Solo Gamer Reviews

Solo Gamer Reviews are dedicated to the gamer who does not play well with others, doesn't care about multiplayer modes in his or her games, and who absolutely despises things like multiplayer achievement points. These are reviews for guys and gals who prefer to play with themselves, and thus games will be penalized if developers spend more time on slayer deathmatch options than on the single-player experience. We solo gamers prefer a well-thought-out story, an immersive universe, and hours upon hours of enjoyment without having to shoot an endless horde of twelve-year-old punks in the head over the Internet. So throw away your WiiSpeak and your X-Box Live headset, and all hail the solo gamer!
Friday the 13th: The Game
Slasher Summer is handed over to Solo Gamer Reviews this week to look at Jason's most recent foray into video gaming.
Alien: Isolation
Does Alien: Isolation recapture the terror of Ridley Scott's classic film, or is it dead in space?
Assassin's Creed III
With the world coming to an end next week, does Assassin's Creed deliver at the last minute with its take on the American Revolution?
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
This may be the only review of the latest Assassin's Creed that doesn't contain an endless stream of pirate puns.
Axiom Verge
Say hello to the best 2D platformer since Super Metroid (and it might even be better than that).
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Is Arkham Asylum the greatest comic book video game ever made?
Batman: Arkham Knight
Does the Arkham series end on a high note, or has it worn out its welcome in the new console generation?
Dead Space 2
Does Dead Space 2 add to the survival horror excellence of the original, or does it follow other fallen horror franchises by focusing on action and multiplayer?
Dead Space 3
Does Dead Space 3 hold true to its survival horror roots, or is it just a generic third person shooter?
Bungie claims it has created a new dawn in gaming, but its final product is lacking.
Digital Season 2012
The Solo Gamer reviews the DLC expansions and arcade games he played during the long summer of 2012.
DuckTales: Remastered
Another NES classic gets a modern upgrade.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The question is not whether or not Skyrim is great; it's about how great it is.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
This early review tackles one of the first games to be released on Nintendo's WiiWare.
Final Fantasy XIII
The Solo Gamer, by popular request, shares his opinion of the controversial thirteenth entry in the Final Fantasy franchise.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Can XIII-2 recapture the Final Fantasy magic, or is it just a waste of Square Enix's time?
Friday the 13th: The Game
Slasher Summer is handed over to Solo Gamer Reviews this week to look at Jason's most recent foray into video gaming.
The Godfather II
Is The Godfather II as good a sequel as the movie? The Solo Gamer gives his verdict.
Godzilla Unleashed
How can a game that pits all of Godzilla's monsters against each other while destroying major cities go wrong?
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
There are more stories to be told in Liberty City. The Solo Gamer reviews The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
L.A. Noire
Rockstar has a lot of promises to live up to with its latest epic. Have they delivered?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo launches the Switch with an incredible masterpiece.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
One of Zelda's biggest cheerleaders attempts an objective review of Skyward Sword.
LEGO City Undercover
How much fun is a GTA-style sandbox filled with LEGOs?
Lost: Via Domus
Should fans of ABC's Lost spend their money on this licensed video game or let it pass them by?
Mass Effect 3
How does Commander Shepard's final mission stack up against the hype?
Metroid: Other M
Does the tenth installment in Nintendo's Metroid franchise, Metroid: Other M, live up to its predecessors?
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
Has the eight year wait been worth it for Faith's open world run through the City of Glass?
Pikmin 3
Can Nintendo's first major release for the Wii U drive people to the console once and for all?
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Capcom scrapes the mold off its flagship franchise and rediscovers survival horror.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
This on-rails shooter for the Wii is surprisingly well-made and exciting. Fans of the franchise shouldn't ignore it just because it's a Wii game.
Thief (2014)
Thief, the fourth installment and soft reboot in the seminal stealth series, is free to download this month on PlayStation Plus.
Too Human
Is Too Human the game we've waited ten years for, or is it dead on arrival? Writer E. Magill weighs in.
The Video Games of 2010
The Solo Gamer reviews Bioshock 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Super Meat Boy.
Xenoblade Chronicles
If you can only play one Japanese RPG, play Xenoblade.
Zack & Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
E. Magill, in his first video game review, takes a look at the Nintendo Wii's Zack & Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure.


5 Reasons Fallout: New Vegas is Better than Fallout 3
It's a shame that New Vegas hasn't been treated as a proper Fallout game, since it's the best the franchise has to offer.
5 Reasons I'm Addicted to Xenoblade
With well over 200 hours under my belt, you'd think Xenoblade Chronicles would get old, but it just doesn't.
6 Movies That Could Be Amazing Games
Most movies, as a rule, would make terrible video games, but these are six notable exceptions.
7 Things I Hope to See in Metroid: Other M
There's a lot riding on the next Metroid title. The Solo Gamer lists what he wants to get out of it.
7 Things to Do Instead of Beating Calamity Ganon
It's impossible to save Hyrule without getting distracted.
Book Review: Mass Effect: Ascension
The Solo Gamer reviews the second Mass Effect novel by Drew Karpyshyn.
Book Review: Mass Effect: Retribution
The third entry in the Mass Effect novel series is out, and the Solo Gamer lets us know if it's worth our time.
Book Review: Mass Effect: Revelation
The Solo Gamer takes his first stab at a novel based on a video game with the prequel to Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Revelation.
Confessions of an Xbox Junkie
This is what I learned while separated from my beloved 360.
Defending Final Fantasy XIII
The Geek is putting his foot down and declaring that Final Fantasy XIII deserves more respect.
E3 2013 Reactions
The console wars heat up with the launch of the 8th generation, so who won E3 this year: the Xbox One, the PS4, or the Wii U?
An Evening with P.T.
Take my hand and I shall recount for you a tale of creeping madness.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture: Is It Art?
Can a slow walking simulator about the apocalypse really be called artistic?
The Future of 5 Video Game Franchises
The Solo Gamer discusses upcoming sequels to Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dead Rising, Dead Space, The Elder Scrolls, and Mirror's Edge.
The Future of Legacy of Kain
I'd like to share one of my biggest hopes and dreams, that we may finally see the next chapter in Kain's legacy.
The Future of Prince of Persia
Is the Persian Prince officially dead, or will he make a return to video game prominence? The Solo Gamer discusses the possibilities.
The Future of Zelda
The Solo Gamer overviews of the challenges facing the future of Nintendo's Zelda franchise.
Gamers Should Never Forget Justice Scalia
The loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the loss of a great man who helped cement video games as an art form.
If I Were Writing a Metroid Movie
Please, someone, pay me thousands of dollars to do this. I KNOW I can.
Killing the Bioshock Movie
The Bioshock movie is officially dead for now, but that might not be a bad thing.
Metro 2033: Differences between the Novel and the Game
The rare novel-to-video game adaptation Metro 2033 can help understand why gaming is a unique artform.
Movie Review: Resident Evil: Degeneration
The Solo Gamer reviews the animated movie Resident Evil: Degeneration.
On the Cancellation of Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun
It was recently learned that Square Enix spent three years working on a new Legacy of Kain game, but cancelled it last year.
The Pitfalls of DLC
Most games released today are accompanied by downloadable content. This isn't necessarily a good thing.
The Problem with Modern Games: Comparing Mass Effect to Starflight
What if you could play a video game that combines the best of the old and the best of the new?
Resident Evil is Dead to Me
For all the fans who like the direction the franchise is going, I wish you the best. For me, though, I am done with Resident Evil.
A Resident Evil Mea Culpa
I just can't quit you, Resident Evil.
The Sky Dilemma
There is only one question you need to answer right now: Skyrim or Skyward Sword?
So My Wife Wants to Play Fallout 3...
The Solo Gamer creates a simple lesson plan that can turn his wife from a casual gamer to a more hardcore one.
Spending Time with an X: How I Learned to Love Mega Man Again
The solo gamer is ashamed to say he abandoned the Mega Man series long ago, but now he's ready to do some catching up.
The Strange Case of the Hidden Triforce
If you haven't experienced the Da Vinci Code-like downward spiral into paranoid madness that is the Ocarina of Time Triforce Quest, here is a primer.
The Tetraforce Theory: Further Down the Zelda Rabbit Hole
Is there a fourth triforce, and if so, could it help a future Zelda game reconcile the timelines?
Tommy's First Console: Wii U Early Impressions
My son just got his first real video game machine, so today, I share our experiences and my thoughts on the Nintendo Wii U.
Top 5 Best & Worst Video Game Sequels
The Solo Gamer lists the best and worst second installments in video game franchises.
Top 5 Best & Worst Video Game Threequels
A third installment can make or break a video game franchise. These are the games that nearly killed a good series or raised it to new heights.
Top 5 Most Original Final Boss Battles
The Solo Gamer lists five epic video game final boss battles that are groundbreaking, unique, and memorable.
Top 5 Sequels Taking Too Damn Long to Develop
Sometimes, a sequel can be in the works for so long that people start to forget the franchise.
Top 5 Worst Trends in Gaming
The Solo Gamer discusses the worst trends in modern gaming after a particularly disappointing news story about Dead Space 2.
Top 10 Franchises in Need of a Revival
These are the great games that deserve a sequel, remake, or reboot, before they are forgotten forever.
Top 10 Video Games of 2008
Which games impressed the Solo Gamer in 2008?
Top 20 SNES Games
Here is the Solo Gamer's definitive list of the greatest games to ever be released on the greatest gaming console of all time.
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