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The flaw in the design

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Several weeks ago Seb Wuepper posted a critique of Far Cry 3's design at Gameranx that I did not find compelling. Wuepper's argument reads less like criticism of Far Cry 3's design per se than a complaint about the fact that this game is not Far Cry 2. I am sympathetic to his point because I also prefer Far Cry 2. However, I don't feel that not being some game I like more is a fundamental argument against design quality.

Far Cry 3 Second Opinion

The Easy Way Out

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HIGH Taking out an entire encampment of privateers at close range without being detected.

LOW The final mission in the "Buck" sideplot is just gross.

WTF Can I please face one major boss I don't kill in an apparent hallucination?

Far Cry 3 Review

Bloodbath Island

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HIGH Leaping off a zipline and driving a machete into one pirate, then slashing his friend's throat before he realizes what's happening.

LOW Being asked to make one of the stupidest endgame choices in history.

WTF Okay, that's a lot of Komodo Dragons all in one place.

Gamecritics After Dark Episode 4: The Borderlands Show

At long last, the in-depth Borderlands/Borderlands 2 discussion that has for too long been stricken from our main show. For a grueling six hours we tear into every possible facet of the Borderlands franchise, from secret relationships of the NPCs to Randy Pitchford's favorite breakfast cereal. Featuring Richard "Sniper" Naik and Tim "Going in Guns Blazing is Always an Appropriate Course of Action" Spaeth.

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Assassin's Creed III Review

Everything is True. Nothing is Permitted.

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HIGH Swimming around a pier, climbing a ship, and using a rope dart to hang a target from a yardarm.

LOW As I walk past two men on a bench, I get notified that I have my first pursuer. The whisper noise starts just as one of them gets up and stabs me for 700 points.

WTF Approaching a fort, I found I could no longer hide in shrubs even though I wasn't observed. When I reached the captain, I found only an indicator hanging in the air, without a body to stab beneath it.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—Hearthfire Review

Home is Where the Hearth is… Right?

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HIGH Hiring a steward to handle the busywork.

LOW Needing a steward to handle the busywork.

WTF The steward I hired refusing to stay on the estate!

Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Extra Credits has an interesting two-part discussion about the hero's journey, a concept explored by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Thatgamecompany's Journey is the game example featured here (along with The Legend of Zelda) but this seems to be a concept exploited in all entertainment genres.

Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

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

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HIGH Wei Shen's impeccably rendered muscular torso.

LOW Karaoke.

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

Gamecritics.com Podcast Episode 79: PAX and The Walking Dead Episode Three

In this episode, Brad is freshly back from PAX Prime and gives us the low-down on what he saw there. We then go into a huge, spoiler-ridden discussion of The Walking Dead Episode Three. Don't worry, we tell you before we start talking about it. Stop being paranoid. With Chi Kong "Mr. C" Lui, Brad "Richie" Gallaway, Mike "Potsie" Bracken, Richard "The Fonz" Naik and Dylan "Arnold" Collins.

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