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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 107: Bravely Default, Thief, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, Inazuma Eleven, and Listener Qs

Sinan Kubba is joined by Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Brad "Gilligan" Gallaway for a round-up of some of the early big-hitters of 2014, including Bravely Default, Thief, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and, er, Inazuma Eleven. Then it's a quick-fire edition of listener's questions, followed closely by the ever-stalking Thumbs Up Thumbs Down"

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Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Review

Mickey's Mousecapades

Castle of Illusion Review Screenshot

HIGH Someone had fun making this game, and it really shows...

LOW ...Except in the unwieldy underwater segments.

WTF Of all the Disney women Mizrabel could go after, she chooses the anthromorphic mouse? I don't even want to know what's about.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Review

We are all made of blood

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Review Screenshot

HIGH Cresting the waves in a storm whilst laying siege to a fortress with mortar fire. Arrrrr!

LOW Pointlessly tailing some cretin across the map for the billionth time.

WTF I spotted that revelation about Captain Kidd right off the bat. How could Kenway possibly fail to see it?

Batman: Arkham Origins Second Opinion

When Firefly is the highlight of your Batman game, you have a serious problem

Batman Arkham Origins Review Screenshot

HIGH Everything involving Firefly, minus his dialogue.

LOW Everything involving Bane, including his dialogue.

WTF If I need to sneak into the police station without drawing attention, why am I fistfighting the entire Gotham Police Department?

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review

Not new, but improved.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review Screenshot

HIGH Incredible vistas around every corner.

LOW The whole experience feels a little too automated.

WTF The preposterous voice acting of Mathias, the Solarii leader.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Review

Is There Really a Curse?

MAX: The Curse of the Brotherhood Review Screenshot

HIGH Rocketing through the air over a chasm before miraculously drawing a vine to save myself from certain death.

LOW The hiding places of some collectibles are flat-out unfair.

WTF I hated that monster until I was killing him - where are these tears coming from?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 106: Play to the End

How many games actually need to be played to completion in order to be truly experienced? That is the question we attempt to tackle in this episode, along with a healthy dose of watcha been playing. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Ashley King, and first-timer Rowan Kaiser. That rhymes! Also, as you may have heard Rowan is writing a book about Mass Effect. Go give it a looksee.

0:00-0:04 Intros

0:04-0:29-Watcha been playin

0:31-1:53-Games that need to be played to completion

1:53-close-Thumbs

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The Last Of Us: Left Behind Review

Perfectly bittersweet

The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC Review Screenshot

HIGH Too many to list here. It's all fantastic.

LOW No carousel?

WTF Why didn't we get more ‘brick throw' moments before?

Super Mario 3D World Review

They can't all be amazing

Super Mario 3D World Review Screenshot

HIGH Working with my oldest son to collect stars.

LOW Falling to my death in a tough area because the camera couldn't keep up.

WTF Am I really supposed to go ga-ga over this cat suit?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Review

Better Than Human

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Review Screenshot

HIGH This is the best version of Human Revolution available.

LOW SmartGlass features on Xbox 360 are completely broken.

WTF Occasional drastic pop-in that didn't exist in the original.

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