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Forced Review

No going back

HIGH Clearing a difficult arena within a hair's breadth of bloody failure.

LOW No mid-mission checkpoints can lead to some mindless repetition.

WTF I'm unsure whether Balfus is supposed to be comic relief or not. He's so deliciously deadpan!

Ryse: Son of Rome Review

Vivisecting History

Ryse: Son of Rome

HIGH Nailing a double execution and watching Marius flit back and forth, gutting two men simultaneously.

LOW Killing the exact same guy five times in the same fight.

WTF Is this a shot-for-shot parody of Saving Private Ryan, only with British as Nazis?

Scribblenauts Unmasked Review

Looking for deep cuts, DC-style

Scribblenauts Unmasked

HIGH Is that over 30 different Batmen?

LOW Spending 20 minutes at the end trying to figure out what word the game wants me to type.

WTF Where have you gone, Mr. Tawny?

Narco Terror Review

Narco-Terrible

Narco Terror

HIGH If you blow up a truck full of soldiers, the soldiers will die.

LOW That is the only way in which an explosion can kill an enemy.

WTF Are bullets just flying through me? What's wrong with this game?

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Second Opinion

Forget it

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Review

HIGH Picking up a dead pig and slinging it across the room. Whee!

LOW Having more fun doing that than playing the game properly.

WTF Someone sure liked getting descriptive about pigs getting jiggy.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 101: Video Game Music

The podcast gets rythmic on us as we talk game music, some of our favorite tracks, why game music is special, and what has been lost as games have evolved from their technologically limited origins. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and special guests Dylan Collins and Matt Hunter from the A Jumps B Shoots podcast.

00:00-00:02 - Intros

00:02-00:12 - A little chat about our musical backgrounds

00:12-00:27 - Games that we hate, but love the music

00:28-00:48 - With the technological evolutions over the years, has game music lost something compared to it's restricted roots?

00:49-01:04 - Name something creative that a game has done with its music that drastically altered your opinion of said game

01:05-01:31 - Some of our personal favorite game songs/soundtracks

01:31-close - Thumbs

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Skylanders: Swap Force Review

Onwards and Upwards

Skylanders: Swap Force Screenshot

HIGH Health items and money are finally shared between both players!

LOW The spin-motion pinball Swap challenges. Blech.

WTF The crab is… powershnitzel?

Alien Spidy Review

Down Came the Rain...

Alien Spidy Screenshot

HIGH Achieving the perfect arc to a swing.

LOW Failing (again!) to earn new coins on a level.

WTF Why does the spider fly a UFO in the first place?

Sokobond Review

Aspiring to Chemistry

Sokobond Screenshot

HIGH Solving "Plunge."

LOW The helium levels feel like irritating obstruction rather than enjoyable challenges.

WTF I suppose I should have guessed that a joke about the atmosphere of Uranus was coming.

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Review

More of What You like?

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Screenshot

HIGH It's more Dishonored.

LOW It's more Dishonored.

WTF Hard-to-differentiate friendlies and enemies result in accidental KOs. Oops.

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