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Mindjack Review

Making a Case for Stagnation

Mindjack Screenshot

HIGH Pinning down a hostile invader with a small army of machine gun equipped robo-monkeys.

LOW Having to take out entire waves of enemies solo because my entourage was intent on trying to shoot through walls.

WTF Businessmen with machine guns, construction workers with sniper rifles; apparently Mindjack takes place in an NRA wet dream.

Singularity Second Opinion

A Present from Uncle Joe

Singularity Screenshot

HIGH Raising "the Pearl."

LOW Running out of oxygen because I didn't know to jam a door from the top.

WTF It's 2010, is it too much to have the Russian characters speak Russian?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 51: Gaming Exchange Program II, "Middle-Class" Games

We're joined by Wowhead.com Community Manager Rhea Monique for another round of our Gaming Exchange Program. This time, Tim endured Team Fortress 2 while Richard suffered through World of Warcraft. You'll never guess the results! Plus, our take on The Death of Middle Class Gaming, and the coach from the Major League movies takes over Tim's hosting duties. Featuring Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and (sort of) Tim Spaeth.

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Richard's Guide to Team Fortress 2, Part 3: The Pyro

Team Fortress 2 (Pyro) Screenshot

Her name says it all. Yes, her. Valve has repeatedly dropped subtle and not-so-subtle hints that the Pyro is in fact a woman, so from hence forth she shall be referred to in the feminine. Our mumbly firesmith is superb in close combat, and can throw an entire team into disarray with a well-timed ambush. The Pyro is also the best anti-Spy class in the game.

Richard's Guide to Team Fortress 2, Part 2: The Soldier

Team Fortress 2 (Soldier) Screenshot

He's mean, he's got a jawline cut by the Maker herself, and he does the best Captain America on crack impression ever seen without even trying. He's the Soldier, arguably the most well-rounded offensive and defensive class in the game. He has few real weaknesses, but no overwhelming strengths. I didn't used to play him that much, but I've started using him a lot more lately in a defensive role. However, he can work on almost any map or any game mode.

Richard's Guide to Team Fortress 2, Part 1: The Scout

Team Fortress 2 (Scout) Screenshot

The Scout is probably the hardest class for me to write about, simply because I've spent relatively little time playing him. His advantages are obvious, but they often aren't of any great use. Scouts make their living by being fast and hard to hit, which is useful in some areas and worthless in others. Still, you'd be surprised how many times a clever Scout can get the jump on a Heavy or a Pyro and take them down.

Breach Review

Been There, Done That

Breach Screenshot

HIGH The suspense of hunting someone in Sole Survivor mode.

LOW Spawning right in front of a rocket.

WTF I can blow up this piece of wall, but not the other, more hollow looking wall?

Richard's guide to Team Fortress 2: Prologue

Team Fortress 2 Screenshot

Team Fortress 2 is a topic I can go on for several hours about, much to the dismay of the people I might be talking to. So for the good of everyone on the planet, I have decided to put together Richard's Guide to Team Fortress 2, an essential manual for any Dustbowl-dwelling denizen.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Review

Ghost in the Machine

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Screenshot

HIGH The excellent expanded characterization of The Boss.

LOW Watching a tank slowly circle an area for 30 minutes while attempting to non-lethally disable its entourage.

WTF The ending after the ending. Pacifica Ocean?

Spelunker HD Review

Cave of Wonders

Spelunker HD Screenshot

HIGH Completing all ten stages of a new area on the first attempt.

LOW 10,000 feet so far.

WTF How is the spelunker supposed to get back to the surface?

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