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10:30 AM on 03.19.2015

Podtoid 288: Tim Schafer likes cat butts

The Podtoid gang returns from GDC, PAX East, and EGX Rezzed to discuss the horrors they've witnessed out in the real world, fighting illness and fatigue to report on Tim Schafer's affinity for kitty bottom, and other thi...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 03.18.2015

Yakuza 0 tops Japanese charts, spurs PS4 sales

Sega's open-world beat-'em-up Yakuza 0 was the top-selling game in Japan last week, debuting with a combined 236,329 physical sales across both PS3 and PS4, according to Media Create. While the lion's share of purchases came ...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 03.14.2015

Former Rare devs share first look at Banjo successor

Today at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased the first in-engine screenshots of Project Ukulele. Speaking at the event, the seven-man team of former Rare veterans said they were blown away by the fan response to their recently an...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 AM on 03.14.2015

Here are Destructoid's Top 10 games from PAX East 2015

PAX East ended several days ago, but its memory lingers on -- as does the sickness it bestowed on a handful of us poor Destructoid staffers. Much like how Jesus died for our sins, we risked our health for you, dear readers. S...

Kyle MacGregor



Just Shapes & Beats is bullet hell without the shooter photo
Just Shapes & Beats is bullet hell without the shooter
by Kyle MacGregor

"Congratulations, you just survived the tutorial," Just Shapes & Beats coder Mike Ducarme teased the small crowd clustered around Berzerk Studio's PAX East booth. A quartet of us had just run the gauntlet, bobbing and weaving our way through an imposing cannonade of pink missile fire.

We barely managed to scratch out a victory -- and that was only the tutorial? Glancing around the throng, there was a clear sense bewilderment and excitement among us. We wanted to see more.

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Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. photo
Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
by Kyle MacGregor

Nintendo has created some of the most bizarre intellectual properties in the medium, but the latest strategy game from Intelligent Systems (the studio behind Fire Emblem and Advance Wars) may be among the strangest. The adventure follows Abraham Lincoln and a crack team of agents conscripted from American folklore and classic literature on a mission to repel an alien invasion.

What's more, the Nintendo 3DS game is set in a steampunk universe. Meanwhile the art direction draws inspiration from the Golden Age of Comics. It's an extraordinary pastiche, to say the least. However, despite its originality of the concept, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. never quite lives up to the intrigue one might expect, given the project's pedigree and fascinating pool of influences.

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10:15 AM on 03.11.2015

Naughty Dog: Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016

The plan was to release Uncharted 4: A Thief's End later this year, but that's no longer in the cards. Naughty Dog has resolved to delay the highly anticipated title's arrival until spring 2016. "Since we showed you our ...

Kyle MacGregor

12:45 PM on 03.10.2015

Atlus: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold coming this summer

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is coming to North America this summer, Atlus USA just announced. The Nintendo 3DS role-playing game is a remake of the second entry in the series and includes a new story mode along with various other improvements.

Kyle MacGregor



Review: OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood photo
Review: OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood
by Kyle MacGregor

OlliOlli was a pleasant surprise. A year ago, the minimalist skateboarding game materialized out of nowhere, deconstructing the genre and distilling its essence down the barest essentials. It stripped away any traces of excess, resulting in an experience focused on eliciting trancelike states and a never-ending pursuit of high scores.

Simultaneously accessible and unfathomably intricate, OlliOlli lured players down the rabbit hole, presenting itself as an airy side-scroller just long enough to get its hooks into you before quickly giving way to something far weightier and more profound.

And now it's been topped in virtually every conceivable way with an unexpected sequel, OlliOlli 2.

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10:45 AM on 03.10.2015

Onechanbara Z2 strikes a PS4 near you this summer

Those wily scamps at XSEED have done it again! Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is on its way to North America this summer, the little localization house that could just announced. On top of its digital release on PlayStation 4, the pr...

Kyle MacGregor





10:15 AM on 03.10.2015

Senran Kagura 2 bounces westward this summer

Once upon a time, XSEED seemed pretty cagey about publishing the Senran Kagura games. Nowadays the plucky localization studio can't seem to bring the danged things over fast enough. Yes, you probably read the headline where ...

Kyle MacGregor



Final Fantasy XV looks great and feels even better photo
Final Fantasy XV looks great and feels even better
by Kyle MacGregor

Even though the clock was ticking, it was difficult not to stop and smell the roses. I had a behemoth to hunt, but couldn't help myself. A gorgeous landscape teeming with majestic wildlife distracted me from my objective. I whiled away far too much time transfixed by the mosaic of stars painted across the night sky, exploring grottos and forest trails, and poking around a secluded outpost with a stable of Chocobos. I continued to do so until a tap on the shoulder reminded me to get back to the task at hand.

During a meeting with Square Enix today in Boston, the publisher gave me over an hour to delve into Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, but it just wasn't enough time. I want to spend more time in this world, leaving no stone unturned, and now I find myself eagerly awaiting the opportunity to do just that when the demo launches alongside Final Fantasy Type-0 HD later this month.

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4:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Battletoads join Shovel Knight on Xbox One in April

Shovel Knight is on its way to Xbox One in April, and the Battletoads are coming along for the ride. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It ha...

Kyle MacGregor

1:45 PM on 03.04.2015

Microsoft announces cross-buy program for Xbox One and Windows 10 devices

Speaking at a GDC presentation today, Xbox boss Phil Spencer just announced plans to support cross-buy and other cross-platform functionality between Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Sony popularized cross-buy support on Play...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 03.04.2015

NIS confirms Wii release for Rodea: The Sky Soldier

It looks like Rodea: The Sky Soldier will be the Wii's swan song. Today, NIS America confirmed first edition copies of the Wii U version will come equipped with the original Wii prototype. The aerial action game was...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 03.03.2015

Mad Catz' newest peripheral is an actual, living cat

Mad Catz unveiled its latest gaming peripheral today, the revolutionary C.A.T. PRO X. The hot new accessory is a small, domestic mammal that can be used to cradle a mobile phone, PlayStation Vita, or other similar device...

Kyle MacGregor