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4:00 PM on 10.13.2014

You fools! I have dibs on [DLC Character #1] in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

Fools. You poor, poor, poor, poor fools. It's almost as if you don't even like winning at life. I mean, I guess there's nothing wrong with choosing Athena, Claptrap, Nisha, or Wilhelm as your go-to character in Borderlands: T...

Mr Andy Dixon

1:30 PM on 10.13.2014

This Assassin's Creed Rogue story trailer is actually important

Every major videogame these days is accompanied by a seemingly endless barrage of trailers prior to release. That's just how things work now. A lot of it is little more than filler to keep the audience constantly reminded th...

Brett Makedonski



Four things I loved about playing Assassin's Creed: Rogue photo
Four things I loved about playing Assassin's Creed: Rogue
by Alessandro Fillari

It's been four years since Assassin's Creed became an annual fixture. Every year, like clockwork, Ubisoft releases a brand new, fully developed title in the AC series. But things have changed slightly this year. In a surprising move, Ubisoft decided to ditch the cross-gen development for this year's release of Assassin's Creed, and focus on making two different titles that focused on different directions. With Assassin's Creed: Unity coming to current gen and PC only, many fans will likely miss out. But it seems like people have forgotten that another title in the series is releasing on the same day.

The ever elusive Assassin's Creed: Rogue, which was just announced two months ago, is Ubisoft's attempt to try to offer something for fans who haven't made the jump to current gen, but also aims to improve upon the design and structure set by fan-favorite Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Speaking with Rogue's producer, Karl Luhe, and after spending a good four hours with the tittle at a recent preview event, I see that there's a lot to like with this recent entry in the series.

But I still do have some misgivings.

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8:00 AM on 10.13.2014

Here are more than 200 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screenshots

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out tomorrow, and you can read a 3,000-word review on what I think about it right here on Destructoid if you would like. However, since a picture is worth a thousand words, this post is basic...

Darren Nakamura







Review: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo
Review: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
by Darren Nakamura

[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, one of the writers for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.]

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I can imagine that mantra circulating the 2K Australia office as the team worked on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Gearbox had a huge hit on its hands with Borderlands 2, and there is not much reason to mess with a winning formula.

To be clear, a lot of what matters is new. The story, playable characters, environments, dialogue, and physics are all new. Despite that, it all feels very familiar. Where a number of core systems were significantly upgraded between the first and second games in the series, The Pre-Sequel's additions are much less pronounced.

One odd aspect of some of the new content that this entry brings to the vault hunting universe is that it feels more like Borderlands than Borderlands 2 in some ways, for better and for worse.

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I got the robot because you were too slowbot: I have dibs on Claptrap photo
I got the robot because you were too slowbot: I have dibs on Claptrap
by Brett Makedonski

It's really not all that long until Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out, and you've already made a grave mistake. You didn't call dibs on Claptrap. Know how I know that? Because I'm writing this post right now. If you called dibs, I'd be doing something dumb like whatever dumb thing you're doing in your dumb life this very second.

But you didn't. I did. For whatever reason, my peers have laid claim to the three characters in the game not worth fighting over. Darren misguidedly called Athena, Chris dun goofed by picking Wilhelm, and Abel most likely got comedically knocked upside the head by a two-by-four just prior to choosing Nisha. Let them; their poor judgment will be their undoing. I have dibs on Claptrap.

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12:00 PM on 10.12.2014

To all you would-be Borderlands cowboys and cowgirls, I have dibs on Nisha

"Behind every great man is a great woman." Screw that, says Nisha. While Handsome Jack is sitting in a climate-controlled bunker, cowering from the awesome might of the Vault Hunters and bandit gangs, Nisha fights her enemies...

Abel Girmay

10:00 AM on 10.12.2014

Dark Souls II's DLC bosses are HARD

Dark Souls II players aren't doing so hot against the Fume Knight from the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC. According to stats released by From Software, 93% of attempts against him haven ended in miserable, abject failure. GG Chosen Undead.

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 10.11.2014

Attention Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel buyers: I have dibs on Wilhelm

Back in 2012 I had dibs on Zer0 from Borderlands 2. I didn't regret it! I completed the game several times with him and embarked upon the DLC with a smile on my face. But Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel doesn't have Zer0, which is a major bummer. Instead, I'll be rocking Wilhelm. One ninja's loss is another epic beard's gain.

Chris Carter



To any Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel players out there: I have dibs on Athena photo
To any Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel players out there: I have dibs on Athena
by Darren Nakamura

Two years ago, Chris, Tara, Conrad, and Andy each called dibs on a Vault Hunter for Borderlands 2 before I ever could, and so I was never able to play it. All I could do was sit there looking at my copy, wishing I had called dibs first. I will not make that same mistake twice.

I have dibs on Athena. Simply put, Athena is the best. Don't worry, there are three other perfectly okay Vault Hunters for you to choose from. You should be all right, I guess. Anyway, here's why Athena is the best and I call dibs on her.

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1:30 PM on 10.10.2014

Here's why games can be the perfect social lubricant

It's really tough to get out there and meet people, whether it's online or in the real world. I remember that feeling as an introvert, always being nervous as to whether or not someone would be silently judging me basically a...

Chris Carter



Review: Dance Central Spotlight photo
Review: Dance Central Spotlight
by Chris Carter

[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.]

Although it's been a lot tougher to get people together for a Dance Central party than a Rock Band one, Harmonix's new franchise gave some hope for the Kinect, as it was one of the most accurate games for it.

The series isn't as groundbreaking as it used to be -- especially in the era of Kinect-less Xbox Ones -- but it's still good for a fun dance session every so often. That also goes for Dance Central Spotlight.

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12:00 PM on 10.09.2014

The final 'making of' video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel looks at 'Weapons and Beyond'

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out next week, and 2K Games has now released the final episode of the four-part series behind the scenes at Gearbox and 2K Australia. Episodes One (To the Moon), Two (From Pandora to th...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 10.09.2014

Destiny's six-person raid was cleared by two people

Not content with beating the normal mode six-person raid in Destiny with three players, the same crew attempted it with two, and succeeded. As someone who has cleared it six times and knows the mechanics like the back o...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 10.08.2014

Geometry Wars 3 releasing in late November

I didn't want to stop playing Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions at PAX Prime. Part of that was due to the years-long gap since the last one released, admittedly, but more importantly the game ended up being a lot of fun. There's no...

Jordan Devore





11:45 AM on 10.08.2014

Xbox Live has a dedicated weather news app now

Xbox Live does just about everything, now including streaming weather news. WeatherNation has launched for the Xbox 360, bringing 24/7 streaming weather news to users, straight from their television network. It will also feat...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 10.08.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting a previous-to-current gen upgrade deal

Activision is doing another "cross-gen" upgrade deal with the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. If you buy the game digitally on PS3 or 360 before March 31st, 2015, you'll net a free copy of the respective current...

Chris Carter



Enjoy these free remixed Spelunky jams photo
Enjoy these free remixed Spelunky jams
by Jordan Devore

Oh, cool! There's a new Spelunky EP up on Bandcamp and it's totally free, whether you're streaming or downloading. (Though you may want to consider tipping if you like what you hear.)

This is a nine-track EP with several guest contributions including one from Mega Man's Manami Matsumae. My favorite is "Smells like wet funk," and that's only partially because of the fun name.

Related: Spelunky is out on PS4 today. If you own it for PS3/PS Vita, this new version is free.

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Review: Skylanders: Trap Team photo
Review: Skylanders: Trap Team
by Chris Carter

Toys For Bob has found some rather interesting ways to evolve the Skylanders franchise. While the conceit the first time around was simply interactive toys, the developer mixed things up with giants on the second go, and with a mix-and-match concept (my personal favorite to date) after that.

Trap Team is the fourth iteration of the series, and the gimmick this time around involves tiny plastic pieces that essentially function as little Ghostbusters tools to ensnare enemies. While the core game is still as strong as ever, the trap mechanic isn't all that exciting.

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Review: Costume Quest 2 photo
Review: Costume Quest 2
by Alasdair Duncan

The original Costume Quest was a seminal game for Double Fine; it was the first game to come out of Amnesia Fortnight, a two-week period of experimenting with small-scale games. Costume Quest's success led the way for Stacking, Iron Brigade, and other download-only games. 

Now, Costume Quest 2 is here just a few weeks before Halloween and it's delivering the same fun as the original. It may be a little too similar in some spots, but there are plenty of improvements to satisfy fans.

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Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation photo
Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation
by Chris Carter

That Xenomorph can be one tricky asshole in Alien: Isolation. One time it walked out of a room, waited a second, then turned back around to find me awkwardly climbing out of the cabinet I had been hiding in.

What a dick. Here's how to avoid that situation and more.

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9:30 AM on 10.07.2014

Destiny's hotfix is underway, will return with the Iron Banner event

Destiny is getting a small hotfix patch today that will solve a number of connection issues and quick scope bugs. It's underway starting from 10AM EST for "a few hours" -- expect it to be up later this afternoon. Although the...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 10.06.2014

Enslaved is only $5 on Steam and you should play it

Enslaved is a really good game that no one bought. This led to Ninja Theory having to go mercenary and make DmC, which I liked, but a lot of people hated. Clearly the answer is this: give Ninja Theory money so 1) I get t...

Steven Hansen

1:45 PM on 10.06.2014

I got chills from the music in this Alien: Isolation launch trailer

Man, there sure have been a lot of Alien: Isolation videos lately. I guess that's the rote cycle of triple-A games marketing. Here's one more. But, this launch trailer may be better than all the other ones that have rel...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 10.06.2014

The Crew just can't catch a break

Ubisoft is pushing The Crew back a few weeks to December 2, 2014 where it will release simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. I'm not sure what kind of sales the company is expecting to generate here, bu...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 10.06.2014

MGS V: Ground Zeroes zeroes in on Steam this December

While everyone's eagerly awaiting the release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami's opted to temporarily satiate the PC crowd. Ground Zeroes, the prologue to The Phantom Pain, will release on Steam on Decemb...

Brett Makedonski





11:45 AM on 10.06.2014

Nope, nope, nope! Go away smiley-masked dudes in The Evil Within

The first 30 seconds of this new The Evil Within trailer declares that the game's enemies are "demented, vicious, and deadly." Most of them look all three parts, but the ones with the smiley-face masks have really locke...

Brett Makedonski

7:30 PM on 10.03.2014

The Evil Within's minimum requirements on PC aren't a whole lot better

Last week, Bethesda shed some light on what it considered the recommended requirements to be to play The Evil Within on PC. After some chatter from the Internet about them being ridiculously high, Bethesda clarified by p...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 PM on 10.03.2014

This is what happens when you harpoon a bear in Far Cry 4

Here I was all prepared to say that I didn't feel like I'd be missing much by not pre-ordering Far Cry 4 and then they go and harpoon a bear. It's not fair, damn it. It's just not fair! Pre-orders also come with three exclusive missions featuring Hurk, who I'm only now learning was a character in Far Cry 3, too (in a DLC pack). Huh. He seems ... annoying. That harpoon gun, though.

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 10.03.2014

Yeah, that flamethrower won't do much to help you survive in Alien: Isolation

In the days leading up to Sega's release of Alien: Isolation, it mocks us with the semi-question "#HowWillYouSurvive," because Twitter-speak is what appeals to the cool local teens. This video firmly suggests that a flamethr...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 10.03.2014

Ten minutes of Claptrap ruining everything in this Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel video

Back when I spent way too much time playing with the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel interactive skill trees, I admitted that I was not really sure what to do with Claptrap's highly random play style. This video shows off some o...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 10.03.2014

Bungie's 1.0.2 patch for Destiny is a good start, but the game has a long road ahead of it

As you may have heard, Destiny just dropped a rather big patch recently. It increases the quality of loot in general for a Strike playlist, and allows players to earn better gear from random "engram" drops. Before the ch...

Chris Carter



Review: Alien: Isolation photo
Review: Alien: Isolation
by Chris Carter

From the old school "20th Century Fox" opening to the first few seconds, Alien: Isolation wants you to know that it takes after the first film from the series it was based on. One alien, one spaceship, one chance at survival.

This is the game we should have gotten from Gearbox.

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4:30 PM on 10.02.2014

Dying Light's asymmetric multiplayer has a gross catch

Techland's Dying Light is just the latest game to include asymmetric multiplayer into its fold. Seems like everyone's doing it these days; it's been all the rage since Left 4 Dead did it all those years ago. B...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 10.02.2014

Both seasons of The Walking Dead shamble to PS4, Xbox One this month

Telltale's confirmed that seasons one and two of its hit adaption of The Walking Dead will be making their way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in October. Season one will get a physical release on October 14. A week...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Tigers are the most badass weapon in Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 has its share of weapons that look fun to use. Machine guns? Sure, they're tried-and-true and will get the job done. Mortars? Maybe a bit of overkill, but at least you don't have to get dirty. Tigers? Wait, wh...

Brett Makedonski

12:45 PM on 10.02.2014

Quan Chi can summon a demon bat in Mortal Kombat X

The fiendish sorcerer Quan Chi returns in Mortal Kombat X. While he's said to play a major part in the story -- something I'm eager to hear more about, coming off of the last game -- today we're just shown a standard fight. ...

Jordan Devore







Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Ivory King photo
Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Ivory King
by Chris Carter

Dark Souls II was quite the ride. Although the game had its fair share of issues, I had a blast playing it, and a number of its zones now have a place in my list of all-time favorite Souls locations.

One of those areas includes the last piece of DLC, The Crown of the Ivory King, which brings back some of the powerful icy imagery from the Painted World of Ariamis.

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3:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Destiny's loot is now way less aggravating

Here we go. The patch that fixes -- or, at least improves -- how loot works in Destiny. Chris already detailed the patch, which is out now, at length. But the short of it is that Legendary (purple) engrams will now always awa...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 10.01.2014

NHL 15 predicts entire hockey season, probably gets it horribly wrong

EA Sports used NHL 15 to simulate and predict the upcoming NHL season which begins next week. The results are most likely terribly wrong because nowhere does it anticipate that the Colorado Avalanche will be crowned Sta...

Brett Makedonski