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Gabe Newell

There's a Gabe Newell Simulator on Steam

Is this eligible for The Game Awards?
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
There's a Gabe Newell Simulator on Steam Early Access and it costs seven American dollars. The entirety of that sentence should be enough for you to make a purchasing decision, right? For what it's worth, I think a Gabe Newel...
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WB wins

Broken ass PC versions didn't hurt Batman, Mortal Kombat sales

Arkham Knight, MKX do 5 million
Oct 13
// Steven Hansen
Both Mortal Kombat and Batman: Arkham Knight launched with busted, largely inoperable PC versions. In the case of Batman, it was so extreme that the game was delisted for sale on Steam and is still being patched and worked on...
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Apollo Justice

Apollo Justice will play a big role in Phoenix Wright 6

Great news
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
I had a chance to play Phoenix Wright 6 at TGS, and even though I can't read Japanese, I got the gist, and it seems like it's going to be another worthy entry. Fans will probably be excited to know that Apollo Justice's ...
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PS4 deal: Uncharted bundle now only $310

For those who can't wait 45 days
Oct 13
// Dealzon
Update: Welp deal's dead. All 570 units sold. When I think of Monoprice, I think of cheap price, quality HDMI cables -- not PlayStation 4 console bundles. That said, the electronics retailer is unloading last Friday's Unchart...
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Street Fighter V

Don't expect the next Street Fighter V character reveal for a few months

Also here's a recap
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
Street Fighter V was one of my favorite games at TGS, and Laura Matsuda is looking like a really fun character to play based on her footage -- all in all, the months before launch have been kind to Capcom. But after a long st...
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Luigi pumpkin

I want this Luigi's Mansion pumpkin so bad

Nice work
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
Man, this Luigi's Mansion pumpkin. I want it. My wife and myself usually decorate a pair of pumpkins with basic outlines (this year we're using the Pokémon stencils), but this takes the cake (or pumpkin, if you wi...
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Falco amiibo

Want a Falco amiibo? You'll likely have to go to Best Buy

Ah, another retailer-exclusive
Oct 13
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: Best Buy just confirmed Falco's exclusivity on the store's corporate website.] Legendary wingman Falco Lombardi has an amiibo flying to store shelves soon, but he's not landing just anywhere. There appears to be...
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Amazon Fire TV

Meet the new Amazon Fire TV, same as the old Fire TV

But still worth picking up
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
Readers have become skeptical over the years regarding the blogosphere's opinions on Amazon, mostly due to partnership links and the like. I can't speak to anyone else, but my affinity for Amazon pre-dates my game writing car...
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The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3's physical Gwent set has been delayed

'Logistical problems'
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
The Witcher 3's Hearts of Stone DLC is set to drop on October 13, along with a physical version that came packed with Gwent cards. Now CD Projekt Red has noted that due to logistical problems, this edition has been delayed fo...
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Iron Banner is back in Destiny this week, here are the changes

Also, Trials of Osiris for the weekend
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
I skipped over the Iron Banner appearances (week-long PVP events) in Destiny. By the time they hit, I always had the top raid gear anyway, and the concept of playing the same modes with a slightly different stat modifier wasn...
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Bloodborne, an actually worthy game, is getting a GOTY edition later this year

Every game gets GOTY these days
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
I find it funny when developers release GOTY editions when the title completely doesn't deserve it. It's always interesting to see how marketing hype plays into some re-releases, as a bunch of titles don't even get the "Of th...
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Call of Duty

Treyarch is 'very sorry' about that Black Ops III tweet

'It was not done maliciously'
Oct 13
// Vikki Blake
Call of Duty: Black Ops III developer Treyarch has apologised for its recent Twitter marketing campaign. A couple of weeks ago, the studio changed the @callofduty Twitter name to 'Current Events Aggregate' and tweeted news of a live terrorist attack in Singapore. 
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Halo 5: Guardians

Play Halo 5 before November 7, get fancy armour

You say armor, I say armour
Oct 13
// Vikki Blake
Planning on picking up Halo 5: Guardians? If you do, and play online before November 7, 2015, you'll get the Teishen Raikou armour set for nowt. That's British for "nothing". For free. Nada. Zip. And so on. 
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Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle let go 20% of its staff

Due to 'overambitious expansion'
Oct 13
// Joe Parlock
Looks like trouble is brewing over at Humble Bundle. The bundle and game store site has had to let go up to 20% of its staff due to “too ambitious expansion.” Talking to Polygon, anonymous sources claim that the j...
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Black Ops 3

Black Ops III's Zombie mode goes all film noir

November: The Month of Ron Perlman
Oct 13
// Joe Parlock
For years and years, there’s been criticism leveled at Call of Duty for just doing the same thing over and over again. It’s a fair criticism, Black Ops III didn’t feel all too different to Black Ops II to m...

Review: Minecraft: Story Mode: The Order of the Stone

Oct 13 // Darren Nakamura
Minecraft: Story Mode: The Order of the Stone (iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Telltale GamesPublisher: Telltale GamesReleased: October 13, 2015 (Mac, PC)MSRP: $4.99, $24.99 (Season Pass)Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit To its credit, Minecraft: Story Mode does a lot well. The use of Minecraft's engine and iconic visual style is a nice workaround to keep the Telltale Tool from showing its age. It's hard to complain about low-polygon models for a world comprised mostly of cubes. Despite having fewer moving parts to work with on the character models, the characters are as expressive as they need to be. By narrowing or widening eyes and tweaking eyebrows, the block people (and pig) can show a range of emotions in a cartoony sort of way. The voice work aids in bringing the low-fidelity characters to life as well. The cast is impressive, including the likes of Patton Oswalt, Billy West, and Paul Reubens, to name a few. Though the characters look similar in the beginning, each has a defined personality that comes through thanks to the actors. Much like a session with Minecraft proper, by the end of the episode my brain stopped seeing everything and everyone as a collection of hard-edged polyhedra and just accepted them as regular places and people. [embed]315133:60717:0[/embed] However, the all-star voice cast does highlight The Order of the Stone's biggest shortcoming. With such big names in comedy doing the dialogue, it's disappointing how little comedy there is in the script. There are a few gags that find their mark, but most are worth only a smile or a chuckle; none really stood out. On the other end of the spectrum, the drama doesn't really deliver either. The elements are there: life-or-death situations, uncertainty, mistrust. Still, none of the prototypical "big choices" felt like they carried much weight. Of the five choices shown at the end, the first is just a judgment call with an unknown and arbitrary outcome, two involve whether you want to be an asshole to a guy who doesn't deserve it, one won't have clear implications until a later episode, and the last is a decision on which of protagonist Jesse's two friends has a better plan for what's to come. The choices highlight an emphasis on the future. Put plainly, The Order of the Stone is heavy on exposition, setting up the backstory, characters, and events for the rest of the season. While necessary, it misses some opportunities to be memorable in its attempt to lay the foundation. Story Mode will probably be more of a hit among Minecraft fans than general Telltale fans. The Order of the Stone features a few Minecraft-specific gameplay bits and references. A couple times during the episode, players are presented with a problem, given some materials, and tasked with crafting a solution. Recipes are given for those who don't know what to make or how to make it, but other craftable objects are present as well. While trying to make a stone sword, I accidentally crafted a lever. After a playful rib about me not knowing what I was doing, the materials were returned so I could forge the weapon. Later on, the group has to hit a pressure plate beyond a hallway filled with arrow traps. Recipes and materials are given for a couple possible tools to use. It would be great if there were other hidden solutions to discover for those who know the source material inside and out. In addition to the crafting puzzles, there is one classic adventure game puzzle found toward the end of the episode. It isn't especially original or taxing, but along with the crafting it does represent a step in a more gameplay-oriented direction from the recent story-only Telltale series. So far, Minecraft: Story Mode is like a Saturday morning cartoon. Sure, there is conflict, but it doesn't feel dire. Sure, there are funny bits, but the comedy isn't sharp or intelligent. Sure, there is a story, but it doesn't feel like it matters yet. There is some hope for this series to be great in the future, but The Order of the Stone is just okay. The Minecraft-specific gameplay is a nice way to shake up the usual formula. The blank slate of the universe allows the tale to go wherever it wants. The voice cast is full of actors who can do great work. But the writing needs to be more engaging if Story Mode wants to be taken seriously among Telltale canon.
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Exposition mode
Telltale has seen ups and downs with its licensed titles. With Jurassic Park the studio was still figuring out what works and what doesn't. More recently, The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands have shown the strengt...

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Metal Slug x Battle Cats

Metal Slug teams up with The Battle Cats

Remember Metal Slug?
Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
My experience with Metal Slug Defense is watching former Destructoid writer Jim Sterling suffer through its free-to-play trappings for a video. My experience with The Battle Cats, a similar strategy game about overwhelming yo...
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A Boy And His Blob

A Boy and His Blob rated for Vita, usual suspects

Everything but Wii U, basically
Oct 12
// Kyle MacGregor
A Boy and His Blob seems to be coming to PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation Vita, according to ratings published by the USK, Germany's video game classifications board. Back in August, Majesco Entertainement reveale...
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Call of Duty

Black Ops III's hardest difficulty will kill you in one shot

Veteran mode is scary enough, thanks
Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
We were only just chatting about overly harsh difficulty modes last week with Naughty Dog's Brutal option for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, and now here's Treyarch with a grueling addition to Call of Duty: Black Ops...
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Feat. an Aussie man

Surprise live stream spectacular with your ol' pal Dr. Dinosexual

Lots of games, lots of lame jokes
Oct 12
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Donezo] It's 10pm ET on a Monday, what better time to live stream video games for the best website in the world? Yours truly will be streaming a multitude of games for various consoles from Blood Bowl 2, SOMA, and Th...
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Super Mario Maker

Professional game developers try their hands at Super Mario Maker

Check out how the pros do it
Oct 12
// CJ Andriessen
Bertil Horberg, the creator of the fantastic Gunman Clive series, was once asked if he would create a level in Super Mario Maker worthy of his premier franchise. He declined, saying he already knows how painfully difficult le...
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From our tips line

Sometimes, we get very good tips

Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
You have a good day, too!
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Bloodborne insights

There is a friendly carrion crow in Bloodborne

And other assorted tidbits
Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
YouTuber VaatiVidya is back with another Bloodborne lore video. This time, he examines a slew of smaller discoveries that didn't make it into his prior videos. A few of them surprised me. Pebbles being eyes, for one, because ...
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Destiny raid

Destiny's 'Kings Fall' is the best raid yet

And hardly any bugs!
Oct 12
// Chris Carter
Raids are my favorite part of Destiny. As I sit here and write this, having killed Oryx nine times since The Taken King arrived, I'm trying to recall my favorite moments from the two raids before King's Fall, and I can c...
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Mario Maker

There's a devious Mario Maker war going on between two well-known games journalists

And it's all for charity
Oct 12
// Brett Makedonski
We've seen Mario Maker bring out the insidious in people. Plenty of folks are creating levels that are downright devilish. However, few of them have grabbed the spotlight quite like what's happening between two well-kno...
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Firewatch is such a lovely looking game

Releasing February 9, 2016
Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
I'm supposed to tell you that Campo Santo's wilderness-set exploration mystery Firewatch will release on February 9, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, and Linux. That's the news today. But I've fallen into an image gallery wormhole, and I'm taking you with me.
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Survival horror

Allison Road leaves Kickstarter for a publisher

It's joining the Team17 label
Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
Last month, Lilith brought its home-based horror game, Allison Road, to Kickstarter. The fledgling studio asked for £250,000 in crowdfunding to create what many have called a spiritual successor to P.T., the lead-in to ...
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Mega Man Star Force

Check out the Mega Man Star Force kids all grown up

All Growed Up
Oct 12
// Chris Carter
Remember Mega Man Star Force? It was an insanely popular subseries that warranted multiple iterations and versions (a la Pokémon), but when Mega Man kind of did with the rest. If you never felt li...
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Ubisoft is sorry

Ubisoft offers refunds, free games after 'deceptive marketing'

Also an obnoxious non-apology
Oct 12
// Steven Hansen
Promotional materials for Ubisoft's recently released Might & Magic Heroes VII promised a physical, disc copy of the game would be included with the $100 limited edition, as documented in detail on Imgur. As it turns out,...
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Indie in Berlin

Fired Dead Island 2 devs leave Yager, start indie studio

Plus, hints at super secret project
Oct 12
// Steven Hansen
Three Yager (Spec Ops: The Line, Dead Island 2) developers have left the company to go indie as inbetweengames. This is a few months after publisher Deep Silver dropped Yager as the developer on Dead Island 2, just a few mon...

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