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MGSV: The Phantom Pain's online mode will debut at The Game Awards

Alessandro Fillari, Contributor - Destructoid
8:30 PM on 11.26.2014
MGSV: The Phantom Pain's online mode will debut at The Game Awards photo

Next week is looking to be a pretty exciting time for gaming. With The Game Awards showing off world premieres of upcoming titles, and the PlayStation Experience doing the same, it's definitely going to be a busy and eventful weekend. But just a week before the event, Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards, has teased the upcoming reveal of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's online multiplayer mode.

"Next Friday night I'm honored @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN will join us at @thegameawards to world premiere Metal Gear Online."

Why I love The Last of Us multiplayer, in a nutshell photo
Why I love The Last of Us multiplayer, in a nutshell
by Kyle MacGregor

We're outnumbered, down to our last pair of lives. The clock is ticking, it's as much of a threat to my team's survival as the four armed men bearing down on our position. I don't like our chances, not one bit, but moments like this, they're the reason I play the game.

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Giving Thanks: Nintendo 64

6:00 PM on 11.26.2014
Giving Thanks: Nintendo 64 photo

[Dtoid community member Bardley is thankful for the Nintendo 64.  Lots of us around here have fond memories of the system. Let's take a walk down memory road, shall we? Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric Toothbrush]

When thinking over the games that I am thankful for, many gravitate around one system in particular: the Nintendo 64. It has a special place in my heart because it was the first video game system I owned as a kid, one that I’ve continued to pick up and play with over the years. With the Nintendo 64, I was introduced to 3D platformers, one of my favorite genres, with titles such as Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, Donkey Kong 64, and Rayman 2. These were some of the first games I ever played and influenced my tastes in gaming.  They gave me a desire for big, interactive worlds to play in.

The Sega Humble Bundle has some gems

Jordan Devore, Managing Editor - Destructoid
4:30 PM on 11.26.2014
The Sega Humble Bundle has some gems photo

Lotta deals this week, so I'm only just now getting to the Humble Sega Bundle. Depending on how many of these games you already own, you should get to it, too.

For $1 or more, you can be the proud owner of Sega Bass Fishing, Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut, Space Channel 5 Part 2, NiGHTS Into Dreams, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (plus some DLC for Total War: Rome II and Football Manager 2015).

Steam keeps notifying me that friends are playing Sonic Adventure; I know where they've been! The bundle has more tiers -- beat the average for Empire: Total War, Company of Heroes 2 DLC, and "more games coming soon" or pay $12 or more for Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai -- but that base lineup is where it's at. Deal's good until December 9 at 11:00am Pacific.

GameStop Black Friday has a bunch of MMOs on sale

3:30 PM on 11.26.2014
GameStop Black Friday has a bunch of MMOs on sale photo

Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid.

Well, this came out of left field for us. GameStop just started up its digital PC Games Black Friday Sale. We're seeing a slew of MMOs in the Top Deals section, with The Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar for only $20 and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for $10.

These are all the lowest ever prices we've seen from a legitimate, authorized retailer. Steam's "Exploration Sale" also went live today, so it's no wonder GameStop is trying to get in on the action early.

Given most of these MMO titles are not available as Steam keys aside from ESO, we're wondering if GameStop opts to lead its sales with these titles for a reason.

Win a PS4, Xbox One and other GTAV junk from Rockstar

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
3:00 PM on 11.26.2014
Win a PS4, Xbox One and other GTAV junk from Rockstar photo

Rockstar is giving away a PS4 and an Xbox One to celebrate first-person GTAV. Each feature, "exclusive black-on-black Grand Theft Auto V design, laser etched on micro perforated metal paneling with hi-gloss deep green painted accents and a custom color-matched controller." The black-on-black bit reminds me of The Drizzle's business cards. 

There are also 20 runner up "prize packs" with a bunch of t-shirts and junk. 

You can enter to win the PS4 on Facebook, the Xbox One on Rockstar's Social Club.

I am mildly amused that these consoles don't seem to come with a copy of Grand Theft Auto V

Of course: Call of Duty puts Exo suits on zombies for DLC

Brett Makedonski, Associate Editor - Destructoid
2:30 PM on 11.26.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare saw a shift in the franchise toward faster and more vertical gameplay. This was a change that was mostly praised. But, how can Sledgehammer include the fan-favorite zombies in the game? Their slow shuffling ways will surely be out of place and easy to thwart with all the players in Exo suits.

Screw it, give the zombies Exo suits, too.

These high-flying freaks will make their first appearance in Advanced Warfare's initial DLC pack Havoc, which is set to release in early 2015. Sledgehammer's mum on other details for now, but this trailer gives a glimpse at a world with Exo suit zombies. It's no Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make Believe, that's for sure.

A New Cooperative Survival Experience Is Coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies [Sledgehammer]

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are selling pretty well

Kyle MacGregor, Associate Editor - Destructoid
2:00 PM on 11.26.2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are selling pretty well photo

Big surprise, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire a are selling lots and lots of copies.

According to a Siliconera report, the role-playing games' worldwide sales eclipsed the 3 million mark in just three days. Meanwhile in Japan, Media Create and Famitsu estimate domestic sales totals between 1.32 and 1.53 million.

The titles are currently available in North America, Japan, South Korea, and Australasia, but Europe is still waiting for the game. The launch is scheduled for this Friday, November 28.

To put those numbers into context, last year Pokémon X and Y moved more than 4 million units in two days. It's important to note that includes the European market, so Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire still have a chance to play catch up.

Already? The Evil Within is $20.39 on Steam

Jordan Devore, Managing Editor - Destructoid
1:30 PM on 11.26.2014
Already? The Evil Within is $20.39 on Steam photo

66 percent off The Evil Within without needing to wait in Black Friday lines? Steam's still got it.

Valve kicked off its six-day Steam Exploration Sale today and there are deals on other recent releases, like Civilization: Beyond Earth ($34.99), Lords of the Fallen ($29.99), Alien: Isolation ($37.49), The Wolf Among Us ($8.49), and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ($37.49).

But forget all that -- I'm buying Age of Mythology: Extended Edition now that it's not thirty dollars (it's a much more reasonable $7.49). Keep an eye on Steam over the next week for 24- and 48-hour deals. BattleBlock Theater for $1.49. The Stanley Parable for $4.49. Pace yourself.

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut free with PS Plus in December

Jordan Devore, Managing Editor - Destructoid
1:00 PM on 11.26.2014
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut free with PS Plus in December photo

A whole new audience is about to experience the delightful oddities of Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut (PS3) once it joins PlayStation Plus. They don't know what they're in for, Zach.

Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3), which includes Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money, is another good get. Other free games for subscribers include Secret Ponchos (PS4), a neat wild west multiplayer shooter, and Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition (PS4), a game where Batman can fight Lobo and Mortal Kombat's Scorpion.

The tower defense title Final Horizon (PS Vita) and shoot-'em-up Titan Attacks! (PS3/PS4/PS Vita) round out December's lineup. No Driveclub for us yet, obviously.

PS Plus: Preview December’s Free Game Lineup [PlayStation Blog]

Ubisoft removes Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass from the marketplace photo
Ubisoft removes Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass from the marketplace
by Alessandro Fillari

Earlier this morning, several users on NeoGAF noticed that Steam, PlayStation Network, and other online stores had removed all pages for the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass, with German games site GamersGlobal claiming that Ubisoft plans to redo its entire post-launch plans for the troubled game. But now, the company has announced it is in fact discontinuing sales of the Season Pass and hopes to remedy the situation.

In a post on the official Unity blog, Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat discussed the state of things and how the company plans to regain consumer trust. In addition to the ceased sales of the Season Pass, holders can expect to receive free content.

"To show our appreciation for your continued support, we're making the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone," he said. "For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free." Those are: The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015.

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SSX, Worms Battlegrounds free with Xbox Live Gold in December photo
SSX, Worms Battlegrounds free with Xbox Live Gold in December
by Jordan Devore

November is almost over, which means more free-with-Xbox-Live-Gold games to look at and hopefully remember to download once they're actually available.

Throughout December, Xbox One users with a paid subscription can nab Worms Battlegrounds at no extra charge. Xbox 360 players can claim The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (*shrugs*) from December 1 - 15, and then SSX from December 15 - 31.

I've cooled on SSX over the years (the 2012 title, I mean, not the whole series; SSX Tricky is still in the running for my desert-island game of choice) but for free, yeah, it's worth playing.

As for The Raven, it's an episodic crime adventure from King Art Games set in 1960s Paris. But, more importantly, there's this screenshot:

Xbox Live Games with Gold for December 2014 [Major Nelson]

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Criminal Girls: Invite Only up for parole in February 2015

Brittany Vincent , Associate Editor - Destructoid
12:00 PM on 11.26.2014
Criminal Girls: Invite Only up for parole in February 2015 photo

You may remember Criminal Girls: Invite Only as the game we covered back in July two different times where it was briefly suggested the game shouldn't be localized. But that's only because I didn't write the post, because I'm all for giving it a try. And guess what? NIS America, the #1 handsy boys that they are, have finally given it a release date. It'll hit February 3 in North America and February 6 in Europe. 

Of course, as reported back then, it appears certain aspects of the game will be edited according to NIS America. Weirdly enough, that isn't mentioned in the latest PR blast from NIS America. Maybe they're counting on the fact that we remember?

At any rate, this game finds you taking up the role as caretaker of a gaggle of girls who have been sent to hell as retribution for their earthly sins. But there's still hope. If you give them time to redeem themselves, listen to their stories, and provide a little guidance, they may well conquer a trial known as the Redemption Program, which could end up freeing the girls from the chains that bind them. And cute prison uniforms. Seriously, they don't look half bad. I guess that's great for when you need to "motivate" them to be good girls, right?

The first batch of English screens are below. Commence ta' jigglin'.

Contest: Win a Destiny PS4 bundle and a Titan One! photo
Contest: Win a Destiny PS4 bundle and a Titan One!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Destructoid has partnered with our friends at ConsoleTuner to bring you another awesome contest! Up for grabs this time is the white PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle and a Titan One cross-compatibility device. Sweet!

For those who aren't familiar, the Titan One has a cool feature that allows you to plug one console's controller into another console and actually have it work. So for the contest, we want you to show us what controller you'd like to plug into another console! Wanna play an Xbox One with an NES controller? A Dreamcast with an iPad? Feel free to get as silly as you want.

To enter, either take a photo of your fantasy controller/console combo (use tape for extra laughs) or use an image editing program to mock one up and post it in the comments below. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the world!* You have until Sunday, November 30 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck, and have fun! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one 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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Strafe is the goriest, most realistic shooter of 1996

Darren Nakamura, Contributor - Destructoid
11:00 AM on 11.26.2014

I am tempted to just post the email we got about Strafe (stylized as STRAFE®), because it is a masterpiece of videogame marketing. With phrases like "not for the faint of heart" and "we understand if our game is too realistic and violent for your readers," it leads to the game's website that feels incredibly appropriate for the title. Make sure you click "No" at the primitive age gate.

I remember sitting in my sixth grade technology class and building websites just like that one, complete with scrolling text, tables with thick borders, and low fidelity animated GIFs. It really takes me back. So congratulations to the developer are in order; I probably would have ignored this if it were not for the nostalgia-heavy website and over-the-top description.

As far as the game goes, it sounds like a decent concept, though it seems pretty early in development still. As a procedurally generated single-player shooter, one of the mechanics that the team has dealt with is helping to keep the player from getting lost in the randomized series of rooms. The way Strafe does that: paint the walls red with absurd blood spurts to keep track of previously trodden ground. Sorry, not absurd; "hyper realistic graphics and gameplay."

Any looking for a more modern or informative presentation of Strafe may prefer the vastly inferior dev blog.

Ironically, the Kickstarter for Hollow Knight looks solid

Darren Nakamura, Contributor - Destructoid
10:00 AM on 11.26.2014

I have had my eye on Hollow Knight for a few days, but had not yet pulled the trigger on highlighting it. It is a pretty 2D action game (though the color palette is a bit muted for my taste) starring some sort of insect-person and it has been on Kickstarter for a little over a week now. The response so far has been pretty positive, earning the Kickstarter Staff Pick honor and making almost one-third of its total funding goal of $35,000 AUD (about $30,000 USD).

The combat and platforming both look tight, and the underground Hallownest seems like an interesting place to explore. Riding on the back of a horned beetle-horse is something I do not believe I have done in a game yet. Hollow Knight is tentatively scheduled for release by June 2015, and is currently seeking approval on Steam Greenlight.