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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 62: Anniversaries, Horror Indies, A Return to Dead Island

We celebrate our podcast's third anniversary by ruminating on some historic game franchise anniversaries; which did we vote as most important? Plus, why Dead Island deserves a second look, and The Horror Geek addresses "6 out of 5" as only he can. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "No Batman For You" Spaeth.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Second Opinion

In Hindsight, I Should Have Named the Dog Toto

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Screenshot

HIGH Those first three hours of gameplay were the most terrified I have been of a game in my life.

LOW Non-stop fetch quests

WTF Why is Daniel mute? He's monologuing in flashbacks the entire time!

Video: Best five minutes of Amnesia ever

Video: Best five minutes of Amnesia: The Dark Descent ever

As part of Kristin's Extra-Life 24-hour gaming marathon she had agreed to play Amnesia: The Dark Descent and stream it live over the Internet. A commendable endeavor on many levels. Marathoning a game like that would be no small task for anyone. Alas, our Kristin couldn't do it. But all is not lost. She was recording the whole time and has left the video up on YouTube for the whole Internet to enjoy.

Dead Island Second Opinion

Sun, Surf and Septicemia

Dead Island Screenshot

HIGH Randomly finding scattered survivors in need of aid.

LOW All the pre-patch bugs and glitches.

WTF Using cash to repair and upgrade weapons makes no sense whatsoever.

Video: Dead Island recreated in an apartment complex

I'm now convinced that Larry the Comic Book Enthusiast should totally have been a selectable character in Dead Island. His stamina, hygiene, usefulness and likeability won't ever be very high, but he would surely make up for it with funny quips and witty commentary and girlish screams. Something Techland should consider for the next DLC.

Dead Island Screenshot

[REDACTED] and Dead Space 2--Double snooze!

Dead Space 2 Screenshot

After putting [REDACTED] aside, I moved on to Dead Space 2. It wasn't high on my list of things to play this year, but I've heard several people say that it was a serious contender as their Game of the Year, and several more say that it's going to be on their top ten of 2011. After getting through about a third of it, I can’t imagine why anyone would think so highly of it.

Video: Nudity in Dead Island? (NSFW)

Tsk, tsk. The ends little boys will go to for a brief glimpse of some video game zombie vajayjay.

(Btw, skip forward to 1:55 to get to the good stuff.)

Dead Island Screenshot

Dead Island Review

Broken Island

Dead Island Screenshot

HIGH Getting the timing just right and lopping the heads off of two charging Infected simultaneously.

LOW Spending two hours on the same fight because of a badly-designed save system.

WTF Headshots not only don't kill zombies, they barely even do bonus damage.

The seven fundamental flaws of Dead Island

Dead Island Screenshot

I covered this a bit in the review, but it's important to reiterate—leveling up implies things to the player that Dead Island doesn't deliver. Extra health is meaningless, extra damage is meaningless—over the course of the game zombies will always take the exact same number of hits to kill, so all the experience I'm gaining doesn't seem to serve any purpose.

Dead Island Impressions

Dead Island Screenshot

Been putting some time into Dead Island, so I figured I'd throw out some random impressions for those who are curious. To start with, there is no doubt that this game is buggy.

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