More Rock Band 4 songs! With music tastes as varied as they are, it's hard to say whether you'll all be excited by the new songs that Harmonix is teasing this time. Personally, I'll enjoy crooning "Fever" by The Black Keys and butchering Fall Out Boy's "Centuries" in equal measure. Steven's a huge Scorpions fan (seriously, talk to him about that in the comments, and do it often) so I know he'll get a kick out of "No One Like You".
We're now at 39 tracks for Rock Band 4, which is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One on October 6. Brett had good things to say about it here.... read + comment
Do you guys remember EVO? You know, EVO? Big fighting game tournament?
KaneBlueRiver was the first Chilean to take home an EVO title with his low-tier hero team of Hulk/Haggar/Sentinel. It speaks a lot of the player's skill to win with a set of characters that goes against so many expectations.... read + comment
We're approaching Killing Floor 2's Incinerate N' Detonate content update (I've been saying this for too long, but it's closer every day), and Tripwire Interactive has shelled out a few more details for us.
The forum post Lighting Up the Night explains the returning Firebug perk's passive boosts and skill tree. Perk weapon damage, reload speed, fire resistance, personal fire resistance, and starting ammo amount will increase as you level up. The skill tree will include choices such as increased range or splash damage and more damage over time or a chance to make your enemies stumble.... read + comment
With less than thirty days until Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's release, Konami has still been keeping things close to the vest. Which is amazing, considering that the recent extended gameplay demos and videos shown over the last two months have only scratched the surface of what players can expect with the game. It shows confidence. With the release steadily approaching, Konami has made another move to show its faith in the title.
The PC release for The Phantom Pain, which was set for the middle of September, will be moved up to the same day as consoles on September 1. Folks who pre-order the game on Steam will get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and all Steam players "will receive a collector's video which reveals behind-the-scenes footage and a unique documentary, in addition to DLC in the form of a 'Venom Snake' emblem and Mother Base Staff."
Unfortunately, there is some bad news for PC and console players alike. While the core game and all its online components (including base building and invasions) are set for launch, the ever-elusive Metal Gear Online, MGSV's competitive multiplayer mode, has been delayed till October 6 on consoles. While that sounds fairly reasonable, Metal Gear Online for PC is coming much later: January 2016.... read + comment
My standards go out the window while I ate the "pasteurized process cheese food" provided by United as an in-flight snack. If you have to designate your product as "food," there is a problem. It tasted like a cheesy Ritz without the satisfying ashy texture and in much too large quantity.
One chapter of Blood Meridian. My bookmark was a boarding pass from San Francisco airport to Frankfurt. That's what I am doing now, but it was for a trip earlier this year, and Frankfurt was just a layover. Here it is not final, either, but I will be allowed to leave the giant airport of mile-long walkways to embark towards Cologne by train. The point is that six months later I finished one of the early chapters of Blood Meridian [Note - I read another chapter and a half, haven't cracked 100 pages].
Glances at a movie I think is called Tomorrowland. George Clooney opened it talking into the camera and it looks very expensive.
For signs of empathy or humanity in the woman seated in front of me, who broke the airplane rule of reclining her seat all the way back into my outstretched book, sending it tumbling. [Note - she would keep it reclined all the way back for 9 hours]... read + comment
I still remember where I was when I discovered Dynasty Warriors. I was in a Blockbuster Video just perusing some games, and my friend shouted that I needed to hurry up so we could get to a meetup of some kind. So I kind of just found Dynasty Warriors 2 sitting there, and the rest was history -- I played it for three days straight, and since then, I've played nearly every major entry in the series, as well as a bunch of spinoffs.
Although technically a sequel to the first entry (which was a fighting game), Dynasty Warriors 2 turned the series into the powerhouse it is today, fostering tons of spinoffs and even more recently, a fully-fledged Zelda game. It was released in Japan on August 3, 2000 -- just 15 years ago.
You know what? It's probably still my favorite entry, too. Although I do enjoy the One Piece games and adore Hyrule Warriors, I'll never forget the multi-faceted campaigns of the second game, and my tireless efforts to max out every character. Really think about it (there's so many to choose from) and discuss your favorite below!... read + comment
Get your tentacles ready, there is about to be another Splatfest in Splatoon for those of us in North America and this time the theme is marshmallows versus hot dogs. Jonathan Holmes and I decided to debate why our side is the best on video in hopes of swaying some of you to choose our side. Watch us debate above and tell us whose side you're on in the comments.
Olivia Munn, eat your heart out.... read + comment
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, the newest project from tri-Ace and Spike Chunsoft, looks pretty great. Now, compliments of for latter part of the collaboration, we have a gameplay trailer that shows us a bit more in regards to how things will actually play out.
In short, it looks like there's plenty of JRPG combat to be had, as well as some sleek-looking platforming. While it's just coming to Japan later this year on PS4 and Vita, I hope that it gets localized eventually.... read + comment
Sometimes games take concepts from other popular titles and combine them into a beautiful mix -- this is not one of those games.
Was boating your favorite part of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker? Do you play Uncharted and Tomb Raider games for the parts where you shimmy along and climb ledges? Surely most of you answered no, but if you answered yes to those questions, this is the game for you.
It certainly was not the game for me.... read + comment
Sony has revealed its special edition set for Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection in Europe, and it's pretty meh. It comes with a 48-page Art of Uncharted Book, a steel case, and "a handful of stickers." Haha, stickers.
Of course, the actual games will be included as well, with 1080p visuals and 60fps, as well as "exclusive access" to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta. It will launch on October 7 in Europe (October 9 in the UK specifically).
I don't think I'll be getting this, as the only Uncharted game I really like is the second.read + comment
Man, Infection is great. I remember when my group of friends used to manually play it before it was officially a "thing," and when it became a thing, we played it even more. 343 Industries has confirmed that it may return to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I wonder how long it'll support this game -- a long while, I hope, since it's basically the marquee Xbox One title at this point.
In other Halo-related news, it seems as if we'll learn a bit more about Halo 5 this week at gamescom. Halo Halo Halo!
B is for Bravo [Halo Waypoint]... read + comment
Capcom has officially confirmed that Vega will be joining the Street Fighter V roster. He will be playable at gamescom today, in addition to Necalli, the newest character to join the franchise. Evidently Vega has a new moveset here, with two styles at his disposal -- "claw" or "no-claw." The latter will allow him to use command grabs, and toggling between the styles is key to really tapping into his moveset.
Yep, this all sounds pretty great! I never really mained Vega at any point in my Street Fighter career, but he's a good go-to for me.... read + comment
Guitar Hero Live could end up being a pretty neat experiment, and if Activision sticks to its word of not annualizing the franchise, I'll be happy. You can get a look at the in-game festivals (Rock the Block and SoundDial) in the video above, as well as more info on Guitar Hero TV.
Also, singing is confirmed now, if that's a thing you like to do. I prefer to stick to the guitar myself, though I do stray from time to time (RIP Rock Band's keyboard).... read + comment
Yes, you read that right -- there are two Kickstarters currently underway for Red Ash -- one is for an anime, and the other is for the game. While the latter is now funded by way of an outside publisher for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the former project barely made its goal of $150,000 earlier this morning. So yeah, there's a Red Ash anime now, and the "extra content" play for the game has decidedly failed, hovering at roughly $500,000 of its $800,000 goal with just a few hours left.
I wonder if Comcept will spill the beans on the possible Mighty No. 9 delay. People keep citing one response by way of a backer forum, but that was an unrelated issue last week. Comcept has yet to comment on the newest development, and publisher Deep Silver has even declined to comment entirely on the matter.... read + comment
World of Tanks is a selfish game. It acts selfishly in that it hides information from its players, expecting them to figure out any and all intricacies on their own. Similarly, it asks its userbase to roll into combat as a team, but only concern themselves with individual performance. Selfishness permeates the spirit of this game.
Though, I suppose we shouldn't expect any different from World of Tanks. Simple as the premise may be, real tank conflict would be undoubtedly difficult, and these types of titles tend to skew toward realistic to a degree. All's fair in love and war(gaming).... read + comment
This past weekend, composer Arnie Roth started chatting up a "Final Fantasy XII remake," much to the delight of the Internet rumor mill. This morning though he took to Facebook to put down those rumors, noting that "regrettably, the term ‘remake’ was used in error during one of the announcements that took place from the stage during the concert."
I think Square Enix probably has an HD remaster in the works (or even just a PS2 classic release on PSN), and asked him to clarify his statement, as "remake" would imply new assets of some sort.
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY [Facebook]... read + comment
Microsoft has announced that if you purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, you'll be able to unlock the entire Gears Collection by way of backward compatibility, and now we have a few concrete details on the matter. If you play Ultimate on Xbox Live from August 25 until December 31, you'll be eligible to unlock the collection this fall when it hits. That includes Gears, Gears 2, Gears 3, and Judgment.
When said collection does arrive, anyone who owns it by way of the Xbox 360 will also be able to play their copies, and the original Gears will evidently drop later today for Xbox One preview members. Having played them all, I don't think I particularly want to replay any of them again without a couch teammate.read + comment
CCP has another new game up its sleeve -- Gunjack. While the trademark was filed quite some time ago, now we have a solid gameplay trailer to look at and judge. It will apparently be an arcade shooter for the Samsung Gear VR platform, and the plot seems to involve mining operations and pirates. It will be set in the same universe as EVE and Dust 514.
The "Samsung Gear VR platform." Great, I can't wait for all these expensive headsets to duke things out with exclusive games.... read + comment
Gears of War was not alone in ushering in an era of grimdark, of repetitive third-person cover-based shooting, but it ground our faces deepest into the dirt and grit.
At one point an officer yells at prison-broke Marcus Fenix, "you're not fit to wear that uniform," yet the army had no qualms about leaving him conveniently locked up in jail in that same armor. Why? The newly redone cutscenes don't answer this. The dialogue is all the same, but story segments have been otherwise re-directed, re-edited. None of this props up what is a lacking story and unintentionally funny characters, but I'm sure the people who made Gears of War: Ultimate Edition had fun making the original entry look its best.
Well, Rod Fergusson did. I can't imagine too many studio members of The Coalition, formerly Black Tusk, took a particular nostalgic pride in completely re-doing over 3,000 art assets after the studio canned the original IP it had been working on for near two years. They get to make Gears 4, at least.... read + comment
The first Rare game I ever played was Snake Rattle 'n' Roll in 1990, but the company has been around for quite some time. Vs. Slalom was technically Rare's first title. Tim and Chris Stamper, the heart and soul of the company until their departure in 2007, created their first game called Jetpac, in 1983.
Although Rare isn't the powerhouse it once was, Rare Replay is a testament to its storied history, and a beacon of hope for the future.... read + comment
Our first ever Super Smash Bros. for Wii U online tournament just ended and the results are in and we have a tie! Congratulations to Edgar (NNID MexiBoy51) and Jaydubious (NNID Jaydubious) both having 9 wins. Also an honorable mention goes to third place coming in with eight wins Jed (NNID DimmuJed) (me!), as I'm not pushover at competitive Smash Bros..
I know a lot of you missed out on the previous tournament, so we are changing this one up a bit. To join look for the tournament called Destructoid.com under Tourney ID 58072273828685 and enter password Dtoid. The tournament is limited to 100 participants, and you can participate in up to 25 battles per day.... read + comment
Pac-Man reminds me of a child actor whose star burned too bright. Much like that cute kid from that one movie, Pac-Man fell on hard times after his crippling meth addiction landed him in rehab.
Nowadays, the poor guy can been seen eating out of diapers, and has even stooped so low as to make a cameo in a recent Adam Sander production, a cruel reality that should deeply sadden us all.
Get well soon, Pac-Man. Or at least go devour soiled garments somewhere out of the public eye.
John Rowlandson [Twitter]... read + comment
Growing up, Konami was one of my favorite companies in the world. Now, it's a shell of its former self. But according to a report by the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, it's even worse off than we could possibly imagine.
The report is walled behind a pay portal, but sites like Gematsu, PepsimanGB, and Kotaku have done a decent takedown of it. In summation, the corporate culture sounds pretty scary, as internet access is cut down at Kojima productions (now Number 8 Production Department), and only internal messaging is enabled. If you're late coming back from lunch, you are publicly shamed, and cameras in nearly every hallway constantly monitor employees.
Evidently staff don't even have real email addresses outside of PR, and email addresses are randomly changed at different intervals. The worst part though? If you're deemed "useless," you're reassigned to work like security or cleaning staff -- this includes "big producers," and incidents like these have already been confirmed in the past to lead many workers into a state of depression.
One damning bit involves the fact that after an employee mentioned leaving, Konami monitored everyone who "liked" his status, and reassigned those individuals. And that shift to mobile games? That happened all the way back in 2010.
We've reached out to Konami for comment, but don't expect to hear anything back. If true, this is some pretty horrific stuff.
コナミ、ほころび始めた「上月王国」 [Nikkei]... read + comment
If you're a League of Legends player who enjoys playing Gangplank, you likely noticed very quickly when the character was completely removed from the game last week. During Bilgewater: Burning Tides, a huge story event for League of Legends, Gangplank was murdered by his rival and rendered unplayable for everyone. Yep, even those out there who spent money on him.
Taking a playable character away from people who spent money on them seemed a very odd choice for the developers to make. They also refused to give people refunds for Gangplank-related spending and told them to wait a few days before asking for a refund again.
Unsurprisingly, these signs pointing to the character maybe not being permanently dead were today proven true.
In an epilogue released to the story event, it was revealed that Gangplank is still alive, but one of his arms is a little worse for wear and has now been replaced. Players who prefer his original design can still get it as a free skin according to a statement made by Riot.
Since this is the first time we’ve done something so dramatic with story and theme, we’re commemorating the event with the Captain Gangplank skin depicting the dread pirate from before the events of Bilgewater: Burning Tides. All players who own and play (or have already played) an entire matchmade game as Gangplank during the event will receive the Captain Gangplank skin for free.
Captain Gangplank reflects a simpler time, when one uncrowned reaver king ruled over Bilgewater with an iron cutlass and a fearsome love of scrimshaw. While base Gangplank has been irrevocably changed by Miss Fortune’s masterful scheme, the Captain Gangplank skin hearkens back to before the pirate’s bloody fall.
So, are you a Gangplank fan? I'm certainly not complaining about seeing him back in League of Legends.
Gangplank returns and the event end draws near [League of Legends]... read + comment
Paying for third-party exclusives isn’t part of Microsoft's long-term strategy, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
Talking to Chinese site Gamecores during China Joy 2015, Spencer said that in the future Microsoft will focus on more first-party content rather than third-party exclusives, such as upcoming timed-exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
“My strategy is more around our own first-party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own. I want to have strong third-party relations, but paying for many third-party exclusives isn’t our long-term strategy,” said Spencer.
“It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our line-up, but investing in first-party -- you’ll see more of that at gamescom next week -- is really core to our strategy.”
Here's the full ten-minute interview, courtesy of ZhugeEX. (Tell me I'm not the only one who thinks that the venue of this interview looks shady as feck.)
Microsoft recently acknowledged that it "must do better in Europe," with Spencer confirming that "mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on."
Xbox is kicking off Gamescom festivities one day early with a press briefing tomorrow on August 4 (4 pm CEST/10 am Eastern). On August 4 and 5, it'll also hold a Fanfest, a community event where fans can play upcoming titles without going to the full gamescom show.
Does it matter if Xbox games are first- or third-party to you? What do you think Microsoft must do to catch-up with Sony's PlayStation 4?read + comment
We've bought over 2 million copies of Driveclub.
Game director Paul Rustchynsky tweeted about the milestone on Twitter and shared an image of a snazzy award thing.
It's thought the game reached the milestone in the eight months before the PlayStation Plus edition was released.
"Driveclub is fast and easy to get into, nice to look at, and it has a lot going on in the background to keep you connected and competitive with your club members and other individuals," we said in our review. "But that doesn't change the issues in the foreground. Its approachable and enjoyable racing is marred by AI cars that love to unfairly bash and crash on the single-player side."
Were you an early adopter who paid for the game on release, or did you wait until Driveclub hit PlayStation Plus before taking it for a spin? Tell me: was this game worth the wait?read + comment
Since The Long Dark was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2013, we haven’t really heard much about it. A small update here, a little preview of what’s to come there, but other than that Hinterland has been quietly chugging away at the snow-based survival game.
Some of what the developer has been working on has been unveiled in the latest update video, and basically every system has been changed and tweaked to make the game a bit easier to understand. Changes to campfires, sprinting, foraging for materials, and major HUD changes are all included in the update.
There are a lot of changes, so Hinterland have released a video which you can view above, and the full change list is available on its website.
The Long Dark is currently on Steam Early Access, should you want to freeze to death.... read + comment
In an interview with PC Gamer, Terraria’s lead developer Andrew “Redigit” Spinks announced that going forward, there will be more frequent but smaller updates to the game.
Talking about the recent 1.3 update, Spinks also announced this will be the last update he works on before passing the game over to the rest of Re-Logic:
This will be the last update that I work on personally so it is hard to say what the future holds. That decision will be left up to the team that continues to work on Terraria. We like the idea of switching to smaller more frequent updates moving forward.
The interview also confirmed that Terraria 2 is planned alongside the upcoming Terraria: Otherworld, as well as a hint that mod support might be coming to the original game at some point in the future.
So Terraria’s still not done with after four years of post-launch support. It’s also coming to 3DS and Wii U soon too, so don’t think Re-logic is anywhere near done just yet.read + comment
Doujin Dojo is a weekly column dedicated to spotlighting independent games from Japan and the people that make them.
Every time I talk about PlayStation Mobile, someone inevitably mentions it's the first time they've ever heard of the (now-defunct) service. And there's a reason for that. Sony never really supported the platform, which was another one of those good-in-theory projects that the company lost interest in as soon as it was born, leaving it to fend for itself like a small child abandoned in the wilderness.
Essentially Sony's take on Xbox Live Indie Games, PlayStation Mobile was an open platform that allowed virtually anyone to release games on PlayStation Vita, Xperia phones, and Sony tablets.
It was a wonderful idea, giving independent creators a place to sell their wares on a console without restrictions like the certification process. But it wasn't without its drawbacks. Before the marketplace shuttered last month, the Wild West-like outlet was rife with shovelware and shameless clones.
But buried amidst bullshit like "Luminis" and "Flappy Birds" were a few hidden gems, such as the topic at hand today, A Healer Only Lives Twice, which I have fittingly buried further with this lede.... read + comment
Oh hey, I didn't see you there. I was just reading about Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, a new role-playing game from Star Ocean studio Tri-Ace and Spike Chunsoft of Danganronpa fame.
Revealed in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, the new PlayStation 4 and Vita title follows the exploits of a young man who, after being caught in a mysterious explosion, awakens on an alien planet where he and eleven others soon find themselves wrapped up in a war between the gods.
The collaboration is coming to Japan later this year. No word yet regarding a western release.read + comment