Oni Review

I always make a point to mention when I quit a game before the end, and Oni is one of those rare games that I’ve quit. Given how many unbearable games I’ve fought my way to the end of, that should speak volumes about the entertainment value of Oni. First, some back story: I kept hearing about how awesome and amazing and underrated this game is, so I went through the trouble of tracking it down. Thing is, it really isn’t any of those things. Even calling it a mediocre action game is doing a major disservice to mediocre action games because Oni fails across the board to deliver anything resembling entertainment value. Read more →

Spider-Man Review

Superhero games used to have a proud (slash-shameful) tradition of badness, from the notoriously atrocious Superman 64 to a whole slew of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man side-scrollers that were nothing short of disastrous. By the turn of the millennium, it was considered common knowledge that an enjoyable superhero game would never be produced. However, Neversoft (of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater fame) somehow managed to cobble together an enjoyable mixture of elements in 2000’s Spider-Man, succeeding where so many others had failed and paving the way for other excellent superhero games. Read more →

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Review

As a game, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is stunningly imperfect, but undeniably one-of-a-kind and addictive. As Troika’s swan song, it’s a perfect example of the kind of unfettered creativity (and subsequent bugginess) that they had quickly become known for as developers. The story of Troika is ultimately a short, sad one, but it’s impossible to look at Arcanum and Bloodlines and not feel that they succeeded where most developers have failed; not only are Troika’s games some of the most interesting and unique games ever made, but they’re also among the elite few classics that remain consistently playable despite their age. Read more →

Deus Ex Review

Deus Ex is an old favorite of mine, but I hadn’t touched it for several years before playing through it again for this review. As it turns out, I had forgotten everything about it with the sole exception of the first level, so I had a unique opportunity to experience the game as though for the first time. I’m happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest, because despite a few annoying hiccups early on, Deus Ex is every bit the amazing game it’s always been. Read more →

Baldur’s Gate 2 Review

In terms of sheer quality, Baldur’s Gate 2 is miles ahead of its predecessor, the annoying and generally sloppy Baldur’s Gate. Everything seems to be improved, and while there are still troublesome bugs in some versions (most notably, unpatched disc versions and the awful Enhanced Edition), it’s an experience that needs to be experienced to be believed. Read more →

Conflict: Desert Storm Review

I remember playing through Conflict: Desert Storm (either on the Gamecube or PS2—I honestly don’t remember which anymore) with my younger brother years and years and years ago. There was something strangely fun about playing through the whole game in co-op, helping each other with what we perceived to be a brutally challenging game. Looking back on it now with several games like it under my belt, I see now that it wasn’t really a difficult game so much as it just sucked. Desert Storm is quite possibly one of the worst games I’ve ever played through, and how my brother and I ever managed to finish the game is beyond me. Read more →

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