User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.02/10

Total of 106 user reviews spread across 106 releases

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  • User Rating:8.5
    Addictive gameplay with tons of steady rewards keep you hooked despite a mediocre narrative and repeat of AC2's formula.

    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Auditore Edition)

    Addictive gameplay with tons of steady rewards keep you hooked despite a mediocre narrative and repeat of AC2's formula.

    I've been lukewarm on the AC series up until this point, so I wasn't expecting much from Brotherhood. But it was a huge pleasant surprise to sink into something that feels very familiar to AC2 but is so polished and rewa... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A visual gobstopper that shows off impeccable level design along with its tried-and-true combat mechanics.

    God of War III

    A visual gobstopper that shows off impeccable level design along with its tried-and-true combat mechanics.

    Just when I thought I couldn't take another God of War game, along came God of War III. Like most people, the first title blew my mind. The second title got a bit overlooked in the transition to the PS3/360 generation, b... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Worth playing for its story elements, Arrival serves as a competent (if unspectacular) bridge between ME2 and ME3.

    Mass Effect 2: Arrival

    Worth playing for its story elements, Arrival serves as a competent (if unspectacular) bridge between ME2 and ME3.

    It's easy to criticize Arrival, considering the high quality of its two outstanding DLC predecessors. Even if Arrival's scope doesn't exactly equal what was on display in Overlord and Shadow Broker, there's still a lot t... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Similar idea to Dragon Age's "Return to Ostagar" DLC, but severely gimped in content.

    Mass Effect 2: Normandy Crash Site

    Similar idea to Dragon Age's "Return to Ostagar" DLC, but severely gimped in content.

    This is purely decorative DLC ... a great idea to memorialize the crash site of the fallen Normandy and collect dog tags of dead crew members to send to their families. There's a nice tip of the hat to your navigator as ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    A useful (but boring) party member and a mediocre loyalty mission.

    Mass Effect 2: The Price of Revenge

    A useful (but boring) party member and a mediocre loyalty mission.

    You'd think picking up a renegade bounty hunter in a space soap opera would lead to some brilliant tension in your party or some dramatic showdowns between crew members or fantastically slimy adventures among criminal el... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Fun while it lasts, but sadly ME3 is not a special standout game like its predecessor.

    Mass Effect 3

    Fun while it lasts, but sadly ME3 is not a special standout game like its predecessor.

    It's tough coming into a game like Mass Effect 3 with a universe you've come to love and characters you can't wait to adventure with again, all the while knowing this is it. It has to end. (… Well, for now, at any rate.)... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Perfectly competent rendition of first-person alien-shooting, but this isn't what made Crysis and Far Cry awesome.

    Crysis 2

    Perfectly competent rendition of first-person alien-shooting, but this isn't what made Crysis and Far Cry awesome.

    It's hard to comment on a game like Crysis 2, one which is incredibly well-made and -designed, generally a pleasure to play through, no major problems to quibble about, and something you will probably immediately forget ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Fun combat mechanics and gorgeous visuals save FF13 from being a complete disaster.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    Fun combat mechanics and gorgeous visuals save FF13 from being a complete disaster.

    I really tried to give Square-Enix the benefit of the doubt with FF13, knowing full well the complaints that have been lobbed its way. It's hard not to respect the talent and resources that go into colossal games like th... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Beautifully bleak and barren, Demon's Souls is unlike any RPG I've ever played.

    Demon's Souls

    Beautifully bleak and barren, Demon's Souls is unlike any RPG I've ever played.

    I'm getting to the age where I shouldn't like games like Demon's Souls. Poorly explained, convoluted game systems. Unforgiving difficulty. Giant time-suck to play your way through a barren game world with minmal plot exp... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Navigating your way through open-city races takes some getting used to, but Burnout Paradise is still an addictive rush.

    Burnout Paradise

    Navigating your way through open-city races takes some getting used to, but Burnout Paradise is still an addictive rush.

    Full disclosure -- I wasn't a fan of Burnout Paradise when it originally was released. I tried to give it my best effort, but the open-city format proved to be too jarring at the time and so it sat on my shelf for three ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Charming and challenging, Valkyria Chronicles turned this sRPG skeptic into a fan.

    Senjou no Valkyria

    Charming and challenging, Valkyria Chronicles turned this sRPG skeptic into a fan.

    Going into Valkyria Chronicles, I expected this experience to be no different than all the other critically acclaimed sRPGs I've tried to enjoy and just wound up being bored out of my mind. These types of games tend to l... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Similar to a Stephen King novel ... an amazing setup that starts to lose steam halfway through and limps to the finish.

    Alan Wake

    Similar to a Stephen King novel ... an amazing setup that starts to lose steam halfway through and limps to the finish.

    The good news is the first half of Alan Wake is an absolute stunner. In the back of my mind, I was comparing this experience to the very similar-in-concept adventure thriller, Heavy Rain, and I have to tip my cap in Alan... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Even worse than Fable 1. Tedious dreck that puts way too much emphasis on minigames and mindless surface details.

    Fable II

    Even worse than Fable 1. Tedious dreck that puts way too much emphasis on minigames and mindless surface details.

    I wasn't a fan of the original Fable by any measure, but I had heard enough good things about its sequel, that I went into Fable II with only the best of intentions. The game certainly makes a good first impression, just... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    How does a game this epic feel so boring?

    Call of Duty: Black Ops

    How does a game this epic feel so boring?

    Full disclosure -- I don't play much online multiplayer, and I don't like playing FPS games with a controller, so that basically rules me out of Call of Duty's target audience. That said, I still love playing the sing... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Excellent new crew member and a brief but entertaining personal mission.

    Mass Effect 2: Kasumi - Stolen Memory

    Excellent new crew member and a brief but entertaining personal mission.

    I'm a bit late to Kasumi's Stolen Memory, having avoided it a long time because of negative reviews. Being the ME2 addict I am, my temptation eventually buckled. After finally playing through this mission pack, I have to... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Tremendous value for two PS2 action classics, both of which hold up remarkably well years after release.

    God of War Collection (Ultimate Combo Pack)

    Tremendous value for two PS2 action classics, both of which hold up remarkably well years after release.

    While playing through the God of War franchise, it's easy to forget these games really aren't that old. The original debuted late in the PS2's lifespan (2005), while God of War II came out as the shift to HD consoles was... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A perfect epilogue after finishing Mass Effect 2 -- an epic chase filled with jaw-dropping moments.

    Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker

    A perfect epilogue after finishing Mass Effect 2 -- an epic chase filled with jaw-dropping moments.

    As much as I enjoyed Overlord for its creepy atmosphere and smart storytelling, Lair of the Shadow Broker makes a bigger impact overall to the Mass Effect universe. Whereas most of ME2's missions have a decidedly TV feel... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Excellent mission pack in some of the creepiest gaming locations since Rapture.

    Mass Effect 2: Overlord

    Excellent mission pack in some of the creepiest gaming locations since Rapture.

    Bioware really sets a new standard for story-based DLC with Overlord. This is a brief campaign, maybe a few hours on your first playthrough -- but the experience certainly feels much larger. Overlord takes you to what ap... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Bioware sets the standard for a new era of RPGs. Again.

    Mass Effect 2

    Bioware sets the standard for a new era of RPGs. Again.

    Back in the late '90s, Bioware developed what became the definitive formula for epic computer RPGs. Thanks to franchises like Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment, the Infinity Engine basically defined com... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Way more addictive than it has any right to be.

    Borderlands

    Way more addictive than it has any right to be.

    It's a bit unfair reviewing the core Borderlands game by itself these days, considering the well-received DLC and the Game of the Year edition that now exist. Taken as a whole, Borderlands GOTY is a tremendous package, e... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    If this mediocre shooter didn't have the name "Halo" in the title, no one would care about this game.

    Halo 3: ODST

    If this mediocre shooter didn't have the name "Halo" in the title, no one would care about this game.

    A lot of Halo 3: ODST apologists say you can't really criticise this game because it was "never intended to be a full-fledged sequel." Well, if Microsoft released ODST as a $20 downloadable add-on for Halo 3, that statem... Read Full Review

    7 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A flawed gem -- extremely hard to put down the controller, despite some glaring disappointments.

    Heavy Rain

    A flawed gem -- extremely hard to put down the controller, despite some glaring disappointments.

    As one of the most hyped and well-received cinematic games of 2010, it's easy to expect nothing short of a Stanley-Kubrick-quality tour de force from Heavy Rain. It's admittedly unfair to expect Quantic Dream to release ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    AC II definitely improves on its predecessor, but gameplay still feels a bit underwhelming.

    Assassin's Creed II

    AC II definitely improves on its predecessor, but gameplay still feels a bit underwhelming.

    Of all the genres that have benefitted from ever-more powerful hardware, the action-stealth-platformer has reached perhaps the most dizzying new heights this generation. Led by standard-setters like Uncharted 2, Batman: ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    An incredible ride from start to finish. Addictive gameplay, great platforming, and a memorable story. Bravo, Insomniac.

    Ratchet & Clank Future 2

    An incredible ride from start to finish. Addictive gameplay, great platforming, and a memorable story. Bravo, Insomniac.

    Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time isn't a game that monopolized message boards or critics year-end awards lists in 2009. It was released amid a bunch of more high-profile action blockbusters so inevitably got a bit... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The Ballad of Gay Tony is GTA at its best, while The Lost & The Damned offers a decent throw-in adventure.

    Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

    The Ballad of Gay Tony is GTA at its best, while The Lost & The Damned offers a decent throw-in adventure.

    If you play this double DLC pack in chronological order, that means you'll be taking on The Lost & The Damned first. Which is unfortunate because the first DLC add-on is a bit of a chore to get through. The well-worn GTA... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    The best of the meathead space marine shooters.

    Gears of War 2

    The best of the meathead space marine shooters.

    In many ways, meathead space marine shooters have come to define video gaming for a large portion of the developed world. I've played through many of the biggies -- the Halos and Gears and Killzones and whatever else -- ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    A stunning Western epic -- Rockstar's best release to date.

    Red Dead Redemption

    A stunning Western epic -- Rockstar's best release to date.

    After all the accolades this year, it's easy to forget that Red Dead Redemption was originally rumored to be in pretty bad shape. Allegedly, Rockstar San Diego had to scrap much of what they had built late in the product... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Bioware redeems itself to PC gamers with their best RPG since the Infinity Engine era.

    Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)

    Bioware redeems itself to PC gamers with their best RPG since the Infinity Engine era.

    Like more than a few PC RPG fans, I spent a long time refusing to believe Dragon Age could be any good. I'm of a certain cranky generation who believe Bioware lost its "magic touch" long ago, after the Golden Age of ... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Reasonably fun alien encounter worth playing through in the GOTY edition, but not worth a separate download.

    Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta

    Reasonably fun alien encounter worth playing through in the GOTY edition, but not worth a separate download.

    Let's get the bad news out of the way first -- there's no walking on the surface of the Moon in Mothership Zeta. That's really all I was hoping for when I first heard Bethesda was releasing a space-themed DLC add-on. Unf... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Underrated refinements bring MLB 10's gameplay and franchise options to their highest level yet.

    MLB 10: The Show

    Underrated refinements bring MLB 10's gameplay and franchise options to their highest level yet.

    I'm mainly a franchise player when it comes to sports games. I do love the excitement and drama of on-field action, but the real addiction to these games, for me, is playing armchair GM and sculpting my favorite teams in... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Confounding single-player is a huge letdown after all the glowing reviews and promise of the original.

    Resistance 2

    Confounding single-player is a huge letdown after all the glowing reviews and promise of the original.

    Very few major gaming sites called out Resistance 2 (Giant Bomb excepted) on its confusing, disappointing single-player campaign. While the original Resistance offered a rigorous challenge with a reasonably engaging stor... Read Full Review

    11 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    While its fiction can be a little uninspired, Halo 3 shows off some of the best level design and gameplay anywhere.

    Halo 3

    While its fiction can be a little uninspired, Halo 3 shows off some of the best level design and gameplay anywhere.

    When the original Halo first debuted on Xbox in 2001, one of the most frequent compliments you heard was, "OMG THESE LEVELS ARE HUGE!" At the time, many shooters were confined to the claustrophobic spaceship corridors se... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Abysmal single-player. Multiplayer was the main attraction, but it's no longer alive.

    Halo 2

    Abysmal single-player. Multiplayer was the main attraction, but it's no longer alive.

    Having finally picked up an Xbox 360 and catching up on the platform's exclusives, I'm a good six years too late to Halo 2. While the first Halo still stands out as an excellent single-player FPS well-worth playing throu... Read Full Review

    3 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Nine years later, still a knockout and masterwork in FPS design.

    Halo (Xbox Collection)

    Nine years later, still a knockout and masterwork in FPS design.

    When Halo originally came out in 2001, I had no intention of buying an Xbox, so I only played bits and pieces at friend's houses. It seemed like a competant shooter but nothing worth going gah-gah over, especially consid... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A welcome trip back to Rapture.

    BioShock 2

    A welcome trip back to Rapture.

    When I first heard 2K was developing a sequel to Bioshock, it sounded like a sad, unnecessary money grab. Even worse, the original development lead, Ken Levine, wasn't involved with the project. All signs pointed to a de... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Great characters, imaginative landscapes and creative questlines bring back some of Morrowind's magic.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

    Great characters, imaginative landscapes and creative questlines bring back some of Morrowind's magic.

    As good as Oblivion was, it really took Shivering Isles for Bethesda to show off how truly great that world was. As soon as you enter the realm and meet Sheogorath's right-hand man, Haskill, you know you're in for someth... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Provocative, story-driven FPS adventure in the spirit of Bioshock, STALKER and Dead Space.

    Cryostasis

    Provocative, story-driven FPS adventure in the spirit of Bioshock, STALKER and Dead Space.

    As a thirtysomething gamer, it gets tougher and tougher to find story-driven games that actually tell a worthwhile story. Too often standards are lowered for video games, and mediocre plots are praised as "cinema-like" w... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Uncharted 2 is so good, it feels like a game from the *next* next-generation of consoles.

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Uncharted 2 is so good, it feels like a game from the *next* next-generation of consoles.

    The original Uncharted took many gamers by surprise simply because developer Naughty Dog had never done anything close to a sophisticated mature adventure game before. Known primarliy for the kid-friendly Jak and Crash B... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A well-made adventure, but a little underwhelming if you're not a Batman devotee.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    A well-made adventure, but a little underwhelming if you're not a Batman devotee.

    I can usually appreciate great action/adventure games regardless of whether I'm a fan of the source material. With Batman: Arkham Asylum, however, I really think your enjoyment of this game escalates with how much you lo... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Ingenius game design but novelty wears off fast.

    Patapon

    Ingenius game design but novelty wears off fast.

    I probably would have enjoyed Patapon more if it weren't a portable game and I weren't trying to squeeze in sessions on the subway or at my girlfriend's house while she's watching TV or in situations that I typically mak... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful