User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.71/10

Total of 184 user reviews spread across 184 releases

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  • User Rating 8.5
    There's a lot more good than bad.  You certainly haven't played anything like Alan Wake before.

    Alan Wake

    Rated on March 20, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    There's a lot more good than bad. You certainly haven't played anything like Alan Wake before.

    Alan Wake is one of the most unique AAA titles to arrive on the PC in some time. Unlike most big budget games nowadays, it was clearly made without the usual interference from the twits in the Market...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A criminally underrated sequel that manages to improve on the original in a few key ways.

    inFamous 2

    Rated on March 12, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    A criminally underrated sequel that manages to improve on the original in a few key ways.

    I was somewhat disappointed last year when Infamous 2 came out and was widely met with lukewarm reviews. The first Infamous is my second favorite game on the PS3, and I was very eager to see what wou...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Trine is clever and unique, but it pretty much wears out its welcome by the end.

    Trine

    Rated on February 28, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    Trine is clever and unique, but it pretty much wears out its welcome by the end.

    Trine is one of the more interesting applications of physics in gaming to date. With some exceptions, realistic physics has been a mostly cosmetic feature of action-oriented games up until now. Game...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Mass Effect 2 fixes most of the problems in the first game, but also fixes a lot of what wasn't broken.

    Mass Effect 2

    Rated on February 28, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    Mass Effect 2 fixes most of the problems in the first game, but also fixes a lot of what wasn't broken.

    Mass Effect 2 was a game that I very much anticipated playing. The first Mass Effect had such great potential, but it was stymied by horrible combat. Its problems were fixable though, and that is wh...

    7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Armored Princess is the best game that this genre has ever seen.

    King's Bounty: Armored Princess

    Rated on February 09, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    Armored Princess is the best game that this genre has ever seen.

    With games becoming more and more focused on action and accessibility, games like King's Bounty: Armored Princess are increasingly becoming a relic of the past. This is a huge shame, because this is ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    The motion control plus makes a big difference, and the game has a surprising amount of lasting value.

    Wii Sports Resort (w/Wii MotionPlus)

    Rated on January 23, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    The motion control plus makes a big difference, and the game has a surprising amount of lasting value.

    I wish that we could go back in time and see how the Wii would have turned out if it had more horsepower and if it had started with Motion Plus. It could have been a much better console. Instead, th...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    It is a quality adventure that probably won't alter your opinions about either the Zelda series or motion controls.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Rated on January 20, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    It is a quality adventure that probably won't alter your opinions about either the Zelda series or motion controls.

    Sales numbers aside, it is my opinion that the Wii has been a disastrously bad console. It has given us an endless supply of garbage, with a handful of good or great games that fit into one of two ca...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    An excellent sequel that addresses the flaws in the first game while expanding the series with new gameplay elements.

    Assassin's Creed II

    Rated on January 12, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    An excellent sequel that addresses the flaws in the first game while expanding the series with new gameplay elements.

    The first Assassins' Creed was one of the most ambitious games ever made. The combination of unique settings, open-world exploration, cutting edge technology, and stealth/action gameplay made for an ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    If can you stick with it past the dull first few hours, Darksiders will reward you with a terrific adventure.

    Darksiders

    Rated on January 11, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    If can you stick with it past the dull first few hours, Darksiders will reward you with a terrific adventure.

    Darksiders is generally described as being "derivative, but good". This isn't inaccurate, but it doesn't really do the game justice. Darksiders has a lot going for it. The combination of God of War...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Limbo is like Braid only in that it's an indy, artsy game with lots of puzzles.  That's where the similarities end.

    LIMBO

    Rated on January 11, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    Limbo is like Braid only in that it's an indy, artsy game with lots of puzzles. That's where the similarities end.

    Right after Braid, people started looking for "the next Braid". Not having played the majority of indy games out there on Steam or Playstation network, I can't say whether or not that game has been f...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    The game is a good short-lived time waster.  What else did you expect for two or three bucks?

