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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection shines in some spots, has problems in others

Traditionally, Game Developers Conference is a very busy show. After what seems like a three-month hibernation, the game industry slowly creaks back awake and GDC is the first time everything's in full gear again. As always, ...   more

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection shines in some spots, has problems in others photo

Elite: Dangerous has bold plans for the future

Things have been going well for Frontier Developments. With the success of Elite: Dangerous, which features a sizeable and passionate community of space explorers, and having won the prestigious Audience Award from the 2015 G...   more

Elite: Dangerous has bold plans for the future photo

Call of Duty developer Activision showing off Fun at GDC

We are very busy at the Game Developer Conference eating hamburgers and erecting edifices, but between those activities we are hunting for hot scoops. Ducking behind corners of the Moscone Center's corporate labyrinth, we stu...   more

Call of Duty developer Activision showing off Fun at GDC photo

Dyscourse is a survival game that's light on survival

Owchemy Labs’ Alex Schwartz is one of the bravest men I know. In the midst of GDC, perhaps the most inside baseball-heavy of all conventions, he told a member of the press that Dyscourse was a "survival game." Of c...   more

Dyscourse is a survival game that's light on survival photo

Volume is a more thoughtful approach to Metal Gear Solid VR Mission-like stealth

Volume is a fitting name for a polygonal, Metal Gear Solid VR Missions-looking stealth game with enough rectangles to feed a geometry class for the entire year. In the case of Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone follow-up, howeve...   more

Volume is a more thoughtful approach to Metal Gear Solid VR Mission-like stealth photo

The Destructoid Guide to Community Podcasting

So you wanna be a podcast superstar? And live large, a big house, five cars, you're in charge? Comin' up in the world, don't trust no body, gotta look over your shoulder constantly? Well, it probably won’t happen unle...   more

The Destructoid Guide to Community Podcasting photo

Review: Crimsonland

Last year, a remake of Crimsonland debuted on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. For whatever reason, we never got around to reviewing it. Now that it's debuting on the PlayStation 3 just this week (with Cross-Buy for all three platforms), this is the perfect time to fix that.   more

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Destructoid's PAX East 2015 schedule is here!

PAX East 2015 is TOMORROW! And just like years past, the Destructoid community will be there in a big, big way. Are you making the trek to Boston this year? Then check out our daily meetup schedule below! And be sure to join ...   more

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One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch

For as long of a wait as it's been, I'm still enthusiastic about heists in Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar previously said that coming up with missions in which every player in the crew feels important at all times "turned ...   more

One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo


One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo
One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo
One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo
One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo
One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo
One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo



Steam now lists Steam Machines and other hardware

In its push to expand the "Steam universe," Valve has added store listings for Steam Machines as well as the finalized Steam Controller and also Steam Link, a PC-to-TV streaming device. All of this stuff will become available...   more

Steam now lists Steam Machines and other hardware photo

GDC 15 DLC #2: Oily hamburgers and Cranberries

The second lunch of GDC was much messier than the first, which you can watch here. Today (well, two days ago, actually) we went with an American staple, the "Hammed Burger," so named for the first woman who ever went totally...   more

GDC 15 DLC #2: Oily hamburgers and Cranberries photo

RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks rough

Mmm. There's no getting around it: RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks bad. I thought my expectations for the graphics were reasonable -- I've seen screenshots and they seemed adequate, if dated -- but in motion everything has become clear. You'd think this would be more of an upgrade from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 considering that released over a decade ago. How disappointing.   more

RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks rough photo

These are the 2015 Independent Games Festival winners

The winners of the 17th Annual Independent Games Festival were revealed last night in San Francisco and, my goodness, I've got names to Google today. I hardly recognize any of these! Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000) - Metam...   more

These are the 2015 Independent Games Festival winners photo

Paradise Never brings some Majora's Mask to a revolutionary action RPG

Kitty Lambda, the developer behind The Real Texas and Paradise Perfect Boat Rescue has just announced his next game: Paradise Never. Taking place on an island colony of France during the Revolution of 2027 (complet...   more

Paradise Never brings some Majora's Mask to a revolutionary action RPG photo

Xbox One and PS4 bundles get Black Friday prices at Groupon

We've mentioned similar deals before in the past, and these days it seems the only way to get a discount on a PS4 or Xbox One is to take advantage of Groupon's 10% off coupons (today's code is TRIPLE). Until midnight Central ...   more

Xbox One and PS4 bundles get Black Friday prices at Groupon photo

Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

The Wii U and 3DS are getting something interesting today -- two Cross-Buy games. Cross-Buy has existed on Nintendo platfoms for about a year now, but it was very rarely used. Today, it's going to work on Mario vs. Donkey Kon...   more

Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars photo

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...   more

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

Guild Wars 2 is getting a streaming client soon, getting you into the game faster

Blizzard did a great job with its streaming game hub, allowing players to jump into titles while they were downloading. Every feature may not be available and it might not look the best, but during particularly slow download ...   more

Guild Wars 2 is getting a streaming client soon, getting you into the game faster photo

The Best Buy Gamers Club discount program is now $30

A few weeks back, Best Buy ran a week-long promotion for its "Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked" program that priced it out at $30 for two years. It basically nets you 20% off new games and 10% off used titles, as well as a numbe...   more

The Best Buy Gamers Club discount program is now $30 photo

Evolve is getting a free 'Observer Mode,' I'm surprised it's not DLC

I've been playing Evolve off-and-on for the past few weeks, and I have to say I agree with Nic's middling review. I mean, I saw the warning signs very early after having a string of very boring matches, but I decided to...   more

Evolve is getting a free 'Observer Mode,' I'm surprised it's not DLC photo

Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back

Five years after the latest installment in the seminal music/rhythm franchise, Harmonix is going on a proverbial reunion tour. Rock Band 4 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's currently scheduled fo...   more

Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back photo

Runbow for the Wii U still looks amazing, is still nine players

After announcing a metric shit-ton of indie games during GDC week, Nintendo put out a new trailer for Runbow, the upcoming nine-player Wii U action platformer. There are seven modes available, including one that allows a pla...   more

Runbow for the Wii U still looks amazing, is still nine players photo

Beautiful shmup Söldner X-2 is coming to Vita this month

The Söldner X series has had a home on the PlayStation 3 for years, hosting two titles, the newest of which released in 2010. Now, Söldner X-2 is heading for the PlayStation Vita this month on March 17. It'll ...   more

Beautiful shmup Söldner X-2 is coming to Vita this month photo

Ether One confirmed for PS4, holy crap I still need to play this

Ether One reviewed wonderfully with our own Steven Hansen, and even though I wanted to try it, I put it at the back of my mind at the time. It looks like I'll get the chance to experience it once again on consoles, as d...   more

Ether One confirmed for PS4, holy crap I still need to play this photo

It looks like Tekken 7 got confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One

We knew Tekken 7 would be coming to consoles, we just didn't know the exact platforms yet. Based on this Epic Games sizzle reel for Unreal Engine 4 (that was taken down, but re-uploaded by user GenEnemy), it looks like we ha...   more

It looks like Tekken 7 got confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One photo

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

A little more than four years ago, Nintendo released Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on the original DS. It continued the series' focus on the miniature Mario robots, to the chagrin of fans of the platforming in the ...   more

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars photo

Daily cat fix: Splatoon's Judd takes a cat nap

Most developers put out lots of trailers, gameplay footage, and screenshots galore to get us excited about their upcoming games. Nintendo uploads this 30 second video of Judd, the feline judge from Splatoon, taking a nap. Ye...   more

Daily cat fix: Splatoon's Judd takes a cat nap photo

Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch seeks to bring relief

As is the trend nowadays, big-name titles don't get released polished and complete, that's what those day one suckers are for. Recently, the biggest suckers have been the Halo faithful who have been crushed under the immense ...   more

Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch seeks to bring relief photo

Meme Run pulled from Wii U eShop by Trollface creator

In a continued lack of self-awareness, Carlos Ramirez (a.k.a. Wynne), creator of the popular meme "Trollface" has filed a DMCA takedown against Ninja Pig Studios. The filing claims unlicensed usage of the Trollface likeness in their Nintendo Wii U eShop game Meme Run infringes on his copyright of the image.   more

Meme Run pulled from Wii U eShop by Trollface creator photo

Rumor: Phil Harrison taking his talents elsewhere

News from GDC has it that the one-time Sony exec and now Microsoft executive Phil Harrison is planning to leave his position with the company. Sources have confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz that he is stepping away after being...   more

Rumor: Phil Harrison taking his talents elsewhere photo

How games saved my classroom

[Gwailo shows us how he's used his love of gaming to help engage the youth of Houston's East End. By helping the youth in his school focus, he's given them a chance they normally don't have. Want to see your own stuff on the ...   more

How games saved my classroom photo

That Metal Gear Online trailer is still so dang good

Steven covered this well-edited footage of Metal Gear Online in December, but here it is again with commentary by online community manager Robert Peeler. Yep, that's good enough for me. The balloon-firing trap shown at 1:54 is the stuff of dreams. Same goes for the enchanting plush puppy. (At one point it was going to be a "real" dog, but the designers didn't want us to shoot that.)   more

That Metal Gear Online trailer is still so dang good photo

Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands

The new Unreal Tournament is going to look gorgeous once Epic and the community are finished working on it. Last I saw of the project, it had only just become "a game," and now here it is making real good use of Unreal Engin...   more

Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands photo

Madden NFL 15 latest EA Vault addition

EA Access continues to prove itself worthy as Madden NFL 2015 has just been added to the current lineup of available games in the The Vault. It's a shame Sony turned down this service. Despite their concerns, it appears to be providing plenty of value -- at least it would for me.   more

Madden NFL 15 latest EA Vault addition photo

Seen at GDC: Game development is for whites only

Spotted around the happenings of this year's Game Developers Conference was a sticker that tells us game development is for whites only. Diversity in game development (especially amongst the sexes) continues to be a hot-butto...   more

Seen at GDC: Game development is for whites only photo

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...   more

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville photo

Why do some developers shy away from surrealism in gaming?

When it comes to crafting videogames out of the norm, there’s one question developers should ask themselves: What are we afraid of? Games are the perfect medium for exploration of bizarre, unnatural worlds, and yet it s...   more

Why do some developers shy away from surrealism in gaming? photo

Battletoads join Shovel Knight on Xbox One in April

Shovel Knight is on its way to Xbox One in April, and the Battletoads are coming along for the ride. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It ha...   more

Battletoads join Shovel Knight on Xbox One in April photo

What was the very first PlayStation 2 game you ever played?

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the PlayStation 2. In those 15 years, we've already had two more Sony console releases, but the PS2 is still near and dear to many of our hearts. The console gave us many of our favorite ga...   more

What was the very first PlayStation 2 game you ever played? photo

Creative Assembly reveals inital pitch video for Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation was one of my biggest surprises of last year. As huge fan of the film series, I always wanted to play a title that emulated the original movie's tone and style. Though the action of the James Cameron-he...   more

Creative Assembly reveals inital pitch video for Alien: Isolation photo

Never seen Alien: Isolation third-person footage shown at GDC

One of the great joys of attending GDC is going to panels conducted by developers talking about your favorite games. Not only will you learn new and exciting details about the development, but you might even see somethi...   more

Never seen Alien: Isolation third-person footage shown at GDC photo

GDC 15 DLC #1: Chicken shawarma wrap

We're at the Game Developers Conference all week. GDC is pretty cool, but also a convention, which means gross convention center lunches. We want to have nice lunches all week. Not too nice. Downtown food is overpriced, even...   more

GDC 15 DLC #1: Chicken shawarma wrap photo

Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory

Game director Tomm Hulett has been working in the industry since he was a kid, starting with a job testing NES games. Since then he's worked on everything from Persona, Contra, Silent Hill, and Adventure T...   more

Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory photo

Wasteland 2 on Xbox One and PS4 is a pleasant surprise

[Update: On top of the Xbox One release, Wasteland 2 is also coming to PlayStation 4 this summer, inXile confirmed today. CEO Brian Fargo noted that "if you are backer of Wasteland 2 or have already purchased it on PC, fear ...   more

Wasteland 2 on Xbox One and PS4 is a pleasant surprise photo

Xbox One controller adapts, goes wireless on PC this year

At GDC 2015, Microsoft announced plans to release a wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers on Windows later this year. Great news, but we need dates, Phil Spencer. Specific dates! I had terrible luck with my wireless adapter for the Xbox 360 gamepad -- damn thing was spotty at best, non-functional at worst -- so here's hoping these new ones are an improvement.   more

Xbox One controller adapts, goes wireless on PC this year photo

Microsoft announces cross-buy program for Xbox One and Windows 10 devices

Speaking at a GDC presentation today, Xbox boss Phil Spencer just announced plans to support cross-buy and other cross-platform functionality between Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Sony popularized cross-buy support on Play...   more

Microsoft announces cross-buy program for Xbox One and Windows 10 devices  photo

Elite: Dangerous lands on Xbox One this summer

[Update: Elite: Dangerous is a timed console exclusive on Xbox One but will be eventually come to PlayStation 4, according to Frontier Developments founder David Braben.] During a talk at the Game Developers Conference, head...   more

Elite: Dangerous lands on Xbox One this summer photo

Oh hey, this looks like the final Steam Controller

Weird as it might still look, you have to admit that Valve's Steam Controller has come far. Remember this photo? Or this more recent one? It's like leafing through your worst yearbooks. Given that I play PC-centric games with...   more

Oh hey, this looks like the final Steam Controller photo

NIS confirms Wii release for Rodea: The Sky Soldier

It looks like Rodea: The Sky Soldier will be the Wii's swan song. Today, NIS America confirmed first edition copies of the Wii U version will come equipped with the original Wii prototype. The aerial action game was...   more

NIS confirms Wii release for Rodea: The Sky Soldier photo

Nintendo's big release schedule for Never Alone, Don't Starve, and lots of other indies

Klei's wilderness survival game Don't Starve: Giant Edition is headed to the Wii U eShop this spring with a convenient map viewable on the GamePad screen (or Off-TV play, if you'd rather). Great! Also cool: E-Line's charming ...   more

Nintendo's big release schedule for Never Alone, Don't Starve, and lots of other indies photo