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Tecmo Koei announces Deception IV localization


It's not a trap!
Sep 19
// Chris Carter
Tecmo Koei has just informed us that Kagero: Dark Side Princess will be coming to America and Europe as Deception IV: Blood Ties. Set to arrive on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in 2014, the game will be a re-imagini...

The joy of traps

Apr 25 // Chris Carter
Mega Man. Prince of Persia. Tomb Raider. When you think of these games, many of you may be reminded of the numerous spike traps that led to the untimely demise of your digital avatar, and possibly the demise of your actual controller. Of course, one can only think of themselves in this situation, but what about the poor contractors that were conscripted in Dr. Wily's army -- the saps who actually designed those labyrinths? Are they not people too? What if you could outwit your opponent with a combination of crafty cudgels and catapults? Of course, tower defense prides itself on setting up giant obelisks of power ready to crush your enemies with a single blow, but most of the time, you're not fighting in the trenches in favor of an omniscient God-like overview of the battlefield. The feeling of actually being in the thick of things is another emotion entirely that a lot of people sadly miss out on. While I could fill an ocean with my appreciation for trap-setting games, I'll just share a few of my personal favorites that I feel exemplify my love for the genre. Imagine that you're the keeper of a secret mansion -- the sentinel for an undying, God-like race. Now picture a bunch of jealous humans trying to break in and mess things up for said Gods. As young slave girl Millennia, your loyalty is called into question as you balance the scales between those who wield power and those who seek it. That's basically Deception II in a nutshell, and the result is an awesome explosion of trap crafting to the most epic Rube Goldbergian proportions! Deception II, in essence, gives you a bunch of ground, wall, and ceiling traps and then sets you loose on a cavalcade of enemies from ninjas to mages to knights armored head to toe. The big tactical catch is that you are completely defenseless when it comes to hand-to-hand or ranged combat -- your survival hinges entirely on your ability to out-Goldberg your opponents. Friends, there is no better feeling than nabbing someone in a bear trap as you cue a giant Indiana Jones boulder down a nearby stairwell, then watch them panic as you quell their fears (and their body temperature) with a well-placed cold arrow. Traps sound so much more fun when you're not on the receiving end of them, don't they? Deception II is basically a sadistic 3D version of The Incredible Machine, which is pretty much the best thing ever. In what is truly a unique experience, the Deception series is unrivaled when it comes to 3D trap action. While the rush of Deception can't be echoed quite so easily, another game that brings me great joy is a title that happens to be one of the only competitive multiplayer games in the genre: Trap Gunner. While you have the ability to both shoot projectiles and perform melee attacks here, the meat of your damage is going to come from setting traps. Luckily, the game comes with one of the most amazing mechanics of all time: the ability to search, uncover, and disarm traps. Trap Gunner allowed you to be the Sherlock Holmes of action games, adding the mechanic to search suspicious areas for traps in your proximity -- if you find one, you're able to disarm it through a random QTE. Of course, your enemy could spot you and blow you to kingdom come, triggering the trap. This creates a unique cat-and-mouse situation, where you have to weigh the prudence of setting or disarming traps at any given moment. The idea that any given square could have a deadly bomb on it is pretty nerve-racking and makes for a pretty stressful experience, one that's fairly unique to the trap-setting genre! My absolute favorite thing to do is set up a minimum of five push traps that elaborately force my opponent across the entire map and into a stack of TNT so gigantic it would make Looney Toon's ACME Corporation jealous. I remember spending afternoons planning out levels on paper in a grid-like fashion, deciding the best places to place certain traps -- not many contemporary games are capable of providing that feeling, and I miss it. The above two games are classic, but what better way to reintroduce the genre than a title that lets you slaughter hordes of angry orcs? Orcs are the picture-perfect Xeno-Scapegoat for killing and maiming -- just ask anybody! Topped off by a kickass gothic rock soundtrack, Orcs Must Die! bestows upon you the honor of killing hundreds of greenskins (sometimes in a single level) and other such creatures. The setup is kind of like Sanctum but less tower-defense oriented. Your avatar is also the exact opposite of the one in Deception II -- your playable Warrior Mage can kill, maim, slice, and shoot his way to victory even without the help of traps. Fortunately, said traps are extremely useful, especially with the ability to summon NPC archers and knights to join your cause. While there aren't as many elaborate Goldberg-esque combinations, there are still a few, like springboard floor traps and vent traps that can lift your enemies into danger. Orcs Must Die! doesn't do anything spectacularly unique, but it does everything extremely well, especially for an indie, budget-priced title. If you're at all interested in the trap-setting genre and share my joy, Orcs Must Die! is a great place to get started. There are tons of other trap classes in games like Diablo II and World of Warcraft that weren't mentioned here. You could easily compare the genre of tower defense in many ways, even if you aren't necessarily always in the trenches (Sanctum!).  Traps themselves are also found all over the gaming world. Games like Metal Gear Solid feature claymores and other such proximity-based traps. Mario Kart prides itself on player-set traps. Night Trap ... need I say more? While the genre itself is dwindling in favor of more tower defense games, as it stands, I'm lying in wait, ready to trap my next joy. GoldenEye 64 proximity mines only, anyone? [Thanks for the game images, Sir Tobbii!]
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When you think of the word "trap," what's the first thing that comes to mind? If your psyche isn't in the darkest depths of the catacombs, you're probably thinking of a mechanical device with the purpose of inflicting harm up...

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Street Fighter X Tekken is a trap with new characters


Jul 21
// Sterling Aiayla Lyons
Capcom released a new trailer at Comic-Con for the upcoming crossover fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken in which four new characters were revealed. Keeping with the supposed tradition up to now, half of the characters ar...
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Super Crate Box updated to fix scoring error


Apr 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
Dutch developer Vlambeer has released an updated version of their IGF award-nominated game Super Crate Box. Version 1.04 fixes an "error" which was causing points to be awarded for collecting the game's titular crates and not...
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Dtoid (the show) week 8: Bad ass Hollywood all stars


Dec 06
// Jonathan Holmes
I can't even begin to recap all the stuff that happened this week on The Destructoid Show. Despite the fact that we're in a pre-VGA's news lull, we still found plenty to talk about. Off the top of my head, I know that Tofu Bo...
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Twisted Pixel is teasing something with this countdown


Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
Comic Jumper has been out long enough that it's probably about time for Twisted Pixel to tease it's next game, right? I mean, they've got five kids to feed. If a new countdown on the studio's website is any indication, we'll ...
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Atlus promises Demon's Souls servers until March 2011


Jul 22
// Joseph Leray
Yesterday, Atlus sent a note to its fanclub, the so-called "Faithful," promising to maintain Demon's Souls' North American servers until at least March 2011. I suppose that you could play it as a single-player game, but ...
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Play Modern Warfare 2 with Dane Cook, pretend he's funny


Dec 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
In a move certain to draw hordes of people to the service, Microsoft has announced their latest "Game with Fame" promotion. This coming weekend, players of Modern Warfare 2 will have the opportunity to play the game with...
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Sledgehammer Games gets a Web site, speculation ensues


Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
Sledgehammer Games, you know, that fairly new Activision studio formed around Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey? Believe me when I say they are working on something mysterious. The developer's Web site has just recently gone...
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Beyond Good & Evil 2 'on hold'


Aug 25
// Jim Sterling
Do you hear that? That's the sound of nerd anguish, my friend. The announcement of Beyond Good & Evil 2 was something that many gamers had been longing for, and when it finally came it was like a dream come true. Unfortun...
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iDOLM@STER DS game contains a trap


Jul 13
// Dale North
Japan's iDOLM@STER games, up until now, have focused on the guidance of potential female pop stars as well as a bit of rhythm gaming, but an upcoming DS release in the series has mixed up that formula up a bit. Or should I sa...
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Wilde, incest, and the Bible: Tale of Tales announce Fatale


Jun 25
// Joseph Leray
This is how Tale of Tales (The Path, The Graveyard) creators Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn describe their new game, Fatale, which is based on the biblical story of Salomé:We're interested in the idea of a love story ...
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The most blatant PSP rip-off the world will ever see


May 11
// Jim Sterling
Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce the Geda VX690HD, perhaps the most blatantly obvious rip-off in the world. You almost have to congratulate Geda for summoning the kind of stones required to release a system that doesn't...
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It's a trap: Final Fantasy IV sequel coming to XBLA is most likely bullsh*t


Jan 28
// Jim Sterling
A story is currently flying around the Interwebs concerning a potential release of Final Fantasy IV: The After on Xbox Live Arcade. Apparently, there was a page on Microsoft Japan's Xbox Web site which confirmed the release, ...
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Chinese government to outlaw Internet anonymity


Jan 16
// Jim Sterling
China loves repression like the English love football riots, and today's Communist smackdown comes courtesy of a new law requiring all online gamers to register with their real names online. No more hiding behind a screen nam...
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Dirty PSP upskirt action: PSP used as indecent panty snap grabber


May 29
// Jim Sterling
The deputy head of a Nagoya technical college has been arrested for allegedly using a PSP and its camera peripheral to look up the skirt of a 19-year old woman. The dirty 59-year old administrator supposedly performed the wic...
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Fight fires for 'real' with Real Heroes: Firefighters for the Wii


May 12
// Nick Chester
"Running into a burning building" can be found on my ever-growing list, "Things I Will Never Do Because I'm a Pussy." I understand and respect the role of firefighters, whether they're braving a blaze to s...
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Too Human will make it if we just BELIEVE!


Mar 05
// Jim Sterling
Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack has made a heart-tugging statement explaining why he's stuck with Too Human, despite its notorious problems.  Say "Too Human" to any gamer right now and you can expect a re...
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Bargain Bin Laden #33: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
Ask anybody, I'm a massive Metal Gear Solid fan. For me, Hideo Kojima is a God when it comes to developing characters and storylines in games. This series stands next to Konami's other great line of titles, Silent Hill, and o...
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Videogames cause brain damage now


Dec 26
// Jim Sterling
Taiwan news sources are reporting on a new study that claims the playing of videogames, especially violent ones, may cause harm to brain functions and have an impact on their learning capabilities and emotional control. On to...
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IT'S A TRAP: Play as a tranny in the new Saint's Row


Dec 18
// Jim Sterling
This is the best news I've heard all day. As a self-confessed lover of all things transgendered, the news that Saint's Row 2 will give you the ability to play as a delicious trap is something that I cannot simply ignore. I ma...
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Microsoft offers ten free Arcade games in new promotion


Nov 20
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft is feeling generous lately. First we all got Carcassonne for nothing, and now the company is offering ten free Xbox Live Arcade games to new and existing customers as part of a fresh promotional campaign.New Xbox 36...
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PS2 modchip on a memory card?


Nov 07
// Dale North
The Memor 32 is basically a modchip on a a memory card. The device uses a USB connection to allow loading and unloading of save games to and from the PC, but less savory/more clever gamers have managed to do more with the dev...
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Germans busted in Japan during PC Engine celebration


Nov 06
// Dale North
I'll come right out and say that I always have had mad love for Hudson, NEC, the PC Engine, the TurboDuo, Bonk, and all related things, but even I missed the 20th birthdate of the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 on October 30th. Thre...
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Electronic Arts thinks videogames cost too much? I know how weird that sounds


Oct 31
// Jim Sterling
I have to admit something to you all -- I am seriously becoming a fan of Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello. Having accused the games industry of stagnation in the past, and seeming to want to move his notorious company int...
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Middle America finally gets you: WoW dating, CBS style


Oct 24
// Earnest Cavalli
The footage in that box up there comes from a CBS sitcom called How I Met Your Mother. Other than starring an older, less Hippocratic Neil Patrick Harris, it has recently become notable for revealing that Middle America fin...
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Games time forgot: CSI: Miami


Oct 02
// Anthony Burch
I'm pretty sure none of you have played this game -- I know I sure as hell haven't. Mathematically speaking, there's no reason to think that this game would be even the slightest bit enjoyable: licensed games suck, "myst...
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Lost Odyssey will stretch over four DVDs. Sony fans will love that


Sep 20
// Jim Sterling
Firstly, let me just say that I honestly don't get the great hardship in changing DVDs. People talk as if having something contained on more than one disc will require an infinite and gruelling journey to the console to switc...
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Guilty Gear 2 footage is as confusing as Bridget's sexuality


Sep 19
// 8BitBrian
No. This is not Guilty Gear. I'm not even sure what's going on. Before, we've only had some images to take a look at, but now we've got a montage of an entire "round" from Guilty Gear 2. You play as Sol, running ar...

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