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PAX Prime 2013 Report: Day One

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Between the exhibitors, the play areas, the panels and everything else that happens, PAX 2013 takes up the entire building, and another one across the street. PAX 2012 had approximately 70,000 attendees, and although I haven't heard any first-day attendance figures yet, today's floor felt incredibly crowded and tight—even more so than last time. In fact, it was jam-packed to the point that it was often physically impossible to get through the halls and see the things I wanted to see.

Dragon's Crown Second Opinion

Sexy Fantasy

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HIGH So. Many. Renaissance. Painting. References!!

LOW Being able to touch NPCs with a hand cursor (and elicit reactions) during certain story scenes.

WTF Mermaid butt. Think about it.

Divekick Review

Uh… Okay

Divekick Screenshot

HIGH It's a funny idea.

LOW The last boss.

WTF A $10 game? Really?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 96: The Listener Created Show

This week we put the fate of our show in the hands of our listeners and came up with a bevy of hot topics, from the Xbox 180 to the distinction between AAA and Indie games. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad "Doesn't Know What a Conch Is" Gallaway, Chi Kong "No Menus" Lui, Michael Cunningham, and Ashley King.

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Dragon's Crown, Friday Monsters, Brothers and Saints Row IV

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First, here's my take on Dragon's Crown for PS3/Vita, which you may have heard about thanks to the brouhaha surrounding the hyper-sexualized art style. Personally, I thought it looked great, although everyone has their own preferences. However, it's an incredible game regardless of what it looks like, and it's probably the best beat-'em-up that's ever been made.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 95: Clearing out the Backlog

This week we attempt to scratch the mountain that is the GameCritics.com backlog by getting to some of those titles that we've always wanted to play, but never made the time for. Now, we have made the time, at least for three of the games. The crew dishes on I Am Alive, Sleeping Dogs, and Heavenly Sword, and more, plus a What We've Been Playing roundtable. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Richard Naik.

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Dragon's Crown Review

Finally!

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

HIGH The Amazon's jumping animation.

LOW The incredibly finicky "shield" sidequest in the Wizard's Tower.

WTF None of the playable male characters show an inch of skin. (And the Dwarf's chest hidden underneath all that beard doesn't count!)

Muramasa Rebirth Review

Hack and Snooze

Muramasa Rebirth Screenshot

HIGH Saving courtesans from the clutches of evil.

LOW Not skipping the long and mostly pointless tutorial.

WTF Did I just do a 37-hit combo with two button presses?

The Walking Dead: 400 Days Review

A Shift in Perspective

The Walking Dead: 400 Days Screenshot

HIGH "Would you rather…"

LOW Wyatt's lightweight story.

WTF We don't see any of what happened after the stories but before the epilogue?

Hotline Miami, Mega Man 2 and Fatherhood

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I finished Hotline Miami (Vita) for the first time, and after rolling credits, I'm feeling quite mixed. I already wrote about it once, but this is more of a final wrap-up...

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