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Digging into retro platformer Shovel Knight

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

Digging into retro platformer Shovel Knight photo

This is what it's like to be part of the Dtoid family

We came, we sang, we conquered. Our PAX Prime 2013 karaoke party was a huge success, and easily one of the best parties we've ever thrown at a PAX. We're going to do it up even bigger for future PAXs. Until then, here's a couple of videos to see what you missed.   more

This is what it's like to be part of the Dtoid family photo

Lightning still has no personality in Final Fantasy XIII

Jim Sterling and Dale North checked out Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII while at PAX. Well, Dale did, Jim slept in. But it's okay, he didn't really miss much as Dale described. The only good thing we can expect out of ...   more

Lightning still has no personality in Final Fantasy XIII photo

Dying Light is surprisingly fun, and pretty damn intense

Spencer Hayes and I got some quality time with Techland's Dying Light and we both came away pretty surprised from the experience. The game features a day and night cycle, and the day time stuff we played was pretty average. ...   more

Dying Light is surprisingly fun, and pretty damn intense photo

LocoCycle is more fun than it might initially look

For a while now, I've had the urge to play a Spy Hunter-like game. (But not, oddly enough, an honest-to-goodness, actual Spy Hunter -- trust me, I've tried.) I'm starting to look toward Twisted Pixel for a helping hand. Loco...   more

LocoCycle is more fun than it might initially look photo

Knack is conceptually sound, but lacking in execution

"I'm a burning piece of wood. I'm going to punch a robot. He's going to hate that." Jonathan and Spencer played Knack at PAX Prime 2013 and, from the sound of it, this may not be quite the PlayStation 4 launch title some of ...   more

Knack is conceptually sound, but lacking in execution photo

You can't talk about Bayonetta 2 without mentioning hair

The sheer spectacle of Bayonetta 2 has me on board for this Wii U exclusive, and that's to say nothing of the hair. Oh, that magnificent hair. It's everywhere! It was getting late in our PAX Prime 2013 journey when Hamza and...   more

You can't talk about Bayonetta 2 without mentioning hair photo

We're still making up our minds on Wind Waker HD

So, I'm a jerk for having not played The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker to completion. That much became clear after my hands-on time with the upcoming HD re-release for Wii U at PAX Prime 2013. The lines may have been ridic...   more

We're still making up our minds on Wind Waker HD photo

We used the GamePad to pet a dino in Super Mario 3D World

I may not be able to say "Super Mario 3D World" correctly half the time, but thankfully I had Tony to help me along for this PAX Prime 2013 impressions video. Nintendo didn't bring anything we hadn't seen before -- this is s...   more

We used the GamePad to pet a dino in Super Mario 3D World photo

Tales from the Crypt (of the NecroDancer)

We named Crypt of the NecroDancer one of our PAX Prime 2013 games of the show, despite its location in the eternally cramped and sweaty Indie Megabooth, and for good reason. Roguelikes may be in vogue right now, but none unt...   more

Tales from the Crypt (of the NecroDancer) photo

The 2DS had a surprisingly good showing at PAX

Like Dale and Spencer, I wasn't expecting much of the 2DS. And, to be fair, it's not really meant for me -- I play the occasional game in 3D (Animal Crossing, for instance) and already own the original 3DS, so if I were to b...   more

The 2DS had a surprisingly good showing at PAX photo

Titanfall was the most talked about game of PAX

The way my scheduling ended up, it was either Transistor or Titanfall. Press get an early hour on day one and then it's lines, lines, lines. I'm ecstatic I was able to play the former game, but good lord there was some stron...   more

Titanfall was the most talked about game of PAX photo

Pokemon X and Y look better in person

This PAX Prime 2013 video about Jonathan and Jim discussing Pokemon X and Y isn't so much about the upcoming Game Freak title as it is about Jonathan and Jim being on camera together. Granted, the dynamic duo does talk about...   more

Pokemon X and Y look better in person photo

PixelJunk Inc. may be the biggest and best in the series

Before playing PixelJunk Inc., I thought it looked like a much more visually appealing take on the Terraria formula. That's not wholly inaccurate -- I mean, you can see it too, right? -- but this lovely cooperative PC game a...   more

PixelJunk Inc. may be the biggest and best in the series photo

Wolfenstein: The New Order has the greatest moral choice

While Wolfenstein: The New Order didn't do much for me back at E3, the levels shown during MachineGames' PAX Prime 2013 build felt right. This game isn't going to revolutionize the genre, but it's got snappy gunplay and cree...   more

Wolfenstein: The New Order has the greatest moral choice photo

Transistor had us all sorts of excited at PAX Prime

Conrad Zimmerman and Jordan Devore took a short break from checking out games at PAX Prime 2013 to talk about checking out games at PAX Prime 2013, and they both kind of fell in love with Transistor. Supergiant's second...   more

