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Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

How weird was it seeing that reveal trailer for Plant vs Zombies: Garden Warfare at last year's E3? Plants vs Zombies was known for its focus on strategy and quirky humor, so it was a pretty surprising move for the developers...   more

Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare photo

Crusader Kings II expansion Rajas of India opens the map

Crusader Kings II is going strong since its release two years ago. Last year saw the release of a Linux version, The Old Gods expansion (which lets you start playing 200 years earlier in history), and The Sons of Abraham expa...   more

Crusader Kings II expansion Rajas of India opens the map photo

Going through World War II with Hearts of Iron IV

Following up on the continuing recent success of Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV, Paradox is revisiting another beloved grand strategy series, Hearts of Iron, with the recently announced Hearts of Iron IV. The Hea...   more

Going through World War II with Hearts of Iron IV photo

Casting magic spells in Magicka: Wizard War's new mode

Magicka: Wizard Wars has been available through Steam's Early Access program since October and it's been seeing updates at least once a week. Updates ranging from small bug fixes, to big new additions. A lot of these updates...   more

Casting magic spells in Magicka: Wizard War's new mode photo

Preview: The first four hours of Thief

Back in October, I got the chance to sit down to chat with members of Eidos Montreal after a lengthy session with the new entry in the Thief series. Since the reveal in 2009, the game has gone through many different iteration...   more

Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo


Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo
Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo
Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo
Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo
Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo
Preview: The first four hours of Thief photo



Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Whenever games tied to a major license are announced, there's usually a collective grumble from fans. Titles based on movies, television, or comics usually don't end up well, as most of the time they're developing with the fo...   more

Preview: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor photo

Dear Infamous: Second Son, please come out already

I got a PlayStation 4 and I really like it. I've played some fun games on there like Resogun and, uh, well okay that's about it. I mean I've played other games on the console like Assassin's Creed IV, but I'm specifically re...   more

Dear Infamous: Second Son, please come out already photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [1/18]

Selamat pagi, homies! 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...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [1/18] photo

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII after 30 hours

SHUT UP, Hope!  I'M TRYING TO WORK HERE! Okay, sorry. Hope is always talking in my ear. Non-stop. You'll see. Oh my God, you'll see. I'm coming off over 30 hours of nearly non-stop play of Square Enix's latest, Lightning...   more

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII after 30 hours photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week

Selamat pagi, homies! 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 o...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week photo

TowerFall Ascension is shaping up to be one kickass port

In 2013, the highly anticipated TowerFall hit the Ouya platform -- and so began the thousands of voices clamoring for a port to any other platform. As of late last year creator Matt Thorson reported that he had only sold...   more

TowerFall Ascension is shaping up to be one kickass port photo

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising

In 2010, Konami took a chance on the obscure Spanish development studio MercurySteam to create a reboot for one of the most adored and quoted game series ever. While Castlevania: Lords of Shadow went on to become a popular se...   more

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is bold and uncompromising photo



Preview: Aban Hawkins & the 1001 Spikes

Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes was a great concept. It launched way back in 2011 on the Xbox Live Indie store for a whole dollar, and remains one of the best games on the marketplace to this day. But the folks over at Nic...   more

Preview: Aban Hawkins & the 1001 Spikes photo

Alien: Isolation captures the mood of Ridley Scott's film

Have you ever been hunted? I haven't (in a videogame or, thankfully, real life). Some games make veiled attempts to simulate the sense, but as long as you learn and know the correct order of operations, they usually don't tak...   more

Alien: Isolation captures the mood of Ridley Scott's film photo

Alien: Isolation is nothing like Colonial Marines

There we were. The same notion on everyone’s mind, whether they liked it or not. Members of the press conflicted in their reluctant eagerness to address, key developers dreading the topic altogether. It clouded the air,...   more

Alien: Isolation is nothing like Colonial Marines photo

Alien: Isolation is the new game in the Alien franchise

After months of rampant Internet speculation, Sega has finally revealed that Alien: Isolation is the new title in the Alien(s) franchise, and that it's being developed by Creative Assembly, the studio behind the Tot...   more

Alien: Isolation is the new game in the Alien franchise photo

A closer look at Digital Storm's Bolt II Steam Box

Digital Storm showed us their newly announced Steam Machine this morning in a pre-CES meeting. Their Bolt II is small, sleek, premium option for those wanting to get into what Valve is putting down. This particular offering supports both Steam OS and Windows 8 to give you the best of both worlds.  Me likey.   more

A closer look at Digital Storm's Bolt II Steam Box photo

Max: Curse of Brotherhood should prove an endearing romp

I quite liked the first Max and the Magic Marker. It was a cute little 2D game that let me draw things and crush enemies with them. I was surprised to hear of a sequel, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, especially as one of th...   more

