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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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Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland Review

Now, Go Bravely

Atelier Meruru Plus Review Screenshot

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

Blackguards Review Screenshot

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

1:53-close-Thumbs

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Ys: Memories of Celceta Review

A Passing Philanthropist

Ys: Memories of Celceta Review Screenshot

HIGH Mastering the combat engine and watching enemies explode into piles of loot under a blinding storm of attacks.

LOW The momentum-killing final dungeon.

WTF Some of Adol's dialogue choices are unexpectedly insane.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review

All dressed up with no interesting place to go

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review Screenshot

HIGH The combat system and outfit switching are mostly great.

LOW Fetchquests and item hunts make up the bulk of playtime.

WTF Who approved all these tedious quests?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 105: Next-Gen Report Cards

Sinan Kubba takes roll call and finds Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, and Mike "Aesthetics" Bracken in attendance for a first period of Whatcha Been Playing, followed by an extended study on the next-gen consoles.

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Guided Fate Paradox Review

In the Order They're Recieved

Guide Fate Paradox Review Screenshot

HIGH Punching God right in his stupid smug face.

LOW The game demands that players grind for levels in order to have a chance of beating bosses.

WTF Seriously? Cinderella is wishing her life wasn't so anti-feminist? That's amazing!

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 104: Game of the Year Friends of the Show Edition

We had so much fun doing our Game of the Year show we decided to invite some of our best friends to a special supplemental episode. All the major awards are covered, including a surprise GOTY pick. Featuring Richard Naik, Tim "I'm a damn man" Spaeth, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and Jeffrey Matulef.

00:00-00:04 - Intros

00:04-00:16 - Lee Everett Memorial Award for Best Character

00:16-00:30 - WTF Moment of the Year

00:30-00:40 - Non-2013 Game of the Year

00:40-00:56 - The Michaels

00:56-01:20 - Too Human Awards for Inexplicable Excellence

01:20-01:29 - Phil Fish Award for The Worst Thing in an Otherwise Good Game

01:29-01:35 - The Jeffreys

01:35-01:45 - The Timses

01:45-01:58 - Steaming Pile Awards for Worst Game

01:58-Close - Game of the Year

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