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Preview: Blackguards 2 (PC)

 Daedalic Entertainment's turn-based strategy Blackguards released earlier this year to middling reviews. We reviewed the game ourselves and didn't find much to like about it, criticizing many of the features and stating that a myriad of problems push the game into the realm of mediocrity. Blackguards 2 is aiming to improve those problems while keeping the core of the gameplay untouched.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 119: The Host-acular

This Particular Host Sinan Kubba and Also Host Richard Naik are joined by no other GameCritics.com Podcast regulars, but thankfully Chic-Pixel's Anne Lee is here to bring her importing insight on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Danganronpa: Another Episode, while GamerNode's Eddie Inzauto talks Oculus and the end of the world as we may come to know it.

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Frozen Synapse Prime Review

Stay Frosty

Frozen Synapse Prime

HIGH Watching a perfectly-done replay is a thing of tactical beauty.

LOW Getting shot by a machine gunner from across the map and through two windows.

WTF My shapeform is waiting for the enemy and the AI still gets the drop on him?!?

Preview: This War Of Mine


I'm not quite sure what to feel about This War of Mine. It's a game about war but not about soldiers; about the pain of conflict and the grinding pressure that war exerts on everyone. While I appreciate the nobility of its intentions, its mechanics don't quite match up with the message in the preview build I played.

Defense Grid 2 Review

Perfection as a Dirty Word

Defense Grid 2

HIGH What a minute—is that Alan Tudyk?

LOW In multiple-path levels the game doesn't bother to mention where enemies are coming from next.

WTF You took away the enemies that missile launchers kill—so why are they still in the game?

Natural Doctrine Review

Doctrine, heal thyself

Natural Doctrine

HIGH The zone system and linking are great concepts.

LOW Moving one character three pixels too far over means annihilation.

WTF Why do the developers fail to explain so much?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 117: In defense of the Vita

Recorded at the end of August 2014. Sinan Kubba is back in the hot seat, joined by Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway and returning superstar Tim "Shuhei" Spaeth to chat about the games from the first half of the year. Also, Brad presents a case for the defense of the Vita

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Review

This review was possible thanks to the power of sardines!

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Review Screenshot

HIGH Pleasantly nonsensical story, deep gameplay.

LOW Not newcomer friendly, steep learning curve.

WTF What is with Valvatorez and those sardines?

Iron Brigade Review

Trenchalicious

Iron Brigade Review Screenshot

HIGH Surprisingly deep, satisfying mech customization for an XBLA title.

LOW Realistically, I'm never going to get a full squad of four together.

WTF Double Fine made this? Really?

Transistor Review

Electric Angel

Transistor Review Screenshot

HIGH Imagining Red unleashing a furious battle cry as she fires six Sparks to finish off the Spine.

LOW Being spawned right on top of an invisible enemy.

WTF The final boss's voice is a dead ringer for Bob Newhart

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