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5:46 PM on 05.28.2009

Shortblog! Fight Night Round 4 Demo Now Up.

The title says it all. It is up on 360 but I'm not sure about PS3. Now we finally get the chance to see which game we prefer between UFC and Fight Night.

Go go go!   read

5:48 PM on 12.29.2008

My Top 10 List of '08 (With Surprise Winner!)

This list is just a quick summation of my favorite games of 2008. Not the best games, but my favorites. I don't own a PS3 so that's why there are no PS3 games on the list. Another quick note is that I haven't played, BK:NB, Dead Space, Fallout 3 or Prince of Persia.

10. Turok

This is one of the least original games I've ever played. The guns are bland, the story is predictable and the characters suck. So why is it on the list? Because it's pure fun. It's simple and brainless, the knife is one of the best video game weapons of all time and the animations are slick. That's really all it's got going for it but it boils down to a game that is just fun to play.

9. Patapon

This is one of the most original games I've ever played. So you might ask, why is it so low on the list? It's also one of the most repetitive. The game is gorgeous, it's cute and it's funny but the overall gameplay mechanic just gets old after a while. But at new at $20 it was and still is a great deal.

8. Bionic Commando: Rearmed

I've never played the original Bionic Commando so this was my introduction to the series and it was a great one. The game felt like a labor of love on Capcom's part. The graphics were gorgeous and the game was balls hard. This was a purchase I didn't regret.

7. Gears of War 2

The original Gears of War is one of my favorite games of all time. It perfected the cover mechanic, gave us a great weapon in the chainsaw gun and had all the B-movie camp that was necessary for a good time. That's not to mention the multiplayer, that, while broken was still a blast to play. Now we get to Gears 2. They tried to expanded the campaign by giving it an epic scope and they tried to give it a story. They succeeded on one of those points. The story mode is absolutely fantastic and is an improvement in every way over the original aside from the downer story. The campaign is the only reason this game is even this high on the list because Epic fucked the multiplayer up so bad that I sold the game two weeks after buying it. In trying to balance the game they threw the balance so far out of orbit that the game was unplayable.

6. Fable 2

If you ask people about the orriginal Fable you will get varied responses but one thing people usually talk about is that the game had charm. That charm returns in Fable 2. The game was not the second coming but, just like Turok, it was fun. Lionhead gave us roughly the same game as Fable but they made the game bigger and better. If you liked the original this was a fantastic sequel.

5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

It's Smash Bros. what more do you need? The only two reasons this isn't higher is because of the minor balancing changes they made and the broken online. Thank goodness they nerfed Fox though.

4. Castle Crashers

If anyone remembers my start on Dtoid this comes as no surprise. This game is one of the best beat-em-ups ever made. The art style is amazing and the game is genuinely clever and funny. I didn't get hit with any of the technical problems so that's why I can put it up here. Fuck you BSD don't say shit. ;D

3. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

This is the quintessential Star Wars game for me. They nailed the effects with the Force and the lightsaber. The story was excellent and I didn't see the faults everyone was pointing out, so that's why this ends up at number three.

2. Lost Odyssey

I haven't played many JRPGs but this one is by far the best I've ever played. The characters were absolutely amazing and so was the story. The gameplay was unmatched when it game to JRPGs. Lost Odyssey would have been my number one game if I hadn't remembered the next and final game on the list.

1. Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

This seems to be the game everyone has forgotten about this year. I love turn based strategy games and the Advance Wars series provides some of the best there are. In Days of Ruin they took a more serious approach and gave the game a gritty post apocalyptic story that worked for me. They kept the gameplay intact and that's why the game ends up at number one.   read

10:21 PM on 10.13.2008

It's Baaaack...

How many Destructoid, how many?   read

9:36 AM on 10.09.2008

R-Type Dimensions Coming to XBLA

That image comes from the Australian Classifications Board. The game is being published by Microsoft and being developed by Tozai Inc. who is also developing "Lode Runner" for XBLA. One thing we don't know is if it will be a stratagy game like R-Type Tactics or a more traditional approach. So what do you guys think? This might be a great chance to get new people into R-Type.
Source - GamerBytes   read

2:45 PM on 09.22.2008

Fable 2 has gone Gold.

Now we wait. Here's the story. As a side question, who's getting it? If it's like the original I think I'll pick it up.

/quickblog   read

10:12 AM on 09.03.2008

The Music of Castle Crashers

I was surfing the tubes yesterday and I happened to find something really cool. I found the music from Castle Crashers. You can find it right here. The game has a great sound track and you can download all the songs from Newgrounds (not the greatest d/l site however). Enjoy!   read

3:20 PM on 08.18.2008

Braid... and other stuff.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, Braid reminded me of a game that came out fairly recently but I couldn't quite remember which game it was. All I could remember was that it was a gorgeous game with a great story, but it had a problem. That problem was gameplay and then I remembered the game was Bioshock.

Now before you run to conclusions, I think Braid and Bioshock are some of the most influential games of all time but that doesn't mean we all have to like them. Bioshock quickly became easy, repetitive and stale, (in my opinion) but does that mean I hate the game? No! I rather like Bioshock for what it did well, story and atmosphere, but that doesn't mean we can't speak out about the games flaws. Such as that you could beat the entire game with the wrench and it wasn't that much harder to do. Hell, I killed a big daddy with a wrench just because I could.

This brings us back to Braid. The graphics in the game are flat out amazing and I love the way the game tells the story, time consuming yes, but I think it's effective. The main reason I don't like Braid however, is that it's easy. I don't think that trial and error is challenge, I think it's annoyance. In the "Jumpman" level you get a key and there is a door right next to this key, you would naturally put the key in the door, that's what keys are for after all. Wrong. If you put the key in that door it breaks and the only way to fix that is to leave the room. That my friends is not challenge and it's not fun either. Fun is what games are supposed to be right? But the great part is that some people think that's fun and we should be able to agree to disagree.   read

9:40 PM on 08.06.2008

Resi 5 in Doubt for PC

Resident Evil 5 might not be happening for the PC because of rampant piracy. Here's the story from IGN:

IGN: Finally [taking into account the rumors], our readers want to know, is Resident Evil 5 coming to the PC?

Svensson: I know that Inafune-san and I are both huge proponents of the PC platform and Capcom is an active participant in the PCGA. We do believe in the future of the platform and that contrary to what retail data shows, it is growing. Our rosy prognostications aside, somewhere the P&Ls of Capcom Japan's outings on the platform are going to come up and they are likely to have a bearing on the decision making process for future titles. That's my longwinded way of saying "stay tuned because it's not clear yet"."

So the big question is, does anyone care?   read

3:59 PM on 08.01.2008

I'm Baaaack

Well after about a month hiatus your resident CC poster and combo breaker is back. (who noticed? Raise your hand, come on.). I had to deal with a loss in my family and some other stuff but now I'm back to Dtoid and gaming. How would it be a proper post by me if it wasn't CC (Castle Crashers, for the uninitiated.) related? So here's a good interview from Gametrailers.


Also we have some great news concerning the pricing of Castle Crashers, it's not going to be 1800! Acording to the Devblog it has yet to be decided what the price will be. I'm hoping for 800 but 1600 would be fine too.

Since this blog was a little short on info I give you hilarity!

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1:32 PM on 06.04.2008

Sony pulls the plug on Eight Days and The Getaway PS3

Sad news for anyone who was a Getaway fan. Directly from the source:

"A statement from the Corporation read as follows: "It has been agreed that production of both Eight Days and The Getaway will cease immediately due to the redistribution of resources and budget.

"This decision was made following an internal review of all games and it was deemed that with the incredibly strong list of exclusive first party titles coming up both this year and in the near future, resource should be reallocated to enhance those projects closer to completion."

I wonder what they are putting those funds towards? Maybe the games were just turning out shitty and they decided it wasn't worth it anymore.   read

7:58 AM on 06.02.2008

Animal Orb Explosion

Well we got a bunch of updates over the weekend at the Devblog and they were all Animal Orbs. They were excellent Animal Orbs though. We also saw the game's weapons locker which is called the "Weapons Frog." To access your weapons you simply walk inside him and look around. Here he is:

Now here are all the Animal Orbs:

Which was your favorite this week? I think it was Giraffey for me.   read

8:07 PM on 05.23.2008

Not My Turning Point Gaming Rig

Oh wait...   read

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