Braid asks that you forget everything you know about time.
In spite of its wonderfully unique concept, Scribblenauts struggles to fulfill its potential.
Improvements on the original in every area make Dirt 2 the one to beat when it comes to off-road racing.
Physics and sadism combine to great effect in this motocross action game on Xbox Live Arcade.
Eagle-eyes will notice a few rough spots, but there's enough good, solid virtual pinball here to keep players satisfied.
Vanillaware's lush and layered visuals and the game's razor-sharp combat elevate Muramasa well beyond your average brawler.
Extraction gets a lot of mileage out of the Dead Space setting, with a decent light-gun campaign that's worth playing through... once.
Zombie Apocalypse brings dual-joystick shooting and zombies together in a really unimaginative way.
Katamari Forever doesn't change much about this quirky, long-running series, and you know what? That's totally OK.
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.
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.
With an excellent visual style and middling gameplay, Lucidity tries hard to be more than average.
The heavy metal fantasy world of Brutal Legend and the characters that populate it are far more well-realized and engaging than the ambitious-but-flawed gameplay.
Whether you're on the track racing or off the track tuning and designing cars, Forza Motorsport 3 is incredible.
Almost in spite of itself, this is both a solid tower defense game and a good piece of fan service for South Park fans.
Borderlands' blend of first-person shooting and role-playing works because it puts the shooting first, resulting in a satisfying action game with enough depth and skill development to keep you hooked for 50 hours or more.
A Boy and His Blob is a charming all-ages affair that one-ups the game it's based on in virtually every conceivable way.
The gameplay is pretty clunky, but everything else surrounding it makes WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2010 a really interesting package for wrestling fans.
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time manages to play to its strengths while adding enough to make this the best in the series.
DJ Hero's gameplay is challenging and exciting with a feel all its own, making it a welcome addition to the world of peripheral-based rhythm games.
The third installment in the Mario brothers' handheld RPG series is the funniest and most engaging one yet.
Even the most nostalgic Infinity Engine stalwarts will find a lot to love in this story-heavy RPG.
Runic's Diablo-like debut drills straight down to the core of what makes a great dungeon-crawling loot grind.
Without strong characters or story to rely on, The Ballad of Gay Tony highlights the ways in which open-world games have been refined and improved since the original release of Grand Theft Auto IV.
Tekken 6 is a great fighting game, but it's bogged down by a lot of extraneous baggage.
It's Guitar Hero 5 with different graphics and a more diverse setlist. If you like these 65 songs, you should probably get Band Hero.
The Rabbids get a fresh lease on life by abandoning the minigame format that they're known for in favor of a single-player experience that still capitalizes on both their oddball charm and the unique capacities of the Wii.
To outsiders, the changes in Modern Warfare 2 might sound minor. But if you've played a significant amount of Call of Duty 4, they range from "neat idea" to "totally mindblowing."
Chinatown Wars doesn't attempt to fully duplicate the console GTA experience, and the end result is a much better game than what PSP owners have received in the past.
LEGO Rock Band's charming premise crumbles under the weight of a scattered track list and a clumsy execution that doesn't do justice to either LEGOs or Rock Band.
While technically accurate, the "New" in New Super Mario Bros. Wii is surrounded by all of the classic 2D platforming mechanics from Mario's past, making it more of a nostalgic product than something truly new. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
If more Left 4 Dead is what you're after, this sequel has it. A lot of it.
Assassin's Creed II elaborates on the good ideas of its sneak-and-stab forebear, making an experience that requires far fewer excuses to enjoy.
Quiz World has some rough spots, but if you've got a group of trivia fiends in your home, Buzz! has your back.
Tony Hawk: RIDE's shoddy hardware and ill-conceived software merge to form something completely abysmal.
Darkside Chronicles is a fine fit for those enamored with the fiction of the Resident Evil series. It's competent enough as a guided shooter, even if it doesn't do much to improve on the hoary old format.
Thanks to the high-res treatment and bloodily timeless gameplay, these PS2 action classics hold up better than you might think.
It won't offer any additional opportunities to build your character, but if you're looking for new places to visit on Pandora, Zombie Island is a fun new twist for Borderlands.
Rogue Warrior is probably the most foul-mouthed game of all time, but that's not enough to distract you from the poor shooting and sometimes-ugly visuals.
Spirit Tracks is filled with good moments that tweak the series' standards in interesting ways.
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