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Dark Souls II Review

Victory through death

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HIGH The tiny details, like how my character slouches when tired and out of breath after a harrowing fight

LOW Trying for the umpteenth time to lead an NPC to a boss fight, only to watch her charge off and kill a monster halfway across the zone.

WTF 50 hours played online, and not a single invader trying to kill me?

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2—Smoke & Mirrors Review

Doing the legwork

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 Review Screenshot

HIGH Playing the nice guy pays off.

LOW That's the response I get for handling TJ so well?

WTF "Stupid American waif"?

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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Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Review

Mickey's Mousecapades

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HIGH Someone had fun making this game, and it really shows...

LOW ...Except in the unwieldy underwater segments.

WTF Of all the Disney women Mizrabel could go after, she chooses the anthromorphic mouse? I don't even want to know what's about.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Review

We are all made of blood

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HIGH Cresting the waves in a storm whilst laying siege to a fortress with mortar fire. Arrrrr!

LOW Pointlessly tailing some cretin across the map for the billionth time.

WTF I spotted that revelation about Captain Kidd right off the bat. How could Kenway possibly fail to see it?

Batman: Arkham Origins Second Opinion

When Firefly is the highlight of your Batman game, you have a serious problem

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HIGH Everything involving Firefly, minus his dialogue.

LOW Everything involving Bane, including his dialogue.

WTF If I need to sneak into the police station without drawing attention, why am I fistfighting the entire Gotham Police Department?

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.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Review

Is There Really a Curse?

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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?

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