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5:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Jonathan's personal GOTY for best butt goes to...

The Captain Falcon amiibo is apparently pretty hard of get a hold of right now. Through a strange series of events, I ended up with one last night. Without getting into all the details, I'll let you know that I ended up stan...

Jonathan Holmes


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12:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Devolver Digital releases new free platformer on Steam

Just in time for the holidays, indie gaming's veritable babe in the manger Devolver Digital has wormed its way down your virtual chimney and stuffed your hopeful little stocking to capacity with free...

Rob Morrow



Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome photo
Okay, Final Fantasy XV looks pretty damn awesome
by Kyle MacGregor

Jump Festa is happening today in Chiba, Japan. What does that mean for us? Well, a stunning new trailer for Final Fantasy XV for one thing. It feels good to be excited about Final Fantasy again.

The reel also gives us our first peek at Final Fantasy XV's incarnation of Cid, a recurring figure in the franchise. Actually, it's Cindy, in this case. (Or perhaps Cidney -- there seems to be some disagreement over this on account of how folks at Square Enix pronounce the name.)

She's a mechanic, of course, which fits nicely along with the road trip motif and Cids having a proclivity for engineering. Her gender is a point of distinction among characters that bear the moniker, though, as she'll be the first female Cid in the series.

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10:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest looks, sounds AMAZING!

This is the first trailer for Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Marvel at its majestic beauty. It's a JRPG-shaped swizzle stick here to stir up your emotions. You feel that? Yeah, that's a double shot of nostalgia clinking up against your heart like rocks in a glass. Or something. Feels good, baby.

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Call of Duty's first DLC unleashes a 'freak show like no one's ever seen'

As way of a bit of backstory for the zombies add-on to Advanced Warfare, Activision's released a teaser to semi-explain why hordes of undead have made their way to the military shooter. Seems a bomb was dropped to finish one...

Brett Makedonski



Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer photo
Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer
by Steven Hansen

"I could do with a baaaaaahhhhth." Got to have a Brit to help differentiate the bro-cast, innit? These are, for the first time, the English voices for Final Fantasy XV. Same ones you'll spend two hours with in the March demo if you buy Type-0. I encourage you to all get into a nice debate over subs versus dubs, because those are always fruitful and healthy. At least we'll all agree that the music is good. Right? 

Mostly, I appreciated the handsome Noctis voice at the end: "Been a long time. Too long. Not much longer." 

Got to show some self-awareness at this point. 

There's also a recent Jump scan that shows off the boys' mechanic. It's possible she'll serve as this entry's Cid, taking care of the boys' town car with her car skills and inexplicable cleavage. I bet that car ends up being a sentient Knight Rider or something. It can't just be the bro'd trip vessel. 

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10:00 AM on 12.19.2014

Sony airs clever viral ad for The Order: 1886 in Japan

I really have no idea of what to expect from The Order: 1886, but I enjoyed this new viral ad from Sony, the game's publisher. Framed as a news investigation, the video takes a viral approach to the game's 1886 setting....

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Hey remember that GTA V 'story DLC' that was promised? I guess it still exists

Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed Grand Theft Auto V. It was one of my favorite franchise entries in years, and I spent plenty of time roaming the streets and enjoying the sandbox. Does anyone else have turns where t...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 12.17.2014

Life is Strange releases its pent up teenage angst next month

The introductory episode of Dontnod's Life is Strange is scheduled to bend time and break the rules on January 30. The indie-tinged five-part adventure game about all the mixed emotions of being a teen is coming to PC, ...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 12.17.2014

Hollow Knight has about a day left to hit some stretch goals

Hollow Knight's Kickstarter enjoyed a healthy beginning, keeping up a pace to hit the base funding goal of $35,000 AUD well within its run. For the final week of the campaign, developer Team Cherry has released the above tra...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Jonathan Holmes’ face broadcast to entirety of China

[A wild Holmes appears! --Mr Andy Dixon] After rising up the ranks at Destructoid and becoming Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Holmes sets his eyes on China. The country is growing in both economy and power, but what Mr. Holmes' real goal is is currently unconfirmed. His recent appearance on the Chinese news channel CCTV 13 opens up room for speculation.

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6:30 PM on 12.16.2014

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Wii U releasing Christmas Day

The long awaited Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is finally about to hit the Wii U. The game has been out on the 3DS for a little while now, but I've been holding out for the home console version. Wii U-specific features like...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Shadow of Mordor DLC goes hunting, vomiting

Monolith released Lord of the Hunt today, the first add-on pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Yeah, the $10 DLC has a lot of the stuff you'd expect: new nemeses, new challenges, and even some guy named Torvin the ...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 12.16.2014

Forza Horizon 2's first DLC takes places at the ominous Storm Island

Forza Horizon 2 shipped this fall with plenty of inclement weather, unlike some other game. Nevertheless, its first add-on centers around even more torrential downpours on the paradisiacal sounding Storm Island. Storm I...

Brett Makedonski



GTA Online heists look good and sound even better photo
GTA Online heists look good and sound even better
by Jordan Devore

Alright, heists in Grand Theft Auto Online look terrific. It's been a long wait, and we're not done waiting just yet -- Rockstar says the free update for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One will arrive in early 2015 -- but at least we've got something to look at, finally. Eases the tension.

Speaking to IGN, GTA Online producer Imran Sarwar admits designing four-player heists "turned out to be a lot more difficult than we originally thought [and] took several passes from scratch." One challenge, he says, "is that unlike a heist in Story Mode, every player needs to feel central to the action at all times, and that's much more challenging than it appears."

The final design sounds cool. The leading player will have to put money down to set up a heist and won't receive a payout until the finale is finished, but they have control over the crew, their outfits, and their cuts. "Switching between the roles of crew member and heist leader will give players a totally different experience," says Sarwar. "Some missions have all players working as one unit, some require players to take on specific tasks like hacking or crowd control, while others require players to split into smaller teams to complete separate high value objectives."

Each heist, of which there are "five unique strands involving over 20 total missions," will culminate in a set-piece mission. "I don't want to spoil a whole heist," says Sarwar, "but a favorite would be the finale of an epic prison break where players come from different points on the map to join together at just the right time. It requires a pilot, a demolitions expert, and some undercover work to pull it off, and it takes real teamwork, the ability to think fast and a lot of communication to put all the pieces in place to extract the target flawlessly."

GTA Online Heists: New Trailer and Info [Rockstar]
Grand Theft Auto 5 Online Heists (Finally) Revealed [IGN]

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10:00 AM on 12.16.2014

Riptor is looking pretty killer in her new Killer Instinct trailer

Although we had confirmation of Riptor's existence in Killer Instinct already, now we have a better look at her moveset and backstory. Evidently she was created as a result of a competing project with Fulgore and Cinder...

Chris Carter