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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 113: Shovel Knight, Watch Dogs, TWAU Episode 5

Back from our lengthy hiatus with a lengthy rundown of what we've been playing lately. The gang dishes on The Wolf Among Us Episode 5, Watch Dogs, Shovel Knight, Dark Souls, 1001 Spikes, and so much more. Our Watch Dogs analysis will shock and amaze you! (no it actually won't)

Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Mike "your enjoyment must be approved by me" Bracken.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Review

Awkward Laughter in My Pocket

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Review Screenshot

HIGH The new, more expressive character models.

LOW Jumping through ridiculous hoops for 100% completion.

WTF The new quick recovery feature pauses the game everywhere except the Thunder Plains in FFX.

Drakengard 3 Review

It's called Drag-On Dragoon in Japan...

Drakengard 3 Review Screenshot

HIGH The Nier team made this!

LOW It's... terrible. Like, all of it.

WTF The dragon is nearly invulnerable and flies, so why is the main character on foot so much?

Mind Zero Review

Is ‘Personalike' a genre yet?

Mind Zero Review Screenshot

HIGH The combat system is fresh and fantastic.

LOW High encounter rates turn it into a grind too quickly.

WTF Why is there no quick and easy way out of a dungeon?

Of Orcs And Men Review

The Oddest Couple

Of Orcs And Men Review Screenshot

HIGH The ‘odd couple' character dynamic and fantastic writing.

LOW The rushed, unnecessary origin/dream sequence.

WTF Psychic rape? Really? It couldn't have been called anything else?

Demon Gaze Review

It's like Pokémon....with demons!

Demon Gaze Review Screenshot

HIGH Using a captured demon for a perfect win in battle.

LOW Dying for the umpteenth time to lose everything at the hands of a stupid goblin.

WTF Everyone's near-naked. Always.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 112: The Xbox Diskinected

The Xbox 180 is now truly complete. With Microsoft's announcement that they are dropping the Kinect requirement for the Xbox One, early adopters have been perturbed in droves. We happen to have three such fellows on the show to talk about their reactions, and if this was really a necessary move. Featuring Richard Naik, Mike Bracken, Ashley King, and special guest Aaron from the Gameenthus podcast. Special thanks to RushJet1 for the intermission music!

NOTE: this episode was recorded on May 17th, so it's a bit out of date. Apologies!

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Xbox Kinect 0:12-0:52

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Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Second Opinion

Monster Disappointment

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Review Screenshot

HIGH I don't know... the giant bird fight?

LOW Oh, good, another magically-sealed area where I have to kill 80 monsters to proceed.

WTF "These monsters are just too cute to kill! Here, player, you do it."

Bound By Flame Review

Hot Mess

Bound by Flame Review Screenshot

HIGH The first two chats with the demon, and a nifty skillset for Vulcan.

LOW Having my partner glitch out and disappear when I needed backup.

WTF I gotta collect crystals? What is this, a joke?

Diablo III Second Opinion

Stay awhile and loot things

Diablo III Review Screenshot

HIGH Beating Diablo without using any Health Globes

LOW Getting my Hardcore Wizard to level 10...and dying.

WTF This is a game about keeping demons from overrunning Earth. I'd be disappointed if it weren't firmly in WTF territory.

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