User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.12/10

Total of 39 user ratings spread across 39 releases

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  • Rating:9

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • Review Score:9
    An addictive, absolutely enjoyable turn-based/base-management strategy game. Also you get to kill bushels of aliens.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    An addictive, absolutely enjoyable turn-based/base-management strategy game. Also you get to kill bushels of aliens.

    I'm a huge fan of difficulty in games - Dark Souls, oh yeah. Zealot-level difficulty in Dead Space: yes please. When I play most games, they're so easy, I feel like a moron for playing for them. Honestly, a nutless monke... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Borderlands 2 is a much-needed oasis in the desert of good co-op games, but it's not without its flaws.

    Borderlands 2 (Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collector's Edition)

    Borderlands 2 is a much-needed oasis in the desert of good co-op games, but it's not without its flaws.

    No one who likes these sort of open-world loot-driven FPSes can claim, in honesty, that Borderlands 2 isn't a fun game. Its pleasures are many: -A unique aesthetic, the pretty cel-shading that makes Borderlands so di... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8

    Borderlands 2

  • Review Score:6.5
    Despite some new gameplay modes, GTB's lack of meaningful unit customization makes it less than fun than its predecessor

    Gratuitous Tank Battles

    Despite some new gameplay modes, GTB's lack of meaningful unit customization makes it less than fun than its predecessor

    The best way to discuss this game is, I think, by comparison to Gratuitous Space Battles, a game that has lead or will lead many gamers into GTB. In Gratuitous Space Battles, much of the game's enjoyment comes from un... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Addictive, weird, flashy, retro, strategic, rhythmic, challenging, brutal, bloody: awesome!

    Hotline Miami

    Addictive, weird, flashy, retro, strategic, rhythmic, challenging, brutal, bloody: awesome!

    Here we have a game made by a single person that is more fun than a solid 95% of the AAA games made in the last ten years. What? Well if you ever wanted proof that graphics have little or nothing to do with the enjoymen... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5
    While not unenjoyable, it feels like a poor man's God of War.

    Darksiders

    While not unenjoyable, it feels like a poor man's God of War.

    Darksiders was clearly created to follow in the footsteps of other, better games. I mean Zelda and God of Wars and Arkham Asylum/City. Y'know the drill: unlock new tools and weapons and get new treasures and collect o... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Darksiders

  • Rating:9

    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

  • Review Score:9
    With flavors of Pokemon, Studio Ghibli & old school JRPGs, Ni No Kuni is a very fine meal indeed.

    Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou

    With flavors of Pokemon, Studio Ghibli & old school JRPGs, Ni No Kuni is a very fine meal indeed.

    Ni No Kuni is like playing a Studio Ghibli movie. Y'know, Studio Ghibli? Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and perhaps most pertinent to this game, Spirited Away. The game credits Studio Ghibli with its animation,... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6.5

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

  • Review Score:6.5
    Space Marine is the very definition of mediocre.

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

    Space Marine is the very definition of mediocre.

    Let me attempt to give you the Space Marine experience: Walk through a series of empty rooms in a rather bland industrial complex. You'll come across ammo crates and wonder: am I supposed to have been shooting my gun... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:5.5
    Despite a delightful soundtrack and a unique visual style, S:SSEP is simply not good. It's simply not fun.

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

    Despite a delightful soundtrack and a unique visual style, S:SSEP is simply not good. It's simply not fun.

    At the heart of why this game is not fun is that there's nothing to it. It has maybe 15 screens - backgrounds filled with glowing, rustling pixellated trees and rabbits and waterfalls - through which you, a 'Scythian', p... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5.5

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

  • Review Score:8.5
    The game is beautiful and fun... for a time.

    Just Cause 2

    The game is beautiful and fun... for a time.

    Beautiful - the islands of Panau are absolutely beautiful. There's nothing quite like flying over them, seeing the city's lights far below and then basejumping down to discover the individual lampposts and illuminated b... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Beautiful, vulgar, gore-filled crazy good fun. Absolutely worth a bargain-price purchase.

    Bulletstorm

    Beautiful, vulgar, gore-filled crazy good fun. Absolutely worth a bargain-price purchase.

    Skillshots. That might as well be the name of this game. I've always judged shooter games not on anything so superfluous as story or anything so superficial as graphics or anything so pointless as online-multiplayer, but... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Bulletstorm

  • Review Score:8
    I've got something special for you.  Apt. 204.  Enquire within. ~The Director

    Lone Survivor

    I've got something special for you. Apt. 204. Enquire within. ~The Director

    Lone Survivor tells the pixellated story of a man who is (or is not?) insane. Starting from his base of operations, his run-down apartment, "You" venture forth, collecting food, and ammo, and gunning down mutants (or rea... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    If you missed out on Demon's Souls the first time around, grab it now - for it stands the test of time.

    Demon's Souls

    If you missed out on Demon's Souls the first time around, grab it now - for it stands the test of time.

    Above all, this game is excellent. Even if you find the difficulty to be frustrating or if you prefer more story/character-driven RPGs, you will find that this is a well-crafted game that accomplishes exactly what it se... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Demon's Souls

  • Review Score:7.5
    An ambitious foray into using video games as a story-telling medium that fails as a "who dunnit" mystery.

