Video Games 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 Platformsort descending Rating Review
Machinarium
PC
7/10 Okay, first things first. Machinarium is a beautiful game with excellent art direction, sound and music. However,... more
Costume Quest
PC
5/10 Costume Quest feels like an off-hand idea thrown out there at a pitch meeting. I'm sure the designers had just taken... more
The Stanley Parable
PC
6/10 Another arty walking simulator for the PC. This one is all about the nature of choice and free will within a game world. You... more
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
PC
8/10 I played the first Assassin's Creed several years ago and, while I thought it was an okay game, I was never compelled... 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
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
F.E.A.R.
PC
7/10 So, I've spent the last couple of weeks working my way through F.E.A.R. and its two expansion packs: Extraction... more
Gemini Rue
PC
8/10 Gemini Rue is another enjoyable point-and-click adventure from Wadjet Eye that has a sci-fi noir theme. Having gotten... 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
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
Batman: Arkham City
PC
9/10 I have never really been a fan of superhero comics. What I know about Batman comes mostly from the Super Friends... 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
Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures
PC
7/10 More episodic point-and-click adventure from Telltale Games. This series is definitely geared more towards younger gamers but... more
Blackwell Unbound
PC
9/10 Another day, another Blackwell game completed. These are solid point-and-click adventure games. The puzzles aren't too... more
Grand Theft Auto IV
PC
9/10 This was my third journey into the world of Grand Theft Auto and I am starting to pick up on the formula. So, this is... more
Dragon Age: Origins
PC
6/10 Man, this game was a bit of a mess. I guess I wanted it to be a Baldur's Gate style tactical role playing game with... 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
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
PC
8/10 Coming off of FarCry 3, I really wasn't sure I wanted to commit myself to another massive open-world game, but San... more
Icewind Dale II
PC
8/10 The Icewind Dale series is built on the same game system as the Baldur's Gate games. Unlike Baldur's Gate... more
Kathy Rain
PC
7/10 Kathy Rain is a point and click adventure which uses the same AGS engine that all the games from Wadjet Eye games use... 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
Jade Empire
PC
7/10 It's been quite a while since I have been able to make myself play another BioWare Game. I really liked the Baldur's Gate... 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
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
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
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
PC
7/10 I have had this game sitting on my video game to-do list for a long, long time. This is regarded as one of the best cRPG games... more
The Wolf Among Us
PC
9/10 After The Walking Dead (especially season two... which I apparently forgot to review. Well, it was great.), I was... more
Call of Juarez
PC
8/10 There have not been many wild west shooters. I guess there was Outlaw for the 2600 and, of course, now there's Red... more
Dead Island
PC
6/10 This game had one of the best trailers ever. None of the narrative spark that permeates the trailer is in the actual game. The... more
Bioshock Infinite
PC
10/10 Infinite is a worthy successor to the original BioShock. It's not so much a sequel as it is a re-theming of... more
Doom 3
PC
8/10 No that isn't a black square you are looking at above. It's a  screenshot. A screenshot from Doom 3. Forget story and... 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
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
PC
9/10 Oh sweet Shatner, this game is brutal! The Nintendo DS Giana Sisters game was a cute, simplistic and moderately... more
Fallout: New Vegas
PC
8/10 Although it's a massive 30-40 hour game, New Vegas is really just an stand-alone expansion pack to the wonderful ... 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
Dear Esther
PC
7/10 Dear Esther is a noble little experiment that pushes the notion of video games as art. The problem is, it isn't much... more
Broken Age Act I
PC
9/10 Like a gazillion other people, Doublefine Adventure was the first Kickstarter that I bought into. It was scheduled to come out... 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
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
Torchlight
PC
6/10 Torchlight is a game that has been resting on my back-burner for a long, long time. I got it for something like three... 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
Defense Grid 2
PC
7/10 The Defense Grid sequel seems more like an expansion than a new game. There are new powers and customizations, but... more
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
PC
8/10 Okay, here's another Borderlands sequel. Actually, this is more of a large expansion pack to Borderlands 2—... more
FIFA 1999
PC
8/10 Ever since my brother was suckered into buying a 3D0 console system, I have heard good things about the FIFA soccer games that... 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
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
PC
8/10 GTA: Chinatown Wars on the DS was my first Grand Theft Auto game and it remains one of the best games on that platform... more
Call of Juarez Gunslinger
PC
9/10 I thought the original Call of Juarez was a better-than-average shooter that was bolstered by it being set in the Old... more
Brothers
PC
9/10 Brothers is a surprisingly excellent game that's filled with beautiful visual storytelling and a unique game-play... more
Tomb Raider: Underworld
PC
9/10 I missed out on the original Tomb Raider game in the 90s. I think I downloaded the demo and thought, "This isn't Doom, or even... more
Guacamelee!
PC
8/10 This is what the kids call a metroidvania-style platformer (what a horrible term). You run around around a large, open-world... more

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