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The Banner Saga Review

Hiking with Vikings

Banner Saga Review Screenshot

HIGH Setting up four enemy units to be cleared out in a single Warhawk Tempest swing.

LOW The final battle is terribly, terribly designed.

WTF ‘There must be at least 898 of them' is pretty accurate guesswork when estimating enemy numbers.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Stealth action, delivered with Conviction.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review Screenshot

HIGH Ghosting through a battleground of enemies shooting at where they think Sam might be hiding - and never once realising their mistake until it's too late.

LOW Hello, wildly out of place first person shooting segment.

WTF Andre Kobin goes from being an intensely detestable two-bit thug to the coolest character in the series? How did that happen?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 103: Game of the Year 2013

Expectations are always high for our year-end festivities, and we aim to please for 2013. We run down the most notable games of the year, our own personal highlights, and as always, the spine-tingling GOTY vote. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and special guest James Carter of Cane and Rinse fame. Also, apologies for the low quality of the audio!

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Xcom: Enemy Within Review

Mechs come

XCOM Enemy Within Review Screenshot

HIGH My Mec unit punching an Exalt scumbag through a wall and halfway down the street.

LOW It all feels a little too familiar despite the changes.

WTF Those engineering lads at Xcom suggested cutting our agents apart just a little bit too quickly for comfort.

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Review

More like secret pains.

Mysterious Cities of Gold Review Screenshot

HIGH The game works, I guess.

LOW Bland, repetitive "puzzles" and levels.

WTF Does this game perpetuate colonialist privilege?

Battlefield 4 Review

Safe Bet

Battlefield 4 Review

HIGH Watching a massive tower collapse in multiplayer.

LOW The uninspired, bland single-player campaign.

WTF Seriously, why do I have to launch this game from my browser?

Knock-Knock! Review

Nobody Who?

Knock Knock

HIGH Figuring out a goofy exploit to avoid the guests.

LOW Phew, managed to hide from those three ghosts, but I'm almost out of time. Let's just go in here and... dang.

WTF Where did this guy get all these lightbulbs?

Need for Speed Rivals Review

Like Dogs Chasing Cars

Need for Speed Rivals

HIGH Narrowly escaping a pursuing squad of police cars and power drifting into the safety of my hideout with hundreds of sounds of speed points under my belt.

LOW For an open world driving game, there are not nearly enough alternative paths and emergent gameplay moments that use the geography.

WTF The non-ironic gritty and serious tone of the "story."

Deadfall Adventures Review

Raiding tombs, but not a Tomb Raider

Deadfall Adventures

HIGH the first time I came across mummies fighting Nazis.

LOW too much combat in the latter half.

WTF how do the Nazis keep getting ahead of me in locked tombs?

CastleStorm Review

Storming the gates of great design

Castlestorm

HIGH Figuring out the castle editor.

LOW Coming to a dead stop in the hair-pulling ‘Homecoming’ level

WTF Why have I never heard mention of this game?

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