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F1 Race Stars Review

The Worst of Both Worlds

F1 Race Stars Screenshot

HIGH That first time Fernando Alonso enthusiastically shouted "Alonso!," like an F1 Mario.

LOW When Fernando Alonso kept enthusiastically shouting his name, like an F1 Mario.

WTF "Release and then hold RT to charge KERS!"

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Review

Identity Crisis

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Screenshot

HIGH Blistering down a sunset highway at almost 200mph.

LOW Hurtling straight into a divider at almost 200mph.

WTF Where is the start menu?!

NiGHTS into Dreams Review

To Sleep: Perchance to Dream...

NiGHTS into Dreams Screenshot

HIGH The sense of "flow" the flying sections encourage.

LOW Being forced to take human form and walk around levels.

WTF Trial and error boss encounters.

Planets Under Attack Review

Swarm!

Planets Under Attack Screenshot

HIGH Taking out the second boss totally according to plan.

LOW The frustrating Collector missions.

WTF Why are there no Robot or Insect campaigns?

Retro/Grade Review

Save the Space-time Continuum, Because You Know You'll Wreck it Again

Retro/Grade Screenshot

HIGH Absolutely stunning marriage of sound and visuals.

LOW Sometimes difficult to parse everything on screen.

WTF Still wrapping my mind around a backward scoring system.

Time Machine: Rogue Pilot Review

Time Warp

Time Machine: Rogue Pilot Screenshot

HIGH Clearing a level with eight seconds to spare.

LOW Being stuck in one stage for more than 45 minutes.

WTF Going through time and "cleaning up" after the villain by lining up shapes...makes sense, actually.

Fez Review

Square, Cube, Spiral

Fez Screenshot

HIGH "A-HAAAA!!!"

LOW It ain't fun fighting the Backtrack Monster.

WTF The ending is pure gaming gravy.

The Splatters Review

Mushy

The Splatters Screenshot

HIGH Watching skillful players show their stuff in the game's TV Mode is pretty impressive.

LOW "GAAAAHH. It's one tiny, stupid bomb! Please don't make me start over......."

WTF We got a new gaming genre! The Flying-Blobs-Exploding-Into-Liquid-to-Set-Off-Bombs-type!

Double Fine Happy Action Theater Review

All the World's a Stage...

Double Fine's Happy Action Theater Screenshot

HIGH Discovering new possibilities in each environment.

LOW Might not appeal to traditional game players.

WTF Recreating the end scene from Terminator 2 with a lava-flooded living room.

SSX Review

Insert Your Own "It's Tricky" Joke Here

SSX Screenshot

HIGH Logging in to see you've earned credits when friends failed to beat your scores.

LOW Dropping into another bottomless pit a hundred yards from the finish line.

WTF Why does reversing time only affect me and not anyone else?

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