PAX East was completely bonkers this year. There was a marked decrease in big publisher representation, with Microsoft showing strictly old stuff and Nintendo and Sony bowing out completely. The indies more than made up for ... more
Chris Roberts and his team on Star Citizen were at PAX East to show off Star Citizen's dogfighting module. You may have watched this footage already, but now it's in super hi-def and the crowd isn't totally drowning out the audience this time around either.
I need this game all over me. more
Bethesda hosted a livestream recently showing off about 30 minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay. This was the demo fans got to play during PAX East, but now you can watch it yourself thanks to the power of the worl... more
Holmes had an extra long interview with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham during PAX East, and it covers all the games the small studio is currently working on. It's a nice showcase of every thing they got going on, and biggest of all is Cult County.
It's their upcoming survival horror game, and there's just under two weeks left on their Kickstarter. more
There's a headline I never expected to write. Like ever. But that's Tetropolis for you! Tetropolis sees you playing as those iconic falling blocks, going through levels and exploring the things that need to be explored.
The ... more
Alex Bruce, the man behind Antichamber, was at PAX East with no game to show off at all. He was simply there purely to help out other indies. I saw a lot of indies supporting other indies at PAX, as a matter of fact. In this... more
Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills. Yup, that's according to the developer Holmes interviewed at PAX in the video here. It was then created in a drinking game jam, and brought around to some shows lik... more
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake saw success on Kickstarter, and it's coming along nicely as evidence by our interview at PAX East. It looks super cute and simplistic, but there's way more depth than you'd imagine here.
A deep ... more
One of the most common questions one gets asked when visiting a show like PAX East is, "what's the most fun game you've played this weekend." Woah Dave was my automatic response to any such query this past weekend. An a... more
Longtime Destructoid community member AgentMOO's High Strangeness was back at PAX this year with a nearly done build. With the help of indie publisher Midnight City, High Strangeness is coming out late this year on PC and consoles.
Holmes and Ben "AgentMOO" Shostak talked about the "12- bit" adventure and enemies that get more nefarious and capable as you do when you switch to the 16-bit world. more
Free Lives' Broforce is already out in the wild on Steam Early Access, playable to those willing to part with $14.99 in exchange for a super macho, explosion-filled action-platformer romp featuring such characters as Bromman... more
An anthropomorphic purple rabbit from the future wants to become mayor and you're his campaign manager, which means murdering all of the competition and their supporters. "I think that's how politics works."
Well, it's close... more
Get our own Jonathan Holmes and Action Button Entertainment's Tim Rogers in a room together and magic will happen. Here the two are at PAX East discussing Videoball, a "real-time strategy shooting sports game" that's far dee... more
I played BaraBariBall over a year ago at GDC 2013 and it was fun as heck. I liked it BaraBari much. But it's still not out. Not yet, anyways. It's coming this year to PC, PS4, and PS3 as a part of the amazing Sportsfriends. ... more
Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story) was making an FMV game and decided that it wasn't fun, but the development tools were. Because of this insight, we can all take 2 bit selfies for days. I wonder how long before my browser's built in spell check accepts "selfies."
Yes, you. Do it. Though I don't know if you can beat Holmes and Love. more
Heart Machine pushed back its wildly anticipated Hyper Light Drifter from the previous June 2014 release to the end of 2014. Heart Machine's Alex Preston, talking to Jonathan Holmes at PAX, explained that, while they're stil... more
La-Mulana was regarded by some as the hardest game ever. This isn't going to change, though Nigoro's Takami Naramura wants it to be slightly more intuitive so perhaps all those deaths don't lead to warranted frustration and ... more
While our event video matron Conrad Zimmerman was off editing video at PAX East last weekend, Caitlin Cooke and I went to take a quick look at the much ballyhooed Diversity Lounge. I had heard from Conrad and Caitlin that th... more
On today's hard-hitting debut episode of Tuesday Newsday, we cover some of the highlights from PAX East, like Cult of the Wind, where you run around pretending to be an airplane, or Rain World, where you're a big squishy slug... more
Everyone's favorite cuddle bunny, Jonathan Holmes, got a chance to check out Krautscape at the Midnight City booth at PAX East this past weekend. King Friday gives the low-down as to how this game is "tactical racing re... more
I knew to expect interesting things from Ackk Studios after the flawed but compelling Two Brothers. Even then, I wasn't mentally prepared for the team's newest game, Y2K.
I came in knowing little about the turn-based RPG oth... more
SoundSelf was one of the more interesting experiences I had at PAX, or any other convention for that matter. I put on the Oculus Rift, the headset, and then hummed into the microphone where the visuals and audio would react ... more
In announcing that Mercenary Kings would hit PS Vita at PAX East, developer Tribute Games also briefly talked up Curses 'N Chaos, a game which sounded like a mighty good time based on the name alone. After watching this Jona... more
So Kero Blaster is apparently pretty much finished, despite Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya (Cave Story) originally scrapping the entire project (known as Gero Blaster) and doing the whole game over. It stars a businessman frog and hi... more
This Holmes interview with Mew-Genics' Tommy Refenes at its first public showing explains every reason I badly want this game.
Cat animations based on personality sound great. I am already laughing at the mental image of, "d... more
The infectiously rhythmic Crypt of the Necrodancer (I hardly even know her!) was one of our games of the show last year at PAX Prime. It's back at PAX East, so Holmes tried to do an interview while playing. On a DDR mat.
Rain World is still the best. And it's coming to Vita (and more).
Jonathan Holmes went and chatted with Rain World's developers at PAX. In the background you can see a very early alpha multiplayer sandbox that looks to be in the vein of Samurai Gunn and Towerfall. You get points for eating flies and lizards and killing each other.
Did you know lizard only has one "z"? That's weird. more
Wondering which version of Shovel Knight to get? Well, maybe some additional features might help. Thanks to the 3DS' two screens, when you play Shovel Knight you don't have to stop shoveling fools to change your items or vie... more
If you saw the Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter, you are probably excited for the game. Seriously. Go watch the video. And then watch the above video of Holmes interviewing Lady Melissa at PAX about how your four characters' psyc... more
We've got about 30 videos from PAX East to show you soon, many of which (Mewgenics, Rain World, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Interstellar Selfie Station, Kero Blaster, La-Mulana 2) are already up on the Dtoid You... more
Severed is the next game from DrinkBox Studios, the creators of Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee! Severed follows a distraught warrior trying to piece together a mystery, such as how she wakes up missing part of her arm. Y... more
We knew Firaxis would be announcing a new game at their panel this morning at PAX East, and now we know what the team has been working on. Civilization: Beyond Earth is taking the series past future tech and into space explo... more
Here's designer Chris Roberts playing a bit of Star Citizen ahead of PAX East, complete with the audience losing its shit over some rather silly things. Not that I blame them -- there's an immense amount of excitement built ... more
Fifty cents doesn't sound like much, right? You could lose fifty cents in the couch cushion and not think twice about it. Well, I earned -- that's right earned -- almost that much in Robotube Games'Woah Dave!, and ... more
Capy never said its Xbox One roguelike Below would come to Steam -- but it also didn't deny that it might, noting back in August that the game was a timed exclusive on Microsoft's platform.
Now, right before Below's first public showing at PAX East, it's been officially confirmed for Steam in an atmospheric new trailer. People attending the convention: go play this beautiful thing. more
I went from sipping tea from a corgi mug to wanting to hurt people this morning in about 30 seconds flat after watching this badass, brand new Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number trailer. I was like yeah. Hell yeah. Headbangi... more
A few years ago, Bit.Trip series creator Gaijin Games acquired Robotube Games, but until recently we had not seen the fruits of that partnership. In just a couple weeks, Robotube's two new titles will be shown to the public.... more
A couple of days ago, we showed you the first trailer of Kero Blaster (formerly known as Gero Blaster), the new game from the creator of Cave Story. It turns out that trailer was leaked so we were asked to take it down, like... more
FRACT OSC will be releasing next month and while we don't know exactly when it will be available for purchase just yet, we do know that the game will be playable on the show floor at PAX East, April 11-13, as part of th... more
Everyone's talking about the new HD Shantae title currently on Kickstarter, but what about the upcoming 3DS release Shantae and the Pirate's Curse? Is that any good? Jim Sterling, Tony Ponce and I checked it out at PAX, and ... more
Retro City Rampage is coming to the 3DS, and everyone's favorite nine foot tall beardless viking Jim Sterling wasn't sure he'd be down with that. The game combines GTA-style open world criminal behavior with low-res, sprite-... more
In the world before the internet, secrets and weirdness seemed to lie around every corner. Now that information is being exchanged by everybody everywhere at all times, it's a lot harder to feel like there's any mystery left... more
During this past weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing some screen time with Marcus Beer, known to GameTrailers viewers as the Annoyed Gamer. In this crossover video, we discuss preview events (and why I don't do them), independent developers, and the classic problem of industry overspending.
I hope you enjoy watching it almost as much as I enjoyed making it, ahur hur hur! more
I ran into Jonathan Holmes on the PAX Prime 2013 show floor and not a minute later he had me trying out the 2DS with Jim Sterling hugging me dearly. Attempting to play a game and talk coherently with a camera watching your e... more
Jonathan and Tony were able to play some Aban Hawkins & the 1001 Spikes at PAX Prime 2013, including testing out guest characters in the new cooperative mode. The original release on Xbox 360 was tremendously fun in that... more
Keiji Inafune won PAX Prime 2013, no contest. If you attended PAX and didn't go to his panel, you missed out on being able to personally witness the biggest middle finger to ever be waved in Capcom's general direction.
Of co... more
I hope Compulsion Games is able to build an audience for Contrast. While this may be a puzzle-platformer, its subject matter is darker, more adult than what you might normally associate with the genre. Caitlin and Spencer ca... more
It's been heartwarming to see gamers embrace Shantae and developer WayForward as a whole these past few years. Before fans get too lost in the Kickstarter-funded Half-Genie Hero, there's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for the 3DS eShop, which we got to play at PAX Prime 2013.
Mash through the text, Tony. Mash it! more
Jim Sterling and Tony Ponce are easily the biggest Sonic fans on staff so it only made sense that I have them go play Sonic Lost World while at PAX Prime 2013. And as it turns out, there's some hope for the game.
The control... more
Shovel Knight! It's pretty damn great. It's shaping up to be the ultimate retro feel-y game and both Jonathan Holmes and Spencer Hayes are really digging what they saw of the game this past PAX.
Yeah, that joke hasn't totally been beaten into the ground ... with a shovel. more