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GRID 2 Review

How I tried to stop worrying and love the drift

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HIGH Lovely track environments, delicious vehicle handling, intriguing event variety.

LOW Occasionally aggressive AI behavior, unconscionable amount of grind in single-and multi-player.

WTF The single-player campaign's half-hearted mixture of social media bandwagoning and corporate celebration is truly bizarre.

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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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Review

Better Than Human

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HIGH This is the best version of Human Revolution available.

LOW SmartGlass features on Xbox 360 are completely broken.

WTF Occasional drastic pop-in that didn't exist in the original.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review

All dressed up with no interesting place to go

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review Screenshot

HIGH The combat system and outfit switching are mostly great.

LOW Fetchquests and item hunts make up the bulk of playtime.

WTF Who approved all these tedious quests?

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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Saints Row IV: How The Saints Save Christmas Review

Gettin' yo' ass on the nice list

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HIGH THe film ‘A Christmas Story' gets much love.

LOW Clawz should have been more developed.

WTF Kinzie? Is that you?!?

The Walking Dead, Season Two: All That Remains Review

The longest walk goes on

Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1 Review Screenshot

HIGH more Walking Dead!

LOW six episodes in, and it still doesn't run smoothly?

WTF the awkwardly abrupt ending.

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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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Stealth action, delivered with Conviction.

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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?

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