Video Game Log

Here's where I keep track of video games I have played. I rate the games on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being "highly recommended" and 1 being "forget this game and go read a book or something."

Game Title Platform Rating Body
King's Quest II - Romancing the Throne MS-DOS 7/10 I'm continuing to play the King's Quest games in DosBox these days. Tonight I just completed King's Quest II: Romancing the… more
King's Quest III - To Heir is Human MS-DOS 8/10 Onward on my journey through the King's Quest saga I go. Part III was the first in the series to really try to present… more
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Apple IIgs 8/10 This game has been lying dormant in a plastic bin in my basement for more than a decade. Back in the nineties I made many… more
King's Quest V - Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder MS-DOS 5/10 Despite their flaws, I have enjoyed playing all the games in the King's Quest series up until now (I,II,III & IV… more
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow MS-DOS 6/10 While this game was a pretty big improvement over KQV, it still was just too mired in Sierra adventure game brutality for me to… more
Klonoa Nintendo Wii 8/10 This was a cartoony and fun side-scrolling platformer with nice2.5-D graphics. A bit easy and lacking the exploration and… more
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PC 8/10 Pushing balls around has never been more fun! I have really enjoyed the last few Tomb Raider games like Tomb Raider: Legend… more
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris PC 8/10 This is the sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Like its predecessor, this is an isometric puzzle platform… more
Layers of Fear PC 4/10 Another walking simulator but this time with a horror theme. The whole point of this "game" is to make your way through an old… more
Legend of Grimrock PC 8/10 Legend of Grimrock brings the real-time dungeon crawl formula of Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder… more
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS 9/10 A nice, light-hearted version of Zelda for the DS with some interesting stylus controls.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Nintendo Wii 9/10 I have written about The Ocarina of Time on this Web site before. That game is considered one of the best games ever,… more
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards PC 10/10 Leisure Suit Larry is one of my favorite adventure games of all time. Certainly the best of the Sierra 3-D games in my opinion… more
Life is Strange PC 8/10 Life is Strange uses the same branching story game play as Telltale's games. The twist here is that your character has… more
Machinarium PC 7/10 Okay, first things first. Machinarium is a beautiful game with excellent art direction, sound and music. However,… more
Magrunner: Dark Pulse PC 6/10 This was a freebie from GOG.com that I went into knowing nothing about it. The first thing anyone who plays the game will think… more
Mass Effect PC 9/10 Mass Effect is another BioWare RPG that I picked up on Steam for five bucks during their holiday sale (along with more
Mass Effect 2 PC 8/10 Mass Effect had a really interesting storyline and I was pretty excited to delve further into the universe of Shepard and his… more
Mass Effect 3 PC 9/10 Mass Effect 3 is the satisfying conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy (ME1 & ME2). The Reapers have… more
Max Payne 3 PC 9/10 Clocking in at 31 gigabytes of disk space needed, Max Payne 3 is a monster of a game. I… more
Memento Mori PC 5/10 In the above scene from Memento Mori you are supposed to trick a little, abused girl into thinking she's your friend.… more
Metro 2033 Redux PC 6/10 There was some sort of nuclear apocalypse and the citizens of Moscow were forced to live in the city's subway tunnels. Of… more
Metroid Other M Nintendo Wii 6/10 I guess the best way to describe Other M would be "disappointing." Judging from  screenshots of the game you would… more
Metroid Prime Trilogy Nintendo Wii 9/10 After many months of playing I have finally finished all three of the games included in this excellent limited edition box-set… more
Minecraft: Story Mode PC 6/10 I thought it was Game of Thrones, but this is definitely the weakest Telltale release. I don't mind that this is… more
Mirror's Edge PC 9/10 Mirror's Edge is another free-running inspired game like Assassin's Creed. But unlike Assassin's Creed, the… more
Muramasa: The Demon Blade Nintendo Wii 9/10 This game is noteworthy for its incredible, painterly art style. The characters and backgrounds are all rendered with vibrant… more
Nex Machina PC 9/10 Nex Machina is the (almost) official follow-up to Robotron: 2084 or, as I like to call it, the greatest… more
Nox PC 10/10 Nox is an action packed role playing game for the PC. Many would compare this to Diablo. Both feature hack and slash… more
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee PC 9/10 Most of the platform-type games made for the PC are utter crap (remember Duke Nukem 1 or Biohazzard, yuck!). Abe's Oddysee… more
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath PC 7/10 This is the fourth Oddworld game. The first two were great 2-D puzzle platform games of which I was reminded of when I played… more
Okami Nintendo Wii 8/10 Okami follows much the same formula of a typical Zelda game. You proceed through the game by defeating the… more
