While the game is conceptually interesting, Matt Hazard's "return" comes up short in just about every way imaginable.
The XBLA version of Peggle is a great way to not do what you were supposed to be doing.
By necessity, Resident Evil 5 makes a smaller impact than its groundbreaking predecessor, but it's still a creepy, fantastic action game in its own right.
While the bloody combat in MadWorld makes a terrific first impression, this is a perfect example of a game that puts style over substance.
GTA: Chinatown Wars looks amazing on the DS, and the game retains enough of what Grand Theft Auto fans are looking for to make for a great experience.
WWE Legends of Wrestlemania contains some great, nostalgic moments, but the rest of the package is a letdown.
Wanted: Weapons of Fate is fun while it lasts, but it doesn't last very long and doesn't give you great reasons to play through it a second time.
Retribution is a surprisingly good third-person shooter on the PSP, a platform where you don't see a lot of good third-person shooters.
Uno Rush is vastly different from its predecessor, replacing cold strategy and slow-paced fun with something much more intense.
Rhythm Heaven's quirky minigames keep you guessing while giving you plenty of things to do and plenty of reasons to keep coming back.
This demanding new PlayStation Network shooter offers rewarding score-based action--once you commit to learning its complex, unique mechanics.
Watchmen: The End is Nigh looks great, but the co-op elements are poorly thought-out, and the simplistic action gets old well before this brief, bloody brawler is over.
Dark Athena joins more content to the brilliant, grim Escape From Butcher Bay, which for the most part has aged quite well.
Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face is only two dollars, but it's so incredibly thin that it feels more like a demo than something you should actually have to pay for.
Bird & Beans is a great little time-waster that's available at a great little price.
Art Style: AQUIA is a good, basic puzzle game with enough of a hook to keep you coming back for more.
Brain Age Express: Math is a decent collection of math-themed minigames, but it's a little too pricey to recommend.
WarioWare: Snapped! is more of a tech demo than a full game, so if you're looking for something that you can use to show off the DSi's camera, go for it.
It's not technically inferior, but Galactrix just doesn't excite in the same way as Puzzle Quest did.
Wheelman has some great ideas that are executed well, but a lot of the peripheral stuff is underwhelming.
The Godfather name is little more than bait for this empire-focused take on the Grand Theft Auto-style of criminal action.
Though the action is solid while it lasts, Tales of Valor's short campaign and additional multiplayer modes don't justify the standalone price tag.
Lode Runner maintains the classic gameplay of its predecessors, adds a few new ways to play, and gives you plenty of levels to work through.
The level of excitement surrounding these robots is undeniable, even if it's somewhat fleeting.
This competitive-only strategy action game has some good ideas that are hindered by its laggy, inconsistent online play.
Ninja Blade is a handful of cool moments surrounded by tedious, repetitive gameplay.
First-person action fans shouldn't miss Zeno Clash's unique mix of deep melee combat and wonderfully bizarre art design.
Russian developed Cryostasis is a chilly cult masterpiece thanks to its unique story and visual style. Unfortunately, the game's technical issues and slow-paced combat are valid concerns against wide-audience approval.
Wolverine's satisfying combat and hearty enthusiasm for creative mutilation help distract from the repetition and rough edges.
Though you can't count on the online modes for additional thrills, Space Invaders Extreme is still a great update to the classic shooter.
The Wii remake of Klonoa is bright, colorful, and a lot of fun.
Patapon 2 expands on the rhythmic strategy of its predecessor without undermining the approachability or the depth that made it such a success in the first place.
Tedious, contrived, repetitive stealth mechanics make this a game you should try your best to hide from.
Bionic Commando has moments of brilliance that help cover the game's flaws, but really, it all comes down to how much you like swinging around.
Punch-Out!! builds on the strengths of the NES original in some smart, simple ways that, when combined with a stylish, playful presentation, makes for a terrific experience.
The single-player options are a little slim, but taking the fight to opponents over the Internet is absolutely awesome.
This is a great puzzle game in its own right and one of the most challenging, satisfying games on DSiWare so far.
Battlestations Pacific provides an epic sense of scale with some unique mission types, but the hybrid nature of its action-strategy gameplay presents a sword that is often dull on both sides.
Star Trek: D-A-C isn't what you want out of a multiplayer space shooter, and it certainly isn't what you want out of a Star Trek game, either.
It's not a poorly made game, but Terminator Salvation is too simple and too fleeting to recommend.
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