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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 146: Tales from the Borderlands and other Strange Tales

Our annual GOTY afterparty gets into full swing as we talk about Tales from the Borderlands, our surprise runner-up from 2015. Also on the agenda: vibrators and near-death experiences. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Mike Suskie, and Corey Motley.

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Firewatch Review

It's the journey, not the destination.

Firewatch Review Screenshot

HIGH Genuine suspense.

LOW Anti-climatic ending.

WTF How did I miss the turtle everyone else found?!?

This War Of Mine: The Little Ones Review

War is hell? No, it's mostly crafting.

This War Of Mine: The Little Ones Review Screenshot

HIGH Stumbling across the elderly couple.

LOW Constantly running out of basic materials.

WTF Where's the humanity in this game?

The Witness Review

Zen and the Art of Island Maintenance

The Witness Review Screenshot

HIGH Figuring out the key to finishing the treehouses.

LOW Unbearably long-winded audio logs and videos.

WTF The credits.

LEGO Marvel's Avengers Review

Avengers, assemble! Everyone else, wait in the car

LEGO Marvel's Avengers Review Screenshot

HIGH The mini hub worlds are great test-courses for new heroes and powers

LOW Voicework pulled from the films does not work here

WTF Where did all the heroes go? No Spider-Man, X-Men or Fantastic Four?

Bombshell Review

It's Not Worth the Obvious Pun

Bombshell Review Screenshot

HIGH The main character is kinda cool

LOW Everything else

WTF Grenades that roll past enemies, go in a circle, and then off a ledge

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel Review

The 'z' makes it sound rad

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel Review Screenshot

HIGH Sledgehammers, zombies, lasers and super moves, all in one combo.

LOW The story modes are nonsensical—and from a game featuring visual novel characters?

WTF 'In this world full of quasi-hexagonal pedestals...'

Tales of Zestiria Review

Passion Is The Key To Victory!!!

Tales of Zestiria Review Screenshot

HIGH A deep combat system

LOW The story is slow to take off, the camera can be wonky

WTF Why doesn't Alisha play a bigger role?

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Review

A steaming pile of steampunk.

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Review Screenshot

HIGH Gamers don't need to buy additional classes to play through the game.

LOW Gamers won't want to, either.

WTF Who decided to put a bad tower defense game in the middle of a worse Diablo clone?

Republique Remastered Review

Don't max out the data plan

Republique Remastered Review Screenshot

HIGH Hacking alarms, phones, radios and doors to mess with guards.

LOW Episode Four.

WTF Episode Four.

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