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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

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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

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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

Yes! PC version of Hotline Miami 2 will have a level editor!

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will have a level editor on the PC! Fans can create their own demented levels, decorate it however they want to. And yes, you'll be able to share these custom created levels with other players. ...   more

Yes! PC version of Hotline Miami 2 will have a level editor! photo

Harmonix announces Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive

Dance Central Spotlight is a new Xbox One Kinect dancing title. The idea is to keep the focus on dancing and music, serving as a sort of follow-up to the hit Xbox 360 title Dance Central. The difference here is that Spotligh...   more

Harmonix announces Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive photo

Destructoid's definitive guide to E3 2014

E3 2014 begins next week. Destructoid has its bags packed, ready to attack the press conferences and show floor.  This year should bring us what we really wanted last year: games for our next-gen consoles. Sony and Micro...   more

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/7]

I have to make like a snake and get on a plane for E3 real soon. Still not packed. That's what Sunday night is for. I just want to file all my E3 reports like Ulala in Space Channel 5, strutting and dancing down the show floo...   more

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Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout

Harmonix has thought a lot about how they'll welcome players to Fantasia: Music Evolved and they've decided to add a partner apprentice that will serve as a sort of game guide. Her name is Scout, a talented but impatient appr...   more

Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout photo

Batman: Arkham Knight pushed back to 2015

When Batman: Arkham Knight was announced back in March, they said we could expect it this year. You know how that goes. Now it's coming in 2015.  Rocksteady showed off Arkham Knight at a pre-E3 event a few weeks back. Th...   more

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Batman: Arkham Knight: Batmobile can transform into a freakin' tank!

We gave you our impressions from the very first look at Batman: Arkham Knight back in March, but now we're back with a twist. That Batmobile we talked so much about? Yeah, it's great. Cruisin' around Gotham and blowing up sh*t is never going to be anything but great. But they were holding out on us: The Batmobile can transform into a freakin' tank!   more

Batman: Arkham Knight: Batmobile can transform into a freakin' tank! photo

Platformer Narcissus aims to bring back the arcade experience

Narcissus, or so the myth goes, was the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. Renowned for his beauty, but also for being somewhat of an ass, he was lured to a pool of water by goddess of divine retribution Ne...   more

Platformer Narcissus aims to bring back the arcade experience photo

My Tomodachi Life is just as strange as I am

The allure of a digital life is what inevitably led me to become much less of an internet hermit during my adolescence. There's something to be said about reinventing yourself from the ground up, whether you're just altering ...   more

My Tomodachi Life is just as strange as I am  photo

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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