User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.02/10

Total of 60 user ratings spread across 60 releases

  1. 10
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  2. 9
    (19)
  3. 8
    (23)
  4. 7
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  5. 6
    (7)
  6. 5
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  7. 4
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  8. 3
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  • Review Score:6
    Beautiful visuals mask an otherwise boring shooter with some sparks of potential

    Killzone: Shadow Fall

    Beautiful visuals mask an otherwise boring shooter with some sparks of potential

    Clarity is an interesting thing, having many facets in life as well as games. In the latter, its things like what to do and where to go, the UI presenting all the information you need in as clear a fashion as possible, ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    With a great story and character, Assassins Creed returns to form with this tale of pirates and the high seas!

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    With a great story and character, Assassins Creed returns to form with this tale of pirates and the high seas!

    What a difference a year can make eh? Time changes everything, and after the shockingly bad AC3, Ubisoft returns to form, creating a brilliant character, a large world teeming with things to do and places to go, and an ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Brutal, Bright, Brilliant. Hotline Miami hits all of the highs with very few lows, a real gem on the Vita.

    Hotline Miami

    Brutal, Bright, Brilliant. Hotline Miami hits all of the highs with very few lows, a real gem on the Vita.

    Video Games have, for the most part, always been pretty violent. Even relatively simple games, such as Space Invaders, have you killing enemy ships to continue, even if it is only to increase your score. Rarely, however... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    A brilliantly designed game, a story told with a deft and thoughtful touch. This is a modern Classic.

    Gone Home

    A brilliantly designed game, a story told with a deft and thoughtful touch. This is a modern Classic.

    Minimalism is an interesting idea, a concept where more is less has always been fascinating to me, even though I do not openly partake. When it comes to video games, it is a concept rarely pulled off with a deft touch, ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    A beautiful and Poignant story shows what can be done with a deft touch.

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    A beautiful and Poignant story shows what can be done with a deft touch.

    Emotion is the big thing in games at the moment. Is it possible to make the player cry? to make them feel empathy? It’s relatively easy to get someone’s heart pounding, or to scare them but to make them cry?... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    A great game with some missed potential, Rockstar's latest still shines

    Grand Theft Auto V

    A great game with some missed potential, Rockstar's latest still shines

    Few games in the industry can be considered ‘Events’ rather than just titles in a franchise, things that surpass normal game launches and catapult our hobby to the forefront of public conscience on the day o... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    A pleasant game that can while away a lazy afternoon, with a suitably Japanese story

    Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

    A pleasant game that can while away a lazy afternoon, with a suitably Japanese story

    Rarely in games do use the word 'pleasant'. That's not because they aren't pleasurable experiences, far from it, it just not a word that describes the majority of the titles many people play. The current exception to th... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Atmosphere makes a relatively simple game much better in this mystery in space adventure

    The Starship Damrey

    Atmosphere makes a relatively simple game much better in this mystery in space adventure

    The popularity of the smaller game at present is proving a great boon for the games industry, proving that great, creative endeavours do not been a studio of hundreds and a multi million dollar budget and allowing the s... Read Full Review

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

    Thomas Was Alone

  • Review Score:8
    A simple but engaging title, Thomas Was Alone proves fancy graphics do not make a great story shine.

    Thomas Was Alone

    A simple but engaging title, Thomas Was Alone proves fancy graphics do not make a great story shine.

    Thomas Was Alone is an interesting title, even in the realm of indie gaming and the myriad of strange and entertaining games that is produced there. It is a platformer with an engaging story to tell, and while that story... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6.5
    Double Fine and Ron Gilbert team up for what is ultimately a pretty boring yet funny side scrolling adventure.

    The Cave

    Double Fine and Ron Gilbert team up for what is ultimately a pretty boring yet funny side scrolling adventure.

    Point and Click adventure titles have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, while evolving into something a little different than what many would remember from the Monkey Island days. The Cave represents that resurgence/... Read Full Review

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

    The Last of Us

  • Review Score:8.5
     Beautiful visuals and an amazing story put The Last of Us on instant classic status and proves games can be much more.

    The Last of Us

    Beautiful visuals and an amazing story put The Last of Us on instant classic status and proves games can be much more.

    Arguably the PlayStation 3's last big hurrah, The Last of Us represents a AAA game that realises the kind of storytelling that is possible in video games, and a significant shift in developer Naughty Dog. It is a shift ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5
    The perils of undercover work come to life to vivid life in this excellent open world action adventure.

    Sleeping Dogs

    The perils of undercover work come to life to vivid life in this excellent open world action adventure.

    I remember playing the original True Crime, and it wasn't the most spectacular game ever made, even for a title that so directly ripped off GTA at the time. It had potential though, and Sleeping Dogs - once a True Crime ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Sleeping Dogs

  • Review Score:9.5
    Irrational Games delivers a game setting a new standard for story and imagination in games, deserving the name Bioshock.

    BioShock Infinite

    Irrational Games delivers a game setting a new standard for story and imagination in games, deserving the name Bioshock.

    Innovation has long been a point of contention in gaming. With so many aspects to a game, not to mention genre's and systems, what can be instantly recognisable as innovative? The game bearing name the Bioshock Infini... Read Full Review

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

    BioShock Infinite

  • Review Score:8
    A reboot that does it right, DmC reinvents its hero and gameplay but still feels like older games in the series.

    DmC: Devil May Cry

    A reboot that does it right, DmC reinvents its hero and gameplay but still feels like older games in the series.

