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The best and worst games of the week - Game of the Month

Nov 30 // Wesley Ruscher
Previous November Round-ups: Week ending 11/23Week ending 11/16Week ending 11/9  Stick It to the Man! (PlayStation 3 [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: Zoink!Publisher: RipstoneRelease Date: November 19, 2013 (PS3), Early December (Vita)MSRP: $12.99 (with Cross-Buy) I enjoyed the ever-loving crap out of this game. From the cast of zany characters -- many of whom you may think are throwaways only for them to show up again in later levels -- to the crazy art style, level and puzzle design, and whimsically hilarious script. Everything is pitch-perfect. And while Stick It to the Man! isn't a particularly long title (it may only take you between three to five hours to complete the game's ten chapters) there's loads to observe and listen in on, and dozens of minds per level to explore, leaving you wanting more. I couldn't get enough of it. Read the full Stick It to the Man! review Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (3DS [reviewed] PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)Developer: WayForward TechnologiesPublisher: D3 PublisherRelease Date: November 19, 2013MSRP: $29.99 (3DS), $39.99 (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360) At some point during the development process of Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon 3DS, someone should have looked at the current build, and scrapped the project entirely. Whereas Regular Show 3DS was a flawed love letter to retro fans, Explore the Dungeon is a sheet of paper with chicken scratch scrawled on it. It's the worst game WayForward has put out in years, and yet another example of a wasted licensed game opportunity. Read the full Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon review Borderlands 2 Headerhunter 2: The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler (Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Gearbox SoftwarePublisher: 2K GamesReleased: November 26, 2013MSRP: $2.99 After the disappointingly mediocre T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest, I went into The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler with tempered expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. Though the core gameplay is largely unchanged and the set of missions are just as short in length, Wattle Gobbler features a more fleshed out narrative, with funnier and more important dialogue. Mister Torgue shines as one of the most well-written characters in all of Pandora, and that brilliance helps make this DLC pack more worthwhile than the last one. Read the full Borderlands 2 Headerhunter 2: The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle here Fighter Within (Xbox One)Developer: AMA, Ltd.Publisher: UbisoftRelease Date: November 22, 2013MSRP: $59.99 Fighter Within is a lazy tech demo with a poor story, unimpressive fighting engine, and a forgettable cast. Maybe one day we'll have a cool Kinect fighting game, where everyone at EVO is flailing around with some semblance of strategic value. But this is not that day. Read the full Fighter Within review Soulcalibur II HD Online (PSN, XBLA [reviewed])Developer: Project SoulPublisher: Namco BandaiRelease Date: November 20, 2013MSRP: $19.99 Soulcalibur II HD Online is a nearly flawless update of a decade old title. While it’s unfortunate that the online mode isn't nearly as polished as the rest of the game, the true soul of the game has never looked so beautiful. Hopefully Namco works out the kinks in the netcode, but even with its shortcomings there is more than enough game here to warrant another go with this fighting game classic. Read the full Soulcalibur II HD Online here Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS)Developer: Nd CubePublisher: NintendoRelease Date: November 22, 2013MSRP: $39.99 The only true merit of Mario Party: Island Tour is the ability to play Mario Party with your local friends on the 3DS. As long as they have a 3DS and are close-by, playing via Download Play is fairly quick and painless. However, the lack of online play and the overall single-player experience is a pretty big bummer. Unless you’re desperate and need a quick Mario Party fix on the go, stick with a console version if you can. Read the full Mario Party: Island Tour here BandFuse: Rock Legends (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Realta Entertainment GroupPublisher: Mastiff GamesRelease Date: November 19, 2013MSRP: $69.99 (Artist Pack:  game + 1/4" to USB guitar cable), $79.99 (Band Pack: 2 guitar cables, mic, 4-port USB hub, acoustic guitar adapter - game NOT included), $179.99 (Guitar Bundle - Guitar Center Exclusive: game, guitar cable, & Fender Squire Bullet guitar) It's impressive to see a game such as this, focused on not only teaching you how to play guitar, but also how to have fun with it. The multiplayer extensions are a blast (if you have that many guitars, or friends that can play), and the karaoke and backing track selections can really further the creativity. While the jumps in difficulty can be drastic at the higher levels, there's still plenty of ways to adapt, and BandFuse surprises at each step. Read the full BandFuse: Rock Legends here   Read the full Super Mario 3D World review
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Week ending 11/30 & November Game of the Month
Thank goodness November is finally over. It was a hectic month -- that will go down in gaming history as one of the greatest ever -- thanks, in no part, to the launch of two brand spanking new consoles from both Sony and Micr...

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Gobble Gobble

Borderlands 2 is getting Thanksgiving themed DLC

The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler
Nov 20
// Joshua Derocher
Borderlands 2 is getting some DLC for Thanksgiving, called The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. First of all, that name is amazing. This is the second set of Headhunter DLC, following T.K. Baha's Bloo...
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Borderlands 2

T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest DLC for Borderlands 2 dated

More bosses for the Borderlands next week
Oct 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
A spooky, Halloween-themed adventure is coming to Borderlands 2 next week with the arrival of T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest. The first in the series of "Headhunter" content releases, players will be guided by T.K. Baha's corpse ...
You won't be missed.
Greetings, internet citizens! Max was out of the office today, so I grabbed Techfeed's Scott Bromley (and fellow host of The Comedy Button) to chat with me about GTA V's Collector's Edition, the rumored-but-not-yet-announced...


The DTOID Show: Wasteland 2, Borderlands 2, & Square Enix

So much DLC!
Jul 23
// Tara Long
Since my intrepid co-host is still off in Hawaii, undoubtedly contracting several deadly strains of bird flu, Adam Sessler stepped in on today's show again to talk about Steam's new exclusive daily challenges for Spelunky, t...
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Borderlands 2 DLC

Borderlands 2 is getting tons of DLC this fall

A level cap increase, costumes, missions, and raid bosses
Jul 20
// Chris Carter
Gearbox confirmed at their PAX Australia panel that Borderlands 2 will be getting a level cap upgrade (to 72), and new raid bosses and missions in the form of DLC. The level cap DLC will be called the "Ultimate Vault Hun...
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New Borderlands 2 DLC

New Borderlands 2 DLC to be revealed tomorrow

What will it be?
Jul 19
// Chris Carter
Remember that new Borderlands 2 DLC that's in the works? At least one of those projects will be revealed tomorrow, Randy Pitchford has announced. Details of the DLC are slim, as we don't know whether or not future content wil...

GTA Gameplay, Saints Row's Future & No More ZombiU

The Destructoid Show pops a wheelie
Jul 09
// Max Scoville
Here's today's Destructoid Show! Tara's back! Grand Theft Auto V finally shows off some gameplay, ZombiU is NOT getting a sequel, if a Saints Row sequel happens, it'll probably take a step in a different direction, Borderlands 2 is getting still more DLC, and World of Warcraft introduces microtransactions. Woo, video games.

More Borderlands 2 DLC on the way

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in
Jul 09
// Abel Girmay
When I started cutting my teeth into Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep, it came with a satisfying somberness, thinking it to be the end to a largely enjoyable journey. It would seem though, that it's not ove...

Review: Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

Jun 25 // Chris Carter
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Gearbox SoftwarePublisher: 2K GamesReleased: June 25, 2013MSRP: $9.99, 800 Microsoft Points (Part of the Season Pass) After teleporting to the unassuming Docks waypoint, you'll immediately trigger an even that whisks you away to Tiny Tina's made up topsy-turvy world, consisting of rainbows, magic, and of course, death. Tina is a dungeon master -- the overlord and host of a deadly tabletop simulation involving your character as the hero. The world is constantly evolving to fit Tina's ADD-riddled mind, with day becoming night, havens becoming hazards, and so on, on a moment's notice. Now, Tiny Tina is a pretty polarizing character, so let me make this part clear -- she narrates nearly the entire DLC. While there are many moments of pure action and questing that involve no narrative whatsoever, Tina does have a marked impact on the story of the DLC, which transcends the fictional tabletop realm on occasion. While I'm not entirely fond of the character, I don't dislike her either, so I never found her to be particularly funny or offensive -- she's just kind of there, and the same goes for this DLC. But the main hook isn't just Tina herself -- it's the really cool transitions where she changes the world around you to suit her story. As in, "bam," a magical flash of light happens, and all of your surroundings have changed. It's a neat mechanic that I wish was used more often, but the few times it is used for "wow factor" and as comic relief were brilliant. "Relief" is probably the best way to put it actually, as Anthony Burch's signature potty humor permeates through practically any serious tone. In other words, if you dislike fart jokes -- get out while you still can. That's not to say the narrative doesn't attempt to get serious on occasion however, as the "B" plot so to speak deals with Tina and her inability to cope with a recent death in the game's cast. This event is only barely touched upon as the DLC gets underway, but by the end, the concept of false reality is abandoned, and the conflict is resolved. It isn't nearly as poignant as the team may have hoped, but it's a great way to tie this otherwise gaiden-esque story into the core narrative at large. You'll plainly see where both sub-plots are going very early on in the adventure, but you'll have a lot of fun getting there. Besides the interesting concept and the unique set transitions, what excited me most about the DLC was the refusal to re-use assets -- which is usually a Gearbox staple tactic. As many people know, one of my chief complaints about the first Borderlands is the fact that nearly every enemy was either a Bandit, a Skag, or some kind of Dr. Moreau-ian hybrid of the two. But similar to Borderlands 2 proper, you'll take a break from the typical enemies you've become familiar with, as Skeletons, Dragons, Orcs, Wizards, Dwarves, and many more brand new enemies join the fray. Heck, even the game's chests, posts and Vending Machines are re-done and re-worked, the latter of which look natural as stained glass arrangements. I also have to hand it to the design team for creating one of the most genuinely terrifying Mimics (a fake chest-monster) in all of gaming -- a creature that's Dungeons and Dragons to a tee, and will have you wary of opening any big chests. The town of Flamerock serves as your last bastion of safety, doling out sidequests at your leisure. Sidequests this time are a bit more meta than usual, with one particular quest called "Fake Geek Guy" as a standout, involving Mr. Torque's desperate attempt at approval, and Lilith's cold insults and challenges of his "geek cred." While there's easily a chance for over-indulgence here, these quests manage to keep the message light-hearted, and within the tone of the game and the DLC -- in short, it's all good fun. Assault on Dragon Keep is easily the longest DLC yet, trumping the other rather brief main questlines. In fact, Dragon Keep manages to go on for quite a while, nearing 10 hours of story content and 15-20 hours if you tackle everything. Thankfully, it just manages to not overstay its welcome as it culminates in one of my favorite boss fights in the series, which is always a good thing. Raids are also back, as are brand new weapons and items centered around the theme, so there's plenty to do. Looking back, although I did enjoy Captain Scarlett and Mr. Torgue, neither of them were nearly as in-depth as this DLC, which is a benchmark for future Gearbox add-ons. Although they could have stood to have gone a little farther with the concept, if you can only choose one campaign, this is easily it.
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Delightful Dungeons and Dragons DLC
[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, the writer of Borderlands 2, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Dungeons and Dragons is a game of al...

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Meet the enemies of Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

More than past DLCs combined
Jun 24
// Abel Girmay
Only just tomorrow the fourth and last campaign DLC for Borderlands 2, Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, will be upon us. Dragon Keep is a hearty serving, claiming to be the biggest expansion of the lot. Its biggest claim, ...
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Borderlands 2 DLC

Watch the first five minutes of Borderlands 2's Tina DLC

Let's play a game of Bunkers and Badasses
Jun 21
// Chris Carter
It seems as if the fourth (and possibly final) DLC for Borderlands 2 is nearly upon us, as a full five minute playthrough has surfaced for Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. You'll get a taste of the theme of the DLC, which...
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Borderlands 2

Meet Borderlands 2's Krieg, he drives the poop train

'Psycho' is an understatement
May 31
// Brett Makedonski
Krieg, Borderlands 2's newest downloadable character, has some sort of odd affliction. Somewhere between his brain and his mouth, his intended words get replaced by phrases of utter insanity. At least he lives up to his...

Nazi Robots, Scary Chainsaw Guys & Sonic The Hedgehog

The Destructoid Show lands a gnarly kickflip
May 28
// Max Scoville
Look out, here comes today's Destructoid Show!  Today, we talk about Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within, both of which were previewed by the valiant and swarthy Hamza Aziz. Sonic: Lost World looks surprisingl...
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Take-Two's year led by Borderlands and NBA sales

Despite a net loss, Take-Two improved over 2012
May 13
// Brett Makedonski
Take-Two held its quarterly earnings call today to report on the end of its fourth-quarter and fiscal year. The company finished the year at a loss, but there were many bright spots to be optimistic about. Of particular note,...
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Borderlands 2 DLC

Borderlands 2's sixth playable character available May 14

Heh. He spelled it "meat."
May 06
// Keith Swiader
The sixth playable character for Borderlands 2, Krieg the Psycho Bandit, will be available for loot hunting on May 14, Krieg himself announced on Twitter. Unveiled at developer Gearbox Software's PAX East panel back in March,...

Cyberpunk 2077, CoD: Ghosts & GTA V

The Destructoid Show gets all hot and bothered
May 03
// Max Scoville
Today on The Destructoid Show, we talk about all kinds of SEO-friendly click-bait topics!Call Of Duty: Ghosts has been announced, and it's next-gen, and apparently, Sledgehammer games isn't working on it. Anthony Burch ...
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Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina DLC announced (Update)

Gearbox's Anthony Burch's tweet confirms title
May 02
// Allistair Pinsof
[Update: Gearbox has cleared us to share with you the following, in light of today's leak. Borderlands 2's Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC, which follows Tiny Tina who is running a role-playing tabletop game, will come...
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HAWP: How Anthony Burch wrote Borderlands 2

Danger! Gender bending ahead!
Apr 06
// Tony Ponce
Anthony Burch was very lucky to get hired by Gearbox to work on Borderlands 2. But the road to writing a critically acclaimed game script would only get harder from there. In this very special episode of Hey Ash, Whatcha Pla...
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Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack is out today

This is the paid level cap for non-Season Pass holders
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
Starting today, you'll be able to pick up the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack for Borderlands 2, which raises the level cap from 50 to 61 and a free update that unlocks a third playthrough mode. If you're a Season Pass holder, you...
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New releases

New releases: The Defiance experiment begins

Plus Cities in Motion 2, Sang-Froid, and Evoland
Apr 01
// Fraser Brown
Happy deceit and prank day! It's April Fools, so you might not feel like you trust can these new releases, I might just be making them up and laughing at you. But fret not. I'm a traditionalist, and that means April Fools en...

Spelunky on Vita, XCOM on iOS, Borderlands 2 has more DLC

The Destructoid Show has is excited about new Vita games
Mar 26
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! Enjoy this little pile of game-related news in a convenient video format with today's Destructoid Show! Some cool news came out for PS Vita owners, specifically that the handheld (and PS3, too) is getting a pile of...
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Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is getting a title update soon

Lots more DLC is also on the way if you're ready for it
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
Gearbox has detailed a new free title update for Borderlands 2 that will increase your inventory size and allow you to hold more Eridium and ammo upgrades. The patch is set to go live pretty soon, and full patch notes will g...

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