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Rise of the Tomb Raider

The history of Lara Croft

In video form
Oct 09
// Zack Furniss
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be ready for your nasty hands in a month. Brett had some time with it at gamescom, and came away feeling that it was "just as cinematic, dramatic, and action-filled as we'd expect," which, as...
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Rare Replay

Rare hasn't stopped updating Rare Replay

More bug fixes
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
For me, Rare Replay was an excuse to get way into Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise again, and for that, I am thankful. It was the most I've used my Xbox One since buying the console! Rare has another update out today w...
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Super Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront looks so good as a 16-bit game

Thank the Force
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
Enjoying that Battlefront beta? It seems like plenty of people are thrilled to play in a Star Wars universe that looks as good as this one does. Bear with me here, but Battlefront has a pleasant charm to it if...
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Mario Maker

When a Mario level is named 'P is for Pain,' you're in trouble

F is for...
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
We've got another diabolical Super Mario Maker level for you to marvel at and probably not play. I like this one not only for its name, "P is for Pain," but for its use of limited tools. It's designed almost entirely around P Switches and spikes. The challenge isn't so much figuring out what you're supposed to do as it is just staying calm and pulling off intricate jumps, one after another.

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Holy shit!

Now *that's* how you defuse a bomb

Learn from the best
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game about defusing bombs. And teamwork. One person is presented with a randomized bomb that no one else can see or touch. The other players are blind, but they have access to the game's ...
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Half-Life 3 confirmed?

Did Valve just leak a file for Half-Life 3 in a Dota update?

Eight years after episode two
Oct 09
// Jed Whitaker
Valve has apparently pushed a file to Dota 2 Reborn called "hl3.txt" that includes a bunch of code that can be viewed here. Most interesting are the references to virtual reality, procedural generation, and what looks li...
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Battlefront beta

That's how Luke Skywalker dies, huh?

Good clips from the Battlefront beta
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
I always imagined he'd go out with a bang. You know, something real epic. He's done so much Big Stuff in his life, it feels like he deserves to go out like a hero. Well, all that hopping is pretty heroic, I guess. Springy little bastard.
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$350 PS4 arrives, Bloodborne coincidentally 50% off

Why how did that ever happen
Oct 09
// Dealzon
Everyone holding out on buying a PS4 the past few weeks has won the waiting game, as the PS4 price drop went official starting today. Most major retailers have the bundles on sale at the $350 starting price tag, so if you've ...
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Battleborn technical test

Battleborn closed 'technical test' coming soon to Shift members

On PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Oct 09
// Darren Nakamura
You know Gearbox's Shift? It's that service Borderlands players signed up for in order to get keys to the golden chests in Sanctuary and Concordia. It also probably watches you sleep and alerts Randy Pitchford any time you sa...
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Dark Souls III

PS Plus members in the US can download a Dark Souls III beta now

But it's not quite ready to play
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
Prepare to die again, this time in a possibly buggy fashion. From Software is conducting a network stress test for Dark Souls III on PlayStation 4 in the very near future. This amounts to an open-ish beta, and the barrie...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - F**k Cancer Edition

Game with the Dtoid Community!
Oct 09
// Mike Martin
Our own very lovely, community member Glowbear has written a book. Titled Magpies and Shifty Sheep, the book is available on Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer research. Go support Glowie and help fight cancer. Unless you like cancer? DO YOU LIKE CANCER? I dated a cancer once, weird girl but she grew on me. Let's go play some games together!
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Guitar Hero Live

You will know (and love) most of Guitar Hero Live's newest songs

Good god! That's CM Punk's music!
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
You know what they say about saving the best for last. Well, I guess they just say to do it. It's a good idea. Then everyone's like "Wow, we doubted you, but some real nice stuff happened at the end." That's Guitar Hero Live'...
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Phil Spencer

Xbox head: I don't know if we can beat Sony

'They have a huge lead'
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
As this console generation nears two years-old, it's no secret that Xbox has spent the entirety of that time playing catch-up to PlayStation. Sony's platform started off with a huge lead in sales, and while Xbox may have clo...
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Uncharted's Brutal difficulty is no joke

It's in The Nathan Drake Collection
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
I've never cared much for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but I can relate to this video of someone banging their head against the game's hardest difficulty mode. I'm having Call of Duty flashbacks. Brutal is a new option found in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and it's an even greater challenge than the fresh hell that was Crushing difficulty. Take a look for yourself:
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Star Ocean

Star Ocean 2 coming to PS4, Vita very soon Japan
Oct 09
// Kyle MacGregor
As Square Enix promised at Tokyo Game Show in September, Star Ocean: Second Evolution is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in the near future -- sometime this month in Japan. Based on the PSP remake of the PS1 orig...
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Final Fantasy VII remix album Materia is bigger than the original soundtrack

Featuring Dale North and other people
Oct 09
// Darren Nakamura
Check out that preview below. Longtime Destructoid fans might find it familiar for a couple reasons. For one, Final Fantasy VII's main theme is one of the most recognizable pieces from the old role-playing game. It played in ...
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Did you know that melee attacks in Destiny are location sensitive?

And other facts
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Destiny might have a litany of issues, but it has tons of secrets buried beneath its veneer. Bungie seems to have taken more time crafting hidden little tidbits than balancing or creating content, but some of it is cool...
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Game Boy VC

Don't expect to see anymore Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console

Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is generally pretty guarded when it comes to the inner workings of the Virtual Console service, but publisher Natsume has been incredibly open, dishing out insight time and time again over the past few years. This ti...
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Sonic Dash 2

Sonic Boom rides again in Sonic Dash 2, out this week

Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Not to be confused with the microtransaction-stuffed Sonic Runners, Sonic Dash was actually a decent little Temple Runner clone released in 2013. Now it's seeing its second release in the form of Sonic Dash 2: Soni...
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Minecraft Story Mode might open the door for Minecraft on Wii U

It uses the original engine
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to basically every platform ever, as most Telltale games do, but this one is different -- according to an interview from Family Gamer TV it uses the actual Minecraft engine instead o...

Review: Metal Gear Online

Oct 09 // Chris Carter
Metal Gear Online (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Kojima ProductionsPublisher: KonamiRelease: October 6, 2015 (Consoles), TBA 2016 (PC)Price: $59.99 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) $49.99 (PS3, Xbox 360) / Included with MGSV As previously mentioned, Metal Gear Online only has three modes currently. There's a decent amount of variety within those gametypes, but the issue is how everything is playing out right now in the game's meta. In essence, players often aren't using any form of stealth (outside of Cloak and Dagger, which forces one team to do it), or aren't going for the objectives in general. Instead, most games end up being slugfests and devolve into team deathmatch situations. That's not to say that these basic strategies aren't handily countered by players who have the know-how, it's just what's happening. While it's not wholly the fault of the designers, Metal Gear Online doesn't do a great job of facilitating objective play, as the whole thing is kind of a laissez faire situation. That both excites and concerns me. On one hand, I love that MGO is just as vague as Phantom Pain. Instead of spelling out every facet for players, you'll have to just figure out everything on your own, from advanced tactics to the best way to counter enemies. On the other, I'm not confident in Konami's ability to effectively police and update the game in the slightest. It's very possible that there could be a ton of content from Kojima's team waiting to be pushed out in waves over the course of the next year. But since this is all speculation, we only have what's currently in MGO to assess, and it's lacking in areas, chiefly how servers are handled -- or, I should actually note, a lack of servers. It seems as if the game is P2P based, which creates all sorts of issues for players. First off, hosts can remove people from the game, and if they disconnect, everyone gets booted with no XP or rewards. It's egregious to say the least, and not something you really see in a major shooter in 2015. [embed]314621:60673:0[/embed] Then you have issues like the party system not actually placing you on the same team as your party constantly, or the basic inability to join a friend's game in progress through a quick menu option. Thankfully the microtransaction element hasn't bled through for MGO (yet?), but cosmetic equipment is too expensive currently, as it would take hundreds of games to earn some of the higher-up rewards. I would be more okay with the expensive price of gear if the aforementioned booting issues were rectified with dedicated servers. Now, the gameplay is still superb. That's due in part to the fact that it's literally Phantom Pain, online, which is completely fine by me. Every movement is fluid, gunplay handles like a dream, and the sheer flexibility of the engine makes for some breathtaking moments. Aiming, running, and dolphin diving feels better than pretty much every shooter on the market right now. It's crazy how it feels like a natural extension of my adventures with Venom Snake, and how all of my training instantly pays off online. When you distill it down to individual matches, Metal Gear Online is just fun to play. You can boot up a session, and provided that you don't have any connection issues, generally enjoy yourself, even if a lot of people are ignoring objectives. It's a rush to use stealth effectively and have an enemy run by your prone body completely, then dash up to them, choke them out, and Fulton them. Getting to use the Snake and Ocelot special loadouts from time to time is a joy as well, as are all of the little Easter eggs and details locked within MGO. I've seen a lot of complaints that the Walkers are overpowered, but I've found them easy to deal with. Not only are they incredibly easy to spot (and show up on the radar), but they can be swiftly taken out with a quick sniper shot or a few well-placed bullets. Plus, both sides get them, so it's not like one team is at a disadvantage -- people just need to learn how to counter them. For the most part I don't think balance is an issue for MGO -- it's the technical side that drags things down. Even though we don't review what might be (could you imagine how cool it would be to see co-op Metal Gear missions? Now we may never see the day), I'm still torn with the current state of Metal Gear Online. I wouldn't necessarily recommend picking up the entire Metal Gear Solid V package just for online play, as it still has a lot to prove. I'm pulling for it to get better, but I don't trust Konami.
Metal Gear Online photo
It's not over yet, Snake
I've spent a considerable amount of time this week with Metal Gear Online, and despite my initial positive impressions, I'm having some big-picture issues. In short, I'm not sure how long this train is going to be chugging along, especially when you take Konami's recent history into account.

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15GB patches

Are you okay with 15GB patches for console games?

They're no longer stress-free machines
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Remember the retro days where console games worked, and they couldn't be patched (and subsequently fixed?). Yep, I do, but I was also a PC gamer during that same time period -- I had the good fortune of meeting friends from a...
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G2A gets salty about Riot dropping League of Legends sponsorship

What did they expect?
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Riot Games recently ended its sponsorship with G2A, a third-party key distribution site -- a move G2A calls "heavy-handed and potentially damaging." The thing is, this partnership ended in part due ...
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Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends to feature 'player change' and 'Smash Burst Power' mechanics

This is a lot more than just DLC
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
At first glance, I thought Hyrule Warriors Legends was going to just be DLC of sorts, adding a few more characters to the mix. But after more details are coming to light, it looks to be a whole lot more than that. Gemats...
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Check this app the next time you want to infuse something in Destiny

No regrets
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
The way item rank works in Destiny's Year Two edition is a bit different than it was in the past. Now, you can infuse items with higher rank gear to ascend their Light level, but the whole process can be confusing for casual ...
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Hoopa, the newest Pokemon, will be available in select regions this month

Oct 09
// Chris Carter
[Update: US details are available here, though a date has not been set outside of "later this year."] After months of dilly-dallying, we now have an idea of when Hoopa will be available for Pokémon fans. This mont...
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DestrUKtoid Episode 22 - Trans Man or Cuttlefish

Now we have to fight each other
Oct 09
// Laura Kate Dale
The UK, it exists and Destructoid now has writers there. Great British Pounds. Eastenders. Steptoe and Son. The Destructoid UK Podcast (DestrUKtoid). This week UK Editor Laura Dale is joined by Joe Parlock and Vikki Blake to talk about Undertale, a new UK indie studio, Far Cry Primal, and a bunch of terrible dad jokes. Have a listen on iTunes or direct download.
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PlayStation Now available now in the UK

Will you be subbing?
Oct 09
// Vikki Blake
Sony's game-streaming service, PlayStation Now, has (finally) launched in the UK. Offering 100+ games for PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita -- including The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune -- you can pic...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA opens more Stars Wars Battlefront PC servers

Trooper or a rebel?
Oct 09
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts are opening more PC servers to cope with demand for the Star Wars: Battlefront open beta. In a recent tweet, the official Star War: Battlefront said that owing to "a lot of interest around the beta," it will s...
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Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved hits two million sales

Open the door, get on the floor...
Oct 09
// Joe Parlock
Ark: Survival Evolved has been a bit of a runaway success. Adding dinosaurs to normal survival game mechanics obviously appealed to a lot of people. So many people, in fact, that developer Studio Wildcard has announced on its...

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