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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 99: Question Time

With 100 percent more GameCritics.com podcast regulars than last time, the almost significant Episode 99 delves into Pokemon X/Y, Etrian Odyssey Untold, How to Survive, and Demon's Souls. Then it's question time, covering everything from favourite Final Fantasy magic systems to the issues surrounding the Barkham Origins embargo. All of this in the allegedly capable hands of Sinan Kubba, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, and special guest Michael "Mac" Cunningham.

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How to Survive, DKCR 3D, Phoenix Wright, Arkham Origins, Wonderfalls and Super Fun Night

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If you haven't been paying close attention it's probably been pretty easy to miss, but I would like todraw your attention to a recent Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) to release called How To Survive, from Eko Software.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 98: Big Red Potion Reunion

Sinan Kubba, joined by just one GameCritic in the form of Brad Gallway, takes the opportunity to have a Big Red Potion reunion by bringing his former co-host Joe DeLia and Eurogamer's Jeffrey Matulef onto the show. The quartet take a dazzlingly irreverent (and temporally irrelevant) dash through the games they've been playing, covering The Last of Us, Saints Row IV, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Ico, Wordament, Asura's Wrath, and The Wolf Among Us.

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Dark Review

The Music of the Night Is Off-key

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HIGH Seeing that 90s-style goth club vamps are alive and well.

LOW The embarrassingly awful final boss fight.

WTF I'm sucking his blood from a foot away? Is that a power? No, just bad graphics.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Second Opinion

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot

HIGH In the water, pulling the left trigger.

LOW The slightly-off epilogue.

WTF Becoming a blood monster.

Pikmin 3, Army of Two, Super Mario 3D Land, Castles in the Sky & Tinman Games

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Anyway, 2013 is a strange year. It's now October, and ordinarily I'd be up to my neck in review games at this time, but I'm actually drifting between assignments with nothing really due… I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, though, so I decided to jump into a few things that have been lingering on the backlog.

The Wolf Among Us: Episode One—Faith Review

A Wolf in Man's Clothing

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HIGH An urban fantasy detective story? Yay!

LOW Slow loading and framerate chugging with a game like this? Really?

WTF How in the world are they going to resolve this cliffhanger?!?

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Review

Is It XCOM? No. Is It Great? Yes!

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Screenshot

HIGH Fantastic style and a great story with genuine surprises.

LOW Brutal starting difficulty. The endgame has too many mobs.

WTF Finishing only one investigation short of a perfect run!

Defiance, Mighty Switch Force and Sakura Samurai

Defiance Screenshot

So although I completed the review for Defiance a while ago, it's a pretty big game apart from it being an MMO. I didn't have time to complete the campaign when I was submitting the review, but now that I've had a little bit of free time in my schedule, I was eager to get back to it. I'm happy to say that I finally completed the campaign, and that the game is 100% solo-able. In fact, it's maybe a little too solo...

Grand Theft Auto V Review

A Grand Scheme

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HIGH The drive from Blaine County back to Los Santos, and seeing the skyline for the first time. It was only then that I began to grasp just how much larger the map was compared to any other game.

LOW Trevor and Michael fighting over the same thing for the fifteenth time.

WTF First-person doggystyle. It'll make you laugh.

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