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Discovery Project is a thing about things with things


Mar 09
// Jim Sterling
Here's another mysterious PS Vita announcement for you to ruminate on. It's called Discovery Project and it's about ... something.  Kadokawa Games joined forces with Sony to tease this mysterious project, which seems to...
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Mega Man creator working on 'amazing' PS Vita game


Mar 09
// Jim Sterling
While most of the Vita's "announcements" today have been fairly unimpressive, there has at least been one intriguing tease. It comes courtesy of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, who revealed he's working on something "am...
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Testament of Sherlock Holmes vid has a lovely ambiguity


Dec 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
I love a good mystery and, as a result, I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes stories. I haven't played a game yet which I felt did a truly great job of putting me into a Holmes mystery, but The Testament of Sherlock Holmes ...
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Atlus' next game's title starts with a 'G'


Dec 13
// Josh Tolentino
And that's about all they've revealed about it so far. G-reat. They've also G-amely invited us, and any one of you g-oons out there who g-ives a poop about Atlus' next g-ame, to try to g-uess, as they drop more clu...
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Valve begins hyping something (HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED OMG)


Dec 12
// Jim Sterling
This past Saturday, Valve released a video featuring Portal 2 antagonist Wheatley. Unsurprisingly, the Internet descended upon it with icepicks and magnifying glasses, ready to take it apart and examine every frame for clues ...
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'Unbelievable' PS3 exclusive teased as 'The Last of Us'


Dec 05
// Jim Sterling
Sony has a PS3 exclusive in the works that, apparently, we "will not believe." It's due for unveiling at the Spike Videogame Awards on Saturday, but we've been given a little taste today, courtesy of a teaser site called The...
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L.A. Noire director's next game is Whore of the Orient


Nov 28
// Jim Sterling
L.A. Noire writer/director Brendan McNamara is getting back on the saddle following Team Bondi's demise, putting together a brand new game with a rather flavorful title. It's called Whore of the Orient, and word of its d...
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Green Man Gaming pulls EA games from shelves


Oct 08
// Jim Sterling
Digital distributor Green Man Gaming has yanked Electronic Arts games from its virtual store shelves around the world, except for the United Kingdom. It is the second service to do this, with games controversially disappearin...
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Square Enix removes memory card requirement from Vita box


Sep 30
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Square Enix has indeed confirmed that Army Corps won't demand a memory card, so the conspiracy theories can be laid to rest. However, the fact that a "Memory Card required" logo still exists is what really unsettles ...
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A new Sony video has popped up on Youtube and sparked an avalanche of rudderless speculation from rabid fans. The live-action trailer contains elements of various videogames, including LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid and T...

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I Am Alive spotted in the wild via ESRB rating


Sep 26
// Jim Sterling
Ubisoft's I Am Alive looked all set to join Sadness as the next big game that was never going to happen, but an ESRB content summary has been recently spotted that seems to say otherwise. We've had a few tips pointing it out ...
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Sufferrosa is an 'experimental storytelling project'


Sep 11
// Tony Ponce
Do you like Choose Your Own Adventure books? Do you like pompous foreign art experiments? Were Sega CD FMV games the highlight of the 16-bit era for you? Then you are gonna love Sufferrosa! From director Dawid Marcinkowski of...
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Warhammer 40K: Space Marine disappears from UK Steam


Sep 09
// Jim Sterling
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is on sale in the United Kingdom today, but those looking to get the game on Steam will notice that it's suddenly not on the storefront. The game recently blipped out of existence, and nobody's ...
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Have more Sherlock Holmes screenshots


Aug 30
// Victoria Medina
Round two of the Testament of Sherlock Holmes screenshots are in and the game still looks good. The Testament finds the detective unable to solve a crime that paints him as the main suspect. As he begins to look more guilty h...
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Namco x Tecmo is a thing, but what kind of thing?


Aug 29
// Nick Chester
A website has been launched teasing an apparent Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei partnership. But what could it be? The site displays the words "Namco Bandai Games Inc x Tecmo Koei Games Co Limited," with a countdown clock pointin...
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Team Meat teases next game with sai, boxes, trolls, cats


Jul 26
// Jim Sterling
Oh, Team Meat, you wacky pair of pricks!
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GameTrailers tackles the Triforce myth in Ocarina of Time


Jul 03
// Tony Ponce
I bought The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D despite not yet owning a 3DS. I just wanted that soundtrack so badly. Does that make me a whore? I think that makes me a whore. Anyway, here's another video to satisfy your Ze...
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'GoldenEye Reloaded' domains spotted in the wild


Jun 27
// Jim Sterling
A bunch of domains have been found for GoldenEye Reloaded, with common opinion suggesting that a port of last year's Wii re-release could be on the way to systems such as Xbox 360 and PS3.  No real details outside of the...
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E3: Test Subjects Needed (Update)


Jun 11
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Current theories suggest that this is either a promotion for The Dark Knight Rises or chewing gum. If I'd have known that at the time, I'd have shoved the envelope in the face of that polite young Asian lady.] During...
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Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team outed by rating board


May 31
// Jim Sterling
THQ is hard at work pimping Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, but according to Australia's OFLC ratings board, there's yet another game brewing -- Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.  THQ Digital Studios UK is apparently working ...
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Mysterious Nintendo film shoot involves Zelda... Williams


May 29
// Tony Ponce
Last week, a few mysterious Tweets appeared on Zelda Williams' Twitter page concerning some super secret Nintendo film shoot she was involved in. Who is Zelda Williams, you may ask? Why, she's the daughter of Robin Williams, ...
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ESRB reveals Zelda Universe (Update)


May 27
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Turns out this may actually be an older rating for the very Zelda site we mentioned in the article. No idea why it's popped up again now and confused everyone on the Internet. We'll do some more digging.] [Update: Th...
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Aliens Infestation outed by Australia


May 25
// Jim Sterling
Australia's OFLC rating board has outed Aliens Infestation, a game developed by WayForward Technologies. For those who have an excellent memory and a love of Xenomorphs, you may recall that WayForward and GearBox were working...
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Here's another Senran Kagura girl silhouette


May 15
// Jonathan Holmes
Last time I posted one of these mysterious silhouettes from the coming 3DS title Senran Kagura: Portait of Girls, the results were pretty amazing. In case you haven't been following along, I'll catch you up. The game's develo...
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Creative Assembly working on new Aliens game


May 12
// Jim Sterling
It's been revealed that Shogun 2: Total War developer Creative Assembly is working on a new Aliens game. Details are sparse, but it's been confirmed to RPS to be an action title, with the studio bumping up its employees consi...
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Tribeca L.A. Noire preview and swag to win


Apr 28
// Matthew Razak
Despite Jim's recent rantings the worlds of film and gaming are growing ever closer. We can argue over whether this is a boon or a detriment to gaming all we want, but when this fact means that Destructoid's sister manly brot...

Preview: Red Johnson's Chronicles

Apr 08 // Tara Long
You play as Red Johnson, a gritty private investigator who has been tasked to solve the murder of one of the most hated men in Metropolis City. Some of the suspects in consideration are Theresa, the widowed wife who seems strangely unconcerned by the murder of her husband, and Sonia, a young female escort whose exact role in the murder becomes clear as more clues are uncovered. Most of the gameplay involves interactive dialogue with suspects and witnesses. Quick thinking is critical; since the responses are timed, too much hesitation could cost you an important clue at best and kill you at worst. Getting the information you need will require finesse and sometimes even force, though physical violence is rarely necessary and not a central focus of the gameplay. According to Djamil Kemal, the Marketing & Business Development Director for Lexis Numérique, not until several hours into the game does using a weapon even become necessary. In place of action, the developers have scattered tons of puzzles throughout the game which provide a nice switch-up from the narrative. Each type of puzzle is unique as well, so players will never see the same one twice. Red Johnson's Chronicles (PSN)Developer: Lexis NumériquePublisher: Lexis NumériqueTo Be Released: Spring 2011 The game follows one main storyline and progresses through missions. Discovering evidence or gaining a key piece of information typically translates to a successfully completed mission. Each completed mission earns you money which can be used to purchase clues. Since the developers wanted clues to be readily available throughout the game, however, money is given out for just about any achievement, no matter how small. The clues come in the form of a tip from Red’s informant and can be especially helpful for puzzles, since the method of solving them can sometimes be unorthodox. At one point during my demo, I had my eye on a mobster who I suspected had some involvement with the murder. When he wouldn’t let me enter his apartment, I was forced to find another solution. I waited, called him on the phone, asked him to meet me somewhere, and then broke into his apartment while he was gone. These tactics, though not exactly kosher in the real world of police investigations, are sometimes your only option in the game. I was forced to solve a sliding puzzle to break into the mobster’s window, after which I found a safe hidden in his home. Purchasing a clue revealed that the numbers to the safe’s code were hidden somewhere in a painting above the safe. I cracked the code and opened the safe to reveal a single revolver sitting inside, which I opened to find several bullets. Bullets, among other items you happen to pick up during your investigation, are placed in your inventory and stay there for the remainder of the game. Any item in your inventory can be analyzed and compared to other items in your inventory at any point during the game. This is particularly useful if you gather bullets from multiple crime scenes and want to compare them to see if they match. One aspect worth noting is that the developers really tried to make this game accessible to both the casual and hardcore gaming markets. It has a scalable help system which is useful for people like me with low patience and a high likelihood of ragequitting when I get frustrated. Efforts were made to avoid that cycle in this game, though. Kemal proudly pointed out that every one of the hundred-or-so hired play testers was able to finish the game, which I am told is no small accomplishment in games of this genre. Oddly enough, the game can be won even if the mystery isn't solved. However, solving the mystery doesn't preclude you from losing the game, either. The game is only won when the police chief approves your submitted final report. The catch is that there is no rule that states your report must be completely true. If you lack enough evidence to assuredly solve the case but are certain enough of your theory, you can fabricate a report and submit it anyway. The outcome of the game then rests on the decision of the police chief and ultimately, your ability to present convincing evidence, regardless of whether or not it's actually true. Red Johnson’s Chronicles provides about 8-10 hours of gameplay and though I typically find point-and-click games to be a bit boring, I think the storyline here is compelling enough to compensate for any slowness. (Even if it isn't about a giant mutant penis.) Overall, I think it’s a steal for the price. It'll be available for $12 on PSN sometime near May and will be coming to Xbox and PC later this year. Also, check out Maurice's first look at AMY, another one of Lexis Numérique's titles which will be coming to PSN later this year.
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Several things came to mind when I first heard of Red Johnson's Chronicles. I thought it perhaps the heroic tale of one man's struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic planet overrun by one-legged banshees. Or maybe, I hypoth...

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SEGA registers Sonic Generations


Apr 05
// Jim Sterling
SEGA has recently registered a new domain name for Sonic Generations, with rumblings suggesting that this is the name of the "real" current generation Sonic game. What does that mean? From what I can gather, it means it'll be...
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NPD acts wankish, blocks media from seeing sales figures


Mar 28
// Jim Sterling
The videogame industry is utterly f*cking stupid when it comes to secrecy, and nowhere has that become more apparent than with the NPD. For those who don't know, the NPD collects sales data of videogames and consoles in North...
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Quantic Dream's next game may be called Fiv5


Mar 22
// Jim Sterling
David "I won some BAFTAs and now I know everything" Cage may be working on a game called Fiv5, if various domain registrations and online profiles are anything to be believed.  Two URLS -- playseries.net and fiv5.net -- ...

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