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11:15 AM on 10.08.2014

I'm a sucker for a good Kingdom Hearts trailer: HD 2.5 ReMIX

That very first trailer for the first Kingdom Hearts game killed me. I still remember that first viewing, being completely overcome with goosebumps and trying to hide that I was tearing up. Moving? Oh man. Yes. I still love ...

Dale North





10:45 AM on 10.08.2014

Nindies at IndieCade. Wait, Nindies? I love you, Nintendo

The list of new Nintendo independent games to be shown at IndieCade that we received this morning? Great. Great news. But I'm more hung up on the title of the press email that Nintendo sent out: Nintendo Showcases Prolific &...

Dale North

12:15 PM on 10.07.2014

Link: Open letter to Microsoft, Turn 10, Playground Games on DLC

Forza Horizon 2? Pretty damned good, right? Having to buy a car pack to get the most desired DLC car? Not so good. I have strong feelings of my own on that and other DLC topics surrounding the Forza franchise, but I can save ...

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Review: Driveclub photo
Review: Driveclub
by Dale North

Driveclub was supposed to be a launch day title for the PS4, but it was delayed for a while, pushing back until now. We got our hands on it at the E3 following the PS4 announcement last year and thought it needed more time in the oven, so a delay was actually welcome.

But that was a long delay. So, how much of a difference has a year made? 

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10:45 AM on 10.06.2014

Mevius Final Fantasy trademark filed in Europe

The sharp eyes of NeoGAF have found a European Square Enix trademark for "Mevius Final Fantasy." The trademark covers games and merchandise, so this is probably some kind of videogame. I have no idea what a Mevius is, but I w...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 10.06.2014

Operation Kos-Mos works to support Xenosaga HD Trilogy release

Last month, Namco Bandai producer (and Tekken series director) Katsuhiro Harada called on the fans of the Xeno series to show their desire for an HD remaster of the Xenosaga games. Lots of fans ask him for something like a Xe...

Dale North



Watch me play (and crash) in Driveclub before the game is even out! photo
Watch me play (and crash) in Driveclub before the game is even out!
by Dale North


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[Update: Shows over, but you can watch me play through again in the video above.]

Funny thing. I love racing videogames but I'm a terrible driver. In real life, too! Ask anyone that has ridden in my car. In fact, Hamza rode with me to lunch yesterday. I think I ran two lights, curbed, and cut people off in that short two-mile drive. Sorry, Hamza. You know better now.

I talk a lot of sh*t about others that play racers. And now, thanks to the magic of streaming, I'll have to eat some words. Whatever. Now they (and you) can see how bad of a driver I really am in my livestream of Driveclub, kicking off in about 30 minutes (3:00pm PST). 

Sony is only letting me show a little bit ahead of the game's October launch on PS4, but it's still enough time to see me wreck. Watch me play through new challenges I've just unlocked in the game's single-player mode for the first time. See the shiny cars. Get a glimpse of where our upcoming review (October 7) is going. 

Ask me questions during the chat and I'll do my best to answer them while driving 150MPH. 

See you on the road!

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1:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Former Call of Duty director Dave Anthony talks national security

This article on gamesindustry.biz had me looking away from my computer screen for a second, dazed. Here's a quote from it, pulled from a new Businessweek article featuring some words from Dave Anthony, former Call of Duty&nb...

Dale North

11:45 AM on 10.03.2014

Falcom Sound Team jdk library of music on iTunes

Game music fans, did you know about this?! I didn't until I wrote this piece about my dream racing game a few days back. While I was throwing out unrealistic wishes I daydreamed about the famed sound crew from Falcom making t...

Dale North

6:15 PM on 10.02.2014

Uber is giving Sonic Boom Rides at New York Comic-Con

I hate missing New York Comic-Con. This is only the second one I've missed. I'm missing out on the Sonic Boom Rides in New York, provided by Sega, Chevrolet, and Uber. Imagine jetting around New York in a Sonic-themed ride? I...

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If I made my own racing game... photo
If I made my own racing game...
by Dale North

With both Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2 hitting the streets this month my mind is fully in racing game mode. We racing fans are spoiled this month with two very nice titles, and I'm racing my days away in them. As of late I am this close to getting a speeding ticket IRL.

I think about racing games a lot. While I'm Destructoid's resident JRPG guy, I've always loved racing games. I've been playing them regularly since Pole Position (yeah, I'm old), and I'm perfectly open to racers of all sorts, from casual kart games all the way up to full-on simulations. 

But lately, after spending time with Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2, I'm hung up on what my ideal racing game would be. Both of them hit positive marks for me, but there are plenty of things I'd change or do differently. And I have some ideas of my own that no one has managed to work into a racer yet. 

So here's what my racing game would look like.

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12:15 PM on 10.02.2014

Nintendo's new website is fun

Check out play.nintendo.com, Nintendo's new website. Nintendo says you can visit regularly to see what's happening with your favorite characters, or to download new "cool stuff." Content will be updated weekly. The stuff they...

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11:45 AM on 10.02.2014

Katamari Damacy composers confirmed for MAGFest 13

MAGFest, the Music and Games Festival, is going into its thirteenth year, and to celebrate they have some big musical guests lined up. Katamari Damacy composers Yuu Miyake and Yoshihito Yano will be...rolling into town t...

Dale North

11:15 AM on 10.02.2014

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call song contest winners announced

The Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Legacy of Music contest results are in! Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu picked the winners himself (I'm still kind of freaked out that he heard my contest demonstration ...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 10.01.2014

These limited edition The Evil Within PS4s don't look very scary

Oooh, a building outline! Terrifying! You'll get a scary-ass building etched onto your PS4 if you're nabbing a Japanese Psycho Break (The Evil Within here in the west) limited edition release. It comes in Jet Black or Glacier...

Dale North

11:45 AM on 10.01.2014

Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign to benefit breast cancer foundation

Namco Bandai has launched its Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign in cooperation with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  They plan to raise awareness through gameplay in their range of mobile titles, with the highlight...

Dale North