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PS Plus

Exercise your Sony-given rights and vote now for the next free PS Plus game


Vote to Play (or die)
Feb 09
// Brett Makedonski
Voting in the United States is a very haves versus have-nots thing right now. Only a few people have gotten to cast ballots lately, and they're the citizens in the probably lovely states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Those of us...
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Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children beta returns this weekend


The only 'big game' I care about
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
I attempted to play the recent beta for The Tomorrow Children only to realize that, darn it, I was a few hours too late. After going through the brief tutorial section, I rode on a subway that was supposed to run to a town wi...
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Friday Night Fights - Snuggie time


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Feb 05
// Mike Martin
I feel like hot garbage. Woke up just... blech. I feel like the inside of Andy's asshole after a NARP. Heavy, floppy, and grossly wet. Anyway, games. We should play them. I still have to drag my carcass to work, so I won't be on until late, but... I don't even know. Bah, play games, make love. Eat chicken soup. *falls over* 
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PS Plus voting

We can pick another PlayStation Plus game


Help choose March's PS4 game
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Sony let users vote on which game they'd like to see show up as a PlayStation Plus freebie. Most of us went with Grow Home above Armello or Zombie Vikings, and so it was. That promo, Vote to Play, is going to retur...

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Friday Night Fights - Krang-arang Rufio!


Game with the Ninjatoid Community!
Jan 29
// Mike Martin
Huh. That thing kind of freaks me out... yet... deep down, I want to stick the D in it. I wonder if it has teeth? Hrm. Moving on... How is everyone this week? Doing good? Ready to play some games together? Sign up below if y...
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Breath of Fire PSP

Wow! Breath of Fire III is headed to PSN


The re-release is finally coming to NA
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Years ago, we ran a post about an effort to bring Breath of Fire III's PlayStation Portable version to North America. It began with the phrase "Never give up hope!" Truly words to live by. It's happening! Capcom has announced...

Inside the incredibly shady world of selling stolen PSN accounts

Jan 26 // Mike Cosimano
Earlier this month, Destructoid received a tip from a source [who we will refer to as 'Tim'] claiming they had unknowingly purchased a stolen PlayStation Network account via G2A.com. For those unaware, G2A is a Hong Kong-based site that primarily sells third-party keys and even accounts. (Some of you may remember G2A from this story about stolen Far Cry 4 keys.) Although G2A is itself a third-party seller, it also acts as a platform for individual sellers and buyers to conduct transactions. One such transaction resulted in the sale of an account belonging to a man [who we will refer to as 'Eric']. When an account sale is on the up-and-up, the account will be nigh-barren, apart from the advertised game. There's some mojo you can perform that will allow you to play this game on your console via your main account (which I won't recount here, because it kinda makes sense and I don't want any of you thinking this is a good idea). Of course, there are examples of people just selling their stacked account in the hopes of making some extra cash; buy a bunch of popular games on sale, flip the account for more than the games are worth. Or, hey, you've just sold your PS4 in a fit of rage, why not sell that account full of platinum Trophies too while you're at it? There are too many hypotheticals in play. When you buy an account, there's a 50% chance you've just committed a crime. Unless you sign in and find a bunch of credit cards and a still-active PlayStation Plus membership. This was Tim's red flag, and he immediately contacted the seller (who refunded the transaction without a word) and Eric, who took back control of his account. "I got this account, expecting some garbled random email address and password, but the email address was just some dude's name. I kind of raised an eyebrow at that, but thinking the email address might belong to the person who bought the code to sell, I tried it out, and... it was genuinely just some guy's account," Tim said in an email to Destructoid. This is exactly what happened to me. I wanted to get a feel for the account-buying process, so I went looking for popular big-budget video games (reasoning that more people would be selling those as opposed to an account made specifically for Race the Sun or whatever) before eventually settling on a listing for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I received an account that was as generic as they come. No name, no credit cards, no friends, no Trophies...and a copy of Ground Zeroes. Initially, I thought I had found a legit seller that had just made a mistake. That was ostensibly the end of my little experiment, so I went to the seller looking to get a refund. The seller was very insistent that I take a new key instead...which eschewed the generic email and password for a significantly less generic one. Again, much like Tim, I raised an eyebrow at this. But I logged in anyway, reasoning that I would either return the account and save a person from identity theft -- or, if this was an honest transaction, end up with an account that I could just gift to a friend. This account was very much someone else's, which is where the "light theft" part comes in. Nate Martin (his real name!) is the CEO of Puzzle Break, an Escape the Room venue located in Seattle. I know his address and the last four digits of two of his credit cards, thanks to the purchase I made through G2A. Again, luckily for Nate, I had zero intent of holding onto another person's account, so that information remains safe with me. But there's no telling what could've happened if Nate's account ended up in the wrong hands. And he has zero idea how his password ended up in my hands. "I couldn't begin to guess how it happened. I'm guessing it was that mass hack a while back I vaguely remember hearing about. No other accounts of mine (that I'm aware of) seem to be compromised," Nate told us. "I have not much in the way of free time. I'm not super interested in throwing myself against a byzantine [interactive voice response; the telephone robots that ask you if you meant 'billing' when you said 'operator'] that I'm sure Sony has in exchange for a gift card." Eric, the man whose account sparked this whole investigation, said it took "over an hour" to prove his identity to Sony. "I would say Friday I went to my PS4 and was unable to do anything with the system. About two minutes after that, I received three emails from Sony stating that my PayPal had been removed and my passwords had changed, along with my first and last name being changed as well." Sony did not respond to request for comment. It appears the modus operandi changes between scammers. According to Nate, the hacker didn't change his password. I was going to make sure the account belonged to him before I gave him what I assumed was a new password set by the seller, but it turns out Nate knew it off the top of his head. So how does the law work in this particular case? For the purposes of this article, we'll be working with California penal codes -- code 496 in particular. Obviously, a person who knowingly receives stolen property (with the intent of withholding it from the owner), will be charged with either a felony or misdemeanor. In the case of both Tim and myself, returning the account means we're off the hook, and the person who stole the account in the hopes of selling it is definitely 100% a criminal. I was curious if PSN accounts having no basis in the physical world meant something regarding the legality of this transaction. For this story, I talked to New York City-based lawyer Harvey Lippman about selling accounts that don't belong to you, on the off chance there was some crazy loophole that made all of this legal. According to Harvey, that is absolutely not the case. "From what I've read, a lot of this stuff is evolving. There are some newer laws being written," Harvey said in a phone interview. From a lawyer's perspective, he likened it to the theft of a movie ticket. "You don't own the film, but that ticket gives you the right to watch it." That license constitutes "property," and is thus subject to stolen property laws. The next question we have to ask is the placement of G2A in this whole situation. Unless G2A knew for sure that something was up, Harvey says the site is not liable. "Absent some kind of negligence of knowledge, the site is not liable -- unless there is a statute saying they have a duty."  Well, the site's Terms of Service states that "G2A.COM is neither a party to the agreement between the User and the Seller, nor between the Selling User and the User, nor between Sellers -- it merely provides specific assistance and administration services to the Sellers and the Users." The site claims it is the thirdest of parties, but let's dig into that claim a little bit. Going back to penal code 496, in the case of "every swap meet vendor and every person whose principal business is dealing in, or collecting, merchandise or personal property, and every agent, employee, or representative of that person," third-party sellers have a duty to make sure the product is not stolen. So, in this particular case, based on G2A's Terms of Service, the site defines the seller as a second third-party; G2A is more like the person who owns the parking lot where the illegal swap meet happened. As if that wasn't enough, the site that sold me the stolen account also claims to be a third-party, having purchased the code from a seller on Taobao -- a Chinese e-commerce site owned by Alibaba. Yes, that Alibaba. Last we saw, the company was working on a credit system with the Chinese government. Somebody buy me a corkboard, some red yarn, and some thumbtacks. According to a source inside G2A, the company is currently investigating both my case and Tim's. "Sellers of PSN accounts (or any other digital product present on our marketplace) are under supervision of our Customer Experience specialists. Our specialists react every time when there is even a shadow of doubt as to any credibility and trustworthiness. In such cases of an invalid product, sellers are banned and the customers refunded promptly," our source said in an email to Destructoid. Researching this story was like trying to escape from Alcatraz with only a nail file. The deeper I got, the more I hoped to find some measure of closure -- a feeling that never came. I only had to stop reporting on this because at some point, you just have to publish what you've got. We're still waiting on emails from G2A, the organization that sold me the stolen account, and (hopefully) Sony. Taobao was a dead end, because I don't speak a lick of Chinese, and even then I doubt the seller in question would confess to a reporter. At best, I would get another deflection. I can't promise you an ending, at least one that provides a sense of finality. I don't know who stole either account, and nobody's owning up to the deed. All I can tell you is that I've left this experience less trusting of my fellow man. Keep your information safe, gang.
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Lawyers have already been contacted
When I start looking into a story that I know will go much longer than my average Destructoid news post, I like to get as hands-on as possible. I don't just want to read a bunch of other articles about the subject in question...

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Friday Night Fights - Go ninja, go ninja, go!


Game with the Hemorrtoid Community!
Jan 22
// Mike Martin
I am currently overworked and exhausted. I got nothing. I just want to play some Infamous Second Son and Destiny. I want that new Platinum Turtles game to hit too. I need to play through Transformers: Devastation again also. ...
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The Witness

The Witness is actually going to cost $40


I'll pay it
Jan 19
// Jordan Devore
The Witness is said to take somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 hours to fully complete. Despite knowing that, I somehow had it in my head that it would probably be around $20 or so. That's a fairly common price point among ...
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Sony

Sony is sending out those free PlayStation Plus extension codes


For the outage
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
Back on January 4 the PSN was completely down, and now, Sony is making good on its promise to deliver a free day for subscribers to make up for it. I actually obtained my email over the weekend, and Sony is now working to get...
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Tokyo Jungle

Sony might be considering a new Tokyo Jungle


It's the circle of life
Jan 17
// Ben Davis
Based on some recent tweets by Sony producer Masaaki Yamagiwa, there may be some interest in making a new Tokyo Jungle. Yamagiwa had a meeting with Crispy's president Yohei Kataoka, developer of the original game.Roughly tran...
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Friday Night Fights - This is getting corny


Game with the Puntoid Community!
Jan 15
// Mike Martin
So our own Chris "I Swear I'm Not A Terminator" Carter (Watch your neuronet processor having ass, deathbot) feels the new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Beta is promising. I have to agree with him. It's definitely not a...
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Deals

PlayStation Plus finally on sale again for $40 from Newegg


Deal shows up randomly
Jan 14
// Dealzon
While the PlayStation Plus 1 year subscription cards aren't exactly a stranger to deals and discounts, they often come visit at random times throughout the year. For example, let's say you're looking for a deal on a PS4 or Xb...
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PSN sale

PlayStation Store 'Essentials' sale makes some bold claims


Cheap deals on PS3, PS4, and Vita
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Lest you miss out on "essential" pieces of gaming history like Call of Duty: Ghosts or Watch Dogs, the PlayStation Store has some major deals on "must owns" through Monday (January 18). Most things are at least half off and t...
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Meatballs on PS4

Parkour as a human and sniff out meatballs as a dog in Dogchild


Released today on PS4
Jan 11
// Jed Whitaker
Never heard of Dogchild? Me neither, till today. Apparently it was announced in December of 2014 and won "best game of the year" from the PlayStation Awards for titles developed in Spain. Before you rush to the PlayStation S...
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Friday Night Fights: So much c-


Game with the Cocktoid Community!
Jan 08
// Mike Martin
Man... I want wings now. Maybe some pollo asada. I wonder if Hansen has a recipe for a good marinade for that... My fat gut aside, how the fuck y'all been? How was your holidays? What games you get? Did Mom pick the right col...
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PSN is down

Sony is working to bring PlayStation Network back online


Let's pass the time
Jan 04
// Jordan Devore
Having issues with PlayStation Network today? We're right there with you. Sony has confirmed it's aware of the problems. "We are still working on resolving today's issues with PSN," tweeted SCEA's official support line. "Than...
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Friday Night Fights - Happer Nooo Yur!


Game with a hungover Community!
Jan 01
// Mike Martin
Dear lord it's bright. Worked till 6am, drank till 8 and back up at 12pm. Choices. Ugh. It's almost 1pm and I need to go back to work. At least it's Friday and it's a short, 4hr shift. It's the little things. Now excuse me, there's ham on my cat, and vomit in my shoe. I think I drew dicks on myself too... God, I'm an asshole.
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PSN sale

PlayStation Store's newest sale has some good deals on From Software games


You need more games, right?
Dec 29
// Zack Furniss
If you didn't get that game you wanted over the holidays (and it happens to be one of these 94 titles on sale), I've got good news for you. The Holiday Headquarters sale on the PlayStation Store has some stuff you might be in...
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PSN Flash Sale

The PSN Holiday Flash Sale has some fine deals


The Ghost of Deals Present
Dec 25
// Mike Cosimano
It's finally Christmas here in the United States; a country known for big ol' prisons and giving video game consoles as Christmas gifts. Unless something drastic has changed in the past year, the post-dinner console unboxing ...
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Fallout 4

PSN EU reveals its final 12 Deals of Christmas promotion


Your definition of 'deal' may vary
Dec 23
// Vikki Blake
The final deal in Sony EU's 12 Deals of Christmas promotion will bring you discounts for Fallout 4. From now until 11.59pm GMT tomorrow, December 24, 2015, you can grab the standard digital version for €45...
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PS2 on PS4

Wild Arms 3 and four other PS2 titles listed for PS4


Remember Okage? Or what about Primal?
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
The ESRB has pointed to another batch of PlayStation 2 games expected to appear on PlayStation 4. Based on recent listings by the video game ratings board, the console will get Ape Escape 3, Okage: Shadow King, Primal, Siren,...
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FIFA 2016

Festive FIFA offer is Sony's next PSN Deal of Christmas


SCORE!
Dec 21
// Vikki Blake
The penultimate deal in Sony EU's 12 Deals of Christmas promotion will bring you discounts for FIFA 16. From now until 11.59pm tomorrow, December 22, 2015, you can grab the Super Deluxe digital version of FIFA 16&nb...
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Friday Night Fights - It is here!


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Dec 18
// Mike Martin
It is almost Christmas and there is a new Star Wars movie out. *drops mic*
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PaRappa on PS4

I'm glad I got PaRappa the Rapper 2 on PS4


What a delightful experience
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
PaRappa the Rapper 2 holds up so well! As you might have seen, the PlayStation 2 rhythm game became available this week on PS4. It's a classic tale about a rapping dog with a lifetime supply of noodles who really just wants a...
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PSN sale

The PSN holiday sale has added new deals


Week two
Dec 15
// Jordan Devore
The second week of the PlayStation Network holiday sale is a step down, for my personal tastes, but maybe you'll see it in a different light. Jamestown+ is only a few bucks, though, so that has to get a nod. One of my all-tim...

