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It’s Better To Make Something: In Defense of GTAV’s Story (Or Maybe A Third of It, Anyway)

GTA V Michael

Michael DeSanta is an angry, broken man.

His wife and children have deserted him. His wealth does not satisfy him. His return to a life of crime—while initially invigorating—has landed him in an interagency war between the FIB and the IAA. It's also brought Trevor Phillips back into his life, forcing him to confront the sins of his past in a way he hoped he would never have to.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review

Do Over!

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review Screenshot

HIGH The music during the Ultima Weapon fight.

LOW Lag death.

WTF Someone needs to give Square-Enix an intervention for their crystal addiction.

Full Bore Review

A Full Chore

Full Bore Review Screenshot

HIGH Watching Frederick repeatedly bash his face against blocks he can't break

LOW Stepping a space too far, falling to the bottom of the area and having to climb all the way back up.

WTF The story is only made possible because the main character walks into what is clearly a minefield

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 109: Pointless

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Adam's Venture Chronicles Review

Adam and Eve are looking for a few good gamers.

Adam's Venture Chronicles Review Screenshot

HIGH The sense of satisfaction in besting a challenging puzzle...

LOW ...solving the same puzzle type three times over in an hour's time.

WTF Graphical clipping headaches and level design problems galore.

Titanfall Second Opinion (Xbox One)

Mind the Drop Zone

Titanfall Review Screenshot

HIGH Tearing a pilot out of his mech and tossing him into the distance.

LOW Dying again because burn cards' effects are not well-described in advance.

WTF There's a bonus for killing innocent bystander robots? Sold!

Titanfall Review (Xbox One)

Mechcellent

Titanfall Review Screenshot

HIGH Accidentally dashing over an enemy Pilot and gaining some unearned points.

LOW Accidentally being stepped on by an enemy Titan and giving him some unearned points.

WTF I've played a lot of the campaign and I still don't know why anything is happening.

Dark Souls II Second Opinion

Spiritual Salvation

Dark Souls 2 Review Screenshot

HIGH Conquering the Gargoyles on my own after countless defeats.

LOW Accidentally killing an NPC after 50 hours of trying to not kill NPCs.

WTF Why is it even possible to miss the tutorial area?

Windforge Preview

Windforge Preview Screenshow

There's a race going on in the world of indie PC games. The goal: To be the developer who manages to take open-world crafting mechanics and use them to build a full game. The prize: Who knows? Probably millions of dollars. I'm not really sure.

Dustforce Second Opinion

Cleaning the world, one sweep at a time.

Dustforce Review Screenshot

HIGH The elation of powering through a level with speed and elegance.

LOW Failing at jumps due to button lag, over and over again.

WTF Bears possessed by... fallen leaves?

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