User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.17/10

Total of 35 user reviews spread across 35 releases

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  • User Rating 8.5
    A resoundingly faithful re-imaging of Half-Life, but introduces enough new elements to feel fresh and exciting.

    Black Mesa

    Rated on April 07, 2013 by gbrading

    A resoundingly faithful re-imaging of Half-Life, but introduces enough new elements to feel fresh and exciting.

    When Half-Life: Source arrived, without much fanfare in June 2004, many people were disappointed. Half-Life is of course one of the most cherished and revered games in video game history, but people h...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    L.A. Noire is the first, and probably the last big-budget adventure game of this generation.

    L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition

    Rated on July 29, 2012 by gbrading

    L.A. Noire is the first, and probably the last big-budget adventure game of this generation.

    The late 1940's are such a fascinating period of modern history. The Second World War was over and most of the soldiers who survived the horrors of the conflict had returned home to their families, bu...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Human Revolution is not revolutionary, but it is an evolutionary step in the right direction.

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Rated on April 17, 2012 by gbrading

    Human Revolution is not revolutionary, but it is an evolutionary step in the right direction.

    It has been over a decade since the first Deus Ex rolled onto our computer screens and made us think long and hard about the way we approach player choice in video games. Before and since then, only a...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    New Vegas is better written and better characterised than Fallout 3, but generally is equally good as its predecessor.

    Fallout: New Vegas

    Rated on July 19, 2011 by gbrading

    New Vegas is better written and better characterised than Fallout 3, but generally is equally good as its predecessor.

    The post-apocalypse is such a contradiction in terms. The very idea of there being a post-apocalypse should be nonsense, since the apocalypse it meant to be "the end of things". However, over the past...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Super Meat Boy is one of the most infuriatingly difficult and yet ridiculously addictive games you will ever play.

    Super Meat Boy

    Rated on February 20, 2011 by gbrading

    Super Meat Boy is one of the most infuriatingly difficult and yet ridiculously addictive games you will ever play.

    Super Meat Boy is, very simply, psychotic. That's the only way I can even hope to start describing it. It was clearly designed by total sadists with the blackest of hearts whose days must usually be f...

    5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Just Cause might be beautiful, but it's one of the most formulaic and derivative games around.

    Just Cause

    Rated on November 22, 2010 by gbrading

    Just Cause might be beautiful, but it's one of the most formulaic and derivative games around.

    If there is one thing Just Cause tells you, it's that the Republic of San Esperito is a nation completely full of idiots. Its ordinary citizens are idiots. Its armed forces are entirely composed of id...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    BioShock 2 is still a thoroughly enjoyable game, but the magic of the original is sadly gone.

    BioShock 2

    Rated on November 12, 2010 by gbrading

    BioShock 2 is still a thoroughly enjoyable game, but the magic of the original is sadly gone.

    There was once a game which set itself in an Art-Deco city, located deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. The game was spooky, immersive and deeply entertaining; partly because the characters and plotline ...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Batman: Arkham Asylum may just be the best licensed comic book game there has ever been.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Rated on October 01, 2010 by gbrading

    Batman: Arkham Asylum may just be the best licensed comic book game there has ever been.

    I will admit right here at the start that I am what you might call an almost complete comic book novice. I've watched the occasional film adaptation or two, and know some of the general details of cer...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Exile is a beautiful, complex and intriguing logic-puzzle adventure, and is probably the pinnacle of the Myst series.

    Myst III: Exile

    Rated on June 11, 2010 by gbrading

    Exile is a beautiful, complex and intriguing logic-puzzle adventure, and is probably the pinnacle of the Myst series.

    In the nine long years since the initial release of Myst III: Exile, things have changed. Computers have advanced phenomenally, with console gaming systems gaining even greater dominance over the PC, ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Darwinia screams uniqueness from every corner, whilst also being a pleasure to play through.

    Darwinia

    Rated on May 29, 2010 by gbrading

    Darwinia screams uniqueness from every corner, whilst also being a pleasure to play through.

    It seems that the guys at Introversion Software just love to feel retro. The game they made after this one, DEFCON, recreated the 1980's WarGames feel of tactical real-time strategy games. Darwinia ho...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Oblivion is a shining beacon for RPGs, with enough gameplay and immersive atmosphere to lose yourself in for days.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition

    Rated on April 24, 2010 by gbrading

    Oblivion is a shining beacon for RPGs, with enough gameplay and immersive atmosphere to lose yourself in for days.

    Let's be straight: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has received a lot of praise over the past few years, and is widely heralded today to be one of the greatest games of all-time. Whilst some of this ma...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    At its heart Saints Row 2 is a good game, hampered by several lousy porting and technical issues.

    Saints Row 2

    Rated on April 24, 2010 by gbrading

    At its heart Saints Row 2 is a good game, hampered by several lousy porting and technical issues.

    Let's be clear: Saints Row 2 is certainly in the running for what could be called a GTA-clone. It lets you loose in a large, free-roam city to wreak havoc as you see fit. You have innumerable vehicles...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Guerrilla is excellent fun for those who are destructively inclined, but it can feel a bit plotless at times.

    Red Faction: Guerrilla

    Rated on April 07, 2010 by gbrading

    Guerrilla is excellent fun for those who are destructively inclined, but it can feel a bit plotless at times.

    Mars. The red planet has always been a fascinating setting for science fiction. H. G. Wells imagined green Martians who would invade and attempt to conquer the planet, whilst Philip K. Dick had humans...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Payne returns, and his sequel does not disappoint. In fact, it excels in almost every way.

    Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

    Rated on October 20, 2009 by gbrading

    Payne returns, and his sequel does not disappoint. In fact, it excels in almost every way.

    The original Max Payne gave us a long enough taste of mind-bendingly exciting action and adventure to make us salivate profusely at the mouth with delight, and then quickly took it away before we got ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Max Payne manages to push action/adventure shooting into a whole new exciting dimension.

    Max Payne

    Rated on October 20, 2009 by gbrading

    Max Payne manages to push action/adventure shooting into a whole new exciting dimension.

    Starting at the very beginning, how can you beat a game with a title like 'Max Payne'? It is probably one of the best play-on-words for ages, and is definitely a great brand in the making. Luckily, th...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    As long as you stick with it for long enough, Wii Fit can improve your physical health in a moderately engaging way.

    Wii Fit

    Rated on October 13, 2009 by gbrading

    As long as you stick with it for long enough, Wii Fit can improve your physical health in a moderately engaging way.

    So, it's here. The bright, shining future we had all been waiting for. Games designed, not to be played by sitting on a sofa casually clicking buttons, but by actually engaging in some form of exercis...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Featuring a terrific plot, superb setting and great atmosphere, BioShock is a philosophical masterpiece to remember.

    BioShock

    Rated on August 31, 2009 by gbrading

    Featuring a terrific plot, superb setting and great atmosphere, BioShock is a philosophical masterpiece to remember.

    Unless you have been living on the dark side of the Moon in recent years, it is likely that you have already heard of BioShock. It generated enormous hype before launch, and has now gained one of the ...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    I'm going to make you an offer you cannot afford to refuse… and that's to play Mafia.

    Mafia

    Rated on June 07, 2009 by gbrading

    I'm going to make you an offer you cannot afford to refuse… and that's to play Mafia.

    Illusion Softworks really did create a veritable diamond in the rough with Mafia. It's a game that received relatively little or no media attention, but which really excels in being enormously enterta...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    More than just an RTS game, World in Conflict manages to throw you headlong into an imagined Third World War.

    World in Conflict: Complete Edition

    Rated on June 04, 2009 by gbrading

    More than just an RTS game, World in Conflict manages to throw you headlong into an imagined Third World War.

    It has to be said, a lot of interesting things happened in the year 1989. For a start, it just so happens to be the year I was born, early in February. The Exxon Valdez ran aground of the coast of Ala...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.5
    The game's main problem is the horrible mess of bugs and errors, which partially shatters the superficial gameplay.

    Shattered Union

    Rated on May 03, 2009 by gbrading

    The game's main problem is the horrible mess of bugs and errors, which partially shatters the superficial gameplay.

    If you were to merely look at a game from face value, Shattered Union has a really fantastic image and back-story. The chronicle is that in 2009, David Jefferson Adams is elected as the 44th President...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    If you have enough music, Audiosurf is going to keep you highly entertained and addicted for an awfully long time.

    AudioSurf

    Rated on May 03, 2009 by gbrading

    If you have enough music, Audiosurf is going to keep you highly entertained and addicted for an awfully long time.

    If you have a highly developed and varied taste in music, then Audiosurf just might be the perfect game for you. The small, web-based indie developer "BestGameEver", despite having one of the worst an...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Here then, you really can run the studio, hire the cast, shout 'Lights, Camera, Action!' and roll film, all at once.

    The Movies

    Rated on May 03, 2009 by gbrading

    Here then, you really can run the studio, hire the cast, shout 'Lights, Camera, Action!' and roll film, all at once.

    The film industry may be massive and sprawling today, but it is important to remember that it wasn't always that way. The rise of Hollywood is a story of style, money and glamour, mixed in with some f...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Proving that you don't have to be a dictator to run a Caribbean island, Tropico is every budding Presidente's dream.

    Tropico

    Rated on May 03, 2009 by gbrading

    Proving that you don't have to be a dictator to run a Caribbean island, Tropico is every budding Presidente's dream.

    Sitting behind a big desk in a tropical climate, dictating the daily running of an island nation has got to be one of the more enjoyable jobs in life. Look at Fidel Castro: he did a similar job for so...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A uniquely compelling game with an intricate storyline, vast amounts of dialogue and interesting technical presentation.

    Deus Ex

    Rated on May 03, 2009 by gbrading

    A uniquely compelling game with an intricate storyline, vast amounts of dialogue and interesting technical presentation.

    Deus Ex is foremost a unique game in its field. It is really quite unlike any other game I have ever played. It shares territory with titles such as Half-Life and Tomb Raider, but also takes inspirati...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A whirlwind ride through Post-Apocalyptia, which for the most part shines with the brightness of a nuclear detonation.

    Fallout 3

    Rated on March 23, 2009 by gbrading

    A whirlwind ride through Post-Apocalyptia, which for the most part shines with the brightness of a nuclear detonation.

    Being someone who sadly has not had the opportunity to play either of this game's prestigious predecessors, and neither having known the wonders Cyrodiil within Bethesda's previous game The Elder Scro...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Although Fahrenheit has its problems, Quantic's "interactive movie" is an exciting and mysterious story to unravel.

    Fahrenheit

    Rated on February 23, 2009 by gbrading

    Although Fahrenheit has its problems, Quantic's "interactive movie" is an exciting and mysterious story to unravel.

    To begin with, it is very clear that Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy in the US and Canada) has some extremely fascinating ideas, and an innovative style of gameplay which no other game can match, or fo...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Compared to its predecessor, Invisible War is a rather average experience, which feels like a step back for the series.

    Deus Ex: Invisible War

    Rated on October 23, 2008 by gbrading

    Compared to its predecessor, Invisible War is a rather average experience, which feels like a step back for the series.

    Alright, let's try and get this over with as softly and smoothly as possible. Although I regret having to say it, when you compare Invisible War to the brilliant original of Deus Ex, the follow-up fra...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Though it might be graphically deficient, Midtown Madness 2 continues to offer great and engaging driving fun.

    Midtown Madness 2

    Rated on April 24, 2008 by gbrading

    Though it might be graphically deficient, Midtown Madness 2 continues to offer great and engaging driving fun.

    When I was a bit younger, in a simpler and somehow more naive world, I used to play nothing but this game for days on end. If anything, I can credit Midtown Madness 2, along with Worms original and Mo...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    To enjoy Silent Hunter III fully, you need what real U-Boat captains had: patience and skill, coupled with good luck.

    Silent Hunter III

    Rated on April 19, 2008 by gbrading

    To enjoy Silent Hunter III fully, you need what real U-Boat captains had: patience and skill, coupled with good luck.

    So, I'm sailing through the North Atlantic on a cold, clear evening. It just so happens to be 1941, and I am a fearless and intrepid Nazi U-boat captain, prepared to strike hard at the Allies. My goal...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Blue Shift is at best a short and mediocre follow-up, and at worst is a blandly rushed and unimaginative game.

    Half-Life: Blue Shift

    Rated on February 03, 2008 by gbrading

    Blue Shift is at best a short and mediocre follow-up, and at worst is a blandly rushed and unimaginative game.

    If the idea was just put onto a piece of paper, Blue Shift looks like it shouldn't fail in the slightest. To add another expansion to the original Half-Life; one which would play along the same timeli...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Portal is mind-bendingly clever, superb fun, and features one of the best new characters in years.

    Portal

    Rated on January 28, 2008 by gbrading

    Portal is mind-bendingly clever, superb fun, and features one of the best new characters in years.

    Tucked away within The Orange Box, Portal at first doesn't appear to be anything particularly special. Considering that Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Team Fortress Two got most of the press coverage be...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    A very ambitious, fun and addictive game, that very nearly pulls off everything it attempted to achieve.

    Star Trek: Bridge Commander

    Rated on October 21, 2007 by gbrading

    A very ambitious, fun and addictive game, that very nearly pulls off everything it attempted to achieve.

    Let’s be clear on this from the very start: I adore Star Trek. Deep Space Nine was rubbish, but the original series and Next Generation were great. So obviously, I’m bound to be ever so slightly biase...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A first-rate, highly entertaining follow-up to The Sims, this game has a singular style and boundless replayability.

    The Sims 2

    Rated on October 06, 2007 by gbrading

    A first-rate, highly entertaining follow-up to The Sims, this game has a singular style and boundless replayability.

    The Sims is, as any sane individual should know (or at least, any reasonably informed sane individual), the definitively best-selling PC game of all-time thus far. It’s managed to ship over 16 million...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 2
    Rome: Caesar's Will is about as entertaining as being boiled alive, and is just as fun. I do not exaggerate... much.

    Rome: Caesar's Will

    Rated on September 26, 2007 by gbrading

    Rome: Caesar's Will is about as entertaining as being boiled alive, and is just as fun. I do not exaggerate... much.

    Since I was (until relatively recently) the only person who was mad enough to own this game (thankfully, I did not buy it, it was a Christmas present from a far-flung elderly relative, who obviously k...

    0 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Taking Global Thermonuclear War to a whole new level, DEFCON is a game which is great fun, yet strangely moving.

    DEFCON: Everybody Dies

    Rated on September 09, 2007 by gbrading

    Taking Global Thermonuclear War to a whole new level, DEFCON is a game which is great fun, yet strangely moving.

    It can be safely assumed that it is not many people’s dream to devastate the world in a cataclysmic nuclear war. Well, Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart may have been the general exception to t...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.