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State of Decay Review

New Life in the Old Corpse

State of Decay Screenshot

HIGH Setting up my first outposts to establish a (semi) safe zone.

LOW A tough mission rendered unfinishable by a glitch-out.

WTF Why the hell does the game advance when I’m not playing?

State of Decay and Animal Crossing: New Leaf

State of Decay Screenshot

Wow, it feels like forever since I've updated the blog, and now I've become one of those guys who starts off a blog with apologizing for not updating his blog.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Review

Checkmate

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Screenshot

HIGH Bitterblack Isle is a great addition, dripping with atmosphere.

LOW The insufferably slow Ox-driven escort quest to Gran Soren returns.

WTF WHAT THE F*** HAPPENED TO DANGAN?

Defiance Review

You Got Your Multi in My Singleplayer!

Defiance Screenshot

HIGH Getting caught in a jam and getting unexpected backup.

LOW Getting caught in a jam and not getting unexpected backup.

WTF Twenty-five hours and not a single machine gun better than my first one?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 91: Most Overhyped/Underappreciated Games

It's the end of a generation, and the GC crew takes a look back at the era that was. We throw out our Most Overrated and Underappreciated games of the past gen, and somehow we were all still on speaking terms afterwards. Also, some bonus talk on the magic of Pokémon. With Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "I Hate You All" Bracken, and Richard Naik.

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Extra Credits: Word Choice

Extra Credits adds to a previous discussion on exposition in games. GLaDOS fans will probably enjoy this episode... Professor Fitz Quadwrangle fans, not so much.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 89: A Fallout Sojourn

Our first off-week adventure takes us into the land of Fallout. A lively debate on Fallout 3 versus Fallout: New Vegas gets top billing, and then we compare the Fallout of today to the Fallout of the past, and try to find out if the old spirit still lives, Featuring Richard Nak, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Tim "The Gambler" Spaeth, and Darren Forman.

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Extra Credits: More Than Exposition

Extra Credits talks about the "exposition dump." What is that, you ask? The "exposition dump" is one of the easiest ways with which a developer can tell a story, explain a game world or explain a game world's rules. Even lauded game designers like Hideo Kojima use this method to tell a story—and why not, if Metal Gear Solid's success is any indication, there are few repercussions for overusing it. Thankfully, there are examples of doing the opposite and being rewarded for it. The Half-Life series, Fallout 3 and Journey are examples of doing it right.

His name is Buck…

Far Cry 3 Screenshot

Buck is a peculiar hitman in Far Cry 3. Apparently employed by the game's big bad, Hoyt, Buck has an interest in men, and in ancient Chinese artifacts. As it happens, he presently "owns" one of protagonist Jason Brody's male friends, and will exchange him if Jason retrieves a ceremonial knife originating from the treasure ships of Zheng He. Since Jason needs the knife for another purpose, it is obvious from the beginning of the adventure that he will come away from Buck's tasks with both friend and knife. That's how these games work, and Far Cry 3 is relentlessly conventional in that respect.

Lego City Undercover Review

The Thin Yellow Line

Lego City Undercover Screenshot

HIGH Destroying every Lego object in my path.

LOW Lengthy load times.

WTF Pig cannons and chicken guns? Okay, I'll roll with it.

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