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12:00 PM on 10.24.2014

The Witcher 3 intro cinematic: Yep, still want this

Eye-boring crow! Eye-boring crow!  Gameplay, of course.

Steven Hansen



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Review: Fantasy Life
by Brittany Vincent

One of the biggest gripes I hear from friends interested in but hesitant to play Japanese role-playing games is that they're too "complicated." It's a sentiment I've never understood; several take great pains to be accessible and enjoyable to a wide variety of players. Unfortunately, my explanations of tropes and tried-and-true mechanics aren't usually enough to sway the potential players, and they're swept away by a title of a different ilk.

That's why Fantasy Life is such an interesting case. It takes familiar elements such as classes, grinding for XP, and character customization and distills them into something that can be digested by just about any type of player. Oh, and it helps that it's a lot of fun, too.

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6:00 PM on 10.23.2014

Meaty turn-based RPG Pier Solar HD hits Wii U in November

WaterMelon's homebrew project Pier Solar and the Great Architects pushed the Sega Genesis to its limits as a new release in 2010 (!) which I thought was courageous, at the time. Still do. The game shipped on an actual cartrid...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 10.22.2014

What is a Panopticon?

Ahead of Freedom Wars' October 28 release in North America, PlayStation Blog has listed which Panopticons will appear in the Western version of the PS Vita game. A what now? Think of a building designed in such a way that a p...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Don't overplay the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo

Do you have your code for the special demo of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? There are a handful of ways to acquire one before the games' full release on November 21. Those who missed getting a code via email s...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month

There were enough worthwhile PC games tied to Games for Windows Live that I was willing to put up with service, which seemed to range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating, depending on the day. For many of us, Dark S...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Atelier Shallie confirmed for western release in 2015

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will arrive in North America and Europe sometime next year, Koei Tecmo announced today. Everyone knew it was coming all along, but now we know know. Also, you can bet your bottom dollar on a Vita port turning up sooner or later. Koei Tecmo Europe [Twitter]

Kyle MacGregor







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Review: Fairy Fencer F
by Brittany Vincent

If you want to think outside the box, the role-playing genre may not be the perfect playground for you -- at least, when it comes to traditional Japanese titles, which generally confine themselves to a set of tried-and-true mechanics. For some, that’s acceptable. We know what we’re getting into, and what to expect. When it comes to Compile Heart’s latest, Fairy Fencer F, it’s clear that the company. famous for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. went back to basics in order to tell its newest story of fairies, furies, and fencers.

Unfortunately, “back to basics” in this instance translates to a dull slog through menus, tutorials, and conversations interspersed with combat. And while the combat is enjoyable, there just isn’t enough of it to propel you through the slower parts.

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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