Review: Nuclear Throne

Dec 15 // Jordan Devore
Nuclear Throne (Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [reviewed], PlayStation Vita, Windows)Developer: VlambeerPublisher: VlambeerReleased: December 5, 2015 (Linux, Mac, PS3, PS4, Vita, Windows) / TBA (PS3)MSRP: $11.99 This is a roguelike, and a brutally difficult, bullet hellish one at that. These games have an uncanny ability to push us to the brink of madness only to win us over, in the end, and form an unbreakable bond. I'm no stranger to that process. But with Nuclear Throne, it's far more of a love-hate relationship than I'm used to. A large part of what kept me going despite repeated, soul-crushing failure was the look and sound of the setting and the strange creatures who inhabit it. The overall vision here is superb, with mutants, monsters, robots, and even an inter-dimensional police force collectively forming a believable, lived-in world. You never develop a full picture of this post-apocalyptic wasteland, or what its future might hold, and that's a good thing. Vlambeer provides just enough hints to stoke imaginations without oversharing. As a mutant, your basic goal is to kill everything. And I do mean everything -- that's how you progress to the next level and, with persistence, reach the titular Nuclear Throne. Initially, you will fend off bandits, maggots, and scorpions in a desert area. They're all good fodder for learning the basics before the real scary stuff comes out. Depending on your character, your adventure starts with a basic revolver, but you will soon find more interesting guns with varying rates of fire, bullet spreads, and other quirks. [embed]326751:61527:0[/embed] It's a shame you can only hold two weapons at a time, because I never wanted to part with anything. They're all delightful to use, and once you've grown accustomed to the way combat flows, it's so gratifying. But ammo is finite and the maximum amount you can store of each type (bullets, shells, bolts, explosives, and energy) isn't very high. That's by design. You're meant to continually cycle weapons in and out to match the situation at hand as well as what's left in your ammo stockpile. It's a clever way to encourage adaptability and it also helps the game maintain a sense of excitement over hundreds if not thousands of runs. There are also melee weapons, which are just as enjoyable as guns if not more so. They can be supremely useful in the right situation. Most of them can reflect projectiles back at enemies and, with sufficient reach, even attack through certain walls. There is a major downside to getting up close and personal, though: more than a few enemies explode when they die, and some bosses will even try to bring you down with them. They'll probably succeed, too. Rads (experience points) are the other major piece of Nuclear Throne. They're a type of collectible dropped by slain enemies, and you need to be quick to nab them because they fade after several seconds. Once you've earned enough rads to level up your character, you'll be able to choose a mutation (perk). These grant powerful passive abilities like health or ammo regeneration, slower-moving enemy bullets, and better melee range. But you don't get to pick a mutation until you have successfully obliterated everything and exited the level, and they're presented in a random group of four. Depending on your character's specific strengths and weaknesses, or your personal playstyle, you may not like the choices available. Ammo and health pick-ups also expire shortly after dropping onto the field, which means even if you have carved out a secluded spot that enemies won't wander into, you can't afford to stay put. Nuclear Throne is adept at making you feel unsafe. You're utterly fragile in this game, with or without full health. Everyone and everything packs a tremendous punch, so one wrong move can be the end. Only a select few elements like unlockable characters are persistent across runs. Levels are procedurally generated with variable layouts and enemy placements, but there are consistent themes (desert, sewer, caves, lab, etc.) on the path to the Nuclear Throne. Unless you skip around by entering secret areas -- the underwater oasis is a personal favorite of mine -- the overall structure will be the same on every run. Bosses show up on specific levels, so when you get to level 5-3, you know Lil' Hunter is going to drop in and ruin your day. He's the fucking worst. With practice, you can heighten your skills and know how best to leverage a character's special abilities. You'll be able to rapidly scan and prioritize threats. You'll generally know what lies ahead and which weapons to hold onto. But that's not always enough. Sometimes, Nuclear Throne will just screw you over. And that's where it falls short. There will be times when you spawn into a level surrounded by enemies and explosive objects and immediately die. Sometimes, it's that exact scenario plus a boss in the mix. It can be unfair. Or, at the very least, uneven. I expect that in roguelikes to a certain extent, but it especially stands out as a problem here. Bad spawns aside, there is a weird jump in difficulty in the Frozen City. Every time I managed to clear that particular zone, I went on to beat the next few levels without much trouble and made it to the Nuclear Throne (the point at which you can fight a boss and end your run, or "loop" it). The first time I fought the boss, ten hours in, I brushed up against the thing, causing a game-ending error. It was another two hours before I got another chance and succeeded. I haven't been able to make it back yet to try looping (think new game plus), so I know I'm missing out on some weapons and bosses, and an even greater challenge. If I could do it all over again, I would probably opt for the PC version instead. Mouse and keyboard controls would have been a godsend while I was learning the ropes. On PlayStation 4, there is an aim assist option, thankfully, and you can remap the controls. I suggest playing around with those settings and switching the "change weapon" button to something other than triangle. For folks interested in playing local co-op with a friend, know that the brutal difficulty persists. It's set up in such a way that if one player dies, they need to quickly be revived, and both players lose part of their health. So it's not really any easier. In the end, I have come to love and loathe Nuclear Throne. It's one of the hardest, most rewarding games I've ever played. But as satisfying as it can eventually become, I think it is far too demanding for its own good. With additional polish and balancing, this could be a masterpiece in the genre. It's not quite there yet, but it's close. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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You did not reach the Nuclear Throne
Nuclear Throne is not a game for people who get frustrated easily. My first few hours spent with this top-down shooter from Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer didn't go well. I struggled with aiming and...

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Assassin's Creed

Here's Deal 7 in Sony's European 12 Deals of Christmas Promotion


Syndicate Savings galore
Dec 14
// Vikki Blake
Today's 12 Deals of Christmas is Assassin's Creed-flavoured, with discounts available for the standard and Gold digital editions of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, as well as savings on the Season Pass. From now until 11.59pm GMT...
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TowerFall Vita

TowerFall Ascension hits Vita next week


Yep, there's Cross-Buy
Dec 12
// Jordan Devore
TowerFall Ascension is such a treat for local arena game fans. It's even better with the Dark World expansion, which is worth getting for the fantastic new co-op levels alone. Both are about to arrive on PlayStation Vita and ...
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Friday Night Fights - Stick Fighting


Game with the Stick Figure Community!
Dec 11
// Mike Martin
EDF and Helldivers all in one week. Wow. So much awesome it must be my birfday. But it's not. It's Christmas time stupid. My birthday was in October and none of you said shit. This is why we have ants.  So we find oursel...

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