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Darren is a scientist and an educator by day, and a writer and reviewer by night. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. Additionally, he produces the Zero Cool Podcast, and he plays board games quite a bit.

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12:00 PM on 12.21.2014

Darren Nakamura's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

This has been an unusual year for me. In previous years, coming up with my favorite games has amounted to listing the ten games I played and then ranking them. In 2014 I took on many more reviews than I have in the past, so n...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 12.17.2014

Hollow Knight has about a day left to hit some stretch goals

Hollow Knight's Kickstarter enjoyed a healthy beginning, keeping up a pace to hit the base funding goal of $35,000 AUD well within its run. For the final week of the campaign, developer Team Cherry has released the above tra...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Review: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a surprise hit for me. I had never been a huge Tomb Raider fan, but its focus on puzzles, asymmetric cooperative multiplayer, and replayability drew me in. It's hard to believe that wa...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 AM on 12.12.2014

New Fossil Echo trailer shows off its Oddworld influence

When we first saw Fossil Echo earlier this year, all we really had to go on was its sharp cartoon art style and a list of influences: Shadow of the Colossus, Studio Ghibli films, and Oddworld. Some of those influences were a...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Australian Classification Board listing points to Borderlands collection on current generation consoles

It seems like every post about Borderlands has the same comments in it: a scathing remark about Aliens: Colonial Marines, a proclamation to wait for the Game of the Year Edition, and a prediction that 2K and Gearbox will...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Recycle your unwanted Steam junk to bid on games (Update)

[Update: The auction has been temporarily shut down, most likely due to the incredible amount of Gem Sacks that were being sold on the marketplace, driving the cost down and inflating the auctions. There are suspicions that u...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 12.11.2014

The Talos Principle is out on Steam today, here's a launch trailer

Croteam's sharp departure from running and gunning The Talos Principle is out on Steam today. I think it is great, and I am not alone. It is probably the best puzzle game to come out this year, and it is certainly the game t...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Bonus mission for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel ties into Tales

[Update]: In an email to Destructoid, 2K has confirmed that the Handsome AI bonus mission will be included for free as part of the update adding Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, not part of the Holodome Onslaught DLC pack that ret...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 12.09.2014

Grab some free tunes from the Dungeonmans soundtrack

I spent a lot of time listening to Hitoshi Sakimoto's work with the soundtrack for Final Fantasy Tactics. Heck, it is still in my rotation for background music during board game nights. From the sound of it, Andrew "zircon" A...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth update is live, makes all my strategies obsolete

A pretty substantial update rolled out for Civilization: Beyond Earth earlier today, addressing some of the issues that the more hardcore Civ fans have had with the title. I took a read through the extensive patch notes and.....

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Two new characters revealed for indie brawler Rivals of Aether

I am a little surprised that we have not yet properly talked about Rivals of Aether on Destructoid. Aside from a brief mention among dozens of other games, we have not looked at the 2D pixel art Smash Bros.-like fighting gam...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Review: Ultraworld

During the first fifteen minutes of Ultraworld, I was blown away by how bad it was. It was "you have got to be kidding me; this must be a joke; one out of ten" bad. The gameplay was trite, and it was matched with some of the ...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 AM on 12.08.2014

Review: The Talos Principle

While playing The Talos Principle, much of my time was spent sitting at my desk, chin in hand, deep in thought. I can only imagine the puzzled look on my face as I considered options, ran scenarios in my head, and generally d...

Darren Nakamura

10:40 PM on 12.05.2014

Sierra and Odd Gentlemen show off new King's Quest at The Game Awards

At the Game Awards tonight, the founders of Sierra Ken and Roberta Williams were honored with the Industry Icon Award for their work in the early days of videogame development. After Ken demonstrated his inability to adjust ...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Wow, Game Music Bundle 8 sounds fantastic

Can you believe the Game Music Bundle is on number eight? We haven't covered every single iteration of it, though the last one got some shameless self promotion here on Destructoid. That said, this one deserves special mentio...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 12.04.2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's second piece of DLC is out December 16

2K Games announced today the second DLC pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and as with the first pack, it is commendable in some ways but disappointing in others. In The Holodome Onslaught, Axton and Gaige join the crew in...

Darren Nakamura