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12:45 PM on 09.02.2014

gamescom gaining on E3 for PR impact

We don't attend videogame trade shows for their "PR impact," but it is interesting to hear that gamescom is gaining on E3 as far as that measurement is concerned. Analytics company ICO Partners says that the European event is...

Dale North


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2:45 PM on 07.09.2014

Of course Sony rewrote their PlayStation 4 script for E3 2013

In a move that should shock absolutely no one, it appears that Sony actually did rewrite bits and pieces of its E3 2013 presentation after witnessing Microsoft's own announcements crash and burn.  Sony Computer Entertain...

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 07.01.2014

Evolve, No Man's Sky win big at the E3 Game Critics Awards

The Game Critics Awards for E3 2014, as determined by 29 media outlets including Destructoid, have been announced. After seeing the nominations, it's no surprise that Turtle Rock's one-versus-four multiplayer shooter Evolve c...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Hollywood loves the E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V

It should go without saying that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain had a great showing at E3. Not only was the official trailer a stellar piece of work, and a big indication of how grim the game will be, but the 30-minute ...

Alessandro Fillari

5:15 PM on 06.25.2014

Photo realistic cat heads in Wii U's The Devil's Third

It's weird clicking a mature content warning on a video on Nintendo's YouTube with Mario staring innocently at me. But the collaboration between Itagaki and Nintendo for The Devil's Third, revived as a Wii U exclusive, is we...

Steven Hansen

3:15 PM on 06.24.2014

Evolve and 2K lead the way for E3 Game Critics Awards nominations

With E3 2014 in the rear-view mirror, it's time to see which publishers and games impressed the Game Critics judges the most. The Game Critics Awards are handed out after judges from 39 outlets vote on titles that were a...

Brett Makedonski



The 5 best parts from the E3 demo of MGS V: The Phantom Pain photo
The 5 best parts from the E3 demo of MGS V: The Phantom Pain
by Max Scoville

Sure, you could go watch the whole half-hour demo of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain we saw at E3, but then you don't get to look at my pretty face. 

Also, an animal shows up at the end of this video! Can you guess what it is? 

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4:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Nintendo's E3 2014 streams are now up on YouTube

Nintendo's decision to let its Treehouse staff stream games throughout E3 2014 was smart. It gave those of us at home extended looks at the latest 3DS and Wii U titles, let us hear from developers themselves, and overall hel...

Jordan Devore



Conan O'Brien visits E3 again this year, gets cozy with Project Morpheus photo
Conan O'Brien visits E3 again this year, gets cozy with Project Morpheus
by Chris Carter

Conan O'Brien has once again visited E3 to take a look at a selection of games, and addition to the jokes, you can also get a look at some gameplay that wasn't previously available. Conan checks out Sunset Overdrive, Entwined, Hyrule Warriors and a few others.

Although I don't like it as much as last year's (I don't think anything will beat him meeting Charles Martinet), it's still worth watching if you're a Conan fan.

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Video: No Man's Sky impressions photo
Video: No Man's Sky impressions
by Max Scoville

Of all the games we saw at E3, No Man's Sky is probably the most difficult to describe without sounding like we just came down from a mescaline trip. A procedurally-generated universe filled with millions of planets? Each with new and unique flora and fauna? Spaceships that shoot lasers? This is definitely a high concept game. Hopefully, the final product delivers, because it sounds cool as hell.

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Behold, the winner of our E3 2014 Community Choice Award! photo
Behold, the winner of our E3 2014 Community Choice Award!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Last week, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite games of E3 2014. And weigh in you did! There were approximately eleventy bajillion votes cast and hand-counted by yours truly, making this one of the most popular E3 awards we've ever held. Thanks to all who voted!

Now, before we unveil the winner, I'd like to congratulate this year's entire massive list of E3 standouts. There were more great games on display this year than I could ever hope to play, ensuring everybody has something to look forward to in 2014 and beyond!

And now, without further adieu, the winner of Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award is...

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Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar
by Darren Nakamura

The reveal trailer for Dreadnought pushes a lot of the right buttons for science fiction fans. It puts potential players into the right frame of mind and really sets up the scale of the endeavor. Combatants will not be darting around in fighters, they will be commanding huge, lumbering vessels that scoff at smaller ships. "Probably just debris, sir."

Despite the inherent coolness of taking control of a ship on the scale of a Battlestar, it is not something that comes up too often in games. In practice, it makes sense: the speed and control afforded by a smaller vessel is exciting, and that alone does not translate to huge ships. However, with its focus on tactical combat, Dreadnought makes it work, and it does so while remaining accessible to new players. Even though it treads less traveled ground in its subject matter, it features classes and tactics that will feel familiar to most gamers.

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Our personal game of the show picks for E3 2014 photo
Our personal game of the show picks for E3 2014
by Steven Hansen

You saw our E3 2014 Game of the Show. It was Metal Gear Solid V. Saved you a click. 

Now, it's a good one. In fact, I wrote about why it was our Game of the Show in that very post you just didn't click. But E3 was full of games like I'm full of curry. And Destructoid is an island of misfit toys sort of collection of miscreants, not a hive mind. So let's see what tickled everyone else's earlobes this year. 

And, hey, now you can tell like 20 different people why they're wrong about games instead of just one! 

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The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo
The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers
by Darren Nakamura

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami 2 and Broforce, and more recently announced titles. The Talos Principle is one such game, and as usual, Devolver knows how to curate good content.

Though it is being developed by Croteam, which is probably best known for its over-the-top first-person shooter series Serious Sam, The Talos Principle has more in common with Portal. Its first-person puzzle platforming is not built off the most mindblowing ideas, but it is only part of the focus. The rest is on a deeply philosophical narrative, courtesy of Tom Jubert, who delivered a fantastic story in my favorite game from 2013: The Swapper.

Suffice it to say, I left the camper with fairly high expectations for this.

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Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 winners! photo
Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 winners!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

E3 was all about the games this year. With the console launches out of the way, game developers have been able to focus on making great games, and we saw a ton of that at E3 2014 this year. 

We shared with you our nominees for game of the show and about a dozen other categories. Now it's time to find out what games have won our Best of E3 2014 winners!

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Video: Your end of E3 2014 requests photo
Video: Your end of E3 2014 requests
by Jordan Devore

One of the fine gentleman helping us with our video coverage at E3 this year was Michael Jordan, and he put out the call for requests for things to do on the show floor. Here he is doing some of those for our enjoyment. One of you made him run and do push-ups! Poor guy.

Please don't die from kissing that GameCube controller, Michael.

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Titan Souls makes you feel tiny as you take on the biggest bosses photo
Titan Souls makes you feel tiny as you take on the biggest bosses
by Brett Makedonski

One of the smaller games at E3 left the biggest impression on me. Titan Souls is a Ludum Dare entrant that was picked up by Devolver Digital to publish on PC, PS4, and PS Vita -- sort of an appropriate underdog's story that mirrors what takes place in the game. It's an against-all-odds adventure that proves the value of a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. However, unlike anyone playing Titan Souls, the developers probably didn't have to fail several times before achieving success.

Titan Souls was first introduced to the world as a combination of Shadow of the Colossus meets Dark Souls. The Shadow of the Colossus part comes from the fact that there are only eight enemies in the game, and they're all boss-like in stature (Update: Devolver reached out to us to clarify that there will be "20 titans or so" in the final version). The Dark Souls bit has to do with the unrelenting difficulty. That's an easy sell to a lot of people that know their videogames. 

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11:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Reggie Fils-a-Mech returns to kick your ass

I've always found Nintendo to be endearing, but that feeling has grown stronger ever since the company started doing its Nintendo Direct presentations and silly skits like this. We first met Fils-a-Mech earlier this year and...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Run, hide, survive: Good advice, Alien: Isolation trailer

That's the coolest SEGA logo ever. I've always liked when a logo is altered to tonally match whatever it's slapped on.  This Alien: Isolation trailer doesn't divulge too much, which is good for a horror title, thou...

