User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.08/10

Total of 145 user reviews spread across 145 releases

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  • User Rating:7
    Prototype wins the better story battle vs. inFamous, but maddening controls make it lose the better game contest.

    Prototype

    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 gain access to thei... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Snake's final hurrah is an otherwise great game sadly buried under an avalanche of mythology and cutscenes.

    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 overuse FMV to get ... Read Full Review

    5 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Insomniac's FSP PS3 launch title doesn't disappoint, with rockin' old-school and alien technology.

    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, fast-paced, challe... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    While perhaps too exactly like earlier versions, the zany fun of gathering objects with a katamari never gets old.

    Beautiful Katamari

    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 funny that you're just... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A solid PS3 debut shows Ratchet and his robotic pal still have plenty to offer gamers in another humorous installment.

    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 with. With some new mod... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It's Resident Evil, but with less thinking to do and a lot more action.

    Dead Rising

    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 engaging side tasks... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    While the end game drags quite a bit, it doesn't tale away from the engrossing story and smart, brain-taxing gameplay.

    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 dungeons to make it a '... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    A solid game that will at least give you decent fun for your money, but don't expect much originality.

    Area 51

    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 provide a lot of fun... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    The pinnacle of car combat games.

    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 with the extra power ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    While the story is nearly as threadbare, V8 is what the original Twisted Metal could've been with some refinement.

    Vigilante 8

    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, Vigilante 8 ups the ... Read Full Review

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

    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 few sound snippets,... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    While this 'GTA, but only the driving' game is rather unoriginal and has some flaws, there's still enough fun to be had.

    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 some fun. As Tanner... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A poorly-designed endgame greatly diminishes the overall fun factor in an otherwise excellent Zelda outing.

    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 chock full of fun a... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The superior half of a two-part saga hits a home run by cleverly adding season-shifting to classic Zelda gameplay.

    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 other half falls shor... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    LoZ's leap to 3D is handled with near perfection in a lengthy, awe-inspiring adventure to save Hyrule from Ganondorf.

    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 trying to recreate ... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Bejeweled meets Dungeons & Dragons in this game that successfully marries two genres that couldn't be more different.

    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 of the boardroom--t... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Killing Germans in WWII just never gets old, and CoD3 provides a ton of fun and a great aural experience.

    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 stellar sound make this ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    An impressive follow up to "A Link to the Past" that builds on the previous title to offer another fun experie

    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 and larger environmen... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    By returning to his top-down roots, Link returns to greatness in another quest to rescue Zelda.

    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. While the story is... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A period 'pulp noir' game that breathes new life into an old style of gameplay and keeps you interested the whole time.

    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" adventure. By updating i... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Challenging enough for an adult, benign enough for a child, and a ton of fun no matter how old you are.

    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 game will come down the... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    With greater emphasis on action than before, Capcom proves increased gunplay won't take away from the classic RE horror.

    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 created a fun game th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    Moral dilemmas and conflicting objectives give Sam Fisher more than ever to think over as he fights to save the country.

    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, the Congo, Russian Sib... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.7
    Like a photocopied photocopy, this too-similar sequel of a game that ripped off from others doesn't shine like it could.

    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 unfortunately doesn't do any... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    A sequel that builds on its source material is the best there can be. RE2 fits the bill!

    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 expand on the original... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.7
    God of War II: Better, Stronger, Faster

    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 times and you can expe... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Konami hits a home run with this fantastic, challenging Castlevania outing for the GBA.

    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 provides tons of thr... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.3
    An otherwise solid entry in the FF universe that gets held back a bit due to game saving issues.

    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 such on the SNES), and ... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.2
    There's a new girl in town and she's looking good!

    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 bay to provide a fun... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Though there's the typical tinkering to gaining powers and advancing characters, this FF game is sure to please.

    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 the game isn't quite a... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    Mixed-genre games are often a travesty, but here the Mario platform universe and RPG conventions are mixed brilliantly.

    Mario Story

    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 from an RPG is achiev... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.9
    A fun game from start to finish, whose fun factor outweights its unoriginality factor.

    Syphon Filter

    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 options, make it a thir... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    A very familiar feel, boosted by colorful characters and lots to do, make this a game that RPGs lovers shouldn't miss.

    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 doesn't quite reach th... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    A fun rhythm game that is far too short, but extremely fun and catchy while it lasts.

    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, fun game with a very... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.7
    A purely average affair whose existence seems to be merely to prolong the lifespan of the PS1.

    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 being designed as a lur... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.9
    Phantasy Star II proves it's nowhere near the level of Final Fantasy greatness in a jumbled mess of a game.

    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 and gameplay elemen... Read Full Review

    2 of 23 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A Genesis 'best-of' that's sure to delight any former owners of the console.

    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 different titles to ch... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    New twists and new locations breathe new life into a venerable franchise.

    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 screw around with what w... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    The original NES classic hits the GBA with its frightening difficulty level fully intact.

    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 has ported the origin... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A good game that could've been really great gets bogged down by frustrations and finickyness the further you progress.

    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, Phoenix Wright is n... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful