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Gee, I sure do hope everyone wants to hear more about those stompy Titanfall robots!

What? No? Oh, okay... but that's all I've been playing.

Well what else do I have going on? The other day I made a Tumblr account where you can see more stompy robot and videogame related things. You might notice I have an About Me and Portfolio section on there like a big boy real writer. I'm trying to up my game and start writing "for real" so I needed a one-stop shop where people could check out some of my stuff. So yeah, that's a thing.

I've had Jazzpunk staring at me from my Steam library for the past two (three?) weeks. My brother looked me in the eyes the other day and told me I was a "soul-criminal" for not playing it yet.  Hopefully I'll be able to crave out some time for some surreal espionage action over the next few days.

Mercenary Kings is finally out in full-actual-for-real-this-time release and I really want to play that too! If not for the oldschool Metal Slug action, than for the charming pre-release trailer. I have a special place in my heart for soft voices singing about terrible things.






- No topsauce today *sadface*
P - 1st Spooge Office reporting for holodeck clean up duty.

P - The Videogame Rescue podcast/youtube group are talking about Rifts, and books, and faces this week.

R - Gather your Einherjar for this review of Valkyrie Profile 2. I was a HUGE fan of VP1 and it makes me a little sad to have missed the sequel. 

M - DRUM SOLO! DRUM SOLO! DRUM SOLO! Er,- sorry. I watched the new Muppets movie last weekend and I'm still in kind of an Animal mindspace.

A - An advance look at the Drakengard 3 guide book. It will have pictures of those crazy flower face girls just chilling in a cafe apparently, which actually kind of makes me want to check it out. Can we just get a game about girls with flowers coming out of their eye sockets chatting with each other?

? - Your glorious leader and mine, Zombie Orwell, is back. Soak in his mind thoughts, feel his disappointment at the lack of Eminem loin chops in his life, and maybe buy his "transcriptionist's" book.

C - Looks like Joe did a lot of leg work in his Fancypants to put together this series of interviews. Which makes it all the more of a shame that he didn't include any info about who he's interviewing, why it's interesting, or even what he wanted to accomplish. This post really needs a blog.





-Wrenchfarm

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Today, as you ponder, "How do I trick this person?," just remember that there is a line to be crossed. April Fool's can go terribly wrong in several ways, and you don't want to be remembered as that douchebag who ruined it for everyone. Please exercise good judgement and common sense. Remember that idiom: It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. I'm still so sorry, Tyler.
April Fool's! Go fucking crazy.

Ahem. Hey; at least we get some cool stuff out of this holiday, right? Like Sega's Rappy Bird, or Square Enix putting Garrett in Final Fantasy. Well...that's not great. But you get the idea.

No CAPS today. April Fool's


* - Arsenic13 pleads his case for cock. He thinks male nudity should be more abundant, and nudity in general shouldn't be so taboo in certain media.

* - Char Aznable dips into the Dtoid well of memories and pulls out The GHosts' amazing Destructoid Cards. These were so cool. Maybe...it's time for a new deck?

P - TheDustinThomas' podcast is looking for more questions. This week's episode is about wrestling videogames! Comments, questions, and declarations about what wrestling game is best are welcome.



C - MeanderBot is nearing the end of his process and looking for input on the final Printoid image. Please take a minute to throw in your 2 cents!

F - Scield decides to post the Xbox Friday Night Fights post way early, to give non-forum people a chance to actually get organized before Friday night. Thinking about hosting something on Friday? Well, you've got plenty of time to ponder.

T - PopetheRevXXVIII has some thoughts about Kingdom Hearts, and Street Fighter. What's this BS about frame drops on the PS3 version of SSFIV AE 2012?

T - Blue Odeyssey remembers the good times. Thanks to Final Fantasy X, and X2, he can relive some of those great times. Do you feel the same way about how the landscape has changed?

R - Spazzh20 reviews the original Kingdom Hearts, and it almost sounds like he likes it or something.

R - Lord Spencer's review of the SNES game The Adventures of Batman & Robin.

T - junespirit loves Disney and doesn't care who knows!

A - RenegadePanda totally outclasses the 'official' version of the MGS: Ground Zeroes PS4, with his own design.



F - Terry 309 honors Cybele with this review of Valkyrie Profile 2.



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Can I gush about Paper Trail for a second?



No, not that one. Though it was the last good album from T.I..... Anyways, I'm sure most of you who have played Infamous: Second Son have encountered the side mission that takes you from your PS4 to your computer to your PS4 to your computer to your PS4 to your computer to your PS4 to your computer to your I think you get it. At first I thought that it was a stupid thing that I wouldn't want to do. then I got bored enough during class and signed up. Boy am I glad I did. 



The amount of work that went into is pretty impressive. You've got a mystery that isn't the easiest to solve online. It requires careful study of evidence and gathering various codes for devices that unlock the next in game session. Call it a small thing, but it syncs up so well between the PS4 and your online account, that its just a small thing that makes you feel like the next generation has arrived.



I'm hooked. Even the part where you unlock the drone by guessing the code had me with pen and paper trying everything. Really hope when it is all over you get the paper ability, it fascinates me. 

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Hello everyone! I've still been playing Dark Souls II. I've moved onto New Game+, and I really like what they're doing with New Games this time around. I'm having trouble with bosses that were a breeze the first time through the game, which I didn't really expect.

I started doing some co-op, now that I've beaten the game solo. Summoning is definitely a lot more reliable now, which is a huge relief! Even at a high soul level of 160, I'm still finding plenty of summon signs near bosses, and the connections almost always work out. I also haven't had too much trouble being summoned myself, although there are certain bosses where you'll have to stand around awhile before you find someone who needs your help. 



I've only tried PvP a handful of time, and they always seem to be super quick duels, not lasting more than 10 seconds unless both players are being too careful. There's still some weird lag when it comes to attacks connecting though; I thought I was totally out of the way of other players' attacks sometimes, and yet they still managed to hit me. 

In terms of multiplayer, I vastly prefer co-op, so I'll probably be doing that more than PvP anyway. Co-op play has worked seamlessly for me so far, so that makes me happy! I love being able to help out players who are having trouble with a boss that had previously given me a lot of frustration. It's a wonderful feeling!

In other news, Kill la Kill aired its final episode this week. It was an extremely satisfying anime, definitely one of my favorites! So many memorable characters, awesome music, ridiculously over-the-top action sequences... what a great show. I can't wait for an English translation, so I can spend more time looking at the animation and less time reading subtitles. Also, I hope Mako can get her own spin-off show someday; her and her family were so entertaining! 



No topsauce today :(



A - FoxEngine predicts several game delays for 2014.







F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Welcome your new FNF hostess, KymikoLoco!

S - nanashi plans to blog more often, and would like suggestions for a possible cblog series!



$ - March 28th UK releases and bargains!



F - realkman went to see the Need for Speed movie, but found the Coffee Crisp bar he was eating to be far more satisfying!







F - Want some Dead Rising CHEATS? Cheats cheats cheats!

F - How about some Watch Dogs CHEATS? It seems Grungey and Danny are in cahoots.



- bbain

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I was hoping to be able to talk about Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright today, as today marked the long awaited European release date of this game that can't possibly be anything other than pure brilliance. As luck would have it though, my preorder didn't actually arrive today and is now scheduled for tomorrow at the latest. And since I'm not going to be home tomorrow, in all likelihood I won't get to solve puzzles, present evidence and point fingers until Sunday night or even Monday.

That makes me a sad Phoenix.


(by the way, you wouldn't believe how many pics Google has of sad Ace Attorney characters)

Still, once I do get it I plan to tell you guys all about it, and I'm even thinking of writing a review in the Cblogs. I know reviews aren't usually the most popular of posts, but this one seems fair game to me. At the very least expect some impressions and silliness from me somewhere down the line.

In the mean time I, shall we say, "acquired" a fan translation of Ace Attorney Investigations 2, but I haven't had much time to play it yet. So honestly that's pretty much a dead end for now as well.

What to talk about, then? Actually, I'm going to keep it short today. I'm supposed to be studying for an oral exam on information and IT law (which involves mostly freedom of speech vs. privacy) and I've been procrastinating for far too long already. So even though I could talk about how I've been watching a frankly insane amount of Doctor Who, finally beat the Elite Four of Pokémon X, getting near the end of Kingdoms of Amalur, "acquired" The Hobbit 2, and I'm starting to think about which games to ask my parents for my birthday in two weeks, instead I'll just do what I usually do when I got nuthin'.

Post video game music, of course!



* - SongSeven explores the meta-narrative of the Dark Souls series. A fascinating look at the similarities between the Dark Souls player and the Chosen Undead him- or herself. The blog is also much less pretentious than I'm making it sound.

* - A new video game OST case study, this time with Rayman Origins. Weird but fun.

A - FoolproofAdam takes a look at how we value our games and how sales affect the industry.

P - Apparently some insane genius of a man saw the new 3D-printers and thought to himself "You know what, I could make Barbie battle armor out of this!"





F - Xbox FNF and the new banner in which I'm sniping all y'all to death.









C - Uhm...structure, please?

F - I wish this wasn't spam because I appreciate the sentiment.





- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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Hello, Destructoid community bloggers. It's been a while yet.

Some of you may know me. Some of you may not. I am Nihil, a murder police in The Basement. I used to be a frequent blogger myself, on these here pages. There's a few excuses as to why I don't blog as much anymore. Foremost is because video games are horrible and should be banned and you all should be ashamed of yourselves. Secondly, it's none of your business. And last, your Mother.

BUT! I still care about reading your musings, so much so that I made a thread dedicated to showing Those Who Dwell Below what they're missing up here. A sorta cool-blogs-I-read-lately deal - not unlike these here recaps. And I have concluded, with my natural detective skills, that this made me a shoe-in as a reservist for the cblogs.

If you told me months and years and days ago that I would be a reserve recapper in 2014, I would've told you to shut up and go kill yourself. But now, in these dire times, it seems my services to the cblog community are required yet again.




* - Third Round of your MSpaints is go. You will literally get a cookie for each one you guess right.

* - Arsenic13 thinks about the children and the future of their online gaming environments.

* - Everyday Legend is a big fan of irony and corrupt politicians getting fucked in the ass. It just so happens I am as well.









I - HLBC is back, and explains why he hasn't made a blog in a while. His reasons are better than mine.


N - ktfX gives us the low-down on why Facebook buying out Oculus is pissing people off.

R - Old McDonald had a farm. And on that farm, he reviewed Silent Hill Shattered Memories, The Stanley Parable, and SteamWorld Dig. They're pretty okay.

R - Star Ocean is underrated, ROM'd, and reviewed. It's not piracy if they don't make 'em like they used to...

T - PopetheRev likes the Sonic and Outrun series, because they make him feel funny "down there".



A - A comic book review and recommendations by the elusive Hammershark.







Thus concludes our broadcast Recaps. Hope you enjoyed 'em. Thanks to Strider and Smurfee for the opportunity, and I'll see y'all 'round the bend!


--Nihil

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