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Saving Yello Review

Somewhere Between Sushi and Fish Sticks

Saving Yello Screenshot

HIGH Quality animations.

LOW Minor control issues.

WTF Children shouldn't have pets.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 67: New Year's Resolutions, Skyward Sword and Winter Break Games

Happy New Year! We reveal the success rate of our 2011 gaming resolutions, and set some new ones for 2012. Plus, Fallout (the first one!), Infinity Blade II, Sequence, Darksiders, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward BORED—am I right, people? With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "My Wife Really Did Say That" Spaeth. Oh, and I almost forgot! This is the show that changes everything.

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Sea Stars Review

Jetpack Joyride Underwater

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HIGH Zoning out while in the zone.

LOW An underwater, generic Jetpack Joyride.

WTF Sisyphus metaphor too obvious, depressing.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 66: 2011 Awards Spectacular

Fifteen awards, six podcasters, and countless surprises. You'll be stunned by our pick for Game of the Year, and by the vigorous debate that follows its reveal. Plus: we announce the two winners of our Holiday Contest! Thanks to everyone for entering! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and Tim "Maybe Next Year" Spaeth. From all of us at GameCritics, have a fantastic holiday, and we'll see you in 2012!

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Happy Hills Review

Help Hills, Break Blocks

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HIGH The accidental perfect shot.

LOW Obnoxious freemium advertising.

WTF The unnatural sense of joy embedded in the landscape.

Real Steel Review

Pay per Play

Real Steel Screenshot

HIGH Decapitating an enemy with a flurry of punches.

LOW Success in the game is hidden behind a paywall.

WTF I have to pay real money to change my robot's colour? Seriously?

Consoleation: The future is digital

Xbox Live Dashboard Update Image

We've been seeing a gradual shift in software sales in the last couple of years towards digital distribution. Full retail games have been available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 over that time and, although the digital library is but a fraction of the retail library, digital has been catching up.

Burnout Crash! Review

A Smashing Good Time

Burnout Crash! Screenshot

HIGH When the final explosion in Rush Hour mode causes a chain reaction that demolishes everything on the screen.

LOW Reaching the end of a Pile Up with a full 5x multiplier and dying immediately due to being out of position.

WTF "Umbrellers"?

Bag It! Review

Paper or Plastic?

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HIGH Egg-cellent puzzle mode.

LOW Difficulty is a little uneven.

WTF Gamifying a minimum-wage job.

System and story

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Quantitatively speaking, I prefer Plants vs. Zombies to every game, ever. Plants vs. Zombies is not my favorite game. I'd say it's not even in the top 20. That honor belongs ICO, a game that typically lasts less than six hours and that I have played exactly four times, to net less than a fifth of the hours I have spent playing Plants vs. Zombies. ICO is my favorite game because of how it makes me feel.

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