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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 124: Review Scores and The Hook

The crew talks about the recent decision by Joystiq to ditch review scores (note: this episode was recorded BEFORE the unfortunate announcement of Joystiq's closure), plus we tackle an old question: how long should one give a game to get good, i.e. the "hook" moment? Featuring Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, and Anne Lee.

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Saints Row IV: Gat Out Of Hell Review

Poppin' A Cap In Satan's Face

Saints Row IV

HIGH The musical number is fantastic.

LOW Too much of the content feels like filler.

WTF No outfit customization options?

Sleeping Dogs: The Definitive Edition Review

Feet of Clay

Sleeping Dogs

HIGH Killing Jiang Shi by attaching spells to their heads.

LOW Losing five hours of progress to a glitchy save file.

WTF There's an achievement for beating someone up with a fish.

Never Alone Review

Brave the Blizzard

Never Alone

HIGH: Successfully reaching the top of the ice giant's body.

LOW: Several cheap deaths in the second half.

WTF: The chattering of the Little People make them sound like minions from Despicable Me.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 123: Game of the Year 2014 Spectacular

Lights! Camera! Horrible Skype updates! As 2014 comes to a close, the crew reflects on the highs, the lows, the really lows, and the really really lows. Plus, it's our closest, most exciting Game of the Year vote yet. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Tim Spaeth, Dan Weissenberger, and Sinan Kubba.

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Zen Pinball 2: South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball Review

Cheesy Poofs, as far as the eye can see.

South Park Super Sweet Pinball

HIGH Butters in a bear suit. Need I say more?

LOW Getting excited over Mr. Hanky multi-ball. Shame on me.

WTF It's South Park in pinball form. The whole game is a series of ‘WTF' moments

Far Cry 4 Review

Too Large a Portion


Far Cry 4

HIGH Flying the buzzer low over the foothills, seeing a herd of deer chased by a pack of wolves.

LOW In the middle of a successful stealth approach to a major mission, I clipped through a rock and drowned inside it.

WTF "Scream for me! Scream so I know how you sound in hell!"

A Game Of Thrones: Iron From Ice Review

Playing with Ice and Fire

Game of Thrones

HIGH Fans of the series will be pleased...

LOW ...But everyone else will have no idea what's going on.

WTF: The ending.

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