User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.08/10

Total of 145 user reviews spread across 145 releases

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  • User Rating 8.4
    That a package of 42 classic games can captivate today's ADHD crowd says a lot for how classic the games really are.

    Clubhouse Games

    Rated on December 31, 2006 by jekyll

    That a package of 42 classic games can captivate today's ADHD crowd says a lot for how classic the games really are.

    It may seem like an odd idea: "let's make a DS cartridge with over 40 somewhat bland, yet classic, low-action games and throw it out in the market for people who generally demand speed, high acti...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.3
    The flip side of sci-fi is comically presented as you take control of an alien out to take control of the human race.

    Destroy All Humans!

    Rated on December 31, 2006 by jekyll

    The flip side of sci-fi is comically presented as you take control of an alien out to take control of the human race.

    With the 'save the earth from aliens' plot being a gaming mainstay since the days of Space Invaders, to flip-flop that plot and allow you you play an alien invading earth seems a natural. Destroy All ...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.6
    Whip-only is a thing of the past as Castlevania shatters its old image with fun new weapons, items, and spells.

    Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (PSOne Books)

    Rated on December 27, 2006 by jekyll

    Whip-only is a thing of the past as Castlevania shatters its old image with fun new weapons, items, and spells.

    A new Castlevania features the same castle-exploring goodness we've come to expect from the franchise. However, Konami's spiced things up with new weapons and heavier RPG elements to add a new degree ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.7
    The latest FF doesn't just beat the high expectations set for it; it smashes right through them and doesn't look back.

    Final Fantasy XII

    Rated on December 19, 2006 by jekyll

    The latest FF doesn't just beat the high expectations set for it; it smashes right through them and doesn't look back.

    After years of delays, Square-Enix finally let Final Fantasy XII see the light of day. By keeping some of what worked (though often in different packaging), and completely changing other vital mechani...

    10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.6
    Rockstar presents 'GTA-lite,' creating a game with enough of an edge to satisfy fans, but fine for a younger crowd, too.

    Bully

    Rated on November 01, 2006 by jekyll

    Rockstar presents 'GTA-lite,' creating a game with enough of an edge to satisfy fans, but fine for a younger crowd, too.

    Banned by game stores around the world? Check. Name changed in Europe to satisfy the über-sensitive? Check. Jack Thompson up in a lather? Check. It can all only mean one thing: Rockstar has succe...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.6
    Squaresoft does it again with another immersive, lengthy adventure filled with fun, secrets, and a compelling story.

    Final Fantasy VIII (Platinum)

    Rated on October 20, 2006 by jekyll

    Squaresoft does it again with another immersive, lengthy adventure filled with fun, secrets, and a compelling story.

    Coming after Final Fantasy VII really showed what RPGs on the PS1 could be like, the next iteration only improves things. From a better, more understandable story, improved battle mechanics, to cinema...

    7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.9
    The Godfather takes GTA-style gameplay wrapped around a fantastic story to make the game Mafia should've been.

    The Godfather

    Rated on September 27, 2006 by jekyll

    The Godfather takes GTA-style gameplay wrapped around a fantastic story to make the game Mafia should've been.

    It almost seems odd that it's taken this long to take The Godfather and adapt it to the videogame world. With the license, and most of the major stars onboard, EA drops you into the gangster world for...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    Once again the Final Fantasy universe has another magnificent entry to soak away your free time.

    Final Fantasy VII

    Rated on September 19, 2006 by jekyll

    Once again the Final Fantasy universe has another magnificent entry to soak away your free time.

    After so many versions, you'd think the Final Fantasy franchise could be due for a let down, but you'd be wrong. The series makes its leap to the PS and makes the most of it, with an epic story, maste...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.2
    Two great Castlevanias on one cartridge make this a must have for anyone who's missed these fantastic games.

    Castlevania Double Pack

    Rated on September 12, 2006 by jekyll

    Two great Castlevanias on one cartridge make this a must have for anyone who's missed these fantastic games.

    Harmony of Dissonance Konami brings another Dracula story to the Castlevania fold. Does it hold up to it's predecessors? The Castlevania series relies in a very predictable formula: play a membe...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.6
    Yet another Castlevania quest to stop Dracula results in yet another very fun game.

    Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet

    Rated on September 12, 2006 by jekyll

    Yet another Castlevania quest to stop Dracula results in yet another very fun game.