Max: Curse of Brotherhood should prove an endearing romp photo

No Man's Sky has me excited for the next gen

The highlight of the VGX, aside from Joel McHale's unrelenting irreverence, was the unexpected, unlikely No Man's Sky from the creators of Joe Danger. Much of the afternoon centered around content that was not particularly ne...   more

No Man's Sky has me excited for the next gen photo

Impressions: Rainbow Moon (Vita)

Strategy RPGs seem to thrive on handheld systems. While many are released on console, it often takes a port to a portable build for gamers to take notice. With a sequel already in the works, EastAsiaSoft has seen fit to port last year's Rainbow Moon from PS3 to Vita, and the experience remains mostly intact from the console version. This is both to its credit and its detriment.   more

Impressions: Rainbow Moon (Vita) photo

Child of Light: A storybook fairy tale RPG after my heart

The PS4 will be released this week without a role-playing game in its launch lineup. I'm pretty bummed about that. But being able to get my hands on a PS4 build of Ubisoft's upcoming Child of Light made me feel much better. And now that I've got a taste of what they're working on, I'll be counting the days until I can play it again.    more

Child of Light: A storybook fairy tale RPG after my heart photo

Powerstar Golf: full of RPG-like systems, cloud features

Xbox One golf launch title Powerstar Golf didn't gel with me the first time I played it, but after seeing the depth of some of its systems last week I feel better about it. Its RPG-ish leveling system and cloud-based competitive features sound like something I could really get into.    more

Powerstar Golf: full of RPG-like systems, cloud features photo

FIFA 14 adds layers of realism to the pitch

From what I understand, FIFA 14 is one of the earliest games to be shown consistently running on Xbox One hardware, rather than being demonstrated on PC-based development kits. That being the case, I expected a solid performa...   more

FIFA 14 adds layers of realism to the pitch photo

Call of Duty Ghosts performs smoothly on Xbox One

Despite the less-than-stellar reception it's received in the press, Call of Duty: Ghosts remains one of the most anticipated launch titles in the Xbox One line-up. Not because the game itself, so much as the power of its bran...   more

Call of Duty Ghosts performs smoothly on Xbox One photo

Crimson Dragon is neat, messy, and not entirely on-rails

For some reason, Crimson Dragon feels like the weirdest Xbox One launch title. Maybe that can be attributed to the spiritual Panzer Dragoon sequel's tumultuous development (from 360 Kinect exclusive to budget, $20 Xbox One ga...   more

Crimson Dragon is neat, messy, and not entirely on-rails photo

Peggle 2: gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

We learned the sad news this week that PopCap's Peggle 2 won't make launch day. But it's still "launch window" and it's still awesome in the way that only Peggle should be, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the near-final version I played last week.    more

Peggle 2: gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme photo

NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy

Sports, television, videogames. NBA Live 14 is the Xbox One trifecta. The NBA Live series has long been dormant, finally reviving itself on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this month.  The key word I kept hearing was "relevan...   more

NBA Live 14 fighting for relevancy photo

Dead Rising 3: One hell of a comeback

I won't spend as much time on Dead Rising 3 as I did with some of the other Xbox One pre-launch previews as we've covered it a fair bit in the past. We first saw it at E3 and thought that it looked and sounded rough. But our ...   more

Dead Rising 3: One hell of a comeback photo

Ryse: Son of Rome: A time of great unrest

People keep asking me about Ryse: Son of Rome. I think everyone has questions because we've heard so many conflicting things about the Xbox One launch title since its announcement. Is it a string of quick time events? How doe...   more

Ryse: Son of Rome: A time of great unrest photo

Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense

Stats run sports. Yes, we have heartwarming stories of moxie and upsets and unexpected onside kicks right after the Super Bowl halftime show and they make for great narratives, but numbers are invaluable at easily quantifying...   more

Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense photo

Forza Motorsport 5: Finally, some real quality time

Forza Motorsport 5 has been on my Xbox One launch list since its announcement; I knew this was a game I had to have from the beginning. I've played it several times over the past years at trade shows and other events, but eve...   more

Forza Motorsport 5: Finally, some real quality time photo

Impressions: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U)

Last year, after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Black Forest Games was able to take what started as a Mario rip-off with the Great Giana Sisters and turn it into a unique, beautiful platformer. After being one o...   more

Impressions: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U) photo

Daylight scared the sh*t out of me

Daylight? More like Darklight. Because it's so fu*king dark in here and I can't god damn see and there are fu*king ghosts everywhere god damn it Hamza why did you make me preview this game. This is what I remembered a few min...   more

Daylight scared the sh*t out of me  photo

Getting spooked in Daylight while wearing an Oculus Rift

Sensory deprivation can be relaxing. It can also be terrifying in extreme measures, like the sound proof acoustic chamber that causes its guests to hallucinate. Wearing an Oculus Rift is a little bit like that. Especially in ...   more

Getting spooked in Daylight while wearing an Oculus Rift photo

Learning to be bad with Blackguards

If you've ever wanted to tear across a fantasy realm with a roving band of criminal misfits, you might be able to live out your dream in Daedalic's tactical role-playing game, Blackguards. You might recall that I wasn't parti...   more

Learning to be bad with Blackguards photo

Dying a decent amount in Knack

Sony threw a PlayStation 4 shindig this week and Knack was featured heavily. We were treated to a video, narrated live by PS4 architect and Knack director Mark Cerny, with a lot of the gameplay sliced out in order to focus on...   more

Dying a decent amount in Knack photo

Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon

4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) space strategy games have been all over the place, and recently we've had Sins of a Solar Empire to tackle the real-time side of the genre. It's been awhile since we've had...   more

Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo


Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo
Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo
Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo
Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo
Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo
Preview: Conquer space one turn at a time in Horizon photo



A quick look at Audiosurf 2 in Early Access release

Please to be enjoying this short preview of Audiosurf 2 as available in Early Access on Steam. Due for final release later this year, the music-driven game has added a fair bit of complexity to its newest official mode. Maybe a little too much, even.   more

A quick look at Audiosurf 2 in Early Access release photo

Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within

If you haven’t played the eXcellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you should. However, now there is a caveat to that. You should play it, but you should probably wait until November 12 to do so because that’s when the Enem...   more

Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo


Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo
Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo
Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo
Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo
Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo
Defending earth against new threats in XCOM: Enemy Within photo



A quick look at the new Mario Party for 3DS

While some games in the Mario Party series are easily better than the others (*cough* Mario Party 2 *cough*), I think we can all agree that each one has been fun to play. Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS is no different, ...   more

A quick look at the new Mario Party for 3DS photo

The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again

I recently got to play a solid few hours of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and was able to do whatever I wanted, outside of the select core missions Ubisoft wanted to specifically show off. There was a lot to do, but I wante...   more

The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo


The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo
The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo
The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo
The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo
The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo
The open ocean makes Assassin's Creed feel fresh again photo



Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours

When I first saw the adorable Castle Story at PAX East earlier this year, it immediately grabbed my attention. Its simplistic brick stacking and mining are very enjoyable and addicting, and the animations are a joy to watch. ...   more

Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo


Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo
Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo
Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo
Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo
Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo
Preview: Castle Story has me stacking bricks for hours photo



Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play

I played Super Mario 3D World at E3 this past year and for whatever reason it just didn't interest me at all. Yeah, it's neat and it's about time they made a 3D Mario game with mulitplayer, but the demo made it feel like yet ...   more

Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo


Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo
Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo
Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo
Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo
Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo
Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play photo



BetaDwarf's Forced: From classroom to Steam Early Access

Garages are passé now, it seems. Where once indie game developers would steal precious space from cars, lawnmowers, and bikes, they can now be found living up in a tree or, in the case of Danish developer BetaDwarf, sq...   more

BetaDwarf's Forced: From classroom to Steam Early Access photo

Mobile slot machine RPG Slot Revolution has strong hooks

I tried Konami's latest money eater this morning. Their iOS, Android, and Kindle title, Slot Revolution, doesn't have the best name. It doesn't do a good job of describing this free-to-play slot machine-based dungeon crawling RPG, but I could tell that it had role-playing roots from the screenshots, so I gave it a spin. A spin, folks.    more

Mobile slot machine RPG Slot Revolution has strong hooks photo

Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted

At Tokyo Game Show last month, I got an early peek at Elemental Labs' Reborn, an action RPG with a sci-fi twist that they're aiming to put on both PS3 and PS4 next year. New publisher acttil hosted an event where Elemental La...   more

Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo


Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo
Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo
Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo
Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo
Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo
Impressive PS4/PS3 action RPG Reborn debuted, Kickstarted photo



Create & share custom matches in AC IV's multiplayer

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will of course bring back the ever growing multiplayer versus mode, and like always, we can expect plenty of new content. New maps and characters are a given, but the biggest surprise with thi...   more

Create & share custom matches in AC IV's multiplayer photo

Gravity Ghost dances between planets, makes Newton proud

We have had our eyes on Erin Robinson's Gravity Ghost for only a short while now, but every time we get to talk about it, we can't help but spew nice things about the title. As a PAX 10 alumna with 2010's Puzzle Bots, it's no...   more

Gravity Ghost dances between planets, makes Newton proud photo

Getting up to speed with Strider

Strider was…well, it wasn't a big deal at Tokyo Game Show 2013. It could be found at a couple of places on the show floor, but you had to look for it. But I didn't need any fanfare or huge signage to want to try it out...   more

Getting up to speed with Strider photo

Picking up houses and riding butterflies in SCALE

Aside from the conversation that Jonathan had with developer Steve Swink, we haven't done much to cover SCALE. Fortunately, the Phoenix area indie game developer group Game CoLab put together an event at the Phoenix Art ...   more

Picking up houses and riding butterflies in SCALE photo