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Thief Second Opinion

Mired in between-gen limbo

Thief Review Screenshot

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

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Review Screenshot

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.

Titanfall Beta Preview

Titan fell

My first and only experience with multiplayer-only online shooters was a few years back when I reviewed Battlefield 2142, a game that features the exact same premise and publisher as Titanfall. Judging it against its most similar competition, Titanfall is a far better game than B:2142, but leaving it there would be to damn the game with faint praise.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Review

Is There Really a Curse?

MAX: The Curse of the Brotherhood Review Screenshot

HIGH Rocketing through the air over a chasm before miraculously drawing a vine to save myself from certain death.

LOW The hiding places of some collectibles are flat-out unfair.

WTF I hated that monster until I was killing him - where are these tears coming from?

Thief Review

Stealing Stuff In Dark Places

Thief Review Screenshot

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

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Dead Rising 3 Second Opinion

It's the End of the World as We Know It

Dead Rising 3 Review Screenshot

HIGH Wading into a sea of zombies and slaughtering them all with one of the game's ridiculous combo weapons.

LOW Traveling all the way across the map to complete a quest, then being told I need to travel back again to get back to the quest-giver.

WTF Who makes zombie porn during the apocalypse?

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