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

    Rated on June 05, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

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

    Lost: Via Domus

    Rated on March 28, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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...

    5 out of 5 found this 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

    Rated on March 23, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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, g...

    2 out of 5 found this 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

    Rated on February 24, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

    19 out of 23 found this 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

    Rated on February 24, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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...

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

    Ninja Ryuukenden III: Yomi no Hakobune

    Rated on February 23, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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 trem...

    1 out of 3 found this 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

    Rated on January 19, 2008 by carolynmichelle

    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 a...

    4 out of 8 found this 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

    Rated on November 21, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 crea...

    4 out of 5 found this 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

    Rated on November 02, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

    6 out of 8 found this 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

    Rated on September 16, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 inspir...

    0 out of 2 found this 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

    Rated on September 11, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 e...

    9 out of 10 found this 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

    Rated on September 03, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

    2 out of 3 found this 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

    Rated on August 31, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 th...

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

    BioShock

    Rated on August 30, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 extraordina...

    2 out of 6 found this 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

    Rated on August 22, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 mad...

    9 out of 10 found this 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

    Rated on August 19, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 i...

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

    The Darkness

    Rated on July 26, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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...

    2 out of 4 found this 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

    Rated on July 18, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 c...

    0 out of 1 found this 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

    Rated on July 08, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 clea...

    0 out of 1 found this 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

    Rated on June 10, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 pla...

    1 out of 2 found this 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

    Rated on May 24, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 f...

    6 out of 9 found this 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

    Rated on May 22, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 tel...

    1 out of 2 found this 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

    Rated on May 13, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.6
    The greatness of Symphony of the Night may be timeless.

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

    Rated on April 05, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 Ar...

    2 out of 5 found this 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

    Rated on March 25, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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...

    0 out of 2 found this 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

    Rated on March 06, 2007 by carolynmichelle

    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 reali...

    0 out of 2 found this 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

    Rated on December 26, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 ren...

    3 out of 5 found this 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

    Rated on November 03, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 l...

    3 out of 6 found this 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

    Rated on October 25, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 D...

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

    Strider

    Rated on October 22, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

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

    Voodoo Vince

    Rated on September 26, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 hil...

    8 out of 9 found this 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

    Rated on August 17, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 pac...

    8 out of 8 found this 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

    Rated on April 25, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 exception...

    6 out of 7 found this 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

    Rated on March 04, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

    9 out of 9 found this 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

    Rated on January 30, 2006 by carolynmichelle

    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 ...

    9 out of 9 found this 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

    Rated on August 09, 2005 by carolynmichelle

    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 appropria...

    0 out of 0 found this 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

    Rated on August 09, 2005 by carolynmichelle

    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 appropria...

    3 out of 3 found this 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

    Rated on August 09, 2005 by carolynmichelle

    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 appropria...

    2 out of 3 found this 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

    Rated on June 06, 2005 by carolynmichelle

    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...

    9 out of 13 found this 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

    Rated on April 25, 2005 by carolynmichelle

    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-...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.