User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.78/10

Total of 157 user ratings spread across 157 releases

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  • Review Score:7.5
    A few technical missteps cannot impair the satisfaction given to those who brave Dark Souls' overbearing dourness.

    Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

    A few technical missteps cannot impair the satisfaction given to those who brave Dark Souls' overbearing dourness.

    Dark Souls hates you. And why shouldn't it? I mean, look at you. So accustomed to quick saves and checkpoints that you now laugh in the face of adversity. Failure can be brushed off without repercussions, and death is bu... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

  • Rating:6.5

    Hitman: Absolution

  • Review Score:6.5
    The bald killer returns with a crisis in the cranium and a limp in the leg.

    Hitman: Absolution

    The bald killer returns with a crisis in the cranium and a limp in the leg.

    Saying that I missed Agent 47 these past few years might sound like timeserving on my part since I was never a big Hitman fan. At least not until Blood Money came along. Finding that perfect path to a Silent Assassin ran... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:2.5
    Whatever negatives you can come up with, they befit Silent Hill: Homecoming.

    Silent Hill: Homecoming

    Whatever negatives you can come up with, they befit Silent Hill: Homecoming.

    Rushed. Inferior. Abysmal. Amateurish. You can call Silent Hill: Homecoming any of these things and you'd be right. Never before have I had a game so utterly broken that halfway through I was no longer playing for the st... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:2.5

    Silent Hill: Homecoming

  • Review Score:8
    Darksiders treads in very familiar footsteps, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    Darksiders

    Darksiders treads in very familiar footsteps, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    You killed the world, you idiot. But you're not entirely at fault, and in a way you were just doing what's expected of you. As War, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it's kind of a given that you're not sent... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Spec Ops: The Line

  • Review Score:7.5
    Like Jekyll and Hyde, Spec Ops' ordinary appearance is just a coat for a much more fascinating and sinister quiddity.

    Spec Ops: The Line

    Like Jekyll and Hyde, Spec Ops' ordinary appearance is just a coat for a much more fascinating and sinister quiddity.

    War. What is it good for? Well, recent videogame releases show that it's good for an explosive, larger-than-life thrill ride campaign that shies away from the true face of war: horror and dehumanization. Luckily no... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5
    So gloriously over-the-top that the top is barely even visible anymore.

    Saints Row: The Third

    So gloriously over-the-top that the top is barely even visible anymore.

    There I am, in a Roman chariot that's pulled by a newly-freed gimp who talks with an autotuned voice, shooting similar chariots that are chasing me around the city to make them inexplicably explode. I kill the last one, ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

  • Review Score:5
    An ugly, deplorable yet fascinating game.

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

    An ugly, deplorable yet fascinating game.

    Instead of typing something witty about tentacle monsters penetrating dark corners, and tying the joke into context by namedropping Lovecraft, I actually found myself unable to flatter this game with my wordy wiles. In f... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:3.5
    Nothing more than a navigable screensaver.

    Dear Esther

    Nothing more than a navigable screensaver.

    Art games get a wide berth when it comes time to review them. People feel that the discount prices or messages are more meaningful than weak gameplay or lack of polish. The way I see it, art games cost money like any oth... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7

    The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left

  • Review Score:7
    A powerful exhibition of human drama that perhaps ended up in the wrong medium.

    The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left

    A powerful exhibition of human drama that perhaps ended up in the wrong medium.

    (this review is for the entire first season) Zombies. Chances are you either grinned or you groaned upon reading the word. Ever since they've put their undead jaws around pop culture it has become a polarised term with ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5
    Good, bad and ugly mix in this ghostly goofball adventure.

    Red Seeds Profile

    Good, bad and ugly mix in this ghostly goofball adventure.

    If first impressions truly are everything, Deadly Premonition wouldn't even be given a second glance, unless it was to make sure its butt didn't imprint the door on the way out. But moral high grounds forbid us from judg... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Rockstar breathes new life into the gunslingers' ghost town, delivering a Wild West epic that's worth its weight in gold

    Red Dead Redemption

    Rockstar breathes new life into the gunslingers' ghost town, delivering a Wild West epic that's worth its weight in gold

    Let's get the bullet through the church: I love this game. You can tell that much by looking at the score so this comes as no surprise. It came as a surprise to me, though. Anyone who read my review of Grand Theft Auto I... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    A tiring crescendo of fights and frights.

    Alan Wake

    A tiring crescendo of fights and frights.

    Alan Wake (the game) has been through a rocky couple of years. Developer Remedy had already worked up an impressive resume with the heralded and industry-defining Max Payne-games, but their latest title seemed too ambiti... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:5
    Suffers the same fate as your average licensed game.

