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Grand Theft Auto V Review

A Grand Scheme

Grand Theft Auto V Screenshot

HIGH The drive from Blaine County back to Los Santos, and seeing the skyline for the first time. It was only then that I began to grasp just how much larger the map was compared to any other game.

LOW Trevor and Michael fighting over the same thing for the fifteenth time.

WTF First-person doggystyle. It'll make you laugh.

XCOM Declassified, Lone Survivor and... Defiance?

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Screenshot

What have I been playing? I just completed The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and much like Lost Planet 3, it's another great game which started off with a few strikes against it, and as far as I can tell, apparently everyone on earth has now forgotten that it exists.

Lost Planet 3 Review

A Family Man, a Long Way from Home

Lost Planet 3 Screenshot

HIGH Realizing the game wasn't going to warp my mech up a mountain.

LOW The unclear, frustrating first use of the claw winch.

WTF "Stay alive?" Nooooo, the actual objective is "fix miniguns."

Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism Book Review

Write on, Brother

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign for his debut guidebook, Nathan Meunier's Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism seeks to unlock a few of the mysteries that lie hidden within the world of freelance video game journalism.

Outlast Review

Out. Fast.

Outlast Screenshot

HIGH FACE AT THE WINDOW! GYAAARGH!

LOW Sometimes it's unclear where to go.

WTF There's a distinct lack of clothes going around.

Consoleation: The death of the College Football video game

Bill Walsh College Football Image

Pretty interesting—and sad—news coming out of Electronic Arts as the company has thrown in the towel on its college football video games after a twenty-year run that began back in 1993 as Bill Walsh College Football.

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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Race the Sun review

Mors Certa, Hora Incerta

Race the Sun Screenshot

HIGH Safely navigating an insane gauntlet of death at terrifying speeds.

LOW Seeing many of the same obstacles reappear two days on the trot.

WTF Why would anyone partake in this venture? Nobody survives it!

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.

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