User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.08/10

Total of 62 user reviews spread across 62 releases

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  • User Rating:9.5
    In the truly superb Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar's series grows up a bit.

    Grand Theft Auto IV

    In the truly superb Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar's series grows up a bit.

    By this point, so massive has been the level of exposure to the Grand Theft Auto games in our culture, you're probably either a fan of Rockstar's franchise of crime games, or you're decidedly not. If you don't like the g... Read Full Review

    7 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    The gameplay is tedious, the characters are completely underdeveloped, and the relationships are non-existent.

    Lost: Via Domus

    The gameplay is tedious, the characters are completely underdeveloped, and the relationships are non-existent.

    Lost: Via Domus is a game in which...well, for starters, it's barely even a game at all. It's more like a checklist of inputs that you enter using a gamepad. There is, at least for me, no enjoyment to be gleaned from the... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    The combat has seen some nice improvements, but the story and overall scariness of the game fall short.

    Condemned 2

    The combat has seen some nice improvements, but the story and overall scariness of the game fall short.

    Condemned was one of the most impressive early games for the Xbox 360. The first-person combat really packed a wallop, and the game was also an impressive piece of art design, with extremely creepy, gritty environments a... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The main problem is that, in combining the platforming and role-playing elements, both aspects have been compromised.

    Super Paper Mario

    The main problem is that, in combining the platforming and role-playing elements, both aspects have been compromised.

    The Paper Mario series has distinguished itself as a wonderfully charming, well-written and fun series of RPGs with minor platforming elements and a unique visual style. The latest game, Super Paper Mario for the Wii, f... Read Full Review

    19 of 23 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    If the thought of whacking homicidal hobos with two-by-fours appeals to you in the least, you must play this game.

    Condemned: Criminal Origins

    If the thought of whacking homicidal hobos with two-by-fours appeals to you in the least, you must play this game.

    In this era when games are largely becoming bigger, longer, and more complicated, there's something refreshing about a title that focuses on doing one thing, doing it extremely well, and ending before it overstays its we... Read Full Review

    4 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    The five-continue limit makes this otherwise decent game straight up ridiculous.

    Ninja Ryuukenden III: Yomi no Hakobune

    The five-continue limit makes this otherwise decent game straight up ridiculous.

    Released in 1991, Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom was very nearly a perfectly adequate, if unspectacular, conclusion to the trilogy of Ryu Hayabusa's NES adventures. Unfortunately, one tremendous misstep made ... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    StarTropics is solid but can also be frustrating, making it best suited for adventure fans who like a stiff challenge.

    StarTropics

    StarTropics is solid but can also be frustrating, making it best suited for adventure fans who like a stiff challenge.

    Released in 1990 for the NES, StarTropics built on the gameplay formula laid out by the original Legend of Zelda, and also tweaked it in some pretty significant ways. The resulting game is solid but also potentially quit... Read Full Review

    4 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Super Mario Galaxy lives up to our outrageously high expectations, our hopes and dreams of what a Mario game should be.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    Super Mario Galaxy lives up to our outrageously high expectations, our hopes and dreams of what a Mario game should be.

    Some people have very high expectations for Mario games. For people who grew up with games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, truly some of the best, most purely enjoyable games ever created, the series has ... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The new content here is exceptional enough to make The Orange Box one of the best releases of the year.

    The Orange Box

    The new content here is exceptional enough to make The Orange Box one of the best releases of the year.

    Just how much you get out of Valve's five-game compilation The Orange Box will depend a lot on whether or not you've previously played 2004's Half-Life 2 and it's 2006 follow-up, Half-Life 2: Episode One. The Orange Box ... Read Full Review

    6 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    It's a solid action game that may hold your interest, but it won't blow you away like the movie that inspired it.

    Stranglehold

    It's a solid action game that may hold your interest, but it won't blow you away like the movie that inspired it.

    The idea of making a game that's a direct sequel to a John Woo film sounds like a can't-lose formula for sheer awesomeness. After all, the director's distinctive style has already served as the inspiration for the hugely... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The revamped controls, along with memorable environments and boss battles, make this the best, most immersive Prime yet.

