Total of 114 user reviews spread across 114 releases
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 mecha...
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...
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 seemingl...
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 b...
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: V...
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 c...
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...
Fruit Ninja Kinect
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 Edw...
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...
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 g...
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 accusa...
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 integra...
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 unre...
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...
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 ...
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 capa...
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 pu...
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 sl...
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 ...
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'...
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 ge...
Duke Nukem Forever
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 e...
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 ...
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...
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, remi...
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 tha...
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
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 ...
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 market...
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. ...
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 t...
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 ...
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 ...
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 he...
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 recogni...
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
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 th...