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Review: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark photo
Review: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
by Chris Carter

High Moon Studios set a decent bar with its Activision-published Transformers games in terms of quasi film tie-ins (though the crown still goes to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in my book). None of them were mind-blowingly good, but they succeeded in setting their own tone while staying inline with the film series, and delivered a mostly enjoyable action romp with a fun horde mode before it was featured in every game ever.

Here on the advent of the worst-reviewed Transformers film yet is by far the worst game so far in the franchise -- it's a shame High Moon couldn't have had a crack at it.

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Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another
by Brett Makedonski

Videogames are often at their best when you can just tell that the developers had fun making it. There's a special quality that shines through -- one that can sometimes be tough to place, but somehow makes itself passively apparent. When games are developed by people that truly love creating with one another, well, it just seems like everything turns out better.

Guacamelee! was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable titles of 2013. The comedic action platformer had an odd, quirky brilliance permeate the entire experience. When DrinkBox Studios went into the lab to make Guacamelee! and Super Turbo Championship Edition, everyone had a good time doing so -- usually light-heartedly at the expense of their co-workers.

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Blah Blah Top Five Blah Blah World Cup Blah Blah Soccer photo
Blah Blah Top Five Blah Blah World Cup Blah Blah Soccer
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by SnowmanEX711]

Everybody's blah blah blah World Cup blah blah blah to celebrate top five blah blah blah soccer videogames blah blah blah.  Blah blah blah piggybacking off Google search result algorithms blah blah blah pandering to the interests of those who are more interested in thing other than videogames? Blah blah blah everyone's talking about it blah blah blah you don't want to be left out blah blah blah popular because it is popular blah blah blah Hamza's gotta eat blah blah blah Sup Holmes starts at 4pm blah.

So with out further blah blah blah, lets blah blah blah do blah blah blah this blah blah blah.

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/28] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/28]
by Steven Hansen

Burn it all to the ground.

I'm making guacamole. 

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome photo
Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Yup, you read that headline correctly. Platinum Games, the maker of such fine titles as Mad World, Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising, The Wonderful 101, and more, is creating a game based on The Legend of Korra series. It's being published by Activision as a download-only title for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

We all saw the reveal teaser yesterday, but now it's time I told you how the game plays. Platinum is aiming to ship this one out in the fall of this year, and based on what I got to play of the alpha build, the game is shaping up to be a pretty solid action brawler.

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Review: Shovel Knight photo
Review: Shovel Knight
by Chris Carter

Good things come to those who wait. And boy, have we been waiting for Shovel Knight.

Even though they only just completed their Kickstarter last April, it feels like we've been twiddling our thumbs for eons for Yacht Club Games' debut release. With delay after delay prohibiting us from getting our hands on this love-letter to retro platformers, at one point it felt like it was never going to see the light of day.

Well, it's here now -- and it's everything we hoped it would be.

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We've got 5,000 codes for the Swordsman closed beta! photo
We've got 5,000 codes for the Swordsman closed beta!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Perfect World have hooked us up with 5,000 keys for the closed beta of their new martial arts MMO Swordsman! And in addition to the closed beta, these codes also unlock a Dtoid and E3-exclusive fluffy little lamb that you can hold in your hand and also speaks to you. You know, just what you always think about when you think about Destructoid.

The closed beta ends later this week, so get on it! Thankfully, the unlockables will still be there for you once the game goes into open beta, so you won't be without your fluffy little lamb for long.

To claim your code, click here! (Huge members can snag their reserved codes right here!) Then, just follow the instructions below to redeem. Have fun!

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Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War photo
Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War
by Chris Carter

You don't see a lot of games taking place in World War I outside of the strategy genre. Beyond that, you don't see a lot of representations of World War I in general in any form of media, because the "Second Great War" tends to take up that spotlight.

But Ubisoft Montpellier decided to take on the first worldwide conflict in the form of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, meshing a beautiful cartoon veneer with very serious (and historically accurate) source material.

As a result, you might learn a thing or two while you're solving a well designed pulley puzzle.

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Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement photo
Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement
by Brett Makedonski

What can be done freshen up the zombie genre at this point? Videogames, television shows, movies, comics -- virtually every pop culture medium's been infested by the craze, long ago hitting a saturation (and then oversaturation) point. So, how does a developer like Techland, who's most well-known recently for its zombie games, take the concept and still manage to make it its own?

Techland's creating a game about zombies, that isn't really about zombies. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, that's what it's doing with Dying Light. And who knows -- maybe that's the take on the undead genre that'll liven it up a bit.

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Contest: Win your choice of a PS4, Xbox One or Wii U! photo
Contest: Win your choice of a PS4, Xbox One or Wii U!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Update: Contest ends in a week. You could be our amazing weiner, dog! Good luck.

Destructoid is giving away a free next-gen console! That's right: one lucky Dtoider will get his or her choice of a free Xbox One (minus Kinect), PlayStation 4, or Wii U (deluxe bundle), and all you have to do to enter is push a couple buttons!

To compete, just push the big blue Enter button below and follow the instructions to earn entries. It's that simple! Of course, our Huge members don't need to do a thing; your membership already grants you automatic entry in full. (You can always enter manually to up your odds, though!) Oh, and one more thing: this contest is open to anyone in the world! (Cash value will be rewarded to international winner. For full contest rules, click here.)

Update: As many of you noticed, votes are verified LockerDome, which (amongst other things) makes sure cheaters aren't creating 9999 Dtoid accounts to win. The app wants permissions to use your social media to post (if you allow) but please note they're a legit company not super interested in spying on all your cat photos. You can revoke access, etc, like any other app that uses social connect.

Good luck!

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Review: Ultra Street Fighter IV photo
Review: Ultra Street Fighter IV
by Brittany Vincent

The Street Fighter series is one that will always invariably undergo several revisions, all in the name of uncovering the perfect fighter. Ultra Street Fighter IV, the latest iteration of 2009's massively popular Street Fighter IV, is an exemplary specimen of what cherry-picking mechanics, features, brawlers, and balancing alterations can do for an already venerable fighting game.

Despite being the fifth "remix" of a solid title, Ultra Street Fighter IV is a comprehensive series of tweaks and upgrades that come together to showcase the most feature-rich version of Street Fighter IV yet.

On the surface, the alterations may not even be noticeable to players who breeze in and out of Street Fighter in a casual manner. Other than additional characters and cosmetic augments, it seems very much like the same game. Indeed, much of where Ultra Street Fighter IV's appeal will lie is within the fighting enthusiast crowd.

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Living with Mario princesses and famous people: My daughter plays Tomodachi Life photo
Living with Mario princesses and famous people: My daughter plays Tomodachi Life
by Bill Platt

As many of you know, I am quite the gamer. Not only that, but I am quite the game collector. It comes as no surprise then that my daughter, Kaitlyn, would also follow in her dear old dad’s footsteps.  Ever since she could walk and talk, Kaitlyn has been gaming. Obviously, there are limits to what she plays. She is only nine years old. Most of her gaming consists of family friendly games on the DS, 3DS and Wii U, like Mario Kart 8Tomodachi Life,Animal CrossingKirby: Triple Deluxe and Hometown Story.

Today, we will be talking about Tomodachi Life, since that seems to be the hot game at the moment. I will ask Kaitlyn a series of questions regarding the game, such as how it looks, how it plays, and overall fun factor. I will then, in turn, reveal her thoughts to the world, as close to verbatim as possible. Pretty cool, huh?

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/21] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/21]
by Steven Hansen

No longer tormented by the ants, I'm again able to stock Kahlua, which means my first white Russian in ages. With cream instead of milk, too. Now I'm going to go get tikka masala. Not bad.

I walked in on my friend playing Grand Theft Auto V last night. It was dark and he was wearing sunglasses. He's been  playing for eight straight hours today (mostly without sunglasses). When's the last time you played a game that long? I can't remember. X-COM, maybe. 

I started replaying Catherine but then E3 interrupted that. I should get back to that this weekend. You, meanwhile, should go outside instead of watching Japanese cartoons and browsing the net. Hug your mother (or I will).  

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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Review: Pushmo World photo
Review: Pushmo World
by Chris Carter

People say Nintendo never does anything original outside of Mario and Zelda -- but as we all know, that's absolutely not true. Not only has the company taken chances on wacky IPs all throughout its storied history, but the advent of digital downloads has further satiated its desire to try out new characters and games.

Take the 3DS for example, which rolled out new properties like Dillon's Rolling Western, Sakura Samurai, and my personal favorite of the bunch -- Pushmo. It's hard to believe that in just three short years there have been three Pushmo games, but all of them are good, even the newest iteration that's hitting the Wii U for the first time.

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Behold, the winner of our E3 2014 Community Choice Award! photo
Behold, the winner of our E3 2014 Community Choice Award!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Last week, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite games of E3 2014. And weigh in you did! There were approximately eleventy bajillion votes cast and hand-counted by yours truly, making this one of the most popular E3 awards we've ever held. Thanks to all who voted!

Now, before we unveil the winner, I'd like to congratulate this year's entire massive list of E3 standouts. There were more great games on display this year than I could ever hope to play, ensuring everybody has something to look forward to in 2014 and beyond!

And now, without further adieu, the winner of Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award is...

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Our personal game of the show picks for E3 2014 photo
Our personal game of the show picks for E3 2014
by Steven Hansen

You saw our E3 2014 Game of the Show. It was Metal Gear Solid V. Saved you a click. 

Now, it's a good one. In fact, I wrote about why it was our Game of the Show in that very post you just didn't click. But E3 was full of games like I'm full of curry. And Destructoid is an island of misfit toys sort of collection of miscreants, not a hive mind. So let's see what tickled everyone else's earlobes this year. 

And, hey, now you can tell like 20 different people why they're wrong about games instead of just one! 

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