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SFV International Launch

Street Fighter V will have a simultaneous international launch


Hit the streets running
Jul 29
// Nic Rowen
Street Fighter producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano confirmed this weekend during Ani-Com in Hong Kong that Street Fighter V will be receiving a simultaneous worldwide release. This is great news for fighting game player...
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The Flock

The Flock will be removed from sale if players die too much


Either the best or the worst idea ever
Jul 16
// Joe Parlock
Indie multiplayer games are notoriously difficult to keep alive. Shattered Horizon, Lead & Gold, Cult of the Wind, Super Monday Night Combat, the list just goes on and on of games that have been pretty fantastic, only to ...
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The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle launch trailer pokes fun at games industry egoism


'Trailers are just lies set to music'
Jul 09
// Alessandro Fillari
Back in January, I had the pleasure of checking out The Magic Circle, a charming and funny adventure title that poked fun at the chaotic, often insane challenges of game development. There's a launch trailer to set the mood ...
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The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online suffers totally unexpected launch issues


Baffling scientists and all religions
Jun 10
// Joe Parlock
A well-known MMO suffers major launch-day issues that prevent people from being able to play. Shocker. In a turn of events surprising nobody, players of The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are rep...

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Hatred

Hatred is gonna write angsty poems on your bedroom wall on June 1


Yeah, no. Thanks all the same
Apr 29
// Joe Parlock
Do I absolutely have to pay any attention to this game? I do? Well fuck, fine. Let’s get it over with. Scum of the earth simulator Hatred is bringing its oh-so-edgy self to Steam on June 1. To ‘celebrate’ th...
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FF XIII PC port

PC port of Final Fantasy XIII will run at 60 FPS, weighs in at just under 60GB


Not to be outdone by current gen, FFXIII wants all your hard drive space
Oct 09
// Rob Morrow
The recently announced PC port of Square Enix's divisive JRPG Final Fantasy XIII launches on Steam today, and for those thinking about picking it up, or for those who have already pre-ordered, here are the latest system requi...
Collider launch trailer photo
Collider launch trailer

Possibly seizure-inducing arcade racer The Collider smashes into Steam today


It's mildly nauseating, but in a good way
Sep 16
// Rob Morrow
Shortbreak Studios, a part of Techland (Dead Island, Call of Juarez), has just released its PC port of the iOS and Android arcade racer The Collider today on Steam. You might recognize that name as the studio behind the mobi...
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Dragonfall launch trailer

Standalone version of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall releases this Thursday


Here's a quick summary of the major changes and improvements
Sep 15
// Rob Morrow
The new standalone Director's Cut of Shadowrun Returns' Dragonfall expansion is right around the corner, releasing this Thursday, September 18. Before it does, I'd like to share some of the highlights from the last four developer diaries Harebrained Schemes has posted leading up to the title's launch.
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GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam


Arcade-like space sim allows for tactical multiplayer action
Aug 30
// Rob Morrow
Nine Dots Studio's gorgeous-looking multiplayer space combat game GoD Factory: Wingmen is now available on Steam. Wingmen is a 4v4 competitive arcade-like title where the goal is to destroy the enemy's 13km carrier...
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Space Werewolves claw their way on board Windows Store, run infinitely


Infinity Runner launches on Windows Store
Aug 29
// Rob Morrow
Originally launching on Steam in mid-July, Wales Interactive's sci-fi themed, werewolf-infested Infinity Runner is now available for purchase on the Windows Store. Infinity Runner, an aptly named running game, is&n...
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Borderlands 2 PS Vita bundle available May 6


Game available separately a week later
Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sony has announced a release date for the Borderlands 2 PlayStation Vita bundle today via PlayStation Blog. The bundle, which marks the first release of the handheld's slimmer hardware redesign in North America, will be avai...
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LEGO

LEGO The Hobbit now available


Watch this charming launch trailer
Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
Warner Bros. has released LEGO: The Hobbit to retailers in North America today, with a European release coming on April 11. As one might expect, new marketing materials have been released for the game, including the abo...
PS4 Japan launch photo
PS4 Japan launch

Bundle bump: Knack was the best selling Japanese PS4 game


Taking third & fourth...Killzone and Battlefield?
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
So, one of the reasons for the delayed PS4 launch in Japan was the games lineup, right? They had to get more games for that audience? I'm not sure how good of a job they did if Battlefield 4 and Killzone Shadow Fall still cra...
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PS4 Japan launch

Japanese PS4 launch sales hit 322,083 in two days


Four times more than the PS3 did
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
Famitsu is reporting a solid PS4 launch in Japan. Sony moved 322,083 of its new systems in its first two days, which is about four times better than the PS3's 88,443 unit Japanese launch. It's still half the PS2's Japanese la...
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Drunken Robot Pornography

Drunken Robot Pornography to reach full release next week


Still the best title for a videogame in a long time
Feb 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Part of the appeal of buying a game that's still in development is seeing how much it changes before its full release. Drunken Robot Pornography is graduating to a full release on February 19, after a big chunk of time spent ...
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Octodad

Octodad launches on January 30 for Windows, Mac, & Linux


'Hey kids, wanna learn about sharks?'
Jan 16
// Darren Nakamura
Octodad: Dadliest Catch, the cephalopod-masquerading-as-human simulator (we've all been there), is set to release on January 30 on Steam, the Humble Store, and GOG.com. The PlayStation 4 launch is expected sometime in March....
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PS4 sales eclipse 2M

PS4 sales cross 2.1M after European/Latin American launch


Come sale away
Dec 03
// Steven Hansen
We knew the PS4 sold over a million units in 24 hours of North American availability. We knew it outsold the Wii U in the UK (over 250k units) in 48 hours. The numbers add up. Cue the PlayStation Blog update putting those num...
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congrats

Sony tweets 'Congrats' to Microsoft for Xbox One launch


The Next Generation is here
Nov 22
// Joshua Derocher
With just a simple word and some hashtags, Sony has congratulated Microsoft on the launch of the Xbox One. The PlayStation Twitter account tweeted out, "Congrats, @Xbox @Microsoft! #NextGeneration #GreatnessAwaits." this morn...

Destructoid's Xbox One exclusive launch title guide

Nov 22 // Chris Carter
Crimson DragonMSRP: $19.99Score: 8.0 (review here, tips guide here) Crimson Dragon was a pleasant surprise. As a massive fan of the Panzer series, I was worried that it wouldn't quite honor it, but there's plenty here for gamers who have been longing for an entry since 2003's Orta. There are some mechanical problems, but any old school rail shooter fan will be able to handle them. -- Chris Dead Rising 3MSRP: $59.99Score: 9.0 (review here, SmartGlass impressions here) Although it sacrifices a tad of its loveable camp factor and neon style in favor of a few other advancements, the outcome is a much stronger, more involved Dead Rising game. For once, I actually felt overwhelmed in a zombie outbreak, which is a real example of how next-gen technology can be used to do more than simply "make things look better." Out of all the launch titles I've played on both new consoles, Dead Rising 3 is my personal favorite, bar none. -- Chris Fighter WithinMSRP: $59.99Score: 3.0 (review here) Fighter Within is a lazy tech demo with a poor story, unimpressive fighting engine, and a forgettable cast. Maybe one day we'll have a cool Kinect fighting game, where everyone at EVO is flailing around with some semblance of strategic value. But this is not that day. Forza Motorsport 5MSRP: $59.99Score: 9.0 (review here) But, at the end of the day, the racing is what matters. And with this game, the racing is fantastic, and Turn 10 is really onto something with this Drivatar stuff. It alone gives Forza Motorsport 5 something over every other racer out there, pushing the genre forward. They've remedied the racing genre's biggest problem: scripted AI cars. For this, Turn 10 deserves high praise.  Killer InstinctMSRP: Free, $20 for Season Pass, $40 for Ultra EditionScore: 7.5 (review here) Killer Instinct may not be the new king of fighting games, and it feels a bit rushed in terms of content, but it is very solid and far exceeds my expectations for it. With a pricing scheme that doesn't feel exploitative and a balanced character roster, the well developed mechanics will keep you busy until the new content drops next year. It'll be interesting to see what the community at large thinks of it over time, but in my living room, it's a welcome addition to my fighting game roster. LocoCycleMSRP: $19.99Score: 7.0 (review here, tips guide here) LocoCycle tries a lot of new things thematically, while simultaneously paying homage to classic arcade racing shooters. It doesn't succeed in everything it sets out to do, but if you're looking for a decent arcade shooter to toy around with on your new Xbox One, LocoCycle is it. For everyone else, you'll have to wait until it hits the Xbox 360. Powerstar GolfMSRP: $19.99Score: 7.0 (review here) In the end, Powerstar Golf isn't particularly special, but it'll win over the hearts of golf fans for sure. If all you're looking to do is whack a ball down a course on a next-gen system with the occasional bit of positive reinforcement, Powerstar is your huckleberry. Ryse: Son of RomeMSRP: $59.99Score: 5.0 (review here) In fact, the promising arena mode is the only saving grace of Ryse. The campaign may as well not even be there, and having to fight the same handful of enemies over and over on top of a trite, stereotypical narrative is not an example of a good time. Ryse looks great and has a lot of great ideas, but it falls flat in nearly every respect in regards to its core story. If you're a hardcore action fan you may get some satisfaction on the highest difficulty setting, but even then I'd wait for an equally hardcore price drop. Xbox FitnessMSRP: Free with Xbox Live GoldScore: No score (impressions here) Xbox Fitness has a few rough edges, but I actually found myself enjoying the gimmick of "scoring" workouts. The legitimately enhanced Kinect 2 actually feels like it's picking up more than just general movements, and the added incentive of achievements and mid-exercise challenges are genius. Hopefully some updates will come along to really sell the app in the future, but until then, current Gold subscribers should definitely check it out for free. Zoo TycoonMSRP: $59.99Score: 7.5 (review here) Zoo Tycoon has a distinct lack of depth, but if you're capable of sitting down with this simplistic simulator, you'll smile more times than you can count. The simulator fan in me was a bit disappointed by the ease of it all, but the child in me couldn't help but enjoy myself.
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What to get, and what to skip
The Xbox One has a large variety of launch titles, including shooters, action games, a fighting game, and even a racer. I would contend that this is one of the strongest launch lineups of all time, but you can dig into our fu...

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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct launch trailer teases Fulgore


New characters set for release in Spring 2014
Nov 21
// Alessandro Fillari
As the release of the Xbox One approaches, the official launch trailer for Killer Instinct is out now, and it's teasing plans for the future. Much like their previous trailers, they showcase much of the existing content whil...
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Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising 3 zombies are like snowflakes


Or so the launch trailer's title would suggest
Nov 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
Microsoft has released the launch trailer for Dead Rising 3, launching with the Xbox One console this week. Are there zombies? You bet there are. This is, right now, the only title the Xbox One has on offer that I feel a bur...

Destructoid's PlayStation 4 launch title guide

Nov 15 // Dale North
Launch Day Killzone: Shadowfall Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: 9.0 (review here) I like Killzone: Shadow Fall for its change of direction from previous series games, as well as its change of pace over other first-person shooters. Guerrilla has tried a few new things this time around, and should be commended as such. I welcome the almost sandbox-ish level approach, and the stealth segments did a nice job of breaking up the standard shooting action. It’s really nice when gameplay concepts win out over big set pieces and cinematic events.  Oh, and it’s beautiful. A stunner. Killzone: Shadow Fall is the game that will make you happy to own a PS4. This needs to be on your PS4 launch game list. KnackRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: 7.0 (review here) Knack is still a fun romp, and definitely worth a play. It’s easy to pick up, a joy to look at, and and some of the boss battles are pretty great. My recommendation is that you take it in smaller doses, or try out the drop-in/drop-out cooperative play, which will definitely help when the going gets tough. It’s not the next blockbuster platformer you'd want out of a launch title, but you need a break from shooters or want something with some personality, Knack is worth a look.  ResogunRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99 (free with PS+)Score: 9.5 (review here) Resogun is a satisfying arcade-style game with a next-gen look and feel -- the ideal system launch game. It’s an eye-searing blur of a loop that you’ll be happy to jump into again and again. Don’t miss it. FlowerRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $9.99, but free to owners of the PS3 versionScore: Coming soon (our original review can be found here) [8.0] An already beautiful game now looks even better. Flower has been ported from PS3 to PS4, now running at 1080p at 60 frames per second. Visually, the improvement is so massive that it's almost unbelievable. Fields look more lush with the increased detail, and the motion is so fluid that it feels like a brand new game. While the improvements are purely visual, anyone that enjoyed the original should definitely try it again. The best news is that it's free for owners of the PS3 title. If you're buying it for the first time on PS4, you'll be able to download it on PS3 or Vita, too. Sound ShapesRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $9.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [7.0] Like Flower, Sound Shapes gets a PS4 update. It's essentially the same game, but now you have another platform to play it on. Assasssin's Creed IV: Black FlagRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] Updated impressions here. Call of Duty: GhostsRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [5.0] Updated impressions here. DC Universe OnlineRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Free-to-playScore: [N/A] FIFA 14Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: [N/A] Battlefield 4Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.0] Like Call of Duty on the PS4 and Xbox One, Battlefield 4 benefits significantly on a next-gen system, giving it feature parity with the PC. Now you can experience Battlefield the way it was meant to be played, with full 64 player matches and enhanced visuals. The PS4 version is slightly sharper than the Xbox One release, so if friends aren't an issue, I'd go with the former -- Chris Just Dance 2014Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Score: [N/A] Injustice: Gods Among UsRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] LEGO Marvel Super HeroesRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] Madden 25Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [7.5] NBA 2K 14Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: [N/A] Need for Speed: RivalsRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: 8.0 [review here] Skylanders: Swap ForceRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] Blacklight RetributionRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Free-to-playScore: (our original review can be found here) [9.0] ContrastRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99 (free with PS+)Score: 6.5 [review here] Super MotherloadRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99Score: 8.0 [review here] Trine 2: The Complete StoryRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99Score: [N/A] WarframeRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Free-to-playScore: [N/A] Launch Window Doki Doki UniverseRelease Date: December 2013MSRP: TBA Doki Doki Universe is adorable, but I'm still not quite sure what it is even after spending a few hours with it. I mean, I like whatever it is, but I still don't understand it. I have a feeling that figuring out just what it is may take awhile. In this game you play as a robot named OT3. This poor robot has been standing on a little planet for 11,432 days, waiting for his family to come back. On that 11,432nd day, he learns from a new alien friend that they're probably never coming back. And to make matters worse, this friend tells him that his model is being discontinued, and that he's to be scrapped. But QT3 has a chance to stick around by showing that he's capable of humanity. To do this, he travels on the back of his choice of interstellar steed (I picked a flying beaver) to different planets to meet beings and become friends with them. In my short time with the game I've fed a friendly zombie chicken, danced, learned how to make earthquakes, collected dust bunnies, and more. You are supposed to meet with a therapist to see how you're doing on your humanity quest. Mine farted when I gave him a castle.  Yeah. I don't know what's going on. But I like it.  Awesomenauts: AssembleRelease Date: TBA 2013MSRP: $14.99Score: [N/A] Impressions coming at the launch of the game. Beyond launch Child of LightRelease Date: TBA 2014MSRP: TBA In our first hands-on preview, we played the PS4 version of Child of Light, which was impossibly pretty. Ubisoft's JRPG-inspired storybook fairy tale uses hand-drawn art, dialogue written in verse, and a battle system that takes from RPG classic Grandia 2. It's powered by the same engine they used for Rayman Legends, so theres's some serious potential here. So far, it's looking like Child of Light could be the PS4's first true role-playing game. We can't wait. inFamous: Second SonRelease Date: TBA 2014MSRP: TBA We're super bummed that Sucker Punch's inFamous: Second Son didn't make launch. But we played the latest build this week and it looks to be shaping up. Blasting faces with fire coming straight from Delsin's hand was...well, a blast. But I liked running around to explore his home town of Seattle more, mostly because getting around is so much fun. Using super powers to fly is great, but turning into smoke to instantly teleport thorough grates is much more fun. But, neither are anywhere near as satisfying as Delsin's neon powers, which lets him run in any direction -- up walls or even in the air. It's like having some kind of god mode on. It almost feels wrong. Oh, and Second Son looks amazing. Explosions look like something you'd see in a movie, and the special effects tied to Delsin's powers pop right off the screen. But some of the subtle visual stuff also makes an impact. Seeing signs and other lights reflected in the puddles of the streets of rainy Seattle really goes a long way toward making the game's setting seem real. The demo was just a small taste of Delsin's destructive powers. I want more. Let's hope the wait isn't going to be too much longer. War ThunderRelease Date: TBA 2014MSRP: TBA WarThunder has five million people signed up for its PC beta, so this free-to-play title is already off to a good start before it lands on the PS4. We saw the latest build running on PS4, played with a DualShock 4 controller. Their control system takes flying and makes it easy, with movement and aiming tied together in analog stick moves, giving players what are essentially first-person shooter controls in the sky. But, if flight sims are your thing, the PS4 version will support flight sticks as well as mouse/keyboard control, permitting full, unassisted control. Flight sims have been niche titles, but WarThunder looks really easy to get into. Anyone can jump in and blow stuff up in more than 300 available planes. Soon they'll add tanks to the mix, and ships later.  The PS4 version will be fully cross-compatible with the PC version.
PlayStation 4 launch photo
What to get, and what to skip
As we draw closer to PS4 launch day, November 15, we will be bringing you reviews and previews from the launch window and beyond. This is where we'll collect all of our coverage, updating it daily as embargoes lift and more t...

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PS4 trailer

Get lost in the PlayStation 4 launch trailer


'This is our day'
Nov 15
// Brett Makedonski
Sony fans, this video says it all - this is your day. It'll be a long time before this situation presents itself again. Love it, embrace it, cherish it, remember it. Be happy.
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PS4

Amazon has launch edition PS4s in stock again


Probably not for long
Nov 14
// Brett Makedonski
Do you feel the punch of regret as you peruse your social media timelines and find that all of your friends are taking pictures of their new PlayStation 4s like they're newborn babies, but you're without? Easy solution, just ...
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Last call for a PS4

444 PS4s selling in NYC for people without pre-orders


Go get in line!
Nov 13
// Joshua Derocher
The PlayStation Blog made an announcement that 444 PlayStation 4s will be available at The Standard, High Line hotel in New York City. These will be sold at a midnight launch event at the hotel, and there will be arcade ...
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Sharks

Xbox One guarded by sharks in New Zealand


Shark Box One
Nov 13
// Joshua Derocher
Microsoft have decided which Xbox One will be the first released on launch day, and that special console is being guarded by sharks. Yes, you are reading that correctly. Go ahead and take a moment to let that sink in. New Zea...
PS4 Asia launch photo
PS4 Asia launch

PS4 dated, priced in Korea, Hong Kong -- all before Japan


December 17
Nov 08
// Steven Hansen
The PS4 will be launching in South East Asia -- Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea -- on December 17. Meanwhile, Japan is still waiting until February 22, 2014. My guess is that, after the Vita's launc...
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PS4 apps

These are the 11 apps that are available at PS4's launch


Are you not entertained?!
Nov 07
// Brett Makedonski
When the PlayStation 4 finally releases on November 15 (one week!), Sony will have 11 apps raring and ready to be downloaded for your entertainment. The mainstays like Netflix and Hulu Plus are obviously included, along some ...
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PlayStation 4 launch lineup revised, here's the new list


Some games taken out, some added in
Nov 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Take note, you crazy early adopters, Sony has revised the launch lineup for the PlayStation 4. First the bad news: Pinball Arcade and Tiny Brains have been removed and will be coming out at a later time. Now before you go pul...
PS4 launch lineup photo
PS4 launch lineup

Here's your PS4 launch lineup! What're you buying?


Got a selection of good things on sale, stranger
Oct 30
// Steven Hansen
In Sony's massive, malleable PS4 FAQ there is a list of the games that will be available to North American players on the November 15 launch date. This is that list. I think my favorite part is that the two games I want most...

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