Nathan Drake's latest outing is one of the most exciting and memorable action games in years, and one you need to play for yourself.
With an excellent visual style and middling gameplay, Lucidity tries hard to be more than average.
Saw captures the rusty, sadistic aesthetic of the films well enough, though like the series, the longer it goes on, the less interesting it is.
Katamari Forever doesn't change much about this quirky, long-running series, and you know what? That's totally OK.
Zombie Apocalypse brings dual-joystick shooting and zombies together in a really unimaginative way.
Extraction gets a lot of mileage out of the Dead Space setting, with a decent light-gun campaign that's worth playing through... once.
Vanillaware's lush and layered visuals and the game's razor-sharp combat elevate Muramasa well beyond your average brawler.
Eagle-eyes will notice a few rough spots, but there's enough good, solid virtual pinball here to keep players satisfied.
Physics and sadism combine to great effect in this motocross action game on Xbox Live Arcade.
Improvements on the original in every area make Dirt 2 the one to beat when it comes to off-road racing.
In spite of its wonderfully unique concept, Scribblenauts struggles to fulfill its potential.
If you like the way Bungie makes first-person shooters, you'll enjoy Halo 3: ODST.
It trades its predecessor's goofy fan-service enthusiasm for something approaching relevance and seriousness, but MUA2 still packs a superhero punch.
Wet's terrific lead character deserves to be trapped in a better game.
Need for Speed: Shift does a lot of the things you'd expect a sim-style racing game to do, but it does so in a passionless way that's really off-putting.
Section 8 has some cool ideas at its core, but the execution falls flat too often to be wholly recommendable.
A loving tribute to one of the most influential pop groups of the 20th century with an abundance of catchy, recognizable songs to make up for the gameplay's relative simplicity.
Neversoft delivers a bubbly, slick-looking Guitar Hero game that benefits from big production values and a more accessible feel, and suffers from some questionable choices and a track list that lacks cohesion.
Arkham Asylum is a very nasty place, but Rocksteady gives you enough tools to make foiling the Joker's latest plot thrilling from start to finish.
Dr. Layton's second case leans heavily on the first game's formula, which means it's just as full of charming mystery and head-scratching puzzles.
It's not going to blow your mind with new, never-before-seen features or anything like that, but Wolfenstein is well-designed and engaging from start to finish.
Shadow Complex is amazing from start to finish... and after you finish it, you'll probably feel like diving right back in for another run.
The madcap cartoon warfare in this team-based online game is a lot of fun, provided your team knows how to work together.
It's really hard to imagine anyone having anything that even resembles a good time while playing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
This remade version of the Turtles' second arcade beat-'em-up is technically competent but not particularly exciting.
Adding an alien invasion to the bleak, post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 3 is conceptually quite pleasing, though Mothership Zeta suffers from its narrow path, and it leans more on combat and less on character than it should.
The core fighting in King of Fighters XII is really sharp, but everything surrounding it is a little disappointing.
This loony, breakneck, tough-as-nails 2D platformer is a great way to kick off the Summer of Arcade and totally worth your $10.
Let me be clear: this game might contain too much crazy to be any fun for players who aren't already into it.
Shatter's a solid download that offers a terrific sense of style while also bringing you a really good update of the old Breakout/Arkanoid formula.
Wii Sports Resort is more--much more--of what made you fall in love with the Wii in the first place.
Nearly twenty years later, the humor and the puzzles of this seminal LucasArts adventure game still hold up, and the new production values help it feel fresh again.
While there's certainly substance to Arc's 2D fighter, you have to dig through so many layers of loud music and flashy visuals that the whole experience becomes a bit exhausting.
Despite some frustrating early network issues, this lean, mean sequel to the grandaddy of all Battlefield games still has it where it counts.
While it lacks the "Bible-as-a-weapon" innovation found in the previous game, this prequel tale merges adequate gameplay with a plot good enough to keep you focused.
EA skillfully fleshes out the formula for The Sims with its latest iteration, bringing it closer to an actual game than the PC series has been, without diminishing what makes it so broadly appealing in the first place.
The physics-based action in this puzzle-oriented platformer from FrozenByte is inventive, satisfying, and visually stunning.
Telltale delivers a breezy pirate adventure with its first episode, easing into the fiction while still honoring the Monkey Island name.
Street Fighter IV combines old and new in powerful ways, resulting in a game familiar enough to bring retired fans back into the fold while being different enough to appeal to the players who have stuck with the genre since day one.
This decent movie tie-in has competent combat starring the robots in disguise--but fails to do a whole lot with it.
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