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SW33T!
Mr. Destructoid has been around for almost 10 years now (!!), and in that time his cold steel frame has graced a few video games. First there was Bomberman Live, then came Raskulls and BurgerTime World Tour. Heck, the green m...

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Rocket League

Expect Rocket League on Xbox One later this month


It's about time!
Feb 02
// Vikki Blake
Rocket League developer Psyonix has confirmed that game will be coming to Xbox One later this month. Replying to a fan on Twitter, the developer said that the game was in the process of being certified with ID Xbox, and it ho...
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Madden

Madden's backing the Panthers to buck the Broncos


Roaring back
Feb 01
// Brett Makedonski
The folks at EA Sports like to use Madden, perennially the most realistic football video game, to predict the outcome of the Super Bowl. It's an obvious, easy trick to use the hype for The Big Game to redirect some attention...
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Madden NFL 16

Madden NFL 16 is heading to EA Access on February 2


Handeggs! Get your handeggs right here!
Jan 31
// Joe Parlock
EA has announced that a new game to be added to their EA Access subscription service on Xbox One on February 2: Madden NFL 16. Please, control yourself. No need to get that excited. In his review, Steven wasn’t entirely...

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Microtransactions

Teen who spent $8K on FIFA microtransactions refunded


I'm genuinely surprised
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Steven recently covered a wild story about a man, Lance Perkins, who was shocked to learn that his 17-year-old son had racked up $7,625 in FIFA microtransactions. A few updates on that front. As it turns out, the damage was e...
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Pokemon

You can watch Pokemon's Super Bowl commercial now


Commercials? Everyone loves those!
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
The Pokémon Company International is airing its "first ever" Super Bowl commercial for Pokémon this February 7 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. It's shot in Rio de Janiero, and although there wi...
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Rocket League crowns

Rocket League competitive season ending, ranked players will get crowns


Also adding RNG loot
Jan 15
// Darren Nakamura
The next update for my #2 game of 2015 Rocket League is due out next month. With it comes the end of the first season of competitive play, and the better players will net some snazzy bling to show off during season two and be...
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Esports are sports?

What the hell, ESPN? Company opens eSports section


Yet you can't even keep Grantland open?
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
In late 2015, ESPN killed Grantland. The ostensible sports site hosted some of the best writing online, period, expanding its rumination beyond sports to TV, movies, and pop culture at large. It was something to aspire to, th...
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3on3 Freestyle

3on3 FreeStyle is bringing streetball to PS4


Can we get NBA Street 4?
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
There's been a distinct lack of streeball games in recent years, but Joycity is trying to change that with 3on3 FreeStyle. It'll arrive on PS4 sometime this year worldwide, although the developer isn't quite sharing a release...
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NCAA Football

EA got NCAA Football fans' hopes up just to dash them


Someone's being a dick
Jan 11
// Brett Makedonski
Facebook fans of the EA NCAA Football franchise were treated to a seemingly ominous message this morning. The page, which has been inactive for 18 months, posted a three-second clip of a heart monitor beeping. Many took ...
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Virtual Console

No, this isn't a Virtual Console game, it's a PS4 re-release


Bear is driving? How can that be?
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
Do not adjust your television set -- what you're seeing is a brand new PS4 game, set to drop in Japan early next year. Yep, Mebius and Clarice Games have taken it upon themselves to resurrect the Bases Loaded franchise (...
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Mario & Sonic

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games amiibo functionality detailed


Costumes, basically
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
I still can't believe that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games exists. If you would have told my younger self that both characters would be teaming up for not one, but multiple games, including Super Smash B...
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Skol Halo

That's a good Minnesota Master Chief


Mark VIkings
Dec 20
// Brett Makedonski
Master Chief traded his signature green for some purple pride at the Minnesota Vikings game this afternoon. There's always the off-chance that this isn't the fabled Spartan and it's actually an innovative midwesterner who's f...
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Rocket League goals

Rocket League revenue nears $50 million


8 million accounts
Dec 17
// Steven Hansen
Rocket League developer Psyonix is a pretty heart warming story. In business 15 years now, profitable for the last 10 of those, still independent. Had the idea for Rocket League as far back as 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rock...
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Rocket League

Rocket League? Yeah, Simpsons did it


Smithers! There's a rocket in my pocket!
Dec 10
// Brett Makedonski
The Simpsons prove that they've already done everything, including inventing one of the best video games of 2015. @MsMinotaur [Twitter]
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PES 2016

On the ninth day of Christmas, Sony gave to me... a PES 16 deal for Europe


Only 7 deals to go!
Dec 09
// Vikki Blake
The fifth deal in Sony EU's 12 Deals of Christmas promotion will bring you discounts for PES 2016 on the PS4. From now until 11.59pm tomorrow, you can grab a standard digital version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 for &eur...
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Robots 'n' golf

100ft Robot Golf is a sports game I can get behind


What a fun idea
Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
An email showed up in my inbox with the words "100ft Robot Golf," and I couldn't click it soon enough. That's the title of the next game from Roundabout studio No Goblin. It looks great. This isn't merely standard golf with g...
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Rocket League

Rocket League is finally coming to Xbox One


Golazo!
Dec 03
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox owners might be a little late to the pitch, but at least they'll get their chance to haphazardly ram their cars into giant soccer balls. Rocket League will make its way to Xbox One at long last. There's no word on w...
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Rocket League

Rocket League has evidently been rated for Xbox One


Nice
Dec 02
// Chris Carter
Good news, everyone -- if you've been wanting to get in on the Rocket League craze and don't want to play it on PC or PS4, you may have your chance yet on Xbox One at some point. The Taiwanese Game Software Rating Regula...
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Handball 16

