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Review: The Legend of Korra

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
8 minutes ago - 9:00 AM on 10.21.2014
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One of the biggest surprises of 2014 had to be the announcement of a Legend of Korra game, published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. Yes, that Platinum Games -- the current master of action titles.

It's only been a few months since the reveal of said Korra game, and already it's out on just about every platform imaginable outside of the Wii U. While the core result is indicative of Platinum's seal of quality, it feels rushed in many ways.


Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.

Review: Samurai Warriors 4

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
1 hour ago - 8:00 AM on 10.21.2014
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While the Dynasty Warriors series is often heralded as the pinnacle of Omega Force's hack-and-slash catalog, the lesser-known Samurai franchise has been churning out some of the best games in the stable.

Based around the Sengoku era of Japan, Samurai Warriors mixes things up with unique offerings like ninjas, samurai, and historical figures such as Goemon Ishikawa and Musashi Miyamoto. If you can get past the repetition, Samurai Warriors 4 delivers another hearty helping of action the developer is known for.

Civilization: Beyond Eath pre-order deal breakdown

3 hour ago - 6:00 AM on 10.21.2014
Civilization: Beyond Eath pre-order deal breakdown photo

Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you spot more Beyond Earth pre-order deals and pre-load info, let us know in the comments!

Mission Control, we are T-minus 3 days and change to the October 24th launch of Civilization: Beyond Earth. If you're looking to get in the action on Day One, there are a few reasons to pre-order, including a bonus DLC, the ability to pre-load, and most importantly - discounts.

As of writing, there are a few price breaks available from digitally authorized retailers on. Rather than paying the full $49.99 MSRP, you can buy from four different retailers with discounts for Beyond Earth - some as high as 22% off.

In North America, your options are constrained to three retailers. DLGamer proves the best discount thus far with a 22% coupon applied at checkout, knocking a whopping $11 off list. If you prefer a different retailer, there's a 20% off coupon at 2Game, and even a rare 15% discount from GameStop's digital download department.

Review: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 2:01 AM on 10.21.2014
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[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.]

Fantasia holds a special place in my heart. My wife and I both grew up playing instruments, and whenever a song comes on from the film, we get to share a little moment as Disney fans. Yes, PhilharMagic is one of our favorite attractions at Disney World.

So when I heart that Harmonix was making a Fantasia game, I got excited -- until I heard that it had at least one song by Drake in it. Of course, my full judgment was reserved for the finished product, and I found it to be a magical experience overall.

Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 10:30 PM on 10.20.2014
Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month photo

There were enough worthwhile PC games tied to Games for Windows Live that I was willing to put up with service, which seemed to range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating, depending on the day. For many of us, Dark Souls was among the best of them. It's Nito, as Steven might say.

After Bandai Namco promised in May to seek avenues to support our beloved action-RPG on something, anything other than Games for Windows Live, the publisher has at last announced plans for a migration to Steamworks. Next month, users will be able to redeem their old copy of Dark Souls on Steam at no extra cost and, for a period of time, transfer save data (characters, progress, and Achievements) to the platform as well. An exact start date hasn't been set.

I've been wanting to start a fresh playthrough ever since beating the sequel. This would be a nice change of pace from my past routine of mindlessly powering through the same save file in continuous new-game-pluses. Let's make November Dark Souls month.

Bandai Namco Games America [Tumblr]

We learned Fiddy doesn't need to move his mouth to swear in 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

Bill Zoeker, Video Technomancer - Destructoid
13 hours ago - 8:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Watch the slow progression of our drunken stupidity as we continue to trudge through 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. In this segment, I try to make my Bacardi and Vitamin Water cocktail less terrible with lime juice, sadly to no avail. Then Max and I poop a bunch of nonsense from our mouths, as usual.

We don't recommend eating a whole turkey before you play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Bill Zoeker, Video Technomancer - Destructoid
14 hours ago - 7:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Max and I round out the first hour of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with groggy, terrible jokes. We also talked about the mysteries of Boz Scaggs. And... stuff.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 still needs some work

Alasdair Duncan, Contributor - Destructoid
15 hours ago - 6:00 PM on 10.20.2014
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We've talked before which games use Steam Early Access best. Titles like Prison Architect and Sunless Sea are two that come to mind for me; these are games that have a perfectly playable and enjoyable core game that has been expanded upon with patches and updates. Games that have a story, however, aren't the type of thing you'd expect to be in Early Access, as you'd most likely prefer to get the whole thing up front.

Episodic games are, of course, a different kettle of fish as you're buying the game with the understanding that you'll get four or five installments at a regular interval. Even Double Fine's Broken Age was only split into two halves after a snafu with budgeting after its successful Kickstarter. KING Art Games also ran a successful crowdfunding venture and it too has split the release of The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 into separate chapters.

Civilization V is free to play on Steam right now

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
15 hours ago - 5:30 PM on 10.20.2014
Civilization V is free to play on Steam right now photo

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes out this Friday and in anticipation, Civilization V is now free to play on Steam until October 23. 

It's all right here.

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge coming to 3DS next month

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
16 hours ago - 5:00 PM on 10.20.2014
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I love Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

I am glad that it is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console. I think I will pay $5 for it despite still having a cartridge. I probably won't bother with the code for the Special Demo Version of Ruby and Sapphire it comes with, but that's fine.

It is a lovely little game. I think I will go play it right now. 

Catch Mega Pokemon early in the Alpha Sapphire Special Demo

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
16 hours ago - 4:30 PM on 10.20.2014
Catch Mega Pokemon early in the Alpha Sapphire Special Demo photo

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you get a head start on your adventures with a Special Demo Version. Details on how to get it are here. You may want to. It lets you transfer items as well as Pokemon, including the Mega Evolving Glalie.

Have you seen Ichi the Killer? I finally did. I don't necessarily recommend it, though it was about what I expected. At least be aware of the graphic gore and violence. Anyway, there's a scene in it involving a punch. Mega Glalie reminds me of that.

Also that chomp chomp scene in The Thing, which I just rewatched last night, per Halloween tradition. Recommend you do the same.

There's a new Time Crisis and it's NOT for iOS

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
17 hours ago - 4:00 PM on 10.20.2014
There's a new Time Crisis and it's NOT for iOS photo

I would always go for House of the Dead above all other light-gun arcade games, but if I had any quarters left, I'd often put them toward Time Crisis; usually enough for a single round, which would come to an end with impressive speed. While it's been quite a while since I've last played one of these games, it's comforting to hear Namco hasn't stopped producing them.

The next installment -- we're on Time Crisis 5, now -- will appear in Japanese arcades this March. The game features a second action pedal players can use to flank enemies as well as a button on the side of the light gun to swap between weapons. It's not like we play Time Crisis for innovation.

If this comes to the West, I'd be interested. It's been too long.

バンダイナムコ、AM機新商品プレス向け体験会を開催 [Game Watch via Gematsu]

We have three reviews going up tomorrow morning

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
17 hours ago - 3:30 PM on 10.20.2014
We have three reviews going up tomorrow morning photo

When you -- yes, you, person who sleeps in until at least 7:00am Pacific -- check Destructoid tomorrow morning, there will be three new reviews. I figured you might appreciate a quick heads up as these things can slip through the cracks when they hit so close to one another.

The reviews in question are Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (12:01am Pacific), Samurai Warriors 4 (6:00am Pacific), and The Legend of Korra (7:00am Pacific). Embargo times sure are silly.

Our own Chris Carter is responsible for all three reviews, as if you expected any less from The Machine. We've got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at him in action:

I'm down for this Halo 2 Anniversary making-of documentary

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
18 hours ago - 3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope so! I don't enjoy sharing information you're familiar with.)

It's "coming soon," as they say. Here's the official blurb: "Get unprecedented access to the development process as [developer 343 Industries] and their team of partners from around the world bring Halo 2 to the Xbox One, while maintaining and honoring its fabled past."

Making-of documentaries can be insightful and motivating, or self-aggrandizing fluff. Hoping for (and expecting) the former here.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC requirements haven't advanced much from last year

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
18 hours ago - 2:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's required PC specs have been released on the game's Steam page, and it turns out that all that power doesn't necessarily change everything -- especially if you use last year's iteration as a baseline. The minimum requirements are awfully similar to Call of Duty: Ghosts', with only nominal increases listed.

Most notable is that both memory and video card remain unchanged, although it does still require a fairly hefty 6 GB RAM. Also, you'll need 55 GB free on your HDD because games take up more space than ever. That's the cost of partaking in advanced warfare.

While the Steam listing doesn't mention recommended specs, these are the minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 55 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare [Steam via PC Gamer]

Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft after 10 years

Kyle MacGregor, Contributor - Destructoid
19 hours ago - 2:00 PM on 10.20.2014
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Jade Raymond, the managing director at Ubisoft Toronto, is parting ways with Ubisoft after ten years with the company, the publisher announced today.

Raymond produced Assassin's Creed and served as executive producer on Assassin's Creed II, Watch DogsTom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. She helped found Ubisoft Toronto, where she has served as managing director since 2009.

"I've spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games," Raymond stated in a press release.

"This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path," Raymond continued. "I'm confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what's next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors."

Alexandre Parizeau, another founding member of Ubisoft Toronto, will succeed Raymond as the studio's managing director.