Agoners Reviews

To understand our review methods, please read this article explaining our game review categories and standards.

You will also want to read The Beautiful Game to fully understand how our criteria came to be, and if you’re interested in how we define our competitive gaming criteria, please read Competitive Gaming 123 and 456 for an in-depth discussion.

The Agoners Steam Group Curator page lists the titles below that are recommended and also available on Steam, as well as some summary review text.

See the list below of all the games review scores & summaries. Click the links for the more detailed reviews or browse through all our Review Posts


Alawishus Pixel

“An extremely basic platform-puzzler with little to recommend it”
Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

Apple Jack

“Recommended this game for years since it’s first XBLIG incarnation, it’s awesome. Far better than every Mario & Sonic game.”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstar

Apple Jack 2

“Recommended this game for years since it’s first XBLIG incarnation, it’s awesome. Far better than every Mario & Sonic game.”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

“The only Assassin’s Creed game I bothered to play enough to give a fair review score to… GOD I WISH I HADN’T”
Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

A Virus Named Tom

“Not bad single player but gets really fun as a co-operative challenge title. Really under-rated and under-noticed”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

The Ball

“It’s not complete balls, but just feels a bit lacking in just about every area except graphics”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Bastion

“Seriously under par as challenge title, but I just barely recommend it anyway – mainly to mong out to the lovely graphics and audio.”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstar

BattleBlock Theater

“A fun co-op challenge. A bit lacking in variety, but the humourous style is great and keeps your interest”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Batman Arkham Asylum

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Blood Brothers

“An embarrassment to the ‘games industry’ (and perhaps even the human race) that things such as this exist”
Overall:
0

Bomb The Zombies

“A very weak challenge title, spoiled further by pointless touchscreen controls”
Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

Braid

“Really good and difficult puzzle challenge title with platforming elements”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstar

Bullet Witch

“Some really promising stuff here for my taste, but let down by awful grind-to-upgrade re-play mechanics rather than actual challenges”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Call of Duty 3

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
star

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

“In MW2, hidden away in the usual COD crap, are the excellent co-op challenge “Special Ops” missions – this is recommended only for those!”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
star

The Cave

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Darksiders

“Really tedious and really buggy”
Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

Divekick

“Online is barebones and a huge disappointment, but the actual gameplay is great fun with a competitively minded friend or 3”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstar
Competitive Game:
starstarstarstar

Electronic Super Joy

“Very challenging but not (usually) too punishing platformer with loads of interesting achievements, great soundtrack and silly retro graphics.”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Gears of War

“A very good co-op challenge”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstar

Gears of War 2

“A superb co-op challenge title”
Overall:
starstarstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstarstar

Gears of War 3

“Became way more repetitive and generic than the previous Gears games, and the 3 and 4 player co-op mechanics were a huge let down compared to the co-op of the previous games”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Guacamelee

“Pretty good fun co-op platform-style fighting & exploring game. I’ve not played the “Super Turbo” version so I don’t know if it’s worthwhile.”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Half-Life

“An atrocious challenge-based game due to it’s pathetic save system & many of the puzzles are also incredibly weak. The only strong point is the story”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
star

Half-Life 2

“I was actually glad & relieved when I finally finished this rubbish so that I’d never have to play it again, please never make Half-Life 3 if it’s anything like this”
Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

Halo Reach

“This is a ‘more than the sum of it’s parts’ game that is pretty darn good at everything  & has lots to offer, but it’s a shame it never really found a tight competitive game mode”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstarstar
Competitive Game:
starstarstar

Hero Academy

“A good asynchronous strategy game. Android/iOS portable device required to really play. Could’ve reached excellence with better competitive features.”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstar
Competitive Game:
starstarstarstar

Killing Floor

“This had potential as an interesting co-op challenge in the vein of L4D, but is ruined by pathetic grinding mechanics”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Left 4 Dead

“Whilst it’s hopeless as a competitive game, it makes up for it by being one of the best co-operative challenge titles ever made. It’s so good it got me to like FPSs!”
Overall:
starstarstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstarstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
star

Left 4 Dead 2

“Not close to the excellence of L4D1, but still very enjoyable as a co-operative challenge. Be warned, competitive play is still a joke”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
star

Lollipop Chainsaw

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Lost Planet

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
star
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstar

Ms ‘Splosion Man

“‘Splosion Man is probably the best platformer I’ve ever played. Ms isn’t quite as good, but it’s still fantastic! Full review of ‘Splosion explains why”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstar

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

Outland

“A shame that the utter disaster of the health and checkpoint system conspires to damage everything else that’s good about the game”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Plants Vs Zombies (PC)

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Plants Vs Zombies (360)

“Good co-op play drags this a nudge above the usual tower defence game problems”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstar

Portal

“Hugely over-rated, but it is a solid 1P puzzle challenge. Taking the only good bits of Half Life and condensing a game to just them was a good idea.”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Portal 2

“Single player drags a bit, but co-op with a friend is a really fun challenge and experience”
Overall:
starstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstar

Scary Girl

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

“Weak for competitive play, but the single player mission mode is a really fun challenge and difficult in places too.”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstar
Competitive Game:
starstar

Soul

Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstar

‘Splosion Man

“This may very well be the perfect puzzle-platformer for my taste and skill”
Overall:
starstarstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstarstarstar

Stacking

“At its best, Stacking is an interesting logic puzzle. At its worst its an exercise in dumb trial and error”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
star

StarCraft II Wings of Liberty

“StarCraft II online with Battlenet 2 is the poster game for exactly how things should be done as far as competitive gaming design goes”
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstarstarstarstar

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

“This is close in skill-tests and design goals to being my ideal competitive fighting game, but the online gaming system is what lets this amazing game down.”
Overall:
starstarstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstar
Competitive Game:
starstarstarstarstar

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Ver 2012

“It’s kinda sad to say it, but at the time this game set the standard for online fighting game competitive features – albeit it’s at a pretty low bar.”
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstarstar

Transformers: War for Cybertron

“Would be MUCH improved if it had proper Steam integration and achievements etc, but still a fun if repetitive co-op shooter. Roll out with 2 friends!”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Thomas Was Alone

“Far too easy, but fun and engaging platformer whilst it lasts”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstar

Trine

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
star

Ultra Street Fighter IV

“It’s kinda sad to say it, but at the time this game set the standard for online fighting game competitive features – albeit it’s at a pretty low bar.”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstarstar
Competitive Game:
starstarstar

VVVVVV

“Solid platforming challenge title with some awesome music. Desperately needed proper Achievements or a leaderboard or something though”
Overall:
starstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

“A would-be fun co-op L4D style challenge, all but ruined of any longevity due to stupid grind-based mechanics. Such a waste of potential”
Overall:
starstar
Challenge:
starstar

World of Goo

“Easy puzzle challenges that then force an utter chore of implementing the solutions precisely enough”
Overall:
star
Challenge:
star

Yomi

“Probably the best competitive card game around. No pay2win, grind2win rubbish, great balance, matchmaking, leaderboards – perfect competitive game design”
Overall:
starstarstarstarstar
Challenge:
starstarstar
Competitive Gaming Design:
starstarstarstarstar
Competitive Game:
starstarstarstar

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