Bill Stepec

Reviews By Bill Stepec

Ninja Gaiden Black Review (X360)

By Bill Stepec () - 7.5 out of 10

To what degree do you have control over your video game self?

In many games, pushing "X" repeatedly will clear out rooms of enemies. Especially in earlier levels, your comparatively-powerful avatar can beat up dozens of baddies, leaving no witnesses. Health drops are usually abundant, and for the most part, you will have defeated a considerable portion of an army without so much as a bruise to show for it. Read More.

Winter Sports 2008: The Ultimate Challenge Review (Wii)

By Bill Stepec () - 5.5 out of 10

It is more fun to play than Mario and Sonic at the Olympics.

This is the highest praise I can give Conspiracy Entertainment's Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge. Still, preferring a punch in the face to a kick in the groin doesn't make either an altogether pleasant experience. Read More.

Cyberball 2072 Review (X360)

By Bill Stepec () - 7.0 out of 10

I think I made a huge mistake.

These were the first words to leave my mouth after loading up Cyberball 2072. Not that I was about to play a bad game, I just didn't know what I was getting into when I took on the game. I had confused Cyberball, an old-school American football game, with Rollerball, an old-school pinball game. Read More.

Star Trek: Conquest Review (Wii)

By Bill Stepec () - 4.0 out of 10

While fate may protect the Enterprise and her crew, it can do little to protect a dying franchise from lousy games given a sci-fi skin and the tag "Star Trek", as is the tendency with franchised software. Yet fate has thrown another curveball at this critic and aforementioned IP - this game is not only fun to play, it makes some hard gameplay decisions, most of which really work. Read More.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Review (Wii)

By Bill Stepec () - 5.2 out of 10

There was a time when Mario and Sonic meant something.It was the era of the 16 bit. When 2D sprites roamed the earth. Mario was in our hearts and in our happy meals, while Sonic taught us how to run. Taken together, they were the polar opposites of planet gaming. Read More.

Street Trace NYC Review (X360)

By Bill Stepec () - 4.0 out of 10

The title of this game, Street Trace NYC, suggests you will be doing new and interesting things in New York City. Street Trace? What's that? New York? Sounds cool! Unfortunately, Street Trace does not let you do any cool nor interesting things, and the only recognizable New York landmark was the Statue of Liberty, viewable only in the menu. Read More.

Fish Tycoon Review (DS)

By Bill Stepec () - 5.5 out of 10

My favorite game as a lad was a neat little spin-off called Privateer.

Taking place in the then-relevant Wing Commander universe, Privateer made you a freelance space-pilot in an aging ship, willing to take any mission for the right price. As you made money, you upgrade your ship, eventually buying a new one entirely. Read More.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary Review (PSP)

By Bill Stepec () - 7.5 out of 10

A lot can be said about Lara Croft.

For more than ten years, Croft has served as something of an unofficial mascot for PC gaming. Developing with the industry (no pun intended), Lara has faced controversy, became a major motion picture, released a slew of sequels on multiple platforms and went from a few dozen to a few thousand polygons. Read More.