Daniel Acaba

Reviews By Daniel Acaba

Rock of Ages Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Rock of Ages is an incredibly weird game to describe to people. It's one of those games that you try to talk to your friends about but only find them giving you funny looks that seem to say "This guy has been hitting the bottle again." For a game as simple to pick up and play as this one it's so bizarre that most attempts to describe it end up falling short. Read More.

Catherine Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

As a game reviewer there are few times when you can honestly say something was the first time you felt a particular way for a game. It's often just hyperbole or something being a bit overblown. But this is definitely one of those times when it's genuine – Catherine has got to be the first time that I was so confused, enthralled, horrified and simultaneously unable to look away from a video game. Read More.

F.E.A.R. 3 Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

The F.E.A.R. games have an incredibly interesting relationship with Monolith Productions other big game series, Condemned. While Condemned was a more down to earth game with some quasi-supernatural elements to it, it focused more on creating an atmosphere of gripping terror and a lesser emphasis on the combat. Read More.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

Let it never be said that Relic, the developers behind Dawn of War II, doesn't understand the concept of an expansion pack. With Chaos Rising they upped the stakes, of both the storyline and the gameplay by introducing new gameplay elements, the story getting grander and introducing another faction to multiplayer. Read More.

Red Faction: Armageddon Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

When word came around that Red Faction Armageddon was going to trade in the wide open dunes of Mars' surface for the underground tunnels of the first game reactions were mixed. Some thought that the loss of the open world environment would harm the gameplay or that it would make the game bland to look at. Read More.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

If you're a fan of fighting games then you've probably been keenly aware of the ten years since we last saw one of the Marvel vs. Capcom games. For awhile there they were churning them out at a rapid pace, bringing out new games in the series on basically a yearly basis. Read More.

Kinectimals Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.0 out of 10

Kinectimals isn't just a cute game. Oh no, the developers weren't going to stop at just making it cute. No this game is so damn cute that it almost goes entirely back on itself to become almost horrific. Sure having a Black Panther cub purring and rolling around in the dirt might seem adorable at first until you realize that the flying idiot bee thing implies that these animals have been kittens for the past 200 years. Read More.

Stacking Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

As much as I love the gaming industry, unique games aren't exactly common nowadays. Most games can easily be summed up as "X meets Y", for example the phenomenal Dead Space series easily boils down to Resident Evil 4 meets Aliens. Even if these games do end up being good they're still working off of a formula and it's a rare developer who chooses to wholly buck this trend and try something unique. Read More.

Fallout: New Vegas Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Okay, let's get one thing out of the way right now – this game is not "just an expansion pack." The definition of an expansion pack is something that builds upon the original game in some fashion. Fallout: New Vegas is an entirely new story, totally unconnected from the story we experienced in Fallout 3. Read More.

Vanquish Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

Vanquish doesn't exactly get off on the right foot. Oh sure the graphics are awesome, the gameplay is frantic as hell and everything is almost ridiculously responsive but almost as soon as you turn the game on you start dying. Vanquish is a very hard game that doesn't exactly ease newcomers into the experience plus there are numerous quirks with the gameplay itself that take a whole lot of warming up. Read More.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

Ninja Theory is a fairly impressive title. Their first title, Kung Fu Chaos, was released in 2003 to fairly middling reviews. It wasn't until 2007 when they wowed the gaming world with Heavenly Sword for the PS3. While that game had some issues it's free-form combat, Hollywood quality motion capture and some of the best voice acting ever featured in a video game. Read More.

Super Meat Boy Review (X360)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

It's always dicey buying platformer games. Most of the time games in this genre are boring, repetitive or laughably short. Regardless of the fault with this genre most of these games are just far from worth the price tag attached. But sometimes, just sometimes, they are sparkling gems that shine amidst the drudge out there. Read More.

Hydrophobia Review (PS3)

By Daniel Acaba () - 6.5 out of 10

When we at GamingExcellence got our hands on Hydrophobia at E3 2010 our reactions were somewhat mixed. Some of the journalists were enamored with the water physics, the sense of danger that the game provided and just how good the game looked for a downloadable title. Read More.

Darksiders: Wrath of War Review (PC)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

A lot of people tend to pick on Darksiders by claiming it to be derivative and not worth the time. It's derided as a Legend of Zelda clone that rips off as many games as possible. As my boss said in his original review of Darksiders for the consoles, originality is overrated. Read More.

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