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MK X PC improvements

NetherRealm promises 'huge improvements' for the PC port of Mortal Kombat X


About bloody time
May 05
// Nic Rowen
Mortal Kombat X on PC has been like an extremely tasty looking bowl of soup that is way too hot to eat. Every time I try and take a sip, I get a mouthful of scalding molten pain (laggy, unplayable matches being the metaphoric...
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Portal Pinball

That Valve/Zen Studios collaboration is Portal Pinball


Now you're plinking with portals
May 05
// Darren Nakamura
The teaser is less than a week old, and now we have some more details on the collaboration between Zen Studios (best known for its pinball games) and Valve (best known for not developing Half-Life 3). It's not the excellent p...
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Dragon Age DLC

Dragon Age: Inquisition gets free multiplayer expansion tomorrow


For fun, pronounce the 'age' like 'karaage'
May 04
// Steven Hansen
Still spending your evenings with the devil's brew (beer) getting no-scope headshots and setting bears on fire in Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer? Perhaps you will enjoy BioWare's Dragonslayer expansion, which is coming...
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Xbox

Get some free Xbox Live multiplayer this weekend


Have some friend time
May 01
// Brett Makedonski
At this point, I'm used to just ponying up some discounted rate of $60 for Xbox Live Gold every year. I've done it for so long that I often forget it's tied to all multiplayer situations on the service. When I think about it...
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Dragon Age DLC

Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC coming to PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360 this month


After a PC and Xbox One timed deal
May 01
// Chris Carter
Dragon Age: Inquisition was a return to form for BioWare, but sadly the Jaws of Hakkon DLC was initially limited to the PC and  Xbox One platforms for a limited time. Thankfully, it will now be available on the PS3, PS4,...
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Space!

Hard drive space should no longer be an issue on Xbox 360


The final frontier
Apr 30
// Brett Makedonski
Got a 2TB external hard drive lying around your house? Hook that bad boy up to your Xbox 360 and invite your friends over to marvel at how free space you have for games. Seriously, it's so much space that your parents are goi...
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Games with Gold

Turn out the lights on April, but remember your free Xbox games first


With love, Willie
Apr 30
// Brett Makedonski
Turn out the lights, the party's over. They say that all good things must end. Call it tonight, the party's over. And, tomorrow starts the same old thing again. Before bowing out of the Aprilstravaganza, Xbox Live Gold subsc...
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Disney Infinity Star Wars

Stars Wars looks all Clone Wars-y in Disney Infinity 3.0


Ahsoka and Annakin
Apr 30
// Jordan Devore
Star Wars and Disney Infinity, together at last. As reported by DisKingdom and ComicBook.com, a German retailer listing has pinpointed an August 20, 2015 release for Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars on Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360...
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Destiny

Destiny details new Trials of Osiris PVP mode, pre-mades only, no matchmaking


Strictly 3v3
Apr 29
// Chris Carter
Destiny is eschewing the typical raid format this time around with House of Wolves. A lot of people are excited that raids aren't the main focus of endgame this time around, but personally, I just see it as a way for them to ...
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Games with Gold

May's Games with Gold are kind of the same old


One month in a smokey pool hall was too long
Apr 29
// Brett Makedonski
When I cover these Games with Gold posts, sometimes I'll comment how the announcements are akin to flipping the page on a cute animal calendar and finding out what kitty, or puppy, or baby duck in a bonnet the next four weeks...
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Minecraft

Alex player skin comes to Minecraft on consoles this week


And The Simpsons on PlayStation
Apr 27
// Jordan Devore
The millions of people playing Minecraft on consoles are well acquainted with the default character Steve -- talk about merchandising might! -- but on Wednesday they'll have another option: Alex. "Now, everyone loves Steve --...
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Destiny events

Iron Banner returns to Destiny next week with new gear


The warlock helmet is ugly as sin
Apr 24
// Alissa McAloon
The week long crucible event Iron Banner will return to Destiny with next week's reset. The new event will start on April 28 and will last a week. Just like in the past, Iron Banner will start fresh every time, meaning a...
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Happy Wars

Happy Wars is on Xbox One (for real, this time)


Don't worry, be happy
Apr 24
// Jordan Devore
Earlier this month, Toylogic accidentally released Happy Wars for Xbox One. The cartoonish medieval multiplayer action game was pulled from Xbox Live, but not before some people managed to download and play it. Doing so locke...
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Destiny

Say goodbye to Commendations in Destiny


You know those things we made you earn? Yeah, forget about them
Apr 24
// Laura Kate Dale
Anyone out there who has been keeping up with all the updates to Destiny since its release will likely be aware of Commendations. Added to the game in it's last DLC pack, Commendations were a required currency for buying new ...
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Resident Evil costumes

Lady Hunk and Rachel are prepped for Resident Evil: Revelations 2


And Xbox One players get online co-op at last
Apr 23
// Jordan Devore
The Resident Evil series has pulled some mighty strange stuff over the years that I've just come to accept. Hell, I'm practically numb to the silliness by now. Short shorts-wearing Lady Hunk? An oversized teddy bear with a gu...
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Mortal Kombat X

Ed Boon hints that Mortal Kombat X's missing story characters will be added later


As most people expected
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
While the PC version of Mortal Kombat X is still being worked on, modders are discovering playable characters that aren't in the core game outside of CPU-controlled story elements, like Baraka, Rain, and Sindel. When ask...
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Destiny

We finally have actual info for Destiny: House of Wolves


No mo' FOMO
Apr 22
// Chris Carter
The time for teasing is over, as Bungie has revealed its plans for the next Destiny expansion, House of Wolves. A new NPC will be introduced called Petra Venj, who will deliver a bunch of Queen-based quests for the new s...
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Legend of Kay Remaster

Does anyone remember Legend of Kay?


If you do, is it a classic?
Apr 22
// Jed Whitaker
Legend of Kay is a 3D platformer action-adventure title starring Kay, a cat who uses his claws in "meow-tial arts" as well as weaponry to fight evil gorillas who have been oppressing cat kind. So the game is about a species w...
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Dragon Ball XenoVerse

New Dragon Ball XenoVerse DLC features Resurrection F


$9.99 or part of the $24.99 Season Pass
Apr 22
// Chris Carter
Dragon Ball XenoVerse is still chugging along with DLC, and the third pack will arrive very soon. It will decidedly focus on the new film Resurrection F, featuring four new characters. Also found in the DLC is five ...
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Deals with Gold

Xbox Live sale: Learn about other cultures, shoot all other cultures


Mutually exclusive, of course
Apr 21
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox Live's small weekly Deals with Gold sale features an interesting juxtaposition of games this week. One title strives to teach you about an under-represented culture. Most of the rest task you with lining up across from p...
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MGO

Metal Gear Online: 16 players on PC/PS4/Xbox One, 12 players on PS3/360


Player counts detailed
Apr 21
// Steven Hansen
Konami's Japanese Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain website has detailed the player count for The Phantom Pain's online component, Metal Gear Online. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of Metal Gear Online will support up...
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Adventure Time

Adventure Time goes 3D in Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations


For pretty much every platform
Apr 21
// Chris Carter
[Update: check out the new video showing off some early footage.] Oh hey, another Adventure Time game. Wait a minute, this one isn't a 2D homage by WayForward or a weird free-to-play mobile game? It's a legit 3D adventu...
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Alan Wake

Remedy plans to Wake up Alan once more


Developer says horror sequel may still return
Apr 21
// Vikki Blake
I loved Alan Wake. Maybe it's because I overdosed on Stephen King as a kid and have always had a particular penchant for that whole fiction-becomes-fact thing (if only to keep alive the dream that one day, McDreamy is go...

PC Port Report: Mortal Kombat X

Apr 20 // Nic Rowen
Mortal Kombat X (PC)Developer: NetherRealm Studios, High Voltage Software (PC)Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentMSRP: $59.99Release Date: April 14, 2015Rig: Intel i7-920 2.70 GHz, 12GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 770 GPU When I first installed Mortal Kombat X it was unplayable. I don't mean in some sort of prissy, PC elitist "anything less than 60 FPS burns my eyes" kind of way (although you could make a strong argument that if any genre of game has the right to demand a consistent and high frame rate, it's competitive fighting games). I mean in the "this game doesn't work" way. Things went south as soon as I hit the character select screen and the fighters started drawing themselves in one painful frame at a time. Actual fighting was impossible, with the action portrayed like a garish, bloody View-Master reel. I have a fairly decent gaming PC. My processor is admittedly old, but I have plenty of RAM and a muscular GTX 770 to help it power through. I run plenty of modern multi-platform games with nary a hitch. There is no reason for Mortal Kombat X to perform this badly. My situation is far from uncommon, with mobs of flustered would-be-warriors with top-end gaming rigs complaining they were in the same bind in the Steam discussion pages. After some rooting about in support forums, I altered my settings, manually installed some drivers, and fussed about until I got the game in working -- but far from ideal -- order.  I managed to get the game running smooth enough to fart around in the practice mode and work on some combos. Even still, certain stages caused noticeable stuttering and after a few minutes the game would start to hitch and falter no matter where I fought. Oddly, when the performance dipped like this I found that performing an X-Ray move (which automatically locks the action to 30 FPS) seemed to jar the game out of it, restoring a smooth 60 FPS after the move finished (for a short while anyway). I'm about as far from a programmer as you can get, but to me this suggests the problem is less to do with system specs and more with how the game is coded. Something just isn't working right. While being able to unclog the frame rate with an X-Ray was handy during my protracted training sessions, it's also vaguely frustrating to know that a functional game is trapped somewhere inside of this rickety port job, but only accessible by jumping through hoops. Of course, the reason I spent so much time in the training mode this weekend is related to the second major problem with the PC port. The entire online component of the game was up on cinder blocks for most of the time I've played.  Online Kombat was down for the majority of weekend. Either the game would entirely refuse to access the online component, saying it couldn't retrieve my stat card (and therefore refused me entry), or it would simply leave me perpetually waiting to "find a match." Even during the periods where I was able to find regular ranked and player matches (still with large five minute plus waiting times between opponents) other features wouldn't work. The room lobby system, useful for finding similarly skilled or geographically local opponents, was up and down all weekend. Mostly down. The Faction War nonsense has been offline since I installed. Not that I thought that aspect of the game was particularly meaningful, but it's still annoying to have to wait through one more loading screen as the game fails to find the faction server and informs you of such. More annoying still, trying to view the progress of the on-going war effort locked me in an inescapable loading screen. Fun times. Of the online matches I got to play, lag seemed to be a total crapshoot. Some fights were buttery smooth like me and my opponent were shoulder to shoulder in the arcade. Others started fine but eventually de-synced and broke down. Still others were like wading through molasses from start to finish, becoming a game of chicken to see who would blink first and have the dreaded black mark of a Quitality branded upon their house. When the room feature was active, I managed to find a neighboring Toronto player and stuck through a series of humiliating, but silky, matches against a terrifying Liu Kang who outclassed me in every possible way. I worried I wouldn't find another decent online match that night and would rather face his burning fists than chance it, a fear that came to pass when he left the room (no doubt in disgust of my pathetic Kotal Kahn). A succession of smaller quibbles nip at the heels of those catastrophes. Trying to re-configure a control pad or joystick crashes the game (to turn off negative edge I had to pull every USB device out of my computer and go into the menu with the keyboard). Timed features in the Krypt are reportedly not working right. I was mildly irked to notice that the post-character-select animations (Jax slamming his fists together, Cassie snapping her gum and flipping the bird, and so on) are absent in the PC version. I suppose you could say they thought the faster loading times on the PC version would make them obsolete, but the game still drops you to a loading screen before the fight. Why not chew up those few seconds with something to look at? (I realize this is the smallest complaint of all time but this port ripped my heart out of my chest so bear with me.) Maybe this shouldn't come as a surprise. Both Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice had troubled ports with similar problems. Distressingly, many of those issues never got sorted out. With a simultaneous day and date PC release for Mortal Kombat X though, you would have hopped they would be ready to go this time. Motal Kombat X deserves better than this slipshod port. I want to believe that NetherRealm and High Voltage Software will do right by its fans and iron these problems out, that this rough first week is an unfortunate debacle. Given its track record though, part of me fears the worst. I'll be keeping an eye on this port and will post an update in a few weeks or so to see if the situation improves. As it stands now, I can't put it any plainer: do not buy this broken port of a great game. [This review is based on a retail code purchased by the reviewer, a PC review copy was not made available by the developer.]
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Never-ending Brutality
I have never played a game that I've wanted to love so badly that seems so set and determined to antagonize me than the PC port of Mortal Kombat X. In the abstract, Mortal Kombat X is a great game. The single player content i...

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Mortal Kombat X

Takeda gains an extra move in this Mortal Kombat X patch


Right on
Apr 20
// Chris Carter
I wasn't a fan of Mortal Kombat X's Takeda, both in terms of his characterization or his playstyle, but he's gaining a new move this week courtesy of the 1.02 update. It's called "Quick Kall," and with allow him to return a d...
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MKX

Mortal Kombat X's error CE-34878-0 is breaking the game on PS4, here's how to fix it


Until a permanent solution is found
Apr 20
// Chris Carter
If you own a digital copy of Mortal Kombat X on PS4, you may have encountered a nasty error that goes by the name of CE-34878-0. In short, it screws with online play, and for the time being you'll have to do a littl...
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Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live wants to give players stage fright


If you suck, don't go for the stage dive
Apr 17
// Darren Nakamura
Just a few days after the trailer reveal, this video showed up going further into what makes Guitar Hero Live new. It's a long one, so if you're not able to sit through 34 minutes of video, Destructoid has you covered. The p...
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Rock Band 4

Harmonix says 'don't throw away your old Guitar Hero controllers'


Rock Band 4 dev hopes to support ALL your old - and new - peripherals
Apr 17
// Vikki Blake
Where are all your old Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band guitars now, eh? Stuffed under the couch? Collecting dusting the basement?  If you haven't thrown them away -- and I really, really hope you haven't thrown them away --...
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Games with Gold

Last call to get half the free Xbox 360 games this month


Games with Gold moves on tomorrow
Apr 15
// Brett Makedonski
Ah, another public service announcement -- another opportunity for us to remind you to remember your coat and hat when going outside to play, lest you catch a cold. You'd lose your head if it weren't bolted to your neck....






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