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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 92: Sports Games

In the absence of one Brad Gallaway, the GC crew is finally free to delve into our sports fandom and how it relates to gaming. Join us as we discuss traditional sports and video games, our past memories of the genre, and how it suffers from the same "AAA diesease" as the rest of the industry. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Michael Cunningham.

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Consoleation: The war on used games—Xbox One, Consumers Zero

Xbox One Image

What a shame.

That's about all I can say about Microsoft's game-changing decisions regarding the Xbox One. It could have been worse, but the damage is pretty severe as it stands.

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Review

The Devil's Backside

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Screenshot

HIGH Some melee kills are decently animated.

LOW An utter lack of excitement from start to finish.

WTF The Devil doesn't even make an appearance in this game. Liars!

Interview with Pagoda West's Jared Kasl and Tom Fry

Major Magnet Screenshot

Pagoda West are a small independent studio who rose from the ashes of now defunct fan-game Sonic 2 HD. If that wasn't strange enough, they've just released their first game—poles of attraction platformer Major Magnet. I spent some time talking to two thirds of the team, Jared Kasl and Tom Fry, to hear about the process of making a first game, how magnets work, and why The Ren & Stimpy Show is such an influence.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Review

Checkmate

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Screenshot

HIGH Bitterblack Isle is a great addition, dripping with atmosphere.

LOW The insufferably slow Ox-driven escort quest to Gran Soren returns.

WTF WHAT THE F*** HAPPENED TO DANGAN?

Defiance Review

You Got Your Multi in My Singleplayer!

Defiance Screenshot

HIGH Getting caught in a jam and getting unexpected backup.

LOW Getting caught in a jam and not getting unexpected backup.

WTF Twenty-five hours and not a single machine gun better than my first one?

Metro: Last Light Review

Tunnel Vision

Metro: Last Light Screenshot

HIGH Stepping out onto the irradiated surface in the midst of a downpour.

LOW The stealth approach is so overpowered it can completely break immersion.

WTF Those dancers jiggle harder than the Dead or Alive girls.

Dust 514 Impressions

Dust 514 Screenshot

The term "Space Marine" has always been something of a misnomer. For all the "space" implied in the name, the vast majority of space marines do their fighting on good old terra firma. And while that same basic contradiction is true for Dust 514, there's no denying that its success, in this case, could connect gamers to the stars in one of the most ambitious ways imaginable.

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Review

Packing Heat from the Last Generation

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Screenshot

HIGH Mastering combat and getting through bosses untouched.

LOW The forest area kills the pace and drags on for way too long.

WTF What the heck is neblading?!?

Sacred Citadel Review

Combosome

Sacred Citadel Screenshot

HIGH Fighting through a snowstorm is quite pretty.

LOW There's a deadly amount of repetition.

WTF The achievements require at least seven or more playthroughs.

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