engine

    This would have been one of the best garage games of its time, if not for its instability and design flaws.

    It is very rare for an indie game to be competently made and satisfactorily fun during The Spirit Engine's time. The Spirit Engine came very close to being one, but instability in its code and certain flaws in its gamepl... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Pirates (2004) takes some steps forward and some backwards for the franchise, but it is still fantastically fun.

    Sid Meier's Pirates!

    Pirates (2004) takes some steps forward and some backwards for the franchise, but it is still fantastically fun.

    This game is the latest entry in a line of games of the same name, the first of which debuted in the 1980s. Sid Meier's Pirates has since been updated for post-2000 AD Windows platforms (though it has since been ported t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    For better or worse, Samorost 2 is even more bizarre and obtuse than its predecessor.

    Samorost 2

    For better or worse, Samorost 2 is even more bizarre and obtuse than its predecessor.

    The first Samorost game was perhaps a breath of fresh air for followers of the adventure game genre, as well as those who have a penchant for browser-based Flash applications. Furthermore, its focus on surreal charm in l... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Half-Life 2 refreshed the sci-fi shooter genre with new gameplay ideas, but also heralded the age of games as services.

    Half-Life 2

    Half-Life 2 refreshed the sci-fi shooter genre with new gameplay ideas, but also heralded the age of games as services.

    Considering the long gap in between the first Half-Life and its sequel, and the expansions for the first game that are somehow not completely canon, one would think that Valve would not be able to repeat the feat that it... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Plants VS Zombies shows that sophisticated gameplay can co-exist with silly premises, but the PC version lacks updates.

    Plants vs. Zombies

    Plants VS Zombies shows that sophisticated gameplay can co-exist with silly premises, but the PC version lacks updates.

    It has to be said here first that the premise is very ludicrous, even for a theme that includes zombies. Sentient, anthropomorphic plants defending a house from zombies that happen to be outright clones of each other can... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Vengeance builds on what the previous Tribes games have done and adds an actual story to spice up the gameplay.

    Tribes: Vengeance

    Vengeance builds on what the previous Tribes games have done and adds an actual story to spice up the gameplay.

    Tribes was a spin-off of the Metaltech series that was intended to offer something different to the shooter genre. It is very far removed from the mecha-centric turn-based strategy games that were once prevalent in the M... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Although Capsized is not the first indie to do so, it is rare for being both a 2-D puzzle- and action-platformer.

    CAPSIZED

    Although Capsized is not the first indie to do so, it is rare for being both a 2-D puzzle- and action-platformer.

    Those who have been following the indie scene with a little scepticism would have noticed that the next indie game and the one before it is more than likely to be either a side-scrolling action platformer or a side-scrol... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Samorost is simple, short and bizarre, yet it has a surreal charm that may entertain jaded adventure genre veterans.

    Samorost 1

    Samorost is simple, short and bizarre, yet it has a surreal charm that may entertain jaded adventure genre veterans.

    A very old – or very tired – follower of the adventure genre would probably think that he/she has seen them all by the time of this game, which also happened to be around the time when the adventure genre st... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    The Experiment is the better of the two expansions for Alien Shooter.

    Alien Shooter: The Experiment

    The Experiment is the better of the two expansions for Alien Shooter.

    The Experiment is the second expansion for Alien Shooter, and it happens to address some issues of the original package, as well as some of the complaints with the first expansion. However, the downsides of this expansio... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Fight For Life is more of the same and is very short, but at least it has better level designs than the original.

    Alien Shooter: Fight for Life

    Fight For Life is more of the same and is very short, but at least it has better level designs than the original.

    Fight For Life is an expansion for Alien Shooter, so the player should not expect much in the way of technical improvements. Unfortunately, the player should not expect much in the way of fixes either. The view obstructi... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Dead Space tries to be different - and it did a terrific job!

    Dead Space

    Dead Space tries to be different - and it did a terrific job!

    Dead Space's theme is not exactly original, but when it comes to combining horror, sci-fi and mystery, it executed its task tremendously well. Dead Space's pace of gameplay is such that it teases and toys (sometimes merc... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Alien Shooter is aware of its many flaws, yet makes a futile but commendable attempt to turn them to its advantage.

    Alien Shooter

    Alien Shooter is aware of its many flaws, yet makes a futile but commendable attempt to turn them to its advantage.

    With a name like Alien Shooter, a game consumer of its time would find it difficult to take the game seriously. Ironically, the game designers do not either. This impression is not immediately clear to the player though.... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Rome: Total War is an astonishingly deep yet excitingly fun entry in the Total War franchise.

    Rome: Total War

    Rome: Total War is an astonishingly deep yet excitingly fun entry in the Total War franchise.

    Shogun: Total War surprised the strategy game world with its Risk-like turn-based campaign and its real-time battles that took many battlefield factors such as terrain and weather into consideration. Its follow-up, Medie... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The HD version is not much different from the WiiWare version, but it retains the latter's fun and simple designs.

    Swords & Soldiers HD

    The HD version is not much different from the WiiWare version, but it retains the latter's fun and simple designs.

    Parodies or spoofs of ancient civilizations are often utilized as themes in video games that have next to reverence for history but focuses on silliness instead. Swords and Soldiers is the latest one. Debuting on the Wii... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Dawn of War commits sacrilege on Warhammer 40K canon, but has designs that are otherwise effective and sophisticated.

    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

    Dawn of War commits sacrilege on Warhammer 40K canon, but has designs that are otherwise effective and sophisticated.

    With the demise of Strategic Simulations, Inc., it would seem that the future of digital strategy games based on Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K label is bleak. In fact, the line of previous strategy games based on this d... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Double Fine pays tributes to Matryoska dolls in surprisingly refreshing and entertaining ways with Stacking.

    Stacking

    Double Fine pays tributes to Matryoska dolls in surprisingly refreshing and entertaining ways with Stacking.

    It is not very often that a game makes use of real-world inanimate objects like Matryoska stacking dolls as characters. Of course, this is not the first time in video game history that toys have been used, but such an oc... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    LIMBO's very short duration makes for poor value, but its aesthetic designs are bold and refreshing.

    LIMBO

    LIMBO's very short duration makes for poor value, but its aesthetic designs are bold and refreshing.

    Boys being protagonists are not an unheard of premise in video games. The games that they are in typically cater to the family, young children or teenagers, so they are not expected to be thrust into situations with outc... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The sequel convincingly improves on its predecessor's brand of RTS gameplay, among other things.

    Kohan II: Kings of War

    The sequel convincingly improves on its predecessor's brand of RTS gameplay, among other things.

    The first game in the Kohan franchise featured a peculiar form of RTS gameplay that focused more on macro-management and manoeuvring of armies – gameplay designs that are usually seen in the slower-paced turn-based... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Like the first Far Cry, this game reminds me that one cannot and should not rely entirely on another's judgment.

    Far Cry 2

    Like the first Far Cry, this game reminds me that one cannot and should not rely entirely on another's judgment.

    The first Far Cry scored 9.0 on GameSpot. Having developed a habit of getting every game that scored 9.0 and above on GameSpot and expecting it to be awesome, I was in for a severe, frustrating letdown upon playing Far C... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Doom 3 differs a lot from many expectations, but portrays the new direction that id Software has for the franchise well.

    Doom 3

    Doom 3 differs a lot from many expectations, but portrays the new direction that id Software has for the franchise well.

    The first Doom could be considered to be the first shooter that implemented a sense of verticality, marking a departure away from dungeon crawling themes that were prevalent in 3D shooters during its time. Doom 2 could b... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The sequel builds on what its forebearer did in revitalizing take-and-hold gameplay, but has a few loose ends in design.

    Ground Control II: Operation Exodus

    The sequel builds on what its forebearer did in revitalizing take-and-hold gameplay, but has a few loose ends in design.

    For years before the first game, the real-time strategy genre was inundated by titles with gameplay that is little more than about raising massive armies and crunching enemies underfoot. Titles with more sophisticated ga... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    NyxQuest plays like many other platforming games with motion controls, but is otherwise decent enough to be worthwhile.

    NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits

    NyxQuest plays like many other platforming games with motion controls, but is otherwise decent enough to be worthwhile.

    The Greek legend of Icarus, who wishes to reach the homes of the gods, is plenty exploitable due to narrative gaps in the fable. Although Icarus' means of reaching the divine abodes of the Olympian gods were described, h... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Torque's struggle with his inner demons and actual ones compensates for typical gore-drenched gameplay in The Suffering.

    The Suffering

    Torque's struggle with his inner demons and actual ones compensates for typical gore-drenched gameplay in The Suffering.

    Games like those in Rockstar's franchises sold themselves on the hype generated by the very mature and taboo-breaking themes in their story and gameplay. Since then, some other game-makers have tried to capitalize on thi... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    The fourth Thief game introduces some new gameplay mechanics, but also takes some proven mechanics away.

    Thief: Deadly Shadows

    The fourth Thief game introduces some new gameplay mechanics, but also takes some proven mechanics away.

    Having popularized the stealth-sneaker genre, the Thief franchise, at the time of this game, faced competition from the likes of Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell, as well as other games that had adopted the mechanics that t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Worms 2 may not be technologically superior than its predecessor, but it is certainly a lot more explosively silly.

    Worms 2

    Worms 2 may not be technologically superior than its predecessor, but it is certainly a lot more explosively silly.

    Worms may not have been the first to do what it did; very old games like Artillery for the Apple II and Scorched Earth for DOS were the pioneers of its subgenre of strategy titles, the "artillery game". However, Team 17'... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    This game tries to blend platforming and rhythm gameplay together, but doesn't utilize the strengths of either well.

    Bit.Trip Runner

    This game tries to blend platforming and rhythm gameplay together, but doesn't utilize the strengths of either well.

    Game-makers may find that there may be some hype and appeal to be had from combining gameplay elements from different genres and then loudly proclaiming the results to be something that had not been done many times befor... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Despite the game's drastic alteration of Hitman canon, Hitman: Contracts is otherwise a solid addition to the series.

    Hitman: Contracts

    Despite the game's drastic alteration of Hitman canon, Hitman: Contracts is otherwise a solid addition to the series.

    Codename 47 was lambasted for wasting an otherwise great premise with frustrating gameplay and mission designs. Its sequel, Silent Assassin, ruffled some fans who preferred the completely amoral 47 seen in the first game... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    This amusingly outrageous game has surprisingly addictive gameplay, but has minor but many foibles and balance issues.

    The Binding of Isaac

    This amusingly outrageous game has surprisingly addictive gameplay, but has minor but many foibles and balance issues.

    Team Meat is not one to shy from utilizing outrageous themes to embellish their games with. Perhaps, even those who have observed the founders of Team Meat for some time may have the impression that they are focusing the... Read Full Review

    1 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Slaying enemies in this game is entertaining if a bit unwholesome, but there is little in variety from the gameplay.

    Manhunt

    Slaying enemies in this game is entertaining if a bit unwholesome, but there is little in variety from the gameplay.

    There were few game-makers that are willing to touch on themes concerning the very much nastier and uglier aspects of the real-world, and then make these even more shocking. Yet, there is a niche to be had from such them... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    The game's accessibility and appeal are held back by restrictions imposed by the implementation of its premium schemes.

    Realm of the Mad God

    The game's accessibility and appeal are held back by restrictions imposed by the implementation of its premium schemes.

    Realm of the Mad God does something that many games have not done, as far as many game consumers would be able to recall. Yet, it also does what many players of "free-to-play" games would expect from a typical, self-proc... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The sequel builds on the appeals of its predecessor and offers intriguing multiplayer, albeit with conditional value.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

    The sequel builds on the appeals of its predecessor and offers intriguing multiplayer, albeit with conditional value.

    The first Splinter Cell wowed the gaming industry with themes and gameplay that can be considered refreshing. Therefore, there is little that Pandora Tomorrow can do to replicate that kind of appeal when what it does is ... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful