User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.45/10

Total of 66 user reviews spread across 66 releases

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  • User Rating:9.5
    The Last of Us will rightly be remembered as one of this generation's very best games.

    The Last of Us

    The Last of Us will rightly be remembered as one of this generation's very best games.

    Naughty Dog has carved out a nice place for themselves in the grand scheme of gaming. Their titles always set the bar for cinematic storytelling in whatever facet they dip into. The Last of Us continues that trend by tak... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Ascension is the God of War you'd expect: colossal in its scale, technically majestic, insanely gruesome and fun.

    God of War: Ascension

    Ascension is the God of War you'd expect: colossal in its scale, technically majestic, insanely gruesome and fun.

    God of War: Ascension follows the footsteps of the franchise in practically every way. From the quick time events riddling the otherwise chaotic combat, to the puzzles scattered throughout the world, Ascension delivers a... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Bioshock is an experience that every gamer in the World should have.

    BioShock Infinite

    Bioshock is an experience that every gamer in the World should have.

    The similarities between the two mind-bending shooters produced by Irrational Games start early and recur frequently in the latest from Ken Levine and company, Bioshock Infinite. Players take a rocket ship up to the skie... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Big, diverse, beautiful and fun.

    Far Cry 3

    Big, diverse, beautiful and fun.

    Far Cry caught the gaming world by storm when it arrived back in March 2004, completely blowing away its competition. At the time, Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 were in the making and, wouldn't you know it, Far Cry beat them to... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    As unforgettable as it is bleak and depressing.

    The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series

    As unforgettable as it is bleak and depressing.

    By and large, most choice-driven games have followed the same formula, inviting you to make your mark in the world by deciding if you want to be "good" or "bad," and accepting the binary nature of existence. But in the p... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Braid: is excellent and gorgeous, a little over-hyped, but maddeningly fun overall.

    Braid

    Braid: is excellent and gorgeous, a little over-hyped, but maddeningly fun overall.

    As the elusive story of Braid is part of the charm, I'll avoid describing the important parts. All you need to know is that the game follows the simple-looking Tim on his quest to find the Princess. The story of Braid un... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    All-Stars makes a couple of design decisions that make the whole thing feel a little more awkward than it should.

    PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

    All-Stars makes a couple of design decisions that make the whole thing feel a little more awkward than it should.

    I don't know that I'd call PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale an ambitious game. Its developers surely must have sat down at some point early in development and said "let's make a Smash Bros. game but with Sony characte... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    As much mood piece as video game, but the mix of stark atmosphere and clever puzzles is hard to resist.

    LIMBO

    As much mood piece as video game, but the mix of stark atmosphere and clever puzzles is hard to resist.

    Limbo does a great deal with very little. Stark black-and white-visuals and a simple two-button control scheme ("action" and "jump") highlight the power a talented developer can wield by keeping things simple. While the ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The impressive depth, range, and balance earn this one an easy recommendation despite a few hiccups.

    Dishonored

    The impressive depth, range, and balance earn this one an easy recommendation despite a few hiccups.

    The world of Dishonored is hardly an animal lover's paradise. Far from it. It's a dysfunctional dystopia of false dreams, betrayal, and broken promises. This is a game where power is generated from rendered whale oil... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Halo 4 isn't quite the revolution everybody has been waiting for, but it's on the right track.

    Halo 4 (Wireless Controller Bundle)

    Halo 4 isn't quite the revolution everybody has been waiting for, but it's on the right track.

    The long awaited return of Master Chief is finally upon us as Bungie has passed the baton to 343 Industries, a team that knows their way around the Halo universe. While the initial trilogy concluded over five years ago, ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    While flOw does offer some different gaming experiences, its not exactly a fully rounded game.

    flOw

    While flOw does offer some different gaming experiences, its not exactly a fully rounded game.

    flOw is not just any game. It's part of a psychology experiment that attempts to demonstrate how something that is challenging enough will keep a human occupied, whereas when something is too easy to accomplish, the inte... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Some interesting and fitting additions don't entirely save an aging formula from feeling stale.

    Assassin's Creed III

    Some interesting and fitting additions don't entirely save an aging formula from feeling stale.

    As graceful as an eagle, the very symbol of a certain new nation, floating from rooftop to rooftop beyond most prying eyes, jumping… jumping… jumping. Hang on, he's got stuck again. Assassin's Creed III may well be power... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    This is a fascinating experiment with great ideas. Unfortunately story and game get lost in a superficial void.

    The Unfinished Swan

    This is a fascinating experiment with great ideas. Unfortunately story and game get lost in a superficial void.

    The Unfinished Swan has come a long way since it was first revealed in 2008 as "that weird game where you chuck paint at white walls." It still is that weird game where you chuck paint at white walls, but there's a lot m... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    It's still a rather brutal FPS mixed with loot-whoring RPG, with a unique design and a super-violent, super-crazy world.

    Borderlands 2

    It's still a rather brutal FPS mixed with loot-whoring RPG, with a unique design and a super-violent, super-crazy world.

    Like its predecessor, Borderlands 2 takes place on the alien planet of Pandora, a mineral-rich land in which mega-corporations mine planetary resources for profit. You take on the role of one of four Vault Hunters, a spe... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    There are a handful of decent ideas here, but nothing within is original. And there's a serious lack of excitement.

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    There are a handful of decent ideas here, but nothing within is original. And there's a serious lack of excitement.

    With great power comes great responsibility. This is Spider-Man's mantra, passed on to him by his uncle Ben before he died. It's what Spidey and Peter Parker live by. A shame then that Spider-Man developer, Beenox, doesn... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    An exceptional game and one that stays with you long after you've switched off the power button.

    ICO

    An exceptional game and one that stays with you long after you've switched off the power button.

    It's funny how some games are lost on the unsuspecting public. While most games - heck, all games - are produced, primarily, to rake in consumer dough, some developers have loftier goals than just profit. Some strive to ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Exquisite, peerless, and redefining video games as we know it.

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Exquisite, peerless, and redefining video games as we know it.

    The larger than life adventure starts off with a solemn wanderer entering a large temple. He comes there with a young girl wrapped in a blanket and demands that the spirits above use their power to revive her. The myster... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The expectations were so many around Crysis 2, perhaps too high for what Crytek actually managed to deliver.

    Crysis 2

    The expectations were so many around Crysis 2, perhaps too high for what Crytek actually managed to deliver.

    Crysis 2 leaps out of a lengthy campaign of marketing and hype and ground stomps into the rubble-filled streets of Lower Manhattan. When it hits the right beats it is a game which is unrivalled in its little sub genre bu... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Flower compensates by being a very rare experience, both in terms of subject matter and the visual splendour.

    flower

    Flower compensates by being a very rare experience, both in terms of subject matter and the visual splendour.

    Flower unsurprisingly focuses on plants, but this is no Beechgrove Garden themed experience. The game places you in control of a lead petal, which you can direct and as you fly across other flowers a type of pollination ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Classic RTS gameplay that's as good as it gets.

    Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

    Classic RTS gameplay that's as good as it gets.

    In Starcraft II, the main conflicts are the same at the original as the Protoss, Zerg and Terrans are battling it out for control over natural resources on the planets. In the main single player campaign, the player take... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    I've never in my life experienced a better example of less is more. This game truly does take the player on a journey.

    Journey

    I've never in my life experienced a better example of less is more. This game truly does take the player on a journey.

    While some titles may have claimed to help forward the cause of videogames as an art-form, those dudes at Thatgamecompany have managed to spin gold with Journey, a game that is sure to leave an indelible impression upon ... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    As long as you are aware of and accept Diablo 3's online limitations, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    Diablo III

    As long as you are aware of and accept Diablo 3's online limitations, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    So, first thing's first: Diablo 3 is an awesomely entertaining, intensely engaging experience that you'll probably want to play and replay, alone or with up to three other players in co-op. It deftly picks up on the Diab... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Revel, savour and bask in the brilliance; this is a game that no gamer can afford to ignore.

    Half-Life 2

    Revel, savour and bask in the brilliance; this is a game that no gamer can afford to ignore.

    The two strongest points of Half-Life 2 are that of the plot and of the immersion factor. Half-Life 2's storyline doesn't have much in the way of in-your-face plot twists in favor of many subtle revelations that really m... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mass Effect 3 is everything we hoped it would be: an epic conclusion to a highly acclaimed trilogy.

    Mass Effect 3

    Mass Effect 3 is everything we hoped it would be: an epic conclusion to a highly acclaimed trilogy.

    Mass Effect, over the years, has been quite the chameleon. At first, it started as a pretty RPG heavy title that involved tons of customization and obtuse design choices. Then it evolved into possibly the most streamline... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    It combines a balance of tense action, puzzle solving, story, and fun that has yet to be equaled on in the FPS arena.

    Half-Life

    It combines a balance of tense action, puzzle solving, story, and fun that has yet to be equaled on in the FPS arena.

    What can possibly be said about a game that captured just about every Game of the Year award in 1998? Half-Life has changed the way that first person shooters (FPS) are played and designed. The single player game has yet... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    At the end of the day, vehicular combat is fun.

    Twisted Metal

    At the end of the day, vehicular combat is fun.

    When Twisted Metal for the PS3 was first announced, I thought it was going to be a complete reinvention of the car combat classic that we all know and love. As it turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong. While Twisted... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    It has PS3 Game of the Year written all over it and it could be my all-time favorite game of 2009...

    inFamous

    It has PS3 Game of the Year written all over it and it could be my all-time favorite game of 2009...

    When I heard that Sucker Punch was coming out with a new game I had all these grand visions of a next-gen Sly Cooper. How wrong could I be and how far has Sucker Punch deviated from the expected norm with their latest re... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    This is how you do an action game. This is how you do a sequel. This is how you finish off a franchise.

    God of War III

    This is how you do an action game. This is how you do a sequel. This is how you finish off a franchise.

    It's been three years since console gamers last saw Kratos storming towards the mountain where the Olympians resided. God of War II finished with a massive cliffhanger, which left gamers in the lurch, and eagerly antic... Read Full Review

    9 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Building upon everything that made Oblivion such a joy, Skyrim has secured the crown as the biggest game this gen.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Building upon everything that made Oblivion such a joy, Skyrim has secured the crown as the biggest game this gen.

    There's no clever or cute way to start this review. Really, there isn't. Nothing that can quite convey the devastating effect The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will have on your free time and free will. Looking at the almost p... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    When all is said and done, Batman: Arkham City is an enjoyable game with plenty of content to explore.

    Batman: Arkham City

    When all is said and done, Batman: Arkham City is an enjoyable game with plenty of content to explore.

    When Batman: Arkham Asylum hit consoles in the second half of 2009, it was a welcome change from the typical licensed fare. Much like Christopher's Nolan's excellent reboot of the film franchise, Arkham Asylum served as ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Modern Warfare 3 is exactly what we expected, and depending on your stance on the series that's either good or bad.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    Modern Warfare 3 is exactly what we expected, and depending on your stance on the series that's either good or bad.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) is the latest in Activision's best-selling series and developer Infinity Ward - despite taking a large hit in personnel recently - wanted to try something bigger, more explosive, and ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Fallout 3 represents one of the most ridiculously packed gaming experiences you're going to find.

    Fallout 3

    Fallout 3 represents one of the most ridiculously packed gaming experiences you're going to find.

    After the Bethesda Softworks dazzled us with The Elder Scrolls IV they have decided to tackle another massive project in reviving the Fallout series. It has been over ten years since the Fallout crawled out of Vault 13, ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
     With superb graphics, unbelievable set-pieces, and superb story telling, Uncharted 3 is a game-changer.

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

    With superb graphics, unbelievable set-pieces, and superb story telling, Uncharted 3 is a game-changer.

    It's The Last Crusade, basically. Not necessarily in terms of Drake's latest tale, though it does tip its hat several times to the third Indiana Jones' film without ever treading the same path. But this game inspires th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Awesome cinematics, cool battles, plenty of variety, great handling, near-to-perfect mechanics: Great, greater, Gears.

    Gears of War 3

    Awesome cinematics, cool battles, plenty of variety, great handling, near-to-perfect mechanics: Great, greater, Gears.

    Gears of War is back and better than ever for one final battle against the Locust horde and their mutated demon-spawn. Marcus Fenix returns to do what he does best (which is take cover behind chest high walls) and to fin... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Portal 2 is a rare, delicious burst of creativity, originality, humour and fun.

    Portal 2

    Portal 2 is a rare, delicious burst of creativity, originality, humour and fun.

    What is a game? A miserable little pile of levels, some may say. Is it an exercise in pure enjoyment? Teamwork? Competition? Immersion? Do we play games to be entertained, or to give our brains a workout? If a game has t... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A highly entertaining, 15 hour plus adventure, with some gorgeous visuals, devilish puzzles and exciting action.

    Darksiders

    A highly entertaining, 15 hour plus adventure, with some gorgeous visuals, devilish puzzles and exciting action.

    It's Zelda meets God of War meets Tomb Raider meets Soul Reaver. Darksiders appeared to be another hack 'n' slash clone, developed in an attempt to appeal to the God of War fan base, but it's actually an action adventure... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The excellent storytelling, great acting and fantastic pacing elevate it above the ranks of your average adventure game.

    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

    The excellent storytelling, great acting and fantastic pacing elevate it above the ranks of your average adventure game.

    Although the first half hour of Enslaved would get anyone's snidey-sense tingling, what follows deserves more attention. As the game unfolds, you realise this isn't just another average action adventure. Yes, there are a... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A solid and fun experience that's could use a little more gameplay diversity.

    Alan Wake

    A solid and fun experience that's could use a little more gameplay diversity.

    Alan Wake is set in Bright Falls, which feels like the Northwest version of Stephen King's Bangor, Maine. Much like the sleepy town in Maine, Bright Falls is plagued by lots of odd happenings and strange occurrences, so ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The co-op works better than ever, the atmosphere is dense and the scale is more massive than expected.

    Left 4 Dead 2

    The co-op works better than ever, the atmosphere is dense and the scale is more massive than expected.

    Most sequels that only spend one year in development are usually either sports games or King of Fighters titles. Even titles taking several years for development may have only a few slight graphical improvements and a ha... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A necessary reboot that fights accusations of dumbing down with an artful mix of stealth and violence.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (Collector's Edition)

    A necessary reboot that fights accusations of dumbing down with an artful mix of stealth and violence.

    Visceral. It's a word that's overused in game reviews, slapped into descriptions of any game that involves kicking people in the teeth or stamping on their goolies. It's become so pervasive that EA even renamed one of... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful