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Steam

Steam's summer sale is apparently coming June 11


Prepare thy wallet, the harvest is nigh
May 29
// Joe Parlock
On a dark, humid night, you hear it. Slowly, it creeps towards you – clink. Clink. Clink. It sounds inhuman. You close your eyes, hoping the thing won’t find you… but it does. It always does. You can feel i...
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Legend of Pip

Surprise! Adventures of Pip bumped up to June 4, 2015


New game from WayForward vets
May 28
// Jonathan Holmes
Breaking News! I just received a top secret communique via the World Wide Web that reads as follows ~ "Due to popular demand & the magic of @NintendoAmerica, Adventures of Pip will launch on #WiiU early: June 4!" Destruc...
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Dirty Bomb

Dirty Bomb is hitting open beta on June 2


It's not quite Brink, but it could be
May 28
// Joe Parlock
I’ve mentioned this on Destructoid before, but I’ll be damned if I’m missing the chance to mention it again: Brink was a great game, people were wrong about it being bad. I bring that up, because Brink devel...
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Cat simulator

Naughty cat sim Catlateral Damage now on Steam


Next, we need a cat cleanup simulator
May 27
// Jordan Devore
When we aren't talking video games, we're talking cats. Yesterday, it was servals. (Haha, those little heads!) Today, I'm hoping to steer the conversation from face-shredding wild African cats to the cats of the sea (otters)....
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Win one of 50 copies!
Thanks to Daniel Doan from Blackshell Games, we have 50 copies of their game Overture to give away! What is Overture, you ask? Well check out this blurb, taken from the game's wiki page: "Overture is a strategic real-time mon...

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TF2sday

Team Fortress 2sdays: I Like Lego!


I want this set
May 27
// Mike Martin
Seriously. That is an awesome set. Me gusta. How is all the Team Fortress action been treating everyone lately? I don't know how you all still play to be honest. Nothing against the game, I just don't have the drive to play the same game every week, every year, for.... how many years now? 6-7? You all are amazing, but you already knew that, right? Now go kill each other, you rascals!
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Guilty Gear XX Steam

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R's netcode is passable on PC


It works at least
May 27
// Chris Carter
In the past 24 hours I've spent some time with the PC port of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, and I'm partly pleased with the results in terms of the netcode. Your experience really does differ based on the connection rank...
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The Elder Scrolls Online

'Fraudulent' Elder Scrolls Online Steam keys revoked


Pay up another $50 for the game or else
May 27
// Joe Parlock
Bethesda and ZeniMax Online have announced in a forum post that they are beginning to close Elder Scrolls Online accounts bought through unapproved Steam key resellers. Starting yesterday, May 26, accounts with codes bought f...
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Might and Delight

With art like that, I don't even care what Child of Cooper is about


Last night I had the strangest dream
May 26
// Jordan Devore
I don't know what to make of Child of Cooper, an upcoming PC game out of Shelter developer Might and Delight, and that's exciting. It's pitched as a "visual narrative that challenges aspects of normative video game storytel...
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DiRT Rally

You can fly off Pikes Peak in DiRT Rally


Ignore the signs
May 26
// Jordan Devore
The new DiRT game is coming together piece by piece, and today's morsel has me reminiscing about a certain scenic climb in Colorado. Today's update for DiRT Rally is a big one, and centers on Pikes Peak (both its "full fat m...
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Hack

Locked Steam achievement requires you to hack game's code


Invisible, Inc.
May 26
// Steven Hansen
It's not to say that secrets are no fun anymore, but the internet sure can take the luster out of 'em. I mean, what would have been the point of my dog eared, note scribbled Myst notebook if I could solve the whole thing cons...
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Lethal Tactics on Steam

Lethal Tactics brings its intelligent gameplay to Early Access


Like Frozen Synapse, but with graphics
May 25
// Patrick Hancock
Lethal Tactics has recently popped up onto Steam's Early Access program and will immediately look familiar to anyone who has played the brilliant Frozen Synapse. The gameplay is, at its core, the same: click to assign o...
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Valdis Story

Valdis Story gets two new characters and a lot more in a free update


On Steam now
May 25
// Chris Carter
Valdis Story: Abyssal City is pretty great, and I'm very thankful that multiple community members put it on my radar last year. Now, courtesy of a free update (which should now be live on all platforms), you can enjoy two new...
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Guilty Gear XX Accent

