User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.33/10

Total of 432 user ratings spread across 432 releases

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  • Review Score:6
    Yie Ar Kung-Fu for the NES is a mediocre port of the arcade version, but it is still fun while its campy appeal lasts.

    Yie Ar Kung Fu

    Yie Ar Kung-Fu for the NES is a mediocre port of the arcade version, but it is still fun while its campy appeal lasts.

    Yie Ar Kung-Fu made its debut in arcades, attempting to cash in on fads raised from entertainment seekers' infatuations with Oriental movies that had the themes of close-combat martial valour at the time. Not wanting to ... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Ultimate Doom may be just more of the same, but it celebrates the maturity of the id Tech 1 engine.

    The Ultimate Doom

    Ultimate Doom may be just more of the same, but it celebrates the maturity of the id Tech 1 engine.

    Developing a game engine is not easy to do, so when id Software has found that it could improve the id Tech 1 engine no further, they knew that they have reached a milestone - that if they want to make newer games, they ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Red Alert 2 offers way more campy and silly fun than its predecessor.

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

    Red Alert 2 offers way more campy and silly fun than its predecessor.

    The first Red Alert made great use of the "what-if?" plot device in order to create a very fun game with intentionally campy takes on the theme of fictional, alternate history. The outlandish themes that it had allowed i... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    American McGee's twist on Alice's fable is deliciously darker than Dodgson's original.

    American McGee's Alice

    American McGee's twist on Alice's fable is deliciously darker than Dodgson's original.

    As far as Lewis Carroll a.k.a. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - who penned the original Alice in Wonderland - is concerned, Alice's jaunt into the fantasy world that is Wonderland had no serious consequences. Alice was just a ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    A sassy heroine, wacky humor and a spin on 1960s culture makes this game stand out from others in its genre.

    The Operative: No One Lives Forever Game of the Year Edition

    A sassy heroine, wacky humor and a spin on 1960s culture makes this game stand out from others in its genre.

    As far as protagonists in FPS games of this game's times go, they tended to be either mountainous men who communicates through growling, snarling and/or one-liners or mute so-called heroes who only utter something when t... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Despite a relatively fresh premise and an intriguing protagonist, design shortfalls damage the prospects of this game.

    Hitman: Codename 47

    Despite a relatively fresh premise and an intriguing protagonist, design shortfalls damage the prospects of this game.

    Hitman: Codename 47 certainly evokes that feeling of uniqueness very early, with its generally grim yet strikingly designed box arts for variants of this game that were marketed around the world. The same feeling surface... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    While its title may be a bit misleading, this game does a good job of making an RTS out of the wars in ancient history.

    Age of Empires

    While its title may be a bit misleading, this game does a good job of making an RTS out of the wars in ancient history.

    A look at the title of the game and its box-art may have led a long-time PC game consumer to think that this is a game akin to civilization- or empire-building games like Civilizations or Caesar. After installing and pla... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Ever-changing challenges and great visuals in this game should more than distract the player from its minor setbacks.

    Time Commando

    Ever-changing challenges and great visuals in this game should more than distract the player from its minor setbacks.

    The box-arts for this game do not really make for a good first impression. The European version had a very beautifully rendered cover, but one that evokes memories of Steven Spielberg's greatest works (that concerned ali... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Contra's high levels of octane adds explosive fuel to the run-and-gun game genre.

    Contra

    Contra's high levels of octane adds explosive fuel to the run-and-gun game genre.

    Running-and-gunning action had been around a while before this game, but most of them involved only one player - which possibly fostered a sense of loneliness (albeit a noisy one) in any player who had an interest in thi... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    This sequel to Contra ramps up the action further even more explosively.

    Super Contra

    This sequel to Contra ramps up the action further even more explosively.

    Contra was an astonishingly popular side-scrolling shoot-'em-up, despite (what this reviewer believes to be) its minor flaws in presentations and its actually very simple gameplay. Not to sit on its laurels (when there w... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The Contra franchise makes an explosive debut on a console system other than Nintendo's.

