Total of 29 user reviews spread across 29 releases
Dead Man's Switch Review
There is a lot of pressure on developers to increase the length of their games because of the belief that this will in turn increase the value of those games. This is especially true with roleplaying ...
The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga Review
Video games have been drifting further away from the expectations that come with the word “game.” In a game, losing is the end. You might be able to win next time, but it's a whole new gam...
Torchlight II Review
The breed of “Action RPG's” spawned by the success of the Diablo series has never brought about a great deal of ambition. I suppose there is the Borderlands series, which added in the mome...
The Last of Us
The Last of Us Review
In The Last of Us, Naughty Dog takes a few risks and does a lot of things really well. The monsters, the infected, have all of the characteristics of zombies that make them scary and entertaining yet ...
Gone Home Review
Gone Home is a story seldom told in video games. It's set in the real world without a hint of fantasy, science fiction, or exaggeration. In a medium so focused on big, extraordinary actions, developer...
Rain is beautifully simple. There is a boy who is more or less the player. There is a world that is achingly sad. There is a girl who is purely good simply by being the game's lone solace in companion...
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
While the results definitely have religious overtones, this bond of brotherhood could move a person of any belief.
It's an odd feeling, controlling two characters at the same time. One of the titular brothers moves faster than the other, but the struggle isn't merely a locomotive one. In Brothers: A Tale of Two So...
Mount & Blade
The land of Calradia has no empathy, but it doesn't need any to function.
In medieval-styled fantasy games, the characters wield swords and bows but it often feels like they could be fighting with nearly any weapon. In Mount & Blade, developer TaleWorlds Entertainment m...
Dragon's Crown is action, leveling, and looting in their purest forms.
The beat 'em up genre has never been known for its complexity. Bad guys appear, bad guys get beat up, and more bad guys appear. Some recent games have tried (rarely successfully) to distract from this...
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The game is uneven, but Rocksteady did the Batman character justice and few developers can make that claim.
The game is called Batman: Arkham Asylum, but Batman and goons of all abilities could congregate mostly anywhere and the results would be the same. Here Arkham is a space for just that. Some parts of ...
Hotline Miami is uniquely schizophrenic, both arcade-like video game pulp and mesmerizing storytelling.
The nameless player character enters a dark room inhabited with three men in animal masks. They mercilessly berate the player with questions that they have no hope of answering. The situation is so di...
Red Seeds Profile
Developer Access Games realizes that the brightest lights can cast the darkest shadows.
The small town of Greenvale seems like it could be a pleasant place at first glance. It is home to natural scenery that is beautiful, or at least it can be understood that someone might find it beauti...
Thomas Was Alone
Thomas Was Alone is simplistic rather than simple.
Before I start, I have to establish a couple things. A simple game is one that wastes no effort on superfluous aspects and still manages to be a fulfilling game. Simple games are efficient, elegant, a...
It's sometimes too conveniently fit into the Bioshock name, but that's definitely not a bad place to be.
In Bioshock Infinite, the player is put behind the gaze of Booker DeWitt, a former mercenary from the Pinkertons. His directions are simple: "Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt." Despite being b...
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Rather than pushing the series forward as a design, Nintendo focused on the tale of good versus evil.
Entries into the Zelda series often introduce a novel gameplay element as a theme to make each game its own experience. Time in Majora's Mask is constantly racing forward to give the game a sense of i...
Take a good look at the cover art of God Hand. It reveals the two primary ingredients of the game: fist and face.
Ever since consoles turned to 3D gaming, the role of beat 'em ups has been minimized. Sure, some licensed games we'd like to forget about made for meager yet pure brawlers due to limited development t...
Its a shame that a good game clearly meant for an adult crowd to appreciate doesn't treat users like adults.
I've been dreaming about pushing blocks lately. A lot of people are viewing these puzzles as filler for the cinematics, but the trials in Catherine manage to be both painful and bizarrely addicting. I...
It plays and looks like countless other games, but never steps out from under their shadows.
Trine is set in a medieval fantasy kingdom under siege from the undead. Amidst the war, three disparate characters (a thief, wizard, and warrior) stumble upon an artifact that binds them together and ...
There is a pure and innocent emotional core and that reflects on the kind of design developer Playdead put into it.
Limbo is a game in which you guide a young boy into grotesque catastrophes. You don't want to but, like a moth to flame, you just do. However, it is an extremely beautiful game. There is a pure and in...
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I'd recommend waiting for a later patch, because there is an exceptional game under there.
A bystander in the trading center of Whiterun comments "You know what the problem is with Skyrim these days? Everyone is obsessed with death." That warrior culture is what gives The Elder Scrolls V: S...
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Its about the joys of time's changes. Its an impressionistic take on Zelda and has no qualms about changing itself.
The Zelda series is no stranger to time and its changes. Nintendo split Hyrule into two eras with one bold stroke in Ocarina of Time. Majora's Mask made time perilous with a clock that perpetually tic...
Resident Evil 4 represents a brilliant fusion of game mechanics, visuals, and sound design.
There is a story here about how the player (as Leon Kennedy) is tasked with rescuing the president's kidnapped daughter. It's pretty ridiculous and at times it's so bad it's good. However, that is not...
Dragon Age II
Those willing to wait for the game will find an RPG with vision and new takes on the series. DAII is worth the wait.
Some of the first changes you are likely to notice in Dragon Age II are the faster combat and sleeker inventory which might make you think that this is a more immediate game. However, patient players ...
Mass Effect 2
In this RPG, you play with characters more than numbers.
Does the role playing genre require frequent manipulations of statistical attributes, inventory screens, and skill trees? Mass Effect 2 makes the case that a great role playing game does not need to f...
Fusing gameplay and video game storytelling, Bioshock is a benchmark in both fields.
At almost any time during your experience in Rapture you can look out one of the numerous windows and have a glimpse at Ayn Rand philosopher and business tycoon Andrew Ryan's underwater city. Oxygen e...
Beyond all the excesses that might separate Deus Ex from contemporary audiences is a remarkable example of game design.
Few games' reputations precede them like Deus Ex's. It has been mentioned in countless "Greatest Games of All Time" lists since its release a decade ago and fan fervor for it remains at golden calf le...
From Software masterfully deals with action RPG conventions as well as progresses the genre itself.
As you venture through the broken kingdom of Boletaria to rid it of the demons that terrorize it, you will encounter a multitude of fallen heroes strewn mercilessly across your path. They might be rot...
Dragon Age: Origins
Bioware delivers an engaging experience where your actions matter.
Dragon Age: Origins is a role playing game set in a Tolkien-inspired high fantasy world with a smaller dose of Heavy Metal babeage and violence. The package ultimately works thanks mostly to its Tolki...
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar has finely crafted a top notch sandbox game, but poorly constructed a western.
Red Dead Redemption is the latest title from Rockstar games. You might be suspicious of a mere rehash of the mechanics Grand Theft Auto IV, but thankfully Rockstar has changed the most important part ...