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
Home PC 3/10 At first you'd think Home was a retro-looking point and click adventure, but that would be giving it too much credit.… more
Jotun PC 3/10 The only thing this game has going for it is its art direction. There's some wonderful hand-drawn characters and evocative… 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
Devil May Cry 4 PC 3/10 Started out okay enough despite the idiotic button mashing mechanics. But, man, this game became pure tedium by the ending. If… more
Yesterday PC 4/10 I've had pretty good luck with the string of adventure games I've played lately. It was inevitable that sooner or later I'd… 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
Brütal Legend PC 4/10 I really wanted to like Brütal Legend. but once again Doublefine has created a game that is a triumph of style over… 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
Assassin's Creed III PC 4/10 This game has been sitting in my to-do list for quite some time. I got it as a freebie from Uplay, and to be quite frank, that… 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Beneath a Steel Sky MS-DOS 5/10 I think this is considered by many to be one of the best point and click adventure games of the early nineties. I can see why… 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
DLC Quest PC 5/10 Not much to say about this one other that it's a joke game. The gag is that in order to gain required abilities you need to… more
Abzû PC 5/10 Hey, it's a walking simulator with a twist... swimming! I'll give it this, Abzû is a very nice looking and great… more
Far Cry 2 PC 5/10 This is the game that forced me to update my video card last year. I remember playing the first Far Cry and thinking… more
Cooking Mama Nintendo DS 6/10 A nice little time killing game for the DS. Nothing too deep, but a great kids game.
The Tiny Bang Story PC 6/10 The Tiny Bang Story is a small puzzle game that I think is designed more for younger players. Most of the game-play is… 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
Tomb Raider II MS-DOS 6/10 This game is part of a Tomb Raider three pack at GOG.com. I tried to play Tomb Raider 1, but I had already… 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
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
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
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
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
A Golden Wake PC 6/10 Although I'd give them props for creating a game with a truly unique theme, this Wadjet Eye adventure falls a bit flat. The… more
Assassin's Creed PC 6/10 Pictured above is one of the many exciting "sit and watch some guys talk" missions from the PC game Assassin's Creed: … more
Contract J.A.C.K. PC 6/10 Contract J.A.C.K. is billed as a prequel to the super-excellent shooter No One Lives Forever 2. What we… 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wolfenstein 3D MS-DOS 6/10 As with most of the great shareware titles of the 90s, I played the free episode of Wolfenstein 3D a gazillion times… more
Destiny 2 PC 6/10 I've been playing this off and on for the past few months. This is supposedly designed as a multiplayer experience and have… more
The Silent Age PC 6/10 The biggest puzzle in this modestly sized point-and-click adventure is figuring out how to get it to even run. I bought it… more
Half Life: Blue Shift PC 6/10 I am finally getting around to playing the Half-Life 1 expansion games. As expected, this is more of the same. This… more
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood PC 6/10 I enjoyed the original Call of Juarez and its spin-off, Gunslinger, but this one didn't really grab me. It… more
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin PC 6/10 The first F.E.A.R. game did a really good job of building up the tension to provide creepy scares and atmosphere. This… 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
Watch Dogs PC 6/10 Ubisoft only knows how to make these open world games with paper-thin story lines and lots of side challenges that don't amount… 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
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
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
Borderlands PC 7/10 Billed as a first person shooter RPG, Borderlands focuses on collecting loot over story. There a lot of superficial… more
Broken Sword - Director's Cut PC 7/10 Broken Sword is a point and click adventure game from the ninties. You will spend most of the game playing as George,… 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
Vanquish PC 7/10 Vanquish is a third-person action game that has little to offer in terms of plot or characters. Its story feels like… more
Tomb Raider: Anniversary PC 7/10 This was a rare case in which I finished a game that I had started years ago. I really enjoyed the Tomb Raider reboot… 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
Watch Dogs 2 PC 7/10 Watch Dogs 2 is pretty much a straight up Grand Theft Auto clone. But instead of playing an immoral mobster… 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
Deus Ex: Invisible War PC 7/10 This is a sequel I have been meaning to play through for a few years now. The original Deus Ex was very well executed… more
Dead Space 2 PC 7/10 I liked the original Dead Space well enough. The sequel is just more of the same endless dark hallways, jump scares,… 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
Machinarium PC 7/10 Okay, first things first. Machinarium is a beautiful game with excellent art direction, sound and music. However,… more
Eye of the Beholder MS-DOS 7/10 Eye of the Beholder is a real-time RPG dungeon crawl that borrows heavily from the mechanics of Dungeon Master… 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
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
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
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
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
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
Deadlight: Director's Cut PC 7/10 This one was a freebie from GOG.com of which I knew nothing about before playing it. Turns out, it is a 2.5-D platformer’… more
GNOG PC 7/10 GNOG is a cute little puzzle game in which you are left to click and poke around without any instructions and… 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
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
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
Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror PC 7/10 This game is a bit of a mixed bag. I really like the main characters and it has some genuinely funny moments but there are… more
Cursed Mountain Nintendo Wii 7/10 This "limited edition" version was one of the first games I bought for the Wii. It's been sitting on my stack of unplayed games… more
Dragon's Lair Trilogy Nintendo Wii 7/10 It took about twenty years, but I finally beat Dragon's Lair. That's twenty years of dying for no reason, guessing… 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
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
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
Darksiders PC 7/10 Darksiders is a game that is utterly derivative of Zelda. You are tasked with exploring various "castles,"… more
The Witcher PC 7/10 The Witcher is a flawed but ultimately satisfying role playing game that puts you in the role of monster killing… more
Half Life: Opposing Force PC 7/10 Opposing Force is a welcome improvement over Blue Shift. First off, it's feels like a full game rather than… more
A Story About My Uncle PC 7/10 A Story About My Uncle is a game based entirely around a single game mechanic, a grappling beam. Players shoot a beam… more
Flashback PC 7/10 I must have attempted to play this game about a dozen times. I would download it from some abandonware site, fire up DosBox,… 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
King's Quest MS-DOS 7/10 I am currently reveling in Sierra 3-D adventure games like the King's Quest series and Leisure Suit Larry. As… 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
Technobabylon PC 8/10 Wadjet has produced another solid point and click adventure game that makes up for its somewhat lackluster predecessor, A… more
Unavowed PC 8/10 At this point I think we can all basically agree that every game that Wadjet Eye releases is going to be worth buying right… 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
Game of Thrones PC 8/10 This has been my least favorite of the Telltale Choose Your Own Adventure style adventures. I think my main problem… 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
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
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
Wolfenstein PC 8/10 I have just been plowing through the sequels of nineties FPS's lately. This time it was back to Castle Wolfenstein for me...… more
The Longest Journey PC 8/10 Fresh off of completing Broken Sword, I decided to continue my point-and-click adventure gaming with The Longest… more