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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

11:45 AM on 08.21.2014

Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm delayed until autumn

Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is no longer targeting a summer launch, publisher Nyu Media revealed today. The crowdfunded fighting game now aims to launch sometime this autumn. The word came along with an announcement regar...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 08.21.2014

The EA Sports Season Ticket has ceased to exist

As was expected with the advent of the EA Access program, the EA Sports Season Ticket and Arena initiatives are phasing out. If you have a Season Ticket it will run until the end of March 2015, at which point it will expire -...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 08.21.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man 6

Today is a classic kind of day in terms of Nintendo Download, with a few re-releases. We have Mega Man 6 headlining the fray, which means that the full NES collection of Mega Man 1-6 is finally available on the...

Chris Carter