Steven Hansen



Video: Condoms and other swag at E3 2014 photo
Video: Condoms and other swag at E3 2014
by Jordan Devore

Best swag of E3 2014? There's the usual t-shirts, posters, stickers, and other stuff that gets handed out. Forget that. Atlus' Teddy-centric Persona bags were where it was at this year.

Those Splatoon squids were nice, too. But condoms? Oh, E3.

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7:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Mr. Destructoid at E3: You've come a long way, bot

Hey new guy, did you know that Destructoid was founded just to get me into E3? No, seriously.

Papa Niero

7:15 PM on 06.16.2014

This Corpse Party E3 trailer is deliciously creepy

The original doujin game Corpse Party is making its way to PC, and this trailer showcases some of the fantastically disturbing dialogue and scenes you can expect from the cult horror hit. Journey through Heavenly Host Elemen...

Brittany Vincent





6:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Brandish: The Dark Revenant gets its very own trailer

Brandish: The Dark Revenant is releasing as a digital-only PSP title that you can nab only from the PlayStation Store, and you can certainly see this from its trailer. But you know what? It looks like a good, old-fashioned d...

Brittany Vincent

6:15 PM on 06.16.2014

Story of Seasons gets one of the lamest trailers of all time

Story of Seasons and Natsume's Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (full story on that debacle here) are undoubtedly two games that I'm looking forward to play on my 3DS the most, but with trailers like these, it's as if XSEED jus...

Brittany Vincent

4:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Get down and dirty with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay and screens

If you were patiently awaiting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this new gameplay video and bushel of new screens may just have made your wait even more difficult. Trust me, we're in the same boat. If the nearly four minutes of gam...

Brittany Vincent



These were the best trailers of E3 2014 photo
These were the best trailers of E3 2014
by Brett Makedonski

That's another E3 in the books. After months of speculation as to what gaming's most important convention might hold, four quick days clear everything up. In a way, it almost feels criminally short given everything that's on display at the show.

While it's impossible to personally see everything at E3, publishers always put their best foot forward by releasing new trailers for almost the entirety of their portfolio. It's a handy practice, as it's a nice marketing tactic to give the world a controlled glimpse of their games.

It's important to remember that trailers need to be taken with a grain of salt. They might accurately portray the title. Rather, they may eventually completely misrepresent the game entirely. Regardless of what the future holds for each, these were the trailers that best captured our attention last week.

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3:30 PM on 06.16.2014

Video: E3 for Devolver Digital means pigeon dating, bros, and murder

It's true. Devolver Digital does have the best E3 presence in that its booth isn't actually a booth -- it's trailers and a barbeque in a parking lot outside of the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles convention center. For ...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Original Phoenix Wright trilogy coming to 3DS this winter

Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection came out in Japan. It's coming to the 3DS eShop elsewhere this winter. Wright Selection includes Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations, all gussied u...

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 06.16.2014

NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time

NIS was a bit of a hidden treasure at E3. The publisher shared a booth with Atlus and it took me stopping and actually looking at what was on display at the demo station to put two and two together. The search was well worth it because I was rewarded with a closer look at three upcoming titles: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, and Natural Doctrine.

Natalie Kipper



Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer photo
Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer
by Natalie Kipper

Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship with Marvelous AQL, the series' developers.

So when XSEED wanted to bring Marvelous AQL's Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi to the States, they couldn't call it a Harvest Moon title. And thus, Story of Seasons was born. I was able to get a look at the Nintendo 3DS game and couldn't have been more enchanted.

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Do you love setpieces? You'll probably like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare photo
Do you love setpieces? You'll probably like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
by Brett Makedonski

The last decade has brought us ten new Call of Duty games. With that steady drip of titles, the series' developers have figured out how to craft increasingly elaborate action scenarios. Despite being at it for a while, the franchise shows no signs of slowing down. That's great news for players that like their games with plenty of adrenaline-fueled moments.

At E3, Activision was showing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in hands-off presentations. While that format isn't very conducive to getting a good feel for games, the demo did a fine job of driving home the point that Advanced Warfare is going to be laced with over-the-top setpieces.

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Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise photo
Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise
by Dale North

I tried my hardest to imagine what the combination of pinball and RPG would look and play like before meeting with Atlus at E3, but I kept coming to mental roadblocks so I decided to wait and be surprised when I got to see it. When I finally did see and play this unimaginable creation from indie debs Phantom Compass, I certainly was surprised.

First, I was surprised at how off-base I was with my imagined concepts. More importantly, I was surprised at how well it all came together in upcoming game Rollers of the Realm.

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014 photo
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014
by Dale North

Atlus let me touch Persona Q on the first day of E3 during a private meeting. That was a mistake on their part. The main problem is that I didn’t want to stop. The other problem is that they told me I couldn’t write about the version I played -- double tease. But getting my hands on Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the first time made me feel a bit better about the situation. 

 I’m by no means a skilled fighting game player, but I am a massive Persona series fan, and even as a novice I really enjoyed its predecessor. This new version adds some of the Persona 3 cast, a new character, and shadow versions of all characters to the mix, not to mention new story lines (my favorite part) to experience.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt photo
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt
by Dale North

Waiting for one of Capcom’s own to sit in and play with me for my first go at upcoming 3DS title Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, I got a bit hasty and started picking my own quest. Little did I know I was headed for trouble by taking on a quest demo to take on the hardest enemy they had there, the Gore Magala.

When we finally did team up and get started on the quest I blindly picked we died pretty quickly. I’m fully responsible as I’ve only played Monster Hunter games casually in the past. 

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Get Even does near-photorealistic mystery investigation photo
Get Even does near-photorealistic mystery investigation
by Darren Nakamura

In a presentation through Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, The Farm 51's Lead Designer Kamil Bilczyński first showed the trailer for the upcoming first-person shooter/mystery investigation hybrid game Get Even.

It is clear why he opened with it; the footage is stunning. One of the others in the room asked if it was live action that was filmed, and it turns out that it was entirely rendered by computer. Get Even had our attention at that point, and fortunately, there is more to it than just being a shooter with realistic looking environments.

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Vote now for Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award! photo
Vote now for Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award!
by Mr Andy Dixon

E3 has been all about the games this year, which means it's been a very good year to be a gamer indeed! Now that all the major press conferences have come and gone and the majority of the big reveals have made their marks, it's time once again for you to pick your favorite game of the show!

Below is a lengthy list of the games that will soon be joining your libraries. Which one are you the most excited for? Check the box and cast your vote! Then after you're done, go argue about your choice in the comments.

If you need a refresher about any of the games below, click here to check out our continuing E3 Unfiltered coverage. And stay tuned next week when we unveil the winner of the Destructoid Community Choice Award for E3 2014!

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Go on a sniping rampage in Hitman Sniper photo
Go on a sniping rampage in Hitman Sniper
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Square hasn’t been afraid to use the Hitman IP in fun and creative ways. Hitman GO was a critical success for doing something unique, and while Hitman Sniper isn’t on that same scale, it is still at least a ton of fun.

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7:30 PM on 06.13.2014

DICE contemplating early access approach for Battlefield

At E3 2014, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson told Game Informer that the studio has a desire to further involve its community in the development process, possibly along the lines of what we've seen on Steam Early Ac...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 06.13.2014

I made someone's nuts explode in Mortal Kombat X

I've always felt like the videogame industry doesn't feel right without a Mortal Kombat. So many games are always striving to be these serious affairs, and it takes something like Mortal Kombat to remind people that oh right,...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 06.13.2014

E3's Senran Kagura showcase is both titillating and ridiculous

The Senran Kagura series takes fan-service to new heights in the upcoming brawler Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Senran Kagura Bon Appetít!, a rhythm cooking game. Both titles were available to demo at XSEED's booth at E3 2014.

Natalie Kipper