Nicholas Bale

Reviews By Nicholas Bale

Crazy Machines 2 Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.4 out of 10

When I first saw a gameplay video for Crazy Machines 2, a lot of thoughts ran through my head. Thoughts like: why haven't I heard of this before, is this a spiritual sequel to The Incredible Machine series, and how many different objects can they fit into this game? Read More.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.9 out of 10

When is a Rainbow Six game not a Rainbow Six game?

I never played the original Rainbow Six Vegas title, simply because when it came out, I was too busy playing another Rainbow Six game (might've been Rogue Spear, if I remember correctly) with some friends in a friendly competition of who-can-shoot-the-most-badguys. Read More.

Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

A really good strategy game is not easy to find. Sure, any game can have you build units and send them to die, but making a very good real-time strategy (emphasis on strategy) is not an easy task. Enter Sudden Strike 3, the latest game in the World War II strategy genre. Read More.

Naruto: Ninja Destiny Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.0 out of 10

If you've ever heard the word 'anime' uttered, ever, you've probably heard of Naruto. A popular ninja academy-based anime series about a young ninja who houses a dark creature within his body, it's been running for many years now. No surprise, then, that a bevy of games bearing its name are also available, right? Read More.

Battle of the Bands Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.7 out of 10

I'm not quite sure what to say about Battle of the Bands. What we have here is, more or less, a rhythm-based game, but not quite. There's a story there, but not quite. There's a decent experience there, but not quite. I think you see where I'm going here. Read More.

Chaos Wars Review (PS2)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.2 out of 10

Chaos Wars is an interesting title featuring a variety of characters from a number of Japanese RPGs thrown into a strategy role-playing game with a loose plot to connect them all. While the market certainly isn't overloaded with strategy RPGs, the audience of Chaos Wars is pretty niche, considering the number of characters involved. Read More.

Assassin's Creed Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.7 out of 10

Assassin's Creed was released late last year for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and features two separate plots that run in parallel. Set in the area around Jerusalem, Damascus, and Acre during the Third Crusade, the first storyline features the actions of a trained assassin by the name of Altair. Read More.

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.6 out of 10

Ninja Gaiden has had a certainly controversial history over its life. It's always been an involving title, whether you're playing the originals or the more recent console versions. There may be some broken controllers involved, gnashed teeth, and possibly periods of extreme rage. Read More.

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 3.8 out of 10

Are you bored? Want to play an RTS? Are you reaching for Seven Kingdoms: Conquest? Stop. There are too many problems with the game to list in this opening paragraph, but rest assured, you're going to want to skip this one. Read More.

Europa Universalis III Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.6 out of 10

The Europa Universalis series has proven to be top-notch when it comes to strategy gameplay. Embroiled in historical battles, politics, and realism, the series has been quite the proving ground for strategists. At the same time, though, it successfully pushes away all of those who wish to play a strategy game that doesn't require a week of learning just to understand the interface. Read More.

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

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.0 out of 10

There's something to be said about the Dawn of War series, of its focus on battle and unit management rather than base building, and its laying of the foundation for one of the best real-time-strategy games on the market (Company of Heroes, that is). Unfortunately, something can also be said about its refusal to change this formula and how it's starting to show. Read More.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters Review (PS2)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.3 out of 10

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters was a handheld-sized entry into the popular duo's adventure, released on to the PSP about a year ago. It was well met and bringing the duo to a handheld went pretty well, save for a couple minor issues. Now the game's been ported onto the PS2, unfortunately it doesn't fare the transition well. Read More.

Conflict: Denied Ops Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.5 out of 10

Okay, let's first make this known: as far as the Conflict series goes, Denied Ops is not something that has much in common with the rest of the series. Tactics have been replaced with run-and-gun gameplay, the third person has been chocked in favour of the first-person, and the once-four-man team is now two. Read More.