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Drawstructoid: Predicting Evolve's unknown DLC monsters photo
Drawstructoid: Predicting Evolve's unknown DLC monsters
by Darren Nakamura

Evolve is releasing with a few monsters and a handful of hunters, but more will be on the way through the magic of downloadable content. Some of the monsters are known entities, but others are complete mysteries. At least, to you they are.

We at Destructoid have the inside scoop on Evolve's unrevealed DLC monsters. Official artwork still needs to be finalized, but we have gone the extra mile and provided you with artist's renditions of the terrifying creatures. Included are quotes from each monster designer on the creation's abilities.

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Evolve director on DLC: 'I don't like people thinking we're doing underhanded, dirty shit' photo
Evolve director on DLC: 'I don't like people thinking we're doing underhanded, dirty shit'
by Kyle MacGregor

Evolve was peddling pre-order bonuses before its publisher had even shown off what the game looked like. A year later, we have a better idea what type of experience Evolve will offer when it releases next month. However, concerns regarding its business strategy linger.

Months ago, Turtle Rock Studios co-founder Chris Ashton made headlines when discussing the developer's plans for DLC. He stated the game was built "from the ground up" for add-on content, something he claimed Evolve would support "more so than any game ever before."

I broached the snafu with creative director Phil Robb during a studio visit late last year, a conversation that once again seems relevant in light of recent announcements surrounding the game's mystifying DLC plan and the negative reaction it has elicited from fans.

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Little Mac's true calling revealed photo
Little Mac's true calling revealed
by Jonathan Holmes

Believe it or not, but someone at Nintendo actually liked the Captain Falcon's ass tribute amiibo video we did last month. Thanks to that happenstance, I ended up with an extra Little Mac amiibo a couple of days ago. I felt it was my solemn duty to take this fortuitous event as an opportunity for video production, but how do you follow something like Captain Falcon's ass? Rapping about parts of Mac's body would just end up feeling derivative and tacked on.

Or would it? 

If Nintendo likes this episode of Samba de Amiibo as much as the original, then expect to see more amiibo music videos from Destructoid in the future. I'm also thinking of pitching Samus and Sagat to them for release on Nintendo Video. Do you think they'll go for it? 

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Samus and Sagat: Smash Bros. can be bad for you photo
Samus and Sagat: Smash Bros. can be bad for you
by Jonathan Holmes

No matter how hard I may try, I can't change. I'll sit down at my desktop and think "Hey, maybe I should write a script for show like 30 Rock?" and before I know it, I have Samus and Sagat at the kitchen table talking about how it's not always good to stay up all night playing Super Smash Bros

People get mad at guys like George Lucas and Thom Yorke for not giving fans what they want, but I've got to imagine that they can't always help it. We're all stuck with our brains, and we can't help but make the things that come out of those brains. If I could just choose to write a sitcom like 30 Rock, I would. Instead, I wrote Samus and Sagat. I hope you like it. 

Thanks to Linzb0t for the fantastic logo, EndShark for the amazing animations, Stemage of Metroid Metal and SoulEye for the theme song, Bob Ross for shooting and editing the thing, and of course Maddy Myers for being Samus. You all have real jobs and you didn't have to take the time out to help me with yet another weird video project. It means the world to me that you were willing to take the risk on our team-up. I owe you big time. 

That goes double for all of you out there who called for Sagat to come back and were willing to give this new series a shot. I'm lucky to have you. If you want more of this show, be sure to spread it around. We'd like to make more of these if we can.

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Suda51, Midnight City and game review reform with Tim Rogers photo
Suda51, Midnight City and game review reform with Tim Rogers
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

Last week on Sup Holmes we welcomed Tim Rogers of Action Button Entertainment back to the program. We talked about a lot of things, even by Tim Rogers standards. We heard all about Tim's experiences fitting into Suda51's pants while working on Shadows of the Damned, how his relationship with Kenta Cho (Tumiki Fighters, Blast Works) influenced the creation of the deconstructed sports title Videoball, hints about what the heck is happening with Midnight City, how to make game reviews less stupid, and a lot more. 

I was particularly touched by Tim's emotional display of annoyance and love towards the end of the episode. This is Tim's second time on the show, and it was clear that he took the Dtoid comments he received on his first episode very seriously. If you're the kind of person that judges a man by the shape of his glasses, Tim has a word or two for you. The general idea is, reverse-reverse nerd persecution is no better than regular nerd persecution. Like a group of wise rappers once said, we're all in the same gang. We'd all do well to remember that.

Thanks again to Tim for appearing on the show, and be sure to tune in today at 4pm EST when we welcome Justin from Vagabond Dog (Always Sometimes Monsters) to the program. 

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2:00 PM on 01.16.2015

The New 3DS' nubbin' will fare better than the Circle Pad Pro

Roughly a year and a half after the 3DS launched in 2010, the Circle Pad Pro was announced. Due to numerous complaints about the lack of a second analog stick on the portable, Nintendo relented, in the weirdest way possible -...

Chris Carter







I know how to save Call of Duty in a post-Advanced Warfare world photo
I know how to save Call of Duty in a post-Advanced Warfare world
by Nic Rowen

I don't think I can ever go back to the old style of Call of Duty.

I've heard some variation of that sentence at least once per week since the launch of Advanced Warfare, and if I were Treyarch or Infinity Ward, I'd be sweating right now. Not “oh, this room is a little too warm” sweat either. I'm talking a glossy, dripping, full-on flop sweat. Sweat so profuse it could be more accurately described as skin vomit.

Sledgehammer broke the code, solved the Sphinx's riddle, and threaded the impossible needle; the studio found a way to make CoD feel fresh and interesting again without screwing up the the basic formula. The developers took all the best parts of the CoD experience and added a sleek sheen of sci-fi gizmos, meaningfully different weapon types, and late-'90s mobility (basically rebuilding all the FPS tropes CoD played a massive hand in tearing down over the last decade), and it worked.

Even scornful hipsters such as myself, who have made sport of the series for years as an easy target for our snark, are giving Advanced Warfare a second look. A good long “hrmmM?” with a flirty upward inflection. AW coyly wiggling its exo-skeletal frame, like what you see?

People love it, and they aren't about to go back to slogging it on the ground with a crusty AK-47 or accepting the dolphin-dive as the height of combat mobility. So what the hell do you do if you're Infinity Ward or Treyarch? Halfway through production on your own version of the CoD experience, knee-deep in code, QA, voice work, and the million other pieces that eventually assemble a videogame, and you find out that THIS is what the people really wanted all along (even after harping on Titanfall all year)?

You pivot, that's what you do.

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It's getting hot in here! Top 10 fire levels photo
It's getting hot in here! Top 10 fire levels
by Ben Davis

The holidays may be over, but the snow keeps falling and the temperatures are still way too cold for comfort. So what better way to warm up during these cold winter months than taking a stroll through some of your favorite fire levels? These places will heat you right up!

What makes a good fire level? Pools of lava, volcanoes, flames licking at your heels... fire levels are imminently dangerous and tricky to navigate. They're often designated as the final area of a game, or at least near the end of the game, due to how dangerous they can be.

Can you take the heat?

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7:05 PM on 01.13.2015

Destructoid saves the world: Come watch me play XCOM

I've not played anything more than turn-based strategy games in recent months, years. Massive Chalice. Invisible, Inc. Fire Emblem: Awakening. XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I started an Enemy Within playthrough one evening last y...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Radio Destructoid got me pregnant

Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Mr Andy Dixon (Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Conor Elsea (US Community Monster), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), and Oc...

Mr Andy Dixon



Give me games inspired by weirdos and madmen photo
Give me games inspired by weirdos and madmen
by Nic Rowen

Celebrities are making games now, this is a thing we're going to have to live with. Kim Kardashian's done it, RuPaul's done it (and apparently her game is surprisingly fun, as our Jonathan Holmes discovered), and of course, 50 Cent beat them all to the punch years ago with his towering monument to self adulation, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. Hell, the Duck freaking Dynasty crew put out a timid Grand Theft Auto clone last year. The nerve.

As an abrasive former class-warrior, I already bristle at the sheer commercial gall of celebrities slapping their name and likeness on a box to try and pump a few dollars out of some gullible fans. But even more than that, I look at the stars who have dipped their toes into the videogame world and I think “what a waste.”

Reality stars? Rednecks? Narcissistic rappers? Why are these boring walking brands making games, and where are the pop icons and eccentric artists that could actually do an interesting job of it? Where are the weirdos and oddballs that populate my playlists and DVR recording schedules? If celebs and other artists are going to be making games, I've got a few suggestions.

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We just shot the first couple episodes of Samus and Sagat photo
We just shot the first couple episodes of Samus and Sagat
by Jonathan Holmes

[Animation and thumbnail by EndShark]

I've done a lot of video series on YouTube over the years -- Teenage Pokemon, Talking to Women about Videogames, Constructoid, Sup Holmes, Art Hawk, and of course, The Dtoid Show. None of them probably would have happened if it weren't for Sundays with Sagat, an admittedly slapdash "rant" show I put together for Destructoid back in 2010. It was my first attempt at an ongoing YouTube series. For better or worse, making the show taught me a lot.

Some say that the first thing you make is always going to be your worst thing. That could very well be true in this case, though in the years that followed Sundays with Sagat, people never stopped asking for me to return as the character. Regardless whether the show itself was any good, folks seemed to like the idea of me playing the part of an out-of-shape, horribly disfigured former final boss. 

If you're one of those people who's been asking for more Sagat, get ready to either be pleasantly surprised or horribly disappointed. I just got back from shooting two episodes of a new show called Samus and Sagat with Paste.com videogame editorialist/critic Maddy Myers. We'll be doing out best to roll out one episode a month, starting next week.

Maddy and I both have mountains of writing assignments glaring at us at all times, and neither of us are professional actors, so it would be best for you to temper your expectations now. One thing is for sure though, if the show is half as fun to watch as it is to make, you'll have a good time with it.

We shot two episodes plus a bonus unboxing video in a little under three hours. I would guess at least two of those three hours were spent giggling and making fun of ourselves. If we're lucky, that feeling of friendship and self-aware idiocy will be something you can share with us. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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VVVVVV composer is planning a game that changes the way you communicate photo
VVVVVV composer is planning a game that changes the way you communicate
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

Last weekend on Sup Holmes we welcomed Magnus "SoulEye" Palsson to the program, composer of VVVVVV and many other scores. This man surprised me many times. I had no idea that Magnus was originally going to compose music for Mega Man 2.5, but was asked to step down from the project so that preexisting Mega Man music could be used instead. When you have the composer of one of the most best  original "exciting, death dealing platformer" soundtracks in recent memory, and he's willing to work with you for free, I figure it would be smart to take advantage of that. It's hard to imagine that the game will be better without Magnus's involvement. 

We talked about that and a lot of other subjects, like Magnus's early fascination with using primitive computers to create music, the recent run of fetish posts in the Destructoid Community Blogs, what it's like to know that millions of people have heard your music, and his plan to develop a game about learning to be more emotionally expressive and present in real life. It sounds amazing, like a cross between Super Better, Skype and Let's Quip. It's an ambitious project, certainly not something that will come together overnight, but knowing that Magnus once made an electric typewriter sing makes me confident he'll pull this off too. 

Thanks again to Magnus for being on the show, and be sure to tune in today at 4pm EST when we welcome Tim Rogers (Shadows of the Damned, ZiGGURAT, Videoball) back to the program. Maybe we'll finally find just what the heck is going on at Midnight City....

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Predicting Nintendo's next big crossover photo
Predicting Nintendo's next big crossover
by Kyle MacGregor

Somewhere on the slopes of Mount Nintendo there's an oracle that straddles a chasm wherefrom vapors emerge. She speaks in tongues, relying on an intern to interpret her enigmatic ramblings. The system has its misfires (this is how things get named Wii U, for example), but relying on these portents and premonitions has kept Nintendo in business for over a century.

In recent years, the oracle has spawned a number of bizarre crossover concepts, culminating in the creation of Hyrule Warriors, Pokkén, and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.

It's a fascinating trend, one I hope continues for a long time to come. Let's assume that it does. Let's make some wildly speculative predictions about what other mashups the future has in store.

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2014's Game of the Year from 2006 because 2014 kind of sucked for games photo
2014's Game of the Year from 2006 because 2014 kind of sucked for games
by Steven Hansen

Yes, it's now 2015--though I'm still writing 2014 on all my checks!!!--but how can anyone do a definitive Game of the Year award until the year is officially over? Until that big dang ball drops down in The Big Apple, the Big City, New York, New York baby! What if Valve decided to stealth release Half-Life 3 on 12/31 like Beyoncé in 2013 or Run the Jewels 2 this year? It would be everyone else with egg on their face and my face wouldn't be covered in egg at all.

I tried to go back and find the tweet wherein I predicted 2014 would be The Worst Year, but all I could find were really good jokes about Pokémon and cellphones and unrequited yoga-friend seeking. Fitting that I started 2014 unable to find someone to do yoga with and end it unable to find someone with whom to hoop.

So I hid the prediction too well. Like any good prediction, it would have been forgotten if it hadn't come true at no cost to my reputation, but if it did come true? Man, I'd be direct linking that piece of soothsaying ad nauseum (by the way, sources tell me that Half-Life 3 is going to be released on April 4, 2015). 

Unfortunately, this prediction did come true and 2014 was the worst year since 2009 and I don't even get to take credit for calling it. But I won't bore you with My Bad Year. Instead, I want to award Clover Studio's God Hand with the Steven Hansen's Destructoid's Game of the Year 2014 Award for Best Game of the Year from 2006 because 2014 kind of sucked.

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12:00 PM on 01.08.2015

My daughter could probably beat you at Mario Kart 8

Last month, my family and I were at our local mall doing some holiday shopping. As we were walking through the mall, we noticed a large gathering of people who were playing video games. Upon closer inspection, it turns out th...

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