User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.81/10

Total of 51 user reviews spread across 51 releases

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  • User Rating:6
    Guitar Hero On Tour is a viable option if you really need Guitar Hero to go, but its mechanical issues can't be ignored.

    Guitar Hero: On Tour

    Guitar Hero On Tour is a viable option if you really need Guitar Hero to go, but its mechanical issues can't be ignored.

    Let it never be said that developer Vicarious Visions lacks innovation and ambition: These folks have often tried to push the limit of portable hardware, first with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 on the Gameboy Advance and the... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The fact that Metroid Prime: Pinball is an absurd mix of two completely different ideas doesn't hinder its enjoyability.

    Metroid Prime Pinball (w/Rumble Pak)

    The fact that Metroid Prime: Pinball is an absurd mix of two completely different ideas doesn't hinder its enjoyability.

    The amalgamation of genres so inherently different usually elicits a three-letter internet acronym from many a videogamer that begins with a "W" and ends with an "F". This is precisely the reception t... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    It would be best to look at Polarium not as a videogame but an "activity" - akin to a crossword puzzle or Rubi

    Chokkan Hitofude

    It would be best to look at Polarium not as a videogame but an "activity" - akin to a crossword puzzle or Rubi

    "It will be the next [anything]" is a claim thrown around far too often. It happens in sports, music and Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, such claims also permeate the videogame realm, and perhaps to even a greater e... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    The following takes place between mediocre and bad. Review occurs in real time.

    24: The Game

    The following takes place between mediocre and bad. Review occurs in real time.

    [This review was originally written for and published by TRIGAMES.NET by MrCHUP0N.] I'd like to replace 24's "Graphic Violence / Viewer Discretion" message in honor of 24: The Game. "Due to some ques... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A torrential blast of puzzle pieces, gameplay modes and unlockables in the size of a postage stamp.

    Meteos

    A torrential blast of puzzle pieces, gameplay modes and unlockables in the size of a postage stamp.

    If Lumines is portable gaming’s figure skating, then Meteos is snowboarding in an avalanche while trying to control a full bladder. Meteos leaves an impression entirely opposite from Lumines, developer Q? Entertainmen... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    Frustrating level design and unbalanced goals make this game hard to enjoy. The good moments are few and far between.

    Spider-Man 2

    Frustrating level design and unbalanced goals make this game hard to enjoy. The good moments are few and far between.

    With the Nintendo DS launch looking relatively stark, Spiderman 2 DS starts out seeming like a diamond in the rough. But underneath the relatively smooth presentation and variety of combat options lies squandered potenti... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Classic gameplay, teeth-gnashing difficulty, and Mega Man's head - bigger and more bulbous than ever before.

    RockMan RockMan

    Classic gameplay, teeth-gnashing difficulty, and Mega Man's head - bigger and more bulbous than ever before.

    The Mega Man franchise is spread out so vastly that it's easy to forget where it all began. Capcom thankfully has come to the rescue by resurrecting the original NES game for portable play on Sony's PSP, with spiced up v... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A flawed diamond is still a diamond, and despite some bumps along the way, Chrono Trigger remains a classic.

    Chrono Trigger

    A flawed diamond is still a diamond, and despite some bumps along the way, Chrono Trigger remains a classic.

    The concept of time travel in entertainment is often executed either with so much camp that it gets ridiculous and cheesy, or with so much in-depth discussion and metaphorical clues that you couldn't wrap your head aroun... Read Full Review

    7 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    First person shooting on Wii is playable, fun and fresh. But it's a severely rushed port lacking polish and multiplayer.

    Call of Duty 3

    First person shooting on Wii is playable, fun and fresh. But it's a severely rushed port lacking polish and multiplayer.

    World War II continues to live on through video games, reminding - and in some cases, teaching - fans of the medium about one of the most significant engagements in the history of our world. Yet, with all the gaming cont... Read Full Review

    15 of 18 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Trace Memory's best moments soar above and beyond, but their scarcity is simply made more apparent by its worst moments.

    Another Code: Futatsu no Kioku

    Trace Memory's best moments soar above and beyond, but their scarcity is simply made more apparent by its worst moments.

    Adventure games have long since been declared dead by critics and players alike, but those who hold onto the genre will quickly point out that Myst V, Syberia, Dreamfall and Indigo Prophecy are keeping things out of the ... Read Full Review

    10 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    The ideas are there but the execution and polish aren't. At best Red Steel is a rental, if only for curiosity's sake.

    Red Steel

    The ideas are there but the execution and polish aren't. At best Red Steel is a rental, if only for curiosity's sake.

    The protagonist's hand tilts just as you tilt your hand in real space, holding your pistol with dat gangsta grip. Where you wave, your gun aims. You pull the B-button "trigger" on the Wii remote and gunfire eru... Read Full Review

    14 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    The harder they fall, indeed.

    Shadow of the Colossus

    The harder they fall, indeed.

    It is during an undisclosed age, at an undisclosed place, where the nameless wanderer rides a horse that is clearly too large for him - carrying with him a lifeless young lady who is at once a picture of both tranquility... Read Full Review

    21 of 34 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.9
    By the time I beat the last boss, my heart was pounding harder than it had for any other videogame experience.

    Metroid Prime

    By the time I beat the last boss, my heart was pounding harder than it had for any other videogame experience.

    [This review originally appears, in full, on TRIGAMES.NET] It was November 10th, 2004. Nearly two years after Metroid Prime released. I am slow with deep games, but on that day I ended a ten-hour week from where I'd l... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.8
    There's no reason to play with a handicapped D-pad, poor online lag and sore losers that disconnect. Find an arcade.

    Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting

    There's no reason to play with a handicapped D-pad, poor online lag and sore losers that disconnect. Find an arcade.

    When it comes to crisp, fresh produce, the one-on-one 2D fighting game genre has seen better days. With 3D arena fighters like Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur, Tekken and the recent Mortal Kombats winning popularity contests... Read Full Review

    13 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    Pick up Gradius V, shoot lots of stuff, and die a whole lot - 'cause it's better than you.

    Gradius V

    Pick up Gradius V, shoot lots of stuff, and die a whole lot - 'cause it's better than you.

    Space. The final frontier. Also, a very common place for purveyors of fine videogames to find themselves getting eaten up. No, not by awesomely horrible space demons or black holes, but by a genre that has long gone unlo... Read Full Review

    11 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    Guardian Heroes does a really good job of uniquely presenting a silly, action-packed brawling experience.

    Guardian Heroes

    Guardian Heroes does a really good job of uniquely presenting a silly, action-packed brawling experience.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] Though a lot of people either don't realize it or don't want to admit it, the Sega Saturn had some surprisingly good unique releases here in America. Though not enough... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    It's really like owning a puppy - then neglecting it after you start playing Advance Wars: Dual Strike.

    Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends

    It's really like owning a puppy - then neglecting it after you start playing Advance Wars: Dual Strike.

    [This is a lost cause. There's no way I can salvage this. So I'll just label it a failed comedic satire and be done with it.] To: jingle.kringle@north.pol From: bornyesterday@lol.com dear santa i want a puppy c... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:1
    I suffered through this tripe. So humor me. Let me be at peace with writing an inanely, insanely long pointless review.

    Mortal Kombat: Shinken Kourin Densetsu

    I suffered through this tripe. So humor me. Let me be at peace with writing an inanely, insanely long pointless review.

    [Note: This is a re-review. The original review I wrote three years ago does not do this game justice. Sit back, relax and enjoy the slough.] It was a Wednesday night. I had Eduoard Lalo's Cello Concerto in D minor bl... Read Full Review

    21 of 23 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    With the power of Final Fantasy IV in the palm of your hands, bathroom breaks just got a whole lot more engaging.

    Final Fantasy IV Advance

    With the power of Final Fantasy IV in the palm of your hands, bathroom breaks just got a whole lot more engaging.

    Endearing, dramatic and challenging, 1991's Final Fantasy II for the SNES was my first introduction to console role-playing games. It presented intimidating bosses, a huge game world, and a story more engaging than the S... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.8
    If all we were going to get was a port, there really should have been more effort. The source material deserves better.

    Rayman DS

    If all we were going to get was a port, there really should have been more effort. The source material deserves better.

    [This review appears originally on Trigames.NET] Rayman 2 was one of the absolute finest 3D platformers on any and every system it came out on (and it came out almost quite literally on every system at the time). Maki... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    It's got great thinking-man's gameplay bolstered by a decidedly anime presentation. A cult classic; help make it a hit.

    Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten (Limited Edition)

    It's got great thinking-man's gameplay bolstered by a decidedly anime presentation. A cult classic; help make it a hit.

    Capcom wants to teach us about Japanese lawyers. According to the house that Captain Commando built, we can come to understand a few things about the lawyers we'd find milling about Akihabara district, and the legal syst... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1
    The bottom line is this - it's accessible to everyone, playable by everyone, and now, you can compete with everyone.

    Mario Kart DS (DS Bundle)

    The bottom line is this - it's accessible to everyone, playable by everyone, and now, you can compete with everyone.

    Mario Kart is one of those gaming staples. Like Halo for an Xbox aficionado, Gran Turismo for the Sony faithful, or Madden for practically anyone who likes sports, Mario Kart is one of those games that - when it comes ou... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.7
    Resident Evil 4 begs to be played and is a contender for Game of the Era. It is without a doubt 2005's Game of the Year.

    BioHazard 4

    Resident Evil 4 begs to be played and is a contender for Game of the Era. It is without a doubt 2005's Game of the Year.

    Change is a powerful thing, a double-edged sword. When done correctly, change can revitalize a stale property. When done poorly, change can also destroy a property. This rings incredibly true when it comes to video games... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Not a fan of rock, not a rhythm gamer. If there's anyone who should ignore this game, it's me. I can't stop playing it.

    Guitar Hero (w/Guitar)

    Not a fan of rock, not a rhythm gamer. If there's anyone who should ignore this game, it's me. I can't stop playing it.

    I don't play rhythm games, and in fact unless the game is Rez, Frequency or Amplitude, I won't even feign interest in the genre. I do not play the guitar; my fingers have sixteen years of training on the wood of a cello.... Read Full Review

    16 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    I hope you play this game, but I also hope you can understand and sympathize with why I can only call this "good".

    Halo: Combat Evolved

    I hope you play this game, but I also hope you can understand and sympathize with why I can only call this "good".

    [This review appears originally on Trigames.NET] To judge a game that you're not particularly fond of for a single, but important reason, is all the more difficult when you know how successful the title has been and y... Read Full Review

    3 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Fatal Fury is a mediocre game, but it still should be played as a part of appreciating fighting game history.

    Garou Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai

    Fatal Fury is a mediocre game, but it still should be played as a part of appreciating fighting game history.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] Released on the Neo Geo arcade system about half a year after Capcom's original Street Fighter II, one might say that Fatal Fury: King of Fighters (or Garou Densetsu a... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    If you're looking for a game that brings the DS' capabilities to an old school, arcadey skill-based motif, here it is.

    Yoshi Touch & Go

    If you're looking for a game that brings the DS' capabilities to an old school, arcadey skill-based motif, here it is.

    Remember Donkey Kong? No, I'm not talking about Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Donkey Kong 64? Think again. Forget about anything you remember from Rare. I'm talking about Donkey Kong in the arcades and on the NES. I'm talking... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    Wave Race realistically depicts water physics and is a fun diversion from more intense games, though not incredibly fun.

    Wave Race: Blue Storm

    Wave Race realistically depicts water physics and is a fun diversion from more intense games, though not incredibly fun.

    spend a lot of time with it? I don't know. It all boils down to whether or not you consider a nice diversion an important part of your collection." I've never been on a jet ski before. I think the closest to that would ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9
    If you need only one GBA Street Fighter, get SF II Turbo Revival. But Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a great second choice.

    Street Fighter Alpha 3

    If you need only one GBA Street Fighter, get SF II Turbo Revival. But Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a great second choice.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] The Street Fighter series has been pimped so much that Capcom needs to start wearing aquarium platform shoes. So naturally, the most successful games in the series are... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    If you've played Max Payne, then you've played much of Max Payne 2. However, more of a good thing can't possibly be bad.

    Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

    If you've played Max Payne, then you've played much of Max Payne 2. However, more of a good thing can't possibly be bad.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] I was thinking about starting this review with some hammy metaphors in the spirit of Max Payne, but I'm terrible at that so I just won't. But I can offer this metaphor... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Some say this game is too one dimensional. I say the bullet is the only dimension this particular game needs.

    Max Payne

    Some say this game is too one dimensional. I say the bullet is the only dimension this particular game needs.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] Back in 1999 when the movie, The Matrix, came out, "Bullet Time" was all the rage -- slow-motion cinematography involving cameras that flew around the action for an in... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    By the end of the game I yearned for other tasks or at least some more exploration. Fun but ultimately disappointing.

    Luigi's Mansion

    By the end of the game I yearned for other tasks or at least some more exploration. Fun but ultimately disappointing.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] Luigi's Mansion has the dubious distinction of being the "stopgap" solution to the Gamecube's Mario-less launch lineup. Frankly, I didn't care that there wasn't a game... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    The game is excellent, and while indeed it recycles concepts, the experience is still nothing short of riveting.

    Final Fantasy IX

    The game is excellent, and while indeed it recycles concepts, the experience is still nothing short of riveting.

    [This review originally appears in TRIGAMES.NET and RPGamer.com, written in 2001.] The Square logo disappears, and "The Place I'll Return to Someday" begins to flute softly. Magical sound. I'm listening to it as I wri... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    A highly polished game that simply requires a taste for bike physics and a tolerance for lots and lots of practice.

    XGIII: Extreme G Racing

    A highly polished game that simply requires a taste for bike physics and a tolerance for lots and lots of practice.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET.] The name Extreme G 3 brings thoughts of Snoop Dogg in his own "Xtrizzle" Sporting event. It also brings me thoughts of the Gamecube's first lightning fast racer, a gam... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    If all old-school remakes could be like this, I'd be poor from spending money left and right. Too playable to put down.

    Double Dragon Advance

    If all old-school remakes could be like this, I'd be poor from spending money left and right. Too playable to put down.

    The Double Dragon series has had more ups and downs than, well, something that goes up and down. That's how I see it anyways, some solid games marred by the unescapable brain fart that comes when a storied franchise is o... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
     The ability to just decide how you're going to do things instead of sticking to protocol keeps me coming back for more.

    Deus Ex

    The ability to just decide how you're going to do things instead of sticking to protocol keeps me coming back for more.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET] I'm going to rob you, my friend. You in that little house of yours, with the nice grassy lawn. Question is, do I go through the front door? Do I go through the back doo... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7
    Astro Boy is a fine romp that makes up for somewhat lackluster levels with nice moves, challenge and on-screen activity.

    Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atom - Atom Heart no Himitsu

    Astro Boy is a fine romp that makes up for somewhat lackluster levels with nice moves, challenge and on-screen activity.

    Taking off the politically-correct, open-minded testosterone-supressing beer goggles for a second, let's just say that playing an action game starring a very androgenous looking robot named Astro Boy who wears nothing bu... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.3
    Ridge Racer DS went from alright to downright upsetting in 60 seconds. Do yourself a favor - get the N64 version.

    Ridge Racer DS

    Ridge Racer DS went from alright to downright upsetting in 60 seconds. Do yourself a favor - get the N64 version.

    [This review originally appears on TRIGAMES.NET. This has been edited from its first iteration, as the more I played this, the more negative my opinion has become.] This review has been modified from its original vers... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    It doesn't push any boundaries, but the core shooting is solid and the scoring system can be addictive.

    Danshaku

    It doesn't push any boundaries, but the core shooting is solid and the scoring system can be addictive.

    [This review appears originally on Trigames.NET] For all of the innovations that the Nintendo DS has to offer, thus far it's seen its fair share of rather generic offerings that, at best, ended up being a port of a gr... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    The positives absolutely squish the negatives under a twenty-ton weight. It is, in sum, a must-own.

    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

    The positives absolutely squish the negatives under a twenty-ton weight. It is, in sum, a must-own.

    [This review appears originally on Trigames.NET] The Castlevania franchise has seen its ups and downs. It has seen masterpiece classics, 3D fumbles, and a dramatic and triumphant gameplay shift which led into "is it a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful