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Risen

Piranha wants to go back to its roots for Risen 3


Promises 'favorite elements' from Gotchic and Risen 1
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Piranha Bytes went off in a different direction with its pirate-centric Risen 2: Dark Waters and that didn't sit well with some series fans. For the next game, Risen 3: Titan Lords, the studio claims it has gone back to its ...
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Risen

Risen 3's Demon Hunters faction sounds like the one to side with


Or just form an alliance with everyone for completion's sake
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
First came the CGI trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords, and now, screenshots. The one above? My favorite of the pack by a wide margin. Some of the others are oddly blinding. The game features three factions and one of them is ca...
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Dead Island 2

You could theoretically make Deep Silver package a real zombie with Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition


...I say we all vote for that option and see where that gets us
Jul 09
// Brittany Vincent
Remember the last time we talked about a Dead Island collector's edition and it was a disembodied female torso? I don't think Deep Silver wants to go that route this time, so they're turning to the community to find out what ...

Escape Dead Island is a single-player 'survival mystery'

Jul 01 // Steven Hansen
Escape Dead Island [PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360]Developer: Fatshark SwedenPublisher: Deep SilverRelease: Fall 2014 Contrary to the above image, Escape Dead Island is a stealth-reliant (and story-focused) game. Those two things are interwoven, too. Escape is in part a response to critique of the series' absent characterization and story (hence no multiplayer). There's even a mysterious, Emmy-winning writer behind the script.  The story, like the aforementioned Groundhog's Day, loops. Escape's lead is part of a three-person documentary team trying to figure out what's going on on the closed off island from the first game (it's six week after those events and bridges Dead Islands 1 and 2). This, of course, gets the three stranded on a terrible island of zombies.  You play as Cliff, the loudmouth of the group. He's got some obnoxious combat barks. Cliff's (other) problem is that he keeps waking up at 4:37 and going through time loops, during which he will end up scavenging items that will then be used to open up new available branches. It's a fairly linear world, but with different branches, a "3D Metroidvania, like Darksiders or Zelda." Cliff also experiences color-drained Insanity segments. I played the fifth or so mission of Escape, which was actually the first time Cliff encountered a zombie. Without weaponry, I had to sneak around the zombie and get to a rope, which I used to get down to a beach. That rope, then, becomes part of cliff's inventory and he'll hang on to it when he cycles back.  From the beach, the goal was to meet up with the ambitious woman and hipster wearing a scarf in a tropical climate that are the rest of Cliff's crew. Sneaking through some buildings, I found a screwdriver, which could be used for stealth kills as some mysterious person kept calling phones in the office I was crouching through, alerting the zombies.  After making it through the area, I ended up looping back to washing up on the beach with Cliff's crew. We walked around for a while, listening to them talk at me, until we reached a point where I'm told, from then on, the game would be more "like a Dead Space" in that you're in communication with your friends, but not directly, and they don't entirely believe everything you're going through. If you're counting, there's been a number of grand comparisons to some well-liked things (I just last night dreamt Bill Murray was evicting me, but he felt bad about it). I don't anticipate Escape Dead Island will live up to any of them. It's a different look for the series, though, and will release to the past generation of consoles for a more appropriate $40. Those who buy get access to Dead Island 2's beta as well. 
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And now for (another) something different
The next Dead Island game isn't Dead Island 2. Of course, Dead Island: Riptide already showed the series' disregard for numeration. Counting the early access MOBA, Dead Island 2 should be Dead Island 5. But Dea...

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Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator is receiving a North American retail release via Deep Silver


The wait won't be so baa-ad
Jun 28
// Brittany Vincent
Not too long ago, we announced that Goat Simulator would be receiving a retail release in the UK. A boxed version of the bizarre farm animal simulator was awesome news, but North American gamers were still relegated to the di...
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Dead Island Epidemic

Dead Island Epidemic is a 'ZOMBA,' not a MOBA, get it right


OmG, ZaMbEh KiLLiNz!
Jun 27
// Brittany Vincent
Dead Island Epidemic's four-minute gameplay video tries really hard to be hardcore, but I cringed at the way the announcer said the title. It wasn't good. With that said, it looks like it could be fun. Obviously this is a MO...
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29 pieces of goddamn DLC included


Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition collects all the DLC in one package
Jun 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well just like Saints Row: The Third, Deep Silver is re-releasing Saints Row IV and including all 29 downloadable content packs. Really? 29 goddamn pieces of DLC? Ugh. Gross, but now's as good as time as ever to buy Saints Ro...
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Metro Redux

Metro Redux now has a confirmed release date beyond 'summer'


August 26th
Jun 24
// Chris Carter
Earlier this year, Deep Silver announced a visual remake of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, called Metro Redux. It has the original development team handling things, and at $25 apiece, you'll get access to either game with ...
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Dead Island

Dead Island 2 wants to be cool and kickass


Let's see if they can deliver
Jun 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The debut of Dead Island led us to believe that it would tell a very dramatic and serious story about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. That’s not quite the game we ended up with, so it’s refreshing to know th...
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The outbreak spreads to California
Huh. I missed that Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager is handling development on Dead Island 2. That knowledge combined with the excellent CG trailer has me mildly interested. Here's Max sharing his thoughts after seeing an ear...

Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution

Jun 02 // Brett Makedonski
Because the American citizens are at a serious disadvantage in this scenario, any hope of regaining their freedom must be done through guerrilla tactics. This aims to be Homefront: The Revolution's calling card. Rather than engage in constant over-the-top first-person shooting sequences, Crytek wants to push the battle to asymmetric warfare. One such example is equipping a remote-controlled car with explosive devices, driving it under a moving North Korean vehicle for cover, and then detonating it at a gate to both gain access and cause panicked mayhem. This is only a single example of the many possibilities for igniting an uprising. To keep things from becoming too scripted, Crytek's creating an open-world game that puts the players in charge of the revolution. As different areas of town are hit by the revolution, everything evolves accordingly. When actions like taking out guards and smashing security cameras are performed, uprising points are awarded, presumably bringing that particular section that much closer to liberation. It also means that the North Koreans will be on their toes, and more wary of your presence. No one will have to fend for themselves though, as resistance cells can be formed in online cooperative play. [embed]275756:54145:0[/embed] While the resistance may be sort of a ragtag lot, they're still equipped in their own special way to deal with opposing forces. The world is replete with resources that can be scavenged to create improvised weaponry. However, it may be cellular technology that proves the most useful. The phone seems as if it'll be a central device to Homefront: The Revolution, as it not only serves as a map, but also as a gadget for identifying and marking enemies. Crytek seems as if it has the right take on Homefront -- after all, do we really need another linear first-person shooter? But, it's the implementation of the studio's engine that strives to pull everything together. CryEngine 3 (which is already known for creating some of the most stunning visuals in videogames) is in use, and looks to add a sense of believability to the open-world through day/night cycles and changing weather effects. Whether that believability is achieved remains to be seen. Crytek has an ambitious project on its hands. One that could easily change the legacy of the Homefront name, or one that could just as easily succumb to overextending itself. When it hits PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mac, and Linux in 2015, we'll know if this is a revolution worth fighting for.
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Developed by Crytek
As a result of THQ's fire sale at the beginning of 2013, several IPs were ushered off to new homes, just waiting for someone to advance their stories while being published under a new banner. One such example is Homefront, wh...

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Metro

Metro Redux screenshots showcase graphical improvements


But there's more to this remaster than that
May 30
// Jordan Devore
Deep Silver has released a few more screenshots of Metro Redux, the remaster of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this summer. The package (also available individually) represents a great wa...
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Sacred 3

Co-op hack 'n' slasher Sacred 3 coming August 5


PS3, 360, PC
May 27
// Steven Hansen
Thanks for not calling it Sacr3d. This new Sacred game features online (four players) and offline (two players) co-op, which will probably be its main draw when it releases on August 5 for PS3, 360, PC. Plus, your homies' voices can drown out those badly acted, hokey combat barks from the trailer.

Metro Redux comes to Xbox One, PS4, and PC this summer

May 22 // Dale North
[embed]275214:53981:0[/embed] Before we get to the full rundown of what to expect in Metro Redux, get this: The collection was done in-house by a single team of about 80 people, in Kiev. Because of the country’s ongoing revolution and potential civil war, they did the work under some pretty tough conditions. We learned that they would be out in the square protesting during the day, and then back in the office working on Redux at night. Because of the situation there, they’re also working with some pretty limited tools. They only have two PS4 development kits, one of which was smuggled into the country. Their three Xbox One kits came after some of the unrest there died down. Hell, the Destructoid offices have more dev kits than they do!  Metro 2033 sees several upgrades in this remaster. Of course the visuals get a boost, with new high-resolution textures, new lighting, a new renderer, all rebuilt from the ground up, all running at 60 FPS. This is a different look from the PC version as they started fresh with the Metro: Last Light engine as a base.  The Last Light engine also brings about better gameplay, so expect better AI and even better system performance this time around. Brand new content has been added to many of the levels, and we’re not just talking new textures, either. Some levels have been expanded with new areas to explore. New day/night cycling gives everything a new light as well. Even the cutscenes and quick time events have been overhauled completely.   We have full hands-on coverage coming soon, but we can tell you now that the difference between the original and this new version is pretty dramatic. In a side-by-side comparison with the original Xbox 360 version, improved lighting made a massive difference. We were told that the original game’s lighting engine limitations were responsible for the game’s dark look. The improved lighting of the new version makes all of the locales look like a completely different game. Beyond this, the texture improvements bring out tons of new detail.  Last Light’s HUD, AI, weapon systems, and control scheme improvements come over to this new version of 2033. Now you can do stealth kills and silent takedowns. The end result is something more polished and enjoyable. This will look and feel like a fancier, higher resolution Metro: Last Light, which should make an already great game even better.  As for the new version of Last Light, it gets all the visual upgrades that 2033 does. But don’t expect it to look markedly different from the current version.  It does see a big change in gameplay options with its new choice of two game modes. Last Light’s play style was more spartan, with more power to play with and more resources available. On the other hand, 2033 was more about survival. Both games in Metro: Redux let you freely change the feel of the game, letting you jump into both play styles. Even the small details change between these survival and spartan modes, like the speed of your gun reloads.   Metro: Redux will be released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC (Steam and Linux) this summer. Look for our hands-on impressions closer to E3. 
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Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light remastered
As you may have heard, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are coming together for a new remaster package for the new generation of consoles and PC in the newly announced Metro Redux. This is better than your standard tweak-and-...

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Deals

Deep Silver kicks off two weeks of Humble Daily Bundles


Some old, some new
May 13
// Jordan Devore
Over the next two weeks, Humble Bundle will be running 24-hour deals and the promotion kicks off this morning with a repeat of the Humble Deep Silver Bundle. It was a pretty good compilation originally, and it's back with upd...
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Risen

Yes, Risen 3: Titan Lords, I'll watch your CGI trailer


Releasing August 12 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3
May 07
// Jordan Devore
Here's the extended CGI trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords that was first teased last month. I still don't know how Brittany managed to write that many words covering it, but now I'm thinking about What Dreams May Come, again,...
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Risen 3

Risen 3's teaser trailer looks vaguely like Dante's Inferno


Teaser? I hardly...consider this a good teaser
Apr 18
// Brittany Vincent
The official teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords is out now, and it involves a lot of pretty CG animation and generic combat. It's got all the hallmarks of a traditional Western RPG: darkness, big swords, and copiou...
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Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV thinks highly of itself, releasing Game of the Century Edition


Also, a Dead Island double-pack
Apr 02
// Brett Makedonski
Ever since the third installment in the series, Saints Row has been a franchise that hasn't been afraid to toot its own horn. Not necessarily without cause, though -- after all, Saints Row IV was pretty darn good. B...
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April Fools' Day

Goats make everything better


Even the Dead Island MOBA
Apr 01
// Jordan Devore
Goats, man. I've been all about them ever since I started playing Coffee Stain Studios' weird, wild, surprisingly secret-filled Goat Simulator. Fact: more games need goats. As uninterested as I am in Dead Island: Epidemic, a...
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Metro

Deep Silver confirms leaked Metro Redux as genuine


For current-gen consoles
Mar 31
// Jordan Devore
4A Games will bring its post-apocalyptic Metro shooter franchise to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (and PC, again) with Metro Redux, according to a pair of leaked images. Publisher Deep Silver has gone on record to say these are ...
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Sacred 3

First gameplay footage of Sacred 3 released


Launch date set, pre-orders open
Mar 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
Deep Silver has announced a release date for Sacred 3, scheduled to arrive on August 26 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. They also brought the gift of a first gameplay trailer. I'm a fan of combining the cooperative goal ...
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Dead Island

Dead Island: Epidemic now playable in closed beta


You can't make me call it a 'ZOMBA'
Feb 27
// Jordan Devore
The closed beta for Dead Island: Epidemic has gone live and can be played "24/7," on the off chance you signed up for it at the beginning of the month and haven't since lost interest. In this multiplayer online battle arena g...
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Saints Row

Voice actor says he's working on new Saints Row


Tell us more, Jay Mohr
Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
Actor and comedian Jay Mohr said on Twitter yesterday that he was contributing to a new Saints Row. Not that anyone was expecting Volition to stop making these games all of a sudden. "About to do my voice over work for new Sa...
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HAWP in Saints Row IV

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin' cast comes to Saints Row IV


Ash's consolation for not being allowed to motorboat Nolan North
Dec 04
// Darren Nakamura
Anthony and Ashly Burch have come a long way from their humble beginnings as creators of a weird Internet show to where they are now (creators of a marginally popular weird Internet show, among other things). Now t...
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Saints Row IV

How the Saints Save Christmas is the next Saints Row DLC


Volition is holiding a Christmas carol contest
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
Above all else, I dig the spot-on name for Saints Row IV's upcoming DLC. How the Saints Save Christmas promises to be "a holiday classic for the whole family" (riiight) when it arrives on December 11 for $6.99, or as a free d...
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Last Light

Steam Machine prototypes will include Metro: Last Light


300 people will be really happy
Nov 07
// Joshua Derocher
Deep Silver have announced that Metro: Last Light will be included with the 300 Steam Machine prototypes that will be shipping to lucky people soon. Just the other day 4A Games released the game for Linux, and now it makes a ...
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Metro

4A Games has ported Metro: Last Light to Linux


Will support SteamOS and the Steam Controller
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
The Linux version of Metro: Last Light is now available and, if you own 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter on Steam, it's all yours at no extra charge. A welcome addition to the platform's library of Linux titles, particularl...
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Deep Silver

Deep Silver is having a big discount sale on Steam


Saints Row and Dead Island are among the titles reduced this weekend
Oct 24
// Alasdair Duncan
Big publisher sales are always a great way of filling any big gaps in your Steam library, especially if there's some franchise bundles. Deep Silver is having a weekend sale on lots of PC titles, including bundle deals for Dea...
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Saints Row

Saints Row IV's Enter the Dominatrix lives up to its name


First look at the DLC
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
Enter the Dominatrix was originally going to be an expansion for Saints Row: The Third, but it's since been reworked as DLC for Saints Row IV. And, now, we have a release date: October 22, 2013. If you've got a season pass, i...
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Shadow Warrior

Saints Row's dildo bat is a weapon in Shadow Warrior


Devolver Digital + Deep Silver = this
Sep 24
// Jordan Devore
For all of the time we've spent talking about it, Destructoid readers should be familiar with Saints Row: The Third's "The Penetrator," aka that dildo baseball bat. I'd say it's back, but it never truly left. The infamous mel...

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