Hidden away from prying eyes, here is your handy-dandy resource for all the reviews available on The Games of Chance. We're not exactly a big-budget operation around here (nor are 'we' more than one person), but what we lack in funds we make up for in heart. Heart, and impregnable gamer cynicism.
The list is gettin' a bit long - and I'm useless at coding and widgets - so if you're lookin' for something in particular, just ctrl-F.
Reviews are listed in reverse chronological order - newest first.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
It's really cute and inoffensive, but it's not... y'know, fun?
God of War
God of War is excellent and, to a fan of the series, a bit disappointing, all at once
Small, simple, good. It's like a ripe plum.
Far Cry 5
Nice graphics and comfy gameplay, but 5 isn't quite as polished or entertaining as its predecessors.
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
It's about boobs. The boobs, in and of themselves, aren't amazing - but the game is really fun! Yes, seriously.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
It's got a ton of things going for it, but fun factor isn't one of them.
Bloodborne is a masterpiece.
An instant classic.
Also see Chamberlain & Chance on Dying Light.
The Order: 1886
Eye-popping. A blast. Smart. Progressive. Boundary-pushing. Imperfect.
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk
Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
A straight rip on Legend of Zelda: LttP that's nowhere near as good as Legend of Zelda: LttP.
Assassin's Creed Unity
Remember all the boring stuff you had to do in Assassin's Creed before IV happened? It's all that! Again! And the platforming is unreliable again!
Charming presentation, an obscene amount of depth and perhaps the most-meaningful gameplay experience of the year. Don't Starve is a must-play.
Incredible graphics, wonderful world-building, excellent design and twenty hours of white-knuckle tension. Alien: Isolation is an instant classic.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
It's not amazing, but it's pretty darn good.
Destiny has good looks and impeccable gameplay, but anything else you want from a massively-multiplayer game might get patched in, one day.
I'm too "casual for Destiny.
Genroku Legends: Hell's Where the Heart Is
A fantastic finale to the Genroku Legends, with the best combat of the bunch and a cute story - and still soo gorgeous.
inFamous: First Light
It's everything I wanted Second Son to be, only shorter.
A sharp, intelligently accessible action-Roguelike.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Classic, modern, smooth as silk.
Stealth is rarely this stylish. Or this boring.
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed
Endlessly sweet, constantly funny and entertaining the whole way through.
Battle Princess of Arcadias
Incredibly cute, less than reliably fun.
Genroku Legends : A Spirited Seven Nights' Haunting
A pulpy story of supernatural ninja intrigue, solid mechanics and still gorrrgeous.
Genroku Legends : A Cause to Daikon For
A less-perfect taste of Vanillaware is still delicious.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Pure gaming pleasure - and more of it!
God of War Collection (Vita)
The now-classic, bloody brawlers enjoy a perfect port, here.
Borderlands 2 (Vita)
An open-world space western lootfest RPG/FPS is still a beautiful thing.
Watch Dogs has all the trappings of a major open-world game, but its fun factor is inconsistent.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
The New Order does its heritage proud, offering the lurid, gory, arcadey thrill of 90s shooters under a dazzling veneer of high production values.
Thought-provoking, beautiful and rich, intelligent fun.
Child of Light
Looks aren't everything - but they sure don't hurt.
Dead Nation (Vita version reviewed)
Zombies are still cool. Specifically, slaughtering thousands of them. That's still cool.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Something so fun, funny, original and earnest doesn't come along often enough.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
A beautiful, grand romp of a brawler-adventure with a few missed steps.
It's a first-person stealth game, but there's little else here to remind you of its legendary namesake.
inFamous: Second Son
Second Son is lacking some of the magic of past inFamous titles, but it remains fun - and unbelievably good-looking.
Dark Souls II
A dark action-RPG masterpiece, and 2014's first strong Game of the Year contender.
South Park : The Stick of Truth
The best cartoon-to-video-game title ever made, and a hugely fun, funny and entertaining ride the whole way through. It's excellent.
The Last of Us : Left Behind (DLC)
Aesthetically stunning and a welcome return to The Last of Us's loved ones, Left Behind only lacks on the gameplay front.
Trippy as hell.
An effectively creepy first-person horror experience.
Chamberlain & Chance on Outlast
Frustrating, rock-hard, inscrutable, beautiful, pure and uncompromising.
Chamberlain adores it and I abhor it.
Chamberlain & Chance on Brothers : A Tale of Two Sons
Tomb Raider : Definitive Edition
If I were to declare a "best retail game on PS4" at this precise moment, it would be Tomb Raider.
Challenging, simple and nicely addictive, Olli Olli is the best skateboarding game in years - if you can master it.
Genroku Legends : Fishy Tales of the Nekomata
Fast and frantic action, incredible bosses and a wonderful story make Nekomata an excellent add-on to Muramasa Rebirth.
Telltale's The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 1 - All That Remains
Low tech and wonky framerates remain - but so does the involving story.
A lean but adorable little platforming adventure, with something beautiful and meaningful to say about games, gamers and what occurs between them.
Knack has its moments of old-school action-platforming pleasure, but they're fleeting and all-too rare in an otherwise boring slog of a game.
Assassin's Creed IV : Black Flag
The best AC in years sails far from the formula. It's a triple-A pirate simulator!
The PS4's first near-perfect action game.
Killzone : Shadow Fall
It's like Killzone and Blade Runner had a baby. Also, really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
Ratchet & Clank returns to its roots, and it's wonderful.
Chamberlain & Chance on Ratchet & Clank : Into the Nexus.
Batman : Arkham Origins Blackgate
Batman deserves a better game than Blackgate, and so do you.
Batman : Arkham Origins
A story that (eventually) gets pretty decent, frustrating combat, abysmal pacing, mediocre art direction and a litany of bugs tarnish the previously-pristine Arkham name. It's not bad - it's just not up to the bar the franchise set for itself.
Grand Theft Auto Online
...is the first online game that's really managed to engage me since World of Warcraft. If you ever wanted a Grand Theft Auto game that could, potentially, go on forever, you're gonna' love this.
The Wolf Among Us Episode One : Faith
A sharp, intelligent story-driven adventure, and a steal of a price.
Beyond : Two Souls
A gorgeous game focused entirely on storytelling without being particularly good at it.
Grand Theft Auto V
The biggest, most ambitious and successfully-executed GTA to date, this is a must-buy and one of the best games of 2013.
An attempt to be super-deep and artistic without worrying too much about the fun factor.
Chamberlain and Chance (briefly) on Rain.
A stunningly attractive and eminently capable title, Killzone Mercenary is the Vita FPS you've been waiting for.
Feeling more like an expansion to Origins than a sequel, Legends spreads itself too thin and can't reach the same uniform excellence of its predecessor.
This game sucks, don't play it.
The first, last, and only thing I wrote about The Bureau.
2013 Game of the Year
Dragon's Crown (in-depth review)
Fantastically fun and absolutely gorgeous with hundreds of hours of replay value, Dragon's Crown is a brawler to die for. Buy it.
A short review.
A mid-length review.
Chamberlain and Chance on Dragon's Crown.
FEATURE - On the women of Dragon's Crown.
Dragon's Crown Vs. Dragon's Crown (comparing the PS3 and Vita versions)
Happy Anniversary, Dragon's Crown
Time and Eternity is beautiful, with a decent fun factor. For what it's worth, it's also a lighthearted sex comedy.
Chamberlain and Chance on Time & Eternity.
A light, fun, charming little action-RPG for touchscreens - and a helluva deal.
Stealth Inc : A Clone In The Dark
Stealth Inc is an odd little puzzle-platformer with a questionable definition of stealth gameplay.
A tight, thoughtfully-constructed teleport 'em up.
The Walking Dead : 400 Days
A tasty appetizer for season 2.
Also see : Chamberlain & Chance on TWD: 400 Days.
I love this game.
An unique and mildly addictive descent into ultraviolence.
Best Game of 2013
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a masterpiece.
An in-depth review.
A very short review.
Also see Chamberlain & Chance on The Last of Us (ending spoilers!)
Gorgeous presentation, a wonderful fiction and gameplay somewhere on the underside of 'meh.' Check it out on the cheap.
Dead Island : Riptide is the most fun I've had with a video game so far this year.
A short review.
A very long review.
Far Cry 3 : Blood Dragon
A ton of fun triple-A quality content for a meager price.
Thomas Was Alone
Might wanna' check it out on sale.
Dishonored : The Knife of Dunwall DLC
A decent deal at ten bucks.
A delicious little Metroidvania with humor, style and solid gameplay.
A smart, otherworldly adventure with a few weird design choices.
Sly Cooper : Thieves in Time
Sly in HD is fun - but not much fun.
Dead Space 3 : Awakened DLC
A short, insulting sampler of what Dead Space 3 could have been.
God of War : Ascension
It feels like even its developer is bored with it.
Buy this game.
Metal Gear Rising : Revengeance
A very unique brawling experience.
A Short Review
A Very Long Review
A good-looking, well-polished shooter that eschews the unique horror and atmosphere of the franchise in favor of some rootin' tootin' co-op.
DmC Devil May Cry
Lovely presentation, the funnest action I've ever experienced with a Devil May Cry game, and the best single title Ninja Theory has ever made.
...but its representation of women leaves much to be desired.
The Walking Dead Season 1
A well-designed old-school adventure game that'll tug your heartstrings. Plus zombies.
Chamberlain and I each played the game for about ten minutes and went 'ewww.'
2012 Third-best Game of the Year
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
A hardcore strategy exercise of profound challenge, depth and craftsmanship.
2012 Second-best Game of the Year
Far Cry 3
One of the best games of 2012. Easily.
Two complaints about Far Cry 3.
A beautiful, grand, flawed epic of stealth and exploration.
Not done talking about Hitman: Absolution.
Oh, and one more thing.
Assassin's Creed III
The ambition went up and the quality went down.
The Unfinished Swan
I'd pay five bucks for this game's opening. The rest you can keep.
a shorter review
I love this game.
Borderlands 2 is far from perfect, but an open-world space western lootfest RPG/FPS is still a beautiful thing.
2012 Game of the Year
Mark of the Ninja
Mark of the Ninja is one of the best games of 2012. It's like a gift.
Why Mark of the Ninja is the game of the summer.
What it's like showing Mark of the Ninja to a friend.
Sleeping Dogs is an ambitious, successful attempt to deliver a playable Hong Kong crime epic with a bare minimum of missed steps. Check it out.
If you're cool with inch-deep gameplay, buy Asura's Wrath on the cheap and enjoy it for the weird, entertaining spectacle.
While occasionally brilliant, delectably original and generally not-bad - its not really great, either. Wait for a price drop.
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
A breezy, pleasant little nosh of a game. Check it out.
There's some old-school pleasure, here, but Deadlight makes regular missteps that leave it well shy of greatness.
Buy this game.
Spec Ops: The Line
It's worth checking out for the gutsy story alone, but I'd suggest waiting for a price drop.
I love Lollipop Chainsaw.
Also see: Lollipop Chainsaw - Juliet Dances (in-depth gameplay editorial)
...is a phenomenal bang for your buck. If you like fighters, buy it.
See: Chamberlain and Chance on VF5:FS.
Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 is uniquely perfect at one all-important thing, and excellent at pretty much everything else. Buy it.
Also see: Chamberlain and Chance on Max Payne 3.
There are a lot of tradeoffs, here - it's far from perfect - but it is so much fun.
I Am Alive
The most interesting thing to happen to survival horror on consoles since Siren.
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Length aside, American Nightmare is actually a better Alan Wake than Alan Wake was.
A sharply-constructed explosion of high-flying, lightning-fast fun - with a bare minimum of missed steps.
A walk to remember.
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 is either very good or excellent at every turn, and profoundly satisfying if you've spent time with its predecessors. This is 2012's first GotY contender.
Mass Effect 2
Despite its flaws, Mass Effect 2 is an incredibly polished RPG, and a celebration of the best in science fiction.
If you have any appetite for platforming, Rayman Origins is the stuff of dreams.
A pleasant, petite amuse bouche - but not very filling.
The PlayStation Vita (hardware review)
I have never observed so much potential in a handheld device.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Golden Abyss is more than just a great game - it's a great Uncharted game, which redefines what one can ask of a handheld.
Shank 2 is a definitive entry in its genre, and gorgeous to boot. Buy it.
Scarygirl is neither great not bad, but not nearly as endearing as its source material.
This is a bad game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim may be the most perfectly-realized fantasy-world simulator to ever grace gaming.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
It's nice to spend more time with Ezio - and while this is still a good time, it's not quite the good old days.
While rough around the edges, Rochard is a fun, nostalgic return to the heyday of puzzle platforming.
Dark Souls is a masterpiece.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted 3 is a jaw-dropping, supernatural success in many areas - but not all.
inFamous: Festival of Blood
inFamous fans will find some fun at the Festival, but it's a far cry from required reading and doesn't compare to its more ambitious competition.
Batman: Arkham City
Arkham City is an excellent game from any angle, and one of the best titles of 2011.
Rage is regularly beautiful and beautifully fun, but often feels strangely hollow.
Dead Island offers one of the funnest, most rewarding experiences of the year. Buy it.
Deus Ex : Human Revolution
Deus Ex isn't perfection, but you can see it from here.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (XBLA)
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is an incredibly good-looking game that mildly scratches one's appetite for Metroid's structure, but occasionally unfortunate design denies it true success.
Weird, wild, wise and wonderful. Persona Team may have been just playing around, but they hit their practice swing out of the park.
A delicious downloadable treat.
Shadows of the Damned
Definitely check out Shadows of the Damned - but I wouldn't fault you for doing so on a budget.
Duke Nukem Forever
Alice: Madness Returns
Wonderland is wonderful - but not for the impatient.
2011 Game of the Year
inFamous 2 is gorgeous, huge and a constant pleasure to simply play. Buy it.
L.A. Noire is a gorgeous, ambitious, involving title. Look to it for an interesting, gripping experience - but look elsewhere for fun.
This is a Game of the Year contender.
Metal Gear Solid 4 : Guns of the Patriots
One of the best of the best.
Shadow Complex (XBLA)
The destination may be a downer,but the journey is a blast.
Red Dead Redemption : Undead Nightmare
Excellent - and an excellent value.
Castlevania : Lords of Shadow
A thrilling, inspiring, gothic, romantic adventure with a few nits to pick. Buy it.
Dragon Age II
It's fun on a bun.
Naruto Shippuden : Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Not bad, not great - but worth seeing.
Stacking (PSN, XBLA)
Those with an appetite for whimsy should definitely check out Stacking - all others need not apply.
Dead Space 2
2011's first Game of the Year contender.
God of War : Ghost of Sparta (PSP)
Spectacular. Buy it now
Definitely check out Alan Wake - it's a fun game, but a bit of a mixed bag.
Strong from any angle, Limbo is mechanically simple and emotionally complex - but not a good value for the money, [update] though cross-buy on PS3 and Vita soothes the sting. [/update]
Kirby's Epic Yarn
A solid rental, worth taste-testing but ultimately dissatisfying.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
A beautiful, stylish, comfortable platformer, offering an absolute glut of content and very unique multiplayer. Highly recommended.
Vanquish boasts rich, rewarding gameplay and great spectacle, but little variety. This is a game that can be easily digested in a two-day rental, or obsessively and pleasurably mastered by the stalwart.
Fallout: New Vegas
New Vegas's technical shortcomings and shoddy shooting don't stop it from being one of the best games of the year.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Enslaved is very close to a great game - but not quite. Toss it a rental, or buy it on the cheap.
Dead Rising 2
Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP)
Valkyria Chronicles II is a mixed bag that will ultimately satisfy fans of the original with its ambitious additions to gameplay, but suffers from a story that's like claws on a chalkboard.
BioShock 2: Minerva's Den
I love BioShock 2, so I think Minerva's Den is a great deal.
Shank (PSN, XBLA)
Shank has some flaws, but the overall package is unique, fun and engaging.
A solid game that rates off the scales on the Fun-O-Meter.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Meh. It's there, if you're itching to play some Sands-style PoP, but don't expect it to really satisfy the craving.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game (PSN, XBLA)
The good old days were never this good. Scott Pilgrim is a fair bit short of perfect, but it's a good bit better than great.
DeathSpank (PSN, XBLA)
DeathSpank is a largely entertaining title with more than enough content to justify its fifteen dollar price tag, it's just a little bare-bones with the whole "action RPG" thing.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
Peace Walker is a great game that offers perhaps too much, and loses sight of its central vision.
2010 Game of the Year
Red Dead Redemption
I cannot recommend Red Dead Redemption highly enough.
The Saboteur feels fresh enough to give it a tepid recommendation - if you can find it at the right price, and if you've got nothing better to play (which isn't a tall order).
Resonance of Fate
A great title that fans of the genre will enjoy - particularly those hungry for something new.
God of War III (review 2 - 'cause 1 ain't enough)
God of War III (in which I really pick at the game and point out the flaws)
God of War III attempts to reach an impossible standard, and - amazingly - nearly achieves it. This is another jaw-dropper from Santa Monica.
The God of War CollectionClassic games, well worth the price - and still worth the time.
Ambitious, imperfect, incredible. It may not be for everyone, but if you're tired of the same-old same-old, this is a breath of fresh air.
2010 Game of the Year runner-up
BioShock 2 is the sequel BioShock deserved, and an excellent game in its own right.
One of - if not the - best brawlers to ever grace the genre. You owe it to yourself to try out Bayonetta.
Darksiders feels like a title I'll be playing annually for a long time to come.
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins has a rich world, a compelling narrative and some of the most well-realized characters you'll ever find, but the combat interface brings the whole experience down.
Assassin's Creed II
It keeps everything worth keeping from the original and refines the rest into one of the best games of the year.
Tim Schafer lives up to his reputation with another funny, vital and creative title with gameplay that doesn't quite do its lively presentation justice.
A stunning package with a reasonably engaging core, Heavenly Sword is worth your gaming dollar, if you can find it for a good price. I'm happy with the $30 I paid.
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
Yet another perfectly satisfying Ratchet and Clank adventure. It doesn't mix up the formula much, but then again it doesn't really have to.
2009 Game of the Year runner-up
If you're willing to invest in Demon's Souls, you will discover one of the true treasures of 2009.
2009 Game of the Year
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
For my money, it's the single best PS3 game to date.
Mini Ninjas is a beautiful game that will likely please young gamers - but aside from wanting to revisit some truly gorgeous locations, I can't imagine why I'd want to play through it twice.
Wet (the actual review)
Wet - on second thought
Moderately ambitious with lots of potential, Wet doesn't live up to its promise. Toss it a rental, or buy it on the cheap.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman fan or not, it's an excellent game.
Despite all its flaws, Prototype is unique in its phenomenal, over-the-top sandbox action. Give it a try.
A worthy purchase - Sucker Punch has never done better.
Also see : I think I love inFamous.
God Hand (PS2)
If you're up for the challenge, it is one of - if not the - best brawlers ever made.
Valkyria Chronicles DLC
Well worth the price of admission.
Wanted: Weapons of Fate
Worth a rental. Sort of.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
An RPG that may make you love RPGs.
Siren: Blood Curse
I cannot recommend Siren: Blood Curse highly enough.
The Incredible Hulk
Don't waste the money it would cost to rent it.