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2:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Here's an obligatory unboxing of the white PS4

So it's come to this, Friday videogame news. Okay. You win. I'm not usually one for console unboxing videos, but the glacier white PlayStation 4 is a thing of beauty. The console shown in this video from PlayStation Access i...

Jordan Devore


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




2:00 PM on 08.22.2014

This list of Smash Bros. 3DS composers should make you happy

This morning, Dale told you about the sound test mode in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and how it'll let you listen to the music even while your system is closed in sleep mode. Nintendo has also come out with a list of musicians ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Ray's the Dead lives on with a new and improved Kickstarter

I liked Overlord, I loved Pikmin, and I'll probably dig Ray's the Dead. You might remember the game from its successful Steam Greenlight campaign, its showing at Sony's E3 2013 press conference, or that canceled Kickstarter....

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Super Smash Bros. 3DS has a cool Sleep Mode music feature

Fellow game music fans are going to love this. Masahiro Sakurai showed off a new Super Smash Bros. 3DS sound feature yesterday on Miiverse. While in Sleep Mode, users will be able to listen to the game's music. Basically, sou...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 08.22.2014

Square Enix's Back to School Sale cuts 50 percent off games

Here's how Square Enix's Online Back to School Sale works: the first game is 20 percent off, adding a second takes it to 30 percent off, going all the way up to 50 percent off for three or more games. So, if I'm reading this ...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 08.22.2014

The Witcher Battle Arena debuts first gameplay, beta is Android-only

CD Projekt Red has shown off the first footage of their upcoming game The Witcher Battle Arena, which is set to involve MOBA confrontations between multiple characters. A new beta is kicking off, which will feature two maps ...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 08.22.2014

Play Titanfall again for free on Origin

If you missed the initial free offering for Titanfall on EA's Origin service, you have another chance to try it out. As part of Origin's "Game Time" promotion, you can add Titanfall to your library and give it a cha...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Charles Martinet, the voice of the Mario series, opens up adorable Vine account

Charles Martinet seems to really enjoy voice acting. When he's not providing the English voices of basically every Mario game ever, he plays with various toys based on the same universe in real life -- at least, if his V...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 08.22.2014

It looks like there sure is a lot of stuff to keep you busy in The Crew

As if a coast-to-coast roadtrip across the United States wasn't enough to keep you preoccupied, The Crew has plenty of activities planned to ensure that there will never be any downtime. Racing, wrecking, collecting, so...

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 08.22.2014

Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon

The Wii U version of Zen Pinball is going to catch up to its predecessors soon, as Zen Studios has just confirmed an update scheduled for August 28th. On that date Zen Pinball 2 will get Guardians of the Galaxy, Dea...

Chris Carter

10:15 AM on 08.22.2014

Is this really the solution to P.T.'s final puzzle?

Hideo Kojima's interactive teaser P.T. has been a hot topic of discussion for the past week and a half. While part of the talk has been centered around the great experience and the reveal of Silent Hills, many have just...

Brett Makedonski





10:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Pokémon Art Academy North American release date confirmed

Are you all set to be the very best at drawing Pokémon? Well in October you'll get the chance, as Nintendo has just announced the North American release date for Pokémon Art Academy -- October 24th. Described a...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Dishonored is also free on Steam this weekend

Starting now until Sunday at 1PM Pacific, you can play Dishonored for free on Steam this weekend. In addition to Borderlands 2 you can also get in on some stealth action, and the game has been marked down to $5 until Aug...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Assassin’s Creed Memories is a free-to-play iOS game, is out now

Ubisoft actually has a decent history when it comes to putting Assassin's Creed games on iOS. Pirates wasn't bad, and neither was Rearmed. But this week's iOS release doesn't sound all that enticing, as it combines ...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Muramasa's 'Hell’s Where the Heart Is' DLC coming westward in September

Yesterday we got some more details on Muramasa Rebirth's fourth DLC pack, regarding a demon girl and a quest based around a playboy. Now thanks to some information sent to us from publisher Aksys Games, we know that the DLC ...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Square Enix at PAX: Go play Theatrhythm and other stuff maybe

Square Enix has released a list of games it has on hand at PAX Prime 2014. If you don't like indie junk, but you plan to play videogames sometimes instead of getting drunk and singing karaoke all of the times, maybe thes...

Steven Hansen

4:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Margaret is in Persona 4 Ultimax: Watch her casually kill everyone

Here it is. Formerly rumored and now in butt kickin' video form, Margaret is making her way to Persona 4 Ultimax Arena's roster. Free-for-the-first-week DLC characters Adachi and Marie also got English trailers, below, ...

Steven Hansen



What the hell did the Pokémon channel just upload?! photo
What the hell did the Pokémon channel just upload?!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: Hey look there's some kind of Slowpoke fishing web game associated with this.]

The Pokemon Japanese YouTube channel just uploaded this. What in the hell, Pokémon? Related to the "shocking" announcement that's coming up, perhaps? 

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10:00 PM on 08.21.2014

gamescom gave Wii U game pre-orders a nice bump on Amazon

Recapping data provided by Amazon, MCV reports that Wii U games saw an 8.67 percent increase in pre-orders following gamescom, while pre-orders for PS4 titles were up 5.16 percent and Xbox One software reservations rose by 2....

Jordan Devore



The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free photo
The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free
by Jordan Devore

Naughty Dog has been working to address issues with long wait times in The Last of Us' multiplayer matchmaking and while progress has been made on that front, there's more left to do.

"Over the last two weeks, we've discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries," the studio wrote. As such, it's hard for the teams to nail down a time frame but we're likely looking at a matter of weeks, not months, until the necessary fixes are deployed.

With that mess still ongoing, Naughty Dog has decided that its next pair of maps for Factions will be released for free on PlayStation 3 and PS4. Not all bad news!

Free maps! And about those pesky matchmaking times… [Naughty Dog]

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8:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Xbox is shuttling PAX-goers to the Microsoft campus to play indie games

If you're going to be in Seattle next week for PAX Prime, Xbox is giving you the opportunity to get your hands on some games before the convention even begins. Bonus perks are you get to ride in the Sunset Overdrive bus,...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Is Silent Hills about aliens? Swedish radio segment references War of the Worlds

I love the Silent Hill franchise, and am glad that it's in new hands now. And it may be going in a new direction. If the translation of a Swedish radio broadcast tucked deep with in the P.T. interactive trailer means anythin...

Dale North





6:30 PM on 08.21.2014

A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter

I appreciate how a publisher like Devolver Digital can put out games as different as Hotline Miami 2 and Hatoful Boyfriend within a few months, as well as this neat top-down shooter A Fistful of Gun. The game looks like ...

Alasdair Duncan

5:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Heck yes: Protect Me Knight is getting a 3DS sequel

I've thankfully managed to forget about most of the Xbox Live Indie Games I subjected myself to over the years, but a few happy memories do remain. Ancient's Protect Me Knight, an 8-bit overhead action game about fending off...

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 08.21.2014

This is how you steal from other players in Metal Gear Solid V

Not all Mother Bases are created equal. Yours could be wildly different than another player's, as you've both decided to focus on different aspects to upgrade. It's a nice little touch that will make your base feel like home...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Ancient Space is a new space RTS from Paradox Interactive

If you're anxiously waiting for that Homeworld HD remake to arrive, we can console ourselves with another nice-looking space-based RTS game in Ancient Space which will dock with us later in the autumn for PC and Mac. Develop...

Alasdair Duncan

4:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Europe is getting another PS Vita Mega Pack

Sony will offer a fresh PlayStation Vita Mega Pack this autumn in Europe, available as a system bundle or a standalone memory card bundle for folks who already own a PS Vita. In either case, the featured games are Gravity Rus...

Jordan Devore



Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

As part of a 2K sale on Steam this weekend, the publisher is giving folks a chance to play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam today through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific.

Borderlands 2 has also been marked down to $4.99 to own, or $9.99 if you want the Game of the Year edition and its numerous DLC packs. Elsewhere in the sale, there are discounts on Civilization V ($7.49), BioShock Infinite ($7.49), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.49).

Oh, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is $3.99. What, no takers?

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Come party with Destructoid, Square Enix Montreal, & Unity at PAX Prime 2014 photo
Come party with Destructoid, Square Enix Montreal, & Unity at PAX Prime 2014
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Destructoid is teaming up with Square Enix Montréal and Unity to throw a Hitman: Sniper PAX Prime 2014 party! 

You'll have a chance to play Hitman: Sniper before its release and compete in a high score contest where the grand prize winner will get to have their face and name added into the game as a villain for Agent 47 to eliminate. Yup, you can win a part in an actual videogame!

Other prizes will be given out over the course of the night including gear provided by Razer, rare collectibles, and free drinks. Plus we'll have live music by RAY.VS, our very own Grimecraft, and Sabrepulse

Come join us at the Cavern Club on the second floor of the Hard Rock Cafe (116 Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98101) in downtown Seattle on Friday, August 29 from 8:00PM to 2:00AM for drinks, music, and a poutine bar! Yes, really.

RSVP now on Facebook!

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3:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Let's all play Captain Toad at Nintendo's PAX booth

As far as "games at PAX Prime I want to see" go, it's mostly a) a bunch of indies and b) whatever Nintendo's bringing to the show. While that second list is sadly missing Yoshi's Woolly World and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, ...

Jordan Devore



Alcohol-fueled benders are the quickest way to traverse Sunset Overdrive photo
Alcohol-fueled benders are the quickest way to traverse Sunset Overdrive
by Brett Makedonski

Go, go, go. Always on the move. That's all that we've seen of Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive since its initial 2013 reveal. Seriously, think back. Do you remember seeing any footage of the game where the oddball protagonist isn't running, jumping, or grinding along?

Chances are you haven't, because the developers have built Sunset Overdrive around the notion of motion. Standing still will get you killed, and maybe more criminally, it's just so damn boring. If you're going to let the player build any character they want -- say a cross between an '80s punk rocker and a Cold War-era Russian trooper -- that high-octane approach needs to permeate every aspect of the game, and it begins with the concept of momentum.

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2:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Destiny prompts you to become legend through lots of moon shooting

Conventional wisdom says that you put out a launch trailer alongside the release of a videogame. Activision and Bungie don't care for your norms and will do it whenever the hell they feel like it. That's why, despite being a...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters expansion is live

Kiwi game developer Grinding Gear has released the latest expansion to its popular action-RPG Path of Exile, titled Forsaken Masters. After updating your game to version 1.2.0 you will at times cross paths wit...

Rob Morrow







Quantum Break piqued my curiosity, but it still has a lot to prove photo
Quantum Break piqued my curiosity, but it still has a lot to prove
by Brett Makedonski

Remedy Entertainment has made a living by following a tried-and-true formula: take a third-person shooter, support it with a catchy and innovative gameplay mechanic, and wrap it all up with an emphasis on narrative. Max Payne did it with stylish slow-motion dives while slinging bullets with pinpoint precision. Alan Wake used equal parts light and lead to fend off the evil that encapsulated Bright Falls. And, while Quantum Break's Jack Joyce doesn't lend his namesake to a title, he has his own methods to ensure that he'll be a memorable figure.

The difference between those two examples of Remedy's prior works and Quantum Break lies within the fact that the core mechanic of the latter inherently changes the protagonist. In fact, it's sort of what amounts to be a superhero origin story. At Riverport University, a fictional school in the northeastern United States, a time-travel experiment went awry, and as a result, Joyce found himself with the ability to manipulate time. That's all well and good apart from the fact that the failed experiment also tore the fabric of time and the world is coming to an end.

As Joyce tries to find a solution to the impending doomsday, he has two foes to combat -- an evil business enterprise and time itself. Monolith Corporation learned of Joyce's abilities and are looking to capture him to use for its own nefarious purposes. After all, it wouldn't be a videogame mega corporation without some sort of malicious intent. The divide between Joyce's pair of opponents symbolizes the divide that looks to mark the gameplay experience.

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1:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Watch Assassin's Creed and play other Ubisoft games at PAX Prime

Ubisoft seemingly takes the same approach to all of its PAX showings -- theater presentations of Assassin's Creed, and playable demos of its other upcoming games. PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle next week is no different, except fo...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 08.21.2014

New pics surface of the Taiko no Tatsujin drum controller

More pics have surfaced of the sweet Taiko no Tatsujin controller compatible with the Wii and Wii U. Unfortunately there hasn't been a Taiko no Tatsujin game available in the West since the PlayStation 2's heyday, but rhythm ...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Feast your eyes on 20 minutes of Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen is a action-RPG in the veil of Demon/Dark Souls. Instead of the constant hack and slash of the old action-RPG days, Lords of the Fallen continues the tradition of Dark Souls by focusing on smaller-scale t...

Brittany Vincent

12:45 PM on 08.21.2014

I need The Vanishing of Ethan Carter in my life right now

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a title that's been on my radar for a while, but was kind of laying low at the same time. Never quite sure what to expect from it, I was intrigued by the little that I had seen, but wasn...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Muramasa Rebirth's fourth DLC features a Demon Girl

If you're still following along with Muramasa Rebirth's great string of DLC, the fourth chapter is nearly ready for release. It features a demon girl called the Oni Musume, who has the power to transform and change her shape...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 08.21.2014

This is it: Final trailer for The Walking Dead Season 2

This will spoil season 2 for you up to this point. If you're not caught up (like me), don't watch. Otherwise, get excited about "No Way Back," the final episode in season 2 of The Walking Dead. Can it live up to the first season's strong finale? "No Way Back" hits PC/Mac and North American PS3/Vita on August 26; Xbox 360 and European PS3/Vita on August 27; iOS on August 28. 

Steven Hansen