User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.66/10

Total of 277 user ratings spread across 277 releases

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  • User Rating:8.5

    Alan Wake

  • 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

    inFamous 2

  • 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:9
    Armored Princess is the best game that this genre has ever seen.

    King's Bounty: Armored Princess

    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 an incredibly fun ge... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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)

    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, the combination of bad... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 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: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

    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 experience that was ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 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:7.5
    The game is a good short-lived time waster.  What else did you expect for two or three bucks?

    Mass Effect: Galaxy

    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 its gameplay and you p... Read Full Review

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

    PixelJunk Shooter 2

    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. The new gameplay ele... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following 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

    "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 experience has every... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 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:7

    Heavy Rain

  • 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:8.5

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

  • 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

    Punch-Out!!

  • 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

  • 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

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

  • 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:7.5
    Uncharted is totally derivative but beautiful and lots of fun, up until the absolutely terrible ending.

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    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 gameplay make it a very... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful