Brian (The Schmaltzy Cynic)
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Steam Reviews Archive (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018....)
2018
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Finished)
- Assassin's Creed Series (In-Progress)
- Atom RPG (Finished - Early Access)
- Avernum Remakes (1-3) (Headers - 1)
- Battletech (2018) (Finished)
- BioShock 2 & Minerva's Den (Finished)
- BioShock Infinite & Burial At Sea (Not Started)
- Dead Cells (Not Started)
- DUSK (Early Access - Finished)
- DUSKERS (Not Started)
- Endless Space 2 (Finished)
- Evil Genome (Finished)
- Fallout 1 (Finished), Fallout 2 (In-Progress), Fallout: Nevada (In-Progress)
- Far Cry Series (2 - 5 with Blood Dragon and Primal, 2 and 3 Complete)
- The Fall Part 2: Unbound (Finished)
- HITMAN Season 1 Episodes
- Hyper Light Drifter (Finished)
- Hollow Knight (Not Started)
- Immortal Planet (Not Started)
- Mafia 2 (Not Started)
- Metro 2033 (Finished) & Last Light Redux
- Nights in the Woods (Finished)
- Outlast & Whistleblower (Finished)
- Pillars of Eternity: White March & Deadfire (Finished)
- Pyschonauts (Finished)
- Red Faction series (RF 1 - Finished, 2 - Headers, Guerilla - Finished, Armageddon - Headers)
- Resident Evil 7 & Beginning Hour (Finished)
- Risen 3 (Not Started)
- Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball (Finished)
- Shadowrun Hong Kong (Not Started)
- Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Revision)
- Spirits of Xanadu (Finished)
- Starcraft 2 (On Hold)
- Steam Link (Not Started)
- Stellaris (2.0 with Levivathan & Synthetic Dawn, Finished)
- SOMA (Headers)
- The Evil Within & DLCs (Finished)
- The Station (Finished)
- Thief (2014) (Not Started)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Finished)
- TRON 2.0 (Finished)
- Underrail (Not Started)
- Valkyria Chronicles (Headers)
- Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines (Complete) & Redemption
- Vampyr (In-Progress)
- Wasteland 2: DC
- Watch_Dogs (Not Started)

2017
- Alan Wake & American Wasteland
- Baldur's Gate II
- Binding of Isaac: Rebirth & Afterbirth
- Boot Hill Bounties & Heroes
- Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
- Choice of Robots
- CRYLINE
- Dark Maus
- Dark Souls 1, 2 and Scholar of the First Sin
- Darkblood Chronicles
- DEADBOLT
- Dead Rising
- Deus Ex: The Fall & Revision
- Dishonored
- Disruputed Space
- Divinity Original Sin 1 & 2
- DOOM 3 & 4 (2016)
- Duke Nukem Forever
- EDGE
- Event [0]
- Firewatch
- FTL
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Seasons 1 & 2
- Half Life 2 Series
- Hitman SEASON 1
- King's Quest (2016)
- Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2
- Max Payne Trilogy
- Mass Effect Trilogy (see Mass Effect 1)
- Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch
- One Shot
- Pillars of Eternity & White Marsh I & II
- Phoning Home
- Princess Remedy: In A World of Hurt and in A Heap of Trouble
- Pyre
- Quake 4
- Quantum Break
- Rise of the Triad (2013)
- RUSH
- Save Your Mother
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Shadow Warrior Series (Redux, 1, and 2)
- Shadowrun Dragonfall - Director's Cut
- Slash/Dots
- Snakebird
- Spark: The Electric Jester
- Star Craft 1
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight; Dark Forces 2
- Strider (2014)
- Sonic 3, Adventure, CD, Forces Mania, Lost World, Generations
- Sword of the Stars: The Pit
- TES: Morrowind & Skyrim: Special Edition
- Titanfall 2
- Thaumistry: In Charm's Way
- The Beginner's Guide
- The Long Dark
- Toki Tori
- Tooth & Tail
- Tyranny & Expansions
- VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender
- Volume
- Warhammer End-Times: Vermintide & DLC Packs
- Welcome to Moretytown
- Wolfenstein Series (3D, RCTW, TNO & TOB)
- XCOM 2 & Expansions
- Yooka Laylee
- Ziggurat

2016
- Baldur's Gate I & Siege of Dragonspear
- BioShock 1 & Remastered
- Darkest Dungeon
- Deus Ex
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Dragon Age Series (See Origins' Review)
- Fallout 3 GOTY
- Fallout New Vegas & DLC
- Fallout 4 & Far Harbor
- F.E.A.R.
- Grim Dawn (Full Release)
- Hard Reset Redux
- Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast
- Major/Minor Demo
- Mighty No. 9 & Ray DLC
- Risen 1
- Risen 2: Dark Waters
- Shadowrun Returns (Video)
- Showtime 2073
- Skullgirls & DLC Pack
- South Park: Stick of Truth
- Steam Controller
- Stories: The Path of Destinies
- Tales from the Borderlands
- Tales of Symphonia
- The Last Blade
- TES: Oblivion
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (Early Access)
- Wasteland 2
- XCOM EU/EW

2015
- A Bird's Story
- A Story About My Uncle
- A Virus Named TOM
- Armello
- Back to the Future: The Game
- Broforce
- Cave Story
- COOP: Decrypted
- Contrast
- Crypt of the Necrodancer
- Dark Forces
- Distance (Early Access)
- Grim Fandango Remastered
- Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition
- Halo Spartan Assault/Strike
- Ittle Dew
- Jazzpunk
- LIMBO
- LISA: The Painful RPG & The Joyful
- Mighty Gunvolt
- Never Alone & Foxtales
- Quake 2
- Rainbow Six: Lockdown
- Reveal the Deep
- Rocket Knight
- Star Wars: Dark Forces
- Schrodinger's Cast & The Raiders of the Lost Quark
- Serious Sam Revolution (Early Access)
- Shovel Knight
- Sonic: Lost World
- The Adventures of Van Hellsing: Final Cut
- The Swapper
- The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
- Thomas Was Alone
- Tri: Of Friendship & Madness
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4
- Victor Vran
- Undertale

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dangerhighdoltage Jun 7 @ 12:04am 
I'll set a user name on our site and get things rolling tomorrow. If you want to edit the avatar or profile info just let me know. I'd do it right now, but I'm exhausted and I think my brain has already halfway shut off from lack of sleep. Night!
dangerhighdoltage Jun 6 @ 10:15pm 
I just wanted to add, if you simply want to write rather than join in Discord and such, you can have that option. You could have access how we request games and someone would simply PM you the game key on Steam and you message us the review via google docs in two weeks or less. I'd handle the rest regarding formatting for the site on wordpress. Very glad you messaged me today, enjoyed the reviews quite a bit.
dangerhighdoltage Jun 6 @ 10:10pm 
"The result creates a game where it doesn’t matter whether the bots or the game came first they feel integral to the game, and the player is simply another vessel in the never-ending party."

Nice distillation of what many single player gamers would consider the game-deciding factor of whether they want to bother with this title or not. I believe I received this in a bundle not long ago and I've yet to fire it up simply because I avoid multi-player games like the plague. I might even have an extra copy lol.

dangerhighdoltage Jun 6 @ 10:02pm 
I love the line " WonderBoy may be the greatest emulation project ever created that does its damnedest to make you forget you are essentially playing the ’89 version."

Our ratings are based more on a single phrase rather than a number. It's something we developed ourselves to set us apart. Not that it is perfect, but it's ours. https://wp.me/P8lFHx-3Eo

If you are up for publishing these, just let me know what info you want to display as the author. We use nicknames for privacy if that works for you.
dangerhighdoltage Jun 6 @ 2:08pm 
Thank for the reply! I completely understand. Funny, I had Honest Gamers approach me too, I let them publish one of my reviews, but after I told them I have a site already, that was the end of that. Never got around to even seeing how things were there. The only social thing we use is Discord to communicate.

The fella with us who wrote our Battletech review actually singled you out and asked me to look over your reviews to consider offering you a position. Joining is entirely optional and by no means obligatory. I certainly would not mind a "friend of SoQ" sort of thing if you have some reviews or articles you would like to get published outside of Steam ( with no character limits ). As long as we don't have a review already published for it, I don't see why not.
dangerhighdoltage Jun 5 @ 11:40pm 
Hi, Schmaltzy! You have some outstanding technique in writing, I have to say your Battletech review really doesn't hold any punches back. If you are interested in joining a community of game reviewers, an offer is extended from SaveorQuit. I'd like to follow your reviews regardless, though. Good insight is hard to find on Steam.