    Castlevania warps to the future in the latest Dracula-busting sequel--different time period, same type of characters and environments. Does a shift in time period hurt the series? Hardly. With the ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.8
    The same Castlevania formula works like always in another fun adventure to stop Dracula's evil.

    Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

    Rated on September 08, 2006 by jekyll

    The same Castlevania formula works like always in another fun adventure to stop Dracula's evil.

    Konami brings another Dracula story to the Castlevania fold. Does it hold up to it's predecessors? The Castlevania series relies in a very predictable formula: play a member of the Belmont clan and...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.3
    The TimeSplitters are back! Do you have what it takes to stop them?

    TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

    Rated on September 04, 2006 by jekyll

    The TimeSplitters are back! Do you have what it takes to stop them?

    The TimeSplitters once again threaten humanity. As before, you'll set out across varyied periods of time, past and future, to find out who's responsible and how they can be stopped. Want a break?--the...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Sam Fisher's back with an eerily relevant storyline, some new moves, and beefed-up enemies.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

    Rated on August 31, 2006 by jekyll

    Sam Fisher's back with an eerily relevant storyline, some new moves, and beefed-up enemies.

    Ubisoft again hits the PS2 with the Tom Clancy-inspired adventures of Splinter Cell agent Sam Fisher. Once again take to the shadows with the world on the line and only your reflexes to accomplish you...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    An intriguing combination of hyper-violent gladitorial combat and stealth missions that's a must-play for all.

    Shadow of Rome

    Rated on August 24, 2006 by jekyll

    An intriguing combination of hyper-violent gladitorial combat and stealth missions that's a must-play for all.

    Shadow of Rome proves history (though fictionalized a tad) can indeed be fun. Sneaking around, hacking and slashing, and chariot races combine to bring the feel of ancient Rome to your PS2 in a very f...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Sly Cooper comes back with more of the same and a few more friends.

    Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

    Rated on August 02, 2006 by jekyll

    Sly Cooper comes back with more of the same and a few more friends.

    Sly Cooper's third PS2 outing sees little change from the previous entries. There's a few more faces, but some strengths and weakness remain. The story still holds it all together, as it, and the dry ...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Agent 47 is back, and better than ever!

    Hitman: Blood Money

    Rated on July 30, 2006 by jekyll

    Agent 47 is back, and better than ever!

    The Hitman series has returned for its 4th outing on the PS2. New items, new techniques, and a wide variety of locales add to the fun to make this easily the best of a franchise that's always been exc...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.1
    A hybrid point-and-click/play-a-movie game that succeeds with an interesting story and some inventive controls.

    Indigo Prophecy

    Rated on July 21, 2006 by jekyll

    A hybrid point-and-click/play-a-movie game that succeeds with an interesting story and some inventive controls.

    Fans of old school point-and-click classics, like Sierra On-Line's Police Quest games, will find much to love in Indigo Prophecy. Also borrowing heavily from gameplay elements found in Sega CD 'play a...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    The Mario Kart series gets its obligatory DS entry, and Wi-Fi makes all the difference.

    Mario Kart DS (DS Bundle)

    Rated on June 26, 2006 by jekyll

    The Mario Kart series gets its obligatory DS entry, and Wi-Fi makes all the difference.

    The Mario Kart racing games have become nearly as much a mainstay of recent Nintendo systems as have Mario and Zelda. The game gets the DS treatment this time, and prospers with the benefit of Wi-Fi f...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.9
    After multiple 3D successes, can a 2D Mario game still be fun? You better believe it can!

    New Super Mario Bros.

    Rated on June 06, 2006 by jekyll

    After multiple 3D successes, can a 2D Mario game still be fun? You better believe it can!

    The longest running videogame flagship character, Mario, returns in his first new adventure for the DS. After 3D games for N64 and GameCube, the game goes back to its 2D roots, and proves that when th...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.4
    A departure in story and level design doesn't hurt as Ratchet goes on his own in another fun, and funny, adventure.

    Ratchet: Deadlocked

    Rated on May 25, 2006 by jekyll

    A departure in story and level design doesn't hurt as Ratchet goes on his own in another fun, and funny, adventure.

    After 3 Ratchet titles in three years, all very much the same, Insomniac tweaked the formula for the 4th title: fewer planets (but with several missions a piece), no Clank missions, and squad-based co...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    A high concept, thrilling game who's fun is somewhat marred by poor technical performance.

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Rated on May 19, 2006 by jekyll

    A high concept, thrilling game who's fun is somewhat marred by poor technical performance.

    Those who live for boss battles will delight with this game that is essentially just boss battles. Shadow of the Colossus is a rollercoaster ride, but some agitating technical shortfalls keep it from ...

    1 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    A long-running franchise finally scores some overdue American success with a fun, engaging story.

    Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi

    Rated on May 16, 2006 by jekyll

    A long-running franchise finally scores some overdue American success with a fun, engaging story.

    After years of mainstream Japanese success, and cult status among American RPGers, the Dragon Quest franchise finally hit an American home run. With an engaging story, delightful characters, fun side ...

    6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.2
    All the fun of abdomenal surgery, but without having to 'scrub in.'

    Chou Shittou Caduceus

    Rated on April 03, 2006 by jekyll

    All the fun of abdomenal surgery, but without having to 'scrub in.'

    The addition of the touchscreen to video gaming has sadly created a number of games that shoehorn controls into a touch mode just to get put out on the DS. Trauma Center reverses that trend with gamep...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.8
    The PS1's 2nd Jeopardy! game sadly does a few things worse than the original game, but is still fun for show fans.

    Jeopardy! 2nd Edition

    Rated on March 28, 2006 by jekyll

    The PS1's 2nd Jeopardy! game sadly does a few things worse than the original game, but is still fun for show fans.

    The Jeopardy! format is one Americans of nearly all ages are familiar with, having been a part of the culture since the mid-1960's. A near natural for a translation to home consoles, the game has been...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.8
    If you watch the show, you'll love the game that stays near 100% true to the televised format.

    Jeopardy!

    Rated on March 27, 2006 by jekyll

    If you watch the show, you'll love the game that stays near 100% true to the televised format.

    The Jeopardy! format is one Americans of nearly all ages are familiar with, having been a part of the culture since the mid-1960's. A near natural for a translation to home consoles, the game has been...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.3
    One of Enix's last games before the Square merger shows you why Square/Enix makes such great RPGs.

    Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshi-tachi

    Rated on March 26, 2006 by jekyll

    One of Enix's last games before the Square merger shows you why Square/Enix makes such great RPGs.

    A huge success under the Dragon Quest name in Japan, the Dragon Warrior series was a little more of a cult title in the US. Dragon Warrior VII is an example of how the Square/Enix merger made such gre...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    Konami's venerable Dracula-themed franchise makes a triumphant debut on the DS platform.

    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

    Rated on February 23, 2006 by jekyll

    Konami's venerable Dracula-themed franchise makes a triumphant debut on the DS platform.

    Castlevania enters the DS world in this impressive title. It doesn't journey too far from the gameplay of other games in this ever-growing series, but it doesn't need to. It's fun from start to finish...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    A host of Neverwinter offerings served up in one big package of fun!

    Neverwinter Nights: Platinum

    Rated on February 17, 2006 by jekyll

    A host of Neverwinter offerings served up in one big package of fun!

    Retiring the famous Infinity engine, Bioware created a wholly new Dungeons and Dragons game engine for their Neverwinter Nights game: one that's even better. Streamlining play from the Baldur's Gate/I...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.9
    A GTA clone that does a few things better than its inspiration. Sadly, it does more things worse.

    True Crime: Streets of LA

    Rated on January 09, 2006 by jekyll

    A GTA clone that does a few things better than its inspiration. Sadly, it does more things worse.

    Wanting to get into the game of GTA-style, urban, free-roaming mayhem, Activision brought out True Crime: Streets of LA. Featuring a very real Los Angeles, you'll feel like they decided to flip a coin...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.3
    A pair of SNES FF classics redone for the PS, including America's first look at FFV, makes this a must-have title.

    Final Fantasy Anthology

    Rated on January 03, 2006 by jekyll

    A pair of SNES FF classics redone for the PS, including America's first look at FFV, makes this a must-have title.

    Final Fantasies V and VI move from the SNES to the PS in this double-disc "anthology" package, including the first glimpse America got of V. A bit like watching a black-and-white movie, the excellent ...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.3
    Clever utilization of the touchscreen adds a new dimension to this classic game of bubble bursting.

    Bust-A-Move DS

    Rated on December 21, 2005 by jekyll

    Clever utilization of the touchscreen adds a new dimension to this classic game of bubble bursting.

    Bub and Bob, the heroes from Bubble Bobble, have been making regular appearances for the past several years in their puzzle spin-off Bust-A-Move series of games. A new twist on shooting the bubbles, a...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 3.7
    A game that reneges on promises, both on the box and the company's website, has critical flaws as an added bonus.

    Golden Nugget Casino DS

    Rated on December 19, 2005 by jekyll

    A game that reneges on promises, both on the box and the company's website, has critical flaws as an added bonus.

    You can count on at least one or two simple casino games to come out for every console or handheld. What you can't count on is that they'll be as poorly implemented and outright broken as this pitiful...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.3
    Taito finally gets into the retro act with a decent compilation that feels just a tad lesser than similar titles.

    Taito Legends

    Rated on December 18, 2005 by jekyll

    Taito finally gets into the retro act with a decent compilation that feels just a tad lesser than similar titles.

    With Namco, Capcom, Konami, and Midway/Williams all releasing compilations of their old 1980s arcade classics over the past decade, there was one final company who also ruled the arcades left to join ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.7
    The genesis of stealth gaming is here. This great game got some things wrong, but invented all new things to get right.

    Metal Gear Solid (Premium Package)

    Rated on December 12, 2005 by jekyll

    The genesis of stealth gaming is here. This great game got some things wrong, but invented all new things to get right.

    Konami promised a gameplay experience like no other in their Metal Gear Solid game. Focusing on stealth instead of rapid-fire, non-stop gunfights, as a goal, they actually make things feel more danger...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.9
    Capcom finally releases their own wave of '80s nostalgia on us, and the result is a package that mostly satisfies.

    Capcom Classics Collection

    Rated on December 07, 2005 by jekyll

    Capcom finally releases their own wave of '80s nostalgia on us, and the result is a package that mostly satisfies.

    After several years of dominating the arcades, and having seen many other companies like Midway, Konami, and Namco release "greatest hits" packages of classic arcade games, Capcom has finally done the...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.4
    A game that shows just how much the PS2 is capable of, and what a great game creative developers can make it they try.

    Resident Evil 4

    Rated on November 23, 2005 by jekyll

    A game that shows just how much the PS2 is capable of, and what a great game creative developers can make it they try.

    Breaking away ever so slightly from the virus-zombie formula, Capcom finally brings their previously GameCube-exclusive Resident Evil 4 to the PS2. It's hard to think of another game that's done so mu...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.6
    A port from console to handheld gets some new additions to give a console classic a fresh feel.

    Super Mario 64 DS

    Rated on November 16, 2005 by jekyll

    A port from console to handheld gets some new additions to give a console classic a fresh feel.

    Like many other Nintendo console games, Super Mario 64 has been ported over to the handheld arena. With the slightly upgraded title of Super Mario 64 DS, the game comes with some new additions that en...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.2
    Link gets "Marioized" in this side-scrolling sequel to the game that started it all.

    Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

    Rated on November 06, 2005 by jekyll

    Link gets "Marioized" in this side-scrolling sequel to the game that started it all.

    After the huge success that was The Legend of Zelda, all eyes were on Nintendo to put out a fantastic follow-up. While the game, subtitled "The Adventure of Link", didn't meet expectations, and was pe...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.4
    The Final Fantasy series gets into the SRPG business with a game that also adds a large amount of frustrtion to the mix.

    Final Fantasy Tactics (PSOne Books)

    Rated on October 25, 2005 by jekyll

    The Final Fantasy series gets into the SRPG business with a game that also adds a large amount of frustrtion to the mix.

    Having already been the king of the RPG business for years, Squaresoft decided to take the Final Fantasy formula and apply it to a strategy role playing game. The result is Final Fantasy Tactics, a ga...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    Namco shines again with a sequel that keeps enough of the old, and adds a heaping helping of new to keep things fresh.

    Minna Daisuki Katamari Damacy

    Rated on October 14, 2005 by jekyll

    Namco shines again with a sequel that keeps enough of the old, and adds a heaping helping of new to keep things fresh.

    When Katamari Damacy hit U.S. shelves late 2004, it finally started to show that American audiences would play a game geared more to a Japanese mindset. With quirky, esperanto-infused narration, simpl...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.