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10:30 AM on 12.10.2014

Sean Bean does not simply narrate an indie game

It can be a challenge these days, getting people to notice your game. There are thousands out there, all of them competing for limited mind share. It's critical to find a way to set your product apart from the competition an...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Bonus mission for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel ties into Tales

[Update]: In an email to Destructoid, 2K has confirmed that the Handsome AI bonus mission will be included for free as part of the update adding Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, not part of the Holodome Onslaught DLC pack that ret...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth update is live, makes all my strategies obsolete

A pretty substantial update rolled out for Civilization: Beyond Earth earlier today, addressing some of the issues that the more hardcore Civ fans have had with the title. I took a read through the extensive patch notes and.....

Darren Nakamura



Review: The Talos Principle photo
Review: The Talos Principle
by Darren Nakamura

While playing The Talos Principle, much of my time was spent sitting at my desk, chin in hand, deep in thought. I can only imagine the puzzled look on my face as I considered options, ran scenarios in my head, and generally did a lot more thinking than most games ask of players.

The Talos Principle consists of two largely separate interactions: physics-based puzzles and philosophical discussion. The real strength of the title is that while each could reasonably exist without the other, both elicit the above response in equal measure. The demand that the player really think is the thread that ties the whole game together.

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1:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Enter the Gungeon: Go get a big gun and kill the past

Devolver Digital has announced it is publishing Enter the Gungeon next year. Something about, "A gun...THAT CAN KILL THE PAST" just won me over. I don't even have to understand what it means. Plus there's table fli...

Steven Hansen



Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine photo
Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine
by Steven Hansen

I love Catherine. Part of the reason is its block puzzles. Part of the reason is its small scale, with most playable segments taking place in the homey bar Stray Sheep. VA-11 HALL-A--or Valhalla--is that same sort of bar, packed with regulars just trying to get through their nightmarish cyberpunk existence. Games don't always need to be bombastic save-the-world-'em-ups.

Over 20 clients will come into Valhalla, where you tend bar, serving an odd cast drinks as they serve up their life stories. And the bartending is as important to the stories as the stories are to bartending as you learn what clients like and, maybe, why that talking corgi is such a racist.

You can download and play the prototype here for free or at your own price if you can spare it. You can also pre-order the full game (and get a Steam key) for $5, which is less than the full game will be at launch. With that, you'll get the Prologue as well, which you can play until Sukeban gets the full game finished. Eight bucks gets you the Prologue, full game on release, and the soundtrack.

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10:00 AM on 12.04.2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's second piece of DLC is out December 16

2K Games announced today the second DLC pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and as with the first pack, it is commendable in some ways but disappointing in others. In The Holodome Onslaught, Axton and Gaige join the crew in...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 12.03.2014

Devil's Bluff turns to Kickstarter for its online-only murder mystery

One of my favorite mechanics that is prevalent in tabletop games but not so much in videogames is having hidden roles. Battlestar Galactica's concealed Cylons and Werewolf's bloodthirsty lycanthropes induce real paranoia bec...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Love You to Bits is a sci-fi spiritual successor to Tiny Thief

Oh, this is cute. Some of the people behind the acclaimed mobile point-and-click adventure Tiny Thief are back with a "spiritual successor" about a human explorer scouring the universe for his robot girlfriend. It's called L...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 12.02.2014

Here are nearly 80 Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice screenshots

Another Telltale game, another set of screenshots. I'm still ambivalent about the oil paint aesthetic used in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series. Some shots look fantastic, and others are blurry messes with weird kaleido...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series: Iron From Ice photo
Review: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series: Iron From Ice
by Darren Nakamura

The War of the Five Kings might be one of the bleakest collections of events in A Song of Ice and Fire, the series on which HBO's and Telltale's Game of Thrones is based. The entire continent of Westeros is at war, heroes are slain, villains rise to power, and it is around this point that many readers and viewers finally accept that everything will probably not be okay (to put it lightly).

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series takes place toward the end of the conflict, but that does not mean everyone is safe. The kingdom is undergoing a restructuring of sorts, and those who were allied with the losing factions walk a thin line between loyalty and destruction. House Forrester of Ironrath in the North is one such clan, caught up in a conflict much greater than itself, struggling just to survive.

[Note: spoilers for the source material and events during the prologue of this episode are present in this review. Proceed with caution if you have not yet finished A Storm of Swords (Book Three) or Season Three of the HBO series.]

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3:30 PM on 12.01.2014

Steam has Alien Isolation for half price, cheap Skyrim

"Uh-uh, no way, I've spent too much as is." I haven't yet hit that point this year but if Steam keeps it up, I might. The Exploration Sale continues with discounts on Alien Isolation ($24.99), Planetary Annihilation ($5.99), ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series out tomorrow, watch the trailer

We first heard that Telltale would be working on a Game of Thrones adventure game almost a year ago at VGX, and now the wait to see how it turned out is almost over. This launch trailer shows a bit more than the teaser we sa...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 11.26.2014

Already? The Evil Within is $20.39 on Steam

66 percent off The Evil Within without needing to wait in Black Friday lines? Steam's still got it. Valve kicked off its six-day Steam Exploration Sale today and there are deals on other recent releases, like Civilization: Be...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 11.26.2014

Ironically, the Kickstarter for Hollow Knight looks solid

I have had my eye on Hollow Knight for a few days, but had not yet pulled the trigger on highlighting it. It is a pretty 2D action game (though the color palette is a bit muted for my taste) starring some sort of insect-pers...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Solve your own murder in Why Am I Dead At Sea

You have been murdered, and you are now a ghost. It is up to you to solve the mystery of your own death. No, not like that. No, not like that either. Okay actually, it is sort of like Ghost Trick. It looks like the spirit in...

Darren Nakamura