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Hyrule Warriors' play-as-Ganon mode looks broken and awesome

Jordan Devore, Managing Editor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 3:45 PM on 02.26.2015

In the next and seemingly final piece of DLC for Hyrule Warriors, we'll be able to punch bosses in the face as the biggest boss of all, Ganon, in his own separate mode. I'm eager to let my anger out on the Imprisoned, that jerk. Toes will be smashed. The camera will peace out. Fun times for all.

There's also a separate boss rush mode, which doesn't sound too appealing considering how painfully repetitive those fights become once you're hundreds of hours into the game, but I'll at least play to unlock some new costumes. Speaking of which, Ganondorf, you feeling okay?

The Boss Pack DLC is now available in Japan and will release on March 12, 2015 in North America as part of the season pass. Alternatively, you can nab it as standalone for $2.99.

A free game update is also on the way. Most notably, it'll address those pesky load times, raise the level cap to 255, and flesh out the Apothecary with mixtures that cause the weak point gauge to deplete more quickly, increase attacks against giant bosses, and absorb magic from bosses.



BlazBlue spin-off Xblaze 2 coming west this summer

Kyle MacGregor, Associate Editor - Destructoid
9 hours ago - 3:30 PM on 02.26.2015
BlazBlue spin-off Xblaze 2 coming west this summer photo

Xblaze Lost: Memories is coming west this summer, Aksys Games just announced.

The "RPG-style" visual novel is the follow-up to XBlaze Code: Embryo, which Aksys localized for western audiences last spring. This PS3 and Vita title serves as a continuation of that story, but has additional gameplay mechanics. This time around Arc System Works has mixed in dungeon exploration and puzzle elements alongside the diverging plot lines with multiple endings.

Play as the enigmatic pink-haired protagonist as she navigates through a weird and wondrous alternate reality with the help of the mysterious Nobody in order to save her sister, who disappeared into this unknown world! While there she is tasked with finding "Memory Fragments", crystallized memories that not only serve as keys that will help her move on and find her sister, but also uncover the identity and story of the person those memories belong to!

You can check out Xblaze Lost: Memories' official website here for more information.





Y2K is a surrealist fantasy told through the lens of a Murakami-loving hipster photo
Y2K is a surrealist fantasy told through the lens of a Murakami-loving hipster
by Brittany Vincent

Y2K began with protagonist Alex Eggleston returning to his his hometown from college. I watched him gaze out of bus windows until the scene shifted to him sharing a seat with a man in a panda costume.

This was jarring enough to give Alex reason to look completely shaken and offended, and as the jaunty soundtrack suggested, should have felt super quirky and weird. It didn't.

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Capcom pulls switcheroo with Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Rob Morrow, Contributor - Destructoid
9 hours ago - 2:45 PM on 02.26.2015
Capcom pulls switcheroo with Resident Evil: Revelations 2 photo

No stranger to controversy, Capcom is again making the headlines of popular gaming websites after delisting an offline cooperative mode that was advertised for the PC version of the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2 prior to its launch.

It's an unfortunate situation for those who were looking forward to playing the game locally with a friend. Our own Chris Carter seemed impressed with the feature in his review of the Xbox One version, going so far as to say that "local co-op is where it's at."

The features list for Revelations 2 on Steam shows assistive co-op play as being available, but the entry has been edited to remove any mention of co-op functionality after the game's launch.

What customers see today when ordering:

  • Assistive co-op play – Players will need to switch between the two characters (Claire/Moira, Barry/Natalia) to overcome the nightmares.

What customers saw before when pre-ordering:

  • Assistive co-op play – Players will need to switch between the two characters (Claire/Moira, Barry/Natalia) to overcome the nightmares in either single player mode with an AI partner or offline co-op.

Alongside the updated feature listing, Capcom has also added a disclaimer at the bottom stating that online Raid Mode co-op functionality will be added at a "later date" and notes that "The PC version does not support offline co-op play in the Campaign or Raid Mode."



Payday 2 welcomes Jacket from Hotline Miami to the crew

Nic Rowen, Contributor - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 2:30 PM on 02.26.2015
Payday 2 welcomes Jacket from Hotline Miami to the crew photo

You might not know this, but murderers love cross-brand synergy. That's why hot on the heels of some John Wick co-marketing, Payday 2 is getting a rash of neon-soaked DLC to celebrate the release of Hotline Miami 2. Remorseless spree killers have to stick together after all.

With the purchase of Hotline Miami 2 on Steam, Payday 2 players will gain access to a dufflebag's worth of new Hotline-inspired masks. Spendy criminals who purchase HM 2's Special Edition however will be getting a little more, unlocking the Jacket character pack.

He comes with his own weapons (a gussied-up Mac-10 and blood-speckled hammer), a new “Sociopath” perk deck, can only communicate with snippets of conversation played back on a cassette tape recorder, and totally won't look out of place next to three other guys wearing identical suits. The full list of unlocks can be found here.

The only thing I want to know is if we can replace the regular tape recorder with a Home Alone 2-style Talkboy. In fact, now that I think about it, Kevin McCallister does tick off a distressing number of sociopathic personality traits. He probably wouldn't mind jumping aboard the co-marketing gravy train with the rest of these lunatics.

In a surprisingly consumer-friendly move, Australian heisters who won't be able to legally partake in this crazy cross-promotion killing spree (because HM 2 is banned there due to REASONS) will be able to get the DLC for free by hitting up Overkill's support with proof of their Australian citizenship. Daww, behind all the hostage taking and gangland executions, they really do care!





We've got to go to Mars in Offworld Trading Company photo
We've got to go to Mars in Offworld Trading Company
by Jason Faulkner

In a future where corporate greed has depleted the Earth's resources, humanity has taken to space to acquire the goods needed for survival. The asteroid belt was supposed to be the great salvation, an almost limitless bastion of metal and minerals which could be used to prop our depleted world up. However, the same corporations that harvested the Earth dry laid claim to all the most bountiful asteroids, forming a syndicate that continued to subjugate even the most powerful of the world's governments. That's where you come in. In one last great experiment in capitalism, you'll be claiming stake in the New Martian Colonies, the last place within humanity's reach that hasn't been claimed by the hand of the syndicates.

Offworld Trading Company is being produced by Stardock, developed by Mohawk Games, and headed by Soren Johnson, Civilization IV's lead designer. It's a real-time strategy where there are no armies to move, units to build, or cities to conquer. Instead your fight is purely financial; sell high, buy low, and bankrupt the competition. It's still in Steam Early Access, but the main gameplay modes are already all there. There's a dynamic campaign in which you'll play through a series of scenarios to make your way to the top of the Martian economy. They've also integrated a fairly intuitive set of tutorials that help get you into the game quickly, as well as take you through the advanced mechanics if you need the extra help. Multiplayer is also fully integrated, although when I checked there weren't a ton of people playing the game yet.

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Laura's Gaming Butts: A Link To The Ass

Laura Dale, Contributor - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 1:55 PM on 02.26.2015

Hello all and welcome to Laura's Gaming Butts, Destructoid's new weekly YouTube show about butts in videogames. Yep, it's a video podcast where I get guests in to talk about butts. Professional journalism at its finest.

This week we're joined by Destructoid community member Daniel Fox, better known here as Preposterous Whitey. From Tingle's adorable Christmas ornament of a rear to Ganon's transforming posterior, we're here today to discuss the butts of the Zelda franchise. Now, sit back and enjoy some butts.



Bungie implements patch 1.1.1 in Destiny, mostly changes weapon balance

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 1:30 PM on 02.26.2015
Bungie implements patch 1.1.1 in Destiny, mostly changes weapon balance photo

Bungie has unloaded patch 1.1.1 into the Destiny world, which has a number of weapon balance adjustments, in addition to a new reputation window, matchmaking for weekly Heroics, and a fix for the dreaded heavy ammo bug. A few other stealth changes have made it in, too.

The most notable ones include a fix for the 4th Horseman shotgun (which is now actually usable), confirmation that the Song of Ir Yut does have the extended magazine not shown in the tooltip, a small (fair) nerf to the Shoot To Loot perk, the guaranteed addition of Exotic engrams to Xur's inventory, the removal of heavy ammo drops for player kills in PVP, and a system in place that avoids repeated maps for Crucible queues.

Weapon balancing seems ok so far outside of the needless assault rifle nerf, which is counteracted by making nearly all shotguns and some pulse rifles viable. I'm glad hand cannons were adjusted, because everyone using the Fatebringer at all times in PVE got old fast. As a scout rifle player at heart, I haven't noticed anything major in terms of a strategic shift, but I am using more of my Exotic cache lately (outside of ARs), which is good.

This rock-solid patch is setting up House of Wolves for success early on, so Bungie may have an easier time bringing ex-players back into the fold if the expansion is actually good.

1.1.1 [Bungie]



PlayStation deals: $359 PS4, free PS TV bundle, or 20% off PSN credit

DealzonDestructoid
11 hours ago - 1:15 PM on 02.26.2015
PlayStation deals: $359 PS4, free PS TV bundle, or 20% off PSN credit photo

Lots of PlayStation 4-related deals on this fine Thursday afternoon morning, as Rakuten offers the console's "choose one game" bundle for only $359.99. It's even throwing in six months worth of PlayStation Plus access.

Over at Best Buy, the retailer must be itching to get rid of the PlayStation TV inventory it has stocked up because it's now bundling the system in for free in a PlayStation 4 The Last of Us: Remastered bundle. For $399.99, you're getting a decent value from an authorized Sony retailer. (The PS TV is worth about $60 to $80.)

Finally, another worthwhile PlayStation deal that's somehow still in stock comes from PayPal Digital: $50 worth of PlayStation Network credit for only $40. If you do the quick math, you're basically getting 20% off anything on PSN -- a fairly rare deal, all things considered.



Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 1:00 PM on 02.26.2015
Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB photo

From Software doesn't just make Demon's/Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The company created Armored Core, too. It also followed its King's Field games with another first-person, skeletal RPG, Shadow Tower.

Shadow Tower has been rated by the ESRB for PSP, PS Vita, and PS3, as spotted by DualShockers, which could point to an impending PSN release, possibly ahead of Bloodborne.

And, if not, Shadow Tower has been on the Japanese PlayStation Store since 2007. You can always break out that alternate account.

Shadow Tower [ESRB via DualShockers]



At long last, Republique is out on PC via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 12:45 PM on 02.26.2015
At long last, Republique is out on PC via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store photo

Once upon a time it felt like Republique would never make it to PC after its successful Kickstarter campaign. Thankfully though developer Camoflaj has been open about the process, guiding us through the series of delays until this moment -- launch.

You can now find Republique Remastered on sale at Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store, which includes the first three episodes on the Unity 5 engine. It's priced at $24.99 ($19.99 for the first week), and includes episodes four and five. You can also buy a deluxe edition of the game for $34.99 (also discounted down to $27.99 for one week), which comes with extras like the original soundtrack, a documentary, and a few prototypes.



Namco teases new Vita RPG Ray Gigant from Demon Gaze dev

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 12:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Demon Gaze developer Experience has been busy on the Vita since with Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (and its upcoming sequel in Japan), but there are no shortages of dungeons to crawl or publishers to team with, so Bandai Namco has begun teasing Experience-developed Ray Gigant.

The name could be worse.

It stars the special chosen boy who blows up all of Tokyo after killing a Gigant, the (alien) monsters that have suddenly begun appearing worldwide. After getting the whole wiping out entire cities thing in check, he goes on to fight Gigants along with the two other main characters, unloved British boy Kyle (not MacGregor) and a girl named Nil of unknown nationality who posts up in the Caribbean.

新作ダンジョンRPG『レイギガント』公式サイトがオープン!ティザーPVや各種情報が判明 ― T.M.Rさん、飛蘭さん、南條愛乃さんの3人が主題歌を担当! [Gamestalk via Siliconera]



Bard the Wandering Caretaker will soon join the cast of League of Legends

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 12:15 PM on 02.26.2015
Bard the Wandering Caretaker will soon join the cast of League of Legends photo

Riot Games continues to truck on with League of Legends, which is still going strong years later. Its newest Champion to join up is Bard, described as "The Wandering Caretaker." He'll make use of chimes spread about the map, which he can activate to utilize certain buffs and boosts.

Riot notes that Bard is billed as a "wandering support," much like Alistar was in the old days before his rework. Sounds like a unique style of play -- I'm in.

Bard The Wandering Caretaker [Riot Games]



Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong Land and Country!

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 02.26.2015
Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong Land and Country! photo

This is a huge day for the 3DS and Wii U in terms of the Virtual Console. Not only is the 3DS getting Donkey Kong Land 1-3, but the Wii U is also getting Donkey Kong Country 1-3, which were removed previously from the Wii. Happy day! If you buy one or more games on the above list, you'll get 30% off Tropical Freeze until March 3. Also on the Wii U is GravBlocks+.

The 3DS isn't resting on its laurels though, as Ironfall: Invasion launches today, as does the Titan Attacks! port. You'll also find Luv Me Buddies Wonderland, Around the World in 80 Days, and themes for Donkey Kong and Monster Hunter 4.



Spring Fever '15 might be PSN's best promotion ever

Kyle MacGregor, Associate Editor - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 11:45 AM on 02.26.2015
Spring Fever '15 might be PSN's best promotion ever photo

Sony is back with its annual "Spring Fever" promotion, and boy howdy is it a good one. Starting March 3, PSN will have eight solid weeks of hot new digital releases, all of which will be available at a discount for PlayStation Plus members in their respective debuts. Here's the full rundown:

  • Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita) March 3, 2015 ($17.99/$19.99)
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4,PS3, Vita) March 10, 2015 ($13.49/$14.99)
  • Jamestown+ (PS4) March 17, 2015 ($10.79/$14.99)
  • Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita) March 24, 2015 ($13.49/$14.99)
  • Axiom Verge (PS4) March 31, 2015 ($17.99/$19.99)
  • Bastion (PS4) April 7, 2015 ($13.49/$14.99)
  • Titan Souls (PS4, Vita) April  14, 2015 ($8.99/$14.99)
  • Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita) April 21, 2015 ($13.49/$14.99)

In addition to all those new games, Sony will also be running sales on the following franchises:

  • Lego (March 3 - March 9)
  • Saints Row (March 10 - March 16)
  • Assassin's Creed (March 17 - March 23)
  • God of War (March 24 - March 30)
  • Batman (March 31 - April 6)
  • Dragon Age (April 7 - April 13)
  • Grant Theft Auto (April 14 - April 20)
  • Call of Duty (April 21 - April 27)

Dammit. My wallet is already weeping. Sorry, little guy, you're about to get a lot thinner.

Spring Fever 2015: 8 Weeks, 8 New PS4 Games, PS Plus Discounts [PlayStation Blog]



Slain! is an homage to a particular kind of gothic, gory classic

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
13 hours ago - 11:30 AM on 02.26.2015

We are not wanting for loving pixel art in this nostalgia-fueled retro renaissance, but Slain!'s Gothic horror manages to stand out the same way the sort of off kilter Altered Beast or Castlevania still do. Before "pixel art" became a bit of a catch-all aesthetic.

Fight things. Fight bigger things. Do puzzles. Avoid traps. Die repeatedly, horribly, with lots of pixelated blood and viscera. Sounds good.

Modest Kickstarter goal. Veteran (Naughty Dog, Rockstar) team. A year and a half of development finished with an estimated three months left, making for a May PC release. Sounds good.

The team is considering a PS4/Vita version of Slain! too, if there's interest (Xbox One already confirmed), so please go yell loudly for that to happen after enjoying some fine, page-breaking gifs.

Slain [Kickstarter]