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Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition photo
Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
by Patrick Hancock

Baldur’s Gate II holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was easily my favorite RPG from my younger days, and to be honest not much has changed since. Classic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay combined with wonderful characters and writing is a simple recipe for a timeless classic. Visually, however, this timeless classic has certainly aged.

And so steps in Beamdog with Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition. Just as with the first game, this Enhanced Edition looks slightly better, plays the same, and has some extra goodies added in. Whether or not it’s worth the entry fee is up to you, though.

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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive photo
The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive
by Patrick Hancock

I just love the variety offered in this category every single year. No nominee really plays like another. Even Gone Home and The Stanley Parable HD have a similar control scheme, but their experiences are about as different as they come. Whether you enjoyed swapping with The Swapper, rejecting immigrants with Papers, Please, or trying to make sense of it all with Antichamber or Kentucky Route Zero, it has no doubt been another wonderful year for PC exclusives. 

Here are the nominees for the 2013 PC exclusive of the year.

And the winner is...

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Review: Path of Exile photo
Review: Path of Exile
by Patrick Hancock

A free-to-play ARPG (Diablo-like) sounds like a terrible idea on paper, mostly due to the track record of microtransactions recently and the obvious exploitation potential of a loot-heavy genre. Enter Grinding Gear Games who, despite this set up, have beautifully married to two pieces together to create a wonderful whole in Path of Exile.

The result is a truly free-to-play unique romp through a carefully crafted an interesting universe. But beware! True enjoyment will demand patience and dedication from all who enter.

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3:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive

I'd say that this was an exceptionally great year for PC games, but I feel as if it would be more accurate to state that 2013 simply kept the exceptional trend going. As it gets easier and easier to release a game on the PC p...

Patrick Hancock

7:30 PM on 12.11.2013

'Wraith-Night' update revealed for Dota 2

The Dota 2 blog has updated again today, detailing what is in the upcoming patch, which we also now know will be tomorrow. Skeleton King is becoming the Wraith King and will be the focus of what seems to be a horde-mode varia...

Patrick Hancock

6:00 PM on 12.10.2013

CRAP! Frostivus is cancelled...again

Just when everyone was 100% confident that nothing could go wrong, something goes wrong! Frostivus, the best holiday real or fake, is cancelled once again. Curiously enough though, it isn't the work of the Greevils this time....

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Frostivus isn't cancelled! The Dota 2 holiday begins soon

Last year, Frostivus, what I assume to be the most amazing Dota 2 holiday ever, was CANCELLED due to those jerk Greevils. Then we had the "Greevling" instead, which was a decent alternative game mode for a while, though ...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 12.05.2013

Frozen Endzone is in beta and available

Mode 7 Games, the developers behind the pretty-much-perfect Frozen Synapse, have officially entered the beta state of their next tactical game, Frozen Endzone. At its core, it functions a lot like Synapse, except instead of ...

Patrick Hancock

7:00 PM on 12.04.2013

Riot censors what pro players can stream via contracts

Riot Games, the company behind the super-popular MOBA League of Legends, apparently doesn't like competition. Contract details uncovered by onGamers show an explicit list of games that players participating in Season 4 o...

Patrick Hancock

3:30 PM on 11.23.2013

TotalBiscuit and Day[9] discuss StarCraft II and eSports

When someone gives you the opportunity to interview two people who you have looked up to as idols, there is no thinking to be done, only a garbled "HECKYES" to be shot out of your mouth hole. There are four amazing casters th...

Patrick Hancock

1:00 PM on 11.23.2013

Red Bull Battlegrounds is under way

As if MLG Columbus wasn't already enough tournament for one weekend to hold, StarCraft II fans can rest easy knowing that the Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC are taking place starting now! Eight competitors will be duking...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 11.22.2013

MLG Columbus has begun!

MLG Columbus is taking place all weekend, and the festivities have already begun AND YOU'RE LATE! Dota 2 and Call of Duty: Ghosts are the tasty flavors offered up this weekend, the former of which has had a constant...

Patrick Hancock



Review: Foul Play photo
Review: Foul Play
by Patrick Hancock

The beat-'em-up genre has some serious classics in it; Turtles in Time and Castle Crashers immediately come to mind. There’s just something about those games that cement them as amazing experiences in our mind. Playing with buddies, throwing enemies at the screen, watching deer explosively poop, and some satisfying yet simple gameplay mechanics combine to bring smiles to our faces and put memories into our squish-brains.

Foul Play enters the genre with its own calling card: everything is done on-stage, in a theater. It’s a gimmick that works very well, but as I’m sure we all know, an aesthetic can only carry a game so far in this world.

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10:30 PM on 11.20.2013

StarCraft II World Championship Series plans out 2014

The World Championship Series, one of the biggest yearly StarCraft II tournaments around, just had its finals at Blizzcon earlier this month, and already Blizzard is looking ahead to 2014 with new plans. They've gone ahe...

Patrick Hancock



This Team Fortress 2 short is absolutely brilliant photo
This Team Fortress 2 short is absolutely brilliant
by Patrick Hancock

Ever been so inspired by something that you want to take up that hobby immediately in an attempt to inspire future generations in the same way, only to then realize that it's way too much freaking work to even come close? Well, this Source Filmmaker Team Fortress 2 short titled "Lil Guardian Pyro" has done just that to me. It's....amazing. Incredible animation detail, an original soundtrack, and a theme that appeals to the Toy Story lover in all of us.

Just watch it. Seriously. And be sure to check out their other videos, they're equally as astounding!

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4:30 PM on 11.14.2013

Three Spirits Update adds two Heroes and more to Dota 2

The huge update that was promised as Valve explained the lack of Diretide is now live for Dota 2. The "Three Spirits Update" adds in two more Heroes, Ember and Earth Spirit, to join Storm Spirit and complete the trifecta...

Patrick Hancock