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Strength of the Sword 3 Review

Live by the Golem

Strength of the Sword 3 Review Screenshot

HIGH The infectiously enthusiastic credits sequence.

LOW The baffling amount of slowdown upon getting hit.

WTF Ah, turns out that God's a mechanic. Naturally!

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.

The Last Of Us Second Opinion

The longest journey

The Last of Us Screenshot

HIGH the scenic view in Utah.

LOW getting turned around in the first dark sewer section.

WTF wooden pallets, ladders and generators.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review

Pretty Soldier Nostalgia

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review Screenshot

HIGH The finale video taking the characters through a brief history of video games.

LOW Stumbling without warning into one (of many) dungeons full of one-hit-kill enemies.

WTF The bonus condition requiring characters to walk 1/8th the circumference of the earth.

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Review

Can you go home again?

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Screenshot Review

High: The Cheat Shop.

Low: Getting booted into a new playthrough near the end of the game.

WTF: I was more fond of everyone when they were trying to kill each other.

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?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 102: Beyond Two Souls, Arkham Origins, ZombiU, and Link Between Worlds

Now that 2013 is winding down it's time to catch up on some of the hot new holiday releases, covering the latest David Cage......thing....in Beyond Two Souls, Barkham Origins, ZombiU, and The Legend of Zelda Link to the Past 2, also known as Link Between Worlds. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Sinan Kubba, and Tim "coitus" Spaeth.

00:00-00:03 - Intros

00:03-00:32 - Beyond: Two Souls

00:32-00:56 - Batman: Arkham Origins

00:56-01:15 - ZombiU

01:15-01:46 - Link Between Worlds

01:46-close - Thumbs

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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."

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