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Mario Kart 8: What's old is new and what's new is old

Mario Kart 8 has unveiled two "new" characters. They are Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach. What the heck, right? You're probably rolling your eyes at the lack of surprise with Baby Rosalina (who's joining Baby Mario, Luigi, ...   more

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Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it

It's been over a year since Bungie first released details on Destiny, its next big project after handing off the Halo series to Microsoft. While the studio was done telling the tale of the Master Chief and his journey, Bungi...   more

Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo


Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo
Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo
Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo
Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo
Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo
Destiny's combat is solid, but I'm not so sure about the rest of it photo



Xbox Originals will hit Windows 8 products, revenue model still being worked on

Xbox Originals is going to produce shows based on Microsoft IPs such as State of Decay, Halo, and more, along with producing all sorts of other original content. I have some very early impressions on a lot of the content in d...   more

Xbox Originals will hit Windows 8 products, revenue model still being worked on photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/26]

[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

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a tricky balancing act

Robot Entertainment's flagship title, Orcs Must Die!, has been something of a one-trick pony, albeit a very good pony at that. Both games in the franchise thus far have been tower defense games, and, as you can probably disce...   more

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a tricky balancing act photo

Chasm requires players approach it with a slow sword hand

We have been keeping our eyes on Chasm for a long time now. Ever since it initially showed up, it looked like it checked off all the right boxes to be a retro dream game. It has procedurally generated dungeons, Castlevania-es...   more

Chasm requires players approach it with a slow sword hand photo

The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series

The developers at Toys For Bob are back in the saddle with Skylanders Trap Team, the next entry in their hit toys-meet-videogame franchise. This time the hook involves you capturing villains and enslaving brainwashing reform...   more

The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo


The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo
The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo
The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo
The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo
The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo
The next Skylanders borrows a little from the Pokemon series photo



Dyscourse really does take player choice into account

While scoping out titles in the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX East, I ran into long time Destructoid community member Andrew Benton, and we continued to look at games together. Dyscourse was on my list to play, so we both started up...   more

Dyscourse really does take player choice into account photo

Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs

The delay of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world IP, Watch Dogs, surprised many. With only a month away from launch, and a rather bold marketing push for the holiday season, Ubisoft appeared ready, but then we found it wasn't. ...   more

Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo


Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo
Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo
Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo
Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo
Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo
Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs photo



Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration

Subnautica is the next game from Unknown Worlds, the creators of the Natural Selection series. It's a sharp departure from their prior first-person shooter/real-time strategy hybrid offerings as Subnautica is an open-world un...   more

Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo


Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo
Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo
Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo
Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo
Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo
Subnautica looks to be the Minecraft of underwater exploration photo



Extrasolar does exoplanet exploration, but it is more than meets the eye

When I was talking to one of the developers of Extrasolar on the show floor at PAX East, I said something that I now regret. "This looks like something I would really like, but might not appeal to a ton of other people." He r...   more

Extrasolar does exoplanet exploration, but it is more than meets the eye photo

Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen

Thousands of years ago, people defeated god. They believed evil could be excised from humanity. Sinners were marked with tattoos and exiled. People also believe vaccinations lead to autism and that How I Met Your Mother is a ...   more

Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo


Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo



Tales of Xillia 2 coming west this August, collector's edition detailed

We knew Tales of Xillia 2 would be coming to the Americas before the first Tales of Xillia came out, but now we have a date, along with a bulky collector's edition. You can get your hands on the PS3 RPG on August 19 in North ...   more

Tales of Xillia 2 coming west this August, collector's edition detailed photo

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like

I finally got to play Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day last week. The lovechild of Suda 51, Tokyo Jungle director Yohei Kataoka, Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka, and a bunch of other Japanese development talent, I've fo...   more

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like photo

Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates

The 2 on 2 Gundam vs. Gundam series is as big in Japan as that full-scale Gundam model in Tokyo. It's also big on the Destructoid Forum, in that one Gundam fan keeps explaining how it's the best fighting game and tries to get...   more

Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo


Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo



Preview: Grid Autosport's San Francisco needs steeper hills

Hot on the heels of last year's GRID 2, Codemasters is coming back with GRID Autosport, a "celebration of pure, unadulterated motorsport." This is going to be less of an arcade racer than GRID 2 ended up being, but without d...   more

Preview: Grid Autosport's San Francisco needs steeper hills photo

Prodigy ventures to places most hybrid board/videogames shy away from

With board games continuing to increase in popularity, it is no surprise that there has been a lot of crossover between that space and videogames. Not only are a lot of board games being adapted or reimagined digitally, but s...   more

Prodigy ventures to places most hybrid board/videogames shy away from photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/19]

[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...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/19] photo

The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me

Hot off its huge Kickstarter success, Darkest Dungeon is already in a playable-enough state to have a demo at PAX East 2014. Although the demo was only a short snippet of what's to come, it was easy to get a sense of the them...   more

The Darkest Dungeon gods were kind to me photo

Aaru's Awakening is all about movement

I’ve been interested in Aaru’s Awakening ever since its announcement captivated me with its hand-drawn art style. It’s pretty hard to pass up playing a game that looks the way Aaru’s Awakening does. Fr...   more

Aaru's Awakening is all about movement photo

Read the writing on the wall with Invisible, Inc.

Turn-based tactical espionage. Those words were all it took to sell me on the idea of Invisible, Inc. Going into the PAX demo, I knew I would have to be cunning, thoughtful, and sneaky if I wanted to successfully steal intell...   more

Read the writing on the wall with Invisible, Inc. photo

I died an embarrassing amount in Hotline Miami 2

Anyone that has even the slightest bit of familiarity with Hotline Miami knows what defines it. The neon-swathed visuals, the gratuitous violence, the quick and unforgiving gameplay, and the blaring soundtrack all made the ga...   more

I died an embarrassing amount in Hotline Miami 2 photo

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!...   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

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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