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7:00 PM on 02.10.2015

There won't be a public beta of the latest Halo: The Master Chief Collection update

The Halo: Master Chief Collection saga has been a tumultuous one. It was released back in November, and we're still hearing about fixes and updates. But there's a team hard at work on delivering a smooth experience for player...

Jason Faulkner

3:45 PM on 02.06.2015

Battlefield Hardline's cops go nuts for donuts

I'm not hip on police vernacular. Like, "donuts spotted!" for instance. That probably either means they found donuts, or "spotted" is a cheeky word for sprinkles. Whatever the case, these Battlefield Hardline cops are stoked that there are some frosted confectioneries around. Typical.

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 02.05.2015

Player feedback led to these changes in Halo 5

Given the adjustments to the long-running Halo formula present in Halo 5: Guardians, players were bound to be vocal about what they did and didn't like in the multiplayer beta. 343 Industries is incorporating that feedback in...

Jordan Devore



Battlefield Hardline goes all in with final beta release photo
Battlefield Hardline goes all in with final beta release
by Alessandro Fillari

It's not too often we see a major publisher humbled. With the announcement of Battlefield Hardline last year, EA and Visceral Games were ready to release another entry in the epic and grandiose Battlefield series. But soon after, they decided to hold off, and push the rather ambitious title back to 2015. After taking in its criticisms and lumps from the original beta release, they figured this was one one title they didn't want to botch.

Moving the battlefield away from the military setting, Hardline brings the combat to the cities and streets across the U.S. as the police and criminals battle for control. As the first Battlefield game not set in a military conflict, the developers at Visceral Games wanted to make sure they knocked it out of the park. And in order to do so, they had to put players first and listen to what the community wanted.

In a special preview session with their second upcoming beta, playable on February 3-8, EA invited Destructoid out to get some early hands-on with it, where we had a chat with Battlefield Hardline's executive producer Steve Papoutsis. During our talk, we learned what they took in from its initial beta, and how important it was to give the best of what the series is all about.

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3:00 PM on 01.29.2015

How long can you survive in Out There: Omega Edition?

Out There: Omega Edition by Mi-Clos Studio is certainly a pretty little thing. Don't let its eye-catching pulp-comic appearance fool you, though. It's a difficult game. Think Oregon Trail meets FTL and you'll have a goo...

Rob Morrow

11:30 AM on 01.29.2015

Get hard with Battlefield Hardline open beta

Today, EA announced that the Battlefield Hardline open beta will begin February 3 and end on February 8. If you haven't had a chance to play EA's version of cops and robbers, now is this time. Well, technically February is t...

Robert Summa

7:30 PM on 01.21.2015

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's next update requires public beta testing

343 Industries has had enough issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection that, two months after release, it's come to this: public beta testing for an impending large-scale content update. Testers will be chosen from a poo...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Forty dollars will get you instant access to the Heroes of the Storm beta

Having any luck getting into the closed beta for Blizzard Entertainment's new MOBA Heroes of the Storm? If the answer's no, and you've got a little spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, then...

Rob Morrow



Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key! photo
Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key!
by mrandydixon

Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Blue Mammoth Games to give away a TON of closed beta keys for their upcoming brawler Brawlhalla!

Brawlhalla is a super fun, fast-paced, 2D platform brawler for the PC where champions from across history battle it out in an eternal tournament. Throw down in local or online play with up to four players and send your opponents flying off stage to claim victory! As a member of the closed beta, you'll help developers shape the game for launch!

To claim your code, just head on over to our code redemption page and click the big red button! (HUGE members, visit your HUGE perks page for your reserved codes!) Then just login to your Steam account, activate it, and you're ready to start downloading!

Have fun! And if you weren't quick enough to get a code, why not sign up for a HUGE membership? You'll get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), guaranteed beta code access, ad-free browsing, monthly newsletters from the staff, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love!

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5:30 PM on 01.06.2015

Smite's Xbox One beta sign-ups are open

You can now sign up for the Xbox One beta test of Smite, Hi-Rez Studios' third-person, mythological MOBA. I'd recommend it to anyone who's curious about the genre but can't seem to get into Dota 2 or League of Legends. Be su...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 12.29.2014

Maybe don't spend $250 pre-ordering Halo 5: Guardians, okay?

There's a certain allure behind mystery boxes. What's in them? It could be anything. It could even be a boat; you know how much we've always wanted one of those. Well, Microsoft's offering a mystery box of its own today for p...

Brett Makedonski







The Halo 5 early access beta left me pleasantly surprised photo
The Halo 5 early access beta left me pleasantly surprised
by Brett Zeidler

When we reviewed Halo 4, we really liked it. If you were to ask me personally, I was not enthusiastic about the game at all. Campaign aside, the multiplayer clearly lost sight of what made Halo multiplayer so damn fun in the first place. That was a real bummer.

And so, one can understand why I was wary of the direction Halo 5: Guardians' multiplayer would likely take. 343 has been promising that we would see a return to the classic arena style, and, after spending time with the early access beta over the weekend, the studio has delivered.

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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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We've got closed beta keys for Square Enix's Nosgoth! photo
We've got closed beta keys for Square Enix's Nosgoth!
by mrandydixon

Destructoid is giving away a bunch of Nosgoth closed beta keys!

Nosgoth is a free-to-play multiplayer experience set in the Legacy of Kain universe, involving humans and vampires locked in a bloody struggle against one another. Players can play both as humans and vampires, level up individual classes, and purchase upgrades to further power up their characters.

To claim your code, just head on over to our code redemption page and click the big red button! (HUGE members, visit your HUGE perks page for your reserved codes!) Once you've secured a key, head on over to the Nosgoth key redemption page and start playing!

Have fun! Not quick enough to get a code? Why not sign up for a HUGE membership? You'll get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), guaranteed beta code access, ad-free browsing, monthly newsletters from the staff, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love <3

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5:30 PM on 12.16.2014

Jagex and Hasbro terminate Transformers MMO

We never got a chance to see if there was more than meets the eye with Transformers Universe; Jagex and Hasbro shut down the free-to-play MMO today while it was still in beta. The move isn't entirely unexpected, as it may hav...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Remember the Halo 5 beta? It will launch with spectator options

Halo 5 looks damn good visually, but I'm a bit concerned in terms of the gameplay based on what I've heard so far. Thankfully I'll get a chance to try it out for myself later this month. Yep, the Halo 5 beta is inde...

Chris Carter