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New releases: Start xenomorph hunting in Aliens photo
New releases: Start xenomorph hunting in Aliens
by Fraser Brown

It looks like it's going to be a slightly quiet week for new releases, with only two titles really on my radar. Personally, I'm a bit relieved, as I have a ton of catching up to do.

First up, we've long Aliens: Colonial Marines bursting out of chests and onto hard drives everywhere. We've not had a decent Alien game in a while other than the superb Aliens: Infestation for the DS, but I'm not really sure that Colonial Marines is going to change that. Still, I'm always happy to slaughter xenomorphs, and hopefully it will be even more fun with a pal.

Other than that, we've got Cyanide Studio's Impire, which, from what I've played of it, is a rather wonderful strategy title in the vein of Dungeon Keeper; Brain Age game drops on the 3DS, testing the mental abilities of the gullible; Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken comes to the Vita; The Plan hits Mac and PC; and a bunch of games spread to new platforms like very welcome viruses.

Anything tempting you this week? 

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7:00 PM on 01.30.2013

I'll face myself: Transcending the gender binary in games

[Dtoid community blogger Pixielated shares an introductory blog with the community and examines how some positive gender representations in gaming can help people better understand their own identity. Want to see your own wor...

Pixielated

12:30 PM on 01.23.2013

Persona 4 Golden jumps through European TVs this February

Europeans oftentimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to games. That's been especially true for Atlus fans as of late, but there's finally some good news on the horizon. NIS America has announced that Persona...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 01.19.2013

Persona 4 Arena on sale for just $20 at GameStop

Have you been sitting on the fence when it comes to Persona 4 Arena? Ouch! Maybe you should stop doing that. It sounds really uncomfortable, and besides, Atlus is throwing a pool party. Why not hop on over and join ...

Kyle MacGregor



The winner of our Persona 4 Golden Premium dance contest photo
The winner of our Persona 4 Golden Premium dance contest
by Dale North

First off, you all made my week. I loved ALL of the entries for our Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition dance contest. So many great videos! I wish we had more than one prize to give. Thanks so much to all that entered!

But, as we said earlier, there were only 10,000 of these Premium Editions made, which means they're already pretty hard to come by.

Our winner was absolutely shameless in his dancing. He doesn't necessarily have 'moves,' but somehow he still nailed many of the orignal opening's dances. Levito, you are a superstar, and our winner. I hope the whole world sees your video. The Kanji section kills me every time.

Ah, but so many of these were so great. Sooooo great.

Shadowfox, you really can move! Atashi, so cute!!! SiriusK, thanks for busting out of club to make your vid. Crystalking18, I laughed really hard. SillyReaper, fantastic effort -- it was like a music video! TheBigSpoon: you are amazing. WKG, you say you can't dance, but you had those moves down. Dels Catt, the multi-can scene had me.

And Josh Paige, you know my weakness. Those spins made me squeal out loud!

Hit the jump to watch more of our entries.

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Last day to enter our Persona 4 Golden dance off contest photo
Last day to enter our Persona 4 Golden dance off contest
by Dale North

[Update: Contest closed! Winner announced here.]

Today is the last day to shake your ass in front of a webcam to win a copy of the Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition for PS Vita. Inspired by the fantastic opening intro song for P4G, our contest has the best dancer nabbing this rare (only 10,000 made) copy. Tomorrow we'll judge all of this week's entries and choose, so if you haven't, enter now.

Even if you don't feel like dancing, you should at least check out the amazing entries in the comments section. SO GOOD. You'll see some good attempts at mimicking the dances from the game's intro movie, complete with trashcan action. Look out for a full Teddie costume, too.  There's even a shameless corgi dancing entry! The corgi spins are so elegant!

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1:30 PM on 11.09.2012

Atlus and Level|Up hosting fighting game tournament

If you're in or near Walnut, California the weekend of the 17th later this month, you can attend or participate in an Atlus fighting games tournament at Super Arcade being hosted by Level|Up in association with, of course, At...

Brett Zeidler

6:30 PM on 11.05.2012

Persona 4 Arena isn't coming to Europe any time soon

You can add Persona 4 Arena to the long list of titles that have snubbed European game enthusiasts over the years. The title's European distributor, Zen United, announced via Facebook today that the game won't be ma...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Persona 4 Golden photo
Review: Persona 4 Golden
by Dale North

As Destructoid's resident JRPG critic and a vocal fan of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei franchise, I get questions about the Persona series all the time: 

What's the big deal? What is the story about? Which one is the best one?  Do I have to play all of the games in order? Are they all 100 hours long? What's with the guns to the head?

'Where do I start?' is the question I get most often. And I usually reply with something along the lines of 'any of them are fine.' But with the release of Persona 4 Golden my answer has officially changed. 

If you've never played a Persona game before, start with Persona 4 Golden, as it's the most enjoyable release yet.

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12:30 PM on 10.24.2012

Full Persona 4 Golden trailer has me like Igor

At this point there's really nothing more Atlus can say. They've got a great game on the way and we all want it. For the past few months it has been a situation where any update on Persona 4 Golden just has us nodding in app...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 10.10.2012

Persona 4: Golden is packed with tons of new stuff

One thing I love about Atlus is that they can't just simply port a game. They have to go all-out (All-Out Attack!) and add a whole bunch of new stuff to make sure that everyone is onboard. They break your power to resist buy...

Dale North

9:30 PM on 09.27.2012

Persona 4 Golden screens show social linkage

Atlus released a new batch of screenshots for Persona 4: Golden today, focusing on the RPG's central "Social Link" system. And they're pretty. If I were Dale North, I'd be making some kind of "HNNGGG" noise right about n...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:00 AM on 09.21.2012

TGS: NIS to bring Persona 4 Golden to Europe early 2013

NIS America announced that they would be Europe's savior today at their Tokyo Game Show press conference. They will be publishing PlayStation Vita RPG Persona 4 Golden in Europe on behalf of Atlus and Atlus USA. The only down...

Dale North

3:45 PM on 09.18.2012

Persona 4 Golden is set for November in North America

Persona 4 Golden will be releasing in North America on November 20, 2012, Atlus announced today. That gives some of us a decent chunk of time to set aside money for a PlayStation Vita. This expanded take on the beloved PlaySt...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 08.24.2012

Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Premium Edition announced

Only 10,000 units of the newly unveiled Persona 4 Golden: Solid Gold Premium Edition will be released this fall, so you should get your pre-order in right now. The $69.99 package includes: The delicious game that will make m...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 07.31.2012

Here's an early look at Persona 4 Arena's box

The lovely people over at Atlus sent us a copy of Persona 4 Arena so that we may review it for you. I thought you might like to check out the box, its innards and its bonus soundtrack disc.  The outer box art is nice (to...

Dale North