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Joseph Szadkowski

Joseph Szadkowski

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 25 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology. 


Articles by Joseph Szadkowski

The legendary Nightmare looks for a fight in the video game SoulCalibur V.

Zadzooks: SoulCalibur V review

A 3D fighter franchise continues its fine tradition of delivering dazzling eye candy and action but falls a bit short of substance in its latest iteration. Published February 9, 2012

Jill Valentine has a bio-mutant problem in the Nintendo 3DS video game Resident Evil Revelations.

Zadzooks: Resident Evil Revelations review (3DS)

The latest episode from one of the masters of the survival-horror video-game genre returns to its roots with some eye-popping results in the Nintendo 3DS format. Published February 3, 2012

An orphan with a squid arm teams up with her rabbit pal Bunniguru to battle bizarre creatures in the video game Scarygirl.

Zadzooks: Scarygirl review (PSN)

The twisted imagination of graphic novelist Nathan Jurevicius comes to animated life in a downloadable side-scrolling adventure for Sony's entertainment console. Published January 30, 2012

Some complex action from the iPad game Run Roo Run.

Zadzooks: Run Roo Run review (iPad)

A distraught kangaroo in search of her kidnapped baby travels across Australia in a new side-scrolling adventure for Apple's iPad. Published January 25, 2012

It's a fiery touchdown run in the Xbox Live video game NFL Blitz.

Zadzooks: NFL Blitz review

Midway's extreme arcade sports event returns as a high-definition download to give a new generation a chance to create their own exaggerated NFL moments. Published January 10, 2012

A wizard and thief fight spiders in the video game Trine 2.

Zadzooks: Trine 2 review

A sequel to a popular 2009 side-scrolling adventure arrives for download that takes players bound by an ancient relic back on a fantastical quest within three-dimensional realms. Published January 7, 2012

Buck Crosshaw battles demons in the iPad game Six-Guns.

Zadzooks: Six-Guns review (iPad)

Let’s take a "freemium" ride back to the Old West, courtesy of Apple's gaming tablet, in an adventure that mixes life as a gunslinger with the dangers of the supernatural. Published December 26, 2011

The hooded Ezio Auditore da Firenze talks with his fellow killing machines in the video game Assassin's Creed Revelations.

Zadzooks: Assassin's Creed Revelations review

My favorite 16th-century killing machine returns to teach players the finer points of assassination in an incredible third-person adventure video game. Published December 19, 2011

Zadzooks’ Gift Guide: Comic book- and cartoon-themed gift ideas

This year’s list of gift suggestions tied to the world of comic books and cartoons includes Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Republic Attack Shuttle, Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Hot Toys’ Superman: Exclusive Edition. Published December 14, 2011

Role-playing skills are put to a test in a Middle Earth style universe found in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Zadzooks: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review

Nothing short of complete submission to the events presented in the magical lands of Skyrim will suffice to fully appreciate the complexities of this latest Elder Scrolls epic. Published December 3, 2011

Build and micromanage a complex settlement in the iPad game Battle Nations.

Zadzooks: Battle Nations review (iPad)

An irresistible and highly addictive real-time strategy hybrid game turns Apple's magical table into colorful world dictated by war and acquisition. Published November 26, 2011

Zadzooks’ Gift Guide: Best video game gadgets

Hot gadget picks for the iPad, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii include Cars 2 AppMATes, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, uDraw Game Tablet, Batarang Controller and The Strike: Tournament Edition. Published November 25, 2011