Nicholas Bale

Reviews By Nicholas Bale

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

I reviewed Sacred 2 when it first came out on the PC, and it proved to be a somewhat enjoyable, large, though mindless hack-and-slash RPG. After playing the console version, I feel like I'd rather go back to what it was on the PC, since while the console version keeps a lot of the flaws, it creates more in interface, multiplayer, and graphics as well. Read More.

Prototype Review (X360)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.5 out of 10

Prototype is a game about being an absolute badass. That's the short of it, pretty much. You are Alex Mercer, apparent victim of an experiment that has left you a shapeshifting hybrid of man and death. You can run along the sides of buildings, leap thirty feet, assume the identities of others, and turn your hand into a scythe to cut a man in two. Read More.

Inkheart Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.0 out of 10

Movies based on books tend not to be good as the source material. Games based on movies tend to follow the same pattern. So what happens when you make a game based on a movie based on a book? You get Inkheart, an unsatisfying and short adventure title for the Nintendo DS. Read More.

PBR: Out of the Chute Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 1.5 out of 10

Playing PBR: Out of the Chute is some of the best fun I've had in a while, but it's for all the wrong reasons. You see, it's a game about Professional Bull Riding (PBR actually stands for Professional Bull Riders Inc.), and, well, that's exactly what you do. You ride a bull. Read More.

Big Bang Mini Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.4 out of 10

Typically, I do not like those games referred to as 'bullet hell' games; you know the ones: your one-hit wonder of a ship versus a literal screen of bullets, and its your job to navigate your single-pixel hitbox through all of these bullets while relentlessly attacking the boss. Read More.

Tornado Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.0 out of 10

Let's jump right into this: Tornado is the tale of a group of "Cosmic Cleaners" (what they actually do I'm not entirely sure) that are in the unfortunate position of being on Earth when a malevolent entity steals everything on it. People, buildings, missiles, all gone. Read More.

Shaun White Snowboarding Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.5 out of 10

I have traversed the snowy slopes on a snowboard once in my life, when I was in fifth grade. I was not what one would call "a pro". Maybe "a fool with limbs flailing and falling and covered in snow" would be more accurate. I didn't like going fast, and I couldn't figure out for the life of me how to stop. Read More.

TrackMania DS Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.1 out of 10

TrackMania was one hell of a game when it came out on the PC. Instead of the standard racing style of trying to keep ahead of some AI opponents, hoping that they don't bump you into a wall and stop you cold, TrackMania goes a different route. One that spins you in circles, flips you through the air, and makes you wonder which way is up as you drive on the wall. Read More.

Metal Slug 7 Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.9 out of 10

To be perfectly honest, I think this review's tagline says it all and if I had my way I'd end my review here.

But I have a feeling certain parties would not be pleased with my decision to do so. So here we go. Read More.

Spore Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.8 out of 10

What if you were given the chance to play god to a race of little creatures of your own design? Would you raise them to be a peaceful, loving race? Or maybe they'd be an industrious species that knows how to produce to better their lives. Of course, there's also the option to create a race that would like nothing more than to see all other races completely eliminated from the primordial ooze, world, and galaxy. Read More.

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

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.0 out of 10

There are games that do nothing to stand out the genre, except maybe put on a fresh coat of paint and call it a day. Many sequels do just that, then stick a big ol' number '2' at the end of the title. Then there are games like Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II, which completely reinvents itself in nearly every way, and does a pretty good job at it too. Read More.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.8 out of 10

Back in the days of the original Playstation, a little platformer that could called Spyro the Dragon was released, featuring the titular purple dragon as he went galavanting (as dragons do) across the land to save it from some absurdly-named evil guy. I think his named was something like Gnort. Read More.

Lumines Supernova Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.6 out of 10

When the original Lumines was released for the PSP, it was a system seller. Its addictive puzzle mechanics combined with pulsing beats and visuals made it an enjoyable puzzle title that one could be lost in for hours. Since then it has been released on a number of systems, including the PS2 and the Xbox Live Arcade. Read More.

Deca Sports Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.5 out of 10

Since the release of Wii Sports, a number of developers have tried to follow suit and create their own sports-compilation title. Most of these follow the same general pattern as Wii Sports, but tend to introduce new quirks that set them apart from the trend. The most blatant of these copies is Deca Sports. Read More.

SPRay Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.1 out of 10

SPRay (aka Sprited Prince Ray) is something of a unique title for the Wii. In it, as the titular Prince Ray, you're tasked with saving the land from a malevolent being by collecting parts of a crystal sun, a crystal cluster that brings life to the world. It's been shattered and its pieces scattered across varying landscapes, so the Prince, along with two little helpers, must collect them to save the day. Read More.