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Disney Infinity 2.0 photo
Disney Infinity 2.0

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes swooping in to save the day this fall

Marvel heroes have never been so cute
Apr 30
// Brittany Vincent
Sick of playing around with Disney characters and looking to add a little more oomph to your Disney Infinity repertoire? You're in luck. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is launching for current-gen and last-gen syst...
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Puzzle Quest

A Marvel Comics themed Puzzle Quest is coming this week

Due to hit Android and iOS October 3
Oct 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
It's been some time since we heard any talk about Puzzle Quest, the "match-3" game with RPG mechanics, but a new edition of the game is suddenly upon us. Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign will release Thursday, October 3 f...

Stan Lee is a playable character in LEGO Marvel Heroes

Because of course he is
Sep 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
You knew Stan Lee was going to make an appearance in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. But did you know he was going to be a complete badass? Stan Lee can Hulk out, swing around like Spider-Man, use a laser blast like Cyclops -- He has ALL the powers. He's basically like Rogue, or I don't know, Amazo from the DC Universe if you want to cross comic streams.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes also coming to Xbox One and PS4

The villains finally get shown off
Aug 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Finally, after all this time, we get to see the villains of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Magneto, Dr. Doom, Venom, Dr. Octopus, Loki, Green Goblin, and even Galactus himself will all be featured in the game. We get to see some ...
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Marvel Heroes Impressions

Impressions: Marvel Heroes

A waste of the license
Jun 15
// Fraser Brown
The heroes of the Marvel universe have had some success when transposed from their comic pages to the click-fest of the action RPG (ARPG) genre. X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance -- both of which spawned sequels -- provided...

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a ton of fun

Jun 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I am so jealous of kids growing up this day and age. They have the coolest videogame consoles, the Internet, iPads, and now LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Combining Marvel, one of the hottest movie proprieties right now (and not t...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Pinball FX 2 comes to Steam on May 10

No balls of steel required
May 03
// Allistair Pinsof
Outside the dedicated and nebulously legal emulation scene, PC hasn't received much virtual pinball love lately despite being its birthplace. Zen Studios is changing this by bringing Pinball FX 2 to Steam on May 10. The titl...
Deadpool screenshots photo
Deadpool screenshots

New screenshots have surfaced for the Deadpool game

Cable confirmed!
Feb 04
// Chris Carter
A bunch of new screenshots have been revealed for the upcoming Deadpool game by High Moon Studios, and man do they look interesting. First off, we have full confirmation of the existence of Cable, which totally speaks to the ...

Gazillion initiates Marvel Heroes Founders Program

Game launching spring 2013 for PC, Mac version coming later
Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
Down as I was on Marvel Heroes based on my time spent with the closed beta, there's little doubt in my mind that the game will find its audience and do quite well for itself. In addition to narrowing down the release to sprin...

The DTOID Show: Pokémon X & Y, Valve's Piston & Day Z

I'm so happy about the Pokémon
Jan 08
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! The Destructoid Show is now switching to a twice-a-week schedule, so we'll now be Tuesday and Friday. Today is a Tuesday, so that's why we did an episode. Major news-things happened: a company called Xi3 announced t...

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes announced for this fall

100+ characters from the Marvel universe
Jan 08
// Jordan Devore
Mixing LEGOs, videogames, and comics together has always seemed like a good idea -- certainly something I would have loved to see as a kid. TT Games is pressing on with yet another title, and this time it's LEGO Marvel Super ...

SmileGate developing Marvel MOBA for Asia

Codenamed Project PK
Nov 09
// Jordan Devore
You're already dreaming up the possibilities, aren't you? A multiplayer online battle arena game centered around Marvel characters sounds too good to be true -- and perhaps it is -- but it's happening. Disney Interactive has ...

The DTOID Show: Adventure Time, Deadpool, & Spider-Boobs

Jul 16
// Max Scoville
Holy crap guys, I think this might be my favorite episode of the show we've done in ages. Like, just in terms of the pure awesomeness/absurdity of today's news. For starters, the ESRB has described all the awful things that a...

Well, it's finally happening, guys. Deadpool will star in his very own videogame, called Deadpool: The Game. High Moon Studios (the team behind Transformers: Fall of Cybertron) will be handling the development duties, with A...

Preview: Playing superhero in Marvel Heroes

Jul 10 // Steven Hansen
Marvel Heroes (PC) Developer: Secret Identity Studios Publisher: Gazillion Entertainment Release: TBA Marvel Heroes runs on Unreal Engine 3, continuing the trend of free-to-play multiplayer games that look quite nice. From the isometric view, you can scroll to zoom in and out if you want to get a closer or more distanced view of the action. As I pulled the camera all the way in to check out my hero’s threads, I could appreciate the comic-book simplicity and overall cleanliness of the art direction, which feels something like a natural evolution of Marvel Ultimate Alliance’s style. The isometric view isn’t the only parallel the game has to the recently released Diablo III. The click-to-move system is the same, holding shift precludes your character from moving while attacking, and loot drops bear randomly generated affixes. On top of that, there is a clear narrative, penned by big-time Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers), which harks back to a late '70s/early '80s story about a group called the Purifiers, which seeks to wipe out all mutants -- what else is new? -- in the name of god. While certain scenes are going to play out in motion comic form, the fact that an overarching narrative exists is going to have a palpable impact on the game, as opposed to simply being a framing mechanism for the beginning and end state. I’m told there won’t be standard “kill x amount of x enemy” quests, nor will you be inundated with useless quests. Rather, you’ll have a few sidequests with story implications in the hub areas, as well as a few you might run into when you’re gallivanting about playing superhero. I’m all for getting rid of superfluous quests and repetition. During my hands-on time, I checked out Iron Man and Wolverine and fought alongside both Scarlet Witch and Hulk. Heroes are afforded four ability slots in addition to their left and right mouse click attacks, some of which are hero specific and some of which are general use. As you play, you build up a large repertoire of skills and find both new ones and improved versions of the ones you have. The Wolverine I used had a great skill equipped that was a circular swipe, which was great for taking out crowds, especially when combined with his standard right click, a homing slash. While Wolverine played as the fierce bruiser you might expect, Iron Man was decidedly flashier and shared a lot of similarities to the current film interpretation; in fact, his default costume was the film version. Two particularly great skills the tin man had are an uppercut that suspends enemies long enough for a volley of projectiles to pepper them, as well as a stylish fist to the ground which has a fairly wide area of effect. Scarlet Witch’s focus was ranged attacks, while the Hulk was the expected offensive, smashing powerhouse -- he can even throw cars for big damage. The hugely variable skill sets also help differentiate heroes when multiple people are playing the same one, as the game won’t wall off heroes other players are using. On top of that, there are a number of different costumes to choose; I found two alternates in addition to Wolverine’s starting costume just in the bit of the game I checked out. In addition to hub areas like Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Marvel Heroes has randomly generated public areas where people will be milling about, working on their own quests and the like. In these areas which are going to randomly generated daily, public events pop up that anyone can join in on. In our demo, a Sentinel showed up out of nowhere and our party took him out for some fat loot. Thankfully, whatever loot appears on your screen is your own loot; Marvel Heroes does away with a general communal loot drop, circumventing fights over who gets what and disappointment for people who might otherwise draw the short straw and get the most rubbish bit of the drop. As our quest approached its end, we reached a private instance fight against Magneto, who was holding William Stryker hostage for his role in supporting the Purifier loons. From there, I assume the plot is going to spiral out of control in superhero comic fashion, twists abound. What I do know is that I gave Magneto quite a whooping, twice, despite playing characters that are covered in metal -- obviously that specific power of his coming into play wouldn’t be fair. That being said, the Magneto boss fight was pretty fun, as Magneto had enough moves to force to you switch up what you’re doing every once in a while. The president of Gazillion Entertainment, the studio that’s making Marvel Heroes, is David Brevik, Blizzard North co-founder and creator of Diablo and Diablo II. They’ve got an award-winning comic writer writing the game’s story. It’s going to be free to play and what I played was pretty fun. Plus, Gazillion has a ten-year exclusivity contract with Marvel and updates to the game are going to be flowing in at a constant clip. If you like superheroes or MMOs, I don’t see any reason not to give this one a shot when it drops.

Is the whole “Marvel versus DC” thing still a thing people bark at each other over? Well, the DC universe has its own cleverly titled MMO, DC Universe Online, leaving Marvel to play catch up with its equally cleve...


The DTOID Show: Assassin's Creed Movie & Our SDCC Preview

Jul 09
// Max Scoville
Hey everybody! We're back, and it's Monday, and that means one thing: the world didn't explode last night. And unfortunately, that means there's another Destructoid Show for you to watch. Oh, tragedies. Today, we talk about h...

Spend some time with Marvel Heroes at San Diego Comic-Con

Jul 07
// Liam Fisher
It looks like this whole Marvel Heroes thing is actually happening, huh? Back in May developer Gazillion Entertainment popped up to say 'Hey!' and drop a trailer and, surprisingly, it looks like it's got a lot of potential. ...

UDON blows a load with the Marvel vs. Capcom art book

Jun 19
// Tony Ponce
UDON Entertainment has packaged sunshine, happiness, and unicorns into a 192-page tome and wants to gift it to you, the adoring fans... for a price, of course. In late November, Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works will...

E3: Ubisoft adds Spider-Man, Wolverine to Avengers game

Jun 04
// Bob Muir
The Avengers came out in theaters earlier this month, and if you haven't heard, it's pretty great. Ubisoft is still working on the movie tie-in game, though, which they premiered at their press conference today. Titled Marvel...

The DTOID Show: Diablo III, Marvel MMO, & Tom Clancy GRFS

May 23
// Max Scoville
Hey guys! Here's today's Destructoid Show, the only show about video games on the internet. Ever. Don't argue with me. Today we talk about how Diablo III is the fastest selling PC game of all time, and how people are still gr...

Ubisoft and Marvel team up on Avengers: Battle for Earth

May 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
The Avengers are going to get still more gaming love as Ubisoft Quebec is currently developing Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth for Xbox 360 and Wii U. The title will be a motion-controlled affair and is said to feature...

The DTOID Show: Assassin's Creed Minecraft & Avengers

May 07
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! Oh dear lord it's Monday again and yet again my soul hurts and I want to burrow deep underground and but I can't because I have to come in and host The Destructoid Show. Cruel, cruel world. Seriously, though -- I'm ...

The lightning gods: Death Battle pits Thor against Raiden

May 06
// Tony Ponce
The latest in ScrewAttack's "who would win?" series beefs up the manliness following the last episode's flower party. We've got Marvel's Thor locked in mortal combat against Raiden from... Mortal Kombat. Which of these light...

HeroClix Online expands with Thor and Green Lantern

Feb 19
// Liam Fisher
I've somehow managed to forget that the HeroClix tabletop game existed. In the time since I last pondered the hero-centric miniatures game, they've apparently launched HeroClix Online. I'll have to start looking into that in ...

HeroClix Online: Tiny heroes and villains will do battle

Nov 02
// Fraser Brown
HeroClix Online is bringing the Marvel tabletop game to our wonderful digital realm. The focus is on action as players recreate classic Marvel battles or play out their own, "what ifs." Players of the tabletop game should be...

Rocket Raccoon and Frank West 'officially' join MvC3

Oct 31 // Wesley Ruscher
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [Previewed])Developer: CapcomPublisher: CapcomRelease: November 15, 2011 As Capcom's Seth Killian put it best, Rocket Raccoon is "f*cking annoying." Like a real life raccoon that is digging through your garbage cans in the middle of the night, this nocturnal mammal is all about getting in close and crossing up your opponent. He's quick, small, can hover and has myriad traps at his disposal that make him well prepared for most situations. Rocket Raccoon's rocket skates are perhaps the best air dash in the game. Using this move will let him, on smaller characters, dash in fast and then move behind for a quick mix up. His bear claw trap -- known as the flapper -- is great for off-the-ground attacks and can be paired with his giant pendulum swing attack for a quick wall bounce. Perhaps my favorite of his moves is his teleport, which is great for a quick hop in front or behind and enemy and if done with the heavy attack actually has the little booger burrow under the ground, making him invulnerable for a ridiculous amount of time. [embed]214905:41548[/embed] Frank West is up there with Phoenix Wright when it comes to having layers of moves. Key to making the Dead Rising superstar a powerhouse is the use of his photography. At the onset of a round Frank starts at level one, with a limited move set. For example: quarter circle forward followed by strong attack has him unleashing a powerful baseball bat swing. Leveling up Frank with his photography opens up new moves -- such as a roundhouse kick and Captain America style flip -- and powers up his previous attacks like the bat, which transforms into a flaming spike infused bludgeoning stick. Frank can also drink to help power up his photography potency. Normally it takes three photos to level up, with level four being the highest, but consuming the bottle gives the action journalist a triple shot. Drinking too much does have its side effects -- as it should -- causing him to puke his guts out and thus be left open for a quick beat down. Frank's photography also has one other useful property: it can pull opponents off the ground and be super cancelled. While these two new characters were the main focus for the preview event, I did want to touch on my two favorite additions to UmvC3: Phoenix Wright and Vergil from Devil May Cry. The reasons I have fallen for both the characters are at the opposite end of the spectrum, but both were incredibly fun to play. Vergil, hands down, is my new go-to character. He's faster than Dante and has fantastic range, mix-ups, and off-the-ground abilities. First off his forward strong attack's range takes up almost half the screen. This move followed by a launcher leads to surprisingly fast air combo beat downs. Vergil's teleport is also extremely useful for mixing up opponents with its frontal, behind, and over the head positioning. There is one super that has him emit swords around his body (similar to Strider's discs) and when paired with the behind teleport it can lead to a very lethal cross-up combination.  Now Phoenix Wright on the other hand is a favorite only for how insane his move set is. He's basically useless until he gathers enough evidence during a match. As you search for three successful clues -- denoted with a bright yellow folder -- his attacks are almost nonexistent. Once gathered pressing down-down-special launches Phoenix into courtroom mode. From here, hitting your opponent with an objection turns the clumsy lawyer into a beast -- albeit for a limited time. His giant finger attack can easily juggle opponents in the corner and he can also shoot off different beam attacks with his collected evidence. And if you can land a level three super, which does a ludicrous 6,00 points of damage, kiss your foe goodbye. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is just two weeks away and I for one am getting pretty excited. I know some may feel burnt that Capcom is updating this game already. But at a measly $40, the 12 new characters, Galactus mode, and post launch free Heroes and Heralds mode -- which is bringing over a hundred cameo characters with new art -- should offer fans plenty of worthy action. Now if only this wasn't a supposed Capcom troll.

Capcom didn't do a very good job keeping the full roster of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 a secret from the gaming world when they announced the first four of twelve new characters back at San Diego Comic Con. For the sake of...


Is Mega Man coming to Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3?

Oct 31
// Wesley Ruscher
Mega Man has definitely been given the cold shoulder by Capcom lately. This year alone the little blue guy has had two games canceled -- Mega Man Universe and Legends 3. His latest insult: he was left off the roster of Ultima...

The neat-looking Avengers game that could have been

Sep 19
// Jordan Devore
Now, I know what you're thinking. "A first-person Avengers game, really? That can't be good." Sadly, this footage from THQ Studio Australia's canceled game actually looks -- dare I say it? -- great. Cooperative play, level-b...

Interview: Brian Michael Bendis on Marvel Universe MMO

May 08
// Max Scoville
Last week, we went to hear all about the new free-to-play Marvel Universe MMO that's being released by Gazillion sometime next year. I got a chance to chat with Brian Michael Bendis, who's been put in charge of writing the g...

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