User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.99/10

Total of 36 user reviews spread across 36 releases

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  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating:9.5
    The Grand Thef Auto experience comes to the DS and makes for a amazing ride.

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    The Grand Thef Auto experience comes to the DS and makes for a amazing ride.

    How do you take the massive, open world that is Liberty City of Grand Theft Auto IV fame and translate it onto the DS, and more importantly make it NOT feel stripped down? You make Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars, a... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A poigniant and compelling tale combined with an innovative RPG create a spell binding title.

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's A Wonderful World

    A poigniant and compelling tale combined with an innovative RPG create a spell binding title.

    It's all too easy for RPG fans to only talk about Final Fantasy, especially when talking about Square Enix, that franchise's creators. However, Final Fantasy isn't the only title in the company's catalogue, and people of... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A surprisingly addictive and charming game let down by a few control issues and a slightly odd platform choice.

    de Blob

    A surprisingly addictive and charming game let down by a few control issues and a slightly odd platform choice.

    De Blob is a very surprising game, much more enjoyable than the 'kidified' box art would lead you to think and much lengthier than I thought it would be, I really enjoyed this charming title, despite a few technical issu... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    Ninja Gaiden 2 had so much potential, but is better in every way by more modern titles, and feels cheap as a result.

    Ninja Gaiden II

    Ninja Gaiden 2 had so much potential, but is better in every way by more modern titles, and feels cheap as a result.

    A game with so much potential that winds up being cheap The original Ninja Gaiden for the original xbox was a masterpiece of action game design. It was tight, the controls were near perfect and the action a blaze of s... Read Full Review

    3 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    One of the greatest single player experiences of all time.

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

    One of the greatest single player experiences of all time.

    How do you rate a game such as MGS4? lets face it, its a tough one. The smiple fact of the matter is that the metal gear games are a law unto themselves, unique among the gaming fraternity. So how do you rate them? Cl... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7
    Bound about pacific city and clean up the gang scum in this excellent open world shooter.

    Riot Act

    Bound about pacific city and clean up the gang scum in this excellent open world shooter.

    Open world games are a some what mixed bag, for every GTA: Vice City or S.T.A.L.K.E.R there are games like True Crime: Streets of LA and its Sequel, True Crime: New York City and those latter two are proof enough that th... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.6
    Mario hits the courts in this interesting 3 on 3 basketball game.

    Mario Basket: 3 on 3

    Mario hits the courts in this interesting 3 on 3 basketball game.

    Nintendos little plumber has come to the DS once again, but this time Mario and friends decided to give the game of basketball a dose of thier unique mushroom kingdom character. The premise of Mario Slam Basketball is ea... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Epic brings us a nightmare of a war-torn world with flair and marvel

    Gears of War

    Epic brings us a nightmare of a war-torn world with flair and marvel

    Most people would be forgiven for thinking that the shooter genre has become stale, with every game offering the same run and gun gameplay first made popular by the likes of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, and most of those pe... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:2.3
    Although its nice to know what happened to nightcrawler, this game is flawed beyond belief.

    X-Men: The Official Game

    Although its nice to know what happened to nightcrawler, this game is flawed beyond belief.

    I have always been a fan of the x-men, from watching the fox kids cartoon when i was growing up to x-men evolution and comics right through to the movies I have always thought the ideas and imagination behind them was br... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful