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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

2:30 PM on 12.18.2014

GTA V debut coincides with weekly PS4 sales quadrupling in Japan

While retailers in some countries have already committed to taking Grand Theft Auto V off shelves, Japan's just now getting the current-gen remake. For a country that has famously gotten away from console gaming, this ga...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Halfbrick makes some good games, and now all the iOS ones are free

Ah, the holiday season. That awkward time of year when you're expected to be in the same room as your extended family, talking to your great aunt that you barely remember about how no, you're not in school anymore; you gradua...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 12.18.2014

The Steam Holiday Sale is on: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, and more

For some of us, the year-end Steam Holiday  Sale is the one that matters. It's where I tend to buy most of my PC games for the year, which is a nasty habit considering how few of them end up in my library unplayed and un...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Bloodborne's procedural Chalice Dungeons are full of horrors

Procedurally-generated dungeons in Bloodborne, huh? I didn't catch the PlayStation Experience demo showing them until now. Not something I would have expected for the game given how good From Software's hand-crafted worlds ca...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Hey remember that GTA V 'story DLC' that was promised? I guess it still exists

Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed Grand Theft Auto V. It was one of my favorite franchise entries in years, and I spent plenty of time roaming the streets and enjoying the sandbox. Does anyone else have turns where t...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Yacht Club updates us on Shovel Knight, state of Plague Knight DLC

Shovel Knight was a great game at launch, but a lot of content is still in development. While the PS3, PS4, and Vita versions will be getting the Kratos boss, every platform still needs a ton of updates, including gender...

Chris Carter

11:45 AM on 12.18.2014

Mojang and Telltale announce Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode is a thing that's happening. Mojang has joined forces with Telltale Games, the team behind fine adventure games like The Walking Dead, to forge a narrative-driven episodic experience. Yes, they're w...

Kyle MacGregor



Duck Hunt zaps Wii U eShop on December 25 photo
Duck Hunt zaps Wii U eShop on December 25
by Kyle MacGregor

Three decades after its original release, Duck Hunt is making a return to consoles. The classic shooter is coming to Wii U on December 25, Nintendo of America announced today.

Duck Hunt debuted in Japan in 1984 before launching in North America the next year alongside the NES. The experience centers on shooting ducks and clay pigeons out of the sky, which will now require Wii Remotes in lieu of NES Zappers. Those iconic light guns just don't work with modern televisions. Also, the old light bulb trick is probably a thing of the past as well.

At least now when that damn laughing dog makes fun of your shooting skills, you can always boot up Super Smash Bros. and pummel that chuckling canine into the ground.

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11:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Zero

If you aren't into old games, this may be a pass week for you. On the Virtual Console for Wii U comes Natsume Championship Wrestling, and the always great Mega Man Zero. Also on the Wii you'll find 99Moves, Blok Drop X T...

Chris Carter





10:30 AM on 12.18.2014

Hearthstone is now available everywhere on Android

After a soft launch in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available worldwide. You'll need to sport a 6" (or larger) Android device to run it though, so don't try and squint on you...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Deception IV: Another Princess adds on a ton to the core game

Deception IV is a great game that really reminded me of good old-school design. On the surface everything is fairly easy to pick up, but there's a ton of secrets and hidden content with the core package that's -- gasp -- on t...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Angry Viking simulator Lords of the Fallen is coming to iOS and Android

Well this is an interesting turn of events. Despite not having a version of the game out for the Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii U platforms, developer Deck13 Interactive will release Lords of the Fallen on iOS and Android de...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Mega Man Zero is up on the eShop right now

Well this is a nice surprise! Mega Man Zero is now available on the Wii U eShop, ahead of the regularly scheduled maintenance today. You can grab it right away, alongside of a Mega Man themed sale. Mega Man II,...

Chris Carter