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1:00 PM on 01.09.2015

We choose who's gonna screw us over in Game of Thrones

Like so many racist family members planning their strategy for Thanksgiving dinner, Will and I charted a course for passive aggression...after spending like a solid 15 minutes wandering around, trying to deduce the lesser of...

Mike Cosimano

11:30 AM on 01.09.2015

The next generation of Xbox Live avatars may be upon us

Miis were introduced in 2006, but Microsoft cleverly got on the bandwagon in 2008 with Xbox Live avatars. Although they weren't as cute, they were far more customizable -- and of course more profitable as the publisher sold t...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 01.09.2015

PDP's Mortal Kombat X pad looks like a SEGA Genesis controller

I've always wanted a fight stick more for arcade nostalgia than any legitimate fighting game purposes. This gamepad from PDP, specifically designed for Mortal Kombat X, elicits some nostalgia as well, as it's basically an as...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 01.08.2015

Mike and Will spar with the stars in Game of Thrones

Will and I continue our journey through Westeros, but not before stopping by the throne room to have a little spat with Ma-Ma from Dredd 3D. Did you guys ever notice that 'Dredd' has three 'D's in it? That makes the title ex...

Mike Cosimano





10:00 AM on 01.08.2015

Bungie's Holiday gift for Destiny players was...a random legendary weapon

Before the end of 2014, Bungie tweeted out that players would obtain a "small, but legendary" gift for their Destiny accounts. Most people presumed that it would be a Santa hat consumable of some sort, like the Halloween...

Chris Carter



Xbox dethrones PlayStation as porn console king, Wii grows 69.9% (nice)  photo
Xbox dethrones PlayStation as porn console king, Wii grows 69.9% (nice)
by Steven Hansen

Pornhub, which I am told by other people familiar with the webpage is a site for viewing adult, pornographic films, has released its statistical year in review. It's not as detailed on the videogame console side of things like last year's data, which we covered here deeply, but the infographics are still interesting, particularly as porn terminology is hilarious in the abstract.

Teen, lesbian, and milf all retained top search billing, for example, but "step mom" pole vaulted into the top 5 worldwide search terms (number 2 in the US) and "step sister" into the top 15 worldwide (the biggest ranking change, going up 53 spots in 2014), top 10 in the US.

Back to the videogame side, there's been a shift. The 2013 numbers attributed 55% of console porn viewing to PS3 users (compared to 39% on Xbox). 2014's numbers have Xbox at 45.7%, PlayStation at 40%. The Wii (8.2%), Vita (5%) and 3DS (1.1%) finish things off.

That marks a 69.9% increase in the Wii's market share, which is funny 'cause that's a sex number. Because these numbers are a percentage of a shared whole, it doesn't mean fewer PlayStation users are using their consoles for porn (plus, this is just data from one porn streaming service, of which I am told by people familiar with them there are many), but it is likely that a lot more Xbox users are using the service, which would account for their turgid, swollen numbers. 

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1:00 PM on 01.07.2015

We continue to fail at diplomacy in Game of Thrones

There's nothing more difficult than diplomacy, as we found out in today's Game of Thrones installment. When a fat jerk wanders into your hall, demanding blood and some kind of weird-ass tree, you've got no other choice but t...

Mike Cosimano

1:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Mike and Will deliver some medieval haircuts in Game of Thrones

As Ol' Westwater and I continued our dangerous journey through Westeros, we came across a Barbershop Emergency™ in progress. Now, we couldn't just pass by and leave that poor man with that haircut, so we thought it'd b...

Mike Cosimano

9:30 AM on 01.06.2015

Old Man Kung Lao shuffles his weary bones to the next Mortal Kombat tournament

Everyone's favorite Odd Job-inspired warrior will be returning to the bloody fray in Mortal Kombat X. Kung Lao's return was confirmed in the most recent issue of GamesMaster Magazine. And, as always, cutting-edge fashion will be very important to him. (I'll show myself out.)

Nic Rowen



Far Cry 4 inaccessible on Xbox One, even if you already bought it (Update) photo
Far Cry 4 inaccessible on Xbox One, even if you already bought it (Update)
by Mike Cosimano

[Update: Far Cry 4 has been reinstated on the Xbox One games store, restoring permissions for several users. For those who are still experiencing difficulties, Ubisoft officially recommends a hard reboot of the Xbox One console, as relayed by community manager Ubi_Jax. We've reached out to Ubisoft for comment.]

Far Cry 4 has been removed from the Xbox One games store, leaving some players unable to access the game despite having already purchased and downloaded the title. Ubisoft is actively investigating the issue, but suggests contacting Xbox Support in the meantime.

