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Throw children and provoke raccoons in The Road Not Taken

Max hung out with Dave and Daniel of Spry Fox Games to check out their upcoming title, The Road Not Taken. From the makers of Triple Town, this puzzle roguelike puts the player in an adorable world, with dark undercurrents. ...   more

Throw children and provoke raccoons in The Road Not Taken photo

Costume Quest 2 isn't for the hardcore, but it's for the hardcorn

If there's one thing that the folks at Double Fine aren't known for, it's being pigeon-holed into making the same game. In fact, almost all of its titles are wildly different from one another. From the likes of Brüt...   more

Costume Quest 2 isn't for the hardcore, but it's for the hardcorn photo

Sonic Boom plays pretty much exactly as I expected

[Update: Apparently, just this morning, Sega decided to subtitle both Sonic Boom for Wii U and the upcoming Sonic 3DS game. Sonic Boom on Wii U is now Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the 3DS title is S...   more

Sonic Boom plays pretty much exactly as I expected photo

Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution

As a result of THQ's fire sale at the beginning of 2013, several IPs were ushered off to new homes, just waiting for someone to advance their stories while being published under a new banner. One such example is Homefront, wh...   more

Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo


Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo
Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo
Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo
Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo
Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo
Use an open world to fight for freedom in Homefront: The Revolution photo



The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/31]

Who wants to help me move this weekend? I found (after 8 months) a place that is sickeningly expensive, because San Francisco is ruined, but not so expensive that I want to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge instead of continuin...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/31] photo

DNA splicing will make you a better you in Subnautica

Natural Selection began life in 2002 as a mod that successfully married the first-person shooter and real-time strategy genres. It's since gone on to eat up the last 12 years of developer Unknown Worlds' time as they created ...   more

DNA splicing will make you a better you in Subnautica photo

Gateway drug: Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies

Standalone multiplayer release for Company of Heroes 2, The Western Front Armies, can serve as a gateway, bringing players over to the full Company of Heroes 2 experience. Its pricing is low enough ($12.99 for one army, or $1...   more

Gateway drug: Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies photo

Armored Warfare is a videogame about armored warfare

Advanced Armored Warface Frame Fighter is the new tank game from Obsidian, which I guess means it plays a lot like Resident Evil 1-3, except that it's free-to-play and has a less good name. Armored Warfare is so vague yet st...   more

Armored Warfare is a videogame about armored warfare photo

The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror'

All too often, survival horror titles perform poorly in some areas, but it's somehow acceptable because that's the trade-off for being survival horror. If the experience is tense and scary, it seems like everything else is fo...   more

The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo


The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo



The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us

Sony seems reluctant to let us see too much of The Order: 1886 at once. In February, Dale had a chance to check it out in a hands-off demo, and his biggest takeaway was that it looked absolutely stunning. After finally h...   more

The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo


The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo
The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo
The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo
The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo
The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo
The Order: 1886 looks great from what little Sony will show us photo



The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/24]

Take a walk this weekend. For real. At least 35 minutes. Show your work. While you're not listening to me: go listen to that new Jurassic 5 song. Anytime someone dramatically yells "I'm a fraud," imagine them yelling "I'm a f...   more

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Candy Crush studio's next game, Bubble Witch Saga 2

What's next for the studio that bagged mountains of cash on games like Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga? It's Bubble Witch Saga 2. I never knew there was a first game, but seeing as how the Facebook page for Bubble ...   more

Candy Crush studio's next game, Bubble Witch Saga 2 photo

Metro Redux comes to Xbox One, PS4, and PC this summer

As you may have heard, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are coming together for a new remaster package for the new generation of consoles and PC in the newly announced Metro Redux. This is better than your standard tweak-and-...   more

Metro Redux comes to Xbox One, PS4, and PC this summer photo

It looks like Iíll be playing Driveclub this fall

It’s been about a year since I’ve played upcoming PS4 racer Driveclub. It debuted at E3 last year; I found myself rushing to my PlayStation appointment to get my hands on it. I can’t tell you how disappointe...   more

It looks like Iíll be playing Driveclub this fall photo

First hands-on of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor won me over

I had absolutely no expectations for  Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. I’ve never played any of the franchise games, and I knew very little about the upcoming title. But my first hands on was a very pleasant surprise. A mere 45 minutes of play of its sandbox game got its hooks in me and now I'm totally sold.      more

First hands-on of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor won me over photo

Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability

Evolve, the asymmetrical four-versus-one multiplayer game from Turtle Rock Studios, is built around the titular premise of growing, becoming stronger, (dare I say it?) evolving. In game, this is called "staging up." As the mo...   more

Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo


Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo
Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo
Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo
Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo
Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo
Evolve is making advances toward infinite replayability photo



EA Sports UFC looks ultra-freakin' real

Look, I'm not necessarily a MMA fan, but I have played a few games and watched a few matches in my day. The latest, EA Sports UFC, is a pretty good time, even for a casual player like myself. I took on Digital Trends' Adam Ro...   more

EA Sports UFC looks ultra-freakin' real photo

Preview: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth

I tried to help settlers colonize a new planet (Earth becomes uninhabitable after we screw it up in a big way) in our first hands-on with a pre-alpha build of the upcoming game Civilization: Beyond Earth early last week. I wa...   more

Preview: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/17]

I don't know how my hair works. There are things in this world that I don't have control over: the widening chasm of monetary inequality, people liking Resident Evil 5, appearing to be blazed in internet videos, a third seaso...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/17] photo

H1Z1, as I saw it, was almost completely unplayable

As I was given an introductory overview of H1Z1 before some hands-on time, the development team emphasized how quickly the game was evolving. As it was the latest hardcore zombie survival MMO with open/transparent develo...   more

H1Z1, as I saw it, was almost completely unplayable photo

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is haunting

I don't know about you, but I really like Ubisoft's recent output of games utilizing the UbiArts Framework engine. I'm quite a fan of games that use 2D visuals to tell a story, and even with the recent release of Child of Lig...   more

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is haunting photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/10]

I learned a little about quarks this week. Quarks are small constituents of matter that make up the things that make up atoms and they're acted upon by all four important forces. Did you know there are six types of quarks, kn...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/10] photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/3]

I can't remember the last time I've liked a big name Hollywood actor showing up in a game. Sometimes they serve to pointlessly voice an NPC or two. Kevin Spacey's character has a prominent role in the new Call of Duty (screen...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [5/3] photo

Project Legion is CCP's new first-person shooter for PC

The exciting news out of the first keynote presentation on Friday at EVE Fanfest 2014 has to do with first-person shooters. Maybe surprisingly, that doesn't mean Dust 514. Rather, CCP's working on an entirely new ga...   more

Project Legion is CCP's new first-person shooter for PC photo

EVE Valkyrie's moved to Unreal 4, and is looking amazing

Of all the things going on at EVE Fanfest 2014, I was most excited to get my hands on EVE Valkyrie. There are a few reasons for this: I've heard it steals the show at every event it's at. I'm excited by anything in the v...   more

EVE Valkyrie's moved to Unreal 4, and is looking amazing photo

Galak-Z is like Spelunky by way of Macross

Galak-Z has gone through some changes since we first heard about it. The space shooter from 17-bit Studios (Skulls of the Shogun) has jumped on the roguelike train. I mean space train. Damn. I messed that up.  I messed u...   more

Galak-Z is like Spelunky by way of Macross  photo

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

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

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

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

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