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Storm Second Opinion Review

Partly Cloudy, with a Chance of Thunder

Storm Screenshot

HIGH Serene setting and a welcome thematic change. The more complex puzzles actually challenge players to think.

LOW Some levels present no challenge whatsoever. Mechanical precision using imprecise controls is necessary to execute some solutions.

WTF Getting struck by lightning makes a seed jump?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 95: Clearing out the Backlog

This week we attempt to scratch the mountain that is the GameCritics.com backlog by getting to some of those titles that we've always wanted to play, but never made the time for. Now, we have made the time, at least for three of the games. The crew dishes on I Am Alive, Sleeping Dogs, and Heavenly Sword, and more, plus a What We've Been Playing roundtable. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Richard Naik.

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review

The Incredible Journey

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot

HIGH The final swimming segment is absolute brilliance.

LOW The last scene of the game seems slightly misplayed.

WTF Who keeps cutting all the rope ladders in half?

The Mirage

Remember Me Screenshot

In the wake of Microsoft's unpopular and ultimately reversed turn towards invasive DRM and daily activation requirements, there has been a renewed discussion of the economic challenges of AAA development and the supposed danger that used games posed to the industry. The standard excuse that it's too great a challenge to create games that achieve players' graphical expectations while still selling enough games to be economically viable in the context of a console exclusive has been trotted out, and as usual it is false, or at least lacking in perspective.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Review

Off Target

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Screenshot

HIGH Nailing a long range shot without gameplay assists.

LOW Feeling like little more than a dancing puppet throughout the game.

WTF Spotters are undoubtedly the real heroes, not snipers.

Storm Review

Putting Down Roots

Storm Screenshot

HIGH The soothing, low tension early stages.

LOW When the physics don't work as advertised, leading to multiple stage retries.

WTF There's no rewind feature to undo minor mistakes?

Postmortem: State of Decay

State of Decay Screenshot

It's no secret that State of Decay from Undead Labs has been one of my favorite games this year. Despite a lot of lackluster zombie-themed stuff overcrowding the market, these folks managed to bring an original vision and a brand-new twist to material that most people had already written off. Now that the dust has settled and the game has been out for a while, I figured it was the perfect time to check back in and do a little (har har) post-mortem Q&A on this groundbreaking survival title.

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Review

Mainlining Nostalgia

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Screenshot

HIGH Black Tiger.

LOW Trojan.

WTF Who thought it was a good idea to include 3 versions of 1942?

The Walking Dead: 400 Days Review

A Shift in Perspective

The Walking Dead: 400 Days Screenshot

HIGH "Would you rather…"

LOW Wyatt's lightweight story.

WTF We don't see any of what happened after the stories but before the epilogue?

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Review

Call of Juarez: Humdinger

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Screenshot

HIGH Getting a high combo streak and topping it off by swerving out of the path of an otherwise fatal gunshot.

LOW The dueling is standard fare, and not much fun.

WTF According to Silas, he's crossed paths with nearly every notable figure from that time period.

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