User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.88/10

Total of 301 user ratings spread across 301 releases

  1. 10
    (5)
  2. 9
    (39)
  3. 8
    (128)
  4. 7
    (89)
  5. 6
    (27)
  6. 5
    (11)
  7. 4
    (2)
  8. 3
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  9. 2
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  10. 1
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  • Rating:8
    Great 3D graphics engine with standard turn-based japanese-style RPG combat.  Extremely solid gameplay.

    Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

    Great 3D graphics engine with standard turn-based japanese-style RPG combat. Extremely solid gameplay.

    The most impressive thing about "jokers" is the 3D engine that they are able to pull off on the DS. Just about every world object is in true 3D. Not 2D sprites in a 3D world. Actual 3D. And the framerate remains stab... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Definitely fun with some decent strategy to it, but there's some gameplay balance issues that needs fixing.

    Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

    Definitely fun with some decent strategy to it, but there's some gameplay balance issues that needs fixing.

    The biggest fault of this excellent turn-based strategy game is that the earlier battles are more difficult that any of the later battles. Basically, once the members of your team can handle one critical hit without dyi... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    well designed "tetris-type game, but the fast paced gameplay may put you off.

    Poker Smash

    well designed "tetris-type game, but the fast paced gameplay may put you off.

    The best thing about Poker Smash is that there's more strategy to it than most Tetris type games. You can go for "easy" to form poker hands like a "4 of a kind" or you can try to create a "full house" for more points,... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Luck can play too great a role in who wins.  If you like card games, its not bad

    Lost Cities

    Luck can play too great a role in who wins. If you like card games, its not bad

    The single player game doesnt offer any game variation variety and the computer regularly makes REALLY dumb moves unless one picks hard difficulty. And it doesnt help that the pictures on the cards (that represent the d... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Crysis

  • Rating:7.5
    mixed feelings -- I actually still like Far Cry much better over all.

    Crysis

    mixed feelings -- I actually still like Far Cry much better over all.

    Crytek stumbled a bit with Crysis. I have a PC that can run it a "high" detail so that wasnt an issue. But I was very unimpressed with the gameplay and level design in some of the later levels (I dont want to give any... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Terrible story-telling in single player but on-line multiplayer deserves praise.

    Halo 3

    Terrible story-telling in single player but on-line multiplayer deserves praise.

    Halo 1 had a good sometimes excellent story in a long-ish single player campaign. Sure the levels repeated too much at times but the enemy AI was better than almost any other game for that time. Unfortunately Halo 2 st... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    What are some of the negatives?

    Rock Band

    What are some of the negatives?

    Rock Band is an indisputably great game but there's been so much praise, I thought it might be worth mentioning some areas of concern and need for improvement. 1. Too many of the songs are covers and not sung by the ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8

    Final Fantasy X-2

  • Rating:8
    Action-based battle system is excellent and there's lots of choices about how to setup your party.Its a girly story tho.

    Final Fantasy X-2

    Action-based battle system is excellent and there's lots of choices about how to setup your party.Its a girly story tho.

    I have nothing bad to say about the combat system. It relies on thought before battles and some quick action (to get combos) during battle. All in all, its an excellent JRPG battle system and frankly better in every w... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    An excellent turn-based game -- balanced gameplay is key to this type of game and it suceeds.

    Fantasy Wars

    An excellent turn-based game -- balanced gameplay is key to this type of game and it suceeds.

    Other than starting off with a relatively high level of difficulty, there's very little to complain about with Fantasy Wars. Some wont like the 3D graphics but they are more than sufficient and sometimes downright artfu... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    5000 different questions is nice but they are all too easy!

    Buzz! The Mega Quiz

    5000 different questions is nice but they are all too easy!

    We were surprised about how easy the questions were in this game even when picking the option for a "hard" quiz. If you keep up on pop culture (TV, music, and movies) specifically about the 80's, you will race thru thes... Read Full Review

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

    Stuntman Ignition

  • Rating:9
    potentially frustrating if you dont like trial and error.  But one of my favorite 360 games of all time.

    Stuntman Ignition

    potentially frustrating if you dont like trial and error. But one of my favorite 360 games of all time.

    There arent many genuinely innovative games out there and Stuntman is one of them. It doesnt hurt that the graphics are some of the best I have seen on the 360 and the framerate is fast and solid. The environments are ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    sadly, wayyyyy too short and it doesnt help that is is far too easy at normal difficulty.

    Orcs & Elves

    sadly, wayyyyy too short and it doesnt help that is is far too easy at normal difficulty.

    This is a throwback to the semi-real-time PC RPG's from the early 90's. Unfortunately the game is incredibly brief and if you play at normal difficulty you'll breeze thru the 6 small levels in a few hours. Heailing pot... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6

    Orcs & Elves

  • Rating:8.5
    if you like turn-based, this is a great little game.  It shares all of the faults of Advance Wars though.

    Commanders: Attack of the Genos

    if you like turn-based, this is a great little game. It shares all of the faults of Advance Wars though.

    if you can get past the inane story and ultra-cartoonish characters, this is a very solid turn based game with a decent amount of strategy. Since it is a blatant copy of Advance Wars, it shares the same faults: the sto... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5
    Not worth 50 bucks or even 20 bucks.  Poor song choices and not many of them.

    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

    Not worth 50 bucks or even 20 bucks. Poor song choices and not many of them.

    The idea of an 80's themed Guitar Hero is a great one. Unfortunately several things went wrong in this game. 1. There's a split between "hairmetal" tracks and New Wave tracks that is unlikely to please anyone buyin... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    The game focuses too much on creating new demons at the expense of other RPG aspects of the game.

    Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

    The game focuses too much on creating new demons at the expense of other RPG aspects of the game.

    Sorry to dissent from the high praise others have given this game, but here's a few things worth mentioning before you decide if the game would be interesting to you: Like the previous SMT games, the battle system dep... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Several noticable faults surround a conventional battle system.  Overtly childish presentation may irk some.

    Blue Dragon

    Several noticable faults surround a conventional battle system. Overtly childish presentation may irk some.

    Many here have commented that that job and skill system is pretty good and I agree. One of the game's strengths is that one can truly customise your characters skillsets and you can re-customise at any time between batt... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Surprisingly great turn-based strategy game and you get to play both good and evil sides.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

    Surprisingly great turn-based strategy game and you get to play both good and evil sides.

    I saw some good reviews for this game from 2004 so I found it for 10 bucks. If you like turn-based strategy games this one is a winner. There's genuine depth to be found with the varieties of troops and heroes. The ga... Read Full Review

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

    Final Fantasy V Advance

  • Rating:7
    Lots of grinding to level up and lackluster story bring the score down.  But this is a well made Japanese RPG.

    Final Fantasy V Advance

    Lots of grinding to level up and lackluster story bring the score down. But this is a well made Japanese RPG.

    The gameboy version of FFV has bright colorful old-school graphics and nice fast-moving semi-turn based combat system so what's not to like? The grinding and constant random battles only gets more tedious the longer you... Read Full Review

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

    Etrian Odyssey

  • Rating:5
    Excellent mapping system, but there's some odd gameplay issues that make the game needlessly frustrating.

    Sekaiju no Meikyuu

    Excellent mapping system, but there's some odd gameplay issues that make the game needlessly frustrating.

    I like old-school RPG's and the whole idea of using the touch-screen abilites of the DS to map explored areas was appealling so I bought this. It is worth pointing out that the game is more "old-school Japanese RPG" tha... Read Full Review

    0 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    Feels like an add-pack for PGR3, but worth playing anyway.

    Project Gotham Racing 4

    Feels like an add-pack for PGR3, but worth playing anyway.

    I've been a fan of PGR since the early days on the Dreamcast and this might be the _least_ essential version of the game released. Basically we get the tracks of PGR3 with brand new dynamic weather and lighting effe... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    excellent if you like word games while riding on the subway or traveling.  it offers a decent challenge

    WordJong

    excellent if you like word games while riding on the subway or traveling. it offers a decent challenge

    Most of the games on the DS dont really appeal to me, but Puzzle Quest and WordJong are 100% winners for me. There's genuine thought required to play this word game (its like scrabble but you have to use letters to unco... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
     This is a port of Flatout 2 with an added challenge mode. Fun arcade racing but likely best to wait for a proper sequal

    FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

    This is a port of Flatout 2 with an added challenge mode. Fun arcade racing but likely best to wait for a proper sequal

    I've already played Flatout 2 on both PS2 and PC. Both were excellent games if you like over-the-top arcade racing. The PC version had excellent hi-res graphics and playing the 360 version of the game makes it clear th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Gamespot's review utterly missed the point of the game.  Tight controls, HUGE city-levels, and lots to explode.

    Riot Act

    Gamespot's review utterly missed the point of the game. Tight controls, HUGE city-levels, and lots to explode.

    There's no denying this is a game with virtually no plot. And it has no real missions except to wipe-out the home-bases of 21 gang-lords in any order that pleases you. The game is simply and completely about destructi... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Crackdown

  • Rating:7.5
    Some real improvements this time around but honestly, Heroes 3 still beats any version of Heroes 5.

    Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East

    Some real improvements this time around but honestly, Heroes 3 still beats any version of Heroes 5.

    In this stand-alone add on, the developers have tweaked and fixed various aspects of gameplay and it makes the game more fun than any version of Heroes 5 we've seen so far. The new Orc faction has some interesting uniqu... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5
    Liked the first one much better -- this one has too much "filler" content simply to make the game longer.

    Icewind Dale II

    Liked the first one much better -- this one has too much "filler" content simply to make the game longer.

    I really enjoyed the first Icewind Dale, but this one disappoints. The first game was a great 2D hack and slash game with a brief but colorful plot. The locations and maps were often interesting places to stage battles... Read Full Review

    3 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5

    Icewind Dale II (Collector's Edition)

  • Rating:8.5
    Should PC gamers wait for the inevitable PC version?  yes.  Does the game have some core gameplay issues?  yes.

    Mass Effect

    Should PC gamers wait for the inevitable PC version? yes. Does the game have some core gameplay issues? yes.

    Argh -- The longer I play Mass Effect there more I wish this game was released on PC first. There's the obvious and unfortunate framerate issues that can spoil the otherwise beautifully conceived graphics. The game ofte... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Decidedly fun but the lack of real difficulty and mostly brain dead enemy AI detracts from the score.

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

    Decidedly fun but the lack of real difficulty and mostly brain dead enemy AI detracts from the score.

    I had already played the PC version which oddly enough looks much better than the 360 version if you have a PC of sufficient speed and choose the highest graphical options. Since this game came free with the recent 360... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    High production values but "more of the same" as far as singleplayer goes.   Portal is certainly worth one pla

    The Orange Box

    High production values but "more of the same" as far as singleplayer goes. Portal is certainly worth one pla

    I loved HalfLife 2 and played it several times. But Episode 1 was way too short and re-used lots of textures from the original game. Episode 2 is a bit better but it STILL feels like a rehash of Half-Life 2. Valve cal... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8

    The Orange Box

  • Rating:8.5
    How is the PC version of Puzzle Quest?  Pretty great actually.

    Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

    How is the PC version of Puzzle Quest? Pretty great actually.

    I played the DS version through the entire quest with one character type (warrior) and thoroughly enjoyed the the basic RPG elements and surprisingly deep tactical gameplay of the "falling gem" board (basically... Read Full Review

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

    Neverwinter Nights 2