The problem was first reported nine hours ago on reddit by user AegeusRex, who was stymied by their inability to launch a digital copy of Far Cry 4 Gold Edition. Several other users lodged a similar complaint, and the malaise spread to Ubisoft's support forum soon after.

Ubisoft believes the problem stems from Far Cry 4 being unavailable for purchase through the Xbox One's digital store. The game appears in searches, but clicking on the standard version results in a 'Page Not Found' error. Curiously, the Gold Edition seems to be available for purchase.

We'll keep an eye on this story, but for now, it seems like your best bet is to wait for Microsoft to restore the game. Maybe buy a physical version next time?

[Via Kotaku]

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5:00 PM on 01.05.2015

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes made in Far Cry 4 is a work of art

We already knew that Far Cry 4's level editor was an open invitation for masterpieces to be made. That much was evident after this goat butt stabbing video surfaced. But, some people are making more serious playgrounds. One ...

Brett Makedonski



Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive photo
Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive
by Jordan Devore

I'm downloading Swery's Dark Dreams Don't Die right now. You should do the same, assuming you have an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership. The quirky adventure game is free throughout January as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold program. Queue her up!

On the Xbox 360 front, MX vs. ATV Alive is available for free now through January 15, followed by The Witcher 2 from January 16 through the end of the month. I'd consider grabbing the former out of curiosity but I don't have the hard drive space to spare. Blasted thing.

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1:00 PM on 01.05.2015

We stab dudes and get stabbed in Telltale's Game of Thrones

Oh hey, Destructoid! What's up? You're looking great, as usual. My name is Mike Cosimano and I've actually been around these parts before! But now that Max is fleeing to a non-extradition country to escape punishment for his...

Mike Cosimano

3:30 PM on 12.31.2014

Trade in old, bad games and get (almost) free games at Microsoft Store

Yesterday, I bought new copies of Sunset Overdrive and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Microsoft Store. My out-of-pocket total came to $6.79. And, I got the added bonus of clearing off some shelf space that w...

Brett Makedonski



Destiny is the most fascinating game of 2014, mostly for negative reasons photo
Destiny is the most fascinating game of 2014, mostly for negative reasons
by Chris Carter

I have roughly seven days of playtime logged into Destiny. I have a level 31 Warlock, Titan, and Hunter who are all one piece away from level 32 -- the current cap. I've completed the new Crota's End raid roughly 20 times, 10 of which I ran the sword for our group. You could say that I've played a lot of Destiny.

Even still, I find myself disliking most of the design decisions Bungie has made, and my opinion of the company has really gone downhill in general. The game is not only a Skinner box style loot-treadmill, but it also has a bunch of mind-boggling issues, made worse by the lack of communication by Bungie. It is a textbook example of an overhyped AAA game that failed to meet said hype.

With any luck, the developer will learn from its mistakes, and the game will be worth picking up in 2015. But before that time, I've had a great time experiencing the phenomenon, warts and all.

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Review: Escape Dead Island photo
Review: Escape Dead Island
by Brittany Vincent

In my years as a freelancer and staffer at various videogame outlets, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a ton of great games. In fact, this year I had the privilege of reviewing pretty much every “AAA” game that hit stores. I also review a lot of garbage, or games that are fundamentally broken in one or more aspects. Games that only through providence made it out of QA.

I always try and remember though that every game, whether it’s an EA blockbuster or a one-man indie project, was someone’s baby. No matter what game you talk about, there is at least one guy or gal out there who put their all into it, even if the rest of the team couldn't be bothered to exert much effort. So I always try to approach criticizing a game from that angle. Escape Dead Island is a special case though. 

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Here's what Mistwalker's canceled RPG looked like photo
Here's what Mistwalker's canceled RPG looked like
by Kyle MacGregor

Cry On, an ill-fated role-playing game co-developed by Mistwalker and now-defunct studio Cavia, has reappeared after being put on ice six years ago.

Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker founder Hironobu Sakaguchi shared the shelved project's original concept trailer via his seldom used YouTube channel today, showing some promising footage of a young girl and golem companion.

This marks the sixth anniversary of Cry On's cancellation in 2008, when publisher AQ Interactive announced the decision on Christmas Day, citing poor global economic conditions as the rationale.

Mistwalker has since gone on to create The Last Story and Terra Battle, whereas both Cavia and AQ Interactive have been absorbed into Japanese videogame and anime group Marvelous.

Sakaguchi's motives behind uploading the video are currently unclear, as is whether the project lives on as anything other than memory. Speaking with Destructoid back in September, Sakaguchi said "Mistwalker is just working on [Terra Battle] right now," adding the company has a fairly small team these days. Wonder if anything's changed since then.

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4:30 PM on 12.23.2014

Xbox Live deals: Game of Thrones, Revengeance, Rock Band Blitz

I never know quite which deals to highlight: do I talk up mostly newer games that haven't been on sale time and time again, or do I stand my ground by highlighting old favorites that most (but not all!) of us already own? Hmm...

Jordan Devore

6:45 AM on 12.23.2014

Skullgirls Beta trials Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Superjumps

Good news for any Marvel vs. Capcom 2 fans out there who also happen to be Skullgirls players: the game's Superjumps are taking a step closer to those of MvC2, at least in the current Beta build. Announced by Skullgirls lead ...

Laura Kate Dale



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

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 until now missed. Looking over the marketplace, not many titles jumped out at me, though there weren't many to begin with. Here's to you, 2015. You'll treat us well.

Dark Dreams Don't Die was at the top of my informal list of must-play Xbox One games because of its director, Swery (of Deadly Premonition and Spy Fiction fame) but I got sidetracked that day. And I'm thankful I did: the episodic adventure game is going to be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers throughout January. Talk about a palate cleanser after this month's freebie Worms Battlegrounds.

On the Xbox 360 front, Gold members will be able to download MX vs. ATV Alive from January 1 - January 15, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings from January 16 - January 31.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for January 2015 [Major Nelson -- Thanks, Captain 'Merica]

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4:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Call of Duty's first DLC unleashes a 'freak show like no one's ever seen'

As way of a bit of backstory for the zombies add-on to Advanced Warfare, Activision's released a teaser to semi-explain why hordes of undead have made their way to the military shooter. Seems a bomb was dropped to finish one...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Capcom is delisting Marvel vs. Capcom Origins soon

It's a shame when companies delist digital-only games but it's even worse when they don't give a heads up. Capcom had the courtesy to let us know that Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is coming off PlayStation Network on December 23...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Log in to Grand Theft Auto Online for holiday gifts

This image. This real, developer-made image for Grand Theft Auto Online. Love it. Rockstar is rolling out limited-time holiday content, like snowballs, festive clothing and masks, new vehicles, and presents. Depending on when...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 12.18.2014

Mojang and Telltale announce Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode is a thing that's happening. Mojang has joined forces with Telltale Games, the team behind fine adventure games like The Walking Dead, to forge a narrative-driven episodic experience. Yes, they're w...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 12.17.2014

It's almost 2015, and I just beat my first Metal Gear Solid

As much as wish it weren't true, it is: I've never completed a Metal Gear Solid until now. This is a series plenty of you adore playing, thinking, and talking about and that affection has rubbed off on me over the years. It's...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 12.17.2014

Life is Strange releases its pent up teenage angst next month

The introductory episode of Dontnod's Life is Strange is scheduled to bend time and break the rules on January 30. The indie-tinged five-part adventure game about all the mixed emotions of being a teen is coming to PC, ...

Brett Makedonski





10:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Go grab SSX for free on Xbox Live if you're a gold member

Once upon a time EA rebooted the SSX series in 2012. You can grab that reboot now on the Xbox 360 for free, provided that you have an Xbox Live Gold account. It's not the best game in the series by any means, but it's st...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Shadow of Mordor DLC goes hunting, vomiting

Monolith released Lord of the Hunt today, the first add-on pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Yeah, the $10 DLC has a lot of the stuff you'd expect: new nemeses, new challenges, and even some guy named Torvin the ...

Brett Makedonski



GTA Online heists look good and sound even better photo
GTA Online heists look good and sound even better
by Jordan Devore

Alright, heists in Grand Theft Auto Online look terrific. It's been a long wait, and we're not done waiting just yet -- Rockstar says the free update for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One will arrive in early 2015 -- but at least we've got something to look at, finally. Eases the tension.

Speaking to IGN, GTA Online producer Imran Sarwar admits designing four-player heists "turned out to be a lot more difficult than we originally thought [and] took several passes from scratch." One challenge, he says, "is that unlike a heist in Story Mode, every player needs to feel central to the action at all times, and that's much more challenging than it appears."

The final design sounds cool. The leading player will have to put money down to set up a heist and won't receive a payout until the finale is finished, but they have control over the crew, their outfits, and their cuts. "Switching between the roles of crew member and heist leader will give players a totally different experience," says Sarwar. "Some missions have all players working as one unit, some require players to take on specific tasks like hacking or crowd control, while others require players to split into smaller teams to complete separate high value objectives."

Each heist, of which there are "five unique strands involving over 20 total missions," will culminate in a set-piece mission. "I don't want to spoil a whole heist," says Sarwar, "but a favorite would be the finale of an epic prison break where players come from different points on the map to join together at just the right time. It requires a pilot, a demolitions expert, and some undercover work to pull it off, and it takes real teamwork, the ability to think fast and a lot of communication to put all the pieces in place to extract the target flawlessly."

GTA Online Heists: New Trailer and Info [Rockstar]
Grand Theft Auto 5 Online Heists (Finally) Revealed [IGN]

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3:30 PM on 12.15.2014

Creative Assembly sees opportunity in an Alien: Isolation sequel

[Update: As expected, Sega's official comment to Destructoid is "Creative Assembly is focused on their post-launch content for Alien: Isolation, and have no comment on plans for a sequel.] Without doubt, Alien: Isolation...

Brett Makedonski



Review: Destiny: The Dark Below photo
Review: Destiny: The Dark Below
by Chris Carter

Having basically played the new Destiny expansion The Dark Below nonstop since launch, I've experienced everything it has to offer. That in itself is an issue, because although I have played more than the average person, to exhaust the content this early isn't a good sign.

While Destiny feels just as great as ever, perhaps even more-so due to the design of a few mechanics herein, I can't help but feel underwhelmed just like I did back in September.

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10:30 AM on 12.12.2014

Xbox Live Arcade and PS3 ports of After Burner Climax are being discontinued

Another digital game bites the dust.::pours one out:: It looks like After Burner Climax will no longer be available on the Xbox Live Arcade (360) or PS3 marketplaces on December 24. For those who aren't aware, the game w...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 12.12.2014

The first batch of Call of Duty DLC weapons are live now for Xbox owners

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is still truckin', and although the first DLC pack hasn't officially dropped yet, Season Pass owners get free weapon DLC early. Of course, I meant to say "Xbox owners" get said weapons fir...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 12.11.2014

The Evil Within's first DLC has the answers we're looking for

Oh, right -- there's a Season Pass for The Evil Within. The thought of paying $19.99 for three DLC packs when the game itself was just on sale for nearly that price is unappealing, but that's the situation. Part one, The Assi...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Bonus mission for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel ties into Tales

[Update]: In an email to Destructoid, 2K has confirmed that the Handsome AI bonus mission will be included for free as part of the update adding Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, not part of the Holodome Onslaught DLC pack that ret...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Not-so-final stand: There's more Battlefield 4 DLC on the way

It looked like Battlefield 4 was going to go out on a relative high note with the Final Stand DLC, but when it comes to naming in this industry, "final" doesn't have to mean the end. "With [Final Stand] released, we hope and ...

Jordan Devore



Review in Progress: Destiny: The Dark Below photo
Review in Progress: Destiny: The Dark Below
by Chris Carter

Destiny was released earlier this year, and like many hyped games, it failed to deliver on its promises. The good news? It was still a well crafted shooter, and practically everything involving the actual gameplay was excellent. In fact, I find it hard to go back to other shooters now -- that's how good Destiny feels.

Unfortunately, the folks over at Bungie made a number of design choices that prevent players from consistently having fun. There was also backpedaling over the past few months -- some of which led to changes to the raid -- that brought even more glitches alongside of the update.

So far in my testing, The Dark Below plays out similarly. The core of the game is still intact, but there's a lot of weird choices that prevent it from reaching its potential.

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1:45 PM on 12.09.2014

Attention all masochists: Alien: Isolation has a Nightmare difficulty now

Anyone that's tried tackling Alien: Isolation on the toughest difficulty knows that it's a painstakingly hard endeavor. There's little room for error, as the alien is quite adept at adapting to your strategies. As if it ...

Brett Makedonski

1:15 PM on 12.09.2014

Microsoft is the publisher of Rise of the Tomb Raider

Ever since Microsoft's gamescom exclusivity reveal, there's been plenty of speculation about the state of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it was soon found out to be a timed-exclusive, there are still many uncertainties sur...

Brett Makedonski



Completing the new questline in Destiny is complicated, here's how photo
Completing the new questline in Destiny is complicated, here's how
by Chris Carter

After booting up the new Destiny expansion The Dark Below this morning, I completed the three new story missions. Upon finishing the questline I saw that the weekly Heroic and Nightfall missions were blacked out, telling me to "complete the new quests."

Utterly confused, I ended up doing a few more bounties for Eris, the new NPC, and found out how to unlock them. It's not straightforward, but here's how to do it!

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