Handball 16 is a real game you can play


But you probably don't want to
Nov 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Every Sunday, Sony posts a lineup of new releases coming to PlayStation systems that week. It's something I check religiously, hoping to discover a gem hidden amongst the big blockbusters. No gems this week, but Bigben Intera...
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PES 2016

PES 2016 is getting a free-to-play edition soon with seven teams


Starting December 8
Nov 28
// Chris Carter
For all five of you who play PES 2016 (just kidding, it's a wildly successful franchise) will be delighted to hear that your friends can join in on the action soon for free. Starting December 8, there will be a free "ent...
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Rocket League

Play ice hockey in Rocket League


Here comes a Snow Day!
Nov 26
// Vikki Blake
Psyonix has confirmed that from December 14, you'll be able to jump into the Winter Games event, Snow Day, in Rocket League. The ice hockey-inspired playlist (well, it's a puck instead of a ball) replaces the Mutator Mashup a...
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Panty lines

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 gets rope tug and buoy hopping


And tan line tech
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
It's not just volleyball, clapping titties, and virtual reality you're getting with Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. No, no, no. As shown off in this new video, there's also tug-of-war and pool crossing minigames. The latter would be...
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Rocket League Chaos Run

Rocket League December DLC adds first non-standard arena


Along with Mad Max-esque battle cars
Nov 18
// Darren Nakamura
We knew a new Rocket League announcement was coming today. It's not any more word on if/when the car soccer game would show up on other platforms. Instead, it's a handful of new car customization options modeled after brutal ...
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Sports games

What's your most beloved 'alternative' sports game?


Get wacky
Nov 18
// Chris Carter
Before big publishers sought to buy up every license known to man, there was an influx of amazing alternative sports games. Mario has somewhat kept that torch alive with arcade-like influences over the framework of real sport...

Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Nov 18 // Chris Carter
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)Developer: Camelot SoftwarePublisher: NintendoMSRP: $49.99Release Date: November 20, 2015 There's no two ways about it -- Ultra Smash  is a bare-bones game. If you came to this court expecting anything other than basic tennis, you will walk away disappointed. And even then, it doesn't handle the basics as well as its predecessors. There is a degree of strategy at work in Ultra Smash, just like in the past games in the series. Serves can be timed for greater effect, specific hits can be returned as direct counters (such as returning a topspin with a slice), while twitch movement and the ability to predict your opponent's moves are still paramount to your success. In that regard, nothing really has changed. You do have a few extra control options as the GamePad can mirror the TV (and I do mean "mirror," as perspectives aren't shifted for same-screen play, sadly) or function as a scoreboard. The Wii U Pro Controller and the Wii mote can also be used, though the latter does not feature motion support. The core modes are Classic or Mega Battle, the latter of which just throws in a Mega Mushroom occasionally to allow your characters to grow larger for a limited time, with enhanced stats to boot. Yep, the big gimmick this time is a power-up, and only one of them, on top of the fact that only one player per side can get it at a time. There's no story mode and no real experience to gain outside of coins (which unlock a mere four characters and courts paved with new material, like carpet) -- what you see is what you get. [embed]320462:61082:0[/embed] Other modes are just as paltry. There's the Mega Ball Rally, which tasks players with slicing a ball back and forth until someone (either another person or the CPU) screws up. It's literally one round and then it's over. It's almost indistinguishable from the other modes. Then there's the amiibo-based Knockout Challenge, which is the closest you're going to get to a progression-based system. In short, you'll be pitted against a crescendoing circuit of matches one after another, earning some bonus rewards (which again, can just be bought with coins) along the way. It's basically Classic mode with the ability to play with an amiibo partner, without any of the amiibo depth from other games like Smash Bros. I had a chance to try out online play before launch, and things seemed rather smooth, even if there are no lobbies or extras of any kind. It's probably the only real shining light of this package, but even then, it feels odd that it's a surprise for a Nintendo game to feature it in 2015. Of course there's a caveat -- you cannot play directly with friends. And... that's all you're getting. If you can stomach playing classic mode for hours on end with someone local, you'll probably find something to love here. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash feels like it was rushed into the holiday season to mask the absence of Star Fox. You're better off just playing any other previous game in the series, which is particularly easy to do since the first game is on the Wii U Virtual Console for just 10 bucks. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Swing low
Once upon a time, Mario Tennis was a national pastime at pretty much every household I visited. Back in the year 2000 there weren't a whole lot of alternative sports games outside of a few gems (I miss EA Sports Big), an...

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Rocket League

Psyonix is 'looking at all kinds of platforms' for Rocket League


More news later this year
Nov 12
// Darren Nakamura
Thus far, Rocket League has seen some phenomenal success on PC and PlayStation 4 (in part due to the PlayStation Plus promotion), and developer Psyonix hasn't been shy about its desires to move onto other platforms in the pas...
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Rocket League update

Rocket League is now even more chaotic


The mutator update is here
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
"Get back into Rocket League" just jumped to the top of my gaming to-do list. With the latest update on PC and PlayStation 4, mutators are in! There are a bunch of specifics to dig through -- and I've included the full patch ...
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UFC

Will EA confirm EA Sports UFC 2 today?


All signs point to yes
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
Looks like Electronic Arts will be confirming EA Sports UFC 2 later today. A post on the official EA Sports UFC Facebook page states: "The Wait is Finally Over! Tune in tomorrow".
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Ultra Smash

The Mario Tennis roster has at least one pleasant surprise


Obligatory spoilers
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
The more I see of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, the more I want to wait for an eventual sale. I've played a little, and it does feels good, but my concerns about Camelot not breaking enough new ground persist. There are also too...

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