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We Can Go Homeworld Again: Gearbox sets date for Homeworld Remastered

Josh Tolentino, Random Asian Contributor - Destructoid
1 hour ago - 11:45 AM on 01.25.2015

Finally! The Mothership has arrived. It's been quite a while since we last heard word from Gearbox and its plan to spruce up the Homeworld series for a much-needed rerelease, but more details have just jumped in, including a price, package, trailer, and most importantly, a release date.

Gearbox will be releasing the Homeworld Remastered Collection - which includes Homeworld Remastered and Homeworld 2 Remastered - on February 25, 2015, just about a month from now. The whole thing will cost  $34.99 at release, and include compatibility-updated classic versions of both games, in case you want to view them in their original glory. Gearbox also took the opportunity to remind folks about Homeworld: Shipbreakers, a prequel game being developed by Homeworld veterans at Blackbird Interactive. Shipbreakers was originally a crowdfunded, unrelated spiritual sequel to Homeworld, until Gearbox picked it up and retooled it as part of the universe.

$35 seems a tad steep for a pair of games that are more than a decade old at this point (and fifteen years for Homeworld), but between the graphical/UI upgrades and getting the original versions of both games patched for modern systems (which have never been released on the likes of GOG, etc.), it's not terrible. Plus, Homeworld is rightfully hailed as one of the greatest games ever made, and its formula of free-axis movement and space strategy has gone curiously under-imitated. So yes, color me excited, for the Age of S'jet is reborn. 


Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.

Review: Gravity Ghost

Darren Nakamura, Associate Editor - Destructoid
4 hours ago - 8:30 AM on 01.25.2015
Review: Gravity Ghost photo

[Disclosure: Ashly Burch, one of the voice actors for Gravity Ghost, previously created video content for Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.]

Traditional ghost lore states that spirits remain in the physical realm when they have unfinished business. That trope applies to Gravity Ghost's protagonist Iona. Less common are ghost stories about soaring between tiny planetoids to collect stars. So that's new.

It has been described in Internet shorthand as "like a 2D Super Mario Galaxy," but past the physics of elliptical planetary motion there is not a lot of similarity. Where Mario keeps on his toes to avoid traps and enemies, Iona's journey is a more zen-like experience of exploration and self-discovery. Gravity Ghost touches on some more serious themes and is more than just a platformer with unusual physics.

You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame'

Brett Makedonski, Associate Editor - Destructoid
15 hours ago - 9:00 PM on 01.24.2015
You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame' photo

Devolver Digital has a penchant for picking up clever game jam submissions and giving them a chance to grow into fully-realized titles. Titan Souls is a fine example, and it would have never had any exposure outside of the tiniest of niche audiences; now, it's gotten enough funding and press that many eagerly await it.

One of the publisher's most recent pick-ups certainly has the moxie to follow the same path. Ronin is a smart, cerebral game -- one that requires care more than stick skills. A cursory glance invites comparisons to Gunpoint, but that'd be selling it short. Ronin melds real-time and turn-based play, a combination that results in an action puzzler of sorts, but with more emphasis on the latter than the former.

The Bard's Tale IV cometh

Robert Summa, Contributor - Destructoid
16 hours ago - 8:00 PM on 01.24.2015
The Bard's Tale IV cometh photo

I'm an older gamer. You know how I know this? Because when I see things like The Bard's Tale IV is coming out, my nostalgia glands kick into high gear and I resemble a wired Johnny Depp from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Samus and Sagat unbox Guilty Gear X3d -SIGN- Limited Edition

Jonathan Holmes, Editor-in-Chief - Destructoid
18 hours ago - 6:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Some people say GG is the best thing in gaming today. Others say it's all flash and no substance, existing to drawing attention to itself and nothing more. No, I'm not talking about that GG. I'm talking about Guilty Gear, the fighting game series from Arc Systems Works. The latest game in the series, Guilty Gear X3rd -SIGN-, certainly earns itself a few points on the "weird name designed just to draw attention to itself" column, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it's an amazingly well made game. The limited edition version is also pretty cool, as you can see for yourself here. 

After shooting the first two episodes of Samus and Sagat, Maddy and I took a few minutes to film this unboxing video. We did it in one take because, like dummies, we didn't realize that we could always go back and record the audio commentary for the video later. At that point we had also used up all of our video producer's time, who promptly kicked us out of his house after the shoot. Still, I don't think we did too bad of a job. We definitely took the things out of the box, that's for sure. 

If you like this one, Samus and Sagat may do an unboxing of some miscellaneous H1Z1 crap that I just got in the mail. Let us know in the comments if that's something you'd like to see, and don't forget to tune into Samus and Sagat episode 2, coming next week. We really delve deep into the psyche's of our characters in that one. Also, black bikini.

NBA logos go gaming

Robert Summa, Contributor - Destructoid
19 hours ago - 5:30 PM on 01.24.2015
NBA logos go gaming photo

Have a favorite NBA team? Have a favorite gaming mascot? Did you want them combined? No? Well, too bad because someone just did that. Have a look at these cool designs by ak47_studios.

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
19 hours ago - 5:08 PM on 01.24.2015

Guild Wars 2 is a pretty great MMO. It's buy-to-play, which means you have to purchase the initial package first, then there's no subscription fees or nasty progression-hindering microtransactions. You buy the game, and it feels like a full game.

Over the past few years though I feel like I've done everything that interests me personally, so I'm glad that developer ArenaNet just announced the expansion Heart of Thorns, that will be playable at PAX East this year. It will take place in a jungle-heavy realm, and will allow players to earn new skills, as well as access new "Specializations" that entail cool new abilities like hang gliding.

The main draw is the brand new storyline, which will have players go up against the elder dragon Mordremoth. New maps, another competitive mode, Guild Halls, and extra world events will also await.

Oh, and the base game is $10 temporarily.

Jessica Nigri is the new voice of Super Sonico

Jonathan Holmes, Editor-in-Chief - Destructoid
19 hours ago - 5:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Jessica Nigri first showed up on my radar after she cosplayed Curly Brace from Cave Story. Applying that level of detail and craftsmanship to a relatively obscure character is the sign of a cosplayer who isn't in it just for the potential fame and fortune. Yet hear we are, years later, and Nigri has become a headliner in her own right. I got to talk to her back when she was touring as Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw, just as her star was starting to rise. It was downright heartwarming to see how earnestly and humbly she accepted her growing popularity. I'm still kinda ticked at PAX for kicking her out of the show

Now Nigri's taking on the role Super Sonico, a fictional idol created by game publisher Nitroplus back in 2006. Sonico was initially just a mascot for a Nitroplus music festival, but since then her star has been on the rise as well, going on to star in multiple games, manga, and anime. Jessica has been cosplaying Sonico for a little while now, but this is the first time that she's officially voiced the character.

Nigri as Sonico is a perfect fit, as they are both icons for playful exhibitionism, passion for videogames, and self-aware silliness. I wonder if Nigri will be appearing as Sonico at PAX East this year? If so, could a Samus, Sagat, and Sonico crossover be in our future? 

Sentai Filmworks Casts Professional Cosplayer Jessica Nigri as Lead in Super Sonico [Anime News Network]

Children of Morta announces stretch goals

Robert Summa, Contributor - Destructoid
20 hours ago - 4:30 PM on 01.24.2015
Children of Morta announces stretch goals photo

After giving you a formal introduction of Children of Morta earlier this week, Austin developer Dead Mage has revealed to hack 'n' slash hopefuls the stretch goals of its project on Kickstarter.

While an initial funding goal of $65,000 has been set, if players want to see this procedurally-generated roguelike beauty on Sony platforms, then Kickstarter backers will need to cough up $80,000 for a PS4 version, and $90,000 for the Vita -- which seems like the perfect place for a title like this.

Having played my fair share of Binding of Isaac and Rogue Legacy on the Vita, I can't think of a better device for these type of games (3DS as well, I suppose). My battery life is ready.

And if you want to add some local co-op to this game, Dead Mage is going to need a healthy $105,000. After that? Who knows. Maybe we can see an N-Gage version. Y'all still rocking the N-Gage, right?

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. might be getting demo cards at GameStop (update)

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
20 hours ago - 4:15 PM on 01.24.2015
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. might be getting demo cards at GameStop (update) photo

[Update: According to a verified tip from an anonymous GameStop employee, the Code Name S.T.E.A.M. cards are only intended for GameStop employees. Participating stores have been limited to only five cards per store, and the cards are "not for resale or distribution to the general public." We've attached the letter from Nintendo of America below.]

A NeoGAF user is reporting that select GameStop stores have obtained demo codes for Code Name S.T.E.A.M. The demo will be giving out in card form, with a download code on the reverse side.

Stores reportedly have them in stock, but aren't distributing them yet, and the codes themselves aren't even active. We've reached out to GameStop and Nintendo for more information.

There was a time when I had no interest in this game, but the Fire Emblem amiibo feature has single-handedly convinced me to go all-in. 

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. [NeoGAF]

Experience Points .01: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Ben Davis, Contributor - Destructoid
20 hours ago - 4:00 PM on 01.24.2015
Experience Points .01: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask photo

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a part of the soundtrack, a gameplay mechanic, a line of dialogue, or anything else about the game that is particularly noteworthy and/or awesome.

This series will no doubt contain spoilers for the games being discussed, so keep that in mind if you plan on playing the game for the first time.

With Majora's Mask 3D coming out in a few weeks, I figured it would be fitting to make the first entry all about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, which happens to be my favorite Zelda game. Feel free to share some of your own favorite things about the game in the comments!

Cave Story 2 folder spotted on Nicalis desktop at PAX South

Jonathan Holmes, Editor-in-Chief - Destructoid
21 hours ago - 3:00 PM on 01.24.2015
Cave Story 2 folder spotted on Nicalis desktop at PAX South photo

PAX South is going on right now, and two of our most honey-loving sugarbears are in the fray as we speak, lapping up all that sweet golden joy. One of the games they're set to check out is Nicalis's Castle in the Darkness, a 2D action game that features a baby being eaten by a giant plant. Oh the humanity!

Nicalis was spilling the beans about that title and many of their other projects at their PAX South panel when all of a sudden, one of the attendees noticed a folder marked "Cave Story 2" on the Nicalis laptop. When asked about if Nicalis is working on a follow up to one of the most beloved independently produced videogames of our modern era, they reportedly responded "maybe, maybe not". 

I'm a huge fan of Kero Blaster, the latest game by Cave Story's creator. but there is no denying that Cave Story is still Daisuke Amaya's greatest game. In the times that I've asked Nicalis and Amaya-san if they would consider a developing sequel, they responded with a mix of hope and anxiety regarding the prospect, much like your average Cave Story fan might. As it stands, Cave Story is nearly perfect, and following perfection is no small feat.

If anyone can do it though, it's Amaya-san. I think I can speak for his fan base when I say that any new Cave Story would be better than no new Cave Story

Nicalis panel at PAX South leads to Cave Story 2 speculation [GoNintendo]

Comments of the Week - Prototype

22 hours ago - 2:00 PM on 01.24.2015
Comments of the Week - Prototype photo

[Almost three years to the day since the last Comments of the Week graced the front page (RIP Captain Bus), Dtoid community blogger Dreamweaver has resurrected the fan-favorite feature. Enjoy! --Mr Andy Dixon]

Wait, are your eyes deceiving you?

Nope, it's really here: Comments of the Week has returned! Well, maybe.

Do you guys remember All That? It was one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid. There was just something about the wacky albeit juvenile humor, slapstick comedy, and overall goofy antics that really made it one of best programs on Nickelodeon. As long ago as it might feel, I think some of you might remember that they changed cast members after a couple of years, and as a result, the show ended up not as good as it used to be... but was still kinda fun to watch.

This is the All That of the blogs.

All Dtoid shirts are now $9.95 or less!

Andy Dixon, Community Manager - Destructoid
12:00 PM on 01.24.2015
All Dtoid shirts are now $9.95 or less! photo

Literally every single t-shirt in the Destructoid store is now $9.95 or less! WOW! Some are as low as $4.95! HOT DAMN! Everything you see is on clearance, meaning once they're out of print you won't be able to get these shirts ever again! We're making way for something new, and until then we need to clear up the old store front. 

Oh, and you'll still get free shipping worldwide on orders over $60, so be sure to buy in bulk. Hurry up and get these babies before they're gone for good!

Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots

Darren Nakamura, Associate Editor - Destructoid
2:00 AM on 01.24.2015
Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots photo

I just finished playing through Gravity Ghost (expect a review later today), and as I tend to do with less action-focused titles or sequences, I took a lot of screenshots along the way. Not only does Gravity Ghost's planet-orbiting gameplay allow for liberal screen grabs, but it also combines a couple of my favorite things for still images: outer space and a generous use of color.

Gravity Ghost's art style appears hand-drawn in crayon, which may rub some the wrong way. It definitely looks a little weird up close, but at the very least it is unique. Take a gander at the screens to see what I mean. As usual, I tried to cull images from the collection that would act as major spoilers.

New Mario amiibo temporarily exclusive to Mario Party 10 bundle

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
1:00 AM on 01.24.2015
New Mario amiibo temporarily exclusive to Mario Party 10 bundle photo

Mario Party 10 is getting its own line of amiibo, lest Nintendo not have multiple $13 red plumber toys to peddle. Amazon put up listings for PeachYoshiBowserLuigi, and Toad. Every one except Mario.

As chief amiibo collector Chris Carter surmised, that Mario Party 10 bundle will be, "[f]or a limited time, the only way to play with the Mario Party Mario amiibo included." 

Because this is Nintendo and amiibo we're talking about, who knows for how limited a time this will be the only way to snag a Mario #2. Collector types, does that put a damper on things? Is this spurring any Mario Party 10 buys that wouldn't have otherwise happened?

‘Nintendo of America’ Strikes Again, Mario SMB Amiibo Timed Exclusive To Mario Party Bundle [Amiibo Inquirer]