User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.36/10

Total of 67 user reviews spread across 67 releases

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  • User Rating:8.5
    a mostly successful throwback to the glorious nostalgia of id-popularized shooters and their myriad imitators.

    Painkiller

    a mostly successful throwback to the glorious nostalgia of id-popularized shooters and their myriad imitators.

    as a self-professed, moderately oldschool pc gamer faced with a world filled with increasingly convoluted first person shooters, it's easy for me to feel rather alienated sometimes. given that i grew up on such primitive... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5
    Utterly unforgettable; FFX nullifies the dictionary and invalidates the thesaurus, and it does so effortlessly.

    Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits!)

    Utterly unforgettable; FFX nullifies the dictionary and invalidates the thesaurus, and it does so effortlessly.

    It is agonizingly difficult for me to review a game such as this. Final Fantasy X simply defies easy summary, analysis, and categorization. Actually, scratch that: it nullifies the dictionary and invalidates the thesauru... Read Full Review

    20 of 20 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1
    Combines jawdropping firefights and a creepy atmosphere to make one of the most memorable FPS's of recent times.

    F.E.A.R.

    Combines jawdropping firefights and a creepy atmosphere to make one of the most memorable FPS's of recent times.

    The most creepy thing about my experience with F.E.A.R. wasn't even the silence, the atmosphere, or the spooky little girl that turns out to be much, much more than a Samara ripoff (The Ring, anyone?) The creepy thing wa... Read Full Review

    9 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    KoTOR is memorable not because of its gameplay, but because of the storyline, and the way the gameplay is presented.

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    KoTOR is memorable not because of its gameplay, but because of the storyline, and the way the gameplay is presented.

    If you intend on buying this game, I feel like I should clear one thing up before I even start talking about it: do not buy this game if you're looking to dominate some dumb droids with your brilliant reflexes in a light... Read Full Review

    12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    In the end, its atmosphere and charm is what makes Star Wars: Battlefront such a great game.

    Star Wars: Battlefront

    In the end, its atmosphere and charm is what makes Star Wars: Battlefront such a great game.

    Before I begin, I must say this: Star Wars: Battlefront doesn't even try to implement state of the art, advanced gameplay mechanics. For me, though, this isn't the point of the game, in fact, if you buy this game expecti... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    Guitar Hero II blasts its way onto the Xbox 360, and it is comfortably the best instalment in the series yet.

    Guitar Hero II (Game only)

    Guitar Hero II blasts its way onto the Xbox 360, and it is comfortably the best instalment in the series yet.

    There's one thing I might as well outline now. If you own an Xbox 360, it is in your best interests to get this game. Regardless of your past experiences with the series, or whether you own both games on the PS2, or whet... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    You've heard it all before.

    Gears of War

    You've heard it all before.

    Every man and his locust seems to have reviewed this game now, so I'm no exception to the rule by reviewing it now. Everybody has heard of this game, everybody knows that it's an Xbox 360 killer app, so there is no real ... Read Full Review

    10 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Starcraft is a glittering example of real time strategy gaming, and it should be experienced by absolutely everybody.

    Starcraft

    Starcraft is a glittering example of real time strategy gaming, and it should be experienced by absolutely everybody.

    I'm sure everybody has heard of Starcraft - without a doubt one of the most influential PC games ever and one of the greatest examples of strategy-based gaming to this day. It's a game that has captivated thousands, mayb... Read Full Review

    12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    It's difficult to put your finger on just why Diablo II is so remarkable, but in the end, it's a masterfully made game.

    Diablo II

    It's difficult to put your finger on just why Diablo II is so remarkable, but in the end, it's a masterfully made game.

    (Note: This review is based on the game when the Lord of Destruction expansion pack is installed, hence I'll be basing the game when elements introduced in the expansion are implemented into the gameplay i.e. class-speci... Read Full Review

    15 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2
    Let's face facts - Guitar Hero is one of the most original, accessible, and just plain enjoyable rhythm games ever.

    Guitar Hero (w/Guitar)

    Let's face facts - Guitar Hero is one of the most original, accessible, and just plain enjoyable rhythm games ever.

    There aren't many games that have caught my attention and made me say "Oh, cool!" with genuine enthusiam in recent times. One of those games was Unreal Tournament 2004 - for the sheer scale of the blistering sc... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.6
    Guitar Hero II features contagiously addictive gameplay and a great multiplayer mode in an expanded setlist.

    Guitar Hero II

    Guitar Hero II features contagiously addictive gameplay and a great multiplayer mode in an expanded setlist.

    Once upon a time, there was a game. The game was seen by many to be one of the greatest rhythm games of all time, mainly because of its memorable plastic guitar, its awesome core formula, and its fantastic tracklist and ... Read Full Review

    10 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Super Monkey Ball is an addictive, colourful game that is probably best played with friends or family.

    Super Monkey Ball

    Super Monkey Ball is an addictive, colourful game that is probably best played with friends or family.

    Super Monkey Ball is based around one completely random principle - a cartoon monkey, with oversized ears, in a ball. That's an idea that is probably best seen through the eyes of someone with a sense of humour, not thro... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.2
    Anything with zombies in is a winner, right? Think again.

    Doom 3

    Anything with zombies in is a winner, right? Think again.

    I find Doom 3 to be a difficult game to review. Even this first paragraph is going to be difficult scanning for the reader. First, the undeniable fact is that this is, all things considered, a great, faithful port from t... Read Full Review

    6 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Half-Life 2 is an incredibly immersive first-person shooter featuring almost perfect gameplay mechanics.

    Half-Life 2

    Half-Life 2 is an incredibly immersive first-person shooter featuring almost perfect gameplay mechanics.

    Hype - the word used to define the excitement, rumours and anticipation leading up to a game's release. Not many overly hyped games live up to the hype that has been circulating - not many at all. Half-Life 2 is a rare e... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    Evolution adds more fuel to the already incredible Far Cry Instincts fire, with a new campaign and enhanced multiplayer.

    Far Cry Instincts Evolution

    Evolution adds more fuel to the already incredible Far Cry Instincts fire, with a new campaign and enhanced multiplayer.

    Far Cry Instincts was, in all honestly, an absolutely amazing game. Since Halo: Combat Evolved and its successor, we've been met with many developers releasing games that desperately try to meet the level of grandeur tha... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.8
    Red Faction is a relatively good shooter, all things considered, but it never goes beyond the "relatively good" mark.

    Red Faction

    Red Faction is a relatively good shooter, all things considered, but it never goes beyond the "relatively good" mark.

    I might as well reveal this sole fact before I go into greater detail: Red Faction is a fairly standard first-person-shooter. And if you're a gamer who has just completed the likes of F.E.A.R, Far Cry, Half-Life 2, Prey,... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is a great port from the PS2, and despite its flaws, it still tells the same epic tale.

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is a great port from the PS2, and despite its flaws, it still tells the same epic tale.

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is the Xbox version of the highly anticipated PS2 game, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty. For the most part, it's just a straight conversion, but Substance has a whole bevy of extras to t... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    A simply stunning port in every way; even a graphical downgrade doesn't bring down the explosive core experience.

    Half-Life 2

    A simply stunning port in every way; even a graphical downgrade doesn't bring down the explosive core experience.

    There's no question that the Xbox-exclusivo opus named Halo is the best shooter, and possibly game, on the system. At least I thought so. Well, take everything you thought about that game, and throw it in the compost hea... Read Full Review

    7 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    Alien Trilogy is a good, solid FPS, and anyone could argue that this holds up against the best on the Saturn.

    Alien Trilogy

    Alien Trilogy is a good, solid FPS, and anyone could argue that this holds up against the best on the Saturn.

    Possibly the safest way to describe this game is an FPS in its simplest form. This is a good, old-fashioned shooter from start to finish, devoid of any tactics or strategy. This game captures the very essence of run-and-... Read Full Review

    14 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.4
    This isn't just a tribute to all things Nintendo. This is an invigorating fighting game with some superb multiplayer.

    Super Smash Bros. Melee

    This isn't just a tribute to all things Nintendo. This is an invigorating fighting game with some superb multiplayer.

    Super Smash Bros Melee might be perceived by some as a Nintendo-produced tribute to itself. But, frankly, those people would be completely wrong. Beneath the glamour of a sparkling Nintendo autibiography, you'll find wha... Read Full Review

    10 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9
    Need for Speed Underground 2 is a "good" racer, no doubt about that. Any better than "good"? That's a "good" question.

    Need for Speed Underground 2

    Need for Speed Underground 2 is a "good" racer, no doubt about that. Any better than "good"? That's a "good" question.

    The Need for Speed series has come a long way. Whether you like the series or not, it's undeniable that it's been through a lot of ups, downs, and changes of overall focus many times without ever losing any of its determ... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    Rollercoaster Tycoon is an inspiring and successful attempt to make an innovative theme park management simulator.

    RollerCoaster Tycoon

    Rollercoaster Tycoon is an inspiring and successful attempt to make an innovative theme park management simulator.

    Your first hour of Rollercoaster Tycoon is a very special sixty minutes. It's a sixty minutes filled with wonder and amazement; a sixty minutes where you'll be positively enthralled at just how brilliant this game is. Th... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7
    Essentially, it's the same game as the Xbox version, but still worth a go for newcomers or hardcore Halo fans alike.

    Halo: Combat Evolved

    Essentially, it's the same game as the Xbox version, but still worth a go for newcomers or hardcore Halo fans alike.

    So, it’s come to this… a rainy Saturday where I suddenly decide to wear off my reviewing slump and come back with a bang. And the game I’ve decided to review, is, obviously, the PC version of Halo, which you probably alr... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.7
    While definitely not for everyone, this is definitely a Wild World! Far from a must-have, yet still recommendable.

    Animal Crossing: Wild World

    While definitely not for everyone, this is definitely a Wild World! Far from a must-have, yet still recommendable.

    Let me tell you one thing before I begin: Animal Crossing: Wild World, and I’m being somewhat harsh here, always has a nagging sense of pointlessness lurking around its colourful depths. I’m not sure what it is – it’s ju... Read Full Review

    7 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Metroid Prime Hunters delivers a fantastic single-player experience and an explosive multiplayer foray in equal measure.

    Metroid Prime: Hunters

    Metroid Prime Hunters delivers a fantastic single-player experience and an explosive multiplayer foray in equal measure.

    __________________________________________________________ METROID PRIME HUNTERS REVIEW By:- Stevenscott14 __________________________________________________________ The Good:- Brilliant touchscreen aiming; ... Read Full Review

    12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3.3
    What use is a game when its gameplay is broken and dull? The Simpsons Wrestling is complete inexcusable trash.

    The Simpsons Wrestling

    What use is a game when its gameplay is broken and dull? The Simpsons Wrestling is complete inexcusable trash.

    So, let me just outline one thing, before you mindlessly scroll through my failed comedic review. The Simpsons Wrestling should not be played by anyone who doesn't want to waste their time playing a meaningless pile of j... Read Full Review

    5 of 10 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.3
    Unreal Tournament 2004 delivers the most adrenaline-pumping gunplay you'll find on PC - it's absolutely fantastic.

    Unreal Tournament 2004 (DVD Version)

    Unreal Tournament 2004 delivers the most adrenaline-pumping gunplay you'll find on PC - it's absolutely fantastic.

    There's no question that Unreal Tournament 2003 was a little bit of a letdown. Ok, no - it wasn't just a little bit of a letdown; every second of gameplay was plagued with a nagging sense of disappointment, something tha... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    A great Star Wars squad shooter with good gameplay elements and a surprisingly intuitive control scheme.

    Star Wars: Republic Commando

    A great Star Wars squad shooter with good gameplay elements and a surprisingly intuitive control scheme.

    There's no question that the three prequel Star Wars films are disappointments (especially Phantom Menace) They are just not as good as the original three science-fiction masterpieces starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford,... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    Unreal II is an undeniably underappreciated game that any fan of the FPS genre should seriously consider buying.

    Unreal II: The Awakening

    Unreal II is an undeniably underappreciated game that any fan of the FPS genre should seriously consider buying.

    I'm not sure what this game was meant to achieve at the beginning of its development, but whatever was originally planned has grown into a faithful story-led outing for the Unreal franchise. Whereas I was first sceptical... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7
    Any online player will find Quake III to be a fast-paced berserker of an FPS; everyone else will find it underwhelming.

    Quake III Arena

    Any online player will find Quake III to be a fast-paced berserker of an FPS; everyone else will find it underwhelming.

    There's no question ID really know how to make a great FPS. Doom and Quake have pretty much revolutionized the genre, and so it should be perfectly acceptable to say that Quake III is an instantly recommendable FPS. That... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4
    Quake II is an absolutely incredible shooter. Intense, visceral, thrilling and challenging, all in the same breath.

    Quake II

    Quake II is an absolutely incredible shooter. Intense, visceral, thrilling and challenging, all in the same breath.

    Quake II, at its lowest point, is an intense experience. At its highest, Quake II is simply near the pinnacle of PC gaming - an all-out assault on the senses filled with barrel-chattering action and non-stop, thrill-a-mi... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    A forgettable movie-game conversion. A great audiovisual showing is let down by repetition and basic gameplay mechanics.

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    A forgettable movie-game conversion. A great audiovisual showing is let down by repetition and basic gameplay mechanics.

    Star Wars certainly makes for a mixed bag of games. We've got the good: Rogue Squadron, Empire at War, and of course, KoTOR, and the bad: almost everything else. Episode III is somewhere in the middle of those categories... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    OutRun2 is an arcade rush of powerslides and speed; a game that places its fun factor above everything else.

    OutRun2

    OutRun2 is an arcade rush of powerslides and speed; a game that places its fun factor above everything else.

    The original Outrun game was one I devoted many hours to. I was young when I played the game; arguably, it's a game that launched me into this fickle world of warring companies and sophisticated graphical effects. Imagin... Read Full Review

    7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    A lacklustre audiovisual showing doesn't let down the awesome variety and excellent driving mechanics on offer here.

    TOCA Race Driver 3

    A lacklustre audiovisual showing doesn't let down the awesome variety and excellent driving mechanics on offer here.

    I've always been a fan of ToCA. Actually, by any lengths, it is probably the series that launched me headlong into the racing genre. That's why I was truly excited prior to the day I picked up this game. After the short-... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.3
    One of the greatest tactical shooters on the Xbox - a slow-paced counterterrorist sim, filled with excruciating tension.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3

    One of the greatest tactical shooters on the Xbox - a slow-paced counterterrorist sim, filled with excruciating tension.

    Anxiety fills the air. There's no place to hide. And this cold, hard fact dominates your head. A touch of the left thumbstick. Nervously, you step into the doorway, ears alert for any movement, eyes wide, frantic... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.1
    Definitely not perfect, but still pretty good, and a faithful follow-up to the previous games in this strange series.

    TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

    Definitely not perfect, but still pretty good, and a faithful follow-up to the previous games in this strange series.

    Ah, Timesplitters. The deluded series of shooting mayhem full of undercover hippies, ninja monkeys, talking snowmen, demented ducks and homicidal prostitute policewoman. And no matter how many people think the developers... Read Full Review

    4 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Despite the blow-everything-up-to-your-heart's-content slogan, this game didn't deliver the satisfaction I wanted it to.

    Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction

    Despite the blow-everything-up-to-your-heart's-content slogan, this game didn't deliver the satisfaction I wanted it to.

    The advertisement for this game was promising, I'll give it some credit. Despite the slightly gullible slogan "Blow everything up," Mercenaries still looked like an amazingly playable game. In case you didn't see the adv... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8
    In some ways, 2003 is a shadow of its predecessor, but in others, it's an excellent shooter and a graphical masterpiece.

    Unreal Tournament 2003 (Best Of)

    In some ways, 2003 is a shadow of its predecessor, but in others, it's an excellent shooter and a graphical masterpiece.

    The original Unreal Tournament was a stunner. A ballsy, explosive, no-nonsense shooter with the focus of running around corridors with over-sized weapons blowing everybody else up. But for a concept as one-minded, Unreal... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    It tries to be a Halo-killer, and falls far short of doing so. Redefines the term "disappointing."<br />

    Pariah

    It tries to be a Halo-killer, and falls far short of doing so. Redefines the term "disappointing."<br />

    The cold, hard fact, and it's painfully evident, is that Pariah is a disappointment. I spent hours tracking down information, articles, and previews about this game prior to its release - a game made by the lads involved... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.8
    Blood Wake is a fair attempt at an intriguing concept. Despite its flaws, it's still worth the low price.

    Blood Wake (Platinum Hits)

    Blood Wake is a fair attempt at an intriguing concept. Despite its flaws, it's still worth the low price.

    Vehicular combat. Two words. Usually, these two words, when used in the description of the game, makes me stay away from it, and ignore any articles based on it. Cars and guns usually doesn't work - the recent Full Auto ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful