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Steve Schardein

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Steve Schardein

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    18/04/1982
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    I like working endlessly and spending money on websites and getting nothing back for it.

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    <a href="http://www.digitalchumps.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.digitalchumps.com</a>
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Monday, 17 March 2008 20:00
Last online
3 days ago
  • Art of Balance
    It isn’t often these days that you encounter quality, novel puzzle games that adhere to the old adage “easy to learn, difficult to master.” That’s a powerful asset for a game of this genre, however, and Art of Balance triumphantly earns the classification. In the beginning especially, there’s really nothing to learn: stack blocks using your inherent knowledge of physics and gravity, and don’t let them fall. Requisite complications ensue in later challenges, and the different game modes provide a range of valuable experiences, but for the most part, this is a well-balanced package whose value towers over its asking price.
    2 days ago
  • 3 days ago
  • Art of Balance
    It isn’t often these days that you encounter quality, novel puzzle games that adhere to the old adage “easy to learn, difficult to master.” That’s a powerful asset for a game of this genre, however, and Art of Balance triumphantly earns the classification. In the beginning especially, there’s really nothing to learn: stack blocks using your inherent knowledge of physics and gravity, and don’t let them fall. Requisite complications ensue in later challenges, and the different game modes provide a range of valuable experiences, but for the most part, this is a well-balanced package whose value towers over its asking price.
    3 days ago
  • 6.6 (Average) - If this is your first crack at Animal Crossing, or if you enjoyed the GameCube original and missed out on the DS Wild World, you’ll still find plenty of addicting qualities in City Folk. In spite of some minor gameplay-related regressions, this is in fact the best Animal Crossing to date. The problem is, it receives this blessing purely due to the fact that it successfully combines the better qualities of the first two titles and then lumps more collectible content into the mix—not because it provides any sort of earth-shattering innovation that one might expect from a high-profile, full-price Wii title. Couple that realization with mediocre graphical presentation and recycled musical content and you have something that qualifies, in some regards, as a mere port. The online chat features are great, but the selection of activities is just as thin as ever; and for anyone who’s experienced this before, it’s tough to recommend more of the same. To everyone else: Dive in.
    1 week ago
  • 2 months ago
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a combination of two wholly unique franchises which takes place fairly smoothly primarily thanks to the already-fantastical nature of the story. Of course it’s ridiculous, but the story is actually quite fun, and it’s compelling and unpredictable enough to captivate those with a bit of patience and willingness to accept it for what it is. Best of all, the gameplay from both series is represented well, set against the backdrop of a truly great presentation. Whether you choose to label it a cash-in or a shameless celebration, it’s collaborative love from Level-5 and Capcom that you probably won’t want to miss.
    2 months ago
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
    All of us have wondered at some point about the creative future of the gaming; has innovation given way to mere evolution? Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of those exceedingly rare games that will restore your faith in the creative forces of the videogame industry. This is no mere sequel… it is everything Galaxy was and more, a vast menagerie of the most outlandish ideas the creative minds at Nintendo could apply to a Mario game, twisting and contorting the template at every opportunity, all in the name of relentlessly entertaining gameplay. Even the harshest critics will struggle to find fault in its symphony of imagination, execution, and polish, while fans will cherish its brilliance for years to come as one of the very best games in history. Quite simply put, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the reason I still play videogames. And for that, it deserves the highest praise I can possibly bestow.
    3 months ago
  • Mario Kart 8
    Mario Kart 8 won’t change your mind if you’re against the series’ basic conceptual design, of course, but for everyone on the fence who just wants a fun, skill-weighted, multiplayer-centric party racer, this is truly as good as it gets. The balance of luck and skill is very well done overall, and the selection of available features, items, and gameplay elements is the best the series has had to offer yet—not to mention the excellent track design. It’s safe to say that this is the best Mario Kart since the SNES days, and that’s a pretty heavy statement.
    4 months ago
  • Mario Kart 8
    Mario Kart 8 won’t change your mind if you’re against the series’ basic conceptual design, of course, but for everyone on the fence who just wants a fun, skill-weighted, multiplayer-centric party racer, this is truly as good as it gets. The balance of luck and skill is very well done overall, and the selection of available features, items, and gameplay elements is the best the series has had to offer yet—not to mention the excellent track design. It’s safe to say that this is the best Mario Kart since the SNES days, and that’s a pretty heavy statement.
    5 months ago
  • Mario Kart 8
    Mario Kart 8 won’t change your mind if you’re against the series’ basic conceptual design, of course, but for everyone on the fence who just wants a fun, skill-weighted, multiplayer-centric party racer, this is truly as good as it gets. The balance of luck and skill is very well done overall, and the selection of available features, items, and gameplay elements is the best the series has had to offer yet—not to mention the excellent track design. It’s safe to say that this is the best Mario Kart since the SNES days, and that’s a pretty heavy statement.
    5 months ago
  • 5 months ago
  • Mario Kart 8
    Mario Kart 8 won’t change your mind if you’re against the series’ basic conceptual design, of course, but for everyone on the fence who just wants a fun, skill-weighted, multiplayer-centric party racer, this is truly as good as it gets. The balance of luck and skill is very well done overall, and the selection of available features, items, and gameplay elements is the best the series has had to offer yet—not to mention the excellent track design. It’s safe to say that this is the best Mario Kart since the SNES days, and that’s a pretty heavy statement.
    5 months ago
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
    The beta is over, and it was 15 million strong; now, we have the product of its revelations. With a thankfully redefined purpose and a much more enticing endgame, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is probably the game you were hoping for years ago. It’s not about competition, but cooperation. It’s not about methodically stressing over your loot, it’s about the thrill of the hunt. It’s not about rushing to the top, it’s about the sheer enjoyment of the journey itself. It embraces its core competencies and brashly ignores all other complicating factors—and, with few exceptions, it’s a much better game for it.
    5 months ago
  • 6 months ago
  • Mario Golf: Wold Tour
    Mario Golf: World Tour is hardly progressive and rarely creative on the level of its predecessors—and in some ways, it actually feels somewhat regressive. However, the core appeal of the series is still alive and well nonetheless, and with the added extensibility of online play and tournaments—as well as downloadable courses—it’s hard to deny its appeal if you ever enjoyed what the series had to offer from the start.
    6 months ago
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
    The beta is over, and it was 15 million strong; now, we have the product of its revelations. With a thankfully redefined purpose and a much more enticing endgame, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is probably the game you were hoping for years ago. It’s not about competition, but cooperation. It’s not about methodically stressing over your loot, it’s about the thrill of the hunt. It’s not about rushing to the top, it’s about the sheer enjoyment of the journey itself. It embraces its core competencies and brashly ignores all other complicating factors—and, with few exceptions, it’s a much better game for it.
    6 months ago
  • 6 months ago
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
    The beta is over, and it was 15 million strong; now, we have the product of its revelations. With a thankfully redefined purpose and a much more enticing endgame, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is probably the game you were hoping for years ago. It’s not about competition, but cooperation. It’s not about methodically stressing over your loot, it’s about the thrill of the hunt. It’s not about rushing to the top, it’s about the sheer enjoyment of the journey itself. It embraces its core competencies and brashly ignores all other complicating factors—and, with few exceptions, it’s a much better game for it.
    6 months ago
  • It is the brilliance of games like this one that makes my position as a humble critic seem worthwhile. No matter your age, interest, or skill level, Super Mario Galaxy is bound to captivate you.
    8 months ago
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    You might be tempted to overlook Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but if you did, you’d be missing out on an excellent platforming title with tons of style and polish. While it’s true that it doesn’t explore a lot of new territory, iteration within a genre is only bad to the extent which creativity and permutation are not applied. In other words, if it’s fun and feels fresh enough, it was worth the effort—and Tropical Freeze is every bit as enjoyable as its Wii predecessor.
    8 months ago

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