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If Bungie envisions Destiny as an MMO, it should start acting like it photo
If Bungie envisions Destiny as an MMO, it should start acting like it
by Chris Carter

Destiny was a functional game at launch, but a number of design choices were made that left all of us scratching our heads. The Cryptarch system in 1.0 was horrible in that it allowed players to earn legendary engrams (randomized items) only to consistently find out they were rares.

There were bounties that were active for playlists that weren't even available to play. The list goes on -- these are things that Bungie possibly didn't have time to test as it was rushed out of the door by Activision to ship on time.

All of Destiny's patches so far haven't been actual improvements to the game -- they've been backpedaling "we didn't intend for this to happen" or "oops this was bugged" fixes. There have been no meaningful quality of life changes like an "Orbit to Tower" function, more bank space, a better user interface, or anything that would make the game more enjoyable.

Bungie needs to start making actual improvements to the game -- before the DLC in December and before people need to pay for it.

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1:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Watch some footage of the Mega Man theme park event

Not too long ago I reported on a Mega Man themed event at the Hanayashiki theme park in Japan. It ran until October 26, and Capcom Unity has a new video out showing some of the merchandise and booths that were present. The main thing that appeals to me here is the food in Wily Cafe. It's still amazing to me how relevant Mega Man is without a new videogame anywhere in sight.

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Watch Azure Striker Gunvolt's developer show you how to get S ranks

Azure Striker Gunvolt is a pretty great platformer that unfortunately arrived in a crowded space. Hopefully people are still celebrating it and picking it up, but in the meantime, developer Inti Creates has provided a video ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Lab Zero is working on making PS3 fight sticks interface with the PS4

If you have a host of PS3 fight sticks and are pissed off that they won't work on the PS4, listen up. Lab Zero is currently working on a driver that will allow cross-compatibility, though it will be unofficial. In the above video Lab Zero's MikeZ shows off the fruits of their labor, getting the driver to work on a debug PS4. Expect to hear more about this venture in the future.

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas HD is out today on Xbox 360

If you're a fan of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you might want to pick it up on the Xbox 360 today. It's been reworked for the Xbox 360, upgrading itself from the original Xbox version. The port will run at 720p, and will feature an increased draw distance, as well as Achievements. It's priced at a cool $3.74. Yeah, I'm getting in on this! Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Xbox.com]

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 10.27.2014

The Halo 2: Anniversary documentary arrives on October 31

While the Halo: The Master Chief Collection gears up for a November release, 343 Industries and Microsoft have prepared a full documentary explaining the development process for the remastering of Halo 2. Halo 2 is...

Chris Carter





8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Nintendo offering small incentive for buying both Pokemon Omega and Alpha at Best Buy

When November 21 hits and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire arrive, Best Buy will carry an exclusive double pack. It will include both games in one giant box, ringing in at $79.98 -- basically the price of both games...

Chris Carter



The Xbox One will get a $50 holiday price cut on November 2 photo
The Xbox One will get a $50 holiday price cut on November 2
by Chris Carter

Microsoft has just announced that the Xbox One will be getting another price cut outside of its Kinect-less model. The promotion will run from November 2, 2014 to January 3, 2015, and will feature $50 off bundles, ringing in the price at $349 in the US.

Bundles including Sunset Overdrive, Assassin's Creed: Unity, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. At this point, the system has enough games to warrant a purchase if you're interested, and some of the bundles are a pretty good deal.

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Review: Sunset Overdrive photo
Review: Sunset Overdrive
by Chris Carter

After booting the game up, it's apparent that Sunset Overdrive is the result of Insomniac Games going back to its roots. Before the developer was called upon to release the shades-of-brown-tinted Resistance and Fuse, it was known for the bright and exciting Spyro and Ratchet & Clank franchises, which were among the PlayStation's finest offerings for gamers of all ages.

Not only is Sunset bright and exciting, it's actually a good game too.

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100% Series Retrospective: Diablo photo
100% Series Retrospective: Diablo
by Chris Carter

Things have been crazy at Destructoid since I became the Reviews Director. On my first week, I had to tackle a new Ratchet & Clank, Super Mario 3D World, and three other games. It hasn't let up after that, and as a result, I haven't had as much time to focus on my Carter's Quest series.

Thankfully though I am often able to incorporate assignments into other works, and since playing a ton of Reaper of Souls on PS4 last month I decided to tackle its predecessors yet again. The Diablo series is among my most-played franchises, so it was an easy adventure to take.

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Review: Bayonetta 2 photo
Review: Bayonetta 2
by Chris Carter

Outside of Devil May Cry 3, Bayonetta is one of the finest action games of all time. The action systems were so clean, so precise, and so rewarding that it leaves pretty much everything these days in the dust.

Bayonetta 2 doesn't change a whole lot, and that's perfectly okay with me.

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11:30 AM on 10.24.2014

Forward to the Sky looks like a fun platforming romp

Every once in a while a game will come along that reminds me of the Dreamcast era, filled to the brim with great looking games like Skies of Arcadia. Forward to the Sky looks like one such title, an action platformer that ju...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 10.24.2014

New PS4 firmware will feature USB music support

Next Tuesday, the same day thousands of people will be downloading the newest Final Fantasy XIV content update, the PS4 will be getting a major system update to bring its firmware up to 2.0 -- it's called "Masamune," whi...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 10.24.2014

Xbox Music's free trial period has come to an end

If you've been using the Xbox Music service for a while now, prepare to be disappointed -- the service is ceasing as a free offer as of December 1st, 2014. Previously the music streaming app was available for free with ads, b...

Chris Carter

8:13 AM on 10.24.2014

Outlast 2 is in the works, developer realizes they have 'at least another horror game' in them

Outlast was a pretty fantastic horror game, and it ended up seeing a release on a number of platforms outside of the PC due to its success. Developer Red Barrels has stated that this isn't the last we've seen the franchi...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 10.23.2014

Dark Souls II gets a pretty sweet first-person mod

Dark Souls II had a few of the toughest bosses in the series, but they'd be especially hard if you played the game in first-person. That's what a modder named Benzoin-Gun has done, detailing his creation in the vid...

Chris Carter