Total of 108 user reviews spread across 108 releases
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Full of Warts
The Battetoads and Double Dragon games are notoriously difficult, but the crossover title Battletoads and Double Dragon for the Super Nintendo Entertainment system is excruciatingly hard due to bad ga...
Crash Bandicoot (Platinum)
Crash Bandicoot: a decent platformer hampered by bad ideas
Before Joel and Ellie, Nathan and Sully, and Jak and Daxter, there was Crash Bandicoot, Naughty Dog's orange marsupial who was the main protagonist in the heralded gaming company's first Playstation f...
Mega Man 9
Endearing gameplay, retro graphics, and a fun soundtrack make Mega Man 9 a great blast from the past.
The ninth installment (tenth if you count Mega Man & Bass) in the original Mega Man series seems to have been designed specifically as a gift to fans of the long running franchise. Capcom reverted bac...
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Tsu no Kinka
The most bizarre Super Mario feels like a brilliant experiment with the timeless formula
Retro review: the game in this review is not being compared to today's gaming standards but to the standards of the time of its release Super Mario Land for the Game Boy was certainly an odd entry ...
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a supreme mixture of gritty action, cinematic beauty, and brilliant story-telling
Bless the late Roger Ebert's heart. The famous film critic developed a somewhat sinister reputation among the gaming community when he said that video games are not art. Gamers and journalists alike s...
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time still has a lot to offer.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is considered to be the greatest achievement in the Legend of Zelda canon. Many also give the game honors by calling it the greatest game of all time. Whether or n...
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uncharted's promising start dwindles into a repetitive slog, but its great aesthetics and cinematics make it fair
Often considered to be the Playstation 3's first must-own exclusive, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a platformer-shooter hybrid resembling the previous generation's Prince of Persia titles and the old ...
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Nothing here will wow the Super Mario fan, but its finely-tuned, addictive gameplay will please platforming enthusiasts
It's the type of adventure that Wario and Waluigi could only dream of embarking on: to scour the Mushroom Kingdom and other lands for coins, one million of them. There is the cumbersome task of rescui...
Combining excellent stealth with idiosyncratic abilities, Dishonored is highly recommended
A terrible infestation of abnormally large, vicious, disease-spreading rats and an oppressive regime are only a couple of issues plaguing the city of Dunwall. Experiencing a great deal of his own mis...
Cave Story remains a brilliant action-platformer that is absolutely worth playing today
Note: this version of Cave Story was released in 2012 and contains extras found in Cave Story+ Cave Story lives up to its name in many ways. The story behind its conception and creation is notewort...
Infinite's story and presentation make it an otherworldly jewel, but its gameplay, while great, offers little new
Bioshock wowed gamers six years ago in part because of its fascinating setting in an underwater city called Rapture. The third and newest entry in the cutting-edge first-person shooter franchise takes...
Gunman Clive successfully pays homage to the best of platforming's past while maintaining a solid identity of its own
Gunman Clive, originally an iOS device game available in the Apple App Store, has made its way onto the 3DS, and for a game that is just under two dollars, it can be highly recommended in spite of i...
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug 3 is a good side-scrolling shooter, but the finicky controls in the iOS version ruin the experience
Across many consoles and handhelds, Metal Slug has always provided a good side-scrolling shooter fix. With the challenge of a Contra and the graphical style and humor similar to Gun Star Heroes, Metal...
Angry Birds Space
Angry Birds Space benefits nicely from its astronomical subject matter in both gameplay and aesthetics
Note: game played on ipad mini With the original Angry Birds exceeding over twelve million downloads from Apple's App Store alone, it was inevitable that many sequels would entail. Angry Birds Spac...
Mutant Mudds delivers a safe but great platforming experience wrapped in a delightful, nostalgic presentation
Mutant Mudds Review Note: this iOS game was played on my ipad mini Eight and sixteen bit games have made a comeback in recent years, and Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds serves as a reminder as to wh...
Rayman Jungle Run
Rayman Jungle Run is a good way to satisfy that lum-collecting craving until Rayman Legends comes along
Note: this game was played via my ipad mini Last year's Rayman Origins is one of the best side-scrolling platformers ever created, and though it has not sold well, the consensus is out: play that g...
Minna no Rhythm Tengoku
Rhythm Heaven Fever proves that polish and personality can make an extremely simplistic game a fantastic one
Monkeys in a watch Monkeys on the green See the monkeys dance And shake the tambourine The cat serves the birdie…to the dog At the board meeting is a group of hogs A wrestling man is posing f...
Resident Evil: Revelations
An immersive, frightening survival-horror and action hybrid, Revelations is the series' best entry since Resident Evil 4
The Resident Evil series began back in 1996 on the Playstation, popularizing and establishing survival-horror as a legitimate genre in gaming. It gained popularity, and, like many of Capcom's best-sel...
Super Mario 3D Land
A mixture of the franchise's best old and new aspects, 3D Land is the plumber's most captivating handheld installment
The release of Super Mario 3D Land rejuvenated the 3DS as expected, and it provided a much needed stellar, original Nintendo first party title for the system. Super Mario 3D Land is as solid an entry ...
Batman: Arkham City
Arkham City takes the elements that made its predecessor a refined success and stretches them into a grand scope
Rocksteady's 2008 breakthrough release Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of the most well executed stealth-action games from that year, cementing the Dark Knight into stardom in the industry. Released thr...
Electroplankton passes for a delightfully entertaining app but a feature impoverished game
Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai's Electroplankton may be called an app in today's electronic universe, or perhaps dubbed an interactive soundtrack. On the back of the box is what appears to be a tra...
Wario Land Shake
Shake It! is a good Wario Land with a maddening, unbalanced difficulty.
Trouble befalls the Shake Dimension when Queen Merelda is kidnapped and the "Bottomless Coin Sack" stolen by the Shake King. A female pirate ship captain named Syrup heists the globe on which the Shak...
Batman: Arkham Asylum
"Arkham" successfully takes pieces from classics before it, making it a triumphant classic itself.
In the latter years of the decade, Batman stole the spotlight from all other superheroes. In film there was the successful and critically acclaimed "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight". Joker had rec...
Rhythm Tengoku Gold
Rhythm Heaven is a great music game thanks to simple controls and an awesomely bizarre presentation
Helping a ninja dog slice up veggies, assembling robots at a factory, and putting on a family-friendly dolphin show are unlikely premises for a rhythm game. It sounds more akin to the sort of wacky, i...
Space Invaders Extreme
Though short and bare, Space Invaders Extreme is retro done right- a flashy, challenging blitz.
[ Note: I wrote a long, detailed review but accidentally deleted it. This is a shorter version.] Space Invaders Extreme, released in celebration of the original arcade game's thirtieth anniversary,...
Ratchet & Clank (Platinum)
A phenomenal achievement, Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank laid a strong foundation with its staggering variety/action
Retro Review Note: A Retro Review is a review of a game from a previous console generation. The game at hand is not judged by modern standards but by the standards of the time in which it was released...
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro's consistently enjoyable platformer maintains the spirit of the series while feeling entirely new.
Retro Studios have made few games as a second party developer for Nintendo, but the company is maintaining a more-than-solid track record so far. Entrusted with reviving and creating the first install...
Art of Balance
Art of Balance is enjoyable despite its overly simplistic gameplay and painfully boring presentation.
Shin'en's Art of Balance for WiiWare is an extremely simple game that anyone can pick up and play. This universal appeal will strike a sweeter chord with casual players or those who like to get a quic...
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Epic Yarn thrives on warm moments of unpredictability, aesthetic beauty, and a laid back approach to platforming.
Kirby's presence has been unusually strong on Nintendo's Wii and DS systems. Not since the Super Nintendo Entertainment System has Kirby been as relevant. The series has undergone something of a metam...
Beyond Good & Evil HD
Jade and Pey'J's enticing adventure soars above the game's disastrous camera.
Rayman creator Michael Ancel envisioned a successful trilogy for Ubisoft's cult classic Beyond Good and Evil. Created in the vein of Zelda and perhaps even drawing inspiration from Metal Gear Solid an...
Fez is charming, haunting, and challenges one to dig deep into its world and one's self for answers.
Today, objectives in many games, even the ones that claim to be open-ended and exploratory, are laid out before the player along with the means to win. With Fez, Polytron has attempted to combine side...
Pocket Monsters Pearl
While technically the series' best, the "newest" entries in the Pokemon canon offer few new experiences.
Pokemon Red and Blue sparked one of the biggest fads of the last two decades. Since then, the Pokemon has been successful in every form of entertainment: card games, toys, animated films, and TV shows...
Origins is among the elite in its respective genre.
Rayman is the closest character Ubisoft have had to a mascot. After several solid releases, Ubisoft has returned Rayman back to his roots, creating the first console 2D platforming game in the franchi...
Irregular Hunter X
Maverick Hunter X is a wonderful update of the inaugural installment in Capcom's edgiest Mega Man franchise.
First arriving on the Super Nintendo in 1993, Capcom's Mega Man X series distinguished itself from the original Mega Man series with its edgy graphics, music, and story. Unchanging was the formula, pr...
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda's wondrous fifth entry in the Elder Scrolls series is two feet deep and a thousand miles wide.
Bethesda's highly anticipated fifth installment in the heralded Elder Scrolls series has arrived, and it is gargantuous. To say so is the understatement of this console generation. The sheer size and ...
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Smooth Moves isn't the best entry in the series, but the game makes great use of the Wii hardware.
The 4th installment in the Warioware series (5 if you include the Gamecube Version of MicroGame$) is here on the Wii, and the wacky fast paced mini-game action is still a lot of fun. Wario stumbles...
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Brawl isn't quite the leap that Melee made from the original. But it feels like the perfecting of a great series.
Don't let the game review summary cause you to think that Brawl is the perfect game. It isn't the perfect game, but it's easily the best game in the series thus far, and about as perfect as a Smash Br...
Limbo is a dreadfully beautiful title that never feels cheap due to clever puzzles and a strong physics system.
The unknown is frightening. Mystery is compelling. Combined, these two elements factor into the chilling, lonesome experience that is Limbo. A nameless boy awakens in a dark, dreadful place with death...
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Engrossing combat & intricate design champion Skyward Sword as one of Nintendo's most grand adventures.
Over twenty five years ago, a young elvin Hyrulian boy was told, "Take this. It is dangerous to go alone!" Since that moment, a host of green tunic wearing heroes have fought the perils of evil. With ...
Outland is a beautifully crafted creation that weaves together vintage gameplay mechanics with remarkable precision.
The spiritual realm in Outland is one of chaos, and just as in many religious tales and accounts, an average man finds himself caught up in the conflict of gods. The Hero in Outland finds himself walk...