User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 6.84/10

Total of 31 user reviews spread across 31 releases

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  • User Rating:9
    SSX is the embodiment of the oft-forgotten soul of gaming: fun.

    SSX

    SSX is the embodiment of the oft-forgotten soul of gaming: fun.

    Gamers today live in an age of deep narratives, complex undertones, and games that take themselves extremely seriously. None of these things are inherently bad; they have helped drive the industry forward and lifted gam... Read Full Review

    1 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    No amount of blood or nudity can change the fact that The Darkness 2 is little more than a mediocre shooter.

    The Darkness II

    No amount of blood or nudity can change the fact that The Darkness 2 is little more than a mediocre shooter.

    If I had to pick another entertainment product that The Darkness2 most resembles in spirit, I'd have to go with the Saw series. Like those films, it is poorly handled and not particularly intelligent in its design, but ... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    It may not be a traditional game, but Dear Esther is an interactive narrative masterpiece.

    Dear Esther

    It may not be a traditional game, but Dear Esther is an interactive narrative masterpiece.

    I decided that I hated "interactive story experiences" when I played Heavy Rain back in 2010, though not for the reasons that you may expect. I didn't have a problem with the slow, narrative-based structure. I had no i... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Reckoning may not be able to stand with the genre's best quite yet, but it's an excellent RPG all the same.

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

    Reckoning may not be able to stand with the genre's best quite yet, but it's an excellent RPG all the same.

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is not Skyrim. There, I said it. There have been innumerable comparisons drawn between the two games since several months before Reckoning's release, but now that I have the title in hand ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Batman: Arkham City is another solid effort by Rocksteady even if it can't quite live up to Arkham Asylum.

    Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City is another solid effort by Rocksteady even if it can't quite live up to Arkham Asylum.

    There's been a lot of chatter about Batman: Arkham City lately. Most of it is deserved, but is it the greatest comic book game ever made? More importantly, is it better than Arkham Asylum? I'd have to say no on both acco... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Resistance 3 finally realizes the series' potential and easily tops the first two games.

    Resistance 3

    Resistance 3 finally realizes the series' potential and easily tops the first two games.

    I hated the first two Resistance games. I found them to be bland, uninspired, and trite. Needless to say, I wasn't very excited for Resistance 3. In fact, I was bracing myself for another long, homogenous sci-fi slog ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Potentially the best atmospheric shooter since Bioshock.  Dead Space 2 delivers on every front.

    Dead Space 2

    Potentially the best atmospheric shooter since Bioshock. Dead Space 2 delivers on every front.

    The original Dead Space caught me off guard back when it was released in 2008. It was one of those titles that I had heard a little about but that hadn't really managed to grab my attention. I picked it up during a slow ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Dead Island is a paradox.  It is flawed yet well executed, broken yet infinitely playable, and infuriating yet oddly fun

    Dead Island (Platinum Hits)

    Dead Island is a paradox. It is flawed yet well executed, broken yet infinitely playable, and infuriating yet oddly fun

    Dead Island has been on most zombie fans' radar for quite a while thanks in no small part to a now infamous trailer that seemed to hold the game up as a new kind of zombie apocalypse experience. The trailer seemed to im... Read Full Review

    5 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Alice: The Madness Returns does a lot right, but it ultimately falls victim to its own insecurities.

    Alice: Madness Returns

    Alice: The Madness Returns does a lot right, but it ultimately falls victim to its own insecurities.

    Alice: The Madness Returns is a schizophrenic game, but that isn't due solely to the title's deeply disturbed anti-heroine. It's almost as if the developers felt self-conscious about the often unique and engaging experi... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    An awful mess of a game through and through, Bodycount should be avoided at all costs.

    Bodycount

    An awful mess of a game through and through, Bodycount should be avoided at all costs.

    Every now and then a game comes along that really reminds you just how bad a bad game can be. I think this is a good thing, though, because we as gamers can be a pretty ungrateful, cynical bunch when it comes to our fav... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Dragon Age 2 is without a doubt the single biggest disappointment of the year so far.  BioWare is in trouble.

    Dragon Age II

    Dragon Age 2 is without a doubt the single biggest disappointment of the year so far. BioWare is in trouble.

    Dragon Age 2 was one of the top games on my list for 2011. I loved the first one despite its flaws, and over the years I have developed a deep respect for BioWare and their masterful storytelling and usually brilliant ga... Read Full Review

    9 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Human Revolution is a fantastic game despite its flaws.  Deus Ex is back!

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Human Revolution is a fantastic game despite its flaws. Deus Ex is back!

    Deus Ex has long been a major name in gaming. The first game in the series was a landmark of gaming innovation when it released back in 2000; its mix of action, stealth, and RPG elements was skillfully coupled with one ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Red Faction Armageddon manages to improve on the best parts of the series, but some may find it lacking in content.

    Red Faction: Armageddon

    Red Faction Armageddon manages to improve on the best parts of the series, but some may find it lacking in content.

    Red Faction has been around in one form or another for a very long time. From the first highly acclaimed Half-Life clone to the more recent third person Guerilla, the series has survived all manner of changes in both the... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    From Dust offers a fun if sometimes frustrating opportunity to play as a god.

    From Dust

    From Dust offers a fun if sometimes frustrating opportunity to play as a god.

    It has been a long, hot summer for everyone this year. Unfortunately, it's been especially long for gamers. It seems like nothing of interest has really released for several months now, leaving most of us nothing decent ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Infamous 2 represents a solid step forward for the series, but it certainly has its flaws.

    inFamous 2

    Infamous 2 represents a solid step forward for the series, but it certainly has its flaws.

    The first Infamous never really grabbed my attention. It was a great game in concept, but the bland environments, repetitive mission structure, and lack of enemy variety kept me from ever being able to wholeheartedly co... Read Full Review

    4 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    It's difficult to believe Zipper allowed their name to be stamped on this.  Socom has died.

    SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs

    It's difficult to believe Zipper allowed their name to be stamped on this. Socom has died.

    This year is slam packed with more major AAA releases than any in recent memory. We are being bombarded with entry after entry in nearly every major franchise, and it's only fair to have high expectations given the stron... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    Brink is a perfect example of a game that promises the world and delivers next to nothing.  It is an utter failure.

    Brink

    Brink is a perfect example of a game that promises the world and delivers next to nothing. It is an utter failure.

    By all accounts, Brink looked good. It seemed like a new, fresh take on a genre that, let's face it, has been done very nearly to death. Team-based objective combat, unique visual style, and awesome parkour system that a... Read Full Review

    6 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    OF: Red River is fantastic.  It's not perfect, but  nothing on consoles can rival its authentic, tactical gameplay.

    Operation Flashpoint: Red River

    OF: Red River is fantastic. It's not perfect, but nothing on consoles can rival its authentic, tactical gameplay.

    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising was a love or hate experience. Some gamers, myself included, revelled in the unforgiving realism, wide open tactical gameplay, and focus on teamwork and planning. Others--perhaps the... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    DiRT 3 tries hard to stand out, but it ultimately winds up falling short of its predecessor's excellence.

    DiRT 3

    DiRT 3 tries hard to stand out, but it ultimately winds up falling short of its predecessor's excellence.

    Let me begin by saying that DiRT 3 is an excellent racing title. It is far better than the glut of Need for Speeds that are heaped upon us year after year, and for that reason alone it deserves some recognition. Unfor... Read Full Review

    7 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Honest Hearts may not be the most complete DLC ever released, but it is still a fascinating and unique expansion.

    Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts

    Honest Hearts may not be the most complete DLC ever released, but it is still a fascinating and unique expansion.

    It's been a while since I've wandered the wasteland of Fallout: New Vegas. After over 100 hours with the game, I figured I'd seen and done just about every possible thing that the it had to offer. As amazing as the exp... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Simultaneously infuriating and compelling, Dead Money is an example of a great story crippled by questionable design.

    Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money

    Simultaneously infuriating and compelling, Dead Money is an example of a great story crippled by questionable design.

    I'm torn about Dead Money. As the first major expansion for Fallout: New Vegas, it promises an epic journey to the mythical Sierra Madre Casino. Instead, it winds up being an exercise in frustration that shines in cert... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    A landmark title in gaming that is not, under any circumstances, to be missed.

    BioShock

    A landmark title in gaming that is not, under any circumstances, to be missed.

    You know, I wasn't going to write a review for this one just because I thought it spoke for itself, but I have now read several that mention "repetitive gameplay" and graphics that "aren't that good", so now I feel oblig... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Killzone 3 is a fantastic shooter; anyone who says otherwise has either not played it or is simply trolling.

    Killzone 3

    Killzone 3 is a fantastic shooter; anyone who says otherwise has either not played it or is simply trolling.

    Let's get one thing straight right away: KIllzone 3 is a fantastic shooter and anyone that says otherwise either has extremely odd taste or is just downright trolling. It is far from perfect, but its good certainly outwe... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4
    I'm going to put this bluntly: Bulletstorm is not good.  It's not even decent.  It's downright bad.

    Bulletstorm

    I'm going to put this bluntly: Bulletstorm is not good. It's not even decent. It's downright bad.

    I'm going to put this bluntly. Bulletstorm is not good. It's not even decent. It's downright bad, and I find the ludicrously high critic scores for it to be compelling evidence of a disturbing trend of lauding big games ... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Fun, addictive, and replayable, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is one of the best titles in the PS Store.

    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance

    Fun, addictive, and replayable, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is one of the best titles in the PS Store.

    Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is the best download-only arcade/PS store game that I've played this generation in terms of content for dollar. Frankly, I'm a little confused about the professional review scores - they seem to... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    Archaic, dull, and frustrating.  Those are the three adjectives that best sum up Demon's Souls.  Welcome back to the 90s

    Demon's Souls

    Archaic, dull, and frustrating. Those are the three adjectives that best sum up Demon's Souls. Welcome back to the 90s

    Archaic, dull, and frustrating. Those are the three adjectives that best sum up Demon's Souls, a game that seems to scoff at nearly every advancement made in gaming over the last decade. Instead of conforming to moder... Read Full Review

    23 of 68 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Midnight Club L.A. is a fun street racing romp, but it isn't without its flaws.

    Midnight Club: Los Angeles

    Midnight Club L.A. is a fun street racing romp, but it isn't without its flaws.

    I recently ordered Midnight Club L.A. from Gamefly because I am in dire need of a new arcade racer after finishing NFS Undercover (which wasn't all that good). A friend recommended it to me, and I figured it was worth a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    9.0?  9.5?  Hardly.  This game is proof that Sony needs to come up with something new very quickly.

    Resistance 2

    9.0? 9.5? Hardly. This game is proof that Sony needs to come up with something new very quickly.

    I recently ordered Resistance 2 from Gamefly and, judging from all the great reviews I have been seeing, I was really looking forward to taking it for a spin. Unfortunately, I have been misled. The game is not bad, but... Read Full Review

    5 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    A game that is HORRIBLE in the beginning, but gets better with time......

    Two Worlds

    A game that is HORRIBLE in the beginning, but gets better with time......

    This is the biggest disappointment I think I have ever laid my hands on. I reserved this game 7 months ago and couldn't wait to get my hands on it, thinking that it would be a good RPG to hold me over until Mass Effect.... Read Full Review

    10 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.8
    Gamespot is dead wrong on this one, this game is super addicting!

    Texas Hold 'Em

    Gamespot is dead wrong on this one, this game is super addicting!

    I can't believe the review that Gamespot gave this game. 6.1? Really? Sure, Texas isn't the best looking game on arcade, but I would say it isn't half bad for its price. And no, it isn't the deepest game ever create... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.3
    How will I get through ten thousand zombies to the next story event in ten seconds?  I probably won't.

    Dead Rising

    How will I get through ten thousand zombies to the next story event in ten seconds? I probably won't.

    When I first saw dead rising I was more than a little skeptical. I hadn't really heard much about it and, in a lot of ways, it looked like one of those strange one-time games that are good for maybe a rental but little ... Read Full Review

    5 of 9 users found the following review helpful