User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.54/10

Total of 51 user reviews spread across 51 releases

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  • User Rating:10
    For a Brighter Sunrise

    Afrika

    For a Brighter Sunrise

    Videogames are usually about action, about competitive confrontation and about the glory of victory. "Afrika" may be a videogame, but isn't about either of these, it is about mere contemplation. As an intrepid wild-life ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Hail the King of Thieves

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Hail the King of Thieves

    "Uncharted 2's" introductory moments are an absolute marvel. Most importantly, they represent a clear break from traditional game design logic, showing off exciting new possibilities in terms what a video game can (shoul... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Holy Similarities, Batman!

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Holy Similarities, Batman!

    Franchise adaptations into videogame terrain are usually characterized by a meaningless boxing of the original work's aesthetic universe into a stereotyped gameplay genre. Rocksteady Studios nails the aesthetic translati... Read Full Review

    5 of 24 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Revisiting Horror

    Resident Evil

    Revisiting Horror

    Today, the name "Resident Evil" can only be associated with a modern brand of derivative military shooters. This is true regarding the main entries of the series – that slowly, but consistently, shed their adventure lega... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Revisiting Horror

    BioHazard

    Revisiting Horror

    Today, the name "Resident Evil" can only be associated with a modern brand of derivative military shooters. This is true regarding the main entries of the series – that slowly, but consistently, shed their adventure lega... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    G.I. Joe Complex

    Shadow Complex

    G.I. Joe Complex

    More than a modern take on "Metroid" (as were the "Prime" entries), "Shadow Complex" is a faithful homage to what is one of the most beloved videogames ever made [in all fairness, I am not a big fan]. Like so many player... Read Full Review

    4 of 18 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    One-Eyed Jack

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    One-Eyed Jack

    From the title screen to the final credits, you can feel "Snake Eater" is Kojima's land: the virtuous cut-scene directing, the stylized visuals, the characters with their brooding voices and dramatic performances, the cr... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Out of the Light and into the Darkness

    King's Field: The Ancient City

    Out of the Light and into the Darkness

    There's a consensual, yet unspoken rule of modern game design which states that for a game to be enjoyable and entertaining, it can't ever become hard or frustrating, lest players feel bad and lose interest. Surely, such... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:2
    Condemned We Are

    Condemned 2

    Condemned We Are

    Like its predecessor, "Condemned 2″ is (supposedly) a first-person survival horror game, with hand to hand combat sequences and "C.S.I." inspired puzzles. The original "Condemned" was a moody ambiance piece; its on... Read Full Review

    4 of 22 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A deranged horror masterpiece

    D no Shokutaku

    A deranged horror masterpiece

    Let's be honest, "D" isn't the sort of game that will entertain you the way video-games usually do. It's slow paced and introspective, and it simply isn't meant to be fun in any way; it's the sort of game that tries tryi... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Childish Fiction

    Snatcher

    Childish Fiction

    Back in the 80's, games couldn't stand further from cinema; while film had already achieved its pinnacle as an art form, the state of the art for the video-game realm was embodied in the likes of Miyamoto's "Legend of Ze... Read Full Review

    1 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Journeying Through Ages Past

    Myst

    Journeying Through Ages Past

    When I first laid my eyes on the Miller brothers' "Myst", I knew it was something different. I couldn't quite grasp what it was at the time – I was only twelve you see – but it was powerful enough to stay lurking in the ... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Dark Corners

    Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly

    Dark Corners

    Japanese folklore is riddled with ghost stories, dark tales of the occult about strange rituals that occur somewhere in the long forgotten villages of the Japanese countryside, where the light of rationalism hasn't yet s... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Braving New Skies

    Final Fantasy XII

    Braving New Skies

    When Hironobu Sakaguchi left Square, he left an authorial void for the "Final Fantasy" series. Though he had relinquished his place as director many years before, he had assured a coherent evolution of the work through h... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Do Not Stray from the Path

    The Path

    Do Not Stray from the Path

    There's a growing consensus that traditional video-game forms aren't permeable to an adult, artistic interpretation of interactivity. Games' design matrix, with its its schemata of objectives, rewards and penalties, and ... Read Full Review

    9 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A Lighter Shade of Siren

    SIREN: New Translation

    A Lighter Shade of Siren

    "Siren Blood Curse" is a remake of the original "Forbidden Siren", intended to present a greater appeal to western audiences. Despite the series predominant Japanese style, someone at Sony apparently found that the serie... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Bigger, Better, more Bad-ass!

    Resident Evil 5

    Bigger, Better, more Bad-ass!

    Lately, it seems as though Japanese developers have bowed down before the commercial and artistic logic of USA-based mainstream video-games. The loss of their cultural identity, as people and as developers, has severely... Read Full Review

    16 of 24 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Apparently bigger, but the same… just with more testosterone.

    Gears of War 2

    Apparently bigger, but the same… just with more testosterone.

    "Gears of War" was a decent game, nothing spectacular or revolutionary, and certainly not impervious to criticism for its lack of originality, but as it stood then, it still stands today - an uncompromising blockbuster g... Read Full Review

    5 of 17 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Wind of Change

    flower

    Wind of Change

    The wind blows softly, a petal rises in the air. A gust of wind carries it in a wisp of flower petals, all dancing in harmony in a flying sea of color and magic. Its beauty is contagious to the surrounding landscape: flo... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
     Adventure 2.0

    Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

    Adventure 2.0

    When "The Longest Journey" was released, the adventure genre was still alive... barely so, but still alive. When its sequel, "Dreamfall", came about less than three years ago, the genre had died. Perhaps not in the stric... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    Thief of Persia

    Prince of Persia

    Thief of Persia

    The story of "Prince of Persia" would now seem to be as old as the medium itself. Born out of the brilliant mind of Jordan Mechner, the original masterpiece ended up serving as the proud pillar for a whole genre, probabl... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Dead Space

    Dead Space

    Dead Space

    "Dead Space" is an academic work on how to create a (western) horror game. It's as if a game design student were asked to devise an action/horror game out of existing models. What would happen? The student would go do so... Read Full Review

    3 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The Hero's Adventure

    The Longest Journey

    The Hero's Adventure

    "The Longest Journey" is a classic Adventure game… it almost sounds like a dirty word calling it a "classic adventure". It's probably the result of the genre withering away, turned into a past memory that isn't always th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Welcome Home, Dear Lara

    Tomb Raider: Underworld

    Welcome Home, Dear Lara

    The road was long and arduous, filled with unexpected traps and murky terrains, but today, Lara is finally back. Most of you won't recognize her, for the long road has left many scars and broken ribs, and her face is not... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Call of Duty four World War II

    Call of Duty: World at War

    Call of Duty four World War II

    If there's anything that sticks out in the "Call of Duty" series, is its focus on delivering a thrilling, cinematic in-your-face depiction of war. It's not by chance that the first major inspiration for the series was St... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    "… for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." ~Hamlet Act 2, scene 2

    The Witcher

    "… for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." ~Hamlet Act 2, scene 2

    What defines right or wrong? Good and Evil? Justice and Lawlessness? Is it the act, or its observer? Whichever the answer you believe in, it is fair to say that morality is a tricky business. Games are the ideal medium t... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Chiaroscuro

    The Darkness

    Chiaroscuro

    The first thing one notices when playing "The Darkness" is the incredibly stylized visual aspect of the game. It seems fair to assume that a game called "The Darkness" would be dark… but the game isn't just dark, it's pu... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A Symphony to Remember

    Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume

    A Symphony to Remember

    Originality is sparse in game concepts. Most follow standard formulas and are easily categorized in terms of plot and gameplay. "Eternal Sonata" is one of those rare games that risk everything with an original concept. A... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    A Question of Evolution

    Deus Ex: Invisible War

    A Question of Evolution

    Hard core gamers are hard to please when it comes to sequels. They tend to be overzealous in terms of design choices, expecting new games in a franchise to follow the basis laid down by its predecessors. When games try a... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A Question of Choices

    Deus Ex

    A Question of Choices

    Warren Spector. Though many may not immediately recognize the name, Warren Spector is one of the most important game directors in the industry. His name has become a synonym of openness and liberty when it comes to gamep... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    A Noir Love Letter

    Max Payne

    A Noir Love Letter

    Like in many other forms of art, videogame creators look up to other mediums as a means of finding inspiration. Classical themes and codes are often replicated in videogames, whether in terms of story, art or cut-scene d... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    A Noir Epic

    Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

    A Noir Epic

    Sometimes you have to wonder: why a sequel? "Max Payne" was, in the limited realm of videogame art, probably one of the best works ever to be released; so, why a sequel? Was there anything left to be said? About Max, I m... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Undying Art

    Planescape: Torment

    Undying Art

    Imagine a place of infinite possibilities, where metaphor is reality and reality metaphor, a universe where belief molds the physical realm and where a single thought can *actually* change things… Welcome to "Planescape"... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Behold... Rapture!

    BioShock

    Behold... Rapture!

    "Bioshock", like most art, is shaped from an idea, a message, a concept; in this case, it's Rapture, an underwater dystopia molded by objectivist ideals. In this Jules Verne scenario, 20.000 leagues under the sea, Andrew... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The (Real) Final Fantasy

    Lost Odyssey

    The (Real) Final Fantasy

    Few "Final Fantasy" fans like the new course of the series, with Yasumi Matsuno's different approach in "FFXII" and the growing number of uninspired series' spin offs. Let's face it, after Square and Enix merged, Square'... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Pretty as a picture, <br />
Flat as a Picture

    Okami

    Pretty as a picture, <br /> Flat as a Picture

    Traditional Japanese art has always been in love with its country's magnificent landscapes. The word "zen" usually comes into mind when staring at such moving depictions of nature. A sense of deep, yet thoughtless contem... Read Full Review

    2 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Fiery the angels fell. Deep thunder rolled around their shores… burning with the fires of Orc.

    Blade Runner

    Fiery the angels fell. Deep thunder rolled around their shores… burning with the fires of Orc.

    The year is 2019, the place is LA… but not "the" LA, but one where everything is gloomy and dirty, the sky pitch black and where it's always raining. This blackened metropolis spawns many anachronisms, a dark future buil... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    In my restless dreams, I see that town… Silent Hill. You promised you'd take me there again some day… but you never did

    Silent Hill: Origins

    In my restless dreams, I see that town… Silent Hill. You promised you'd take me there again some day… but you never did

    "Was it all just a dream?" Maybe "Silent Hill" was just that: a dream… a dream surrounded by the misty haze of a medium far too young and shallow to understand the true value behind Toyama's masterpiece. Only by acknowle... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The Meaning of the Word *Cinematic*

    Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

    The Meaning of the Word *Cinematic*

    For years now games have been trying to find the right way to convey a range of emotions similar to those present in other art forms, specially cinema. Though cut-scenes and FMV abound in modern videogames, they can be s... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Hail the Revol… ups, sorry, Evolution

    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Hail the Revol… ups, sorry, Evolution

    I don't know about you, but right after a couple of interesting titles in 2007, I've found it hard to keep interest in recent games; every thing's the same! Same genres, same mechanics, same art styles, same, same, same.... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful