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Dark Souls III

New Dark Souls III gameplay comin' in hot!


And rollin' all over the place
Feb 03
// Brett Makedonski
April isn't that far off on the horizon, but it might as well be an eternity when you're eagerly awaiting a new game. For many, that game is Dark Souls III, a franchise that has the pedigree to make waiting unbearable. If a ...
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Dark Souls III

Japanese mall hosts amazing Dark Souls exhibit


Uhhhhhh
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Over in Japan, where amazing things happen on a constant basis, From Software is hosting a special exhibit for Dark Souls III. It's over at 109 Men's mall in Shibuya, and you can witness it for yourself courtesy of these scre...
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Dark Souls

Dark Souls is getting its own comic series


Nobody dies in comics though?
Jan 20
// Joe Parlock
In the past, I’ve said that Dark Souls is my least favourite game of all time. However, it finally clicked for me last week and having now finished the first game I can say that while it certainly has its fair share of ...
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Bloodborne

Watch someone beat all of Bloodborne's bosses without dodging


Time to get the hell out of dodge
Jan 12
// Joe Parlock
Trying to beat Bloodborne is like trying to break through a reinforced concrete wall with a toothpick. You keep chipping and chipping and chipping away, maybe eventually making a tiny crack, and then a tentacle monster comes...

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Bloodborne comic

This Bloodborne comic is too cool for still images


Do the pics change with high insight?
Jan 07
// Nic Rowen
The hunt is a wonderful, terrible thing. A sentiment perfectly captured in this gorgeous, lightly animated Bloodborne webcomic, The Master of the League. You ever run into something that just leaves you wondering "how the hel...
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Bloodborne update

Blood Rocks are now slightly less ridiculous to get in Bloodborne


And Blood Stone Chunks are cheaper
Dec 21
// Jordan Devore
To fortify weapons in Bloodborne, you must find increasingly rare materials. The last item in particular is a huge pain. A Blood Rock is needed to max out a weapon, but so very few exist. There's one toward the end of the ga...

Destructoid's award for Best PS4 Game of 2015 goes to...

Dec 19 // Kyle MacGregor
[Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles and episodic games that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year's awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid's 2015's Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]
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Bloodborne
Was there ever any doubt? Of all the distinguished and exemplary titles to grace the PlayStation 4 in 2015, few approach the wit and artistry of From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki's Bloodborne. As the latest installment in w...

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Dark Souls III

Can you run Dark Souls III on PC?


Let's find out
Dec 17
// Chris Carter
As 2016 is looming in front of us, a lot of upcoming games stand out for me, but so far my top two are Mirror's Edge Catalyst, and Dark Souls III. The latter might even be the last Souls game for a while, so I'm loo...
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Dark Souls

Dark Souls players have found every item, says Miyazaki


Y'all did it
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
As much as fans have pored over Dark Souls and will continue to do so for years to come, it feels like the series' mysteries may never be fully solved -- that no matter how hard we collectively search, there will always be mo...
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Dark Souls III

This box art is a good reason to get Dark Souls III on day one


Use your eyes, not your brain
Dec 15
// Brett Makedonski
Box art posts are kind of terrible. Everything of substance is squarely in one image. You look at it and think "Hmm, that's pretty okay." I write words that are unnecessary, either in an attempt to describe the cover, or whin...
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Dark Souls III

Here's what Dark Souls III cooked up for PlayStation Experience


It's a good'un
Dec 04
// Brett Makedonski
Hope you didn't forget how to use a shield after all the Bloodborne-ing this year. From the looks of it, you'll need all the blocking and rolling you can muster to best Dark Souls III's many lumbering foes. They're even in a...
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Bloodborne

Majestic! Bloodborne is online again


Emergency maintenance ended
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
Earlier this week, From Software took Bloodborne offline for "emergency maintenance on the game servers," presumably to address an exploit that led to players gaining access to content from The Old Hunters DLC without paying ...
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Bloodborne

Bloodborne is offline for 'emergency maintenance'


Well, shit!
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
Yesterday, I logged into Bloodborne for another evening of futile attempts to beat the optional boss in The Old Hunters. It's a maddening exercise in patience. One slip-up, and you're out. Plenty of people are struggling with...
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To be announced at the PS Experience?
I know how many people love this game, so I’ll cut the preamble: Demon’s Souls might be coming to PS4. The game put From Software on the map, and introduced the format now used yearly for the likes of Dark Souls a...

Very Quick Tips: Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Nov 24 // Chris Carter
[embed]322164:61224:0[/embed] General tips (contains light, general spoilers): For a quick rundown of how to access the DLC, check out the video above. To locate the object to fight the optional boss, get to the point where you raise the giant elevator after the first boss fight (the room with the two human hunters). Step on and then step off to raise another platform. Grab that item and return to the main room in the Cathedral near the start of the DLC. Note that this one seems to be paced to fight after the first. If you're struggling with the DLC, try to at least have a Soul Level of 100 before attempting it. As always, it's possible to beat it no matter what your current level is, just keep that in mind. To obtain the Holy Moonlight Sword, talk to the head that appears after the first boss battle. If that doesn't work, equip the rune you obtained after beating him (Rally Bonus) and try again. If that fails, kill the head and take the weapon. For the boss that has multiple enemies, try to focus in on one at a time and quickly take them out. If you wait too long and don't keep track of the ones you've damaged, they will overwhelm you. When they summon the meteor attack, try to sprint around the arena clockwise. If you roll, you might get stunlocked. Alternatively, the Old Hunter's Bone spell is a great thing to trigger and use when the meteor chant is initiated. This one took me a while. After defeating the third boss (the humanoid opponent inside the clock room, pictured above), to get to the final area, you'll need to use the item you get from that fight on the giant window. At first I wasn't positioned correctly and nothing came up, so try to move around a bit if it doesn't trigger.
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Wake up from the nightmare
When Bloodborne launched, I provided a series of tips for newcomers. They're still very much relevant for the dawn of the Old Hunters DLC pack, which debuts today, but I figured I'd provide a few add-on specific pieces of info. Note that there are light non-specific spoilers involved.

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Bloodborne

Here's how to access the Bloodborne: The Old Hunters DLC


Step by step
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
Bloodborne, much like its predecessors, is a relatively esoteric game. Even simple things like locating a $20 DLC package can be hidden beneath the surface, so here's a quick rundown of how to enter the Old Hunters add-...

Review: Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Nov 23 // Chris Carter
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters (PS4)Developer: From SoftwarePublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentReleased: November 24, 2015MSRP: $19.99 (requires core game) Throughout my complete five hour playthrough of The Old Hunters, I couldn't help but think that most of it could have just been in the full game. In fact, a lot of layouts are straight-up reused, not only from an aesthetic standpoint, but in a literal sense. The grand cathedral steps are recreated and only slightly altered, and roughly half of the DLC feels like it could have just been an extension of Yharnam. In some ways that's perfectly fine as it matches up with the rest of the experience, but in others, it's underwhelming. The enemies in particular are new, but a chunk of them aren't as memorable as the foes from other Souls DLCs, in the sense that I didn't really have to alter my tactics to confront them -- a large reason why I love add-ons for previous iterations. The biggest draw of course is the abundance of the titular Hunters, humanoid enemies that operate similarly to the player character. Sure there were a handful of them in the base game, but here, they're front and center, ready to flip some of your own tactics on you. Other enemies aren't as iconic, as there's a decent amount of repeats, from werewolves, to the Cthulu-esque giants, to standard infected townsfolk. The zones are a mixed bag as well. It wasn't until the last stretch of the DLC that I really saw something unique, even if everything up to that point was well designed. Most areas are open, and in the latter half, there's a decent amount of exploration and puzzle solving required. There's also a few mysterious NPCs to deal with, which is a Souls tradition, and I'm happy it was carried over here. [embed]320746:61140:0[/embed] So how are the boss fights? Par for the course, really. While I won't spoil anything, the first major encounter is heavily entwined in the game's lore, and this hulking monstrosity is a sufficient challenge if you're going at it solo. The rest of the boss fights are down down to earth, featuring smaller enemies that mirror the encounters with the aforementioned Hunters. I wasn't blown away by any of them, but I enjoyed the fights all the same, mostly because of the fact that I'm a sucker for smaller scale battles. In all, you're getting roughly five hours worth of content for the core story (about 10 if you do everything), 10 weapons (including a new, good shield), and five bosses. The new "League" update is available to everyone, and augments the overall package quite well. I might sound down on a lot of aspects of The Old Hunters, but ultimately, it will satiate most fans out there. The fact that it was supposed to be two DLCs that were merged into one makes sense, as part of it feels like cut content, and the other half seems like wholly original work. While I'm glad I had an excuse to drop into the world of Yharnam once again, there's a part of me that feels disappointed that this will be the last, and only add-on for Bloodborne. If you're curious as to how to access the DLC, check out the video above. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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All Nightmare Long
While many gamers out there are fighting the good fight against DLC, From Software is certainly making the case for it. Dark Souls had one of the most fantastic add-ons of all time in the form of Artorias of the Abyss, w...

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Says creator Miyazaki
From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki has some sad news for fans of the Souls series -- the upcoming Dark Souls III might be it. Speaking to GameSpot, Miyazaki states, "I don't think it'd be the right choice to continue...

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Bloodborne

A nice big 9GB patch just landed for Bloodborne


In preparation for that new DLC
Nov 20
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're an avid Bloodborne fan eagerly awaiting more content, you're likely already aware that The Old Hunters is just four days away from launch. What you might not have been aware of is that a 9GB patch for the game lande...
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Dark Souls III

Here's a better look at the statue in Dark Souls III's $500 edition


Well, maybe $500
Nov 12
// Brett Makedonski
If you're dropping $500 bones on a collector's edition of a game, you likely want to know what you're getting. Like, you really want to know. You're gonna want multiple angles and up-close shots to know that everything in it ...
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Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III looks to have two collector's editions, each with a statue


And a possible release date leak
Nov 09
// Brett Makedonski
Thanks to yet another retailer slip-up, we have new information that a publisher was trying to guard. This time it comes courtesy of Geekay Games, and it seems as if we now know about Dark Souls III's collector's editions and...
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The Old Hunters

Another covenant is coming to Bloodborne


As part of a patch, not the expansion
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
Even if you're planning to pass on The Old Hunters expansion for Bloodborne later this month, there will still be a reason to revisit Yharnam. From Software is preparing a free patch that will introduce another covenant, The ...
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Dark Souls III

These new Dark Souls III screens are making me antsy


Want
Oct 15
// Chris Carter
One of my fondest gaming memories this year is playing Dark Souls III -- that time where I was the first to beat the boss in my preview group, and Steven beat it without dying. Good times. These screens are making me&nbs...
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Bloodborne

Bloodborne, an actually worthy game, is getting a GOTY edition later this year


Every game gets GOTY these days
Oct 13
// Chris Carter
I find it funny when developers release GOTY editions when the title completely doesn't deserve it. It's always interesting to see how marketing hype plays into some re-releases, as a bunch of titles don't even get the "Of th...
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Bloodborne insights

There is a friendly carrion crow in Bloodborne


And other assorted tidbits
Oct 12
// Jordan Devore
YouTuber VaatiVidya is back with another Bloodborne lore video. This time, he examines a slew of smaller discoveries that didn't make it into his prior videos. A few of them surprised me. Pebbles being eyes, for one, because ...
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Dark Souls III

PS Plus members in the US can download a Dark Souls III beta now


But it's not quite ready to play
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
Prepare to die again, this time in a possibly buggy fashion. From Software is conducting a network stress test for Dark Souls III on PlayStation 4 in the very near future. This amounts to an open-ish beta, and the barrie...
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Bloodborne

PlayStation boss: Bloodborne was too big of a risk for From Software to take alone


It was too early into the PS4 life-cycle
Oct 01
// Brett Makedonski
In recent years, From Software's come into an increasingly fortuitous situation with its games. The cult classic Demon's Souls has grown into a mainstream series after the critical and commercial acclaim of Dark Souls&nb...
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Twitch Plays Dark Souls

Twitch Plays Dark Souls has beaten the whole game


Hooray, Dark Souls is done forever
Sep 29
// Joe Parlock
Despite not being the biggest fan of Dark Souls, I’ve been strangely invested in tracking Twitch Plays Dark Souls’ progress. It’s been a wild journey, from spending over three days stuck in the game’s...
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The Old Hunters

Bloodborne producer gives some more details about The Old Hunters


More than just a pizza cutter
Sep 21
// Joe Parlock
As we found out last week at the Tokyo Game Show, Bloodborne is getting an expansion titled The Old Hunters. The trailer showed a lot of loud weapons and things dying horribly, but that’s just par fo...
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Dark Souls

Get in on the Dark Souls III beta


You'll need a PlayStation 4 and PS Plus
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
My favorite part of this beta sign-up page for Dark Souls III is that you can shake the guy by wiggling your mouse from side to side. Life's a lot more fun when you treasure the little things. Anyway, the actual beta registra...

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