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Dead Rising 3 Review

The Politically-Topical Dead

Dead Rising 3 Review Screenshot

HIGH Finding out why there were only six Deadly Psychopaths.

LOW The wonky driving physics that makes cars flip at the drop of a hat.

WTF I had so much fun running over zombies with a motorcycle/steamroller hybrid that it took me ten hours to notice that it also had twin flamethrowers.

The Last Of Us Second Opinion

The longest journey

The Last of Us Screenshot

HIGH the scenic view in Utah.

LOW getting turned around in the first dark sewer section.

WTF wooden pallets, ladders and generators.

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Review

More like secret pains.

Mysterious Cities of Gold Review Screenshot

HIGH The game works, I guess.

LOW Bland, repetitive "puzzles" and levels.

WTF Does this game perpetuate colonialist privilege?

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review

Pretty Soldier Nostalgia

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review Screenshot

HIGH The finale video taking the characters through a brief history of video games.

LOW Stumbling without warning into one (of many) dungeons full of one-hit-kill enemies.

WTF The bonus condition requiring characters to walk 1/8th the circumference of the earth.

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Review

Can you go home again?

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Screenshot Review

High: The Cheat Shop.

Low: Getting booted into a new playthrough near the end of the game.

WTF: I was more fond of everyone when they were trying to kill each other.

Battlefield 4 Review

Safe Bet

Battlefield 4 Review

HIGH Watching a massive tower collapse in multiplayer.

LOW The uninspired, bland single-player campaign.

WTF Seriously, why do I have to launch this game from my browser?

Knock-Knock! Review

Nobody Who?

Knock Knock

HIGH Figuring out a goofy exploit to avoid the guests.

LOW Phew, managed to hide from those three ghosts, but I'm almost out of time. Let's just go in here and... dang.

WTF Where did this guy get all these lightbulbs?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 102: Beyond Two Souls, Arkham Origins, ZombiU, and Link Between Worlds

Now that 2013 is winding down it's time to catch up on some of the hot new holiday releases, covering the latest David Cage......thing....in Beyond Two Souls, Barkham Origins, ZombiU, and The Legend of Zelda Link to the Past 2, also known as Link Between Worlds. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Sinan Kubba, and Tim "coitus" Spaeth.

00:00-00:03 - Intros

00:03-00:32 - Beyond: Two Souls

00:32-00:56 - Batman: Arkham Origins

00:56-01:15 - ZombiU

01:15-01:46 - Link Between Worlds

01:46-close - Thumbs

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The Year of the Games 2013

A screenshot of The Last of Us

The simple fact is that picking the best game released in a given year is impossible. Even if someone managed to come up with some way to soundly measure an experimental 7-day FPS made by a small team against an open-world AAA game, nobody has the time in their lives to really give every possible candidate a chance. It's certainly a task that's beyond me, so I asked Mattie Brice, Michael A. Cunningham, Denis Farr, Darren Forman, Brad Gallaway, Brendan Keogh, Cameron Kunzelman, Kris Ligman, Gene Park, Lana Polansky, Eric Swain, Zolani Stewart, John Vanderhoef, and Dan Weissenberger to lend a hand. Here, without further adieu, are the games of the year.

Need for Speed Rivals Review

Like Dogs Chasing Cars

Need for Speed Rivals

HIGH Narrowly escaping a pursuing squad of police cars and power drifting into the safety of my hideout with hundreds of sounds of speed points under my belt.

LOW For an open world driving game, there are not nearly enough alternative paths and emergent gameplay moments that use the geography.

WTF The non-ironic gritty and serious tone of the "story."

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