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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." ...   more

Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits photo

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."...   more

Halo Online doesn't look half bad in motion photo

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...   more

Dirty Bomb aims high with its focus on hardcore FPS action photo

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.   more

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

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...   more

Multiplayer-only Halo Online headed to Russia photo

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...   more

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours photo

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.   more

Ubisoft brings Driver back as a speedboat racer photo

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 ...   more

Conker returns in episodic form starting next month! photo

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...   more

Nintendo talks NX, mobile game pricing, DeNA partnership photo

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 ...   more

Gigantic made me gigantic in the pants photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

Extrasolar's mobile interface got a slick update photo

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...   more

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

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 ...   more

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

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...   more

World of Tanks coming to Xbox One this year photo

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.)   more

Combat looks fun as ever in Dragon's Dogma Online photo

Review: Pokémon Shuffle

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

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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...   more

Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions are even worse than I thought photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

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

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...   more

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

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...   more

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

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 ...   more

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

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 ...   more

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

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...   more

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

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...   more

Dragon's Dogma Online officially announced, with microtransactions photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

WWE Immortals looks like Mortal Kombat/Injustice meets wrestling photo

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."   more

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

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...   more

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

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...   more

Devolver Digital releases new free platformer on Steam photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

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

Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody

While you're sitting there, not admitting that you love Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," why not get down to this. Sick. Beat? Seriously though, this is an amazing parody of a catchy song for all Dota 2 fans.   more

Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody photo

Warface is noface, to be displaced and not replaced on the Xbox 360 marketplace

Crytek hasn't been doing so hot critically lately, with the recent releases of Ryse and Warface. I would have completely forgotten that the latter game had existed if it weren't for the ridiculous name, which immediately...   more

Warface is noface, to be displaced and not replaced on the Xbox 360 marketplace photo

Crossy Road is Frogger for a new generation

I'm not one to get into mobile gaming but every few months something comes along and enough friends and peers tweet about it that I feel compelled to join them, if only for a day. Crossy Road, a sort of isometric, voxel-y, ...   more

Crossy Road is Frogger for a new generation photo

Team Fortress 2 is getting bumper cars

Just the other day I was curious as to what Team Fortress 2 would do for Halloween this year. In fact, the TF2 event is one of the reasons why Halloween is my favorite holiday! Well the update, detailed here, h...   more

Team Fortress 2 is getting bumper cars photo

Project J looks like a trippy little game I could waste some time with

Sometimes I just want to zone out with some synth music, bright colors, and pure gameplay. Super Hexagon works well for that, but it is always nice to try something new. Project J has an interesting hook to it, where the lig...   more

Project J looks like a trippy little game I could waste some time with photo

Devolver Digital and Croteam release free puzzler mini-game

Croteam, the independent development studio behind the Serious Sam games and debonair indie publisher Devolver Digital have recently released a free mini-game prelude to their upcoming philosophical first-person puzzle gam...   more

Devolver Digital and Croteam release free puzzler mini-game photo

Bandai Namco announces Battleline: Steel Warfare

Check out the newest from Namco Bandai and Creant Studios, a free-to-play PC tank game called Battleline: Steel Warfare. It's coming to PC later this year, with a closed beta launching next month. If you want to get in on th...   more

Bandai Namco announces Battleline: Steel Warfare photo

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies hits Steam

This trailer, haha. Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies would get a trailer like this. After a short beta, the free-to-play game is out now on Steam. It's like Counter-Strike 1.6 with a bunch of crazy, cobbled-together modes and, ...   more

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies hits Steam photo

Terra Battle swipes to iOS and Android next week

Terra Battle launches on iOS and Android devices on October 9, Mistwalker announced today. The tactical role-playing game is the latest brainchild of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, who drew inspiration from&nb...   more

Terra Battle swipes to iOS and Android next week photo

Hey, you know what Crazy Taxi needed more of? Hulk Hogan

Remember when Hulk Hogan was an actor in movies like Suburban Commando -- side note: you must look this up, if you aren't familiar with it -- or the time his family got their own television series on VH1? Forget about all of ...   more

Hey, you know what Crazy Taxi needed more of? Hulk Hogan photo

THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP

A new Dota 2 update hit today, and THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING. Two runes. New rune. THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Reworked Heroes. Chen can take over Ancients. Something happened to Riki, I'm not sure what exactly? THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Did I mention that they changed the map and added a rune?    more

THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP photo

Star Trek Online goes to the Delta Quadrant in October

Get your replicator rations ready, folks, because Star Trek Online is about to get itself catapulted by weird aliens to the Delta Quadrant, which was last visited in the 1990's by the Star Trek: Voyager TV series. ...   more

Star Trek Online goes to the Delta Quadrant in October photo

Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today

Good news, arena shooter fans, id Software's Quake Live is launching today on Steam. As far as I can tell, the Steam version will be the same Quake Live you're used to if you're already signed up. Even though it may not be a...   more

Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo


Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo
Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo
Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo
Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo
Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo
Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today photo



League of Legends getting arena-like Ascension mode

Riot Games revealed a new ogame mode this week for League of Legends -- Ascension. You'll basically be working together to defeat Xerath, located at the center of the map. Once defeated, you'll earn extra stats, a ...   more

League of Legends getting arena-like Ascension mode photo

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control

As previously covered, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is a real game. It's not out yet, but it will be out on Steam soon enough -- an open beta is scheduled to go live on September 23. I was already toying around with the idea...   more

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control photo

Review: Warframe

Warframe has just released on the Xbox One, and it's undergone some changes since it launched -- mostly good changes, meant to add more content to the game in the form of items and missions. It still fails in all of the same areas however, mostly its inability to craft an interesting world, and the free-to-play scheme that encourages far too much grinding.   more

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Square Enix announces Rise of Mana for PS Vita

Square Enix has revealed plans to bring Rise of Mana to PlayStation Vita.  The latest entry in the long-running Mana series, Rise of Mana is a free-to-play action role-playing game that first burst onto iOS and Android d...   more

Square Enix announces Rise of Mana for PS Vita photo