Total of 145 user reviews spread across 145 releases
Prototype wins the better story battle vs. inFamous, but maddening controls make it lose the better game contest.
Prototype got endlessly compared with inFamous. Having now recently played both, I can say Prototype has a far superior and more memorable story, with an inventive mechanic of consuming individuals to...
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Platinum)
Snake's final hurrah is an otherwise great game sadly buried under an avalanche of mythology and cutscenes.
Filled with all the hallmarks you've come to expect from the Metal Gear franchise, "Guns of the Patriots" expands and improves on all of them. However, its own backstory also becomes its curse as they...
Resistance: Fall of Man
Insomniac's FSP PS3 launch title doesn't disappoint, with rockin' old-school and alien technology.
One of the PS3's must-have titles, Insomniac generated a great game for launch. Nearly a hybrid of the two most common shooters (WWII and aliens), it melds everything nearly perfectly to provide a fun...
While perhaps too exactly like earlier versions, the zany fun of gathering objects with a katamari never gets old.
Coming to a new wave of systems, the Katamari franchise rolls out the same old gameplay with very little twists. While that may seem terribly disappointing, the game is still so fun and the King so fu...
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
A solid PS3 debut shows Ratchet and his robotic pal still have plenty to offer gamers in another humorous installment.
After falling a bit quality-wise towards the end of its PS2 life, and getting away from its roots a bit, the Ratchet and Clank series return in an adventure more like what series fans fell in love wit...
It's Resident Evil, but with less thinking to do and a lot more action.
Already cornering the zombie market with Resident Evil, Capcom issued the zanier, more action-packed Dead Rising upon the first of the new consoles. With action at all times, a decent story, and a few...
The Adventures of Alundra
While the end game drags quite a bit, it doesn't tale away from the engrossing story and smart, brain-taxing gameplay.
To call this a Zelda clone is both accurate, yet unfair. For sure there are many similarities, but Alundra stands out on its own with smart writing, more vibrant surrounding characters, and larger dun...
A solid game that will at least give you decent fun for your money, but don't expect much originality.
Set in the conspiracy hotbed of Roswell's infamous Area 51, the game may not break any new ground or tell a story that hasn't been told before, but solid mechanics and high-wattage voice talent still ...
Twisted Metal: Black
The pinnacle of car combat games.
After disappointing outings to wrap up the PS1, some original developers were back on board for Twisted Metal's PS2 debut. The result is a game that goes back to the series' glory days, and combined w...
While the story is nearly as threadbare, V8 is what the original Twisted Metal could've been with some refinement.
With slick graphics, a jammin' '70s-inspired soundtrack, and fast, fun vehicular combat, Vigilante 8 delivers an exceptionally fun, though repetitive, good time. Clearly inspired by Twisted Metal, ...
While it may not have stood the test of time in its own right, it's still a decent launch for some very good sequels.
Twisted Metal was one of the very first games to hit the infant PlayStation (it doesn't even use a memory card), and one of the early days' most violent, too. Held together by a threadbare story and a...
Driver: Sennyuu! Car Chase Daisakusen (Spike Library #007)
While this 'GTA, but only the driving' game is rather unoriginal and has some flaws, there's still enough fun to be had.
Driver follows a simple premise: it's Grand Theft Auto, without the walking and shooting. There's some major gaffs, and there's not much original (nor much of a story), but the game still generates so...
Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Ki no Mi - Jikuu no Shou
A poorly-designed endgame greatly diminishes the overall fun factor in an otherwise excellent Zelda outing.
Looking to try something a bit different with Zelda for its next iteration, Nintendo created two games meant to be played as a matched set (but still capable of being played individually). Though it's...
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
The superior half of a two-part saga hits a home run by cleverly adding season-shifting to classic Zelda gameplay.
Looking to try something a bit different with Zelda for its next iteration, Nintendo created two games meant to be played as a matched set (but still capable of being played individually). While the o...
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
LoZ's leap to 3D is handled with near perfection in a lengthy, awe-inspiring adventure to save Hyrule from Ganondorf.
With the leap to true 3D capabilities on the N64, 3D Zelda was near the top of everyone's wish list. Nintendo delivered big-time, and by mostly updating existing LoZ 2D game mechanics to 3D instead of...
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Bejeweled meets Dungeons & Dragons in this game that successfully marries two genres that couldn't be more different.
One day, at a meeting for new game ideas, someone said, "let's find a way to take a standard color-matching puzzle game and merge it with an RPG." Instead of the result you'd expect--being laughed out...
Call of Duty 3
Killing Germans in WWII just never gets old, and CoD3 provides a ton of fun and a great aural experience.
Dropping you into WWII's European Theater, the Call of Duty franchise puts you in an advance on German-held territory. Focusing on the days leading to the liberation of Paris, lots of options and stel...
Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima DX
An impressive follow up to "A Link to the Past" that builds on the previous title to offer another fun experie
Remade in this "DX" version for the Game Boy Color, "Link's Awakening" takes all that its predecessor had and adds to it with new features. The result is a game with more options a...
Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce & Yotsu no Tsurugi
By returning to his top-down roots, Link returns to greatness in another quest to rescue Zelda.
Following a switch to side-view dungeons in "The Adventure of Link" that had some fans grumbling, the series returns to the top-down perspective format fans fell in love with in the original...
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
A period 'pulp noir' game that breathes new life into an old style of gameplay and keeps you interested the whole time.
Hotel Dusk sees a return to a form of gaming familiar with people who grew up when PCs were first hitting store shelves: the text-based "let's solve puzzles with seemingly random items" adve...
Ape Escape 3
Challenging enough for an adult, benign enough for a child, and a ton of fun no matter how old you are.
Hidden among some more well-known franchises, Ape Escape is back and better than ever. This third installment see a host of new innovations to keep things fresh, and hopefully ensure that a fourth gam...
BioHazard 3: Last Escape (CapKore)
With greater emphasis on action than before, Capcom proves increased gunplay won't take away from the classic RE horror.
Returning to the franchise a 3rd time, Capcom yet again faced pressure to deliver an outstanding game. By exploring the next steps of the original's Jill Valentine and upping the action factor, they c...
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
Moral dilemmas and conflicting objectives give Sam Fisher more than ever to think over as he fights to save the country.
Turns out the fourth time's the charm as Ubisoft churns out its best Splinter Cell yet. Better graphics and a great gameplay twist combine to make this a stealth adventure--spanning across Iceland, th...
Syphon Filter 2 (Platinum)
Like a photocopied photocopy, this too-similar sequel of a game that ripped off from others doesn't shine like it could.
Syphon Filter wasn't the most original game out there; it pretty much ripped of good components from other titles and mashed them together to make a very good, fun game. The inevitable sequel unfortun...
BioHazard 2: Dual Shock Ver.
A sequel that builds on its source material is the best there can be. RE2 fits the bill!
Being the sequel to a game that created a popular new genre is a mixed blessing. While sales are near guaranteed to be high, just as high expectations are placed that the game deliver the goods and ex...
God of War II
God of War II: Better, Stronger, Faster
One of the PS2's most hotly anticipated sequels had much to live up to. God of War 2 easily meets and exceeds all that could have been reasonably expected from it. While a bit of a button-masher at ti...
Akumajou Dracula: Circle of the Moon
Konami hits a home run with this fantastic, challenging Castlevania outing for the GBA.
With a very different power-up system in tow, this Castlevania iteration proves that it can be just as exciting and challenging on handhelds as Symphony of the Night was on the PS. Circle of the Moon ...
Final Fantasy III
An otherwise solid entry in the FF universe that gets held back a bit due to game saving issues.
Players of FF outside Japan were excited to hear an updated port of FF III was being brought to the DS. For the first time, outsiders could enjoy the true FF III (as opposed to what was labeled as suc...
Tomb Raiders (PSOne Books)
There's a new girl in town and she's looking good!
The PS gets a shot in the arm with a tough, sexy heroine that proves 32 bits can still compete with 64. Expansive environments, a mental and physical workout, and a decent story keep the negatives at ...
Final Fantasy IX
Though there's the typical tinkering to gaining powers and advancing characters, this FF game is sure to please.
The final installment of Final Fantasy on the PS had high expectations of it. Following two of the greatest RPGs ever put it in the unenviable spot of perhaps unrealistic demands from gamers. While th...
Mixed-genre games are often a travesty, but here the Mario platform universe and RPG conventions are mixed brilliantly.
On the heels of Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario (a nod to pen-and-paper RPGs and Mario being 2D in the game) is simply an excellent game. A perfect blend of the Mario universe and everything you expect f...
A fun game from start to finish, whose fun factor outweights its unoriginality factor.
While mostly a derivitive game, borrowing elements of other recent successful games, Syphon Filter is still rock solid. An excellent mixture of stealth and fierce firefights, combined with lots of opt...
Tales of the Abyss
A very familiar feel, boosted by colorful characters and lots to do, make this a game that RPGs lovers shouldn't miss.
A part of the famous 'Tales...' series, Tales of the Abyss tries to be the equal to a Final Fantasy adventure. While the game has its share of great moments, and is a fine game in its own right, it do...
Um Jammer Lammy
A fun rhythm game that is far too short, but extremely fun and catchy while it lasts.
After the success of "PaRappa the Rapper," a sequel was no surprise. This game takes the same gameplay elements, but applies them to guitar riffs instead of rapping. The result is a catchy, ...
C-12: Final Resistance (Platinum)
A purely average affair whose existence seems to be merely to prolong the lifespan of the PS1.
When a new generation of console dawns, there's always a few titles that exist in that nether world of being released for the old system after the new system debuts, either due to delays or simply bei...
Phantasy Star II: Kaerazaru Toki no Owari ni
Phantasy Star II proves it's nowhere near the level of Final Fantasy greatness in a jumbled mess of a game.
Phantasy Star as an RPG series has lasted quite some time, harking back to the earliest consoles. After playing this game, the question has to be asked, "how did that happen?" Several design...
Sega Genesis Collection
A Genesis 'best-of' that's sure to delight any former owners of the console.
Having already released a compilation of their greatest arcade games for PS2, Sega has flipped the script and released this compilation of great titles from its Genesis home console. With around 30 di...
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
New twists and new locations breathe new life into a venerable franchise.
At 20 years old, Castlevania is among the oldest, and still most popular, gaming franchises. Portrait of Ruin, by altering the formula just tad to keep things fresh, but mostly by knowing not to scre...
Classic NES Series: Castlevania
The original NES classic hits the GBA with its frightening difficulty level fully intact.
Few games havehad as many iterations as the Castlevania series. Spanning over twenty years, the series has evolved greatly. Bearing in mind that many fans may not have an NES laying around, Nintendo h...
Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten (Limited Edition)
A good game that could've been really great gets bogged down by frustrations and finickyness the further you progress.
The legal genre has never been greatly explored in the videogame world, and with good reason; you'd think it would be dull. But Capcom persevered and brought one out anyway. With a good dose of humor,...