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Quantum Break piqued my curiosity, but it still has a lot to prove

Remedy Entertainment has made a living by following a tried-and-true formula: take a third-person shooter, support it with a catchy and innovative gameplay mechanic, and wrap it all up with an emphasis on narrative. Max Payne...   more

Quantum Break piqued my curiosity, but it still has a lot to prove photo

Crookz puts a '70s heist movie spin on tactical gaming

A tactical game with a '70s heist movie theme? Finding something like that at gamescom is about as unlikely as finding a videogame trailer with porn star Ron Jeremy in it. But here we are with both.    more

Crookz puts a '70s heist movie spin on tactical gaming photo

Rediscover a Lara Croft you already know in Temple of Osiris

Which Lara Croft do you prefer? Crystal Dynamics has two versions of her, splitting the iconic character into distinctly different properties. The recent Tomb Raider reboot and the scheduled follow-up Rise of t...   more

Rediscover a Lara Croft you already know in Temple of Osiris photo

California is not an island, but here are my Dead Island 2 impressions

You'll be able to explore Los Angeles, Santa Monica, some beaches, a golf course, and maybe even more in the final version of Dead Island 2. But what Deep Silver was showing at gamescom 2014 was pretty limited. I only got to run around a small, closed-off section of the Los Angeles suburbs. It was a short taste of what the Southern California zombie-slaughtering life is like.    more

California is not an island, but here are my Dead Island 2 impressions photo

H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out

I stopped tallying at ten counts of the word "iteration" in the early goings of the SOE Live 2014 presentation for SOE's upcoming (PC, PS4) survival zombie sim H1Z1. Okay. I get it. That's why the game wasn't so hot when it w...   more

H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo


H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo
H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo
H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo
H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo
H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo
H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo



The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise

Xbox's flagship franchise isn't something that Microsoft's going to stray from anytime soon. Why would it? If there was any doubt about Halo's lasting appeal, it was dashed with the E3 reveal of Halo: The Master Chief Collect...   more

The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise photo

Until Dawn has hundreds of endings and thousands of branches

Supermassive Games' Pete Samuels and Will Byles held a behind-closed-doors session during gamescom to give us a better look into upcoming PS4 horror title Until Dawn. During that session they explained how their PS3 Move-only...   more

Until Dawn has hundreds of endings and thousands of branches photo

Ori and the Blind Forest is a lot more than just a beautiful game

One glance at Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest is enough to be immediately enamored by the game's visuals. Actually, it's almost an inevitability. Every piece of media that Microsoft releases for Ori draws att...   more

Ori and the Blind Forest is a lot more than just a beautiful game photo

Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is

Jack of all trades, master of none. Sure Delson from Infamous: Second Son has the ability to suck up other people's powers for his own, which is pretty cool in its own right. But those that just have one specific power to man...   more

Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo


Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo
Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo
Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo
Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo
Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo
Infamous: First Light shows off how great Fetch really is photo



How Far Cry 4 plans on making memorable missions

Think back on Far Cry 3. Reflect on all the memorable moments you had with that game. What sticks out the most? The missions or the unscripted stuff that happened in the open world? Chances are you primarily remember the unsc...   more

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Prepare to hate your co-op partner in Project Totem

Even though I wasn’t optimistic about the prospect, I wanted to put my best foot forward. With a cheery tone to my voice, I affirmed the stranger’s request to play Project Totem cooperatively with me. The entire m...   more

Prepare to hate your co-op partner in Project Totem photo

Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in

Gamescom is a noisy, crowded mess. Shoulder to shoulder with patrons that didn’t seem to care what they bump into, I trudged my way to my next appointment. As I stepped through the door to the meeting room, something un...   more

Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo


Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo
Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo
Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo
Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo
Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo
Life is Strange is a world you'll want to lose yourself in photo



Command a tiger that can turn invisible in Far Cry 4

Far Cry 3 had some pretty wild moments. Like, remember when Vaas was dancing around on the stripper pole? Good stuff. Far Cry 4 will have some crazy segments as well, but these are a little more grounded to the core of the ga...   more

Command a tiger that can turn invisible in Far Cry 4 photo

Until Dawn is my kind of horror

I am a little baby when it comes to horror movies. I just can’t. I can’t sit and force myself to stare at a screen that will make me scream and flinch. That’s not fun to me! The opposite is true when it com...   more

Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo


Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo
Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo
Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo
Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo
Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo
Until Dawn is my kind of horror photo



Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving

It seems like yesterday when we were all huddling around the mysterious WebM videos floating around the internet. Showing a strange and unknown game resembling a Souls title, many people didn't know what to make of it. The ch...   more

Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo


Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo
Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo
Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo
Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo
Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo
Bloodborne is bleak and unforgiving photo



Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary

Though it was initially seen as "Jaws-in-space," the legacy for Alien is certainly much more pristine than the one with the giant shark. Originally released in 1979, the first Alien would eventually become a much-loved horror...   more

Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo


Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary photo



Digging deeper into The Tomorrow Children

At a gamescom briefing today, Dylan Cuthbert of Q-Games showed off their brand collaboration with Sony Studios Japan for the first time. PS4 title The Tomorrow Children (temporary title) is quite different from Q-Games' other titles, but it does share their trademark creativity and imagination. It's...pretty weird.   more

Digging deeper into The Tomorrow Children photo

Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was a huge game. Like, you could easily sink 100 hours into that whole experience before getting 100 percent completion. So Assassin's Creed Rogue may or may not be quite the game for you. It ...   more

Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo


Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo
Assassin's Creed Rogue gives you more open ocean goodness photo



Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II

I wasn't very happy with Dragon Age II. Whereas Origins was a glorious return to old-school RPG sensibilities, Dragon Age II played like an action game that took place in the same universe. I liked the sequel for di...   more

Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo


Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition plays like a solid mix of Origins and Dragon Age II photo



Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for

Okay, so technically there's three big changes that everyone will be excited about, the third being the whole two- to four-player cooperative experience in Assassin's Creed Unity. Personally I'm not all that looking forward t...   more

Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo


Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo
Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo
Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo
Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo
Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo
Assassin's Creed Unity's two big changes that I'm excited for photo



World exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview

Activision is upset with us, you know. As it turns out, publishers love revealing things. So when someone leaks something before a publisher intends on tipping its hand, well, it gets angry. And you aren't going to ...   more

World exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/9]

Terror in Resonance has been disappointing, but I keep watching it. Partly because it is very pretty (expensive), partly because every time I make pasta my roommate just puts it on and I groan and think, "Fine, I will wa...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/9] photo

Killing Floor 2 has more gore than you can twirl a katana at

Killing Floor 2 is showing in spades much of what made the original a success. Blood by the bucket is shown to stain the map for the duration of the match as players dismember genetic freaks every which way. Tripwire Interac...   more

Killing Floor 2 has more gore than you can twirl a katana at photo

That BioShock teaser was an iOS port and it plays well (sort of)

That BioShock teaser from 2K? It's not a new BioShock game. It's the first one, but on Apple devices. Hence the apple in the tease. Clever. Who called it? This is basically a full port of the PC version of BioShock,...   more

That BioShock teaser was an iOS port and it plays well (sort of) photo

Nisha the Lawbringer whips it good in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

I got to spend a little time with Nisha the Lawbringer from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and yippee ki-yay is she a fun character. Nisha brings Old West sensibilities to this moon shooter, and a few new tricks as well. And a bullwhip.   more

Nisha the Lawbringer whips it good in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/26]

Let's get away for the weekend, just you and me. I know this little place on the coast. Nice restaurant, view of the water from the cliff side. We could probably sleep in the car in the parking lot and hang out on the beach a...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/26] photo

Video: Wilhelm is like a Terminator on rocket skates in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Back with more impressions from playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I had some first-hand playtime with the cybernetic tough guy, Wilhelm the Enforcer, which I would like to relate to you with my mouth. Wilhelm may not be all he's cracked up to be, yet. But he's got a couple of interesting surprises.   more

Video: Wilhelm is like a Terminator on rocket skates in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo

Video: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's new Stingray vehicle, Athena breakdown, and smart guns?

I got my hands on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel recently, and I've got some hot info on the new mechanics, and one of the new player characters, Athena the Gladiator. The game's new Stingray vehicle has a neat trick to it, the...   more

Video: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's new Stingray vehicle, Athena breakdown, and smart guns? photo

To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game

A chasm in stealth games tends to be player skill and the supposed skills of super sleuth avatars. You're often eased into the situation, your lack of skill assumed, or you just fumble your way through -- especially with the ...   more

To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game photo

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play

During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the...   more

Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/12]

You should watch Ping Pong: The Animation. It's why Lebron James realized he needed to go back to Cleveland, true story. But be warned, watching other anime after will be hard because it leaves you extra acutely aware of how ...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/12] photo

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon. But Kadokawa Games' first intern...   more

Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo

Escape Dead Island is a single-player 'survival mystery'

The next Dead Island game isn't Dead Island 2. Of course, Dead Island: Riptide already showed the series' disregard for numeration. Counting the early access MOBA, Dead Island 2 should be Dead Island 5. But Dea...   more

Escape Dead Island is a single-player 'survival mystery' photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/28]

Burn it all to the ground. I'm making guacamole.  Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew. [We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, w...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/28] photo

Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome

Yup, you read that headline correctly. Platinum Games, the maker of such fine titles as Mad World, Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising, The Wonderful 101, and more, is creating a game based on The Legend of Korra series. It's being ...   more

Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome photo

Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement

What can be done freshen up the zombie genre at this point? Videogames, television shows, movies, comics -- virtually every pop culture medium's been infested by the craze, long ago hitting a saturation (and then oversaturati...   more

Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement photo

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/21]

No longer tormented by the ants, I'm again able to stock Kahlua, which means my first white Russian in ages. With cream instead of milk, too. Now I'm going to go get tikka masala. Not bad. I walked in on my friend playing Gra...   more

The best stuff on Destructoid this week [6/21] photo

Kyoto Wild is a quick but thoughtful Bushido brawler

Teddy Diefenbach is a busy guy. He's one of the developers on the high-profile indie title Hyper Light Drifter, but when he isn't doing that, he's making more games. Kyoto Wild is his side-project, and Diefenbach says he...   more

Kyoto Wild is a quick but thoughtful Bushido brawler photo

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar

The reveal trailer for Dreadnought pushes a lot of the right buttons for science fiction fans. It puts potential players into the right frame of mind and really sets up the scale of the endeavor. Combatants will not be dartin...   more

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo


Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo



The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami ...   more

The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo

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