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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 88: A New Era, Monster Hunter, and Broken Games

Where one story ends—sorry Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U—another begins anew. Welcome to the new, but pretty damn familiar GameCritics.com podcast with brand new co-host Sinan Kubba of Joystiq—yes, co-host—more details inside... Join Sinan and regular ruffians Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, and Brad "The Guy You Know" Gallaway as they summarize GDC and PAX East in two seconds, explore the depth of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, sink to the depths of Aliens: Colonial Marines, and fathom how the growing prevalence of broken-at-launch games is hurting the industry. All this and more in a GameCritics.com podcast episode that will rewrite history, woo-oo.

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Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate Review

Bigger, Better, Badder

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate Screenshot

HIGH A new Monster Hunter is finally available! It's not a dream!

LOW The game’s first few hours are painfully slow.

WTF How many damned carpenterbugs am I going to need here?

Neverwinter Weekend! Also, a Beta Key Giveaway!

Hall of Heroes

There's a new free-to-play online role-playing game (RPG) on the way from Perfect World, the people who brought your Star Trek Online and a host of other free-to-play online titles. Why is this one specifically notable? Three reasons...

Speaking in Forked Tongues draws nearer and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Screenshot

I'm currently working on my review of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. I wasn't able to put as much time into it as I expected because the bridging software which allows players to transfer data between the Wii U and 3DS has not been available, and apparently will not be until the day of release. Since I'm usually able to catch a few quests here and there on a portable when I'm not in front of my TV, that was an unexpected setback.

Gamecritics After Dark Episode 4: The Borderlands Show

At long last, the in-depth Borderlands/Borderlands 2 discussion that has for too long been stricken from our main show. For a grueling six hours we tear into every possible facet of the Borderlands franchise, from secret relationships of the NPCs to Randy Pitchford's favorite breakfast cereal. Featuring Richard "Sniper" Naik and Tim "Going in Guns Blazing is Always an Appropriate Course of Action" Spaeth.

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Guardians of Middle-earth Review

Middle-earth Online Battle Arena

Guardians of Middle-earth Screenshot

HIGH Mastering Legolas' abilities to finally get that first player kill.

LOW Getting ambushed and destroyed before I knew what hit me.

WTF Gollum killed me? Gollum?!

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Review

How to Lose with a Straight Flush

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Screenshot

HIGH The gameplay is solid for a portable FPS.

LOW Finishing the single-player modes in less than an hour.

WTF This could have been good, had everything not gone horribly wrong

Ravaged Review

Falling Short of Inspiration

Ravaged Screenshot

HIGH The impact of a perfectly-aimed tank round on a punk riding a trike.

LOW Getting stuck in the level geometry three times per game.

WTF No team deathmatch? In an FPS?!

Borderlands 2 Review

Numbers Game

Borderlands 2 Screenshot

HIGH Mopping up a roomful of baddies with a buddy in short order makes you giddy.

LOW My low level runthrough gave me +5 Gray Hairs.

WTF Me: "Did we just murder the Ninja Turtles?"

The Secret World Review

Too Crowded for its Own Good

The Secret World Screenshot

HIGH Spending time with an MMO that feels like it's truly doing something different.

LOW Being voiceless in an otherwise fully-voiced world.

WTF All three factions start off in the same area?!

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