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Nisha the Lawbringer whips it good in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

I got to spend a little time with Nisha the Lawbringer from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and yippee ki-yay is she a fun character. Nisha brings Old West sensibilities to this moon shooter, and a few new tricks as well. And a bullwhip.   more

Nisha the Lawbringer whips it good in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/26]

Let's get away for the weekend, just you and me. I know this little place on the coast. Nice restaurant, view of the water from the cliff side. We could probably sleep in the car in the parking lot and hang out on the beach a...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/26] photo

Video: Wilhelm is like a Terminator on rocket skates in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Back with more impressions from playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I had some first-hand playtime with the cybernetic tough guy, Wilhelm the Enforcer, which I would like to relate to you with my mouth. Wilhelm may not be all he's cracked up to be, yet. But he's got a couple of interesting surprises.   more

Video: Wilhelm is like a Terminator on rocket skates in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo

Video: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's new Stingray vehicle, Athena breakdown, and smart guns?

I got my hands on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel recently, and I've got some hot info on the new mechanics, and one of the new player characters, Athena the Gladiator. The game's new Stingray vehicle has a neat trick to it, the...   more

Video: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's new Stingray vehicle, Athena breakdown, and smart guns? photo

To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game

A chasm in stealth games tends to be player skill and the supposed skills of super sleuth avatars. You're often eased into the situation, your lack of skill assumed, or you just fumble your way through -- especially with the ...   more

To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game photo

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the...   more

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/12]

You should watch Ping Pong: The Animation. It's why Lebron James realized he needed to go back to Cleveland, true story. But be warned, watching other anime after will be hard because it leaves you extra acutely aware of how ...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/12] photo

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon. But Kadokawa Games' first intern...   more

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo

Escape Dead Island is a single-player 'survival mystery'

The next Dead Island game isn't Dead Island 2. Of course, Dead Island: Riptide already showed the series' disregard for numeration. Counting the early access MOBA, Dead Island 2 should be Dead Island 5. But Dea...   more

Escape Dead Island is a single-player 'survival mystery' photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/28]

Burn it all to the ground. I'm making guacamole.  Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew. [We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, w...   more

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Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome

Yup, you read that headline correctly. Platinum Games, the maker of such fine titles as Mad World, Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising, The Wonderful 101, and more, is creating a game based on The Legend of Korra series. It's being ...   more

Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome photo

Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement

What can be done freshen up the zombie genre at this point? Videogames, television shows, movies, comics -- virtually every pop culture medium's been infested by the craze, long ago hitting a saturation (and then oversaturati...   more

Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/21]

No longer tormented by the ants, I'm again able to stock Kahlua, which means my first white Russian in ages. With cream instead of milk, too. Now I'm going to go get tikka masala. Not bad. I walked in on my friend playing Gra...   more

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Kyoto Wild is a quick but thoughtful Bushido brawler

Teddy Diefenbach is a busy guy. He's one of the developers on the high-profile indie title Hyper Light Drifter, but when he isn't doing that, he's making more games. Kyoto Wild is his side-project, and Diefenbach says he...   more

Kyoto Wild is a quick but thoughtful Bushido brawler photo

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar

The reveal trailer for Dreadnought pushes a lot of the right buttons for science fiction fans. It puts potential players into the right frame of mind and really sets up the scale of the endeavor. Combatants will not be dartin...   more

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo


Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo



The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami ...   more

The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo

I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world

Fantasy games have some of my favorite settings in all of videogames. Forests, mountains, chasms, rivers -- they all have a serenity and majesty about them that wonderfully adds to the sense of scale. It shouldn't surprise me...   more

I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world photo

Titan Souls makes you feel tiny as you take on the biggest bosses

One of the smaller games at E3 left the biggest impression on me. Titan Souls is a Ludum Dare entrant that was picked up by Devolver Digital to publish on PC, PS4, and PS Vita -- sort of an appropriate underdog's st...   more

Titan Souls makes you feel tiny as you take on the biggest bosses photo

Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer

Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship wi...   more

Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer photo

Do you love setpieces? You'll probably like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The last decade has brought us ten new Call of Duty games. With that steady drip of titles, the series' developers have figured out how to craft increasingly elaborate action scenarios. Despite being at it for a while, t...   more

Do you love setpieces? You'll probably like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare photo

Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise

I tried my hardest to imagine what the combination of pinball and RPG would look and play like before meeting with Atlus at E3, but I kept coming to mental roadblocks so I decided to wait and be surprised when I got to see it...   more

Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise photo

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014

Atlus let me touch Persona Q on the first day of E3 during a private meeting. That was a mistake on their part. The main problem is that I didn’t want to stop. The other problem is that they told me I couldn’t wr...   more

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014 photo

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt

Waiting for one of Capcom’s own to sit in and play with me for my first go at upcoming 3DS title Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, I got a bit hasty and started picking my own quest. Little did I know I was headed for trouble...   more

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt photo

Get Even does near-photorealistic mystery investigation

In a presentation through Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, The Farm 51's Lead Designer Kamil Bilczyński first showed the trailer for the upcoming first-person shooter/mystery investigation hybrid game Get Even. It is clear w...   more

Get Even does near-photorealistic mystery investigation photo

Go on a sniping rampage in Hitman Sniper

Square hasn’t been afraid to use the Hitman IP in fun and creative ways. Hitman GO was a critical success for doing something unique, and while Hitman Sniper isn’t on that same scale, it is still at least a ton of fun.   more

Go on a sniping rampage in Hitman Sniper photo

I made someone's nuts explode in Mortal Kombat X

I've always felt like the videogame industry doesn't feel right without a Mortal Kombat. So many games are always striving to be these serious affairs, and it takes something like Mortal Kombat to remind people that oh right,...   more

I made someone's nuts explode in Mortal Kombat X photo

Dead Island 2 wants to be cool and kickass

The debut of Dead Island led us to believe that it would tell a very dramatic and serious story about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. That’s not quite the game we ended up with, so it’s refreshing to know th...   more

Dead Island 2 wants to be cool and kickass photo

No Man's Sky developers want players to work things out for themselves

No Man's Sky. We've been abuzz about this game ever since the first trailer was revealed late last year, and today Destructoid got to see a live gameplay demo showing off the amazing scope that the developers at Hello Games a...   more

No Man's Sky developers want players to work things out for themselves photo

Is-elated: Alien Isolation surpassed my expectations, approached my wildest hopes

I've been treating Alien: Isolation coldly. If I don't let myself get invested or excited, I can't be hurt. I think Alien is a perfect piece of film making. That doesn't need, should never have been, a franchise. I played one...   more

Is-elated: Alien Isolation surpassed my expectations, approached my wildest hopes photo

EVE Valkyrie is the best use of the Oculus Rift so far

EVE Valkyrie is super neat. It looks like a cool dogfighting-in-space game when you watch a trailer, but actually being in the cockpit with the Oculus Rift? It's a trip and used to great effect. Looking down at your fake che...   more

EVE Valkyrie is the best use of the Oculus Rift so far photo

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words

Nearly ten years ago, Kirby: Canvas Curse graced our original Nintendo DS handhelds, showing us (once again) that Kirby games could be about things other than floating around, ingesting bugs, and vomiting stars. Canvas Curse ...   more

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words photo

Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd

As Miku fans likely already know, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is coming to North America this year, to both PS3 and Vita. It was through your support for the first title that this sequel's release is possible, Sega tell...   more

Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd photo

First hands-on with Lords of the Fallen

Where some E3 meetings have PR people hovering or hands-off slide shows to watch, the meeting with CI Games for Lords of the Fallen was on the other end of the spectrum. There was no briefing or helpful tips, just a station s...   more

First hands-on with Lords of the Fallen photo

Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has added the option to use buttons instead of the stylus. Game producer Ichiro Hazama told us in an interview at E3 today that he was thinking that fans that play 3DS while laying in bed might enjoy this alternative control method. I told him that I think I might be better at it than the stylus method.   more

Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call photo

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the core idea and runs with it

Super Mario 3D World was fantastic, and one of the reasons was its incredible variety throughout. Captain Toad made his first playable appearance there, with his levels acting as a sort of palate cleanser between Mario's runn...   more

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the core idea and runs with it photo

The new Lara Croft adventure is all sorts of fun with four players

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was pretty fun for what it was: a new take on the beloved character where you're running and gunning with a friend through all sorts of dangers.  Now, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is bringing that same formula over to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with the major addition being four-player co-op. Quadruple the fun!    more

The new Lara Croft adventure is all sorts of fun with four players photo

Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World

Yarn Yoshi is a pretty good name. Yoshi's Woolly World is an okay name. Yoshi's Yarn is a better name and what the game should've been called for the sake of alliteration and Yoshi's Story symmetry (a yarn is like a story!!!). I'm going to keep writing Yoshi's Woolly World as Yoshi's Yarn. Sorry.   more

Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World photo

Okay, now I'm super excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer was good, but I'm used to good trailers for Metal Gear. It didn't light a fire in my belly. Ground Zeroes didn't exactly do so either. The behind-closed-doors Phantom Pain g...   more

Okay, now I'm super excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain photo

The three Oculus Rift games at E3 are all amazing

I've had a chance to check out quite a few games on Oculus Rift. From Japanese indie projects at BitSummit to the latest build of EVE Valkyrie, I've gotten a good look at the progress of developing virtual reality games from ...   more

The three Oculus Rift games at E3 are all amazing photo

Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen

At E3 yesterday, Evolution Studios showed off a brand new build of Driveclub that highlights their impressive weather simulation system. This build was so new that it needed to be streamed over from the art director's co...   more

Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo


Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo



Hands on with Splatoon, a very Nintendo competitive multiplayer shooter

Two days ago, if you had told me that Nintendo was working on a competitive multiplayer third-person shooter, I would have thought you were crazy. Imagining Nintendo venturing into the territory of blood-spattered 360 no-scop...   more

Hands on with Splatoon, a very Nintendo competitive multiplayer shooter photo

Playing house in Rainbow Six: Siege

We got our hands on the newly announced Rainbow Six: Siege last night at E3, letting us play the exact same 5v5 SWAT team house siege that we saw in the Ubisoft E3 briefing demo. If you've seen it, you know how it plays out. But after playing both sides -- SWAT team and hostage takers -- I appreciate what they're doing even more.    more

Playing house in Rainbow Six: Siege photo

Mario Maker will make a level designer out of you

Mario Maker is a drag-and-drop level creator, letting you use classic (and newer) Mario game tiles and props to create your own stages. I gave it a spin here at E3 to try to create the next great Mario stage. I found that while making your own stages is quite easy, making a truly fun one takes a bit more work.   more

Mario Maker will make a level designer out of you photo

Bloodborne, the bloody nightmare of your dreams

Bloodborne began all the way back in 2012, long before the PS4 was done. Sony approached From Software, asking them to create a title for their new platform. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of Dark Souls, began work righ...   more

Bloodborne, the bloody nightmare of your dreams photo

Hyrule Warriors is more Warriors than Hyrule

You knew that upcoming Wii U title Hyrule Warriors would be a blend of Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors and Nintendo's Legend of Zelda. But I'm here to tell you that the gameplay is much more like Dynasty Warriors than I thought it would be. Not that that's a bad thing. The Zelda side is like the yummy icing on the top.   more

Hyrule Warriors is more Warriors than Hyrule photo

Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. 3DS can really change things up

Nintendo has been doing a lot to build hype for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U off at E3, but that does not mean the company is neglecting the fighting game's little brother, Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS. In the upstai...   more

Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. 3DS can really change things up photo

The new Super Smash Bros. characters each bring a unique feel

Since the first game in the series, one of the most exciting aspects of the Super Smash Bros. series has been watching for the appearance of unexpected characters. Back then, it came in the form of unlockables, but it evolved...   more

The new Super Smash Bros. characters each bring a unique feel photo

Telltale tells two tales in Tales from the Borderlands

Since its reveal at last year's VGX show, information on Tales from the Borderlands has been trickling out. With a launch planned for this fall, the Telltale adventure game set in Gearbox's kooky shooter universe is finally r...   more

Telltale tells two tales in Tales from the Borderlands  photo

Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos

Swery65 brought us Deadly Premonition, so you know D4 is going to be weird. In fact, Swery told me that he drafted six or seven different stories to work on next and in his partnership with Microsoft, went with the "most biza...   more

Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos photo

Halo players will be right at home with Destiny's PvP

Along with our open world walkthrough, Max Scoville and I went ahead and checked out the competitive multiplayer in Destiny. We gave both maps a spin, and we also checked out each playable class for the videos. The biggest t...   more

Halo players will be right at home with Destiny's PvP photo