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Preview: The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot photo
Preview: The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
by Wesley Ruscher

It should go as no surprise that Ubisoft’s The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot caught a lot of people by surprise at this year’s E3. A clever combination of two genres that inherently belong together; this lovechild of Diablo and Dungeon Keeper oozed an unwieldy amount of charm in both its design and snarky humor.

To think, a brand new IP -- from the franchise factory Ubisoft -- that blends the hack n’ slash loot whoring fun of a dungeon crawler with the maniacal mischief found in a dungeon defender. Really, what’s not to be excited for?

Well, three dirty little words that can carry a nasty little stigma: “free-to-play.”

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10:00 AM on 07.22.2013

Holds these Drakengard 3 screens close to your wet chest!

[Update: I am not changing the typo in the headline.] You woke up this morning and hoped you'd seen some Drakengard 3 screenshots on Destructoid, didn't you? Well, you're 100% covered! Here are some Drakengard 3 screenshots, ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 07.22.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 Xbox 360 patch incoming

While I adored the latest iteration of Dynasty Warriors 8, it appears the Xbox 360 version was not quite as superb as the PS3 alternative. Fans have reported some real bad slowdown, severely hampering the game. Fear not, thou...

Jim Sterling



Review: Dynasty Warriors 8 photo
Review: Dynasty Warriors 8
by Jim Sterling

Dynasty Warriors 8 takes place in the far future, where three rival cyberpunk gangs duke it out on the streets of Neo New York, armed to the teeth with laser fingers, eye-whips, and guns that shoot acidic screaming skull bullets.

That's a lie, actually. Once again, it's about Chinese kingdoms fighting for control of China. 

There's only so many ways you can explain the unchanging premise of Dynasty Warriors before you start just making stuff up out of boredom.  This is not to say that Dynasty Warriors 8, for all its familiar foundations, is boring in any way. On the contrary, to the seasoned fan who simply cannot get enough hack n' slash silliness, this may indeed be the best installment in the series. After a recent run of mostly disappointing games, this eighth main chapter is more than a return to form. It's the new gold standard. 

Acid skull bullets be damned. 

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9:00 AM on 07.11.2013

This Battle Princess of Arcadias trailer is intriguing

Footage for the upcoming Battle Princess of Arcadias is in, and it's looking pretty good as I'm getting Vanillware goosebumps as we speak. The heroine, Plume, will have 900 weapons at her disposal as she hacks and slashes he...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 07.09.2013

Crytek made Ryse so you can just mash buttons if you want

Ryse: Son of Rome is already on thin ice with a lot of people. Between the incessant quick-time events and the bland-looking gameplay, there doesn't seem to be a lot of excitement for this title. Some information recent...

Brett Makedonski

1:15 PM on 07.01.2013

Have a giant clump of Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots

Dynasty Warriors 8 is out later this month and I'm so excited for it I'm going to cut symbols into my arms and headbutt a window. That, and I'll post this ridiculous amount of screenshots.  Menus, cutscenes, action shots...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 06.28.2013

CONFIRMED! Bayonetta's Enzo = Danny DeVito + Joe Pesci

If you play the original Bayonetta and don't immediately think of Joe Pesci the moment Enzo opens his mouth, you haven't been getting enough Vinny in your life. Some people find his manner of speech annoying, but like former ...

Tony Ponce

3:37 PM on 06.11.2013

It's E3, time for a Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer

It's E3, so that means it's time for more Dynasty Warriors stuff. This year, we get an English trailer for Dynasty Warriors 8, a trailer that mixed the music so loud you can't actually hear the English dub very well. Oh well...

Jim Sterling



Ryse: Son of Rome looks to be sinking photo
Ryse: Son of Rome looks to be sinking
by Brett Makedonski

Microsoft likes Ryse: Son of Rome enough to put it in Monday's press conference. If my hands-on time was any indication of the final product, there's no reason to be so keen on it. Despite having only five minutes with the game, it didn't do much to impress.

The demo that I was given was the exact same segment that was shown during the briefing. It was useful in that it displayed the mechanics behind the fighting system, and probably gave a good indicator as to how the game will be structured.

The combat doesn't appear to be overly deep. Face buttons are assigned for striking, shield bashing, parrying, and initiating executions. The movement and fluidity wasn't quite as clunky as I had anticipated, but it was by no means smooth. It felt nothing more than serviceable.

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8:00 AM on 06.05.2013

The Dishwasher: VS finally ported to PC, just not legally

Ska Studios has a pretty well-documented allegiance to publishing its games through the Xbox Live Arcade platform. The company's 2011 hit The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile has been an exclusive to the Microsoft service until...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 05.22.2013

It's a start: Crytek's Ryse will be exclusive to Xbox One

Crytek's long-talked-about but little-shown Ryse will be an Xbox One exclusive, according to the game's official website. This hack-and-slash title, set in ancient Rome, has been billed as a major -- "Gears of War / Halo" maj...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 05.09.2013

The cover art for Dragon's Crown is decidedly safe

George Kamitani's female character designs for Dragon's Crown have received a rather surprising amount of attention -- that's ... that's still going on, isn't it? -- but at least for the game's box art, the presentation is fa...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 04.29.2013

Hellraid announced: co-op slasher for Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Techland, the folks behind Dead Island, Call of Juarez and others, have just announced their next title, a co-op first-person slasher called Hellraid. This game is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 later this year.&nbs...

Dale North



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Review: Sacred Citadel
by Jim Sterling

The Sacred series is never going to give Diablo a run for its money, but it's always had its own unique charm. It's a fairly standard dungeon crawler with its own element of silly humor, and that's been enough to earn it a place in my heart. Given my fondness for Sacred, and my love of classic beat 'em ups, Sacred Citadel earned my attention from the outset. 

Trading its roleplaying robes for a brawler's tights, Citadel is a beat 'em up that, at least thematically, stays true to the series roots. Like its RPG precursors, Sacred Citadel is a game with its own sense of character, but clearly won't be giving the best of the genre anything to sweat about. 

Such is the Sacred way. 

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2:30 PM on 04.11.2013

Marvelous AQL's Valhalla Knights 3 gets a new trailer

After a lengthy delay, Marvelous AQL's Valhalla Knights 3 is heading to Vitas everywhere at some point this year, and you can get a taste of some gameplay in the new trailer above. This new iteration will feature a system wh...

Chris Carter