User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.06/10

Total of 107 user reviews spread across 107 releases

  1. 10
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  • User Rating:9
    I'm bragging that I'm always in love

    Assassin's Creed II

    I'm bragging that I'm always in love

    Oh boy do I love the Italian Renaissance (not that I don't have some sort of appreciation for the English Renaissance as well, and also while we're at it the German/Scottish Enlightenments, and come to think of it I thin... Read Full Review

    4 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Fun only in short bursts, if at all

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma

    Fun only in short bursts, if at all

    Before I start with Ninja Gaiden Sigma let me offer a disclaimer. I know that "it's my opinion" is sort of a rallying cry these days when it comes to hating games that nobody else does, but this is about as close to a "w... Read Full Review

    12 of 24 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again

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

    A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again

    Games are no doubt a tricky medium to work with at least in regards to storytelling. You tread a fine line between being absolutely boring and uninteresting and being so overbearing and pompous that it's hard for the pla... Read Full Review

    17 of 28 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    He's oh so good, and he's oh so fine...

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (First Print Limited Edition)

    He's oh so good, and he's oh so fine...

    Pretend for a moment that you've not been directed by somebody (most likely myself) to this review but have rather stumbled across it by chance. You see my score, maybe skim my review, and dismiss it as just another piec... Read Full Review

    5 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Even Raiden's incessant whining won't suppress the pure fun you'll have with Metal Gear Solid 2.

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Mega Hits!)

    Even Raiden's incessant whining won't suppress the pure fun you'll have with Metal Gear Solid 2.

    You know what I hate? I hate trying to write introductions for games that everybody already knows way too much about. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is one such game. And that's my introduction. Metal Gear Solid... Read Full Review

    6 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    You've gotta make your own kind of music

    Golden Sun

    You've gotta make your own kind of music

    Do not let Golden Sun fool you; it is not what you might expect. Upon powering on the game and beholding the cute little sprites and laughably typical beginnings of an – ultimately – surprisingly intriguing save-the-worl... Read Full Review

    12 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy

    Assassin's Creed

    Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy

    Okay so consider this: writing introductions to reviews sucks, a lot. I've been complaining about this for a while now so I've got something of a solution – two solutions, actually: one) waste your time with introduction... Read Full Review

    7 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Pseudo-exploration plus quasi-battles equals wannabe-RPG

    Riviera: Yakusoku no Chi Riviera

    Pseudo-exploration plus quasi-battles equals wannabe-RPG

    Riviera: The Promised Land is an RPG. Only really it's not. The best way to describe it is an parodic epitomization of the genre which mocks other RPGs while simultaneously existing as a boring game itself. The idea ... Read Full Review

    7 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Fun, in a twisted, psychotic kind of way

    Final Fantasy III

    Fun, in a twisted, psychotic kind of way

    Every once in a while a game comes along that lets us relive gaming as it was years ago (or experience it for the first time, for some people). Porting old games is nothing new for Nintendo owners. Some remakes are bette... Read Full Review

    5 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A thoroughly useless review of a thoroughly breathtaking game

    Elite Beat Agents

    A thoroughly useless review of a thoroughly breathtaking game

    What I'm doing here is useless. Trying to review the masterpiece that is Elite Beat Agents is overwhelming undertaking, quite simply because Elite Beat Agents defies most conventions that make a "game" reviewable in the ... Read Full Review

    10 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Despite some huge writing issues, Metal Gear Solid is for the most part an intelligent, well-rounded action game.

    Metal Gear Solid (Premium Package)

    Despite some huge writing issues, Metal Gear Solid is for the most part an intelligent, well-rounded action game.

    Metal Gear Solid was not a game that I really wanted to play; it was one I felt obliged to. For whatever reason, Metal Gear Solid has gone down with the likes of Ocarina of Time, Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy VII, and... Read Full Review

    5 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Apparently during the battle of Iwo Jima, Marines would shout "Gotcha!" upon gunning down a member of the IJN.

    Battlefield 1943

    Apparently during the battle of Iwo Jima, Marines would shout "Gotcha!" upon gunning down a member of the IJN.

    For the sake of this review, let's say that with regards to FPSs, there are two very broad, stereotyped groups of people out there: those who play them frequently and are relatively good (or vice versa), and those who do... Read Full Review

    10 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.

    Hotel Dusk: Room 215

    Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.

    I've had trouble fashioning a review for Hotel Dusk because, quite frankly, it just barely squeaks by with the criteria for a video game. Does it appear on a video game system? Yep. And do you kinda, sorta, barely intera... Read Full Review

    9 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It's not complicated, or difficult, or hardcore, but it's sure fun

    Prince of Persia

    It's not complicated, or difficult, or hardcore, but it's sure fun

    As much as I would like to write an interesting introduction here, discussing the evolution of the Prince of Persia series and mentioning how it all culminates in Ubisoft's latest Prince of Persia offering, I don't reall... Read Full Review

    3 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Gimme a crossbow, dammit!

    Final Fantasy XII

    Gimme a crossbow, dammit!

    Final Fantasy games these days have a hell of a lot to live up to, evidenced most relevantly by the absolutely ridiculous-looking Final Fantasy XIII trailer. One of these days, the series will is going to implode simply ... Read Full Review

    5 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Note to self: gimmicks ruin games

    Heavenly Sword

    Note to self: gimmicks ruin games

    These days, it's a special game that can walk the fine line between action title and beat-em-up title. If you want to mash buttons and watch the carnage that ensues, go for it. But for the more sophisticated gamers out t... Read Full Review

    2 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune beats the crap out of games like Tomb Raider, and then steals their wallets and cell phones

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune beats the crap out of games like Tomb Raider, and then steals their wallets and cell phones

    For all the inspired adventuring that movies like Indiana Jones bring us, developers have had a hard time creating a game that captures quite the same feeling. Tomb Raider is the only real candidate, but everybody knows ... Read Full Review

    3 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It's all about the turnips

    Rune Factory 2

    It's all about the turnips

    Harvest Moon may have started out a lot of fun, and there have been some real gems throughout the series, but generally as time has passed the series has grown worse and worse. It's one thing to stick with a solid gamepl... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Looking before leaping doesn't make for a particularly exciting game

    Mirror's Edge

    Looking before leaping doesn't make for a particularly exciting game

    Jumbo shrimp. Larger half. Unbiased opinion. These three phrases have much to do with Dice's Mirror's Edge – they're all oxymorons. They're nonsensical, and they don't work. And that's just how Mirror's Edge rolls. It's ... Read Full Review

    5 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    N+ would have been great, if its soul hadn't been ripped out...

    N+

    N+ would have been great, if its soul hadn't been ripped out...

    Many people look back fondly on the days of the NES and the like because despite bad graphics and some truly revolting gameplay premises, things were original back then. Not like now, when you can't walk into your local ... Read Full Review

    5 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    A high-reaching project that is ultimately less than the sum of its parts

    Burnout Paradise

    A high-reaching project that is ultimately less than the sum of its parts

    I don't tend to give a crap about racing games except for maybe Mario Kart but when Burnout Paradise rolled around, I felt I had to try it. Why? Because open-world sandbox games have always had this weird inexplicable ap... Read Full Review

    4 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Quest: Read this Review; Reward: A Pile of Bangaa Crap

    Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Fuuketsu no Grimoire

    Quest: Read this Review; Reward: A Pile of Bangaa Crap

    Square-Enix is a pretty deceptive company, and one of the most heinous things they've done revolves around Final Fantasy Tactics. It's not the series itself that gets me; it's the naming. "Tactics" is more a direction th... Read Full Review

    2 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Two good games are better than one good game

    Castlevania Double Pack

    Two good games are better than one good game

    Rather than messing around with a boring introduction, I'll get right to the point. Castlevania Double Pack is good for one reason: the two games it includes work quite well together. All too often you get compilation pr... Read Full Review

    1 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    One part strategy, four parts role-playing

    Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

    One part strategy, four parts role-playing

    A few months ago, if you'd asked me what I thought of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, I would have ragged on the game. Actually, I already have: my previous review of this title was none too flattering. But after comi... Read Full Review

    0 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3.5
    Unoriginality at its worst

    Banjo-Pilot

    Unoriginality at its worst

    "Taking inspiration" from other games is not necessarily a bad thing; such successes as Banjo Kazoie and Donkey Kong 64 took many ideas from Super Mario 64. But there's a fine ling from being influenced by a game and rip... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Medical terrorists these days...

    Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2

    Medical terrorists these days...