    Mass Effect: Galaxy

    Rated on January 08, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    The game is a good short-lived time waster. What else did you expect for two or three bucks?

    Mass Effect: Galaxy does what it should do. It fills in a little bit of back story for two main characters in Mass Effect 2 with a good short-lived time waster. This game won't blow you away with it...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Pixeljunk Shooter 2 is punishingly hard, often irritating, and significantly less fun than its predecessor .

    PixelJunk Shooter 2

    Rated on January 08, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    Pixeljunk Shooter 2 is punishingly hard, often irritating, and significantly less fun than its predecessor .

    I absolutely love the first PixelJunk Shooter. It was an excellent blend of lighthearted shoot-em-up with great music, great puzzles, and an entertaining atmosphere. This sequel is a lot less fun. ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    "Worth the wait" – as in… you have been waiting your whole life for a Batman game like this.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Rated on January 08, 2012 by doctor_kaz

    "Worth the wait" – as in… you have been waiting your whole life for a Batman game like this.

    Once you play Batman: Arkham Asylum, you will wonder why it took this long to get a great Batman game. Arkham Asylum forever destroys any excuses that bad Batman games may have made. This excellent ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Above all, Human Revolution manages to replicate the feel of the original game.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Rated on December 12, 2011 by doctor_kaz

    Above all, Human Revolution manages to replicate the feel of the original game.

    Some follow-ups to great games are also great, and some of them are pretty bad. Success or failure often hinges upon whether the developers understand and appreciate what made the original game great...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    It improves upon the excellent FPS/RPG gameplay from Shadow of Chernobyl without losing the creepy, gritty, atmosphere.

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

    Rated on March 15, 2010 by doctor_kaz

    It improves upon the excellent FPS/RPG gameplay from Shadow of Chernobyl without losing the creepy, gritty, atmosphere.

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Shadow of Chernobyl is one of the most criminally underappreciated games of all time. After years in development, it delivered an excellent FPS/RPG experience like no other. It was a ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    An interesting take on the concept of video games.  It is unique, but mediocre story and writing really bring it down.

    Heavy Rain

    Rated on March 15, 2010 by doctor_kaz

    An interesting take on the concept of video games. It is unique, but mediocre story and writing really bring it down.

    Debate about the polarizing "Heavy Rain" often focuses upon whether a game composed largely of quick time events can even be considered a game. Reviewers are so busy either defending or condemning th...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Uncharted 2 presents a nearly endless string of set pieces and exhilarating shootouts.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Rated on March 12, 2010 by doctor_kaz

    Uncharted 2 presents a nearly endless string of set pieces and exhilarating shootouts.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a very easy game to recommend. It takes few chances and it doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it packs a huge punch where it counts. It has its flaws, but none of t...

    1 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A great "guided" shooter, Dead Space: Extraction is an excellent translation of the formula onto the Wii.

    Dead Space: Extraction

    Rated on December 30, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    A great "guided" shooter, Dead Space: Extraction is an excellent translation of the formula onto the Wii.

    Dead Space: Extraction is an excellent translation of the Dead Space formula onto the Wii. The tense, noisy, bloody combat, and survival horror adventure gameplay have survived intact. The develope...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    If you have played the other light gun-ish shooters on the Wii, then this one won't impress you at all.

    The House of the Dead: Overkill

    Rated on December 30, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    If you have played the other light gun-ish shooters on the Wii, then this one won't impress you at all.

    "Guided" shooters seem to be the latest trend on the Wii. Start with a well-known series like Resident Evil or Dead Space, take movement and camera control out of the player's hands, and take advanta...

    0 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A quality story, terrific combat, and superhero pizzazz combine in one electrifying package.

    inFamous

    Rated on December 30, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    A quality story, terrific combat, and superhero pizzazz combine in one electrifying package.

