User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.89/10

Total of 87 user reviews spread across 87 releases

  1. 10
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  2. 9
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  3. 8
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  4. 7
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  5. 6
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  6. 5
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  • User Rating 10
    If I sought treatment for my addiction to Bethesda Softworks' games, would the counselors just laugh at me?

    Fallout 3

    Rated on June 09, 2011 by JOE714

    If I sought treatment for my addiction to Bethesda Softworks' games, would the counselors just laugh at me?

    You gotta stop doing this to me, Bethesda. You just gotta. I can't keep getting hooked on your games like some feckless junkie. You first reeled me in with Arena back in college. You remember that...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    With so much to do and see, Oblivion provides an incredibly gratifying role-playing experience...

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    Rated on August 22, 2007 by JOE714

    With so much to do and see, Oblivion provides an incredibly gratifying role-playing experience...

    Man, oh, man. What is it about the Elder Scrolls series that is just so doggone unremittingly addictive? It all started with the hideously pixellated but vast and intricate (at the time) Arena back ...

    10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.6
    Like a really good tech demo, BP is beautiful but full of glitches and unsatisfying/unfinished RPG elements...

    Boiling Point: Road to Hell

    Rated on August 03, 2007 by JOE714

    Like a really good tech demo, BP is beautiful but full of glitches and unsatisfying/unfinished RPG elements...

    It’s that time of the month again, when we close my team’s little section of SAP and our operations group takes a few personal days while Accounting does whatever it is accountants do during ledger re...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.2
    Although it is buggy and rushed, Bloodlines is one of the most detailed and replayable RPGs I've ever owned...

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

    Rated on July 10, 2007 by JOE714

    Although it is buggy and rushed, Bloodlines is one of the most detailed and replayable RPGs I've ever owned...

    I first heard of White Wolf’s pen-and-paper Vampire: The Masquerade games just over ten years ago, when a theatre buddy of mine invited me to a live-action enactment of the undead lifestyle down in Sa...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    Exciting, expertly-crafted, and well worth the wait. Hey, Valve: Goodonya, mates! Keep 'em coming.

    Half-Life 2

    Rated on June 13, 2007 by JOE714

    Exciting, expertly-crafted, and well worth the wait. Hey, Valve: Goodonya, mates! Keep 'em coming.

    I don’t typically grab a brand-new title just as it arrives in stores, no matter how high the heaps of pre-release buzz might elevate my anticipation. In fact, I’m among the least favorite of any pub...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.2
    SO:RM looks and sounds very good, but grows tiresome over time...

    Shadow Ops: Red Mercury

    Rated on June 09, 2007 by JOE714

    SO:RM looks and sounds very good, but grows tiresome over time...

    I ended up enjoying Shadow Ops: Red Mercury a whole lot more than I anticipated. The game was exactly what I expected when I bought it off of the bargain rack: an extremely basic run-and-gun shooter ...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.8
    MS2 is worth a try for anyone who REALLY loves sniping, but is otherwise dull and remarkably frustrating...

    Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare

    Rated on June 01, 2007 by JOE714

    MS2 is worth a try for anyone who REALLY loves sniping, but is otherwise dull and remarkably frustrating...

    The impenetrable bushes really, really got to me. I mean, really. In a way that completely belied my normally mellow demeanor. Like, pushing back from the chair and pacing around the room in a h...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    TTB retains the doom and gloom of its predecessor while employing some effective gameplay tweaks...

    The Suffering: Ties That Bind

    Rated on May 30, 2007 by JOE714

    TTB retains the doom and gloom of its predecessor while employing some effective gameplay tweaks...

    Ties That Bind appeared on store shelves so soon after I played Torque’s adventures through the Carnate Correctional Abattoir that I mistook it for a mere expansion. Perhaps my perception is a bit sk...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    The Suffering is a dark, gloomy, gory mind-freak.  These are a few of my favorite things.

    The Suffering

    Rated on May 04, 2007 by JOE714

    The Suffering is a dark, gloomy, gory mind-freak. These are a few of my favorite things.

    I may’ve mentioned this fact before in one or two other reviews, but I really, really dig haunted houses. The real-world tours of a make-believe tomb or decrepit manse that crop up every year at arou...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.2
    NF breathes a bit of life into the original Serious Sam engine with a handful of moderately effective modifications...

    Nitro Family

    Rated on April 14, 2007 by JOE714

    NF breathes a bit of life into the original Serious Sam engine with a handful of moderately effective modifications...

    If you liked Serious Sam…well, then go play Serious Sam! From what I can tell, Nitro Family was pretty aggressively ignored by both players and the gaming media (here at GameSpot and elsewhere) when ...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    Contracts is an extremely entertaining stroll through 47's darkest memories...

    Hitman: Contracts

    Rated on April 06, 2007 by JOE714

    Contracts is an extremely entertaining stroll through 47's darkest memories...

    The question of whether video games breed murderers or those with psychotic tendencies are drawn to violent titles tends to crop up every once in a while, both in the global media and here in my offic...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    I'm a bit worn out from the jumping puzzles, but BOoH's vast new levels are among my favorites in the series...

    Painkiller: Battle out of Hell

    Rated on April 05, 2007 by JOE714

    I'm a bit worn out from the jumping puzzles, but BOoH's vast new levels are among my favorites in the series...

    Just a brief addendum to the review I just posted for Painkiller, starting with: major heartfelt kudos to People Can Fly for that Orphanage level. Those hissing kids really spooked me, and trying to ...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    Loud, fast-paced, and creepy: my favorite recipe for a nice "twitch" shooter...

    Painkiller

    Rated on April 05, 2007 by JOE714

    Loud, fast-paced, and creepy: my favorite recipe for a nice "twitch" shooter...

    First and foremost, Painkiller contains some of the prettiest images of the most awful places you can imagine in any run-and-gun shooter on store shelves even today. The number of times I simply stop...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.6
    Despite a few hitches here and there, XIII's visuals and gameplay are very enjoyable...

    XIII

    Rated on March 29, 2007 by JOE714

    Despite a few hitches here and there, XIII's visuals and gameplay are very enjoyable...

    I wrote a review for Tron 2.0 last week in which I lavishly painted the game in slobbery praise for its astonishingly vibrant visuals and endearing little bits of busywork (downloading blips of exposi...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    Although relatively light on combat, T2.0 has some of the most appealing visual effects I've ever seen...

    Tron 2.0

    Rated on March 21, 2007 by JOE714

    Although relatively light on combat, T2.0 has some of the most appealing visual effects I've ever seen...

    Say what you will about the groundbreaking CG effects used to approximate a virtual world in Tron, but that movie bored the heck out of me. Due to what I suppose were enormous budgetary and technical...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.6
    WR does a competent job of reproducing -- but not innovating upon -- Serious Sam's sense of chaos and scale...

    Will Rock

    Rated on March 15, 2007 by JOE714

    WR does a competent job of reproducing -- but not innovating upon -- Serious Sam's sense of chaos and scale...

    I wasn’t in much of a hurry to try Will Rock as a me-too reproduction of Serious Sam’s pitched battles in one massive arena after another. Frankly, I was a bit tired of Sam’s repetitive scenarios by ...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    AW is still far from perfect, but provides more fun and forward momentum than its predecessor...

    Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend

    Rated on March 07, 2007 by JOE714

    AW is still far from perfect, but provides more fun and forward momentum than its predecessor...

    To the demented hooligans at Running with Scissors, I would just like to say “Good save!” Although the story of the original title meandered and stalled through the course of a relatively large realm...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.9
    P2 is an ambitious but flawed game that runs out of surprises somewhat quickly...

    Postal 2

    Rated on March 07, 2007 by JOE714

    P2 is an ambitious but flawed game that runs out of surprises somewhat quickly...

    I must admit that I was disappointed with Postal 2 after the first four or five hours of playing it. Up until that point, I had a grand old time gleefully massacring the many pedestrians around Parad...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 3.9
    NS:WMD is twice as good as the original...but zilch multiplied by two still doesn't amount to much...

    Navy SEALs: Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Rated on February 28, 2007 by JOE714

    NS:WMD is twice as good as the original...but zilch multiplied by two still doesn't amount to much...

    I’d like to say that I heeded the advice posited in GameSpot’s witty and effective video review for Navy SEALs: WMD and gave this title a wide berth as I sorted through the bargain rack at my local so...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.1
    Marine Sharpshooter provides just what the title promises, but without many frills or thrills...

    CTU: Marine Sharpshooter

    Rated on February 05, 2007 by JOE714

    Marine Sharpshooter provides just what the title promises, but without many frills or thrills...

    CTU: Marine Sharpshooter has all of the flaky artificial intelligence, nondescript sound effects, and pedestrian animation that players should expect from a Jarhead title, but the game has at least on...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.1
    Nightfire's creators should've kept the driving segments from the console version and axed the wearisome stealth levels

    James Bond 007: NightFire

    Rated on February 05, 2007 by JOE714

    Nightfire's creators should've kept the driving segments from the console version and axed the wearisome stealth levels

    I was never a huge fan of the 007 movies, although I do believe that Pierce Brosnan did a very good job with a fairly timeworn role, and Die Another Day was worth seeing just for Halle Berry. I didn’...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    Silent Assassin should please even those who prefer their shooters fast and loud...

    Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

    Rated on January 26, 2007 by JOE714

    Silent Assassin should please even those who prefer their shooters fast and loud...

    After playing a bit of the first Thief and Hitman titles and coming away from the experience bored, frustrated, and antsy, I decided that I’m just not a fan of “sneakers.” I can tolerate and sometime...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 1.5
    As much as I enjoy video games of all kinds, Navy SEALs just wasn't worth the time, money, or effort...

    Elite Forces: Navy SEALs

    Rated on January 19, 2007 by JOE714

    As much as I enjoy video games of all kinds, Navy SEALs just wasn't worth the time, money, or effort...

    Any FPS fans who are familiar with the schlocky horrors of cut-rate gaming software should instantly understand where I’m coming from when I say that there is nothing entertaining or endearing about J...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.9
    SoF2's salute to guns, guts, and glory is even more noisy, gory, and entertaining than the original...

    Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix

    Rated on January 19, 2007 by JOE714

    SoF2's salute to guns, guts, and glory is even more noisy, gory, and entertaining than the original...

    While playing through the original Soldier of Fortune one more time a few months ago, I was reminded of just how interesting a first-person shooter can be when game designers go in whole-hog on the ch...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.6
    Thankfully, SoF's stealth element takes a back seat in a game that plays like Quake 2 in camo gear...

    Soldier of Fortune

    Rated on January 15, 2007 by JOE714

    Thankfully, SoF's stealth element takes a back seat in a game that plays like Quake 2 in camo gear...

    By the time Soldier of Fortune was released nearly seven years ago, I had tried the first title in the Thief series and felt that all the slow, cautious sneaking and keeping to the shadows required to...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.6
    Psycho Circus' comic-inspired art design is excellent, but the thrill of hunting rabid clowns gradually fades...

    KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child

    Rated on January 10, 2007 by JOE714

    Psycho Circus' comic-inspired art design is excellent, but the thrill of hunting rabid clowns gradually fades...

    Everyone the world over recognizes KISS for their cyber-Kabuki costumes and uncomplicated, occasionally catchy party rock. Few people (among my friends and family, at least) know about the comic book...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.1
    Radio City is dark, dangerous, polluted, verminous, decaying...and absolutely wonderful.

    Kingpin: Life of Crime

    Rated on January 08, 2007 by JOE714

    Radio City is dark, dangerous, polluted, verminous, decaying...and absolutely wonderful.

    I remember watching The Warriors as a kid and wondering if such nasty, gritty, and tumultuous places like the New York City streets portrayed in the gang war flick actually exist. Since then, I learn...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.8
    BoS is often challenging, nicely detailed, but mostly charmless...

    Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport

    Rated on January 04, 2007 by JOE714

    BoS is often challenging, nicely detailed, but mostly charmless...

    Bet on Soldier and I didn’t start off on the right foot, I’m afraid, and I have no doubt that other players shared the same experience. My first concern naturally centered on the number of game-killi...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.4
    Blue Shift is just as fun as fans of Half-Life might expect, but is so short as to feel like a cheat...

    Half-Life: Blue Shift

    Rated on December 29, 2006 by JOE714

    Blue Shift is just as fun as fans of Half-Life might expect, but is so short as to feel like a cheat...

    It’s only right that I should keep this review as short as the game it covers. So, without further ado: Blue Shift. Too short, as I might’ve mentioned. Starts off very well with a wink and a nod to...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    OpFor contains plenty of new material to spice up an already highly-anticipated return to Black Mesa...

    Half-Life: Opposing Force

    Rated on December 29, 2006 by JOE714

    OpFor contains plenty of new material to spice up an already highly-anticipated return to Black Mesa...

    Although it feels dismissive to simply recommend Opposing Force as a “more of the same, but different” extension of the much-loved original, the Half-Life pedigree was the only incentive I myself need...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    One of the most entertaining and influential first-person shooters ever made...

    Half-Life

    Rated on December 28, 2006 by JOE714

    One of the most entertaining and influential first-person shooters ever made...

    There isn’t really much I can say in this, the 230th reader review for Half-Life at GameSpot, that remains unmentioned. Whether a gamer is only a casual FPS fan who only slaps leather for big-name ti...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.8
    Despite some flaws in its level design (read: excessive backtracking is bad), Turok 2 is a compelling adventure...

    Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

    Rated on December 27, 2006 by JOE714

    Despite some flaws in its level design (read: excessive backtracking is bad), Turok 2 is a compelling adventure...

    Although the original Turok (which I actually played years after its sequel) functioned precisely like a weak console port, its gameplay was fun when taken in measured doses. Since that game only all...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.2
    Despite its unimpressive technical limitations (namely, checkpoints and a clipped sightline), Turok was pretty fun...

    Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

    Rated on December 21, 2006 by JOE714

    Despite its unimpressive technical limitations (namely, checkpoints and a clipped sightline), Turok was pretty fun...

    When I first heard of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter nearly ten years ago, my initial impression of the title was that its gameplay would actually consist of cautiously stalking a variety of thunder lizards m...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.6
    Chasm plays like a competent conversion of the original Quake...

    Chasm: The Rift

    Rated on December 19, 2006 by JOE714

    Chasm plays like a competent conversion of the original Quake...

    It’s telling that every time I try to recall a specific level or area from Chasm, I think of one of my favorite encounters from the original Quake. Chasm played like a decent true-3D shooter (like Qu...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    RRRA is almost identical to its predecessor (which is a very good thing)...

    Redneck Rampage Rides Again

    Rated on December 19, 2006 by JOE714

    RRRA is almost identical to its predecessor (which is a very good thing)...

    Redneck Rampage Rides Again is one of those uncommon (with regard to early entries in the FPS genre, that is) sequels that uses the exact same game engine as its predecessor. Titles like Blood and Ha...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    One of the few truly funny video games ever made...

    Redneck Rampage

    Rated on December 18, 2006 by JOE714

    One of the few truly funny video games ever made...

    As much as I love a good gut-busting comedy, I rarely laugh out loud at video games. My wife and I may howl at the TV while watching an episode of The Office or Family Guy, but I’ll often sit in sile...

    6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Although FDTD is primitive and buggy, I enjoyed its battles in bullet time and seafaring setting...

    From Dusk Till Dawn

    Rated on December 14, 2006 by JOE714

    Although FDTD is primitive and buggy, I enjoyed its battles in bullet time and seafaring setting...

    George Clooney did a very good job portraying Seth Gecko in the original From Dusk Till Dawn. After watching the movie again on DVD a few months ago, it occurred to me that Seth is very similar to ma...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    As a direct descendant of Duke 3D, Shadow Warrior inherited all of its predecessor's fantastic strengths...

    Shadow Warrior

    Rated on December 07, 2006 by JOE714

    As a direct descendant of Duke 3D, Shadow Warrior inherited all of its predecessor's fantastic strengths...

    I’ve said it before: I never met a Build-engine game that I didn’t like, and those who loved Duke 3D with the burning passion of 1,000 suns were pretty much guaranteed to find a nearly identical appea...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.8
    Despite its age and cramped level design, KT is still an incredibly fun Duke 3D-style game...

    Killing Time

    Rated on December 06, 2006 by JOE714

    Despite its age and cramped level design, KT is still an incredibly fun Duke 3D-style game...

    My copy of Killing Time is the ripped version found on Home of the Underdogs, so I’m afraid that my experience with the game didn’t include what I understand, based on old reviews of the game, was a s...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.4
    Despite its tiresome platform puzzles, Rise remained one of my favorite shooters throughout the ‘90s…

    Rise of the Triad: Dark War

    Rated on December 05, 2006 by JOE714

    Despite its tiresome platform puzzles, Rise remained one of my favorite shooters throughout the ‘90s…

    I retired my copy of Rise of the Triad years ago, but I can still recall the sights and sounds of the Dark War as though I just played through it this morning. Rise was among the very first FPS games...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.