This is either an 'okay' or a 'great' game depending on how you play it. Single-player is great, with just the right pace of gameplay to make several hours pass without you realizing it. Games can be long and complex, yet simultaneously engaging. Multiplayer, on the other hand, is frustratingly slow and buggy, to the point where I still haven't been able to complete a game with friends."
To me this version of SimCity feel like a re-imagination of the fist game. For me that is a great thing. I love being able to zone residential along a road and have it naturally go between low and high density. The thing that keeps me for truly enjoying this is the small map size. The map should have at least double the area and would do well to be 3 or 4 times as big. Small map=low city longevity"
This game has two problems in long load times and constant reminders of what to do. The second is expected for its audience but the first is really this game's only true flaw. I absolutely love this game. Exploring the LEGO world with different themed areas is a blast. With all the different vehicles and missions it doesn't get old. Plus driving a LEGO tractor in LEGO Times Square is pretty great."
This game looks like a regular space shoot-em-up, but is actually a clever rhythm game which plays in reverse. The goal is to un-fire all your weapons in time to the music, and work your way from the final boss to the first level. Although there's only 10 stages, replayability is helped by leaderboards, more difficulty levels, and extra challenge missions. It also looks great and sounds awesome."
Mario Party 9 is a refreshing twist on the formula the series is known for. players travel on a vehicle together (adding a nice element of strategy), and battle bosses toward a board's end. The 82 minigames are mostly great, but unfortunately games can still often come down to luck. This makes the 1p story mode a chore but otherwise, the game provides a fantastic local multi-player experience."
Star Fox Command is a worthwhile mix of classic Star Fox arena dogfights and turn-based strategy element reminiscent of the cancelled Star Fox 2 for the SNES. The game plays quite well and provides some challenges, but is sometimes hindered by the touch screen controls and repetitive gameplay. the game is short, but has many story paths requiring multiple play through. an overall 'good' game."
Blue Dragon is an old-school RPG for the next generation, and it succeeds at incorporating those elements and tropes common to its spiritual predecessors like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Which means, if you're lost, don't expect a way marker. The battle system has depth, but the game takes a while to open up and the plot is rather uninspired for its genre. Also, the achievements are devils."
More and more, I start to think Alan Wake is an elaborate joke of a game, but it fails to explain itself clearly if so. It says it's "psychological" but then turns supernatural; it says it's a thriller, but you mainly fight blue-collar, bad-punchline-spewing workers in the forest. The excessive action ruins any sense of horror even as Alan likens his life to the horror greats. Barely scary or fun."
Dead Space 2 succeeds in building on the foundation of its predecessor, successfully bequeathing Isaac Clarke with a character, expanding the storyline and introducing new atmospheric scenarios. I never tried the multiplayer mode, but the single-player offers plenty of replay value and challenge (if only the cutscenes were skippable). Go in expecting a horror-themed action game and it will be fun."
It's Ocarina of Time with a lovely new coat of paint. Therefore, it's amazing. The alterations to the inventory system and use of gyro controls for first-person aiming only improve the experience. It's main flaw is that it's not Majora's Mask, but that's an unfair expectation."