Games: By Rating

A list of all the games I’ve been playing sorted by rating from best to worst.

Bioshock Infinite Platform: 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

Braid Platform: PC

10/10
Braid got a lot of critical praise when it was released for Xbox. When it went on sale for the... more

Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim Platform: PC

10/10
In terms of overall game-play, Skyrim stays pretty close to the system Oblivion used. You roam a giant open-world map, revealing new locations... more

FarCry 3 Platform: PC

10/10
I was a bit hesitant to play this game. I really didn’t like FarCry 2 all that much. It was repetitive,... more

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Platform: PC

10/10
The original Geometry Wars was one of the purest, most exhilarating gaming experiences of the post-arcade era. It combined the visuals... more

House of the Dead: Overkill Platform: Nintendo Wii

10/10
The Wii has two areas in which it excels: family friendly games and pseudo-lightgun shooters (meaning, you point the... more

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Platform: MS-DOS

10/10
Leisure Suit Larry is one of my favorite adventure games of all time. Certainly the best of the Sierra... more

Nox Platform: PC

10/10
Nox is an action packed role playing game for the PC. Many would compare this to Diablo. Both feature hack... more

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Platform: Nintendo Wii

10/10
This is one of the best games you can buy for the Wii. There are nearly a dozen classic... more

Portal 2 Platform: PC

10/10
Portal 2 is incredible. You’ll find plenty of gushing reviews just about everywhere else on the ‘net so I will... more

Tales from the Borderlands Platform: PC

10/10
Like previous Telltale series, this is not so much a game as it is an interactive cartoon. Yes, to... more

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Platform: PC

10/10
Witcher 3 is a massive open world RPG that’s full of detail in terms of visuals and story. It’s was... more

Batman: Arkham Asylum Platform: PC

9/10
I’m still waiting for that Wonder Twins game, but in the meantime this will do. After Arkham City this does seem... more

Batman: Arkham City Platform: PC

9/10
I have never really been a fan of superhero comics. What I know about Batman comes mostly from the Super... more

BioShock 2 Platform: PC

9/10
The original BioShock was a great game with an interesting plot and a wonderfully unique setting. I never really understood the... more

Blackwell Unbound Platform: PC

9/10
Another day, another Blackwell game completed. These are solid point-and-click adventure games. The puzzles aren’t too hard and the stories are... more

Broken Age Act I Platform: PC

9/10
Like a gazillion other people, Doublefine Adventure was the first Kickstarter that I bought into. It was scheduled to come... more

Brothers Platform: PC

9/10
Brothers is a surprisingly excellent game that’s filled with beautiful visual storytelling and a unique game-play mechanic that has the... more

Call of Juarez Gunslinger Platform: 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

Crysis Platform: PC

9/10
Crysis feels much more like the Far Cry sequel I wanted back when I played Far Cry 2. Once again you are dropped... more

Dear Esther Platform: PC

9/10
Dear Esther is a noble little experiment that pushes the notion of video games as art. The problem is, it... more

Doom [2016] Platform: PC

9/10
I think this is a reboot. Was there actually a plot in the original Doom? Whatever the case, this version of Doom is... more

Fallout 3 Platform: PC

9/10
Fallout 1 and 2 are two of my favorite computer games. Those games had a great style to them,... more

Fallout 4 Platform: PC

9/10
I was quite a bit hesitant to get this game because I had heard that a big part of... more

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Platform: PC

9/10
Oh sweet Shatner, this game is brutal! The Nintendo DS Giana Sisters game was a cute, simplistic and moderately challenging throwback... more

Goldeneye 007 Platform: Nintendo Wii

9/10
I never played Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64. I guess the original was noteworthy for making the controls on a console... more

Grand Theft Auto IV Platform: PC

9/10
This was my third journey into the world of Grand Theft Auto and I am starting to pick up on the... more

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Platform: Nintendo DS

9/10
Aside from the hour or two of GTA 2 that I played on the PC years ago, this was... more

Jamestown Platform: PC

9/10
I’ve had this game for quite a while now and have been waiting until I complete it before writing... more

Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Platform: Nintendo DS

9/10
A nice, light-hearted version of Zelda for the DS with some interesting stylus controls.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Platform: 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... more

Mass Effect Platform: PC

9/10
Mass Effect is another BioWare RPG that I picked up on Steam for five bucks during their holiday sale (along... more

Max Payne 3 Platform: PC

9/10
Clocking in at 31 gigabytes of disk space needed, Max Payne 3 is a monster of a game. I would have... more

Metroid Prime Trilogy Platform: Nintendo Wii

9/10
After many months of playing I have finally finished all three of the games included in this excellent limited... more

Mirror’s Edge Platform: PC

9/10
Mirror’s Edge is another free-running inspired game like Assassin’s Creed. But unlike Assassin’s Creed, the acrobatic roof running is actually an... more

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Platform: 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 Platform: PC

9/10
Nex Machina is the (almost) official follow-up to Robotron: 2084 or, as I like to call it, the greatest arcade game ever... more

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Platform: 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... more

OlliOlli Platform: PC

9/10
One of my favorite games of the coin-op era was Atari’s 720. It had a simple, but unique control scheme... more

Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium Platform: Genesis

9/10
Phantasy Star II and III are probably the only 16-bit era JRPGs that I actually completed when I was... more

Picross 3D Platform: 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... more

Primordia Platform: PC

9/10
Primordia is an absolutely beautiful point and click adventure from Wadjet Eye Games. Besides the graphics, it has a lot... more

Resident Evil 4 – Wii Edition Platform: Nintendo Wii

9/10
This was another bargain purchase for me. Ten dollars on Amazon during one of their Gold Box sales. I’d... more

Resident Evil 5 Platform: PC

9/10
“Leathermen don’t get nervous… leathermen don’t get nervous” The immortal words of Glenn the Leatherman from Village People movie, Can’t... more

Sam and Max Season 1 Platform: Nintendo Wii

9/10
I found this game used for around twelve bucks a few months ago. I’m glad I picked it up... more

Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Platform: PC

9/10
Having been burnt twice by buying the technically challenged Wii versions on Season 1 & 2, I decided to... more

Shardlight Platform: PC

9/10
Wadjet Eye continues their run of solid point and click adventures with their latest, Shardlight. This may be their best... more

Sniper Elite III Platform: PC

9/10
The Sniper franchise is all about stealth, planning and quick moments of anatomically correct violence. The previous game in the series was good,... more

Spare Change Platform: Apple ][

9/10
Although I am very nostalgic for many a game on the system, the Apple ][ was never the ideal... more

Spec Ops: The Line Platform: PC

9/10
Have you ever wanted to be the star of your very own nihilistic, anti-war fever dream? Well, look no... more

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Platform: PC

9/10
Another game that came bundled with my new video card. I had never played a game in this series... more

Super Metroid Platform: SNES

9/10
We never owned a Super Nintendo so I never got around to playing the 16-bit incarnation of Metroid. Well, thanks... more

The Blackwell Deception Platform: PC

9/10
The fourth Blackwell game continues to make improvements over its predecessors in terms of technical polish. There is also... more

The Blackwell Epiphany Platform: PC

9/10
The fifth and final Blackwell game continues in the series’ tradition of thoughtful and interesting adventures that are light... more

The Elder Scrolls IV – Oblivion Platform: 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: Ocarina of Time Platform: Nintendo 64

9/10
Well, I just finished The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and I have to say that it does live up... more

The Walking Dead Platform: PC

9/10
Over the past few years I have had a love/hate relationship with The Walking Dead T.V. show. Unlike most of the trash... more

The Witness Platform: PC

9/10
The Witness is from the same developer who created the superb Braid. It feels like a cross between that game and Myst. Once... more

The Wolf Among Us Platform: PC

9/10
After The Walking Dead (especially season two… which I apparently forgot to review. Well, it was great.), I was pretty much... more

Tomb Raider Platform: PC

9/10
I guess they are rebooting Tomb Raider again? I really liked the last two games in the series and I don’t... more

Tomb Raider: Underworld Platform: PC

9/10
I missed out on the original Tomb Raider game in the 90s. I think I downloaded the demo and... more

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny Platform: Apple ][

9/10
Ultima V is perhaps the pinnacle of gaming on the Apple ][ computer system. While I thought that Nox... more

Ultima VI: The False Prophet Platform: MS-DOS

9/10
With the completion of VI, I’m getting close to having played all the games in the Ultima series. I own boxed... more

Wasteland 2 Platform: PC

9/10
Soon after I plunked down a few Kickstarter bucks for Broken Age, Wasteland 2’s campaign popped up. Back in my Apple ][... more

Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Platform: PC

9/10
Witcher 2 takes what was a sprawling and somewhat unfocused RPG and refines almost everything to create an excellent role playing experience.... more

Wolfenstein: The New Order Platform: PC

9/10
It’s been a little while since I’ve played a current generation FPS, so maybe I just impressed with the... more

