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5:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott?

The next distribution event for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will give us a chance to score Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott, each with their own Hidden Ability. You'll need to update your game to version 1.2 a...

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Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.






Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin photo
Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

For years, my uncle left his his late-'90s laptop at my grandparents' house and whenever I'd come to visit, I'd flip through PC game instruction manuals and play stuff like Diablo, Warcraft, The 7th Guest, and 3-D Ultra Minigolf (the one with the volcano and alligator on the cover). He was also an avid Theme Hospital player but for whatever probably-crap reason, I never tried it back then.

Don't make the same mistake as younger, dumber me: Theme Hospital is free to download and keep right now through Origin. Nab that while you can or continue ignoring the platform per usual.

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Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key! photo
Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key!
by Mr Andy Dixon

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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Contest: Win an iPad courtesy of World of Warriors! photo
Contest: Win an iPad courtesy of World of Warriors!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Destructoid has partnered with the fine folks behind the awesome World of Warriors to give away a 16GB iPad Mini 3 to one lucky reader!

World of Warriors blends fighting and RPG gameplay in a pick-up-and-play, console-quality experience, and is available now on the App Store and Google Play. Journey across the Wildlands and amass an army of history's greatest warriors to battle the mighty Skull Army and defeat evil King Boneshaker and his menacing bosses! (In the Dixon house, we call that "Wednesday.")

To enter to win the iPad:

  1. Tweet the following: I want to win an iPad Mini 3 from @Destructoid and @WorldofWarriors! #FightLikeAWarrior http://tinyurl.com/dtoidipad
  2. Leave a comment in the thread below with a link to your tweet!*

Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a North American mailing address. You have until next Friday, January 23 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Contest: Win a code for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey! photo
Contest: Win a code for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Destructoid has been given 10 codes for the awesome word puzzler Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey to hand out to our clever readers!

Letter Quest released on Steam a little over a month ago, and its creative blending of Scrabble with RPG elements and adorable art style have garnered it an overwhelmingly positive response so far. Interested in trying it out? There's a free demo, and the save file transfers over to the full game; what do you have to lose?!

If you'd rather jump right in and try for a code, listen up! See that picture below? We want you to give us your best word or phrase using as many of the available letters as you can! You don't have to use every tile, but each tile can be used only once, and your answer must be unique from all the comments that came before yours if you want it to count! Oh, and to add to the challenge, your answers must be free of naughty words. Sorry, potty-mouths!

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Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive photo
Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive
by Jordan Devore

I'm downloading Swery's Dark Dreams Don't Die right now. You should do the same, assuming you have an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership. The quirky adventure game is free throughout January as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold program. Queue her up!

On the Xbox 360 front, MX vs. ATV Alive is available for free now through January 15, followed by The Witcher 2 from January 16 through the end of the month. I'd consider grabbing the former out of curiosity but I don't have the hard drive space to spare. Blasted thing.

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Lost Constellation is a pay-what-you-want Night In The Woods ghost story photo
Lost Constellation is a pay-what-you-want Night In The Woods ghost story
by Jonathan Holmes

The success of Night In The Woods on Kickstarter once again proved that the best way to win at crowd funding is to create something that people actively want to lob on to their own image/identity. So many games on Kikcstarter look fun, well made, and interesting, but they lack that charm that drives others to wave the game's flag and join up with its developers. 

Would Obama have become President if those "Hope" images didn't make cool t-shirts and desktop wallpapers? Would so many people have proudly backed KONY 2012 if the campaign had targeted an evildoer with a harder to pronounce name? Probably not. Marketing is everything, and though it may sound obvious, the most important part of marketing is being marketable. 

Thankfully, a lot of marketable games are also genuinely great. If reaction to Lost Constellation is any indication, Night In The Woods will fit that bill. This Holiday-themed romp is available now for the suggested price of $5, but how much you pay is up to you. I haven't gotten a chance to play it myself, but if it's anywhere as good as this, we'll all have cause to laugh and be disillusioned at the same time. What a feeling!

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Vlambeer is giving away free copies of Nuclear Throne in January photo
Vlambeer is giving away free copies of Nuclear Throne in January
by Rob Morrow

Rami Ismail of Vlambeer has come up with a creative and generous way to effectively double the Nuclear Throne community while at the same time saying thanks to all those who supported the Early Access title during 2014.

As of January 1, 2015, owners of the delightful top-down shooter will receive a free, giftable copy that Ismail hopes you'll pass along to friends who in turn will provide valuable feedback as the team finishes up work on the title later in the year.

"You've become really adept Nuclear Throne players, and we want to call upon you for your help. We need new players, people that are great players, that would love Nuclear Throne, and we need them to be part of our community. We're sure you know somebody like that, and if you do, we want to ask you to invite them to the Nuclear Throne community. We need fresh eyes on the game, people that will still get decimated by Big Bandit and that will complain about the ravens in the scrapyard. We need to know how they feel about Nuclear Throne, and we need your help to reach them."

Rami's just the best, isn't he? Anyways, the offer's also good for new purchases made until January, so if you've been waiting to try it out for yourself and would enjoy having a second copy to pass along to a friend, this is your golden opportunity.

