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12:30 PM on 10.17.2014

I picked up the Excalibastard in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

There has been a bit of talk about an interesting legendary weapon in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel that is in plain sight, but unavailable at first. Excalibastard is stuck in a stone in the area Stanton's Liver, and only those...

Darren Nakamura

9:30 AM on 10.15.2014

The intro cinematic for Civilization: Beyond Earth is actually pretty touching

I have been working on a review for the upcoming sci-fi strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, and one of the things I could not wait to talk about is the introductory cinematic. It seems silly, but for a seri...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 10.14.2014

Ethereal is a puzzle platformer with pretty polished pixels

When developer Thomas Finch first showed bits of Ethereal, I almost wanted to share it simply because of how pretty it looked (especially in motion), but at the time, there was not a lot of other information to go on. It is ...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 10.14.2014

Tales of Cosmos is a point-and-click starring a space corgi

Sure, there is also a chimpanzee named Professor Gagayev, but we all know that Perseus the Dog is the star here. He's got valor! He reminds me of Missile from Ghost Trick, except I'm pretty sure Perseus is a corgi rather tha...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 AM on 10.13.2014

Here are more than 200 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screenshots

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out tomorrow, and you can read a 3,000-word review on what I think about it right here on Destructoid if you would like. However, since a picture is worth a thousand words, this post is basic...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo
Review: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
by Darren Nakamura

[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, one of the writers for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.]

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I can imagine that mantra circulating the 2K Australia office as the team worked on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Gearbox had a huge hit on its hands with Borderlands 2, and there is not much reason to mess with a winning formula.

To be clear, a lot of what matters is new. The story, playable characters, environments, dialogue, and physics are all new. Despite that, it all feels very familiar. Where a number of core systems were significantly upgraded between the first and second games in the series, The Pre-Sequel's additions are much less pronounced.

One odd aspect of some of the new content that this entry brings to the vault hunting universe is that it feels more like Borderlands than Borderlands 2 in some ways, for better and for worse.

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To any Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel players out there: I have dibs on Athena photo
To any Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel players out there: I have dibs on Athena
by Darren Nakamura

Two years ago, Chris, Tara, Conrad, and Andy each called dibs on a Vault Hunter for Borderlands 2 before I ever could, and so I was never able to play it. All I could do was sit there looking at my copy, wishing I had called dibs first. I will not make that same mistake twice.

I have dibs on Athena. Simply put, Athena is the best. Don't worry, there are three other perfectly okay Vault Hunters for you to choose from. You should be all right, I guess. Anyway, here's why Athena is the best and I call dibs on her.

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1:00 PM on 10.09.2014

Ziggurat welcomes its upcoming official launch with a great-looking trailer

A couple months ago, Rob wrote about Ziggurat making it on Steam Early Access, and it looks like this one will not be wasting away there for long before its full release, which developer Milkstone Studios says is "very close...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 PM on 10.09.2014

The final 'making of' video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel looks at 'Weapons and Beyond'

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out next week, and 2K Games has now released the final episode of the four-part series behind the scenes at Gearbox and 2K Australia. Episodes One (To the Moon), Two (From Pandora to th...

Darren Nakamura



Get your nostalgia flowing with this cartoon retelling of EarthBound photo
Get your nostalgia flowing with this cartoon retelling of EarthBound
by Darren Nakamura

Fans of EarthBound celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Japanese release a little over a month ago on August 27. Followers of the series are known for going above and beyond in celebrating it, so of course one would spend four years making this lovely, charming tribute.

The five-minute animation retells the story of Ness and his friends on their journey to save Eagleland from Giygas. So many little touches are in there that will bring a smile to EarthBound fans' faces. There is a Spiteful Crow carrying a cookie, Paula's teddy bear, a New Age Retro Hippie, the Runaway Five, Overcoming Shyness, homesickness, and more. The iconic scene of Paula praying during the final battle made me a little misty-eyed.

More information about the video and its creation can be found at Project PK Flash.

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1:15 PM on 10.07.2014

The Land of Eyas is back on Kickstarter with a lower funding goal

Earlier this year we got a brief look at The Land of Eyas, which has Super Meat Boy-style platforming with a gravity switching mechanic, as well as a kid in a cute cat suit. At the time, it was seeking approval on Steam Gree...

Darren Nakamura

5:30 PM on 10.06.2014

This weapon never made sense: Man at Arms makes Squall's gunblade

It has been a while since we have posted about Man at Arms, but the series is still going strong, making real life replicas of fantasy weapons. The Reforged spinoff follows a different team of blacksmiths and craftsmen, with...

Darren Nakamura



Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human photo
Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human
by Darren Nakamura

Every few months, I think about how great Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion were. So, so great. Why isn't Nintendo doing more like that? I don't know, but the indie community seems to share my lamentation, creating games like Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope, Paradise Lost: First Contact, and Axiom Verge. If things turn out well, we can add Beyond Human to that list.

Beyond Human has a few influences it calls back to: Metroid, Mega Man, and Devil May Cry. Each manifests in a different way in the trailer, but all three are definitely present. As a neat backer reward, the protagonist here can don a few custom outfits (seen below) that pay homage to those classics.

Developer DT Studios has recently put Beyond Human up on Kickstarter, with a base goal of €20,000. It is planned for release on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

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3:15 PM on 10.06.2014

Rogue Wizards has a bad name but it looks like a cool dungeon crawler/city builder

Many of us have crawled through dungeons hundreds of times, so it takes some special kick to get us to notice. Rogue Wizards has two: a city-building component that seems like it could be addictive and a cool visual effect r...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 10.03.2014

Ten minutes of Claptrap ruining everything in this Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel video

Back when I spent way too much time playing with the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel interactive skill trees, I admitted that I was not really sure what to do with Claptrap's highly random play style. This video shows off some o...

Darren Nakamura

9:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth trailer outlines the new features

Last week I detailed a lot of the new experiences that Civilization V veterans will find in Civilization: Beyond Earth. I loved what I played of it and you can read about that if you want, but those who are more visual ...

Darren Nakamura