User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.84/10

Total of 157 user reviews spread across 157 releases

  1. 10
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  2. 9
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  3. 8
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  4. 7
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  5. 6
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  • User Rating:9
    A true classic loaded with nostalgia and revolutionary quality.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    A true classic loaded with nostalgia and revolutionary quality.

    Ocarina of Time was revolutionary, without a doubt. It showed people what games can do and provided an enjoyable experience for those who played it back in the day. I have never appreciated OoT as much as most people do,... Read Full Review

    4 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Crystal Defenders may be short, but it packs so much replay value in the 8 levels that it's totally worth a mere $5.

    Crystal Defenders

    Crystal Defenders may be short, but it packs so much replay value in the 8 levels that it's totally worth a mere $5.

    PLEASE NOTE that this review was written for the iPod click wheel version, not the iPhone version. The iPhone version fixes the control issues I mention here. Positive: + fun and challenging strategic gameplay + go... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Not exactly challenging, but very enjoyable and memorable.

    Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land

    Not exactly challenging, but very enjoyable and memorable.

    Wario Land is the best GameBoy/Color game I've ever played. It's an excellent platformer, and it's all the more impressive because it's... well... on the GameBoy. I don't know of a whole lot of good games on the first ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    No hard feelings

    Portal 2

    No hard feelings

    Portal was a truly groundbreaking puzzle game. Innovation abounded throughout every test chamber in that short but quirky and memorable game, though its rather short length made it feel more like an extensive demo than a... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The sequel done right.

    Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked and Loaded

    The sequel done right.

    Back in 2003, Insomniac didn't seem to be capable of making bad games, or even so-so games. All three games in their Spyro the Dragon trilogy on the PlayStation were great, and their PS2 debut title Ratchet & Clank was p... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    An even grander Galaxy.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    An even grander Galaxy.

    Super Mario Galaxy was an astounding achievement in video game design back in 2007, and to this day it remains an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable 3-D platformer. In fact, Galaxy was so good that when I heard that a di... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Silver and Gold remain the best Pokemon games yet.

    Pokemon Silver Version

    Silver and Gold remain the best Pokemon games yet.

    Pokemon Red and Blue made a huge splash in the video game industry back in the late 1990's, and to this day it's still a massively popular franchise with a strong universal appeal. For kids, perhaps it's the idea of coll... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Portal's brilliance and wit make it an excellent game that's innovative, challenging, and entertaining in many ways.

    Portal

    Portal's brilliance and wit make it an excellent game that's innovative, challenging, and entertaining in many ways.

    A few years ago, if I had heard of a game that would somehow combine a puzzle and a shooter, I would have had plenty of doubts as to how that would work. The two just don't seem like they would get along together very we... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Shadow of the Colossus is a cinematic and epic experience unlike any other video game.

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Shadow of the Colossus is a cinematic and epic experience unlike any other video game.

    A lone hero approaches an ancient shrine and places his dead lover inside. A light speaks to him, telling him that he can gain the power to save her life if he can slay the 16 colossi scattered throughout the cursed land... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    With MotionPlus at the head, Resort is an entertaining and remarkably precise collection of sports games.

    Wii Sports Resort (w/Wii MotionPlus)

    With MotionPlus at the head, Resort is an entertaining and remarkably precise collection of sports games.

    The Wii is the object of insult more often than it ought to be in this generation, because people see the console's games that sell well and simply laugh. Mediocre minigame collections and unpolished 'family-friendly gam... Read Full Review

    12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Well, it sure beats Animal Crossing trading cards.

    Game & Watch Collection

    Well, it sure beats Animal Crossing trading cards.

    Club Nintendo doesn't exactly have the strongest selection of prizes for their fans that buy their games, but to be honest who can blame them? It's free stuff they're giving out after all… well, it's free if you forget t... Read Full Review

    10 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Despite its slow start, Spirit Tracks ends up being a great Zelda game when it's all said and done.

    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Despite its slow start, Spirit Tracks ends up being a great Zelda game when it's all said and done.

    The quality of The Legend of Zelda series as a whole is practically unquestionable. Almost everything Nintendo sets out to do with the series is a success and comes out with flying colors. Phantom Hourglass successfully ... Read Full Review

    14 of 17 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The Beatles: Rock Band is more enjoyable and authentic than any other music game on the market.

    The Beatles: Rock Band

    The Beatles: Rock Band is more enjoyable and authentic than any other music game on the market.

    If you haven't heard of The Beatles, you might not have heard of any other band in the history of mankind. They were that popular and that influential, and so it's only fit that a music game ought to be made based on the... Read Full Review

    8 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    World of Goo perfectly mixes wackiness with brilliance and fun with a challenge.

    World of Goo

    World of Goo perfectly mixes wackiness with brilliance and fun with a challenge.

    WiiWare is a platform that hasn't had a whole lot of great games yet. Sure, there have been some decent titles available for download, but in all honesty most of the games available were thoroughly mediocre, and even the... Read Full Review

    15 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A weapon based blend of 3-D platforming and third person action that stands out in both genres.

    Ratchet & Clank (Platinum)

    A weapon based blend of 3-D platforming and third person action that stands out in both genres.

    It is practically common knowledge in the video game community that Spyro the Dragon, a beloved character from the PlayStation days, is pretty much history. Once the PS2/GC/Xbox era arrived, Spyro games suddenly became t... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Bowser's Inside Story is the best DS game to date with its fantastic sense of humor, personality, creativity, and fun

    Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!

    Bowser's Inside Story is the best DS game to date with its fantastic sense of humor, personality, creativity, and fun

    There are many things to say about Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. It seems as though every one of the game's elements is incredibly well done, enjoyable, hilarious, and creative. In fact, I will pose no questions ... Read Full Review

    11 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    For a game about Van Halen, this rushed and mediocre product does very little to be about Van Halen

    Guitar Hero: Van Halen

    For a game about Van Halen, this rushed and mediocre product does very little to be about Van Halen

    There is too much Guitar Hero to go around this year, it seems. In 2009 alone, Activision has put out a whopping six music games, four of which bear the Guitar Hero name. Guitar Hero: Van Halen (GHVH) is the final GH rel... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    NSMBW does everything right with great multiplayer and excellent level design, a must-own for Mario fans

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    NSMBW does everything right with great multiplayer and excellent level design, a must-own for Mario fans

    New Super Mario Bros. was a wildly popular game for the DS, being the first original Mario 2-D platformer to come along for many years. Now in 2009, Nintendo has released a sequel on Wii with title lacking just as much c... Read Full Review

    10 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Rock Band 2 rocks the world of music games with high quality on all fronts

    Rock Band 2

    Rock Band 2 rocks the world of music games with high quality on all fronts

    The genre of music games has been a sweeping sensation on the gaming market in the past few years. At the forefront of all this are two battling franchises that center around four-player band play: Guitar Hero and Rock B... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:2
    This totally useless, uninteresting expansion of Diamond/Pearl would be a waste if it cost even $1, yet they charge $10!

    My Pokemon Ranch

    This totally useless, uninteresting expansion of Diamond/Pearl would be a waste if it cost even $1, yet they charge $10!

    Positive: - you can trade with the ranch owner occasionally - Negative: - just a useless expansion of Diamond/Pearl - horrible graphics - literally no kind of gameplay - dull and boring - WiiWare hasn't seen a lo... Read Full Review

    10 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Just keep reminding yourself that the game was free, and you'll enjoy it just fine despite its brevity

    Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!

    Just keep reminding yourself that the game was free, and you'll enjoy it just fine despite its brevity

    To say thank you to the platinum members of Club Nintendo for being such great fans and playing plenty of their games, Nintendo has offered a nifty little prize. The options were a sweet looking Mario hat or a special Wi... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    GH5 is fun and adds some solid new modes, but it ultimately fails to impress and improve

    Guitar Hero 5 (Guitar Bundle)

    GH5 is fun and adds some solid new modes, but it ultimately fails to impress and improve

    Here we are in the early fall of 2009; a season geared up with a ton of eagerly anticipated releases. But of course, can the fall go by without another main entry in the Guitar Hero franchise? By the mere fact that Guita... Read Full Review

    8 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    World Tour is great fun and makes some nice efforts, but the new instrumentation is in need of some fine tuning

    Guitar Hero World Tour

    World Tour is great fun and makes some nice efforts, but the new instrumentation is in need of some fine tuning

    Harmonix has changed the music genre of video games twice: the first time was with the original Guitar Hero in 2005, and then they revolutionized the music game again in 2007 with Rock Band. Guitar Hero was left to Activ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Legends of Rock is a music game with great music, turning plastic guitar shredding into a real blast

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    Legends of Rock is a music game with great music, turning plastic guitar shredding into a real blast

    When Harmonix left Guitar Hero to start Rock Band, Activision and Neversoft had some catching up to do. They didn't really have experience in making music games, and suddenly they had a franchise to work with that could ... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    More Bros, less fury

    Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

    More Bros, less fury

    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was a resounding success on the GBA. It was a practically flawless game that achieved excellence in every area, and it more than earned the right to have a sequel made. Partners in Time is t... Read Full Review

    14 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Mario and Lui... other guy star in an awesome RPG full of personality, entertainment, and FURY!!!

    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

    Mario and Lui... other guy star in an awesome RPG full of personality, entertainment, and FURY!!!

    Mario has had an ongoing streak of awesome RPGs, starting at the end of the SNES' lifespan and continuing through today. Mario & Luigi is the main handheld franchise of the Mario RPGs, starting with 2003's Superstar Saga... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    "Read this review of WEWY. You have 30 minutes. Fail, and face erasure.*"<br />
- The Reapers

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's A Wonderful World

    "Read this review of WEWY. You have 30 minutes. Fail, and face erasure.*"<br /> - The Reapers

    *Not really. In case you were wondering. Imagine you've just woken up in the middle of the street of a busy city. You can't remember anything at all, and nobody can see or feel you. It's as if you don't exist. Then, o... Read Full Review

    13 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4
    Duck Amuck brings the great Looney Tunes episode to shame.

    Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck

    Duck Amuck brings the great Looney Tunes episode to shame.

    Looney Tunes is perhaps the most beloved and famous cartoon in history. The pure comedy of it makes it so lovable, and it's natural to expect that, like most other cartoons and movies, it would be made into video games. ... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    Riders may grab your attention with its hover boards, but it will dissatisfy you just as quickly due to its many issues.

    Sonic Riders

    Riders may grab your attention with its hover boards, but it will dissatisfy you just as quickly due to its many issues.

    Sonic is among the older franchises in games, and also the more beloved, famous, and unpredictable. He has seen many good games and many bad games; his first racing game of this century falls somewhere in between. While ... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mario Baseball is easy to pick up and rewarding to master, but most importantly it's just plain fun.

    Super Mario Stadium Miracle Baseball

    Mario Baseball is easy to pick up and rewarding to master, but most importantly it's just plain fun.

    Mario has proven himself to be a diverse character in the world of video games. Not only does he save Princess Peach repeatedly, he also races karts, embarks on grand RPG adventures, and even participates in many sports.... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Simplistic in every area, N+ just can't keep your attention for long

    N+

    Simplistic in every area, N+ just can't keep your attention for long

    N+ puts you in a ninja's shoes, running and jumping your way through level after level full of small explosives, electrified floating orbs, lasers, and homing missiles. The game presents itself in a very simplistic fashi... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Pikmin is still the fun and innovative game it was way back when, but is this rehash with new controls worth a purchase?

    Pikmin (Wii de Asobu)

    Pikmin is still the fun and innovative game it was way back when, but is this rehash with new controls worth a purchase?

    Pikmin was among the earlier GameCube titles, among others such as Super Smash Bros. Melee and Metroid Prime. Pikmin was very fresh and innovative, though, because the concept was different than your usual game, causing ... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    TFU has its fair share of flaws, but it hits home where it really matters for a Star Wars game

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    TFU has its fair share of flaws, but it hits home where it really matters for a Star Wars game

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (TFU) was a long time in the making. We waited quite a while for this thing to finally land on store shelves, and now we have seen just how powerful the Force can be. The title speaks for i... Read Full Review

    11 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Shadow Dragon may show its age, but it's still worthwhile for fans of the franchise and has a lot to go back to

    Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Ken

    Shadow Dragon may show its age, but it's still worthwhile for fans of the franchise and has a lot to go back to

    Fire Emblem started 18 years ago in Japan; when we got our first game of the franchise it was already well over a decade old. By the time we got to experience one of the greatest strategy games ever made, Intelligent Sys... Read Full Review

    15 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Meteos is one of the most unique and addicting puzzle games out there, and a top-notch title for the DS.

    Meteos

    Meteos is one of the most unique and addicting puzzle games out there, and a top-notch title for the DS.

    Positive: + excellent presentation + fun, addicting gameplay + lots of variety within the few offered modes + awesome soundtrack and sound effects + offers a lot to keep you coming back for more Negative: - no... Read Full Review

    11 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A short, easy, and cheesy shooter that's actually pretty fun while it lasts.

    Nerf N-Strike

    A short, easy, and cheesy shooter that's actually pretty fun while it lasts.

    Positive: + some fun minigames + cool, if a little unfitting, sound effects + controls work just fine, and the gun controller is pretty cool + multiplayer is pretty fun Negative: - short and easy - dreadful stor... Read Full Review

    11 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Would be great if not for momentary freezing and control issues

    Phase

    Would be great if not for momentary freezing and control issues

    Phase is a pretty brilliant idea. You use the songs on your iPod in a music game where notes scroll down the screen like Guitar Hero, and you have to hit the corresponding buttons in time with the music. As cool as the c... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    30 minutes later, I saw all it had to offer... and didn't really care to go back.

    Left Brain Right Brain

    30 minutes later, I saw all it had to offer... and didn't really care to go back.

    Left Brain, Right Brain is a game that attempts to improve your ambidexterity (use of both hands) with a bunch of minigames meant to be played with both your left and right hands. Once you use both hands, your scores ar... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Banjo-Kazooie didn't revolutionize the platformer, but it continues to remind us of why the genre is so great anyways.

    Banjo to Kazooie no Daibouken

    Banjo-Kazooie didn't revolutionize the platformer, but it continues to remind us of why the genre is so great anyways.

    Positive: + gameplay is very deep with new elements added all the time + worlds are very diverse and have a lot of content + music tracks are great and change in style when you're in different spots + sharp controls ... Read Full Review

    12 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    2-D is often overshadowed by 3-D in this generation, but Shake It reminds us of why we liked 2-D in the first place.

    Wario Land Shake

    2-D is often overshadowed by 3-D in this generation, but Shake It reminds us of why we liked 2-D in the first place.

    Positive: + 2-D cartoon graphics look very sharp + solid gameplay with some great elements new to the series + smooth controls that also don't over use motion capabilities + tons of treasures and missions add a lot o... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful