User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.08/10

Total of 64 user reviews spread across 64 releases

  1. 10
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  2. 9
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  3. 8
    (13)
  4. 7
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  5. 6
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  6. 5
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  7. 4
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  • User Rating:9
    One of the greatest games I've ever played

    Borderlands 2

    One of the greatest games I've ever played

    Talk to people in my social circle - I'm closed minded annd stubborn. I love me some Nintendo, and to get me to play an XBOX 360 shooter RPG is an undertaking. But when I get out of my gaming comfort zone once every bill... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mario experts will be less excited by the latest NSMB game, but in its own right the game is quite good

    New Super Mario Bros. U

    Mario experts will be less excited by the latest NSMB game, but in its own right the game is quite good

    My only real issue with this game is that its too easy, and that's been my chief complaint about NSMB from the beginning. The DS game was cool and I loved the quirky Wii game, but the NEW series really should have ended ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Its no Mario Galaxy, but Super Mario 3D Land creates an exciting albeit forgettable experience.

    Super Mario 3D Land

    Its no Mario Galaxy, but Super Mario 3D Land creates an exciting albeit forgettable experience.

    Mario has peaked since 2007. Super Mario Galaxy has set the stage for the release of some of the best Mario games I've ever played. While exciting and creative, Super Mario 3D Land fails to move beyond being merely a "Go... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Starts strong and gradually deteriorates

    Tales of Graces f

    Starts strong and gradually deteriorates

    Ever felt cheated and lied to? Okay now how about from a video game? No? Well thats exactly what Graces F does. Graces F begins with a lot of promise. There are a bunch of kids who are friends and are forced to sep... Read Full Review

    1 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    An atmospheric triumph that rights its many flaws with a compelling villain and engrossing world

    Final Fantasy XIII-2

    An atmospheric triumph that rights its many flaws with a compelling villain and engrossing world

    Final Fantasy 13 was a great game in that it took chances and refined the Final Fantasy formula to create new possibilities for the series. It wasn't the best told story in the series, nor was it as engrossing as Final F... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Unfortunately Skyward Sword lacks the key elements that compromise a great Zelda title

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Unfortunately Skyward Sword lacks the key elements that compromise a great Zelda title

    I was expecting a second coming of Majora's Mask from Skyward Sword. After Wind Waker's amazing sense of freedom, and Twilight Princess' bold return to Zelda's roots I looked at Skyward Sword as a gem in disguise. I disr... Read Full Review

    1 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Arc Rise Fantasia is one of those games that, despite huge flaws, will still emotionally entice gamers with its world.

    Arc Rise Fantasia

    Arc Rise Fantasia is one of those games that, despite huge flaws, will still emotionally entice gamers with its world.

    Since Tales of Symphonia stole my heart on the GameCube in 2004, and arguably back in 1999 when I was sucked into Final Fantasy 7, JRPGs have been the one type of game that captivates me on all levels. I have a particula... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    There are few remakes that shine as bright as the new Ocarina of Time

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    There are few remakes that shine as bright as the new Ocarina of Time

    I was born in 1988 and was raised on Mario alone. As a result I never gave Zelda the time of day as a kid, and when Ocarina of Time was released I took one look at the screenshots and called it "Stupid looking." A month ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A delicious experience with a few flaws here and there

    Final Fantasy XIII

    A delicious experience with a few flaws here and there

    Final Fantasy 13 is odd. Expect to have the time of your life. This game is packed with non-stop action, and fairly well told story, and an epic scope. The game has powerful graphics - easily the best looking game ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It isn't revolutionary, but Black is the best Pokemon title since Silver was released 10 years ago.

    Pocket Monsters Black

    It isn't revolutionary, but Black is the best Pokemon title since Silver was released 10 years ago.

    I'm sure you know the deal by now. 150 new creatures to catch, hours of grinding, the evil Team so-and-so, and the best part of the game - Gyms. Pokemon makes changes, and they are big. Its my favorite Pokemon game since... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Our Planet's Dream Isn't Over Yet...

    Chrono Cross (PSOne Books)

    Our Planet's Dream Isn't Over Yet...

    We're dealing with an RPG goliath. Many people dislike Chrono Cross - but I recommend you play it if you have an open mind and a willingness to see the world of Crono and company in a new light. WARNING - THIS REVIEW ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Okami is unfortunate. It is beautiful and fun. It is also annoying, slow, long-winded, and repetitive. But its worth it.

    Okami

    Okami is unfortunate. It is beautiful and fun. It is also annoying, slow, long-winded, and repetitive. But its worth it.

    All right guys, time for an opinion on Okami. I had fun with Okami. I played it until around the Snow Temple near the end, and then lost interest. This game is long, beautiful, and enjoyable. It has endearing, fu... Read Full Review

    1 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    You really can't beat it - even thirteen years later.

    Super Mario 64

    You really can't beat it - even thirteen years later.

    The Good: A successful transition to 3d that defies all odds; Levels and almost all aspects of the game are flawless... The Bad: Your first time playing a 3d Mario game will never return... I can remember the first... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Without Wii Motion Plus, this island would quickly be forgotten

    Wii Sports Resort (w/Wii MotionPlus)

    Without Wii Motion Plus, this island would quickly be forgotten

    The Good: Great Controls; Fun with friends... The Bad: At least half of the minigames are either awful, or have little staying power; Bland Presentation... Remember Wii Sports? Yup. I think we all do. Fun for Bowli... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    More than worth your time

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's a Wonderful World

    More than worth your time

    The Good: Awesome combat; Visuals and music are amazing; Solid voice acting; Heartfelt storyline... The Bad: The Joshua arc is a little on the lame side; moneymaking, and pin system feels unbalanced. It isn't ofte... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Get it NOW

    Braid

    Get it NOW

    The Good: Easy Achievements; Great puzzles; Time based gameplay is very satisfying... The Bad: A few puzzles will frustarate you; speed runs are completely unfair... Braid is the perfect Mario Zelda combo. It's got... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Great for a test run, but it's not a car you'll want to take to work.

    Touch! Kirby

    Great for a test run, but it's not a car you'll want to take to work.

    The Good: Creative gameplay; lengthy and challenging... The Bad: Punishing later levels; a little bland overall... Kirby has always been known for his flying, move stealing gameplay. He's eaten many a Waddle Doo, a... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    It's hard to find anything wrong with it even in the most frustrating moments.

    Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Ki no Mi - Jikuu no Shou

    It's hard to find anything wrong with it even in the most frustrating moments.

    The Good: Pure Zelda Fun; Excellent Dungeons and puzzles... The Bad: Poor pacing late in the game; emphasis on sidequest and minigames mar the experience... There was Seasons, then there is ages. While seasons was,... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    In the days following Twilight Princess, Adventure of Link feels irrelevant at best.

    Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

    In the days following Twilight Princess, Adventure of Link feels irrelevant at best.

    The Good: A good look into the past; Action is fun at times... The Bad: Dungeon layout is incredibly cheap; Putting lives into the game was a torturous choice; An overall step backward from the original... When Miy... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Despite its shortcomings, you'll still love this game. That's all that really matters, isn't it?

    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

    Despite its shortcomings, you'll still love this game. That's all that really matters, isn't it?

    The Good: Classic Zelda Formula; excellent dungeons... The Bad: ... That can get VERY frustrating later in the game; Focus on fighting doesn't fit a 2 dimentional title... Zelda began as a 2d series. Imagine the ex... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    After all this time, the best of best lies in the 90s.

    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

    After all this time, the best of best lies in the 90s.

    The Good: Simple, fun, battle system; Great visuals and sound; Looks and feels the part of a great mario game... The Bad: A little too short; A few segments drag a bit... These days, RPGs are a little on the lacklu... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    When all goes wrong, just squirt your way through goombas... yes, it's as bad as it sounds.

    Super Mario Sunshine

    When all goes wrong, just squirt your way through goombas... yes, it's as bad as it sounds.

    The Good: Excellent Platforming, Amazing Visuals... The Bad: Distinct Lack Of Variety; Voice Work And Music Are Sub-Par... "It's a sunny day, so let's go on a vacation!" To anyone but Mario, these words mean paradi... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    A good time... for the first two hours.

    Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

    A good time... for the first two hours.

    The Good: First few levels are fun; challenge ramps up slowly... The Bad: Poorly paced; Very short; Later levels suck... Nothing like a good game of Banjo-Kazooie, right? Wrong. Unlike the grand n64 titles, and ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Take Nuts n Bolts for a spin - you won't regret it.

    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

    Take Nuts n Bolts for a spin - you won't regret it.

    Awesome: Vehicle creator has endless possibilities; Outstanding visuals and music; Tons of ways to complete tasks; Laugh out loud funny... Not so Awesome: Will likely disappoint Banjo purists; shaky land vehicle physi... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Brawl takes the Smash Bros. Series to new heights and makes the other entries completely obsolete in the process.

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    Brawl takes the Smash Bros. Series to new heights and makes the other entries completely obsolete in the process.

    The Good: Great multiplayer fun; loads of unlockables; Overwhelming character roster.... The Bad: Visuals are barely upgraded from Melee; The Subspace Emissary sucks; Quite a few characters are shameless palette swaps... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Banjo-Tooie is the very epitome of a good time; it successfully melds the old and the new into an amazing experience.

    Banjo to Kazooie no Daibouken 2

    Banjo-Tooie is the very epitome of a good time; it successfully melds the old and the new into an amazing experience.

    The Good: Sharp, witty dialogue; Tight controls and a deep skill system; freaking gorgeous.... The Bad: Some jiggy-quests are needlessly drawn out and frustrating; combat could use some work... This is Banjo-Tooie,... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Lost Odyssey is that rare gem with a lot of problems, but still manages to put a smile on your face.

    Lost Odyssey

    Lost Odyssey is that rare gem with a lot of problems, but still manages to put a smile on your face.

    The Good: Great, crisp visuals; a solid combat system; Jansen Friedh.... The Bad: The puzzles are boring and destroy the pace; terrible frame rate; certain aspects of combat are poorly implemented.... If you like a... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    No More Heroes is a spectacular game with very few shortcomings that bog it down.

    No More Heroes

    No More Heroes is a spectacular game with very few shortcomings that bog it down.

    The Good: Excellent combat makes great use of the Wii Remote; Funny, engaging story... The Bad: The City of Santa Destroy is a boring, GTA rip-off; The graphics and framerate are horrendous... No More Heroes is an ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Revenant Wings is nothing short of astonishing.

    Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

    Revenant Wings is nothing short of astonishing.

    The Good: Outstanding Visuals; Engrossing, addictive gameplay; Funny dialogue... The Bad: Middling story; A few interface issues... Final Fantasy 12 was released last year, and I wasn't very fond of it. Square Enix... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    This is a really fun game for a while, but ultimately, it'll just leave you pondering about the Zapper's future uses.

    Link's Crossbow Training

    This is a really fun game for a while, but ultimately, it'll just leave you pondering about the Zapper's future uses.

    The Good: A good variety of Twilight Princess Themed shooting; It's addicting; Free Zapper Included; Lots of levels... The Bad: The levels (and entire game) are kinda short; Certain game design choices make no sense; ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    There's a boatload of creativity and fun, but Phantom Hourglass simply doesn't match up to the Zelda namesake.

    Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei

    There's a boatload of creativity and fun, but Phantom Hourglass simply doesn't match up to the Zelda namesake.

    The Good: Touch screen controls are intuitive and fun; Boss fights are easy, yet awesome; There's a good deal of humor; Nostalgia galore... The Bad: The Temple of the Ocean King is frustrating; The game's too easy; Re... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Flawless only begins to describe its brilliance.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    Flawless only begins to describe its brilliance.

    In 1996, the world had a taste of what Nintendo could accomplish. Through a burst of creativity, Miyamoto lead the production on Super Mario 64. It became one of the greatest games of all time and is what gamers associat... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Aside from a few minor problems, there's really nothing wrong with Blue Dragon.

    Blue Dragon

    Aside from a few minor problems, there's really nothing wrong with Blue Dragon.

    The Good: Nostalgic gameplay; Great art style and sound; the game's brimming with humor; The Villain... The Bad: The battles can get too frequent and dry in certain areas; Several cutscenes contain either corny or for... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    It's not anywhere near Final Fantasy, but Kingdom Hearts is an endless pit of originality and decent fun.

    Kingdom Hearts

    It's not anywhere near Final Fantasy, but Kingdom Hearts is an endless pit of originality and decent fun.

    A Good Merger The Good: Deep Combat; Great Story; Nice Graphics and Sound... The Bad: It doesn’t live up to Final Fantasy; Some worlds aren’t very fun; The Gummi Ship... ------------------------------------------... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.2
    It's a gigantic improvement, but it's also very far from perfect.

    Mario Party 8

    It's a gigantic improvement, but it's also very far from perfect.

    You’ve got to start somewhere The Good: Improved Minigames; A big step up from the past... The Bad: Awful board game designs; middling visuals and sound; hasn't been changed enough... -----------------------------... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.4
    Tales of the Abyss makes up for ripping off other RPGs with fun gameplay, and a somewhat deep cast.

    Tales of the Abyss

    Tales of the Abyss makes up for ripping off other RPGs with fun gameplay, and a somewhat deep cast.

    The Good: Good battle system; Great characters and humor; 'Interesting' story. The Bad: Awful Framerate; Riddled with cliches; Not nearly as compelling as Symphonia. ---------------------------------------------------... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Rayman Raving Rabbids shoots down every other party game in existance.

    Rayman Raving Rabbids

    Rayman Raving Rabbids shoots down every other party game in existance.

    The Good: Incredible use of the Wii Remote; Rabbids that you'll love and hate at the same time; Pretty lengthy for a party game; awesome sound quality... The Bad: The visuals are never beautiful, and they on... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.2
    SPM's unique gameplay is often killed in its tracks by lame ideas, deja vu, and less than stellar dialogue.

    Super Paper Mario

    SPM's unique gameplay is often killed in its tracks by lame ideas, deja vu, and less than stellar dialogue.

    The Good: Nice visuals and fun gameplay (When fighting)... The Bad: Lacking in the originality department; awful gameplay ideas in some areas; Dialogue that you really won't care about; the character's abilities are l... Read Full Review

    0 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.9
    Undoubtedly the greatest FF title to date.

    Final Fantasy VIII (Platinum)

    Undoubtedly the greatest FF title to date.

    The Good: An unbelievably involving 'Junction System' that's still easy to grasp; Tried and true combat; Engaging story that steers away from tall-tales, and dives into real life; Absolute eye-candy way back when.... ... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    I'm afraid Wii Sports isn't so much a game as it is a really bare-bones demo.

    Wii Sports

    I'm afraid Wii Sports isn't so much a game as it is a really bare-bones demo.

    The Good: A good introduction to the Wii's technology, a couple of the included games are very addictive... The Bad: Yucky visuals; lackluster sound; simplified games; Golf & Bowling... ------------------------... Read Full Review

    1 of 5 users found the following review helpful