Old Ironsides Apple ][ 8/10 Old Ironsides (Optimum Resource, Inc., 1982) is a two-player game for the Apple II that simulates Nineteenth Century… more
OlliOlli PC 9/10 One of my favorite games of the coin-op era was Atari's 720. It had… more
Outlast PC 8/10 Outlast is one of the most nerve-racking games I have played. The game delights in distracting your attention then… more
Painkiller - Black Edition PC 5/10 Painkiller is a first generation FPS that's about a dozen years too late. Unlike most modern shooters, your goal is… more
Pandora's Tower Nintendo Wii 8/10 It's been quite some time since I've played through a game on the Wii. Pandora's Tower is certainly one of the best… more
Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium Genesis 9/10 Phantasy Star II and III are probably the only 16-bit era JRPGs that I actually completed when I was a youngster. Even then I… more
Picross 3D Nintendo DS 9/10 It's been quite some time since I picked up my Nintendo DS. I have been hacking away at Picross 3D for years now, and… more
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Nintendo Wii 10/10 This is one of the best games you can buy for the Wii. There are nearly a dozen classic Williams pinball tables emulated in… more
Planescape: Torment [Enhanced Edition] PC 6/10 I think with this I have finally played through all of the original Infinity Engine RPG games. Icewind Dale I & II… more
Portal 2 PC 10/10 Portal 2 is incredible. You'll find plenty of gushing reviews just about everywhere else on the 'net so I will keep… more
Primordia PC 9/10 Primordia is an absolutely beautiful point and click adventure from Wadjet Eye Games. Besides the graphics, it has a… more
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones PC 6/10 Back in 2007 I played a free, ad-supported version of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time which I enjoyed quite a bit.… more
Puzzle Agent iPad 7/10 This is one of the first games I bought for my new iPad tablet. Puzzle Agent is essentially a clone of Professor… more
Quake 4 PC 8/10 This is essentially the same game as Doom 3 except with the lights turned on and fewer monster closets. What both these games… more
Radiant Historia Nintendo DS 8/10 I bought Radiant Historia based on its reputation as one of, if not THE best RPG on the Nintendo DS. Well, it's a JRPG… more
Rage PC 5/10 Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This game is the epitome of bland first person shooters and Id Software should know better.… more
Rambo: First Blood Part II Apple ][ 5/10 This is another game, like Dream Zone, that I owned for years (decades actually) and was never able to finish. Now,… more
Red Steel Nintendo Wii 5/10 I think this was one of the earliest titles on the Wii, and one that was supposed to showcase the new fangled motion controls.… more
Red Steel 2 Nintendo Wii 8/10 We are already two generations beyond the Wii and I am still getting caught up on all the games I've been wanting to play for… more
Resident Evil 4 - Wii Edition Nintendo Wii 9/10 This was another bargain purchase for me. Ten dollars on Amazon during one of their Gold Box sales. I'd have to say it was well… more
Resident Evil 5 PC 9/10 "Leathermen don't get nervous... leathermen don't get nervous" The immortal words of Glenn the Leatherman from Village People… more
Resident Evil: Revelations PC 7/10 I understand that this game was originally a Nintendo 3DS launch title. So, by the standards of portable gaming, this is not a… more
Resonance PC 5/10 Uh oh, here we go again with another mediocre adventure game. Surprisingly, this one comes from Wadjet Eye Studios whose games… more
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC 8/10 Part two of the Tomb Raider reboot doesn't offer anything really new in terms of game play but that's okay. The core… more
Rise of the Triad PC 6/10 I'm on a bit of a tear here finishing off games. I guess after that last Winter Steam sale I had about six different games… more
Ruiner PC 7/10 Ruiner rages with a riot of red. So much red. It's like an entire game based on a Photoshop filter applied to the more
Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien PC 8/10 Although I haven't written about them here, I have played through much of the first series of Bit.Trip games on the… more
Saints Row 2 PC 6/10 I vowed to avoid open world games but then GOG.com goes and makes Saints Row 2 free. This series has always been an… more
Saints Row IV PC 8/10 Saints Row IV is an obvious rip-off of Grand Theft Auto all the way down from the open-world mechanics to the… more
Sam and Max Season 1 Nintendo Wii 9/10 I found this game used for around twelve bucks a few months ago. I'm glad I picked it up because it is a really entertaining… more
Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space Nintendo Wii 8/10 Season two is more of the same point-and-click adventuring that was done so well in Season one. The puzzles are definitely a… more
Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse PC 9/10 Having been burnt twice by buying the technically challenged Wii versions on Season 1 & 2, I decided to move from the den… more
Scratches: The Director's Cut PC 6/10  Having whet my appetite for adventure games on the excellent Sam and Max series, I thought it would be a good time to… more
Serious Sam 2 PC 6/10 The original Serious Sam became an unexpected hit when it received the approval of Old Man Murray. While… more
Shadow Warrior 2 PC 8/10 Shadow Warrior 2 is a fast and wild shooter that continues in much the same vein as the first reboot game (which I… more
Shadow Warrior Classic MS-DOS 6/10 This is a classic FPS from the same people who brought us Duke Nukem 3D. In this outing, the politically incorrect… more
Shadowgrounds PC 6/10 I'm a sucker for these top-down shooter games. This is the type of game I imagined playing back when the cutting edge AAA title… more
Shadowgrounds: Survivor PC 7/10 The sequel to Shadowgrounds doesn't offer much new. There's the same aliens, same corny voice acting, and the same top-down… more
Shadowrun Returns PC 7/10 I was initially drawn to the isometric art style of this turn-based RPG. My hope was that it would play like Wasteland 2… more
Shardlight PC 9/10 Wadjet Eye continues their run of solid point and click adventures with their latest, Shardlight. This may be their… more
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri PC 6/10 This game was a $5 budget CD when I bought it over a decade ago at CompUSA but I never got around to playing it until now. I… more
Sniper Elite III PC 9/10 The Sniper franchise is all about stealth, planning and quick moments of anatomically correct violence. The previous… more
Sniper Elite V2 PC 7/10 This was a free game on Steam on the day of the sequel's release. I grabbed it without knowing anything about the game.… more
Space Quest MS-DOS 8/10 It's been quite some time since I tackled a Sierra 3-D adventure game (See my reviews of Kings's Quest I, II & III… more
Spec Ops: The Line PC 9/10 Have you ever wanted to be the star of your very own nihilistic, anti-war fever dream? Well, look no further than Spec Ops… more
Spelunky PC 4/10 Games journalists (I can't believe that's really a thing) seem to love this game, I thought it was tiresome. Every game a new… more
Splinter Cell: Blacklist PC 9/10 Another game that came bundled with my new video card. I had never played a game in this series because I assumed it was some… more
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary MS-DOS 7/10 I remember watching my housemate play this game quite a bit back when we were in college. I don't think he had the CD-ROM… more
Strongbad's Cool Game for Attractive People PC 6/10 This game has been on my back burner for quite some time now. I play a little here and a little there, but it never really got… more
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo Wii 8/10 Well, it took me about half a decade, but I finally finished Super Mario Galaxy 2. I really liked the first one and… more
Super Metroid SNES 9/10 We never owned a Super Nintendo so I never got around to playing the 16-bit incarnation of Metroid. Well, thanks to… more
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP PC 8/10 Sword & Sworcery is a bit more art than video game. In fact, the game itself is more of a container for the synth-… more
Surgeon Simulator 2013 PC 7/10 I had hoped that when they adapted the Web version of Surgeon Simulator into a full game they would have added a funny… more
Syberia PC 8/10 I've been playing a lot of adventure games these days. In Syberia you play Kate Walker, a lawyer working for a high-… more
Syberia II PC 8/10 Syberia II picks up right where the first game left off with you racing by train into northern Russia in search of the… more
System Shock 2 PC 4/10 Well, I tried. Three times I have started playing System Shock 2 and each time I just get frustrated or bored and just… more
Tales from the Borderlands PC 10/10 Like previous Telltale series, this is not so much a game as it is an interactive cartoon. Yes, to a degree, player choices don… more
Technobabylon PC 8/10 Wadjet has produced another solid point and click adventure game that makes up for its somewhat lackluster predecessor, A… more
Teenagent MS-DOS 3/10 You can download and play Teenagent for free from GOG.com, and, because of my obsessive-compulsive nature when it… more
The Blackwell Convergence PC 8/10 This and the previous Blackwell Unbound apparently were intended to be a single game with flashbacks and intertwined… more
The Blackwell Deception PC 9/10 The fourth Blackwell game continues to make improvements over its predecessors in terms of technical polish. There is also a… more
The Blackwell Epiphany PC 9/10 The fifth and final Blackwell game continues in the series' tradition of thoughtful and interesting adventures that are light… more
The Blackwell Legacy PC 8/10 The first four Blackwell games went on sale on Steam this week for around 50¢ each. These games have been on my radar ever… more
The Conduit Nintendo Wii 7/10 The Conduit is one of the few games for the Wii that makes an honest attempt to appeal to hardcore gamers. It boasts… more
The Crimson Crown Apple ][ 8/10 This sequel to the classic Apple ][ adventure game Transylvania has you returning to the same locations as the first… more
The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion PC 9/10 Oblivion is a huge, open-world RPG made by the same folks who made Fallout 3. In fact, it plays very much… more
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo Wii 8/10 Well, this is a Zelda game. The formula has remained unchanged ever since The Ocarina of Time. The princess has been… more
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS 8/10 It took me nearly half a decade to finish this one. Not that it's terribly difficult, I just put it down at some point and… more