    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    The revamped controls, along with memorable environments and boss battles, make this the best, most immersive Prime yet.

    When the legendary Metroid series first made the leap from 2D to 3D with 2002’s Metroid Prime, the results were surprisingly successful. Prime managed to capture the distinct sense of atmosphere and exploration that made... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Only 400 points for a game filled with so much rage is a really spectacular deal.

    Streets of Rage 2

    Only 400 points for a game filled with so much rage is a really spectacular deal.

    A lot of classic beat-'em-ups just don't hold up that well anymore. Double Dragon, for instance, was released on Xbox Live earlier this year, and while that game is legendary, today it just seems too simple and too short... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    In a sense, Metroid is one of the greatest games of all time. Just not in the sense that you'd still want to play it.

    Metroid

    In a sense, Metroid is one of the greatest games of all time. Just not in the sense that you'd still want to play it.

    At this point, Metroid probably needs no introduction. It's the game that launched one of the most legendary franchises of all time, and it's a bonafide classic in its own right. There's no denying that Metroid was an as... Read Full Review

    12 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    BioShock is a great game and a truly extraordinary example of atmosphere, environmental design and storytelling.

    BioShock

    BioShock is a great game and a truly extraordinary example of atmosphere, environmental design and storytelling.

    BioShock is something else, all right. Described by its developers as a spiritual successor to Irrational Games’ acclaimed 1999 release System Shock 2, BioShock is a great game and a truly extraordinary example of atmosp... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Not just a bigger and better version of earlier Metroid games, it's a triumph of game design and a legitimate classic.

    Super Metroid

    Not just a bigger and better version of earlier Metroid games, it's a triumph of game design and a legitimate classic.

    Upon its release for the SNES in 1994, Super Metroid was instantly regarded as a masterpiece, and to this day it's widely considered to be one of the greatest games of all time. Now that it's been made available on the W... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It's an outstanding game that any shooter fan is likely to enjoy whether or not they know a Trandoshan from a Geonosian.

    Star Wars: Republic Commando

    It's an outstanding game that any shooter fan is likely to enjoy whether or not they know a Trandoshan from a Geonosian.

    Star Wars: Republic Commando is a refreshing change of pace amongst games set in that galaxy far, far away. Rather than dealing with space combat or Jedi or any of the usual stuff, Republic Commando is a gritty, intense ... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    If you're a fan of intense, visceral shooters, you should definitely give The Darkness a look.

    The Darkness

    If you're a fan of intense, visceral shooters, you should definitely give The Darkness a look.

    Over the years, numerous games have dealt with the subject of organized crime. And, of course, dozens have dealt with hellspawned demons and other similar forces of evil. The new first-person shooter from Starbreeze, th... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It's rough around the edges and quite short, but Transformers fans may still want to give Decepticons a look.

    Transformers: Decepticons

    It's rough around the edges and quite short, but Transformers fans may still want to give Decepticons a look.

    Transformers: Decepticons is one of two games developed for the DS by Vicarious Visions to tie in with Michael Bay's movie about the famous robots in disguise. Unlike many games based on films, it's clear that a good dea... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It's rough around the edges and quite short, keeping what could have been a great game from being wholly recommendable.

    Transformers: Autobots

    It's rough around the edges and quite short, keeping what could have been a great game from being wholly recommendable.

    Transformers: Autobots is one of two games developed for the DS by Vicarious Visions to tie in with Michael Bay's movie about the famous robots in disguise. Unlike many games based on films, it's clear that a good deal o... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    This is an inspired update that captures all the fun that made Pac-Man such an enduring classic in the first place.

    Pac-Man Championship Edition

    This is an inspired update that captures all the fun that made Pac-Man such an enduring classic in the first place.

    Before video games became characterized as being largely the domain of young males, there was a glorious golden age in the early 1980s during which video games were for everyone. Heck, even my mom played video games. And... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    The NES version was superior, but if you have a hankering for stabbing lots of Russians you may find this worthwhile.

