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BioShock Infinite Screenshot

The discussion around BioShock Infinite's combat doesn't just involve the question of whether its quantity of violence is essential to the story (yes), or whether telling a story where its quantity of violence is essential is interesting or worthwhile (no). Some of the discussion has centered around the question of whether the combat mechanics are any good. Eric Schwarz has written a fantastic post that describes most of the combat mechanics, and I want to expand on it a little. Even though I think violence helps to express the kind of character Booker is, I don't think the combat systems of BioShock Infinite do much to help characterize him, and in some ways actively oppose that characterization.

Remember Me Review

Insert "Forgettable" Cliché/Pun/Joke Here

Remember Me Screenshot

HIGH Fantastic visual style.

LOW The invisible mutants. So many invisible mutants.

WTF For a game about memory, there are precious few memory-rewrite sequences.

State of Decay Review

New Life in the Old Corpse

State of Decay Screenshot

HIGH Setting up my first outposts to establish a (semi) safe zone.

LOW A tough mission rendered unfinishable by a glitch-out.

WTF Why the hell does the game advance when I’m not playing?

The Xbone debacle and other things

Killer Instinct Screenshot

It's been a while since my last post, and holy cow, I can't believe how much has happened since then. In fact, I'm trying to remember the last time we had this much large-scale drama, and I honestly can't recall anything that was as major as the arc we just had.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Review

The Iterative Adventures...

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Screenshot

HIGH "Eat Ray of Destructionnnnnnnnn!!"

LOW Multiplayer doesn't always bring people together.

WTF Did I just sell The One Ring for 3,000 gold?

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?

State of Decay and Animal Crossing: New Leaf

State of Decay Screenshot

Wow, it feels like forever since I've updated the blog, and now I've become one of those guys who starts off a blog with apologizing for not updating his blog.

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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Consoleation: The war on used games—Xbox One, Consumers Zero

Xbox One Image

What a shame.

That's about all I can say about Microsoft's game-changing decisions regarding the Xbox One. It could have been worse, but the damage is pretty severe as it stands.

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Review

The Devil's Backside

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Screenshot

HIGH Some melee kills are decently animated.

LOW An utter lack of excitement from start to finish.

WTF The Devil doesn't even make an appearance in this game. Liars!

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