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4:40 PM on 05.23.2011

F.E.A.R. 3 'Soul King' multiplayer explained

This is a video describing "Soul King," one of the new multiplayer offerings in F.E.A.R. 3. Later this year, you'll move about as a spirit, possessing the bodies of people and using their weapons to kill other people. The vi...

Conrad Zimmerman

The story of Metal Arms: Glitch in the System photo
The story of Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
by Jim Sterling

My first encounter with Metal Arms: Glitch in the System came via a banner ad on IGN. Being an impulsive chap who will often be drawn to things simply because they look cool, I was immediately intrigued by the game, which pitted a cute yellow robot against other, less cute robots in battles of such extreme carnage that the game would have been banned had the participants not been made of metal. 

I was sold on the concept from the start, and as luck would have it, my instincts were justified, as Metal Arms turned out to be a rather fantastic little game. Witty, brutal and damn challenging, Metal Arms was and is one of my favorite third-person shooters of all time. 

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The Memory Card .84: A royal assist photo
The Memory Card .84: A royal assist
by Chad Concelmo

A damsel in distress.

Those four words perfectly describe the basic plots of numerous videogames over the years. From the popular Mario series to even things like Ghosts 'n Goblins and Wizards & Warriors, a large majority of videogames, on their most simple terms, are about a hero embarking on a quest to rescue a kidnapped woman.

Take the Zelda series for another specific example. The original Legend of Zelda is one of the first games known for being about a hero (Link) saving a damsel (Zelda) in distress (kidnapped by Ganon).

With The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, though, everything about the Zelda series changed. It was in this GameCube iteration of the classic series that found Zelda as much more than a helpless princess in peril. Zelda was a real character with real emotions, a real storyline, and -- gasp! -- real dialogue.

But it wasn’t until the very end of the game when Zelda’s role in the revered series took on its most major, unexpected twist yet.

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12:40 PM on 03.11.2011

Concept art from the canceled Nightmare Creatures III

Survival Horror buffs may recall Activision's attempt to jump on the Resident Evil/Silent Hill bandwagon, Nightmare Creatures. The game, set in 19th Century London, did enough to scare the kids, but it never quite became the ...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 01.07.2011

Iwata: GameCube could do 3D gaming

While Sony and various publishers talk up 3D gaming and declare it to be the future, Nintendo overlord Satoru Iwata claims that Nintendo was tinkering with it years ago, as far back as the GameCube. He says his company was wo...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.17.2010

Shadow the Hedgehog was designed to appeal to the West

"Appealing to the West" has become a buzz-phrase among Japanese developers for the past year or so, as their own country's market struggles with decline. SEGA had them all pipped to the post five years back, however, as Sonic...

Jim Sterling

11:00 PM on 09.02.2010

Lost Wave Race Easter Egg makes game talk s**t

In what may be the greatest discovery in modern gaming, a deeply hidden Easter egg has been found within the GameCube version of Wave Race: Blue Storm. Yes, the game that was released in 2001. The code (which you can find af...

Nick Chester

4:00 PM on 08.22.2010

Off-Brand Games: Tube Slider

[Many video games build upon the concepts and mechanics of their forerunners. Off-Brand Games examines those that draw just a little too much... inspiration.] Know what sucks about the Wii? Shut your whore mouths befor...

Tony Ponce

11:00 AM on 02.27.2010

Yup, Sonic Adventure coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade

As if the leaked screenshots hadn't already confirmed it, it does indeed appear that the still-unannounced Xbox LIVE Arcade port of Sega's Sonic Adventure is headed our way. Destructoid reader Damon sent along word that the X...

Nick Chester

10:30 PM on 11.24.2009

Game Debate to the Death! Super Mario series Part 2

Many castles were pillaged and passed as we went from one Mario platformer game to another last week. Which game's flags gave us the most victory slides? Here are the top results: Super Mario World (33 votes) -- Winner! Supe...

Tom Fronczak

9:30 PM on 11.11.2009

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! The Legend of Zelda

Good gaming gods, last week's debate was epic, and I do not use that word lightly. I had to go through all 235 comments twice, just to make sure no tallying mistakes were made. The outcome broke almost every debate record ima...

Tom Fronczak

6:00 AM on 11.10.2009

Another portable GameCube mod because why not

Modder Hailrazer took a GameCube and some other electronics, stripped them down and created the portable GameCube you see above. The case was from a Datamax Kid's Delight, the screen was originally used for the PSone system ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:55 PM on 09.22.2009

Game SERIES Debate to the Death!Smash Bros VS Mario Party

Last week's debate made me pretty nervous. On paper, comparing a cartoony and speedy shooter to a realistic and slow stealth shooting game made perfect sense. But this was Metal Gear -- could any series compare with it in a d...

Tom Fronczak

1:00 PM on 07.15.2009

Games Time Forgot: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Every Wednesday, we highlight rarely-remembered but interesting games for our "Games Time Forgot" series.If you are as big a Harry Potter fan as I am (impossible!), you already know by now that this week’s Gam...

Chad Concelmo

2:20 PM on 07.06.2009

The case for cute: Why Wind Waker is the best Zelda ever

Yes, I did indeed just say that. If I know my gaming public, and I quite unfortunately do, chances are that many of you are huffing and puffing on the verge of a hissyfit before you've even made it past this article's headlin...

Topher Cantler

4:00 PM on 05.20.2009

Why Pikmin is the greatest videogame series ever

A few weeks ago Jim Sterling wrote an article about why Dynasty Warriors is the greatest videogame series ever. It was an interesting feature, but I had to chuckle at the glaring typo in the headline: Obviously Mr. Sterling m...

Chad Concelmo