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2:44 PM on 11.13.2008

Developer Q&A: Deep Silver talks about their upcoming Wii title, Cursed Mountain

About a zillion years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Martin Filipp, Developer at Deep Silver, and discuss with him the company's upcoming survival-horror title: Cursed Mountain. Deep Silver, if you weren't aware,...


Destructoid review: Legendary photo
Destructoid review: Legendary
by Dyson

I'm pretty sure that everyone and their mother is playing a certain other game right now (rhymes with beers at four - poo), but, surprise, there are other releases that have come out that may be worth your attention, such as Spark Unlimited's Legendary.

As the only werewolf-hunting, griffin-killing, golem-destroying action FPS on the market, the title certainly has a big chance to bring something new to the genre. But does the game live up to its title? Hit the jump to see whether Legendary is, well, you know ...

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7:08 PM on 10.17.2008

[UPDATE] The Awesome Apocalypse now to support bewbs!

Not prepared for the impending Awesome Apocalypse? Find yourself lacking in 100% cotton garments of WIN and AWESOME? Fret not, my dear fans of RetroforceGO! The combined powers of retro, Splitreason, and Adam "The bitche...


2:23 AM on 10.06.2008

Destructoid Discusses! iPod touch vs DS, also DSi

In the "news" that the iPod touch will somehow trump the Nintendo DS Lite as the portable handheld of choice, we decided to discuss the merits of both of the systems and how they would effect each other's markets. M...


Destructoid review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed photo
Destructoid review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
by Dyson

One of the many things that can tie a generation together is their shared memory of pop culture. One can easily distinguish another person from their generation by comparing such things as movie quotes, theme songs, cartoon knowledge, or even commercial jingles from their time.

The Star Wars franchise is one of those generational watermarks. Beginning in the late 70s, the original trilogy left an indelible mark on most of the moviegoing world. Adults and children alike shared in the knowledge of the Force and how it aided a young Skywalker in his quest to save a princess and redeem his father.

While the original trilogy will always bring about certain memories to the people from that era, the Star Wars franchise didn’t end with Return of the Jedi. Countless books, graphic novels, toys, and even four more movies have provided continuation to the universe that George Lucas built, and it has all kept alive the Star Wars mythos for newer generations. Along with these additions, there have also been many entries to the Star Wars canon in the form of videogames, which brings us to LucasArts’ latest release, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Set in the time between Episode III and Episode IV, The Force Unleashed details the adventures of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice and the events that led to the forming of the Rebel Alliance.

Hit the jump to find out if The Force Unleashed lives up to its heritage while still providing a worthy videogame experience. 

[This review contains no spoilers]

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9:21 PM on 09.08.2008

Destructoid Discusses! PAX 2008

In case you missed CTZ's post collecting all the community members' PAX stories, we thought we'd throw out one more "I <3 PAX" piece to cap off the glory that was PAX '08. Although the discussion doesn't contain ...


4:59 AM on 08.25.2008

Destructoid Discusses! On the matter of videogame taste

Remember the Space Invaders vs The World Trade Center game that came out recently? We do, and it became the impetus for this week's installment of Destructoid Discusses! The gang takes the release of the controversial piece o...


Hands-on with Fracture multiplayer
by Dyson


Not too long ago, myself and other journalists were invited down to the LucasArts studios for some hands-on time with their newest IP: Fracture. Sequestered in the rather dark and scary QA multiplayer lab, several of my journalistic contemporaries and I squared off against LucasArts' Fracture QA team.

While it goes without saying that the QA team had the competitive advantage,  the entire experience helped the rest of us get past our noob-ness and into the world of Fracture multiplayer.

More after the jump. 

[Editor's note: Sorry bout the video quality. Three was some weird compression things going that we (I) couldn't figure out.  Don't worry, though, the game looks fantastic, as evidenced by the screen shots.]


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Destructoid review: Bionic Commando Rearmed photo
Destructoid review: Bionic Commando Rearmed
by Dyson

The NES version of Bionic Commando isn't exactly the first title that comes to mind when people think of their favorite NES games. While it still holds a warm place in the memories of many retro gamers, the title's unique and challenging take on the platforming genre never really caught on with the mainstream gamers of the time.

Regardless of that fact, Capcom knows a good series when it sees one, and has decided to revitalize the long quiet franchise. Not only will there be a brand-new 3D Bionic Commando, but, as you know, the remake of the original NES version is currently available on XBLA, PSN, and PC.

Does the updated version live up to its predecessor, while simultaneously providing an enjoyable experience for the newcomers?

Hit the jump to find out.

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1:17 AM on 08.18.2008

Destructoid Discusses! Everyone loves Jonathan Holmes

Time again for this week's installment of the only conversation blog I know of: Destructoid Discusses! This week we started off with no topic, but then we were suddenly steered into the wonderful discussion of the latest and ...


4:28 AM on 08.11.2008

Destructoid Discusses! Braid

It's time again for another late night posting of Destructoid's (semi) weekly conversation blog. Last week I suggested that we talk about review backlash, but we just ended up talking about Eternity's Child. So this week, I just decided to cut to the chase and make the subject the only game anyone is talking about: Braid.  Discuss!


3:40 AM on 08.06.2008

Destructoid Discusses! Lazy reviewers? Or, maybe your game just sucks

You may have heard Jim report the other week, that the AIAS prez says that "game reviewers are lazy." I can certainly see how the whole world of game reviewing is not an exact science, but we're not here today to wa...


7:09 PM on 08.05.2008

Street Fighter fans, your time is now

Think you're good at fighting games? If so, you should already have your bags packed and ready to go to the EVO 2008 World Finals. That's where all the really good Street Fighter and other fighting game heavyweights will be ...


Hands-on with Skate 2
by Dyson


Just the other day, it seemed EA Black Box came out with Skate. I remember playing it not all that long ago, and being pretty impressed by the analog only controls. I was a fan of the first few Tony Hawk's, but it was always kind of a chore to hit those Mortal Kombat-like button sequences to do tricks.

By looking at the success of EA Black Box's Skate, it looks like I wasn't the only one to think that, and now the videogame world will be treated to Skate 2. When, who knows? Unlike the game-a-year factory that EA usually is, the team working on Skate 2 has no set release date. They're taking their time to make sure that Skate 2 will live up to their first success.

Learn more about Skate 2 after the jump.

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12:08 AM on 07.22.2008

Destructoid Discusses! E3 equals meh? Maybe

Once again, back is the incredible ... The thyme animal ... The incredible Dyson G! Next-gen enemy number one ... FPS said freeze! And I got numb.Okay, so my poor attempt at quoting Public Enemy didn't go so well. In fact, it...


[UPDATE!] Overlord: Raising Hell contest winners announced!  photo
[UPDATE!] Overlord: Raising Hell contest winners announced!
by Dyson
Hey everyone! Remember that contest we ran the other week? The one where you had to come up with creative headgear from items found around the house for a chance to win a PS3 copy of Overlord: Raising Hell?

Well, as usual, the Dtoid community brings the sauce. The decision making was tough, but listed below are the five winners of the contest (and their winning pics are shown after the jump). To everyone else that entered: thanks for the awesome entries. It wasn't easy picking just five pictures out of all the entries, but our crack team of editors managed to pull it off. 


  • Roryzilla
  • riomccarthy
  • Video Cognito
  • ZombiePlatypus
  • sirjester

So, young winners, now would be the time to send in your contact info from the e-mail address you have on account with Destructoid, making sure to include your correct address and name. For anyone that missed the contest, check out the gallery attached for each and every contest entry. There are definitely some interesting entries.

[Update!!! The fine folks that were sponsoring the contest thought that EVERYONE did such an excellent job, that EACH OF YOU WHO ENTERED gets a copy of Overlord: Raising Hell for the PS3. The five original winners that were chosen will recieve a copy of GRiD for the PS3 as well. Are we happy now? Can we stop crying about the "around the house" thing already? You know I really love all of you, right? Just checking :)]

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3:48 AM on 07.15.2008

Destructoid Discusses! Is the Wii a novelty item?

Once again, we'd like to bring the rest of the world into our nice little robot corner and give them a peek into our unedited internal conversations. Why would you want to read such things? Because we happen to be hilarious, ...


Win a copy of Overlord: Raising Hell for the PS3! photo
Win a copy of Overlord: Raising Hell for the PS3!
by Dyson

Hello Dtoid people! Once again, you now have the chance to scour the depths of your creativity in the hopes of getting some swag. This contest is based upon the ingenuity that was displayed by the comical minions featured in last year's game, Overlord for the 360/PS3. The sequel, Overlord: Raising Hell, is currently available on shelves, but if you're a PS3 owner and are desiring your very own copy, then you're going to have to buckle down and put on your "minion hats," if you will.

Minions - the Overlord’s dutiful servants in Overlord: Raising Hell are very resourceful in combat.  When players send them to attack a foe or to scavenge for items, the minions will take whatever they can get their hands on to make impromptu armor and helmets — be it from pumpkins, pots and pans, or even rat carcasses!  Now your site’s readers can display their ingenuity and “minion aptitude” to the world by coming up with their own stylish headgear! Five winners will receive a copy of Overlord: Raising Hell for the PS3.

So, to participate in this contest and win a copy of this game, all you have to do is grab whatever you can find around your house and come up with the most creative minion-esque headpiece that you can find. Like the minions in Overlord; creativity is key. Grab a cat, a mouse, or a cat in a mouse that's in house that happens to be on top on a pumpkin pie, and place it on your head for all to see.

Post that picture in the comment section below to be entered into the contest, but be warned, there are only five copies available for the contest (there may also be a super secret prize for an above-and-beyond entry!!). And anyone trying to rock a robot helmet is automatically beaten by our mechanical leader's already awesome chapeau -- so try for something different. 

As I've been told, this contest is worldwide. It begins NOW, and goes until Sunday, July 13th at midnight (PST). Good luck, and remember to be creative! Dyson knows you have it in you.

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9:42 PM on 07.07.2008

Capcom contest wants to put you on the E3 list

Sad that you're not going to E3? Frustrated that over the last couple of years, it's actually become hard to sneak into the event? Yeah, me too.This year, though, Capcom will remedy the near-Herculean task of trying to bluff...


1:18 PM on 07.07.2008

Hands-on with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360/PS3)

The other day, the handsome CTZ and I went over to LucasArts studios, located in the Presidio of San Francisco, to go through a comprehensive hands-on with the multiple versions of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. While Hamza...


2:00 AM on 07.07.2008

Destructoid Discusses! Did someone say emulation?

Hey everyone, this week I'm taking a suggestion from Hamsa and throwing out the dark topic of emulation. We had some good points of view in another thread when we were talking about Chrono Trigger for the SNES, so we figured ...


8:18 PM on 06.30.2008

PS3 2.40 firmware FAQ: Eric loves cheese edition [Update]

Previously unbeknownst to me, the guys over at the official PlayStation blog have a sense of humor. In an effort to answer some frequently asked questions about the upcoming firmware update for the PS3, Eric Lempel has put al...


12:38 AM on 06.30.2008

Destructoid Discusses! We talk about SSFII Turbo HD Remix, but fail excellently

Yeah, you should take that title with a huge grain of salt. Because, in an effort to create a new and vaguely recurring article here at the 'toid, I proposed to the staff that we discuss a random topic in our internal emailer...


2:33 PM on 06.11.2008

Where have all the system sellers gone?

With Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots being released ever so soon, a few of us here at Dtoid started discussing what effect the game's release could have on Sony's big black console. Would it be the the system seller ...


3:21 PM on 06.02.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 51: Neo-retro and you

Another Monday is upon us, along with another one of Chad Concelmo's awesome MS Paint photos. The significance of these events leads to two conclusions. One, it's time for an new RetroforceGO! Two, Topher Cantler couldn't mak...


3:26 PM on 05.27.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 50: That's half of a hundred!

While the more astute listener may notice that today is, in fact, not Monday (the regular release day for RFGO!), he or she will be glad to have endured the extra day wait for this week's episode. Why? Because, and this is al...


9:56 PM on 05.19.2008

RetroforceGO! Epsisode 49: Castlevania Mania

Hey everybody! Sorry everything is so late today. Dear ol' Dyson couldn't make the show last night, so I didn't get my usual eight hour head start on exciting sound editing! But they say better late then never, right? An...


4:18 PM on 05.05.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 48: The retro renaissance?

With all the "everything old is new again" mentality floating around the gaming world, the crew of RFGO! decided to weigh in on the current state of retro. Are companies just cashing in on the seemingly hot trend of...


3:44 PM on 04.28.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 47: Treasure

So I missed the show yesterday. Have no fear, though, the show went on. Reverend Anthony jumped in to take the fourth place and Topher ran the task of hosting. How did things go? Well, we started doing the "what have you...


3:34 PM on 04.21.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 46: Metal Gear

I know I say this every Monday but, hooray Monday! Not too much has changed over that course of the last week, but then again, not much does in the world of retro. I hear that in the next-gen world, a 360 burned a house down,...


3:46 PM on 04.14.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 45: Listener questions return

Welcome to another Monday! I really don't have too much to say about this particular Monday. Aside from the usual stuff that happened during the weekend, this is a pretty standard Monday so far. So, yeah, it's pretty sunny he...


2:49 PM on 04.08.2008

RetroforceGO! Not Episode 44: The worst/best/worst episode ever

As you may have heard yesterday, we here at the show had some serious recording issues with our Cancun episode. And while we try and maintain a level of quality that you have come to know us for, no amount of editing trickery...


3:03 PM on 04.01.2008

GTA IV Claims its first murder victim! Archduke Franz Ferdinand shot!

Months before its inevitable release on home consoles, murder simulator GTA IV has already claimed its first victim: Austrian Archduke, Franz Ferdinand. The near century long belief that the Archduke's assassination was carri...


4:39 PM on 03.31.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 43: Squaresoft

So does anyone know a good tax attorney? It's getting precariously close to the 15th of April, and lazy Dyson hasn't even bothered to total up his expenses for the year. You can claim Pizza Rolls as a business expense, right?...


2:50 PM on 03.24.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 42: Easter Eggs!

Hooray! Another year, another chance to celebrate the Raptor Jesus. It was a pretty good Easter, the Marshmallow Peeps did not end up getting Topher. He was rescued at the last minute by a shark named CTZ, who was also riding...


3:41 PM on 03.17.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 41: Part one of the Hardware Series: Controllers

Is it me, or is it St. Patty's day? I'd heard that the church had moved the holiday to another day because of Lent, is this true? If so, as an Irish man this means that we get two days of celebration. Now I don't meant that w...


3:53 PM on 03.10.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 40: Don't believe the hype!

You know, I've never really had a "normal" job in my life, so Mondays were never too much of a dreadful thing for me. I'm not saying that I loved Mondays, though, but they certain they weren't anything that I dislik...


3:18 PM on 03.03.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 39: Contra

What's more manly? The ripped and bulging form of Chad Concelmo (seen above)? Or the over the top manliness of the Contra series? The correct answer: neither. Just to give you an example of how manly Chad is, he woke up this ...


3:06 AM on 02.26.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 38: Phantasy Star

Hi everybody, are you doing well? Yes? That's fantastic. We, on the other hand, have been having quite the week. From GDC, to Wondercon, to Chad deciding to "put babies" in certain female community members (and .tif...


2:56 PM on 02.18.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 37: We don't care about dead people edition

At least according to Jim's reporting of what Jackie-T thinks of us. It is an astounding presumption that Mr. T purports, but I'm sure he's only talking about the current generation of gamers because there'd be no way that an...