    When you're dealing with a series like Trauma Center, only the first can be a truly great game. It's a series that thrives on novelty and that can be undone by the over-releases that characterizes many of Nintendo's grea... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Not the Civilization I know

    Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution

    Not the Civilization I know

    I'm no huge fan of PC gaming, but Sid Meier is a genius. Most, if not all of the PC games that I've played and loved are his brainchild. Civilization, the civ-building simulation which allows you to guide a tribe of real... Read Full Review

    2 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Relive the beginning of the end

    Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls

    Relive the beginning of the end

    Final FanFinal Fantasy games come with a lot of baggage these days. And with a pedigree as extensive and noteworthy, does it really come as much of a surprise? But new titles in the series have a lot to live up to, and w... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:2
    A lesson in self-degradation

    Cruis'n

    A lesson in self-degradation

    I hate most racing games. For whatever reason they've never particularly appealed to me, though there have been a couple exceptions (the fantastic Burnout Paradise and the Mario Kart franchise number among these). But of... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The definitive DS RPG and possibly the best game on the system

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's A Wonderful World

    The definitive DS RPG and possibly the best game on the system

    Forget everything you know about role-playing games. You won't need it any more. The World Ends with You is an incredible game. It's made all the more fantastic by the fact that it's created by Square Enix, a develop... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Imperfect execution of a well-conceived concept

    Itsuwari no Rinbukyoku

    Imperfect execution of a well-conceived concept

    A murdered prince. A kingdom at war. An unlikely hero. These three items, among others, must make up the plots of 90% of the fantasy video games out there. But every once in a while, a game comes along that mixes things ... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Okami is the best adventure title on the Wii to date

    Okami

    Okami is the best adventure title on the Wii to date

    People that say video games are trash have clearly never come across a game like Okami. Developed by Clover Studios Viewtiful Joe fame, Okami is a work of genius. It brilliantly blends gameplay and visual design into wha... Read Full Review

    7 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    Handheld Oblivion: not as fun as you might expect

    Orcs & Elves

    Handheld Oblivion: not as fun as you might expect

    According to a friend of mine, the DS dungeon-crawler Orcs & Elves began life as a cell phone game. And everyone knows that 99% of cell phone games out there suck, right? Well, embarrassingly enough, a game that was orig... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Retro done right

    Sekaiju no Meikyuu II: Shoou no Seihai

    Retro done right

    Role-playing games are one of gaming's most popular franchises, and as a result it's one that, generally speaking, is constantly being evolved. Over the years, specific landmarks can be identified as having marked an evo... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    What it lacks in originality Luminous Arc makes up for with fun, addictive gameplay

    Luminous Arc

    What it lacks in originality Luminous Arc makes up for with fun, addictive gameplay

    Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Fire Emblem are the two blockbuster series when it comes to handheld SRPGs. They sell well, they're a lot of fun, and they're generally well-made games. It's largely because of this, the... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Star Fox Command is a perfect example of a cool game idea that just didn't work out

    Star Fox Command

    Star Fox Command is a perfect example of a cool game idea that just didn't work out

    Cute, furry talking animals trying to kill each other in fighter ships. What's not to love about the Star Fox series? While not necessarily one of Nintendo's most popular franchises (Zelda, Mario, and Metroid have that a... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Star Fox 64 is an action-packed, high-quality shooter that everyone should experience

    Star Fox 64

    Star Fox 64 is an action-packed, high-quality shooter that everyone should experience

    While the original Star Fox was released for the SNES, it seems that Star Fox 64 is the one that everyone remembers the most. For someone like me who missed out on so many great N64 games, the Virtual Console is a pretty... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    While it starts out slow, Ninja Gaiden DS quickly shows you how much it has to offer

    Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

    While it starts out slow, Ninja Gaiden DS quickly shows you how much it has to offer

    Ninja Gaiden has a long and storied history -- much of it involves punishing combat and infuriatingly difficult boss fights. I've missed out on all that, however, and instead the DS iteration of the Ninja Gaiden franchis... Read Full Review

    4 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    A painfully short campaign and lack of replay value make this game not worth buying

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    A painfully short campaign and lack of replay value make this game not worth buying

    First person shooters are arguably the most popular genre on the market today -- "hardcore" consoles Xbox 360 and PS3 have plenty of them. Nintendo's own systems seem to be a bit lacking, which isn't all that surprising ... Read Full Review

    2 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A fun albeit short-lived puzzler that is often overshadowed by its more popular competitors

    Shunkan Puzz Loop

    A fun albeit short-lived puzzler that is often overshadowed by its more popular competitors

    If you asked me to name a single genre that was most improved because of the DS, I'd most likely answer the puzzle genre. It's debatable, I suppose, as a number of classic genres have been improved and a few new subgenre... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful