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Dark Souls II Review

Victory through death

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HIGH The tiny details, like how my character slouches when tired and out of breath after a harrowing fight

LOW Trying for the umpteenth time to lead an NPC to a boss fight, only to watch her charge off and kill a monster halfway across the zone.

WTF 50 hours played online, and not a single invader trying to kill me?

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk Review

Low-Quality Synthesis

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HIGH Finally getting into a duel with that dragon.

LOW High level alchemy makes no sense.

WTF That's the most adorable funeral I've ever attended!

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review

Never Fart on a Man's Balls

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HIGH The game nails the feel and tone of a South Park episode perfectly, minus all the bleeping. It's hilarious.

LOW The occasional bout of slowdown can be annoying.

WTF This whole game is one giant WTF moment. From Aborted Nazi Zombie Fetuses, to a return trip up Mr. Slave's colon, Stick of Truth is batshit crazy.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 108: Dark Souls 2, The Walking Dead Season 2, and The Wolf Among Us

The only unanimous GOTY winner in the history of the podcast gets a sequel in The Walking Dead Season 2-does it live up to its predecessor? Also on the agenda is Telltale's newest licensed property in The Wolf Among Us, and we also manage squeeze in some discussion about the little-known Dark Souls 2. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Sinan Kubba, and Matt "Mast" Hunter.

0:00-0:02-Intros

0:02-0:23-Dark Souls 2

0:24-1:00-Walking Dead Season 2

1:00-1:32-The Wolf Among Us

1:32-close-Thumbs

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Atelier Escha & Logy Review

Perfect Blend!

Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Review Screenshot

HIGH Realizing that I'd become a good enough alchemist to craft the most powerful equipment in the game.

LOW Okay, I know that secret boss is a giant wolf with cosmic abilities, but he's still a little overpowered.

WTF Did the game just take time out for a competitive eating subplot?

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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Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland Review

Now, Go Bravely

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HIGH Forging ridiculously awesome equipment and putting it to use.

LOW The game is eternally marching towards an ill-advised cutoff point.

WTF Phonetically speaking, Esty Dee is quite possibly the most unfortunate name ever.

EarthBound Book Review

An Autoludography

Earthbound Book Review

1995's EarthBound (SNES) is a widely known and beloved game, but one that sold so poorly upon release that it's probably beloved by significantly more people now than ever bought the original cartridges.

Blackguards Review

Everyone's a Villain

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HIGH Realizing at the beginning of the fourth chapter what I'd actually been doing.

LOW Every moment and battle involving Bailiff Lasca.

WTF My nimble hunter slips and falls every time she tries to cross a puddle, but nobody, not even the dwarf, stumbles while trying to run through a knee-deep swamp?

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

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