Total of 256 user reviews spread across 256 releases
The Binding of Isaac
Edward McMillen's contraction of Zelda and Spiritual Abuse is sheer brilliance.
Edward McMillen's The Binding of Isaac largely flew under the radar this past fall. With none of the fanfare of Super Meat Boy, in particular because of its PC-only release to Steam, however, it has q...
Essentially open to interpretation, as with any artistic expression, its an aesthetic paradigm in contemporary gaming
Dear Esther is a compelling game. Originally a Source mod, downloadable to use with Half Life 2, it has finally been released bythechineeseroom on Steam as a game complete unto itself. The experience ...
Hitman: Blood Money
The environments steal the show in the sandboxy stealth-action game, and the open-ended gameplay shines on replay.
*Mini Review* - MINOR SPOILERS I'll be honest, Hitman didn't really appeal to me for the longest time, probably because I'd never played it, and found the reviews to be uninspiring (including Greg'...
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
A worthy sequel, Human Revolution's world is immersive. More beautiful than technically good, it succeeds on spirit.
In Brief: An anticipated "true" sequel of a gaming masterpiece, Deus Ex: Human Revolution had all the potential to be a total wreck. Though there are bound to be valid criticisms of the game, notab...
Strategy meets emergent gameplay
Like many players looking for something fresh and a bit outside the box, few games this summer looked as promising as From Dust. Developed by the famed Eric Chahi (Out of This World/ Another World), i...
It isn't lengthy, but TRAUMA has the ability to reveal the mysteries of the mundane though simple but alluring clicks.
Indiecade and IGF finalist, TRAUMA, has been on the indie scene's radar for a while now, and has finally been released on Steam. Though you'll likely get an hour or two's worth of play, you'll be rewa...
E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy
This FPS/RPG ought to make any Deus Ex fan drool. Though flawed, it's strong vision carries the player throughout.
E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy Review: 7.5/10 "An Ambitious but flawed game, E.Y.E. has a strong artistic vision, robust RPG mechanics, and old-school run-n-gun shooting (and stabbing and PSI powering a...
Pocket Academy follows Game Dev Story for an incredibly engaging simulation taking a high school from rags to fame.
Kairosoft burst onto the mobile scene last year with the masterful Game Dev Story, a simulation game featuring the rise of a gaming development studio. Though it's success is attributable to a variety...
Dungeon Raid, despite the bland title, is a masterful game of puzzle and RPG mechanics wrapped up in high-scoring glory.
I never would've played Dungeon Raid if not for the Gamecritics.com podcast, so kudos to those guys. What seems at first to be a matching puzzle game quickly becomes so much more, as RPG leveling and ...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia takes from other great horror games to create a fresh experience of powerlessness and dread.
Conceptual video game genealogy has always fascinated me, as seeing a concept grow, transition, and morph over time has tended to provide a better historical narrative for games than franchise sequels...
Total War: Shogun 2
For newbies to Total War, read on. Shogun 2 is a masterful strategy game that reveals its depth the more you play.
*Mini Review* Shogun 2 is the first Total War game I've played, and so my hope is that this short review will be helpful to new players to the series who have some background in strategy games like...
Lots of great ideas, though they all don't come together all the time. On the whole AF is a great classic RPG.
*Mini Review* Known as a cult classic among CRPG enthusiasts, Arx Fatalis was largely overlooked when it was released back in 2002 to PC and Xbox. Though visually, and in terms of contemporaries, i...
2D Platforming + Sandbox + Action RPG = Awesome!
2D Platforming + Sandbox + Action RPG = Awesome! Terraria is fast approaching a huge milestone as it's total sales soars ever closer to 500,000. Joining an elite group of indie games, Re-Logic's sa...
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher 2 is not only the best looking game ever, it's also one of the best RPGs in years.
In 2007, CDProjekt treated RPG enthusiasts to the fabulous but flawed The Witcher, based on the fantasy writings of Anderzej Sapkowski. Though it had atmosphere, character, and an "adult" approach to...
A flawed game, enthralling yet dull, but it's hard not to appreciate the craftsmanship and the ambition.
With The Witcher 2 upon us, I recently took it upon myself to play through the original for the very first time. While I can imagine why it took players by storm in 2007, and though at times it's a gr...
Despite a climactic finish, much of the game is befuddled with fits and starts, and feels torn between film and gameplay
As a term coined by the French to describe a whole series of American films, which they had not seen until the end of the second World War, Film Noir is one of the true great genres of classic film. S...
Cut the Rope
Overhyped, certainly, as it's performative puzzles get bogged down in inconsistency and technical difficulties.
Next to Angry Birds, Cut The Rope is easily the second most-overhyped game for mobile devices. It's cheerful presentation and interesting puzzle mechanics make the early puzzles seem the perfect place...
The richness of strategic play and additive high-score runs make Forget-me-not a surprising classic!
9.5 Few games take me by surprise. Chances are, the first hour or two of playing a game, especially a game of performance or skill, gives a good indicator of what to expect from a game. Take Forget...
Sentinel 3: Homeworld
Few Tower-Defense Games are better than this. Customizable leveling, multiple game modes, and hours of content.
Tower-Defense may be a well-tread sub-genre, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any innovations to be found in these games. Enter Sentinel 3: Homeworld, available for mobile devices. Thought the ...
Outland's gameplay mashup proves to be quite enjoyable, but don't expect a deep "metroidvania" experience.
*Mini Review* Outland, developed by Housemarque and published by Ubisoft, is billed as a return to the "metroidvania" style of game, which would presuppose a number of things but most importantly a...
100 Rogues is the best "roguelike" for IP available, and provides a solid dungeon crawling experience.
Roguelikes have come into their own in recent years, especially as games like Desktop Dungeons have won accolades at IGF and elsewhere. Finally, we're starting to see some of these sub-genre dungeon e...
Far Cry 2
It's almost as if Far Cry 2 wants you to hate it.
* Mini Review * There's already plenty of good feedback for 2008's Far Cry 2, so I'll try to make this snappy... It's almost as if the game wants you to hate it. Of course, it's not as if there'...
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
S:S&S is a one-of-a-kind game of sonorous experience, self-awareness, moon cycles, and time.
10 Toronto-based Superbrothers' "Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP" has been on many people's radar for a while now, even since it won IGF's Achievement in Art (Mobile) in 2010. Finally released ...
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
SMT:Nocturne's demon recruitment and arcane aesthetics shine, but it does tend to drag and grind for long periods.
*Mini Review* As some context for my brief thoughts, let me note a few things. First of all, this is the very first SMT game i've had the privelege to play. Secondly, it's clear from playing this g...
Frenzic is a game of quick-time recognition, and though it's not deep and substantive, it's good in short bursts.
Frenzic, by The Iconfactory, though available on the DS, is well suited for the iphone. Best enjoyed in brief snippets of play, it's fast paced and eye-blurring puzzles bring together your short-t...
This real-time "strategy" game is way too short on strategy.
5.5/10 Galcon, by Galcon (amazingly enough), is billed as a real-time strategy game. Sadly, there just isn't enough real strategy here to warrant a glance from enthusiasts. Galcon takes place t...
World of Goo
Though the IPhone port isn't perfect, World of Goo is still a dream of a physics-puzzle game and a must-play.
9.3 Fantastic gameplay finally comes to the iphone Great value, lots of levels, one of the best games for the device Touch controls and screen size blemish the experience, making it less idea...
Less than perfect, Perfect Cell has it's moments, but feels shoehorned into "casual" gameplay.
6.7 Solid Atmosphere: backgrounds, secondary events, and art design and good. Shallow gameplay: killing guards gets old fast, and puzzles aren't difficult at all Missed Opportunity: Perfect C...
Period-piece drama that's extremely immersive and rewarding. That's not to say it's incredibly deep.
*Mini Review* Mafia II, more than anything else, is an excellent period-piece drama composed of set-piece stories over a span covering Vito's experiences with the mob. Whether you're driving to the...
IMGA Grand Prize Winner, Beyond Ynth is an innovative puzzle-platformer which provides great value and play.
8.8 Innovative Puzzle-Platformer: Beyond Ynth does a lot to separate itself from the crowd Great Value: A huge world to play through gives you ample value for your money Practical Aesthetics:...
This IGF Mobile finalist has a nice concept, but is brutally unforgiving and stifles any joy to be found here.
6 Intruiging concepts: lemmings-like play where you shepherd spritis towards a swirling finishline is solid in theory Unforgiving difficulty: The stringent and frustraing play will make you ...
An homage to Warning Forever, Infinity Danger pits you in battles against a boss that LEARNS how to beat you. A+
9.2 Maybe the best "shmup" on XBIG to date: Warning Forever's gameplay of match after match vs. a learning super-boss returns Great gameplay: learning from your pay how to best beat you is alway...
Plants vs. Zombies HD
PvZ is an solid Tower Defense game that's amusing as well as challenging, though it's not best-in-class.
*Mini Review* 8.5/10 Tower Defense is a sort of sub-genre within the broader strategy genre. In each iteration, games consist of building (or planting) defending "towers" (or here, plants) to pr...
Dragon Age II
EA's rush job on DA2 means crazy recycled dungeons and other fluff spoils the improved art-design and balanced combat.
*Mini Review* Scratch the surface of the much-anticipated Dragon Age II and you'll find the overall quality of the title is only skin-deep. The Good: The visual art style and varied musical ...
Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes
GA1 merges D&D dice-rolls with Choose Your Own Adventure reading in an effective, though unforgiving, storyline.
7.5 Multi-threaded storyline gives player choice and interesting consequences: Though there's only one "win" ending I found, and lots of dead ends, Choose Your Own Adventure play is effective ...
The follow-up to Miner Dig Deep is a large action-RPG, but lacks the staying power of greatness.
7.8 Solid Action-RPG combat and Dungeon Crawl: there's a surprising amount of content here, and the combat mechanics are equal to peers like Epic Dungeon Trademark visual sty*le returns: Robir h...
Kairosoft's follow up to GameDevStory is still very addictive, but lacks the magic of it's lauded predecessor.
8.5 - - - Hot Springs Story lacks the sort of compelling content of Game Dev Story, but it's still a well-crafted and highly addicting simulation game, well worth the money. Simulation Addic...
Glow Artisan is a fantastic puzzle game with great value and hours of puzzle-solving. Create, Play, Enjoy.
9.2 Hours of Challenging Puzzle Play: Intense thought is required to solve many of the 90 puzzles here, for a great value and solid play Innovative Puzzles: Laying down lines of color, in combin...
Another great example of how to make a terrible game.
Recently released Avalis Dungeon is a great example of a terrible game. It's so bad, in so many ways, that I'd like to use this game as a lesson on what NOT to do when making a game. Avalis Dungeo...
An adventure-pinball game that's more of a stage-demo than anything. Great atmosphere and play for 80 MS.
7.8 Inertia pinball-gameplay is a great idea: switching on zero-gravity to bounce around the level works quite well Aesthetics are simple yet immersive: haunting empty space-sounds and glimpses ...