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Contest: Win a PlayStation TV and an Xbox One controller courtesy of Titan One! photo
Contest: Win a PlayStation TV and an Xbox One controller courtesy of Titan One!
by Mr Andy Dixon

To celebrate the news that their Titan One cross-compatibility device now offers full support for Sony's PlayStation TV, our friends at ConsoleTuner are offering up a PlayStation TV, Xbox One controller, and Titan One adapter to one lucky Dtoider!

The PS TV is just the latest in the long line of devices supported by the Titan One, which allows cross-play between your favorite consoles and controllers, controller modding, and more! That means you can, for example, plug a Microsoft controller into a piece of Sony hardware (or vice versa) and have it work seamlessly, right out of the box. It's pretty awesome!

For a chance to try this out for yourself, just leave a comment in the thread below! Limit one entry per person, and you have until next Wednesday, December 31 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address (unless you're a HUGE member, of course).

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3's a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Amazon's gift to you is free (good) Android titles and (more) cheap videogame downloads photo
Amazon's gift to you is free (good) Android titles and (more) cheap videogame downloads
by 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 discounts are toward the top of the list; everything from yesterday's post is underneath it. As is customary, updated Amazon posts get bonus Grohl. #BonusGrohl]

Well, it's tough to argue with this -- free Android games on Amazon, several of which are quality titles. Five Nights at Freddy's? Sure, I'll try it out. Terraria? I'll give it a shot. Tetris? Never heard of it, but maybe it's okay.

When reached for comment, Dave Grohl said that he approved of free mobile games, but he couldn't fully endorse the deals on PC titles. "Even though I'm the sexiest of international rock stars, I'm still wary of paying for videogames," Grohl commented. "Yes, I have more money than I know what to do with, but everyone's trying to sell me computer games. Steam, Amazon, everyone. It's tiring." Grohl concluded by yelling "THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST..." until Destructoid was irked enough to hang up the phone.

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It's now easier to unlock Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC photo
It's now easier to unlock Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC
by Jordan Devore

Martial artist Bruce Lee is in EA Sports UFC, somehow. You can play as him after besting Career Mode on Pro difficulty or higher, or instantly if you pre-ordered the game. Because money.

That's how it was, anyway. Electronic Arts is now offering Lee (for all weight classes) as a free download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live until January 5, 2015.

So do that, if you want. Or unlock him the hard way.

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Contest: Win a Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard! photo
Contest: Win a Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over!]

Destructoid has once again partnered with our friends at Logitech, and this time we're giving away two G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboards to lucky readers!

If you've never used a mechanical keyboard before, you owe it to yourself to try it out. The feel of the keys is something that really has to be experienced to be appreciated. Plus, the nine programmable buttons are perfect for those of you who need more than the standard keyboard fare in your gaming routine.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, just leave a comment in this thread! The contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address, and you have until this Sunday, December 28 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Limit one entry per person.

Good luck! And remember our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3's a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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D4, The Witcher 2, and MX vs. ATV Alive free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in January photo
D4, The Witcher 2, and MX vs. ATV Alive free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in January
by Jordan Devore

I got an Xbox One the other week. One of the first things I did after spending far too long finding a place for the Kinect to reside that wasn't obnoxiously front and center was to see which system-exclusive games I had up until now missed. Looking over the marketplace, not many titles jumped out at me, though there weren't many to begin with. Here's to you, 2015. You'll treat us well.

Dark Dreams Don't Die was at the top of my informal list of must-play Xbox One games because of its director, Swery (of Deadly Premonition and Spy Fiction fame) but I got sidetracked that day. And I'm thankful I did: the episodic adventure game is going to be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers throughout January. Talk about a palate cleanser after this month's freebie Worms Battlegrounds.

On the Xbox 360 front, Gold members will be able to download MX vs. ATV Alive from January 1 - January 15, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings from January 16 - January 31.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for January 2015 [Major Nelson -- Thanks, Captain 'Merica]

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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 Mr Andy Dixon

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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Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4! photo
Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4!
by Bill Platt

The fine folks at Vblank Entertainment (Brian Provinciano to be exact) want to give one lucky Destructoid community member a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4. What makes this so special is that only 2,000 physical versions of the game will ever be made.

I was lucky enough to buy a copy for myself before they sold out (less than 24 hours later). Let me tell you, this is definitely something you want for your collection!

You're probably wondering, "But Bill, how can I win this super special, limited edition game?" Easy, all you have to do is leave a comment below! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address.

Good luck! And remember our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3's a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Contest: Win an Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle! photo
Contest: Win an Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Sam Butler1!]

Our friends at Microsoft have bestowed upon us an Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle to give away to one lucky Dtoider!

Included in the bundle is a standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor, a standard Xbox One wireless controller, a standard Xbox One chat headset, a one month Xbox Live Gold membership, a digital download code for Assassin's Creed Unity, and a digital download code for Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag. (Click here for full details.) Sweet!

To enter to win, just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the world. The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, December 18 at noon Pacific time; just in time for a Christmas delivery!

Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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