Adding an online video repository and an online store full of songs takes SingStar to exciting new heights.
Haze ticks most of the boxes on the "things a first-person shooter should have" form, but doesn't do so in a particularly interesting way.
Metal Gear Solid 4 is a fitting coda to the series and the single best reason to own a PS3 so far.
Poker Smash's name might fool you into thinking it's all chips, cards, and bluffing. But this puzzle game will take you by surprise with its sharp gameplay.
Bad Company's pro-explosion agenda makes its solo and multiplayer components markedly better than they would be otherwise.
Lego Indy is an endearing romp through the classic swashbuckling films, but the Lego gameplay's rough edges are starting to show.
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy is a flashy action game that's sabotaged by a brief runtime and a lack of depth.
Burnout Paradise takes some risks with some of the series' most basic concepts, and the end result pays off surprisingly well.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is an outstanding mix of charm and logic that's likely to make a pretty deep impression on you.
Smash Bros. Brawl is probably at its best when enjoyed by a group of four friends, but solo players with an eye for Nintendo nostalgia aren't totally left out.
If you're desperate for co-op play, Army of Two will satisfy. But the action is a bit too repetitive to keep you excited for a substantial length of time.
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil's co-op gives it potential, but the game doesn't move fast enough to deliver any lasting excitement.
Even a bundle of technical issues can't stop Bully: Scholarship Edition from letting you have a great time running amok on the Xbox 360
Vegas 2 doesn't make huge changes to what you saw in the previous game, and the story can be hard to follow, but the action is as explosive as ever.
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is the video-game equivalent of blunt-force trauma.
TiQal has its moments, but there are just too many other, better puzzle games on Xbox Live Arcade.
Viking's got good ideas, but you'll see most of them in the first third of the story.
It handles like an antique, and it's a little bit light on content, but solid online and an easy charm help keep Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds entertaining.
Show-stopping bugs and a general lack of content leave Mr. Driller Online gasping for air.
If you have a deep love for classic shooters, you should play Ikaruga.
While there's probably a good way to fit the world of Rocky & Bullwinkle into a WarioWare clone, this game doesn't pull it off.
Dark Sector's got great-looking character models, but the slow and repetitive gameplay really holds it all back.
NBA Ballers: Chosen One looks flashy at first glance, but you never really feel like you're doing much more than triggering a series of animations.
It provides a promising glimpse into the future of Gran Turismo, but the content doesn't justify the $39.99 price tag.
Niko Bellic is one of the most human protagonists to ever appear in a video game, and his trials and tribulations make GTA IV absolutely unforgettable.
Mario Kart Wii lives up to series expectations in the safest ways imaginable.
Target: Terror looks like it was a lot of fun to make, but that doesn't mean it was a lot of fun to play.
You might not enjoy every single game type that Boom Blox offers, but most of them are a lot of fun, especially if you're playing with friends.
Defend Your Castle's charming visuals and low price tag help compensate for some simple gameplay.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is as entertaining as its title is long.
It's hard to consider some of these early Neo Geo releases as "classics," but at least there's a good variety of game styles in SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1.
Commando 3 makes a pretty good first impression, but the rest of the game doesn't offer enough excitement to carry you through to the end.
Wii Fit's simple workouts run out of charm pretty quickly, but for some, the subtle nudge to get on a better workout plan will be worth the price of admission.
Soul Calibur gets the fighting right, but without online play or the single-player mission mode that made it fun to play alone, this XBLA re-release is a flimsy package.
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is by far and away the best looking Dragon Ball Z game available today. Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn't match the visuals in terms of recreating the action and appeal of the source material.
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 adds new modes and elements that make it significantly better than both its predecessor and the scads of dual-joystick shooters that were released in its wake.
It's not a seamless transition, but Civilization Revolution is a mostly successful effort to bring Sid Meier's celebrated strategy series to consoles.
Even if you are a hardcore Aerosmith fan, this game's short and spotty track list makes it hard to recommend.
Unreal Tournament 3 is a competent Xbox 360 shooter that can be exciting and very fast-paced, but it occasionally feels like some kind of creepy history lesson on the way games used to be.
Soulcalibur IV's sharp fighting is offset by a dull set of single-player modes and lame guest characters.
Braid asks that you forget everything you know about time.
Strong Bad cordially invites you to have a giant slice of his style.
Bionic Commando: Rearmed is a superb remake that should appeal to old and new fans of the NES classic.
A crappy gambling game that also doubles as a parable about the dangers of downloadable content.
Too Human has a unique setting and some compelling ideas, but it doesn't offer enough variety to stay fresh from start to finish.
This click-happy sci-fi dungeon crawler is neither aggressively bad nor especially remarkable. In other words, it's OK.
1942: Joint Strike is a decent shooter that offers some replay value--but only if you're into moving up online leaderboards.
Galaga Legions isn't a great Galaga sequel, but it's a decent space shooter with some interesting ideas.
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty is a decent diversion for the price, but will make you long for the next full installment in the series.
There are just enough new features--and just enough delightfully nutty new pinatas--to warrant a second trip into the garden.
Technical hiccups can't keep The Behemoth from sieging my heart!
The Last Guy is an interesting game, but there's not enough to it to make it a good game.
The awesome destructive potential of Mercs 2 is hamstrung by a litany of technical shortcomings and clunky design.
Spore spreads itself a little thin, but the epoch-spanning gameplay and communal creature creation culminate in a one-of-a-kind experience.
TNA iMPACT! has some great ideas, but a wide array of issues big and small prevent it from achieving greatness.
Rock Band 2 offers a great package of new music and a bunch of great enhancements to the core game that make it a terrific purchase whether you're already well-versed in the genre or looking to get started.
The Force Unleashed comes with a lengthy list of caveats, but if you can suffer through some occasionally frustrating control and difficulty issues, the underlying game is a good one.
Strong Bad goes all Che Guevara in Episode 2, with amusing results.
Even though the 360's lackluster D-pad does its best to hold it back, Samurai Shodown II still shines on Xbox Live Arcade.
Namco Bandai strikes out with this halfhearted baseball game.
Pure looks great and plays well, providing enough tricks to keep things moving and enough tracks to keep things varied.
While it feels more like fond memories than the near future, Wipeout HD still delivers plenty of high-speed, techno-laced thrills.
A unique blend of battlefield tactics and first-person shooting make Hell's Highway more interesting than its familiar WWII trappings let on.
Crysis Warhead trades the length of the original for a bit more intensity and a lot more focus.
Fracture offers a future where our best hope for survival relies on making enemies walk uphill.
This amusing trifle of a platformer benefits from its vivid presentation.
Age of Booty's multiplayer is great fun that keeps you coming back, but you'll need a solid crew who wants to work together if you want to dominate the opposition.
The game is much greater than the sum of its familiar parts. It's also one of the best shooters so far this year.
Fable II keeps you thoroughly entertained whether you're saving the world or unraveling it.
Saints Row 2 ups the ante for the volume of sheer absurdity in an open-world action game.
Fallout 3 has a few snags, but the quality of the overall adventure makes looking past its flaws worthwhile.
This poor clone of today's music games is especially sad when you consider Konami's rich history with the genre.
A suffocating level of difficulty limits the appeal of Rockstar's latest street racer.
Gears of War 2 intelligently builds on the successes of the first game, resulting in an immensely appealing sequel that is better in almost every way.
Guitar Hero makes an interesting, if not always successful, transition to the full-band format.
This sequel trades mutant-infested islands for a war-torn African savanna with mostly positive results.
Sifting through user-created LittleBigPlanet levels and seeing the wonderful and weird things that people are making is a great way to spend an afternoon, a week, a month...
Web of Shadows can get awfully repetitive, but this simple-yet-stylish action game still manages to make being Spider-Man feel awesome.
Quantum of Solace is middle-of-the-road entertainment that has just enough mild highs to balance out against its mild lows.
Resistance 2 ditches the storytelling in favor of an excellent multiplayer experience.
Call of Duty: World at War is a great first-person shooter, but it's still stuck in the shadow of an even greater one.
Sony fleshes out its chaotic off-road racing series with this rough-and-tumble sequel.
This first-person parkour game stumbles often, but it does it with style.
Red Alert 3 is a funny and smart addition to the Command & Conquer universe.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe successfully merges the two worlds while also delivering a great new fighting system for the current generation of consoles.
A shortage of content is the only thing keeping this unique cooperative zombie shooter from eating you alive.
Inventive, hilarious, inexpensive, and tons of fun--that's Nuts & Bolts in a nutshell.
Wrath of the Lich King provides even more reason to continue playing a four-year-old game.
Skate It offers three different control schemes, but none of them save the game from its long list of issues.
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is a top-notch redesign that makes intelligent changes to the gameplay and balance while also offering a perfectly viable online experience.
Grave performance issues, a bland narrative, and a condescending level of difficulty burn through most of Need for Speed Undercover's potential for fun.
The core of You're In The Movies is sound, but technology woes and a reliance on repetition really get in the way of the fun.
SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 has a lengthy list of features and modes, but none of them truly capture the excitement of watching WWE on television.
Stunning presentation and an engaging open-world reprisal of the series' trademark platforming action make this newly reimagined Prince of Persia easy to recommend.
It's too easy to cheat around Lips' poor vocal- and pitch-detecting technology, but if you're willing to look past that, Lips is a satisfying home karaoke game.
Despite an actual inability to power-up forever, PowerUp Forever is a good, fun dual-joystick shooter.
Meteos Wars has all the pieces it needs to be a great puzzle game, but with no online competition, it's all kind of pointless.
Animal Crossing: City Folk is a quality product, for sure, but it's also largely the same quality product that has already appeared on the DS and GameCube.
Crash Commando takes the conventions of the modern first-person shooter and puts them into a side-scrolling game, resulting in a fast-moving shooter that successfully merges old and new.
The foul-mouthed humor remains equally well-spoken and vulgar, though the formula is starting to become apparent with Episode Two.