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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."

Deadfall Adventures Review

Raiding tombs, but not a Tomb Raider

Deadfall Adventures

HIGH the first time I came across mummies fighting Nazis.

LOW too much combat in the latter half.

WTF how do the Nazis keep getting ahead of me in locked tombs?

CastleStorm Review

Storming the gates of great design

Castlestorm

HIGH Figuring out the castle editor.

LOW Coming to a dead stop in the hair-pulling ‘Homecoming’ level

WTF Why have I never heard mention of this game?

Saints Row 4: Enter The Dominatrix Review

Everybody Walk The Dinosaur

Saint's Row 4 Enter the Dominatrix

HIGH The ‘deleted scenes’ premise and the stellar ending.

LOW The gameplay in the missions is kinda lame.

WTF The whole thing.

While the Saints Row franchise has always been irreverent and over-the-top, those who only see it as crazy are selling the series (and its developers) short.

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death Review

Well-seasoned but stringy

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

HIGH The fight against the tentacled rain god Chaac.

LOW The escape event in the crumbling ruin.

WTF Where did this guy get all these helicopters?

Sword of the Stars: The Pit Review

You Won't See Bottom

Sword of the Stars: The Pit

HIGH Using psychic powers to crush foes in a cloud of shrapnel.

LOW Going five levels in a row without finding a single bullet.

WTF I starved to death because I didn't eat for an hour? Do I have a tapeworm?

Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Holy bat-mulligan, Batman!

Batman: Arkham Origins

HIGH a strong premise, great story beats, and Deathstroke.

LOW it’s super buggy, and counters/takedowns don’t always work.

WTF why can’t I pummel Deadshot until he’s unconscious?!?

Forced Review

No going back

HIGH Clearing a difficult arena within a hair's breadth of bloody failure.

LOW No mid-mission checkpoints can lead to some mindless repetition.

WTF I'm unsure whether Balfus is supposed to be comic relief or not. He's so deliciously deadpan!

Ryse: Son of Rome Review

Vivisecting History

Ryse: Son of Rome

HIGH Nailing a double execution and watching Marius flit back and forth, gutting two men simultaneously.

LOW Killing the exact same guy five times in the same fight.

WTF Is this a shot-for-shot parody of Saving Private Ryan, only with British as Nazis?

Scribblenauts Unmasked Review

Looking for deep cuts, DC-style

Scribblenauts Unmasked

HIGH Is that over 30 different Batmen?

LOW Spending 20 minutes at the end trying to figure out what word the game wants me to type.

WTF Where have you gone, Mr. Tawny?

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