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Batman: Arkham Origins Second Opinion

When Firefly is the highlight of your Batman game, you have a serious problem

Batman Arkham Origins Review Screenshot

HIGH Everything involving Firefly, minus his dialogue.

LOW Everything involving Bane, including his dialogue.

WTF If I need to sneak into the police station without drawing attention, why am I fistfighting the entire Gotham Police Department?

Titanfall Beta Preview

Titan fell

My first and only experience with multiplayer-only online shooters was a few years back when I reviewed Battlefield 2142, a game that features the exact same premise and publisher as Titanfall. Judging it against its most similar competition, Titanfall is a far better game than B:2142, but leaving it there would be to damn the game with faint praise.

State of Decay Second Opinion

The Forever Dead

State of Decay Review Screenshot

HIGH The desperate thrill of running out of bullets and finishing off a zombie horde with a wrench.

LOW All of my hard-gathered resources disappearing because the game was broken for a week.

WTF Ah, a dynamite suicide vest. That'll teach those zombies for tearing my guts out!

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review

Shackled

Assassin's Creed: Liberation Review Screenshot

HIGH Exploring the cenotes to find artifacts.

LOW Ugh, a mission with Connor.

WTF So I guess I just exit this warehouse and... OH GOD A BEAR!

GRID 2 Review

How I tried to stop worrying and love the drift

GRID 2 Review Screenshot

HIGH Lovely track environments, delicious vehicle handling, intriguing event variety.

LOW Occasionally aggressive AI behavior, unconscionable amount of grind in single-and multi-player.

WTF The single-player campaign's half-hearted mixture of social media bandwagoning and corporate celebration is truly bizarre.

Thief Review

Stealing Stuff In Dark Places

Thief Review Screenshot

HIGH Garrett is flowing, smooth, dark and deadly.

LOW Too many illogical, immersion-shattering instances of weirdness.

WTF Where the hell does Garrett carry all the stuff he swipes?!?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 106: Play to the End

How many games actually need to be played to completion in order to be truly experienced? That is the question we attempt to tackle in this episode, along with a healthy dose of watcha been playing. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Ashley King, and first-timer Rowan Kaiser. That rhymes! Also, as you may have heard Rowan is writing a book about Mass Effect. Go give it a looksee.

0:00-0:04 Intros

0:04-0:29-Watcha been playin

0:31-1:53-Games that need to be played to completion

1:53-close-Thumbs

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Review

Better Than Human

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Review Screenshot

HIGH This is the best version of Human Revolution available.

LOW SmartGlass features on Xbox 360 are completely broken.

WTF Occasional drastic pop-in that didn't exist in the original.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review

All dressed up with no interesting place to go

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review Screenshot

HIGH The combat system and outfit switching are mostly great.

LOW Fetchquests and item hunts make up the bulk of playtime.

WTF Who approved all these tedious quests?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 105: Next-Gen Report Cards

Sinan Kubba takes roll call and finds Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, and Mike "Aesthetics" Bracken in attendance for a first period of Whatcha Been Playing, followed by an extended study on the next-gen consoles.

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