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6:30 PM on 03.10.2015

Harebrained Schemes nails it once again with Necropolis

As I explored the opening area of Harebrained Schemes' third-person action roguelike Necropolis at PAX East 2015, I discovered an inviting treasure chest. Upon opening it, I realized too late that I wasn’t alone in that...

Rob Morrow

12:00 PM on 03.10.2015

Steam Controller and FPS: PAX East 2015 impressions

One of what was seemingly the better-kept secrets at PAX East 2015, the Steam Controller, was available for hands on at the Alienware booth connected to the company's Steam Machines. I was able to test the previous iteration...

Jed Whitaker

10:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Who had the sexiest Nintendo cosplay at PAX East?

Sexy Nintendo is inevitable. Some will try to fight it, or even mock it. In doing so, they are choosing to live on the wrong side of history. I know how they feel. I scoffed along with the rest of them back when the burgeoni...

Jonathan Holmes

8:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Severed is full of one-handed vengeance

There’s something serene about exploring a desolate place for the first time. Too often in games I find myself dropped into an environment, expected to pick up the pieces quickly to achieve a goal and left with little t...

Caitlin Cooke

4:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Affordable Space Adventures is the Wii U experience I imagined in 2012

When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U, my mind raced with ideas for games that could be created with the two-screen interface. A lot of the cool stuff that the DS did could be transferred to the big screen. Better yet, title...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 03.09.2015

There was almost ice skating in The Witcher 3

Let's take a moment to imagine Geralt ice skating in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Ahh, sweet bliss. Over the weekend, senior game designer Damien Monnier told a crowd at PAX East about CD Projekt RED's canceled feature. "It was ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 03.09.2015

The Kinect's best game may come to PC, compliments of Swery

We'd seen the tweets hinting at it before, but over this past weekend at PAX East, Dark Dreams Don't Die on PC became a reality, at least for a few days. Swery, creator of Deadly Premonition and Dark Dreams Don't Die (D...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 AM on 03.09.2015

Headbutting for goats in Toto Temple Deluxe!

For better or worse, sometimes you just have a hankerin’ to steal a goat. Those of us at PAX East with said craving headed over to Toto Temple Deluxe, which delivered goat-stealing gameplay in a fast-paced keep-away bra...

Caitlin Cooke

7:15 PM on 03.08.2015

Weirdest thing at PAX East 2015: Mineplex freezing cold fan line

Videogame events are know for their strange sights, but after going to PAX or E3 for a few years, one can start to feel like they know what to expect. That sense of routine was thrown out the window this past Saturday while ...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a brilliant asymmetrical game

In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a game originally developed at a game jam, one player wears the Oculus Rift and sees a bomb that needs to be defused but doesn't know how to defuse it. Their partner only has a binder...

Patrick Hancock

4:30 PM on 03.08.2015

I nuked the God of Lightning in Mayan Death Robots

There's been a lot of games that try to copy the success of titles like Worms or Tanks, but often come off feeling too derivative. "Yeah, it's like Worms, but not quite as good" has definitely left my lips a handful of ...

Patrick Hancock

10:45 AM on 03.08.2015

Borderlands characters are now in Dance Central Spotlight

Gearbox and Harmonix have worked together in the past with a dance section in one of last year's trailers for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. At the PAX East Inside Gearbox panel, Gearbox and Harmonix announced a new p...

Darren Nakamura

10:20 AM on 03.08.2015

Gearbox hints at the possibility for a new Brothers in Arms

At the Inside Gearbox panel today, Troy Baker and Laura Bailey were on stage promoting Tales from the Borderlands, when Baker went into a story about how he loved working on Brothers in Arms, and how the final cutscene felt l...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 03.08.2015

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2 set to release week of March 17

Telltale's panel came and went with some fun stories of the studio's journey but nary an announcement of what the developer is doing now. Judging from the comments in just about every Telltale article that goes up, the second...

Darren Nakamura

9:50 AM on 03.08.2015

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: Claptastic Voyage comes out March 24

During today's Inside Gearbox panel at PAX East, Gearbox unveiled the trailer for the fourth piece of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel downloadable content. The story content picks up after the end of The Pre-Sequel and leads into...

Darren Nakamura

9:30 PM on 03.07.2015

Vote now for Dtoid's PAX East 2015 community choice award!

Ah, PAX East. What a wonderful, sexy convention you are. Are you in Boston this weekend, hanging out with fellow Dtoiders and having a blast? If so, I am totally jealous! Luckily for me and the millions of others in my shoes ...

mrandydixon

5:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Final Fantasy XV looks great and feels even better

Even though the clock was ticking, it was difficult not to stop and smell the roses. I had a behemoth to hunt, but couldn't help myself. A gorgeous landscape teeming with majestic wildlife distracted me from my objective. I w...

Kyle MacGregor

3:20 PM on 03.07.2015

Destructoid's PAX East 2015 schedule is here!

PAX East 2015 is happening RIGHT NOW! And just like years past, the Destructoid community is there in a big, big way. Did you make the trek to Boston this year? Then check out our daily meetup schedule below! And be sure to j...

mrandydixon

9:30 AM on 03.07.2015

Check out 20 minutes of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood in action

There's a $20 standalone expansion to Wolfenstein: The New Order, and it's called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. You aren't nearly as excited about this as you should be. I've got just the remedy here. Check out 20 minutes of f...

Brittany Vincent

10:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Samus tries to interview Tim Rogers at PAX about Videoball

We've got a whole lot of PAX East 2015 coverage headed your way over the next week. On the video front, a lot of our coverage will feature Destructoid regulars like Jed Whitiker and myself talking to videogame developers and...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Radio Dtoid LIVE from PAX East 2015 is happening!

[Dtoiders Nanashi and TheDustinThomas have once again agreed to assist us with a recording of Radio Destructoid live from PAX East! Now's your chance to be a part of Radio D history! --Mr Andy Dixon] It's that time once again...

nanashi



Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots
by Darren Nakamura

Crash landing on an alien planet is the worst. There's hazardous flora, deadly fauna, and even rock formations that seem to have some sort of blood lust. That just piles on top of the existential crisis of being a robot with an unknown purpose. Such is the existence on Planet of the Eyes.

I played through a couple of demo sections at PAX East. One showed off puzzles while the other demonstrated more action platforming. Both were rife with opportunities for robot death and dismemberment. At the very least, the planet is beautiful as it is repeatedly and mercilessly trying to kill me.

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4:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Penny Arcade would team up with Telltale on a Thornwatch game

In a question-and-answer session at PAX East today, Penny Arcade founders Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik got onto the topic of their fantasy IP Thornwatch, which Krahulik has developed into a tabletop game. In an offhand com...

Darren Nakamura



Downwell has a simple premise but it's damn fun photo
Downwell has a simple premise but it's damn fun
by Darren Nakamura

A glance at Downwell's tricolor palette in still shots doesn't really do it justice. Watching it in motion gives a better idea what it does, but not until actually playing it does it all click. It is built around a simple mechanic: press the button to jump; press it again in the air to fire gun boots downward.

The recoil doesn't act as a double jump exactly. No extra height can be gained from the shots, but the little protagonist's descent can be slowed. The catch is that the boots have limited ammunition in a magazine and reloading requires a stop on solid ground. Those simple mechanics produce a surprising depth in the trip down the well.

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10:45 AM on 03.06.2015

Telltale founders discuss the studio's evolution at PAX East 2015

At PAX East's big opening panel, Telltale Games co-founders Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner talked about how Telltale came into being. They began by following the storytelling path through the ages, from telling stories around a...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 03.05.2015

Square Enix is streaming its Final Fantasy XIV expansion PAX East panel

Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward expansion is coming this year, with a host of new classes, dungeons, and changes. On March 7, Square Enix will share more information about what's to come as part of the PAX East festiviti...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 03.02.2015

I fear for my fingers after seeing Amplitude in action

Harmonix is reviving Amplitude this summer and, if recent rumors hold up, Activison might bring back Guitar Hero. The lows of the rhythm genre are real low, but I'm ready for that high again. Going into this weekend's PAX Ea...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Harebrained Schemes' new adventure has shark men

"A third-person action game with shark men? Okay, I'll let them know." I ever so foolishly forgot that Shadowrun Returns maker Harebrained Schemes has Necropolis, "a game of brutal combat and survival," in its pipeline. The ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 AM on 02.26.2015

Masquerada is a very pretty Baldur's Gate-style RPG

Leading with the Dragon Age comparison probably would've gotten more eyes on this these days, huh? The Baldur's Gate reference point just makes the most sense, though, especially with the isometric view. And there are plenty...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Liege is like chess, but with more face-stabbery

Coda Games' sole developer John Rhee just uploaded a revealing new pre-expo teaser for his Kickstarter-funded SRPG trilogy, Liege. In it, we get to see the most recent gameplay footage of the elegant, turn-based/tactica...

Rob Morrow





5:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Indie Megabooth is the place to be at PAX East

"Dad By The Sword is a game about YOUR DAD running around in jorts and slaying Anti-Dads with a claymore. Experience a unique First Person Swordplay experience as you try not to get killed by leaping hot dog monsters. Out...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Developer Giant Spacekat exits PAX East due to threats

The embarrassment caused by a certain faction of the gaming space continues to make things terrible for just about everyone. Because some keyboard warriors refuse to see reason and behave with basic human decency, developer G...

Robert Summa



Dungeon Defenders II is shaping up nicely on both PS4 and PC photo
Dungeon Defenders II is shaping up nicely on both PS4 and PC
by Brett Makedonski

Trendy Entertainment has already bestowed Dungeon Defenders II upon its most invested fans. In fact, they've had it for more than a month now. "Invested" is the only way to describe those people -- both financially and mentally -- as that's what it takes to pay an Early Access fee for a game that will eventually be free-to-play.

But, those same fans get the privilege of seeing Dungeon Defenders II along as it's molded through the development cycle, and better yet, they'll get to help shape it too. Early adopters are "rewarded" with influence points that allow them to vote on future game features. It's unknown how far their reach has extended thus far, but someone's doing something right with Dungeon Defenders II.

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Knight Squad was the most fun I had at PAX South photo
Knight Squad was the most fun I had at PAX South
by Brett Makedonski

If you were to take booths' popularity at PAX South and plot them on a heat map, most of the obvious candidates would stick out. Twitch would be red hot, as it constantly had a flurry of people swarming to watch their favorite streamers. Dreadnought would be lit up too, because it was one of the largest displays and the crowd seemed to take a liking to it.

But, there would be one outlier far back among the indie titles. Knight Squad, made by Chainsawesome Games, had a constant throng of people mulling about at all times. You wouldn't expect it given the location, but it was a party back there. Once you had a crack at the game, you'd understand why -- because Knight Squad is an incredibly fun multiplayer game.

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1:00 PM on 01.25.2015

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's new downloadable character is out this Tuesday

The inaugural PAX South is wrapping up today, and Gearbox's panel just ended. We heard about the plans with Homeworld earlier, but the studio's cash cow for the past several years has been the Borderlands series, so of course...

Darren Nakamura



You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame' photo
You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame'
by Brett Makedonski

Devolver Digital has a penchant for picking up clever game jam submissions and giving them a chance to grow into fully-realized titles. Titan Souls is a fine example, and it would have never had any exposure outside of the tiniest of niche audiences; now, it's gotten enough funding and press that many eagerly await it.

One of the publisher's most recent pick-ups certainly has the moxie to follow the same path. Ronin is a smart, cerebral game -- one that requires care more than stick skills. A cursory glance invites comparisons to Gunpoint, but that'd be selling it short. Ronin melds real-time and turn-based play, a combination that results in an action puzzler of sorts, but with more emphasis on the latter than the former.

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3:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Cave Story 2 folder spotted on Nicalis desktop at PAX South

PAX South is going on right now, and two of our most honey-loving sugarbears are in the fray as we speak, lapping up all that sweet golden joy. One of the games they're set to check out is Nicalis's Castle in the Darkness, a ...

Jonathan Holmes

1:30 PM on 01.21.2015

Not going to PAX South? Here's the next best thing

San Antonio, Texas will be the epicenter of the gaming world this weekend as thousands descend upon the city for the first incarnation of PAX South. No one really knows how it'll go. Maybe it'll mark the beginning of the thir...

Brett Makedonski

8:30 AM on 01.20.2015

Majora's Mask 3D and New 3DS XL playable at PAX South

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the current hot commodity for Nintendo fans, with special edition units selling out. For those who are not so keen on ordering one before playing, an opportunity to get some hands-on time is coming ...

Darren Nakamura

2:15 PM on 11.12.2014

Heads up! PAX East badges are on sale right now

Passes for PAX East are on sale! Get in here while you still can. The show takes place at the Boston Convention Center the weekend of Friday, March 6, 2015. Tickets are $45 for a single-day badge and $95 for a three-day badge. Scalpers be damned. I've never made it out to Boston, but I'd like to go, one day. The weather that time of year, though!

Jordan Devore