    Rush'n Attack

    The NES version was superior, but if you have a hankering for stabbing lots of Russians you may find this worthwhile.

    In 1985, the Cold War was in full swing, and Konami capitalized on the situation with Rush 'n Attack. The game casts you as a beret-wearing commando who undertakes a desperate mission into Russia to free some prisoners o... Read Full Review

    6 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    Max Payne 2 is ridiculously short, yet it still manages to do everything it needs to do to leave you feeling satisfied.

    Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

    Max Payne 2 is ridiculously short, yet it still manages to do everything it needs to do to leave you feeling satisfied.

    Max Payne 2 is a ridiculously short game, yet it still manages to do everything it needs to do to leave you feeling satisfied. In that spirit, I'm going to try to keep this review short, but still tell you what you need ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    It's one of the most well-written, fun, funny, endearing, satisfying and memorable experiences you can find in a game.

    Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

    It's one of the most well-written, fun, funny, endearing, satisfying and memorable experiences you can find in a game.

    It's only once in a while that a game like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door comes along. This is a game that demonstrates a tremendous level of care and craft in every aspect of its design, a game of rare charms, a ga... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    The greatness of Symphony of the Night may be timeless.

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

    The greatness of Symphony of the Night may be timeless.

    When it was first released ten years ago, Symphony of the Night was hailed by GameSpot as "possibly the best 2D action side scroller ever." It's been recently resurrected on the Xbox Live Arcade, and all the qu... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.6
    With its somewhat simplified gameplay and glaring lack of features, Homecourt is a bit of a disappointment.

    NBA Street Homecourt

    With its somewhat simplified gameplay and glaring lack of features, Homecourt is a bit of a disappointment.

    Arcade-style basketball was originally defined by the NBA Jam arcade games of the early- and mid-90s, but EA's NBA Street games have always represented the genre's peak. With NBA Street Homecourt, the series arrives on t... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    If you can swallow the crazy premise, there's a pulsepounding experience to be had in Trauma Center: Second Opinion.

    Trauma Center: Second Opinion

    If you can swallow the crazy premise, there's a pulsepounding experience to be had in Trauma Center: Second Opinion.

    You almost have to admire the sheer audacity of a game like Trauma Center: Second Opinion. The game refers to itself as a "medical drama simulation," yet there's nothing the least bit realistic about it. On t... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    The experience of playing Trace Memory may not last long, but the memory of it will stay with you for quite a while.

    Another Code: Futatsu no Kioku

    The experience of playing Trace Memory may not last long, but the memory of it will stay with you for quite a while.

    For a while there, it almost seemed like game designers had forgotten how to make great adventure games. After the adventure game boom of the 90s, the genre dried up. There's been something of a renaissance in adventur... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7
    Whether you loved high school or hated every minute of it, you should enroll in Bullworth Academy immediately.

    Bully

    Whether you loved high school or hated every minute of it, you should enroll in Bullworth Academy immediately.

    Ah, high school. With all of the mental, physical and emotional challenges it provides, it's certainly something of an adventure for everyone who experiences it. It may not be an adventure everyone longs to revisit, tho... Read Full Review

    3 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Spending 72 hours with tens of thousands of zombies in a huge shopping mall is an experience you'll not soon forget.

    Dead Rising

    Spending 72 hours with tens of thousands of zombies in a huge shopping mall is an experience you'll not soon forget.

    Capcom's long-running Resident Evil series has long been at the forefront of the whole games-featuring-zombies movement, so it's somewhat surprising that Capcom would be the force behind a game like Dead Rising. Dead Ri... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    Anyone who enjoys crazy storylines, awesome swords, nifty spaceships and old-school action will find Strider worthwhile.

    Strider

    Anyone who enjoys crazy storylines, awesome swords, nifty spaceships and old-school action will find Strider worthwhile.

