2008

STRATEGY

Sins of the Solar Empire
“This isn’t just the first great strategy game of 2008. It’s also an absolute must-have if you love space strategy.”-9.0 from Gamespot

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor
Galactic Civilizations II goes out with a bang thanks to the superb Twilight of the Arnor expansion- 9.0 from Gamespot

Panzer Command: Kharkov
In the final evaluation, Panzer Command Kharkov is a great addition to any wargamer’s hard-drive. The interface and mechanics are straight-forward enough that even beginning gamers can quickly catch on. But the action in Kharkov is realistic and pure wargame; players ignore real-life tactics at their peril. The endless replay value and open game engine promise to keep gamers happy for a long time to come. Koios and Matrix Games have given us a great game that is easy to recommend. So, load up your T-34s and Pzkw IVs and head for the open steppes of Panzer Command Kharkov.- 8.9 from Armchair General

Europa Universalis Rome
Like the other games in the series, Europa Universalis Rome isn’t for everyone. It isn’t even for most people. But for the rare gamers who can happily lose themselves in a world where the ability to create armies is more valued than the ability to lead them on the field of battle, the EU games are a revelation. When you combine that approach with the appeal of the historical Roman setting, it’s like an arrow of happiness aimed straight at our hearts.- 8.7 from IGN

Supreme Ruler 2020
The most comprehensive near-future world simulation:- 8.5 from Out of Eight website

The Mexican American War
The amount of research and detail that went into making The Mexican American War is outstanding. Players interested in the period or fascinated with how a game engine can handle different periods should get this game. While casual gamers might find the larger scenarios too much work, serious gamers will recognize a prize.- 8.5 from Armchair General

Europa Universalis III: In Nomine
Just about every aspect of Europa Universalis III is improved in the In Nomine expansion pack. - 8.5 from Gamespot

Now Boarding
A click management game with a number of features designed for longevity and efficiency:- 8.5from Out of Eight website

War Plan Pacific
War Plan Pacific is a grand strategy game truly designed with the more casual user in mind. A lot of the tedium and frankly unnecessary complexity found in similar games is removed while still keeping a satisfying level of depth. War Plan Pacific is easy to manage, with great unit organization and simple mission assignment. The multiple victory conditions are fantastic and reduce the amount of repetition seen in subsequent matches. War Plan Pacific also doesn’t waste your time with drawn-out contests. For gamers on a time budget (or those easily distracted by other games or shiny objects), War Plan Pacific is a great way to taste strategy gaming without devoting too much time to the endeavor.- 8.5 from Out of Eight website

Project Aftermath
Project Aftermath bunks the typical indie ‘smallness’ and goes all out with a game that feels like an epic a AAA title. -8.3 from GameTunnel

The Sims 2: Free Time
Free Time will go down as one of the most significant expansions for The Sims 2. It definitely blows away Bon Voyage, and is arguably even slightly better than Seasons simply because of the new content. The now-slightly cluttered interface hurts, but not nearly enough to turn off players; it just takes a little time to get used to. If you have The Sims 2 at all, regardless of your other expansions, be sure to grab this one as soon as you can.- 8.3 from IGN

The Sims 2 Apartment Life
It’s odd recommending an expansion pack like this with The Sims 3 coming out early next year. Yet if you’re looking for more content to tide you over until the next game, Apartment Life certainly works as a solid expansion. It doesn’t completely reinvent the style of gameplay you’re used to, but it does make enough interesting tweaks and additions to warrant a look. And if this does turn out to be the last bit of official content released, it’s not a bad way to go out for such a venerable franchise.- 7.7 from IGN

The Sims 2: Castaway Stories
The Sims: Castaway Stories is the first game in the entire series that really feels different despite being based on the same engine and principles. It shows the series still has plenty of room for growth, and that perhaps the endless expansion packs are not bad things.- 7.3 from IGN

SPORE
Spore merges multiple run-of-the-mill building blocks into a big, entertaining game. - 8.0 from Gamespot.

Civilization IV: Colonization
Colonization is a more focused and linear Civilization experience that nevertheless offers the depth and rewards of the classic strategy series.-8.0 from Gamespot

Battle of Tiles
Overall, Battle of Tiles has many standard and creative features that makes it a must-have for anyone looking for something quick and satisfying to play. I strongly recommend buying this if it is possible for you to do so.- 8.0 from HarryBalls.com
it also won GameTunnel’s 2008 Strategy GOTY

War Over the Mideast
With War Over the Mideast, John Tiller and HPS give wargamers a detailed, yet playable game of modern air combat. The high-octane subject matter, large number of scenarios, and full suite of editors promises to make this a game we will be playing for years. While it plays real-time, the game is not for twitch jockeys, or those who demand 3D graphics with their MiGs. Also, those players who don’t like to read manuals should probably not attempt this title, either. But for wargamers who wake up and smell jet fuel in the air, War Over the Mideast should not be missed. - 8.0 from Armchair General

Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets
Kharkov represents the good and the bad of the hardcore wargame genre-7.9 from IGN

Gary Grigsby’s War Between the States
Strategy buffs will enjoy this thorough take on the Civil War:- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Europa Universalis 3: Napoleon’s Ambition
t may be limited, but this Napoleonic-era expansion for Europa Universalis III packs a lot of punch when it comes to military matters. - 7.5 from Gamespot

Europa Universalis: Rome – Vae Victis Review
If I played Rome extensively, I would purchase Vae Victis. The expansion provides meaningful, albeit a bit subtle, enhancements to the basic game that make it a more complete product. - 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Loco Mogul
A distinctive casual title that is part Minesweeper, part transportation simulation, and part click-management game: - 7.5from Out of Eight website

XIII Century: Death or Glory
“Attention to battlefield detail and smart AI make XIII Century a serious
real-time tactical challenge”
-7.5 from Gamespot

Zatikon
A flexible multiplayer tactical strategy game that thrives on unit variety- 7.5from Out of Eight website

Freight Tycoon
Freight Tycoon is one of those niche games I come across that is good, but will be completely boring to people not interested in the genre. There are a couple of missteps when it comes to the user interface, but, in general, the game is polished and makes finding information very easy(…) Obviously this game will not appeal to everyone, but those looking for an entertaining economic simulation with a couple of minor hiccups will enjoy Freight Tycoon.- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Political Machine 2008
Political junkies and board-game fans should love The Political Machine 2008, even if it is a bit too close for comfort to its predecessor.-7.5 from Gamespot

Multiwinia
Multiwinia adds a multiplayer mode and even easier controls to the addictive gameplay and visually striking world of Darwinia.-7.5 from Gamespot

Airport Mania: First Flight
The click management genre takes to the skies with good results- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

BC Kings
If you like RTS games, this is a very good one that doesn’t expand the genre too much, but really nails what good RTS gameplay is.-7.3 from GameTunnel

Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows
While it undoubtedly expands the options of the core game and brings in an inventive, engaging race, the lingering interface problems still frustrate out efforts to uncover the undeniable joys to be found inside. Despite its flaws, the game has earned its fans and they will undoubtedly enjoy the added options found here.- 7.2 from IGN

Warbands – Rise of Baron Muntu

Warbands is a decently well done turn-based strategy game obviously inspired by the seminal Advance War series. They’ve kept the core of the gameplay similar, but iterated enough of the design elements to address some of the shortcomings of its predecessors. It doesn’t quite have the polish or sheen of the Advance War games but there is plenty here to entertain fans of the genre. The cartoon-y graphics don’t quite mesh with the somewhat serious story elements or music, but as a whole package the game works. The interface has a clean design and for the most part stays out of your way. With a built in level editor and multiplayer support, there is plenty here to get your money’s worth. Two thumbs up for Warbands.-7.0 from Gametunnel

Commander: Napoleon at War Hero
Commander: Napoleon at War manages to get a lot of things right. It strikes a nice balance between simulation and convenience, giving players just enough to make their strategic decisions matter, but not so much that they’re crushed under the weight of tables and numbers. With that said, the real focus here is on moving and fighting, not on diplomacy, technology or economy. Those elements are present, of course, but they’re on the sidelines. But as fun and as big as the game is, the lack of a solid AI and the strange limitations on how you move and attack limit the amount of fun you’ll have here- 7.0 from IGN

World War One – La Grande Guerre
While World War One – La Grande Guerre has many issues, there are also plenty of moments where AGEOD’s magic touch does shine through. The game is filled with history as well as some good wargaming. This reviewer really likes WWI, and can’t wait for it to mature and reach its potential. But until some more of the kinks are worked out, the game isreally only recommended for those dedicated strategy gamers who can find game-play pay dirt in a sometimes frustrating experience. So if you are one of those dedicated strategy fans, synchronize your watch and ready your men. The whistle blows at oh-six-ten, and we go over the top …- 7.0 from Armchair General

The Settlers: Traditions Edition
Ubisoft has decided to split the Settlers franchise into two entities, while Settlers:Rise of the Empire brought some heavy changes into Settlers formula, Settlers 2: Anniversary edition was direct remake of classic Settlers2. Traditions Editions is sequel to that remake, taking inspiration from Settlers2 and 3 and providing more classic Settlers gameplay for all the fans of this series.

Heroes of Might and Magic Kingdoms
Free browser based MMO spin-off from the franchise.

Worldshift
RTS from Black Sea Studios, makers of Knights of Honor (8.0)

Jutland
WWI naval wargame, follow up to Distant Guns (it received seal of excellence at Wargamer.net

Iron Grip- Warlord
RTS/FPS hybrid, first commercial release from this team (previously they did very nice mods set in the Iron Grip universe)

Anno 1701: Sunken Dragon
Expansion pack to 7.6 city builder

The Settlers VI Empire of the East
First Settlers VI add-on

ADVENTURE

Sam and Max Season Episode 201: Ice Station Santa
“Just slightly below Reality 2.0 on the list of great episodes; it’s laugh-out-loud funny, with very intelligent puzzle design and a totally demented self-contained story which interjects demonic possession into a sacred holiday. An absolute must-play.”- 9.0 from Adventuregamers

Sam and Max Season 2 Episode 202: Moai Better Blues“There are criticisms, to be sure, but ultimately they feel like small nitpicks on what is an intelligent and wildly creative episodic adventure that continues the series with the requisite lunacy.”- 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Sam and Max Season 2 Episode 203: Night of the Raving Dead
“This episode brings a lot of fresh ideas, but also a definite change in tone—which makes it another solid experience for series vets, but less of a recommendation as an introduction to the series.”- 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Sam and Max Season 2 Episode 204: Chariots of the Dogs
“It is the Sam & Max episode we have been waiting for. After flirting with elements of perfection, the elusive goal is finally attained. This is the game to remind you why you love adventure games.”- 10/10 from Adventuregamers

Sam and Max Season 2 Episode 205 – What’s New, Beelzebub?
This game, and this season as a whole, is completely, certifiably nutso. And therein lies the magic and the charm of the experience. It’s a wonderful experience when it’s not straining under the weight of its own ambition.- 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Nikopol: The Carnival of Immortals
Where many adventure games get discouraging when you’re stuck, Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals is one that feels like a challenge worth taking on. It’s fun to look at, fun to play, and it’s even fun to call someone you feel might be a bit smarter than you and drag them over to look at a tricky part. If it didn’t rely quite so much on the context of The Carnival of Immortals, I’d call it a must-play for PC adventurers- 8.2 from IGN

So Blonde
Like its protagonist, there is more to So Blonde than meets the eye. Whilst some tiresome nuisances prevent the game from realizing its full potential, it’s a very enjoyable adventure that deserves to be played.- 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Penumbra: Black Plague
The Penumbra series comes to a close with more creeps and physics-based puzzles.- 8.0 from Gamespot

The Immortals of Terra: A Perry Rhodan Adventure
Perry Rhodan’s transition to gaming is a largely successful one, as The Immortals of Terra is a solid title that should appeal to sci-fi and adventure fans alike.-8.0 from Adventuregamers

Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
In spite of some of it’s issues, Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy is a solid adventure game. After all my doubt and skepticism, I’m having to eat my words. Nancy Drew isn’t a “girl” game; it’s a title all adventure gamers will enjoy.- 8.0 from IGN

Nostradamus – The Last Prophecy
Another enjoyable trip to the past by Kheops, with a fascinating look at Nostradamus and an intriguing murder mystery to investigate.- 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Dracula 3
Dracula 3 is a solid adventure with an intriguing mix of legend and fact, but there’s more science and history than garlic and stakes.- 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis
If you don’t mind playing a free-roaming, first-person adventure, you won’t find a more detailed or enjoyable treasure hunt out there. A solidly consistent and well-crafted product, from start to finish.-8.0 from Adventuregamers

Vampyre Story
Cartoony bloodsuckers make A Vampyre Story a cheesy good time.- 7.5 from Gamespot

Overclocked
“Overclocked may be awfully grim, but a deep story and smart, subtle puzzles make it captivating in spite of its macabre tone.”- 7.5 from Gamespot

Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual
After drawing me in and taking me on a whirlwind ride, The Scorpio Ritual left me with nothing but a stunned expression and a heartache the like of which I haven’t felt since 2007’s Culpa Innata. Those with abandonment issues, play at your own risk.- 7.5 from IGN

Jack Keane
If you’re looking for the next Monkey Island this is not it, but Deck13 has created another colorful and fun adventure that different generations can all enjoy together.- 7.5 from Adventuregamers

Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches Images
Welsh spooks, ancient myths, and subtle scares abound in this stylish point-and-click adventure.- 7.5 from Gamespot

The Experiment
The Experiment overcomes its clichéd beginnings with original gameplay.- 7.5 from Gamespot

Casebook: Episode I – Kidnapped
Not only a very good pilot for a promising mystery series, but in its own right Kidnapped is an entertaining, if brief, adventure game – oops, “interactive movie”.- 7.5 from Adventuregamers

Penumbra: Requiem
While its puzzle and gameplay structure remains entertaining and satisfying, the expansion removes a few major elements of what made the Overture and Black Plague so appealing. That by no means makes it a bad game, but with no coherent narrative drive and the removal of a sense of danger, the game just doesn’t possess the same kind of immersive draw of its predecessors.- 7.5 from IGN

Dracula: Origin
Spooky atmosphere and a great story save Dracula: Origin from being a formulaic pixel hunt. -7.0 from Gamespot

Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb
Authentic puzzles and ancient atmosphere make Riddle of the Tomb a cut above the average point-and-click adventure.- 7.0 from Gamespot

Carol Reed: The Colour of Murder
The fifth Carol Reed mystery is a short but intriguing mystery that should appeal to series veterans and newcomers alike.- 7.0 from Adventuregamers

Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice
While a solid game with all the elements we have come to rely on from Nancy Drew, it feels a little too shallow, a little too short to stand among the best games of the series.(…) Overall, then, the 18th Nancy Drew adventure is yet another solid addition to the series, but not one of the longer or stronger games.- 7.0 from Adventuregamers

Murder in the Abbey
Murder in the Abbey may not be entirely original, but it’s an adventure with a lot of personality.- 7.0 from Gamespot

The Lost Crown: a Ghosthunting Adventure
“The Lost Crown is beautiful to look at and good for a few scares. If you have the patience to get past its many rough edges, you’ll find a thoroughly playable adventure underneath.”-7.0 from Adventuregamers

The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft
The first Hardy Boys mystery is definitely geared to the younger crowd, but it has just enough depth to provide some light entertainment for everyone.-7.0 from Adventuregamers

Art of Murder: FBI Confidential
Fans of crime fiction should find Art of Murder a solid serial murder mystery, though it won’t exactly knock ‘em dead.- 7.0 from Adventuregamers

Sinking Island
It’s a worthwhile outing for mystery buffs and would-be detectives, though a bevy of small annoyances prevents Sinking Island from rising above the competition- 7.0 from Adventuregamers

Simon the Sorcerer 4
The beloved adventure series is back, this time in following the path of first two titles(which were incredible) instead of following the terrible road of Simon3

RPGs

Warld of Warcraft: Wrath of Lich King
The second World of Warcraft expansion doesn’t do anything for new players, but there’s plenty of great content for anyone who’s reached at least level 55.- 9.0 from Gamespot

King’s Bounty: the Legend
ght now, King’s Bounty feels like a 10/10 game wriggling inside a slightly-too-wonky 8/10 game engine. None of its flaws are enough to dull the many pleasures of its impressively varied world, and the more time you sink into its meandering delights the more surprising the experience becomes. Rare are the games that have you muttering “Well, I didn’t know that could happen!” after more than 30 hours, and the fact I could have written another 2000 words describing weird and wonderful moments you’re best discovering for yourself is all the recommendation you should need.- 9.0 from Eurogamer

The Spirit Engine 2
The Spirit Engine 2 does just about everything right. The graphics and animations are marvelous with interesting character designs, NPCs, monsters and backgrounds bringing to life vibrant and compelling scenery and environments. The music and audio are some of the best you’ll find in a game anywhere. The different characters you can pick from and their in-depth stories really help create an inviting setting that compels you as you move through the game. This is achieved with some excellent writing. The gameplay, in the form of its pseudo turn-based engine, is fun but it does take some getting used to. The game ramps up the difficulty rather quickly, but luckily you can adjust it mid-game if you’re not picking it up as quickly as you should. My only requests for this game would be the ability to save anywhere and a slightly more intuitive combat interface. Otherwise, it is an indie masterpiece.- 9.0 from GameTunnel

Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria
The Mines of Moria builds on the strengths of the existing game by presenting loads of atmosphere, engaging quests and a meaningful story. To that extent, it won’t surprise anyone who’s already played the core game. What is surprising is how much better Turbine has managed to make it this time around. Moria is wonderfully realized from top to bottom and, though the entry quest requires a bit of a grind, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The new legendary items add a lot of depth and definition to your character, and the two new classes fill a few holes in the current roster of characters. Turbine’s done a great job here and has certainly raised our expectations for Volume Three.-8.7 from IGN

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Engaging player-versus-player combat makes this an online role-playing game to reckon with.- 8.5 from Gamespot

Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir
Fans of D&D and single-player role-playing games should definitely check out Storm of Zehir. Yes, there’s a shortage of single-player D&D games in this age of MMOs that we live in, but Obsidian has still crafted an involving and engaging adventure. It’s also nice to see the company take risks, presenting new forms of gameplay and evolving its series even further. With its emphasis on party, this feels like an homage to the old school D&D games of the past.- 8.3 from IGN

Pirates of Burning Sea
If you can overlook Pirates of the Burning Sea’s steep learning curve, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most unforgettable moments in any online RPG.- 8.0 from Gamespot

Mount and Blade
If you can get over the lackluster production values, you’ll find an incredibly well-paced and engaging game that immerses you into a remarkable world that you can do what you will in. You can be the hero, the villain, or just a guy or gal trying to get by. This is a game for anyone who has a yen for history, the Middle Ages, knights, and medieval warfare.- 8.0 from IGN

Avernum 5
Remember the grand, classic roleplaying adventures before the current crop of 20-30 hour cinematic action games that dominate the genre? Spiderweb is the only company still regularly producing those and Avernum V is a worthy addition. - 8.0 from RPGWatch

AVENCAST: Rise of the Mage
Avencast balances the action-oriented and traditional RPG genres better than you might expect.- 7.5 from Gamespot

Hinterland
It’s not free from flaws, but Tilted Mill has done a solid job at streamlining and meshing together city building and action-RPG elements with Hinterland. By building and strengthening your town you strengthen your adventuring party which, after success in battle, strengthens your town, and on and on. It’s a satisfying experience and a well designed loop or reinforcement, something that’s easy to get into and won’t overburden you with the ins and outs of complex micromanagement. If you can get over some sloppy AI, a clumsy interface, and technical problems, you’ll find there’s a quirky, engaging experience to be had as you test out different starting conditions and see how far you can get. For $20 USD, it’s a lot of game for your dollar.-7.2 from IGN

Fate: Undiscovered Realms
It might not be creative, but Fate: Undiscovered Realms is a solid extension of the original hack-and-slash role-playing game.- 7.0 from Gamespot

