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It’s Better To Make Something: In Defense of GTAV’s Story (Or Maybe A Third of It, Anyway)

GTA V Michael

Michael DeSanta is an angry, broken man.

His wife and children have deserted him. His wealth does not satisfy him. His return to a life of crime—while initially invigorating—has landed him in an interagency war between the FIB and the IAA. It's also brought Trevor Phillips back into his life, forcing him to confront the sins of his past in a way he hoped he would never have to.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 109: Pointless

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Titanfall Second Opinion (Xbox One)

Mind the Drop Zone

Titanfall Review Screenshot

HIGH Tearing a pilot out of his mech and tossing him into the distance.

LOW Dying again because burn cards' effects are not well-described in advance.

WTF There's a bonus for killing innocent bystander robots? Sold!

Titanfall Review (Xbox 360)

Love the sizzle, but it needs more steak

Titanfall Review Screenshot

HIGH The Titans are pretty sweet pieces of machinery. Also, female Pilots!

LOW The frequency of getting killed going toe-to-toe with other Pilots.

WTF
Is everybody playing this on speed, or am I just that slow? Oh.

Dark Souls II Second Opinion

Spiritual Salvation

Dark Souls 2 Review Screenshot

HIGH Conquering the Gargoyles on my own after countless defeats.

LOW Accidentally killing an NPC after 50 hours of trying to not kill NPCs.

WTF Why is it even possible to miss the tutorial area?

The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile Review

How's that nose doing?

Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile Review Screenshot

HIGH Punching (redacted!) in the last act.

LOW Messing up a tense QTE because the controls were switched.

WTF Why are my responses to Flycatcher coming out so harshly?

Strider Review

Stumbler

Strider Review Screenshot

HIGH That first half hour of putting Hiryu through his paces.

LOW The next five hours doing little more than relentlessly hammering the attack button.

WTF The dialogue in Strider is... man alive. It's... bad.

The Walking Dead, Season Two: A House Divided Review

Welcome back!

Walking Dead Season 2: A House Divided Review Screenshot

HIGH The big reveal was something I predicted during season one.

LOW Getting stuck on the hammer mini-game because the interface was unclear.

WTF What the hell is the deal with the peach cans?

Thief Second Opinion

Mired in between-gen limbo

Thief Review Screenshot

HIGH There's satisfaction to be had in completing a mission without being spotted.

LOW Constantly hitting dead ends as I tried to get from point A to point B.

WTF Garrett is a master thief who can climb walls and towers, but he can't jump over a three foot pressure plate?

Dark Souls II Review

Victory through death

Dark Souls II Review Screenshot

HIGH The tiny details, like how my character slouches when tired and out of breath after a harrowing fight

LOW Trying for the umpteenth time to lead an NPC to a boss fight, only to watch her charge off and kill a monster halfway across the zone.

WTF 50 hours played online, and not a single invader trying to kill me?

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