    Contra: The Hard Corps

    The Contra franchise makes an explosive debut on a console system other than Nintendo's.

    Konami appeared to have always wanted to try its luck in markets that are not created by Nintendo's consoles. Contra: Hard Corps is an attempt at doing - and it turns out to be quite a good one (despite the Sega Genesis'... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    While the GameBoy version appears to be a simplified one, it is still reasonably fun.

    Contra Spirits

    While the GameBoy version appears to be a simplified one, it is still reasonably fun.

    The Contra franchise had been a steady revenue-earner for Konami for years after its debut as Contra. Contra III: The Alien Wars was yet another entry to the franchise. This time, the enemy had been clearly defined as al... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Lord of Destruction addresses minor issues of the first game and expands the game mechanics of the first game.

    Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

    Lord of Destruction addresses minor issues of the first game and expands the game mechanics of the first game.

    Both Diablo (main) games in the franchise had resorted to cliff-hangers to extend the story and provide the setting for sequels and follow-ups. Lord of Destruction is one such of the latter. However, perhaps to address a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    With its innovations and improved game mechanics, Diablo 2 leaps up and above its predecessor.<br />

    Diablo II

    With its innovations and improved game mechanics, Diablo 2 leaps up and above its predecessor.<br />

    Diablo practically popularized the hack-and-slash sub-genre of RPGs. Its apparent simplicity, however, disguised the presence of some clever game mechanics that made the game more sophisticated and fun than it looks. Dia... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Puzzle Quest 2 is a good game in its own right, but does not build much on the legacy founded by the first game.

    Puzzle Quest 2

    Puzzle Quest 2 is a good game in its own right, but does not build much on the legacy founded by the first game.

    Puzzle Quest 2 is purported to be a sequel to the first, but this statement would only apply if one only looks at its core gameplay. This game starts with a simple (non-skippable) movie that shows who are the publisher a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The fourth entry in the Monkey Island franchise makes a satisfactory jump to the third dimension.

    Escape from Monkey Island

    The fourth entry in the Monkey Island franchise makes a satisfactory jump to the third dimension.

    This was the first Monkey Island game that this reviewer had played, but to this reviewer's relief, playing the previous games was not a requirement to familiarize oneself with the premise of the game. However, this bein... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    With its contributions to the Fallout saga, this game does far more than just to continue where the first game left off.

    Fallout 2

    With its contributions to the Fallout saga, this game does far more than just to continue where the first game left off.

    The first Fallout is one of a few games that popularized the use of the theme of post-apocalyptic existence in digital games, as well as offered a look at the possibilities of how the world would be reborn after it had d... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    While Mario Bros could be no more than the foundation of a greater game to come, it did provide some fun platforming.

    Mario Bros.

    While Mario Bros could be no more than the foundation of a greater game to come, it did provide some fun platforming.

    Mario Bros was the next game that Shigeru Miyamoto and his past colleagues had made after Donkey Kong, in which debuted the now iconic Nintendo-exclusive characters who are Donkey Kong and Mario (formerly known as the le... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    This is not a game that is easily associated with Valve, but did reveal Valve's eye for games with commercial potential.

    Half-Life: Counter-Strike

    This is not a game that is easily associated with Valve, but did reveal Valve's eye for games with commercial potential.

    This reviewer had not expected that Valve would set its eyes on what began as a user-made mod for the first Half-Life game. Yet, it did, and in hindsight, it was certainly a decision that yielded very lucrative returns f... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Despite its rather bizarre thematic design, this first game in the Putt-Putt franchise was surprisingly endearing.

    Putt-Putt Joins the Parade

    Despite its rather bizarre thematic design, this first game in the Putt-Putt franchise was surprisingly endearing.

    This reviewer, as a very young child, had never been a fan of anthropomorphic automobiles, unless they happened to be of the transforming and heavily-armed kind. This game changed that opinion. Putt-Putt is a goggle-eyed... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    This game showcases the relatively impressive advancements that Croteam has made with its Serious Engine.

    Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter

    This game showcases the relatively impressive advancements that Croteam has made with its Serious Engine.

    This reviewer had the misfortune of having missed the vanilla version of The Second Encounter, but an offer of full trial for this game on Steam helped this reviewer keep up with the times (with respect to the Serious Sa... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Serious Sam is a great throwback to an era when FPS games were tremendously more straight-forward.

    Serious Sam: The First Encounter

    Serious Sam is a great throwback to an era when FPS games were tremendously more straight-forward.

    Serious Sam is that sort of game that a sensible consumer won't take seriously at first glance. A boxshot of the muscularly brutish protagonist in a roundneck T-shirt and jeans lugging around a gun as big as he is makes ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    While this version of Tetris may seem unremarkable at first glance, it heralded the true dawn of handheld multiplayer.

    Tetris

    While this version of Tetris may seem unremarkable at first glance, it heralded the true dawn of handheld multiplayer.

    Tetris is a game too famous not to be ported over into any imaginable game system since its debut on early generation home computers. The GameBoy version would seem to be just another typical port. However, the marketing... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Archon Ultra gives a much-welcome face-lift to the deceptively sophisticated Archon franchise.

    Archon Ultra

    Archon Ultra gives a much-welcome face-lift to the deceptively sophisticated Archon franchise.

    The original Archon game introduced many special rules to a kind of gameplay that is otherwise especially reminiscent of chess. Archon Ultra mostly used the same gameplay design, but has improved graphics over the first ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Despite some flaws, Doom was a shining example of great developer support and then-groundbreaking design ideas.

    Doom

    Despite some flaws, Doom was a shining example of great developer support and then-groundbreaking design ideas.

    After Wolfenstein 3D, which laid the solid groundwork for the FPS genre (though it was by no means the first FPS game), more breakthroughs in game design for the genre were expected from id Software. Doom delivered these... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:5
    This poorly presented game of Reversi does not take into consideration the limitations of the GameBoy.

    Othello

    This poorly presented game of Reversi does not take into consideration the limitations of the GameBoy.

    Firstly, this reviewer will have to clear some possible confusion about the two versions for this game. This game is developed by Tsukuda Original, and has been published by Kawada Inc. in the Eastern hemisphere and by A... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    A restrictive screen detracts from this otherwise adequate adaptation of the Oriental solitaire game.

    Shanghai

    A restrictive screen detracts from this otherwise adequate adaptation of the Oriental solitaire game.

    Firstly, this reviewer will probably need to start off this article with an elaboration for the framework behind this game. This game, Shanghai, is based on a single-player game known as mahjong solitaire, which is alleg... Read Full Review

    0 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    The Longest Journey presents a great adventure via intricate artwork, contrasting themes and intriguingly woven plots.

    The Longest Journey

    The Longest Journey presents a great adventure via intricate artwork, contrasting themes and intriguingly woven plots.

    Story and presentation are two very important aspects for any title in the adventure game genre. Not delivering on either often spells mediocrity and eventual doom for a franchise, especially those that are making their ... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    This game isn't a really true Tom & Jerry game at heart, but it still offers adequately fun platforming.

    Tom to Jerry

    This game isn't a really true Tom & Jerry game at heart, but it still offers adequately fun platforming.

    To this reviewer, the Tom &amp; Jerry franchise's most attractive quality is the unstable rivalry and friendship between the two namesake characters. One scenario would have Tom persistently trying to trap (and devour) J... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    It may be a shameless re-marketing of an ages-old game, but Battle Chess makes up by being very entertaining to watch.

    Battle Chess

    It may be a shameless re-marketing of an ages-old game, but Battle Chess makes up by being very entertaining to watch.

    To the wiser of players, they would recognize this game for what it is: a re-imagining of the pieces used in the venerable game of chess, but nothing more substantial. Yet, this re-imagining is particularly fun to watch.... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Like so many games based on the Simpsons' franchise, this one can be considered just another exploitative product.

