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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

I rode an elephant in Far Cry 4 and went on a complete rampage

You all saw the gameplay footage of Far Cry 4, right? Well I got to play through the demo myself, specifically focused on taking over the outpost (now referred to as fortresses). We saw how to take it over from the sky at the press conference, but I decided to take things differently by riding a big elephant into battle.  It was glorious.    more

I rode an elephant in Far Cry 4 and went on a complete rampage photo

I want to love The Division, but I just don't trust it yet

This marks the second E3 we've seen Tom Clancy's The Division, an ambitious online open-world RPG that sees a players dealing with a disaster after society has fallen. This is also the second year in a row that we could not ...   more

I want to love The Division, but I just don't trust it yet photo

The Crew is a high speed racing roadtrip with friends

Any fan of racing games will tell you that all titles in the genre aren't created equal. Far from it, in fact. It's a nuanced category, as the more realistic games that strive to be simulators often appeal to different types ...   more

The Crew is a high speed racing roadtrip with friends photo

Alien: Isolation is more than just you and a Xenomorph

At the reveal event for Alien: Isolation, we were shown a lengthy demo that got right to the heart of the conflict at-hand: Amanda Ripley trying to navigate a space station as a very aggressive Xenomorph hunted her. In our fi...   more

Alien: Isolation is more than just you and a Xenomorph photo

Assassin's Creed Unity captures the liveliness of revolutionary Paris

Ubisoft took a bold step in opting to release Assassin's Creed Unity exclusively on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. With a fragmented userbase on consoles, publishers are mostly taking the predictable approach of launching games ...   more

Assassin's Creed Unity captures the liveliness of revolutionary Paris photo

Why the heck is Forza Horizon 2 trying to get me killed?

Driving is dangerous. We take it for granted, but you're more likely to die driving to the airport than zipping through the air a mile high in a heavy, metal tube. I am pretty okay at driving, but I am notably not great at dr...   more

Why the heck is Forza Horizon 2 trying to get me killed? photo

Watch us play an hour's worth Destiny's open world

The folks at Bungie gave Destructoid full access to the Destiny Alpha just before E3. You may remember that I wasn't all that excited for the game the last time I saw it, but having full freedom to do whatever and being able...   more

Watch us play an hour's worth Destiny's open world photo

Hands-on with the Destiny first-look alpha

After months of hype it's nice to be able to sit down and actually play a game for yourself. It's crazy to think that Bungie sent over members of the press to an event without even giving them a chance to play Destiny, but he...   more

Hands-on with the Destiny first-look alpha photo

I'm loving Sunset Overdrive's mutant killing arsenal

As much as I like Sunset Overdrive's mix of Jet Set and Ratchet and Clank, I'm less in love with the insufferable punk aesthetic its sleeveless jean jacket wearing lead puts forth. Just because you pin cloth to your jean jack...   more

I'm loving Sunset Overdrive's mutant killing arsenal photo

Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania

Before I was able to play Ori and the Blind Forest, Microsoft Studios producer Daniel Smith rattled off a list of influences for the game, which sets lofty, perhaps unreasonable, expectations. He cited the works of Hayao Miya...   more

Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful metroidvania photo

The Sims 4: Aspirations and emotional traits systems shown

We've seen some of the key features of The Sims 4 since its announcement around this time last year.. We know, for example, how easy it is to create your character, and we've seen how they've overhauled the game's build mode. But Maxis has only briefly touched on how you'll create and develop your character's goals and emotions. We saw a bit more of how that works at a recent pre-E3 briefing.   more

The Sims 4: Aspirations and emotional traits systems shown photo

Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons

For better or worse, Fable is one of the staple series for Xbox consoles. Since its beginning as a relatively simple action-RPG, it has seen some entries go off in various directions. Fable Legends is another game that takes ...   more

Fable Legends combines Left 4 Dead with Dungeons and Dragons photo

Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita

In upcoming online Vita action RPG Freedom Wars, you are sentenced to a million years in prison. Not a typo. In fact, everyone in this messed up future world is born with a million year sentence. But you can work that se...   more

Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo


Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo
Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo
Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo
Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo
Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo
Freedom Wars: Eight-person action-RPG multiplayer goodness for PS Vita photo



Sonic Boom on 3DS seems like a pleasantly surprising platformer

Just last week, Sega announced that the two upcoming Nintendo-exclusive Sonic games were given subtitles. The Wii U title is now Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the 3DS version is Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Despite sh...   more

Sonic Boom on 3DS seems like a pleasantly surprising platformer photo

EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year

EA Sports is in a good position with its athletic franchises. The demand for annual iterations in each series is high enough to warrant frequent releases, but sports don't really change. This allows the developers to focus on...   more

EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo


EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo
EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo
EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo
EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo
EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo
EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo



Battlefield Hardline: First hands-on impressions

I was pretty excited to be able to be the first to tell you about Battlefield Hardline, the new team up cops-and-robbers title from Visceral (Dead Space) and DICE. But trailer leaks, detail leaks, and even gameplay video lea...   more

Battlefield Hardline: First hands-on impressions photo