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Hatoful Boyfriend Review

By the pigeon, for the pigeon

Hatoful Boyfriend

HIGH Dating pigeons

LOW Dating pigeons

WTF Dating pigeons

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 121: The Return of the King

He's back in the host chair, and Felipe's right beside him. For one night only (well, hopefully not), Tim Spaeth steps in at the last minute to take the reins. It's old-school episode all round, with Mike Bracken, Brad Gallaway and Chi Kong Lui making it an "OG panel." And, last but not least, Anne Lee returns to tell us more about the future (well, Japan)

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Review

Not Enough Beyond

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Review Screenshot

HIGH Squeezing out a transcendence victory just as my main competitor starting shoveling units into the Emancipation Gate.

LOW Finishing the Exodus Gate on a map that had far too little free space to actually achieve the victory.

WTF Getting condemned as a warmonger because none of my enemies would negotiate for peace.

CastleStorm: Definitive Edition Review

Marching Back and Forth

Castlestorm Definitive Edition Review Screenshot

HIGH Nailing a dragon with an explosive shot and then destroying its lair with a rock shot.

LOW Defeating a huge wave of high-level enemies, then watching a dozen max-level trolls emerge from the enemy gate.

WTF The "golem prisoner" projectile.

Preview: Blackguards 2 (PC)

 Daedalic Entertainment's turn-based strategy Blackguards released earlier this year to middling reviews. We reviewed the game ourselves and didn't find much to like about it, criticizing many of the features and stating that a myriad of problems push the game into the realm of mediocrity. Blackguards 2 is aiming to improve those problems while keeping the core of the gameplay untouched.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 119: The Host-acular

This Particular Host Sinan Kubba and Also Host Richard Naik are joined by no other GameCritics.com Podcast regulars, but thankfully Chic-Pixel's Anne Lee is here to bring her importing insight on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Danganronpa: Another Episode, while GamerNode's Eddie Inzauto talks Oculus and the end of the world as we may come to know it.

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Frozen Synapse Prime Review

Stay Frosty

Frozen Synapse Prime

HIGH Watching a perfectly-done replay is a thing of tactical beauty.

LOW Getting shot by a machine gunner from across the map and through two windows.

WTF My shapeform is waiting for the enemy and the AI still gets the drop on him?!?

Preview: This War Of Mine


I'm not quite sure what to feel about This War of Mine. It's a game about war but not about soldiers; about the pain of conflict and the grinding pressure that war exerts on everyone. While I appreciate the nobility of its intentions, its mechanics don't quite match up with the message in the preview build I played.

Defense Grid 2 Review

Perfection as a Dirty Word

Defense Grid 2

HIGH What a minute—is that Alan Tudyk?

LOW In multiple-path levels the game doesn't bother to mention where enemies are coming from next.

WTF You took away the enemies that missile launchers kill—so why are they still in the game?

Natural Doctrine Review

Doctrine, heal thyself

Natural Doctrine

HIGH The zone system and linking are great concepts.

LOW Moving one character three pixels too far over means annihilation.

WTF Why do the developers fail to explain so much?

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