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8:30 PM on 03.25.2013

Blacklight: Retribution is coming to the PlayStation 4

[Note: The images used in this article are from the PC version of Retribution.] Developer Zombie Studios has announced that its free-to-play first-person shooter, Blacklight: Retribution, will be coming to the PlayStation 4...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Four Swords makes Shovel Knight dev's brain 'go electric' photo
Four Swords makes Shovel Knight dev's brain 'go electric'
by Jonathan Holmes

Warning: Sean Velasco of Yacht Club Games doesn't want you to get your hopes up. Shovel Knight had a great showing at PAX, and is chugging along on Kickstarter, but the game is far from done and there is no way of telling what features (beyond the firmly planted gameplay structures and design tenants) will make it to the final game. 

That said, the team is bursting with ideas, specifically, ideas for local multi-player. I was fast talking with Sean about how how surprised I was to see that the lovely "Pokemon for knif collectors" 2D action games Mercenary Kings has both local and online split-screen co-op, accommodating up to 4 players at once. "It's like Metal Slug meets Zelda: Four Swords" I said with a inappropriately triumphant swagger, forgetting I was talking to a guy who was in a position to make that idea, or nearly any game design idea, a potential reality. 

Sean's face immediately lit up as he said "Awww, just saying 'Four Swords' make my brain go electric! I want that so bad. Just picturing four Shovel Knight's running and jumping and digging around on screen together at the same time.... and the Wii U control pad? So many possibilities..."

It was then that Sean remembered that I worked for a major game dev blog and said "Don't post that." 

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8:30 PM on 03.20.2013

Exclusive: Debut trailer for Zombie Studios' Daylight

Zombie Studios has shared details and screenshots for its procedurally-generated horror title Daylight, but now we're getting to see the Unreal Engine 4 game in motion. While the video is indeed a teaser, it should help put ...

Jordan Devore



Note Worthy 013: StarCraft, Metal Gear, and Tomb Raider photo
Note Worthy 013: StarCraft, Metal Gear, and Tomb Raider
by Jayson Napolitano

Welcome back! We're looking at recent soundtrack releases, and there are a number of big ones this month. We've got impressions of the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Tomb Raider soundtracks along with a number of great releases from Square Enix, Taito, Gravity, Q-Games, and more.

It's interesting to note this month that many of the releases are "Not for sale," and are instead limited edition bonuses. I guess that says a lot for where the industry is going... is there really no money to be made from selling game music these days? That will certainly be a sad day!

Anyway, chime in and let us know what you think and enjoy the included samples! 

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Meet Skyrim composer Jeremy Souleís first symphony photo
Meet Skyrim composer Jeremy Souleís first symphony
by Jayson Napolitano

Jeremy Soule's Skyrim soundtrack was one of my favorites in recent memory. I've been a huge fan of his work since he entered the videogame industry with his soundtrack to Secret of Evermore at the young age of 19, and he's since gone on to score some of the biggest games in the medium, including Guild Wars, Harry Potter, and The Elder Scrolls.

He's now taking the next step in his career by attempting to write a classical symphony titled The Northerner which will be released on CD. As the name would suggest, the piece is inspired by the same energies he focused on while writing the soundtrack to Skyrim, although it’s not directly related.

Along with the announcement, Soule has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project with a modest goal and some great rewards. We've been fortunate enough to have an exclusive chat with Soule regarding The Northerner and also have an exclusive sample for you to hear. Check them out below as we list five reasons why you need to support this project.

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9:00 PM on 03.13.2013

D'aww! Sonic and Mega Man chibis adorn these comic covers

HNNNNNG! My heart can't take much more of this! I think I'm going to slip into a coma before the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover even begins. But I've got to hold on! Just one month left! To bring everyone up to speed, the ...

Tony Ponce



Castlevania and Zelda get Mega Ran's nerdcore treatment photo
Castlevania and Zelda get Mega Ran's nerdcore treatment
by Tony Ponce

Mega Ran, everyone's favorite Philly rapper not named Will Smith, started a new project earlier this year called Time and Space. On the second Tuesday of each month, he will release a short EP of hip hop arrangements that sample music from games fans have specifically requested. Someone asks for Gitaroo Man? Gosh darnit, they're gonna get a Gitaroo Man song!

Though the full albums complete with instrumental bonuses cost a few bucks, Ran has been gracious enough to provide Dtoid with site-exclusive versions for free. First there was January's release led by the Battletoads pause beat, then there was last month's set featuring the rarely covered Beyond Good & Evil. Now we bring you Time and Space: Mach's Principle, which spreads the Castlevania love and invites A Link to the Past to join in the festivities as well.

As usual, you can download this album (along with many other Dtoid-exclusive releases) from our SoundCloud page. And if you want Ran to cover a game of your choosing, drop him a line at megaranfans@gmail.com or a modest donation on his FundRazr.

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Everything you need to know about Hawken's newest mech photo
Everything you need to know about Hawken's newest mech
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Last week we showed you what the newest mech to join Hawken looks like. Well now our exclusive look continues as we have a full breakdown of everything the mech has to offer players in the free-to-play first-person shooter for PC.

The new mech is called Raider, and is a medium class suit with increased movement speed that can fire its weapons off while boosting for a short duration. Take a look below to see some of its weaponry, it's upgrade paths, and some super cute animated gifs of the taunts you can place in the map.

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6:00 PM on 03.01.2013

WayForward's Ivansmith talks Wii U, game length, and more

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we spent a very fruitful hour and a half with one Mr. Austin Ivansmith. Austin spoke of a many splendorous thing, from starting out as a painter, to the pros and cons assessing a gam...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 03.01.2013

Here's an exclusive look at the next new mech for Hawken

Hawken is the badass twitch based first-person shooter that sees you controlling giant mechs of destruction.The game offers a few different types of mechs ranging in different sizes and classes, and the collection of giant ro...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:18 PM on 02.27.2013

Free DLC: Download a new Dtoid quest in Etrian Odyssey IV

How are you liking Etrian Odyssey IV so far? I've talked to several of you and it seems that everyone is digging it. Some have asked for gameplay tips, so here they are. For now, Destructoid has an exclusive quest in Etrian O...

Dale North

5:05 PM on 02.24.2013

Mighty Switch Force 2 announced for 3DS

[Here's the segment of the episode where Austin makes the announcement; Full episode coming soon! -Ed] Sup, Holmes? (Dtoid's live stream videogame industry talk show/podcast) just wrapped with WayForward's Austin Ivansmith, ...

Jonathan Holmes



Anarchy Reigns: it's all about music with Platinum Games photo
Anarchy Reigns: it's all about music with Platinum Games
by Jayson Napolitano

We had a blast with the Anarchy Reigns both in our soundtrack review and later with some music samples. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I wanted to speak with Platinum Games composer Naoto Tanaka (MadWorld, Anarchy Reigns) as well as a number of the rappers involved about some of my favorite tracks from the game.

Not only do we have full-length samples for you to enjoy this time, but we've also got liner notes-style commentary from Tanaka and rappers Vstylez, Sick YG, and Doujah Raze. So kick back, listen to some our favorite tracks from the game, and learn more about what made this project so unique in the process. 

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Note Worthy 012: Final Fantasy Vocal/Orchestral, Wizardry photo
Note Worthy 012: Final Fantasy Vocal/Orchestral, Wizardry
by Jayson Napolitano

Do you like Final Fantasy music? This month we're reviewing both Final Fantasy Orchestral Album and Final Fantasy Vocal Collection, both of which we've been greatly looking forward to. We're also looking at the latest DJMAX title for the PSP, Wizardry Online, a classic Cave shooter collection that puts three out of print soundtracks in your hands, and a pretty stellar eroge (erotic game) soundtrack.

There's all of this and more. Plus, we've got samples courtesy of Destructoid's SoundCloud account. So let's jump in.

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More free fan-requested VG raps by Mega Ran photo
More free fan-requested VG raps by Mega Ran
by Tony Ponce

Just after MAGFest ended last month, nerdcore rapper Mega Ran unloaded a new EP on the Destructoid doorsteps. A collection of tunes from games like Battletoads and Earthworm Jim with original lyrics added, Time and Space was the first installment of an initiative to release an EP every month in 2013 with material that fans suggested.

Every second Tuesday in the month, a fresh album will appear. But because you guys are so special, you'll be able to download them for free the day before on Dtoid's SoundCloud page. Second on deck is Time and Space: Eternalism, a four-track roundup that sources Super Mario RPG, Illusion of Gaia, and Beyond Good & Evil.

If you'd like to suggest a game for Ran to cover next, hit him up at megaranfans@gmail.com. If you want to donate, slide on down to his FundRazr page and fork over a couple of bucks. Bigger donations will obviously hold more weight when it comes time to picking new songs for the following month, but that shouldn't discourage you from making any ol' wild request.

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3:00 PM on 02.04.2013

Exclusive: Final Fantasy VI Balance and Ruin preview

Balance and Ruin, a massive remix project by the good folks over at OverClocked ReMix , quickly blew past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, but then there was a snag: yes, those pesky copyright issues. Now all of that has ...

Jayson Napolitano