    Wanted: Weapons of Fate

    Suffers the same fate as your average licensed game.

    Wesley Gibson has an unenviable life. His girlfriend's cheating on him with his best friend but he's too much of a coward to do something about it, his boss is a manipulative dragon of a woman who takes personal pleasure... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5

    Wanted: Weapons of Fate

  • Review Score:8
    The bolt and the beautiful.

    Machinarium

    The bolt and the beautiful.

    While our insatiable hunger for all things volatile will always put a big effin' grin on our face when we reduce whole buildings to vapour, there comes an occasional moment where you want a break from the wanton vehicles... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5
    A mesmerizing experience that's criminally short.

    LIMBO

    A mesmerizing experience that's criminally short.

    Less is more. This age-old saying seems to have been Playdead's mantra during development, and Limbo's minimalistic design definitely delivers a unique experience; the graphics are a bunch of silhouettes layered on to... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8

    Mirror's Edge

  • Review Score:8
    Par coeur.

    Mirror's Edge

    Par coeur.

    I can see how a game like Mirror's Edge would be a hard sell. Vibrant colours that are almost as blinding as they are pristine, a perspective/genre-combination that isn't exactly booming with success stories and an evinc... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    An ambitious underperformer.

    Alone in the Dark

    An ambitious underperformer.

    "What's in a name?" Juliet ponders in the second act of Shakespeare's timeless love story. It's an interesting quote, perhaps even a philosophical spur, not to take things at face value. After all, a name is just that: a... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6.5
    Cracks under its own weight of making you fear nothing but fear itself.

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Cracks under its own weight of making you fear nothing but fear itself.

    Amnesia is one of the scariest games ever. Supposedly, at least. Testimonials of people who couldn't play further than fifteen minutes out of angst, videos of people screaming fearfully at their monitors, and the reco... Read Full Review

    3 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5

    Portal 2

  • Review Score:9.5
    Portal 2 is not a perfect game but it damn well stands at an arm's length of it.

    Portal 2

    Portal 2 is not a perfect game but it damn well stands at an arm's length of it.

    Portal had the odds stacked against it. There it was, essentially a student project, lobbed in a package with the highly anticipated continuation of the Half-Life 2 story arc and the long awaited return of PC gaming's cr... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:4
    The man and the mundane.

    Grand Theft Auto IV

    The man and the mundane.

    Something changed about me in the last few years. I used to buy every game on launch day but it dawned upon me that games have a tendency to hit the bargain bin rather fast, and that there is little point in purchasing a... Read Full Review

    20 of 32 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7.5
    Alice's road to recovery may suffer a few relapses, it's still a fever dream well worth plunging into.

    Alice: Madness Returns

    Alice's road to recovery may suffer a few relapses, it's still a fever dream well worth plunging into.

    Alice in Wonderland is one of those classics that all walks of life are familiar with. Its personalities, poems and places have been referenced and re-envisioned countless times and although the original tale is messed u... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Alice: Madness Returns

  • Review Score:9
    Enthralling ball-juggling puzzle solving.

    World of Goo

    Enthralling ball-juggling puzzle solving.

    If the boom of digital distribution is good for something other than destroying your monthly bandwidth, it's the expansion of the indie scene. It's hard to imagine now that only a couple of years ago, home-brew games wer... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    World of Goo

  • Rating:8

    Ninja Gaiden II

  • Review Score:8
    An over-the-top, splatterfestive tour de force.

    Ninja Gaiden II

    An over-the-top, splatterfestive tour de force.

    I've always considered Ninja Gaiden to be the antithesis of factual ninjas. You know, those sneaky sods who slipped into fortresses unseen, hiding in every shadow? Masters of patience and stealth? Ninja Gaiden has non... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8.5
    Reaches for the stars but doesn't quite get there yet.

    Mass Effect 2

    Reaches for the stars but doesn't quite get there yet.

    BioWare must be in a constant state of partying. Somewhere between releasing a highly successful new fantasy RPG and launching the most anticipated MMOG since World of Warcraft, they've also delivered the sequel to 2007'... Read Full Review

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

    Mass Effect 2

  • Rating:7

    Brutal Legend

  • Rating:2.5

    Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason

  • Review Score:2.5
    About as cool as two frozen feet.

    Cryostasis

    About as cool as two frozen feet.

    I get it. Cryostasis isn't your typical first-person shooter. Sure, there's some shooting involved, but this game is more about the methodically-paced corridor creeping than about tightly scripted firefights. It's mor... Read Full Review

    1 of 6 users found the following review helpful