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3:45 PM on 01.28.2015

Xbox One bundle going for $315 on Groupon

Groupon is running a sweet promotion this week with a two-day-only coupon that discounts 10-20% off select items. Spa packages aside, there's a hot deal on the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle, which got discounted back...

Dealzon

3:30 PM on 01.28.2015

Starbound update includes new race, new combat, new universe

Wow. It has been a long time. I thought that maybe I had missed a stable update somewhere along the line, but by Chucklefish's own admission, this is the first one since last March. To take a step back, development on Starbo...

Darren Nakamura



The Magic Circle tackles game development with clever satire photo
The Magic Circle tackles game development with clever satire
by Alessandro Fillari

You ever wonder what it's like to be a character in a videogame? Most people would think of something pleasant like Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, not someone from Resident Evil or Silent Hill. But what would it be like to be in a game that's currently in development? One that's constantly in flux, similar to the classic Daffy Duck cartoon Duck Amuck. Would you still be you one year from now after several changes have been made? And who the hell is making all these changes?

That's a scenario former developers from Arkane Studios and Irrational Games want to tackle. At PAX Prime 2014, the developers of the newly-formed studio Question brought an early build of The Magic Circle, a game within a game. Players got to experience the results of a chaotic game development period in all its gory details as they tried to set things right. It made quite an impression at the Indie Mega Booth, with attendees calling it "punk" and a neat "retro" title.

We've been keeping our eye on this title ever since. Given special access to the current beta build of The Magic Circle, Destructoid had the opportunity to experience a sizable chunk of Question's upcoming existentialist adventure title. 

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Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes photo
Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes
by Jordan Devore

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round won't hit its original February 17, 2015 release on PC, as Koei Tecmo has pushed the game to March 30 "[i]n order to provide you with the best possible experience..."

To that end, the company is giving away the Halloween 2013 costume set to everyone who buys Last Round on Steam. That's 28 outfits, many of them predictably scandalous.

Frankly, I've got a feeling the port won't be without its issues, delay or no delay, but let's shelve that thought until launch. At the very least, the PC version of Last Round will not support online multiplayer right away -- that's supposed to arrive "within three months of release."

But then again, mods. They're going to escalate quickly.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round [Steam]

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2:30 PM on 01.28.2015

Samurai Gunn gets free big update, Mac release

Samurai Gunn is great. It's a mainstay in my living room, especially with the backwards compatible PS1 taking a dive (no more convenient Bushido Blade). I also gave it a 2014 game of the year award even though...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Here's a contest to design an Adventure Time character

If you've got drawing chops, or at least some creativity, you can see your work show up in the, "next soon-to-be-announced Adventure Time console video game" thanks to this contest from publisher Little Orbit. You have to at ...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 01.28.2015

Witcher 3 may have 'Insanity' mode, deletes your save upon death

I've always been fascinated with permadeath options in games. Witcher 3 might have a doozy. Witcher 3 senior game designer Damien Monnier and level designer Miles Tost recently streamed the game on Twitch and hosted...

Steven Hansen





1:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Nintendo financials: 9.2M Wii U, 1.9M New 3DS sold

Nintendo released its Q3 financials, shedding light on the performance of its properties as of December 31, 2014--so throughout the holiday season.  The New Nintendo 3DS is doing well. 1.3 million of the XL version have ...

Steven Hansen



Brothers and #IDARB headline February's Games with Gold photo
Brothers and #IDARB headline February's Games with Gold
by Brett Makedonski

February's a tricky proposition if you're the procrastinating type when it comes to gobbling up your free videogames. A meager 28 days means that you need to get in gear and download the new Xbox Live Games with Gold early. No depending on a 31st to bail your lazy ass out.

Xbox has unveiled next month's Games with Gold, and they're mostly what we've come to expect -- a really good game, an indie title we don't know much about, and some filler. They are Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, #IDARB, and Sniper Elite V2.

Brothers is the clear standout here, which can be downloaded from February 1-15. I gave it an excellent score a few years ago and managed to still be on the low end of most outlets. I've also got your back if you need help cleaning up the Achievements.

#IDARB is the lone Xbox One game. It's supposed to be zany and fun. Guess you'll have to find out for yourself. Then, there's Sniper Elite V2 bringing up the second half of the month on Xbox 360. By then, you'll probably just be looking forward to March's games.

It’s Cold! Bundle Up with Some Hot Deals with February Games with Gold [Xbox Wire]

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12:30 PM on 01.28.2015

This Destiny guitar medley is pretty rockin'

One of the best soundtracks I listened to all year was easily Destiny. For all the problems that the game had, it was a joy to listen to, especially while in orbit waiting for a group or a connection. Guitarist Ryan Abu...

Chris Carter



Review: Dying Light photo
Review: Dying Light
by Chris Carter

As you may have heard, we got our Dying Light review code pretty late. As in, the day before launch. A late show doesn't necessarily instill confidence in a project, especially since a lot of fans had no idea what to expect from Techland's latest.

It's strange that this situation even happened considering Dying Light is one of Techland's best games outside of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

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League of Legends' Curse of the Sad Mummy video is depressing photo
League of Legends' Curse of the Sad Mummy video is depressing
by Chris Carter

People often chide the League of Legends series for having a silly story, but as a player I dig the character fluff. Amumu has always been one of my favorites -- a sad mummy boy who just wants to find out who he really is.

In this official music video from Riot Games, you can get a glimpse into the depressing life of Amumu. Like the studio's past efforts, it's actually pretty good.

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11:30 AM on 01.28.2015

Quick! Majora's Mask New 3DS, Skull Kid figure back on Nintendo's UK shop

The much sought after Majora's Mask New 3DS XL is once again up for sale, with exclusive Skull Kid not-amiibo, on Nintendo's UK store. Grab one if you're still trying (or maybe Best Buy cancelled yours and you missed out on a free one). 

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 01.28.2015

Fans continue to uncover the secrets of Sonic Boom mystery patch

Sonic Boom recently got a huge patch on Wii U. Like 1GB huge, and developer Big Red Button wouldn't tell anyone what was in it. Fans have surmised some of the contents, but the hunt is still on for other changes. One of the ...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 01.28.2015

These Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy mashups are amazing

Tumblr user Shattered-Earth has outdone themselves. Taking a cue from the beautiful art style of Final Fantasy, they've crafted four wonderful title cards based on a few of the core games, but with Zelda characters in to...

Chris Carter

10:20 AM on 01.28.2015

Breaking: You can now fully copy and paste PSN codes online

Sony's online PSN portal took quite a while to get to a serviceable state. While Xbox.com has had pretty much every bell and whistle you could think of years ago, Sony was very slow to adopt a bunch of great quality of life f...

Chris Carter