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Missing EarthBound is my biggest gaming regret photo
Missing EarthBound is my biggest gaming regret
by Jordan Devore

Every so often on Destructoid, we publish a post celebrating EarthBound and, right on cue, I come away impressed. Whether it's Chad recounting an emotional, fourth-wall-breaking moment, Jonathan explaining the game's greatness, or Darren sharing a heartfelt animation, I'm left in awe at the raw passion, talent, and near decades-long commitment of its fans.

I also leave those posts feeling a hint of sadness. For as much as I know about EarthBound, I don't *know* EarthBound. Not personally. I would say I've never experienced it before but that's untrue. I have tried and failed to play it a couple of times now, as recently as a few years back. That last attempt wasn't painful so much as it was a little depressing.

"Why can't I get into this?" I remember asking myself. "I'm sure I'd adore it if only I could!"

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11:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Shin Megami Tensei IV hits Europe on October 30

It's happening. It's finally happening. The long wait is nearly over. Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand on October 30, Atlus announced today. Wow! That's a lot of p...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 PM on 10.17.2014

I picked up the Excalibastard in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

There has been a bit of talk about an interesting legendary weapon in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel that is in plain sight, but unavailable at first. Excalibastard is stuck in a stone in the area Stanton's Liver, and only those...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 10.16.2014

Bloodborne's last alpha session takes place on October 19, with multiplayer

Although October 5th's portion of the Bloodborne alpha was delayed, a new session is scheduled for October 19 for all of the applicable regions, to get one last adventure in. Japan is scheduled for 20:00-23:00, North Ame...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 10.15.2014

Dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock 2 launches today on Steam and GOG.com

After what seemed like an interminably long wait (at least for me), Finnish independent game development studio Almost Human's hotly-anticipated followup to its first-person dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock is launchin...

Rob Morrow

11:15 AM on 10.15.2014

Yeah, so that Tears to Tiara II review...

PS3 RPG Tears to Tiara II came out...yesterday. So, where is the review?  [cringe] That's my fault. It's busy season here at Destructoid, so I'm wrapped up with multiple reviews as of late. It's nowhere near Chris Carte...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 10.15.2014

Here's what the Persona Q Premium and Limited editions will look like

The Velvet Room theme song started playing in my head as I began writing this news blurb this morning. Igor and friends would be glad to know that after all of these years (and games) that the song stuck. It's in there for go...

Dale North

7:30 PM on 10.14.2014

Atelier Escha & Logy Plus coming to PS Vita in Japan

Yes, this is another one of those "...in Japan" kind of posts, but Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is a fine video game, and an RPG coming to Vita is fine news. Uh, and while we're at it, my sinceres...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 10.14.2014

Here's how to get the special demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

By now, you've hopefully had a chance to read Steven's words about Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Funny guy, that Steven. The Pokémon Company has since sent over some accompanying media showing the new ...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 10.14.2014

Tales of Hearts R works just fine with PlayStation TV

Vita game Tales of Hearts R works with PS TV, says Bandai Namco. This means you can enjoy the portable title on your larger TV screen.  Duh, you say? PS TV has what are basically the Vita's innards, and it is compatible ...

Dale North



Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire let you soar the skies & do the creep photo
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire let you soar the skies & do the creep
by Steven Hansen

It is challenging to fit "Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire" into a headline. It wasn't hard fitting these 3D updates of the Game Boy Advance classics on the 3DS, though. It was hard making a clean segue from my meta commentary on headline economy. 

And speaking of economy—god I'm good at thisthe new Ruby and Sapphire return to the humble Hoenn region with your player character bouncing into town in the back of a moving van. This is dangerous, by the way. Always Sunny in Philadelphia showed this. Not that we should expect stellar parenting in a world where pre-teens are globe trotting dog fighters. 

What is stellar is the transition to 3D, despite the departure from X and Y's upper-crust hometown and my general preference for the second dimension over the third. It looks as nice as the previous 3DS outing, maybe a bit smoother. The level of detail also let me realize that the rival, Brendan, is actually wearing a goofy white hat. He doesn't just have spiked white hair. I won't give him guff for the hat, but "Brendan?" Brandon, Brendon, Brandan, Brando. I thought "Steven Hansen" was a nuisance to spell what with first and last name having common alternate spellings.

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3:30 PM on 10.13.2014

Okay, this Mega Man armor for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is cute

Man, Capcom is killing it with these Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate crossovers. And by "it," I of course mean Sonic the Hedgehog. He never stood a chance. This Palico armor styled after Mega Man is super cute but, admittedly, it'...

Jordan Devore



Add a shiny Gengar to your Pokémon collection photo
Add a shiny Gengar to your Pokémon collection
by Jordan Devore

Now through October 26, you'll be able to score a shiny Gengar holding Gengarite, the stone necessary for its Mega Evolution, at GameStop. Simply bring in your copy of either Pokémon X or Y for a free redeemable code.

If you're thinking of skipping this video, allow me to point out that it shows Mega Gengar spraying toxic throw-up ("Sludge Wave," officially) on a pack of Mime Juniors. It's what they get for being all small 'n' creepy. The move can't be learned in normal gameplay, for what it's worth.

This'll be a good get. But, leading into the Ruby / Sapphire remakes, I'm contemplating giving away (well, Wonder Trading) all of my Pokémon. Going in fresh. Decisions, decisions.

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8:00 AM on 10.13.2014

Here are more than 200 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screenshots

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out tomorrow, and you can read a 3,000-word review on what I think about it right here on Destructoid if you would like. However, since a picture is worth a thousand words, this post is basic...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo
Review: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
by Darren Nakamura

[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, one of the writers for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.]

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I can imagine that mantra circulating the 2K Australia office as the team worked on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Gearbox had a huge hit on its hands with Borderlands 2, and there is not much reason to mess with a winning formula.

To be clear, a lot of what matters is new. The story, playable characters, environments, dialogue, and physics are all new. Despite that, it all feels very familiar. Where a number of core systems were significantly upgraded between the first and second games in the series, The Pre-Sequel's additions are much less pronounced.

One odd aspect of some of the new content that this entry brings to the vault hunting universe is that it feels more like Borderlands than Borderlands 2 in some ways, for better and for worse.

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I got the robot because you were too slowbot: I have dibs on Claptrap photo
I got the robot because you were too slowbot: I have dibs on Claptrap
by Brett Makedonski

It's really not all that long until Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out, and you've already made a grave mistake. You didn't call dibs on Claptrap. Know how I know that? Because I'm writing this post right now. If you called dibs, I'd be doing something dumb like whatever dumb thing you're doing in your dumb life this very second.

But you didn't. I did. For whatever reason, my peers have laid claim to the three characters in the game not worth fighting over. Darren misguidedly called Athena, Chris dun goofed by picking Wilhelm, and Abel most likely got comedically knocked upside the head by a two-by-four just prior to choosing Nisha. Let them; their poor judgment will be their undoing. I have dibs on Claptrap.

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