User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.28/10

Total of 43 user reviews spread across 43 releases

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  • User Rating:10
    Journey is a deeply affecting and transcendent piece of interactive poetry

    Journey

    Journey is a deeply affecting and transcendent piece of interactive poetry

    There are no scores in Journey. You don't level up, gain experience, fight enemies, solve puzzles, or really do anything else that you would normally find in a game. The story is wordless, the game an interactive poem fi... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Portal 2 is not only the best game of the year but one of the greatest games of this generation

    Portal 2

    Portal 2 is not only the best game of the year but one of the greatest games of this generation

    It's been seven years since Half Life 2. Seven years. In the time since Valve's last epic single player masterpiece the industry has evolved. We've seen the rise of a new generation, and in that generation we've seen mas... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Portal 2 is not only the best game of the year but one of the greatest games of this generation

    Portal 2

    Portal 2 is not only the best game of the year but one of the greatest games of this generation

    It's been seven years since Half Life 2. Seven years. In the time since Valve's last epic single player masterpiece the industry has evolved. We've seen the rise of a new generation, and in that generation we've seen mas... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Portal 2 is not only the best game of the year but one of the greatest games of this generation

    Portal 2

    Portal 2 is not only the best game of the year but one of the greatest games of this generation

    It's been seven years since Half Life 2. Seven years. In the time since Valve's last epic single player masterpiece the industry has evolved. We've seen the rise of a new generation, and in that generation we've seen mas... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Child of Eden's delusional buffet of psychotic audiovisual delights can't overcome its short length and harsh difficulty

    Child of Eden

    Child of Eden's delusional buffet of psychotic audiovisual delights can't overcome its short length and harsh difficulty

    Games can come in many forms. From card games, to board games, to sports, to video games. All games you play offer some sort of sensory input. You see the cards in a poker game, feel the heat on your brow during a roasti... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Red Dead Redemption Squanders It's Substantial Potential With A Poorly Told Story and Boring Gameplay

    Red Dead Redemption

    Red Dead Redemption Squanders It's Substantial Potential With A Poorly Told Story and Boring Gameplay

    Edit: I learned that there was a secret epilogue mission after posting this review. I have played the mission and adjusted the review text and score accordingly. ::SPOILER TAG:: ::REALLY THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOIL... Read Full Review

    9 of 24 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Dishwasher's over the top violence and superb combat make it worth playing despite some minor problems

    The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

    Dishwasher's over the top violence and superb combat make it worth playing despite some minor problems

    2009 was one of those years that the gaming industry will remember for a long time to come. Featuring a plethora of brilliant titles, it also marked a financial downturn for the industry that continues to this day. One t... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Limbo is a haunting and masterful journey that marries fantastic puzzle solving with a truly unsettling atmosphere

    LIMBO

    Limbo is a haunting and masterful journey that marries fantastic puzzle solving with a truly unsettling atmosphere

    Limbo is a dark game. Many developers claim that their games will illicit a strong response from the player, but very few do. It is all the more amazing, then, that what may be the most powerful experience released this ... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Ninja Blade's poor combat, terrible platforming, dated quick time events, and horrid graphics make it hard to recommend

    Ninja Blade

    Ninja Blade's poor combat, terrible platforming, dated quick time events, and horrid graphics make it hard to recommend

    Some games hold up well over time. Their timeless gameplay, outstanding art direction, or powerful story ring just as true ten years after release as they did the day the game was put onto store shelves. Then there are t... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Alan Wake's solid story and atmosphere can't hide its repetitive gameplay

    Alan Wake

    Alan Wake's solid story and atmosphere can't hide its repetitive gameplay

    The fog around you bristles with a palpable dread. You stumble forward, axes whistling by your head. You dodge the cold of a rusty knife and sprint towards a generator in the distance. Your breath haggard, you fumble wit... Read Full Review

    10 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    While it benefits from an often unmatched presentation, God of War's gameplay fails to live up to its graphics and scale

    God of War III

    While it benefits from an often unmatched presentation, God of War's gameplay fails to live up to its graphics and scale

    Five years ago gamers were introduced to the anti-hero Kratos. A warrior on a quest for redemption, he served the Goddess Athena and longed to destroy Ares, the god of war. Two main entries and two spinoffs later Kratos ... Read Full Review

    9 of 17 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    God of War holds up magnificently a half decade later and remains one of the best action games ever conceived

    God of War (Greatest Hits)

    God of War holds up magnificently a half decade later and remains one of the best action games ever conceived

    As I pass through the archway, flags billowing in the ash and ember that congests the air, I wonder what great scene of amazement will next assault my senses. No manner of visual splendor previously attained could have p... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Easily the best game on PS3, Uncharted 2 is an unparalleled interactive experience that shouldn't be missed

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Easily the best game on PS3, Uncharted 2 is an unparalleled interactive experience that shouldn't be missed

    In 2007 Naughty Dog released Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. The Tomb Raider-esque game featured an unparalleled presentation that was backed by repetitive gameplay elements that brought down what could have been an amazing ... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Incredible production values anchor this fun but repetitive action shooter experience

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    Incredible production values anchor this fun but repetitive action shooter experience

    For years Naughty Dog has been one of Sony's premier studios, pushing the limits of each successive Playstation system further and further. Never before, though, has Naughty Dog pushed a Sony platform as far as they have... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    .detuned is a pointless, joyless, and contentless "game" that is over far too quickly

    .detuned

    .detuned is a pointless, joyless, and contentless "game" that is over far too quickly

    A music visualizer is often described as a piece of artwork that visualizes a song playing in the background. Sony's new PSN game .detuned is billed as such an experience but this description is misleading, as is the cla... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Ratchet and Clank Future is one of the most addictive and purely fun games of this generation and shouldn't be missed

    Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

    Ratchet and Clank Future is one of the most addictive and purely fun games of this generation and shouldn't be missed

    Insomniac, long the premier Sony second party studio, has been making addictive and polished action platformers since Spyro on the PS1. Their releases have consistently pushed the boundaries of Sony's various machines, b... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Though it suffers from numerous technical issues, Wolverine's combat is enjoyable enough to make it worth recommending

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Uncaged Edition)

    Though it suffers from numerous technical issues, Wolverine's combat is enjoyable enough to make it worth recommending

    Generally movie tie-in games are among the worst in the industry. Usually quick cash ins with limited development time and tiny budgets, it's the rare movie game that rises above the lowest dredges of the gaming barrel. ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    God of War Chains of Olympus is a weak and diluted experience that fails to capture the essence of the console games

    God of War: Chains of Olympus

    God of War Chains of Olympus is a weak and diluted experience that fails to capture the essence of the console games

    While the action adventure genre has long been a tantamount piece of the gaming landscape, for years it was overshadowed by platformers or, more recently, the first person shooter. In 2005 Sony released a game created by... Read Full Review

    3 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Flower is a monumental achievement bound to be discussed by both gamers and academics for years to come.

    flower

    Flower is a monumental achievement bound to be discussed by both gamers and academics for years to come.

    The modern gaming landscape is littered with countless sequels and me-too copycats lacking any form of originality. Even those few games that attempt to do something fresh usually fall into the traps set by previous game... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Genji is a derivative hack and slash with few redeeming qualities.

    Genji: Dawn of the Samurai

    Genji is a derivative hack and slash with few redeeming qualities.

    NOTE: Due to the fact that the lead character's name contains a swear word, all instances of that word were automatically replaced with ****. I apologize for the inconvenience. Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is an action... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The tired Call of Duty formula returns for another round but it's starting to grow old

    Call of Duty: World at War

    The tired Call of Duty formula returns for another round but it's starting to grow old

    NOTE: This review is only for the single player portion of Call of Duty World at War, and is scored accordingly. Please take that into account when reading this piece. Thank you. The Call of Duty franchise has been a... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Braid single handedly redefines the limits of Xbox Live Arcade, and brings gamers a journey unlike any seen before.

    Braid

    Braid single handedly redefines the limits of Xbox Live Arcade, and brings gamers a journey unlike any seen before.

    Some games change our conceptions about interactivity. Some entice us with bloody violence and frantic action. Still others offer vast worlds filled with countless hours of gameplay. Braid is none of these things, and ye... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Ninja Gaiden II is a staggering disappointment that fails to live up to the hype in almost every regard.

    Ninja Gaiden II

    Ninja Gaiden II is a staggering disappointment that fails to live up to the hype in almost every regard.

    The hype was massive, at least in the mind of this reviewer. After hundreds of hours spent with the original the sequel was finally here. Would it be faster, bloodier, bolder, bigger, prettier and better than the origina... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Devil May Cry 4 features some enjoyable combat but it is too easy and repetitive to be wholly recommended.

    Devil May Cry 4

    Devil May Cry 4 features some enjoyable combat but it is too easy and repetitive to be wholly recommended.

    Last generation was somewhat of a rebirth for developer Capcom. While the PS1 generation saw the company introduce its popular Resident Evil series, the PS2 generation saw them perfect the formula. Maybe as important was... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    BlackSite further tarnishes the memory of a once great series, but it can still prove a fun diversion at times

    BlackSite: Area 51

    BlackSite further tarnishes the memory of a once great series, but it can still prove a fun diversion at times

    BlackSite: Area 51 is a game that can best be described using the analogy of a summer blockbuster. That is, this game is at times loads of fun, but to enjoy it you'll have to accept the weak graphics, AI, and and level d... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The Devil May Cry 5th Anniversary Collection is an amazing value that gives you two good games for one cheap price.

    Devil May Cry (Platinum)

    The Devil May Cry 5th Anniversary Collection is an amazing value that gives you two good games for one cheap price.

    The Devil May Cry series has been one of the defining action games of this generation. It has arguably laid the foundation for such titles as Ninja Gaiden and God of War, and has reinstated Capcom as one of the top publi... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Bioshock is a true masterpiece of interactive fiction and artistic creativity and it also plays incredibly well.

    BioShock

    Bioshock is a true masterpiece of interactive fiction and artistic creativity and it also plays incredibly well.

    Irrational Games (now 2K Boston/Australia) has been around for a long while. While the company has a nice track record as far as critical acclaim goes, it wasn't until they released Bioshock that the company met with com... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Jade Empire lacks both depth and longevity but it proves enjoyable enough to make it worth recommending.

    Jade Empire: Hisui no Teikoku

    Jade Empire lacks both depth and longevity but it proves enjoyable enough to make it worth recommending.

    Bioware is one of the best RPG makers in the world of gaming. Few will argue this point, as the company has a catalog that includes such hits as Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights and KOTOR. For Jade Empire, Bioware decid... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    The Darkness is a so-so shooter wrapped in one incredible package

    The Darkness

    The Darkness is a so-so shooter wrapped in one incredible package

    Of the many games released on the last generation of consoles, few were as influential as The Chronicles of Riddick. The hard work of actor Vin Diesel and developer Starbreeze payed off with a game that remains one of th... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    The Suffering is a one-of-a-kind frightfest that also benifits from an incredible art style and solid gameplay

    The Suffering

    The Suffering is a one-of-a-kind frightfest that also benifits from an incredible art style and solid gameplay

    The survival horror genre started off in the early 90's with a PC title called Alone in the Dark. Now, 15 years later, the survival horror genre receives one of its most unique and disturbing entries. The Suffering is a ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    New Super Mario Brothers is both an ode to the classic days of gaming and a reminder of the changes that have refined th

    New Super Mario Bros.

    New Super Mario Brothers is both an ode to the classic days of gaming and a reminder of the changes that have refined th

    New Super Mario Brothers is both an ode to the classic days of gaming and a reminder of the changes that have refined the industry over the twenty years since the original. Gamers know Mario. He’s one of the most iconic ... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    FEAR is not only one of the most visceral and satisfying shooters ever created but also one of the best.

    F.E.A.R.

    FEAR is not only one of the most visceral and satisfying shooters ever created but also one of the best.

    FEAR has to be one of the hardest games to review for several reasons. For one, it's almost impossible to describe the pure adrenaline rush of some of the game's most intense firefights, but also because this is a game w... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    A unique and increibly fun game, Phantom Dust is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the Xbox console.

    Phantom Dust

    A unique and increibly fun game, Phantom Dust is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the Xbox console.

    You appear, shaken, to a nightmarish town. A blue toned hue pervades throughout the landscape and in the background you can hear children laughing. Your eyes dart around, but the town is empty, haunted by a ghostly silen... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1
    Beyond Good and Evil is a terribly underappreciated game that deserves to be on the shelves of any true gamer's library.

    Beyond Good & Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil is a terribly underappreciated game that deserves to be on the shelves of any true gamer's library.

    Beyond Good and Evil is a truly remarkable experience. Its completely unique concept and gameplay are both fun and intuitive. It's rare that a developer takes the risk to develop something entirely new. But Ubisoft, know... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    Halo 2 is an exciting, and enjoyable first-person shooter that is hampered by a weak story and minor graphical errors.

    Halo 2

    Halo 2 is an exciting, and enjoyable first-person shooter that is hampered by a weak story and minor graphical errors.

    In November of 2001, Bungie released a game called Halo. It became the selling point of the then fledgling Xbox and brought with it legions of followers who aptly awaited a sequel. In 2004, Bungie answered their prayers ... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.9
    PDZ is a horrendous game who's flaws make it impossible to reccommend

    Perfect Dark Zero

    PDZ is a horrendous game who's flaws make it impossible to reccommend

    Perfect Dark Zero is easily the worst 360 game I have played. It suffers from sloppy controls, terrible enemy AI, horrid pacing, and the plain worst story ever seen in a shooter. Perfect Dark Zero is supposed to be ab... Read Full Review

    4 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7
    The first expansion to Half Life 2 is well written, and intense. But its also very short and some of the flare is gone.

    Half-Life 2: Episode One

    The first expansion to Half Life 2 is well written, and intense. But its also very short and some of the flare is gone.

    Half Life 2 was one of the greatest games ever made. It's ending left you questioning the very nature of Gordan Freeman's existence. Unlike Half-Life 1 which ended similarly, the second Half Life will be updated with epi... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    Forza is a deep and challanging racing experience.

    Forza Motorsport

    Forza is a deep and challanging racing experience.

    Forza is a deep racing game that is enjoyable and rewarding. Forza Motorport is a simulation racing game. In it you can choose from numerous different modes, the most prominent being the single player game. You start... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.8
    Possibly the best action adventure game I have ever played.

    Ninja Gaiden

    Possibly the best action adventure game I have ever played.

    Ninja Gaiden is a near flawless videogame masterpiece whose cool premise, rewarding gameplay and stunning graphics make it the best game to hit the streets in years. Ninja Gaiden tells the story of Ryu Hayabashu, and... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Oblivion is a deep and enjoyable game, with immense value.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    Oblivion is a deep and enjoyable game, with immense value.

    Oblivion is without a doubt one of the deepest, longest and most rewarding games ever made. That said, Oblivion also suffers from some major flaws which hold it back from being truly elite. To start, the story in Obl... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful