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Strider Review

Stumbler

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HIGH That first half hour of putting Hiryu through his paces.

LOW The next five hours doing little more than relentlessly hammering the attack button.

WTF The dialogue in Strider is... man alive. It's... bad.

Thief Second Opinion

Mired in between-gen limbo

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HIGH There's satisfaction to be had in completing a mission without being spotted.

LOW Constantly hitting dead ends as I tried to get from point A to point B.

WTF Garrett is a master thief who can climb walls and towers, but he can't jump over a three foot pressure plate?

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review

Fall in Love With Hating Skull Face

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HIGH Grabbing one Marine by the throat and shooting his friend in the head while slo-mo rain pelts the scene.

LOW How long am I going to have to wait for the resolution to this cliffhanger?

WTF One of the side missions is longer and more intricate than the main game.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 108: Dark Souls 2, The Walking Dead Season 2, and The Wolf Among Us

The only unanimous GOTY winner in the history of the podcast gets a sequel in The Walking Dead Season 2-does it live up to its predecessor? Also on the agenda is Telltale's newest licensed property in The Wolf Among Us, and we also manage squeeze in some discussion about the little-known Dark Souls 2. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Sinan Kubba, and Matt "Mast" Hunter.

0:00-0:02-Intros

0:02-0:23-Dark Souls 2

0:24-1:00-Walking Dead Season 2

1:00-1:32-The Wolf Among Us

1:32-close-Thumbs

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 107: Bravely Default, Thief, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, Inazuma Eleven, and Listener Qs

Sinan Kubba is joined by Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Brad "Gilligan" Gallaway for a round-up of some of the early big-hitters of 2014, including Bravely Default, Thief, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and, er, Inazuma Eleven. Then it's a quick-fire edition of listener's questions, followed closely by the ever-stalking Thumbs Up Thumbs Down"

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review

Not new, but improved.

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HIGH Incredible vistas around every corner.

LOW The whole experience feels a little too automated.

WTF The preposterous voice acting of Mathias, the Solarii leader.

Thief Review

Stealing Stuff In Dark Places

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HIGH Garrett is flowing, smooth, dark and deadly.

LOW Too many illogical, immersion-shattering instances of weirdness.

WTF Where the hell does Garrett carry all the stuff he swipes?!?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 106: Play to the End

How many games actually need to be played to completion in order to be truly experienced? That is the question we attempt to tackle in this episode, along with a healthy dose of watcha been playing. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Ashley King, and first-timer Rowan Kaiser. That rhymes! Also, as you may have heard Rowan is writing a book about Mass Effect. Go give it a looksee.

0:00-0:04 Intros

0:04-0:29-Watcha been playin

0:31-1:53-Games that need to be played to completion

1:53-close-Thumbs

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 105: Next-Gen Report Cards

Sinan Kubba takes roll call and finds Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, and Mike "Aesthetics" Bracken in attendance for a first period of Whatcha Been Playing, followed by an extended study on the next-gen consoles.

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 104: Game of the Year Friends of the Show Edition

We had so much fun doing our Game of the Year show we decided to invite some of our best friends to a special supplemental episode. All the major awards are covered, including a surprise GOTY pick. Featuring Richard Naik, Tim "I'm a damn man" Spaeth, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and Jeffrey Matulef.

00:00-00:04 - Intros

00:04-00:16 - Lee Everett Memorial Award for Best Character

00:16-00:30 - WTF Moment of the Year

00:30-00:40 - Non-2013 Game of the Year

00:40-00:56 - The Michaels

00:56-01:20 - Too Human Awards for Inexplicable Excellence

01:20-01:29 - Phil Fish Award for The Worst Thing in an Otherwise Good Game

01:29-01:35 - The Jeffreys

01:35-01:45 - The Timses

01:45-01:58 - Steaming Pile Awards for Worst Game

01:58-Close - Game of the Year

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