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Steve Schardein


Favorite Games:
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Mario Galaxy

29 games reviewed
86.0 average score
86 median score
89.7% of games recommended

Steve Schardein's Reviews

Reviewer of games and electronic devices of various types. Kicker of butts in GoldenEye, License to Kill, Slappers Only.
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7.8 / 10.0 - Star Fox Zero
Apr 20, 2016

While there's a lot to like about Zero, its gameplay innovations seem sometimes obstructive and the presentation fails to impress in some regards. It's still a great game, but measured against other timeless Nintendo classics, its shortfalls hold it back from standing in the company of giants.

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Mar 1, 2016

Although there isn't much more to the 3DS version than there was to the original releases six months ago, Mega Man Legacy Collection nevertheless remains the definitive compilation of the NES originals, bolstered by wonderfully accurate emulation and a nifty host of nostalgic extras—not to mention a great value. [OpenCritic note: Steve Schardein separately reviewed the 3DS (8.0) and PS4 (8.8) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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Twilight Princess HD usually looks very good—at times, stunning—and thanks to the visual upgrades and streamlined gameplay, there's never been a better time for newcomers to digest its labyrinthine dungeons. On the other hand, for those who have experienced it already, it's little more than a tasty appetizer for the main course due out this holiday season. Its age is apparent in open-world areas and questionable pacing, but its clever puzzles and thick fan service are just as appealing now as ever.

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Feb 17, 2016

Fire Emblem: Fates offers an unprecedented amount of content without falling victim to the temptation quantity over quality. Each of the three total games here features its own vivid branch of the story, and everything from the gameplay to the presentation shifts with it. This is a massive and highly enjoyable addition to the epic franchise that really does stand as one of the most prolific and memorable amongst its contemporaries.

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Feb 17, 2016

Fire Emblem: Fates offers an unprecedented amount of content without falling victim to the temptation quantity over quality. Each of the three total games here features its own vivid branch of the story, and everything from the gameplay to the presentation shifts with it. This is a massive and highly enjoyable addition to the epic franchise that really does stand as one of the most prolific and memorable amongst its contemporaries.

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8.6 / 10.0 - Year Walk
Sep 19, 2015

Year Walk is a two-hour, seven-dollar experience that far transcends both its duration and price tag. It's a can't miss for anyone who appreciates dark, nightmarish, and heady storytelling with a (relatively) historically-accurate mythical slant.

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Sep 2, 2015

Though surely there's plenty of room for additional features and improvement, Super Mario Maker is a user-generated content experience assembled with the wisdom and mature philosophy of gaming's finest.

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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold is a hardcore dungeon crawler flaunting an old-school difficulty, yet imbued with modern sensibilities and accessibility. It's a terrific addition to a beloved series, and it's truly probably also the best entry to date.

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Jun 23, 2015

Miracle Cure is a few healthy refinements away from the category of controlled substance, and purchasing it won't require your driver's license. But purely as a source of unique puzzle entertainment, it has all the active ingredients of an addictive puzzler—just with a few unwanted side effects.

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May 28, 2015

Swords and Soldiers II is a unique take on real-time strategy gameplay that permutes the established formulas equally as much as it simplifies them. The result is an accessible—yet satisfyingly challenging—game which feels just as frenzied as the typical RTS title, but which can be enjoyed in bite-sized portions.

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