User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.66/10

Total of 154 user reviews spread across 154 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

    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 Marketing Department. You... Read Full Review

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

    inFamous 2

    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 would happen next with ... Read Full Review

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

    Trine

    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. Games like Skyrim and Cr... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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

    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 why I was eager to see... Read Full Review

    7 of 9 users found the following 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

    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 categories: 1. Won... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following 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

    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 style combat, chara... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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

    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 found. I can tell yo... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Above all, Human Revolution manages to replicate the feel of the original game.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    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, and where it neede... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following 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

    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 great mixture of exp... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following 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

    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 the game's mechanics t... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Uncharted 2 presents a nearly endless string of set pieces and exhilarating shootouts.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    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 them detract enough f... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following 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

    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 developers (Visceral) did a ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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

    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 advantage of Wii motion con... Read Full Review

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

    inFamous

    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 fall in love with Infam... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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

    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 of the FPS genre. La... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Clunky controls and boring, repetitive gameplay ultimately sink Cryostasis.

    Cryostasis

    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, but I can't. It ma... Read Full Review

    4 of 8 users found the following 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

    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 that should appeal to ... Read Full Review

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

    Risen

    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 few gold coins and a r... Read Full Review

    18 of 19 users found the following 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

    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 impossible to find a game... Read Full Review

    6 of 14 users found the following 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!!

    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 anticipated the release o... Read Full Review

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

    Fallout 3

    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 that offer mind-bogglin... Read Full Review

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

    Braid

    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 than that. It is also... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following 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

    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 populates Obsidian Studios. ... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following 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

    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 first game is easily ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following 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

    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, Call of Duty 4, and... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following 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

    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 beautiful both tech... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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

    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 adventure game, Sam and Max... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following 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

    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 put their best foot f... Read Full Review

    14 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    It's a worthy demo for the console, but only a couple of the games have depth or lasting value.

    Wii Sports

    It's a worthy demo for the console, but only a couple of the games have depth or lasting value.

    Since Wii Sports comes packed in with the Nintendo Wii, this might be the most worthless review that you will ever read. Nonetheless, it is worth commenting on the game, since there will almost certainly be a Wii Sports... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    The only worthwhile part of this package is the controller.  The minigames in Wii Play are almost worthless.

    Hajimete no Wii (w/Remote)

    The only worthwhile part of this package is the controller. The minigames in Wii Play are almost worthless.

    At first, Wii Play plus the controller seems like a great deal. Since a controller costs $40, why not pay just an extra $10 to get a minigame collection with it? Is the collection of minigames in the package worth the ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    The source material isn't as good as Star Wars, and the Lego game formula is getting a bit stale.

    LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

    The source material isn't as good as Star Wars, and the Lego game formula is getting a bit stale.

    When the first Lego Star Wars game showed up in 2005, it was one of the most surprisingly good licensed games ever made. The charm of the children's toys, the ability to play as a huge variety of action hero characters,... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Terrific style and spectacularly destructible environments make Stranglehold a solid and underrated action game.

    Stranglehold

    Terrific style and spectacularly destructible environments make Stranglehold a solid and underrated action game.

    With Max Payne 2 having come out five years ago, it looks like we will never see a Max Payne 3. In the meantime, we have Stranglehold, a fine action game that matches and in some ways, exceeds the cinematic carnage of t... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Despite its unimpressive presentation, the series offers up another great puzzle game for a budget price.

    Crazy Machines 1.5

    Despite its unimpressive presentation, the series offers up another great puzzle game for a budget price.

    Puzzle games such as Lemmings and Lode Runner used to be a huge staple of PC gaming, but they have gradually disappeared in favor of more complex experiences offered by genres such as the first person shooter and the MMO... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Combat is awful.  It almost spoils what is otherwise a memorable experience.

    Mass Effect

    Combat is awful. It almost spoils what is otherwise a memorable experience.

    Mass Effect is a daring, innovative game in a few important ways. It has a creative role-playing system, a brand new setting, a lot of well-written dialog, and a beautiful presentation, and that is why it is at least to... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The Zapper and the game make for a fun diversion that is well worth the budget price.

    Link's Crossbow Training

    The Zapper and the game make for a fun diversion that is well worth the budget price.

    Ever since the first ads for the Wii came out, we have been waiting to see whether the Wii-mote would make a good point-and-shoot controller. The Wii Zapper and Link's Crossbow Training are a decent attempt to make the ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It's a charming and mostly a well-designed platformer.

    Super Paper Mario

    It's a charming and mostly a well-designed platformer.

    Super Paper Mario isn't going to revolutionize gaming, and it could have just as easily been a Gamecube game as a Wii game (this game doesn't even use the Nunchuk). However, it's a charming and mostly well-designed plat... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Bully: Scholarship Edition is yet another excellent game by Rockstar, and the best third party game on the Wii.

    Bully: Scholarship Edition

    Bully: Scholarship Edition is yet another excellent game by Rockstar, and the best third party game on the Wii.

    Rockstar is the king of the hill when it comes to the open-ended action game, and Bully is yet another jewel in that crown. It is an excellent game, and the best third party game yet on the Wii (admittedly, that's not s... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Assassins Creed is so beautiful, ambitious, and unconventional that it is possible to look past its glaring problems.

    Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition

    Assassins Creed is so beautiful, ambitious, and unconventional that it is possible to look past its glaring problems.

    I wish that I could have been in the Ubisoft board meeting where the "Assassins Creed" project was approved. I wonder if it went something like this… "CEO: Okay, guys, we need some surefire winners to keep our stock... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Boiling Point is huge and ambitious, but it's not very good.

    Boiling Point: Road to Hell

    Boiling Point is huge and ambitious, but it's not very good.

    Sometimes, a unique game comes along for the PC that was designed by a small developer with the grandest of visions – games like Gothic, Arcanum, and Vampire – The Masquerade: Bloodlines. Frequently, these games deliv... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    You'll enjoy this chapter of the creepy and intriguing Penumbra adventure, despite some irritating controls.

    Penumbra: Overture

    You'll enjoy this chapter of the creepy and intriguing Penumbra adventure, despite some irritating controls.

    The Penumbra series is one of the most pleasant surprises in the recent months of PC gaming. This pair of games is a cross between a traditional adventure and 1st person survival horror. The combination of gameplay sty... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful