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Direct download: Vampyr_Roundtable_A.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Our tenth (tenth!) Game of the Year spectacular is not just a celebration of 2017, but of all the spectaculars that preceded it. Marvel as we countdown to our ultimate Game of the Game of the Year! Starring your heroes Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Dan Weissenberger, Mike Suskie, and Tim "Quicksilver" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadioGOTY2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:22am EST

The A Squad is back! Join the classic crew for a riveting E3 2017 roundtable, with Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and *gasp* Mike Bracken.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadioE32017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:32am EST

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 - is it a buggy disaster, or the game of the year? Could it be both? Join a trio of critics as they explore this modern shooter that's as brilliantly designed as it is nearly unplayable!

Host Dan Weissenberger (@gc_danny)is joined for this podcast by:

Elijah Beham(@paradigmfallen), whose unabridged video game reviews can be found at the Unabridged Gamer YouTube Page, and Xalavier Nelson Jr. (@WritNelson), a narrative designer whose Patreon offers a better Bio than I could ever write!

Direct download: SGW_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

It's an old-timey affair as GameCritics veterans swap tales of the Nintendo Switch and gush over The Legend of Zelda: Faith of the Heart (or whatever it's called). Plus, we employ hard science to determine the best Zelda experience of all time. With your very attractive pals Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, Mike Suskie, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadio5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

The PSVR check-in returns with an extended look at the first-ever AAA VR title: Resident Evil VII. Join Steven and Dan as they go through the ins and outs of both the overall game, and the experience of being inside the Baker Homestead. Warning - spoiler talk starts ~25 minutes into the show. There is a warning and alarm.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadio4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Mike (@MikeSuskie) and Dan (@gc_danny) have a lot to say about Resident Evil 7, and it's almost universally positive. Join them for an in-depth discussion, and then join them again after the final musical break for some spoiler talk. In between, they get giddy over killing Nazis and talk some smack about Paul Anderson (the bad one).

Direct download: GameCriticsRadio3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

A sextet of GameCritics' finest reflect on the year that was. It's an old school holiday spectacular packed with all negativity you've come to expect (and surprisingly more than a dash of good cheer). With Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Dan Weissenberger, Corey Motley, Mike Suskie, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadioGOTY2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Join Richard (@richardnaik) and Dan (@gc_danny) as they explore the wonders of Dishonored 2. Also, be sure to listen *after* the ending theme for some hot Dishonored spoilerific talk as well. Also featuring some chatter about Luke Cage, the 2016 US Presidential Election, and rails shooters.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadio2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:18pm EST

The first episode of the rebranded, relaunched, retooled, and rebooted GameCritics media effort. Richard Naik and Tim Spaeth discuss the reasons behind the switch, and also discuss the Nintendo Switch and the art of segue. For the second half of the show (starting around the one hour mark) Dan Weissenberger and our good friend Steven Brown run down the Playstation VR launch effort and attempt to not look silly in VR gear.

Direct download: GameCriticsRadio1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Another one on one affair as Richard Naik and Mike "permanently screw yourself into a hole" Suskie discuss the (de)merits of ReCore and the collapse of Keiji Inafune's reputation. Also, if you have not played Metroid Prime, please do so. You'll thank us.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode157.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10am EST

Another two-man affair as grizzled multiplayer veteran Richard Naik talks with Brad Gallaway about Overwatch, the game that finally made him question his stance on hating fun of all kinds. Also a few words about the GameCritics impostor, who is still pretending to be us in an attempt to get free download codes from publishers. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode156.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

A romantic two-man affair as Richard and Corey chat about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, pulling away from social media, and bad television. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode155.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

We're back, a mere 12 years after our last show. No Man's Sky, Inside, Pokemon Go, Mighty Number Nine, The Fall, and We Happy Few, plus Star Trek Beyond, social media malaise, and a deep dive into Richard's digestive system. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, Corey Motley, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode154.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:16pm EST

From Kratos to Zelda, from Neo to Scorpio, and from LeVar Burton to the Ends of the Earth, it's our annual roundup of gaming's biggest week. E3! What more could you possibly need to know? Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Corey Motley, and Tim "Gauntlet Schmauntlet" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode153.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

LIVE from the Internet, it's the first ever GameCritics playcast! Richard and Suskie join forces to debate the merits of Blizzard's latest powerhouse and to talk about how great Team Fortress 2 was/is.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode152.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

We'd like to tell you about our favorite sequels of all time. Won't you join us? Plus exclusive behind-the-scenes tales of the GameCritics website relaunch! Oooh, juicy! Starring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Richard Naik's Respiratory System, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode151.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:23am EST

For episode 150 we turn to the final entry in the Souls series, at least until it's rebooted. We delve into major Dark Souls 3 spoilers around the 17 minute mark, so you have been warned. Also, brief chitchat about Mirror's Edge Catalyst demo, Salt & Sanctuary, and making fun of the WiiU. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Mike Suskie, and Ashley King.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode150.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

The gang returns after yet another long hiatus to deliver a showstopping discussion of Ubisoft's latest apology game in The Division, plus we also marvel at the sheer Division (give me a pun award please) among our panelists regarding the most recent Zack Snyder spectacular, Batman vs Superman. The BvS segment featured *heavy* spoilers and starts around 1:12. Starring Tim Spaeth, Chi King Lui, Brad Gallaway, Dan Weissenberger, and Gene "The Media" Park.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode149.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10pm EST

Old friend Darren Forman stops by to discuss 50% of Street Fighter V. Why 50%? Because the other half apparently hasn't been released yet. Comedy! Plus Brad embraces his inner caveman in Far Cry Primal, and Chi marvels at Chun Li's fashion choices. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Darren Forman.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode148.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Firewatch! It's a thing. To tell you any more would enter spoiler territory. However! There is a special spoiler segment from about 0:26 to 0:53 if you're into that. Also we dive again in Felipe's Mailbag, and come away with the one nerd question to rule them all-who is the best Star Trek Captain? Featuring Tim Speath, Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, and Corey Motley.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode147.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

Our annual GOTY afterparty gets into full swing as we talk about Tales from the Borderlands, our surprise runner-up from 2015. Also on the agenda: vibrators and near-death experiences. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Mike Suskie, and Corey Motley.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode146.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EST

You are not prepared. Our celebration of the year in games starts calmly and concludes with sheer, unadulterated madness. Felipe will never be the same. Starring Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, Jeffrey Matulef, Tim Spaeth, and a surprise guest tasked with a burden so great, it makes Frodo's journey to Mordor look like a Target run. You are NOT prepared.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode145.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EST

Our first threesome in a long while has us diving into the wild world of Xenoblade Chronicles X, also known as JRPG Skyrim. Plus we take on the Hand of Fate in the latest installment of Oprah's Game Exchange. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, and Brad Gallaway.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode144.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02pm EST

And old school four-man affair as we punish ourselves in Bloodborne: The Old Hunters. After that the unspeakable terror continues with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, followed by a sweet reprieve with Felipe's Mailbag. Featuring Tim Spaeth, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Richard Naik.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode143.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm EST

Fallout 4! It's......there, I guess. Plus Chi gets to talk about his favorite subject, Transformers, for six hours. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and Mike Suskie.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode142Real.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

Brad loves PC gaming now! (Sort of) Beginner's Guide is amazing! (Not really) Mike Suskie's top 10 list exhibits very fine taste! (Mostly) Tim Spaeth is here! (That one's 100% true) Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Tim Spaeth, Mike Suskie, and Corey Motley.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode142.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:08am EST

We share our memories about Dylan Collins all the good things he did for us, plus Destiny has finally won Tim over and Brad now loves football. We also answer a couple of the thousands of dating and relationship questions we've received over the years. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Tim Spaeth, and Richard Naik.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode140.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

The latest Metal Gear is out and it's so great it apparently got Hideo Kojima fired. The crew talks about it plus Mad Max and Grow Home. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Anne Lee, and Mike Suskie.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode139.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

Our second annual PAXcast featuring hard hitting analysis of all the happenings and body odors of this year's biggest gaming convention. Big thanks to Katsu Burger for allowing ur to record on their premises until they noticed and started looking at us weird. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, David Roberts, and Steven Brown.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode138.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Over the years we at GameCritics have gotten more questions than we can possibly answer. Tonight we try to do a few of them, with predictably hilarious results. Plus the Top 10 train finally arrives at the absurdly detailed Mac station. Featuring Tim Spaeth, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Anne Lee, and Michael "Mac" Cunningham.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode137.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

The gang returns to talk about Monster Hunter, Persona 4, and what makes a game worth hundreds of hours of our time. Plus we get to hear Founder & Owner Chi Kong Lui's Top 10 Games of All Time. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Dan Weissenberger, and Mac Cunningham.


0:00 - 1:10 - What we've been playing/long games1:10 - close - Chi's Top 10

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode136.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

It's been 15 heartfelt years since first opend for business. We share our thoughts on our time together, plus some Arkham Knight talk followed by Tim's Top 10 list. Featuring Tim Speath, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Anne Lee, and Jeffrey Mautlef.

00:01 : thoughts on Satoru Iwata, celebration of GameCritics' 15th anniversary
00:14 : what we've been playing
00:38 : Arkham Knight (non-spoiler)
01:06 : Tim's Top 10
01:52 : Arkham Knight (spoiler)


Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode135.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:58pm EST

A shorter than normal episode (IE everyone was home and in bed before midnight) featuring some casual chat about Rythm Heaven Plus, Nier, and Batman: Arkham Knight. Plus, our good friend Aaron shares his top 10 games of all time. Featuring Richard Naik, Anne Lee, Aaron, and Steve Wittkamp.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode134.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

Tim is back! For (kind of) good this time! The King returns for our annual E3 analysis show, plus Richard takes his turn in the Top 10 chair. Featuring Tim Spaeth, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Anne Lee.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode133.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

It's almost time for the game indistry's magical masturbatory event, E3! We share our exciting and totally serious predictions, plus we delve into our next round of Top 10 discussion, this time starring Anne. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Anne Lee, and Mac Cunningham.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode132.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44pm EST

The crew dissects the latest adventure of Grumble McGrumbleson in The Witcher 3, plus on the heels of David Letterman's retirement we dive into the holy grail of game discussion that is the Top 10 list. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Anne Lee, Mike Suskie, and Jeffrey Mautlef.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode131.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

The gang finally gets around to talking some Monter Hunter, Circle Pad or not. This also marks one of the three times in recorded human history that the entire crew actually played the same game....together! Featuring Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, Anne Lee, and Mike Suskie.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode130.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46am EST

We bid a fond farewell to Sinan Kubba as he begins his new journey as a door-to-door Vita saleman. Or something like that. As one friend leaves another arrives, as we welcome Anne Lee into the inner circle. Also, final thoughts on Bloodborne plus a rousing round of Thumbs. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken (!!!), and Mike Suskie.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode129.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Sinan Kubba is back in the hotseat alongside Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui and Mike Suskie. A bumper show this time around, with an even bumpier 40 minutes on Bloodborne. If you get Bloodbored, skip to the 47 minute mark for the rest of the show, where we cover Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, more Amiibo drama, more on Etrian Mystery Dungeon, and a feature segment on the state of multiplayer.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode128.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22am EST

Anne Lee fills in for Richard Naik to host a groovy episode all about music games. Featuring Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui and esteemed guest Mac Cunningham, the crew talks Etrian Mystery Dungeon, Flame Over, htoL#NiQ and more before dissecting the announcement of Rock Band 4.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcast127.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EST

Sinan Kubba is joined by Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui and Richard "1815" Naik to talk Dying Light, Super Smash Bros and Persona 3. Also, the first (and last?) ever round of Sinan's Question Time.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode126.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:24pm EST

We've had over a year with the new generation of consoles, and we take a look at who is providing the best playing experience for our hard earned money. Spoiler: it's not Ubisoft. Plus we talk a little bit about the closing of Club Nintendo and revisit one of our favorite topics from yesteryear in the Games that Made Us, this time focused two of our best friends. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Suskie, and Aaron "the Iron Man."

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode125.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am EST

The crew talks about the recent decision by Joystiq to ditch review scores (note: this episode was recorded BEFORE the unfortunate announcement of Joystiq's closure), plus we tackle an old question: how long should one give a game to get good, i.e. the "hook" moment? Featuring Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik, and Anne Lee.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode124.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm EST

Lights! Camera! Horrible Skype updates! As 2014 comes to a close, the crew reflects on the highs, the lows, the really lows, and the really really lows. Plus, it's our closest, most exciting Game of the Year vote yet. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Tim Spaeth, Dan Weissenberger, and Sinan Kubba.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode123.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Dragon Age: Inquisition is big and meaty, but it's nothing our crew can't chew up. Come join us as we dish on Inquisition, share out thoughts on the greater Dragon Age franchise, and have a spirited discussion about having relations with fictional characters. Featuring Richard Naik, Sinan Kubba, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and Kate "Swords & Shields" Cox.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode122.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58pm EST

He's back in the host chair, and Felipe's right beside him. For one night only (well, hopefully not), Tim Spaeth steps in at the last minute to take the reins. It's old-school episode all round, with Mike Bracken, Brad Gallaway and Chi Kong Lui making it an "OG panel." And, last but not least, Anne Lee returns to tell us more about the future (well, Japan)

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode121.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

First timer Mike Suskie joins us to discuss Alien: Isolation and Hyrule Warriors, then Brad and Richard give their first impressions of Dragon Age: Inqusition. Also we talk about pigeons a lot. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Anne Lee, and Mike Suskie.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode120.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

Description. This Particular Host Sinan Kubba and Also Host Richard Naik are joined by no other Podcast regulars, but thankfully Chic-Pixel's Anne Lee is here to bring her importing insight on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Danganronpa: Another Episode, while GamerNode's Eddie Inzauto talks Oculus and the end of the world as we may come to know it.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode119.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

Thew crew meets their Destiny. *checks off mandatory joke marker* Now that Bungie's 500 million dollar monster is out, what did we think of it? Turns out we have a podcast to express that very thing! With Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "The Lootman" Bracken, and special guest Gene Park.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode118.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

Recorded at the end of August 2014. Sinan Kubba is back in the hot seat, joined by Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway and returning superstar Tim "Shuhei" Spaeth to chat about the games from the first half of the year. Also, Brad presents a case for the defense of the Vita.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode117.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04am EST

Live from Seattle, it's Saturday Night! Maybe. Regardless of what day it may be, you're sure to enjoy our first ever PAX on-site podcast, getting into the highlights and lowlights of this year's PAX Prime. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad Gallaway, and Matthew "Master" Hunter.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode116.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:24pm EST

Just when you thought we couldn't possibly bring you any more Souls discussion.......we bring you more Souls discussion, but this time with people much smarter and with more name recognition than our usual cast. Enjoy! Featuring Nels Anderson (Mark of the Ninja), Matthew Weise (MIT Game Lab), and Toups (GaymeBar podcast). Oh, and Brad Gallaway I guess.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode115.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

At long last we get to our annual E3 coverage, only about 40 days late. In addition, the crew talks on the Destiny Beta, Divinity: Original Sin, Walking Dead S2 Episode 3, The DOTA 2 International, and some weird Gundam Unicorn thing. Chi also gets excited about sex at the end. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad "Eurojanky" Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, Sinan Kubba, and Ashley King.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode114.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

Back from our lengthy hiatus with a lengthy rundown of what we've been playing lately. The gang dishes on The Wolf Among Us Episode 5, Watch Dogs, Shovel Knight, Dark Souls, 1001 Spikes, and so much more. Our Watch Dogs analysis will shock and amaze you!

Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Mike "your enjoyment must be approved by me" Bracken. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode113.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

The XBox 180 is now truly complete. With Microsoft's announcement that they are dropping the Kinect requirement for the Xbox One, early adopters have been perturbed in droves. We happen to have three such fellows on the show to talk about their reactions, and if this was really a necessary move. Featuring Richard Naik, Mike Bracken, Ashley King, and special guest Aaron from the Gameenthus podcast.

Intros 0:00-0:12

Xbox Kinect 0:12-0:52

Thumbs 0:52-close

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode112.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

Only 5 years late to the Souls party, Richard assembles four of our favorite guests and an old friend to talk about Demons, Darkness, Death, more Death, and Determination in From Software's Souls series, preceded by a brief watcha been playin. Featuring Richard Naik, Tim "Lego" Spaeth, Michael "Easy Street" Cunningham, Kristin "Covenant" Taylor, and Samantha "Tell Me Everything You Know" Allen.

0:00-0:07 Intro

0:07-0:23 Watcha been playin

0:23-0:50 At what point did you "get" your first Souls game?

0:50-1:15 What makes Souls challenging for you personally?

1:15-1:27 Invading-have you ever done it?

1:27-1:39 The future of Souls

1:39-1:43 Pitch a Souls game to someone unfamiliar with the series

1:43-close Thumbs

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode111.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

After Sinan Kubba taxed the GameCritics brains in a Big Red Potion quiz, he's back in the hotseat to chuck another assortment of strange rules and horrible questions at Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Chi "Sea Breeze" Kong Lui.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode109.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

The only unanimous GOTY winner in the history of the podcast gets a sequel in The Walking Dead Season 2-does it live up to its predecessor? Also on the agenda is Telltale's newest licensed property in The Wolf Among Us, and we also manage squeeze in some discussion about the little-known Dark Souls 2. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Sinan Kubba, and Matt "Mast" Hunter.   

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode108.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EST

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. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode105.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

We had so much fun doing our Game of the Year show we decided to invite some of our best friends to a special supplemental episode. All the major awards are covered, including a surprise GOTY pick. Featuring Richard Naik, Tim "I'm a damn man" Spaeth, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and Jeffrey Matulef.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode104.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50am EST

Expectations are always high for our year-end festivities, and we aim not to disappoint for 2013. We run down the most notable games from 2013, our own personal highlights, and as always the spine-tingling GOTY vote. Featuring Sinan Kubba, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and special guest James Carter of Caine and Rinse fame. Also, apologies for the low quality of my audio.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode103.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Now that 2013 is winding down it's time to catch up on some of the hot new holiday releases, covering the latest David 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.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode102.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37am EST

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 King Lui, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, and special guest Matt Hunter from the A Jumps B Shoots podcast. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode101.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

Sinan Kubba is joined by the full house of Brad Gallaway, Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Richard "Ouya" Naik to celebrate a historic fixture in the history of the podcast: The grand return of the Horror Geek. Oh, and 100 episodes of a podcast that's been like a pair of tattooed knuckles, offering both love and hate for all things gaming.. Yes, one knuckle's been slightly bigger than the other. Okay, not slightly.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode100.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46am EST

With 100 percent more podcast regulars than last time, the almost significant Episode 99 delves into Pokemon X, 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 'Mack' Cunningham.
Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode99.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49pm EST

Sinan is joined by just one GameCritic in the form of Brad Gallway, so 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 4, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Ico, Wordament, Asura's Wrath, and The Wolf Among Us

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode98.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

This week we talk about sex and romance in games, who gets it, who doesn't, and how it can be better incorporated in the future. If nothing else, I promise that you will never look at an iPad the same way again. Featuring Chi "Approval Points" Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Sinan Kubba, Richard Naik, and Samantha Allen.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode97.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47pm EST

This week we put the fate of our show in the hands of our listeners and came up with a bevy of hot topics, from the Xbox 180 to the distinction between AAA and indie games. Featuring Richard Naik, Brad "doesn't know what a conch is" Gallaway, Chi "no menus" Kong Lui, Michael Cunningham, and Ashley King.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode96.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am EST

THis week we attempt to scratch the mountain that is the 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.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode95.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43am EST

It's a special summer movie threeway! We chat about the hottest films of recent months, Chi and Tim destroy their friendship, and we come to the inevitable conclusion that Superman is a terrible, terrible superhero. With Richard Naik Chi Kong Lui, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode94.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53am EST

A belated but always beloved E3 shindig for the podcast team takes in the meandering of Microsoft, the smackdowns of Sony, and the no-shows of Nintendo in a thorough examination of the platform holders' performance at this year's conference. Strap yourselves in for a marathon effort from Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, Mike Bracken, and Brad 'The Bone' Gallaway.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode93.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:24am EST

In the absence of one Brad Gallaway, the GC crew is finally free to delve into our sports fandom and how it relates to gaming. Join us as we discuss traditional sports and video games, our past memories of the genre, and how it suffers from the same "AAA diesease" as the rest of the industry. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, and Michael Cunningham. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode92.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36am EST

It's the end of a generation, and the GC crew takes a look back at teh era that was. We throw out our Most overrated and underappreciated games of the past gen, and somehow we were all still on speaking terms afterwards. Also, some bonus talk on the magic of Pokemon. With Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "I hate you all" Bracken, and Richard Naik.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode91.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

It's a Tomb Raider extravaganza!  We dish on the latest incarnation of Lara Croft, female protagonists in general, and the state of the "Cinematic Action" genre, a term which I claim full credit for coining. With Rickard Naik, Brad Gallaway, Ashley King, Sara Rich, and (later on) Tim "Skype connection dropped" Spaeth. 

Direct download: gamecritics_podcast_ep90.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

Our first off-week adventure takes us into the land of Fallout. A lively debate on Fallout 3 versus Fallout New Vegas gets top billing, and then we compare the Fallout of today to the Fallout of the past, and try to find out if the old spirit still lives, Featuring Richard Nak, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Tim "The Gambler" Spaeth, and Darren Forman.

Direct download: ep89.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12am EST

Where one story ends - sorry Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U - another begins anew. Welcome to the new, but pretty damn familiar podcast with brand new co-host Sinan Kubba of Joystiq - yes, co-host - more details inside...  Join Sinan and regular ruffians Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, and Brad "The Guy You Know" Gallaway as they summarize GDC and PAX East in two seconds, explore the depth of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, sink to the depths of Aliens: Colonial Marines, and fathom how the growing prevalence of broken-at-launch games is hurting the industry. All this and more in a podcast episode that will rewrite history, woo-oo.  

Direct download: gamecritics88.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EST

In this episode we bid a fond farewell to one of our own, plus everyone tries to talk Richard into buying a 3DS with completely meaningless results. With Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Sweet Can" Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: ep87.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

We are reaching into the listener mail bag again! We learn Brad's favorite food, and what game is like Amelie...if Amelie could fly! Also, Special guest Christopher Floyd stops by to talk in his Irish accent. Oh yeah, we also talk about what we've been playing and have a lively discussion about the Steam Box! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Sexiest Thumbs Alive" Naik, Special Guest Christopher Floyd and Dylan Collins

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode85.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

Awards, contest winners, and Dan Weissenberger? This can only be our Fifth Annual Holiday Awards Spectacular! We dish on the best and worst of 2012, Brad's son drops in to share his best and worst of the year, and we give out some fabulous prizes based on a really cool random number generator. Featuring Dylan Collins, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Dan Weissenberger, Richard "It's not really a spoiler" Naik, and Tim "the Brett Farve thing is getting old" Spaeth. 

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode84.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am EST

We discuss The Walking Dead Episode 5: No Time Left and the series as a whole. But BEFORE that, we have thumbs up and thumbs down and an announcement about our big end of the year show! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad "9 Dollar Coconut Drink" Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Dylan Collins

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode83.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EST

At long last, the in-depth Borderlands/Borderlands 2 discussion that has for too long been stricken from our main show. For a grueling six hours we tear into every possible facet of the Borderlands franchise, from secret realtionships of the NPCs to Randy Pitchford's favorite breakfast cereal. Featuring Richard "Sniper" Naik and Tim "Going in guns blazing is always an appropriate course of action" Spaeth.

Direct download: Borderlands.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13am EST

This week, we discuss our favorite scary games, and then have a mega discussion of The Walking Dead: Episode 4! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Defender Against The Robot Uprising" Naik, Dylan Collins and special guest Jeffrey Matulef.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode81.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am EST

Have you ever bought a system for one game? That's the question we discuss this episode. We also hear about Brad's trip to the Retro Games Expo, and talk about Torchlight 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Tokyo Jungle and more. Also, Richard contemplates putting on water skiis. with Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Shark Man" Naik, and Dylan Collins

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode80.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:23am EST

In this episode, Brad is freshly back from PAX and gives us the low-down on what he saw there. We then go into a huge, spoiler ridden discussion of The Walking Dead Episode 3. Don't worry, we tell you before we start talking about it. Stop being paranoid.

With Chi Kong "Mr. C" Lui, Brad "Richie" Gallaway, Mike "Potsie Bracken, Richard "The Fonz" Naik and Dylan "Arnold" Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode79.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

Tonight, we talk games. Lots of games. Sleeping dogs, Risen 2, Darksiders 2, Papo and Yo, Spec Ops, Way of the Samurai 4 and so many more! We're back and in full force, ladies and gentleman! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Children must be taught to draw from birth" Nayik, special guest Jeffrey Matulef and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcast78.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31am EST

In this episode we have a good old fashioned "What have you been playing?" Discussion. We then have a debate sparked by an email over Sniper Elite V2 and round it all out with some thumbs! Whith Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Dylan "I have no witty nicknames" Collins.

Direct download: GamecriticsPodcastepisode77.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm EST

In this episode, Chi and Brad play Dawnguard, Richard plays League of Legends, Mike plays Demon's Souls (2 years late) and we ALL play The Walking Dead Episode 2. We also took some listener questions. Haven't you always wondered what Chi's favorite Pokemon is? WELL HERE IS THE CHANCE TO LEARN! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "We still hate Duck" Naik and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode76.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

Tonight (or today, depending on when you choose to listen) we join Richard, Kristin, and guests Aaron and Anna for a very special Avatar-themed podcast. No, not the stupid M. Night Shyamalan adaptation or James Cameron film, we're talking about the real meat of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. We talk about our favorite episodes and characters, followed by rampant gushing about everything related to bending, sky bisons, and more. Plus, we engage in rampant speculation as to the identity of Amon, all of which turns out to be spectacularly wrong. Enjoy!

Direct download: AfterDarkEp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

It's our E3 spectacular! We talk about the conferences, we talk about the games and we talk about the Wii U! Plus, with all of the recent controversy over violence in video games, as the industry finally gone too far? With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Dylan "I still haven't got the hang of this ending thing" Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcast75.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

On this episode we examine the state of Portable Games. Brad also brings Dragon's Dogma to the table, and Mike and Chi weigh in on Max Payne 3. This episode also features what is surely the greatest "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down" of all time! With Dylan Collins, Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Bromance" Gallaway, Mike Bracken and special guest Michael Cunningham.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode74.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

In this episode we feature a full blown discussion of The Walking Dead, Episode 1, and Richard drinks the most Richard-like thing that he could possibly drink. Not enough, you say? We also look at the good, the bad and the ugly of open world games. Stop what you're doing right now...unless it is downloading this PODCAST! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "I'm not wasting a bullet" Naik and Dylan Collins.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode73.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

It's all about sequels this episode on the podcast! From Super Mario Brothers 2 to Devil Survivor 2, we're all over them! Also, Mass Effect 3: has Bioware reclaimed Brad's seal of approval? What about the ending controversy? All that plus thumbs, AND a birthday! With Dylan Collins, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik and Mike "I live near a den of spiders" Bracken.

Direct download: GameCriticsPodcastEpisode71.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

After an exhaustive search that spanned multiple continents and an interview process that involved chainsaw-filled cage matches and a perilous journey through shark-infested jungles, we found our man from the depths of the Interwebs and his name is Dylan Collins. Dylan "Not-Tim-Spaeth" Collins joins Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Brad Gallaway for the first time in his inaugural audition episode that kicks off a new era of the GC Podcast.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Audition_Dylan.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:58am EST

Keep a tissue at the ready as we bid Tim a fond farewell. But before he takes his final bow, we explore the light and dark sides of Bioware with Star Wars: The Old Republic and the Mass Effect 3 demo. Plus The Horror Geek tackles Final Fantasy XIII-2; surely it can't be worse than its predecessor...or can it? Featuring Tim "Yup, I put my name first" Spaeth, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Richard Naik.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_70.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am EST

Used games, gender uncertainty, ignoring player feedback, invigorating cutscenes, Transformers shopping advice, Kirk vs. Picard -- All that and much, much, MUCH more on the surprisingly wholesome 69th episode of the Podcast. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Thumb Integrity Means Nothing to Me" Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_69.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EST

Surely we can't find anything negative to say about Rayman Origins, right? Errrrr.... Plus the truly uncanny X-Men Destiny (why hast thou forsaken me, Denis Dyack?) and our take on whether games journalists should ever write for free. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Quack" Spaeth.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_68.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14am EST

We're bringing back GameCritics After Dark, and to kick things off it's a special Zelda extravaganza! We assemble a crack team of experts to give their take on Skyward Sword, then we debate an even more enormous question: what is the future of the Zelda franchise? Featuring Richard Naik and Mike Bracken, plus special guests Jeffrey Matulef and Michael Abbot.

Direct download: GameCritics_After_Dark_-_The_Legend_of_Zelda_Skyward_Sword.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

Happy New Year! We reveal the success rate of our 2011 gaming resolutions, and set some new ones for 2012. Plus, Fallout (the first one!), Infinity Blade II, Sequence, Darksiders, and Zelda: Skyward BORED -- am I right, people? With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "My Wife Really Did Say That" Spaeth. Oh, and I almost forgot! This is the show that changes everything.

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_67.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

15 awards, 6 podcasters, and countless surprises. You'll be stunned by our pick for Game of the Year, and by the vigorous debate that follows its reveal. Plus: we announce the two winners of our Holiday Contest! Thanks to everyone for entering! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, Daniel Weissenberger, and Tim "Maybe Next Year" Spaeth. From all of us at GameCritics, have a fantastic holiday, and we'll see you in 2012!

Direct download: GameCritics.com_Podcast_Episode_66.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EST