Space Rangers 2: Reboot
Add-on to quirky game that got 8.1 from Gamespot

Ragnarok Online 2
Sequel to one of best and most popular MMORPGs in the world

PUZZLE

Audiosurf
Audiosurf is one of those games that offers something for everyone. You can cruise through a neon-future version of your favorite songs at a leisurely pace in freeride or low difficulty puzzle modes, or play as a hardcore gamer might, repeating tracks obsessively with the aim of conquering the leaderboards. A better fusion of casual and hardcore gameplay styles would be difficult to come by, particularly one with such boundless source material. The game is yours to manipulate as it readily acquiesces to your mood, making it worth playing on nearly any occasion, for any reason, for any person.- 8.6 from IGN

Montjoie!Hero
“Montjoie! is a good board game that’s become a great computer game. (…) Fans of board games or the strategy genre should definitely check out Montjoie!, as its one of thebest adaptations of a board game you’ll see on the PC: c’est magnifique!”-
8.5 from Out of Eight website

Ancient Quest of Saqqarah
This, my friends, is how you do a match-three puzzle game. If you have any interest in the genre, then Ancient Quest of Saqqarah should be at the top of your list- 8.5 from Out of Eight website

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
‘ve never played a game quite like this. It is part board game, with a distinct Clue feel to it, and part mini-game collection. I’m a sucker for unique experiences, and this certainly is one. The visual style is consistent from start to finish and really enhances, along with the audio, the flapper theme. The mini-game challenges aren’t especially deep, but each one packs just enough charm to keep it interesting. As a whole the story elements presented are intriguing and compelling enough to keep you hunting for just one more clue to help solve the mystery. There are a plethora of characters to pick from and interact with, each with their own distinct personality. Backed by some fun and quirky writing, it rounds out the great experience that is Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble.- 8.3 from Gametunnel

Archibald’s Adventures
or my money, it’s hard to find a game more playable than a simple, side-scrolling, puzzle platformer and Archibald’s Adventures is that to a tee. The game follows the adventures of skateboarding kid Archibald as he tries to escape the maze of dangers in a science lab filled with creatures and traps. The levels are short and sweet, the graphics are cartoon-y and clear and the challenges fit in wonderfully with the paradigm of a young hero attached to a skateboard. The puzzles are all timing and creative thinking and can really be taken on by anyone of any skill level.- 8.3 from GameTunnel

Peggle Nights
With Peggle Nights, PopCap offers a bunch of new boards and a few new features, though the gameplay is more or less unchanged. Still, Peggle fans should absolutely dive in, and if you’ve never tried Peggle, you really should. Just make sure you’ve got some time to spare before you load it up.8.3 from IGN

Obulis
Obulis is…mesmerizing. There are so many great things to say about this game, I’m not really sure where to start. The presentation is stunning, the gameplay is intriguing and fun, and the challenge is superb. Be warned, once this game hooks you, hours will vanish. (…)Obulis has that ‘something extra’ which makes it exceptionally fun, extremely addictive, and even more rewarding.- 8.3 from Gametunnel

4 Elements
Wonderfully presented, generally addictive, and filled with good intentions, 4 Elements is a very, very happy game. That it all boils down to a series of Match 3 puzzles isn’t really an issue because Playrix’s version of Match 3 is so visually and practically impressive that the excellent presentation is mere icing on the cake. It’s even difficult to peg an ideal demographic for the game because it’ll grab the attention of adults as much as it will children. A must-have for Match 3 and puzzle addicts and anyone who’s forgotten that gaming magic can be found where you least expect it8.0 from IGN

Defense Grid: The Awakening
For a budget game, Defense Grid easily delivers plenty of gripping gameplay; it’s easy to lose track of time while playing it. In fact, there were quite a number of times where I defeated a wave of aliens only to realize that I had made it through the entire level. I actually wanted another wave or two in order to test the effectiveness of the mouse trap I had designed. It’s always a good sign when a game leaves you wanting for more.- 8.0 from IGN

Puzzlegeddon
For what you’re paying Puzzlegeddon is a great value and provides gameplay with a surprising amount of depth. The interplay between matching colored blocks and attacking and defending opponents is well done, and the game gives you three difficulty levels worth of bots to practice against online and off. The real test, however, is against humans, something that will likely prove difficult to set up given how few are actually playing online. If you’re bored of standard Bejewled match-3 type games and want something well designed that feels quite a bit different, Pieces Interactive’s Puzzlegeddon is a solid choice.- 7.9 from IGN

Bejeweled Twist
Bejeweled Twist is an entirely playable casual game — even enjoyable — but it does not pop in the same way as the original Bejeweled games. The new rotation mechanic slows the game down to a degree. Yes, it adds a strategy element to the game that did not exist in previous editions, but that works against the “instant accessibility” factor that’s essential for casual games. If you do stick with the game until the rotation becomes second nature, the amount of content will keep you playing for weeks. But you’ll never be frighteningly hooked. You can put the game aside at a moment’s notice. And that’s a real first for a PopCap game.- 7.9 from IGN

Carol Vorderman’s Sudoku
Most folks are going to think I’m being too generous with my rating, but it’s important to recognize that this is a Sudoku videogame. Vorderman’s not trying to pump out a Zelda title or something with characters and a story – this game is all about furthering the addiction that is Latin squares. If you’re into number crunching for fun, this is the PC title you’ve been waiting for.- 7.8 from IGN

My Tribe
My Tribe has taken the Virtual Villagers formula, improved the visuals and some minor gameplay features, and the result is a good, yet unoriginal, gaming experience.- 7.8 from GameTunnel

Crazy Machines 2
Puzzle solvers might be left cold by things like online Sudoku considering that it is no more interactive than the ones printed in the newspaper. For them, Crazy Machines 2 offers a type of interactive puzzle solving not available anywhere else.- 7.6 from Gaming Nexus

Blokus World Tour
Blokus World Tour is great for Blokus fans and the demo gives newcomers an excellent glimpse at why this game has taken the world by storm. Colorful artwork and catchy music liven things up and with multiple modes it can keep players busy for hours. - 7.6 from IGN

Democracy 2
. The end result is a very challenging and realistic simulation of political life. Make no mistake: Democracy 2 is very, very difficult game and it’s hard to make it past the first election for beginning players. However, the gameplay is satisfying to someone interesting in the inner workings of the political spectrum, and it’s fun (in a nerdy sense) to see how difficult it is to correct national dilemmas.- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Forgotten Lands: First Colony
Forgotten Lands is exemplary in making a complex game easy to understand and play, without sacrificing depth or fun.- 7.5 from GameTunnel

Chains
Chains is dripping with innovation and individuality: there is nothing quite like it. Don’t let the short review trick you: there is a great puzzle experience here that is only hindered by the amount of content. Almost every level is a new objective and with a new layout: rare is the puzzle game that has this much variety. One of the main problems with puzzle is repetition, but Chains solves this with a great amount of variety in both objectives and layouts. The objectives fall into a number of categories (clearing a number, survive a time limit), but the layouts help to accentuate the unique nature of the game. Just add more levels and we would have a pretty complete and quite enthralling puzzle gaming experience.- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Rainbow Web 2
While Rainbow Web 2 clearly won’t appeal to people who don’t like match three games, it is one of the better titles in the genre, so fans of these puzzle games should definitely check it out.- 7.5from Out of Eight website

Spandex ForceHero
“If you’re going to make yet another match-3 game, this is the way to do it. Spandex Force takes several kinds of puzzle games and combines them in a coherent package with a great theme- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Trials 2 Second Edition
“A fun but exceedingly tough physics-based motorcycle racing puzzle game”- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Cryptex of Time
“A fresh take on the genre, Cryptex of Time takes a classic idea and expands upon it enough to produce a notable title.”- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Chaos Theory
The puzzles are very well designed with only a couple that I would consider annoying or luck-based. The flexibility of the game design shines through and makes Chaos Theory a strong puzzle game- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Jack’s BouncyHero
“Jack’s Bouncy Qubes is an entertaining puzzle/action game and quite fun, while providing enough of a challenge to keep you interested.”- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Spectromancer
A well-designed, if somewhat limited, online turn-based card game friendly to newcomers with a robust single player campaign- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Circulate
Circulate certainly falls into the old cliché of “easy to learn, hard to master.” It’s alwaysnice to play something different that all those click management and match-3 games thatpopulate the puzzle genre, and the rotational mechanics of Circulate certainly are justthat. Circulate breathes some fresh air into a typically bland and repetitive genre.-7.5 from Out of Eight website

The Amazing Brain Train
As always, Brain Train is another great offering from Grubby Games. The game is fun to play and will appeal to a wide range of gamer tastes. It stands out from the other brain training games I’ve played in that it offers us the charm and cuteness of the Professor Fizzwizzle world. It’s not my favorite Grubby Games game, but it’s a winner nonetheless.- 7.3 from GameTunnel

Summer Session
Dating simulations have never really interested me and Summer Session was my first experience with such a game. Summer Session’s presentation is very solid, with an intuitive UI system and vivid characters. The writing, which is what the game is largely focused on, is very good, and makes the experience compelling. The major issue with the game is its extreme brevity and lack of depth. Thankfully there are multiple endings to encourage replaying the game but eventually the dialogue and other writing repeat very frequently. Despite its shortcomings, Summer Session piqued- 7.3 from Gametunnel

Puzzle Hero
Puzzle Hero suffers from a complete lack of originality. As I played, I constantly had the feeling of ‘been there, done that (…)flawless. The full 3D character and monsters look great and have fluid animations. The monster design is often hilarious, and the game captures the light fantasy setting extremely well. The simple character creation is a nice touch, and the game has lots of polish. If the gameplay had been more substantial and original to meet the terrific style, Puzzle Hero could have been a great gaming experience.- 7.3 from Gametunnel

Operation Mania
Between the timers and ever-changing demands of the patients, the money earned and upgrades available for purchase, Operation Mania turns out to be a deeper, more entertaining game than you might expect for 20 bucks. It’s nowhere close to as addictive as other casual titles like Peggle or Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, but it’s a decent choice if you’re looking for something affordable, a little more action-oriented and don’t have a high-powered rig to run something like Crysis Warhead.- 7.1 from IGN

Kudos 2
I’ve consistently found it remarkable how a mundane activity in real life somehow becomes invigorating when it’s on screen, and so buying a newspaper or feeding your dog is confusingly exciting, but it has been captured very well in this title. If you want a casual, non-life-consuming life simulation game that will run on just about everything but your wristwatch, Kudos 2 is for you.- 7.0 from Boomtown

Jewel Quest III
e Jewel Quest series definitely has a unique flavor for a match three game, and if you’re looking for a well-made Bejeweled spin-off, you’ll find a solid game here. There’s lots of content, though it’s nowhere near as varied or entertaining as something like Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. You should also know it can get extremely challenging, sometimes frustratingly so for reasons beyond your control.- 7.0 from IGN

Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst
You may not want to live there, but the return trip to Ravenhearst offers a little something for casual gamers, puzzle lovers, and adventurers alike.- 7.0 from Adventuregamers

FutureU: The Prep Game for SAT
Even though the game has its fair share of interface problems, FutureU is still a decent SAT prep program. While the game is bogged down by some technical constraints (see the lack of a real writing section), FutureU offers a decent and affordable SAT preparation experience. -7.0 from IGN

System Mania
It’s a perfect example of creativity in casual, something that we don’t get enough of.
- 7.0 from GameTunnel

Cosmic Osmo’s Hex Isle
CYAN Worlds (creators of Myst series) are returning to the first IP they’ve created.

Warlords Online
Freeware puzzle/strategy hybrid.

MindHabits
A brain relaxing puzzle game based on more than a decade of research and findings by Dr. Mark Baldwin of esteemed McGill University in Montreal,

ACTION

Crysis Warhead
Warhead is a fantastic stand-alone expansion to a superb shooter, and should be played by anyone who likes games with guns.- 9.0

Savage II: Tortured Soul
Ultimately, we feel that Savage 2 is an enjoyable game that offers a satisfying alternative to the genre-bound tunnel vision of most other games. In combining the team-based action of games like Tribes and Battlefield with an original fantasy setting and a ground-level RTS mechanic, they’ve come up with something that’s unlike anything else on the market right now…except the original Savage, of course. If you’re looking for something different and don’t mind hanging your fate on the skills and abilities of your fellow online gamers, then you’ll find plenty of rewards in Savage 2.- 8.3 from IGN

Zombie Shooter
Do you like to disengage your brain sometimes and just let loose with over the top weapons? Slaughtering untold hordes before bedtime? You’re insane! Quick, call the police! Oh, sorry, you meant in a game, oh, ok. Just buy it then, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Aim, fire, smirk and repeat. -GameTunnel’s runner-up for 2008 Action GOTY

Droid Assault
Droid Assault is a blast to play. Just about every presentational aspect of the game oozes with quality and style.- 8.0 from GameTunnel

Shadowgrounds Survivor
Maybe I’ve just been playing the wrong kind of games lately, but Frozenbyte’s latest caught me off-guard with its mindless yet entertaining action. It had moments that brought me back to the days of playing Smash TV and Robotron 2084 at bowling alley arcades. Once the nostalgia faded, I was happy to find the game still played great. Shadowgrounds Survivor isn’t anywhere close to as difficult as the top-down shooters of yore, but it’s an excellent throwback title to a type of gameplay that doesn’t require 600 hours of dedication to get to the good part, memorization of unnecessarily complicated technology trees, or the need to page through thousands of lines of dialogue options to get anything accomplished. It’s simple, enjoyable, pretty, and perhaps best of all, it’s cheap.- 7.6 from IGN

T.W.T.P.B.
TWTPB is a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of game, and in this case, that’s actually saying something good.- 7.5 from GameTunnel

Rising Eagle: Futuristic Infantry WarfareHero
“Rising Eagle: Futuristic Infantry Warfare adds just enough new features to make it stand out.”- 7.5 from Out of Eight website


Hunting Unlimited 2009

I read some reviews of Hunting Unlimited 2008 (which is probably not much different that this game) and they were all very negative. Why? Two main reasons: you are shooting animals and the graphics. Now, Hunting Unlimited 2009 is not a great game, but it is what it is: a hunting simulation. I’m sorry that not every game can have stellar graphics, and while the graphical quality is certainly not high, it doesn’t negatively impact the gameplay. So get over it, hippies. Is there room for improvement? Sure, but it’s still enjoyable if you’d like a realistic game. There’s a lot of stuff here for $20, so if you’re looking for a satisfying hunting experience, look no further.- 7.5from Out of Eight website

Shelled!
Don’t be fooled by the comparatively simple 3-D presentation: there’s an addictive action game contained in Shelled! Online. It takes the best aspects of Scorched Earth and adds in a 3-D environment, tons of weapons, and methodical real-time gameplay. Gamers who enjoy fast-paced games won’t like Shelled! Online, but I do enjoy the tense limited movement and physics-based mechanics. I think if the game looked more like a AAA title, then more people would be drawn to its infectious gameplay. There are a handful of small improvements that could be made to polish up the game, but the title is good enough to be quite enjoyable.- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Larva Mortus
A zombie-hunting game with elevated replay value that’s addictive but repetitive-7.5 from Out of Eight website

Stardrone
Stardrone is a blast. The gameplay is fun, unique, and addictive. The experience is fast, exhilarating, and challenging but also generally not too hard. The graphics and atmosphere are great and they are supported by subtle audio choices that results in a very hypnotic experience. It earned some extra brownie points for its Starcontrol references. The biggest gripe I had with Stardrone is that I found the controls totally confusing at first. After I realized what was going on though, I spent the next few hours in Stardrone bliss. This is definitely a game worth taking for a spin.- 7.5 from Gametunnel

Time of War
Time of War has tons of action, loads of explosions, and steady pacing. Couple all of this with a strong presentation and you get a pretty good game out of the deal.(…)My largest complaint is with the view, which is an odd hybrid of third person and overhead views, that always keeps the forward looking distance rather short. Despite this, and the lack of original mechanics or the need for sound strategy, the game is a solid and enjoyable shooter. - 7.0 from Gametunnel

Tank Universal
In the end, the game forces you to ask one simple question: How could one person, working alone, create such coolness? An arcade tank shooter with oodles of variables and that special addictive quality that pulls you back again and again for another go, Tank Universal definitely displays a certain lack of sophistication, yet it’s still a better bet than many similar “corporate” titles. Tanks for the memories, Phil, and keep ‘em coming, maybe next time with a bit more financial backing.-7.0 from IGN

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
Prequel (With various improvements, including added dx10 support) to 8.6 FPS.

Tomboish Witches
English version of great doujin shump. It’s great news, not only because the game is simply a very good game, but also because it’s the first doujin game officially translated to English, so there’s hope many more will follow.

Captain Claw 2
The first one got 7.7 and was one of most loved 2D PC platformers in recent decade

Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy

Gumboy Tournament
Multiplayer-centered sequel to Gametunnel’s Indy GOTY 2007

The Great Tree
Action games from makers of Wik and Fable of Souls (9.0 from GS)

Kohatogaoka koukoujoshi guro-bu Gleam of Force.
New doujin fighting game from French Bread (makers of Melty Blood series)

Fireteam Reloaded
Team-based multiplayer action game from Pixel (Austin-based studio formed by veteran developers who worked on games like Ultima, Wing Commander, Medal of Honor and Deus Ex series)

Armada Online

American McGee’s Grimm
Finally a follow up to Alice

SIMULATION

Wings Over Israel
Modern gaming needs more developer/publishers like Third Wire — small, independent firms that really care about their intended audience and build their games accordingly. Wings Over Israel may not sell billions of copies, but that’s simply because air combat sims aren’t currently as popular as guitar heroes — it has nothing to do with the quality of the product. If you’re an avid jet jock or even if you’re just intrigued by the concept (and if you haven’t yet made the move to Windows Vista), this is one cockpit you should check out.- 8.0 from IGN

X3 Terran Conflict
We, as gamers, generally want the same things from developers as professional sports teams want from athletes — effort and desire. In X3: Terran Conflict, EgoSoft has clearly given us both. Lovingly concocted, generally well executed, and hampered only by a few niggles, this is a game that not only achieves its goal — plunking us into another time and place to live the life of an entrepreneurial spaceman — but shows us that some titles can truly take us places.- 8.0 from IGN

Silent Hunter 4: U-Boat Missions
You have to have your expectations clear before picking up the U-Boat missions for Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific. While the new content is definitely enjoyable, the German patrols and the new strategic features don’t extend beyond the context of the campaign. That’s kind of a shame because it would definitely open up the US campaign a bit more. In any case, the ten-dollar asking price isn’t all that much so if you’re a fan who’s still playing the game, it’s a no brainer- 7.0 from IGN

Rail Simulator
Rail Simulator is a piece of software that seems to accomplish what it set out to do. It doesn’t do it with much panache, graphical or otherwise, but it gets it done.- 7.0 from IGN

RACING

ARCA Sim Racing
Racing fans rejoice: your authentic stock car simulation is here- 8.5 from Out of Eight website

GTR Evolution
RACE 07 fans that are craving the ultimate challenge should purchase Evolution if for no other reason then to experience the famous “green hell” of Nrburgring. The good news is that the retail box comes with both RACE 07 and Evolution; it’s a great value for a great racing game.- 8.5 from IGN

FiRST RACING
Ex-Lead guys from Papyrus(basically the GOD of racing sims until Sierra closed them down)are now working on self-funded online-centered hardcore racing sim to be released in 2007

STCC: the game
Simulation of Swedish Touring Car Championship from Simbin (makers of GTR 1-2)

FIM Speedway Grandprix 3
Motorcross racing game from Techland, makers of Xpand Rally (82% on GR)

SPORT

Out of park baseball 9
Out of the Park Baseball 9 doesn’t add a lot to an already fantastic formula, but a host of small refinements make it the best game in the history of the franchise.- 8.5 from Gamespot

New Star Soccer 4
This game is obviously not for everyone, but if you’re interested in soccer, you’d be hard pressed to find a more complete game dedicated to the life of a rising soccer star.- 8.0 from GameTunnel

Football Mogul 2009
Football Mogul 2009 takes the next logical step of the franchise, adding in a spectacular play editor on top of an already solid game. My main problem with Football Mogul 2007 was the lack of content, and this version almost completely solves that shortcoming. The play editor is fantastic, and when you add updated rosters, custom leagues, and the host of other additions, Football Mogul 2009 is an enjoyable product. Add in some more playbooks (one per team) and online play and we would have a complete product. Still, Football Mogul 2009’s budget pricing makes it an affordable and satisfying option for those looking for a football simulation instead of a mindless arcade game.- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Tennis Elbow 2009
Tennis Elbow 2009 is chock full of features: single and practice games, a robust fifteen-season world tour mode with character progression (both yours and everyone else’s), and online play that’s easy to join. The character animations are poor and result in some wacky looking shots and slight influences on the outcome, but for $25, I am willing to forgive sub-par graphics and revel in the quality of the gameplay. As long as looks don’t matter, Tennis Elbow 2009 will appeal to anyone looking for a more realistic simulation of tennis- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Pro Cycling Manager 2008
If you are looking for a complete cycling game, then Pro Cycling Manager 2008 is for you. However, the unique focus makes the game a little tough to recommend to a widespread audience.- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Master Poker
Is it worth $60? For avid players, it is. Master Poker features that best AI I have encountered: take that, Canucks! While the game is limited to no-limit Texas Hold’Em and lacks internet play, you are able to practice any real poker tournament (online and off) against knowledgeable AI opponents. The user is also given a suite of learning tools that can give as much (or as little) advice and information as desired. While the graphics and sound are elementary at best, I would much rather have the fast games in Master Poker than a slow and boring poker experience. Although it lacks well-rounded features to appeal to a more general audience, if you are looking to improve your skills as a poker player, than an investment into Master Poker is a recommended venture. Is Master Poker a quality simulation? You bet. Ha ha ha ha ha!- 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Football Manager 2009
New edition of the definitive football managment sim, for the first time ever with 3D match engine.

World of Mixed Martial Arts
An enjoyable sports management simulation(…) The title won’t win over people who don’t enjoy this genre because of its archaic interface, but management fans will find a fun game.-7.5 from Out of Eight website

FIFA Manager 09

Fritz 11

Total Extreme Wrestling 2008
New Wrestling managment sim from Adam Ryland, the 2007 edition got 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Bionic Commando Rearmed
Bionic Commando Rearmed sets a new benchmark for bite-sized downloadable games. The best elements of the original are back, but have been upgraded to be better than before. The new bosses add a more interesting challenge and the final level is one for the ages. And, of course, the visuals are brilliant. The remastered soundtrack is fantastic as well. From top to bottom, Bionic Commando Rearmed is an incredible game that’s well worth owning.- 9.3 from IGN

Grand Theft Auto 4
If you’ve so far neglected to enter Grand Theft Auto IV’s stunning modern metropolis of Liberty City, by all means get this game. The overall GTA formula has been refined and retooled in this version to be more convenient, more realistic, and ultimately more mature, though it still gets stuck on brambles held over from games past. As far as living a virtual life goes, managing the social network, night life, travel habits and explosive forays of virtual dynamo Niko Bellic is one that’ll stick in your thoughts for years to come. The PC version comes with a few added features, such as online filters for finding matches, the ability to save clips and edit them together, added graphics and control options, as well as a larger player capacity in some of the multiplayer modes. Though you’ll need a high-powered system to truly experience the PC version’s enhanced visuals, Liberty City is still a wonder to behold.- 9.2 from IGN

World of Goo
Innovative, addictive, and delightfully weird, World of Goo is a superb puzzle game- 9.0 from Gamespot

Fallout 3
Fallout 3 is a profoundly engrossing role-playing game just waiting to reveal its deep, dark mysteries.- 9.0 from Gamespot

Dead Space
An incredibly atmospheric and disturbingly gruesome deep-space adventure that will haunt your dreams and leave you begging for more.- 9.0 from Gamespot

Mass Effect
Streamlined combat and numerous minor improvements make this great game even better.- 9.0- from Gamespot

GRID
There are plenty of other racing games on the market, but Grid captures the soul of the track like none other. The crashes are insane, the races are intense, the cars are coated with style and the overall presentation is just plain sexy. Although its car count is low, customization is limited and the repetitive dialogue grates a bit, Grid’s stands out as a stylish but serious alternative to both hardcore driving simulations and over-the-top arcade racers.- 8.7 from IGN

Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead makes both sides of the zombie apocalypse a thrill to experience, as long as you’re not alone.-8.5 from Gamespot

Age of Conan
Technical issues notwithstanding, the violently rewarding Age of Conan is one of the finest online RPGs available. -8.5 from Gamespot

Far Cry 2
Although you can’t say the same for the plot, Far Cry 2’s first-person action squeezes every last drop of potential out of the unique African setting.- 8.5 from Gamespot

Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
Hell’s Highway proves to be an exciting, engaging ride despite a few bumps along the way.- 8.5 from Gamespot

Assassins Creed
Assassin’s Creed is a beautiful, exciting experience that will stay with you long after you finish it. -8.5 from Gamespot

Devil May Cry 4
Plug in your gamepad and brace yourself: Devil May Cry 4 on the PC is every bit the equal of the console versions.-8.5 from Gamespot

Call of Duty: World at War
World at War brings proven Call of Duty mechanics back to WWII with great success.-8.5 from Gamespot

PURE
Pure delivers an outrageous, arcadey off-road racing experience with style and slickness. The controls are intuitive, the tracks are pure eye candy and the tricks are so crazy and over-the-top that you’ll find yourself gasping with glee when you land your first Lazy Girl. Although it’s a blast to play, it’s not the deepest game out there, and we found ourselves wishing for just a few more modes, tracks and options to round out the experience. But overall, Pure is just pure fun, and that’s what it’s all about.- 8.4 from IGN

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode Two
There aren’t a lot of good budget role-playing games out there. That alone is reason enough for any RPG fan to give PAA:OTRSPOD — E2 a shot. You don’t have to be a fan of the web comic to enjoy Episode Two. You just have to be a fan of good games. If you hate good games, well, then this is not for you. Shoo. Go away. If you want something to pass six hours of your time and give you a few chuckles, then Penny Arcade: Yadda Yadda — Episode Two is certainly worth the cost.- 8.1 from IGN

Everyday ShooterEveryday Shooter
This game is worth getting simply for the audio-visual experience. It’s incredibly rare to come across a top-down shooter that actually conjures a palpable atmosphere; that wants to lull you into a daydream yet demands your rapt attention. Many shooters out there require you to ascend into a focused, almost transcendent state of being to be able to concentrate on avoiding flying projectiles while simultaneously dealing damage. In Everyday Shooter, you still need to do that – this is a challenging game, there’s no doubt. But there’s also such a distinct personality to each stage, a result of the differing chaining structures as much as the distinct and wonderfully enjoyable sound and visual design that make it more than just a Mizuguchi rip-off. It’s a novel, enveloping, and surprisingly accessible title that hits all the right notes; an experience like hot cocoa on a cold night.- 8.0 from IGN

Red Alert 3
Red Alert 3 is a raucously fun strategy game that overcomes its issues with both style and substance.- 8.0 from Gamespot

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia’s shimmering veneer and joyous platforming will cast a spell on you.-8.0 from Gamespot

NBA 2K 09
NBA 2K9 is basketball game for the purists out there and has plenty for diehard basketball fans to enjoy. At a price of $19.99 I can almost forgive the absence of multiplayer, especially when you consider how much game there is still is to play. There are tidbits built in to appease casual fans, but there’ss no question that with things like Bird Years making their way into this year’s game that 2K9 is made for aficionados. Even still, anyone who has seen a pro game will be able to find the similarities and the finite details that make NBA 2K9 the best game in town.- 8.0 from IGN

Tomb Raider Underworld
Tomb Raider Underworld is a good game that Lara Croft fans will enjoy, but it?s not quite the experience that will live up to or even surpass that of Legend.(…)While the PC version has much sharper visuals and some tighter control, the camera can still hamper gameplay.- 8.0 from IGN

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
The third time is the charm for Traveller’s Tales–logical puzzles and great offline co-op play make this the best Lego game yet. -8.0 from Gamespot

Bully: Scholarship Edition
Judged solely on the merits of its content and its engaging combat and exploration styles of gameplay, Bully is well worth checking out.(…)Uninspired classroom minigames and PC-specific porting and performance problems continue to frustrate our experience with the game, but never so much that we weren’t willing to load it back up again to uncover the next chapter of the story.- 7.8 from IGN

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review
If you’re looking for a fun and silly racer that may not blow you away, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage may be the racer for you. So go break a leg, or two.- 7.8 from IGN

Frontlines: Fuel of War
Frontlines: Fuel of War is clearly deeply dependent on its gameplay to bring home the bacon. Its single-player performs well enough to get players to work their way through for the achievement points it’s the multiplayer that will hook some FPS fanatics. If you can forget about the fact that you’ve been playing this style game for years with the Battlefield franchise then Frontlines will hook you for some time with its gargantuan battles, but for most Fuel of War will likely be too generic to truly sink their teeth into- 7.8 from IGN

Lego Batman
LEGO Batman is good fun, but it’s really just the same thing we’ve seen before. I don’t think the LEGO formula needs much of a change, but certainly the common issues with the series should no longer exist. If you’re looking to have a laugh with a buddy or you want something kid-friendly, this is your game.- 7.7 from IGN

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI
The considerable investment of time and focus it takes to begin to enjoy Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI is probably enough to turn off most gamers. Having been spoon-fed our entertainment for so long, it’s a bit jarring to come up against a title that not only doesn’t apologize for its endlessly meticulous details, but actually celebrates them. By itself, that’s not necessarily something to criticize, but it does mean that most gamers aren’t willing (or even equipped in some cases) to climb the steep learning curve required to unlock the actual fun that’s waiting beneath. - 7.6 from IGN

Neopets Puzzle Adventure
Neopets Puzzle Adventure is a suitable puzzle game for younger players. There is a large existing Neopets audience, and Capcom has put in the effort to make a fun and good- looking game that should appeal to those fans. Gamers that have passed puberty and enjoyed Puzzle Quest will likely find Neopets to be a little shallow, though. But you could do a lot worse than 150+ matches of Othello with a twist.- 7.6 from IGN

Aces of the Galaxy
Aces of the Galaxy is a solid, well-balanced space shooter that delivers a fun and fast experience. What it sometimes lacks in pacing and excitement it mostly makes up for in character and presentation. If you’re at all a fan of the genre, and if you hate the Skurgians as much as we do, give this one a try.- 7.5 from IGN

The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles recreates that feeling of being a kid and suspending your disbelief in fantasy. Much of this success in setting a mood and creating an intriguing world to explore is attributable to Holly Black’s original books. But I have to give credit to developer Stormfront for creating a fun game to go inside the Spiderwick license. The graphics aren’t much to look at and the game can become frustrating at times. But there is a big area to delve into, the music is great, and there is a lot of gameplay variety. There’s something new to find around every corner, and that’s something I can’t say about enough games. The Chronicles could get younger players hooked on adventure gaming.- 7.5 from IGN

Wall-E
Old dogs can learn new tricks, and in the case of Wall-E, the PC version of the game is one of the most solid film to game adaptations we’ve seen in a while. Not only is there a lot to do within this action title, it’s engaging and varied with its action, making play a lot of fun. If you have a Wall-E fan in your house, check this game out.- 7.5 from IGN

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness
Penny Arcade Adventures is slick with rain, hobo stew, and all sorts of awesome, but it’s for fans of the comic’s brand of humor only.- 7.5 from Gamespot

Command and Conquer 3: Kanes Wrath
It’s more of a good thing, but a second-rate campaign and an underwhelming new gameplay mode keep this expansion from soaring. -7.5 from Gamespot

Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace isn’t the game that it should have been. It’s not bad by any means, but what brings it out of the pits of despair is the foundation of a much better game that we all know and love. The action is less compelling and the world that’s built around Bond doesn’t do much to enhance the fun factor. All of the additions do little to push the game ahead of other first-person shooters and instead take you out of the world of being Bond.- 7.2 from IGN

Roogoo
So while Roogoo might look like a standard falling-block puzzler when you first lay your eyes on it, after taking it out for a spin for about an hour or so, its fun factor becomes apparent. It does a good job of keeping the gameplay fresh and increasingly challenging throughout the 45 stages- 7.1 from IGN

Sacred 2
Although Sacred 2: Fallen Angel doesn’t break any new ground, it does impressive work freshening up an old formula.-7.0 from Gamespot

Strong Badia the Free
Improved gameplay structure makes for a markedly better–and funnier–second episode.- 7.0

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
It’s not as sharp as its console counterparts, but this PC shooter still gets the job done.- 7.0 from Gamespot

MotoGP 2008
MotoGP 08 is meat-and-potatoes racing with enough challenge to keep two-wheeled gearheads busy for week- 7.0 from Gamepsot

Line Rider 2: Unbound
In Line Rider 2: Unbound, you’ll experience a love-hate relationship with the Bezier curve.- 7.0

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
It’s tough to get excited about Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. It’s essentially a re-release of Guitar Hero III with a new song list and some new avatars. Still, it is Guitar Hero and the formula can deliver a lot of fun. The game is easier than any before it, which makes it a nice choice for anybody looking to jump in and try out a Guitar Hero game for the first time. Ju- 7.0 from IGN

Gridrunner+++
Remke of Jeff Minter’s classic arcade shooter

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009

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