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Letting off some steam with the Code Name S.T.E.A.M. demo

Jan 26 // ChillyBilly
Code Name S.T.E.A.M. looks and sounds fantastic. I know it's been said before but screenshots of 3DS games on the Internet or in magazines do them absolutely no justice. Intelligent Systems has gone for a nice, cartoony look here. Every character is outlined in thick black brush lines, which makes them really pop in their surroundings. The game itself is made to resemble a comic book; this is apparent during cut-scenes, where the action and story unfold with the use of storyboard-type panels. The character animations are also super smooth. Everything runs great, without a hitch or lag. I have no idea what the exact frame rate is, but it's just like butter -- smooth. Not only does Code Name S.T.E.A.M. look good, but it sounds amazing as well. Everything from the music during each mission to the sound of your weapons has a nice, realistic feel to it. There are certain parts, such as the loading screen, where it seems as if you're listening to old music straight from a vintage phonograph. The sound design really helps to immerse you into this strange yet familiar world. The gameplay is split into two types: real-time strategy and third-person shooter; however, it's never one or the other as both types of gameplay are used at all times. You play from an overhead, over-the-shoulder view. The controls definitely remind me of Kid Icarus: Uprising. You move your character with the left thumb pad, while all the camera movements are handled by the stylus. I imagine that the camera will be controlled by the new nub controller once the New 3DS launches. As is, it feels right, if you know what I mean. It works. It's as fluid as you would expect from a company with Intelligent Systems' pedigree. Each map is filled with various corridors and pathways, all leading to the final goal, which happens to be a giant, glowing green door that reads, "goal." You have to tactically move your unit through the maps, taking out alien invaders along the way. As you traverse the maps, you can destroy various objects to gain health as well as refill your steam canisters. You're also able to save your game as you make your way through each map; however, you have to reach specific save points first, making your every move mean that much more. [embed]283500:56224:0[/embed] Your movements are 100 percent dependent on how much steam your have left in your tanks. Every few steps and every shot of your weapon takes away some steam. It's easy to make the mistake of moving too far, only to be left facing an enemy without enough steam to fire off a shot. You have to carefully plan your course of action, hiding behind obstacles along the way. Of course, you're never really out of danger as some of the objects you'll find yourself hiding behind can easily be destroyed by the enemy. Oh, and have I mentioned that you get to play as John Henry, who launches grenades called "bear grenades" that completely obliterate anything in their vicinity? Well, you can, and it's amazing. When the demo was over, I was left wanting more. Intelligent Systems has nailed the fusion of an RTS with the action and excitement of a third-person shooter. The controls are silky smooth, and the animation and character designs are spectacular. Playing as some of the most well-known figures in American history is just the icing on top of this steam-filled cake. I've had my pre-order in for Code Name S.T.E.A.M. for a while now, so I'll definitely be picking this up when it launches; the hard part now is the wait, especially since I've been given a small taste of what's to come.
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Feel the steam all around me
Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a new turn-based, third-person strategy game from Intelligent Systems, maker of the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series. It launches in North America for N...

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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: MAGFest & PAX South


Game with the Dtoid community
Jan 23
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! It's a fairly light week for games this week, due mostly to the fact that both MAGFest and PAX South are happening as you read this. To all the Dtoiders attending these wonderful events, have an absolutely awesome time. For those of us not attending, well, we'll have our own damn fun, won't we?!
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Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: Between 2fort, now 80% chillier


Shooty, shooty, pow, pow!
Jan 20
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Team Fortress 2sdays. It looks like your old pal Chilly (that's me) is gonna be the next victim guest on the always popular Q&A show, Between 2Fort, hosted by the one and only Shadow. Now, I don't want to steal any of Shadow's thunder, so I'll let him give all the juicy details:

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Radio Dtoid

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask us some questions!


Do you have what it takes to ask the best question?
Jan 17
// ChillyBilly
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: No AC adapter required


Game with the Dtoid community
Jan 16
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! Welcome to another exciting edition of Friday Night Fights! Now with 100% more solar power! I assume by now that most of you have heard the news regarding the New 3DS XL and its lack of an AC adapter. ...
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: Grappling hooks and powerups


Shooty, shooty, pow, pow
Jan 13
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Team Fortress 2sdays! Shadow is back with us this week with some recent updates to Team Fortress 2, as well as his plans to bring back his always entertaining series "Between 2Fort," where he interviews both Destructoid staff and community members while they try not to get shot. (F.Y.I - they get shot. A lot)  Take it away, Shadow!
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Sub-Zero


Game with the Dtoid community
Jan 09
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! If you're anything like me, and if you live in the Midwestern United States, then you've most likely been home bound for the majority of the week. The weather outside has been, in one word, shit. The good news i...
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Nintendo Mall Experience

My daughter could probably beat you at Mario Kart 8


Our Nintendo mall experience
Jan 08
// ChillyBilly
Last month, my family and I were at our local mall doing some holiday shopping. As we were walking through the mall, we noticed a large gathering of people who were playing video games. Upon closer inspection, it turns out th...
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: A new year of TF2sdays begins


Shooty, shooty, pow, pow
Jan 06
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! I hope all of you had an awesome New Years and I want to be the first to welcome you back to Team Fortress 2sdays! Since it's the start of a new year, we may have some people here who are unfamiliar with TF2sda...
Radio Dtoid photo
Radio Dtoid

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask a question, win a game!


The best question wins a free game!
Jan 03
// ChillyBilly
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Resolutions


Game with the Dtoid community
Jan 02
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! And Happy New Year!Out with the old, in with the new, that's always been my motto. Now that 2014 is over, we can all start 2015 off with a fresh view on the world around us, as well as a fresh take on how we'll ...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: How about them hackers...


Game with the Dtoid community
Dec 26
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday!Google Chrome crashed on me while I was 95% done updating this post. I lost everything I had written and all the games being hosted were wiped out.I'm not re-writing all of that. I hope you all have fun gaming tonight and I hope Xbox Live and PSN are actually working, because remember, the people taking down the networks are doing it for us, because reasons...Assholes... 
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: Happy Holidays


Shooty, shooty, pow, pow
Dec 23
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! Short post today, getting all my holiday stuff done before Christmas. From myself and the entire Destructoid community team, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Festivus for the rest of us.
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Bill's GOTY picks

Bill Platt's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014


2014 was an amazing year!
Dec 22
// ChillyBilly
2014 was a phenomenal year for gaming. I don’t think there was a genre that didn't have a game I absolutely loved. Now, the truth is that I’m easy to please; I could never do reviews. I see the fault in games, but...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Naughty or nice?


Game with the Dtoid community
Dec 19
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! With this being the last Friday Night Fights before Christmas, I want to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays or merry whatever other holiday tradition you typi...
Retro City Rampage photo
Only 2,000 copies in existence!
The fine folks at Vblank Entertainment (Brian Provinciano to be exact) want to give one lucky Destructoid community member a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4. What makes this so special is that o...

Hats, hats, hats photo
Hats, hats, hats

Team Fortress 2sdays: End of the line


Where is master control at?
Dec 16
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! I want to take a moment to apologize for not getting the post up last week. I hate when I miss a post, it drives me absolutely bonkers. Shadow is back with us this week to talk about a new update that, well, may not have been as awesome as many were hoping. It's probably best to let Shadow tell you all about it, since he definitely knows this game better than I do.
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Return of the Mack


That's right, I'm back
Dec 12
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! Well, well, well. Look who decided to jump back in, feet first and host his first Friday Night Fights in over two years. That's right, it's me. The one and only, ChillyBilly. I know, I know, I can hardly believe...
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Amiibo

Act Fast! Lucario amiibo available for pre-order again on Toys "R" Us website


He's basically a blue Pikachu, right?
Dec 09
// ChillyBilly
Jeez, these amiibo things sure are popular, huh? Grab your wallets and get to shopping, because the Lucario amiibo (Toys "R" Us exclusive) is back in stock at the Toys "R" Us website. Just yesterday, these figures were completely sold out on there, so you should probably act pretty fast if you want to snag one for yourself.
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Welcome to December


Game with the Dtoid community
Dec 05
// ChillyBilly
*Bonus points to those who get the picture / title tie-in.Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to December, 2014! Now that all the major game releases are over, we can all sit back and reflect on what an amazing year it's been ...
Hats, hats, hats photo
Hats, hats, hats

Team Fortress 2sdays: Post holiday shopping blues


Shooty, shooty, pow, pow
Dec 02
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Team Fortress 2sday, where your best shot, could land you a million dollars. Okay, that last part may not be exactly true. To be honest, it's not even remotely close to being true. Now that Thanksgiv...
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: The blackest of Fridays


Game with the Dtoid community
Nov 28
// ChillyBilly
Happy Black Friday everyone! I know many of you are either in a food coma still or are out shopping, trying to find the bestest of best deals, so I'll keep this brief. If you're out there shopping, stay safe. If you're w...
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: Thanks for playing


Shooty, shooty, pow, pow
Nov 25
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! I know I'm a bit early here but, with Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for being, well, awesome. When Andy Dixon initially asked me to be part of the Commun...
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Settle it in Smash


Did you hear Smash Bros. was out?
Nov 21
// ChillyBilly
*My Amiibo haul from this morning - yes, I know I have a problem... Happy Friday!Look, I'm just going to be super honest with you all here, Smash Bros. for the Wii U released today, we all know that none of you are going to be reading this because you'll all be settling it in smash and all that jazz. You know the drill, games being hosted are below. Have fun!
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: We landed on a comet


And only six kerbals died for it
Nov 18
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! I guess I wasn't the only one excited about the whole, landing a rover on a moving comet thing, seems as though our very own TF2 guru, Shadow, was impressed as well, and he has a few words on it, as well as Kerbal Space Program! Take it away, Shadow! 
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Singing comets


Game with the Dtoid community
Nov 14
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! One thing that many of you may not know about me, is that I fucking love science. Seriously. Space exploration, underwater exploration, things that make the world tick, all that stuff, it makes me giddy and feel...
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2sdays: Bonus ducks


I'm the medic!
Nov 11
// ChillyBilly
Happy Tuesday! Sorry for missing last weeks post, things around the Platt house have just gotten a bit busier than I was expecting and, well, I forgot. Looks like there's going to be another mouth to feed around here, and the sounds of little feet, eventually running all over... Here's Shadow with some words of wisdom:
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Friday night's alright for fighting


Game with the Dtoid community
Nov 07
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! It's getting late, have you seen my mates? Ma, tell me when the boys get here. It's seven o'clock and I want to rock, want to get a belly full of beer. My old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys and my o...
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Frights: Mikey rules


Game with the Dtoid community
Oct 31
// ChillyBilly
Happy Halloween! A little over a year ago, I was having a discussion with our very own Andy Dixon, on how we could help bring the Friday Night Fights segment back to its glory of old. I mentioned that we should reach out to M...
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

Spooky Fortress Frightsdays: Cavalcade of Carnage


Halloweenis Edition
Oct 28
// ChillyBilly
Happy Ghouls-day! Welcome to our spooky edition of Team Fotress 2sdays, please leave your limbs at the door, as you'll have no need of them here...muwahahahahahaa. Anyway, Shadow is here is to talk about all the scares and bone-chilling details for the Halloween edition of Team Fortress 2sdays, take it away Shadow:

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