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Arcania: The Complete Tale Review

Generic Fantasy Adventure 16B

Arcania: The Complete Tale Screenshot

HIGH Using a wall of fire to exterminate a horde of skeletons.

LOW Watching the graphics engine try to keep up with jogging around the map.

WTF AAAAH! I thought that was a turtle!

Beyond: Two Souls Review

Beyond: Two Steps Backward

Beyond: Two Souls Screenshot

HIGH Jodie's bond with Cole is heartwarming.

LOW Ending options make Mass Effect 3's end game choices seem brilliant in comparison.

WTF Wishing it had Heavy Rain's more complex QTEs to add some depth.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes Review

Brick by Boring Brick

Lego Marvel Super Heroes Screenshot

HIGH The first skydive from the Helicarrier to the New York streets below.

LOWGetting stuck in level architecture and having to re-load.

WTF Lego games don't let you be creative with Legos.

Dead Island: Riptide Second Opinion

Redoing Your Voodoo, Bitch

Dead Island: Riptide Screenshot

HIGH There's a mission entirely about shutting off Sam B's awful damn song.

LOW The nearly-immortal chainsaw maniac final boss.

WTF The developers were so sure I would use boats that water enemies don't even trigger if you walk right up to them in the canals.

Consoleation: All good things...

Consoleation: All good things...

After more than 12 years of writing about console video games—ranging from game reviews to sales analysis—I am officially "retiring." I use quotation marks because I can't really retire from something that I didn't really do for a living… but it's been more than 25% of my life, and the time has come to hang up my keyboard and step away… for good, this time.

Arkham Origins, Swap Force, Phoenix Wright and Gravity

Batman: Arkham Origins Screenshot

For review, I've been playing two games at once… Not my favorite thing to do, but it is that time of the year and they aren't at all alike, so playing one is kind of like taking a break from the other. The first is Batman: Arkham Origins, as mentioned in the last post. I'm finding this is a very interesting title on many levels, but not necessarily for the reasons that you might expect.

Metro: Last Light—Season Pass Review

Spiders!!!

Metro: Last Light—Season Pass Screenshot

HIGH Spider's Lair is an excellent, atmospheric piece of content.

LOW Many missions end before they really get going.

WTF I've still no idea what the deal is with Anomalies.

How To Survive Review

Living It up with the Undead

How to Survive Screenshot

HIGH Testing out feathered arrows on a compound bow.

LOW The ill-conceived fetchquest at the end of the game.

WTF Zombie deer are the deadliest creatures on the islands.

Deadpool Review

This Merc's Mouth Is His Best Feature

Deadpool Screenshot

HIGH This is the funniest Deadpool story Daniel Way's ever written.

LOW The delayed aiming mechanic

WTF "And if any of you nerds are puffy about Rogue being able to fly in this game when she can't fly in the comics right now, take a bath, move out of your parents' basement and maybe you'll get to kiss a REAL girl." Hey game, you know what? F**********ck you.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 99: Question Time

With 100 percent more GameCritics.com podcast regulars than last time, the almost significant Episode 99 delves into Pokemon X/Y, Etrian Odyssey Untold, How to Survive, and Demon's Souls. Then it's question time, covering everything from favourite Final Fantasy magic systems to the issues surrounding the Barkham Origins embargo. All of this in the allegedly capable hands of Sinan Kubba, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, and special guest Michael "Mac" Cunningham.

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