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4.06 stars 4.06/5 Stars Average score of 32 user reviews spread across 0 releases and 0 DLC

Cuter than your children. 0

 It's hard to remember a game that made me smile with a delight that wasn't being brought on by some extreme explosion or sick move. Sure, time spent with Comic Jumper made me laugh out loud, but I never wanted to sit down and give Captain Smiley a big ole hug. Enter a pink marshmallow named Kirby who unwittingly, while just trying to eat a delicious tomato (vegetables!), gets sucked into a sock and transformed into yarn, and all I want to do is snuggle on that little thread. That tomato was rea...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I'm a slave for you. 0

 Tell me if you've heard this one before: Dude's on a ship locked away in some sort of pod-thing and a catastrophic event happens which frees him. He escapes, while the ship crashes and then has to fight bad guys. This nameless fellow also sees a pretty young girl while escaping the doomed vessel, but she clearly wants nothing to do with him and decides to take the last escape pod alone while nameless dude hangs on to the outside dear life. In broad strokes, some pretty standard fare told in gra...

12 out of 14 found this review helpful.

A creatively bankrupt poseur. 0

When I first read details and saw screens from Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (GH6) I was actually fairly intrigued. Here we had a game that appeared to know exactly who it was. Neversoft was channelling heavy metal album artwork, characters appeared to be crisp and redesigned, and they were focusing on something that most music games don't--a narrative. OK, that last part was certainly something weird, but hey, sometimes metal needs a story full of chrome and fire right? Oh, and they threw the e...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

That shit was bananas. 0

 When I first picked up the controller with Kane and Lynch 2, I really had zero expectations. Not only had I never played the original due to mediocre reviews and the far reaching "Gerstmann-gate", but I also wasn't particularly familiar with the titular characters. Lemme tell you something, the first tutorial level didn't really make me feel too great in getting involved. I fumbled with the somewhat unintuitive default control scheme but made my way through a fast paced chase as the balding, po...

12 out of 20 found this review helpful.

Aww look, Sabrina: The Teenage Witc... OH MY GOD SO MANY BULLETS! 0

 The scrolling shooter. Back in the mid 80's and early 90's they were pretty hot, but now it's all about FPS, RTS, and GPS. Like most of the gaming industry, I've long since moved away from games like Life Force, Einhänder, and Gradius to boom headshots but every now and again, I'll revisit. That time is now with the release of the first legitimate Cave title on North American consoles, Deathsmiles. Deathsmiles was originally released for Japanese Arcades in 2007 and has undergone several differ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick... Jack get impaled by a stick. 0

 The tagline is “Uncertain of his Sister's Fate, a Boy enters LIMBO”, and that’s pretty much the only thing I can tell you about the story. There’s a very light touch narrative told through gameplay, but nothing that’s overt. Limbo is more about the experience instead of trying to tell a story. Presented as a black and white 2D platformer with many shades of grey, you control the boy in fairly typical platforming controls. You’ve got a jump button, an action button and analog movement, all of ...

43 out of 51 found this review helpful.

Step in front of a runaway train, just to feel alive again. 0

 Despite being big on the silver screen, there really haven't been a ton of western video games and even fewer good ones. Sure you've got your Call of Juarez, Gun, and Freddy Pharkas Frontier Pharmacist but in general, we're all about space marines, military shooters, and sexy ladies playing beach volleyball. Now, Rockstar has given the past as much attention as the present or future with Red Dead Redemption, a game where you slip into the boots of frontiersman John Marston and embark on an epic...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

You already know if you want this game or not. 0

 While most fans of Green Day were indoctrinated by the release of Dookie's Longview, I was introduced to them at some point in 1992 by my punk rocker friend with the release of 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. They were a catchy band and pretty much instantly likable to my teenage self. However, with the 1994 release of Dookie, their masturbatory anthem rang true to every bored kid in the nation and stardom was achieved. Here we are, sixteen years and eight albums later, and Green Day has their...

27 out of 28 found this review helpful.

Why did the king want to go into 3D again? 0

 The very first moment I stuck 3D Dot Game Heroes into my PlayStation 3, I got a huge smile on my face. Here I was looking at a title screen that was so obviously cribbed from the 8-bit era, complete with period specific chip-tune style music, and couldn't have been happier. The flood of memories coming from my childhood was certainly impressive as Silicon had nailed that aspect of their quirky throwback title. Tell me if you've heard this one before: You play as the descendant of a legendary he...

26 out of 26 found this review helpful.

Max Payne looks pretty good with a tweed jacket on. 0

I  think there may be a bit of a misconception as to exactly what kind of game Alan Wake is. The developers originally stated that it was an open-world title and even at the time of this writing, Amazon.com maintains that description. Let's get this out of the way first: Alan Wake is a story driven, linear action game. You'll spend most of the time launching an assault against a dark presence while uncovering the truth about what happened to Alan's wife. Remember that other game Remedy is famous...

57 out of 59 found this review helpful.

It's a painkiller, it helps to kill the pain. 0

 Certain game designers like Hideo Kojima, seem a bit out of place in their medium. Sure the guy makes some seriously awesome games, but towards the end of the Solid Snake saga, you got the feeling he'd rather just be making movies instead. Quantic Dream's David Cage certainly fits into that category as well although with a lot less of the game element. His latest title almost isn't even a game. Instead with Heavy Rain, you won't find yourself doing much more than helping a story unfold in diffe...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Cheer up, emo kid. 0

 he other night, my wife was watching Ghost Whisperer reruns. The story was a bit of a morality tale which concluded in the message that carrying around anger all the time is not a good way to lead your life. I kind of wish Kratos had watched this episode and took it to heart because he's one angry, angry man. The consequences of his actions don't matter, instead he's just hellbent on killing every single thing in his path. If killing a god results in an undesirable outcome, what should you do? ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Street Fighter IV: Game of the Year Edition 0

 treet Fighter IV is really freakin' awesome. Not only did it make it to my top three games of last year, but it's one that I have consistently jumped back to time and time again. Whenever folks mention it, I get this craving and just have to go play even if it's just for a few matches. So here we are a year later and Capcom has tacked on a "Super" to their Street Fighter IV. The game at its core is essentially the same, so if you'd like to read a review on that part, you may as well look back a...

16 out of 17 found this review helpful.

It's Dangerous To Go Alone. Take This Chainsaw! 0

 When you talk about Left 4 Dead, some people start saying stuff about 'BRAINSSS' or the walking dead, and at the core these people just don't know what they're talking about. While yes, the 'zombie apocalypse' has occurred, the enemies in Left 4 Dead are not after your brain and certainly aren't undead; they're normal people infected with a virus similar to the one from 28 Days Later. Left 4 Dead 2 takes place soon after the events of the first but in a new location, starting off in Georgia and...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Sparkly balls, sparkly balls... I've got sparkly balls. 0

 I think we can all agree that while the music genre is fun in its own right, there has been very little in terms of innovation for a few years now. The last big shift was when Rock Band came onto the scene and threw drums and vocals at us. DJ Hero represents a fundamental shift in how you play music games, as well as what kind of music is available for the masses. Throwing out all those "normal" instruments and opting for a turntable with a crossfader, DJ Hero certainly breathes a whole new sen...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Who we ambushin'? BAD GUYS, wanna help? 0

 Let's get this out of the way right up front. Brutal Legend is an open world game with heavy real time strategy elements... I know, some of you may not get that feeling thanks to the very linear demo presented but this is much more Giants: Citizen Kabuto than a straightforward hack n' slasher. You're placed into the skin of roadie Eddie Riggs, who works for a faux-metal band and feels that he should have been born in a different time. Eddie is crushed by a collapsing stage during a botched conc...

45 out of 45 found this review helpful.

OF COURSE there are tentacles and a character with amnesia in th 0

I really want to know why developers continuously rely on the ole "amnesia" trait for characters in their games. Not only is it old hat at this point, but it just feels like a lazy way to do an RPG. Luckily, that particular complaint really doesn't mean all that much because the story of Muramasa: The Demon Blade really doesn't mean all that much. In fact, it's really a footnote in a very action based RPG. Muramasa is brought to us by Japanese developer Vanillaware, who's only standout title to ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Good luck, have fun, race for the podium. 0

I want to start this off by saying I'm no gear head. I don't go around looking at cars, asking about gearing ratios or turbos, "what kind of shoes does your car have on" or even "what kind of engine you got in there?" Instead, I enjoy racing games because the let me pretend to drive cars I would never get a chance to own, really fast and occasionally say "vroom vroom" to myself. So, going into Need for Speed: SHIFT, I knew I was going to generally be out of my element. The most fun I've had with...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star... How I wonder what you are. 0

 With the first Dead Space, Visceral Games (formerly EA Redwood Shores) had finally found something they were good at. These developers of The Simpsons Game and The Godfather: The Game had luke warm reception of their first games, but nailed it with a horror themed, isolationist third person title set inside the massive USG Ishimura. While Dead Space: Extraction remains in the horror genre, it takes a decidedly different approach and sets you along what the publisher defines as a "guided experie...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Shadow Complex Review 0

Jason Flemming: he is no one, and he his everyone. He is also your main character in Shadow Complex, the last title in the Summer of Arcade line of games for 2009. Created by Chair Entertainment (part of Epic Games and of Undertow fame), Shadow Complex actually takes place within the Empire universe made famous by Orson Scott Card... although there's little here that makes that apparent.  After a brief "Look at all the stuff you'll be able to do later!" segment, the real game kicks off while yo...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Sam & Max: Save the World Review 0

True adventure games, for a time, were all the rage and dominated the gaming landscape. The evolution went something like all text based (Infocom), to text and graphics (Sierra On-Line), to point and click (LucasArts), then they practically fell off the face of the earth when First Person Shooters blazed onto the scene. With the emergence of consoles, there have been plenty of adventure games created which use different ways to tell the story and trying to blaze new paths. These often put of an ...

2 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 0

Magic the Gathering has been around for over 15 years now and has seen it's fair share of expansions, tournaments, rule changes and shoddy video games. Sure, you can take to the PC and play Magic Online, but really... who wants to spend real cash to get virtual booster packs? Not this guy. Enter the latest video take on the super popular collectible card game. Titled Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers, Stainless Games has tried to give every type of Magic player (newcomer to veteran...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Rocket Riot Review 0

Now now, before you immediately say "Oh great, ANOTHER dual stick shooter on Xbox Live Arcade", hear me out. Rocket Riot puts robots, pirates, zombies and ninjas in the same game, lets them all fly around with jet packs, and gives them all rocket launchers to blow stuff up with. Review over. Still not convinced? Ok, let me explain a bit. The premise behind Rocket Riot is about as silly as its pseudo retro art style. A bad pirate named Blockbeard has escaped and stolen everyone's legs. Scientist...

8 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review 0

'The Boy Who Lived' has started his sixth year at Hogwarts Academy for Witchcraft and Wizardry, and such Electronic Arts has brought this latest endeavor to the small screen on every current platform. Ringing in the new school year with classes, perils, and hormones, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to stop Voldemort once again. Unless you know who Albus Dumbledore and Hermione Granger are, as well as key plot points from the previous movies or books, you should probably steer clear of this game...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Braid Review 0

Tim has lost his Princess and you've got to help him find her. There's not much to say about Braid without giving away some spoilers, but here we go with a concise attempt. Braid at its core is a puzzle game based within a platformer ala Super Mario Brothers. Its general controls are very familiar... you can run, jump on an enemy's head to knock them away, and reach an end point to the level with relative ease. The real test comes within acquiring the 60 puzzle pieces located throughout the gam...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom 0

Chances are that you've played Mahjong at some point, so the concept should be familiar to most. However, if you're one of those that just doesn't play puzzle games here's a quick overview. Mahjong is a tile based puzzle game where you are given a set of tiles on a single board and tasked with clearing them off by matching two pieces together. Most tiles will only match with their twin, however there are two types of tiles that clear because they are both types of flowers or seasons. Its an effe...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Cuboid Review 0

Have you ever wanted to play a game where the protagonist a rectangular shaped block? How about one where you can only move by walking a block around a level on each of its faces? If this sounds appealing to you, then Cuboid is the game for you. Wait, it doesn't sound that great? So why the heck am I so addicted to this game? Cuboid is a pure puzzle game where you do exactly what I just mentioned. The objective is to take your rectangle block, and walk him towards the goal without falling off t...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Magic Ball Review 0

Its hard not to get a bit nostalgic when playing Magic Ball. The basic gameplay hearkens back to Breakout for the Atari, then Arkanoid in the arcades (and on Nintendo). It is effectively the next iteration in that formula. You take control of a paddle at the bottom of the screen and bounce a ball at wall full of stuff to destroy. If you miss the ball on its way down with your paddle, you lose a life. Lose them all and its game over. The primary addition here though is that instead of just bustin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Defense Grid Review 0

Despite being around for quite some time (1990's Rampart was probably the first example), there really aren't too many retail titles in the Tower Defense (TD) strategy niche of gaming. Instead, independent developers have released free mods for existing titles and Flash games to fill the void. Recently though PixelJunk Monsters and Ninjatown have stormed the scene and acquired many a rabid fan, making the viability of a retail TD style game plausible. Now, Hidden Path's newest PC offering titled...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Neopets Puzzle Adventure Review 0

Neopets Puzzle Adventure is what you get when you take the board game Reversi (Othello), combine it with a popular Nickelodeon license, and sprinkle in some lightweight RPG elements. While it is clear this game is marketed to a younger crowd, there are things that should make any fan of puzzle games give it a look. When the game first boots up, you are asked to create your character by choosing from a list of twelve Neopets. You can change it's color and name but generally there's no difference...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Flower Review 0

The PlayStation Network is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about owning a PS3. No, it's not because you can play multiplayer titles for free across it, but instead there's this little outlet called the PlayStation Store that is becoming chock full of games that are creative, entertaining, and buck the status quo by taking chances outside the typical spectrum. For some reason developers feel like they are able to take more risks with PSN titles than on Xbox Live Arcade, and we are bett...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Zeno Clash Review 0

Ghat has a problem. He is in the very unique situation of having committed both matricide, and patricide, by killing one person. This forces him to take flight in a prehistorically fever-dream of a landscape, along with a scantily clad antlered woman, Deadra, from several of his brothers and sisters who seek his head. The story in Zeno Clash is told by jumping between present day and a series of flashbacks, leading up to the murder of Father-Mother. Built upon the famed Source engine by Valve, ...

11 out of 11 found this review helpful.