Andrew Sztein

Reviews By Andrew Sztein

Dragon's Lair Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 4.5 out of 10

Yes, it's been nearly three decades that the arcade classic Dragon's Lair hit the arcades and took the fledging video game industry by storm in 1983. Seeing as how the game has been ported to nearly every platform in existence at one time or another, it was really only a matter of time until the Xbox 360 got their version, and it comes with a not-so-secret weapon, the ability to control Dirk the Daring's movements through a lethal castle in order to save the lovely (read: incredibly slutty looking) princess Daphne. Read More.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.5 out of 10

Once upon a time, Ubisoft had the market cornered on military and tactical shooters under its Tom Clancy brand. Whether it was a visit to Vegas as a member of Rainbow squad, a one man ninja as a Splinter Cell, or my personal favourite, playing as a solider of the future as the Ghost Squad, If you wanted to simulate being in a real warzone, The Tom Clancy titles are where the action was. Read More.

Kinect Star Wars Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 7.5 out of 10

Announced back at the same time that the Kinect (then known as Project Natal), was revealed, it seems like a match made in heaven. A completely controller free motion controlled system that allows you to use the force, swing a lightsaber around and explore a galaxy far, far away? How could it miss? Read More.

Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.5 out of 10

(Editors note: This is not a full review of Mortal Kombat. Since we reviewed the game in full upon its release last spring, this is more of a summary of what is new for this edition of the game. For the full review, please point your browser to http://www.gamingexcellence. Read More.

I Am Alive Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.0 out of 10

Gamers may say that they want originality and unique gaming experiences, but I beg to differ. Most people want the same crap they've been playing over and over and over again. If you need any proof, just look at the sales numbers behind Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, or any of the latest sequels to hit your local games shop. Read More.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.5 out of 10

Is there a game designer more deified than Tim Schaefer in the industry? Amongst the hardcore crowd that grew up with his Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts titles, it's not likely. Hell, we even forgave the guy for the disappointing Brutal Legend on the strength of his past triumphs. Read More.

Soulcalibur V Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 7.0 out of 10

As one of the most popular fighting series of the last decade, Namco's SoulCalibur series has a definite cult following and a lasting legacy in the fighting arena. Does the latest instalment continue a proud tradition or is it time to sheath this sword for good? Read More.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Review (3DS)

By Andrew Sztein () - 6.7 out of 10

In recent years, it sure feels like no genre has been more maligned and ignored than that of the combat flight simulator. To the best of my recollection in the last decade, there have been a few WWII flight sims on the major consoles, a single instalment of Microsoft's Flight Simulator, and the Ace Combat series. Read More.

Kinect Sports: Season Two Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 6.0 out of 10

Rare, what happened to you? You used to be cool. You kept a vise grip on my childhood with games like Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, and GoldenEye 007. Heck, even more recent efforts like Kameo and Viva Pinata carried certain charms. What happened? Read More.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.0 out of 10

Back in my days at good 'ol Carleton University, there was nary a video game staple that got more playtime amongst myself and my college buddies than the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Whether it was marathon sessions plowing through the entire campaign on Legendary difficulty with a friend in split screen co-op or lugging over multiple Xboxes and TVs for some addictive capture the flag and team deathmatch action, Halo was and remains a defining milestone in the history of video games. Read More.

Saints Row: The Third Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.4 out of 10

It is with great regret after playing Saints Row: The Third that I never played the two original Saints Row titles. If those games are even half as fun, hilarious, and outright insane as this little gem of an open world title is, then I fully admit that I have been missing out on something special. Read More.

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.5 out of 10

Once upon a time, when I was knee high to a grasshopper, Nintendo brought out a Rare developed shooter that took the console world by storm. Sure, first person shooters were nothing new in a world that already featured the likes of Doom and Duke Nukem, but GoldenEye 007 brought solid control and addictive multiplayer the likes of which consoles had never seen. Read More.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 7.9 out of 10

If there's one genre that is completely overblown and overdone in today's gaming marketplace, it's the military shooter. You know the kind, the one that has the Russian terrorists planning to nuke targets around the world for... whatever reason. So, obviously, it's up to the Americans with their Hoo-rah spirit and superior tools of destruction to make the world safe for democracy and the American way of life. Read More.

Battlefield 3 Review (X360)

By Andrew Sztein () - 8.6 out of 10

One of the most epic battles in the industry this holiday season is clearly the First Person Shooter battle between EA's venerable Battlefield series and Activision's mega popular Call of Duty franchise. Given EA's audacity to tag the game's ads with "above and beyond the call," EA's opened itself to a level of comparison to Call of Duty, some favourable, some not so much. Read More.

Batman: Arkham City Review (PS3)

By Andrew Sztein () - 9.7 out of 10

After growing up spending huge portions of my life reading the comics, watching the movies and TV shows, playing mediocre Batman games and even donning a black cowl and cape for Halloween, I think it's safe to say that if I could be any mythological character, it would have to be Batman. Read More.