User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.52/10

Total of 59 user reviews spread across 59 releases

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  • User Rating:9
    A lopsided package containing a remake of one of the greatest games of all time and a decent sequel

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

    A lopsided package containing a remake of one of the greatest games of all time and a decent sequel

    In the days of the original Xbox console, I remember when I first heard about The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. I didn't know anything about the Riddick mythos, but I had a passing interest in Vin Dies... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The most exciting multiplayer in years, but the story goes far beyond "missed opportunity"

    Titanfall

    The most exciting multiplayer in years, but the story goes far beyond "missed opportunity"

    Once upon a time at the end of last year, I worked for Microsoft and got myself an Xbox One. I enjoy the console's entertainment features and the way it plays nice with my Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices. The games o... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A funny romp that will leave you in stitches, but it's a far too easy ride coasting on poop jokes

    South Park: The Stick of Truth

    A funny romp that will leave you in stitches, but it's a far too easy ride coasting on poop jokes

    I'm a huge fan of South Park. I almost instinctively put a random episode on every time I do my laundry. I know most of the in-jokes and running gags throughout the series, and the show still makes me laugh even when I... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A solid re-imagining that aims high, but falls just short of stealing the show

    Thief

    A solid re-imagining that aims high, but falls just short of stealing the show

    I remember back in the 90's when I was at Electronics Boutique and saw that triangle-shaped box on the shelf. "Thief: The Dark Project" the box said in a bizarre scrawl across the front, with a stylistic depiction of a... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A bit of a return to form, but not a reinvention of a series in need of new ideas

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    A bit of a return to form, but not a reinvention of a series in need of new ideas

    (There are spoilers regarding previous installments of games in this particular series. The paragraph in this review that contains these spoilers is clearly labeled)Assassin's Creed is a series that at this point I can ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A bit of a return to form, but not a reinvention of a series in need of new ideas

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    A bit of a return to form, but not a reinvention of a series in need of new ideas

    (There are spoilers regarding previous installments of games in this particular series. The paragraph in this review that contains these spoilers is clearly labeled)Assassin's Creed is a series that at this point I can o... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A bit of a return to form, but not a reinvention of a series in need of new ideas

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    A bit of a return to form, but not a reinvention of a series in need of new ideas

    (There are spoilers regarding previous installments of games in this particular series. The paragraph in this review that contains these spoilers is clearly labeled) Assassin's Creed is a series that at this point I can ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    You know your new game isn't very good when your stock price tanks 21% the day it's released due to bad reviews

    Homefront

    You know your new game isn't very good when your stock price tanks 21% the day it's released due to bad reviews

    At the outset, I'm going to say that I was really excited about this game. I looked forward to it, I watched all the trailers, looked at all the gameplay pictures and read all the preview hype. It seemed to me like the... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    All childish negativity aside, any true gamers or fans of the ME series/Bioware simply owes it to themselves to play ME3

    Mass Effect 3

    All childish negativity aside, any true gamers or fans of the ME series/Bioware simply owes it to themselves to play ME3

    It seems like any time a developer wants to take chances with a series, everyone gets up in arms about it without playing it or trying to understand why some changes were made. There was an article on Gamespot recently ... Read Full Review

    8 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Rage takes many cues from a lot of different games, and it delivers on its promise for some good old-school fun

    Rage

    Rage takes many cues from a lot of different games, and it delivers on its promise for some good old-school fun

    I've been a bit of an id fan since the original doom back in the day. I had the original quake for my 266mhz IBM, and I loved Doom 3 for the original Xbox. Id is one of those companies that doesn't pop up very often, b... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Despite showing its age, even with the updated graphics, Doom 3 remains a fantastic horror-shooter in its own right.

    Doom 3 BFG Edition

    Despite showing its age, even with the updated graphics, Doom 3 remains a fantastic horror-shooter in its own right.

    I remember when Doom 3 was first released. It was a return to form for Id Software, the iconic developer that only releases a game when they're damn sure that it's ready. I was like 18 when Doom 3 came out for consoles... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    This is the premier shooter of the year.  Open world junkies should take note.  This is my GOTY

    Far Cry 3

    This is the premier shooter of the year. Open world junkies should take note. This is my GOTY

    Ahh FarCry. I remember when the first FarCry was released, and we thought that PC gaming had reached its apex. How could anyone top the open-world environment and shooting mechanics of the original game? It was fresh ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Although a great game in its own right, Dishonored gets high marks for taking chances on a landscape that discourages it

    Dishonored

    Although a great game in its own right, Dishonored gets high marks for taking chances on a landscape that discourages it

    I work at a store that sells video games, and every time I walk into that particular corner of the store, I am always a bit discouraged by the fact that nearly every single game on the shelf is a sequel. Resident Evil 6... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A triumphant return for one of my favorite franchises in gaming held back by baffling steps backward.

    Assassin's Creed III

    A triumphant return for one of my favorite franchises in gaming held back by baffling steps backward.

    I am a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise. AC1 was the first game I ever played for Xbox 360, and it was love at first sight. The crisp visuals, badass climbing and parkour mix, the intriguing and unique plot, ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The third installment in the series takes no chances, and tells a tale so expertly-written, it's worth playing again

    Max Payne 3

    The third installment in the series takes no chances, and tells a tale so expertly-written, it's worth playing again

    I just finished my second playthrough of Max Payne 2. I am home sick and I wasn't really in the mood for a three-day Diablo-thon, so I decided to pick this game up on a whim from Steam. Boy am I glad I did. This is on... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    As someone who has managed to play a good portion of the game, I recommend you ignore the trolls.  It rules.

    Diablo III

    As someone who has managed to play a good portion of the game, I recommend you ignore the trolls. It rules.

    There's an unfortunate trend in gaming these days. Gamers feel entitled to instant gratification, and when something doesn't go their way, they start making absurd demands of developers who want nothing more than to mee... Read Full Review

    3 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    While the game is a bit dated by now, it's a surprisingly complete, very adult tale that bleeds detail and charm.

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

    While the game is a bit dated by now, it's a surprisingly complete, very adult tale that bleeds detail and charm.

    I purchased the Witcher 2 on launch day. It was one of the first PC games I bought in years. I built a custom gaming rig a little over a year ago, and I wanted to play the latest and greatest stuff on my new machine. ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Not for the hobbyist adventurer or slow-witted, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is one of the best PC RPG's in history

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    Not for the hobbyist adventurer or slow-witted, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is one of the best PC RPG's in history

    I am relatively new to hardcore PC gaming. I built a gaming rig about a year ago, and since that time, I have found PC gaming to be an amazing experience. My PC can do so many things that my consoles just can't, and Th... Read Full Review

    8 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    It has a few moments approaching brilliance, but the overall experience is broken, buggy, and frustratingly derivative

    Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

    It has a few moments approaching brilliance, but the overall experience is broken, buggy, and frustratingly derivative

    *******PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS******** I often preface my reviews with a tidbit about how I am a hardcore gamer, and I give every game due consideration before putting pen to paper (so to speak... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    An absolute triumph of graphic storytelling and poetic exploration

    Dear Esther

    An absolute triumph of graphic storytelling and poetic exploration

    Before I get underway, I need to say a few things about my experience as a gamer. I play and appreciate all kinds of games. I love action games, adventure games, horror games, role-playing games, stealth games... I app... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Solid foundation, but comes across as overly Fable-esque.  Ridiculously fun combat, but very little we haven't seen.

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

    Solid foundation, but comes across as overly Fable-esque. Ridiculously fun combat, but very little we haven't seen.

    (I am playing this game on PC, but I am using an xbox controller, so I feel that my review belongs here, because I am using the same interface as xbox players. Since I am actually playing this game on a relatively high-... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    BioWare's signature RPG formula is on full display, and while the approach is very straightforward, it's very rewarding.

    Dragon Age: Origins

    BioWare's signature RPG formula is on full display, and while the approach is very straightforward, it's very rewarding.

    I realized recently that I hadn't reviewed this game, and I have no idea why. This is one of my favorite games from BioWare (besides Mass Effect and KOTOR, of course), and it deserves a good look once again. I am g... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A game that pushes unnecessary elements into our faces while sacrificing storytelling.  It could have been so much more.

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations

    A game that pushes unnecessary elements into our faces while sacrificing storytelling. It could have been so much more.

    Before I start with this review, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am a pretty big Assassin's Creed fan. I own every game in the series, and I think that the overall gameplay formula is spectacular in its simulta... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    No other game of this or any generation has as much content, nor does any other game in history have as much soul.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    No other game of this or any generation has as much content, nor does any other game in history have as much soul.

    I often preface my reviews by explaining that I'm not a fanboy, but I'm afraid I can't really say that this time around. I've been an Elder Scrolls fan for almost a decade (since Morrowind was first released in 2002), s... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A fantastic voyage into one of the most beautifully realized worlds in gaming history.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    A fantastic voyage into one of the most beautifully realized worlds in gaming history.

    With Skyrim right around the corner, I do what I always do when a new installment of a franchise I love is on the cusp of release: I whip out its predecessors and play them. A lot. Since Skyrim and Assassin's Creed: Re... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Graphically astounding and an audio tour de force, Battlefield 3 does so many things right, but horribly fails in others

    Battlefield 3 (Limited Edition)

    Graphically astounding and an audio tour de force, Battlefield 3 does so many things right, but horribly fails in others

    I like to preface my reviews by saying I'm not a fanboy. I'm a freaking gamer. I own over 50 games for Xbox 360, and a laundry list of PC games. I don't have a PS3, but I think it's a great system. I don't judge base... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    This game feels less like a throwback to the comics and cartoons, and more like a masterpiece of new ideas and content

    Batman: Arkham City

    This game feels less like a throwback to the comics and cartoons, and more like a masterpiece of new ideas and content

    Arkham Asylum ruled. If you disagree, I suggest you stop reading right now. It was the game for gamers, not weekend warriors or FPS fanboys. It managed to take a ubiquitous piece of modern culture (Batman) and complet... Read Full Review

    18 of 19 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A masterpiece, brimming with content, a jaw-dropping campaign, and an excellent send-off to a genre defining classic

    Gears of War 3

    A masterpiece, brimming with content, a jaw-dropping campaign, and an excellent send-off to a genre defining classic

    I am going to preface this review with the same statement I open a lot of my reviews with: I'm not a fanboy. I play all kinds of games, and I don't consider myself some kind of zealot fan of any series. My boss calls h... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    While the game suffers from some unbelievable technical issues, it's a great experience that grows on you more and more.

    Dead Island (Platinum Hits)

    While the game suffers from some unbelievable technical issues, it's a great experience that grows on you more and more.

    I'm going to preface this review by saying I love zombie games. A lot. I've played every Resident: Evil game (multiple playthroughs for each), I love Left 4 Dead, and I just can't get enough undead goodness. When I he... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    While certainly not for those die-hard FPS fans that only like running and shooting all the time, this is a great game

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    While certainly not for those die-hard FPS fans that only like running and shooting all the time, this is a great game

    Ah, Deus Ex. While I never played the original, its sequel, "Invisible War," was one of my favorite Xbox games. That's an odd thing to say, especially because that game wasn't very well received by gamers. But what I ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    This is a game that is so great because it forces players to use their brains, rather than their trigger fingers

    L.A. Noire

    This is a game that is so great because it forces players to use their brains, rather than their trigger fingers

    At the outset, I'm going to warn you that this isn't GTA. It was never supposed to be GTA, and I'm tired of hearing people say, "This is lame, GTA was so much better." This is a game about upholding the law and being a c... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Technical achievements aside, L.A. Noire manages to do something that few games can: force players to think, not shoot.

    L.A. Noire

    Technical achievements aside, L.A. Noire manages to do something that few games can: force players to think, not shoot.

    At the outset, I'm going to warn you that this isn't GTA. It was never supposed to be GTA, and I'm tired of hearing people say, "This is lame, GTA was so much better." This is a game about upholding the law and being a... Read Full Review

    15 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    While a little sparse and perhaps the victim of its own hype, Dragon Age II is a fantastic game.

    Dragon Age II

    While a little sparse and perhaps the victim of its own hype, Dragon Age II is a fantastic game.

    Is Dragon Age II the same as the first game? No. Gamespot's review is very accurate and honest. As much as I loved the first game, and cursed it for some of its obvious shortcomings, the second installment in the seri... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The magnum opus of survival-horror returns with a new installment that's better than the original

    Dead Space 2

    The magnum opus of survival-horror returns with a new installment that's better than the original

    (First review was deleted by GS because I complained about their score. Don't worry, moderators. I'll be good) So it's finally here. The follow-up to the fantastic 2008 masterpiece that turned the survival-horror g... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    An unforgettable voyage into the darker side of Sci-Fi

    Dead Space

    An unforgettable voyage into the darker side of Sci-Fi

    I'm reviewing Dead Space now because I revisited it this weekend in anticipation of Tuesday's release of this year's GOTY, Dead Space 2. I wanted to reacquaint myself with the game's mechanics and storyline, and it was ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    I write this as the ending credits roll.  If you are a fan of Assassin's Creed, then you owe it to yourself to play this

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Auditore Edition)

    I write this as the ending credits roll. If you are a fan of Assassin's Creed, then you owe it to yourself to play this

    First of all, I'm going to say that I'm an Assassin's Creed aficionado. I own every game, and I've played them through many times (except this one, which I just finished). It's a series that has always blended a cool m... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    While it's more of what you'd expect from COD, it's more of the great things, tweaked to make you take a second look

    Call of Duty: Black Ops

    While it's more of what you'd expect from COD, it's more of the great things, tweaked to make you take a second look

    I'm going to preface this review by saying I'm a COD naysayer. Yes, I own COD 2, COD 3, and CODWAW, but the Modern Warfare series has always seemed to be an exercise in futility to me. Don't get me wrong. I think Mode... Read Full Review

    14 of 22 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    An impressive re-envisioning of Bethesda's game of the year, this game is no copy...  It's better.

    Fallout: New Vegas

    An impressive re-envisioning of Bethesda's game of the year, this game is no copy... It's better.

    I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a Fallout Fanboy. I loved Fallout 3 and I've played Fallout 1 &2. Fallout 3 was my favorite for a number of reasons: First, it took a dungeon crawling turn based rpg and exquisitely transf... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    While beautiful and definitely charming, the gorgeous world of Albion has grown boring and small.

    Fable III

    While beautiful and definitely charming, the gorgeous world of Albion has grown boring and small.

    At the outset, I need to say this: I am a Fable fan. I waited in a midnight madness for the first two games. So don't go and say I'm a hater just because I didn't like this game. But now... On to the review. I'm be... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A realistic review from someone who's played every Halo game, but isn't a Halo fan

    Halo: Reach

    A realistic review from someone who's played every Halo game, but isn't a Halo fan

    I'm going to get this fact in the open right now: I haven't been a Halo fan since the first game. The gripes that many have about the series are kind of true, in that the game didn't really stray too far from its formul... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful