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Not a Hero's 2D cover-based shooting killed me about a dozen times

Devolver Digital had a great showing at PAX East this year. Though Hotline Miami 2 might have had the most buzz going in, not long into the show people were shouting about Not a Hero. Developed by Roll7 (of OlliOlli fame), it...   more

Not a Hero's 2D cover-based shooting killed me about a dozen times photo

Music-making game Cosmic DJ has a corgi in it!

This past weekend, I found myself running through the crowds of the PAX East show floor, pushing people out of the way to get to the Indie Megabooth, where Cosmic DJ was waiting for me. As a musician and a fan of music games I would have sought it out anyway. But I found out via Twitter that the game features a corgi, so I took off running.   more

Music-making game Cosmic DJ has a corgi in it! photo

Struggling to survive in This War of Mine

In a sea full of bright, action-packed games at PAX it was a surprise to see such a serious greyscale game like This War of Mine, an 11 bit studios title about life during war. Rather than placing the focus on combat as most ...   more

Struggling to survive in This War of Mine photo

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime puts two people in a neon spaceship built for eight

Navigating through the outer reaches of space is hard. There are multiple systems to account for, from piloting to shields to weapons control, each with its own specialized training necessary. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime ...   more

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime puts two people in a neon spaceship built for eight photo

I hacked a bush in Double Fine's Hack N Slash

With a name like Hack N Slash, it’s easy to assume exactly what’s in the package and dismiss it. Then people hear it’s from Double Fine and expectations immediately change for the better, as they should. Hac...   more

I hacked a bush in Double Fine's Hack N Slash photo

Gods Will Be Watching stressed me the hell out

I have found myself both playing and looking forward to more and more “point-and-click” games in the past few years than ever before. I didn’t grow up with games like Day of the Tentacle or the Monkey Island...   more

Gods Will Be Watching stressed me the hell out photo

There Came an Echo does voice control right

Set up in the Indie MEGABOOTH is one of the few zen locations at PAX East: There Came an Echo's sound dampening booth. In it, Iridium Studios head Jason Wishnov is showing off the tech behind the voice-controlled realtime str...   more

There Came an Echo does voice control right photo

Unlike with most fungi, I enjoyed Mushroom 11 growing on me

Mushroom 11 caught our eyes about a month ago, with its unique puzzle gameplay hook: the globular green collection of fungal cells is not directly controlled by the player. Instead, players simply click or tap to "erase" cell...   more

Unlike with most fungi, I enjoyed Mushroom 11 growing on me photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/12]

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other gr...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/12] photo

Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor

There's no shortage of weird and unique game concepts at PAX East's Indie Megabooth. That's par for the course, though; show after show it goes that exact same way. Whereas some titles rely solely on their strangeness to make...   more

Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor photo

Below is a hardcore game that you'll want to take your time with

Ever since Below was teased at Microsoft's E3 press briefing last year, it's been one of the titles that I've been most intrigued by. The art style and the fact that Capy Games was the developer were the two main reasons...   more

Below is a hardcore game that you'll want to take your time with photo

The Evil Within isn't looking very evil so far

A behind-closed-doors play session for upcoming survival horror game The Evil Within wasn't as evil as I hoped it would be. I still have high hopes for the next game from Resident Evil vet Shinji Mikami and his new ...   more

The Evil Within isn't looking very evil so far photo

Hyper Light Drifter's co-op mode will have you dying over and over

Hyper Light Drifter is on the top of a lot of people's lists of most anticipated games. For good reason, too. The quick-paced, action-RPG with a retro aesthetic looks like it's going to be an absolute pleasure to play. I...   more

Hyper Light Drifter's co-op mode will have you dying over and over photo

I almost collected a half dollar in Woah Dave! and that's pretty good

Fifty cents doesn't sound like much, right? You could lose fifty cents in the couch cushion and not think twice about it. Well, I earned -- that's right earned -- almost that much in Robotube Games'Woah Dave!, and ...   more

I almost collected a half dollar in Woah Dave! and that's pretty good photo

A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun

Press Play proved it can make a platformer with Max and the Curse of Brotherhood, but it wasn't meant to test your muscle memory and invite speed running. It was a colorful adventure with some charm and plenty of stopping for...   more

A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo


A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo
A head in the poles: Project Totem is platforming fun photo



Impressions: Broforce

Whether it's the smartass name or the numerous references to action stars, there's nothing subtle about Broforce. Then there's the seemingly never-ending barrage of explosions and showers of pixelated blood that make the stag...   more

Impressions: Broforce photo

Gauntlet is a lot like you remember, just upgraded

Do you remember Gauntlet? It holds a special place in arcade gaming history, but at the same time, it's almost 30 years old. It seems like the perfect time for a remake, doesn't it? Magicka maker Arrowhead Games has the oppor...   more

Gauntlet is a lot like you remember, just upgraded photo

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is official. The latest entry in Gearbox's shooter looter takes place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, hence the Pre-Sequel moniker. The new game is based on the Borderlands 2 en...   more

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes the shooter looter to the moon photo



Preview: Armello combines board games, trading card games, strategy RPG play

I met League of Geeks' Trent Kusters at GDC a few weeks back. We just missed each other at Bitsummit just a week before, but I'm glad we were able to finally meet up as I would have missed seeing a really cool game.  Kus...   more

Preview: Armello combines board games, trading card games, strategy RPG play photo

An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II

How many times have I died in Dark Souls II now? 12, 14... 16? Truth is I've already lost count of how many times I've taken a blade to the chest or an arrow to the face. Whenever I think I'm making progress, something takes ...   more

An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II photo

Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew

The developers of The Crew have an unusual take on their new IP that features fast cars, deep customization, and miles and miles of the United States to traverse across and race within. Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections in...   more

Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo


Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo
Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo
Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo
Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo
Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo
Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew photo



Azure Striker: Gunvolt opens up official English site

Keiji Inafune and his superstar development collective are hard at work with creating Mighty No. 9 for every platform under the sun -- but who knows when it's actually coming out. As confirmed to us at BitSummit 2014, we...   more

Azure Striker: Gunvolt opens up official English site photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/5]

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/5] photo

Grey Goo aspires to get to the roots of the real-time strategy genre

The real-time strategy genre has undergone quite the transformation throughout time. Seemingly gone are the days where games require that you focus on strategy, often replaced by experiences that reward combat ability and qui...   more

Grey Goo aspires to get to the roots of the real-time strategy genre photo

SOMA is underwater horror with flashy monsters & average crabs

When I see the name SOMA, all capitalized as Amnesia developer Frictional is wont to stylize, I think of my dentist. Because that's its name. And it's not a scary thought. I never had frightening associations with dentistry, ...   more

SOMA is underwater horror with flashy monsters & average crabs photo

To Leave is one of the neatest games I played during GDC

GDC is full of neat games. There are sentai management sims. Body building cats. Hyper Light Drifter. But one of the neatest games I played during GDC is To Leave, which creative director Estefano Palacios says is the first i...   more

To Leave is one of the neatest games I played during GDC photo

Child of Light is a return to classic JRPG wonder

Last year, the news of Ubisoft making an old-school throwback to the JRPG genre took a number of people by surprise. When Destructoid got the chance to check it out, there was a healthy amount of curiosity around it. Not too ...   more

Child of Light is a return to classic JRPG wonder photo

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD

As an institution within the videogame racing genre, Mario Kart has always been an example of what arcade style racing is all about. Focusing on simple, pick up and play gameplay, while still offering high level skill based ...   more

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo


Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo



Hands-on with Ultra Street Fighter IV's Decapre

Earlier this week I got to spend some time with Ultra Street Fighter IV, Capcom’s fourth and final iteration of the original 2008 game. My demo was presented by professional fighting game player turned Capcom emplo...   more

Hands-on with Ultra Street Fighter IV's Decapre photo

Krautscape is a racing game where you make your own path to victory

Practice makes perfect in racing games. "Sight reading" a new course (so to speak) might turn out okay, but any perfectionist will spend hours learning the every nuance of every track in order to shave precious seconds off th...   more

Krautscape is a racing game where you make your own path to victory photo

LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO that anyone can jump into

Let's face it: massively multiplayer online games can be intimidating for some people. Between the incredibly nuanced systems that some titles tout, and the tales of time and dedication required to "properly" play a game, it'...   more

LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO that anyone can jump into photo

Arkham Knight has the right playground for Batman's new toys

Rocksteady Studios has found itself in a somewhat precarious position with Arkham Knight. The team's two previous installments in the series are so universally revered that it begs the question "What can it do to live up to, ...   more

Arkham Knight has the right playground for Batman's new toys photo

The Perils of Man brings an adventure across time to iOS

The adventure genre has seen a bit of an upswing in recent times. With Telltale Games and Double Fine's recent efforts helping to revitalize the genre, a new generation of gamers are experiencing a type of game that was once ...   more

The Perils of Man brings an adventure across time to iOS photo

Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour

Mario Golf: World Tour features four player multiplayer via online, or local play with just a single cartridge. As it should, but you know the best part of all this? Everyone is playing simultaneously. You don't have to wait...   more

Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo


Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo
Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo
Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo
Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo
Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo
Multiplayer fun with Mario Golf: World Tour photo



Chariot is a great indie platformer with one royal hook

[Update: Frima Studios has reached out and informed us that it miscommunicated its statement about not being able to clear the game solo. The game can be beaten singleplayer, but only about 80 percent of the optional&nbs...   more

Chariot is a great indie platformer with one royal hook photo

Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun

Hey you, what if I were to tell you about a free-to-play shooter that has you fighting against zombies. Not impressed? Well, I don't blame you. Zombies are kinda all over the place now. Fine, what about a free-to-play shooter...   more

Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo


Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo
Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo
Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo
Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo
Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo
Zombies Monsters Robots is ridiculous, cheesy, and so much fun photo



Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre

Obsidian is probably the last company you'd expect to make anything like Armored Warfare, a free-to-play MMO tank shooter. It's certainly different than anything the company has brought us in the past, that's for sure. I got ...   more

Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo


Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo
Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo
Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo
Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo
Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo
Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre photo



Making multiplayer music in Fantasia: Music Evolved

Harmonix revealed a multiplayer mode for Fantasia: Music Evolved at GDC last week alongside some new songs and levels. I jumped in front of a Kinect sensor to try out the new mode, and it wasn't long before I was flapping my arms to the beat.  Can't you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass?       more

Making multiplayer music in Fantasia: Music Evolved photo

Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO

There's something about Skyforge that's kind of unbelievable. It's an MMO that's doing away with the multi-server issues by having millions playing together on one server, visuals are highly detailed putting in on-par with cu...   more

Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo


Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo
Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo
Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo
Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo
Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo
Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO photo



Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing

With all the cool tech demos and innovative ideas on display at GDC Play, it's a bit surprising that a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer is one of the most worthwhile things to check out. But hey, good games are good games,...   more

Monochroma will remind you of Limbo, and that's an amazing thing photo

Clockwork Empires will make sure you make your own fun

You know those games where you're responsible for creating your own entertainment -- the sort that drop you into a world and hope that you're creative enough to craft your own experience? They're usually pretty hit or miss. T...   more

Clockwork Empires will make sure you make your own fun photo

World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure

One thing about this year's GDC is that virtual reality made a huge splash. And that would be an understatement. With the news of Oculus Rift development kit 2 and the reveal of Sony's VR headset, it's looking like there will...   more

World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure photo

Bound By Flame is richly detailed and dark

The fantasy genre has been a staple of the gaming scene for a long time. They go hand in hand, really. Because of this, it’s common to see titles that look to similar to each and don’t necessarily distinguish them...   more

Bound By Flame is richly detailed and dark photo

Sony's Project Morpheus: An impressive first showing

Sony choose GDC as its coming out party for its virtual reality platform, Project Morpheus. The goal was to build interest at a show where just about every developer in the industry is in attendance. And from the look of the ...   more

Sony's Project Morpheus: An impressive first showing photo

Musclecat Showdown is a game where you strike beefy cat poses

Along with Push Me Pull You, I got to finally see what Musclecat Showdown was all about. And. It. Was. Glorious. You and another muscle bound cat have to strike your owners requested poses, and the person that's able to do th...   more

Musclecat Showdown is a game where you strike beefy cat poses photo

Push Me Pull You is sumo wrestling meets soccer meets WTF

Last night I got to play a round of Push Me Pull You during the Venus Patrol party here in San Francisco. It was, without a doubt, the weirdest and best time I've had with a videogame in a long time.  So here's the basic...   more

Push Me Pull You is sumo wrestling meets soccer meets WTF photo

Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift

The sensory deprivation the Oculus Rift provides is great for immersion. And immersion is great for moody, atmospheric, scary games like Grave. Though there is a non Rift coming, so if you haven't sold your eye souls to virtu...   more

Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift photo

Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game

Borne out of Double Fine's yearly Amnesia Fortnight game jam, Hack 'N' Slash (as well as Spacebase DF-9) is getting a full release this summer. The top down action adventure game may look like a Legend of Zelda clone, but tha...   more

Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game photo

Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst

Imagine the exploratory experience of Journey, the first-person puzzle solving of Myst, and the look of the world of Avatar, all mixed together in one new game. That's how Storm in a Teacup's Executive Producer, Alberto Belli, describes their upcoming title, Nero. They call it a visual novel, though it's nothing like the Japanese text-based titles you might imagine from that label.   more

Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst photo

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350

As of this morning at 8 a.m. PST, pre-orders are open for the Oculus Rift development kit 2 (DK2). They're priced at $350, and will ship beginning in July of this year. Oculus tells Destructoid that the kits will be shipped o...   more

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350 photo