Back in 2013 when Jim Sterling reviewed Dynasty Warriors 8 and called it a "return to form" for the series, I largely agreed with his review. From its large roster to complex combat system, it featured some of the best fighting-over-China gameplay in the series to date, and for fans there were very few complaints to be made. It was a rather stunning game, you know, for people who like this particular genre.
Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires does what every Empires addition does for every core iteration before it, with a pretty similar level of success: take the combat from the last main entry, add some strategy elements, and repackage it into a new challenge. Thankfully, a really strong mainline entry in the series tends to lead to a really strong Empires entry, and this is no exception. 8 was a high point for the series, and this only builds upon that success.... read + comment
Maybe my memory fails to serve year to year, but Black Friday seems trickier this year than usual. In an effort to remain constantly relevant, retailers have stretched out their deals over a long period of time rather than saying "Here's everything we're got, go get it!"
So, we're caught in an awkward position of trying to figure out if we want to nab a certain offer or if a better one is going to come along mere hours later. It feels like you need to set up a spreadsheet to properly track everything you might want. Isn't that a bit excessive, all the name of "hot deals?" I guess it beats going to the store.
Thanksgiving's half over now, meaning that the correct half of you people have already done the whole Thanksgiving shebang. The weird, bad half of you are gearing up for delicious dinner soon. I'm doing Friendsgiving this year and am forced into the late crowd. I'm grumpy because I should already have turkey in my tummy.
We'll check in tomorrow with more Black Friday deals because, you know, it's actually Black Friday. Until then, let us leave you with the words that John Wayne spoke to the Pilgrims on the first Thanksgiving: "Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims!"... read + comment
For weeks now, readers have been asking about the CronusMAX Plus. With its grand claims of using "almost any controller on any console," a lot of people wanted to know if it worked, especially given the pricey $50 price tag for what essentially amounted to a fancy dongle.
After some initial issues, it ended up taking me by surprise at how well it worked.... read + comment
Another year, another lack of Dragon Quest X in the west.
Square Enix has added insult to injury recently too, as it just announced a new Japanese bundle that includes the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS versions of the game. So if you've been wanting to try it out, now is probably the time to do it. I really hope that "announced" NX version (that was subsequently denied by the publisher shortly after) is coming west eventually. I suppose that depends on whether or not the NX tanks.... read + comment
Assassin’s Creed has had a rough time on PC. Not only did the very first game control poorly, but later both the third game and the infamous Unity both had a glut of technical issues, bugs, and suffered with very poor performance on PC. As much as I love the series, its PC ports have been pretty arse.
Even when ignoring the port problems, last year’s iteration was a major low-point. On every platform it was buggy, Arno was a total prick, the combat was heavily balanced against you with an emphasis on ranged weapons that you simply couldn’t counter, and the co-op play felt like a complete afterthought just rammed on in there. I’ve played and enjoyed every single main game, and I did enjoy Unity as long as I forgot it was an Assassin’s Creed and could ignore people's faces suddenly going missing, but it was still ultimately a massive disappointment.
So how does the latest installment, Victorian-based Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, compare to its less than impressive predecessors? Surprisingly well on PC, as luck would have it.... read + comment
There's been a lot of Chrono Trigger talk recently, much to my delight. Between the recent Did You Know Gaming video and the Chrono-like Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna, things have been pretty lively lately. YouTuber praetus has brought the conversation back, with a full recreation of the Millennial Fair in Unreal 4. I think it looks pretty great.
Whenever I hear that tune or even see that setting, it makes me want to play Chrono Trigger again. Between my multiple playthroughs and the time skipping mechanic, I've seen that area so many times, and it hasn't overstayed its welcome yet.... read + comment
Well, this is an awkward digital Thanksgiving dinner.
Nintendo sent over the main courses for the available 3DS and Wii U eShop downloads today, and they're rather paltry. Wii U will see Konami Krazy Racers and Cutie Pets Jump Rope, with the 3DS getting Pet Hospital. Yep, that's literally it today.
In the meantime, you can check out Nintendo's "Cyber Deals," which include 50% off in some cases. Nintendo sales are kind of weird, because I'd imagine that most of the audience would have bought its big releases at full price already, knowing that they hardly ever drop, even years later. There are a lot of gems on there though, like Pikmin 3 for $40 (the local co-op and versus modes are amazing), Return to Dreamland for $13, and Tropical Freeze for $35.... read + comment
One of my most anticipated new features of Hyrule Warriors Legends, an expansion of sorts for the original Warriors, is Skull Kid. The new attacks shown in the video look amazing, and include moon abilities, as well as a fighting style featuring Tatl and Tael at his side.
As a reminder, if you buy the Legends 3DS edition that launches next year (January in Japan, March in the west), you can import Tetra, Toon Link, the King of Red Lions, Linkle, Skull Kid, and trident Ganondorf into the Wii U version.... read + comment
Pokemon Picross was kind of announced out of nowhere on a recent Nintendo Direct, and it didn't have a set date outside of "December." Thanks to a recent site listing though, we now know that it will hit on December 3 on 3DS in North America and Europe.
It'll come packed with "over 300 puzzles," and players can catch Pokemon by solving them, which in turn make other levels easier to play. I usually skip out on every other Picross game or so, and I think I'm due for another one.
Pokemon Picross [Nintendo]... read + comment
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was a pleasant surprise for me, but unfortunately, Europe still hasn't gotten the Wii U edition of the game. It looks like it will finally hit on December 10, according to a listing at Nintendo. We reached out to developer Freakzone Games to confirm whether or not this is accurate, and it has confirmed it!
Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation is still in development for a release at some point, and I'm definitely interested to see if they address some of the issues with the first entry.
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures [Wii U eShop via Nintendo Life]... read + comment
By way of a new trailer from Koei Tecmo, we now know that Attack on Titan will launch in Japan in February of 2016. It'll be released for the PS3, PS4, and Vita platforms, but what's particularly notable is that this is the first time the developer has created a game primarily for the current generation. Instead of crafting PS3 first and upscaling, the opposite was done in this case.
While footage was scarce at launch, this new trailer gives us a good idea of what to expect. All of the usual suspects are here (including Levi), and there's plenty of Trost fighting, as well as forest battles and hub world activities.... read + comment
After weeks of waiting, there's finally some info on Destiny's raid challenges. Apparently in early December, they will be available for normal and hard mode, and will buff a different boss every week with a new strategy to deal with. You'll be able to see the boss that has been altered before you enter the raid by way of a skull on the Director screen, which will impact both difficulties.
They aren't giving any details, but hint that the single-pool strategy for Golgoroth may not work out so well. I think I have an idea of what to expect here, I just hope the rewards are actually worth it.
Weekly Update [Bungie]... read + comment
Recently, Walmart tried to tempt folks into walking into a store and picking up one of "at least" 21 Modern Mario amiibo, but don't do that -- instead, just pick one up casually online.
Why are these such a big deal? Well, they were previously exclusive to a Wii U console bundle, meaning you needed to buy a whole new system to get one in the US. In Japan and other countries they're fairly common, and importing them will only run you $15 to $20 or so, max.
Either way, they're here officially in the US now.
Modern Mario [Walmart]... read + comment
Update: Deal is now live! Looks like they've added in more stock as quantity sold is now at 65% instead of 90%.
But if you really want that extra savings (because its Black Friday after all), you can knock another $10 off plus save on sales tax for most states if you purchase from Antonline at eBay, where the same PlayStation 4 Uncharted bundle is going for only $289.99.
The deal won't be live until 11/26 at 6AM Pacific, about two hours from writing.
If this all seems familiar to you, this is because the deal is from the same retailer that offered up the head-start Black Friday price last Thursday. And as with last time, there will be 2,500 units available at the reduced $289.99 price tag. Problem is, now that we're in Black Friday frenzy mode (yes we know it's still Thanksgiving Thursday), the deal will most likely sell out fast within an hour or two.
As Antonline is an authorized Sony retailer, you'll be receiving the full PS4 warranty. Shipping is of course free and sales tax is limited to only California and Georgia, presumably where Antonline have physical locations and warehouse. Your best bet in grabbing a unit is to pre-fill your payment details in your eBay account (plus getting your PayPal account sorted out).
If you're looking at this post much later in the day and the deal looks to be sold out, apology in advance. But you can still try one of the many retailers above for the $299 price, or I duno, wait for some magical Cyber Monday deal which will blow all of our brains out because the savings are so amazing. Or not.
Black Friday game deals from Dealzon. Sales help support Destructoid.... read + comment
[Update: Gara has now been appointed as "Director of PC" at Amazon, according to MCV]
Sony Computer Entertainment UK’s boss Fergal Gara has stepped down from the position, so he can “pursue a new professional venture,” according to MCV UK.
Since becoming the vice president and managing director of SCE UK in 2011, Gara has been responsible in part for the success of the PlayStation 4 in the UK, which is currently the leading console in the country.
SCE Europe’s CEO Jim Ryan spoke of Gara highly:
“Fergal is an extremely talented leader, and in his four years managing the UK business has significantly strengthened the brand and made countless contributions to our success…
He has also served as a key member of the European Executive team, helping to steer PlayStation to even greater heights. We are extremely grateful for his dedication and for the legacy that he leaves…
I have complete confidence that Warwick [Warwick Light, general manager of the Nordics, East and South East Europe at SCE, who will be replacing Gara starting August 10] is the right person to replace Fergal in the UK role, and his 20 years of service to Sony has been marked by outstanding performance.”
In talking about his own departure, Gara said:
“I have had a fantastic time leading the PlayStation business in the UK and Ireland over the past four years. I am very grateful for having had this opportunity and I want to thank my team who have been amazing and, of course, Jim, for his support along with the wider PlayStation family who have helped make this period as successful as it has been…
I wish Warwick every success as he takes on the UK and Ireland business at this exciting stage.”
SCE UK boss Fergal Gara has resigned [MCV UK]... read + comment
Amazon has detailed what games will be discounted during its upcoming Black Friday promotion.
While prices have yet to be disclosed, what we do have is a list of the games that will be on offer over the course of today, tomorrow, and Saturday, as well as other hardware and peripherals.
To check out the details, head on over to the Amazon.com. New deals will be added throughout the day, and do note that the deals last only as long as quantities do.... read + comment
Psyonix has confirmed that from December 14, you'll be able to jump into the Winter Games event, Snow Day, in Rocket League.
The ice hockey-inspired playlist (well, it's a puck instead of a ball) replaces the Mutator Mashup and will run until January 4, 2016.
In-game drops will be appropriately themed and include an Xmas Rocket Trail, Blitzen Topper, Christmas Tree Topper, Sad Sapling Topper, Santa Topper, Candy Cane Antenna, and Holiday Gift Antenna. Your chances of snagging one will be rarer than
As with all Rocket League, this DLC - and the Chaos Run pack - will be free.read + comment
The final boss of Killing Floor was an utter nightmare. Called The Patriarch, he was a giant mutant armed with a minigun and a rocket launcher, and if that weren't enough, he could also turn invisible, run away and heal himself. While I’ve been killed by him more times than I can count in the original game, up to now he hasn’t made an appearance in the early access sequel, Killing Floor 2.
Finally, Tripwire has detailed the next major content update for Killing Floor 2, and with a name like Return of the Patriarch it’s probably pretty plain to see what’s going to be included.
Yeah, the Patriarch is back. He’s a bit bigger and a bit more mutated, but he’s most definitely back.
Alongside the Patriarch, the update will bring:
That’s a pretty damn substantial update.
As much of a bastard he is, it’s nice to see the Patriarch make a return to Killing Floor. He’s one of the more iconic baddies of the series, and his absence has felt kind of weird up to now. Poison-thrower Hans is great and all, but nothing can beat the giant minigun-wielding mutant guy. Plus having a 50/50 chance of either boss appearing will certainly shake things up a bit.
Return of the Patriarch will be added to the game in December.read + comment
There are plenty of people who’ve been introduced to the Fallout series thanks to the recently released Fallout 4. That means there are also plenty of people who might like to go back and play the older games to see how far it’s come. Let’s be honest, though: Fallout 1 is a very difficult game to get into these days. It came out 18 years ago after all, and it's nothing like the more recent releases.
Well don’t worry, as Fallout: The Story is a mod for Fallout New Vegas currently in development aimed to recreate Fallout as accurately as it possibly can while retaining the modern gameplay of Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Fallout 4.
Usually when these mods are announced, we have to wait years and years for there to be any sign of progress. This time it seems as though they’ve already made quite a fair bit of headway in the project: two of the Vaults are 100% complete, and work is progressing on other settlements like The Hub, Necropolis and Shady Sands.
They’ve even managed to port the navigation system of the older games into New Vegas. Fallout wasn’t a continuous open world back then. Instead, there was an overworld map and nodes indicating major settlements. The Story includes this system as well as the random encounters and events it included.
The video up top shows the very early portions of the game, where the Vault Dweller must leave Vault 13 to find a replacement water chip. The voice acting is uh… not great (thanks, copyright laws), and making an isometric map explorable in first person feels kind of weird, but otherwise it seems like a pretty dang faithful recreation of the Fallout I remember.
Best of all, this mod only requires New Vegas. You can pick that up in the currently running Steam sale for dirt cheap. And you can get the original Fallout too if you want to compare it to the mod. You might need a bit of jiggery-pokery to get it to work on modern systems though.
You can follow the development of the mod over at Nexus, or on the developer’s Youtube channel, which shows way more of the mod than just Vault 13. Right now it isn't available for download, but considering how much work has already been pumped into the project I wouldn't expect an incredibly long wait.... read + comment
Update: More bundles selling out! The ones striked-out below are no longer in stock. No word if they'll return for Cyber Monday next week.
If you want an Xbox One, you better be ready at the stroke of midnight Thursday (yep, not Friday). Forget Black Friday because all the good stuff happens on Thanksgiving Thursday.
We talked about this briefly last week and as mentioned, most retailers will have a $299 Xbox Ones Gears of War bundle on tap, but we also suspected Microsoft Store will throw in bonuses such as $50 worth of Xbox credit - well turns out we were wrong, they're throwing in $60 worth of Xbox gift code, slashing all bundles by $50, plus giving you a free copy of Assassin's Creed: Unity game of your choice!
The above two bundles are our best guess on the "select" bundles getting the $50 savings + $60 Xbox gift code + AC Unity. We're pretty sure some of the 1TB bundles along with select Kinect bundles will also receive the deal, but the preview sneak peek makes no mention of this, so we'll find out in a few hours what Microsoft Store has uh... in store. (Update: Well Microsoft exceeded our expectation).
Black Friday game deals from Dealzon. Sales help support Destructoid.... read + comment
Update: Deal is now live but Walmart servers are being hammered. FYI, Target's similar deal is available in store only.
For those unaware, Walmart will be selling the popular Black Friday Wii U Deluxe bundles with Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon for $249.99 as early as Thanksgiving. While the brick & mortar stores will open up and deals become available at 6PM on Thursday, the bundle will already be available at 12:01AM midnight Pacific time.
The $249 Wii U deal accidentally showed up early this morning on Target's eBay storefront, but lots of users were having trouble adding the bundle to their cart and completing the transaction. So your best bet for grabbing a unit at the $249.99 price tag is to wait for Walmart's deal tonight.
As with usual, Walmart's online inventory will most likely sell out within the hour -- so if you really want to pick a unit up, we highly suggest you set up a Walmart account and prefill your payment information to quickly complete the transaction once the clock strikes midnight.
For those interested, Nintendo's big eShop Wii U and 3DS sales event is now live too. Check out the full list here.
Game deals from Dealzon. Sales help support Destructoid.... read + comment
I was checked out for the day when I saw this vinyl set for Fez, or so I thought. It's so dang good!
Disasterpeace is one of my favorite musicians working in games right now, and the Fez soundtrack is among his best work, easily. To have it on cool-looking vinyl? Mmm, that's mighty tempting.
Polytron also has a fancy new limited edition of the game. Keeping in line with the note-taking spirit of Fez, it's a hardcover notebook, and the package includes downloads for the Windows and Mac versions plus the soundtrack. Pre-sales are now open with a December 18 ship date.... read + comment
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, many of us here in the U.S. of A. are gearing up to navigate through social/emotional minefields that have been years in the making. Many of us are really tempted to call uncle Gary out on his bullshit tomorrow, but we know Gary has really low self esteem so confrontation will only make things worse. Even more of us have totally given up on Mom, because no matter what we do, she'll never love us as much as she loves Larry. If it were up to her, it wouldn't be called "Thanksgiving". It would be called "Thankslarryyouaremyfavoriteboy". God damn it Larry, you've never even had to work for it.
Video games are one potentially healthy way of dealing with those complicated feelings for Larry and the rest of your Thanksgiving party. If you've got a big family, Runbow may be a the perfect choice. With 9 player co-op and/or competitive play, only the largest of get-togethers will end up with anyone left out. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime doesn't allow for quite as many people to jump in at once, but it works great as a spectator sport, sort of like watching two serious in-laws try to pass wet egg between their mouths without using their hands. Oh the humanity!
If you want to know more about these games, or just want to get to know the people who made them, we've got Sup Holmes reruns with the developers of both Runbow and Lovers right here. These handsome Toronto men are a true pleasure to engage with. Thanks to Alex, Matt, and Jaime for being on the show with us, and be sure to tune in this Sunday when we welcome Thomas Grip (Soma, Amnesia) to the program. We've also got a special mid-week Sup Holmes planned for next week with one of the developers of Just Cause 3.
To quote a great personal friend of mine, "What a country!"... read + comment
Square Enix is set to launch Dissidia Final Fantasy in arcades this week, and they've gone over the initial fourteen characters at launch, representing each main series game. Well, they're also doing an Apple-esque "one last thing" too, by way of teasing Ramza Beoulve from Final Fantasy Tactics.
We always knew that he was going to be in the game, but this tease from NicoNico gives us a better look at the hero. Expect a full reveal trailer as early as tomorrow.... read + comment
Night Dive Studios sure is keeping itself busy with the System Shock property.
The company touched up the iconic Looking Glass title earlier this year for an Enhanced Edition release on PC and, as we recently learned, there are also plans for a full-on remake. Amazingly, there could one day be an honest-to-goodness System Shock 3. But let's take a step back.
Polygon has the first screenshots of the System Shock remake, complete with those oh-so-fun image comparison sliders. I wasn't sure what to expect, going in, but I've come away feeling good.
According to Night Dive CEO Stephen Kick, they've been "in contact with members of the original System Shock team." Whether it's new games in the series or big updates to existing ones, Kick says the hope is to be "very true to the spirit of the originals."
It's cool to think that a whole new audience is going to experience this game.read + comment
It has only been a month since Assassin's Creed Syndicate launched, but the first add-on might be lurking in the shadows, ready to strike any moment. The compelling Jack the Ripper DLC is the biggest expansion that has been teased and it also appears as if it'll be the first to release. The indication that it's closer than expected is anything but official, but has a solid track record.
Earlier today, an Achievement list showed up for the Jack the Ripper add-on. Typically, these are only discovered once a game or expansion is nearing release. For comparison's sake, last year's Dead Kings DLC, the first and largest for Assassin's Creed Unity, launched in the middle of January. However, Ubisoft was dealing with a plethora of post-release issues that likely delayed it.
Interestingly, the descriptions of these Achievements present questions as to the player's role in Jack the Ripper. Originally, it seemed likely that the player would be in a position to hunt down the famed murderer. Achievements that read "Frighten 200 enemies" and "Scare an enemy and make him kill someone else by mistake" leave the possibility open that Jack himself is the playable character.
We've reached out to Ubisoft for clarification on these matters, but we honestly don't expect confirmation or denial. Publishers like to control the timing and message of reveals like this. We'll update this post if and when we hear back.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper Achievements [Xbox Achievements]... read + comment
I haven't really gotten into Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, but this new update that's on the horizon may sway me a bit. According to Tiny Cartridge, gaming items are coming, including kiosks for newer and retro Nintendo systems, 3DS and Wii U game racks, and even an amiibo display, complete with a TV screen.
This is literally a giant advertisement, but I can't look away. I'm really tempted to recreate the store in the header above. Right now these items are set to debut in Japan next month.
Someone’s Happy Home is a game store [Tiny Cartridge]... read + comment
Star Wars Battlefront isn't quite what I hoped it would be, but I keep coming back to it for a chance to see moments of pure, unscripted delight. It usually doesn't take long.
This hilarious encounter captured by YouTube user Nick Nixon is a great example of just how goofy this game can get.... read + comment
Level-5 is no stranger to Nintendo platforms. While they got their start making fantastic games like Dark Cloud and Jeanne d'Arc, they shifted over to the DS with Professor Layton, and saw great success there for many years. But they haven't really developed much for Nintendo's console line, only peppering in a few Inazuma Eleven games for the Wii, and a Yo-Kai Watch spinoff on Wii U.
When asked by IGN, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino seems to be more hopeful in terms of their future on Nintendo consoles. Hino noted that he would "proactively consider" both consoles, and that he's interested in the NX in particular, stating that "[I want to] bring Level-5 games to as many kids as possible."
The developer is still working on Yo-Kai Watch 3, and if the NX really takes off, I can easily see a fully featured follow-up in the future.read + comment
In a surprisingly transparent moment, Dying Light developer Techland has decided to be upfront about raising the price of the game's next add-on, The Following. Back in August, it was originally announced that the DLC would cost $15. Now, the cost has been pushed to $20.
Techland insists that it has justification for the price hike. In a press release today, the developer says that the scale of the expansion has grown significantly since the studio started working on it. "It could be a stand-alone title," Techland comments. As such, it felt necessary to raise the price.
There are a couple things here that people might take issue with. Most obvious is that Techland went back on its word. But, a hidden complaint is that this single add-on now costs as much as the entire season pass.
To rectify this, Techland is also raising the price of the season pass. It's going to soon cost $30 instead of $20. Those who already own the season pass will get The Following and everything else at no additional cost.
But, for those who plan to buy The Following, now's a prime opportunity to actually buy the season pass. Techland isn't raising the price until December 8, meaning that you can pick up all of the game's DLC at a $10 discount. Another way to look at it is that for two weeks, The Following comes packed with all of Dying Light's add-ons.
It finally happened. Under this very specific set of conditions, we've finally advocated for the purchase of a season pass.... read + comment