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9:00 AM on 10.22.2014

Keanu Reeves is playable in Payday 2

Later today you'll find a surprise waiting in Payday 2 -- Keanu Reeves. To promote Reeves' newest film, John Wick, Lionsgate has partnered up with Starbreeze to release a John Wick character as free DLC on Steam. He'll c...

Chris Carter



Dress up like the bad guy in this free Shadow of Mordor DLC photo
Dress up like the bad guy in this free Shadow of Mordor DLC
by Jordan Devore

Monolith has released a free Power of Shadow DLC pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Most notably, it includes an alternate costume for Talion that resembles the Black Hand of Sauron. Epic Runes are included as well:

  • One with Nature – Immunity to Poison attacks from Uruk Captains or Ghuls.
  • Ascendant – Double Focus Time for slow motion Ranged combat.
  • Elven Grace – Increased defense which halves the damage of enemy strikes.

More clothing options are good if, like Steven, you want to live out matchmaking fantasies or, similar to Nic, you want to become the Dracula of Middle-earth. (I love these guys.)

I'm holding off on Shadow of Mordor until the holiday break, I think. This seems like something I'll want to dig into for a week straight and never touch again. Ever do that?

[Image credit: @mitnth]

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Metrocide is a thinking person's Hotline Miami photo
Metrocide is a thinking person's Hotline Miami
by Rob Morrow

Sydney-based independent studio Flat Earth Games has released its top-down cyberpunk-noir contract killing simulator Metrocide via Steam Early Access at the reduced price of $6.99. The final version of the game, which should be available in around six weeks, will cost $12.99.

To coincide with the title's Early Access launch, game creators Leigh and Rohan Harris have released a second developer walkthrough to demonstrate some of the more complicated hits you'll be tasked with completing in the third zone of the game, Hilldale.

In this latest video, viewable below, anti-hero T.J. Trench is far better equipped than he was in the last. Sporting a high-powered silenced rifle and remotely detonated explosives, T.J. can now take down targets from a safe distance, but there's a catch -- depending on the contract's criteria, visiting the crime scene may be necessary for cashing in on the reward. You may want to think twice before striking from a distance; it's going to be difficult to pick up that briefcase with several heavily armed police drones hovering over the body.

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Review: A City Sleeps photo
Review: A City Sleeps
by Nic Rowen

[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.]

It's a weird time to be Harmonix. It is hands down one of the most successful and influential independent developers of all time. It led the development and popularization of an entire genre of games over the last generation; who else can say that? At the height of its power, the company released a near-perfect game with Rock Band 3, and it's still just about the only studio to have ever done right by the Kinect.

But times change, the rhythm-game craze is over. All of those plastic instruments Harmonix built its name on are gathering dust in closets or bargain bins, and the masses openly celebrated when Microsoft took the Kinect out of the box. So what is Harmonix to do?

Go and make an old-school 2D shoot-'em-up, apparently.

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1:30 PM on 10.21.2014

Human Resources Kickstarter fires itself

If you were hoping to play Uber Entertainment's next game Human Resources, you'll be disappointed to know that the Kickstarter has been cancelled. Despite having over 9,000 backers, the project had raised $384,000 which was j...

Alasdair Duncan

12:00 PM on 10.21.2014

South Park Pinball is the crossover you never knew you wanted

With Marvel, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead under their belts, there's no license too big for Zen Studios to take on at this point. This time around, Zen has teamed up with Comedy Central and put together two new tables themed after none other than South Park. I wasn't sure what to expect, but should have known the tables would be phenomenal.

Brett Zeidler



Review: The Legend of Korra photo
Review: The Legend of Korra
by Chris Carter

One of the biggest surprises of 2014 had to be the announcement of a Legend of Korra game, published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. Yes, that Platinum Games -- the current master of action titles.

It's only been a few months since the reveal of said Korra game, and already it's out on just about every platform imaginable outside of the Wii U. While the core result is indicative of Platinum's seal of quality, it feels rushed in many ways.

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10:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month

There were enough worthwhile PC games tied to Games for Windows Live that I was willing to put up with service, which seemed to range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating, depending on the day. For many of us, Dark S...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 still needs some work

We've talked before which games use Steam Early Access best. Titles like Prison Architect and Sunless Sea are two that come to mind for me; these are games that have a perfectly playable and enjoyable core game that has been ...

Alasdair Duncan

2:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC requirements haven't advanced much from last year

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's required PC specs have been released on the game's Steam page, and it turns out that all that power doesn't necessarily change everything -- especially if you use last year's iteration as a b...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Rockstar: There is no GTA V beta

Rockstar thinks that maybe you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. In fact, it's so steadfast in that mindset that it added a page to its site disclosing that those GTA V betas that people are signing ...

Brett Makedonski

10:45 AM on 10.20.2014

You're gonna lose your head over this The Evil Within glitch

"This is insane," are some pretty appropriate famous last words, especially when you're inside a carnival of horrors. That should've been the case for this player, but he took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. That's perseverance at its finest. That thing was just weighing him down, anyway.

Brett Makedonski

9:30 AM on 10.20.2014

Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore now available on PC

Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore is out now for Windows PC, Playism has announced. The action game has a jaunty premise, following a fairy tasked with defending a flower from a swarm of aphids. Yes, really. You'll need to pulverize ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Celebrate Halloween in Final Fantasy XIV with 'All Saints' Wake'

Do you like witch hats? Well you're in luck if you play Final Fantasy XIV, as the "All Saints' Wake" event is starting today. From October 20 to November 3, you can start up a short questline to earn some extra costume items....

Chris Carter





1:00 PM on 10.19.2014

Hey, Destructoid! What games are you playing this weekend?

Covering the PC gaming news beat requires that I spend a lot of my time researching the newest titles and the latest industry happenings for the site. Admittedly, I love to learn about new things and I especially enjoy sharin...

Rob Morrow



Lone Survivor is one of my favorite games about psychosis photo
Lone Survivor is one of my favorite games about psychosis
by Jonathan Holmes

[An aside: We're giving out Lone Survivor Humble Bundle and Wii U eShop codes on Sup Holmes today at 4pm EST. Today's guest is Ron Gilbert (Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island). Chuck the Plant appears in both Lone Survivor and Maniac Mansion, so it sort of makes sense, at least to me.]

Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut has been out on PSN and computers for a while, though it just made it over to the Wii U a few days ago. This post was originally going to be an impressions piece on how the Wii U port came out, but before I knew it, I'd gushed about how the game depicts psychosis with incredible nuance and sensitivity. It's a good thing too, as there isn't much to say about the Wii U port other than 'it's got remote play and it's nice to be able to plug your headphones into the Gamepad.'

Jasper Byrne, the one-man development team behind Lone Survivor, must know more about psychosis than what you can learn from TV and movies. That's the only way I can imagine how he pulled this off so well. 

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