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Amazon deal

Amazon has one of the best Xbox One bundles we've seen yet


What would Grohl do?
Apr 28
// Brett Makedonski
Amazon isn't offering one of the lowest prices we've seen on an Xbox One bundle, but it might have the most packed in. This Assassin's Creed console bundle comes with the standard Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Cr...

Review: Lost Within

Apr 23 // Chris Carter
Lost Within (Android FireOS [reviewed on a Kindle Fire HD], iOS)Developer: Amazon Game Studios, Human Head StudiosPublisher: Amazon Game StudiosReleased: April 17, 2015MSRP: $6.99 The setting of this spooky affair is the old Weatherby Asylum -- an abandoned relic of the past, set to be demolished in one day's time. Of course, your stupid idiot police officer avatar winds up "checking it out" one last time to see if there are any stragglers, and you get sucked into a hellish underworld of scary fun. It's a setup you've seen a million times before, but Lost Within has a level of polish rarely seen from the genre, not to mention that it's a mobile-only affair. Using touch-style controls you'll navigate the labyrinthine tunnels of horror, and they are surprisingly responsive. All you have to do is touch an area to get there, double-tap to run, swipe to turn, tap to use defensive items, and you can even use your device to lean around corners with an optional gyro setting. Mobile games have really come a long way, and co-developers Amazon Game Studios and Human Head should be commended. That polish extends to the visual style as well, which is stunning on an Amazon Fire HD tablet. The crazy writing on the wall that you'd expect out of an asylum is clear and concise, and every environment looks like there was a lot of work put into it. Screenshots don't really do it justice, as the framerate and smooth engine are the strongest aspects of Lost Within. [embed]290846:58289:0[/embed] This is a jump-scare game under-the-skin though, and it won't really offer up a lot that you haven't seen or rolled your eyes at before. I really like the literature that narrates the history of the asylum and its inhabitants, as it strays from the typical "diary" setup often with things like newspaper clippings, but once you're done reading up, it's back to a corridor simulator with "scary" monsters. In case you couldn't pick up on that obvious sarcasm, those creatures aren't really all that threatening, or nearly as interesting as the lore bits. Said corridors are often fun to roam through thanks to the mechanics, and freaky flashbacks are a constant source of entertainment beyond running and outwitting the baddies in the "real" world. What Lost Within really thrives on is the ability to tell a compelling story in an easily-digestible way throughout the experience. In-between the jumps and frights I had a burning desire to unravel the game's various mysteries, and press on to the next area. Amazon Game Studios only has a few games under its belt, but it's already making a name for itself in the industry. With a little more creativity Lost Within could be a full-blown retail game, which could be where the publisher is heading with the acquisition of Double Helix and a few other talented developers. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Warning: it's another asylum game
Jump-scare horror games, or "YouTube Bait" as they're often now called, are a dime-a-dozen. Especially ones based in an asylum. Lost Within is a jump-scare horror game that takes place in an asylum (cue the laugh track). Thankfully, it has a handful of redeeming qualities that elevate it above the competition.

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Amazon Fire TV

The Amazon Fire TV is getting a few much-needed upgrades


This thing plays games, you know
Apr 14
// Chris Carter
As a device, I really like the the Amazon Fire TV. In many ways I use it more than my Roku 3, mostly due to the ability to play more interesting games from time to time with the native controller. It's also getting a hea...
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Esteban

Amazon's taunting amiibo collectors, and the amiibros love it


The Tale of Esteban
Apr 09
// Brett Makedonski
Amiibo enthusiasts are all taking a minute to laugh. That's rare because the vast majority of them have been on-edge for the past week, looking to do the near impossible: secure wave four pre-orders. A tweet from Amazon Games...
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Bloodborne bundle

Amazon's giving away Bloodborne with new PS4s


Now that's a deal
Mar 30
// Brett Makedonski
It's not exactly a new concept for Amazon to bundle the hot game of the week with consoles. That's been happening for a while with the likes of Grand Theft Auto V and Dying Light being two of the more recent example...
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Evolve sale

Evolve turns $40 tricks on Amazon


And some Bethesda stuff too
Mar 24
// Brett Makedonski
Psst. Hey, kid. No, not you; go back to licking the wall. I'm talking to your cool friend. The one that doesn't eat paint chips. You look like the sort of dude that likes videogames -- maybe asymmetric multiplayer ones. But, ...
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Deals

34 free apps on Amazon including Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Kingdom Rush Origins


Offer ends tomorrow
Mar 20
// Jordan Devore
Amazon is giving away 34 Android apps today, and some of them aren't crap. Take a look! Consider nabbing Kingdom Rush Origins if you're into tower defense, and Five Nights at Freddy's 2 if you're curious about the animatronic jump-scare craze. Familiar titles like Cut the Rope and World of Goo are in here too, as is the largely unknown but lovable-as-heck Deep Under the Sky.
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Xbox One games

Amazon has a bundled plethora of Xbox One family games at a cheap price


And a bunch of Grand Theft Auto titles
Mar 17
// Brett Makedonski
Amazon's really been trying hard lately to get its digital videogames storefront to take off. There's stiff competition out there, as the likes of Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation all handle digital distribution fairly well. And,...
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Lost Within

Human Head is back with mobile survival horror title Lost Within


Coming to iOS and Fire devices
Mar 09
// Jordan Devore
Last I heard of Human Head Studios, it had taken over development on Minimum (and, prior to that, was working on Prey 2 until publisher Bethesda finally said stop). The company is now putting out a mobile horror title called...
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Far Cry 4

Visit the steep mountains of Far Cry 4 at a steep discount


Plus a few other deals
Feb 13
// Brett Makedonski
Plane tickets are expensive. If you want to go check out the Himalayas, you're looking at several thousand dollars. "In this economy?!," Steven might scoff. A more affordable route to world tourism is through Ubisoft's rendit...
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Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV gets Sling TV today, also Telltale's Game of Thrones


And Luftrausers
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
This is an "Amazon Download" update of sorts, as the publisher has just sent word that Sling TV has launched for the Fire TV and Fire Stick. New apps have also been added, including Telltale's Game of Thrones series, which is...
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Amazon

Amazon looks like it's upping its PS4 bundle game


And some other deals
Jan 28
// Brett Makedonski
Two weeks ago, PlayStation announced that moving forward, all PS4s would come bundled with a copy of The Last of Us: Remastered. Amazon's taking that one step further and packing in yet another game at half price. Right now, ...
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Type-0 HD

Amazon debuts Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Twitter battle promo


Haha, ok
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Square Enix has joined forces with...Amazon...for a special promotion involving Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Basically you go online daily to this site, and "battle" enemies in a group effort type deal to earn prizes. The reward...
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More Amazon deals

A really cheap bundle of Assassin's Creed games highlights some decent Amazon deals


And a few other noteworthy items
Jan 05
// Brett Makedonski
Amazon must've had a bunch of download cards left over following Microsoft's holiday promotion featuring a reduced Xbox One bundle. Apart from several unsold Assassin's Creed packaged consoles, how else could you ex...
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Amazon freebies

Amazon's gift to you is free (good) Android titles and (more) cheap videogame downloads


Said Ripley to the Android Bishop
Dec 25
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: There are a handful of new deals on videogame downloads, as well as some decent savings on other stuff -- including some portable hard drives that make great external storage for gaming consoles. All updated dis...
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Amazon sales

Amazon's trying to steal Steam's thunder with a bunch of PC download sales


Don't make Gabe hurt you
Dec 22
// Brett Makedonski
Tread lightly, Amazon. You're setting up shop in a part of town that's run by Sticky Fingers Newell and his crew. That's not just bad for business; that's bad for your kneecaps. But, here are all your wares anyway -- PC downl...
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Amazon

Amazon doesn't take the weekend off because videogame deals don't stop


Can't stop, won't stop
Dec 15
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: Amazon's discounted Assassin's Creed Unity down to $29.99 for Monday only. That's half off a game that's days more than a month old. Calls for a quick bump, in my opinion. All these other videogame deals from th...
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Amazon deals

I don't know what 'Green Monday' is, but Amazon has videogame deals for it


Only suckers pay $60 for videogames
Dec 08
// Brett Makedonski
I'm not sure why we need to keep designating official titles for different days to spur consumerism around the holidays. I mean, people need (and want) to buy stuff; they'll spend money regardless. Black Friday's fine. It's b...
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Cyber Monday

Amazon's Cyber Monday is a second chance at cheap videogames


And other stuff you probably don't need
Dec 01
// Brett Makedonski
Cyber Monday's upon us -- a second opportunity for those that were too lazy (or wise) to venture out among the Black Friday masses to secure things we don't need for cheap. This is just a couple days later, and all you need t...

Destructoid's Black Friday videogame buyin' guide

Nov 27 // Brett Makedonski
Wal-Mart: Xbox One Master Chief Collection bundle with $30 gift card -- $329.99 Over 20 titles at $35 including Destiny, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, and Mario Kart 8. Over 40 titles at $25 including Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and inFAMOUS: Second Son Nintendo 3DS XL Super Mario Bros. 2 Gold Edition Bundle -- $149.99 Full ad Best Buy: Wii U 32 GB Deluxe bundle with Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Super Smash Bros. -- $359.97 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers -- $39.99 Handful of games for $30 including Watch Dogs, Alien: Isolation and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Handful of games for $25 including Titanfall, The Evil Within, and Metro: Redux Full ad Target: Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle with $50 gift card $15 gift card with the purchase of various titles including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Far Cry 4. Nintendo 2DS -- $99 Full ad Amazon: Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle --$329.99 Honestly, nothing sticks out too much here. Everything's mostly a mixture of $20-$40 games that are available everywhere else. The only real benefit is that you get physical copies without having to leave the house. Steam (All PC, obviously): The Evil Within -- $20.39 Wolfenstein: The New Order -- $20.39 Lords of the Fallen -- $29.99 The Stanley Parable -- $7.49 BattleBlock Theater -- $3.74 Full site, deals change daily Green Man Gaming (Also, all PC): Using this code should net you 20 percent off most purchases at GMG, even games that are on sale: B9J1L1-0AZCS9-S0IASV Thursday: The Evil Within -- $20.39, Wolfenstein: The New Order -- $20.39, Thief -- $7.49 Friday: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 -- $23.99, DmC: Devil May Cry -- $12.49 Saturday: Alien: Isolation -- $24.99, Remember Me -- $7.49, Fallout 2 -- $4.99 Sunday: Resident Evil: Revelations -- $12.49, The Wolf Among Us -- $12.49 Monday: Murdered: Soul Suspect -- $7.49, Strider -- $7.49, Ultra Street Fighter IV -- $19.99 Full site, deals change daily Origin (Once again, all PC): Titanfall -- $4.99 Need for Speed: Rivals -- $14.99 Mass Effect 2 -- $4.99
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'Stimulate me, you heathens!' - The Economy
Merry Thanksgiving, everyone! (And by "everyone," I mean those in the US; happy Thursday to everyone else.) It's on this, the holiest of days, that we remember the Pilgrims that selflessly died so that we may pursue our god-g...

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Black Friday

Here are most of Amazon's Black Friday videogame deals, all in one place


But the stores are so much more fun
Nov 27
// Brett Makedonski
Without exaggeration, Black Friday's sincerely my favorite day of the year. That said, it might surprise you to find out that I rarely buy anything on the single busiest shopping day. I love it because I'm a people watcher. W...
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Amazon deals

Amazon's gearing up for Black Friday with some cheap games and sexy TVs


There's plenty more to come
Nov 22
// Brett Makedonski
Black Friday seems to get here earlier and earlier every year. Recently, retailers pushed the annual shopping extravaganza to Thanksgiving evening. This year, Amazon's prepping the masses for massive savings with a week of ro...
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WayForward and Amazon Game Studios team up on Til Morning's Light


Touch-based action adventure for Fire phone
Oct 14
// Dale North
Til Morning's Light was developed by WayForward in cooperation with Amazon Game Studios, and it's coming exclusively to the Fire phone.  So far we know that Til Morning's Light is set in a haunted New England mansion th...
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Why are we excited about these New 3DS packaging shots?


Also, accessories galore
Sep 04
// Dale North
An informal poll of the Destructoid staff reveals that we're all senselessly excited for this New 3DS. It doesn't make sense. None of us need one. We should be mad at Nintendo for having us wanting another iteration. But we'r...
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Twitch acquisition

Google supposedly bailed on Twitch deal because of antitrust issues


Amazon was opportunistic
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
Amazon's recent acquisition of Twitch.TV for more than $1 billion might come as a surprise to anyone that had been following various suitors' attempts to buy the streaming mogul. As of late, it had seemed as if Google was poi...

Amazon has acquired Twitch.TV

Aug 25 // Jordan Devore
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For more than $1 billion
[Update: It's confirmed. Amazon has officially acquired streaming site Twitch.TV. "Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of opt...

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Okay, this Advanced Warfare Xbox One controller looks rad


$64.99
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Catch that Call of Duty: Advance Warfare Xbox One bundle earlier today? It's a custom system that includes the game and a 1TB HDD for $499.99. The controller is also custom designed, and if you were like me wishing it was available separately well good news! It is. Amazon has it for $64.99.
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Full Skylanders Trap Team game hitting tablets too


Will even include a controller
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Skylanders Trap Team is heading to mobile devices as well! And like, the full actual game. Activision is claiming console-quality graphics, and it even comes with its own high performance controller. This is huge! This will a...
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Deals

Tempting! Wolfenstein: The New Order PC for $30 on Amazon


And $24 on Green Man Gaming
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
Our own Chris Carter gave Wolfenstein: The New Order a favorable review but in the weeks since I've come across even higher praise for MachineGames' take on the iconic series. Some of you out there really, truly dig this game...
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Lego Batman 3

Preorder Lego Batman 3 anywhere but Best Buy for a physical reward


I'll go for the Batgirl keychain, personally
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Following the abhorrent trend of announcing different preorder bonuses across different retailers is Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which is shipping with six different doodads depending on where you go. Fortunately, it's not ...

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