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Review: Axiom Verge photo
Review: Axiom Verge
by Conrad Zimmerman

It seems like a foregone conclusion when looking at Axiom Verge that comparisons are going to be made to Metroid. It is, without doubt, similar in more ways than it differs from Nintendo's iconic franchise.

The differences matter, though, and Axiom Verge merges classic environment design with new mechanical twists, producing a game that feels both familiar and fresh at the same time.

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3:00 PM on 03.30.2015

Valkyrie Drive is Marvelous' next Senran Kagura

Marvelous recently announced Valkyrie Drive, a three-pronged multimedia project about teenage girls who can transform into weapons. Now that's taking objectification to a whole new level. In addition to an anime series a...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 03.30.2015

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is getting a special edition in Europe

When One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 arrives in Europe, the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game will be getting a special edition. How special? Well, a certain character will grace you with his presence inside the box in figur...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Devolver Digital Dtoid Live Stream: VOTE for your favorite!

Today marks the end of our week of Devolver Digital streaming, and to celebrate I'll be playing through one or two the various games we've streamed this week. Vote for your favorite in the comments or let me know on Twitter&n...

Caitlin Cooke

8:00 AM on 03.27.2015

Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits

Sony's gotta-catch-'em-all Vita card game Destiny of Spirits will be shut down June 30. Apparently the "over one million downloads" were not enough to sustain the free-to-play Vita title and so Sony will be "ending service." ...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 03.27.2015

From Software's Shadow Tower hits PSN next week

Before Bloodborne or even Demon's Souls, From Software created Shadow Tower, another dark action role-playing game, which released for the original PlayStation more than 15 years ago. According to the latest episode of the Pl...

Kyle MacGregor

5:30 PM on 03.25.2015

Devolver Digital & Dtoid Live Stream: Not a Hero

Welcome to day two of our special partnership with the amazing folks over at Devolver Digital! Yesterday, we took a look at Farmer Gnome's western shooter A Fistful of Gun and Titan Souls, an action game w...

Caitlin Cooke

1:30 PM on 03.25.2015

Broken Age Act 2 will be ready for you on April 28

Double Fine has settled on April 28, 2015 as the release date for Broken Age Act 2 on PC and Broken Age (both acts) on PS4 and PS Vita. European console players have to wait a day. There's Cross-Buy on PlayStation, and saves ...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 03.25.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Japanese box art is appropriately groovy

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is still slated for a Western release in 2015, but it's headed for Japanese Vita owners on June 25. I'm eagerly gobbling up every single scrap Atlus tosses out until the official release, so check...

Brittany Vincent





8:00 AM on 03.25.2015

Senran Kagura sticks tongue through cheek with jiggling website, fake boob-based consoles

We're a day away from Senran Kagura: Estival Versus' Japanese release on PS4 and Vita. I stumbled upon this page of the series' website, which is to say someone linked to it, gobsmacked, on Twitter, where I clicked on it and...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 03.24.2015

Metal Slug 3 blasts its way onto PS4, PS3, and Vita

Have you played the phenomenal Metal Slug 3 yet? If not, you really have no excuse at this point, as the game has come to just about every console imaginable. Today, the Neo Geo classic is also available on PS4, PS3, and PS V...

Ben Davis

8:00 AM on 03.23.2015

Nippon Ichi Software now committing to PS4 and Vita

While I'm definitely grateful for the long shelf life of recent consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360, there comes a time where having progress impeded by previous and current-generation co-development gets old. In an era where ...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 03.22.2015

Marvelous, Senran Kagura creator launch new series

Marvelous is launching a new franchise that appears to be more salacious and sexually-charged than Senran Kagura, if that even sounds possible. The publisher revealed a new mixed media project at this weekend's AnimeJapan ex...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 03.20.2015

This PSN Flash Sale is like whoa

If you have some spare change in your couch or sister's piggy bank, then it's time to put those coins to good use. The Flash Sale currently happening for PlayStation owners features not only a lot of quality games, but they a...

Robert Summa



Atari bullying indie developer behind Tempest 2000 photo
Atari bullying indie developer behind Tempest 2000
by Kyle MacGregor

Atari thought it was "absolutely rubbish," the Jaguar designer told developer Jeff Minter in 1993. The man felt compelled to pull Minter aside at the console's launch party and let him know how little Atari thought of Minter's latest creation, Tempest 2000, a remake of the 1981 arcade classic.

Minter still finished the game, which went on to enjoy a good bit of success, so much so that the developer has continued to tinker with the formula for over two decades. Just last year, Minter's studio Llamasoft released a spiritual successor called TxK on PlayStation Vita. It garnered a fair amount of critical acclaim, but sales were modest -- something Minter hoped to improve upon by casting a wider net on PlayStation 4, PC, Android, and various VR platforms.

It's unlikely to ever happen, though. Minter says the other versions of TxK will "never see the light of day," thanks to Atari (or at least the wolf in sheep's clothing now parading around as the once-beloved company). Threats of legal action have the multiplatform release dead in the water.

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4:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Hey Atlus fans, there's a big sale today

I don't know what's going on lately, but there seems to be a plethora of sales happening, especially for consoles. Today's big fat deal comes by way of the publisher Atlus. Posted over on their Facebook page, they decided to offer some wallet relief for hump day. Take a close look, because here is what they got for sale:

Robert Summa