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I met Keiji Inafune! We discussed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z! photo
I met Keiji Inafune! We discussed Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z!
by Tony Ponce

Guys. I met Keiji Inafune at E3. I interviewed Keiji Inafune at E3.

I've achieved everything I've wanted to accomplish in my relatively short career as a games journalist. There is literally nothing else for me to do except pack my things and move on. I'm kidding, of course, but I'm not joking about how big a dream come true this was.

My meeting with Inafune was a complete surprise. Each of the Destructoid writers had been handed a list of appointments, and I saw Tecmo Koei on my schedule. I rightly assumed it was to discuss Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, but I had no idea whether I'd be speaking directly with someone from the dev team or not.

If I had known Keiji Inafune, the man whose work has had such a profound impact on hobby and my life, would be standing behind that door, I would have come prepared with a better list of questions. Nonetheless, I stepped in the room, put on my most professional face, and did my absolute best not to squeal like a schoolgirl.

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6:00 PM on 06.18.2013

Escape Goat 2 goes Metroidvania with new map system

While the unique puzzles and platforming featured in the original Escape Goat made me a fan, the new map system being introduced in Escape Goat 2 immediately had me thinking of the 2D handheld Castlevania games. Rooms are now...

Jayson Napolitano



Destructoid's Best of E3 2013 winners!  photo
Destructoid's Best of E3 2013 winners!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Titanfall already took home our Game of the Show award for E3 2013. So what about the rest of the categories and games? Well after some much needed rest and relaxation we've decided the rest of the winners for all our categories ranging from best platform exclusives, to gaming genres, and more.

There were so many great games at E3, to the point that this was one of the best E3 showings in recent years. Next-gen will have plenty of hot games, but there are still a ton of desirable titles for the current generation of consoles too.

Congrats to all the winners and nominees!

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11:30 AM on 06.18.2013

I don't want to forget about Ys: Memories of Celceta

XSEED Games may have single-handedly championed the Sony Vita at this year's E3. Not one, but three offerings are slated from the niche publishing localization house. Japanese RPGs like Valhalla Knights 3 and Ragna...

Wesley Ruscher



Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will make you sad photo
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will make you sad
by Brett Makedonski

"I think we have a demographic for it," I was told by a Namco Bandai PR rep. Let me back up -- mere moments earlier, he asked what I thought of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures; I returned his questioning with nothing more than a five-second blank stare. Fittingly, that blank stare was encapsulating of all that Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures appears to stand for -- an emotionless venture that's devoid of any soul or effort, and will simply be dismissed as an awkward misstep almost immediately.

But here we are, me telling you about a videogame that makes me twitch when I think about it, you sadly shaking your head at the shell of a character the once iconic Pac-Man has become.

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10:00 AM on 06.18.2013

Dark Souls II still influenced by King's Field series

While it's no surprise that the King's Field franchise has heavily influenced Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, as these are considered the spiritual successors to the King's Field, it turns out that the former was one of directo...

Jayson Napolitano

5:00 AM on 06.18.2013

E3 2013 in a nutshell, by I-Mockery's RoG

Last year, I-Mockery and Abobo's Big Adventure's Roger Barr broke new ground in videogame journalism with his piercing critique of E3 2012. For anyone who has ever wanted to know the real E3 behind the glitz and glamor, his ...

Tony Ponce



Jimquisition: PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything photo
Jimquisition: PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything
by Jim Sterling

Sony created a magic moment this past week at E3, declaring for the world that PS4 would not restrict used games or utilize DRM. Power to the people!

Of course, it can be said Sony didn't actually do anything, yet is being lauded as a hero. Does the PlayStation 4 deserve special kudos for maintaining the status quo? Jimquisition thinks so ... kind of. In this case, doing nothing means everything.

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11:30 AM on 06.17.2013

Dark Souls II directors differ on how to tell story

After reading the Edge Online interview with Dark Souls II co-director Tomohiro Shibuya earlier this year, I was curious as to how the game's story would be told. He commented, "I’m hoping to make [story elements] a lit...

Jayson Napolitano





11:00 AM on 06.17.2013

Enjoy this 21-minute Killzone: Shadow Fall presentation

Sony's popped a 21-minute demo walkthrough of Killzone: Shadow Fall for your saucy delight, hot from the bowels of E3. The gameplay section is taken from that seen during the original PlayStation 4 reveal, with the Helghast ...

Jim Sterling



Forza Motorsport 5 is set to lead the next-gen pack photo
Forza Motorsport 5 is set to lead the next-gen pack
by Dale North

We'll start by saying that what we were able to see of Forza Motorsport 5 was not nearly enough. Though Turn 10's next game is slated to be a launch title for the Xbox One this fall, they were only offering a sneak peek at E3 2013.

Still, what we saw was enough to know that we're in for something bigger and better with Forza 5

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I ran around and then died at E3 photo
I ran around and then died at E3
by Jonathan Holmes

This was a historic year at E3. The 8th gen console wars have officially started, independent developers are infecting Sony like a disease that makes you feel awesome, the Xbone caught more heat than a Alabama volcano in the summertime, and Nintendo gave away t-shirts featuring a gun toting, leather clad, big-butt lady jumping in front of the moon. The times, they are a-changing.

Sadly, I went into the show with a bad respiratory infection. I was hoping I would feel better as the show went on, but that's not really how these shows work. Still, because the vocal minority demanded it, I tried to run around at the end of the show and do things. Thankfully, it didn't last long, thanks to the leather clad, gun toting lady from the t-shirt. 

Thanks to everyone who interacted with me at the show! I hope you didn't get infected. 

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2:40 PM on 06.16.2013

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is your new horror action comedy

Under Itagaki's watch, the Ninja Gaiden series was about big production values, precise action, and serious-face gameplay. Those days are over. With Inafune at the helm of this new Ninja Gaiden spin-off, the tone has gone th...

Jonathan Holmes

12:30 PM on 06.16.2013

6180 The Moon has a complicated name

I'm going to be perfectly honest with you guys; I'm not super into puzzle-platformers anymore. There is something about them that just doesn't click with me like they did before. Except for 6180 The Moon. That game is rad.&n...

Spencer Hayes

11:45 AM on 06.16.2013

Samus doesn't mind having no game at E3 this year

In a sectioned off outer space section of E3, I bumped into none other than Samus Aran. She was keeping it really, doing whatever, and having a pretty good time. I figured she'd feel left out, what with Nintendo ignoring her...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 AM on 06.16.2013

Luigi the Kaiju in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Funny thing about the 3DS demo stations at this year's and last year's E3: they were mobile. And I don't mean they were attached to rolling podiums. Nintendo hired a bunch of girls to walk around the floor with 3DS units fast...

Tony Ponce