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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 98: Big Red Potion Reunion

Sinan Kubba, joined by just one GameCritic in the form of Brad Gallway, takes the opportunity to have a Big Red Potion reunion by bringing his former co-host Joe DeLia and Eurogamer's Jeffrey Matulef onto the show. The quartet take a dazzlingly irreverent (and temporally irrelevant) dash through the games they've been playing, covering The Last of Us, Saints Row IV, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Ico, Wordament, Asura's Wrath, and The Wolf Among Us.

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A World of Canyons

Tales of Xillia Screenshot

Playing Tales of Xillia made me think of Final Fantasy, which was probably not the intended effect.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Review

A Delightful Double-dip

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Screenshot

HIGH The new Floor Jump feature is awesome!

LOW The Grimoire system seems like it still needs work.

WTF What's with all the dead ends and empty rooms?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 97: The Sex Show

This week we talk about sex and romance in games, who gets it, who doesn't, and how it can be better incorporated in the future. Plus we dish on the recent PAX Prime. If nothing else, I promise that you will never look at an iPad the same way again. Featuring Chi Kong "Approval Points" Lui, Brad Gallaway, Sinan Kubba, Richard Naik, and Samantha Allen.

00:00-00:12 - Intros and Pax discussion

00:12-00:16 - Getting to know Samantha

00:16-01:41 - Sexy time: discussion of existing games that depict sex/romance

01:41-01:50 - How can games improve these depictions?

01:50-01:59 - What would a true erotic game look like?

01:59-close - Thumbs

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Book news, sexy podcast, Puppeteer, Lost Planet 3 and Etrian Untold

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I tweeted about this last week, but this is the first time I'm posting this news here at the blog, and it seems a little more real as I'm doing so… After many ups and downs and a ridiculously extended delay (which was totally my own fault) I'm happy to announce that my upcoming Urban Fantasy book, Speaking In Forked Tongues, will be available for purchase on March 25, 2014.

Rogue Legacy Review

Try, Try Again, Again

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HIGH Finally beating Herodotus after dodging the slimes for what felt like hours.

LOW Setting up a perfect set of runes and equipment and then forgetting to talk to the architect before entering the castle.

WTF My hero had IBS, so I ended up farting in the final boss's face right before he died.

Tales of Xillia Review

Unexpectedly Nutritious

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HIGH Milla slamming the gem into the aspyrixis.

LOW Falling out of the arena while punching the last enemy in a coliseum sequence.

WTF An RPG where people actually express concern about the idea of a 12-year-old girl fighting monsters? I thought I'd never see the day.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Review

Fafnir, I Choose You!

Shin Megami Tensei IV Screenshot

HIGH Blowing away a boss well above my level in a single turn with some well-chosen elemental attacks, timely smirks, and a lucky crit.

LOW My previous try at that boss, where my ally's poor choice of elemental attack caused the boss to smirk and wipe my party with just two attacks.

WTF Is that a penis demon? I think it's a penis demon.

SMT IV, Steamworld Dig and Orange is the New Black

Shin Megami Tensei IV Screenshot

Although I count myself a Shin Megami Tensei a fan in general, I had some hesitation about jumping into SMT IV on 3DS. I haven't been the biggest fan of the portable SMTs and nothing about the previews was really grabbing me. However, the Nintendo offer of $30 eShop credit when combined with purchase of Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I already had, and loved) was too much to resist, especially since I had a couple of games to trade in for credit.

Time and Eternity Review

For Better or for Worse

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HIGH The hand-drawn character designs seem straight out of an anime.


LOW The Fiance Who Wouldn't Die
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WTF The Fiance Who Wouldn't Die is actually the protagonist.

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