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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

Time and Eternity Screenshot

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.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 96: The Listener Created Show

This week we put the fate of our show in the hands of our listeners and came up with a bevy of hot topics, from the Xbox 180 to the distinction between AAA and Indie games. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad "Doesn't Know What a Conch Is" Gallaway, Chi Kong "No Menus" Lui, Michael Cunningham, and Ashley King.

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 95: Clearing out the Backlog

This week we attempt to scratch the mountain that is the GameCritics.com backlog by getting to some of those titles that we've always wanted to play, but never made the time for. Now, we have made the time, at least for three of the games. The crew dishes on I Am Alive, Sleeping Dogs, and Heavenly Sword, and more, plus a What We've Been Playing roundtable. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Richard Naik.

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Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Review

Tokusatsu Memoir

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Screenshot

HIGH It's got charm in abundant supply.

LOW The story seems needlessly complicated, yet too shallow.

WTF The final postgame quest is a pain to complete.

Anatomy of a poor choice

Mars: War Logs Screenshot

Mars: War Logs is a confusing game on many levels. It's set on another planet far in the future, but most of the fighting involves whacking dudes with a glorified stick. The player never sees the game's only real "war," and instead deals mainly with an internecine conflict concerning the main character Roy's guild. Yet, in the end, even the internal power struggles turn out not to have been the driving force for the game's violence.

Mark of a hero—complete!

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate Screenshot

So, Mark of a Hero. Although I haven't talked about it in a while, I've still been putting time into Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. With my wife into it as deeply as I am and my oldest son here for the summer, there's been plenty of opportunity to play multiplayer locally and I've been happy to take advantage of it. We've been chipping away at it steadily, and our overall goal is to take down the Dire Miralis before my son goes back to his mom's house… We've got about three more weeks to go, and we're feeling hopeful.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 93: E3 Extravaganza!

A belated but always beloved E3 shindig for the GameCritics.com podcast team takes in the meandering of Microsoft, the smackdowns of Sony, and the no-shows of Nintendo in a thorough examination of the platform holders' performance at this year's conference. Strap yourselves in for a marathon effort from Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, Mike Bracken, and Brad "The Bone" Gallaway.

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The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Review

These Appearances Are Deceiving

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Screenshot

HIGH Über, über cuteness.

LOW The grind factor went way up since the first game.

WTF Why can't I find a Denpa Man with Heal-All?!? Waaaaaah!

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers Review

A Blast from Mega Ten's Past

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers Screenshot

HIGH Finally getting some of the hard-to-catch demons to join your squad.

LOW Navigating first-person dungeons can be challenging, even with a map.

WTF This game is one giant WTF moment—in a good way.

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