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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?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Second Opinion

This is your father's Zelda -- and that's okay

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review Screenshot

HIGH Dropping right into the action without a lengthy preamble at the start of the game.

LOW The final boss fight is a bit vague when it comes to what the player needs to do.

WTF I can actually get all of the tools in the first hour of the game? Amazing.

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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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review

When is a remake not a remake?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review Screenshot

HIGH I AM LINK, LORD OF SAND *uses sand rod*

LOW Not being able to use the 3D for more than a few minutes at a time

WTF The ending presents an interesting ethical dilemma.

Tearaway Review

A ripping good time

Tearaway Review Screenshot

HIGH adorable overload! Intense whimsy!

LOW the withdrawls after the credits rolled.

WTF why did this drop on one of the most crowded weekends of the year?

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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Knack Review

The game made for no one.

Knack PS4 Review Screenshot

HIGH Growing to giant size in the final level.

LOW Getting tired of the gameplay with two thirds left to go.

WTF Seriously, who was this game designed for?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 103: Game of the Year 2013

Expectations are always high for our year-end festivities, and we aim to please for 2013. We run down the most notable games of the year, our own personal highlights, and as always, the spine-tingling GOTY vote. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and special guest James Carter of Cane and Rinse fame. Also, apologies for the low quality of the audio!

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The Last Of Us Second Opinion

The longest journey

The Last of Us Screenshot

HIGH the scenic view in Utah.

LOW getting turned around in the first dark sewer section.

WTF wooden pallets, ladders and generators.

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Review

More like secret pains.

Mysterious Cities of Gold Review Screenshot

HIGH The game works, I guess.

LOW Bland, repetitive "puzzles" and levels.

WTF Does this game perpetuate colonialist privilege?

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