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Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3) photo
Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3)
by Chris Carter

MMOs are constantly evolving beasts. Particularly in the subscription realm, developers are always searching for ways to keep players hooked, usually in the form of major updates -- big content patches that help ease the wait between even bigger expansions. The latest MMO to get an overhaul is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which is seeing its "Defenders of Eorzea" patch this week, bringing up the current version of the game to 2.3.

Since this update is even bigger than the vast majority of $60 retail releases, I'll be looking at everything it has to offer to supplement to our already existing review of A Realm Reborn, which covered up to patch 2.2.

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3:45 PM on 07.11.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition is just as pretty indoors as out

The first part of this walkthrough with creative director Mike Laidlaw managed to get me excited for Inquisition despite not touching previous Dragon Age games. This one, too, looks pretty darn cool, even without bears to freeze. Plus, Dorian's sweet mustache. 

Steven Hansen



Here are five reasons I'm curious about Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
Here are five reasons I'm curious about Dragon Age: Inquisition
by Max Scoville

I've liked just about everything I've seen from Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is weird, because historically I've basically avoided the series. Here is literally everything I knew about the previous Dragon Age games going into my Inquisition hands-on:

  • They are fantasy RPGs developed by BioWare
  • The first game was called "Origins," which is so redundant it's actually confusing. I spent a year or two thinking it was a prequel to another game.
  • The second game reused a bunch of dungeons.
  • You can do totally horny sex stuff. Er, I mean, there are "romance scenes."
  • An early episode of The Destructoid Show with "Dragon Age Blowjobs" in the video title is the single highest viewed video on our channel.
  • There's a character named Morrigan, who seems a lot less fun than the other Morrigan.
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10:30 AM on 07.11.2014

Here are all the Ar Nosurge images you'll ever need

Good lord, Koei Tecmo! Did you give us enough Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star assets to share with the people? Show some restraint.  Ar Nosurge is a turn-based science fiction role-playing game from Gust, ma...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Gearbox explains why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn't Borderlands 3

Developer diaries generally tend to be fairly niche videos that cover the specifics of creating a game. However, this one -- the first in a series -- takes a broad strokes approach and ends up being more interesting than mos...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Level-5 ponders world domination for Yo-Kai Watch

Level-5 is considering international expansion for its popular Yo-Kai Watch franchise "in a big way," company president Akihiro Hino revealed to Weekly Famitsu. It isn't hard to see why. The Pokémon-like property ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 07.10.2014

The Phantasy Star Nova Vita demo is coming in August

If you own a Vita and have access to the Japanese storefront, get ready to download the Phantasy Star Nova demo within the next month. According to Sega, the demo will drop in August, and will feature a giant boss fight...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Oh good, Namco is shutting down Tales of Phantasia

Tales of Phantasia only just arrived on the iOS App Store this year, but Bandai Namco is already pulling the plug on the mobile role-playing game. The publisher announced plans to "cease distribution" of the title. That ...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 AM on 07.10.2014

So it's more Atelier Shallie footage you want

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea releases in Japan next week, and Gust has seen fit to provide another glimpse of the PS3 role-player prior to the July 17 launch. It looks and sounds just lovely. The music, in particular, tugs at my heartstrings. I'm a sucker for a soulful Celtic refrain. Now if we could only get confirmation of a western release. That would be just swell.

Kyle MacGregor

4:15 PM on 07.09.2014

Celebrate Halloween inside safe from psychopaths with Lords of the Fallen this October

Lords of the Fallen is poised to bring its brand of dark fantasy melded with action-RPG to a console or PC near you this October, just in time for Halloween. North America can get in on the action on October 28, while Europe ...

Brittany Vincent

3:15 PM on 07.09.2014

This one area in Dragon Age: Inquisition is bigger than all of Origins

So big they've added mounts, from regular old horses to the more exotic.  I never felt the Dragon Age games looked too hot, but BioWare has done a nice job making a more lush world. And then you get attacked by a g...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 07.08.2014

You can get your hands on Bloodborne at gamescom

Watching is one thing, but playing? Mmm. If you want to get your hands on From Software's next action-RPG -- and chances are you do -- you'll need to book a flight to Cologne, Germany for this year's gamescom in August. That'...

Jordan Devore





8:00 AM on 07.08.2014

Criminal Girls' sexual punishment will only be mildly censored

A lot of people were upset after NIS America announced it had "edited certain aspects" of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for Western release. The "c" word (censorship) was thrown around nobly as it always seems to be w...

Steven Hansen



You can now download the Fancy Vivillon in Pokémon X/Y photo
You can now download the Fancy Vivillon in Pokémon X/Y
by Jordan Devore

100 million trades have been made through the Global Trade Station in Pokémon X and Y and, as promised, Game Freak is handing out Fancy Pattern Vivillons for the milestone. Nice job, all!

The distribution event has commenced -- with your online-enabled 3DS, choose "Mystery Gift" from the main menu of either game to receive the new 'mon.

This specific Vivillon can't be obtained any other way, so get to downloading. It knows the move "Hold Hands." Battle effect? "Ally Pokémon hold hands. This makes them very happy." Well then.

A Vivillon of a Different Pattern! [Pokémon]

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Review in Progress: WildStar (Mid-levels) photo
Review in Progress: WildStar (Mid-levels)
by Chris Carter

[We'll be reviewing WildStar over an extended period of time. For more details, check out our Reviews in Progress program.]

As we all know, MMOs can drastically change not only over the course of months of updates, but even from level to level. We have already given you an early look at the first 20 hours or so of the game, but as I climb the ladder of leveling more and more starts to open up.

Let's take a look at levels 14-30.

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1:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel took a breath of fresh air at E3

In this nearly 15-minute demonstration of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at E3, 2K and Gearbox show off how the game's oxygen mechanic works. Running low? Replenishment is just a geyser or maybe an enemy away. The downside...

Brett Makedonski