User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.13/10

Total of 66 user reviews spread across 66 releases

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  • User Rating 7
    Titanfall’s satisfying parkour movement contrasts with the enormous fun of piloting Titans.

    Titanfall

    Rated on April 08, 2014 by nutcrackr

    Titanfall’s satisfying parkour movement contrasts with the enormous fun of piloting Titans.

    Why do we keep playing online shooters? How many times can we kill gun-toting maniacs in urban environments before we go crazy? The answer is different for every gamer - some enjoy the rush of combat ...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    An excellent open-world pirate adventure with healthy content at land and sea

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    Rated on December 12, 2013 by nutcrackr

    An excellent open-world pirate adventure with healthy content at land and sea

    Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is like a refreshing swim in a beautiful blue ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. You can smell the salt from the sea-spray and feel the cool waves car...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    A combination that is less than the sum of its parts.

    Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

    Rated on September 25, 2013 by nutcrackr

    A combination that is less than the sum of its parts.

    Imagine a machine that takes two games, disassembles them to base components, and reconstructs them into a unified product. Dear Esther, a game from The Chinese Room, enters one of the intake valves i...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    The regression of a franchise with less focus and a misuse of strengths

    Assassin's Creed III

    Rated on July 12, 2013 by nutcrackr

    The regression of a franchise with less focus and a misuse of strengths

    Assassin's Creed 3 is a step backwards for a franchise and a game that rarely exploits its greatest strengths. It continues directly from the end of Revelations, as Desmond and his Assassin team are h...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A reboot that evolves the combat, platforming and puzzles with powerful results

    Tomb Raider (The Final Hours Edition)

    Rated on March 15, 2013 by nutcrackr

    A reboot that evolves the combat, platforming and puzzles with powerful results

    Tomb Raider is a reboot to a well established, stale franchise that was in need of an overhaul. It aims to tell the origins story of Lara Croft, the well known archaeologist heroine. It's grittier and...

    2 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Clicking is always rewarding in this charming adventure game

    Botanicula

    Rated on November 08, 2012 by nutcrackr

    Clicking is always rewarding in this charming adventure game

    Botanicula is a delightful adventure game from the developers who brought us Machinarium. Amanita Design craft another appealing universe with a variety of bizarre creatures living within the ecosyste...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Good action in a distinctive world spoiled by stealth and balance issues

    Dishonored

    Rated on October 29, 2012 by nutcrackr

    Good action in a distinctive world spoiled by stealth and balance issues

    They say revenge is a dish best served cold. In Dishonored, revenge is served by teleporting behind a guard, stabbing him in the neck, sending a swarm of rats to devour his friend and slowing time so ...

    1 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    An incredible journey with spectacular conclusions for important characters

    Mass Effect 3

    Rated on July 15, 2012 by nutcrackr

    An incredible journey with spectacular conclusions for important characters

    Nobody saves the Galaxy quite like Commander Shepard. Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion to the cinematic epic spanning three amazing games. The Reapers are beginning their eradication of all technologic...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    More cut scenes than painkillers. The lack of player control is a gaping hole...

    Max Payne 3

    Rated on June 14, 2012 by nutcrackr

    More cut scenes than painkillers. The lack of player control is a gaping hole...

    Max Payne is a tortured individual. He lost his wife and baby child many years ago. His femme fatale companion, Mona, was killed in the second game by the dearest of all his friends. Even after all of...

    10 out of 13 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Fight the darkness and find out what is happening around the town of Bright Falls

    Alan Wake

    Rated on March 26, 2012 by nutcrackr

    Fight the darkness and find out what is happening around the town of Bright Falls

    Alan Wake is a psychological action game created by Remedy. Announced as an open world game in 2005, it was going to push the PC platform to extremes. Instead it launched only on the Xbox 360 in May 2...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    An intriguing journey that will satisfy the eyes and ears

    Dear Esther

    Rated on March 09, 2012 by nutcrackr

    An intriguing journey that will satisfy the eyes and ears

    Dear Esther begins with you on the shores of a desolate island overlooking the coast as waves caress the rocks. An abandoned lighthouse is only a few steps away, and this is where your journey begins....

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Neat block puzzles in first person. It's no Portal but you could do worse with your $15

    Q.U.B.E.

    Rated on February 26, 2012 by nutcrackr

    Neat block puzzles in first person. It's no Portal but you could do worse with your $15

    QUBE is a first person indie puzzler from Toxic Games. It is the first game released with the help of Indie Fund. Players wake up in a sterile environment of white rooms formed from blocks. As you mov...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 4.5
    An awful, ugly mess. Or as Duke would say, "Tonight, you dine in hell"

    Duke Nukem Forever

    Rated on December 14, 2011 by nutcrackr

    An awful, ugly mess. Or as Duke would say, "Tonight, you dine in hell"

    The Duke Nukem franchise is a big part of gaming history. Not because of the great PC platformers released in the early 90s or the pivotal shooter, Duke Nukem 3D, from '96. It's part of history becaus...

    7 out of 10 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Fails with narrative, variety, replay value and ambition. Technical problems at launch didn't help.

    Rage

    Rated on October 15, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Fails with narrative, variety, replay value and ambition. Technical problems at launch didn't help.

    Rage is an arcade shooter / racer from id software, the developers who helped define the FPS genre. It is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland 106 years after an asteroid crashed to Earth. Before the a...

    19 out of 22 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    An excellent sequel that makes solid improvements to movement and powers.

    inFamous 2

    Rated on October 15, 2011 by nutcrackr

    An excellent sequel that makes solid improvements to movement and powers.

    Infamous 2 is a great sequel to the PS3 exclusive action game released in 2006. You reprise your role as Cole McGrath, the man with the electric super powers. This time Cole does most of his work in t...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Fun shooter that gives you beautiful environments with a satisfying skillshot system.

    Bulletstorm

    Rated on September 17, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Fun shooter that gives you beautiful environments with a satisfying skillshot system.

    Bulletstorm is an outrageous shooter from People Can Fly, the developers who created Painkiller and brought Gears of War to PC. Using the Unreal 3 engine to great effect the combat in Bulletstorm make...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Charming strategy game where you use powers to battle natural disasters

    From Dust

    Rated on September 05, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Charming strategy game where you use powers to battle natural disasters

    From Dust is a strategy game where you control the forces of nature to battle nature. You are a deity and need to escort a tribe of lowly humans across a landscape so they can capture totems. To do th...

    7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Fails to match the Monolith games but not a terrible entry into the franchise

    F.E.A.R. 3

    Rated on July 18, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Fails to match the Monolith games but not a terrible entry into the franchise

    FEAR 3 is an average shooter from Day 1 studios, the developers who brought FEAR to consoles. With some guidance from Monolith, Day 1 has created a sequel with a co-operative focus. During the campaig...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Good detective game that lacks sufficient supporting evidence.

    L.A. Noire

    Rated on July 16, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Good detective game that lacks sufficient supporting evidence.

    L.A. Noire is a good interrogation simulator and crime scene investigation game from Team Bondi and Rockstar. The game is set within the enormous city of Los Angeles during 1947. You play as Cole Phel...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Fun albeit linear and repetitive shooter that lacks many things that made Guerrilla good.

    Red Faction: Armageddon

    Rated on June 14, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Fun albeit linear and repetitive shooter that lacks many things that made Guerrilla good.

    Armageddon destroys most of the good work Red Faction: Guerrilla did for the franchise. Armageddon is a brainless, linear third person shooter that has less personality than a Martian rock. You play a...

    11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Amazing visuals, strong dialogue, varied characters, layered narrative and choices that have real consequences.

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    Rated on June 07, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Amazing visuals, strong dialogue, varied characters, layered narrative and choices that have real consequences.

    The monster slayer, Geralt, is back to severe limbs, cure curses and make critical decisions in a new magical tale. The White Wolf is after the Kingslayer and also trying to solve some personal myster...

    7 out of 10 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Great puzzles, interesting new devices and hilarious dialogue.

    Portal 2

    Rated on May 02, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Great puzzles, interesting new devices and hilarious dialogue.

    Portal 2 is an extremely polished puzzle game that is well worth the full price tag. It works so well because it contains rewarding puzzles and witty dialogue. Each puzzle is both a learning process a...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Average and forgettable single player with good but flawed multiplayer.

    Homefront

    Rated on March 30, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Average and forgettable single player with good but flawed multiplayer.

    Homefront is an average shooter that draws inspiration from better first person shooters like the new Call of Duty games and Half Life 2. It crafts a steady stream of action along a very short linear ...

    7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Great story levels, huge variety of community levels and broken online play.

    LittleBigPlanet 2

    Rated on February 19, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Great story levels, huge variety of community levels and broken online play.

    LittleBigPlanet 2 is a great sequel to the original hilarious platforming game released in 2008. The story and platforming elements of the original game are further refined. The art design is more con...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    One out of three ain't good

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

    Rated on February 04, 2011 by nutcrackr

    One out of three ain't good

    Dark Athena is three different games in one, unfortunately only one of those games is mildly enjoyable. Riddick is a stealth game, a brawler and a first person shooter. The stealth is minimalistic but...

    5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Enjoyable combat, smart puzzles and good variety

    Darksiders

    Rated on January 12, 2011 by nutcrackr

    Enjoyable combat, smart puzzles and good variety

    Darksiders is a third person action adventure game with a primary focus on melee combat but has plenty of clever puzzles to spice things up. It chronicles the events of War, one of the four horsemen, ...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    Too hard to be fun

    Super Meat Boy

    Rated on December 28, 2010 by nutcrackr

    Too hard to be fun

    Meat Boy is a small cube character who has the charming ability to slide down and jump off vertical walls. Of course this talent is used frequently to complete a series of challenging levels in a 2D e...

    8 out of 18 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Could have been a great game with more time spent cleaning up little problems. Multiplayer is highly flawed.

    Medal of Honor

    Rated on November 20, 2010 by nutcrackr

    Could have been a great game with more time spent cleaning up little problems. Multiplayer is highly flawed.

    Medal of Honor is a tightly scripted ride created with clear precision of exactly what the developers want you to see. Over the four hour campaign you will switch between different soldiers but you wo...

    6 out of 9 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Inferior to the original with the exception of the combat and amazing visuals. Convoluted story with a weak ending.

    Mafia II

    Rated on September 14, 2010 by nutcrackr

    Inferior to the original with the exception of the combat and amazing visuals. Convoluted story with a weak ending.

    Mafia 2 has been a long time coming, after only just completing the original I was anxious to see what these many years of development have brought. There are notable improvements over the original, b...

    16 out of 18 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    L4D2 is an improved version of the original which is both more satisfying and more frustrating.

    Left 4 Dead 2

    Rated on August 29, 2010 by nutcrackr

    L4D2 is an improved version of the original which is both more satisfying and more frustrating.

    The original Left 4 Dead was a great multiplayer shooter, it offered countless hours of enjoyment with only a handful of maps and some simple mechanics of zombies versus humans. Left 4 Dead 2 takes th...

    6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A Sci-fi epic with cinematic presentation, improved combat and more interesting squad members.

    Mass Effect 2

    Rated on February 13, 2010 by nutcrackr

    A Sci-fi epic with cinematic presentation, improved combat and more interesting squad members.

    I was pretty impressed with the overall experience of Mass Effect 2 once I had completed it, and it does in fact prove to be a worthy sequel. If I were to correctly define the game I would probably co...

    8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Wolfenstein doesn't start well but the powers you receive can make it fun, but not great.

    Wolfenstein

    Rated on October 03, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Wolfenstein doesn't start well but the powers you receive can make it fun, but not great.

    Wolfenstein marks the return of hero B.J. Blazkowicz, once again fighting the Germans in WW2. This time however the situation takes on a more sci-fi feel with lots of supernatural elements compared to...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Solid western shooter that improves throughout with lots of action, great cutscenes and memorable characters

    Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

    Rated on August 30, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Solid western shooter that improves throughout with lots of action, great cutscenes and memorable characters

    Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is the prequel to the 2006 western shooter and it features gameplay split between the two McCall brothers, Ray and Thomas. Ray returns in this prequel alongside his bro...

    9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Entertaining and frantic combat with a selection of varied powers in a balanced environment.

    Prototype

    Rated on July 11, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Entertaining and frantic combat with a selection of varied powers in a balanced environment.

    In Prototype you play as Alex Mercer, a man who has been infected by a virus strain giving him a series of unbelievable powers and abilities. As you progress through downtown New York you set out to u...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A high paced aggressive arcade racer that makes carnage fun.

    FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

    Rated on June 27, 2009 by nutcrackr

    A high paced aggressive arcade racer that makes carnage fun.

    FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is an arcade racing game featuring high speed crashes and loads of destruction. It's a highly polished version of FlatOut 2 with a few new modes, graphical enhancements and g...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Dark Sector starts poorly but gradually improves and becomes rather enjoyable thanks to the glaive.<br />

    Dark Sector

    Rated on May 30, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Dark Sector starts poorly but gradually improves and becomes rather enjoyable thanks to the glaive.<br />

    Dark Sector is a third person action game set in the near future in which a Technocyte infection mutates creatures and turns them insane. You play as Hayden, a character who is a secret agent with a r...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Hand to hand combat in a peculiar setting with unusual art design but too weird, mildly frustrating and repetitive

    Zeno Clash

    Rated on May 22, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Hand to hand combat in a peculiar setting with unusual art design but too weird, mildly frustrating and repetitive

    Zeno Clash is a first person hand to hand combat title with occasional but lacklustre weapon use; it features arena style fights in smallish maps with an unusual story and different art style. You pla...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    Solid presentation and great horror elements complement the different style and setting let down by performance issues

    Cryostasis

    Rated on April 19, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Solid presentation and great horror elements complement the different style and setting let down by performance issues

    Pros- Sound, atmosphere, horror, mental echoes, unique feel Cons- Inconsistent performance, ambiguous, some poor combat Cryostasis deserves some attention from the PC gaming community, yet it st...

    24 out of 24 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    Still FEAR at the core but without the scare factor or punch of the original.

    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

    Rated on March 28, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Still FEAR at the core but without the scare factor or punch of the original.

    +Fun action, good AI, appropriate sound, solid pacing -Poor scares, too easy, predictable, too short, generic in spots F.E.A.R. 2 is a decent shooter, unfortunately not quite as good as the origin...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Left 4 Dead features excellent cooperation in well balanced asymmetric competitive multiplayer.

    Left 4 Dead

    Rated on March 06, 2009 by nutcrackr

    Left 4 Dead features excellent cooperation in well balanced asymmetric competitive multiplayer.

    Great multiplayer games keep on giving even through repetition. Left 4 Dead is a game that keeps giving me enjoyment when I'm doing the same sequences over and over. One of the keys to this is how thi...

    6 out of 6 found this review helpful.