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The Wolf Among Us: Episode One—Faith Review

A Wolf in Man's Clothing

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HIGH An urban fantasy detective story? Yay!

LOW Slow loading and framerate chugging with a game like this? Really?

WTF How in the world are they going to resolve this cliffhanger?!?

Puppeteer Review

Less than Meeeeeowgical

Puppeteer Screenshot

HIGH Great "theatrical" premise.

LOW Finding out the heads aren't good for much.

WTF Stellar voice actors are wasted on a bland, tiresome script.

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

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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.

Shelter Review

The Kits Are All Right

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HIGH Seeing a cub emerge miraculously unscathed from a burning field.

LOW Having a cub swept away by the river because he decided to do his food dance in its general vicinity.

WTF Red rain is pouring down, pouring down, all over me!

SteamWorld Dig Review

Get to the Bottom of This

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HIGH Compact, content-rich design.

LOW It takes just a hair too long to get teleportation.

WTF Why didn’t Nintendo give this a bigger push?

The Last Door: Chapters 1 & 2 Review

The Birds

The Last Door Chapters 1-2 Screenshot

HIGH Almost everything the crows do in the first chapter.

LOW Every moment spent with the wounded crow in my inventory making that awful noise.

WTF So this tiny sparkly thing is in some shallow water underneath a shower, but rather than grab it myself I have to flush it down a drain and catch it at the other end of the pipe with a half-rotted net?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 96: The Listener Created Show

This week we put the fate of our show in the hands of our listeners and came up with a bevy of hot topics, from the Xbox 180 to the distinction between AAA and Indie games. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad "Doesn't Know What a Conch Is" Gallaway, Chi Kong "No Menus" Lui, Michael Cunningham, and Ashley King.

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Just for the trophy

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I hate Firefly pendants. I don't really hate anything intrinsic to the pendants, of course. They're much too boring for that.

Dragon's Crown, Friday Monsters, Brothers and Saints Row IV

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

First, here's my take on Dragon's Crown for PS3/Vita, which you may have heard about thanks to the brouhaha surrounding the hyper-sexualized art style. Personally, I thought it looked great, although everyone has their own preferences. However, it's an incredible game regardless of what it looks like, and it's probably the best beat-'em-up that's ever been made.

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