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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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Preview: Assault Android Cactus

Australian indie developer Witch Beam has only made one game so far, but boy, does it set the bar high. Assault Android Cactus is a manic twin-stick shooter in the style of Robotron 2084 and Smash TV. In early access alpha, the game is not yet complete: only three of its five bosses are available at the time of this writing. Nevertheless, what's on offer is not only polished, but has solid, addictive gameplay under the hood.

WildStar Review

Move or Die…

Wildstar

HIGH Finally, an MMO that demands my full attention and punishes me for slacking off

LOW Hulking, solid rock men. Curvaceous, svelte rock women. Grotesque, fiendish demon men. Curvaceous, svelte demon women. Refined, uncanny mechanical men. Curvaceous, svelte mechanical women...

WTF Yet another highly advanced civilization leaves all their stuff lying around and then vanishes.

Blood Knights Review

Crushed by Influences

Blood Knights

HIGH Stomping over foes as some kind of giant tree-vampire-thing.

LOW Falling off a cliff because the framerate decided to attack me.

WTF Since you're already stuck in that deathtrap, you couldn't possibly need all your blood, could you?

Tesla Effect Review

Does the Coat Still Fit?

Tesla Effect

HIGH Steve Valentine's performance.

LOW Trying to figure out where the game wanted me to click. This is 2014, isn't it?

WTF Of course I have to use the giant mech to battle the wasps. Why not?

Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Review

Pinball & Zombies = Chocolate & Peanut Butter

Walking Dead Pinball

HIGH Seeing Lee and Clem kicking a ball around.

LOW It's hard to get info on objectives while playing.

WTF Why can't I get the ball into the Super Jackpot?!? GET IN THERE!!!

Risen 3 Review

The Good, The Bad, and The Janky


Risen 3

HIGH Fresh, cheeky dialogue and interesting companions make for an entertaining romp across the high seas

LOW Unavoidable naval combat missions with huge difficulty spikes and no checkpoints

WTF The boss fight vs. an enormous cave spider who spits eggs out of her giant, unnecessarily realistic spider vagina

Divinity: Original Sin Review

Original and best?


HIGH The Pet Pal trait. Players should be forced to choose this.

LOW Some of the so-called ‘puzzles' are mind-numbingly awful.

WTF The cheese vendor loudly and repeatedly hawking his wares had no cheese to sell despite them being in plain sight on the counter.

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