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2:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Justice brought: Hearthstone fraught with bots, caught a lot

Blizzard's doing its best to keep Hearthstone players on a level playing field, and that has resulted in action against a significant number of users. Recently announced in a Battle.net post, "several thousand" accounts ...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 10.28.2014

You'll probably end up putting an eye out with this Assassin's Creed blade

Do you have delusions of grandeur, the likes of which lead you to fancy yourself a great assassin among the likes of Ezio Auditore da Firenze or Arno Dorian? A mere $60 will put you significantly closer to assassin authentic...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 10.28.2014

The devil and the deep blue sea: Depth gameplay

Digital Confectioners' gruesome shark-'em-up Depth has been high up on my list of most-anticipated multiplayer games for a while now. I mean, who doesn't want to assume the role of a great white shark and reduce their friend...

Rob Morrow

12:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Evolve's always different, and you'll see that in the Big Alpha

Back in May, I wrote a handy preview about how Turtle Rock Studios is striving for infinite replayability with Evolve. This interview with the developers has them going into detail in their own words about how tweaking almos...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 AM on 10.28.2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on sale one day early at Walmart

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which we definitely previewed here, yep, it all checks out, will be available to purchase one day in advanced at Warfare, uh, I mean Walmart. Close, close. Select stores will have tournaments a...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 10.28.2014

The Black Glove slides onto PS4 with a real good park job

Look, it's an Ace Ventura reference is what I'm doing, okay? It makes sense. Don't hassle me. As much sense as every other "[game] [verbs] [onto]" headline. "Cagney and Lacey Golf tees off on Wii"? Step the heck off.   ...

Steven Hansen





10:15 AM on 10.28.2014

Where is our Lords of the Fallen review?

Lords of the Fallen reviews are flittering about the 'net. Except ours. Well, mine. There are a combination of reasons for this. Initial PC review code we were provided had some issues with booting players out of the game aft...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 10.27.2014

Doom II's Icon of Sin immortalized as a badass statue

What's your first reaction to this sculpture based on Doom II's last level, Icon of Sin? If it's "Holy shit, I don't know where to look but everywhere I look is crazy impressive," we're a lot alike. Artist Jason Hite put toge...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Star Wars: X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and other LucasArts classics are joining GOG.com

Digital distributor GOG.com will expand its library with games from a mysterious publisher tomorrow -- perhaps you've seen the countdown? Users recently dug up familiar-looking fonts suggesting it's none other than LucasArts ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 10.27.2014

Valkyria Chronicles is coming to PC!

[Update: Sega has confirmed the PC release of Valkyria Chronicles.] Sega appears to have a PC port of Valkyria Chronicles in the works, according to a recent rating listed by European classification authority PEGI. The tactic...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Dungeon of the Endless leaves Early Access

French independent studio Amplitude's Dungeon of the Endless is leaving Steam Early Access today. Staying true to its roguelike nature, if you picked the game up during the Early Access phase, your progress will be wiped and...

Rob Morrow

2:15 PM on 10.27.2014

Nvidia's new grass tech demo is pretty neat

Okay, I mostly wanted to write this story because grass behavior is stereotypically one of the dullest things out there, right next to watching paint dry. But to be honest, the tech demo above is actually pretty cool. I can ...

Darren Nakamura



Did Pirates of the Caribbean rip off Monkey Island? photo
Did Pirates of the Caribbean rip off Monkey Island?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

Last week on Sup Holmes we met Ron Gilbert, creator of Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, The Cave and so many other amazing games. I have wanted to talk to this person for over 20 years. When I finally got my chance, I found myself desperate to tell him everything I've ever thought ever, which left me at a loss. It's hard to pick just a few words when you want to say all of them at the same time. 

C'mon guys, this is the man who helped coin the term "cut scene". This is the person who who co-created the modern point and click adventure genre. This is the guy who made some of the only games that have made me laugh out loud for the entirety of my adult life. I still laugh when I say "How appropriate, you fight like a cow," in game or out.  It literally never gets old.

Even typing this is stressing me out because I know the Ron Gilbert might read it later. His games have given me so much joy and inspiration over the years. I can't help but want to return the gesture.

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Not-review: Devil's Dare photo
Not-review: Devil's Dare
by Jonathan Holmes

[Note: Destructoid's robot mascot, former news manager Conrad Zimmerman, and I appear briefly in the opening cinematic for Devil's Dare. We'll be giving out Steam codes for the game tomorrow on Sup Holmes if you want one.]

Secret Base it probably most well known for its incredible mock-ups for theoretical Ghostbusters and The Avengers games for the NES. It's clear that the developer has a passion for adapting live-action fantasy/sci-fi icons for classic games, even when they don't legally have the right to.

This passion is strewn all over Devil's Dare, its latest release on Steam. Horror is the theme here, and no expense was spared to pay tribute to all the modern horror icons, both familiar and obscure. Of course there's a boss based on Jason Voorhees, but you might be more surprised to see a tribute to both Baxter Stockman's and Jeff Goldblum's disgusting fly-man monsters. At least, I think that's what's going on here. It's hard to be 100% sure, which is part of the fun. 

Devil's Dare is like classic, Glenn Danzig era-Misfits in game form, except it seems to be intentionally ridiculous, where Glenn might not have been as self aware. The references to horror classics, the low-fi aesthetic, the tension, and the levity all come together to form something larger than the sum of its parts. Even better, it plays a lot like a traditional four-player arcade beat-'em-up but with Smash Bros.-style flash and simplicity. This isn't the kind of crossover that Nintendo is likely to publish, but it will likely appeal to many of its fans.

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2:30 PM on 10.25.2014

Bask in the glory that is Basingstoke

Puppygames is at it again, this time revealing a bit more of the action you'll likely encounter in its upcoming stealthy roguelike Basingstoke. It's probably no secret by this point that Basingstoke is high up on my lis...

Rob Morrow

12:30 PM on 10.25.2014

Horizon Danger looks like my kind of PvP platformer

Horizon Danger is described by its lone creator, SCaffa, as a "2 to 4 person local-multiplayer action game set in a cyberpunk dystopian future." Without a doubt, this is the kind of local PvP multiplayer game that I would be...

Rob Morrow