    Heavy Rain

    An ambitious foray into using video games as a story-telling medium that fails as a "who dunnit" mystery.

    Video games are an amazing and underutilized medium for story-telling. Special effects are far cheaper than those found in Hollywood, the characters are more immediate than those found in print, and, of course, hello VI... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    A long awaited RPG that... let me down.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    A long awaited RPG that... let me down.

    I've been playing RPGs for a very long time. Like many other old-school RPGers, I can safely state the the Final Fantasy series is a beloved staple of my childhood. FF3 (6), FF7, FF10, these have a special place in my ... Read Full Review

    12 of 17 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    A wonderful atmosphere & artistic style, unfortunately disconnected from any meaningful story or gameplay.

    LIMBO

    A wonderful atmosphere & artistic style, unfortunately disconnected from any meaningful story or gameplay.

    Right away, I'll admit that my score of this game suffers because I expected it to be like Braid. It isn't. And not in the sense of different strokes for different folks. More in the sense of dissimilar and inferior. ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

  • Review Score:9.5
    A wonderful game and a somewhat meandering, philosophical review, for those so inclined.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    A wonderful game and a somewhat meandering, philosophical review, for those so inclined.

    It's interesting to read through some of the negative reviews here & elsewhere: a generational gaming gap made manifest. Those who love Deus Ex: HR tend to be those older (meaning: not teenage) gamers, like me, who play... Read Full Review

    8 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

  • Review Score:8.5
    At its best, Red Faction: Guerrilla is an absolute (and literal) riot to play.

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

    At its best, Red Faction: Guerrilla is an absolute (and literal) riot to play.

    When you're given the opportunity to revel in the game's destructibility - every single wall, tower, vehicle, building, signpost, and crate be reduced to rubble - the game is an absolute blast. I had, in particular, one... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5
    Great visuals, design elements, but flawed by a very poor story and a confused sense of its shooting mechanics

    Killzone 2

    Great visuals, design elements, but flawed by a very poor story and a confused sense of its shooting mechanics

    Despite the game's impressive gritty visuals and various epic battles, I was extremely happy to finish it. I just felt a vast relief. You know that feeling you get when you finally finish a long project in school/work?... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    A strange, quirky, whimsical, but never nonsensical review for a solid game!

    God of War III

    A strange, quirky, whimsical, but never nonsensical review for a solid game!

    Certain critics like to compare books, or movies, or music, or games to other titles. For example, I might say Justin Bieber's Never Let You Go is like Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 if a SWAT team consisting of Rebecca Blac... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5
    An absolutely incredible FPS multiplayer experience, unfortunately plagued by performance issues

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2

    An absolutely incredible FPS multiplayer experience, unfortunately plagued by performance issues

    Battlefield Bad Company 2 has the most intense FPS multiplay I've ever experienced. The battlefield feels incredibly war-like - in the most insane firefights, artillery and grenades will be exploding around you, a tan... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    A surprisingly unenjoyable strategy game

    Total War: Shogun 2

    A surprisingly unenjoyable strategy game

    After playing a few multiplayer games and getting a campaign well under way, I find myself unable to load this game up again. I just dread it. I want to play it because I want to get my money's worth and because I want... Read Full Review

    16 of 36 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    A big beautiful game with so much to do and very little of it worth doing

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    A big beautiful game with so much to do and very little of it worth doing

    Oblivion is probably the most over-rated game that I've ever played. With each award and perfect review it obtained, I felt as if my sense of style suffered yet another stab wound, another arrow piercing the breast of g... Read Full Review

    2 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    A lengthy, more philosophical, detail-oriented review about the most smoothly excellent game I've played in a long time

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    A lengthy, more philosophical, detail-oriented review about the most smoothly excellent game I've played in a long time

    Writing reviews for these blockbuster hits years after their release is always a bit of a challenge. You, the reader (who I imagine on a subway with an iPhone flipping desultorily through gamestop reviews) is usually mo... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

  • Review Score:8
    A game easy as pie to recommend, but not without its faults.

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    A game easy as pie to recommend, but not without its faults.

    (For quick reference: I have not played Uncharted 2 and this review is based on my first playthrough, which was on hard difficulty) Uncharted 1 is a game which is, above all, solid. If you haven't played it, you ough... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5
    A solid enjoyable RPG with an endearing set of characters and a highly strategic, interesting combat system

    Senjou no Valkyria

    A solid enjoyable RPG with an endearing set of characters and a highly strategic, interesting combat system

    Valkyria Chronicles is set during the EWII (the 2nd Europan War) in what is, essentially, a mirrored version of WW2. By which I mean highly mirrored: the Darcsens take the place of the persecuted Jews forced into concen... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Valkyria Chronicles

  • Review Score:9.5
    MGS4 is less a game and more a cinematic, immersive, interactive experience, full of faults and amazing anyway.

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Platinum)

    MGS4 is less a game and more a cinematic, immersive, interactive experience, full of faults and amazing anyway.

    It's a pleasure for me to write this review so many years after the release of the game. I get to worry less about covering my bases (gameplay, graphics, sound, etc.) and can simply wax poetic. MGS4 is a deeply flawe... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots