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Mars: War Logs Review

Mars War Slog

Mars: War Logs Screenshot

HIGH Killing the blisteringly incompetent leader of the Resistance.

LOW Having to run back and forth through a whole city repeatedly for the serial killer quest.

WTF I'm in a major city, and the best available weapon is still a metal rod with some razor blades riveted to it?

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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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.

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.

Consoleation: The War on Used Games—Choose wisely

Consoleation: The War on Used Games—Choose wisely

When I was growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money. We didn't own a family console until my mom bought a Colecovision from a tag sale in 1987. Before that, my maternal grandmother's Atari VCS was sometimes available in 1979 onward when we visited or even lived there due to money troubles. I did get a VIC-20 for my birthday in 1984 and then a Commodore 64 for my middle school graduation in 1986 from my paternal grandmother, but those weren't so much game consoles as they were hybrid devices. I did own a few games for both systems, but not a significant amount.

The Xbox One reveal, a new podcast and Defiance!

Xbox One Image

So, like, the Xbox One happened. At this point, I'm sure that anyone who cares has already seen plenty of coverage on Microsoft's new machine, although there are many, many questions that will remain unanswered until E3.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 91: Most Overhyped/Underappreciated Games

It's the end of a generation, and the GC crew takes a look back at the era that was. We throw out our Most Overrated and Underappreciated games of the past gen, and somehow we were all still on speaking terms afterwards. Also, some bonus talk on the magic of Pokémon. With Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "I Hate You All" Bracken, and Richard Naik.

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The Constant Monster

BioShock Infinite Screenshot

BioShock Infinite is a violent game, and it has to be. That's a contrast to BioShock, an equally violent game where combat conveyed nothing about its main character and had little to do with the game's themes other than spurring the player to engage in its various economies. Any stimulus—using plasmids to solve environmental puzzles, for instance—would have sufficed. That's not so in Columbia. Violence is essential to who Booker DeWitt is, and what Columbia is. Their story cannot be told without it.

Consoleation: April 2013 NPD reaction—Spring swoon

Injustice: Gods Among Us Screenshot

Speaking candidly, I don't believe that anyone was ready for the numbers that we saw from NPD for the month of April... regardless of whether you're an armchair analyst like myself or whether you're a top-line professional in this business. Hardware sales numbers, in particular, were just painful to digest. It wasn't a total collapse, but when you drop by more than 40% from the past year—and when that April's comp targets weren't crazy to begin with—it just looks awful.

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