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How to Survive, DKCR 3D, Phoenix Wright, Arkham Origins, Wonderfalls and Super Fun Night

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If you haven't been paying close attention it's probably been pretty easy to miss, but I would like todraw your attention to a recent Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) to release called How To Survive, from Eko Software.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 98: Big Red Potion Reunion

Sinan Kubba, joined by just one GameCritic in the form of Brad Gallway, takes the opportunity to have a Big Red Potion reunion by bringing his former co-host Joe DeLia and Eurogamer's Jeffrey Matulef onto the show. The quartet take a dazzlingly irreverent (and temporally irrelevant) dash through the games they've been playing, covering The Last of Us, Saints Row IV, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Ico, Wordament, Asura's Wrath, and The Wolf Among Us.

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Second Opinion

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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HIGH In the water, pulling the left trigger.

LOW The slightly-off epilogue.

WTF Becoming a blood monster.

Rain Review

All Wet

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HIGH Being invisible is a great idea for a main character.

LOW The gameplay is too basic to be enjoyable.

WTF The ending feels like a copout.

Pikmin 3, Army of Two, Super Mario 3D Land, Castles in the Sky & Tinman Games

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Anyway, 2013 is a strange year. It's now October, and ordinarily I'd be up to my neck in review games at this time, but I'm actually drifting between assignments with nothing really due… I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, though, so I decided to jump into a few things that have been lingering on the backlog.

The Wolf Among Us: Episode One—Faith Review

A Wolf in Man's Clothing

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HIGH An urban fantasy detective story? Yay!

LOW Slow loading and framerate chugging with a game like this? Really?

WTF How in the world are they going to resolve this cliffhanger?!?

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Review

Is It XCOM? No. Is It Great? Yes!

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HIGH Fantastic style and a great story with genuine surprises.

LOW Brutal starting difficulty. The endgame has too many mobs.

WTF Finishing only one investigation short of a perfect run!

Puppeteer Review

Less than Meeeeeowgical

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HIGH Great "theatrical" premise.

LOW Finding out the heads aren't good for much.

WTF Stellar voice actors are wasted on a bland, tiresome script.

Kickbeat Review

Musical Fisting

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HIGH Martial arts and music are a great fit.

LOW Starts to feel repetitive way too soon.

WTF Mei's story has all the songs unlocked from the start?

Defiance, Mighty Switch Force and Sakura Samurai

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So although I completed the review for Defiance a while ago, it's a pretty big game apart from it being an MMO. I didn't have time to complete the campaign when I was submitting the review, but now that I've had a little bit of free time in my schedule, I was eager to get back to it. I'm happy to say that I finally completed the campaign, and that the game is 100% solo-able. In fact, it's maybe a little too solo...

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