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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

Zadzooks: XCOM: Enemy Unknown review

A revered science-fiction strategy video game from the 1990s returns reimagined for a new generation of commanders who can save Earth from an alien invasion. Published October 16, 2012

Zadzooks: Resident Evil 6 not for the squeamish

Capcom has delivered a pre-Halloween treat for adult gamers with the latest chapter of its third-person, survival-horror adventure, Resident Evil 6 (Capcom, rated M for mature — and macabre, reviewed for Xbox 360, $59.99). Published October 10, 2012

Ada Wong meets a new friend in the video game Resident Evil 6.

Zadzooks: Resident Evil 6 review

Capcom’s latest chapter to its third-person, survival horror adventure is a pre-Halloween treat for mature gamers. Published October 3, 2012

Beware what lurks in dark garages in the animated horror film Resident Evil: Damnation.

Zadzooks: Resident Evil: Damnation (Blu-ray) review

Players anticipating next week's release of a new chapter of the granddaddy of survival horror video games can whet their appetites viewing a ferocious animated movie co-starring some of their favorite mutated creatures. Published September 25, 2012

Salvador the Gunzerker fights off Bullymongs in the video game Borderlands 2.

Zadzooks: Borderlands 2 review

This sequel to the popular first-person, role-playing shooter from 2009 gratuitously builds upon the original, reveling in the violent excesses associated with looting, shooting and survival of the craziest. Published September 21, 2012

Sir Lancelot battles big demons and creatures in the iPad game Wild Blood.

Zadzooks: Wild Blood (iPad) review

A famed knight of the round table stars in the latest hack, slash and smash third-person action game for Apple’s magical tablet. Published September 17, 2012

Ravens versus Steelers in the video game Madden NFL 13.

Zadzooks: Madden NFL 13 review (Xbox 360)

The latest innovations to a venerable sports video game franchise almost makes simply watching televised football an event of the past. Published September 6, 2012

Optimus Prime co-stars in the video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.

Zadzooks: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron review

High Moon Studios brilliantly brings to gamers some pivotal history in the Transformers mythology in a third-person action game starring members of Hasbro's legendary robotic toy line. Published August 31, 2012

Death stars in the video game Darksiders II.

Zadzooks: Darksiders II review

Death takes a working holiday to the Nether Realms in this satisfying third person, role-playing video game. Published August 27, 2012

Famed explorer Harry is constantly on the run in the iPad game Pitfall.

Zadzooks: Pitfall review (iPad)

A classic superstar from the 1980s celebrates his 30th anniversary in reimagined style courtesy of Apple's magical tablet. Published August 23, 2012

A mysterious, long-of-ear-but-short-of-memory warrior stars in the video game Dust: An Elysian Tail.

Zadzooks: Dust: An Elysian Tail review

A mysterious, long-of-ear-but-short-of-memory warrior stars in a video game rich in platforming tradition, classic painted animation and hack-and-slash combat. Published August 20, 2012

Wei Shen in action in the video game Sleeping Dogs.

Zadzooks: Sleeping Dogs review

Undercover cop Wei Shen allows gamers to infiltrate the seamy world of Chinese Triad gangs in this free roaming, third-person action game. Published August 14, 2012

Warchief Rok battles nasty spiders in the iPad game ORC: Vengeance.

Zadzooks: ORC: Vengeance review (iPad)

Mobile gamers looking for some compact role-playing thrills will savor a beautiful but violent dungeon crawling adventure starring an Orc warchief named Rok. Published August 3, 2012

Batman pounces in the iPad game The Dark Knight Returns.

Zadzooks: The Dark Knight Rises review (iPad)

This Batman game for the iPad shines through some intense third person combat that also mixes in the use of famed vehicles, varied side missions and plenty of stunning and ominous views of Gotham City. Published July 25, 2012