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8:00 PM on 12.22.2014

The winner of Destructoid's Best Multiplayer design of the year is...

[Image credit: Mike Lambert] Counting up the votes for Dtoid's Best Multiplayer Design was exciting. I had no idea how the voting would go. Big games like Destiny, Titanfall, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare didn't do ...

Jonathan Holmes


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7:30 PM on 12.22.2014

I've neglected my Tomodachi Life island for too long

While reading through Darren's personal picks for game of the year, I realized something troubling: I haven't played Tomodachi Life in, oh my god, months. Literal months. And it's not like the signs weren't there. I had, as I...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 12.22.2014

I think we've found the ultimate OutRun machine

I hadn't heard of Force Dynamics' crazy-looking 401cr motion platform before today but I'm already convinced: it is the coolest way to play Sega's arcade classic OutRun.* "This is the original arcade OutRun from 1986, ported...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 12.22.2014

This Pokémon tribute to Pat Benatar is beautiful

There's a hiker in Pokémon who's a real tough cookie with a long history of breaking little hearts.

Kyle MacGregor

5:30 PM on 12.22.2014

Tiiiimberrrr! Falling trees will be the death of you in Smash Bros.

At this weekend's Shockwave 11 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament, player Lord Cat God found out the hard way that the Villager's tree isn't necessarily loyal to whoever created it. The result was a room full of suddenly boisterous people, and one of the more memorable and unexpected victories for opponent, Awestin.

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Contest: Win a Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard!

Destructoid has once again partnered with our friends at Logitech, and this time we're giving away two G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboards to lucky readers! If you've never used a mechanical keyboard before, you owe it ...

Mr Andy Dixon

4:30 PM on 12.22.2014

Review: The Crew

A great racer to me doesn’t focus on an abundance of customization options or entire garages of cars. It doesn’t even serve up solid multiplayer modes or an interesting soundtrack. It keeps me playing. And let me ...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Nic Rowen's list of the best games of the year

2014 was such a weird year in games for me. If you had asked me last January how I thought this list would have shook out, I'd have been far off the mark. For one thing, I would have expected a slew of amazing new Xbox One an...

Nic Rowen

3:30 PM on 12.22.2014

Steam sale: The Walking Dead, Outlast, Saints Row IV

Steam's trottin' out its (approximately) two-week train of titles, hoping to sell a few more units of each. As the consumer, you get to give a personal yay or nay on every single one of these. You're the emperor in Gladiator that pauses dramatically before casting a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. You decide whether these games live or die. You really shouldn't have this much power.

Brett Makedonski

3:00 PM on 12.22.2014

What the butt? Shovel Knight is in Road Redemption

Shovel Knight's surprise appearance in Road Rash spiritual successor Road Redemption seems like the result of the developers meeting over drinks, someone throwing out a wild idea, and no one being sober enough to interject. Then again, this is the studio responsible for butt mode. Bless 'em.

Jordan Devore

2:52 PM on 12.22.2014

Toys"R"Us reaches out to those affected by the Lucario amiibo situation

[Update: The Amiibo Enquirer has seemingly figured out why people ended up in either group. If you got the latter email, it's because you payed with PayPal or a gift card, which basically means you're screwed. Everyone e...

Chris Carter





2:30 PM on 12.22.2014

Bill Platt's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

2014 was a phenomenal year for gaming. I don’t think there was a genre that didn't have a game I absolutely loved. Now, the truth is that I’m easy to please; I could never do reviews. I see the fault in games, but...

Bill Platt

2:00 PM on 12.22.2014

The Halo 5 early access beta left me pleasantly surprised

When we reviewed Halo 4, we really liked it. If you were to ask me personally, I was not enthusiastic about the game at all. Campaign aside, the multiplayer clearly lost sight of what made Halo multiplayer so damn fun in the ...

Brett Zeidler

1:30 PM on 12.22.2014

D4, The Witcher 2, and MX vs. ATV Alive free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in January

I got an Xbox One the other week. One of the first things I did after spending far too long finding a place for the Kinect to reside that wasn't obnoxiously front and center was to see which system-exclusive games I had up un...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Mega Man and Sonic are lined up for Free Comic Book Day again

Free Comic Book Day will arrive yet again in May 2015, where you can go to select local shops and pick up an assortment of free literature. Traditionally Archie has gotten into the event with their Mega Man and Sonic&nbs...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 12.22.2014

Amazon's trying to steal Steam's thunder with a bunch of PC download sales

Tread lightly, Amazon. You're setting up shop in a part of town that's run by Sticky Fingers Newell and his crew. That's not just bad for business; that's bad for your kneecaps. But, here are all your wares anyway -- PC downl...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 12.22.2014

SXPD reminds me of Madworld's art style

A new game featuring an all-female police force called SXPD is out this week on iOS and Android devices. Described as a "comic-game hybrid," you'll have to defeat an evil order as you patrol New Royale, the United States' 52...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 12.22.2014

343 apologizes for Master Chief Collection issues with free ODST remake

The troubled launch of 343 Industries' Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been well-documented. Ever since its November 11 release, players routinely experienced difficulties getting the multiplayer component of ...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 12.22.2014

Resogun weaves its way onto PS3 and Vita tomorrow

Resogun is coming to PlayStation 3 and Vita tomorrow with cross-buy support. Dale North gave Housemarque's voxel-charged shoot-'em up a glowing review when it first arrived on PS4. He called it "the ideal system launch g...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 12.22.2014

GTA: Chinatown Wars out now on Android

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was an odd release. Rockstar decided to support a Nintendo platform and it paid off critically, but for whatever reason it never took off, and was ported to the PSP later that year a...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 12.22.2014

Amiibo wave 2b is severed further, Captain Falcon coming later in some cases

It feels like almost daily I'm researching or getting tips on the amiibo situation, and I get even more "thank you" emails from collectors. It helps to be informed! As we know the Wave 2 amiibo were split into two groups -- ...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 12.22.2014

Namco given plenty of freedom with Pokémon fighter

Nintendo seems to have a burgeoning penchant for collaboration. The platform holder has recently entered into partnerships with studios like Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei, giving its third party associates license to toy around...

Kyle MacGregor





5:45 AM on 12.22.2014

Shonen Jump J-Stars VS+ coming to the West

Yes, the moment anime and manga fans in the West have been awaiting for quite some time is here. Shonen Jump J-Stars Victory VS+, a game that combines heroes from a huge number of Shonen Jump manga with an overly complex nam...

Laura Kate Dale

4:45 AM on 12.22.2014

8chan removed from Patreon... Becomes cat sanctuary

Even if you don't personally visit 8chan, you probably know of it by reputation. 8chan is a popular message board, similar to the more widely known 4chan, which became the default home for many #Gamergate supporters after 4ch...

Laura Kate Dale

2:00 AM on 12.22.2014

This awesome son-of-a-gun is remaking LSD: Dream Emulator

I’ve been in contact with Osamu Sato, the creator of the illustrious LSD: Dream Emulator for a tell-all about his games and legacy for a feature at VICE Motherboard for a few months now. This means I’ve been inves...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 PM on 12.21.2014

PlayStation 4 is going for $329 at Walmart

For this Sunday, Sony's PlayStation 4 received a price drop to an all-time-low of $329.00 at Walmart. While not available for shipping, grabbing a unit at this price is more than feasible if you live in a major metropolitan a...

Dealzon

5:00 PM on 12.21.2014

Dtoid on Twitch returns with a Splatterhouse champ playing Bayonetta 2

I'm proud to have been a part of Destructoid's Twitch channel back when Jon Carnage got it started in 2010. Kicking off the Super Meat Boy charity stream with DannyB was one of the highlights of my whole darn life. For a vari...

Jonathan Holmes



Kyle MacGregor's sexy picks for Game of the Year 2014 photo
Kyle MacGregor's sexy picks for Game of the Year 2014
by Kyle MacGregor

And, suddenly, another year passed us by. It seems like 2014 had only just arrived, and already it's being hauled away, kicking and screaming, never to be seen or heard from ever again.

It's important that we take this time to reflect on the previous twelve months, to remember the good times and repress the bad. Soon we will be looking to the future, or anywhere else really, so long as we can stave off the here and now. So breathe deep, my friend. Take in those plummy aromas. Savor their toasty bouquets. And espy the subtle hints of oak and herb.

It was a good year. Hot and dry, no mildew, few pests. Soon it will be time to award ribbons and medals to the finest varieties, you know the ones. Not yet, though! No, it's time for a special treat.

Feast your eyes on this here list of the most wonderful games of 2014, according to yours truly.

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3:00 PM on 12.21.2014

Conduit developer High Voltage opening new studio

High Voltage Software, the studio behind The Conduit, is opening a new office in New Orleans. The company has been looking to expand for some time, and considered new locations in both Georgia and Florida before setting on Ne...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 12.21.2014

Shark vs. diver game Depth adds Megalodon Mode

I've never been much for official "best of" lists for any given year, but if you pinned me down and asked me what my favorite multiplayer experience was in 2014, I'd have to reply that it was had in Digit...

Rob Morrow



Playstation Vita, Death and rising from the ashes with Luc Bernard photo
Playstation Vita, Death and rising from the ashes with Luc Bernard
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Argh! Sorry to everyone who was confused seeing that the video was "private". That's because the live show ended on 12/21/2014 at 5:30pm EST. The rerun should be up this weekend. Here's a trailer for Desert Ashes in the meantime.]

Today on Sup Holmes, we welcome Luc Bernard back to the program. Luc was one of our original guests on the show, back when he was working on Imagination is the Only Escape and Mass Effect's sex options were still a hot topic of discussion. Luc has been through a lot since then, though lately he's been riding high in the horse with Steam titles like Desert Ashes and the free-to-play Playstation Vita exclusive Death Tales (formerly known as Reaper). 

We'll be talking to Luc about his highs, lows, our games of the year, ambitions for Playstation TV,and whatever else comes up along the way. Join us at 4pm EST and maybe something good will happen to you. 

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1:00 PM on 12.21.2014

Dropsy's Jay Tholen presents Atomic Santa: Christmas Omega

From the strange and fertile imagination of Jay Tholen (Dropsy the Clown) comes a very special holiday treat this Christmas season. A harrowing tale of two brave individuals willing to stand tall aga...

Rob Morrow

12:15 PM on 12.21.2014

Steam sale: Shadow Warrior, Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Alien: Isolation

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Church, football, monster truck rallies. That's what popular convention says the back-half of the weekend's all about, right? No one thinks there's any room for Steam sales. That's why you should proba...

Brett Makedonski







Darren Nakamura's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014 photo
Darren Nakamura's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014
by Darren Nakamura

This has been an unusual year for me. In previous years, coming up with my favorite games has amounted to listing the ten games I played and then ranking them. In 2014 I took on many more reviews than I have in the past, so now I have some actual trimming to do. For the first time, there are games I enjoyed that did not make the cut.

A more striking aspect I noticed after building my list is that my preferred platform has shifted. Where my favorite games in previous years mostly released on major consoles, this year it is almost all PC and 3DS. Heck, I moved across the country in September, and while my PC was the first thing I set up in the new place, I still have not hooked my Xbox 360 up.

Here are my favorite games of 2014.

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Nominees for Destructoid's Overall Best Game of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Overall Best Game of 2014
by Jonathan Holmes

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

I've long been of the opinion that the relationship between a person and a videogame is similar to the relationship between a person and another living being. It's part of why you see people fiercely defend their favorite games, like they would their friends or family. It's undeniable -- we form two way relationships with these things. I first picked up on that back when Little Computer People launched on the Commadore 64, though the idea didn't really solidify in my mind until Nintendogs was released on the Nintendo DS. 

The idea of reviewing a videogame like it is a static, concrete product is similar to the idea of reviewing a person via some testing method or other wholly "objective" assessment tool. It can't ever be totally accurate. There will always be some subjectivity in there. More so, trying to diminish the importance of the personal relationship between two things, be they a game and person or a person and a person, causes you to bypass the most interesting stuff. We can't ever completely separate our unique perspectives from out assessment of videogames, so why not embrace them? 

That's what we did with this year's Game of the Year Awards. While we worked to do a some analysis on why the world design, multiplayer design, mechanics, and narrative design of various games were particularly impressive in 2014, the truth is we don't really understand why we love certain games, just like we don't always understand why we love certain people. We just do. They fit with our brains and make us feel right. 

Here are some of the games we loved the most in 2014. Don't forget to vote for yours

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10:00 AM on 12.21.2014

Iconoclasts creator imagines a Daisy focused 2D action game

My first waking thought this morning was "What if the next Wii U Mario game stars Peach, Daisy, Rosalina and Toadette as they giant sentient broccoli people who reluctantly eat children because they are nutritious?" The ...

Jonathan Holmes



Brett Makedonski's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014 photo
Brett Makedonski's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014
by Brett Makedonski

2014 was the most hectic twelve months of my life. Up until late September, I'm fairly certain I spent more of the year on the road than at home. I did so much travelling that I honestly considered eschewing a top five games of the year list in favor of the top five conventions.

While I definitely love the jet-set life, it unfortunately meant that I played fewer games than ever before. I previewed way more titles than I ever saw the final build of. That's why you only get five games from me, because I didn't get a chance to play all that many in 2014. Still, I believe each of the titles on this list is incredibly important in its own right.

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7:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask us questions, dammit

Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams Electric Toothbrush (Community Blo...

Mr Andy Dixon



Jonathan's personal GOTY for best butt goes to... photo
Jonathan's personal GOTY for best butt goes to...
by Jonathan Holmes

The Captain Falcon amiibo is apparently pretty hard of get a hold of right now. Through a strange series of events, I ended up with one last night. Without getting into all the details, I'll let you know that I ended up standing beside a local Pokémon champion at nearby Target store. He influenced the clerks behind the counter to look in their backroom for Captain Falcon amiibos. The clerks were sure they didn't have any in stock. The Pokémon champion was sure that they did. Somehow, he was sure.  

Guess who was right?

To be clear, I don't entirely approve of the amiibo craze. Seeing so many people spend their time and money on all these ornamental plastic statues while they ignore great Wii U games like Stealth Inc 2, Lone Survivor, 1001 Spikes, and Thomas Was Alone makes me a little blue. That said, the Captain Falcon amiibo is a charmer worth squawking about, which is why it won my personal butt of the year award.

Thanks again to the Beastie Boys. 

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Chris Carter's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014 photo
Chris Carter's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014
by Chris Carter

Despite what people may say, I thought 2014 was an excellent year. Heck, nearly every year is great for gaming. I played over 300 titles across all platforms, a little more than last year -- but mostly that's because of my promotion to Reviews Director at Destructoid.

It took me weeks to narrow down my top selections, a process I started in earnest in November. There was so much to play this year, with offerings all across the spectrum of gaming.

Here are my top 10 picks in no particular order.

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