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Review: Double Dragon: Neon photo
Review: Double Dragon: Neon
by Patrick Hancock

Beat-’em-ups are quite the strange genre to me. I grew playing many of them: Simpsons, X-Men, and Turtles in Time in the arcades were my jam. In fact, I’d say they are still my jam. That said, it’s easy to recognize their faults, which are really faults of the genre as a whole, even if those faults seem to melt away when playing with some buddies. Lining up attacks can be a chore and they’re generally painfully simplistic when it comes to actual gameplay.

Double Dragon: Neon is a carefully crafted love-letter to a genre and a time period. It is an '80s beat-'em-up through and through, but with one caveat: it has some of the best gameplay to ever grace the genre.

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Little Mac added to the Super Smash Bros. roster! photo
Little Mac added to the Super Smash Bros. roster!
by Patrick Hancock

Most everyone asked for him, and he's finally here!

No longer just an assist trophy, Little Mac from the Punch-Out! series has finally joined the newest installment of Super Smash Bros.!

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6:00 PM on 02.09.2014

Early Access Review: Overgrowth

[Want to know how an Early Access game is coming along? Check out our Early Access Reviews, which will be a series going forward with the intent of informing you whether or not a game is worth buying into at this time.] I&rsq...

Patrick Hancock



Review: The Castle Doctrine photo
Review: The Castle Doctrine
by Patrick Hancock

My life's earnings are stashed away in my vault. Well, half of it. As an added security measure, I've given my wife half to hold on to and protect with her life. I've built my house in such a way that I feel pretty confident that my belongings are safe. At the very least, my wife and kids will be safe behind the protection of my pit bull, Tiny.

I come back later in the day to find that a few vagabonds tried, and failed, to steal my money. Their loss, my gain. They died, I thrived. I come back the next day and find that my walls have been sawed through, and my money stolen. I check on Tiny: drugged. My family? All dead, no, murdered. I have nothing left. I check the security tapes, though I'm not really sure why. I don't care for revenge, though I can't say the thought is absent in my mind. Standing in what's left of my house, I take it all in and kill myself.

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Review: The Sun at Night photo
Review: The Sun at Night
by Patrick Hancock

Laika was a female Soviet dog, and the first mutt in space and to orbit the Earth. Laika was never intended to return. She died during her orbit, and her remains burnt up as the Sputnik 2 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated.

Or did she… 

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6:30 PM on 01.28.2014

New cosmetics, replay function, and Hero added to Dota 2

Yesterday, a new game mode, the Hero Terrorblade, and balance changes were introduced for the newest Dota 2 update, scheduled to go live tomorrow. Today we get another Hero, Phoenix, a new feature, and HATS! The new...

Patrick Hancock

8:30 PM on 01.27.2014

A new Hero and balance changes are coming to Dota 2

The Chinese New Year is upon us, and everyone knows that that means: a new Dota 2 event! The update was vaguely outlined yesterday, but today we can get a much better idea of what the New Bloom update will have in store....

Patrick Hancock

1:30 PM on 01.22.2014

'Edge-hogging' mechanics of new Smash Bros. are different

In both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, there's a popular mechanic commonly referred to as "edge-hogging." Since only one character can be on an edge at a time, when a character is knocked off of the stage, their oppo...

Patrick Hancock



Review: Continue?9876543210 photo
Review: Continue?9876543210
by Patrick Hancock

I have no idea how to accurately describe Continue?9876543210 so I’ll just copy and paste this quote from the developer in here:

Continue? is for the type of person that appreciates odd, poetic word play, interpretation of the abstract, and existential philosophy…Continue? is meant to be played when a person is quiet and alone and sitting in bed late at night with a glass of wine or some weed, staring at the ceiling, thinking about their life. “

Yep.

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PC Port Report: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance photo
PC Port Report: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
by Patrick Hancock

Hey everyone! There’s a Platinum Games game out on PC! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Well, I guess since this is their first foray into the world of PC ports, it’s probably a good idea to check and see how well they’ve done.

Other companies haven’t done so well in their PC debut, largely due to a complete misunderstanding of the market and lack of continued support. Luckily, Konami and Platinum Games know the value in patches, and have addressed some of the issues in Metal Gear Rising.

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Review: Nidhogg photo
Review: Nidhogg
by Patrick Hancock

Nidhogg has always been a mysterious turbo-indie game that only the cool kids could play at secret underground events in the 13th hour (NO, I WASN’T JEALOUS). Anyway, we plebeians finally have a chance to own and play the game whenever we want! Even online!

It’s easy to see why Nidhogg has always been regarded as a game that you simply must play if given the chance, but that isn’t to say that it’s official release isn’t without some rough edges. 

Indie rough edges.

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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