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God of War: Ascension's single-player demo hits Feb 26


Participate in Facebook "experience" to get early access
Feb 15
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sony has revealed the release date for the single-player demo of God of War: Ascension, which we have been told will be proliferating through the tubes of the internet on February 26. Not soon enough for you? There's also way...

Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances

Feb 14 // Taylor Stein
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Big Boss and Eva Love can blossom anywhere. If the Metal Gear series has taught us anything (besides the usefulness of a cardboard box) it is that romance is especially prominent on the battlefield. Why would bullets, explosions, and a team of evil super soldiers deter one from indulging in a little affection? While Big Boss fought off Eva’s motive-driven advances, he was unable to resist her overt feminine charm indefinitely. After a romantic encounter complete with wine, a fireplace, and a bear skin rug, Eva skipped town, leaving the battle-hardened veteran heart-broken and empty handed. I guess Snake would've been better off sticking with his M1911A1. Final Fantasy 10 – Tidus and Yuna Ah, there’s nothing sweeter than teenage love. Combining raging hormones with the responsibility of saving a world tormented by perpetual death is certainly a unique formula for passion. During their pilgrimage to defeat the ever-returning nightmare Sin, Tidus and Yuna found romance as a convenient way to ignore the foreboding reality of their quest: Yuna’s death. Throughout a series of plot twists and extensive battles, players save Yuna from her sinister fate. Too bad the protagonist Tidus turns out to be from a dream world and disappears into a poof of nothingness. Dead Space – Isaac and Nicole The horror genre isn't ideal for heartfelt connections. The closest that scary games often get to featuring physicality is through a zombie bite to the neck. Too bad no one sent the memo to Isaac Clark. What started as a standard repair job on the intergalactic mining vessel the USG Ishimura, quickly turned into a terrifying test of survival among reanimated corpses and alien monsters. Did I mention that his girlfriend Nicole was stationed aboard the ship? I’m sure you know where this is going. Not only does the poor systems engineer discover that his girlfriend has been dead since before his arrival, he develops mental instability causing him to see visions of her, courtesy of an alien artifact. Thanks, Nicole, insanity is a perfect parting gift. Infamous - Cole and Trish There are very few actions in life that cannot be forgiven. Being held responsible for an explosion that wiped out a chunk of a city, killing thousands, would definitely be one of those unforgivable moments. Ever since The Blast, Cole's relationship with his girlfriend Trish took a turn for the worst. Blaming him for the death of her sister, Cole became a monster in her eyes. In an effort to win back her trust, the now super-powered hero went above and beyond to assist Trish and the citizens of Empire City. Just as affections were beginning to turn around, Trish was kidnapped, forcing Cole to make a difficult choice. Save the love of his life, or save a team of doctors; serve his personal desires or act on behalf of the greater good. Either way, Cole is pretty much screwed. Choose Trish and she spends her last dying breath describing how much she despises what Cole has become. Rescue the doctors and Trish praises his decision yet still dies from her injuries. Lose-lose situation is an understatement. Final Fantasy VII – Cloud and Aerith What does a spiky-haired soldier, an innocent flower girl , and a well-endowed bartender have in common? In the boring arena of reality, absolutely nothing. Within the fiction of videogames however, the trio arguably represent the most notable love triangle in the gaming world. Regardless of who the player chooses to pursue as a romantic interest, Aerith or Tifa, fate intervenes in the cruelest way possible. A scene of tranquility is instantly transformed into the epitome of shock, alarm, and terror. While praying at an alter, the silver-haired villain Sephiroth seemingly appears from the heavens and impales Aerith with his eight-foot-long Masamune. In an instant she is gone, collapsed in Cloud's arms. To hit the point home, Aerith's theme song begins to play in the background, and the reality that Final Fantasy VII actually had the audacity to kill off a main character halfway through the game, is fully realized. Mass Effect 3 – Commander Shepard and Romantic Partner Saving the galaxy from sentient machines may seem like a tall order, but after three installments of the Mass Effect series, it's pretty safe to say that Commander Shepard always finds a solution. Whether through diplomacy or a firefight, humanity's savior has proven to go above and beyond the call of duty. This applies both on and off the battlefield. Seducing a slew of men, women, and alien crew mates is all fine and good, but the end of the world has a way of offering a sobering reminder as to what is at stake. There will be no civilian life for Shepard and her partner; no white picket fence and no blue children. Ensuring the survival of the entire galaxy is not a job that one simply comes back from. All that can be said between the larger-than-life figure and her significant other is a somber goodbye before the true suicide mission commences. At the end of Mass Effect 3, the hero alone ventures into the depths of the Reaper operated Citadel. The first human Spectre is given a choice that will forever alter the course of the galaxy, to end the cycle of destruction that has continued in secret for millennia. Ultimately, Shepard's decision opens a new chapter for the galaxy, while putting an end to her own. Whether truly dead or not, Commander Shepard's closest squadmate is forced to hang her name on the Normandy SR2's memorial wall. In an act of remembrance signifying Shepard the soldier, the legend, and the human being.  Shadow of the Colossus – Wander and Mono Love has the power to transform a young man into a hero; a vigilant civilian into a seasoned warrior. In the case of Wander, the desire to revive his romantic interest Mono, inspires him to commit a laundry list of questionable choices. Stealing an ancient sword is risky yet understandable. Entering a forbidden land is yet another precarious decision. But following the instructions of an ominous, obviously evil, being is a step in the wrong direction. Whether due to naivety or injudiciousness, Wander proceeds to slay 16 enormous colossi in the hope that his new "ally" will reawaken the beloved maiden. Instead, the sinister lord Dormin possesses his body, transforming Wander into darkness incarnate. In the end, Mono successfully opens her eyes and returns to the land of the living. Wander, however, regresses to the age of an infant, marked with horns upon his head to signify a curse. As the only bridge connecting the forbidden land from the rest of the world falls, only Mono, altered Wander, and his trusty steed Agro remain. The two are together again, yet they are worlds apart. Alive but isolated in a land of danger and mystery. The Darkness - Jackie and Jenny Hit man with a heart of gold may seem like an oxymoron, but in the case of Jackie Estacado, the seemingly opposing identities are more than true. After the death of his parents at a young age, Jackie was sent off to an orphanage where he met the love of his life, Jenny Romano. Their childhood friendship blossomed into an adult romance; a relationship seemingly too good to be true. Unfortunately, Jackie's profession would be the factor to catalyze the sudden change from conjugal bliss to marital tragedy. On the eve of his 21st birthday, Jackie was targeted in an assassination attempt by his own organization due to fears that he was attempting to take over the Franchetti Family. In an effort to shake Jackie at his core, Don Uncle Paulie kidnaps Jenny and travels to the orphanage from their youth. Jackie arrives in a homecoming of sorts to witness his enemies berating Jenny. In a scene of absolute helplessness,  the Darkness seizes Jackie's body, preventing him from intervening as the Don raises his gun to Jenny's face. Boom. Jenny crumples to the floor and the antagonists escape. Even through suicide, Jackie is unable to find peace. The Darkness cannot live without its host, and thus he returns to the land of the living, forced to continue his existence as a pawn of the malevolent being. Gears of War 2 – Dom and Maria Battling for humanity’s survival against a horde of reptilian humanoids may seem like a challenging feat, but the steroid-pumped, macho men of Gears of War claim otherwise. Corporal Dominic “Dom” Santiago, one of the elite soldiers chosen to fight against the Locust, is forced to not only deal with the hardships of war, but also with an internal struggle fueled by the death of his children and disappearance of his wife Maria. When news is received about her whereabouts, Dom trudges through hordes of alien forces to her rescue. The good news is Dom finds his wife alive. The bad news is she is malnourished, scarred, and mentally broken from the torment of slave labor. In the ultimate display of love, Dom ends her suffering with a single bullet to the head. Damn. God of War – Kratos and Lysandra Kratos may be Sparta’s most prominent ladies man, boasting encounters with countless women and even the Goddess of Love, but he wasn’t always the king of promiscuity. Before the demigod was known to partake in threesomes with advanced button-pressing sequences, he was a devoted husband and father. In a desperate move during a losing battle, the Spartan devoted his allegiance to the god of war Ares in return for victory against enemy Barbarian tribes. Through a twist of fate fueled by Kratos’s thirst for power, he was tricked by Ares to raid a nearby village. Blinded by Ares' power,  Kratos slaughtered every man, woman, and child in the village, including his own wife Lysandra and child Calliope. If that wasn’t enough, Kratos was cursed by a village oracle, forcing him to forever wear the ashes of his dead family on his skin. From that day forward, Kratos became known as The Ghost of Sparta; and ever since then, God of War has represented one of the most depressing love stories in videogames. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What is your favorite videogame romance? Have you ever felt moved or saddened by gaming love affairs gone wrong?
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God of War backstory

Learn how Kratos comes to life in this video


Spoiler alert: his actor isn't as angry
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
In this new video from Sony, we get a further glimpse into the motion capture process, specifically in regards to how Kratos comes to life in the upcoming God of War: Ascension. I don't know about you guys, but I can't get e...

Preview: The first 30 minutes of God of War: Ascension

Feb 02 // Dale North
[embed]243872:46693[/embed] God of War: Ascension  (PS3)Developer: Sony Santa MonicaPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentReleases: Spring 2013  Kratos' roots are unveiled in Ascension. While he's still easily classified as a badass, he's perhaps a bit less hardened in this prequel story. He certainly doesn't look like much of a badass in the game's opening. After being tortured endlessly by the Fury, the game opens with our hero bound to a platform, with both arms and legs chained. The hideous Fury Queen comes to beat Kratos while he's down, but a poorly aimed attack from one of her gross, sharp appendages creates an opportunity for his escape.  The action slowly ramps up from basic control training to a full-on chase, with the Fury Queen throwing every trick she has at you -- level traps, waves of nasty bugs, bugs possessing humans to turn them into beasts, and eventually bugs diving into and possessing the body of a frozen, stories tall ancient brute that I think called Aegean the Hecatonchires. If I'm right, all credit goes to Google's amazing ability to take misspelled text and turn it into something usable. As you'll see in the play through video, the fight slowly scales in scope, from ground level brawls, to in the sky and off the side of cliffs, to later in a moving chunk of ground and building in the sky, held by the reanimated of the previously mentioned ancient monster. And then, as always, huge, crazy bosses. They've done some really great work with scale and scope to keep the wows coming. I found myself wow-ing aloud constantly while playing through what you're seeing. Fighting in the boxed off, floating prison you'll see in the middle of the play-through was a bit unnerving, from both a fear of heights standpoint and from the tight, constantly moving play space where waves of enemies continued to appear. This is where the opening jumped from 'nice' to 'yessssss' for me. The tension level also turned up quite a bit starting from this point, gradually increasing up to the hands-y final boss battle (you'll see what I mean).  I found myself digging into the game's new World Weapon System from here on out, which has Kratos using new gear like swords and spears alongside his usual blades. The sword I picked up earlier in the stage was great for close-quarters attacks, and I liked playing with the unique finishers that the sword added to Kratos' arsenal. I'll admit that I show a bit less finesse in attacks and combo-ing as the grand finale neared (frantic button mash city!), but there was never a time where I didn't feel like a killing machine. They've absolutely nailed that feeling. You'll see for yourself how satisfyingly nuts things become in the opening's final battle, so I won't get into it too much. The only thing this video won't give you is color on how Ascension feels. My first takeaway is that it's smoother than ever before, and that Kratos has never moved so well. It might be hard to put a finger on what exactly was overhauled for this outing from watching a gameplay, but you definitely feel it when playing. His new moves also feel nice. If you want a break from slinging chains, new weapons like the previously mentioned sword feel faster and more responsive. Mixing up the action between the two adds a new dimension to God of War combat that I'm looking forward to exploring more. Oh, and Kratos can slide down walls now. This feels and looks fantastic.  One of the game's staff had to cut me off after this boss battle, as this was not some finite demo. It could have kept going as someone from Sony told me that we were playing a final build. Damn that guy! But that's how well Sony Santa Monica has done with God of War: Ascension's single-player -- I wanted to keep going. Get ready, as this is going to be really good. Even from my limited half-hour taste, I can't see God of War fans being any less than absolutely thrilled with Ascension.    
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Single-player unveiled
We've been seeing bits of pieces of upcoming PS3 game God of War: Ascension since last year, but we've really only seen it's multiplayer side. That changed this week when director Todd Pappy and his team unveiled the game's s...

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GTA V delay, Playstation 4 hints & New PS Vita games!


The Destructoid Show takes you on a sexy date
Feb 01
// Max Scoville
If you missed today's live Destructoid Show, you missed all the important news ever, and there's no way possible that you were properly informed by any other outlet because our journalistic integrity and timeliness is unmatch...
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Live-action God of War

Ellie Goulding teams up with Kratos in this new GoW video


Warning: video may cause depression
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
If you love beautiful voices and really depressing footage of innocent people dying, I have the perfect video for you! This new God of War: Ascension live-action trailer spot shows Kratos getting his smile on, and, uh, certa...
GoW: Ascension gameplay photo
GoW: Ascension gameplay

See the first thirty minutes of God of War: Ascension


Huge gameplay reveal
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Are you itching to get your hands on the new God of War? This video should placate you until then, as it's the first full thirty minutes of the game, unfettered by commentary, compliments of Polygon. What you're getting is t...
GoW: Ascension gameplay photo
GoW: Ascension gameplay

Watch an extended boss battle for God of War: Ascension


From a good idea to badass boss
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
Kratos takes on a manticore in this new God of War: Ascension video, and in typical GoW fashion, it's not pretty. What you're about to watch is a video explaining a boss fight, all the way from the initial creative process, ...
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God of War bundle

God of War: Ascension bundles up with a red PlayStation 3


So much God of War
Jan 31
// Jordan Devore
That "snazzy" Garnet Red PlayStation 3 will be available in North America later this year, but you're going to have to get a whole lot of God of War should you want the limited-edition console. Sony has announced the God of W...
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Sony teaser

This Sony teaser looks like it's for God of War


But in what capacity?
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
This "Game Day 2013 Teaser" video just appeared on the official PlayStation YouTube channel. While it's unmarked except for the date "February 1, 2013," it sure does look like it's hyping something related to God of War. Spe...
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$20 off game pre-orders

Get $20 Amazon credit for pre-ordering Dead Space 3, more


SimCity and Crysis 3 also applicable
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Are you planning to buy SimCity (physical copy), Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, or Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel before launch? Amazon is throwing in a $20 credit on all four titles, which I don't need to tell you is strongly wort...
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Early demo access

Buy God of War for early access to The Last of Us demo


God of War: Ascension bonus
Jan 24
// Jordan Devore
In a move that may very well get people who were already going to buy God of War: Ascension to pick up a copy sooner than later, it's been announced that Kratos' new game will include early access to a demo for The Last of Us...
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God of War demo

God of War: Ascension single-player demo in the works


Scheduled for late next month
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
The half-minute teaser video for single-player in God of War: Ascension looked good, but there wasn't a whole lot of substance to be found in the footage. Thankfully, the powers that be are gearing up to put multiplayer on th...
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God of War SP video

Have a short God of War: Ascension single-player teaser


Elevator pitch
Jan 18
// Jordan Devore
Much of the promotional work on God of War: Ascension has been centered around the game's new multiplayer mode. Which is fine, but I think most long-time fans will be buying this prequel for its single-player campaign, leavin...
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Behind the scenes of God of War: Ascension's multiplayer


What do you think of the multiplayer?
Jan 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The team behind God of War: Ascension has shared a behind the scenes videos showing how they started life on the multiplayer component to the game. The video spans over two years of the development process, and it's really c...
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Mega Man

Mega Man 9 and 10 now free for PlayStation Plus members


And access to the God of War: Ascension beta
Jan 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
PlayStation Plus members are getting both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 for free this week. Yes, both games! The God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta has also opened up to all Plus members as of today. Additionally, the "Rece...
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Go sign up for the God of War: Ascension Beta


Do it. Do it now!
Nov 30
// Chris Carter
Because every God of War fan ever requested multiplayer as the number one must-have new feature in the upcoming God of War: Ascension (lol), Sony is having a beta for it. You can sign up for free here by logging in with your ...
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Sony open to story changes for God of War movie


Screenwriters hope to stand out in genre
Nov 28
// Jordan Devore
What we know about the God of War movie doesn't exactly inspire confidence, but the latest update on the adaptation from screenplay writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan has me feeling slightly better about the situation....
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The multiplayer God of War in God of War: Ascension


Trailer focuses on Ares' gifts to followers in online play
Nov 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
Another video featuring the multiplayer soon to be found in God of War: Ascension is here for your viewing pleasure. It's all about the perks of declaring your loyalty to Ares, which seems like a pretty good choice when...
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God of War: Ascension trailer harnesses the power of Zeus


Zero to hero in no time flat
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
Zeus? How in the -- oh, right. This God of War: Ascension trailer is centered around the game's multiplayer. That's a bit more comforting. As you may or may not know already, players can align themselves with specific gods t...
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First look at God of War: Ascension collector's edition


And a glimpse at the pre-order bonus
Oct 11
// Jordan Devore
While details about the collector's edition for God of War: Ascension got out early due to a retailer listing, Sony has now shared the information itself, along with an image of what the box, Kratos statue, and steelbook case...
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God of War: Ascension multiplayer started out as a mod


Sep 14
// Jordan Devore
"Huh?" seemed to be the common reaction to the announcement of multiplayer in God of War: Ascension. I have since warmed up to the concept, though it is admittedly different. Sometimes, it's worth exploring such options just ...
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Last weekend, Sony hosted a panel featuring members of the development team at Sony Santa Monica working on God of War: Ascension. Moderated by PlayStation.Blog's Jeff Rubenstein, the group discussed how the series has evolv...

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Vita Remote Play support for God of War, Ico collections


Sep 05
// Dale North
I'll be damned! Remote Play on the PS Vita actually does something now. A new update, out today, will let you play both the God of War Collection and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection on your PS Vita via Remote Pl...
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gamescom: God of War Ascension: 5 things you need to know


Aug 15
// Dale North
Now that we're getting some quality time here at gamescom 2012 with Kratos' latest outing, God of War: Ascension, here are some key things you should know about the upcoming series prequel for PS3. Five things.  And we'r...
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God of War, inFAMOUS, Ratchet all getting PS Collections


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
You already knew that Ratchet & Clank was getting an HD Collection of its very own, but Sony has waved a magic wand and conjured new teets on the milky udder of re-releases. On August 28, not only will you be able to pick...
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Let's look at the Elephantaur from God of War: Ascension


Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The team behind God of War: Ascension continues their behind-the-scenes look at Kratos's next adventure by showing us how Lead Concept Artist Izzy brought the Elephantuar to life. Izzy worked on a ton of different animal Mino...
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God of War: Ascension 'pulls back' violence against women


Jul 20
// Jim Sterling
Kratos has killed a lot of people, and he's never been too picky about who. From harpies to gorgons, the God of War star has been just as eager to kill female opponents as male ones, but Sony Santa Monica has gotten a bit war...
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The DTOID Show: CodBlops, Deus Ex Movie & Arkham Prequel


Jul 11
// Max Scoville
Hey guys, here's today's Destructoid Show! The big news is a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, because it's about how poor people are evil and will steal your robot helicopters. But it's okay because Trent Reznor's ...
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Writers of Saw working on God of War screenplay


Jul 11
// Allistair Pinsof
Hollywood isn't done abusing videogames yet, it seems. The long dormant God of War film adaptation is getting renewed thanks to Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, writers of the four latest Saw films and a draft for Guillermo...

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