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
    It would be a superb game, were it not for Nintendo's slavish devotions to some outdated game design conventions.

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    It would be a superb game, were it not for Nintendo's slavish devotions to some outdated game design conventions.

    I think that there are two crowds who will play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. There are longtime Zelda and Nintendo fans who will gleefully greet another faithful entry to the series with full accolades. Then... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    It makes up for problems like boring level design and horror clichés with lots of thrills and excellent combat.

    Dead Space

    It makes up for problems like boring level design and horror clichés with lots of thrills and excellent combat.

    Dead Space is EA's new entry into the survival horror genre and the decidedly "M" rated game, after a long hiatus since System Shock 2 and Clive Barker's Undying. It is a game that takes few risks, opting mostly to lift... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The game's focus on level design and pacing pays off in spades.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    The game's focus on level design and pacing pays off in spades.

    With the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 pushing technology more and more each year, observers and both lamented and praised the Wii for eschewing the technology race and focusing instead on value and gameplay. A lot of Wii games... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    World of Goo is incredibly innovative and fun.  It's a mind-bending masterpiece.

    World of Goo

    World of Goo is incredibly innovative and fun. It's a mind-bending masterpiece.

    You probably haven't heard much about World of Goo yet, but I predict that you soon will. Once the word spreads about this mind-bending masterpiece, I believe that World of Goo will be recognized as one of the best puzz... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 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:7.5
    No More Heroes is a better-than-solid, funny, adult action game with a couple of serious flaws.

    No More Heroes

    No More Heroes is a better-than-solid, funny, adult action game with a couple of serious flaws.

    Ever since it came out, many Wii fans have been clamoring for more mature titles to offset the deluge of games aimed at family-oriented audiences. The fans have also been hoping for a lightsaber game that uses the Wii-m... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 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:8
    The brief adventure/horror series comes to a close with improved gameplay and a very satisfying end to the story.

    Penumbra: Black Plague

    The brief adventure/horror series comes to a close with improved gameplay and a very satisfying end to the story.

    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

    0 of 0 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
  • User Rating:9
    Crysis is a technical masterpiece that just made every other shooter obsolete.  The gameplay is pretty darn good too.

    Crysis

    Crysis is a technical masterpiece that just made every other shooter obsolete. The gameplay is pretty darn good too.

    Years from now, Crysis will probably be remembered as a technical masterpiece with fantastic graphics. This reputation is well-earned, as Crysis sports an amazing engine that made every other shooter obsolete the day th... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Call of Duty 4 is one short-lived but incredibly thrill-packed ride.

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    Call of Duty 4 is one short-lived but incredibly thrill-packed ride.

    I am not a huge fan of games where you pay $50 for a 6-8 hour experience, but if there is one game that gets this formula right, it might be Call of Duty 4. It is one short-lived but incredibly thrill-packed ride. This... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    A great story is Dreamfall's only saving grace.  The gameplay ranges from broken to nonexistent.

    Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

    A great story is Dreamfall's only saving grace. The gameplay ranges from broken to nonexistent.

    Most games build gameplay from the ground up and add a story after that. Dreamfall, like most adventure games, has been designed in the opposite manner. It begins with the story and then fits a variety of gameplay elem... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Gears of War conceals some problems with its incredible presentation.  The gameplay is enjoyable, but not great.

    Gears of War

    Gears of War conceals some problems with its incredible presentation. The gameplay is enjoyable, but not great.

    "Gears of War" has arrived on the PC after making quite a splash on the Xbox 360. In addition to widespread critical acclaim and numerous Game of the Year awards, the game also enjoyed huge sales numbers as one of the m... Read Full Review

    6 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Kane and Lynch is loaded with problems, but it still manages to be fun in spite of itself.

    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

    Kane and Lynch is loaded with problems, but it still manages to be fun in spite of itself.

    By now, you are probably familiar with the controversy surrounding "Kane and Lynch: Dead Men", the latest game from Io Interactive. The studio that gave us Hitman and Freedom Fighters has now given us this Tarantino-ins... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Puzzle Quest is surprisingly addictive and one of the best budget games you will ever find.

    Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

    Puzzle Quest is surprisingly addictive and one of the best budget games you will ever find.

    Genre mixing is nothing new. We have RTS/RPG hybrids, MMOFPS's, and FPS/RPG hybrids. Now, with Puzzle Quest, we have – the RPG/Puzzle hybrid? Yes, you read that right. The combination doesn't sound quite right, and, ... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It's an ambitious and excellent role-playing experience that delivers beautifully on all of its promising features.

    The Witcher

    It's an ambitious and excellent role-playing experience that delivers beautifully on all of its promising features.

    Every year or two, a highly ambitious RPG comes along that is aimed at hardcore PC and role-playing fans. Games like Arcanum, Boiling Point, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, and Gothic 3 offer wholly unique experie... Read Full Review

    12 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Strong level design and some unforgettable battles make up for short length and a formula that is growing a bit stale.

    Half-Life 2: Episode Two

    Strong level design and some unforgettable battles make up for short length and a formula that is growing a bit stale.

    Has it really been three years since Half-Life 2 came out? It feels like just yesterday that we were counting down the days until release. When it did finally arrive, we were blown away by the amazing environments, the... Read Full Review

    3 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    The Orange Box is a bloatware package that is not worth buying if you have already played Half-Life 2 and Episode 1.

    The Orange Box

    The Orange Box is a bloatware package that is not worth buying if you have already played Half-Life 2 and Episode 1.

    Let us get one thing out of the way right away. If you have not played Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 yet, then by all means, go out and buy this package. It is a big compilation and the core game is one of the finest first... Read Full Review

    9 of 27 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    If Portal had lasted longer, it might have been one of the greatest puzzle games ever made.

    Portal

    If Portal had lasted longer, it might have been one of the greatest puzzle games ever made.

    Portal is one of those rare games that comes out every year or two and gives you an experience that you have never had before. It is a brilliant and ingeniously-designed puzzle game that is as satisfying and innovative ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    This game’s only accomplishment is to show that “stealth in broad daylight” is a terrible idea.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

    This game’s only accomplishment is to show that “stealth in broad daylight” is a terrible idea.

    Stealth games are often criticized for being frustrating, tedious, and riddled with trial and error. I have found that this description only applies to poorly designed stealth games. The best in the genre avoid this pr... Read Full Review

    7 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It’s a unique action game, but if you’re looking for a great RPG, you’ll be disappointed.

    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic

    It’s a unique action game, but if you’re looking for a great RPG, you’ll be disappointed.

    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic doesn’t have much in common with the Might and Magic strategy games. It’s more of a spiritual successor to the 2002 cult classic “Arx Fatalis”, a quality first person RPG by the same deve... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Great environments and “stop and pop” shooting mechanics make this game a worthy addition to your FPS collection.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

    Great environments and “stop and pop” shooting mechanics make this game a worthy addition to your FPS collection.

    The Rainbow Six series hasn’t fared very well on the PC in the last few years. What once started off as a extremely hardcore blend of shooting and tactics reached a low point a couple of years ago with the nearly unreco... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    If you liked System Shock 2, then you’ll like Bioshock, even if it’s not the revolutionary game that it was billed to be

    BioShock

    If you liked System Shock 2, then you’ll like Bioshock, even if it’s not the revolutionary game that it was billed to be

    If you are reading this review, then you have, by now, almost certainly heard or read of Bioshock’s numerous accolades. It is one of the most hyped games in recent years, and most of the reviews so far have proclaimed “... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    Overlord starts with some great ideas, but spoils them with a host of gameplay and design problems.

    Overlord

    Overlord starts with some great ideas, but spoils them with a host of gameplay and design problems.

    Overlord is a game that makes a great first impression upon you. It sports slick graphics, entertaining style, and a great premise – namely, the chance to play as a big bad overlord, not a selfless hero out to destroy e... Read Full Review

    5 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.8
    As just an FPS, it’s a good game.  As a showcase for the future of PC gaming, it’s a complete failure.

    Halo 2

    As just an FPS, it’s a good game. As a showcase for the future of PC gaming, it’s a complete failure.

    The Halo series has achieved legendary status on the XBox, and with good reason. The first game is probably the finest console shooter ever made. It featured an unparalleled combination of weapon balance, enemy AI, gre... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.6
    Resident Evil 4 doesn’t stack up with the PC’s best, but at least the budget price makes it worth checking out.

    Resident Evil 4

    Resident Evil 4 doesn’t stack up with the PC’s best, but at least the budget price makes it worth checking out.

    Third person survival horror has been a staple on consoles for a long time now, but these games have never made much of an impact on the PC. This year, Resident Evil 4 finally arrives on the PC with an almost unmatched ... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    After long delays, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was definitely worth the wait.  It is a terrific game.

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

    After long delays, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was definitely worth the wait. It is a terrific game.

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was originally supposed to arrive at the same time as Half-Life 2. However, after a lengthy wait, it finally arrived this year on the PC. Does the long delay mean that the game is ou... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    Jade Empire is not as outstanding as Bioware's previous efforts, but its unique features still make it worth playing.

    Jade Empire: Special Edition (PC GAMER)

    Jade Empire is not as outstanding as Bioware's previous efforts, but its unique features still make it worth playing.

    Jade Empire is considerably less ambitious than Bioware’s previous efforts. The game lacks a good character development system, its presentation is badly outdated, and exploration is virtually nonexistent. Furthermore,... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.2
    This game is good fan service, but a terrible port.  Major control problems eventually drown out everything else.

    Scarface: The World Is Yours

    This game is good fan service, but a terrible port. Major control problems eventually drown out everything else.

    “Scarface: The World is Yours” arrives on the PC with low expectations. It’s a movie-licensed game that was made for the Playstation 2, and then ported to the PC. If you think that’s a formula for a horrible game, then... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Warlords doesn’t offer many improvements to Civ 4 that make it worth playing.

    Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords

    Warlords doesn’t offer many improvements to Civ 4 that make it worth playing.

    Warlords is an expansion pack to arguably the greatest turn-based strategy game ever made – Civilization IV. It adds some cool new ideas, but overall, it doesn’t add a lot of value to the core game. The new civilizatio... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.8
    Kingmaker is a good  module, but Witch's Wake and Shadowguard are unfinished fragments that aren't worth buying yet.

    Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker

    Kingmaker is a good module, but Witch's Wake and Shadowguard are unfinished fragments that aren't worth buying yet.

    Half-Life 2 and SiN episodes have gotten a lot of press in the past year with their interesting distribution styles. But forgotten in all of the hype about episodic gaming is the fact that Bioware was the first major de... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful