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3:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Friday Night Fights: My apologies

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the short post today, I was called in to work early and, well, this is basically all the time I had to work on the post this week. I hope everyone has a great time gaming tonight and I may see some of you on the PS4 side of business, a bit later though, let's say 10:30ish EST.

Bill Platt



DTOID News: The Super Smashed of Us, Pokémonopoly & Borderlands photo
DTOID News: The Super Smashed of Us, Pokémonopoly & Borderlands
by Max Scoville

Hey gang! Here I am again, shouting about the dang news. Super Smash Bros. and Borderlands are making big piles of headlines, and The Last of Us is getting an HD re-release, so I guess we haven't seen the last of it just quite yet. Pokémon and Zelda are getting Monopolized, and The Evil Within is spooky.

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Impressions: Killer Instinct: Fulgore photo
Impressions: Killer Instinct: Fulgore
by Chris Carter

Double Helix's first season of Killer Instinct is over, and here to close it all out is Fulgore, which makes eight total characters in the mix. While only two more fighters have come post-launch, they make a huge difference in terms of the meta-game, and help change things up considerably.

Spinal was a nice addition for sure, but Fulgore ups the stakes considerably.

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Farts 'N' Crafts: Alien Vs. Predator Vs. Dracula photo
Farts 'N' Crafts: Alien Vs. Predator Vs. Dracula
by Max Scoville

Between the Alien: Isolation release date the new Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC that features the Predator, it seems like we have enough of an excuse this week to draw some Alien Vs. Predator fanart. Also, both involved parties are Draculas, because I felt like it. Man, this series is stupid. Hope you enjoy it!

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12:00 PM on 04.06.2014

Radio Dtoid 034: ConorElsea.com

Radio D is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast. Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor) and Mr Andy Dixon (when he shows up) as they talk about their fa...

Mr Andy Dixon



Hardline 013: Amazon Fire TV, heists coming to GTA, and too much PAX? photo
Hardline 013: Amazon Fire TV, heists coming to GTA, and too much PAX?
by Jordan Devore

Did I end the last episode of Hardline by saying we'd be back a week later if we weren't murdered and left in a ditch somewhere? And then we went two weeks without a follow-up?

Well, we aren't all dead -- just on the inside -- but we did bring on Destructoid contributor Brett Makedonski and Hardline producer Bill Zoeker to fill in for this recording.

Topics this week include April Fools' Day bringing out creativity for 24 hours, the Amazon Fire TV, Uncharted writer Amy Hennig joining Dead Space maker Visceral as creative director on an untitled Star Wars game, Square rethinking its JRPGs, Phil Spencer becoming head of Xbox, GTA Online adding heists, game jams gone wrong, and whether or not a fourth PAX is worthwhile.

Unfortunately, we've had some temporary technical issues getting this week's episode on YouTube, but we didn't want to make you guys wait for the podcast version. For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS, or download directly here.

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/5] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/5]
by Steven Hansen

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

Yes, I missed the last two weeks for various reasons, but the checks are in the mail and I'm trying to make it up. Please don't take my baby from me. She's all I have. This every other weekend thing is already depressing enough. I can tell she hates coming over, too, away from her friends and her regular everyday life, but what am I supposed to do? Give her up?

I'd rather be "every other weekend dad" than a yellowing Polaroid.

Here's the last recap. Let's all try to be just a little better, because the world ain't going to be a little better to us. Let's try to be a little better to each other. Let's begin anew.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4 photo
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4
by Chris Carter

The time has finally come for the last phase of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation 4 beta, which will carry over all of its data into the final release -- a release that's set in stone for next week (April 11th for early access, the 14th for everyone else).

Naturally, I took this opportunity to get back into the game in anticipation last week after leaving my level 20 Lancer in the frozen void close to launch, and I can't stop playing. I've already made a ton of progress on the PC version, and I'm absolutely addicted to the PS4 port -- it's just that good.

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Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program
by Bill Zoeker

Max had to leave early this week to go stay in a horse cottage and attend a zoo wedding or something, so we farted out Dumb Idiot Ideas pretty quickly. I had the idea: what if the Xbox One, with all of its voice recognition, had a parental control that alerted parents when their kids acted like dicks online? Shitty kids are probably the biggest reason I don't do more online multiplayer, and I know I'm not alone in wishing there were some way to curb that nuisance. Enjoy our thoughts, and Max's strained trash-talking.

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Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access and Launch) photo
Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access and Launch)
by Chris Carter

[We'll be reviewing The Elder Scrolls Online over an extended period of time. For more details, check out our new Reviews in Progress program.]

I've been hard at work playing Elder Scrolls Online this week (you can check out our initial impressions here), and now my low-level Imperial Dragonknight is sitting at a very formidable level 20. I've completed many dungeons, traveled to a heap of locations, and I've seen a ton of story-related quests.

So should you jump into Tamriel and pony up for the hefty $15 subscription fee? Well, it's complicated.

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3:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Friday Night Fights: I'm not dead

Ha ha, oh that Andy Dixon.... As you can clearly see, I am not dead, nor was I dead at any time last week. I have however been dead, sort of, due to being electrocuted while working as a construction worker, but that's a stor...

Bill Platt



DTOID News: Max's April Fool's 2014 Post-Mortem photo
DTOID News: Max's April Fool's 2014 Post-Mortem
by Max Scoville

I have to go to the zoo for the rest of the week because my step-sister is getting married (that's not a stupid joke, that's actually where the wedding's being held) so here's some funky-fresh two-day old news for you regarding April Fool's Day 2014, and the amount of harm it caused our collective psyche.

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3:30 PM on 04.01.2014

Live Show: We're punching animes in J-Stars Victory Vs

If you've ever been to our live channel Dtoid.tv you know that Phil and I love some ridiculous Japanese games. That's part of what makes our partnership with Play-asia.com so much fun. In the past we've had fun shooting under...

Spencer Hayes



Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access) photo
Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access)
by Chris Carter

[We'll be reviewing The Elder Scrolls Online over an extended period of time. For more details, check out our new Reviews in Progress program.]

In many ways ZeniMax is fighting an uphill battle with Elder Scrolls Online. In an era increasingly filled with free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games are a tougher sell. Then you have the fact that Bethesda isn't involved in any capacity, and that this is ZeniMax's first ever MMO.

Yes, there are many things going against The Elder Scrolls Online, but based on my time with the live environment, it's still a serviceable game -- provided you're highly accustomed to the genre.

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Introducing 'Reviews in Progress' photo
Introducing 'Reviews in Progress'
by Chris Carter

For years now readers have been asking us to cover more MMOs and open-ended games, and we didn't always have the resources to do so. But starting this week all of that is changing, as we're now rolling out the new "Reviews in Progress" initiative, with the goal of covering larger games over an extended period of time. These projects are massive undertakings, but we're expanding our coverage to accommodate.

For larger games as a general rule, we'll cover the week of launch, then provide a recap of the first month, followed by a final scored verdict. You'll then be able to use all of these tools to decide whether or not a game is worth your time -- instead of waiting for one giant post.

The criteria for a final verdict will be stringent, and involve exploring a massive amount of content, such as endgame dungeons, as well as experiencing the game up to the maximum level cap. If we don't reach that mark we'll let you know the exact details.

We're kicking off the program with The Elder Scrolls Online this week. In case you're wondering, this isn't necessarily restricted to MMOs, but due to their nature that will likely be the central focus.

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Radio Destructoid records tonight, ask us questions! photo
Radio Destructoid records tonight, ask us questions!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Radio Destructoid -- formerly known as Communitoid -- is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast. Join Aaron (Forums Admin), Conor (US Community Manager), Kyle (Contributor) and Andy (Community Director) as they talk about their favorite Dtoid community happenings!

It's been a while since we posted an update about Radio Destructoid -- like, for example, did you know we changed our name from Communitoid to Radio D? -- but that stops now! The gang will be recording a new episode in about an hour, and you can ask us questions right here!

Below are some links to the last few episodes, in case you missed them. As always, if you like what you hear you can subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Twitter and the Cblogs, join our Facebook group, and talk about us in our Forums! Also, we're looking for a new banner to use on iTunes, our Cblog, etc. If you've got the artistic chops and would like to win a free game from your Steam wishlist, read on for details!

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