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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 125: Club Nintendo and Generation 8 Year In Review

We've had over a year with the new generation of consoles, and we take a look at who is providing the best playing experience for our hard earned money. Spoiler: it's not Ubisoft. Plus we talk a little bit about the closing of Club Nintendo and revisit one of our favorite topics from yesteryear in the Games that Made Us, this time focused two of our best friends. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Suskie, and Aaron "the Iron Man."

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Grow Home Review

A Garden of Whimsy

Grow Home

HIGH Looking down.

LOW That bull isn't friendly.

WTF This came from Ubisoft. Ubisoft.

Citizens Of Earth Review

Falls Short in the Polls

Citizens of Earth

HIGH: Several genuinely humorous jokes and references.

LOW: Combat quickly becomes tedious.

WTF: "Pop quiz today: cheaters will be electrocuted on sight."

Kalimba Review

Towering Accomplishment

Kalimba

HIGH Executing the perfect dance of leaps and switches required to kill the snake boss without losing a life.

LOW Some of the multiplayer levels straddle the line between 'fun' challenging and 'I hate life' challenging.

WTF Dear Advice Bear—I can read faster than you can speak, okay? So stop whining at me about advancing your text bubbles!

Gauntlet Review

Insert ‘Needs Food' Joke Here

Gauntlet

HIGH Playing through the entire game with a full group of people.

LOW Myself or party members disconnecting during online

WTF Why aren't potions available to buy in the shop?

Grey Goo Review

Nanomachines, Commander.

Grey Goo

HIGH Rolling a fully-equipped Hand of Ruk right over the enemy base

LOW Feeling more like a power line repairman when playing as Human against a harassment-focused opponent

WTF Those freaky little baby arms on the Beta characters' torsos

Super Mega Baseball Review

Old school is new again!

Super Mega Baseball

HIGH The walkoff win out of nowhere!

LOW Errors at the worst time thanks to manually controlling a fielder

WTF That roster. Those names. Those faces. The umpire strike calls.

Fantasy Life Review

Samey variety

Fantasy Life

HIGH Toppling a ferocious dragon with a massive, exhilarating combo.

LOW Long-winded conversations.

WTF Each song that plays when a job is mastered.

Criminal Girls: Invite Only Review

Spare the Cattle Prod...

Criminal Girls

HIGH Utterly solid mechanics married to an old-school dungeon crawl.

LOW Backtracking, and lots of it in the second half.

WTF A third of the game (or more!) is hidden behind false endings and a cryptic unlock code.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Review

Guilty of Greatness

Guilty Gear Xrd

HIGH Landing an Instant Kill just as all seems lost.

LOW I fail more super attacks in this fighter than any other. No idea why.

WTF Sin's awesome interrogation of Ramlethal during the story mode.

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