A Boy and his Blob Platform: Nintendo Wii

8/10
I’m not a huge fan of 2-D platform games. Even modern ones tend to be rather shallow when it... more

Alan Wake Platform: PC

8/10
Alan Wake was developed by the same people who made one of my favorite games, Max Payne. Unfortunately, there is no... more

Alien: Isolation Platform: PC

8/10
The first few hours of Alien: Isolation are some of the most nerve-racking gaming I have ever experienced. It’s a stealth... more

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Platform: 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... more

Bioshock Infinite: Season Pass Platform: PC

8/10
The BioShock Infinite season pass DLC is a nice way to get a few extra hours out of the original game.... more

Borderlands 2 Platform: PC

8/10
his sequel is an improvement over the original Borderlands. The basic shoot everything and look for loot game-play remains, but... more

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Platform: PC

8/10
Okay, here’s another Borderlands sequel. Actually, this is more of a large expansion pack to Borderlands 2’using the same engine and most... more

Bulletstorm Platform: PC

8/10
I went into Bulletstorm not knowing anything other than I heard there was a lot of cursing in the dialogue. Well,... more

Call of Juarez Platform: 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

Captain Goodnight and the Islands of Fear Platform: Apple ][

8/10
Along with Karateka and Prince of Persia this may be one of the most solid story-oriented action games on... more

Chrono Trigger Platform: Nintendo DS

8/10
It took about a year of on-again / off-again playing, but I finally made it through this DS remake... more

Conduit 2 Platform: Nintendo Wii

8/10
Fresh off of Goldeneye 007 I am continuing my Wii FPS fix with Conduit 2. Apparently somewhere between 1 and 2 they... more

Crusader: No Remorse Platform: MS-DOS

8/10
In the 90s, I tried playing the demo of this game many times and could never really get into... more

Darksiders II Platform: PC

8/10
The first Darksiders was a blatant rip-off of (some might say “homage to”) the The Legend of Zelda. While it maintains much... more

Dead Space Platform: PC

8/10
Aim for the arms! Aim for the arms, dammit! Ever since I installed my completely unnecessary 5.1 surround audio... more

Dead Space Extraction Platform: Nintendo Wii

8/10
Dead Space Extraction is yet another “on-rails” Wii shooter game. The Wii, with its pointer controls, is the perfect platform... more

Deus Ex Platform: PC

8/10
Essentially a first-person shooter game mixed with lots of role-playing elements. For the most part the game is pretty... more

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Platform: PC

8/10
While Invisible War was not without its merits, it really lacked the depth of the original Deus Ex. This third installment attempts... more

Dishonored Platform: PC

8/10
A while back I gave this game a spin during a Steam free weekend and ended up setting it... more

Doom 3 Platform: 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... more

Dream Zone Platform: Apple IIgs

8/10
Dream Zone is a graphical adventure for the Apple IIgs that I was never able to complete when it was... more

Duke Nukem Forever Platform: PC

8/10
The original Duke Nukem 3D was perhaps the best of the first wave of FPS games. I also really liked Rise of... more

Etrian Odyssey Platform: Nintendo DS

8/10
Etrian Odyssey is an old-school RPG in the vein of Wizardy or The Bard’s Tale. That is, you assemble a party of adventurers, go to... more

Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon Platform: MS-DOS

8/10
Time to break out that pad of graph paper again and start charting the depths of nerd-dom. Eye of the... more

Fallout Tactics Platform: PC

8/10
The third game in the Fallout series eschews much of its RPGness and concentrates on combat instead. I always liked the... more

Fallout: New Vegas Platform: 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 Fallout 3. If... more

Far Cry 4 Platform: PC

8/10
All these Ubisoft open-world games (Assassins Creed, Watch Dogs, etc.) follow the same basic formula. Main story which you can take your... more

FarCry Blood Dragon Platform: PC

8/10
When I heard that this game featured Michael Biehn as the main voice actor I was intrigued. When I saw... more

FIFA 1999 Platform: PC

8/10
Ever since my brother was suckered into buying a 3D0 console system, I have heard good things about the... more

Game of Thrones Platform: PC

8/10
This has been my least favorite of the Telltale Choose Your Own Adventure style adventures. I think my main problem with... more

Gemini Rue Platform: PC

8/10
Gemini Rue is another enjoyable point-and-click adventure from Wadjet Eye that has a sci-fi noir theme. Having gotten used to... more

Giana Sisters DS Platform: Nintendo DS

8/10
Giana Sisters is a reworking of an old Commodore 64 game that itself was a note-for-note ripoff of Super Mario Bros. This... more

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Platform: 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

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Platform: 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... more