User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.08/10

Total of 120 user reviews spread across 120 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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  6. 5
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  7. 4
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  • User Rating:6
    You Can't Thrive Long Off Ill-Gotten Gains

    Grand Theft Auto V

    You Can't Thrive Long Off Ill-Gotten Gains

    Sometimes the desire for more can leave you with much, much less. Such is the theme that resides at Grand Theft Auto V's bleak and mean-spirited core. Rockstar's new vision of San Andreas is a loud and abrasive depiction... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Fable III is wholly unique, something that can't be said of many games these days...

    Fable III

    Fable III is wholly unique, something that can't be said of many games these days...

    Simplified combat, streamlined RPG elements, and structured progression may incline your average gamer to peg Fable III as being "dumbed down". But such is not the case. The gameplay ultimately serves to compliment the r... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Though flawed, BioShock Infinite is a game worth any mature player's while...

    BioShock Infinite

    Though flawed, BioShock Infinite is a game worth any mature player's while...

    Who dares doesn't always win, apparently. BioShock Infinite is a game that far too often goes only halfway in realizing its many grand ambitions. It dares to speak on ever-relevant issues of racism, classism, and nationa... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Dishonored wisely sacrifices flashiness for emergent gameplay and dynamic, player-authored thrills...

    Dishonored

    Dishonored wisely sacrifices flashiness for emergent gameplay and dynamic, player-authored thrills...

    The developer diary has become an increasingly common pre-release marketing strategy amongst AAA game studios. Though they are, in essence, glorified advertisements, they represent something rather grandiose and self-imp... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    This game is a perfect reason to start living by the Creed once more...

    Assassin's Creed II

    This game is a perfect reason to start living by the Creed once more...

    The first Assassin's Creed is perhaps one of the most polarizing games of this generation of consoles. Some loved the unique setting, and thought-provoking story, while others couldn't push the repetitive gameplay mechan... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    Diablo III does what it needs to get you hooked, and little else...

    Diablo III

    Diablo III does what it needs to get you hooked, and little else...

    The left mouse button has long been relegated to performing PC gaming's most important actions. It pulls the trigger of a gun in shooters, selects your armies in strategy games, and inspects your environment in adventure... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Skyward Sword is an example of a true flawed masterpiece...

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Skyward Sword is an example of a true flawed masterpiece...

    The Legend of Zelda series is one of gaming's greatest mainstays, and aside from a couple infamous Philips CD-i titles, has been a remarkable series in terms of consistent quality. For the most part, this may be due to t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Turok has plenty of white-knuckled action, but not much beyond that...

    Turok

    Turok has plenty of white-knuckled action, but not much beyond that...

    The Turok series has had ups and downs. Okay, mostly down. But, the newest title in the series is one of the few ups, but its still got some problems. Turok has plenty of white-knuckled action, but not much beyond that.S... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Black is nothing more than a shooting game with lots of destruction, while that may sound bad, its good for what it does

    Black

    Black is nothing more than a shooting game with lots of destruction, while that may sound bad, its good for what it does

    Black is nothing more than a shooting game with lots of destruction, while that may sound bad, its good for what it does.The gameplay can be disappointing to the player looking for a game with a lot of features besides a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    While this collection of games is still pretty fun to play, its just so sloppily put together, and unimproved...

    Far Cry Instincts Predator

    While this collection of games is still pretty fun to play, its just so sloppily put together, and unimproved...

    While this collection of games is still pretty fun to play, is just so sloppily put together, and unimproved. It includes a remake of a game from just one year ago with a few minor improvements, and the sequel which is e... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Simple, and quite a bit of fun...

    Dead to Rights: Reckoning

    Simple, and quite a bit of fun...

    Dead to Rights: Reckoning (DTRR) is simple, and quite a bit of fun, but it could be too simple for some people. The game is basically all about getting out your best weapon, and going head on towards the enemy. Luckil... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Untold Legends 2 is better than the first in some respects, but lacks some things that made the first especially great..

    Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code

    Untold Legends 2 is better than the first in some respects, but lacks some things that made the first especially great..

    Untold Legends 2 is better than the first in some respects, but lacks some things that made the first especially great. Its like the developers really simplified a game that sometimes needed it and sometimes didn't. So, ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Gun would have been a really great game if the graphics were truly next-gen...

    Gun

    Gun would have been a really great game if the graphics were truly next-gen...

    Gun would have been a really great game if the graphics were truly next-gen. Every part of the game is good except for the graphics.As the short titles implies, theres gonna be lots of shooting, but its more fun than jus... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Seeing Kratos's vengeance through to the end is one hell of a ride...

    God of War III

    Seeing Kratos's vengeance through to the end is one hell of a ride...

    Zeus picked the wrong guy to betray. On the outset of God of War III, Kratos is on the back of Gaia as she ascends to the peak of a Mount Olympus put in a panic. Kratos is out to kill Zeus, and he'll get through everythi... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Black Ops is certainly among the best in the series...

    Call of Duty: Black Ops

    Black Ops is certainly among the best in the series...

    Think back to the first few Call of Duty games. This was a series that revolved around sticking with your squad to accomplish objectives that were (for the most part) rooted in actual World War II operations - and, excep... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Traitor's Keep is a shining example of what DLC can be when done right...

    Fable III: Traitor's Keep Quest Pack

    Traitor's Keep is a shining example of what DLC can be when done right...

    At best, DLC is at least as good as the game its attached to, but most of the time it ends up being worse. There are, however, instances of downloadable content packs that build upon the core game, and ultimately provide... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Even considering what a huge technical feat Uncharted 3 represents, the game is simply falling apart in every other way

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

    Even considering what a huge technical feat Uncharted 3 represents, the game is simply falling apart in every other way

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will surely be remembered as one of gaming's great masterpieces; a title who's every aspect was truly stunning, immersive and thoroughly unprecedented. Not only was Uncharted 2 an incredible ga... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a perfectly worthwhile game that succeeds in showing off the Vita's massive potential...

    Uncharted: Chizu no Bouken no Hajimari

    Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a perfectly worthwhile game that succeeds in showing off the Vita's massive potential...

    It doesn't take long for Uncharted: Golden Abyss to show off the Playstation Vita's rather stunning graphical and control capabilities. Within the game's first fifteen minutes you'll be maneuvering through a beautifully ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Mass Effect 3 spins a wildly branching narrative yarn into a singular, unforgettable story...

    Mass Effect 3

    Mass Effect 3 spins a wildly branching narrative yarn into a singular, unforgettable story...

    Taking a moment to look at the new memorial wall on the Normandy is just as quiet and solemn a moment as it is exciting and gratifying. On one hand, it will force you to remember the great characters that you lost, and m... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Even with its small scope, Bleed manages to consistently surprise and impress...

    Bleed

    Even with its small scope, Bleed manages to consistently surprise and impress...

    The twin-stick shooter is perhaps the only genre whose core gameplay and control functions are wholly and perfectly summed up by the name of the genre itself. Unlike the nebulous moniker of the action-adventure genre, fo... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Blood Dragon is joyous in all its self-aware bombast...

    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

    Blood Dragon is joyous in all its self-aware bombast...

    Between Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Vice City Stories, Hotline Miami, Scarface: The World Is Yours, and innumerable retro-styled indie games, the 1980s are an era that find themselves heavily mythicized within the re... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Max Payne 3 upgrades the series' superb foundations in innumerable ways...

    Max Payne 3

    Max Payne 3 upgrades the series' superb foundations in innumerable ways...

    Though video games as a medium seem to grow exponentially in terms of artistic and narrative complexity from year to year, one simple facet of interactive storytelling still hasn't been entirely figured out: the role of ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Spec Ops: The Line fires on all cylinders to deliver a hard-hitting message about the nature of action games...

    Spec Ops: The Line

    Spec Ops: The Line fires on all cylinders to deliver a hard-hitting message about the nature of action games...

    A few weeks ago, Richard Pearsey, Narrative Designer at Yager Development wrote an interesting blog which ultimately and unfortunately way undersold the brilliance of Spec Ops: The Line. In his concluding paragraph, he s... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Skyrim is thus far the most compelling and memorable open-world game of this console generation...

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Skyrim is thus far the most compelling and memorable open-world game of this console generation...

    It seems dragons were indeed a fitting centerpiece for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's marketing campaign. In most fantasy realms, dragons are often a looming, inescapable presence that take their place as the most intimid... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The new developers get by with the series' exalted legacy very much intact...

    Halo 4 (Wireless Controller Bundle)

    The new developers get by with the series' exalted legacy very much intact...

    Halo 4 begins with a gorgeous CG cutscene that presents many of the series' key battles in a slick montage - the fall of Reach, the invasion of New Mombasa, you name it, it's probably there. Amidst all the jaw-dropping a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Liberation succeeds in merely mimicking the series' acclaimed ethos, but never manages to fully capture it...

    Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

    Liberation succeeds in merely mimicking the series' acclaimed ethos, but never manages to fully capture it...

    After completing a playthrough of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation that I knew to be somewhere in the realm of 12 hours or so, I went to check my exact play-time in the game's stats screen. According to this submenu, my ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Dark Mirror has flaws, but ends up being one of the few great shooters on the PSP...

    Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

    Dark Mirror has flaws, but ends up being one of the few great shooters on the PSP...

    The Syphon Filter series has been around for a long time, and it has been a good series for the most part. But, the last title in the series, Omega Strain, was a pretty horrible game, and didn't come close to living up t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Afro Samurai may not be as great as it would like to be, but it's still a fun game the oozes style...

    Afro Samurai

    Afro Samurai may not be as great as it would like to be, but it's still a fun game the oozes style...

    Afro Samurai has come along just in time for the sequel movie, but can it prove itself among so many other great action/adventure games? The answer is no, but it comes damn close. Afro Samurai may not be as badass as it ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    MadWorld is a thoroughly entertaining romp that Wii owner who are not faint of heart should definitely check out...

    MadWorld

    MadWorld is a thoroughly entertaining romp that Wii owner who are not faint of heart should definitely check out...

    It seems like this round of console's most family friendly unit, the Wii, is getting some of the most gruesome games period. 2007's Manhunt 2 was pretty macabre, and last year's No More Heroes had you spilling buckets of... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4
    Mass Effect Infiltrator is hard to recommend to anyone but the most devoted Mass Effect fans...

    Mass Effect Infiltrator

    Mass Effect Infiltrator is hard to recommend to anyone but the most devoted Mass Effect fans...

    The Mass Effect series has grown to become one of this generations most ambitious and unforgettable new IPs. And of course, every behemoth franchise needs a few spinoffs. Mass Effect has tried branching out into iOS terr... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Reckoning does nothing to shake up the role-playing genre, but a die-hard RPG fan will surely find it enjoyable...

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

    Reckoning does nothing to shake up the role-playing genre, but a die-hard RPG fan will surely find it enjoyable...

    The first thing I noticed about the front cover on my copy of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning wasn't the decked out warrior wielding both a sword and a warhammer, but rather its bold pronouncement that it comes "From the m... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It might not be the title the Metal Gear Solid series is remembered for, but it's a striking experience nonetheless...

    Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

    It might not be the title the Metal Gear Solid series is remembered for, but it's a striking experience nonetheless...

    "There are six members of FOXHOUND involved in this terrorist activity. Psycho Mantis, with his powerful psychic abilities. Sniper Wolf, the beautiful and deadly sharpshooter. Decoy Octopus, master of disguise. Vulcan Ra... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    American Nightmare is an uninspired game that fails to expand on what made the original so great...

    Alan Wake's American Nightmare

    American Nightmare is an uninspired game that fails to expand on what made the original so great...

    In today's video game industry, the idea of a "sleeper hit" is almost laughable. Most quality under-the-radar games get their just due, whether it's through extensive games media coverage, ports and HD rereleases, or the... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Though Resistance 3 gets a few things right, it's ultimately a lazily put together, underwhelming game...

    Resistance 3

    Though Resistance 3 gets a few things right, it's ultimately a lazily put together, underwhelming game...

    When Resistance: Fall of Man released alongside the Playstation 3 in 2006, it was, for a time, the system's only killer app; it was a slick shooter with an interesting story, fun multiplayer and most importantly, tons of... Read Full Review

    6 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Assassin's Creed: Revelations proves that truly great concepts and mechanics will always entertain...

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations proves that truly great concepts and mechanics will always entertain...

    The Assassin's Creed series' protagonist used to go by the rather longwinded name of Ezio Auditore da Firenze. But the truth is, players have seen him come a long way from his humble beginnings in Florence, and it's the ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Bad Company is back in full force with addicting multiplayer, and a surprisingly good singleplayer campaign...

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    Bad Company is back in full force with addicting multiplayer, and a surprisingly good singleplayer campaign...

    Welcome back to Bad Company. Two years after Marlowe and the gang's first misadventures, Battlefield Bad Company 2 comes back in full force with tons of addicting new multiplayer features, and a surprisingly good singlep... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    If you liked Origins, you'll like Awakening, but just know it's not the endearing epic the core game was...

    Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

    If you liked Origins, you'll like Awakening, but just know it's not the endearing epic the core game was...

    A game centered on a group of heroes joining an ancient order to defeat an evil force that threatens the typical fantasy realm hardly sounded original, but Dragon Age: Origins pulled it off beautifully. It was a hardcore... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The game has changed, Sam Fisher has changed, and for the most part, it's for the better...

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (Collector's Edition)

    The game has changed, Sam Fisher has changed, and for the most part, it's for the better...

    For father-son bonding time, my dad and I always watch action movies. We're not particularly outdoorsy, so sitting on the couch watching Die Hard is much preferred to a fishing trip. One thing we've noticed over the year... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Overlord is the biggest and best piece of Mass Effect DLC released so far...

    Mass Effect 2: Overlord

    Overlord is the biggest and best piece of Mass Effect DLC released so far...

    Before BioWare had even released Mass Effect 2, they promised a bevy of quality downloadable content that would serve to expand upon the universe, and the story. The newest piece of DLC, Overlord, is the biggest and best... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Red Dead Redemption's greatest flaw is that it is inconsistent...

    Red Dead Redemption

    Red Dead Redemption's greatest flaw is that it is inconsistent...

    It's easy to look at Red Dead Redemption and expect another sprawling epic from the excellent development team over at Rockstar. Red Dead Redemption is a game which perfectly embodies its setting while using that tried-a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful