Mark Steighner


37 games reviewed
69.3 average score
70 median score
43.2% of games recommended
Scores 17.1 higher than average

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Entertainment Buddha
Mark Steighner
70 / 100 - The Dwarves
Nov 29, 2016

The Dwarves features a few great ideas and appealing systems that are unfortunately offset by too much downtime.

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Entertainment Buddha
Mark Steighner
70 / 100 - Zombasite
Oct 17, 2016

Zombasite has some genuinely unique and interesting ideas but its presentation and user-friendliness will be a barrier to some players.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Feb 24, 2016

Death is pretty much inevitable in The Flame in the Flood, but it can be held at bay through luck, crafting, planning and skillful awareness of the environment and what it offers and hides.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
2.5 / 5.0 - Wanderjahr
Feb 23, 2016

Wanderjahr is hard to recommend. There isn't much to it other than its combat, and unfortunately its combat is repetitive and uninteresting. In general, taking control away from the player — even in boss battles — is not a way to make the experience engaging. The sloppy translations and awkward English are not what brings the game down, but rather the structure of the missions, the lack of character development, and most critically, the uninteresting, spectator sport combat.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
4 / 5.0 - Devil Daggers
Feb 23, 2016

Devil Daggers is laser-focused on providing a very specific type of shooter experience, suggesting old school classics stripped down to their fundamental core.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Feb 21, 2016

Cities: Skylines just keeps getting better. Thanks to lots of dedicated fans and modders, and the official After Dark and Snowfall expansions, the game offers endless fun and creativity. For the price, Snowfall's content is right on the border of being a just little thin and non-essential, especially if you don't really care about adding trams or transportation hubs, but the snow effects are nice and I will be happy to have added them come August when I'm sweltering in late summer heat.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Feb 9, 2016

Arslan: The Warriors of Legend takes the Warriors formula and franchise in a new direction, but the core gameplay is largely familiar.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Feb 7, 2016

There is depth and relevance to The Political Machine 2016's gameplay and content. It's easy to pick up and play and whether you take it seriously and really play to win or approach it with less reverence, the game will accommodate you. Because it is so tied to the issues and candidates of the moment, it is both amusing and instructive, but probably not something you'll want to revisit after next November.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
4 / 5.0 - DarkMaus
Feb 4, 2016

In DarkMaus, Daniel Wright has created a focused, challenging experience that successfully translates the core tenants of Dark Souls — careful approach to combat, high level of initial difficulty, wise use of resources and character development — into a game that looks deceptively innocent and benign.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
3.5 / 5.0 - Blade & Soul
Feb 2, 2016

After a while, though, the romance fades and the grind sets in, and you realize that the good stuff is the PvP after level 45 and even then, there's not that much to do. There are seven classes but every character slogs through the same story and the same quests and easy-kill monsters. It's then that you realize the cash shop and XP-boots are there for a reason. It's easy to recommend giving Blade & Soul a try, but hard to imagine sticking with it for long.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
2.5 / 5.0 - Death by Game Show
Feb 2, 2016

Death by Game Show is not an incompetently made game, but as a collection of design decisions the sum and its individual parts are annoying, disappointing or frustrating.

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Gameplanet
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4.5 / 10.0 - Bombshell
Feb 1, 2016

Bombshell is a broken, boring action game with a tin ear for humour and action that rarely rises above tedium.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
3.5 / 5.0 - World's Dawn
Jan 29, 2016

There is real appeal to the idea of living in a little rural community where everyone is pleasant and quirky, where the rhythm of life and the gentle change of seasons are tied to working the land and the world's secrets are not dark and menacing.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Jan 29, 2016

The look and tone of Between Me and the Night will undoubtedly appeal to many gamers, but they may ultimately be disappointed by its approach to puzzle design, overly fussy controls, limited inventory system and a mood that has little variety save unease and tension.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Jan 22, 2016

Maybe it's the somewhat featureless terrain of Kharak, the simplified, streamlined interface and missions or the slightly shallow multiplayer modes, but there is a real sense that Deserts of Kharak is a throwback to a much earlier RTS style of game.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
4 / 5.0 - Darkest Dungeon
Jan 18, 2016

Darkest Dungeon is difficult, but not because its systems are unclear or unfair.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
Jan 15, 2016

Played on its own, without worrying about whether it effectively changes up the hallowed tropes of early JRPGs, or conversely, sticks a little too closely to them, Echoes of Aetheria is fun.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
2.5 / 5.0 - Herding Dog
Jan 14, 2016

Ultimately, what's disappointing about Herding Dog is that its aspirations, demands, tasks and ideas are simply too small scale.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
3 / 5.0 - SimplePlanes
Jan 6, 2016

Although its toolset is robust and allows for the construction of both imaginative and real-world aircraft, and the community has provided a huge library of pre-rolled classic planes and inventive designs, SimplePlanes is a bare-bones product.

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Hardcore Gamer
Mark Steighner
3.5 / 5.0 - Devilian
Jan 2, 2016

Devilian's combat makes it a totally competent action-RPG/MMO.

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