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Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker wants to ensure you remember classic Mario levels


And then flips them on their heads
Jul 27
// Brett Makedonski
The Mario franchise holds some of gaming's most universally well-known moments. No matter anyone's familiarity with games, chances are they've seen the first level of Super Mario Bros. They might even know where that extra l...
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StarCraft II

StarCraft II adds confetti explosions for its fifth birthday


Workers beware
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
StarCraft II is five years old today. Hooray? Many of us are probably more concerned with how the standalone expansion Legacy of the Void is shaping up. I was about to move onto my next browser tab, but something caught my ey...
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Rare 3DS cover plate

This New 3DS cover plate is slick and super rare


There's always auction sites, I guess
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
I'm now lost in a rabbit hole of cool-looking cover plates for the New Nintendo 3DS. It all started with the Mario design above. It's thought to be one of the rarer cover plates out there, and for good reason -- it's availabl...
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PS4 PC-style controller

PlayStation 4 is getting a keyboard/mouse controller


Courtesy of Hori
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
With a name like Tactical Assault Commander 4, you know shit's about to get real. Hori is creating another PC-style wired controller for consoles following its hybrid keyboard/mouse controller for PlayStation 3. This new one,...
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Witcher 3 update

The Witcher 3 is adding New Game+


It'll be free, of course
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
Even if I don't end up starting a New Game+, I love knowing it's always an option. I had expected the feature to be in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which I still haven't even begun (I'm only now on inFamous: Second Son, as far a...

Review: Adventure Time Puzzle Quest

Jul 27 // Chris Carter
Adventure Time Puzzle Quest (Android, iOS [reviewed])Developer: WayForward, Cartoon NetworkPublisher: D3 Go!Released: July 23, 2015MSRP: Free (with microtransactions) If you've never played a Puzzle Quest game before, the concept is fairly easy to grasp -- it's a match-three. All you have to do is switch tiles to create matches of at least three of a certain color, and you'll do a certain amount of damage to enemy forces, which you'll do battle with in an RPG-like format. That's basically it, as the series is a bit more active than a lot of other puzzlers in the same subgenre. Except with Adventure Time, a few extra cogs have been thrown into the machine to spice things up a bit. Enemy mice tiles will slowly make their way to the top of the screen, worms will periodically lower your health if they aren't dealt with, and other tiles may explode after a certain amount of time. It's up to you to manage offense and defense, alongside of your party abilities (such as Jake's taunt) to clear out your foes as quickly as possible. On paper, it actually sounds pretty cool. You'll start with Finn and Jake on a fun little adventure to rescue Ice King's drumset, and go from there to other quest-givers like Princess Bubblegum and Flame Princess. The animations for attacks are neat, especially Jake, who transforms into giant boots and jackhammers to smite baddies. But as time goes on, you'll start to understand more of how the freemium nature of the game spills into every facet of the experience, which significantly sours things. For one, combat is painfully slow. Even on the fifth mission of the game, damage starts to become woefully low, both on your side and with the enemy forces. There were times were I was doing 5% damage to one enemy with a multi-combo attack, and sometimes it takes up to 10 seconds for the matches and your attack animation to play. These aren't epic boss fights with villains like Hunson Abadeer or the Earl of Lemongrab either -- they're mere skirmishes with rats. This all plays into the in-app purchase (IAP) scheme. Multiple confusing currencies can be used to heal or revive characters (a soft energy system), buy them equipment, and buy temporary "recruits." Almost everything ties into IAP, to the point where after only an hour the game tempts you to constantly replenish your party and buy new items to make battles go faster. It's just too much, and even though there is a tournament mode that hosts different daily events, it all feels like a slog. If you've never played the series before and the concept sounds interesting, just go with the original game (which has hit multiple platforms at this point), the legion of other match-threes that spawned after it, or the superior Marvel Puzzle Quest, which is a much more respectable mobile rendition. Cartoon Network really needs to re-evaluate the developers it chooses for the Adventure Time license, because this series deserves better, and has performed poorly for far too long.
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Vengeance for Orgalorg
I have a love-hate relationship with Adventure Time. In recent years, there hasn't been much in the way of consistent character development or advancement of the core plot, outside of a select few instances per season. Yet, I...

Review: Lost Dimension

Jul 27 // Kyle MacGregor
Lost Dimension (PS3, PS Vita [reviewed], PS TV compatible)Developer: LancarsePublisher: Atlus USA (NA), NIS America (EU)Released: July 28, 2015 (NA), August 28, 2015 (EU)MSRP: $39.99 The story begins with a man who calls himself "The End" authoring a string of deadly terror attacks and threatening to destroy the planet in 13 days unless someone can stop him. To do just that, the United Nations dispatches S.E.A.L.E.D., an elite team of teenage warriors with psychic powers. But before the final showdown, the kids must climb the villain's mysterious spire, where he awaits their arrival. The task is easier said than done, though, as the group soon discovers. During the ascent the team is locked in a room, where they learn there is a traitor in their midst whom they will need to "erase" before moving on to the next level. The task falls on central protagonist Sho Kasugai to use his visions and deductive skills to root out the traitors. When they're not pointing fingers at one another, the squad of psychics will need to work together to defeat an army of enigmatic robots that stand between them and their main objective. While the ensuing battles have been compared to those of Valkyria Chronicles, the resemblance isn't overly deep. Lost Dimension is indeed a tactical role-playing game with a similar aesthetic, but the combat here is entirely turn-based and has enough distinctive features to make it feel unique.  All of the characters have unique psychic abilities, ranging from offensive powers like telekinesis and pyrokinesis to defensive powers like healing and buffs. Using these abilities is tied to a pair of gauges, one of which is a sanity meter. In addition to managing what is essentially a mana bar, players will need to be mindful of the sanity meter, as depleting it can turn the tide of battle. Should a character run out of sanity, they will go berserk. In this state, players lose control over the character, who no longer differentiate friend from foe. It sounds bad at first, but berserk characters are extremely powerful, and utilizing them effectively is an essential strategy. Another great tactic at players' disposal in Lost Dimension is deferring, which, at the cost of a little sanity, can allow allied units to have multiple turns. This is great for taking advantage of enemy weaknesses with a powerful attacker or moving your forces across the battlefield quickly to close distance or retreat to a more defensible position. Since nearby units will assist their buddies in battle, stacking assists is another important part of the equation, netting you extra attacks for every ally in range. Of course, enemies can pull off this maneuver just as well, which can be pretty devastating. Missions are usually quick affairs, lasting around 10 minutes or so on average, which was ideal for playing the game on Vita. After they're finished, Sho will have a vision where he'll see brief glimpses into what his teammates are thinking -- which might help players identify traitors. There's another ability that should help you do this as well, which allows you to go into someone's subconscious mind and tell for sure if they're the traitor or not. Thing is, you can only use this ability three times per floor, so it's best to narrow down suspects before firing your silver bullets. Since the traitors are randomized, each experience with the game will be somewhat unique, ensuring someone's first run through the game will be different than the second. But it might be a tough sell for most to invest a couple more dozen hours in the game after seeing the credits roll. When a character is erased, they become Materia, which allows other characters to use the abilities they learned before their untimely demise. It's little things like this, and the whole tension surrounding judgement and betrayal that made Lost Dimension an enjoyable experience for me. Knowing I made a blunder early on and would have to watch one of my favorite characters betray me was something I dreaded throughout the journey. It was a huge source of dissonance, enjoying my interactions with someone that I knew was playing me and would ultimately make the final showdown with The End all the more difficult. Lost Dimension isn't particularly exceptional at anything it does, but I still really enjoyed the overall experience. It's a genuinely satisfying and memorable tactical RPG that I won't soon forget. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]  
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Keep your friends close, then kill them
It wasn't long before I realized my adventure in Lost Dimension wasn't going to end terribly well. My comrades and I were turning on one another, agreeing to sacrifice a teammate at the behest of our sworn enemy. None of...

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Psycho-Pass

The Psycho-Pass game is getting an English version this fall


Localization not confirmed
Jul 27
// Chris Carter
If you're a fan of Psycho-Pass, you might be interested to hear that the upcoming Xbox One game will be getting English and Chinese versions later this year. Evidently 5pb will provide translations, which can be played by way...
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Ouya

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman has left the company, confirms Razer buyout


Remember Ouya?
Jul 27
// Chris Carter
[Update: Razer has confirmed to Destructoid that it has acquired OUYA’s software assets, including its "content catalog and online retail platform." The deal was closed on June 12, 2015. The OUYA store will eventua...
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Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI leaked before tomorrow's reveal


Logo found on the official site
Jul 27
// Chris Carter
Tomorrow, Square Enix was set to reveal some Dragon Quest related news at a special press conference, but Gematsu has uncovered some early assets uploaded to the Dragon Quest site that spill the beans. For one, Dragon Quest X...
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Dragon's Dogma

Yep, Dragon's Dogma Online still looks awesome


Cross-Play with PC, PS3, and PS4
Jul 27
// Chris Carter
If you don't know what Dragon's Dogma Online is all about yet (being awesome), you can get a look at this new overview video above from Capcom. Sure it's free-to-play, so the jury is out on whether or not it will bombar...
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WWE 2K16

WWE 2K16's pre-order bonus is The Terminator


Yep, that Terminator
Jul 27
// Chris Carter
When WWE 2K16 hits later this year, it'll have a pre-order bonus in tow -- The Terminator. Yep, that's the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 character. Evidently the game will have two T-800s in tow, with one modeled ...
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Matchmaking and more
Earlier this year, Nintendo promised a big update for Splatoon in August, and we now have official confirmation that it will arrive on August 5. It'll bring Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking modes -- the former...

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Backward Compatibility

Rumor claims Castle Crashers and Borderlands are getting backward compatibility


Could they be right around the corner?
Jul 27
// Laura Kate Dale
According to some images floating around on the internet this morning, Castle Crashers and Borderlands might be some of the next games coming to Xbox One via backward compatibility. The source of the leak, who apparently also...
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Half Life

You can now play Half-Life on your watch


Watches are getting crazy technical
Jul 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey Half-Life fans looking for any kind of Half-Life fix to fill the void in your life created by Half-Life never getting a proper ending, I have some cool tech news for you. If you happen to own an Android-powered smart watc...
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Energy Hook

Grappling hook Tony Hawk-like Energy Hook coming to early access on August 13


I'm the king of the swingers oooh
Jul 27
// Joe Parlock
I love grappling hooks. I don’t need a roof over my head, or a warm meal, or a loving boyfriend with whom I feel I can tell anything; all I need in life to be happy is a sick-as-fuck grappling hook, a big city, and a d...
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Bestsellers

Mortal Kombat X is the best-selling game of 2015 so far


We're half way through 2015 already
Jul 27
// Joe Parlock
We’re now half-way through 2015. As time marches ever onward, quicker and quicker towards the screaming oblivion that is our graves, we shall hear that bell will soon ring and we will be taken into the void by the reape...
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Kojima/Konami

Metal Gear Solid 1-3's composer might know why Kojima and Konami have split up


Big budget, or throwing money away?
Jul 27
// Joe Parlock
[Update: I've received word from The Codec podcast's co-host Daley that the interview with Muranaka he discusses below is now online. It was for another podcast he hosts called Metal Gear Central. This wasn't released at the ...
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Lump.co

Introducing Lump.co, our new image search engine


Warning: NSFW links
Jul 27
// Niero Gonzalez
If you go on Google and you search for titties, you're going to get titties. We haven't put a whole lot of NSFW filtering in yet, so please bear that in mind before you try Lump.co, a new image search engine by the same jerks...
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Steam

A major Steam security flaw that made stealing accounts easy has been patched


The Steam Guard fell asleep at its post
Jul 27
// Joe Parlock
You know Steam Guard? The thing that’s supposed to give your Steam account more protection by using two-step verification? Turns out that was part of a major security bug, which allowed hackers to take peoples accounts ...
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Surprise?

Pixels bombs at the box office, surprising no one


Will probably turn a profit though
Jul 26
// Jed Whitaker
The movie we all can't stop shitting on, Pixels, debuted at the number-two spot at the box office last weekend with $23 million in North America losing to Ant-Man's $24.7 million haul. Pixels reportedly cost $88 million to ma...
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But Capcom's working on it
This weekend's Street Fighter V beta could be described as many things. Smooth isn't one of them. Players have struggled to get past the start screen since the beta launched Thursday evening, and those that have actually mana...

Podtoid 300: Randy Pitchford's Little Asshole

Jul 26 // Kyle MacGregor
[embed]296683:59691:0[/embed] What We Discussed Beer and Philly Cheese Steaks Space Jam 2 ft. Lebron James Shenmue 3 successfully funded Capcom's new business strategy for Street Fighter V EVO 2015 was a thing that happened Van Halen is bad and should feel bad Deep Silver dumps Dead Island 2 developer Yager Speaking of huge Koch... Rise of the Tomb Raider timed exclusivity details Itagaki and Devil's Third Darren once tried to punch a little girl Batman Arkham Knight SATPOTPAQ Randy Pitchford is still a dick Recent Episodes Podtoid 299: Blast Ball Podtoid 298: Tales of E3 and Batman: Arkham Knight  Podtoid 297: E3 2015 Predictions, Tips & Tricks  Podtoid 296: On Fleek Podtoid 295: Squidnapped Send any and all questions, tips, and Brett Makedonski fan art to [email protected]
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Hobby-grade genre-blended meta-growth
Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download it here. The newest episode of Podtoid is here and ready to caress your ear holes with the latest, sexiest video game news and whatever inane nonsense Destructoid editors enjoy talking about.

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Sup Holmes

Sup Holmes sneaks a peek at the developer of Screencheat


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Jul 26
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: We tried having N...
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Sup Holmes

Chatting about the ESRB's penis problems and Sweden's free game dev camp


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Jul 26
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Good news, everyone! We've...
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League of Legends

Pro League of Legends team goes undefeated


Sets new record by going 18-0 in LCS
Jul 26
// Ben Pack
Following its victory at League of Legends Championship Series, professional eSports team Fnatic is celebrating not only a successful regular season, but a historic achievement. The group managed to do something no other...
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Dota 2 wildcard matches

Dota 2 wildcard matches are now underway


Fighting for a chance at millions
Jul 26
// Patrick Hancock
The wildcard matches for the biggest eSports tournament of the year have officially begun! Dota 2's International 2015 tournament has already raised over $17 million, and four teams are about to fight for their shot at the pr...
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Xeodrifter

Xeodrifter has more room to breathe on Wii U


No frills port, no complaints
Jul 26
// Jonathan Holmes
Xeodrifter stands among a proud line of games we recommended to Metroid fans who were disappointed with the idea Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and now it's coming to Wii U next week. It's yet another game to hit the c...

Woah Dave! is a success, Space Dave! coming soon

Jul 26 // Jonathan Holmes
You'd think that success was what motivated the studio to create Dave's all-new, upcoming outer-space adventure Space Dave!, but that's not actually the case. Jason went on to say he thinks "...Space Dave! would most likely still have happened even if Woah Dave! hadn't done well. The reason being is that MiniVisions games are largely driven, in all honesty, by us making games that we want to play ourselves. They're all kinds of experimental." "We're never sure if everyone else will be as in to these ideas as we are, but the passion on our end to make it is there, so we kinda roll with that. Also, probably worth nothing that Space Dave! is a surprisingly different formula, but still 100% a 'Dave' game." Choice Provisions is planning to reveal Space Dave! to the world at PAX Prime this August.
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Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it
[Space Dave! Box in progress box art by GLIΓCH RIΓUΛL] Woah Dave! is a gaming underdog story if ever there was one. Inspired by his young son's passion of the original Mario Bros., developer Jason Cirillo's...

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Approved for manufacture, sale anywhere
China is lifting nationwide restrictions on video game consoles, The Wall Street Journal reports. The nation eased the embargo last year by allowing console manufacturers to operate in Shanghai's free-trade zone, leading to M...


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