User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.23/10

Total of 114 user reviews spread across 114 releases

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  • User Rating:3.5
    Even As A Pack-In, Little Deviants Isn't Worth The Time

    Little Deviants

    Even As A Pack-In, Little Deviants Isn't Worth The Time

    Little Deviants came packed in with every Playstation Vita First Edition Bundle. At first, it's easy to see why Sony would want this to be the first experience that consumers had with their Vita; much like Nintendo's Wii... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A Treasure In The Rough

    Uncharted: Chizu no Bouken no Hajimari

    A Treasure In The Rough

    After the announcement that Sony Bend was working on Golden Abyss in Naughty Dog's stead, my expectations for the game dropped harshly. It would be near impossible, I thought, for a third-party studio to capture the char... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    From Dust Would Be Beautiful If It Weren't So Darn Annoying

    From Dust

    From Dust Would Be Beautiful If It Weren't So Darn Annoying

    As volcanoes spread their fiery wrath across one side of the map and torrential downpours flood the river basin on the other side, the desperate villagers march unfazed towards the large totem in the center of the world.... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Making the Space Marine Cool Again

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

    Making the Space Marine Cool Again

    Warhammer 40K Space Marine has no right to be as much fun as it is. Every time I saw the game before its release, I couldn't help but find the premise generic and the gameplay redundant. Now the game is finally in my han... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The Apex Of A Great Series

    Resistance 3

    The Apex Of A Great Series

    Insomniac's Resistance franchise might be the most inconsistant series of games I've played. The original game's dark and foreboding atmosphere gave way to cheesy male bravado in the second. The mechanics were significan... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A Game As Crazy As Its Name Is Mundane

    Renegade Ops

    A Game As Crazy As Its Name Is Mundane

    Avalanche Studios is a developer oddly in tune with what I want out of my video games. It's almost creepy how closely their games adhere to my checklist of perfect action game staples. Last year, Just Cause 2 showed us h... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Something Special

    Bastion

    Something Special

    Bastion is something very special. The gameplay, highly reminiscent of SNES classics like Secret of Mana or A Link to the Past, is superb. Combat is like a dance, perfectly balanced, and with seemingly endless options pr... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A Fun Bit Of Forgettable Fluff

    Driver: San Francisco

    A Fun Bit Of Forgettable Fluff

    I'll be honest: For the vast majority of the year since its announcement, Driver San Francisco was so far off my radar it might as well have been in a completely different hemisphere. Can you really blame me, though? The... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    A Bitter Relationship

    Catherine

    A Bitter Relationship

    I love video games. I do. We've been together for a long time now, probably bordering on fifteen years. And while those years have been filled with joy, heartbreak, and triumph, I have to be honest: Video games, you've b... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    So Awful It's Amazing

    Rise of Nightmares

    So Awful It's Amazing

    The concept of a B-movie, a piece of entertainment so bad it's actually kind of good, has been difficult to replicate in video games. Past attempts such as Swery's Deadly Premonition have nailed the cheesy atmosphere and... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    The Gunstringer Is Breezy, Colorful Fun While It Lasts

    The Gunstringer

    The Gunstringer Is Breezy, Colorful Fun While It Lasts

    Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I've never had as much reverence for indie developer Twisted Pixel as everyone else seems to. I found their debut effort, The Maw, to be downright boring, and while the 'Splosion Man g... Read Full Review

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

    Fruit Ninja Kinect

    Ingeniously Simple

    The concept of Fruit Ninja Kinect is so simplistic it's almost hard to write about. Fruit gets launched up from the bottom of the screen. You wave your arms around like some kind of produce-hating Edward Scissorhands. Th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    An Expansive And Refined Package

    Gears of War 3

    An Expansive And Refined Package

    It's no secret that I held mixed opinions on Gears of War 2. It felt like the game took the whole "darker sequel" thing a little too far, injecting a somberness into characters and worlds that frankly didn't deserve to b... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    An Oldschool Experience Hidden Under A Pretty Graphical Veneer

    Rage

    An Oldschool Experience Hidden Under A Pretty Graphical Veneer

    It's easy to have misconceptions about what RAGE really is. Word on the internet has pegged the game as a sort of bastard child in an illicit three-way between Borderlands, Fallout, and Doom, but to go into this game exp... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It Might Be Cool To Hate On MW3, But That Hatred Is Misdirected

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    It Might Be Cool To Hate On MW3, But That Hatred Is Misdirected

    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is a game mired in controversy, its reputation tainted by questionable business ethics and internet flame wars. Look past the lawsuits, corporate mud slinging, and accusations of stagnation ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A Treat For The Eyes And Ears, But Not Necessarily A Step Up

    Battlefield 3

    A Treat For The Eyes And Ears, But Not Necessarily A Step Up

    Quick: What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say Battlefield? For those of us who've been with the franchise since the beginning, it's massive 64-player battles and seamless vehicle integration. For others, it... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The Craziest Open World Game Yet Is Also One Of The Best

    Saints Row: The Third

    The Craziest Open World Game Yet Is Also One Of The Best

    Saint's Row The Third is easily the most ridiculous game I've played in a year that has already seen its share of mass destruction and Big Boners. Think about that for a second. This is a game so unrelentingly absurd, it... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Not Quite The Treasure It Could Have Been

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

    Not Quite The Treasure It Could Have Been

    How do you follow up one of the most perfect video games ever made? If you're part of Naughty Dog, the answer is apparently to obfuscate most of the elements that made that game so great and break the rest. That might so... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The Arkham Experience Is Still Unmatched, Even Two Years Later

    Batman: Arkham City

    The Arkham Experience Is Still Unmatched, Even Two Years Later

    There was a time when Batman games were viewed with contempt. Like most of the licensed drivel that publishers would pass for games, these experiences were often short, under developed, and untrue to the methods of the w... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A Strong Case For The 3DS, But Not For 3D

    Super Mario 3D Land

    A Strong Case For The 3DS, But Not For 3D

    Super Mario 3D Land is the game that should have launched alongside the 3DS. Unlike the rest of the games on the platform, it is of indisputably high quality and makes good use of the system's 3D capabilities. Although 3... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A Match Made In Gaming Heaven

    Aliens: Infestation

    A Match Made In Gaming Heaven

    Aliens: Infestation would've flown right under my radar if it weren't for the pedigree of its developer, WayForward Technologies. When the guys behind the excellent Contra 4 and Bloodrayne Betrayal put out a new 2D game,... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Childish Philosophical Pondering Can't Hold XIII-2 Down

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Limited Collector's Edition)

    Childish Philosophical Pondering Can't Hold XIII-2 Down

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 is, at its core, a much better game than its predecessor. Many of the issues that fans had with XIII have been addressed in some significant way here, from the linearity to the slow-burn pacing, and ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Being Bad Feels Pretty Good

    inFamous 2

    Being Bad Feels Pretty Good

    When Sucker Punch released the first Infamous, I was torn. On the one hand, the combat and traversal felt great, and the story was intriguing. On the other hand, Cole's animations looked awkward, the characters were anno... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A Horror Game Minus The Horror

    Dead Space 2

    A Horror Game Minus The Horror

    Dead Space 2 is not a horror game. Sure, the enemies are gooey and gross, the lighting is dim, and the ammo is scarce. But Silent Hill 2 (or even the first Dead Space) this is not. In EA and Visceral's sequel, jump scare... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    Gray And Brown

    SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs

    Gray And Brown

    It's been over five years since the last numbered SOCOM game, and the industry has evolved and shifted in untold ways since then. What may have been considered cutting edge in 2005 is now dated and generic. With that in ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    Small Victories

    Duke Nukem Forever

    Small Victories

    Duke Nukem Forever is a real product that can be purchased from store shelves. In a way, that seems like enough of a victory for the troubled shooter. The sad, but perhaps inevitable reality is that existence is one of t... Read Full Review

    10 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Can't Go Home

    Homefront

    Can't Go Home

    When it comes to shooters, I'd consider myself to be pretty jaded. With the market as saturated as it is, a game really has to work to stand out in my eyes. Consider it a testament to the strength of Homefront's premise,... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Did Littlebigplanet Need A Sequel?

    LittleBigPlanet 2

    Did Littlebigplanet Need A Sequel?

    From the moment it was announced, Sony's DIY-platformer Littlebigplanet was a shining beacon of hope for the games industry. In a market all too devoid of new and interesting ideas, LBP was one of the rare games that loo... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    My Friend Moe

    Chou Jigen Game: Neptune

    My Friend Moe

    NIS games always tend to remind me of bygone eras in gaming. Their games on the PS2, like Ar Tonelico and Disgaea, for example, bring to mind the Super Nintendo. Hyperdimension Neptunia, in turn, reminds me of the PS2 an... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A brief but charming quest

    Costume Quest

    A brief but charming quest

    Costume Quest is the ultimate childhood fantasy. The ideas of monsters being real and people transforming into vicious creatures are ones that most of us have probably entertained as children, and thanks to Double Fine ... Read Full Review

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

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

    Kratosvania

    Way back in the day, Castlevania was a linear game. It's important to remember that while playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, because this is the most linear game the series has seen in years. Many fans of the series m... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    An engrossing but flawed odyssey

    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

    An engrossing but flawed odyssey

    In the war zone that is the autumn 2010 video game market, it's easy to overlook a game like Enslaved. This is a shame, because although flawed, the game is also quite unique. Backed by minimal marketing and releasing am... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Love it or hate it

    Dead Rising 2

    Love it or hate it

    Dead Rising 2 may be destined to go down as one of the most divisive games of this console generation. On the surface, the game is a silly zombie-slaughtering romp through a teeming adult playground. Look under the invit... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Will you remember Reach?

    Halo: Reach

    Will you remember Reach?

    It has been a decade since the release of Halo: Combat Evolved, and still I think of it as one of the greatest first person shooters of all time. A true masterpiece of console gaming, Halo innovated the genre with regene... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Like a ballet, only with more exit wounds

    Vanquish

    Like a ballet, only with more exit wounds

    Thanks to games like Heavy Rain and Mass Effect 2, interactive storytelling has taken some big steps forward in 2010. Indeed, it seems that many developers have recently been putting a great amount of effort into immer... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A Great Game For Fans And Newcomers Alike

    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

    A Great Game For Fans And Newcomers Alike

    Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is not only the latest in Square-Enix's fan favorite series, but one of the greatest as well. For fans who may have worried that the series PSP debut might be relegated to spin-off status l... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Crystal Dynamics Saves Lara From Irrelevance (Again)

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

    Crystal Dynamics Saves Lara From Irrelevance (Again)

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light marks the second time that Crystal Dynamics has rebooted Lara's image during this console generation, but this new face lift is a much bigger departure for the heroine. Although indu... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Remember This Game?

    Prototype

    Remember This Game?

    If Prototype seems familiar to you, don't be surprised. Anyone who played last generation's The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (also developed by Radical Entertainment) will immediately recognize most of Prototype... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    Bad Dog

    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

    Bad Dog

    Most games recognize that in order to be entertaining, the odds must be tipped slightly in the player's favor. By adding features such as aiming assistance and regenerating health, and streamlining their controls, most g... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Imitating the Classics... To A Fault

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

    Imitating the Classics... To A Fault

    If there's one thing I can definitely say about Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game, it's that Ubisoft didn't feel any pressure to fall into the typical movie licensed game trap with this one. The comics were written wi... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful