PAX Prime 2013 is just three weeks away RIGHT NOW HOLY SHIT! As always, there will be a ton of games to see and play and panels and parties to attend, and we've listed the very best of them right here for your bookmarking con...
You know, it's probably a good thing that PAX Prime 2013 is a 4-day show this year. There's a ton of games as always from the big dogs, but the indies. Man, the indies are killing it this year. From within the massive Indie Mega Booth, to a bunch of other smaller titles scattered across the show floor, there's just so many games from smaller studios that everyone NEEDS to play.
So as always with every PAX, we narrowed down the list and picked our top 10 favorite games of the show that were playable:
It's never easy picking just ten. And yeah, technically a top fifteen given there's two Pokemon titles, and that Sports Friends is comprised of Hokra, Super Pole Riders, BaraBariBall, and Johann Sebastian Joust. We've talked about some of these games in the past before, but there's a good amount we just got to see for the very first here at Prime. We'll have previews on some of the newer stuff coming to you soon so you can see exactly why we dug ones like Crypt of the Necromancer, Pixel Junk Inc., and Samurai Gunn.
Hamza and Spencer took some time at PAX Prime 2013 to check out Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and found it to be more of the crazed action which so captured our imaginations last year. Watch the video for their full report.
Tucked away in a corner below The Wind Waker HD and behind Pokemon X/Y at PAX is a small kiosk featuring Retro City Rampage and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, both on the 3DS. Stop by if you have the chance. The games are both fantastic, and on top of that, their developers should be standing by to chat you up. Make time for them if you can.
Pirate's Curse may be one of the most attractive games at the show. WayForward has really gone all out this time, using the sprites from Shantae: Risky's Revenge as a base, while adding additional colors and frames of animation. The 3DS screen makes for a larger playfield, lending to more intricate environmental puzzles, more enemies on screen, and more action in general. It's easily their prettiest handheld title yet.
As those of you who've been following the series so far already know, Shantae has lost her former half-genie powers, and has been forced to team up with criminal pirate troublemaker Risky Boots in order to try to get them back. Risky ends up rubbing off on Shantae in more ways than one. Not only will Shantae learn pirate-styled attacks and abilities, but she'll gradually begin to behave more like a pirate as well.
I played Betrayer today, and I have no idea what it's about. Not because of any sort of inattentiveness on my part, but because the ex-Monolith developers don't want me to know what it's about. That's kind of the intrigue behind Blackpowder Games' first title -- trying to figure out exactly what the hell's happening.
The first-person perspective game starts on the shores amidst the aftermath of a shipwreck. Immediately, Betrayer's most defining characteristic hits you -- the monochromatic visual scheme mixed with deep hues of red. It's reminiscent of Bloodforge in this sense, except it emphasizes things of importance instead of ultraviolence. Chests, enemies, and items that can be interacted with are highlighted, making them stick out across the desolate but vegetated environment.
From there, you get to figure out where to go. There's no goal in mind, no waypoint marked, nothing but sheer curiosity pushing you forward. As you wander into a deserted fort, you get the feeling that you're a part of something bigger. A ringing of a mysterious bell and a conversation with a ghost confirm that feeling. After departing the fort, Betrayer shows its true colors.
Nvidia is working with Warner Bros. to make Batman: Arkham Origins a pretty PC game. Their Developer Technology Team has been working with WB Games Montreal to work in all of their gaming tech to make this game look great, in...
PAX Prime 2013 is now in full swing, which can only mean one thing: it's time to pick your favorite game of the show!
There are a ton of titles for both current and upcoming hardware playable on the show floor, and Destructoid will be bringing you news of everything we see. But the real story will be what YOU people decide is your favorite game!
So hit the jump to vote in our poll, then defend your choice in the comments!
While it wasn't necessarily available for public play, Nintendo did bring a couple of their newly announced 2DS game systems to PAX Prime this week to show off to media.
I was totally surprised at just how small and lig...
Lords of the Fallenlooked good at E3; it looks even better at PAX Prime. After another hands-off demo, the next-generation action role-playing game really seems to be coming along nicely. Admirably, it seeks to improve, or at least deviate, on the formula that a certain well-known and similar couple of titles nearly perfected.
There's no two ways about it -- Lords of the Fallen invites comparisons to Demon's/Dark Souls. The developers are painfully aware of the fact, almost immediately surrendering into an anticipated half-chuckle as the first syllables of the From Software's projects names were uttered. That's ultimately okay though, because Lords of the Fallen doesn't aim to mimic the Souls games.
Rather, Deck13 is structuring Lords of the Fallen to be a bit more of an accessible Dark Souls. That doesn't mean it's going to be easy -- spending any amount of time in front of the game makes that much wildly obvious. But, it's also not going to be punishing. Challenging and complex? Definitely. But not punishing.
[Update: Party starts in about five hours! Communitoid fans will want to show up even earlier, because we're doing a live recording starting at 7:30 and YOU can be a part of it!]
PAX may not officially begin until Friday, but...
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PAX is wonderful. But it's also a downright daunting experience for newcomers and veterans alike. I don't know a single person who just "goes to PAX." It requires planning. It causes stress. For example, I got my haircut last week, and the haircut lady told me I should look into special shampoo for thinning hair. Because of PAX!
OK, so maybe that's just because I'm 31 and almost dead, but still. This shit is stressful. Luckily, I've been through this a couple times now, and I've got a couple quick tips for getting the most bang for your buck.
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NEXON has announced its latest game, Extraction. Developed by Splash Damage (Brink), this online first-person shooter will be coming to North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
So far we know that Extraction is a fa...