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Mario Kart 8 Review

One over the eight

Mario Kart 8

HIGH Rainbow Road, which is so beautiful and awe -inspiring that epic songs should be penned about it right now and passed down from generation to generation.

LOW The AI has undoubtedly improved, but it's still immensely irritating at times.

WTF It's a toss up between Luigi's death stare and the blue shell still being a thing. Gyah!

Saints Row IV Third Opinion

In the minority

Saints Row IV Review Screenshot

HIGH Nearly everything unpleasant about The Third is fixed here.

LOW
Steelport is still hella gross to look at.

WTF
The ending features a scene so hideous I thought I'd gotten the bad ending.

GRID 2 Review

How I tried to stop worrying and love the drift

GRID 2 Review Screenshot

HIGH Lovely track environments, delicious vehicle handling, intriguing event variety.

LOW Occasionally aggressive AI behavior, unconscionable amount of grind in single-and multi-player.

WTF The single-player campaign's half-hearted mixture of social media bandwagoning and corporate celebration is truly bizarre.

Need for Speed Rivals Review

Like Dogs Chasing Cars

Need for Speed Rivals

HIGH Narrowly escaping a pursuing squad of police cars and power drifting into the safety of my hideout with hundreds of sounds of speed points under my belt.

LOW For an open world driving game, there are not nearly enough alternative paths and emergent gameplay moments that use the geography.

WTF The non-ironic gritty and serious tone of the "story."

Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom Review

The End of the Road

Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom Screenshot

HIGH More Trials!

LOW The second-to-last Extreme track broke my spirit.

WTF Why does the whole thing skew towards a higher difficulty?

Damnation Review

I Knew It!

Damnation Screenshot

HIGH Crossing the vast, sprawling rooftops of Terra Verte.

LOW Limping through a boss battle while painfully low on ammo.

WTF Potted meat factories… For the sick and elderly?

F1 Race Stars Review

The Worst of Both Worlds

F1 Race Stars Screenshot

HIGH That first time Fernando Alonso enthusiastically shouted "Alonso!," like an F1 Mario.

LOW When Fernando Alonso kept enthusiastically shouting his name, like an F1 Mario.

WTF "Release and then hold RT to charge KERS!"

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Review

Identity Crisis

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Screenshot

HIGH Blistering down a sunset highway at almost 200mph.

LOW Hurtling straight into a divider at almost 200mph.

WTF Where is the start menu?!

Gamecritics.com Podcast Episode 80: System Sellers?

Have you ever bought a system for one game? That's the question we discuss this episode. We also hear about Brad's trip to the Retro Games Expo, and talk about Torchlight 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Tokyo Jungle and more. Also, Richard contemplates putting on water skiis. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Shark Man" Naik, and Dylan Collins

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Sleeping Dogs Second Opinion

Solid but Brings Nothing New to the Table

Sleeping Dogs Screenshot

HIGH Wei Shen's impeccably rendered muscular torso.

LOW Karaoke.

WTF Lucy Liu and Emma Stone's characters have only minutes of screen time.

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