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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 98: Big Red Potion Reunion

Sinan Kubba, joined by just one GameCritic in the form of Brad Gallway, takes the opportunity to have a Big Red Potion reunion by bringing his former co-host Joe DeLia and Eurogamer's Jeffrey Matulef onto the show. The quartet take a dazzlingly irreverent (and temporally irrelevant) dash through the games they've been playing, covering The Last of Us, Saints Row IV, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Ico, Wordament, Asura's Wrath, and The Wolf Among Us.

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Pikmin 3, Army of Two, Super Mario 3D Land, Castles in the Sky & Tinman Games

Pikmin 3 Screenshot

Anyway, 2013 is a strange year. It's now October, and ordinarily I'd be up to my neck in review games at this time, but I'm actually drifting between assignments with nothing really due… I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, though, so I decided to jump into a few things that have been lingering on the backlog.

Defiance, Mighty Switch Force and Sakura Samurai

Defiance Screenshot

So although I completed the review for Defiance a while ago, it's a pretty big game apart from it being an MMO. I didn't have time to complete the campaign when I was submitting the review, but now that I've had a little bit of free time in my schedule, I was eager to get back to it. I'm happy to say that I finally completed the campaign, and that the game is 100% solo-able. In fact, it's maybe a little too solo...

XCOM Declassified, Lone Survivor and... Defiance?

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Screenshot

What have I been playing? I just completed The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and much like Lost Planet 3, it's another great game which started off with a few strikes against it, and as far as I can tell, apparently everyone on earth has now forgotten that it exists.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Review

A Delightful Double-dip

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Screenshot

HIGH The new Floor Jump feature is awesome!

LOW The Grimoire system seems like it still needs work.

WTF What's with all the dead ends and empty rooms?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 97: The Sex Show

This week we talk about sex and romance in games, who gets it, who doesn't, and how it can be better incorporated in the future. Plus we dish on the recent PAX Prime. If nothing else, I promise that you will never look at an iPad the same way again. Featuring Chi Kong "Approval Points" Lui, Brad Gallaway, Sinan Kubba, Richard Naik, and Samantha Allen.

00:00-00:12 - Intros and Pax discussion

00:12-00:16 - Getting to know Samantha

00:16-01:41 - Sexy time: discussion of existing games that depict sex/romance

01:41-01:50 - How can games improve these depictions?

01:50-01:59 - What would a true erotic game look like?

01:59-close - Thumbs

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Book news, sexy podcast, Puppeteer, Lost Planet 3 and Etrian Untold

Puppeteer Screenshot

I tweeted about this last week, but this is the first time I'm posting this news here at the blog, and it seems a little more real as I'm doing so… After many ups and downs and a ridiculously extended delay (which was totally my own fault) I'm happy to announce that my upcoming Urban Fantasy book, Speaking In Forked Tongues, will be available for purchase on March 25, 2014.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Wrap-up

PAX Prime 2013 Logo

So, PAX Prime 2013 is now over—and man, what a terrible, sh*t-tastic way to end it. Although it wasn't my favorite PAX, there were definitely some high points like seeing people whom I would otherwise never run into, and getting the chance to play games that I had been looking forward to. Some good times there, for sure. However, things really ended on a sour note once I got home.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Day Three

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destinies Screenshot

Today was day three of PAX 2013, and although I did see some good things, my sense of the show overall is that the industry is holding its breath a bit. With the impending release of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, it seems pretty clear that a big chunk of people are still trying to figure things out—while the indie scene was fantastic and the PC side was strong as well, there wasn't a lot on consoles that impressed me this year. It makes perfect sense, but I left the show floor with a vague "is this it?" feeling.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Day Two

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Screenshot

Today was the second day of PAX Prime 2013, and I'm a little sad to report that it's been a bit disappointing.

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