    Have you ever wanted to be a superhero battling mutated bad guys in the street by shooting lightning bolts out of your hand and blowing up every vehicle on the block? If so, then you will quickly fal...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    F.E.A.R. 2 is a competent but short, forgettable effort from a once great developer that has slipped into mediocrity.

    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

    Rated on November 19, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    F.E.A.R. 2 is a competent but short, forgettable effort from a once great developer that has slipped into mediocrity.

    Monolith released some memorable titles back during the Golden Era of PC Gaming. Games like No One Lives Forever, NOLF 2, Alien vs. Predator, and F.E.A.R. established Monolith is one of the pillars o...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6
    Clunky controls and boring, repetitive gameplay ultimately sink Cryostasis.

    Cryostasis

    Rated on November 19, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Clunky controls and boring, repetitive gameplay ultimately sink Cryostasis.

    It isn't easy for me to heavily criticize a game like Cryostasis. It is a classic "underdog", a PC-only niche game that comes out of Eastern Europe. I wish that I could say that I enjoyed this game,...

    4 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    King's Bounty: The Legend is a solid remake of a classic that should appeal to hungry turn-based strategy fans.

    King's Bounty: The Legend

    Rated on November 19, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    King's Bounty: The Legend is a solid remake of a classic that should appeal to hungry turn-based strategy fans.

    "Casual fans need not apply". This is a sticker that would be appropriate on the box of "King's Bounty: The Legend", a remake of the classic strategy game from the early 90s. It is a solid remake th...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Highly immersive and masterfully designed, Risen is Piranha Bytes's best game, and that is high praise.

    Risen

    Rated on November 17, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Highly immersive and masterfully designed, Risen is Piranha Bytes's best game, and that is high praise.

    At first glance, Risen doesn't appear very impressive. In the first five minutes, you might get the impression that it is just another typical 3rd person action/RPG that starts you off with just a fe...

    18 out of 19 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Killzone 2 is a competent game that fits into the pack solidly, but fails to rise above it.

    Killzone 2

    Rated on November 01, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Killzone 2 is a competent game that fits into the pack solidly, but fails to rise above it.

    Nowadays, it is very hard for a first person shooter to separate itself from the pack. There have been so many advancements and refinements to the genre in the last five years that it's next to impos...

    6 out of 14 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    It's an acceptable remake, but it doesn't go much beyond that.  At times, it feels like it's stuck in 1987.

    Punch-Out!!

    Rated on September 23, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    It's an acceptable remake, but it doesn't go much beyond that. At times, it feels like it's stuck in 1987.

    I am a huge fan of the original Punch Out for the arcade. It was the first truly great boxing game and one of the finest arcade games ever made. It was with great enthusiasm, therefore, that I antic...

    3 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Some major technical problems are the only huge flaw in an otherwise great role-playing game.

    Fallout 3

    Rated on September 23, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Some major technical problems are the only huge flaw in an otherwise great role-playing game.

    No matter how much you like or dislike Bethesda's games, one thing that you can't say about them is that they don't try. Their huge, open-ended role-playing games are incredibly ambitious affairs tha...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Braid is a very clever and challenging puzzle game -- wrapped up in a student film.

    Braid

    Rated on June 02, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Braid is a very clever and challenging puzzle game -- wrapped up in a student film.

    It is very hard to describe what makes Braid a great game. It is not enough to just say that it is a great puzzle game that involves a lot of time manipulation mechanics, because it is more unique th...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    It has Obsidian's best story since Planescape: Torment, and it provides a very unique role-playing experience.

    Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer

    Rated on June 02, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    It has Obsidian's best story since Planescape: Torment, and it provides a very unique role-playing experience.

    Planescape: Torment was a hallmark achievement in role playing games, and if you never played it, you should go back right now and experience that masterpiece. The talent behind that RPG now populate...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    It's almost indistinguishable from its predecessor.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

    Rated on March 30, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    It's almost indistinguishable from its predecessor. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

    If you have played Rainbow Six: Vegas, then you have played Rainbow Six: Vegas 2., because this game is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since the f...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    It has an excellent selection of weapons.  Beyond that, it is a functional but somewhat mundane shooter.

    Resistance: Fall of Man

    Rated on March 23, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    It has an excellent selection of weapons. Beyond that, it is a functional but somewhat mundane shooter.

    The standards for first person shooters are incredibly high nowadays. The genre has had many outstanding entries in the past five years. Games like F.E.A.R., Rainbow Six: Vegas, Crysis, Half-Life 2,...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    The beautiful graphics, wacky characters, and non-stop action make the game worth playing, or at least renting.

    Heavenly Sword

    Rated on March 18, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    The beautiful graphics, wacky characters, and non-stop action make the game worth playing, or at least renting.

    As a PS3 owner, you are probably looking for something to showcase the power of your new machine. As one of the most visually impressive console games ever made, Heavenly Sword fits that bill. It is...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Uncharted is totally derivative but beautiful and lots of fun, up until the absolutely terrible ending.

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    Rated on March 12, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Uncharted is totally derivative but beautiful and lots of fun, up until the absolutely terrible ending.

    There is nothing in "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" that you haven't seen before and in most cases, done better in other games. However, the combination of gorgeous graphics, great pacing, and solid gam...

    2 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    If you need more Peggle, Peggle Nights is a great grab for ten bucks.

    Peggle Nights

    Rated on February 24, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    If you need more Peggle, Peggle Nights is a great grab for ten bucks.

    Peggle is one of the finer casual games to show up in a long time. If you liked it, and you are tired of playing those levels, then Peggle Nights is exactly what you are looking for. It has a ton of...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Peggle is the ultimate in casual, mindless entertainment.

    Peggle Deluxe

    Rated on February 24, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Peggle is the ultimate in casual, mindless entertainment.

    If you are a Gamespot subscriber and you are reading this review, then chances are, you aren't what could be termed a "casual gamer". You know the "casual gamers" -- they are the housewives playing T...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Condemned 2 is a lot more frustrating and less fun than its terrifying predecessor, and its story doesn't add much value

    Condemned 2

    Rated on February 24, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Condemned 2 is a lot more frustrating and less fun than its terrifying predecessor, and its story doesn't add much value

    I am a huge fan of the first "Condemned". It was one of the scariest games in years and it had a very interesting story to go along with its intense, brain-bashing first person melee combat. "Condem...

    2 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Okami is unlike any game that you have ever played.  It is a glorious marriage of art, innovation, and gameplay.

    Okami

    Rated on February 03, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    Okami is unlike any game that you have ever played. It is a glorious marriage of art, innovation, and gameplay.

    It doesn't take very long to see that Okami is unlike any game that you have ever played. The game oozes eccentricity and surrealism from the moment that you begin watching the opening cutscene. So...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    If there has ever been a game worth playing just for its brilliant humor and witty satire, Sam and Max would be it.

    Sam & Max: Season One

    Rated on January 30, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    If there has ever been a game worth playing just for its brilliant humor and witty satire, Sam and Max would be it.

    If anyone tells you that video games aren't a valid medium for social commentary, then you might want to steer that person towards Sam and Max: Season One. On top of being a fun and competent adventu...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    The crazy weapons, the charm, the beauty – they make it impossible not to love this game.

    Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

    Rated on January 20, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    The crazy weapons, the charm, the beauty – they make it impossible not to love this game.

    Light-hearted humor, charming characters, and wacky weapons have made the Ratchet and Clank series a solid fixture of the Playstation platform. The first entry of the series onto the Playstation 3 is...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    This is an irritating and disappointing port of what could have been the best game in the series.

    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Rated on January 09, 2009 by doctor_kaz

    This is an irritating and disappointing port of what could have been the best game in the series.

    Before this game came out, Rockstar was one of the few developers that PC aficionados could always trust to provide the best possible content. Manhunt and the previous Grand Theft Auto games always p...

    14 out of 15 found this review helpful.