It seems that there are more interesting-looking free games hitting the PC lately than I have time to play. The latest free game you can check out is The Path of Shadows, a stealth-based game of assassination where the playe...
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Shadowiii, Tristrix, KymikoLoco, Shockwave3000, and BillyTheK1dd!]
BlizzCon 2013 is just one week away! Next Friday, November 8, Blizzard fans the world over will descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center to get some hands-on time with the latest games, attend panels, and high five other Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft fans. Fun!
Tickets sadly sold out long ago, but thankfully Dtoid has you covered! We've got five pairs to hand out, and all you have to do to win a set is leave a comment on this thread! You have until this Sunday, November 3rd at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and you MUST check your Dtoid PMs soon after that because we'll need to ship the tickets by Monday afternoon. Travel is not included, so please only enter if you're able to make it to California on short notice!
While Blizzard is primarily known as the developer of Warcraft and Starcraft titles today, I have a deep affection for the games produced in the company's early years. Today, I'm a pretty happy camper, as one of those classic titles has been released for free on Blizzard's Battle.net service, Blackthorne.
A weird mix of fantasy and science-fiction, Blackthorne is a 2D platforming game where the deposed prince of an alien planet, hidden on Earth at childhood twenty years prior, returns to his world to save it from the despotic monster who now rules. It's a bit like the original Prince of Persia with a sawed-off shotgun in gameplay.
You can try Blackthorne out yourself starting today by going to your Battle.net account and acquiring it from the client downloader.
DriveClub may be removed from November's list of PlayStation Plus games after being delayed into next year, but it's still a hell of a month in North America. PlayStation 4 owners have the puzzle-platformer Contrastand Housemarque's Resogun to look forward to.
Elsewhere in the lineup, there's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, ibb & obb, Binary Domain, and on PlayStation Vita, Soul Sacrifice and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.
You definitely need to check out Binary Domain since I know a bunch of you haven't played it yet. What a pleasant surprise of a game that ended up being. You aren't ready for Big Bo.
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been notified via Dtoid PM.]
Our friends at Groupees have just launched their Bundle of the Damned 2, and just in time for Halloween we've got 20 codes to give out to lucky Dtoiders!
The Bundle of the Damned 2 contains some amazing dark games, music, and graphic novels. Included in the package is Lucius, Survivor Squad, Undead Legions, and Postmortem: One Must Die, plus there's music from Collide, Neverside, and Alone Architect, the 47 Decembers graphic novel, and much more!
To win, just leave a comment in this thread telling us what you're going as for Halloween. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the (under)world. You have until 11:59pm Pacific tonight to enter. Good luck!
The Games with Gold titles for November are Ninjabee's relaxing city builder A World of Keflings and Double Fine's enjoyable multiplayer mech romp Iron Brigade. Those will become free for Xbox Live Gold members on November 1 and November 16, respectively.
This program has a reputation for being stingy -- for featuring games that many of us already own and have owned for years. From a savings perspective, yeah, neither of these two are expensive. But they are both worth playing, and you should get them if you haven't done so.
Our friends at Big Fish Games have just released their latest zombie puzzler Zombie! Zombie! Zombie!, and to celebrate they've given us a $100 Visa gift card and a Zombie Survival Kit to hand out to one lucky Dtoider!
Included in the survival kit is a Swiss Army Knife (with 8GB USB), LED Flashlight, camouflage netting, can of SPAM, emergency whistle, carabiner, a Nerf gun, handy wipes, and stickers. (Zombies hate stickers.) I played this game a bit at PAX and it's a ton of fun (and gets frantic rather quickly), so I encourage you to go check out the trailer on Zombie! Zombie! Zombie!'s Facebook page. In fact, that's how you can enter to win!
Like Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! on Facebook
Share the Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! trailer from their Facebook page
Comment in this thread once you've done both those things! You have until this Sunday, November 3 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the US. Good luck!
This week marks the second anniversary of the release of Uncharted 3. To celebrate, Naughty Dog has dropped a massive patch on the title's multiplayer mode with a few dozen balance changes and other adjustments. A new, "Dry Docks," map has been released for free and the cost to purchase all of the pre-existing multiplayer maps has been eliminated as well.
I would think by this point that just about every sale of this DLC which was going to be made has already been transacted, so this makes pretty good sense to me. If people come this late to the party, it's probably better to give them access to the full range in the hopes that you can hook them into buying on a later product.
Want some cheap Halloween-flavored games? How about a free one?
Our friends at GOG.com are having a 48 hour sale this week with titles marked down to as little as $1.79. The games include Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, The Penumbra Collection, Alan Wake, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, The CAT Lady, Clive Barker's Undying, three Gabriel Knight titles, Sanitarium, Phatasmagoria 1 and 2, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, Pathologic, and Waxworks. Grab them all for the cost of a single next gen game while the sale lasts.
For you with upgraded Dtoid accounts, you get one of these games free: Pathologic is sitting in your HUGE Perks Inbox right here. Thanks for supporting us!
To enter, just leave a comment below ya bilge rats! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Pacific (that's an ocean!) to enter. The contest is open to anyone in North America (even though we have no high seas here).
We are the first generation of people who have grown up caring about little virtual meters. We've been conditioned to become aroused when we see them fill up. When our download bit rates suddenly rise, so do our heart rates. A well designed progress bar can make total physical and mental inertial feel like a productive work out.
Like Little Inferno, Candy Box 2 works to both poke fun at this phenomena while also utilizing it deliver some genuinely good times. Just like the original, you start the game with a simple mechanic -- ever second that passes nets you one piece of candy. By then end, you'll have created magical pink gloves, battled sharks, talked to a Cyclops, and perhaps most exciting, utilized a fictional candy based economy to gain lollipops at a rate beyond your wildest dreams.
Taking a chance on lollipop ranching has been one of the more pleasant surprises I've had with videogames this year. I hope you like it too.
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Cryoxene, Bigbear40s, HammerShark, Swishiee, Benny Disco, Occams electric toothbrush, OpiumHerz, TheCiderMan, Verxl, GirlyKittyBoy, ninjapresident, jadaris, AngeliquePretty, and Natalie Kipper! Please check your Dtoid PMs and get me your addresses by Monday the 28th at 4pm Pacific!]
Have you ever wanted to throw an awesome BlizzCon viewing party for all your friends, but just didn't have the tools you needed to get the job done? Well this year, Destructoid and Blizzard have you covered!
Dtoid has proudly partnered with our friends at Blizzard to bring you "BlizzCon in a Box"! Included in this party pack is a virtual ticket to see all of BlizzCon from the comfort of your own home, as well as stickers, buttons, temporary tattoos, drink cozies, some papercraft toys, all the in-game goodies given out during the actual event, and more!
Hit the jump for all the details and pics of some of the prizes. To win one of these awesome boxes for yourself, we want you to create something inspired from a Blizzard game! Draw us some fan art, write a sonnet, record a tribute song -- the possibilities are endless, so use your imagination!
We know not everyone is a Picasso, Poe, or Jimmy Page, so effort and creativity will be rewarded just as much as the end result! You have until this Friday, October 25 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to all North American residents. Limit one entry per person.
We've got 20 prize packs to give away, so good luck, and have fun!
Time to boot up Monaco: What's Yours is Mine. The overhead stealth title has received a substantial update, a port to Linux, and discounts. Starting the week off right, in other words.
The piece that's got my attention is the new Zombie mode (funny how, in the right context, zombies can still be surprising) which "converts the entire original game into a zombie wasteland, with Bloaters and Wretches hungry for your CERVEAU." Delightful. There's also a mini-campaign dubbed Monaco Origins -- it's a set of backstories for the original cast of thieves. New features, like the Blonde class, have found their way in.
Pocketwatch Games meant it when a "ton" of free content was promised. If you've yet to nab Monaco, it's currently on sale for 60 percent off, which works out to a final price of $5.99 (Win/Mac/Linux). That's good on Steam and through the Humble Store.
Once the weekly PlayStation Store update goes live tomorrow, Hotline Miamiwill be available for free with your PlayStation Plus membership. The offer covers both the PS Vita and PS3 versions of this murderous action title which, if you haven't played it yet, strongly consider doing so.
Hotline Miami is one of those games that might not -- and probably won't -- fully click until you get in there and smash some faces with a baseball bat yourself. For as wrong as the unnecessarily gruesome violence is, it all feels so right. What have you turned us into, Dennaton?
Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes gave it an 8/10, calling NightSky a "physics-focused puzzle platformer that alternates between soothing the fuck out of the player and stressing them out with deceptively simple-looking obstacle courses."
To claim your code simply access your HUGE Perks page to grab your code and claim it on Steam. If there is a surplus of codes after members get dibs, we'll of course make the rest public.
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Well, here's the much-welcomed end to this bungled saga. After being perpetually confused as to when Halo 3 would make its appearance as one of the titles in Microsoft's Games with Gold program, Xbox Live Gold members can finally download Master Chief's 2007 odyssey for free right now through the end of the month.
I'd imagine that it has to be a pretty minuscule sect that actually wants to play Halo 3, but hasn't already. I mean, did you see the part up top where I mentioned it's from 2007? At least some people can upgrade to a digital version before giving their disc to the newspaper boy as a half-assed Christmas present. Oh yeah, no one reads the newspaper anymore. Well, you figure it out then.
Now we can wrap up complaining about this Games with Gold title before moving onto complaining about the next Games with Gold title.