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The best and worst games of the week - Racing Royalty   photo
The best and worst games of the week - Racing Royalty
by Wesley Ruscher

Oh December! You are by far my favorite month of the year, and not just because it's Christmas and my birthday. Your winter slumber in the games department allows me the leisure of checking my backlog list twice and knocking off some of those naughty titles I've been neglecting. 

I'm not sure how the rest of the month is going to pan out for you, but you did deliver us another phenomenal racing title with Sony's Gran Turismo 6. And I'm really not sure how any one human can handle this, Need for Speed: Rivals, F1 2013, and Forza 5... but we all know Destructoid's racing guru, Mr. Dale "don't call me Peter" North has been gunning it full throttle the last few months. I think it's time for cruise control.

Now on to the week in reviews!

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PS Mobile titles Gun Commando, Mononoke Slashdown go free photo
PS Mobile titles Gun Commando, Mononoke Slashdown go free
by Jordan Devore

As Chris told us, Sony is giving away ten PlayStation Mobile games for free this holiday season. The current pair of titles is an old-school first-person shooter called Gun Commando and a 2D hack-and-slash romp named Mononoke Slashdown, shown above.

If you're a Vita owner, find these in the PlayStation Mobile section of the storefront. Otherwise, they're listed on the PS Mobile Store for those who have a PlayStation-certified mobile device.

I wasn't going to write about the games unless they looked reasonably decent, and that seems to be the case, particularly for Mononoke Slashdown. One of the bosses is the mythological Wanyūdō, a burning wheel with a face. Yep, that settles it. This game isn't covering new ground by any means, but it looks worth getting for free.

PlayStation Mobile Update: More Free Games for the Holiday [PlayStation Blog]

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Review: Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage photo
Review: Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage
by Conrad Zimmerman

Through the course of eight stages, Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage tells the story of two swordsmen, Soul and Shang. Recent recruits of an assassin order known as "Cabal," they seek answers to the mystery of their disappeared mentor, Jade, lost on a mission against a domineering power in the Martial Realm.

At least, I'm pretty sure that's what happened.

 

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7:30 AM on 11.01.2013

Muramasa Rebirth transports DLC westward early next year

Muramasa Rebirth's long-awaited Genroku Legends downloadable add-ons will finally make their way to North America in early 2014, Aksys Games has announced. The supplementary content for Vanillaware's PlayStation Vita action ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 10.30.2013

Hellraid won't be ready in time for release this year

Between Hellraid and Dying Light, it's the former Techland game I'm more curious about. (I'm burned out on the developer's zombie titles. Can you blame me?) While this does rather blatantly look like a project from the people...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 10.18.2013

Ryse trailer promises as much blood as you can handle

You know what next-generation console launch title hasn't been delayed? Ryse: Son of Rome. That one's truckin' right along as expected. Microsoft released a new story trailer today in case you need some context for your cont...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Valhalla Knights 3 photo
Review: Valhalla Knights 3
by Wesley Ruscher

Valhalla Knights 3 is dark and seedy. Its world congested with miscreants, lowlifes, and criminals; its landscape drab, dreary, and rundown. It borrows the unforgiving brutality of Dark Souls; the backbreaking grind found in the hardest of dungeon crawls; and all the statistical management and character tweaking of a typical MMORPG wrapped in a fantastic soundtrack by famed Japanese composer Motoi Sakuraba.

It also suffers from a pedigree that is quite abysmal. Beginning on the PSP and making a brief detour on the Wii, the Valhalla Knights series has been nothing short of a disappointing. An action-RPG series full of promising ideas, but ideas slopped together haphazardly to much critical chagrin.

With Valhalla Knights 3 though, developer K2 has a chance to start fresh on a new platform. Moving to the PS Vita, a system still much in its infancy, allows the developer a better chance of carving out a niche for itself in a landscape void of staunch competition. For the most part Valhalla Knights 3 cleans up the mess of its predecessors; unfortunately it introduces a whole new bevy of embarrassing design decisions to boot.

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11:00 AM on 10.14.2013

Nyu Media unveils new wave of Japanese indies coming West

The next wave of Japanese indie games is on its way to the West. Doujinsoft publisher Nyu Media has tipped its hand, revealing five titles across three genres in its Winter and Spring 2014 lineup. Yatagarasu Attack on Ca...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 10.13.2013

Namco Bandai vaunts God Eater 2 opening anime

Namco Bandai has released the opening cinematic for God Eater 2, courtesy of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED animation studio Ufotable. It's incredibly stylish and beautifully rendered, so I'm sure it'll look just stunning on t...

Kyle MacGregor





2:30 PM on 10.11.2013

Doujin hack-and-slash Croixleur coming to Steam in 2014

Croixleur is coming to Steam in early 2014 and will feature a myriad of new features unseen in the initial release, Destructoid learned today during an interview with Nyu Media founder Seon King. Developed by Japanese in...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 10.09.2013

Drakengard 3 flying to North America, Europe in 2014

[Update: We've added a new gallery of screenshots. Check 'em out!] Drakengard 3 is hacking and slashing its way to North America in 2014, Square Enix has announced. Developed by Deadly Premonition studio Access Gam...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 AM on 10.09.2013

Dragon's Crown gets cross-platform play in Japan

[Update: Atlus has informed Destructoid that North America will be getting this update as well.] If you own a Japanese copy of Dragon's Crown on either platform, you can grab a patch today that adds cross-platform play, allow...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 09.25.2013

Warriors Orochi 3 gets a brand new Vita-centric trailer

I had to do a triple-take on this one. Internationally, the game is known as Warriors Orochi 3, but in Japan, it's called Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate. Whatever the case may be, the game has a brand new trailer showing of its Vit...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 09.10.2013

Mighty Quest for Epic Loot gets a playable female

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a free-to-play dungeon raiding game where you loot castles and create castles of your own to challenge other players. The game is in open beta, and up till today featured three playable chara...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 08.28.2013

Crytek upped Ryse's AI difficulty to offset QTEs

Ryse hasn't exactly been perceived as the Xbox One's darling as Microsoft had hoped, and Crytek seems aware of the criticisms. After the game's less than warm reception at E3, the developers took steps to alter the most ...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Ryse will have multiplayer microtransactions

[Update: Microsoft has released a statement addressing exactly how microtransactions will work in Ryse. “The progression system in ‘Ryse: Son of Rome’s’ cooperative multiplayer experience offers player...

Hamza CTZ Aziz