    Bart Simpson's Escape From Camp Deadly

    Like so many games based on the Simpsons' franchise, this one can be considered just another exploitative product.

    The Simpsons' franchise is a highly successful one, having spawned a lot of commercial gain for its owners and fame for its creator. Sure enough, this means that there are more than a few parties out to profit from its p... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    This game is but a stepping stone in molding Mario into what he would become, yet it's a good game in its own right.

    Wrecking Crew

    This game is but a stepping stone in molding Mario into what he would become, yet it's a good game in its own right.

    Perhaps due to possible confusion over the ultimate fate of Mario's character design, the folks of Nintendo may have once considered Mario to be a general-purpose blue-collar worker (the inspiration for which can be dedu... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The zany humor, comically diverse protagonists and action-packed gameplay in this game are an uproarious concoction.

    MDK 2

    The zany humor, comically diverse protagonists and action-packed gameplay in this game are an uproarious concoction.

    The first MDK was a game that quite stoked the interest of the digital game communities with its odd character designs, out-of-this-world plot, often whimsically-themed weapons and of course, its mysterious title, which ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Power Blade was one of the better action-platformers to be had on the NES, though it is too easy for its own good.

    Power Blade

    Power Blade was one of the better action-platformers to be had on the NES, though it is too easy for its own good.

    This reviewer had to admit that, being a little impressionable child during the early 1990's, Arnold Schwarzenegger was quite the icon to behold. Therefore, having caught a glimpse of an NES game with a protagonist who r... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Although some of its additions appear not fully integrated, Hellfire still adds much to the main Diablo game.

    Hellfire

    Although some of its additions appear not fully integrated, Hellfire still adds much to the main Diablo game.

    The first Diablo is a very, very great game, but it has small, minor flaws that detract from the experience. Hellfire is an expansion that seeks to repair these flaws, and more. It also appends the main game with additio... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    The slightly derivative gameplay of this game does little to make good use of Sanrio's iconic characters.

    Sanrio Carnival

    The slightly derivative gameplay of this game does little to make good use of Sanrio's iconic characters.

    Sanrio Co Ltd.'s fictional characters may not appeal to everyone, but they do have a certain goofy quality that this reviewer had (and still has) a liking for, such as Hello Kitty's (and other Sanrio feline characters') ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Planescape: Torment weaves a deep and unforgettable story that warrants the re-definition of "epic".

    Planescape: Torment

    Planescape: Torment weaves a deep and unforgettable story that warrants the re-definition of "epic".

    The first impression to be gotten from looking at the box-art for this game is that it involves a hideously ugly protagonist in a semi-world of absolutely bewildering nature. Even if he/she could stomach that and plays t... Read Full Review

    4 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    While definitely not like its predecessors, Fallout 3 has worthy contribution to the Fallout IP.

    Fallout 3

    While definitely not like its predecessors, Fallout 3 has worthy contribution to the Fallout IP.

    This reviewer admits to being quite apprehensive of having Bethesda pick up the pieces of Fallout after the fall-from-grace of Interplay. This reviewer has always considered the setting, stories, character designs, creat... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Team Fortress 2 is one successful experiment with multiplayer-only gameplay outside of the MMO genre.

    Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 is one successful experiment with multiplayer-only gameplay outside of the MMO genre.

    This reviewer admits having much reservation on the purchase of the license for this game. Rentals of great games in the past were not exactly entirely worth the cash shelled out, largely due to replay value and the lack... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    While not as magnificent as Donkey Kong Country due to its limitations, Donkey Kong Land was still a glee to play.

    Donkey Kong Land

    While not as magnificent as Donkey Kong Country due to its limitations, Donkey Kong Land was still a glee to play.

    It is rare for a fictional character who is originally a villain to become a hero of his own right - with his own video games to boot. (In his defense though, Donkey Kong can be said to have been misunderstood when he an... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful