User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.28/10

Total of 87 user reviews spread across 87 releases

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  • User Rating 7.5
    Overall, the story behind Black Ops II felt believable despite the fiction and the occasional hollywood explosion fest.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II

    Rated on February 23, 2013 by smbius

    Overall, the story behind Black Ops II felt believable despite the fiction and the occasional hollywood explosion fest.

    OVERVIEW Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a first-person shooter developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. This is a direct sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops and ties into the story arc start...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    Final Fantasy series has always been about the characters first then battle systems and production. Does it deliver?

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Limited Collector's Edition)

    Rated on February 01, 2012 by smbius

    Final Fantasy series has always been about the characters first then battle systems and production. Does it deliver?

    Moments I've experienced in the Final Fantasy series has always been about the characters. Say what you want about battle systems but without its characters and their personal nuances, those wonderful...

    13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Fighting games have tread the common ground of multiplayer first. Mortal Kombat breaks this trend and then some.

    Mortal Kombat

    Rated on May 28, 2011 by smbius

    Fighting games have tread the common ground of multiplayer first. Mortal Kombat breaks this trend and then some.

    Nowadays, fighting games have followed the common trend of improving the multiplayer experience and it's completely understandable. Great fighting games boast a wide variety of characters that not onl...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    Portal 2 was specifically designed to make you lose sleep and distract you from work.

    Portal 2

    Rated on May 05, 2011 by smbius

    Portal 2 was specifically designed to make you lose sleep and distract you from work.

    In a world cluttered with constant releases of military-based First Person Shooters, Portal 2 turns away from the tried and true prepubescent notion that body count, gun upgrades and health buffs are ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    A classic beat-em-up that no one has played.

    Guardian Heroes

    Rated on February 26, 2011 by smbius

    A classic beat-em-up that no one has played.

    Yes. It's been awhile since we've stepped back on memory lane but here we are with another retrospective look at another old classic. Developed by the guys behind Alien Soldierand Radiant Silvergun co...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    GT5 is a game that mostly sticks to its traditions and pays tribute to its legendary lineage of racing sims.

    Gran Turismo 5

    Rated on December 14, 2010 by smbius

    GT5 is a game that mostly sticks to its traditions and pays tribute to its legendary lineage of racing sims.

    Intro NOTE: This review includes the 1.03 update There are two ways to look at this review. If you are a long time car and driving enthusiast, chances are you will be playing this game for mon...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    If Metal Gear is the manifesto of "realistic" popular mainstream games, God Hand is its antithesis.

    God Hand

    Rated on July 16, 2010 by smbius

    If Metal Gear is the manifesto of "realistic" popular mainstream games, God Hand is its antithesis.

    It's unfair. There are alot of great gaming properties out there touting the latest techniques in graphics, realism, and production values. Established properties that find comfort in million dollar m...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    The second attempt in this impending trilogy has embraced many changes and it works really well. A long review.

    Mass Effect 2

    Rated on February 21, 2010 by smbius

    The second attempt in this impending trilogy has embraced many changes and it works really well. A long review.

    It's no surprise that the people at Bioware are great storytellers. Many game studios strive to reach this level of storytelling but providing a cohesive and memorable narrative can be tricky on popul...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    A potentially good action game is marred with many issues that can frustrate even the most patient gamers.

    Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy

    Rated on February 12, 2010 by smbius

    A potentially good action game is marred with many issues that can frustrate even the most patient gamers.

    The Bourne Conspiracy is simply an action filler for those who want to know what else happened in the Bourne timeline. The game plays like a bonus for Bourne fans and in some instances it does well. T...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    The world ends if you do not play this game

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's a Wonderful World

    Rated on December 18, 2009 by smbius

    The world ends if you do not play this game

    It's safe to say that hardcore gamers who have played many games since the Atari and NES days will notice similarities in gameplay and story in many of today's games. Irregardless of how much eye cand...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    Heavenly cutscenes. One short ride.

    Heavenly Sword

    Rated on November 23, 2009 by smbius

    Heavenly cutscenes. One short ride.

    For a first generation PS3 game, Heavenly Sword is a tour-de-force in cutscene graphics and high production values. It takes many pages from several well-known adventure games while complimenting them...

    3 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    IGN's review as well as the reviews above 8 are wrong. Find out from a tennis player's detailed review. *long*

    Grand Slam Tennis

    Rated on June 11, 2009 by smbius

    IGN's review as well as the reviews above 8 are wrong. Find out from a tennis player's detailed review. *long*

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS I bought Grand Slam Tennis (GST) with the anticipation of seeing actual habits translate onto screen especially for someone who plays real tennis. While I'm not Pete Sampras on t...

    12 out of 29 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    The game which paved the way for deeper baseball games.

    Baseball Star: Mezase Sankanou

    Rated on April 14, 2009 by smbius

    The game which paved the way for deeper baseball games.

    Baseball Stars carries the same name as its NeoGeo version under the same name but the Nintendo version offers a much deeper, more involving style of play than fans of the series have had before. ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    A review from a gamer who has played fighting games since Karate Champ

    Street Fighter IV (Collector's Edition)

    Rated on February 18, 2009 by smbius

    A review from a gamer who has played fighting games since Karate Champ

    The Street Fighter franchise has had a long history of success. Since Street Fighter 2 debuted, hacked versions of the arcade were being played by many gamers in 7-Elevens and pizza parlors. This prom...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    An important game that introduced turn-based RPGs. Although, there were other NES games before it that were better.

    Dragon Quest

    Rated on January 15, 2009 by smbius

    An important game that introduced turn-based RPGs. Although, there were other NES games before it that were better.

    It's hard to fathom that this game is going to be 30 years old after its American debut. For those who have been gaming since the 80's, gamers understand how important this game was to introduce this ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8
    One of the better tactical shooters in the market with some flaws that fortunately take little away from the experience.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

    Rated on December 05, 2008 by smbius

    One of the better tactical shooters in the market with some flaws that fortunately take little away from the experience.

    Rainbow Six Vegas (RSV) starts out strong and puts you right in the fire. You begin in Mexico trying to bring a criminal to justice. Sounds simple enough until you begin to go through the number of po...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Your enjoyment of Rock Band 2 will be dependent on which songs you have the most fun with.

    Rock Band 2

    Rated on September 17, 2008 by smbius

    Your enjoyment of Rock Band 2 will be dependent on which songs you have the most fun with.

    Familiarity is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you will feel that this has all been done before. Same graphics and same gameplay mechanics. Gameplay is mostly the same as you sing, strum or drum yo...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    MGS2 is actually the 4th Metal Gear game in the Metal Gear Saga.

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Mega Hits!)

    Rated on July 10, 2008 by smbius

    MGS2 is actually the 4th Metal Gear game in the Metal Gear Saga.

    MGS2 continues the faithful tradition of lengthy cutscenes and codec discussions. Kojima began faithful attempts in experimenting with new characters, deeper and complex storylines, and a refined cove...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7.5
    An honest review from a gamer who tried his best to like this game.

    Assassin's Creed

    Rated on May 09, 2008 by smbius

    An honest review from a gamer who tried his best to like this game.

    They wanted to do everything right. The concept was to create a 3rd person stealth action game in a cohesive believable world and weave this package into believable story. You've probably already ...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Massive Fun. One of the best games played in years.

    Mass Effect

    Rated on March 18, 2008 by smbius

    Massive Fun. One of the best games played in years.

    Mass Effect is not for everyone. It is meant for those who love a good story with interesting characters. That is not to say that the action is not as comparable but the game is so well paced that eve...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    Don't let the title or the game's box fool you. This game must be played by adults.  *long*

    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

    Rated on November 16, 2007 by smbius

    Don't let the title or the game's box fool you. This game must be played by adults. *long*

    Let's get this straight: A glimpse of a kid pirate eating chocolate bars with a flying golden monkey who turns into a bell isn't exactly inviting to most "hardcore" gamers. Most of these kinds of game...

    5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.5
    A game with real staying power...even when compared to Metroid Prime 3. *long*

    Metroid Prime

    Rated on September 11, 2007 by smbius

    A game with real staying power...even when compared to Metroid Prime 3. *long*

    A game with real staying power...even when compared to Metroid Prime 3 With Metroid Prime 3 in my possession, it seemed unlikely that I would want to return to Prime's roots. Completing the trilogy...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.4
    The Wii Edition is the only version that should be played. No exceptions. *long*

    BioHazard 4: Wii Edition

    Rated on June 26, 2007 by smbius

    The Wii Edition is the only version that should be played. No exceptions. *long*

    Resident Evil 4 has now been reincarnated for the Wii and if you haven't played the game yet, the Wii Edition is, by far, the best version (and hopefully the last) to date. In the original GameCube ve...

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.5
    These are one of the few times where I will disagree with Gamespot's excellent reviews. *long*

    Star Fox: Assault

    Rated on June 22, 2007 by smbius

    These are one of the few times where I will disagree with Gamespot's excellent reviews. *long*

    When I completed this game a few months ago, I had a score in mind before I reviewed it. I decided to revisit the game to see if I would end up changing my score. Nope. I guess I was right the first t...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5
    It'll take more than nostalgia to redeem the horrid gameplay of Blaster Master. *long*

    Blaster Master (Value 1500)

    Rated on June 10, 2007 by smbius

    It'll take more than nostalgia to redeem the horrid gameplay of Blaster Master. *long*

    Blaster Master: Blasting Again (BMBA) is an appropriately titled game since it does exactly what its predecessor did - more of the same. Your name is Roddy - the son of a badass who drove the alien t...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    As an actual AutoCross driver and seasoned GRAN TURISMO driver I am thoroughly impressed.

    Forza Motorsport 2

    Rated on May 30, 2007 by smbius

    As an actual AutoCross driver and seasoned GRAN TURISMO driver I am thoroughly impressed.

    The original Forza Motorsport was a good foundation but lacked content to really extend its stay against the behemoth Gran Turismo. Now, in its second iteration, Forza 2 has made some very impressive ...

    54 out of 65 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.3
    Japanese developers finally figured out a way to make robots...even in the 1950s...powered by diesel. Go figure.

    Ring of Red (Konami the Best)

    Rated on May 28, 2007 by smbius

    Japanese developers finally figured out a way to make robots...even in the 1950s...powered by diesel. Go figure.

    Ring of Red (RoR) is a very unique strategy game with a serious low polygon count. The graphics are laughable by today's standards and hardly make use of the PS2's graphic capability. RoR takes place ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    A worthy experience despite the ugly box art? Only if it's cheap enough to buy.<br />
*long*

    Argus no Senshi

    Rated on April 18, 2007 by smbius

    A worthy experience despite the ugly box art? Only if it's cheap enough to buy.<br /> *long*

    Forget the fact that the last Rygar game was released way back in 1987. Rygar's new Legendary Adventure breaks away any resemblance from its much older prequel with the exception of three things - th...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.8
    It's snazzy and unique looks for a racing game doesn't carry over to its core mechanics...which is racing.

    Auto Modellista

    Rated on April 18, 2007 by smbius

    It's snazzy and unique looks for a racing game doesn't carry over to its core mechanics...which is racing.

    Auto Modellista (AM) is Capcom's take into the world of racing. The introductions are top notch. The presentation is very unique. Even its loading screens are a pleasure to look at. After you browse ...

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3
    The pacing in this game is unbelievable.  I'm not a huge fan of FPS but this is one game you should try.

    Call of Duty

    Rated on April 18, 2007 by smbius

    The pacing in this game is unbelievable. I'm not a huge fan of FPS but this is one game you should try.

    The pacing in this game is unbelievable. I'm not a huge fan of FPS but this is one game you should try. *long* There are many good elements in this game - most of which are already covered in many...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    This shoot em up game belongs in the heart of many gamers.

    Ikaruga

    Rated on April 18, 2007 by smbius

    This shoot em up game belongs in the heart of many gamers.

    How can a shoot-em-up have a high score? I'm really not so sure. There is no real story. You only destroy things on screen. No friendlies to worry about. Not even in a two player game. You die in o...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.7
    A good game in certain aspects. But is still very short compared to other games of this type.

    Rise to Honour

    Rated on April 06, 2007 by smbius

    A good game in certain aspects. But is still very short compared to other games of this type.

    I think the score is about right. The game has its charm when you start but when you get near the end of the game you start to see the differences in how the stories are handled and how the difficult...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    I didn't know the PS2 was capable of such feats. God of war is a must-have (with some tiny gripes). *long review*

    God of War (Greatest Hits)

    Rated on March 23, 2007 by smbius

    I didn't know the PS2 was capable of such feats. God of war is a must-have (with some tiny gripes). *long review*

    God Of War (GOW) is one of those games that will truly be remembered as the game that would be worth playing again even after the PS3 debuts. GOW wants the player to truly feel like a part of the c...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8
    Difficult to beat. Brothers in Arms' ending credits is definitely a feat that's Earned in Blood. *long*

    Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood

    Rated on January 26, 2007 by smbius

    Difficult to beat. Brothers in Arms' ending credits is definitely a feat that's Earned in Blood. *long*

    The campaign begins under the eyes of Joe &quot;Red&quot; Hartsock. Hartsock fought with Mike Baker (the main character of Road to Hill 30) and you will find yourself joining and separating yourself f...

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7
    A nice Beat-em-up with no multiplayer co-op. Only head-to-head. *long*

    The Bouncer

    Rated on January 24, 2007 by smbius

    A nice Beat-em-up with no multiplayer co-op. Only head-to-head. *long*

    The Bouncer is noble attempt at revitalizing the beat-em-up genre that was dominant in the olden days - the days when Double Dragon and Final Fight were extremely popular. The Bouncer tries to extend...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    One of the most screwed up and disturbing stories you'll experience. I love it. *long*

    Silent Hill 2 (Special 2 Disc Set)

    Rated on November 20, 2006 by smbius

    One of the most screwed up and disturbing stories you'll experience. I love it. *long*

    Silent Hill 2 (SH2) marks a huge leap in graphics from the 1st game. Silent Hill despite it's slow pacing does a good job demonstrating the PS2s graphical and sound capabilities...especially if you ha...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    Orgasmic CGI. Curvy Lines on Heads. No Random Enemies. What the hell is happening to Final Fantasy? *LONG*

    Final Fantasy XII

    Rated on October 31, 2006 by smbius

    Orgasmic CGI. Curvy Lines on Heads. No Random Enemies. What the hell is happening to Final Fantasy? *LONG*

    If you're one of those annoying kids that give &quot;10s&quot; because something looks cool and shiny, stop reading this. FF12 has blown up into this huge game with high-production values and serious ...

    8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.2
    Great music. Cool art/animation and a good story.  And no, it's not about swimming or creatures in swamps. *long*

    Bahamut Lagoon

    Rated on September 11, 2006 by smbius

    Great music. Cool art/animation and a good story. And no, it's not about swimming or creatures in swamps. *long*

    In an age where 360/PS3 graphics are looming around us, we have a little gem that floats around called Bahamat Lagoon. When I first played the game, the graphics of course looked a bit dated but the a...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9
    MGS3:Subsistence does away with traditional perspectives and adds to it serious value in one hell of a great bargain.

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (First Print Limited Edition)

    Rated on September 05, 2006 by smbius

    MGS3:Subsistence does away with traditional perspectives and adds to it serious value in one hell of a great bargain.

    I have both versions of MGS3 and the Snake Eater version was a case of forcing the issue of the camera. After finishing subsistence, I can't imagine playing playing MGS3 with the traditional overhead ...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 6.5
    I may not say that this is a 3.5 game but it is mediocre at best. *medium-sized review*

    Pocket Fighter (PlayStation the Best)

    Rated on May 08, 2006 by smbius

    I may not say that this is a 3.5 game but it is mediocre at best. *medium-sized review*

    Pocket Fighter stands out due to its cute wackiness. Whether it 's the cameos in the backgrounds or the exagerrated costumes. It's a super deformed extravaganza. It's more novel and meant to attract a...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.