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R comes to Steam on May 26


Heaven or Hell port?
May 21
// Chris Carter
Guilty Gear fan? You'll get a chance to check out another iteration on Steam come May 26. Arc System Works has confirmed to Destructoid that Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R will make its way to Steam next week. I...
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Arizona Sunshine

Arizona Sunshine: The (Steam) VR revolution will, unsurprisingly, have zombies


Virtual reality zombie shooter
May 21
// Steven Hansen
I sometimes feel like I'm less on board with VR than most. It's a fun novelty to show a family member for 20 minutes, not something I'd like to be cocooned in for hours . Maybe that's why there's expectation of it doing gang...
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TERA

TERA is now the most-played MMO on Steam apparently


With Neverwinter behind it
May 21
// Chris Carter
TERA Online has been doing very well since it debuted on Steam this month, because according to the publisher, it's now the most played MMO on the platform. It's leading the race of "all-time peak concurrency on Steam," ...
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Woolfe, Dokuro, Jones on Fire and more!
Our friends at Groupees have their Be Mine 19 Bundle going, and to celebrate they've given us 20 codes to hand out to the Destructoid community! The Be Mine 19 Bundle is a game, and music bundle which helps support charity. ...

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Cities: Skylines

Tunnel snakes rule! Cities: Skylines update adds tunnels and more


Euro-centric maps and buildings
May 19
// Steven Hansen
The excellent city-builder Cities: Skylines is going subterranean with its first big update. The expansion includes: Three new European Themed Maps Over 50 European style buildings for the new European map themes Wall-to-wal...
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Team Fortress 2sdays: Missing You


Hawd dammit Bawbee!
May 19
// Mike Martin
Dammit Hank. I keep forgetting I have to write these until the last second, and then I'm stumped. You're out there, flying around on your winged anus llama. Drinking in the clouds with your eyes, while Mario Lopez serves you ...
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'Game 4'

20 minutes of the new game from Castle Crashers, BattleBlock dev


The Behemoth's 'Game 4'
May 19
// Steven Hansen
Because apparently it's 2008 again, I actually played some Castle Crashers this year, which then got me hankering for some BattleBlock, which I prefer. And I'm thinking the tentatively titled "Game 4," with its strategy leanings, might make for my favorite Behemoth game yet. The 20 minutes above is an updated version of what Jordan played and previewed last year, if you prefer words.
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Sunset

1970's revolutionary thriller Sunset out this week


Orange you glad you read this post
May 19
// Steven Hansen
You ever notice how blue the Nolan Batman films are, or the blue and orange trend that slathers everything from Drive to Transformers to Battlefield cover art? Turns out humans respond well to color and when creating a work ...
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BRASIL

Mortal Kombat X gets, uh, Brazil costume pack


Not the movie
May 19
// Steven Hansen
Ok, look. I did pay $.99 for a PSN avatar once. An Italian-flag-colored LittleBigPlanet sackboy back in whatever World Cup when LittleBigPlanet was still a thing. Probably 2002 or something. Still! Mortal Kombat X's Ed Boon t...
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Aquatic Adventure

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human has awesome underwater boss battles


Shadow of the Colossus of the sea
May 18
// Ben Davis
It's starting to feel like underwater adventure games are set to become the next big thing. With upcoming titles like Subnautica, ABZÛ, and Neptune, Have Mercy, it looks like we're going to be spending a lot of time di...
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Cat Lart, Mall Cop

Asshole cat simulator Catlateral Damage out next week


PC, Mac, Linux, Ouya
May 18
// Steven Hansen
I went to bed at like 7PM last night without cleaning up after dinner because I am always tired. This morning, while trying to work, I had to clean up because my cat (he's so cute, yes he is, yes he is) kept jumping on the l...
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Wildstar

Wildstar might be going free to play in August


Just as predicted
May 14
// Joe Parlock
Look, I’m going to try and not be smug about this… but I was right. A few weeks ago, Wildstar was pulled from the shelves in Australia, leading to speculation it might be going free to play or Guild Wars­-st...

Review: Action Henk

May 13 // Jordan Devore
Action Henk (Linux, Mac, PC [reviewed])Developer: RageSquidPublisher: RageSquidReleased: May 11, 2015MSRP: $14.99 Action Henk, who I desperately want to call Action Hank, is past his prime. He's a toy, and a middle-aged, beer-bellied one at that. If you played this game back when it was on Steam Early Access, you can dress him up as a certain ring-carrying blue hedgehog. More than just a fun nod, it fits. There are hints of Sonic the Hedgehog in how Henk builds up his speed, how he roars through loops, and also in the chipper, infectious music. But for as fast as Henk moves, and he is always moving (or you're messing up), it's not hard to follow him, and he doesn't get lost in the chaos. Ghosts are a big help in that regard. Even on your first time through a level, you can race alongside an AI ghost, allowing you to see precisely what it takes to achieve a bronze, silver, or gold medal before executing the winning strategy yourself. This cuts out a fair amount of guesswork and, as a result, unnecessary (see: cheap-feeling) failures. [embed]292039:58519:0[/embed] It's not just running across wooden blocks and vaulting over the (lava) floor of a messy kid's bedroom. Crucially, our aging action hero can slide down ramps to pick up extra speed. Knowing precisely when to start and stop sliding makes all the difference on the leaderboards, as those fractions of a second add up rapidly. It's hard to put into words how enjoyable the movement system is, so I'll just say this: some 70 levels later, it doesn't let up. I'm still digging it. Eventually, Henk comes across a Hookshot, though it's only usable in select levels. Which makes sense, given that the device demands bigger, more open-ended environments to accommodate its huge range. It fits in so well with the existing physics and feel of Action Henk. Flying off a ramp and firing the shot at the exact right moment to fling Henk directly forward is a never-ending joy. The way the device is introduced partway through the game led me to believe there might be more abilities or items later on but, sadly, there aren't. There are more characters to unlock, though. Stages are capped off with a head-to-head race against another toy -- beat them, and they'll join your side. By earning every gold medal for a stage, you'll unlock a coin collection level. These are more compact than the standard fare but they're also less linear. The challenge is primarily in figuring out the best possible route to grab every coin within the time limit. Clear these levels, and you'll earn a new character skin (including one reminiscent of Michael Jackson from "Thriller"). Even if I didn't have the goofy Sonic outfit for Henk, I probably would've stuck with him anyway. I found most of the other characters grotesque. Besides racing against AI and player ghosts, there's also a separate multiplayer mode complete with a chat room. Here, you're competing against other people in real time. You can redo the course as often as you'd like until you're satisfied with your score or the clock runs out. While it's the same old levels from single-player, there's a greater sense of urgency and competition. Finally, there's a level builder with Steam Workshop support. The editor is quick and intuitive to use thanks in large part to the simplicity of the user interface and building blocks. Just drag, drop, copy, and paste pieces onto the screen until you've cobbled together an obstacle course. It's that straightforward. Making something worth sharing will take more time, of course. Barring the final, post-credits set of levels -- which is absolutely brutal -- it shouldn't take more than a few hours to get through Action Henk with decent rankings. Although the game doesn't outstay its welcome, that can be difficult to appreciate. I was left wanting more, particularly in terms of level variety, but the essence of the game is great. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Toy story
Going into Action Henk, a time-trial platforming game starring action figures, I expected to grow frustrated. I figured that once the training wheels came off, the challenge would rise to a point where perfection, or somethin...

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Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is on sale on Steam for another few hours


The base game is $0.99
May 13
// Chris Carter
I've been playing Awesomenauts off and on for a few years now. I was pretty happy with my purchase of the Steam version for full price, but for the next few hours it's on sale for $0.99. If you haven't given it a shot ye...
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Team Fortress 2sdays: The Hankcation Continues!


God's gas is in the wind
May 12
// Mike Martin
Hank is continuing his vacation, but all hope has not abandoned ye. Hank and crew are still providing hot team on team action for you fine folks. Check the map list below and get in there!
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Deals

Green Man Gaming kicks off 5th birthday sale with 2K titles & indie games


Bulkin' up the backlog
May 12
// Dealzon
Gaming retailer hits an anniversary? Time for a sale. That's what's happening at Green Man Gaming this week -- the digital retailer is turning five this year. Prominent among the discounts are 2K titles up to 85% off instantl...






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