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Mighty No. 9 feels great, but the core concepts take some getting used to

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
46 minutes ago - 4:00 PM on 09.01.2014
Mighty No. 9 feels great, but the core concepts take some getting used to photo

Mighty No. 9 is probably one of the most anticipated games of 2015. After a massive Kickstarter, creator Inafune and developers Comcept and Inti Creates have kicked off a long line of products to hype it up, including Mighty Gunvolt and a potential cartoon.

After all that hype though we finally have a chance to play the game. I have to say, it has the feel of a Mega Man game, but a few aspects definitely took some getting used to.




Here are Destructoid's top ten games from PAX Prime 2014

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
1 hour ago - 3:30 PM on 09.01.2014
Here are Destructoid's top ten games from PAX Prime 2014 photo

PAX is always a wonderful show because of the way that it melds the presence of both the industry's largest games and the smallest developers. Into giant triple-A titles? Yup, PAX has plenty of that for you to get your hands on. Indie or experimental stuff more your speed? Fret not, there are tons of hidden gems at every turn to keep you constantly busy.

Unsurprisingly, we found some amazing stuff from both categories. In no particular order, these were Destructoid's top ten games from PAX Prime 2014.



Geometry Wars 3 may look different, but it feels right

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
1 hour ago - 3:00 PM on 09.01.2014
Geometry Wars 3 may look different, but it feels right photo

There was some initial skepticism when it came to Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and its so-called "3D action." For starters, it's been several years since the last games entered our lives to rekindle old leaderboard feuds. There was also confusion surrounding developer Lucid Games who, as it turns out, is made up of former Bizarre Creations staff.

Even if I hadn't known that fact going in, I like to think I would've picked up on it instinctively during a hands-on session at PAX Prime. Despite a few significant changes such as the shift from a flat playing field to planet-like 3D stages, Dimensions unmistakably feels like Geometry Wars.



Shadow of Mordor's campaign digs into Middle-earth's past

Abel Girmay, Contributor - Destructoid
2 hour ago - 2:30 PM on 09.01.2014
Shadow of Mordor's campaign digs into Middle-earth's past photo

[Writers Note: The original story was taken down because of number of factually inaccuracies. My sincerest apologies to anyone that was confused by my original article.]

It won't be long now until Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is released. Here at PAX Prime, we've been afforded one last look at the game, and while Alessandro and Dale covered the gameplay nitty gritty of the Nemesis system and Assassins Creed style traversal, we've finally been given a short, albeit sweet look at the game's campaign mode.

Monolith is digging deep to tell the lesser known tales of Tolkien's universe. Get ready for a lot of nerd speak.



Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit fangame is now available to the public

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
2 hour ago - 2:00 PM on 09.01.2014

Mega Man Legends 3 may be cancelled, but fans have worked tirelessly to create a fangame based on the concept. Created as a prologue to Legends 3, this 8-bit release walks you through what might have happened, with great gameplay to boot. You can grab it right here (type "dash3" in the info box then download), or here if the source is down.

Having played it, I can safely say it's pretty good! It feels like a classic Mega Man game with a few extra caveats that allow it to have its own style, which allow new protagonist Barrett to really shine. First, there's the "roll" button, which lets you tumble in the direction you're facing and avoid damage for a second with a true invincibility frame. It's a cool idea and "dodging" in an 8-bit game still feels natural, especially during mini-boss fights.



Super Famicom box art book project is on Kickstarter

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
4 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 09.01.2014
Super Famicom box art book project is on Kickstarter photo

Anyone who lived during the Super Famicom/SNES era remembers some great boxart. Although the NES era was subject to some pretty questionable boxes in its day, many developers wised up and didn't mind getting a little more cartoony or expressive with their art as time went on. An individual named Super Famicom Guy (Stu Brett) has launched a Kickstarter to preserve said art in the form of a book.

In regards to the legality, Brett states, "Screenshots and footage of games on commercial platforms is more suspect to copyright infringement in Japan but I've yet to hear of anyone who has a monetised YouTube channel or website being warned. I've been double-checking with others and I've emailed Nintendo as a courtesy. The advice from people I know in Japan is to go ahead, but I'm still in investigating the matter to be sure."

If you want a copy of the book, it's approximately $40 US, with an extra fee to ship out of the UK.

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection [Kickstarter]



In Japan, PlayStation Plus members get access to 250 PSP games this year

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
5 hours ago - 11:00 AM on 09.01.2014
In Japan, PlayStation Plus members get access to 250 PSP games this year photo

Over in Japan, the PSP-to-Vita service is a bit different. They have a program called "UMD Passport," where you can get discounted version of PSP games for Vita. According to Siliconera it's going to get a lot better soon though starting September 17th.

From that date until the end of the year, all PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to play the entire UMD Passport collection for free. That includes 250 total games. Wow! If only Sony had something similar overseas, or Nintendo had that program for the Virtual Console.

PlayStation Plus Members In Japan Will Get 250 PSP Games As Free Play Titles [Siliconera]



The Mighty No. 9 playable beta launches today

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 09.01.2014

If you're interested in Mighty No. 9 and pledged at least $80 to its Kickstarter, check your email today -- you may have gotten a beta key. Redeemable on Steam, this key will allow you to play a single level from an early version of the game, which will show off Mighty No. 9's core mechanics.

Feedback will help shape the final release, and another "level or two" may come to the beta, according to producer Inafune. Stay tuned for later today -- I'll have a full write-up of the beta.



The current-gen and PC versions of GTA V are still on track

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 09.01.2014
The current-gen and PC versions of GTA V are still on track photo

In the past few weeks, there's been a rumor circulating that Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC -- according to Rockstar, that rumor is false. Answering a Rockstar Support question, a representative stated that the date slated for later this year "has not changed."

The only hint we have as to the window is a "provisional" release date by UK retailer GAME.

GTA 5 has not been delayed to 2015 on PS4, Xbox One or PC, Rockstar confirms [Videogamer]



Here's Grim Fandango running on PS4

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 8:00 AM on 09.01.2014

Double Fine has the original Grim Fandango running on PS4, with some joystick tweaks so it controls smoother. In the development video, they talk about things they want to address, like the compression, and things they want to keep the same, down to the aspect ratio. 

This is basically the original Grim Fandango running on PS4 at the moment. The PS4 and Vita remaster is, "going to be running at 1080p, all of the 3D models are going to look a lot nicer for pixel lighting." 

The remaster was also announced for PC.



New Alone in the Dark and Haunted House hit PC this fall

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
9 hours ago - 7:00 AM on 09.01.2014

Here are teasers for the previously announced Alone in the Dark and Haunted House reboots. Both are coming to PC this fall, so hopefully we'll have a few more spooky games to mess around with come Halloween time. 







Japan gets pink and white Vita

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 6:00 AM on 09.01.2014
Japan gets pink and white Vita photo

After showing off some Vita games meant to appeal to women, Sony announced a new, pink and white Vita variant at its pre-TGS conference. 

It looks like that pink and white 3DS that I still regret not getting. I chose the blue 3DS XL because it came with a free Mario Kart 7, which I hardly played. Now I'm stuck with that eyesore. 

The pink and white Vita is hitting Japan on November 13 for 18,980 yen ($182.20).



Bladestorm PS4 and Way of the Samurai Vita trailers

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 5:09 AM on 09.01.2014

A lot of sort of random games headlined Sony's pre-TGS conference. 

As we previously reported, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, 360), from Koei and Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force, is getting a remake. The remake was slated for unannounced consoles. Now we know it's coming to PS4 later this year. 

Spike Chunsoft also announced a new Way of the Samurai game for Vita, with a short trailer below.



PS4 and Vita are getting themes

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 4:58 AM on 09.01.2014
PS4 and Vita are getting themes photo

Sony is bringing themes to PS4 and Vita with upcoming firmwares 2.0 and 3.3, respectively. The themes offer you a chance to customize your Vita and PS4 home screens with wallpapers and associated icons. 

My PS3 has been set to the same theme for years, the Fang theme that comes when you get the Treasure Hunter trophy in Final Fantasy XIII. Yes, I did that. Yes, I regret it. Using that theme is a constant reminder. Not sure I need a Vita theme given all the time I spent accumulating like thirty awesome wallpapers already, though.



Yakuza Zero trailer: It will never release here because Sega hates you

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 4:51 AM on 09.01.2014

Yakuza in 1988 sounds great, but we'll never get to play it anyways. It's launching in Japan during spring of 2015 for PS3 and PS4.



Grasshopper's PS4 Let it Die trailer

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 4:45 AM on 09.01.2014

The next game from Grasshopper and Suda 51, Let it Die, left a lot of questions unanswered at E3 this year. And I miss Lily Bergamo, which I was more excited about.

This TGS trailer offers a frenetic, but more concrete look at the free-to-play PS4 game, which is sort of positioning itself as a multiplayer Manhunt. A lot of strangulation of dudes in their underwear.