Total of 73 user reviews spread across 73 releases
MLB 13: The Show
This has been the best baseball game of this generation every year, but there's nothing new in this version.
There's only so much a great sports game can do to improve itself, and MLB: The Show has consistently been the best baseball game of this generation. On the other hand, if one looks at FIFA's progress...
A very solid but not incredible shooter married to a story that's one or two cuts above the typical fare.
After completing Bioshock Infinite, I couldn't help but think that Irrational Games' abilities might be better suited to the role-playing genre. Although they are pretty decent at creating fun combat ...
God of War: Ascension
One gets the feeling that Santa Monica Studios is scared of moving on from their flagship franchise. Fun, but familiar.
It's remarkable to think that Kratos has been around for eight years, slashing and hacking his way into the pantheon of legendary Playstation exclusive heroes. With Ascension, the series -- which is n...
The Last of Us
An astonishing, powerful, and moving story, coupled with tight, cohesive, and varied gameplay. The best game of 2013.
One of the signs that gaming remains an immature medium (which is not to say that its devotees are children, merely that the art form is still a young one) is the paucity of serious narratives, and th...
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 swims against the current by making a longer, more open-world shooter, and succeeding magnificently.
Ubisoft Montreal is arguably this gaming generation's signature contrarian. While other games have become exceedingly linear, and shooters in particular have grown into very short, episodic affairs --...
13 proves to be a lucky number for this series and is the best FIFA yet, with many subtle improvements over last year.
If FIFA 12 was a sea change in the game millions of football fans have grown to love, FIFA 13 is a quiet consolidation of the series' title as this console generation's most consistently excellent spo...
Madden NFL 13
Despite some flaws, Madden NFL 13 incorporates many radical changes that improve the game drastically.
As an experienced Madden gamer, I've reviewed the last four or five iterations of this franchise (pretty much all the 360/PS3 versions) and been alternately hopeful and disappointed with this generati...
Did Ensemble die of shame after making this game? It's not bad,exactly, but it's a far cry from their halcyon days.
It is essential for fans of the real-time strategy genre on the PC to understand what Halo Wars is. It is not an RTS, and expecting what you would ordinarily expect from a PC RTS will only lead to dis...
Mass Effect 3
Following on the heels of a masterpiece, Mass Effect 3 provides an ambivalent, thoughtful ending to the series.
Mass Effect 3, like its predecessors, is remarkable because of Bioware's investment in world-building. Just as adding textures and bump-mapping transform simplistic 3D models into believable images, g...
While short, Journey exhibits a more unified and elegant artistic vision than ThatGameCompany's Flower.
Journey is a melancholic, mesmerizing experience that belongs in a class of its own. It is the rare game made for those who enjoy symbolism and suggestion rather than the over-wrought, sound-and-fury ...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Modern Warfare 3 maintains the same standards as prior Call of Duty titles, but the series is growing stale.
If you love Modern Warfare or the Call of Duty series, you'll find plenty to like here (or more precisely, you'll find more of the same). Modern Warfare 3 remains a multiplayer juggernaut -- albeit wi...
FIFA 12 (PS3 Bundle)
The on-the-field product is excellent and, depending on how well you take to Tactical Defending, a big leap forward.
In this review, I'm going to assume some familiarity with past editions of the FIFA series. In other words, I would recommend reading this review if you've played and enjoyed FIFA in the past, and are...
If you loved this series' quirky debut cameo in The Orange Box, you'll undoubtedly love its equally charming second act.
When Valve released The Orange Box in 2007, most gamers lined up to experience Half-Life 2 and its episodes for the first time on the Playstation 3. The studio had also included the much-anticipated (...
MLB 11: The Show
Superior to all its superlative predecessors, MLB 11 stretches the limits of the sports gaming genre.
In the spectrum of big-time professional sports, baseball relies the least on raw physical talent. To play football, you have to be immensely strong, fast, and agile; for basketball, you need freakish...
After many years of waiting, console gamers can play Crysis. It's worth the time and money, but it's not revolutionary.
There's something inherently alluring about that which we cannot have. For console gamers, the long wait for Crysis-and the developer's own insistence that the game could never run on current-generati...
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
The sequel to the Playstation 3's best adventure game makes a big splash. The Atlantis of the Sands awaits.
Without a doubt, Uncharted 2 was the finest game experience I've enjoyed this generation. When I played that title in 2009, I was completely blown away by the cinematic imagination and scale of what N...
Madden NFL 12
If you have a recent edition, don't rush out to pick up this marginal "upgrade" on a stagnant franchise.
If you've played Madden 11 before, then the in-game action of this edition is virtually indistinguishable from that edition of this series. Several of the notable improvements that came with 11 -- suc...
Madden NFL 11
I won't deny that I'm a Madden apologist, but this really is the best version of the game to date.
Madden is an incredibly frustrating series for newcomers and diehard fans alike. For newcomers, the learning curve is daunting; learning stick skills on both sides of the ball, which plays work (and w...
God of War III
SCE Santa Monica changed very little about this game, but to fans of the series, that's a good thing. A very good thing.
At its core, God of War III is unapologetic. That is, without a doubt, the best way to describe this game. It isn't bashful about its absurdly grandiose settings, bombastic dialogue, or outsized and a...
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Generation Seven finally has its killer app.
Before Uncharted 2: Among Thieves arrived on my doorstep, I believed this generation of games had by and large reached its full potential. The landmark games of the past two years have been a joy to p...
Dragon Age: Origins
Another Bioware classic, but one that fails to live up to some of the promises that the creators themselves made.
Dragon Age: Origins would have been a remarkable role-playing game had it been released a few years ago, at the beginning of this generation of consoles. As it stands, it is the culmination of Bioware...
God of War Collection (Ultimate Combo Pack)
God of War Collection is the definitive version of two of the Playstation 2's finest titles. Astounding.
Given how much success God of War and Assassin's Creed have enjoyed, it is a mystery to me why other developers don't attempt to explore more unconventional settings and mythos for their titles. The w...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
This title doesn't go above and beyond, but it definitely lives up to everyone's huge expectations.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was one of the great games of this generation. What about the follow-up? Let's dispense with the answer straight away: Modern Warfare 2 is a worthy successor to the most...
Bioshock 2 shines at times, but it never truly escapes the shadow of the original masterpiece.
This generation has produced quite a few good games, but only three have truly astonished me: Gears of War (2006), Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009), and -- perhaps most of all -- Bioshock (2007). The...
Mass Effect 2
Bioware's magnus opus is also the best game available on the 360. Its maturity, depth, and polish are second to none.
The original Xbox had to wait nearly three years for its magnum opus, a role-playing game developed by the accomplished veterans at Bioware. The game was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and it...
Madden NFL 10
Oh, I wanted to love this Madden so much! It's great, but way too far from perfect to warrant a 9.0+.
Full disclaimer first: I am a huge NFL fan, but unfortunately a mediocre Madden gamer. Despite spending perhaps hundreds of hours with earlier versions of the game, I've never been able to rocket catc...
An exemplar of the survival horror genre made famous by Resident Evil, Dead Space outdoes its inspirations.
It's ironic that EA's slogan for its sports titles is, "It's in the game," because the saying would better apply to Dead Space. Few titles do a better job of bringing you into the game-world and immer...
Halo (Xbox Collection)
Without a doubt, the defining shooter - no, the defining video game - of a generation.
Halo: Combat Evolved is still one of the greatest video games I've ever played. Despite it now being quite dated - in both its graphics and its gameplay - no other game has developed into such a pheno...
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of the best superhero games of all time -- certainly the finest of this generation.
To start off, I should mention that I'm not a Batman fan in any strong sense of the word. I've really enjoyed the most recent franchise reboot by Chris Nolan on the big screen, and Arkham Asylum certa...
Stunningly beautiful, the followup to flOw is one of the Playstation 3's best downloadable titles.
Playing Flower is not quite like playing any other game on the market. It's incredibly difficult to describe exactly what the experience is, but perhaps the best comparison that may be drawn is to med...
Resident Evil 5 (Collector's Edition)
Gameplay mechanics that were par for the course in 2005 aren't going to cut it now.
Remarkably, Resident Evil 5 still hangs its hat on some of the classic gameplay conventions of the third-person action-adventure genre. Inventory management is horribly awkward, since you have to comb...
MLB 09: The Show
One-word review: Wow.
This game is not particularly easy. Like all sports titles, it has a pretty tough learning curve. But this one's difficult even in the context of sports games -- even on the fairly easy difficulty set...
Assassin's Creed II
A run, wall-climb and a leap above the previous installment, and one of the best games of 2009.
The first Assassin's Creed was a bold attempt to stretch the frontiers of gaming. With an innovative control scheme, unique historical setting and frame narrative, it was one of the most daring titles...
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Heir to a great game, Pandora Tomorrow improves on the formula in many ways.
Fans of Splinter Cell, or of the stealth-action genre, shouldn't hesitate to pick up the sequel. Pandora Tomorrow is far from a cash-in game. It refines its predecessor's strong points, crafts an inte...
This Matrix-inspired magnum opus met and exceeded all hype.
Max Payne began development at a time when most first-person shooters were either in the space marine or modern military settings. It transformed the genre, introducing the gritty, crime-noir topos to...
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
The people who told you this is the 360's best shooter? They weren't lying.
Graphics - First things first, right? Well, not exactly. But I guess I wanted to get this out of the way. A) They aren't as good as Gears of War. Nothing is, so far as I've seen. Even the videos ...
Gears of War
Gears is an intense experience, a blast to play with friends, a technological marvel...and perhaps overrated.
Gears of War is certainly one of the first games (if not the first) to truly define what next-gen means. This is particularly true because many of the games that have thus said to be next-gen are als...
Gears of War 2
A solid sequel, but one that does not break new ground.
Introduction: Let me first of all say that I loved Gears of War. I got the Xbox 360 to play that game, and it was worth it. Next-gen gaming truly began for me with Gears of War, Rainbow Six: Vegas and...
ESPN NFL 2K5
Killed unjustly, the NFL 2K series will live on in the memories of gamers everywhere.
The great irony of NFL 2K5 is that it was released in order to compete with the Madden series. Everything was tailored to that end. The game was made with loving care, and it was sold at a drastically...
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
One of the five most important games of its generation.
Splinter Cell is by no means a perfect game. But at the time it was released, it set the standard in several areas. In terms of presentation and graphical excellence, Splinter Cell was the greatest...