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3:00 PM on 04.24.2014

Dark Souls II unlocks on Steam this afternoon

Oh, hey! Dark Souls II is out today on Steam! From Software's coveted action-RPG will unlock slightly earlier than expected at 3:00pm Pacific (thanks, Jacob!). Consider this your last chance to get in there for the pre-purch...

Jordan Devore


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11:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Lords of the Fallen dev faces challenges with 1080p on Xbox One

The struggle of next-gen developers seems to be that of “Should it be smooth, or pretty?” CI Games executive producer Tomasz Gop has stated that with Lords of the Fallen, he's confident that his team will be able ...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Our first good look at Outcast Reboot HD

The Kickstarter for Fresh3D's high-def Outcast remake hasn't made as much progress as I would've thought. There's still time left -- the project is sitting at just over $220,000 of its $600,000 funding goal with 13 days l...

Jordan Devore



The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo
The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The developers at Toys For Bob are back in the saddle with Skylanders Trap Team, the next entry in their hit toys-meet-videogame franchise. This time the hook involves you capturing villains and enslaving brainwashing reforming them to work for you. Same overall formula where you use Skylanders both old and new, but now you have the aid of all the bad guys.

This means a new Portal of Power, plus a whole new set of toys specifically designed for capturing the villains. 

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Review: Disney Magical World photo
Review: Disney Magical World
by Chris Carter

When I heard that developer h.a.n.d. (which is mostly known for ports or collaborative projects) was creating a game similar to Animal Crossing with the Disney license, I was skeptical. Although there was a time when Harvest Moon and Rune Factory were still household names (both have seen 3DS releases), and many other simulator games were at the top of the pack, Animal Crossing is kind of the de facto king right now.

But when I heard that Nintendo would be publishing Disney Magical World in the US, I perked up a bit. There must be something there, right?

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1:15 PM on 04.23.2014

Watch Dogs multiplayer video shows how you'll watch dogs, dog

Because of Ubisoft's persistent insistence on "blending single- and multiplayer experiences," this Watch Dogs video doesn't so much show you a multiplayer mode, but rather what you can expect from others as you play the...

Brett Makedonski



Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo
Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs
by Alessandro Fillari

The delay of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world IP, Watch Dogs, surprised many. With only a month away from launch, and a rather bold marketing push for the holiday season, Ubisoft appeared ready, but then we found it wasn't. At all. It's not too often you see publishers holding back a game's release to further development, and it's certainly admirable of them to be so honest.

"The game wasn't finished," said lead game designer Danny Belanger rather bluntly. "You see all the content we have, there was a lot of different parts of it that were not at the level we wanted -- so it was hard, there was a lot of others reasons too, but at the end of the day, we didn't want to release the game in state we weren't happy with."

With its May release approaching, Ubisoft is ready to unveil its upcoming open world action title, and the publisher invited the press to get plenty of hands-on time with the game. As you can tell with title, I came away pretty pleased, though I have some reservations still.

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Review: Batman: Arkham Origins: Cold, Cold Heart photo
Review: Batman: Arkham Origins: Cold, Cold Heart
by Chris Carter

So far, the Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass has been a steaming pile of poop. Buyers have received some extremely underwhelming skin packs, and a piss-poor series of challenge maps for their cash, with the promise of another "story" addition down the line.

When I heard that said story DLC would feature Mr. Freeze however, I couldn't help but at least get marginally excited. As one of my favorite villains in all of Batman lore, it would be really hard to screw up a narrative involving the iconic frozen doctor.

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2:45 PM on 04.22.2014

Assassin's Creed: Unity will reportedly have a four player co-op narrative

The Assassin's Creed franchise has caught flak in the past years for annual iterations that only make negligible changes and improvements. If a rumor about a new mode is true, Assassin's Creed: Unity is set to provi...

Brett Makedonski

1:45 PM on 04.22.2014

Modder Durante has tips to push Dark Souls II's graphics even further

Modder Peter "Durante" Thoman led the charge in making Dark Souls a better-looking game on PC. While the PC port of the sequel is an improvement over developer From Software's last effort, there's room to push its graphics fu...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 04.22.2014

New One Piece, Naruto games have original characters from series creators

The upcoming Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and One Piece Unlimited World Red both feature a bit of fan service. For Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, series creator Masashi Kishimoto drew an original charac...

Steven Hansen





11:30 AM on 04.22.2014

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn coming to PS3 on July 4

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, previously announced for a summer digital PS3 release, has a date, July 4. It'll be $40. Nothing says Fourth of July like the laser light show that is exploding hundreds of mobile suits as you...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment being localized this summer

Will a bunch of people complain about how I just don't like anime if I say that Sword Art Online doesn't seem very good? Though at least it might make a passable game. Hard to mess up multiplayer monster fighters with bad wr...

Steven Hansen



Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen
by Steven Hansen

Thousands of years ago, people defeated god. They believed evil could be excised from humanity. Sinners were marked with tattoos and exiled. People also believe vaccinations lead to autism and that How I Met Your Mother is a good television show. Point is, people believe dumb, wrong things.

Fast forward to Lords of the Fallen's present and the demons have returned once more. The good, upstanding people of civilized life turn to the man who committed the most deadly sins, the man whose facial tattoos make Zell and Tyson cower.

That man is you, naturally. What, did you expect to play a shivering townperson? Maybe a frightened townperson simulator where you keep running away from relentless, disgusting demons and every time you die you just jump to the perspective of someone who isn't dead yet and you're just endlessly, brutally murdered until everyone is dead and the game is over. That would be a different game. This one is about punching monsters with big claws.

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Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like photo
Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like
by Steven Hansen

I finally got to play Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day last week. The lovechild of Suda 51, Tokyo Jungle director Yohei Kataoka, Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka, and a bunch of other Japanese development talent, I've followed Ranko Tsukigime closely. 

So I was excited to finally get to play it. But I couldn't talk about it until today. Despite the fact that it decided to up and release in Europe last week. Even though it doesn't have a firm North American release date.

Whatever. I'm going to go see Short Peace in theatres this Thursday at least.

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Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates
by Steven Hansen

The 2 on 2 Gundam vs. Gundam series is as big in Japan as that full-scale Gundam model in Tokyo. It's also big on the Destructoid Forum, in that one Gundam fan keeps explaining how it's the best fighting game and tries to get people to import it. I'm more of a Gundam Battle Assault 2 kind of guy.

Anyway, Namco is taking the format of Gundam Vs. and bringing it west with a new IP, the free-to-play Rise of Incarnates. Because the 2 on 2 format is a bit different for Western audiences, Namco went with a F2P model to build a player base.

And you know it's been developed specifically for the west for several reasons. First, the initial stage being shown off is New York, with the post-apocalyptic staple crumbling Statue of Liberty. Second, there is a blond character with big hair. He looks just like us, my fellow Americans, with his rock and roll nonchalance and red leather jacket.

Though he turns into a monster and there is a mad scientist who rides on a tidal wave of corpses.

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