User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.1/10

Total of 65 user reviews spread across 65 releases

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  • User Rating:8
    It evokes the feeling of a grim, desperate dystopia that takes a cue from the likes of Blade Runner and Cowboy Bebop.

    Gemini Rue

    It evokes the feeling of a grim, desperate dystopia that takes a cue from the likes of Blade Runner and Cowboy Bebop.

    Gemini Rue is an adventure game that doesn't care to hide its influences. The title screen – set to the sight and sounds of the rain-stricken planet of Barracus – evokes the feeling of a grim, desperate dystopia that tak... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A refreshing twist in a genre where save-the-world is passé.

    Cthulhu Saves the World

    A refreshing twist in a genre where save-the-world is passé.

    HP Lovecraft's tentacle-clad, insanity-invoking alien isn't what you'd call a typical hero. After rising from the sunken city of R'lyeh, his nefarious plans are foiled by a righteous wizard who seals his powers away. The... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Bar Oasis is a far more enjoyable experience if you think of it as an interactive story rather than a game.

    BAR OASIS

    Bar Oasis is a far more enjoyable experience if you think of it as an interactive story rather than a game.

    Bar Oasis is a far more enjoyable experience if you think of it as an interactive story rather than a game. Creating virtual cocktails isn't the height of gaming excitement or sophistication, but that is just the vehicle... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    You Don't Know Jack puts all its chips on an extremely idiosyncratic sense of style and humour.

    You Don't Know Jack

    You Don't Know Jack puts all its chips on an extremely idiosyncratic sense of style and humour.

    Once you've played a quiz game, you've pretty much played them all. It's not easy to put a fresh twist on the question and answer format, which makes You Don't Know Jack evade the mundanity other quiz games frequently su... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Simple shoot 'em up with a tower-defense twist and very slick animation.

    Who's That Flying?!

    Simple shoot 'em up with a tower-defense twist and very slick animation.

    Who's That Flying?! (or WTF?!) is a scrolling shoot 'em up that tasks you with saving the Earth from a horde of invading space ravagers. The story begins with you – Guardian of Earth – standing trial at the Galactic Coun... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The beauty of Super Meat Boy is when all those botched jumps pay off...

    Super Meat Boy

    The beauty of Super Meat Boy is when all those botched jumps pay off...

    Super Meat Boy pays homage to old-skool gaming in many ways, but unlike many tribute acts, it isn't a one-trick-pony that tries to dig in with the hooks of nostalgia. The steady stream of gaming references gives this har... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Puzzle Quest 2's real improvement is in its presentation (which ironically creates some new problems).

    Puzzle Quest 2

    Puzzle Quest 2's real improvement is in its presentation (which ironically creates some new problems).

    Puzzle Quest brought together two genres – puzzle and RPG – and made them work so well that we all asked "why hasn't this been done before?" Three years and a poorly received spin-off (Puzzle Quest: Galactrix) later and ... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It's a bold move, and one for the better, but it's not without its problems...

    Final Fantasy XIII

    It's a bold move, and one for the better, but it's not without its problems...

    The Final Fantasy series has been challenging our perceptions of what a role-playing game is since the tenth incarnation, but Final Fantasy XIII is by far the most radical yet. It's to a modern audience – that have commi... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Don't be fooled into thinking this is a forgettable experiment to bring goodwill and gaming together.

    Chime

    Don't be fooled into thinking this is a forgettable experiment to bring goodwill and gaming together.

    Charity and video games might seem like an unusual combination, but it's one that works if Chime is anything to go by: no less than 60% of the five pound/400 point charge goes to various charities around the world. But d... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    As a game and an experience, Peggle succeeds tremendously in what it set out to achieve.

    Peggle

    As a game and an experience, Peggle succeeds tremendously in what it set out to achieve.

    As much as I hate to admit it, I'm a bit of an elitist gamer at heart. There's a part of me that feels enlightened and superior because I'm playing Street Fighter IV and Chrono Trigger DS, rather than mixing it up with t... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    If you're into RPGs, Dragon Age: Origins is a must have.

    Dragon Age: Origins

    If you're into RPGs, Dragon Age: Origins is a must have.

    Dragon Age: Origins is grand in every sense of the word. The land of Ferelden and its associated legends and lore create a strong, if slightly predictable, high-fantasy setting that will quite easily consume in excess of... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    You might say it's the black-sheep of the SNES Final Fantasy games...

    Final Fantasy V Advance

    You might say it's the black-sheep of the SNES Final Fantasy games...

    You might say it's the black-sheep of the SNES Final Fantasy games; sandwiched between two notably story-driven entries, Final Fantasy V doesn't have a memorable lead akin to Cecil of IV or Terra of VI. Furthermore, you'... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    If you're remotely interested in action games with a healthy dose of exploration, Shadow Complex is for you.

    Shadow Complex

    If you're remotely interested in action games with a healthy dose of exploration, Shadow Complex is for you.

    In the last year, titles like Braid, Bionic Commando Rearmed, and 'Splosion Man have really propelled the Xbox Live Arcade forward in terms of quality and value. Cynics that claim the best of the arcade caters only for t... Read Full Review

    10 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    If you have a DS and any degree of interest in RPGs, you need to play Chrono Trigger.

    Chrono Trigger

    If you have a DS and any degree of interest in RPGs, you need to play Chrono Trigger.

    It's always difficult to cast an objective eye over a game more than a decade old, especially one as celebrated as Chrono Trigger. Nostalgia often has the effect of wearing rose-tinted glasses, but I think this revival o... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    It may not top its predecessor, but Ninja Gaiden II is a fantastic action game in it's own right.

    Ninja Gaiden II

    It may not top its predecessor, but Ninja Gaiden II is a fantastic action game in it's own right.

    2004 saw the rebirth of the Ninja Gaiden franchise on the Xbox, Team Ninja setting a new benchmark for the action-adventure genre in the process. Four years later and Ninja Gaiden II hasn't had quite the same groundbreak... Read Full Review

    16 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    For the most part, it's the same old Mario Kart you know and love, with a generous helping of online goodness.

    Mario Kart Wii

    For the most part, it's the same old Mario Kart you know and love, with a generous helping of online goodness.

    After Mario's five-year hiatus from home console karting, expectation for the latest in the beloved spin-off series has had plenty of time to bubble and simmer. So, half a decade later and well into the current console c... Read Full Review

    12 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    After the false promise that was Blue Dragon, Mistwalker has delivered a truly enjoyable RPG in Lost Odyssey.

    Lost Odyssey

    After the false promise that was Blue Dragon, Mistwalker has delivered a truly enjoyable RPG in Lost Odyssey.

    The endless flow of time is a harsh master to us all. Its relentless nature makes every second of life precious because, ultimately, every second that goes by takes us closer to death. So imagine if you weren't constrain... Read Full Review

    25 of 26 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Slick, stylish, and bursting with content, N+ is one of the finest games to hit Xbox Live Arcade yet.

    N+

    Slick, stylish, and bursting with content, N+ is one of the finest games to hit Xbox Live Arcade yet.

    Ninjas sit pretty high up on many dream job lists. Gaming icons like Ryu Hayabusa (of Ninja Gaiden fame) and Shinobi have no doubt contributed to the glamorous image of the ninja; N+ might not be on that same epic scale,... Read Full Review

    28 of 28 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The dream world of Eternal Sonata is gorgeous to look at, but consistent progression problems hamper it significantly.

    Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume

    The dream world of Eternal Sonata is gorgeous to look at, but consistent progression problems hamper it significantly.

    When you walk upon this world, its beauty will leave you lost for words. The dazzling ambience of rich colour, every shade of the rainbow, is quite a sight to behold. It's almost as if Eternal Sonata is a vibrant dream, ... Read Full Review

    25 of 28 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It was the last big role-playing game of its generation, and one that is very much worth playing today.

    Final Fantasy IX

    It was the last big role-playing game of its generation, and one that is very much worth playing today.

    Considering the hysteria that surrounded (and still surrounds) Final Fantasy VII and VIII, it's a little puzzling that the next in the firing line was relatively low-key. The ominous shadow of the PlayStation 2 generatio... Read Full Review

    14 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mass Effect raises the bar for RPGs in every way, which allows you to look past some of its minor shortcomings.

    Mass Effect

    Mass Effect raises the bar for RPGs in every way, which allows you to look past some of its minor shortcomings.

    Man has always wondered whether there is intelligent life beyond the sea of stars in the sky. In BioWare's latest blockbuster, Mass Effect, mankind is late to the intergalactic party. Alien races have established a counc... Read Full Review

    20 of 21 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    TotemBall’s awful controls and lacklustre presentation make the debut Xbox Live Vision camera game disastrous.

    TotemBall

    TotemBall’s awful controls and lacklustre presentation make the debut Xbox Live Vision camera game disastrous.

    The release of the Xbox Live Vision camera has opened up an avenue of opportunity for the Xbox 360. Games have taken advantage of the Vision by using face-in-game technology and allowing you to see real-time video stream... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The point-and-click adventure genre may be dead, but you won’t forget Circle of Blood’s witty script and engaging story.

    Circle of Blood

    The point-and-click adventure genre may be dead, but you won’t forget Circle of Blood’s witty script and engaging story.

    Imagine spending a relaxing afternoon at a Paris café, sipping away at your coffee as you sit outside, sun shining over you. Without warning, a deafening sound pierces your ears and you’re thrown from your seat. A... Read Full Review

    8 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Expecting a masterpiece? You’ll only get the blues.

    Blue Dragon

    Expecting a masterpiece? You’ll only get the blues.

    How can a three-disc RPG bonanza, with three all-time greats behind it, turn out to be a mediocre experience? I don’t know, but Blue Dragon has proved it’s possible. Despite the work of Hironobu Sakaguchi; creator of Fin... Read Full Review

    10 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Petrol-heads and car-newbies alike will find a fantastic game in Forza 2.

    Forza Motorsport 2

    Petrol-heads and car-newbies alike will find a fantastic game in Forza 2.

    Cars are complicated things. If you want a good one, there is often a high entry-point in terms of knowledge and finance, leaving a lot of people confused and disappointed. In contrast, Forza Motorsport 2 provides car-en... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Photography simulation might not sound very exciting, but that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying Pokemon Snap.

    Pokemon Snap

    Photography simulation might not sound very exciting, but that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying Pokemon Snap.

    At first glance, Pokemon Snap may appear to be a cheap spin-off. However, the unconventional and uncommon experience it offers is genuinely satisfying, despite it’s relative lack of challenge and longevity. In a similar ... Read Full Review

    8 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    This is gaming origami.

    Super Paper Mario

    This is gaming origami.

    The latest instalment of the Paper Mario franchise captures a beauty similar to the paper-folding art of origami; a mixture of vibrant colours, abstract design, and mind-boggling use of 2D and 3D contributes to this, but... Read Full Review

    8 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    BioShock is a masterpiece that will go down in history as one of the most thrilling experiences in gaming.

    BioShock

    BioShock is a masterpiece that will go down in history as one of the most thrilling experiences in gaming.

    Have you ever dreamed of a place where morality and religion don’t exist? A place where the sole limit of science and industry is man’s imagination? Dream no more, friend; welcome to Rapture. BioShock is the much-hype... Read Full Review

    18 of 18 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    It shows it's age, but Wild Arms is a game that no hardcore RPG fan should instantly dismiss.

    Wild Arms

    It shows it's age, but Wild Arms is a game that no hardcore RPG fan should instantly dismiss.

    The PlayStation era was a golden age for role-playing games. The biggest franchise in the genre, Final Fantasy, had three entries that were highly successful from a commercial and critical standpoint. The dominance of th... Read Full Review

    5 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Catan’s solid, strategic gameplay is presented well, but its somewhat slow pace might put some people off.

    Catan

    Catan’s solid, strategic gameplay is presented well, but its somewhat slow pace might put some people off.

    The name “Monopoly” might be synonymous with board games, but Xbox Live Arcade’s first board game adaptation is based on a lesser known game. Catan is based upon “Settlers of Catan”, a German board game which tasks you w... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    HD Remix weighs in with the fast-and-furious gameplay the series is known for, complete with a new coat of paint.

    Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

    HD Remix weighs in with the fast-and-furious gameplay the series is known for, complete with a new coat of paint.

    Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo has been around for a while on the PlayStation, Saturn, and GameBoy Advance, but it’s never had online multiplayer. A decade after the original game’s release, it’s been given a new lease of... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Overlord's minion-packed adventure is great fun despite being plagued by some control issues.

    Overlord

    Overlord's minion-packed adventure is great fun despite being plagued by some control issues.

    Have you ever dreamed of being an evil ruler with an army of underlings to do your bidding? For most of us, Overlord is as close as we can get to fulfill those twisted fantasies, and it generally does a pretty good job. ... Read Full Review

    15 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Only die-hard Guitar Heroes will get their money's worth from this lazy pseudo-sequel.

    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

    Only die-hard Guitar Heroes will get their money's worth from this lazy pseudo-sequel.

    The original Guitar Hero’s release in 2005 achieved mass commercial and critical success, almost single-handedly reviving the rhythm game genre. Although the companies behind the phenomenon, Harmonix and RedOctane, have ... Read Full Review

    14 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Impressive online support and a level editor doesn’t manage to offset Band of Bugs’ simple core gameplay.

    Band of Bugs

    Impressive online support and a level editor doesn’t manage to offset Band of Bugs’ simple core gameplay.

    By their very nature, strategy games are complex affairs. Keeping track of everything that’s happening can be overwhelming. NinjaBee’s third Xbox Live Arcade game doesn’t have this problem. It’s ease to pick up and play ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The original paper-thin RPG is back on the Virtual Console, and it's as great as you remember it.

    Mario Story

    The original paper-thin RPG is back on the Virtual Console, and it's as great as you remember it.

    At the tale-end of the N64’s life, Paper Mario was released to an audience who were already clamouring for the then next-generation consoles. As a result, Mario’s enjoyable RPG escapade was overshadowed by the hasty marc... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It’s cut in the same way as its predecessors, but this diamond doesn’t disappoint.

    Pocket Monsters Diamond

    It’s cut in the same way as its predecessors, but this diamond doesn’t disappoint.

    Ever since the original Red and Blue games launched in Japan, Pokemon fever has gripped millions of fans all over the world. Its incredibly addictive mix of collecting, training, and battling has remained at the core of ... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Earth Defence Force 2017 will give you plenty of bug-blasting bang for your buck.

    Chikyuu Boueigun 3

    Earth Defence Force 2017 will give you plenty of bug-blasting bang for your buck.

    2013: alien life is confirmed. 2015: after numerous failed attempts to contact this alien life, the Earth Defence Force is formed in the event of a hostile invasion. 2017: waves of alien forces invade Earth and threaten ... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9
    The table-slamming, finger-pointing lawyer’s latest title is an immersive adventure, but is severely lacking in length.

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All

    The table-slamming, finger-pointing lawyer’s latest title is an immersive adventure, but is severely lacking in length.

    Although the Phoenix Wright series has been established in Japan for a good number of years as Gyakuten Saiban, it’s still relatively new to the Western world. 2005’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was a hit in the US and ... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.8
    Little Mac's golden years may be long gone, but Punch Out! is still worth a play.

    Punch-Out!!

    Little Mac's golden years may be long gone, but Punch Out! is still worth a play.

    Punch Out! is the grandfather of all boxing games, and has paved the way for modern fisticuff fighters like Midway's Ready 2 Rumble Boxing and EA's Fight Night franchise. The 1990 NES version of Punch Out! has made its w... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Guitar Hero II is a fantastic PS2-to-Xbox 360 conversion and succeeds in making you feel like a rock star.

    Guitar Hero II (Game only)

    Guitar Hero II is a fantastic PS2-to-Xbox 360 conversion and succeeds in making you feel like a rock star.

    The original Guitar Hero on PlayStation 2 was a major success thanks to its stellar set list and excellent guitar controller. A sequel was released with equal success, and that sequel has now been released on the Xbox 36... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful