User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.69/10

Total of 40 user reviews spread across 40 releases

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  • User Rating:9.5
    Mass Effect 3 caps the trilogy in epic fashion, delivering a superb experience that lives up to the previous games.

    Mass Effect 3

    Mass Effect 3 caps the trilogy in epic fashion, delivering a superb experience that lives up to the previous games.

    When Mass Effect was first released, it felt very much like a BioWare game, a kind of sci-fi shooter RPG that didn't feel too different from previous BioWare efforts while also paying direct homage to the halcyon days of... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Sounds wonderful, looks great, and is clever enough to hold the player's interest from start to finish.

    Kirby's Epic Yarn

    Sounds wonderful, looks great, and is clever enough to hold the player's interest from start to finish.

    When first seen at E3, the buzz surrounding Kirby's Epic Yarn was the stunning visual design. The Nintendo Wii is never going to render a more realistic game than the XBox 360 or PlayStation 3, but Nintendo has long made... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Gears of War is a great shooter with gorgeous visuals, intense sound, and some real clever tricks.

    Gears of War

    Gears of War is a great shooter with gorgeous visuals, intense sound, and some real clever tricks.

    When one system gets the next Unreal game and another gets a new IP from shooter specialist developer Epic, it's hard to tell who "wins", really. While Gears of War has stood out as Microsoft's Halo stand-in fo... Read Full Review

    9 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Chrono Cross is a masterful RPG that mixes gorgeous aesthetics with an engaging cast and plotline.

    Chrono Cross (PSOne Books)

    Chrono Cross is a masterful RPG that mixes gorgeous aesthetics with an engaging cast and plotline.

    This review is in progress - 3/26/07 In 1995, the men behind Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Dragon Ball joined forces to create what has become an endearing classic, one of the best games of the 16-bit genre, and an... Read Full Review

    3 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.3
    The Burning Crusade is a feast of new and exciting content for hardcore players. Not so much for everyone else.

    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

    The Burning Crusade is a feast of new and exciting content for hardcore players. Not so much for everyone else.

    Blizzard's World of WarCraft was the breakout title massively multiplayer online RPG's were waiting for, an accessible and enjoyable game that took players to the popular world of Azeroth. This is the very same land in w... Read Full Review

    11 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    WoW is both a gold-standard MMORPG and an indication that the current genre model as is has reached its limit.

    World of Warcraft

    WoW is both a gold-standard MMORPG and an indication that the current genre model as is has reached its limit.

    The MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online RPG) genre has come a long way since it first gained public fame and notoriety with the launch of Sony's Ever Quest all those years ago. It has also evolved greatly since Blizzard... Read Full Review

    6 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    New Super Mario Bros. capitalizes on the core essence of what makes platform games fun.

    New Super Mario Bros.

    New Super Mario Bros. capitalizes on the core essence of what makes platform games fun.

    While Nintendo has released a Super Mario somewhat recently with 2002's Super Mario Sunshine, it's been ages since they've made an original side-scrolling Mario game. After seeing remake after remake of older Mario games... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    Grandia III isn't terribly original, and the plot's a clunker, but great battles and a charming cast make it fun anyway.

    Grandia III

    Grandia III isn't terribly original, and the plot's a clunker, but great battles and a charming cast make it fun anyway.

    Grandia has always been something of a dark horse franchise against the Final Fantasies and Dragon Quests of the world since it made its Saturn debut seven years ago. Published in the US by Sony, then Ubi Soft, and then ... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Oblivion finds the sweet spot between ambition and playability the series has been searching for.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    Oblivion finds the sweet spot between ambition and playability the series has been searching for.

    A long-standing PC franchise that tested out the console waters first on the original XBox, The Elder Scrolls series has always touted as much open-ended playability as possible. While it has grown a hardcore PC fanbase ... Read Full Review

    15 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Battlefront II manages to capitalize on the license extremely well, making for a fantastic action experience.

    Star Wars: Battlefront II

    Battlefront II manages to capitalize on the license extremely well, making for a fantastic action experience.

    While Star Wars games have generally had a solid representation over the last 25 years, none of the games had really capitalized on the chaotic firefights until Battlefront was released, finally putting the player in the... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    The Show is an excellent baseball game with a compelling Career mode and a polished overall gameplay experience.

    MLB 06: The Show

    The Show is an excellent baseball game with a compelling Career mode and a polished overall gameplay experience.

    Sony's first handheld baseball offering in 2005 was a competent game of baseball, but it came up short on player options, bonus modes of any kind, and long-term replayability. Players couldn't create characters, nor were... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    LucasArts and BioWare have crafted a fine saga that deserves a place next to Lucas' seminal classics.

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    LucasArts and BioWare have crafted a fine saga that deserves a place next to Lucas' seminal classics.

    When BioWare dropped Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on the RPG-starved XBox masses in 2003's midsummer, it was as if a mirage had become a true oasis, and suddenly the system that coudln't buy itself an RPG had o... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    Shadow Hearts is a by-the-book RPG with a unique setting and a neat battle system that set it apart.

    Shadow Hearts (PlayStation2 the Best)

    Shadow Hearts is a by-the-book RPG with a unique setting and a neat battle system that set it apart.

    It can't be easy, trying to introduce a new RPG series to a world that already has Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Grandia, Lunar, Phantasy Star, and a slew of other great franchises. Still, after splitting off from Squa... Read Full Review

    5 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.2
    High Heat 2004 attempts to mask aesthetic issues with core gameplay. The problem is that said gameplay isn't very good.

    High Heat Major League Baseball 2004

    High Heat 2004 attempts to mask aesthetic issues with core gameplay. The problem is that said gameplay isn't very good.

    It's sad, really. High Heat 2004 for PlayStation 2 just isn't the game it's trying to be. It's trying to be the best-playing ballgame out there, proving that gameplay does matter, but in the end, the gameplay is not all ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Unique, addictive, and a little bit wierd, Gitaroo-Man's infectious rhythm gameplay is second to none.

    Gitaroo-Man One (Trial Version)

    Unique, addictive, and a little bit wierd, Gitaroo-Man's infectious rhythm gameplay is second to none.

    Gitaroo-Man is not your normal game, being visually distinctive, aurally stunning, and a tad wierd, all at once. It is unique and inventive, and the gameplay is engaging enough that even those who aren't fans of the genr... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Twisted Metal: Black is achallenging and entertaining experience that mature gamers should enjoy, alone or with friends.

    Twisted Metal: Black

    Twisted Metal: Black is achallenging and entertaining experience that mature gamers should enjoy, alone or with friends.

    Twisted: Metal Black comes from a line of games that not only launched a genre, but darn near drove the vehicular combat genre into the ground. Incog, Inc., a company made up of many members of Twisted Metal creators Sin... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Mario Kart DS is not simply a great DS game; it's one of the most fun and engaging racing games ever made.

    Mario Kart DS (DS Bundle)

    Mario Kart DS is not simply a great DS game; it's one of the most fun and engaging racing games ever made.

    Mario Kart has been around for over a decade, but it has seen the majority of its releases over the past few years, from the coin-collecting Mario Kart Super Circuit for GBA to the dual-driver gimmick of Double Dash!! on... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    While not very original, CTR is a fun and surprisingly deep kart racer for all ages.

    Crash Bandicoot Racing (PSOne Books)

    While not very original, CTR is a fun and surprisingly deep kart racer for all ages.

    It's easy to pick on CTR, right from the get-go; it's a total Mario Kart rip-off, it's got the questionable character design of Naughty Dog's flagship series, and it doesn't have a single atom of originality within. All ... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.8
    Hype aside, Halo is a fantastic game, and stands tall as the greatest first-person shooter a console has ever seen.

    Halo (Xbox Collection)

    Hype aside, Halo is a fantastic game, and stands tall as the greatest first-person shooter a console has ever seen.

    It's easy to hate Halo, and easy to see why, on top of that. What we have here is a game originally slated for PC, originally a third-person shooter, moved to consoles, and with a camera now snuggled firmly in the prota... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    While it lacks some of what made the original so great, Halo 2 is still an oustanding game, alone or with friends.

    Halo 2

    While it lacks some of what made the original so great, Halo 2 is still an oustanding game, alone or with friends.

    On paper, it seems pretty easy to make a sequel in the gaming industry; take what people liked, add more of that, and subtract what people didn't like. Throw in a few extra bells and whistles, and everyone should be happ... Read Full Review

    2 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Dual Strike is a true sequel to Black Hole Rising, a huge game that builds upon a rock-solid foundation.

    Advance Wars: Dual Strike

    Dual Strike is a true sequel to Black Hole Rising, a huge game that builds upon a rock-solid foundation.

    Advance Wars games have already established themselves as the turn-based strategy kings of handhelds, and while the competition is thin indeed, even a full field of similar titles would have a tough time topping Nintendo... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.9
    Final Fantasy X is an RPG classic, a sure step forward for the genre that remains faithful to its roots.

    Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits!)

    Final Fantasy X is an RPG classic, a sure step forward for the genre that remains faithful to its roots.

    Final Fantasy is more or less the crowning franchise of RPGs. Though Dragon Warrior has more popularity in its country of origin (Japan), no RPG series the world over is known and revered quite like Final Fantasy. Named ... Read Full Review

    6 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1
    It may not be the most innovative title on the market, but Double Dash is a whole lot of fun, especially with friends.

    Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

    It may not be the most innovative title on the market, but Double Dash is a whole lot of fun, especially with friends.

    To say that I was looking forward to Mario Kart: Double Dash!! would be something of an understatement. To say that I was excited about the impending release of this much-anticipated sequel would also be something of an ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    While MLB is definitely a decent baseball game, the limited play options and minor missteps keep it from greatness.

    MLB

    While MLB is definitely a decent baseball game, the limited play options and minor missteps keep it from greatness.

    As the first baseball game for the PSP, MLB has the first chance to impress gamers with a fully three-dimensional handheld game of stick. Instead of half-hearted or woefully inefficient pocket baseball, MLB feels very mu... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Jade Empire is a polished and entertaining RPG that stands as one of this generation's best.

    Jade Empire: Hisui no Teikoku

    Jade Empire is a polished and entertaining RPG that stands as one of this generation's best.

    BioWare has spent the past decade making excellent games for existing franchises, from tabletop RPG franchise Dungeons & Dragons to sci-fi mainstay Star Wars. Their reputation as a quality developer has grown greater and... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Though limited in scope, MTV Music Generator is a unique and entertaining music mixer, if not exactly a "game."

    Music 2000

    Though limited in scope, MTV Music Generator is a unique and entertaining music mixer, if not exactly a "game."

    Most games are easy to classify, neatly falling into a subcategory of a genre alongside contemporary peer titles. With a given play style, point of view, and control structuring, most games are of one easy to identify ty... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild has some of the most ingenious level design the racing genre has ever seen.

    Splashdown 2: Rides Gone Wild

    Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild has some of the most ingenious level design the racing genre has ever seen.

    When Splashdown brought its own take on the Wave Race-dominated watercraft racing sub-genre to bear back in 2001 (and the following year for Xbox), it stood as a fun and generally enjoyable semi-realistic take on water-r... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    Fable doesn't make good on its boasts, but it certainly delivers a good time for those willing to take it at face value.

    Fable

    Fable doesn't make good on its boasts, but it certainly delivers a good time for those willing to take it at face value.

    What first began, seemingly ages ago, as an RPG with endless options slowly took shape over the path of several years. With marriage and childbirth entering the picture, multiplayer options aplenty, and rival heroes to c... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    Advance Wars 2 is a shining example of how a game can transcend its genre to be fun for gamers of all ages and tastes.

    Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

    Advance Wars 2 is a shining example of how a game can transcend its genre to be fun for gamers of all ages and tastes.

    Intelligent Systems is easily one of Nintendo's best internal development teams. The masterminds behind Tetris Attack, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge, Paper Mario, and Fire Emblem have proven time and time again that they know... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1
    Rainbow Six 3 is a perfectly decent first-person shooter that is absolutely brilliant online.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3

    Rainbow Six 3 is a perfectly decent first-person shooter that is absolutely brilliant online.

    Bridging the gap between more arcadey shooters like Halo and the more realistic, like Ghost Recon, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 is a more user-friendly first-person shooter that emphasizes caution, tactics, good aim, and c... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    Mario Power Tennis is a surprisingly deep and vastly entertaining title that stands as one of this year's best.

    Mario Power Tennis

    Mario Power Tennis is a surprisingly deep and vastly entertaining title that stands as one of this year's best.

    It seems that Nintendo is bound to make sure that it gets out one title for each Mario spin-off franchise each generation, and although this is rarely very exciting or surprising, this generation has seen Nintendo do int... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    The heady mix of arcade-style dogfighting and gorgeous visuals make Ace Combat 04 perfect for virtual pilots everywhere.

    Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

    The heady mix of arcade-style dogfighting and gorgeous visuals make Ace Combat 04 perfect for virtual pilots everywhere.

    Namco's Ace Combat series is the best flight series available on consoles for a reason, and that reason is simple: Namco gives the player exactly what they want. With realistic visuals, fine attention to detail, and silk... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.9
    Soul Calibur II is a refined version of the original, and thusly the greatest fighting game of all time.

    SoulCalibur II

    Soul Calibur II is a refined version of the original, and thusly the greatest fighting game of all time.

    A sequel four years in the making, Soul Calibur II is the much-awaited sequel to the seminal 1999 fighting game that signalled, in many ways, the death knell of the mainstream arcade scene in America. With anticipation m... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.7
    Super Smash Bros.: Melee is a fast and fun title that provides great fun for both single- and multi-player sessions.

    Super Smash Bros. Melee

    Super Smash Bros.: Melee is a fast and fun title that provides great fun for both single- and multi-player sessions.

    Nintendo's greatest asset is its history; with many of gaming's revered and well-loved franchises in its own stable of properties, Nintendo has more nostalgia and familiarity to draw from than any other game developer/pu... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    While largely a cosmetic update to the series, Sapphire is still a solid game that RPG fans of all ages can enjoy.

    Pokemon Sapphire Version

    While largely a cosmetic update to the series, Sapphire is still a solid game that RPG fans of all ages can enjoy.

    The Pokemon series is odd in that as much as many call it out for being milked, and as many decry it as creatively bankrupt, not only do the games still sell like gangbusters, but they continue to garner critical and com... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    While not perfect by any means, FFXI is an addictive game with a solid framework and a strong community.

    Final Fantasy XI (PlayOnline Entry Disc)

    While not perfect by any means, FFXI is an addictive game with a solid framework and a strong community.

    It's almost unfair, really. A massively-multiplayer role-playing game isn't all that exciting in gameplay execution, it hasn't got much in the way of story, and the people who play it determine a majority of the experien... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    Extreme-G 3 is a fast, visually stunning futuristic racing title that lacks much in the way of indivisual style.

    XGIII: Extreme G Racing

    Extreme-G 3 is a fast, visually stunning futuristic racing title that lacks much in the way of indivisual style.

    Pulse-Pounding beats? Check. Stomach-churning rollercoaster tracks? Check. ArbitraRy weapons? Check. Flashy visuals? Double-check. While Extreme-G 3 more or less plays like a "Futuristic Racing's Guide to Futuristic R... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.6
    With a friend or two in tow, Jack! is a great game that will have players laughing until they cry. Alone, not so much.

    You Don't Know Jack

    With a friend or two in tow, Jack! is a great game that will have players laughing until they cry. Alone, not so much.

    With a game like You Don't Know Jack!, standard review critiques are hard to apply. Framerate, level design, boss encounters, control responsiveness... these things don't really apply to You Don't Know Jack! Instead, a g... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    Fire Emblem is a challenging and enjoyable game for both hardcore and more casual fans of turn-based strategy.

    Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken

    Fire Emblem is a challenging and enjoyable game for both hardcore and more casual fans of turn-based strategy.

    After years of being a Japan-exclusive franchise (with the exception of two characters in Super Smash Bros.: Melee), Fire Emblem finally comes to western world, and gamers who enjoy a deep and addictive experience in the... Read Full Review

    3 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    Advance Tour is a pretty good golf game that comes up a bit short in the Mario aspect, but is solid just the same.

    Mario Golf: Advance Tour

    Advance Tour is a pretty good golf game that comes up a bit short in the Mario aspect, but is solid just the same.

    About one part Mario and three parts Golf, Mario Golf: Advance Tour does a pretty fair job of taking the sport of golf, flavoring it Nintendo-style, and putting it into one little handheld package. It's not without its f... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful