Total of 51 user reviews spread across 51 releases
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 Gam...
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 preci...
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...
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. &q...
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, devel...
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 lie...
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 P...
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 ...
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...
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 keepin...
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 re...
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...
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 w...
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...
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 tha...
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 Americ...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com dear santa...
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 Co...
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...
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 syste...
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...
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 tha...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 cl...
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 gam...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 list...
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 lightni...
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 st...
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 ...
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 ...
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 fr...
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 ...
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 whi...