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10:00 AM on 12.21.2014

Iconoclasts creator imagines a Daisy focused 2D action game

My first waking thought this morning was "What if the next Wii U Mario game stars Peach, Daisy, Rosalina and Toadette as they giant sentient broccoli people who reluctantly eat children because they are nutritious?" The ...

Jonathan Holmes



Brett Makedonski's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014 photo
Brett Makedonski's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014
by Brett Makedonski

2014 was the most hectic twelve months of my life. Up until late September, I'm fairly certain I spent more of the year on the road than at home. I did so much travelling that I honestly considered eschewing a top five games of the year list in favor of the top five conventions.

While I definitely love the jet-set life, it unfortunately meant that I played fewer games than ever before. I previewed way more titles than I ever saw the final build of. That's why you only get five games from me, because I didn't get a chance to play all that many in 2014. Still, I believe each of the titles on this list is incredibly important in its own right.

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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



Jonathan's personal GOTY for best butt goes to... photo
Jonathan's personal GOTY for best butt goes to...
by Jonathan Holmes

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 standing beside a local Pokémon champion at nearby Target store. He influenced the clerks behind the counter to look in their backroom for Captain Falcon amiibos. The clerks were sure they didn't have any in stock. The Pokémon champion was sure that they did. Somehow, he was sure.  

Guess who was right?

To be clear, I don't entirely approve of the amiibo craze. Seeing so many people spend their time and money on all these ornamental plastic statues while they ignore great Wii U games like Stealth Inc 2, Lone Survivor, 1001 Spikes, and Thomas Was Alone makes me a little blue. That said, the Captain Falcon amiibo is a charmer worth squawking about, which is why it won my personal butt of the year award.

Thanks again to the Beastie Boys. 

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

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 promotion to Reviews Director at Destructoid.

It took me weeks to narrow down my top selections, a process I started in earnest in November. There was so much to play this year, with offerings all across the spectrum of gaming.

Here are my top 10 picks in no particular order.

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Nominees for Destructoid's Best World Design of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Best World Design of 2014
by Steven Hansen

[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 honor just to be nominated. 

Creating worlds, interactive digital spaces for us to dive into, is one of the strength of games, tying back to that good old feeling, "immersion." These nominees created coherent or otherwise arresting virtual realities. Alien tension. Sweeping scope. Hot Topic's vision of punk rock. Southern Gothic magical realism. 

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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



Wallet Busters: PC games winter sales arrive in force photo
Wallet Busters: PC games winter sales arrive in force
by Dealzon

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 the usual 10:00 AM time slot, filled with some nice surprise such as the appearance of Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition. Over at GMG, they're attempting to price match Steam and tossing in a coupon for an additional 20% off for good measure.

GameStop's winter sale, while not as large as others, does have EA titles such as Battlefield 4 and C&C Ultimate Collection for only five bucks. Meanwhile, everyone's favorite DRM Uplay has its catalog on sale too: the excellent Valiant Hearts and Child of Light are only $6 a piece. Heck, even Steam keys of Stick of Truth are available at $13.

If you're looking for a last-minute gift on a console system, a few retailers are having some decent sales. For instance, the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle is $349.99 at Target with a bonus $70 Gift Card today while the 32GB Wii U Deluxe clocks in at $249.99. Not bad.

Game deals brought to by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: Sales from certain retailers help support Destructoid.

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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



Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome photo
Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome
by Kyle MacGregor

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 our first peek at Final Fantasy XV's incarnation of Cid, a recurring figure in the franchise. Actually, it's Cindy, in this case. (Or perhaps Cidney -- there seems to be some disagreement over this on account of how folks at Square Enix pronounce the name.)

She's a mechanic, of course, which fits nicely along with the road trip motif and Cids having a proclivity for engineering. Her gender is a point of distinction among characters that bear the moniker, though, as she'll be the first female Cid in the series.

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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



Very Quick Tips for the Halo 5 beta photo
Very Quick Tips for the Halo 5 beta
by Chris Carter

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 been mixed so far.

It's definitely a beautiful-looking shooter, but the gunplay feels off at times. I need to play more to make a full judgment, and this is a beta after all! Here's some tips to help you whenever you happen to get into it.

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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