    In 1989, Capcom released an arcade game called Strider. Casting you as a hero named Hiryu with a fantastic futuristic sword, the game featured what may well have been the most consistently thrilling level design of any ... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    Voodoo Vince's innovative ideas and fantastic style have helped it stand the test of time.

    Voodoo Vince

    Voodoo Vince's innovative ideas and fantastic style have helped it stand the test of time.

    While many games that came out in 2003 seem to have lost their luster by now, three years after its release, Voodoo Vince's innovative ideas, fantastic style, outstanding soundtrack and frequently hilarious humor have he... Read Full Review

    8 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    The thrilling police chases make Most Wanted well worth playing for fans of arcade-style racing games.  <br />

    Need for Speed Most Wanted

    The thrilling police chases make Most Wanted well worth playing for fans of arcade-style racing games. <br />

    At first glance, Need for Speed Most Wanted may appear to be just another decent but unremarkable racer. However, this game has some things going on under the hood that help it pull away from the pack of generic driving... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.7
    Tomb Raider: Legend proves that the old girl's still got some life left in her after all.  <br />

    Tomb Raider: Legend

    Tomb Raider: Legend proves that the old girl's still got some life left in her after all. <br />

    For many who grew up dreaming of exploring ancient, trap-riddled ruins a la Indiana Jones, Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider series has served as a kind of fantasy fulfillment. With frequently exceptional level design and ... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.7
    24 is one mixed bag of a game.  The presentation is outstanding, but there are too many gameplay problems to ignore.

    24: The Game

    24 is one mixed bag of a game. The presentation is outstanding, but there are too many gameplay problems to ignore.

    There are multiple challenges for a developer when faced with the task of taking a hot licensed property and turning it into a video game. For one, they must try to capture the look and feel of the property in their pr... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    If you enjoy good old-fashioned 2D adventure games, don't hesitate to pick up Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. <br />

    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

    If you enjoy good old-fashioned 2D adventure games, don't hesitate to pick up Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. <br />

    Since 1987, Konami's long-running Castlevania series has told the stories of heroes past and future who have been called upon to prevent the return of Count Dracula, stopping his followers from their nefarious plan to hi... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It provides just about everything you could want in a Bond game: guns, gadgets, girls and tons of explosive action.

    James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

    It provides just about everything you could want in a Bond game: guns, gadgets, girls and tons of explosive action.

    In the theme song for EA's James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, which accompanies the game's Bond-style opening credit sequence, Mya sings, "Give me everything or nothing at all!" It's an appropriate sentiment, since ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It provides just about everything you could want in a Bond game: guns, gadgets, girls and tons of explosive action.

    James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

    It provides just about everything you could want in a Bond game: guns, gadgets, girls and tons of explosive action.

    In the theme song for EA's James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, which accompanies the game's Bond-style opening credit sequence, Mya sings, "Give me everything or nothing at all!" It's an appropriate sentiment, since ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It really does provide everything you could want in a Bond game: guns, gadgets, girls, and tons of explosive action.

    James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

    It really does provide everything you could want in a Bond game: guns, gadgets, girls, and tons of explosive action.

    In the theme song for EA's James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, which accompanies the game's Bond-style opening credit sequence, Mya sings, "Give me everything or nothing at all!" It's an appropriate sentiment, since ... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    For its engaging puzzles, likable characters and compelling story, this is one journey that's well worth taking.

    The Longest Journey

    For its engaging puzzles, likable characters and compelling story, this is one journey that's well worth taking.

    Originally released nearly five years ago, Funcom's The Longest Journey now shows its age quite a bit in terms of its graphical presentation. However, those who haven't previously experienced it will find that the funda... Read Full Review

    9 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    Now available for just twenty bucks, OutRun2 is a great value for fans of old-school arcade racing.

    OutRun2

    Now available for just twenty bucks, OutRun2 is a great value for fans of old-school arcade racing.

    In 1986, Sega released the original OutRun, which became an arcade racing classic. The gameplay was straightforward and fun--your only objective was to get to the next checkpoint before time ran out--and the game presen... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful