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3:00 PM on 04.24.2015

Happy Wars is on Xbox One (for real, this time)

Earlier this month, Toylogic accidentally released Happy Wars for Xbox One. The cartoonish medieval multiplayer action game was pulled from Xbox Live, but not before some people managed to download and play it. Doing so locke...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 04.24.2015

Dirty Bomb's grenade launching class is ingeniously called Nader

Have you been enjoying my news posts on Destructoid so far? Well hold on to your undercrackers because after this paragraph you sure as fuck won't: I loved Brink. I pre-ordered it, I played it to death, I got a character to ...

Joe Parlock

7:00 PM on 04.16.2015

A better look at our beloved Conker in Project Spark

That last trailer for Conker's arrival in Project Spark didn't go over so well. There was no getting around the disappointment of seeing a long abandoned (but never forgotten!) character return not in his own adventure, but ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 04.15.2015

EA's pulling the plug on four free-to-play PC games

Electronic Arts has its landmark franchises that are instantly identifiable with the publisher -- the sort of series that receive near-annual (if not yearly) installments. Battlefield, Need for Speed, and FIFA are three ...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 04.13.2015

Free-to-play Happy Wars released on Xbox One, promptly pulled

Happy Wars enjoyed a certain degree of success in the past few years on Xbox 360, reaching six million players -- they're not all paying customers, but to have that many people download your product is still impressive. It ap...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 04.07.2015

Xbox boss: 'Xbox One preview is going to get interesting'

When asked on Twitter what to expect in the upcoming Xbox One preview update, head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer replied "Preview is going to get interesting in the next few months. The members do a great job wit...

Jed Whitaker

5:37 PM on 04.01.2015

Pokémon Rumble World free-to-play for 3DS April 8

Pokémon Rumble World is the next installment in the Rumble series and features over 700 Pokémon. Unlike the arena based combat in Pokémon Rumble U,  Pokémon Rumble World is more...

Jed Whitaker

8:00 AM on 03.27.2015

Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits

Sony's gotta-catch-'em-all Vita card game Destiny of Spirits will be shut down June 30. Apparently the "over one million downloads" were not enough to sustain the free-to-play Vita title and so Sony will be "ending service." ...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 03.26.2015

Halo Online doesn't look half bad in motion

Yeah, this is about what I would expect from a free-to-play, multiplayer-only Halo game for Russia. That fast-forwarded run through the customization menu at 0:33 is telling -- rentable weapons, boosts, and "special offers."...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 03.26.2015

Dirty Bomb aims high with its focus on hardcore FPS action

The folks at Splash Damage have been busy over the last two years. Since the release of Brink and a stint on Batman: Arkham Origins' multiplayer, they figured it was time to return to their roots with a heavy focus on PC...

Alessandro Fillari

10:30 AM on 03.26.2015

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is out today, and it kicks the crap out of All the Bravest

Final Fantasy: All the Bravest was a travesty. It played itself, it was pretty abrasive in its pandering, and the microtransactions were so pushy that it was hard to enjoy it without feeling like you were constantly being sold something. Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is another free-to-play game in the same vein, but it's a much better effort that doesn't feel straight-up insulting to fans.

Chris Carter

1:45 PM on 03.25.2015

Multiplayer-only Halo Online headed to Russia

Halo Online sounds like something you'd see scribbled on a homemade DVD complete with copyright-infringing cover art but, no, it's a proper PC game in development at Saber Interactive. Granted, it's a free-to-play, multiplaye...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 03.22.2015

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours

Dota matches have a reputation for becoming grindy slogs, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to resemble the intractable grind of WWI trench warfare. On Friday a qualifying match between competitive teams Cloud9 and SFZ...

Nic Rowen

7:00 PM on 03.20.2015

Ubisoft brings Driver back as a speedboat racer

  Ubisoft is bringing back the classic series Driver as a speedboat racing game for mobile devices in April. I'm not quite sure how the series developed from a game about a getaway driver to racing speedboats, but they can't just let an IP die a peaceful death -- it has to buried alive.

Jed Whitaker

2:30 PM on 03.19.2015

Conker returns in episodic form starting next month!

Great news, Conker fans: he is finally coming back in his own episodic game. Sort of. Remember when Microsoft announced Conker would be in Project Spark? Well, Conker makes his debut in Project Spark on April 23 for Windows ...

Jed Whitaker

2:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Nintendo talks NX, mobile game pricing, DeNA partnership

Nintendo is finally entering the mobile game space through a collaboration with DeNA. Why now? As CEO Satoru Iwata explained to TIME, "We have come to the stage where we can say that we will be able to develop and operate so...

Jordan Devore

12:00 AM on 03.16.2015

Gigantic made me gigantic in the pants

At PAX East this year I walked past many of the larger booths and gave them little attention, as I am typically more interested in indie games. I got invited to a press-only demo for Gigantic -- a game I only knew of by ...

Jed Whitaker

3:30 PM on 03.10.2015

Cliffy B's sci-fi shooter Project BlueStreak running in Unreal 4

Clifford Bleszinski (Gears of War, Unreal Tournament) is working on a new sci-fi arena shooter, code named BlueStreak. While it still doesn't have a final name, it does have an engine. Bleszinski's Boss Key studio is wo...

Steven Hansen

8:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Extrasolar's mobile interface got a slick update

Extrasolar has always been a tough sell for hardcore gamers, in my eyes. Though it was one of my top games of last year, most readers tune out when they see a description like "free-to-play science simulator," and going any f...

Darren Nakamura

3:45 PM on 02.25.2015

There's already a workaround to skirt Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions

Pokémon Shuffle isn't Nintendo's initial foray into the seedy underworld of free-to-play with microtransactions. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball did it first, but Shuffle is the first example that drew ire fr...

Brett Makedonski

12:15 PM on 02.25.2015

There's a new BlazBlue rhythm game and it's out now

"This isn't the BlazBlue game you're looking for," he persuades you with a small wave of the hand. Okay, maybe it is. Maybe you're in the market for a "gluttonous" rhythm game where you "eat to the beat of BlazBlue." In that ...

Kyle MacGregor

6:30 PM on 02.19.2015

World of Tanks coming to Xbox One this year

Publisher and developer Wargaming has announced that their free-to-play title World of Tanks is rumbling onto the Xbox One in 2015. As long as you're a Gold member, the game will be free to download. So, let's use the term f...

Robert Summa

2:30 PM on 02.19.2015

Combat looks fun as ever in Dragon's Dogma Online

There may not be publicly-disclosed plans to bring Dragon's Dogma Online to the West, but you can't stop me from watching this trailer, Capcom. Not even your corporate wolves can. (Yes, yes, I know they hunt in packs, Pawn. Shut up about it already.)

Jordan Devore



Review: Pokémon Shuffle photo
Review: Pokémon Shuffle
by Chris Carter

Nintendo takes on the world of microtransactions with Pokémon Shuffle. What could go wrong?

A lot. 

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11:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought

I just obtained my review copy for the upcoming 3DS match-three puzzler Pokémon Shuffle, and man, is it rough to get on-board with this microtransaction scheme. If you want the full rundown of what to expect you c...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 02.13.2015

ZeniMax details The Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming pay-to-play store

The latest MMO to go the pay-to-play route is The Elder Scrolls Online. Last month's announcement was a bit of a shocker to some, as going subscription free is an indicator of bad news for MMOs. However, ZeniMax is trying its...

Jason Faulkner

8:00 AM on 02.11.2015

Strategy game AERENA is moving away from free-to-play, says fans were 'put off' by it

I am not inherently against free-to-play games. While some of them are designed just like South Park describes, as sleazy bait and switch schemes, a number of F2P titles are fair, and you'll actually get a ton of playtim...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 02.09.2015

Capcom is working on ten online games at the moment...ten

Capcom Online Games is a thing, if you haven't heard about it already. It seems as if the publisher is tired of putting money into smaller franchises that don't make millions upon millions of dollars, so it's bumping up produ...

Chris Carter

12:15 PM on 02.06.2015

The Dota 2 Asian Championships now has the second highest prize pool in eSports history

The Dota 2 Asian Championships' (DAC) main event is underway now, and currently boasts a prize pool of just under $3,000,000. This brings it to the second highest prize pool ever, behind the 2014 Dota 2 Internationa...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 02.04.2015

Gundam Vs-like 2-on-2 arena fighter Rise of Incarnates on Steam

Namco took the format of Gundam Vs. and brought it west with a new IP, the free-to-play Rise of Incarnates.  After some time in beta, Rise of Incarnates is now in Early Access. And unlike some games ...

Steven Hansen





12:30 AM on 01.29.2015

Here's your first look at Dragon's Dogma Online

The headline pretty much gives you the full story. Capcom has released the debut footage of Dragon's Dogma Online, its newly announced free-to-play multiplayer role-playing game. The title is slated to launch in Japan later ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 01.28.2015

Capcom: 'No plans' to release Dragon's Dogma Online in the West

Dragon's Dogma Online sounded sketchy from its the free-to-play scheme and microtransactions angle. But I'll give anything a shot once, and who knows -- maybe it could have been great, right?Well we probably won't get the cha...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Dragon's Dogma Online officially announced, with microtransactions

Capcom has been suspiciously filing trademarks for Dragon's Dogma Online left and right. They were pretty sneaky. But now we know the truth -- Dragon's Dogma Online exists, and it's been officially unveiled by way o...

Chris Carter

3:45 PM on 01.15.2015

Play Civilization: Beyond Earth, Saints Row IV for free on Steam

Saint's Row IV and Civilization: Beyond Earth are both free to play on Steam this weekend. Both are good to go until Sunday, 1PM PST. Try 'em. If you like 'em, both are on sale over the weekend, too. $5 fo...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 01.15.2015

WWE Immortals looks like Mortal Kombat/Injustice meets wrestling

I'm not into wrestling but, conceptually, I'm feeling WWE Immortals. It's a fighting game from Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm and Phosphor Games that imagines real-world wrestlers in a fantastical alternate universe. Thin...

Jordan Devore

9:05 AM on 01.14.2015

Namco is developing a free-to-play Wii U exclusive

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada made an appearance during today's Nintendo Direct presentation to announce Project Treasure, an upcoming Wii U exclusive from Bandai Namco. While details on the title are scarce, it be a free-to-play four-player co-op action game where "the basic aim is to clear traps, route enemies, and seize treasure."

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 01.08.2015

Download Crossy Road from Google Play and wonder where the day went

Hipster Whale's endless mobile hit Crossy Road was previously only available from the Apple App Store and Amazon, but now Android users can play the game through Google Play, too. I like Crossy Road, but not as much as some p...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Devolver Digital releases new free platformer on Steam

Just in time for the holidays, indie gaming's veritable babe in the manger Devolver Digital has wormed its way down your virtual chimney and stuffed your hopeful little stocking to capacity with free...

Rob Morrow

5:00 PM on 12.19.2014

We've got closed beta keys for Square Enix's Nosgoth!

Destructoid is giving away a bunch of Nosgoth closed beta keys! Nosgoth is a free-to-play multiplayer experience set in the Legacy of Kain universe, involving humans and vampires locked in a bloody struggle against one anothe...

mrandydixon

6:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...

Patrick Hancock