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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [9/6] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [9/6]
by Steven Hansen

What are you going to cook this weekend? I've been on point. Parmigiana di pollo, arroz y salsa verde para tacos, carne asada tacos, guacamole, pesto, roasted chicken and bell pepper, burgers. Going to do up some more fresh pesto this weekend because I don't want the pine nuts to go south ($20 for a bag!)

You should cook something, too.

Lot of post-PAX previews and general clean up this week, along with a follow up piece of ace investigative reporting. 

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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Here's the entire Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct, check out the Star Fox costume photo
Here's the entire Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct, check out the Star Fox costume
by Chris Carter

I'm still surprised that Nintendo is pushing Bayonetta 2 as hard as it is when Wonderful 101 matched their brand effortlessly, and they barely promoted it. As I've said in the past, every time I've seen this game demoed by a Nintendo representative, it's extremely awkward as they kind of look away when Bayonetta is being sexual and shrug their shoulders when something really violent happens. Like, am I supposed to enjoy it at that point? Too bad, I'm loving it.

Anyway, Bayonetta 2 got a Nintendo Direct last night, which revealed a few big developments. Most notably, Rodin is playable in Tag Climax mode, and there's a Fox McCloud costume now. Check out the full broadcast above.

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Of course we checked out Far Cry 4's elephant booty physics at PAX photo
Of course we checked out Far Cry 4's elephant booty physics at PAX
by Brett Makedonski

Prior to this video being shot, Max may have taken a double dose of the assorted pills that truckers use to drive 36 consecutive hours. I can't be sure. It wasn't my day to keep track of him.

But, the point you should take away from this is how realistic that elephant's ass (probably) looks. With booty physics like that, it's no wonder Far Cry 4 ended up as one of our top games of PAX Prime.

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Dead Island 2 PAX impressions photo
Dead Island 2 PAX impressions
by Jordan Devore

Having only seen Dead Island 2 and not played it yet, I'm in agreement with Max here. It does look like a decent-enough zombie game, and a much better take on the property than Riptide .. but it's still Dead Island. There comes a point at which you've simply had enough.

The southern California setting and warm tones are lovely, though. Big fan of those.

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Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue PAX impressions photo
Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue PAX impressions
by Jordan Devore

I'm not sure how Max had this much energy in the middle of PAX Prime to speak in front of a camera about Assassin's Creed -- for over eight minutes, no less -- but he did. What a champ.

Conceptually, I like the sound of chasing (and being chased by) assassins in Rogue, and the return of naval combat with enhancements is pleasing. Same goes for the great auks.

Still, between the two, I imagine folks tend to be more interested in Unity, what with it being current-gen and all.

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The Mighty No. 9 playable beta launches today photo
The Mighty No. 9 playable beta launches today
by Chris Carter

If you're interested in Mighty No. 9 and pledged at least $80 to its Kickstarter, check your email today -- you may have gotten a beta key. Redeemable on Steam, this key will allow you to play a single level from an early version of the game, which will show off Mighty No. 9's core mechanics.

Feedback will help shape the final release, and another "level or two" may come to the beta, according to producer Inafune. Stay tuned for later today -- I'll have a full write-up of the beta.

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Persona 5 is coming to PS4, gets first trailer photo
Persona 5 is coming to PS4, gets first trailer
by Steven Hansen

Atlus' YouTube has our first look at Persona 5, which appears to have a ruffled brown haired boy protagonist and subways. Not a lot to get excited about aside from the fact that Persona 5 is exciting inherently.

Though there was an announcement of a PS4 version of the previously PS3-restricted title. Makes sense. 

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Fire watch with me: Firewatch gets first, mysterious trailer photo
Fire watch with me: Firewatch gets first, mysterious trailer
by Steven Hansen

I am into this. It's a bit inscrutable, sure, but a mystery game needs to be mysterious. I was into Firewatch as soon as I heard of the talent involved. Artist Olly Moss, whose work we enjoy regularly, along with Mark of the Ninja designer Nels Anderson, and season one The Walking Dead writers and designers Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin. 

You are alone in the Wyoming wilderness, save for the voice on the other side of your radio. And clearly there's some impropriety going on between Henry and his supervisor Delilah. Also, stuff spookier still. 

There are a few more screenshots on Campo Santo's Firewatch website. The game is aiming for a 2015 PC, Mac, and Linux release. I'm pretty okay going in knowing not much more than we do now.

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Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great photo
Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great
by Steven Hansen

Oh my goooddd. How did I miss this until now? It's like a Nausicaa game. Thank you sir Shovel Knight for making a cross over appearance (above) in Aegis Defenders, which is how it came to my attention. 

The Kickstarter already passed its initial funding goal and its PS4 stretch goal. Local co-op and a Wii U version are up next. Here's hoping. This looks amazing. 

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Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros. photo
Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros.
by Chris Carter

This morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct kicked off with a bang, officially unveiling Shulk in Super Smash Bros, set to hit the 3DS and Wii U later this year.

Following a leak that included the Xeno star, it looks like the other characters are going to follow at some point! Watch the video above for some footage -- he looks fun to play.

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I enjoyed Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer more than I thought photo
I enjoyed Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer more than I thought
by Chris Carter

There have been rumors of a multiplayer component in Dragon Age: Inquisition for quite a while. BioWare has been keeping things under wraps for months after a small hint of its inclusion, and speculation was rampant as to what exactly it might entail.

After a recent visit to BioWare's offices I had a chance to sit down with the multiplayer extensively, and I found myself slowly becoming addicted as the afternoon went on. In fact, I liked it far more than Mass Effect 3's co-op mode -- so I have high hopes for Inquisition.

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What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014 photo
What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014
by Bill Zoeker

Max and Bill stop by to check in and drop some knowledge before heading of to Seattle for PAX Prime this week! Twitch got bought out by Amazon, not Google. Pokemon gets a fighting game, that you can only play in Japanese arcades. Bill gets hype on Donald Glover playing Spider-Man. And of course, our PAX Prime plans.

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Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player photo
Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player
by Patrick Hancock

Believe it or not, in all my time spent in Dota 2, I've never played a single solo matchmaking game. I've played plenty of team games, but the anxiety that comes with playing alone with strangers gets to me while playing Dota 2. Well, there's a first time for everything!

Now, the Dota 2 community, along with many others, gets a lot of flak for being "toxic," and sometimes rightfully so. However! In my new "benchwarMMR" video series there will be no anger or blame towards my fellow teammates. My goal is to learn as much as possible from these matches and let everybody in on the lessons I take away.

So join me on an educational journey through the world of competitive Dota 2. And please leave any feedback you have! 

PS - MMR stands for Matchmaking Rating. In other words, a number given to a player to "rank" how good they are relative to other players. 

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Fibbage is a fun digital party game, even if you only have two people photo
Fibbage is a fun digital party game, even if you only have two people
by Chris Carter

I was randomly flipping through my email last week and saw a peculiar Xbox One release -- a little party game called Fibbage. Billed as a "fibbing" party game (the likes of which I'm sure you've seen before), this one has a small twist to it -- it's developed and narrated by the folks at Jackbox Games, the studio responsible for You Don't Know Jack.

It also has a rather unique control method in that all eight players use smart phones, tablets, or PCs to play, so you don't have to rustle up a ton of expensive controllers.

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The Evil Within rocks some recognizable voice talent in this new trailer photo
The Evil Within rocks some recognizable voice talent in this new trailer
by Brittany Vincent

Ever wanted Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley to taunt you? Now you can with Haley lending his voice as The Evil Within's main antagonist, Ruvik. But he's not the only recognizable celebrity to have climbed aboard The Evil Within's hype train.

Anson Mount (Cullen Bohannon, Hell on Wheels) takes on his very first voice acting role as lead protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, so you'll be hearing quite a bit from him.

And last but not least, Jennifer Carpenter, whom you likely recognize as Dexter Morgan's foul-mouthed and totally badass sister Debra Morgan, is taking on the role of Juli Kidman, Sebastian's partner (and Junior Detective). You'll be able to play as Juli with content released later on in the game's life cycle, so plan on ponying up if you're a big Carpenter fan.

Interesting choices as far as voice talent goes. Me? I'm just glad that we're looking past Nolan North these days.

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/23] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/23]
by Steven Hansen

Some fine young patriots are planning to save games journalism with a protest at PAX Prime this year. I am disappointed I will not be able to be there in person to chronicle their ground breaking protest, which involves using web 2.0 ("social media," to lay persons) "hash tags" such as, "#gamesjournalism or...whatever other hashtag that spawns as this whole mess goes viral."

I just hope some of you will be there to lend support. Perhaps stock up on milk at local grocer's. These historically oppressed folks, brave as they are in speaking out, will likely see major opposition from the authorities (and other equality/diversity agenda havers). Expect to lather them good in layers of cow product to counter the teargas.

Stay safe, record everything. 

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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