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7:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask us questions, dammit

Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams Electric Toothbrush (Community Blo...

Mr Andy Dixon


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Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




5:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Jonathan's personal GotY for best butt goes to...

The Captain Falcon amiibo is apparently pretty hard of get a hold of right now. Through a strange series of events, I ended up with one last night. Without getting into all the details, I'll let you know that I ended up stan...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Chris Carter's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

Despite what people may say, I thought 2014 was an excellent year. Heck, nearly every year is great for gaming. I played over 300 titles across all platforms, a little more than last year -- but mostly that's because of my pr...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Nominees for Destructoid's Best World Design of 2014

[Image credit: Mike Lambert] If we are the world, then technically this award is for all of us. Pat yourselves on the back. Only 12 games are being nominated, though, and only 1 will be winning the award. But it's an hon...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Devolver Digital releases new free platformer on Steam

Just in time for the holidays, indie gaming's veritable babe in the manger Devolver Digital has wormed its way down your virtual chimney and stuffed your hopeful little stocking to capacity with free...

Rob Morrow

8:30 AM on 12.20.2014

Far Cry 4 DLC wants you dead... permanently

Far Cry 4 was a pretty restrained game by comparison to Far Cry 3. Sure you could command an elephant into battle, but the game's hero Ajay Ghale never got himself into enough truly bizarre situations. Thankfully, there's a n...

Laura Kate Dale

8:00 AM on 12.20.2014

Wallet Busters: PC games winter sales arrive in force

For those PC gamers who aren't yet broke from all the holiday shopping, this week Steam, GMG, GameStop, and heck -- even Uplay, launched PC games winter sales to tug at your wallet. Steam's winter sale went live Thursday at t...

Dealzon

6:30 AM on 12.20.2014

Respawn working on 'non Titanfall' project

Earlier this year Respawn Entertainment graced the world with the arrival of Titanfall, a flawed but impressive first-person shooter full of high speed vertical traversal and super cool giant robot suits. Today brings the new...

Laura Kate Dale

12:30 AM on 12.20.2014

Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome

Jump Festa is happening today in Chiba, Japan. What does that mean for us? Well, a stunning new trailer for Final Fantasy XV for one thing. It feels good to be excited about Final Fantasy again. The reel also gives us o...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest looks, sounds AMAZING!

This is the first trailer for Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Marvel at its majestic beauty. It's a JRPG-shaped swizzle stick here to stir up your emotions. You feel that? Yeah, that's a double shot of nostalgia clinking up against your heart like rocks in a glass. Or something. Feels good, baby.

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Assassin's Creed creative director has a new game

Patrice Désilets is a man whose name you may not know, but whose work you probably do. Patrice used to be the creative director on the Assassin's Creed series, before Ubisoft kicked him to the curb and held on to the r...

Laura Kate Dale





8:00 PM on 12.19.2014

GameStop & Green Man Gaming launch winter sales on the heels of Steam

Five bucks BF4 and six dollars CS: GO. It's PC game winter sales everywhere you look. On the heels of Steam's Winter Sale (which is now on Day 2) and not wanting to be left out, 3rd party retailers are joining in the fra...

Dealzon

6:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Very Quick Tips for the Halo 5 beta

The Halo 5 beta is out for Xbox One preview accounts and select members of the press, and will be coming your way soon on December 29 if you are qualified. I...don't know how I feel about it yet, as my experience has bee...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 12.19.2014

That lil Bulbasaur! Pokémon Center has the adorable Red Nendoroid

We last spoke about Good Smile Company's Red Nendoroid months ago, which is just too dang long. The figure has since released in Japan, and the US Pokémon Center now has it in stock. For $49.99, the set comes with the ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Gift card carrots are Xbox One's last-minute Xmas sale

Microsoft is making one last push to get Xbox Ones into the living room for Christmas, as it launches sales across various retailers. Most are offering an additional $50 gift card when you grab an Xbox One Assassin's Creed Un...

Dealzon

5:00 PM on 12.19.2014

We've got closed beta keys for Square Enix's Nosgoth!

Destructoid is giving away a bunch of Nosgoth closed beta keys! Nosgoth is a free-to-play multiplayer experience set in the Legacy of Kain universe, involving humans and vampires locked in a bloody struggle against one anothe...

Mr Andy Dixon

4:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Call of Duty's first DLC unleashes a 'freak show like no one's ever seen'

As way of a bit of backstory for the zombies add-on to Advanced Warfare, Activision's released a teaser to semi-explain why hordes of undead have made their way to the military shooter. Seems a bomb was dropped to finish one...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Kalimba photo
Review: Kalimba
by Chris Carter

Games built around co-op have always had a place in my life. When I was younger, I had a lot of friends who were gamers, which made it easy to pick up and play multiplayer titles. As I grew up, I attended college, met more gamers, and then met my wife, who also plays games.

As such, I almost always have someone who is down to co-op. Thankfully, Kalimba not only has one of the best cooperative experiences around, but it also has a strong single-player element.

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Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer photo
Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer
by Steven Hansen

"I could do with a baaaaaahhhhth." Got to have a Brit to help differentiate the bro-cast, innit? These are, for the first time, the English voices for Final Fantasy XV. Same ones you'll spend two hours with in the March demo if you buy Type-0. I encourage you to all get into a nice debate over subs versus dubs, because those are always fruitful and healthy. At least we'll all agree that the music is good. Right? 

Mostly, I appreciated the handsome Noctis voice at the end: "Been a long time. Too long. Not much longer." 

Got to show some self-awareness at this point. 

There's also a recent Jump scan that shows off the boys' mechanic. It's possible she'll serve as this entry's Cid, taking care of the boys' town car with her car skills and inexplicable cleavage. I bet that car ends up being a sentient Knight Rider or something. It can't just be the bro'd trip vessel. 

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Nominees for Destructoid's Best Game Mechanics of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Best Game Mechanics of 2014
by Brittany Vincent

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

You can have the greatest narrative in the world and sprinkle memorable characters and scenes throughout a game, but all of it's for naught if your mechanics can't shine through. As the great Irving Mills once wrote, "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing."

These nominees spotlight the best of games that transcend the simple title of "functional" and instead go for the gold when it comes to making things feel absolutely solid. Pulling off combos is akin to wrapping yourself up in a silk robe. You never have to fight these games in order to complete objectives. They're all titles you'd be playing over and over even if the other aspects were lacking. They simply feel right. We all know I'm talking about Bayonetta 2, but here's a list of other games, I guess. 

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2:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Friday Night Fights: Naughty or nice?

Happy Friday! With this being the last Friday Night Fights before Christmas, I want to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays or merry whatever other holiday tradition you typi...

Bill Platt

2:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition gets 20% cut on Origin with sitewide coupon

Origin launched a rare sitewide promo code on its storefront today, knocking 20 percent off almost everything in the catalog. (It doesn't work on BioWare points, so don't bother checking.) While there are definitely some excl...

Dealzon





1:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Miyamoto on Zelda Wii U, amiibo cards, and the next Nintendo console

In an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about several topics, including sold-out amiibo figures, the future of Mario, and next year's open-world Zelda. On missing exclusive in-game content...

Jordan Devore



GOTY 2014: Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum photo
GOTY 2014: Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum
by Steven Hansen

Someone once told me I talk like Jeff Goldblum. This is not true. I also don't look like Charlie Day, Peter Frampton, Bret McKenzie, Michael Sheen, or Dikembe Mutombo. But at least I appreciated the former (tip: don't tell people who they look like; it is confusing and uncanny at best, offensive at worst). If I could channel a fraction of Goldblum's swarthy, gangly, aloof sex appeal or ability to vomit stomach acid onto his food while his shedding, greasy hair starts to look like a perm, my life would definitely be better. Especially if I had the vomit thing. 

And so it is that the third Steven Hansen's Destructoid's GOTY 2014 award is for the Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum. If you missed them, here are the awards for illiteracy (Best willful misspelling in a title) and Best musical.  

Because I am being sneaky/horny and using a shirtless Goldblum to adorn this post rather than art from the winner, now it feels like I have the element of surprise on my side and I'm pussyfooting around giving the award. Juking left, juking right. Will there be a world-shattering upset? I can feel you tittering with suspense as if you were hanging on Jeff Goldblum's every word and "Look," hand gestures. 

Without further stalling, I hereby award Transistor the Steven Hansen's Destructoid's GOTY 2014 award for Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum! Supergiant's sophomore effort is almost cool to a fault. It is aloof, but with a sumptuous, angular aesthetic that mirror's Goldblum's icy-hot mystery. 

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12:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Steam sale: Assassin's Creed Unity, Valkyria Chronicles, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

How will you be spending the second day of the Steam Holiday Sale? I suggest by doing anything other than spending money on games you may or may not ever play. Ever try cross-country skiing? In the red states, they shoot stuf...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment

Majesco Entertainment's fallen on hard times. It had gotten so bad that sources familiar with the publisher's financial situation said the company had become unresponsive and that its leadership had gone reclusive. And, that ...

Brett Makedonski



Predicting the next Telltale Games series photo
Predicting the next Telltale Games series
by Kyle MacGregor

The people at Telltale Games are wizards. There's no other explanation. They have an uncanny ability to coax money men into handing over the keys to some of the most valuable properties in the entertainment business. Then they seemingly have carte blanche to toy with things people hold dear, churning out officially sanctioned fan fiction right and left like there's no tomorrow.

They did it to Back to the Future. And Law & OrderNow they're doing it to MinecraftMinecraft!

Sometimes it turns out great. Other times Jurassic Park happens. It's wonderful. It's awful. It's everything that's right and wrong in the world. And it's going to happen again. And again...

I'm curious, though. What will they do next? Let's explore the possibilities. Let's find out.

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10:00 AM on 12.19.2014

Sony airs clever viral ad for The Order: 1886 in Japan

I really have no idea of what to expect from The Order: 1886, but I enjoyed this new viral ad from Sony, the game's publisher. Framed as a news investigation, the video takes a viral approach to the game's 1886 setting....

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 12.19.2014

First Deception IV: Another Princess screens show toilet trap

We already knew a bit about the upcoming Deception IV: Another Princess expansion/re-release, including the addition of new traps, a new protagonist, and a quest mode, but seeing it in action is something else entirely. ...

Chris Carter



Toys
Toys"R"Us canceling Lucario amiibo orders
by Chris Carter

[Update: Toys"R"Us put pre-orders back up momentarily this morning, and I expect them to either be faulty or drop very soon. Try to re-pre-order if you want at your own risk!]

[Update 2: Now the retailer has taken off the listing entirely -- there's not even a "sold out" page. What a circus.]

The day the Lucario amiibo went on sale, I pre-ordered it. As in, weeks ago. Now Toys"R"Us is canceling orders, including mine. For reference, Lucario is exclusive to Toys"R"Us and you can't get it anywhere else. Huh?

I'm not alone it seems, as our own Brittany Vincent and Bill Platt have had their orders canceled too, as well as a number of readers out there who reached out last night. We are following up with both Nintendo and Toys"R"Us to see what the deal is. It's entirely possible that the latter wants people running into the store at the release date and buying add-on items. That's retail for you.

Between this, the holy trinity, and Rosalina pre-orders selling out in 30 minutes in the dead of night, this has become a total shitshow by Nintendo and the retailers involved, which chose to do exclusive amiibo in the first place. Why is it that Activision and Disney were able to sell millions of dollars worth of Skylanders and Disney Infinity toys near launch without a hitch?

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8:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The Gift of Gaming: The world's greatest coping mechanism

[Dtoid community member TheDustinThomas shares the story of how video games helped him cope with the loss of his best friend. This made me ache a bit and wish I could see Isabelle again. Want to see your own stuff appear on t...

TheDustinThomas

7:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Capcom is delisting Marvel vs. Capcom Origins soon

It's a shame when companies delist digital-only games but it's even worse when they don't give a heads up. Capcom had the courtesy to let us know that Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is coming off PlayStation Network on December 23...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...

Patrick Hancock





6:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The game of life

[Dtoid community member Gray Times talks about how video games offered him sanctuary when the waking world got too tough. I still remember losing myself in Final Fantasy VI to escape the Hell of P.E. Want to see your own stuf...

Gray Times



Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4! photo
Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4!
by Bill Platt

The fine folks at Vblank Entertainment (Brian Provinciano to be exact) want to give one lucky Destructoid community member a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4. What makes this so special is that only 2,000 physical versions of the game will ever be made.

I was lucky enough to buy a copy for myself before they sold out (less than 24 hours later). Let me tell you, this is definitely something you want for your collection!

You're probably wondering, "But Bill, how can I win this super special, limited edition game?" Easy, all you have to do is leave a comment below! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address.

Good luck! 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's a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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4:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Outcast returns with an enhanced release on Steam and GOG.com

Earlier this year, Fresh3D tried and failed to fund a high-definition remake of the 1999 action-adventure title Outcast on Kickstarter. Fans showed their support, but there simply weren't enough of them. The company is back w...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Holy crap, this Hotline Miami 2 vinyl is cool

iam8bit has opened pre-orders for the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Collector's Edition Vinyl ahead of its first quarter 2015 ship date. (Is that when the game is releasing? Hope so!) At $60, the three-record set features 28 ...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Log in to Grand Theft Auto Online for holiday gifts

This image. This real, developer-made image for Grand Theft Auto Online. Love it. Rockstar is rolling out limited-time holiday content, like snowballs, festive clothing and masks, new vehicles, and presents. Depending on when...

Jordan Devore



Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014
by Brett Makedonski

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

It's impossible to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes for great narrative design. It's just something you know when you see. It's more than an outstanding story (although, that's certainly a requisite). It's the melding of game mechanics with narrative to create an experience that's elevated beyond those two parts individually.

But, the thing is, there's no formula to ensure it'll work in perfect harmony. All too often, games that excel at telling a story fall somewhat flat with gameplay, or vice versa. It takes a special title to work hand-in-hand with itself to create that seamless whole.

When that happens, it's a wondrous feeling. We're left with the games that can keep us on the edge of our seat in delight, or slouched as deep in the couch as possible, gutted with despair. We're left with the games that we can't stop playing, or that we can't stop thinking about when we're not playing. We're left with the titles that cement the idea that videogames are a transcendent medium.

These are Destructoid's nominees for Best Narrative Design of 2014.

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2:45 PM on 12.18.2014

Come get your free game, Assassin's Creed Unity season pass owners

Ubisoft's offer for a free game for Assassin's Creed Unity season pass owners is now live, and it's extremely simple. In fact, it only took a few clicks before I was the proud new owner of Far Cry 4. Here's how to do it....

Brett Makedonski