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In an attempt to get all the trophies in Dark Souls II, I spent a few hours this week doing PvP matches for a covenant. So I've been getting a pretty good handle on how PvP feels in the new game. For the most part, it works really well. It hasn't been difficult to get into matches, even at a really high level. 



A lot of players have been really cool about dueling. I like fighting people who bow before duels, and who don't use annoying gestures like "Mock" or "This one's me" after winning a duel. I stop looking at the screen if I see one of those gestures. One person accidentally killed me with magic right when I started to bow, and then ran up and used one of those "I'm sorry!" carvings, which I thought was funny. I also think it's cool when there are two invaders, and one stands to the side to watch to other two people fight, then steps in when the first invader dies. That happened to me once, and now I try to follow their example whenever I find myself in a 2v1 match. Fighting two invaders can feel pretty unfair anyway.

So far the fights have been rather varied. A lot of people like to use magic attacks, although they always seem to use the same ones (Soul Spears, Lightning Spears, Flame Swathes) so it's gotten pretty easy to avoid them. A lot of the melee fighters tend to have elemental weapons, so I try to have two shields I can switch between (one with high elemental resistances, one with high physical resistance). The melee fights are my favorite, they're always the most tense. And I primarily use melee attacks myself anyway. 

This time around, losing fights due to lag have been very minimal. Although, whenever it seems like there's been some lag, I ALWAYS get backstabbed. This usually occurs while the other player looks like they're in front of me, or to my side. So that can be pretty annoying. It's happened maybe five times out of about fifty matches though, so it hasn't been a huge problem. I was really hoping they'd fix the backstabbing problem from the first game, though. 

I've also been experimenting with a bunch of different weapons, and I think I've finally found my favorite one! They added a few new weapon types, including lances and twinblades. Both of those types of weapons have really cool movesets, but the lances are my personal favorites. It feels so good to charge down enemies with a multi-hit attack, which usually leaves them open to another attack immediately afterward. The backstab animation for lances is also extremely satisfying, as you pierce the enemy through the back, lift them high into the air, and then slam them back down into the ground! I'd been using the Chariot Lance for awhile, but a few days ago I found the Grand Lance, and that one has quickly become my preferred weapon of choice. At least I can stop using broadswords now!



No topsauce today :(



A - Jack shares stories about maintaining relationships with friends and loved ones as a gamer.

P - Fill your ears with the sounds of Radio Destructoid, episode 34!

P - Check out the new Go for Rainbow podcast, where they discuss racist gamers!



I - Say hello to Brittany Vincent! She'll be writing some news articles for Destructoid!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Beautiful men!



$ - April 4th UK releases and bargains!



V - The death of the single player campaign? I don't think single player games are gonna be disappearing anytime soon.

C - I kinda agree with mrplow8, I'm not sure who this blog is meant to be mocking.



No fails today! Huzzah!



- bbain

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Last week, I unfortunately wasn't able to talk about Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright because it quite simply hadn't been delivered yet. By now I've been able to sink a decent amount of time into the game and I can safely say that it's been quite fun. Quite fun indeed!

I don't want to delve too deeply into it because I'm still planning on writing a Cblog review for this game (although someone beat me to it, so go check out that blog too!) but it certainly wouldn't do to leave you here with nothing, would it?

So I guess I can leave you all with a little tease.



I recall that some people were wondering how exactly this game would play, and what the dynamic between the Layton and Wright gameplay styles would be. I think that's quite an important point to get straight, so let's get to that first. So far, this game has been just about a 50-50 split between Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright, as one might expect. I haven't exactly timed it or anything, but it definitely feels like both IPs get equal time in the spotlight.

One half of the game, you're going around town in order to solve the grand mysteries of Labyrinthia, a medieval city filled with magic and witches. During this portion of the game, it plays just like any other Professor Layton game. You talk to quirky (and well-animated, I might add) characters, who will tell you what you need to know in return for solving that one puzzle they have been struggling with for weeks now. However, this isn't just restricted to Professor Layton himself. Once our four heroes meet, Phoenix and especially Maya also get in on the puzzle-solving action. I definitely thought this was a nice touch, as it shows that the devs weren't afraid to intertwine their respective IPs.

However, at certain points in the story shit will hit the fan. Witches appear, murders are committed and people get accused. Of course, the people who get accused are inevitably innocent, and it's up to everyone's favorite attorney to set the record straight. At this point, you get to play a court case (almost) just like you would in any Ace Attorney game. Witnesses appear for questioning, the prosecutor gets in your hair, unexpected shit happens, the works. Again, this portion of the game isn't restricted to one character: while Phoenix is the active attorney, Professor Layton himself isn't shy to help you out in times of need. He even has his own "OBJECTION!" voice clip. There are some differences to what you would expect from an mainline Ace Attorney game, though. For one thing, you get very little evidence to work with, as no one in medieval times has ever heard of such strange things as "fingerprints" or "voice analysis". Instead, you get access to a tome that holds information on all of Labyrinthia's magic. "The real culprit was invisible!" becomes a perfectly valid argument once you open your magic book and find out that such a spell exists in this world. Moreover, in a first for the series, you get to cross-examine multiple witnesses at once. This may lead to slip-ups on their part, as Witness A claims to have seen things Witness B expressly denied. It isn't quite as satisfying as throwing evidence in their faces, and the number of witnesses means that they're not as well-developed as you would expect from Ace Attorney, but overall it works in the context of the game.

In short, on the whole the game is divided into distinct parts of Layton and Wright, but with some mixing and matching of characters. In my opinion this works exceptionally well so far. It never feels like one IP is overshadowing the other, and the Layton portions flow into the court cases quite well.

More to follow!

* - Dunnace takes another interesting look at the Bioshock Infinite ending. In particular, hitting that "New Game" button gets an entirely different meaning.

* - I'm not topsaucing this blog, because the argument is weak and not very well made. I'm topsaucing Elsa's comment, because she knocked it out of the park. Moreover, consider this a topsauce-by-proxy for AboveUp's linked blog.

* - More video game music from Oscarno, let's take a look at how NES music works.

* - Pixielated has a new blog for us (it feels like it's been a while) about the old Castlevania games and what the series might learn from Dark Souls.

A - I'm going to have to subtract points for that title. Beyond that, Kumasimc talks about his relationship with Metal Gear, and how it changed with Ground Zeroes.

C - I barely understand what any of this means, but all you need to know is that it features ZombieOrwell and "free things".

S - It breaks my heart whenever Alphadeus talks about himself. This is intended as his last blog, so go say nice things.

I - Jack introduces himself as a "real world gamer".

T - A new trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is out, but Gazanator is skeptical.

N - Former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig is working on Star Wars in some capacity. It will be interesting to see where this leads.




- Fun factoid: the Professor Layton series are some of the few video games that get translated into Dutch, including this one. Dutch is a shitty language for video games, however, so I'm glad I could still get it in English.

V - The first in a series of "DRP Challenges", which I wish had been explained in the blog itself.  




- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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After enjoying quite a few games on Steam with my new laptop, my library has grown exponentially. Steam sales are an addiction unto themselves, enabling me to buy so many games at slashed prices. But of course, I'm talking as if this is new. You all probably are all used to this Steam nonsense. In fact, you guys probably have a resistance built up over the years. Me on the other hand? I'm not sure what will happen to me when the Steam Summer Sale rolls around. Oh my god am I not ready to face that.

In the short time I've officially started Steam, I've bought...

- Mercenary Kings
- Kerbal Space Program (-40%)
- Luftrausers (-10%)
- Volgarr the Viking (-25%)
- Humble Indie PC & Android bundle ($5)
- Humble Destructoid bundle ($10)
- FFVII (-60%)
- Eryi's Action (-60%)
plus everything I'd already bought before I had a decent PC in preparation for such a moment like...

- Prison Architect
- Humble Indie bundle 3
- Terrariia
- TF2
- Portal
- L4D[2]

Not only that, but I'm obsessed with collecting Steam cards. I'm finally one card away from crafting my first legit badge for FTL. Plus I've stockpiled badges for Prison Architect, TF2, KSP, and Hotline Miami.



Speaking of Hotline Miami, I of course owned it before the Dtoid bundle came out (-60% sale). I've got a spare code up for grabs if you happen to not have that game yet. If you want it, follow me on twitter (@Striderhoang) if you want. Mainly comment here if you want it with a number choice (for RNG purposes) and the name of a spaceship I should dub  one of my future KSP ships.





A - Nanashi wants to give in to the PS4 Dualshock light!

A - Thumbscar's discovered that the Wii U can now do what Animal Crossing New Leaf has been doing for over a year!

A - Snoopy doesn't believe in VR gaming. SNOOPY!

A - BLARGG needs his own themed 3DS and maybe Mega Man too I guess


C - Latrell Usedtabe Timberlake has a copy of the Stick of Truth for you if you give his channel as chance


C - AMXWolf has now been prodded to write. WRITE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPEND ON IT

S - WebImpulse has found SPARX, something to help his problem with Cognitive Behavior Therapy

I - Someone likes to have a little Killer 7 in their intro


N - Why don't you like Wonderful 101? How about $30 of Wonderful 101?

T - Domanz's final thoughts on Last of Us

R - This Super Turricane 2 review showed me that the titilar Turricane looks like Silver Samurai

T - BANANAS BANANA BANANAS! Kodu is BANANAS but not for Banana Bonanza

R - Cyrus review Wright Vs. Layton when I was expecting Shade to do it

R - Troy reviews DKC Tropical Freeze and boy are his arms frozen!

V - Challenge: play DERP


A - KILL LA KILL KILL LA KILL KILL LA KILL





F - Why?

F - You're not a real person


~ Striderhoang

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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. 

Now let's recap this smorgasbord of blogs.


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R - “Noyd is a game for those who find Dark Souls 2 a yawn and I want to be the Guy Gaiden to be just a little too easy.” Nuff said.
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