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GC 10: An early look at Stronghold 3 photo
GC 10: An early look at Stronghold 3
by Ian Roberts

I had the pleasure of being shown a pre-alpha build of Stronghold 3 by the Director of Firefly studios, Simon Bradbury, this afternoon. He opened the demo by stating that he didn't feel Stronghold 2 was a bad game, rather that it tried to do too many things and lost focus of what made the first Stronghold game so popular.

With Stronghold 3, however, the game is set to return to its roots.

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Hands-on: Battle vs. Chess is not a simple game of chess photo
Hands-on: Battle vs. Chess is not a simple game of chess
by Tara Long

Listen up nerds, it’s time to take off your robes and wizard hats for a second ‘cause there’s a new game in town, and it answers to the name of Battle vs. Chess.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering amidst a friendly game of chess, “How can I make this experience less interactive?” then look no further, because Gaijin Entertainment has developed a new game for chess and battle lovers alike. If you consider yourself a chess buff, then this might just be the most fun you can have in your underwear. Assuming of course that you’ve never felt the gentle caress of a woman’s (or a man’s) touch. Hey, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

But until you manage to coerce an independently wealthy rocket scientist/part-time model into coming back to your lair, Battle vs. Chess will be there waiting to spoon with you on those cold, lonely nights.

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Hands-on: Getting Nail'd never hurt so good photo
Hands-on: Getting Nail'd never hurt so good
by Tara Long

[Publisher's note: Meet our new previews editor, Tara Long. On her first day at the job, she already filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Destructoid. Please join us in giving her an inappropriate welcome. -Niero]

Ever since I was old enough to play Cruis’n USA in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, I have fond memories of crashing my Chevy Camaro though a line of school buses and watching it erupt into flames in front of a beautiful Arizona sunset. Yep, 1996 and I had some good times together. And yet, it may surprise you to learn that I’ve never been a huge fan of racing games. Maybe it’s the lack of a Y chromosome, but lurking somewhere deep within my genetics is a natural propensity to suck at driving. It’s science. And up until a week ago, I’d made peace with this fact.

Then I got my hands on Deep Silver’s newest arcade-style racer, Nail’d. Genetics be damned, this lives up to all the hype and more. It’s a visually stunning, fast-paced game whose charm lies in the complete and utter lack of sense it makes. In a sentence, it makes physics its bitch. And if you’re anywhere near as ADD as I am, you’re in luck, because constant stimulation is the name of the game with this one. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you after Nail’d bends you over and sensory overloads all over your face.

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3:30 AM on 07.30.2010

The environments of Two Worlds II

Two Worlds was a game I was probably never going to like. Neither a fan of fantasy genres nor having the time and attention span for lengthy role-playing games, it just wasn't built for me. Nevertheless, I still kept ey...

Conrad Zimmerman



Exclusive: Two Worlds II trailers make fun of Two Worlds photo
Exclusive: Two Worlds II trailers make fun of Two Worlds
by Jim Sterling

Two Worlds wasn't too hot. I know it. You know it. The people who made the game know it. One person who definitely knows it is villainous henchman Sordahon, who gave up the life of a mysterious brooding thrall to become a mysterious brooding resident of Midlothian.

These live-action trailers (one above, one after the jump), exclusive to Destructoid, tell the story of Sordahon as he comes to terms with being in a game that absolutely sucked. Much fun is poked at the critical reception of Two Worlds, and it should give you a little pre-weekend chuckle at the very least. 

Two Worlds II is actually looking pretty hopeful, as it goes. Check out my preview of the game where I was surprised by how not-shit it actually was!

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The choices and consequences of Two Worlds II photo
The choices and consequences of Two Worlds II
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Our initial preview of Two Worlds II saw TopWare and Reality Pump show off a game that looked nothing like its predecessor. The team learned from their mistakes and have created everything from the ground up for the sequel to make what's looking like a really solid game. The sequel is so vastly different that Jim wouldn't have thought this was a Two Worlds game had he not been told the name of the game he was playing.

Since we've covered the various mechanics of the game already, I'll be taking a look at what the choice system does for the game's story, explaining the magic system and briefly touching on the multiplayer features. Check out my thoughts on Two Worlds II after the break.

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1:40 PM on 07.12.2010

TopWare leaving 'door open' for Two Worlds III

Developer TopWare Interactive visited the Dtoid HQ recently to show us some more of Two Worlds II. I got to talking about the game's narrative structure with TopWare's PR Director, Jake DiGennaro, when he revealed that a thir...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 07.01.2010

Slipknot, Rise Against & more bringing tunes to nail'd

nail'd is the upcoming racing game from Deep Silver and Techland that gives a giant f*ck you to the laws of physics. A game as crazy as this should have a rocking soundtrack and that's just what we're going to get. Songs fro...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 06.21.2010

Preview: Two Worlds II (it's actually fun!)

There are children yet unborn who weep within the bellies of their mothers, knowing they are to be thrust into the same world that gave us Two Worlds. The original RPG from Topware Interactive is so atrocious, so unutterably ...

Jim Sterling



E3 10: Hands-on Nail'd photo
E3 10: Hands-on Nail'd
by Jim Sterling

I typically don't get along with "realistic" racing games, but I'll love any good racer that does something a little over-the-top. This is why I am somewhat drawn to Nail'd, a new bike racing game from Southpeak Interactive. It trades in realistic physics for sheer speed, and surprisingly it works out quite well.

Read on for some hands-on impressions of Nail'd.

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8:40 AM on 05.27.2010

Two Worlds II debut trailer is all epic n' stuff

Two Worlds II is a game with a hard job. It's got to convince people it's worth buying despite its status as a sequel to the worst RPG made this generation. It's shocking to think Two Worlds ever got a sequel, but watching t...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 05.20.2010

Here's who won the Dementium II/Astro A30 contest!

Our second Dementium II and Astro A30 contest was a huge success. Every single entry was just beyond amazing. It was tough picking who would win but we were able to narrow down our choices down to Mitchell and Jenki. Congratu...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Contest: Win Dementium II by making it more kid friendly! photo
Contest: Win Dementium II by making it more kid friendly!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

This week we're giving away another copy of Renegade Kid's and South Peak's Dementium II. The survival-horror title is now out in stores and you can win yourself a copy, plus a signed poster for Dementium II and an Astro A30 gaming headset. You need to play Dementium II with some kind of headset and the A30s are a perfect fit.

Rules: To enter, take either the cover image (hi-res download here) for Dementium II or use any one of the images below and use a photo editing program to make the game look like an E rated children's game. Change the image however you like and you can draw in something yourself too. Whatever you create, submit it in the comments below and remember to resize the image to 620 wide before leaving the picture submission!

Contest is open to US residents only and limit to one entry per person. You have until May 17, 2010 at 11:59 CDT to enter.

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3:00 PM on 05.11.2010

We think Dementium II is trying to tell us something

Southpeak just sent over a review copy of its DS horror game Dementium II, with a mysterious message attached. As you can see in the above image, it came packed with a diaper and a label that reads, "Seriously... just trust m...

Jim Sterling



Contest: Win Dementium II and Astro gaming headset! photo
Contest: Win Dementium II and Astro gaming headset!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

This week we're giving away Renegade Kid's and South Peak's Dementium II. The survival-horror title is hitting the DS tomorrow and you can win yourself a copy, plus a signed poster for Dementium II and an Astro A30 gaming headset. You need to play Dementium II with some kind of headset and the A30s are a perfect fit.

Rules: To enter, take this cover image (hi-res download here) for Dementium II and use a photo editing program to replace the hand coming out of the man's mouth with something else. You can replace the hand with other pictures or draw in something yourself. Whatever you create, submit it in the comments below and keep things safe for work.

Contest is open to US residents only and limit to one entry per person. You have until May 9, 2010 at 11:59 CDT to enter.

[Update: Winner was Rockvillian!]

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10:00 PM on 05.03.2010

Two Worlds II coming out on September 14

Two Worlds II, that sequel that no one asked for but is surprisingly looking really good, will be out on September 14 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game will have a simultaneous release here in North America, Ca...

Hamza CTZ Aziz