Another wave of beta testing is underway and we have more codes to give out: Act fast: We've been sent a cryptic grab bag of Rainbow Six: Siege Beta codes which you can redeem from the widget below (you may have to allow script tags, some browser extensions may block this from appearing). We're not sure if this widget is shared with the rest of the internet or just us, so get em while you see em.
Is the game worth a look? I haven't had a chance to personally put my paws on it at the time of this blog, but our reviews editor Chris Carter gave the alpha a thumbs up, noting it's good use of classes and tactical missions. Jump in and judge for yourself, we'd love to know what you thought of it.
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A level called "All the costumes unlocked! :)" has been featured by Nintendo in Super Mario Maker, that tricks people into thinking the level will let them use some of the many unlockable costumes in the game. Instead plays the greatest song ever known to man.
I don't want to ruin the surprise, so just watch the video above and enjoy.... read + comment
Remember when our beloved Sony and Microsoft servers were continually down last year because some idiots sitting behind their keyboards thought it'd be cool to cripple an entire population of gamers? Well, the authorities haven't forgotten and continue to be on the case.
Announced today, six teens in the U.K. were arrested as suspects in distributed denial of service attacks to online servers of gaming companies, e-retailers, a British newspaper and a school. According to the BBC, the six are alleged to have gotten help from the group Lizard Squad, who claimed responsibility for much of the madness we all had to endure.
The teens are accused of using Lizard Squad’s Lizard Stresser tool, which allowed users to pay to take websites offline.
We don't yet know what will happen to these kids, but let's hope it's severe enough to deter them and any other half-wits from doing the same thing in the future.
Remember folks, it's all fun and games until someone fucks with our gaming lifestyle. No matter how smart you think you might be, chances are you're still gonna get caught. So, please, don't do this kind of stupid shit.read + comment
Great news everyone, now game publishers are holding the boobies hostage behind DLC paywalls, at least if you want anything other than average.
There is now DLC available in Japan for Gal Gun: Double Peace that allows you to make all the girls flat chested or heavily endowed, boob-wise. If that isn't quite enough for you and you've got deep pockets you can buy the "Pheromone Z DLC" that allows you to zoom in and see through the high school aged girls clothes for the low, low price of 10,000 yen plus tax which is roughly $83 USD -- a new high or new low for gaming, depending on your outlook.
Gal Gun: Double Peace is an on-rails experience ala House of the Dead where you must shoot high school girls with a non-lethal gun that causes them to experience an ecstasy-like state after seemingly orgasming -- ah Japan, you'll never change...or will you? Gal Gun: Double Peace is available now in Japan for PS4 and Vita and is expected to release worldwide.read + comment
[For our next promoted blog, SpielerDad takes us through the weird world of gaming stock photography and video. Prepare to laugh, cry and shake your head. - Pixie The Fairy]
As someone who has been gaming for nearly 30 years, I’ve seen the medium go from a childrens' pastime to mainstream entertainment. However, there is one thing that has not changed much:
Advertising agencies don’t understand gaming for shit.
This is coming from someone who has actually worked in and collaborates with ad agencies to this day, so I do have real world knowledge of this. I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt the vast majority of them simply do not understand the core concepts of video games.... read + comment
The Western turn-based strategy game cites XCOM, David Lynch, Stephen King, No Country For Old Men as influences, while I'm noticing some High Plains Drifter in its horror side, but it isn't just a carbon copy with a new theme.
Hard West is split into two levels. The over world is represented as a map with various points of interest. While you typically have an objective and a place you could go right away to advance the story (typical Western tale of hunting in revenge), but you can also explore bits in the map, engage in some light text adventuring, and set yourself up for the turn-based strategy (combat) sections.... read + comment
Watching this trailer for Hive Jump brings me back to old school shooters like the ones based on the Aliens franchise. I'm really loving the art direction, focus on multiplayer, and gunplay, but it appears as if we'll have to wait a bit longer to give it a go -- as it launches in 2016 (also for PC).
It also has amiibo support of some sort, though we'll likely get more details closer to launch.... read + comment
PAX Prime is this weekend. It's a yearly, consumer-focused gaming convention held in rainy Seattle, Washington that always has a large turnout of Destructoid folks. And I'm not just talking about us writerly jagoffs, though we'll be there in force. I'm talking the lovely community members that make this site a great place to work at everyday while actually being mostly naked and at home.
So let's hang out! All of us. We'll huddle under limited umbrellas because it's meant to rain all weekend, but that will just make us closer and wetter.
If you're making the trip, there are a number of ways to get coordinated with future besties, including a Facebook Messenger group that everyone is encouraged to join (figured it might be easier than GroupMe or similar group chat apps). Getting the Facebook Messenger app on your phone is recommended, but it also works with the regular site/app. Anyone in the group can add you, holler if you need in, or physically handcuff yourself to someone in the group and have them serve as your liaison.
Let's roll 50 deep into every establishment so it takes an hour to get your McDonalds order.
For newbies, Andy's old How to survive PAX post is full of advice I endorse fully. Note that on the staff end, the following jagoffs are in attendance: Steven Hansen, Jordan Devore, Kyle MacGregor, Brett Makedonski, Zack Furniss, Alissa McAloon, Alessandro Fillari, Myles Cox, and Mike Cosimano.
As an aside: Captain Merica is doing a fab job rebuilding out the regional groups registrar in his PAX Prime community blog...even if you're not going to PAX, there may be dtoiders closer than you think!... read + comment
First off, let's thank the amazing crew handling the new Friday Night Fight blog. You guys are amazing and I appreciate you all stepping up to the plate on this. As some of you may know, I haven't been going through the best of times. In fact, unless I can figure something out, this might be my last FNF post, as I'll be forced to resign (not by anyone here, but I can't hold a job if I can't do said job). Let's set sad shit aside though. It's Friday, let's play some games together.
Before we get to gaming though, check Steven's (he's so dreamy) Dtoid PAX guide here and also take a peek at Captain Murica's (I'd hit it) community meetup/PAX meetup guide here. Captain has the deets on avatar adoption as well.
Oops! Forgot to give a shout out to our newly launched Twitchtoid as well! Twitchtoid is a cabal of Dtoid streamers, using their personal channels, but organized under one banner. If you're interested in becoming a community streamer, please shoot me an email. I'll be doing my best to promote you guys and in some cases, provide games to stream.... read + comment
We're in Seattle chillin' out, maxin', PAX'ing all cool. Remember that if you, too, are in Seattle, you should come hang out with Destructoid staff and community members. We even managed to stake out an entire sports table last night dedicated to laughing at Florida sports teams (and, you know, other people were playing Street Fighter 3rd Strike, and stuff).
Anyways! We're running around doing work, but I wanted to take some pictures for yous guys. And not just the one of a Bullet Bill's butthole. I didn't take any pictures at last night's meet up because I was drinking and didn't have this fancy borrowed camera I clearly am an amateur at using, but there's a bunch on the web.
The Gungho logo (purple) looks like a g-spot vibrator.... read + comment
Warner Bros. has finally officially canceled Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 after delays and months of silence.
"After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game. We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned."
So there you have it, Warner Bros. couldn't get the quality it expected out of the game, so it did the right thing and canceled it instead of releasing a broken product. Good on you Warner Bros. and sorry to those who had wanted to play it on last generation consoles.... read + comment
Venerable Super Mario villain Bullet Bill (really, villain? He just a bullet, he goes where he is shot, he has no say in the matter!) is most often seen in profile thanks to his 2D leanings.
However, if this official character mock up provided by Nintendo at its PAX Prime booth answers that age-old question: what does a Bullet Bill's butthole look like?... read + comment
Although it's only been announced for Japan so far, Amazon has a pre-order listing up for Odin Sphere package for 3,298 yen, and it looks great. In short, it comes with a PlayStation Vita pouch, lens cloth, and a material (potion) charm. It's important to note that this does not include the game, and is merely an extra.
I hope we get to see cool extras like this overseas -- it's been so long since Odin Sphere's release, and wouldn't mind picking up some of this stuff. The actual game will be released on January 14, 2016 on PS3, PS4, and Vita, and later in the year in the US.
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Back in July, BlazBlue invaded Phantasy Star Online 2. Now, Guilty Gear Xrd is getting a turn. Costumes for Sol, Ky (both male and female), Millia, May, and Elphelt are available as of the next update, scheduled for the fall.
I love these sort of wacky crossovers, I just wish the US would get an official Phantasy Star Online 2 client. Having played the original for years, I have dabbled with some workarounds, but a lot of my friends refuse to play it until it's officially released. C'mon Sega!
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Even though I backed Hover: Revolt of Gamers back when the campaign launched, I didn't really dig into it until last month -- and man was it worth it. Now the development team has updated the game into the 3.0 alpha build, and the improvements are looking great.
If you're into the Jet Set Radio series, you owe it to yourself to at least watch the trailer.... read + comment
The Mega Man Tribute artbook is a pretty wonderful little tome, and it's getting a reprint later this year. You can check out the awesome new cover art above, compliments of the amazing Hitoshi Ariga, and Jeffrey Cruz.
The re-release will be a hardcover edition, and will be sold for $44.99 on December 10. If you're into Mega Man art, I recommend it, but be warned -- all it basically has is art.
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I haven't kept entirely up to date with One Piece, but I do read the summaries, and have caught most of the earlier arcs. It's a daunting task (the series has been running since 1997) in terms of the anime, and there's lots of filler involved, but the characters, for the most part, are interesting enough to watch. Plus, there's always the chance that we'll finally learn what the "One Piece" really is (it's going to be "family" isn't it?).
Thankfully, the games tend to side with brevity in favor of more action-oriented affairs.... read + comment
Now that the Shovel Knight amiibo is officially official, the floodgates have presumably been opened for other indie collaborations. While we aren't 100% sure that he'll appear in Super Smash Bros. as a guest character, I seriously doubt that Nintendo will stop at just one third-party mashup.
Personally, I'd love to see a Binding of Isaac amiibo. Sure it probably wouldn't be flea-ridden and gushing with blood, but the standard Isaac model would likely make it past the approval process. Plus, what better way to incentivize the 3DS and Wii U editions of the game than a tiny amiibo bonus?
Another game ripe for an amiibo is Runbow, whose standard character model is iconic enough on its own, not to mention open for plenty of variants. Plus, as a Wii U exclusive, it has plenty of wiggle room to negotiate with Nintendo.
How about you?... read + comment
As you may have heard, Mighty No. 9 was delayed recently into 2016. As an apology of sorts, backers will be able to access an "exclusive trial," which will run from September 15, for a full month on PC. It will include four levels, one of which hasn't been playable before, and six challenge mode stages. Additionally, the previously displayed stages will have new enemy placements, on top of a visual upgrade.
"All relevant cutscenes" are included since the single player is "basically done," as well as a variety of voice and subtitle options. Dialogue boxes can now be toggled, in addition to an 8-bit soundtrack mode. Finally, all backers will get a free code for Mighty Gunvolt on Steam.
It's a nice little gesture, but it probably would have been better served right at the announcement of the delay.... read + comment
Welp. Just a few months after XCOM 2 was announced as a PC-exclusive bound for a 2015 release, 2K Games has relayed the news of a delay. It is now coming worldwide on February 5, 2016.
The reason for the delay? According to developer Firaxis, "more depth, replayability, and more investment in your soldiers, " as well as mod support. So, basically the core principles of an XCOM game. That all sounds good, and I'm completely ok with this. It'll be interesting to see if lightning can strike twice for Firaxis, and whether or not they'll bring it to other platforms.
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is less than a week away, but for now, you can enjoy a really strange commercial involving a cardboard box wedding. It's more like an homage to the series, showing touching moments throughout multiple games, in addition to an advert for Phantom Pain.
Note! In the process of showing past clips from the series, it spoils a part of Metal Gear Solid 4. Then again, why haven't you played Guns of the Patriots yet?... read + comment
Nintendo is still feeding us information for Super Mario Maker, and this time, it's a quick look at the different styles available. As most of you know by now, the game has the original Super Mario Bros. 8-bit theme available, as well as Super Mario 3, World, and U.
The bad news is that a lot of the cool features (like the amiibo costumes) only work in 8-bit form. Expect our review next week.... read + comment
Borderlands is Gearbox's star property. Though The Pre-Sequel was kind of a letdown, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Tales from the Borderlands have all been critical and/or commercial successes. Of course 2K and Gearbox would want there to be a movie. Of course.
Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, Divergent) will be heading up production, but past that there isn't much known. Will it be live action or CG (I'm hoping for the latter, personally)? Will it take place before, during, or after the current events in the series? Will it star the Vault Hunters we already know and love or introduce a new set of characters? Will it actually be good (god I hope so)?
The Borderlands movie is set to be produced by Avi and Ari Arad, who are best known for working on superhero comic movies like Iron Man.read + comment
Starting this week and running until September 7, 2015, Final Fantasy XIV will run the "Rising" event, complete with rewards and a few "guest appearances." The items include two minions, and celebratory fireworks.
The event is being held to "reflect on the Calamity" (an in-game event), and to fend off the festivities from a "terrible insect infestation." It will be held in Ul'dah, the Steps of Nald, at the coordinates 10, 10.
Again, I love that Square Enix holds events like these, and heavily injects lore into them -- it's a good excuse to get back into the game.
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I could go either way on Project Treasure, which has recently had a name switch into Lost Reavers. Shooting mummies with machine guns in a dungeon crawling format looks awesome, as do the Souls-esque boss fights, but the free-to-play scheme still has me worried.
This announcer though -- he's getting me more excited! Watch the trailer to see what I mean. A beta is coming if you happen to live in Japan.... read + comment
Two days ago we got the first reveal for Cliff Bleszinski's new arena shooter LawBreakers. Today we get a brief look at the gameplay and if I had to describe it with one word, that word would be "motion."
Each of the four classes shown has its own unique movement ability. Kitsune the Assassin has a grappling hook, which she uses to swing over the Grand Canyon. Breacher the Gunner has a floaty jump (and possibly a double jump -- it's hard to tell) and the ability to blind fire behind him. Maverick the Skirmisher is equipped with a jet pack and can ground pound for kills. Cronos the Titan is the only fighter shown rocket jumping.
Each of those have been done on their own, but typically arena shooters put everybody on the same playing field in terms of movement abilities (as with Tribes). The asymmetry here might be LawBreakers' big selling point.
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[Update: looks like most of them are gone. Try accessing them on a mobile browser or through the Target app.]
Still collecting amiibo? You'll find the Classic 30th Anniversary Mario, Dr. Mario, Olimar, Ganondorf, and Zero Suit Samus up at Target.com right now. Select amiibo like Rosalina and Jigglypuff are available as restocks.
As a note, Dr. Mario is exclusive to Target, and there's another variant for the 30th Anniversary Mario -- the "Modern" color. For a recap on every current amiibo that's been announced, check out our full listing here.... read + comment
It's only been two years since the release of the first Disney Infinity, which managed to become a massive hit before venturing into Marvel territory in the second game. Now, Disney has tapped the Star Wars market, and its monolithic influence is set to destroy the wallets of parents everywhere.
This would be a bigger problem if the games weren't all that great, but thankfully, Disney Infinity 3.0 maintains the same level of quality as the last entry, with a few minor iterations. Did I mention it has Star Wars in it?... read + comment
It was odd, to say the least, to see Sony directly blocking Until Dawn archiving on Twitch, but according to the publisher, it was a mixup.
I reached out to Sony, who responded with the following note: "We are currently working on a fix that will enable archiving of Until Dawn Twitch streams as this feature was unintentionally disabled. We are humbled by the community reception of the game and are excited to see fans sharing experiences on Twitch and YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide an update as soon as the issue has been resolved."
I mean, the move kind of made sense. It would be similar to streaming a movie that just released on Blu-ray -- the game is basically an interactive film, even more-so than a lot of other recent adventure efforts.... read + comment
The UK, it exists and Destructoid now has writers there. Great British Pounds. Eastenders. Steptoe and Son. The Destructoid UK Podcast (DestrUKtoid).
This week UK Editor Laura Dale is joined by Joe Parlock and Vikki Blake to talk about Gravity Ghost, Brighton amiibo news, Zombi, and our regular selection of terrible dad jokes.read + comment