User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.11/10

Total of 92 user reviews spread across 92 releases

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  • User Rating:9
    Providing you're up for the challenge, this is the high point of the DS Castlevania series.

    Akumajou Dracula: Ubawareta Kokuin

    Providing you're up for the challenge, this is the high point of the DS Castlevania series.

    We won't deny that Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia is a hard game, because it is. Given the amount of cursing that occurred as we played through it and were slaughtered by axe-wielding robots, giant skeletons, knights wit... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    As a remake this is recommended, but as it's a 'new' game in the UK it's essential.

    Chrono Trigger

    As a remake this is recommended, but as it's a 'new' game in the UK it's essential.

    You thought the wait for Super Smash Bros. Brawl was bad? Spare a thought for the RPG nuts who've been gaming since the NES and SNES days. When American games magazines started making a big deal of Chrono Trigger and pro... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    SimAnimals is a good idea but with poor visuals and fiddly controls, this is a wasted opportunity.<br />

    SimAnimals

    SimAnimals is a good idea but with poor visuals and fiddly controls, this is a wasted opportunity.<br />

    Nintendogs may turn off many gamers but you have to admit that Miyamoto's pet simulator is an impressive creation. Not only has it attracted many new gamers to the DS but it looks great, has bags of charm and even Ninten... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    It was great before and it's great now. One of the Wii's best.

    Okami

    It was great before and it's great now. One of the Wii's best.

    Okami is one of the greatest videogames ever made. Yes, it's that good. Of course, that's in general game terms rather than a comment specifically aimed at the Wii version. Okami jumped to the top of 'Best Games Ever' li... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mario Golf is a great spin-off and it remains a fun title nearly a whole decade later.

    Mario Golf

    Mario Golf is a great spin-off and it remains a fun title nearly a whole decade later.

    Although it can't be denied that the Virtual Console is a cracking service, providing a host of classic games, it has to be said that there's been a lack of N64 titles on it recently. In fact, believe it or not, we only ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Once you understand what Exit is all about and adapt to its slow speed and unusual controls.

    Hijouguchi: Exit DS

    Once you understand what Exit is all about and adapt to its slow speed and unusual controls.

    Admit it - you've daydreamed about being a hero. About being the one who saves a small child and their puppy from a burning building before legging it just before the roof is blown into space. Which is why Exit has su... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Not only is Chronicles a fantastic Sonic game, it's a superb RPG game in its own right.

    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

    Not only is Chronicles a fantastic Sonic game, it's a superb RPG game in its own right.

    We have two confessions. Our first is that when we were younger, back in the Mega Drive days, we used to love Sonic almost as much as we loved Mario. Our second is that in recent years we've grown less fond of him, partl... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Pokémon Ranger isn't as deep and involving as the main Pokémon adventures.

    Pokemon Ranger

    Pokémon Ranger isn't as deep and involving as the main Pokémon adventures.

    Pokémon games - proper Pokémon games - are all about battling and collecting as many Pokémon as you can. They're role-playing collect 'em ups, basically, and when Pokémon games don't stick rigidly to that formula there's... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Great for Pokémaniacs and puzzle gamers

    Pokemon Puzzle League

    Great for Pokémaniacs and puzzle gamers

    There are already a number of puzzle games to choose from on the Virtual Console, but most of them are a bit bland now (Columns) or too basic (Mario & Yoshi). Thankfully Pokémon Puzzle League is both addictive and well-p... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    The worst Pokémon game since Box<br />

    My Pokemon Ranch

    The worst Pokémon game since Box<br />

    While it's nowhere near as absurd as, say, Pokémon Box on the GameCube, we're struggling to see the point of My Pokémon Ranch. So, you transfer your Pokémon from your DS copy of Pokémon Diamond and/or Pearl... and tha... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Shake it like a Pokemon picture<br />

    Pokemon Snap

    Shake it like a Pokemon picture<br />

    Of all the Pokémon spin-offs that were released during the series' first big craze, Pokémon Snap is by far our favourite. It's great fun and really deserves a sequel. I think using the Wiimote as the camera would be a go... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The idea is interesting and the thought of being a Pokémon instead of training one is a fun twist.

    Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Ao no Kyuujotai

    The idea is interesting and the thought of being a Pokémon instead of training one is a fun twist.

    Any Pokémon fan worth their salt knows all about the core, 'proper' Pokémon games. We're talking about the likes of FireRed and LeafGreen, Gold and Silver, and Ruby and Sapphire. With the next 'proper RPG' Pokémon game s... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    No, it's not that much different from last time, but that doesn't stop it being just as much fun.Definitely worth a look

    Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Yami no Tankentai

    No, it's not that much different from last time, but that doesn't stop it being just as much fun.Definitely worth a look

    It would be very easy, and a little unfair, to just wade in and say that the two latest Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games - Explorers Of Time and Explorers Of Darkness - are almost identical to their predecessors, Red and Bl... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A handful of niggles, but not enough to stop this from being more accessible and enjoyable than its predecessor.

    Pokemon Ranger: Batonnage

    A handful of niggles, but not enough to stop this from being more accessible and enjoyable than its predecessor.

    In our minds, the precise explanation as to why we didn't really get on with the original Pokémon Ranger and yet love its sequel, Pokémon Ranger: Shadows Of Almia, is likely to go down as one of the greatest mysteries of... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Overall Flawed in structure but magnificent to play, Paradise is within touching distance of vital.

    Burnout Paradise

    Overall Flawed in structure but magnificent to play, Paradise is within touching distance of vital.

    You won't know what to think to begin with. The first thing that hits you is how sprawling Paradise's map seems. (Burnout's entered the free-roaming age, in case you didn't know.) Then you realise you can drive from one ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Not your average gaming experience - Mirror's Edge takes the FPS format and flips it on its head. A brilliant and unique

    Mirror's Edge

    Not your average gaming experience - Mirror's Edge takes the FPS format and flips it on its head. A brilliant and unique

    Mirror's Edge isn't just a shooter. It's actually a sort of anti-shooter. Only with guns. It takes the basic shape and feel of an FPS, but then ditches the focus on destruction and fury and instead goes for elegance and ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Mercs 2 is disappointing because its execution doesn't live up to its ambition.

    Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

    Mercs 2 is disappointing because its execution doesn't live up to its ambition.

    Whoa. This is a PS3 game? The first impressions of Mercenaries 2: World In Flames aren't going to be dislocating anybody's jaws in amazement. Do not adjust your sets and all that, but this looks like a buttered-up PS2 ga... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Donkey Kong Jungle Climber is a fun little game that will keep you busy for a while.

    DK Jungle Climber

    Donkey Kong Jungle Climber is a fun little game that will keep you busy for a while.

    You may not be aware that this is a sequel. The original, DK King Of Swing, appeared and disappeared on the GBA quickly and didn't get the attention it deserved. The sequel offers more of the same but as the majority of ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Time to be sucked into another adventure!

    Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

    Time to be sucked into another adventure!

    We feel a bit sorry for Kirby. While the likes of Mario and Link are household names, and other Nintendo series such as StarFox and Metroid have legions of dedicated followers, we think it's fair to say that Kirby, as a ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Everything you could ever want from a Zelda game and more, plus it shows that there's plenty of life left in the series.

    Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei

    Everything you could ever want from a Zelda game and more, plus it shows that there's plenty of life left in the series.

    Shall we just get the formalities out of the way right now then? Because, when it comes down to it, there's no denying the facts - Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is brilliant. Or, rather, it's brilliant written in 16... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Super Princess Peach can't hold a candle to classics like Mario World, but it's bolted onto a rock solid 2D blueprint.

    Super Princess Peach

    Super Princess Peach can't hold a candle to classics like Mario World, but it's bolted onto a rock solid 2D blueprint.

    A warning before we begin: don't expect Super Princess Peach to be the next Mario World. Using the 'Super' prefix might suggest that this is in some way comparable with classic SNES outings like Yoshi's Island, but in fa... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Mario Slam Basketball is a fun Mario sports title and the best looking game on the DS.

    Mario Basket: 3 on 3

    Mario Slam Basketball is a fun Mario sports title and the best looking game on the DS.

    Another month, another bout of deja vu as we revisit a game that should have been out last year but is only hitting shops now. And straight off, the thing that's clear about Mario Slam Basketball is that these are the be... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    If you're looking for an enjoyable, almost relaxing puzzle game then March Of The Minis is worth a go.

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

    If you're looking for an enjoyable, almost relaxing puzzle game then March Of The Minis is worth a go.

    Despite the popularity of Mario and his mates, the original Mario Vs Donkey Kong on the Game Boy Advance was largely overlooked. It was an addictive platformer with heaps of Mario charm but it seemed to pass under most p... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    While we can see some people getting frustrated with the tricky AI later in the game, it's still got some good online.

    Mario Strikers Charged Football

    While we can see some people getting frustrated with the tricky AI later in the game, it's still got some good online.

    Don't ever be too quick to judge - that's our motto in life. In the case of Mario Strikers Charged Football it would be a particularly apt adage, simply because a quick glance at the game would suggest little has changed... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    If ever there was a missed opportunity on the Wii, it's Mario Party 8. A group of friends can still have fun with it.

    Mario Party 8

    If ever there was a missed opportunity on the Wii, it's Mario Party 8. A group of friends can still have fun with it.

    There are many ways we could have started this review - telling you about some of the parties we've been to, comparing Mario's latest mini-game outing to cheese and pineapple on a stick and so on. But then, that'd be a c... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Meet the rareist Nintendo game. Originally £60, now 7 pound fifty!

    Mario Story

    Meet the rareist Nintendo game. Originally £60, now 7 pound fifty!

    Though you may be a die-hard Nintendo fan, there's still a decent chance that you never got round to playing Paper Mario since the N64 was all but dead in Europe by the time it was finally released over here at the end o... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Don't be put off because Mario Party 8 was dull. This has much better multiplayer as well.

    Mario Party DS

    Don't be put off because Mario Party 8 was dull. This has much better multiplayer as well.

    Mario Party 8 was a bit uninventive so you might be approaching this game with real caution. No problem here though so get ready to play! I kept badgering Nintendo to change and now they have. Well, we don't know if i... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    That it's almost identical to the Wii version is amazing but thanfully, it's just as much fun as well.

    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

    That it's almost identical to the Wii version is amazing but thanfully, it's just as much fun as well.

    To be honest, it wouldn't be completely wrong of us to forgo writing an entirely new review for the DS version of Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games and reprint the one we ran for the Wii version instead. After all, it's... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    I were worried that Nintendo would drop the ball on this one - how foolish I was.

    Mario Kart Wii

    I were worried that Nintendo would drop the ball on this one - how foolish I was.

    How many of you were a bit nervous when Nintendo announced that Mario Kart Wii would be released so soon? How many of you started thinking it might be a 'rush job' to fill a gap in the Wii release schedule? How many saw ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Yoshi's Island DS might be too similar to the first game, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

    Yoshi's Island DS

    Yoshi's Island DS might be too similar to the first game, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

    fter the disappointing Yoshi's Story on the N64, the god-awful Universal Gravitation on the GBA and the good-but-short Yoshi's Touch 'N' Go on the DS, finally we have a proper sequel to Yoshi's Island - one of the greate... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Whether welcome or not, fans of the previous game will feel pangs of familiarity here.

    Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

    Whether welcome or not, fans of the previous game will feel pangs of familiarity here.

    The Fire Emblem series stretches back to pretty much the beginning of all time - from cosy old NES classics to the more recent Path of Radiance on GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance essential The Sacred Stones. But while... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    While it's nothing Fire Emblem fans wont have seen before, this is a hugely enjoyable tactical RPG.

    Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Ken

    While it's nothing Fire Emblem fans wont have seen before, this is a hugely enjoyable tactical RPG.

    It's been a funny old year for Nintendo. To the casual observer, it might seem that Messrs Iwata and Miyamoto are suffering from a serious case of split-personality disorder. One moment they're releasing classy, well-man... Read Full Review

    14 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Offers almost everything we could want from a Bomberman game - for multiplayer japes, it doesn't get better than this.<b

    Bomberman

    Offers almost everything we could want from a Bomberman game - for multiplayer japes, it doesn't get better than this.<b

    When it comes to great multiplayer gaming, the kind that sees you and your friends shouting, swearing and occasionally pushing each other off your seats, there are only two games worth mentioning: Mario Kart and Bomberma... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4
    This suffers from the same problem as a raft of other superhero games: neat idea but terrible execution.

    Spider-Man: Friend or Foe

    This suffers from the same problem as a raft of other superhero games: neat idea but terrible execution.

    Foe. Definitely foe. If you were to see this game strutting cockily down the street, you'd rugby tackle it in the midriff and TAKE IT DOWN! For it is undoubtedly the enemy and has no reason to be cocky. No reason at all.... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Miyamoto and his team have managed to take the tired platforming genre and turned it into something magic.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    Miyamoto and his team have managed to take the tired platforming genre and turned it into something magic.

    Where are some moments in gaming that define why we're all here right now, moments that explain why we love games so much. They're the main reasons we chose to be games journalists and the main reasons you're reading thi... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Yoshi's Cookie is a great puzzler but maybe your points will be better spent on things like Dr Mario.

    Yoshi no Cookie

    Yoshi's Cookie is a great puzzler but maybe your points will be better spent on things like Dr Mario.

    It's time for another slice of puzzling action on the Virtual Console. This time it's courtesy of Yoshi's Cookie, a NES game that was one of the last Nintendo-published games released on the console. If you've ever pl... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    One of the best of C64 makes it to the Virtual Console, with great results.

    Impossible Mission

    One of the best of C64 makes it to the Virtual Console, with great results.

    A game that can truly be regarded as a C64 classic, Impossible Mission is an early eighties platform game that's still extremely playable to this day. It's perhaps most famous for the digitised speech at the beginning of... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    This was definately the best of the Games series, but nowadays the controls feel very clunky.

    California Games

    This was definately the best of the Games series, but nowadays the controls feel very clunky.

    In the late '80s, famed developer Epyx (sadly no longer with us) created a series of "Games" titles, which featured multiple sporting events. After releasing the Olympics-inspired Summer Games and the equally successful ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    This may look like the first casual game ever with it's bright colours but be warned, this is even harder than R-Type.

    Fantasy Zone

    This may look like the first casual game ever with it's bright colours but be warned, this is even harder than R-Type.

    Who was Sega's original mascot? Sonic the Hedgehog? No chance. Alex Kidd? Close, but you're still not there. Shadow? Now you're just being silly. It was actually Opa-Opa, a small spaceship with legs from Sega's arcade cl... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    This game is quite good, but there's no need downloading if you already have Adventure Island.

    Super Wonder Boy

    This game is quite good, but there's no need downloading if you already have Adventure Island.

    If you've already downloaded the NES version of Adventure Island from the Virtual Console service, then you really needn't bother with Wonder Boy, because it's almost exactly the same game. See, the original arcade ve... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful