Mark Steighner


140 games reviewed
74.1 average score
76 median score
55.7% of games recommended
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Nov 25, 2019

At a near-premium price of $40, Last Labyrinth suggests a polished product, crafted by experienced designers and generous of content. In truth, almost nothing about Last Labyrinth is fun or rewarding.

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Dec 19, 2015

It's hard to recommend FIVE: Guardians of David to anyone. Fans of action RPGs have literally dozens of better games to choose from. Even gamers who would like to play an RPG without being assaulted by bloodshed have some excellent choices, such as the Torchlight games. Aside from the novelty of the Biblical theme and story, FIVE: Guardians of David's gameplay ignores a lot of what recent action games have added to the genre: strategic groups, tactics, character development, customization — FIVE has none of these things. Its heroes are bland and its enemies even duller.

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Listen up: your parents, grandparents and other elders you might know are almost certainly a little lonely, insecure, potentially afraid of sickness and death, haunted by memories and beset by many of the same demons as you are. If that sounds depressing, remember they are also quite possibly wise and focused on making the most of their remaining time on the planet. Given the ticking clock, they’d probably never waste their precious moments playing Retired Men’s Nude Beach Volleyball League. Learn from them, and remember that the most wildly ironic or intentionally bad game might succeed in meeting its goals without coming close to giving the player the respect of a good time.

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I can’t imagine anyone so desperate for content that they would find value in this only marginally improved ten-year-old game. Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed is and has always been, awful and no HD remaster will fix its terrible story, lackluster combat, primitive graphics, and creepy tone. Some games are broken or bad in a kind of fun way, but Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed isn’t broken, it’s just bad and decidedly, aggressively not fun at all.

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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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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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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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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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Dec 4, 2015

Whether you can enjoy Chivalry: Medieval Warfare depends on how low you are willing to lower your expectations for what a current-gen console game should look and feel like.

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2.5 / 5.0 - Evil Defenders
Nov 15, 2015

Thanks to these problems, a visually charming and potentially enjoyable - if thoroughly unoriginal - tower defense game becomes much harder to recommend. Of course, grinding to earn upgrade points is always an option, but the levels aren't that charming. Tower defense games aren't exactly gaming junk food, but their secret is in rapid pace and a steady forward progression. Get that wrong and not much else matters.

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