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LISA the RPG stuck in Greenlight limbo, releases badass new trailer

Rob Morrow, Contributor - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 12:30 PM on 10.24.2014

[Disclosure: LISA contains characters based on past and present Destructoid employees.]

I've seen a lot of Kickstarter projects during the last few years. Some make it, some don't. A rare few manage to stick with me, though. These are the ones I'll spot on Steam and think to myself, "Oh yeah! I remember this game from Kickstarter! Wow, has it really been that long ago?"

It's that process in between the completion of a Kickstarter campaign and the day the title finally gets released that is largely ignored. Some games have a publisher who can vouch for the developer, allowing them to sidestep the Steam Greenlight process; but, as you can tell by the sheer volume of games that pop up on Greenlight, a hell of a lot of them don't.

That's where we come in, because Democracy! We, the gamers, have a say in what makes it on to Valve's platform. That's a beautiful thing, when you think about it.

One particular game in need of a boost is Austin Jorgensen's delightfully strange LISA. You may remember it as the EarthBound-inspired RPG that takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where men are the last survivors and drugs, violence, and the decay of human intelligence have become the status quo.

LISA is a stubbornly individual title that seems as though it shares some of Destructoid's DNA. It has that unmistakable irreverent sense of humor and boldness that drew me to this site in the first place. At Destructoid, we embrace the weird. Hell, I'd go so far as to say we celebrate it.

As you can tell by watching this latest trailer for his game, Jorgensen knows how to celebrate the weird as well. LISA revels in it. It's not often that a title like this comes along, so if you like what you see, head over to the title's Greenlight page and give it your vote.

Vive la weird.

Treat for Sony fans: PlayStation gets temporary Costume Quest 2 exclusivity

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 12:15 PM on 10.24.2014

This ain't no trick -- things are lookin' pretty sweet for PlayStation owners that want to do battle with some Grubbins just in time for Halloween. Sony's announced that it has a temporary console exclusive for Costume Quest 2 on PS3 and PS4. It's set to release on October 28 for $14.99.

Accompanying the reveal is the news that the PlayStation versions of the game will feature a unique costume -- Sackboy from the Little Big Planet series. Sackboy's special attack is the Little Big Beatdown, which is a flurry of punches that focuses on one enemy. Sackboy won't be available from the get-go, however. He'll be a free update sometime post-launch; the exact date isn't known yet.

If PlayStation isn't your thing, Costume Quest 2 is already available on PC, Mac, and Linux. It's also coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U -- it's just unclear as of now when that's happening. But, Sony fans are fortunate enough to get all of the treats with none of the tricks.

The Witcher 3 intro cinematic: Yep, still want this

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 10.24.2014

Eye-boring crow! Eye-boring crow! 

Gameplay, of course.

Forward to the Sky looks like a fun platforming romp

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 11:30 AM on 10.24.2014

Every once in a while a game will come along that reminds me of the Dreamcast era, filled to the brim with great looking games like Skies of Arcadia. Forward to the Sky looks like one such title, an action platformer that just hit Steam Greenlight.

The aim is to control a princess and gather pieces of crystal, as you attempt to climb a giant tower and bash things with your sword. Adjectives like "relaxing," and "peaceful" are primarily used to describe the game, which is more than okay with me.

It will launch on PC later this year regardless of the Greenlight campaign.

Forward to the Sky [Steam]

Review: Fantasy Life  photo
Review: Fantasy Life
by Brittany Vincent

One of the biggest gripes I hear from friends interested in but hesitant to play Japanese role-playing games is that they're too "complicated." It's a sentiment I've never understood; several take great pains to be accessible and enjoyable to a wide variety of players. Unfortunately, my explanations of tropes and tried-and-true mechanics aren't usually enough to sway the potential players, and they're swept away by a title of a different ilk.

That's why Fantasy Life is such an interesting case. It takes familiar elements such as classes, grinding for XP, and character customization and distills them into something that can be digested by just about any type of player. Oh, and it helps that it's a lot of fun, too.

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New PS4 firmware will feature USB music support

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 10.24.2014
New PS4 firmware will feature USB music support photo

Next Tuesday, the same day thousands of people will be downloading the newest Final Fantasy XIV content update, the PS4 will be getting a major system update to bring its firmware up to 2.0 -- it's called "Masamune," which is pretty awesome.

It will mainly feature the ability to play music by way of a USB stick, but it will also come with broadcast powers, namely archiving. Oh, and themes are coming too, as is Share Play!

PlayStation [Twitter]

Xbox Music's free trial period has come to an end

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 10.24.2014
Xbox Music's free trial period has come to an end photo

If you've been using the Xbox Music service for a while now, prepare to be disappointed -- the service is ceasing as a free offer as of December 1st, 2014. Previously the music streaming app was available for free with ads, but now you'll have to purchase a subscription for it.

The sub will be $9.99 a month, and will offer something similar to Beats Music and Spotify's services.

Xbox Music Free Streaming FAQ [Xbox.com]

Outlast 2 is in the works, developer realizes they have 'at least another horror game' in them

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 8:13 AM on 10.24.2014
Outlast 2 is in the works, developer realizes they have 'at least another horror game' in them photo

Outlast was a pretty fantastic horror game, and it ended up seeing a release on a number of platforms outside of the PC due to its success. Developer Red Barrels has stated that this isn't the last we've seen the franchise, noting that "after shipping the Xbox One version of Outlast, we took some time to anaylze our situation and we quickly realized we had another horror game in us. So yes, we are working on Outlast 2."

The new game will retread old ground, as new characters and settings have been confirmed. There's no target release date in sight.

Red Barrels Confirms ‘Outlast 2′! [Bloody Disgusting]

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches February 17

Kyle MacGregor, Contributor - Destructoid
21 hours ago - 11:00 PM on 10.23.2014
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches February 17 photo

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, supposedly the last one with a five in the title, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on February 17, Koei Tecmo announced today.

Team Ninja's upcoming fighting game will carry a $40 price tag on the newer systems, with the more venerable consoles getting a $30 download-only version. 

In addition to the standard retail release, PlayStation 4 owners will be allowed to dip their toes in the pool with Core Fighters, a free-to-play version featuring four playable characters. Also, plenty of sweet, delicious microtransactions.

It's a little different on Xbox One, though, where there will be a non-expandable free trial. Xbox One users who find themselves wanting more will need to fork over $5 to purchase Core Fighters, which comes with four additional characters and the option to spend more money on other things. Makes a lot of sense unless you think about it.

At least Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate players will have the opportunity to transfer over any unlocked titles, costumes, and story progress to Last Round should they choose to upgrade.

Resident Evil was a difficult game to remaster in HD photo
Resident Evil was a difficult game to remaster in HD
by Alessandro Fillari

With the rise of high-definition re-releases, many fans have likely made a wish list of titles they hope will eventually get the HD treatment. Whether they be classics from the '90s or 2000s, we're seeing a variety of games find new life in today's market. Unfortunately, not every title can make that transition to modern consoles, be it for technical or design reasons.

Thankfully, Resident Evil is an exception. During a special hands-on session with the game, I experienced what it was like to return the mansion in full HD, and even got to speak with members of Capcom staff to learn about the challenges they faced with Remastered.

They certainly had their work cut out for them.

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If 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand were about Eminem, it might be like Deadpool photo
If 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand were about Eminem, it might be like Deadpool
by Bill Zoeker

In this segment of our drunken 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand stream, I think we're mostly just getting drowsy. Max talks about the evolution of Eminem and I yell at my roommate for texting me about laundry during the stream.

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Contest: Win a code for Warlock 2: The Exiled! photo
Contest: Win a code for Warlock 2: The Exiled!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Warlock 2: The Exiled launched its Wrath of the Nagas DLC earlier this week, and to celebrate they've given us 10 codes for the base game to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! Sweet!

Steven Hansen was a big fan of this game, so you should be too! To enter, just leave a comment below! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, October 26 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the world.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you decide to enter manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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All the Smash Bros. Wii U facts, differences from 3DS version photo
All the Smash Bros. Wii U facts, differences from 3DS version
by Steven Hansen

Alright. If Smash Bros. 3DS is at least a little sparse, this video makes it feel all the more sparse. I mean, Event Mode is back. And there's a separate two-player Event Mode. 

Watch along with the video above, or read along with my jumbled attempts at saving you 35 minutes by jotting down all this new information on the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., which is just a month away.

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Meaty turn-based RPG Pier Solar HD hits Wii U in November

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
6:00 PM on 10.23.2014
Meaty turn-based RPG Pier Solar HD hits Wii U in November photo

WaterMelon's homebrew project Pier Solar and the Great Architects pushed the Sega Genesis to its limits as a new release in 2010 (!) which I thought was courageous, at the time. Still do. The game shipped on an actual cartridge, albeit one with higher-than-normal storage. Crazy!

The developer has since Kickstarted a high-def director's cut for modern systems, and some of those versions are only now trickling out. Pier Solar HD is available on PlayStation Network and Steam but for those of you wanting the Wii U release, hang in there -- it's set for November 6.

WaterMelon also sent over an image showing what's displayed on the GamePad screen, viewable below. Nothing too fancy but good to know, all the same.

Mewtwo will join Super Smash Bros. next spring

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
5:46 PM on 10.23.2014
Mewtwo will join Super Smash Bros. next spring photo

I didn't want to flood the page with mini Super Smash Bros. Wii U news updates out of Nintendo's live stream this afternoon, but, Mewtwo! He's coming to both games this upcoming spring.

If you register the 3DS and Wii U version of Smash, he'll be free to download. And with DLC finally confirmed, I wonder what else Nintendo has in store for us post-release.

For those of you who either can't or won't watch the whole video, Steven's working on a recap now.

Eight-player battles in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, y'all

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
5:15 PM on 10.23.2014
Eight-player battles in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, y'all photo

Are you watching this? Nintendo is streaming a 50-fact extravaganza for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and they're really good facts, you guys. Offline eight-player battles are in!

These will be playable on select stages -- Palutena's Temple, Big Battlefield, to name two -- that are large enough to accommodate extra fighters. Five- and six-player Smash battles are in, too.

The stage based on Kirby Super Star's Great Cave Offensive looks so neat. Event Mode is back, just as Steven and I had hoped. I'll never look at the 3DS version of Smash quite the same.