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Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift

The sensory deprivation the Oculus Rift provides is great for immersion. And immersion is great for moody, atmospheric, scary games like Grave. Though there is a non Rift coming, so if you haven't sold your eye souls to virtu...   more

Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift photo

Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game

Borne out of Double Fine's yearly Amnesia Fortnight game jam, Hack 'N' Slash (as well as Spacebase DF-9) is getting a full release this summer. The top down action adventure game may look like a Legend of Zelda clone, but tha...   more

Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game photo

Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst

Imagine the exploratory experience of Journey, the first-person puzzle solving of Myst, and the look of the world of Avatar, all mixed together in one new game. That's how Storm in a Teacup's Executive Producer, Alberto Belli, describes their upcoming title, Nero. They call it a visual novel, though it's nothing like the Japanese text-based titles you might imagine from that label.   more

Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst photo

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350

As of this morning at 8 a.m. PST, pre-orders are open for the Oculus Rift development kit 2 (DK2). They're priced at $350, and will ship beginning in July of this year. Oculus tells Destructoid that the kits will be shipped o...   more

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350 photo

Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing

In recent times it seems as though games in 'retro-style' are on the rise. Perhaps this is nostalgia at work for a bygone era of gaming, or maybe there's an endearing spirit and honesty from gaming's past that peopl...   more

Hyper Light Drifter is gorgeous and punishing photo

Sentai studio sim Chroma Squad could be my XCOM replacement

I played a lot of XCOM last year, between running through Enemy Unknown late and Enemy Within. The blend of on the ground, turn-based combat and back home base management simulation hooked me. Chroma Squad is basically that. Except you're directing a Sentai with actors in colorful spandex dancing around lots of explosions and turtle and plant monsters. It's pretty great.   more

Sentai studio sim Chroma Squad could be my XCOM replacement photo

Pig Eat Ball made my butt rumble

"Have you guys played the butt rumble game yet?" That's what Dale North and I were asked by a conversational colleague at IGN's indie game mixer last night. The confused looks on our faces probably served as a blatant tell, ...   more

Pig Eat Ball made my butt rumble photo

Airscape: The Fall of Gravity is an insanely cute platformer

No, Steven, it's not an octopus kitten; it's just an octopus. But, it's a super adorable octopus that may have some kitten-like properties, and more importantly, it's the protagonist of Airscape: The Fall of Gravity. Airscap...   more

Airscape: The Fall of Gravity is an insanely cute platformer photo

The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool

One of the benefits of being at the Game Developers Conference is being able to meet the talent behind such inventive and quirky games. While many of the heavy hitters get most of the attention, there's pl...   more

The devs of Glitchspace want to make programming fun and cool photo

Barkley 2 developers hope to release in late 2014

It's not often that you see fan games actually go anywhere beyond the initial gimmick. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the developers at Tales of Games spent the last year and a half hard at ...   more

Barkley 2 developers hope to release in late 2014 photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [3/15]

[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 c...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [3/15] photo

Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium

Every time I see a razor blade in person I have to pick it up. Those things are dangerous and shouldn't be left lying about. Kids could put them in their mouth or pigeons could weaponize them. Maybe mobsters will smuggle them...   more

Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium photo

Watch us play inFamous: Second Son with Sucker Punch co-founder Chris Zimmerman

I've got to say, I'm looking forward to Infamous: Second Son. Now, this might surprise you if you follow my infuriatingly titled posts. Up until last week I didn't have any interest in Second Son. Sure, it looked neat, but w...   more

Watch us play inFamous: Second Son with Sucker Punch co-founder Chris Zimmerman photo

Dungeon Defenders 2 Pre-alpha gameplay with Max Scoville

For those of you who missed it, despite it being on almost every platform imaginable, Dungeon Defenders is masterful mixture of co-op, RPG, lootfest, tower defense action. Seriously, you can play it on your phone or it's fre...   more

Dungeon Defenders 2 Pre-alpha gameplay with Max Scoville photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [3/8]

[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 ot...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [3/8] photo

The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver uses Oculus Rift to chauffeur the undead

Do you share the same fondness of Crazy Taxi that millions of people do? Many remember it as one of the most enjoyable games of their childhood. Well, The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver might interest you, because at its roots, it...   more

The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver uses Oculus Rift to chauffeur the undead photo

First details on Azure Striker: Gunvolt

We were among the first to get our hands on Keiji Inafune's / Inti Creates' new 3DS side-scrolling action game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt here at BitSummit 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. We now have the first details on the game's story, world, and characters, straight from the developers.   more

First details on Azure Striker: Gunvolt photo

Nova-111 has captured my heart in real-time

BitSummit is under way in Kyoto, Japan, and some of the country’s finest independent developers are present to show off their games. One particularly strong showing comes from Funktronic Labs, a studio that’s nat...   more

Nova-111 has captured my heart in real-time photo

War Has Changed: What's NOT in MGS V: Ground Zeroes

Dying to hear all the dirt but don't want to take the time to read my full preview of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes? Well, if you're not a fan of verbose explanations, I can't imagine you're much of a Metal Gear Solid fan. In any case, here's a quick rundown of some classic Metal Gear elements that you won't be finding in the latest release.   more

War Has Changed: What's NOT in MGS V: Ground Zeroes photo

Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World

Considering that the series just celebrated its 25th anniversary, it might seem a little odd that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is only the fifth game in the series. However, if you’re counting Peace Walker, it...   more

Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo


Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo
Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo
Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo
Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo
Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo
Breaking New Ground: Metal Gear Solid V's Tactical approach to Open World photo



The best stuff on Destructoid this week [3/1]

[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 [3/1] photo

Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island

Do you know what's fun? Making Yoshi noises. Come on. Do it. The tongue grab. The flutter jump. The ground pound. Such an animated dinosaur. Hamza and Dale are really good at making Yoshi noises. Yoshi's New Island is also fun.   more

Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo


Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo
Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo
Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo
Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo
Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo
Meet Yoshi's New Island, same as the old island  photo



Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect

The last few times we've written about Murdered: Soul Suspect, the discussions centered around next gen ports. Well, that and the protagonist's unfortunate choice of head wear and other accoutrements. I mean, the fedora is somehow not the most egregious fashion choice. Wallet chain?  But now I've gotten a chance to play and have a bunch of different things to complain about.   more

Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo


Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo
Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo
Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo
Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo
Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo
Preview: Murdered: Soul Suspect photo



Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre

The year was 2009. Back when the Xbox 360's XBLA Summer of Games was all the rage, a small little downloadable title called Trials HD came out of nowhere and won the hearts of players. With two sequels, and several million c...   more

Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo


Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo



Wolfenstein: The New Order is as middling as I feared

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a videogame that has guns in it, and you use these guns to kill people. That's about as remarkable a statement as I could rack my brain for after spending three hours with game. As much as some W...   more

Wolfenstein: The New Order is as middling as I feared photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/22]

[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 [2/22] photo

The Order: 1886: Gritty, cinematic eye candy

Sony and Ready at Dawn have been tight-lipped about upcoming PS4 game The Order: 1886 up until now, and even with what they showed us last week, it seems that they're still just barely scratching the surface. But it's not lik...   more

The Order: 1886: Gritty, cinematic eye candy photo

Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix

It makes sense that when word gets out that Harmonix is working on a new game, everyone is going to want to see it. This was exactly the case at an invite-only showing earlier this month, taking place during D.I.C.E. Summit 2...   more

Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/15]

[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

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/15] photo

Cloudbuilt: It's like Mega Man & Mirror's Edge had a baby

When I first saw Cloudbuilt, I fell in love with the art style. It was pretty much heaven in my mind, with gorgeous aerial views mixed with sketch-heavy visuals. It helps that the gameplay looks like a solid mixture of parkou...   more

Cloudbuilt: It's like Mega Man & Mirror's Edge had a baby photo

Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious

So, where were you when South Park: The Stick of Truth was announced? This was all the way back in 2011, around the time another certain RPG title was on the minds of players. It was certainly a surprising reveal, don't you t...   more

Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo


Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo
Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo
Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo
Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo
Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo
Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious photo



Hands-on with the 3DS' F2P Steel Diver: Sub Wars

In the middle of last year Nintendo announced it would try out the whole free-to-play scheme with Steel Diver, to the collective sighs of relief from various Nintendo series fans. Now we have details on just how that pricing ...   more

Hands-on with the 3DS' F2P Steel Diver: Sub Wars photo

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball: Haggle a dog to buy games

Leave it to Nintendo to make "free to play" weird. This time, thankfully, it's my kind of weird. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball is not a baseball game. Rather, it's a compilation of baseball-themed minigames. There's a hitting mi...   more

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball: Haggle a dog to buy games photo

MLB 14 The Show gets a big visual boost from PS4 power

We had a chance to take a peek at the PS4 version of MLB 14 The Show this past week at a preview event, and it was clear from the get go that the game benefits greatly from the power that the PS4 provides. Now, it's not like ...   more

MLB 14 The Show gets a big visual boost from PS4 power photo

Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession

It was the beginning of 2013 when I finally just got tired of the competitive aspect of first-person shooters. It's been my favorite genre ever since the GoldenEye 64 days, but over the last few years I've just been losing mo...   more

Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo


Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo



Preview: inFamous: Second Son lights up the sky

I had some concerns about the future of inFamous: Second Son last year. When it slipped from the PS4 launch window, I was disappointed, but not necessarily worried yet. It wasn't until I began to see the game in action that t...   more

Preview: inFamous: Second Son lights up the sky photo

Evolve impressions: How did we feel about the Kangaroos?

A couple of weeks ago, Hamza and I got a chance to screw around in Turtle Rock and 2K's Evolve. Hamza wrote up his thoughts on the game right here, and I got to interview one of the developers about the game. But how did Hamza and I really feel? Well, watch the dang video.   more

Evolve impressions: How did we feel about the Kangaroos? photo

Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve

Turtle Rock is best known for creating the Left 4 Dead franchise. The series was a big hit for Valve, and after a lot of tribulation over the years -- everything from getting acquired, shut down, reformed, and losing their la...   more

Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo


Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo
Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo
Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo
Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo
Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo
Preview: It's four versus one in Turtle Rock's Evolve photo



World of Speed: A free-to-play online racing MMO

World of Speed is a racing MMO that sets to accomplish a goal that no other racer has been truly successful with so far: making racers cooperate with each other. Slightly Mad Studios has 10 years in the racing game busin...   more

World of Speed: A free-to-play online racing MMO photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/8]

[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 c...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/8] photo

The Toymaker returns in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

The Toymaker was first introduced in Mirror of Fate, and he returns for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Dracula is looking for the Mirror of Fate, and when the Toymaker is about to present one clue pointing to the mirror he ...   more

The Toymaker returns in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 photo

Oculus VR to co-publish CCP's EVE: Valkyrie

Oculus VR has announced they'll be co-publishing CCP's EVE: Valkyrie. The space flight dogfighter will be part of the launch lineup exclusively for the Oculus Rift whenever that's released. This marks the first game to be pub...   more

Oculus VR to co-publish CCP's EVE: Valkyrie photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/1]

[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 cont...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/1] photo

Enemy Front is a fresh approach to World War II shooters

Back in 2011 CI Games announced Enemy Front, a World War II shooter that was being worked on by Stuart Black who was the guy responsible for Black. It's funny how over-hyped that game was looking back. Anyway, Black left at s...   more

Enemy Front is a fresh approach to World War II shooters photo

Preview: Dark Souls II

As one of the most celebrated and admired games of the last generation, the Souls series from the developers at From Software has many admirers and critics. Many swear by its uncompromising and hardcore gameplay systems and d...   more

Preview: Dark Souls II photo

Lords of the Fallen won't be a walk in the park

A couple of weeks ago I wrote up this little story asking for CI Games to show us some real gameplay footage of Lords of the Fallen. Well, there's still no footage but at the very least I got to see the game in action earlier...   more

Lords of the Fallen won't be a walk in the park photo

Charging wildly into War of the Vikings

War of the Vikings, the close-quarters Vikings-versus-Saxons bloodbath, is in Early Access on Steam. Yesterday, it saw its biggest patch leading up to its early March release window. With it comes the content I got to test ou...   more

Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo


Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo
Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo
Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo
Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo
Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo
Charging wildly into War of the Vikings  photo



Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II

A couple years back, Destructoid's handsomely verbose Fraser Brown reviewed a strategy game of his ilk that didn't instantly fill me with dread and and remind me of my general inadequacy. Warlock: Master of the Arcane was os...   more

Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo


Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo



Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster

Paradox is looking to make a game so ambitious you'd think they're trying to please Odin himself. Runemaster is an upcoming title from the house that made Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and many more hit strategy games f...   more

Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo


Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo
Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo
Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo
Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo
Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo
Side with Thor or Loki in Paradox's new RPG, Runemaster photo



Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy

The year was 2012. Radioactive bees ruled the skies, filling their endocrine sacs with the remaining wisps of human hope, and garlic wolves devoured the remains. Meanwhile, Double Fine put out a wildly successful Kickstarter ...   more

Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo


Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo
Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo
Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo
Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo
Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo
Telsa Effect is old school point & click Tex Murphy photo