Nicholas Bale

Reviews By Nicholas Bale

Shaun White Skateboarding Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.0 out of 10

Another entry in the Shaun White boarding franchise, Shaun White Skateboarding is one of the few skateboarding titles on the Wii. While it echews a pleasant art style and a cool premise, however, problems arise through gameplay and overall design. Read More.

Puzzle Quest 2 Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.2 out of 10

Puzzle Quest was an addicting game that could eat up hours and hours of your time without you even realizing it. It's pseudo-sequel, Galactrix, wasn't. Developer Infinite Interactive has decided to go back to what made the game successful in the first place, and while this has definitely worked, there have been left a startling number of gameplay elements that make the sequel (simply titled Puzzle Quest 2) frustrating to play. Read More.

Puzzle Quest 2 Review (X360)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.2 out of 10

Puzzle Quest was an addicting game that could eat up hours and hours of your time without you even realizing it. It's pseudo-sequel, Galactrix, wasn't. Developer Infinite Interactive has decided to go back to what made the game successful in the first place, and while this has definitely worked, there have been left a startling number of gameplay elements that make the sequel (simply titled Puzzle Quest 2) frustrating to play. Read More.

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString Review (X360)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.0 out of 10

Earlier this week, I had to tune my video game controller. I didn't know how to do it, so I needed to go online and find out how to tune a guitar. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I might feel better if there was a reason to do so, but I was disappointed when I started playing through this new guitar game at the time I had wasted. Read More.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.0 out of 10

Thirty years ago in the land of Weyard, a group of heroes unleashed the power of alchemy in an attempt to save the world in the original Golden Sun and it's sequel, the Lost Age. Now, things have changed, but not for the better, as the titular Golden Sun now hangs above the world, creating problems for man and beast alike. Read More.

Epic Mickey Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

Epic Mickey is a game that tries to be more than it is, but then doesn't do well at what it should be. Created by Warren Spector himself with a great big helping of Disney licenses, it's the adventure of our favourite corporate mascot as he finds himself in world filled with old remnants of animation, forgotten characters and a evil force that is pretty much up to wrecking all the stuff all the time. Read More.

Dead Rising 2 Review (X360)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.5 out of 10

The original Dead Rising brought a premise everyone has wondered about in the past, and brought it into fruition: thousands of zombies, a shopping mall full of things to kill them with, three days to do it in. It was good fun, allowing your creativity to reign, and though it had its own little issues, it was popular enought to warrant a sequel. Read More.

Aqua Panic! Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

Like lemmings, but with fish, is how Aqua Panic was first described to me. That's not entirely the case – the fish don't move on their own, but with the flows of physics-based water, and tools are used by the cursor, not the fish themselves – but it still has that same puzzling gameplay that can have you pulling your hair out as the levels get tougher and tougher. Read More.

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.5 out of 10

Ah, Guitar Hero. remember playing the first game fondly, hearing songs that I'd never heard before, getting into a lot of the lesser-known hits. Good times with friends were had. Then more of the series kept coming out, more and more, and I just got, well, bored of how it all seemed to lack that punch that the first game gave. Read More.

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.0 out of 10

I wonder what it's like to be offered puzzles at every turn in life. Not just being offered a brain-teaser by friends, but actually being harangued in the street by people who want you to solve their latest problem, to sort tiles, to figure out what jacket goes on what hook, all that. Read More.

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City Review (DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.0 out of 10

You know, I don't think I've used the phrase 'ludicrously difficult' before. At least, not in recent memory. But Etrian Odyssey III deserves the title. I've played every dungeon crawler that I could get my hands on since Wizardy threw me in a poorly-rendered orange-coloured dungeon back in the 80s. Read More.

Disciples III: Renaissance Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.5 out of 10

The Disciples series has been something of a title that has lingered on the periphery of gaming. There are those that are great fans of the series, but bring it up in a conversation, even with people who profess themselves as gamers, and you'll find yourself in the company of a lot of confused looks. Read More.

Patrician IV Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.0 out of 10

You like trading simulators? You might like Patrician IV, if you haven't already heard about it already. Otherwise...well, let's just say the genre doesn't really bring a broad audience. Read More.

R.U.S.E Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

R.U.S.E. is the kind of game a real-time strategist might enjoy and be bored of at the same time. It's a game that relies on strategy and thinking ahead, rather than fast reflexes and actions-per-minute, but it manages to create problems for itself, at least on the consoles, due to the limitations of the controls and what you're actually able to do. Read More.

Metroid: Other M Review (Wii)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.5 out of 10

It's hard to say exactly what is so enticing about the Metroid series. Ever since its conception on the NES, it's been a wild ride with Samus, seeing her take on planets of enemies, crazy aliens, villanous races, and a host of various aliens that just seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read More.

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