User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.33/10

Total of 66 user reviews spread across 66 releases

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  • User Rating 7.5
    A Beautiful Work of Art that Deserves a Bigger Canvas

    Dragon's Crown

    Rated on August 08, 2013 by Uesugi-dono

    A Beautiful Work of Art that Deserves a Bigger Canvas

    A clear homage to Golden Axe and other similar fantasy side-scrolling brawlers, Dragon's Crown probably won't win any Game of the Year awards but for what it does it is practically flawless. I chose...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    The Best Adaptation of Heart of Darkness since Apocalypse Now

    Spec Ops: The Line

    Rated on July 05, 2013 by Uesugi-dono

    The Best Adaptation of Heart of Darkness since Apocalypse Now

    Just in time for the 4th, I'd like to point out something that I just learned about 2012's underappreciated (Gamespot: 6.5) gem, Spec Ops: The Line. Still free on Plus right now, did you know this g...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.5
    Here's a Great Example of how Free-to-Play Ruins Good Ideas

    Spartacus Legends

    Rated on June 27, 2013 by Uesugi-dono

    Here's a Great Example of how Free-to-Play Ruins Good Ideas

    So, Spartacus Legends is out. In many ways this is exactly the kind of game I've been waiting for; you own a Ludus (Gladiator School) and you buy and train gladiators to compete (online against other ...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Endure and Survive; whatever you need to to get a PS3 and play this game.

    The Last of Us

    Rated on June 17, 2013 by Uesugi-dono

    Endure and Survive; whatever you need to to get a PS3 and play this game.

    The tension is palpable. Four of us are huddled, hiding from three armed hunters who are inbound to search our area. Something goes wrong and they'll call that armored humvee back down on us. I move f...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    An Awesome Blend of Batman, Grand Theft Auto, and Assassin's Creed.

    Sleeping Dogs

    Rated on August 15, 2012 by Uesugi-dono

    An Awesome Blend of Batman, Grand Theft Auto, and Assassin's Creed.

    - Take one part GTA: San Andreas, Mix in two parts Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, a half a cup of Assassin's Creed, add a half-gallon of pure awesome, bake at 200 miles per hour, and then season with Gra...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Banchosity (n.) - The Art of Badassitude

    Kenka Banchou 3: Zenkoku Seiha

    Rated on April 18, 2012 by Uesugi-dono

    Banchosity (n.) - The Art of Badassitude

    Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is a 2009 brawler from Atlus with light RPG elements and buttloads of attitude. The premise is straightforward: schools from every prefecture in Japan are gathering in Kyou...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Unit 13 showcases the Vita's abilities; and announces a new era of shooters for hand-helds.

    Unit 13

    Rated on March 08, 2012 by Uesugi-dono

    Unit 13 showcases the Vita's abilities; and announces a new era of shooters for hand-helds.

    FUN. Hellasatisfying. Those are the first words that come to mind when trying to describe Zipper's newest gem; Unit 13. This is not just the first shooter for the Vita; it's the first true shooter for...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    I'm enjoying it more than I enjoy Uncharted 3.  Is that a bold statement?  I think it is.<br />
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    Uncharted: Chizu no Bouken no Hajimari

    Rated on February 24, 2012 by Uesugi-dono

    I'm enjoying it more than I enjoy Uncharted 3. Is that a bold statement? I think it is.<br /> <br />

    Anyone who's played and loved any Uncharted game is immediately nervous when Golden Abyss first loads and the name "Bend Studios" appears instead of Naughty Dog. ND has certainly been one of the g...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    This is not your PC's Battlefield.

    Battlefield 3

    Rated on October 27, 2011 by Uesugi-dono

    This is not your PC's Battlefield.

    Graphics - Firstly let me just say that I'm rightly disappointed with the graphical presentation. I understand all the promos were run on a high-end PC, but the degrade to consoles is highly noticable...

    13 out of 19 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Once Again, Gallia is Free

    Senjou No Valkyria 2: Gallia Ouritsu Shikan Gakkou

    Rated on September 24, 2011 by Uesugi-dono

    Once Again, Gallia is Free

    On August 30th, 2010 I picked up my pre-order of Valkyria Chronicles II; the entire reason I bought my PSP. Now, a year and 24 days later... 154 hours, 29 minutes, and 12 seconds in-game time later,...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A great update of an overlooked c(l)assic

    Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

    Rated on January 06, 2011 by Uesugi-dono

    A great update of an overlooked c(l)assic

    Utilizing Civ IV's engine Colonization is a reboot of a 90's title by the same name. A relative of Civilization; Colonization takes a different approach. In the game you play as one of 4 European Colo...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Beautiful, but a step backwards for the series.

    Sid Meier's Civilization V

    Rated on January 06, 2011 by Uesugi-dono

    Beautiful, but a step backwards for the series.

    I love the Civ games. I consider Civilization to be the greatest game series ever created; of all time. In fact Civilization III is my pick for just that; the best of the best. The first thing I can s...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Much like Firefly, Undead Nightmare proves that you CAN mix Westerns with other Genres and come up with a great story!

    Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack

    Rated on November 14, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    Much like Firefly, Undead Nightmare proves that you CAN mix Westerns with other Genres and come up with a great story!

    Taking the form of a "What If" adventure UN picks up after most of RDR is concluded and John Marston is back on the farm with his family. The tale is introduced by a campy announcer mimicking Vinc...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Epic, Exhilirating... IL-2 Sturmovik delivers.

    IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

    Rated on November 13, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    Epic, Exhilirating... IL-2 Sturmovik delivers.

    IL-2 Sturmovik rocks. Man, the demo didn't convince me but the actual game is sweet. Best damn dogfighting ever. 3 levels of difficulty; Arcade, Realistic, and Simulator. Arcade is pretty standard...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    A perfect combination of Art, Mind, and Tragedy.

    Braid

    Rated on August 01, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    A perfect combination of Art, Mind, and Tragedy.

    Braid should be an acronym: Beautifully Rendered Artistic Innovative Design. The quickest way to describe Braid is Art. The game is Art. I did not expect to care about a Mario-like platformer, es...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    Ubisoft makes up for Battle of Forli with an incredible DLC bargain & a PERFECT ending

    Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities

    Rated on February 27, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    Ubisoft makes up for Battle of Forli with an incredible DLC bargain & a PERFECT ending

    My review of Battle of Forli noted that it SHOULD have been included with Bonfire of the Vanities. I stand by that because you NEED Forli to fully get Bonfire, but any shortcomings of Forli are more...

    0 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A few glitches and poor voicework doesn't detract from a solid experience.

    Heavy Rain

    Rated on February 27, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    A few glitches and poor voicework doesn't detract from a solid experience.

    Heavy Rain isn't a video game and it's not a movie. It's a strange hybrid of the two. Like Quantic Dream's other offering; Farenheit/Indigo Prophecy, this one will throw you INTO the narrative via c...

    0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    Ubisoft makes up for Battle of Forli with an incredible DLC bargain & a PERFECT ending

    Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities

    Rated on February 27, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    Ubisoft makes up for Battle of Forli with an incredible DLC bargain & a PERFECT ending

    My review of Battle of Forli noted that it SHOULD have been included with Bonfire of the Vanities. I stand by that because you NEED Forli to fully get Bonfire, but any shortcomings of Forli are more ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    A short affair that should have been bundled with Bonfire as one DLC.

    Assassin's Creed II: Battle of Forli

    Rated on January 30, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    A short affair that should have been bundled with Bonfire as one DLC.

    The Battle of Forli is, in a word, short. Really short. The cinimatics are great, of course, but the mission itself took less than 20 minutes or so. And that includes the 'Special Memory'. Here's...

    7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    A short affair that should have been bundled with Bonfire as one DLC.

    Assassin's Creed II: Battle of Forli

    Rated on January 28, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    A short affair that should have been bundled with Bonfire as one DLC.

    The Battle of Forli is, in a word, short. Really short. The cinimatics are great, of course, but the mission itself took less than 20 minutes or so. And that includes the 'Special Memory'. Here'...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    If you're not careful The Saboteur will sabotage your Now Playing list.

    The Saboteur

    Rated on January 17, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    If you're not careful The Saboteur will sabotage your Now Playing list.

    Like its title this game has brought down every other game I was playing before I even realized it. First, the obvious; The Saboteur is one sexy game. From its Sin City-like use of black-and-white ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    If you're not careful The Saboteur will sabotage your Now Playing list.

    The Saboteur

    Rated on January 17, 2010 by Uesugi-dono

    If you're not careful The Saboteur will sabotage your Now Playing list.

    Like its title this game has brought down every other game I was playing before I even realized it. First, the obvious; The Saboteur is one sexy game. From its Sin City-like use of black-and-white...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    I am an Assassin, like my father before me.

    Assassin's Creed II

    Rated on December 05, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    I am an Assassin, like my father before me.

    Okay, maybe that tagline was a bit of a spoiler but since the entire series revolves around a man whose ancestors were all assassins... I've held off on an official review for a long time now as I...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    I am an Assassin, like my father before me.

    Assassin's Creed II

    Rated on December 05, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    I am an Assassin, like my father before me.

    Okay, maybe that tagline was a bit of a spoiler but since the entire series revolves around a man whose ancestors were all assassins... I've held off on an official review for a long time now as I...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Yakuza's second entry may have been too little too late for the States but it still delivers a solid experience.

    Yakuza 2

    Rated on November 27, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Yakuza's second entry may have been too little too late for the States but it still delivers a solid experience.

    The first Yakuza was an underappreciated gem. It flew in way under most players' radar and it was marred by its crappy english dub and seemingly repetive fighting. What you got when you dug deeper t...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Braid is beautiful... and overrated.

    Braid

    Rated on November 14, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Braid is beautiful... and overrated.

    I originally gave this title a lavish review on the 360 but by the time I finished it the beauty of the graphics began to wear off and I saw Braid for what it was: a clever take on a tired formula bou...

    21 out of 40 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Brutal Legend is a Keg of Awesome with a Pint of Suck

    Brutal Legend

    Rated on November 10, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Brutal Legend is a Keg of Awesome with a Pint of Suck

    The premise of this game, the writing and acting, even the visuals and art style are all incredible. Playing as Eddie Riggs, the world's greatest roadie, lost in the world of metal was always entertai...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Probably the best, most realistic Baja game on the market.

    Baja: Edge of Control

    Rated on November 09, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Probably the best, most realistic Baja game on the market.

    If realism in racing is your thing and you just can't wait for Gran Turismo 5 then this is a good place to start. Out of every offroad game I've ever played Baja: EoC is the most realistic. Driving ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    For those about to rock....

    Guitar Hero (w/Guitar)

    Rated on November 09, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    For those about to rock....

    There's just nothing like your first; your first kiss, your first pet, it doesn't really matter what it is there is a tied affection to your first experience with something that you love. Guitar ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    Holy crap, go buy this game.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Rated on November 08, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Holy crap, go buy this game.

    The tagline says it all. This game is everything you've heard about. To sum it up: Better than Metal Gear Solid IV This is THE most exciting game I've ever played. Literally dozens of heart-po...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Brutal Legend is a Keg of Awesome with a Pint of Suck

    Brutal Legend

    Rated on November 08, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Brutal Legend is a Keg of Awesome with a Pint of Suck

    The premise of this game, the writing and acting, even the visuals and art style are all incredible. Playing as Eddie Riggs, the world's greatest roadie, lost in the world of metal was always enterta...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    THQ screws the CAW community yet again.<br />
<br />
Don't believe the hype.

    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

    Rated on October 20, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    THQ screws the CAW community yet again.<br /> <br /> Don't believe the hype.

    First let me give you the good. If you buy SDvR games to play as the actual WWE Superstars, this game is great; best in series. If you buy SDvR games for bonus features the new ones are fantastic. If ...

    8 out of 20 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    THQ screws the CAW community yet again.<br />
<br />
Don't believe the hype.

    WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

    Rated on October 20, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    THQ screws the CAW community yet again.<br /> <br /> Don't believe the hype.

    First let me give you the good. If you buy SDvR games to play as the actual WWE Superstars, this game is great; best in series. If you buy SDvR games for bonus features the new ones are fantastic. ...

    3 out of 10 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Die, Repeat.

    Demon's Souls

    Rated on October 17, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Die, Repeat.

    Demon's Souls is definately a good game. Smooth combat, great visuals, unique multi-player, good customization... in the list of things that lend to an awesome game experience DS has lots of points, ...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    The Best Dogfighting Game in Years

    Heroes Over Europe

    Rated on October 17, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    The Best Dogfighting Game in Years

    Yes, you read that right. Guy Crocker's Gamespot review seems to be based on inadequate playtime. Admittedly the first couple of hours left me with the impression that this one was a substandard dog...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Much like a virus, once you're infected you just get sicker.

    Prototype

    Rated on July 11, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Much like a virus, once you're infected you just get sicker.

    I first experienced Prototype in the full thrall of Red Faction: Guerilla. In other words: it really didn't have a chance. My initial rating on this game was a 4. It didn't impress me at all. But ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 10
    Blood Will Tell: Tezuka's Dororo has an enrapturing story on par with Final Fantasy VII.

    Blood Will Tell: Tezuka Osamu's Dororo

    Rated on July 05, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Blood Will Tell: Tezuka's Dororo has an enrapturing story on par with Final Fantasy VII.

    Anime godfather Osamu Tezuka's Dororo. One of the tightest stories in all of video gaming. Japanese feudal lord Kagemitsu Daigo, a sure-fire Oda Nobunaga clone, desires to unite Japan and end the stri...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Get your ass to Mars!

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

    Rated on June 03, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Get your ass to Mars!

    "Quaaaaiiid...." In 2075 the Ultor Corporation, one of many Mega-Corps practically running Earth, began mining operations on Mars to aid in Earth's increasingly desperate need for minerals. Many p...

    7 out of 12 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Get your ass to Mars!

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

    Rated on June 03, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Get your ass to Mars!

    "Whoever you are, get ready for a big surprise!" In 2075 the Ultor Corporation, one of many Mega-Corps practically running Earth, began mining operations on Mars to aid in Earth's increasingly desp...

    4 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Time to put aside Street Fighter and Smackdown VS Raw.  The Ultimate Fighting Game is here.

    UFC Undisputed 2009

    Rated on May 24, 2009 by Uesugi-dono

    Time to put aside Street Fighter and Smackdown VS Raw. The Ultimate Fighting Game is here.

    The best gorram fighting game ever. Period. UFC: Undisputed 2009 is simply the most addictive fighting game that has ever been. I wanted it because I wanted a successor to SDvR 2006; something ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.