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2:00 PM on 08.15.2014

EA spent tons of money on this 'kooky' 'viral' Madden trailer

I bet the people involved had a lot of fun shooting this offbeat Madden 15 commercial. It's also an obviously expensive production (beyond the celebrity costs) meant to be "weird" and, hopefully, shared (viral) over the Net....

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 08.14.2014

Far Cry 4's take on Shangri-La sure is stunning

As someone who tended to stick with the bow as the weapon of choice in Far Cry 3 -- and especially in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon -- I like the look of the mythical Shangri-La in Far Cry 4. In these levels, you'll fight against ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 08.14.2014

The Walking Dead Pinball has a release date and choice-driven gameplay

The Walking Dead pinball table for Zen Pinball was announced back in June, but now we've got a concrete release date: August 26. Zen Studios and Telltale Games have collaborated closely to incorporate the choice-driven style ...

Brittany Vincent

1:15 PM on 08.14.2014

Nice! Cross-Buy confirmed for Journey and The Unfinished Swan on PS4

When The Unfinished Swan and Journey are ported to PS4, players who own the games on PS3 will not have to pay again to experience the new versions -- Cross-Buy support is confirmed! Someone in the PlayStation Blog comments al...

Jordan Devore







What's Up: Life is Strange, eons of exploration in No Man's Sky, and the many skills of Claptrap photo
What's Up: Life is Strange, eons of exploration in No Man's Sky, and the many skills of Claptrap
by Bill Zoeker

I've been buried in gamescom news this week, but I've surfaced to relay the stories I'm most excited about to you. Life is Strange is an unusual adventure game from the creators of Remember Me. No Man's Sky allegedly would take actual millennium to explore. And we finally see what Claptrap has up his sleeve in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel. Turns out, it's a whole bag of tricks.

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5:15 PM on 08.13.2014

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 declares 'the pitch is ours' in November

I'll be honest, I haven't played a Pro Evolution Soccer game since the PlayStation 2 days but after the series lagged behind EA's FIFA juggernaut for the last few years, I'm keen to try the series again on a current-gen platf...

Alasdair Duncan

4:45 PM on 08.13.2014

Battlefield Hardline's single-player campaign reminds me of Far Cry 3

Up until now, Visceral Games has concentrated on showing the multiplayer side of Battlefield Hardline. That's been fine, but unlike most other Battlefield titles, I'm actually somewhat interested in hearing about the single-...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 08.13.2014

This is what Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions looks like

We learned this week that Activision is reviving Sierra Entertainment as a publishing label and its first game will be a new Geometry Wars, developed by Lucid Games. As thrilled as I was at the prospect of another installment...

Jordan Devore



Both Metal Gear Solid V entries are coming to Steam photo
Both Metal Gear Solid V entries are coming to Steam
by Chris Carter

[Update: Konami has confirmed this news live at its gamescom conference. No release dates were given.]

For years, Metal Gear Solid fans have been asking director Hideo Kojima if and Konami would bring the games to PC. Traditionally the series has been a mostly console-only affair, but with Metal Gear Rising we saw that maybe the publisher was changing its mind in regards to the platform.

Well, if a listing on the official UK Konami site is to be believed, both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain will be coming to Steam. When the former is arriving isn't quite known, but the latter will likely launch alongside of the console versions, if not slightly after.

This is great news for PC fans who have always wanted to give the series a go. Ground Zeroes is also perfect Steam sale material if you're on the fence.

Konami UK [Konami via NeoGAF]

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1:15 PM on 08.13.2014

See some new screenshots for LittleBigPlanet 3

After the runaway success of the first two LittleBigPlanet titles on PS3, fans had been clamoring for a follow-up on Sony's new hardware. With the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 3 at E3 coming to both PS4 and PS3, the LBP co...

Alessandro Fillari



Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo
Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in
by Brett Makedonski

Gamescom is a noisy, crowded mess. Shoulder to shoulder with patrons that didn’t seem to care what they bump into, I trudged my way to my next appointment. As I stepped through the door to the meeting room, something unexpected happened. I was teleported from a loud convention center to a rebellious teenager’s room.

Seated at the foot of a twin-sized bed, I took in my surroundings. The top of a makeshift television stand housed a half-smoked joint, while a pair of dirty Converse rested underneath. Posters of influential punk rockers littered the wall, all askew. “Fuck” was scrawled on almost everything, but especially a tattered American flag.

I wasn’t in Germany anymore. I was in Arcadia Bay, Oregon. More specifically, I was in Chloe’s safe place -- the only spot in the world where a misunderstood teenage girl can be herself. I was inside the world of Dontnod’s newly announced Life is Strange, and it was a wonderful place to be.

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8:43 AM on 08.13.2014

The Evil Within Season Pass announced, will cost $19.99

Bethesda has just given Destructoid word of a Season Pass for The Evil Within, which will cover three add-ons for the game -- it's priced at $19.99. The first DLC will involve The Keeper, which is said to be a "sadistic" coll...

Chris Carter



Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary
by Alessandro Fillari

Though it was initially seen as "Jaws-in-space," the legacy for Alien is certainly much more pristine than the one with the giant shark. Originally released in 1979, the first Alien would eventually become a much-loved horror film that spawned a major movie franchise. And while the sequels would get more attention and prominence among fans, the original still holds a special place in the hearts of fans.

After the release of some rather disappointing Alien titles, and with the Cameron interpretation of Alien as the de-facto standard for the franchise, the developers at Creative Assembly believed it was about time fans went back to the roots of the series. Just a week before gamescom, Sega invited Destructoid out to get some quality time with Alien: Isolation, and to speak with the game's creative lead, Alistair Hope. During our time, we got to learn just how different horror is when faced off with something out of your league.

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7:16 AM on 08.13.2014

BioWare states that one complete playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition is 150 hours

Today at EA's gamescom press conference, BioWare's Aaryn Flynn talked a bit about how long Dragon Age: Inquisition would take to complete. The answer? If you did everything in one playthrough, it would take roughly 150 hours. Sounds like a lot, right? Well let me break that statement down based on my experiences with the game at a recent preview event.

Chris Carter



Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was a huge game. Like, you could easily sink 100 hours into that whole experience before getting 100 percent completion. So Assassin's Creed Rogue may or may not be quite the game for you. It just depends, really.

If you couldn't get enough of the pirate sailing and high seas traveling, then you'll be all over Rogue. (Those of you stuck on last-gen platforms, at least). If you've had more than your fill already though, well, Rogue may not have enough to offer you. 

Personally, I'm in the camp that's excited for Rogue. More so than Unity, in fact. The open ocean stuff still intrigues me enough to warrant another adventure on a map that's comparable to Assassin's Creed IV's. But more than that, I like the idea of playing as a Templar this time around. 

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Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II
by Chris Carter

I wasn't very happy with Dragon Age II.

Whereas Origins was a glorious return to old-school RPG sensibilities, Dragon Age II played like an action game that took place in the same universe. I liked the sequel for different reasons, but it felt like a wasted opportunity as it attempted to juggle some of the RPG elements from Origins while having some faults of its own, like re-used environments and a lack of scale.

If you felt the same way, Inquisition may be for you.

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5:00 AM on 08.13.2014

Claptrap shows off his action skill(s) in this Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trailer

2K Games has been trickling out information about the playable characters in the upcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, but while it has featured Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, and Nisha the Lawbringer, the publi...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 AM on 08.13.2014

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd takes the stage in November

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd launches on November 18 in North and Latin America, and elsewhere starting November 21, Sega has announced. Available in both physical and digital formats, the rhythm game features cross-save comparability, as well as twenty classic songs from the the previously Japan-only PSP games and twenty brand new songs.

Kyle MacGregor



Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game! photo
Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Sony have bestowed upon us a beautiful hardcover art book to celebrate the launch of their whimsical new game Hohokum on PSN (out today!), and we're going to give it away to one lucky Dtoider!

Featuring gorgeous art by Richard Hogg, The Hohokum Almanac is a great companion piece to the game. For a chance to win it (and a code for the game itself), just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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2:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Watch the Golden Gate Bridge get destroyed in Advanced Warfare

Ghosts was a giant disappointment but man Advanced Warfare is looking really good. I'm mostly interested in the multiplayer at this point, but the single-player looks like it will be worth it this time around too.  The latest video for the new Call of Duty focuses on San Francisco, showing off a chase and the eventual destruction of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Here's everything that happened during Sony's 2014 gamescom conference photo
Here's everything that happened during Sony's 2014 gamescom conference
by Jordan Devore

Sony's gamescom showing went by quickly, with announcement after announcement and more than a few new intellectual properties put on display for the first time. Really, though, it's still From Software's Bloodborne that has me most wanting a PlayStation 4. As for the PS Vita, the handheld was practically non-existent at the press conference. Poor thing!

If you missed out on the stream or simply couldn't keep up, here's what went down.

News:

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1:25 PM on 08.12.2014

In Space We Brawl produces intense faces, spaceships

Back in my day, when trailers and game ads showed players making real intense faces at the screen while clutching their controllers, it was because a game was TOO XTREME for a normal facial expression. Now it seems that such...

Josh Tolentino

12:43 PM on 08.12.2014

Have you had enough of Destiny yet? The first expansion is coming in December

Today at gamescom during the Sony press conference, developer Bungie announced that the first of multiple planned expansions is coming after the game's launch. You'll have a few months to prepare for the first major Des...

Chris Carter

12:42 PM on 08.12.2014

Guns Up! takes aim at a new trailer, early access

Guns Up!, the top-down free-to-play strategy game coming for PS3, Vita, and PS4, is looking much the same as it did last month, but the new Gamescom trailer makes a more detailed pitch with regards to features and multiplaye...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 08.12.2014

Donald Duck is quack-packing his way to Disney Infinity 2

Any Disney fan knows about the fab five -- Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and Pluto. This fall the second character from that list will hit Disney Infinity in addition to the existing Mickey Mouse -- Donald Duck. Apparently Donald will quack and yell a lot, as well as use a broom and "fury" attacks to get his way. Sadly, Donald will just be a Toy Box character, so he wont get his own story.

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 08.12.2014

Paul McCartney wants to make the Destiny theme song a popular single

It's been known that Paul McCartney's been involved with the music of Destiny since the reveal of the game in 2013, although it's been said that he's been working on it since 2010. His fans probably aren't necessari...

Brett Makedonski







Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition makes the core game a must-play for console owners photo
Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition makes the core game a must-play for console owners
by Chris Carter

Diablo III has had a tumultuous history to say the least. Always-online DRM, the Real-Money Auction House, and loot problems plagued the original release -- all issues that took months to address. It's a hot-button issue even now, with many gamers stating that the PC players were had, paying for a "demo" of the console version that would eventually drop with all the fixes in tow.

For those of you who did enjoy the game previously or haven't gotten caught up in the maelstrom of problems though, the Reaper of Souls expansion delivered in just about every way possible. Thankfully, the Ultimate Evil Edition brings that same great experience to consoles.

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11:00 PM on 08.11.2014

A bunch of bad anime, anime games are on sale on PSN

What is an anime game? Devil May Cry? What is an anime? The Simpsons is my favorite anime, but this upsets people. The best anime movie discounted during this PSN sale is The Iron Giant, which a lot of people with a...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 08.11.2014

Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a day early with the Day Zero Edition

This week, Activision is making its next major promotional push for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. (Perhaps you read our "preview" or saw the multiplayer trailer.) That can only mean one thing: it's time to talk about pre-or...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 08.11.2014

Your Destiny beta character is gone for good

Bungie has made the not-entirely-unexpected announcement that Destiny characters created in the game's beta will not carry over to the final version releasing on September 9, 2014. Here's designer Tyson Green explaining why t...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Setting children on fire will get you an M rating, apparently

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the ESRB has given Tango Gameworks' upcoming survival horror title The Evil Within a Mature rating. Content descriptors include Blood, Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Languag...

Rob Morrow

2:15 PM on 08.11.2014

Here's a look at what's happening at gamescom

We've already gotten the news from Activision's Call of Duty event earlier today but there's plenty of big things happening at gamescom this week. Here's an idea of when you're going to hear all the news from Microsoft, Sony,...

Alasdair Duncan

1:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Remember Me dev teams with Square Enix for Life is Strange

Remember Me developer Dontnod has announced the game it is working on in conjunction with Square Enix, Life is Strange. The episodic, hand-drawn adventure game is coming to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.  It ...

Steven Hansen



Call of Duty's multiplayer looks faster than ever in Advanced Warfare photo
Call of Duty's multiplayer looks faster than ever in Advanced Warfare
by Jordan Devore

Activision is offering an in-depth look at multiplayer in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare today during a live event but if you're content with seeing just the basics, this trailer will suffice.

With the new exoskeletons, gameplay is much more vertical. These high-tech suits allow soldiers to jump super high and boost to dodge and dash. At a glance, the speedier movement system appears similar to Titanfall but whether it plays that way remains to be seen. For folks who are into Call of Duty and not much else, this will certainly be a different experience.

The trailer also showcased a level with a tsunami which I hope is a sign of things to come. I like those one-off map events, even if they eventually get stale. Also, Hammer of Dawn, is that you?

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1:00 PM on 08.10.2014

Rogue Legacy was originally a Metroid-style game

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes we...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 08.09.2014

Lone Survivor vs. GTA V: Proof that David can coexist with Goliath

Lone Survivor is one of the most unexpectedly effective games I've ever played. It makes survival horror work in 2D. It feels like a tribute to Silent Hill and a deeply personal expression of developer Jasper Byrne's perspect...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 08.09.2014

NIS announces Under Night In-Birth for Europe

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late will strike Europe next year, NIS America has announced. The PlayStation 3 fighting game comes from Japanese indie studio French Bread, the team behind the Melty Blood series. The title was published in Japan earlier this year by BlazBlue developer Arc System works, and recently announced for a North American release by Aksys Games.

Kyle MacGregor





8:00 AM on 08.09.2014

Arcana Heart 3: Love Max hits PS3, Vita next month

Arcana Heart 3: Love Max is connecting with North America on September 23, localization house Aksys Games has announced. The all-girl fighter from Ark System Works and Examu will then gear up to strike Europe later this year, courtesy of NIS America. According to both publishers, the title will be distributed physically at retail as well as digitally via PlayStation Network.

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis photo
Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis
by Chris Carter

Look, $50 is a lot of money for a Season Pass in a first-person shooter. If it was just comprised of 16 maps alone, no matter how good they were, it probably wouldn't be worth the money for all but the most diehard of FPS fans.

But thankfully, Infinity Ward has made amends for the rather bland core package of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the Nemesis map pack is no exception. In addition to four solid maps, there's another chapter of Extinction, the developer's out-of-this-world take on Treyarch's zombies.

Because of these packs, I'm actually a bit more excited for Infinity Ward's follow-up in two year's time.

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6:00 PM on 08.08.2014

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn's anniversary site opens, events detailed

Square Enix will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's launch starting this month. Although the game technically launched on August 27, it'll be celebrating all throughout August and Septem...

Chris Carter