    It's only recently that the concept of the reboot has entered the world of games. Movies have been doing it for decades, but gaming hasn't really been around long enough for franchises to build themselves up to a point w... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Dishonored

  • Review Score:8.5
    A well designed action game, Dishonored gives you multiple ways to play, but a few mis-steps let it down.

    Dishonored

    A well designed action game, Dishonored gives you multiple ways to play, but a few mis-steps let it down.

    Much has been made of video game violence over the years, especially in the last few months, and it can be hard to argue with some of it. Games do certainly give you hundreds of enemies to kill in some pretty inventive w... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6

    Assassin's Creed III

  • Review Score:6
    A new time and a new protagonist do Assassins Creed no favours, but changes to combat and movement ease the pain

    Assassin's Creed III

    A new time and a new protagonist do Assassins Creed no favours, but changes to combat and movement ease the pain

    Setting is an interesting thing in games. It's a medium that can take you to any world, inside a computer, real life cities and even various points in time, and in this last regard, the latest in the Assassins Creed seri... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Borderlands 2

  • Review Score:9
    Gearbox returns to Pandora with a game that is funny, stupid, awesome and just plain fun.

    Borderlands 2

    Gearbox returns to Pandora with a game that is funny, stupid, awesome and just plain fun.

    Disclaimer: I didn't play the original Borderlands, so I have no context for the changes between games. This review is based on reactions to Borderlands 2 alone. Blasting virtual people with guns has always been fun.... Read Full Review

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

    Halo 4

  • Review Score:9.5
    343 Industries show they are more than capable of being the custodians of Master Chief, despite some story mis-steps

    Halo 4 (Wireless Controller Bundle)

    343 Industries show they are more than capable of being the custodians of Master Chief, despite some story mis-steps

    Halo is my favourite gaming franchise. I have played all the games except Halo Wars, read every book and most of the comics/graphic novels and if I was to go on Mastermind (if you know what that is!) my specialist subjec... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Mark of the Ninja proves that when stealth games are made by people who like stealth, they can be brilliant.

    Mark of the Ninja

    Mark of the Ninja proves that when stealth games are made by people who like stealth, they can be brilliant.

    Stealth, as a game genre, has long been a niche set of products. Only those with a mind for such titles are willing to play them for any stretch of time, over looking instant game over screens upon being detected, a lot ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

  • Review Score:8
    The follow up to 2010's War for Cybertron, Fall is a great game, though fans of the Transformers will get more out of it

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

    The follow up to 2010's War for Cybertron, Fall is a great game, though fans of the Transformers will get more out of it

    In the interests of full disclosure, I am a massive Transformers fan. To the point that I have a room full of toys, DVD's and posters of Optimus Prime and company, so please bare that in mind when reading this review. ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    A easier learning curve, more varied enviroments and the same great gameplay make this game a must

    Trials Evolution

    A easier learning curve, more varied enviroments and the same great gameplay make this game a must

    The original Trails HD holds a special place in my heart, not only because it was such a unique and brilliant game at the time of its release, but also due to the face it was one of the first games I reviewed in a semi-p... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5
    The third instalment in the Max Payne series is more style over substance, but is still a very good game.

    Max Payne 3

    The third instalment in the Max Payne series is more style over substance, but is still a very good game.

    Full disclaimer: I never played the original Max Payne or is sequel. Max Payne 3 represents my first foray into the stylish world of the embittered cop with the addictive personality, and it is that style that kept me pl... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Max Payne 3

  • Review Score:7
    The last Zelda game on Wii is one of the best, but control issues and a slog of a final quarter spoils what is there.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    The last Zelda game on Wii is one of the best, but control issues and a slog of a final quarter spoils what is there.

    Since the release of the Wii's motion plus peripheral, the systems fans have been waiting for the game that will make the waggle go away and show developers how to truly do motion gaming the way Nintendo always wanted. O... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Uncharted: Golden Abyss

  • Review Score:8.5
    A spin off from the main series, Golden Abyss is never the less a great game in its own right.

    Uncharted: Chizu no Bouken no Hajimari

    A spin off from the main series, Golden Abyss is never the less a great game in its own right.

    The cream of the PlayStation Vita launch line up is undoubtedly the Sony Bend developed Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and like most of the games in said line up, it does it's best to show off the systems capabilities with som... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Suda-51's latest is dumb on a thousand levels, and one of the most fun games you will play this year

    Shadows of the Damned

    Suda-51's latest is dumb on a thousand levels, and one of the most fun games you will play this year

    Popcorn gaming is a term I am on a crusade to get into the greater gaming lexicon. It refers to those games we play that we all know are dumb, the ones that dont innovate and try to change the way all future games are ma... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Shadows of the Damned

  • Rating:8.5

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

  • Review Score:8.5
    A disappointing ending brings down an otherwise great game with meaningful changes to the gameplay

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Auditore Edition)

    A disappointing ending brings down an otherwise great game with meaningful changes to the gameplay

    Assassins Creed: Brotherhood is the latest game in the series, continuing the adventures of Ezio Auditore de Firenze, master assassin and hero to the people. The game contains all of the great gameplay and atmosphere one... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5
    A genuinely moving and brilliantly told story, helped by some interesting design choices and a combat focus.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    A genuinely moving and brilliantly told story, helped by some interesting design choices and a combat focus.

    Final Fantasy XIII is an interesting title. It mixes up the standard RPG formula, taking a few prompts from the action adventure genre while also providing one of the most compelling stories in the series to date. Th... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful