User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.52/10

Total of 35 user reviews spread across 35 releases

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  • User Rating:9
    The Witcher is the rough gem nestled under a mound of deceptively flashy yet unsatisfying RPGs.

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

    The Witcher is the rough gem nestled under a mound of deceptively flashy yet unsatisfying RPGs.

    To me, The Witcher has always been a difficult game to get into. Developed by Polish team CD Projekt RED, it was honest to goodness pretty severely unpolished. However, if you can get past the awkward presentation, you w... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Clash of Heroes delivers a lengthy campaign built around engaging, addictive gameplay, resulting in an enjoyable RPG.

    Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

    Clash of Heroes delivers a lengthy campaign built around engaging, addictive gameplay, resulting in an enjoyable RPG.

    Clash of Heroes is a game that can stand on its game mechanics alone. It's not often that the single draw for a game is its gameplay, and for that mechanic to hold up for the entire 20 hour campaign. But that's what it d... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The Mass Effect trilogy comes to a triumphant, thought-provoking close. Just don't expect a typical RPG.

    Mass Effect 3

    The Mass Effect trilogy comes to a triumphant, thought-provoking close. Just don't expect a typical RPG.

    The original Mass Effect was (and still is) one of my favorite RPGs, with not so much a focus on action as on story. The mysteries discovered over the course of the journey and the distinctness of the locales witnessed w... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    SotD is a flashy, irreverent action game from the minds behind Resident Evil, Killer7, and Silent Hill.

    Shadows of the Damned

    SotD is a flashy, irreverent action game from the minds behind Resident Evil, Killer7, and Silent Hill.

    Shadows of the Damned was praised this past year for its all-around excellent sound design, and it definitely lives up to that at least. But what about the rest of the game? Can Shinji Mikami and the crazy Suda51 continu... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Skyrim is the culmination of the mainstream desire for a perfect fantasy. But is that really a good thing?

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Skyrim is the culmination of the mainstream desire for a perfect fantasy. But is that really a good thing?

    "Nothing in Skyrim is special." This quote comes from an article written as a player's overall impressions after finishing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. http://ontologicalgeek.blogspot.com/2012/01/guest-article-skyrim-is-... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The breakthrough superhero franchise of this console generation returns with a bang!

    Batman: Arkham City

    The breakthrough superhero franchise of this console generation returns with a bang!

    The Good: Expansive open world environment is a blast to traverse; the many tools and actions Batman has at his disposal keep the combat intense and the puzzles intriguing, even moreso than the first game; fluid animatio... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A gorgeous artistic style accompanied by catchy musical tracks are the shining points in this all-around great package.

    Bastion

    A gorgeous artistic style accompanied by catchy musical tracks are the shining points in this all-around great package.

    Man, the video game industry never ceases to surprise me. Remember back when all well-produced game experiences came in the same format? You head to your game dealer, pick up your title, bring it back home, pop the cartr... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    One of the most (and only) truly horrifying games ever made, Amnesia taps into the science behind terror.

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    One of the most (and only) truly horrifying games ever made, Amnesia taps into the science behind terror.

    When was the last time you were truly frightened? It would be difficult to say for many, as true fear is difficult to create. But with the natural disasters dominating current events in the news, I think at least some of... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    This obscene shooter can be a blast, but it seems to run out of things to do after the campaign is over.

    Bulletstorm

    This obscene shooter can be a blast, but it seems to run out of things to do after the campaign is over.

    The Good: Skillshots reward you for changing things up; technically stunning vistas; fun campaign; the leash is a fun and unique addition to combat; some cool weapons; a few awesome setpieces and boss battles The Bad:... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    DA:O is exactly what a traditional RPG should be. But will we as an industry always be satisfied with the traditional?

    Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)

    DA:O is exactly what a traditional RPG should be. But will we as an industry always be satisfied with the traditional?

    The Good: Exceedingly nonlinear campaign; excellent voice acting; tons of lore to discover; excellent setting The Bad: Dated graphics; combat becomes repetitive The Ugly: Dislocated storyline; nonlinearity comes at... Read Full Review

    0 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Mass Effect 2 is the gorgeous, streamlined sequel that will change the way you see this spectacular scifi RPG franchise.

    Mass Effect 2

    Mass Effect 2 is the gorgeous, streamlined sequel that will change the way you see this spectacular scifi RPG franchise.

    The Good: Excellent voice acting and script; combat mechanics are streamlined, fluid, and engaging; universe feels varied and each locale unique; strong cast of distinct characters The Bad: Story doesn't carry the sam... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A beautiful, universally lovable triumph, Uncharted 2 is everything an action adventure game should be and more.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    A beautiful, universally lovable triumph, Uncharted 2 is everything an action adventure game should be and more.

    The Good: Simply gorgeous graphics, artistically and technically; gameplay is rock solid fun all the way through; voice acting brings the joyous romp of a story to life; genuinely good sense of humor; really feels like a... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    FFXIII succeeds in many ways, but the new streamlined approach may ruffle the feathers of its hardcore fanbase.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    FFXIII succeeds in many ways, but the new streamlined approach may ruffle the feathers of its hardcore fanbase.

    The Good: Revamped game design shows off the perks of the streamlined battle system; fast-paced action is a blast; focused and, at times, moving storyline; superb production qualities; generally solid voice acting The... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Prepare to be blown away by Remedy's first triumph since the Max Payne series!

    Alan Wake

    Prepare to be blown away by Remedy's first triumph since the Max Payne series!

    The Good: Creepy yet immersive atmosphere; spectacular sound design all around, including effects, voice acting, and soundtrack (original and licensed); inventive gameplay can provide some intensely stressful moments; fl... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Despite succeeding as a stand-alone game, Bioshock 2 is too similar to its predecessor to keep us from forgetting it.

    BioShock 2

    Despite succeeding as a stand-alone game, Bioshock 2 is too similar to its predecessor to keep us from forgetting it.

    The Good: Multiple enhancements keep the classic gameplay fresh; graphics are still sharp; fantastic soundtrack; rest of the sound design is solid as well; surprisingly addictive multiplayer The Bad: Story is neither ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    DS wows you with grand scale and spectacular gameplay elements, but it's the immersion and difficulty that set it apart.

    Demon's Souls

    DS wows you with grand scale and spectacular gameplay elements, but it's the immersion and difficulty that set it apart.

    The Good: Expansive and eery universe that will haunt and challenge you simultaneously; unforgiving yet precise combat mechanics; extremely innovative and integrated online cooperative and competitive play; well-develope... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Heavy Rain delivers a good story and excellent graphical detail, but it is otherwise moderately unimpressive.

    Heavy Rain

    Heavy Rain delivers a good story and excellent graphical detail, but it is otherwise moderately unimpressive.

    The Good: Good story with fewer plot holes than people think; innovative control scheme; primarily excellent graphics; some good voice acting The Bad: Not all textures look as great as the characters' faces; some dist... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    GoW3 proves to be a fitting and satisfyingly bloody conclusion to the highly respected mythological platforming series.

    God of War III

    GoW3 proves to be a fitting and satisfyingly bloody conclusion to the highly respected mythological platforming series.

    The Good: Brutally entertaining combat that remains true to the series; all-around spectacular graphics; great ending; diverse boss battles The Bad: Story is pretty slow; can become repetitive The Ugly: Remains a l... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    FFXII's amazing graphics, revamped gameplay, and politically charged storyline help make for another amazing adventure.

    Final Fantasy XII

    FFXII's amazing graphics, revamped gameplay, and politically charged storyline help make for another amazing adventure.

    The Good: Top of the line graphics and animations; life-like characters draw you into the universe; frequent throwbacks to less popular (but no less appreciated) titles; overhauled combat system has much more action RPG ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Despite its very slow-to-start storyline, this tactical RPG has an amazing graphical style and an awesome battle system.

    Senjou no Valkyria

    Despite its very slow-to-start storyline, this tactical RPG has an amazing graphical style and an awesome battle system.

    The Good: Art style is amazing; excellent music; unique tactical combat system really makes the game The Bad: Some spotty voice acting; lip-syncing is broken; cheesy anime is not my style; AI is pretty stupid The U... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Arkham Asylum is a surprisingly excellent experience that rivals the best that superhero video games have to offer.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Arkham Asylum is a surprisingly excellent experience that rivals the best that superhero video games have to offer.

    The Good: Quick-paced combat is easily accessible yet satisfying; a classic good guy versus bad guy tale excellently woven throughout; puzzles are a blast to solve; great variety of useful gadgets; lots of unlockables ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Plenty of memorable moments in this fun-loving adventure story make Uncharted an enjoyable journey to the end.

    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    Plenty of memorable moments in this fun-loving adventure story make Uncharted an enjoyable journey to the end.

    The Good: Greatly detailed and varied environments; great setpieces that make the game stand out from the pack; solid voice acting; over the top storyline that is enjoyable as long as you don't take it too seriously T... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    With great graphics, gameplay, and story, the only aspect keeping this FF from achieving superiority is presentation.

    Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits!)

    With great graphics, gameplay, and story, the only aspect keeping this FF from achieving superiority is presentation.

    Final Fantasy has created for itself a huge reputation for making truly spectacular role playing games, from the originals on the early Nintendo systems to the graphically revolutionary ones on the PlayStation. This inst... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A unique story, refined gameplay, stirring music, and great characters make this what every sequel should aspire to be.

    Assassin's Creed II

    A unique story, refined gameplay, stirring music, and great characters make this what every sequel should aspire to be.

    The Good: Polished gameplay and graphics; entirely new economic system; you won't see many stories like this one; superb new characters; moving musical score; satisfyingly lengthy campaign; exploration is much more rewar... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A charming story, riveting atmosphere, and amazing puzzles make this indie title a truly enjoyable experience.

    Machinarium

    A charming story, riveting atmosphere, and amazing puzzles make this indie title a truly enjoyable experience.

    The Good: Fantastic art design; clever story and instantly sympathetic characters; puzzles that will knock your socks off; catchy music The Bad: Minor interface issues Did any of you ever play the old children's ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Amazing characters, a superb orchestral score, and a solid story make this adventure game one you shouldn't miss.

    Fahrenheit

    Amazing characters, a superb orchestral score, and a solid story make this adventure game one you shouldn't miss.

    The Good: Great story that sucks you in; some of the most well-developed characters to come around in a long time; amazing soundtrack; some innovative gameplay mechanics; convincing voice acting The Bad: Camera can be... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Despite improved combat and a complex plot, Warrior Within's dark tone departs from the storybook Prince we're used to.

    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

    Despite improved combat and a complex plot, Warrior Within's dark tone departs from the storybook Prince we're used to.

    The Good: Complex and satisfyingly lengthy story takes lots of twists; vastly improved combat system; camera issues have been fixed for the most part The Bad: Darker tone that is not entirely welcome; some difficulty ... Read Full Review

    0 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Despite its length and camera issues, the first Prince of Persia delivers a fulfilling experience from start to finish.

    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Despite its length and camera issues, the first Prince of Persia delivers a fulfilling experience from start to finish.

    The Good: Clever puzzles and level design; time mechanic is forgiving, yet it doesn't make the game a joke; friendly AI is helpful in both dialogue and combat; engaging combat keeps you alert The Bad: The story is sho... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    The World Ends with You is a breathtakingly spectacular experience that rivals the best from Square's console games.

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's A Wonderful World

    The World Ends with You is a breathtakingly spectacular experience that rivals the best from Square's console games.

    The Good: Combat system that makes even the consoles' top games mentally boring; compelling story with memorable, developed characters; modern, catchy artistic style; innovative leveling system that forces you to fight f... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    With an amazing story, fast-paced action, and addicting RPG elements, Mass Effect seats itself among Bioware's best.

    Mass Effect

    With an amazing story, fast-paced action, and addicting RPG elements, Mass Effect seats itself among Bioware's best.

    Bioware has in the past established for itself a record of solid role playing games that have come to shine where so many others fail. Needless to say, Bioware's latest title isn't a pushover. With a huge, engaging story... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Despite some graphical issues, Prototype manages to take both intensity and story-telling to a new level.

    Prototype

    Despite some graphical issues, Prototype manages to take both intensity and story-telling to a new level.

    Prototype is in my opinion Radical's first great game. I'd never even heard of them before this, but it seems that they deserve to be put on the map after this one. Prototype does a great job with a lot of things, and th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    When you can play a game that is just as good today as it was ten years ago, you know you're playing a classic.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    When you can play a game that is just as good today as it was ten years ago, you know you're playing a classic.

    One of the most beloved games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time achieved nearly perfect ratings from both critics and gamers. No other game has had such a huge impact on players as this game. No one who h... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    My first experience with Metal Gear Solid, and needless to say, I loved almost every minute of it.

    Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

    My first experience with Metal Gear Solid, and needless to say, I loved almost every minute of it.

    So, this is the famed Metal Gear Solid all my friends keep telling me to play. A revival of the semi-old (remake already?) classic -- a mixture of the original for the Playstation and the sequel on the PS2. From what I'v... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    With a great story, amazing gameplay, and huge amounts of immersion and depth, Oblivion is among the greatest RPGs ever.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    With a great story, amazing gameplay, and huge amounts of immersion and depth, Oblivion is among the greatest RPGs ever.

    First of all, let me first say that I haven't been an Elder Scrolls fan for a long time. I began with Morrowind after it had been out for a few years, and I couldn't really get into it honestly. However, when I picked up... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6
    Superb is the word for this game. Gamespot has justly named games rated in the 9's.

    Gears of War

    Superb is the word for this game. Gamespot has justly named games rated in the 9's.

    Wow. When I first played this game and saw the excellent scenery, great looking weapons, and most importantly the freakish enemies, I knew this would be a great game. But even saying it would be great was an understateme... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful