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10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

The November update for Xbox One will focus on background customization

Xbox One is getting another update for November, and it will focus on screen customization, mostly dealing with backgrounds and profiles. All achievements that are unlocked that have art attached to it will count as a "backg...

Chris Carter


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




9:30 AM on 10.21.2014

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit launches in North America on November 11, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita exclusive will then arrive in Europe the following day. The rhythm game is a spin-off of "the popular...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Review: The Legend of Korra

One of the biggest surprises of 2014 had to be the announcement of a Legend of Korra game, published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. Yes, that Platinum Games -- the current master of action titles. It...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Review: Samurai Warriors 4

While the Dynasty Warriors series is often heralded as the pinnacle of Omega Force's hack-and-slash catalog, the lesser-known Samurai franchise has been churning out some of the best games in the stable. Based aroun...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Civilization: Beyond Eath pre-order deal breakdown

Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you spot more Beyond Earth pre-order deals and pre-load info, let us know in the comments! Mission Contr...

DEALZON

2:01 AM on 10.21.2014

Review: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Fantasia holds a special place in...

Chris Carter

10:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month

There were enough worthwhile PC games tied to Games for Windows Live that I was willing to put up with service, which seemed to range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating, depending on the day. For many of us, Dark S...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 10.20.2014

We learned Fiddy doesn't need to move his mouth to swear in 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

Watch the slow progression of our drunken stupidity as we continue to trudge through 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. In this segment, I try to make my Bacardi and Vitamin Water cocktail less terrible with lime juice, sadly to no avail. Then Max and I poop a bunch of nonsense from our mouths, as usual.

Bill Zoeker

7:00 PM on 10.20.2014

We don't recommend eating a whole turkey before you play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Max and I round out the first hour of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with groggy, terrible jokes. We also talked about the mysteries of Boz Scaggs. And... stuff.

Bill Zoeker

6:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 still needs some work

We've talked before which games use Steam Early Access best. Titles like Prison Architect and Sunless Sea are two that come to mind for me; these are games that have a perfectly playable and enjoyable core game that has been ...

Alasdair Duncan

5:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Civilization V is free to play on Steam right now

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes out this Friday and in anticipation, Civilization V is now free to play on Steam until October 23.  It's all right here.

Steven Hansen





5:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge coming to 3DS next month

I love Pokémon Puzzle Challenge.  I am glad that it is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console. I think I will pay $5 for it despite still having a cartridge. I probably won't bother with the code for the Special Demo Version of Ruby and Sapphire it comes with, but that's fine. It is a lovely little game. I think I will go play it right now. 

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Catch Mega Pokemon early in the Alpha Sapphire Special Demo

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you get a head start on your adventures with a Special Demo Version. Details on how to get it are here. You may want to. It lets you transfer items as well as Pokemon, ...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 10.20.2014

There's a new Time Crisis and it's NOT for iOS

I would always go for House of the Dead above all other light-gun arcade games, but if I had any quarters left, I'd often put them toward Time Crisis; usually enough for a single round, which would come to an end with impress...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.20.2014

We have three reviews going up tomorrow morning

When you -- yes, you, person who sleeps in until at least 7:00am Pacific -- check Destructoid tomorrow morning, there will be three new reviews. I figured you might appreciate a quick heads up as these things can slip through...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

I'm down for this Halo 2 Anniversary making-of documentary

You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC requirements haven't advanced much from last year

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's required PC specs have been released on the game's Steam page, and it turns out that all that power doesn't necessarily change everything -- especially if you use last year's iteration as a b...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft after 10 years

Jade Raymond, the managing director at Ubisoft Toronto, is parting ways with Ubisoft after ten years with the company, the publisher announced today. Raymond produced Assassin's Creed and served as executive producer on Assas...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Atelier Shallie confirmed for western release in 2015

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will arrive in North America and Europe sometime next year, Koei Tecmo announced today. Everyone knew it was coming all along, but now we know know. Also, you can bet your bottom dollar on a Vita port turning up sooner or later. Koei Tecmo Europe [Twitter]

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Rockstar: There is no GTA V beta

Rockstar thinks that maybe you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. In fact, it's so steadfast in that mindset that it added a page to its site disclosing that those GTA V betas that people are signing ...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Is the New Nintendo 3DS faster than older models?

The New Nintendo 3DS is equipped with a more powerful hardware than its predecessors, which should allow for faster download speeds, among other things. So it's probably safe to assume the new equipment is quicker, but just ...

Kyle MacGregor

12:15 PM on 10.20.2014

Project J looks like a trippy little game I could waste some time with

Sometimes I just want to zone out with some synth music, bright colors, and pure gameplay. Super Hexagon works well for that, but it is always nice to try something new. Project J has an interesting hook to it, where the lig...

Darren Nakamura





12:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Here's what to expect from World of Warcraft's upcoming PVP expansion changes

In addition to raising the level cap and providing the typical amount of endgame raiding content, Blizzard is also addressing PVP in its upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. The crux of the conte...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 10.20.2014

Watch this artist paint Midna from Twilight Princess in a time lapse fashion

It's interesting to see the creative process in any medium, and with the magic of time-lapsed video, you can see Adam Scythe as he paints Midna from Twilight Princess. Just to make it even more impressive of a feat, the artists uses watercolors. Scythe's body of work can be found at his website if you're interested.

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Get to know Dragon Age: Inquisition's Cassandra

BioWare has released a new chapter of its character-oriented look at the cast of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and this time, it's Cassandra, voiced by Miranda Raison. You'll get a chance to see her in action, as well as Rai...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 10.20.2014

You're gonna lose your head over this The Evil Within glitch

"This is insane," are some pretty appropriate famous last words, especially when you're inside a carnival of horrors. That should've been the case for this player, but he took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. That's perseverance at its finest. That thing was just weighing him down, anyway.

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 10.20.2014

Attack On Titan 3DS' 'Chain' expansion adds a few extras to the base game

Japan already got Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity some time ago on the 3DS, but now developer Spike Chunsoft is releasing a "Chain" expansion later this year. It'll have online multiplayer, as well as n...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Oddworld on Wii U is delayed because of the basic Wii U model

According to series creator Lorne Lanning, there are a few issues with the Wii U version of Oddworld New 'n' Tasty. It's not canceled, but apparently the problem is with the 8GB basic model of the Wii U. According to Lanning,...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 10.20.2014

Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore now available on PC

Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore is out now for Windows PC, Playism has announced. The action game has a jaunty premise, following a fairy tasked with defending a flower from a swarm of aphids. Yes, really. You'll need to pulverize ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Celebrate Halloween in Final Fantasy XIV with 'All Saints' Wake'

Do you like witch hats? Well you're in luck if you play Final Fantasy XIV, as the "All Saints' Wake" event is starting today. From October 20 to November 3, you can start up a short questline to earn some extra costume items....

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Direct will have tons of new info

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will have a Nintendo Direct soon dedicated to revealing a lot more information. It's set for October 23 at 6PM EST, and will focus on "50 new things" for the Wii U version. That's a lot of things! ...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 10.19.2014

Hey, Destructoid! What games are you playing this weekend?

Covering the PC gaming news beat requires that I spend a lot of my time researching the newest titles and the latest industry happenings for the site. Admittedly, I love to learn about new things and I especially enjoy sharin...

Rob Morrow



Review: Fairy Fencer F photo
Review: Fairy Fencer F
by Brittany Vincent

If you want to think outside the box, the role-playing genre may not be the perfect playground for you -- at least, when it comes to traditional Japanese titles, which generally confine themselves to a set of tried-and-true mechanics. For some, that’s acceptable. We know what we’re getting into, and what to expect. When it comes to Compile Heart’s latest, Fairy Fencer F, it’s clear that the company. famous for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. went back to basics in order to tell its newest story of fairies, furies, and fencers.

Unfortunately, “back to basics” in this instance translates to a dull slog through menus, tutorials, and conversations interspersed with combat. And while the combat is enjoyable, there just isn’t enough of it to propel you through the slower parts.

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Lone Survivor is one of my favorite games about psychosis photo
Lone Survivor is one of my favorite games about psychosis
by Jonathan Holmes

[An aside: We're giving out Lone Survivor Humble Bundle and Wii U eShop codes on Sup Holmes today at 4pm EST. Today's guest is Ron Gilbert (Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island). Chuck the Plant appears in both Lone Survivor and Maniac Mansion, so it sort of makes sense, at least to me.]

Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut has been out on PSN and computers for a while, though it just made it over to the Wii U a few days ago. This post was originally going to be an impressions piece on how the Wii U port came out, but before I knew it, I'd gushed about how the game depicts psychosis with incredible nuance and sensitivity. It's a good thing too, as there isn't much to say about the Wii U port other than 'it's got remote play and it's nice to be able to plug your headphones into the Gamepad.'

Jasper Byrne, the one-man development team behind Lone Survivor, must know more about psychosis than what you can learn from TV and movies. That's the only way I can imagine how he pulled this off so well. 

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9:00 AM on 10.19.2014

WayForward passion project gets picked up by Amazon

Til Morning's Light is a new original I.P. from WayForward, published by Amazon, to appear exclusively on Amazon Fire Phone. It reminds me of what Platinum and Nintendo did with Bayonetta 2, According to WayForward's Ad...

Jonathan Holmes



This is why I love Vib-Ribbon photo
This is why I love Vib-Ribbon
by Jonathan Holmes

Vib-Ribbon is a game by NanaOn-Sha (Parappa the Rapper, UmJammer Lammy) that was originally released on the PS1. It came to the United States for the first time just recently, by way of PSN. The original game allowed you to take the disc out of the PS1 and replace it with any CD. You could then play levels based on the sounds found on that CD. That's part of why the game has such minimalist visuals. The game's code had to be small enough to be stored in the PS1 on its own. Hence the black and white vector-based graphics. 

It's amazing how NanaOn-Sha was able to create such charming and memorable characters with just a few lines. Vibri, the game's star, is a lovable scamp with tons of personality. With this article, I will do my best to follow in his footsteps by using as few lines as possible in my effort to convey to you the joy of Vib-Ribbon.

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5:30 PM on 10.18.2014

Pokémon fighting game coming to arcades first for 'the challenge'

The announcement of Pokkén Tournament came as a surprise to most of us. We knew some sort of Pokémon fighter was coming, but the news that Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada was in charge was an awe...

Jonathan Holmes



We formed a gang called Youngsters With Gumption while playing 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand photo
We formed a gang called Youngsters With Gumption while playing 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I got drunk and played 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand on Destructoid Twitch channel, because we’re idiots. In this installment, the boys discuss Eazy E, Rocky IV, Obie Trice, and ghetto workout videos.

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4:00 PM on 10.18.2014

A zombie game featuring Jesus is a lot better than it sounds

In what looks like a mash-up of Monty Python's Life of Brian with the low-budget special effects and gore seen in films like the Toxic Avenger, Spain-based Mutant Games brings us the Fist of Jesus -- an arcade-styl...

Rob Morrow



Hardline: 33 - The Evil Within or without, Mordor as a dating sim, and the deplorable 'Hatred' photo
Hardline: 33 - The Evil Within or without, Mordor as a dating sim, and the deplorable 'Hatred'
by Jordan Devore

This week on Hardline, Brett, Steven, and Jordan talk about Shinji Mikami's latest horror game, The Evil Within, and Hatred, a game that's just plain horrific.

On a lighter note, there's also a discussion about recent features including why Shadow of Mordor should've been a dating sim and that time some of us got angry and broke controllers.

For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.

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