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8:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection shines in some spots, has problems in others

Traditionally, Game Developers Conference is a very busy show. After what seems like a three-month hibernation, the game industry slowly creaks back awake and GDC is the first time everything's in full gear again. As always, ...

Brett Makedonski


7:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Elite: Dangerous has bold plans for the future

Things have been going well for Frontier Developments. With the success of Elite: Dangerous, which features a sizeable and passionate community of space explorers, and having won the prestigious Audience Award from the 2015 G...

Alessandro Fillari

6:30 PM on 03.05.2015

Call of Duty developer Activision showing off Fun at GDC

We are very busy at the Game Developer Conference eating hamburgers and erecting edifices, but between those activities we are hunting for hot scoops. Ducking behind corners of the Moscone Center's corporate labyrinth, we stu...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Dyscourse is a survival game that's light on survival

Owchemy Labs’ Alex Schwartz is one of the bravest men I know. In the midst of GDC, perhaps the most inside baseball-heavy of all conventions, he told a member of the press that Dyscourse was a "survival game." Of c...

Mike Cosimano

5:30 PM on 03.05.2015

Volume is a more thoughtful approach to Metal Gear Solid VR Mission-like stealth

Volume is a fitting name for a polygonal, Metal Gear Solid VR Missions-looking stealth game with enough rectangles to feed a geometry class for the entire year. In the case of Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone follow-up, howeve...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 03.05.2015

The Destructoid Guide to Community Podcasting

So you wanna be a podcast superstar? And live large, a big house, five cars, you're in charge? Comin' up in the world, don't trust no body, gotta look over your shoulder constantly? Well, it probably won’t happen unle...

Stephen Turner

4:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Review: Crimsonland

Last year, a remake of Crimsonland debuted on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. For whatever reason, we never got around to reviewing it. Now that it's debuting on the PlayStation 3 just this week (with Cross-Buy for all three platforms), this is the perfect time to fix that.

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Destructoid's PAX East 2015 schedule is here!

PAX East 2015 is TOMORROW! And just like years past, the Destructoid community will be there in a big, big way. Are you making the trek to Boston this year? Then check out our daily meetup schedule below! And be sure to join ...

Mr Andy Dixon

2:30 PM on 03.05.2015

One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch

For as long of a wait as it's been, I'm still enthusiastic about heists in Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar previously said that coming up with missions in which every player in the crew feels important at all times "turned ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Steam now lists Steam Machines and other hardware

In its push to expand the "Steam universe," Valve has added store listings for Steam Machines as well as the finalized Steam Controller and also Steam Link, a PC-to-TV streaming device. All of this stuff will become available...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 03.05.2015

GDC 15 DLC #2: Oily hamburgers and Cranberries

The second lunch of GDC was much messier than the first, which you can watch here. Today (well, two days ago, actually) we went with an American staple, the "Hammed Burger," so named for the first woman who ever went totally...

Steven Hansen





1:00 PM on 03.05.2015

RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks rough

Mmm. There's no getting around it: RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks bad. I thought my expectations for the graphics were reasonable -- I've seen screenshots and they seemed adequate, if dated -- but in motion everything has become clear. You'd think this would be more of an upgrade from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 considering that released over a decade ago. How disappointing.

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 03.05.2015

These are the 2015 Independent Games Festival winners

The winners of the 17th Annual Independent Games Festival were revealed last night in San Francisco and, my goodness, I've got names to Google today. I hardly recognize any of these! Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000) - Metam...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Paradise Never brings some Majora's Mask to a revolutionary action RPG

Kitty Lambda, the developer behind The Real Texas and Paradise Perfect Boat Rescue has just announced his next game: Paradise Never. Taking place on an island colony of France during the Revolution of 2027 (complet...

Patrick Hancock

11:30 AM on 03.05.2015

Xbox One and PS4 bundles get Black Friday prices at Groupon

We've mentioned similar deals before in the past, and these days it seems the only way to get a discount on a PS4 or Xbox One is to take advantage of Groupon's 10% off coupons (today's code is TRIPLE). Until midnight Central ...

Dealzon

11:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

The Wii U and 3DS are getting something interesting today -- two Cross-Buy games. Cross-Buy has existed on Nintendo platfoms for about a year now, but it was very rarely used. Today, it's going to work on Mario vs. Donkey Kon...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 03.05.2015

Square Enix is streaming its Final Fantasy XIV expansion PAX East panel

Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward expansion is coming this year, with a host of new classes, dungeons, and changes. On March 7, Square Enix will share more information about what's to come as part of the PAX East festiviti...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Guild Wars 2 is getting a streaming client soon, getting you into the game faster

Blizzard did a great job with its streaming game hub, allowing players to jump into titles while they were downloading. Every feature may not be available and it might not look the best, but during particularly slow download ...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 03.05.2015

The Best Buy Gamers Club discount program is now $30

A few weeks back, Best Buy ran a week-long promotion for its "Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked" program that priced it out at $30 for two years. It basically nets you 20% off new games and 10% off used titles, as well as a numbe...

Chris Carter

8:30 AM on 03.05.2015

Evolve is getting a free 'Observer Mode,' I'm surprised it's not DLC

I've been playing Evolve off-and-on for the past few weeks, and I have to say I agree with Nic's middling review. I mean, I saw the warning signs very early after having a string of very boring matches, but I decided to...

Chris Carter



Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back photo
Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back
by Brett Makedonski

Five years after the latest installment in the seminal music/rhythm franchise, Harmonix is going on a proverbial reunion tour. Rock Band 4 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's currently scheduled for a 2015 release. But, Harmonix doesn't want to put out Rock Band 3.5; the Boston-area developer acknowledges that it can absolutely improve upon past iterations.

In a conversation at GDC in San Francisco, project manager Daniel Sussman told Destructoid that Harmonix revisited Rock Band 1, 2, and 3 while brain-storming for the direction of the next game. Sussman readily admitted that Rock Band 3 was too much of a sprawl -- a bit unfocused to the point that it clouded the game's identity. In hindsight, it was somewhat off-putting to fans that couldn't get a definite feel for how seriously it took itself.

That's what Harmonix wants to change with Rock Band 4. The focus is purely on creating an accessible, social experience. There's a certain harmony that comes from playing and listening to your bandmates, a bonding sense that shines simply because of the format. Harmonix just wants to get back to that and make another title that people enjoy playing in the company of others.

Granted, we have to take Harmonix at its word for now. There's no playable build of Rock Band 4, and the team isn't even ready to talk about a lot of the features. That's all coming later, likely sometime around E3. But, it's worth noting that the word "evolution" kept coming up to describe the next steps in the series, a sign that Harmonix plans for Rock Band 4 to be a platform with a long-term vision, not just a precursor to sequel after sequel.

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7:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Runbow for the Wii U still looks amazing, is still nine players

After announcing a metric shit-ton of indie games during GDC week, Nintendo put out a new trailer for Runbow, the upcoming nine-player Wii U action platformer. There are seven modes available, including one that allows a pla...

Chris Carter





6:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Beautiful shmup Söldner X-2 is coming to Vita this month

The Söldner X series has had a home on the PlayStation 3 for years, hosting two titles, the newest of which released in 2010. Now, Söldner X-2 is heading for the PlayStation Vita this month on March 17. It'll ...

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Ether One confirmed for PS4, holy crap I still need to play this

Ether One reviewed wonderfully with our own Steven Hansen, and even though I wanted to try it, I put it at the back of my mind at the time. It looks like I'll get the chance to experience it once again on consoles, as d...

Chris Carter

4:00 AM on 03.05.2015

It looks like Tekken 7 got confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

We knew Tekken 7 would be coming to consoles, we just didn't know the exact platforms yet. Based on this Epic Games sizzle reel for Unreal Engine 4 (that was taken down, but re-uploaded by user GenEnemy), it looks like we ha...

Chris Carter



Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars photo
Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
by Darren Nakamura

A little more than four years ago, Nintendo released Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on the original DS. It continued the series' focus on the miniature Mario robots, to the chagrin of fans of the platforming in the original. In our review, Jonathan Holmes said "It didn't make me feel much, or think much, or have much of a memorable effect on me at all."

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars plays the same as Mini-Land Mayhem!, but with a few new features. It remains a puzzle game that acts as filler; it can be picked up and played just as easily as it can be put down and forgotten.

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10:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Daily cat fix: Splatoon's Judd takes a cat nap

Most developers put out lots of trailers, gameplay footage, and screenshots galore to get us excited about their upcoming games. Nintendo uploads this 30 second video of Judd, the feline judge from Splatoon, taking a nap. Ye...

Ben Davis

10:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch seeks to bring relief

As is the trend nowadays, big-name titles don't get released polished and complete, that's what those day one suckers are for. Recently, the biggest suckers have been the Halo faithful who have been crushed under the immense ...

Robert Summa

9:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Meme Run pulled from Wii U eShop by Trollface creator

In a continued lack of self-awareness, Carlos Ramirez (a.k.a. Wynne), creator of the popular meme "Trollface" has filed a DMCA takedown against Ninja Pig Studios. The filing claims unlicensed usage of the Trollface likeness in their Nintendo Wii U eShop game Meme Run infringes on his copyright of the image.

Jason Faulkner

8:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Rumor: Phil Harrison taking his talents elsewhere

News from GDC has it that the one-time Sony exec and now Microsoft executive Phil Harrison is planning to leave his position with the company. Sources have confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz that he is stepping away after being...

Robert Summa

8:00 PM on 03.04.2015

How games saved my classroom

[Gwailo shows us how he's used his love of gaming to help engage the youth of Houston's East End. By helping the youth in his school focus, he's given them a chance they normally don't have. Want to see your own stuff on the ...

TheGwailo

7:30 PM on 03.04.2015

That Metal Gear Online trailer is still so dang good

Steven covered this well-edited footage of Metal Gear Online in December, but here it is again with commentary by online community manager Robert Peeler. Yep, that's good enough for me. The balloon-firing trap shown at 1:54 is the stuff of dreams. Same goes for the enchanting plush puppy. (At one point it was going to be a "real" dog, but the designers didn't want us to shoot that.)

Jordan Devore



Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands photo
Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands
by Jordan Devore

The new Unreal Tournament is going to look gorgeous once Epic and the community are finished working on it. Last I saw of the project, it had only just become "a game," and now here it is making real good use of Unreal Engine 4. According to Epic, the map shown in this video, Outpost 23, "sets our visual bar for where we would like to see Unreal Tournament continue moving forward."

You can download a pre-alpha build of the game (or simply follow its continued development) over here. It takes a certain type of person to be interested enough to want to do that, and I imagine said person is fully capable of destroying me in UT, so I'm going to pass for the time being.

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6:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Madden NFL 15 latest EA Vault addition

EA Access continues to prove itself worthy as Madden NFL 2015 has just been added to the current lineup of available games in the The Vault. It's a shame Sony turned down this service. Despite their concerns, it appears to be providing plenty of value -- at least it would for me.

Robert Summa

6:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Seen at GDC: Game development is for whites only

Spotted around the happenings of this year's Game Developers Conference was a sticker that tells us game development is for whites only. Diversity in game development (especially amongst the sexes) continues to be a hot-butto...

Robert Summa

5:30 PM on 03.04.2015

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...

Jordan Devore



Why do some developers shy away from surrealism in gaming? photo
Why do some developers shy away from surrealism in gaming?
by Brittany Vincent

When it comes to crafting videogames out of the norm, there’s one question developers should ask themselves: What are we afraid of?

Games are the perfect medium for exploration of bizarre, unnatural worlds, and yet it seems few developers are interested in traveling to those places. What makes us afraid to innovate beyond the comfort of realism? While mainstream games rarely stray from convention, many indie developers are plumbing the darker corners of the human mind, creating strange worlds that both thrill and unsettle us. 

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4:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Battletoads join Shovel Knight on Xbox One in April

Shovel Knight is on its way to Xbox One in April, and the Battletoads are coming along for the ride. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It ha...

Kyle MacGregor



What was the very first PlayStation 2 game you ever played? photo
What was the very first PlayStation 2 game you ever played?
by Ben Davis

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the PlayStation 2. In those 15 years, we've already had two more Sony console releases, but the PS2 is still near and dear to many of our hearts. The console gave us many of our favorite games, from huge hits like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Kingdom Hearts, and Metal Gear Solid 3, to more experimental titles such as Shadow of the Colossus, Persona 4, and Katamari Damacy. The PS2 had something for everyone, and many people consider it to be one of the greatest consoles of all time.

But where did it all begin? Everyone has their own special memories of when they first saw the PlayStation 2 in action, and of their very first time playing a game on the console. Whether you got the PS2 at launch, waited a few years before diving in, or played it at a friend's house, everyone had to start somewhere.

So what was the very first PlayStation 2 game you played? Here's what our staff had to say:

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3:46 PM on 03.04.2015

Creative Assembly reveals inital pitch video for Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation was one of my biggest surprises of last year. As huge fan of the film series, I always wanted to play a title that emulated the original movie's tone and style. Though the action of the James Cameron-he...

Alessandro Fillari