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Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Review

More like secret pains.

Mysterious Cities of Gold Review Screenshot

HIGH The game works, I guess.

LOW Bland, repetitive "puzzles" and levels.

WTF Does this game perpetuate colonialist privilege?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 102: Beyond Two Souls, Arkham Origins, ZombiU, and Link Between Worlds

Now that 2013 is winding down it's time to catch up on some of the hot new holiday releases, covering the latest David Cage......thing....in Beyond Two Souls, Barkham Origins, ZombiU, and The Legend of Zelda Link to the Past 2, also known as Link Between Worlds. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Sinan Kubba, and Tim "coitus" Spaeth.

00:00-00:03 - Intros

00:03-00:32 - Beyond: Two Souls

00:32-00:56 - Batman: Arkham Origins

00:56-01:15 - ZombiU

01:15-01:46 - Link Between Worlds

01:46-close - Thumbs

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Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Holy bat-mulligan, Batman!

Batman: Arkham Origins

HIGH a strong premise, great story beats, and Deathstroke.

LOW it’s super buggy, and counters/takedowns don’t always work.

WTF why can’t I pummel Deadshot until he’s unconscious?!?

Scribblenauts Unmasked Review

Looking for deep cuts, DC-style

Scribblenauts Unmasked

HIGH Is that over 30 different Batmen?

LOW Spending 20 minutes at the end trying to figure out what word the game wants me to type.

WTF Where have you gone, Mr. Tawny?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 101: Video Game Music

The podcast gets rythmic on us as we talk game music, some of our favorite tracks, why game music is special, and what has been lost as games have evolved from their technologically limited origins. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and special guests Dylan Collins and Matt Hunter from the A Jumps B Shoots podcast.

00:00-00:02 - Intros

00:02-00:12 - A little chat about our musical backgrounds

00:12-00:27 - Games that we hate, but love the music

00:28-00:48 - With the technological evolutions over the years, has game music lost something compared to it's restricted roots?

00:49-01:04 - Name something creative that a game has done with its music that drastically altered your opinion of said game

01:05-01:31 - Some of our personal favorite game songs/soundtracks

01:31-close - Thumbs

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Skylanders: Swap Force Review

Onwards and Upwards

Skylanders: Swap Force Screenshot

HIGH Health items and money are finally shared between both players!

LOW The spin-motion pinball Swap challenges. Blech.

WTF The crab is… powershnitzel?

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.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review

Off the Charts

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

HIGH Holy crap, this game still looks good.

LOW The Triforce hunt, and being fooled into believing that it'd been severely overhauled.

WTF That kid with the massive, dangling booger.

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.

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