Andrew Sztein

Reviews By Andrew Sztein

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review (3DS)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.5 out of 10

Take it from someone who got their Zelda start with the original golden NES cartridge and spent countless childhood hours drawing maps and figuring out the game's dark secrets; after all these years, after so many acclaimed games and titles, I can truly say with a straight face that Zelda has never been better. Read More.

Rocksmith 2014 Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.5 out of 10

Learning guitar is really hard. This game doesn't change the fact that getting good at playing guitar requires a commitment level and several setbacks before you can produce anything remotely inoffensive to the human ear. For those who commit to the daily regimen, RockSmith could very well provide the first non-threatening steps to a lifetime of musical enjoyment, or perhaps even a fun new way to practice for a more experienced guitarist. Read More.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Review (3DS)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.5 out of 10

If you're young, or just a young-at-heart nostalgic that grew up with RPGs when they were still coming into their own in the '90s and early 2000's, you'll find tons to enjoy with this title. What few missteps the game takes are phenomenally eclipsed by a great sense of joy, silliness, clever gameplay, and sheer imagination. Read More.

GRID 2 Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.5 out of 10

Grid 2 is slightly flawed, but more than worthy successor to not only the original Grid, but Codemasters' enviable stable of racing titles. It may not be perfect, but the edge-of-control style of racing will really appeal to those who want something in between the ridiculous bombast of Need for Speed and the crushing realism of other driving sims. Read More.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Review (3DS)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.5 out of 10

Besides being my new favorite 3DS game, Donkey Kong Country Returns is a simply a great gaming experience, made better by its portability and lack of motion controls. Look no further than this exemplary port of a fantastic game if you've had an old-school platforming itch that's needed scratching. Read More.

BioShock: Infinite Review (PC)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.5 out of 10

With this release, the BioShock franchise hasn’t just established itself as a premier franchise in gaming to come out of this generation, but also one of the most important. It’s rare for a video game to intelligently tackle hard issues and force players to look at their own beliefs, and BioShock Infinite does that better than almost any other in this medium. Read More.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 3.5 out of 10

ACM is simply put, an unfinished game. It’s made all the more disappointing that this was a big budget production with lots of talent behind it. From developer, to publisher, to Hollywood assets, this should have been a return to form for the Aliens gaming franchise but ends up being one of its most humiliating moments yet. At least the awesome power loader figurine that comes with the limited edition is pretty cool. Sorry guys, but its game over, man! Read More.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.0 out of 10

If you’ve stayed away from the series and are possibly considering jumping back in, then this Duty has a few new tricks to Call you back. BLOPS II is highly recommended for COD fans and fence sitters, but it won’t change your mind if you never accepted the charges on this Call in the first place. Read More.

Far Cry 3 Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.5 out of 10

Ubisoft has been on one hell of a hot streak since last holiday season haven't they? Two well received Assassin's Creed titles, the return of Ghost Recon, the release of Rayman Origins on every platform, and they've even got us salivating for what's to come with their tantalising peek at Watch Dogs they teased at E3. Read More.

Assassin's Creed III Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.0 out of 10

Chances are, if you're a big gamer in this generation, you've given the Assassin's Creed series a shot sometime in the past couple of years. While the series has been divisive amongst gamers, it features a certain level of craft, attention to detail, and fascinating historical settings that are simply not found in other open world games. Read More.

NHL 13 Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.0 out of 10

It's not a good time to be a hockey fan these days. With the second lockout in eight years officially in motion as of this writing, puckheads have to look at the very real possibility that we're going to have another season wiped out because greedy players and greedier owners don't know how to play nice and split a $3. Read More.

DiRT Showdown Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 7.5 out of 10

In a purely visceral sense, there's little that's more satisfying than watching two ton a half automobiles crashing into one another. The way that the metal twists and contorts under the impact and pressure of another fast moving object, there's little that can satisfy an action junkie's mind like some vehicular carnage. Read More.