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Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition
by Chris Carter

Dragon Age II felt like a great action game that was outsourced to a lesser developer. It lacked the polish BioWare typically puts into its titles, and almost the entire affair felt like a gigantic step back from everything Origins had established. What was once a promising franchise that reminded me of the glory days of RPGs such as Baldur's Gate became a shadow of its former self, with lazily re-used assets and no sense of scale.

BioWare went back to the drawing board with Inquisition, the third Dragon Age outing, and the game is all the better for it. It feels like a culmination of its predecessors' strengths, with all of the bells and whistles that come with current-gen hardware.

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Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)
by Chris Carter

The prospect of playing as a Ninja again in Final Fantasy excited me. After working my way up to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the class ended up having so much style and substance that it changed the game for the better, and I'll be enjoying it for months to come.

While the rest of the Dreams of Ice update wasn't as enjoyable as playing a Ninja at endgame, A Realm Reborn remains worth playing.

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5:00 PM on 11.07.2014

We'll have to StreetPass to catch Latios and Latias in the Pokémon remakes

In order to reach and catch Latios in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Latias in Pokémon Omega Ruby, we'll need an Eon Ticket. And to get one of those, well, it's kind of a pain in the ass. Here in the US, The Pok&eac...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 11.07.2014

New Mass Effect will be written by Halo 4's writer

Can I put a clause in my contract that I can only be photographed with purple and blue lighting on either side of me, too? BioWare is introducing lead roles on its new Mass Effect project with nice, colorful studio photo...

Steven Hansen

1:00 AM on 11.07.2014

Atlus delays Citizens of Earth into January

The Earthbound-inspired RPG Atlus picked up after a failed Kickstarter campaign, Citizens of Earth, will use a bit more development time before its new release date of January 20, 2015. Atlus tweeted the news with a scr...

Steven Hansen

11:15 AM on 11.06.2014

Witcher FreeLC: Wild Hunt has 16 free pieces of DLC

I am so stoked for The Witcher 3. Eye-boring crow!  Following up on last year's announcement that Wild Hunt's DLC would be free on PC, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that it will feature 16 pieces of DLC, all given out for...

Steven Hansen

4:37 PM on 11.05.2014

Abe Lincoln kicks alien ass in Code Name: STEAM next spring

Code Name: STEAM, the new strategy game from Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems, is coming to Nintendo 3DS in spring 2015, Nintendo announced today. Europeans, you have an even more specific release window to look forward to: May 2015.

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 11.04.2014

Type-0 director wants to continue 'Type' series for Final Fantasy spin-offs

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (and upcoming Final Fantasy XV) director Hajime Tabata, speaking to the Square Enix Europe blog, has said that he would, "like to make more Type games and make them into a Final Fantasy series. "...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 11.04.2014

Shining Resonance looks like a JRPG from JRPG folk

We've not said much on the upcoming Shining Resonance from Sega and Wild Arms' Media Vision, so here are some nice pictures and a trailer we missed at Tokyo Game Show.  Looking through the pictures I was almost inc...

Steven Hansen





7:30 PM on 11.01.2014

Jack's doppelganger in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will fight using digital clones

2K announced at PAX Prime that one of Jack's look-alike bodyguards would be the first DLC Vault Hunter for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, but information past that was scant. Pieces of his back story can be found via semi-hidde...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 AM on 10.31.2014

Here are the details of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's Bloody Harvest Celebration

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's free, limited-time mini event Bloody Harvest Celebration just launched a couple hours ago. The teaser image has several pumpkin-flavored pieces of art, but little extra information. I jumped into...

Darren Nakamura



Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's free Halloween content is live right now photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's free Halloween content is live right now
by Darren Nakamura

Last year, Borderlands 2 kicked off its Headhunter series of DLC with T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest, a Halloween-themed mini-expansion that had players meeting up with zombie T.K. Baha and shooting a lot of pumpkins.

It looks like 2K is continuing the tradition with this year's Bloody Harvest Celebration, but rather than paid DLC introducing new areas, this one is a limited time event and is available right now as a free update. It alters the area Regolith Range to feature pumpkin-headed enemies, including a replacement of the boss Deadlift with Undeadlift. Get it? Playing through and can net players an exclusive gun called the Jack-o'-Cannon.

It's an interesting take on DLC, especially for a series that gets criticized for its handling of post-release content. Free stuff is hard to argue with, and I know the time constraint is going to get me to try it out quickly instead of putting it off. Sneaky.

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This War of Mine is a harrowing journey of survival photo
This War of Mine is a harrowing journey of survival
by Alessandro Fillari

War, what is it good for? For starters, it makes for easy entertainment in fiction. With the rise of war games over the last two decades, it's common to see these experiences as nothing but an over-the-top spectacle to show off explosions and the might of the military. But in recent years, we've begun to see more games that pay attention to the philosophical and existential conflicts related to war.

One of my favorite last-gen games, Spec Ops: The Line, subverted expectations by reintroducing the horror and dread that war imparts on those it touches. And with last summer's Valiant Hearts, which told the stories of men and women during World War I, I'm glad we're seeing more of the human and emotional side of armed conflict.

Back at PAX Prime 2014, I had the opportunity to experience another such title called This War of Mine. Meeting with the developers at 11 bit studios, I got to chat about the origins and intentions they have with their survivalist take on war.

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7:00 PM on 10.30.2014

All the Valkryia Chronicles pre-order deals for the PC

Deals from the crew at Dealzon. FYI: Sales from certain retailers help support Destructoid. Announced (sort of) by Sega earlier this week, Valkyria Chronicle's price and impending release was unveiled just hours ago. The game...

Dealzon

11:25 AM on 10.30.2014

Sega reveals Valkyria Chronicles PC price and date!

Valkyria Chronciles is coming to PC on November 11 for $20/£15/€20, Sega announced today. The strategy role-playing game will come equipped with all the downloadable content released for the PlayStation 3 version. It's now available for digital pre-order via various retailers.

Kyle MacGregor



Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo
Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)
by Chris Carter

I still can't believe Square Enix salvaged the original Final Fantasy XIV. I mean, it had the guts to make the game a core entry, so I'm glad the studio reworked it into A Realm Reborn -- this whole saga is just really interesting to me.

The newest update is Dreams of Ice, featuring a Primal/Summon many fans of the classic series know and love, Shiva. It also brings along the typical major changes and content bits, as well as one of the biggest additions so far -- a new class/job.

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