Transistor had us all sorts of excited at PAX Prime photo

This was the most WTF moment of PAX Prime 2013

At first I thought this was going to be an animtronic prop when I came across it at PAX Prime 2013 today. And then I saw the arms moving and realized it's a real person. Perhaps it was inspired by this art piece?  In any case, this was the most WTF moment of any PAX I've ever been too.    more

This was the most WTF moment of PAX Prime 2013 photo

Dying leads to better things in Super Time Force

Super Time Force, in the state that it's being shown at PAX Prime, is a product that has been refined and shaped by player feedback along all steps of the development process. Capybara Games first showed the game at PAX East...   more

Dying leads to better things in Super Time Force photo

Galak-Z explores the nooks and crannies of space

"It's the perfect game for fans of 80's anime," 17-Bit's Raj Joshi told me about Galak-Z before I was given a chance to play it. Admittedly, it seemed like a weird statement at the time. At first glance, the Asteroids-esque ...   more

Galak-Z explores the nooks and crannies of space photo

The offensive leads to the defensive in Toy Rush

One of the cutest-looking games that I saw at PAX Prime was Uber Entertainment's Toy Rush. Don't let the cuteness deceive you, though. Toy Rush is shaping up to be a surprisingly deep and fun title.  The developers...   more

The offensive leads to the defensive in Toy Rush photo

The Oculus Rift has gone high definition

A whole mess of us donned a prototype HD Oculus Rift VR system at this year's PAX Prime show, and here you'll see Jim Sterling and Spencer Hayes discuss how much they enjoyed the experience.  Personally, I'm not sold ye...   more

The Oculus Rift has gone high definition photo

Hotline Miami 2 is more of the same strangeness

Hamza and Spencer took some time at PAX Prime 2013 to check out Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and found it to be more of the crazed action which so captured our imaginations last year. Watch the video for their full report.   more

Hotline Miami 2 is more of the same strangeness photo

Betrayer is really confusing, but in a good way

I played Betrayer today, and I have no idea what it's about. Not because of any sort of inattentiveness on my part, but because the ex-Monolith developers don't want me to know what it's about. That's kind of the intrig...   more

Betrayer is really confusing, but in a good way photo

Pre-order AVGN Adventures for a chance to be an NPC

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is up for pre-order on Steam, so if you're jonesin' for some turd blastin' on the PC rather than on the Wii U or 3DS, that's a thing you should do. In fact, do it before 1:00 PM EST on Septem...   more

Pre-order AVGN Adventures for a chance to be an NPC photo

Attention, doom-murder heads: New Barkley 2 footage

It feels strange to say it, but it's true: Barkley 2 is one of my most anticipated games right now. Just re-reading this description from Tales of Game's rekindles my excitement: "The year is 666X. A powerful youngster, wise...   more

Attention, doom-murder heads: New Barkley 2 footage photo

Uber is trying its hand at tower defense with Toy Rush

The next game from the makers of Monday Night Combat and the upcoming Planetary Annihilation is going in an altogether different direction. Toy Rush is a card-centric tower defense title built for mobile devices. If, like me...   more

Uber is trying its hand at tower defense with Toy Rush photo

PAX Prime's Indie MEGABOOTH will have more than 80 games

The Indie MEGABOOTH just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Topping PAX Prime 2012's 30 games and PAX East 2013's 62 games, the booth at PAX Prime 2013 will feature at least 84 different titles from more than 60 studios and wi...   more

PAX Prime's Indie MEGABOOTH will have more than 80 games photo

Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX

At first glance, Catapult for Hire isn't much to look at. Developer PixelMEGA describes it as a "mix of gameplay that hearkens back to N64 era fun," and the influence is clearly there in the graphics. However, if you watch t...   more

Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo


Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo
Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo
Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo
Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo
Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo
Catapult for Hire sends its jetpack bunnies to PAX photo



Contest: Win a four-day pass to PAX Prime!

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Rackdar, ooktar, and Albatross!] To help celebrate the impending launch of their badass brawler Charlie Murder, our friends at Ska Studios have given us three four-day passes to PAX Prime t...   more

Contest: Win a four-day pass to PAX Prime! photo

Peter Molyneux is your PAX Prime 2013 keynote speaker

Penny Arcade announced that Peter Molyneux will be hosting the story time keynote presentation for PAX Prime 2013 this year. Yeah that's pretty much all the news there is for that. Oh, and here's Peter reviewing iPhone fart ...   more

Peter Molyneux is your PAX Prime 2013 keynote speaker photo

Super Time Force has werewolf mermaids

Super Time Force will feature an enemy type that's half werewolf, half mermaid. Otherwise known as weremaids. Awesome. (Via Capygames Tumblr)   more

Super Time Force has werewolf mermaids photo

The Swapper deserves your attention

PAX East had a ton of indie games on display this year, and while many of them looked great, only a handful stopped me dead in my tracks as I became mesmerized by what was happening on-screen. The Swapper was one such game, ...   more

The Swapper deserves your attention photo

The Ballad of Sexy Layton (and Sexy Luke)

There isn't much to say about this that isn't better expressed through song, but there is one interesting piece of trivia to share. Sexy Luke is played by Capcom Fan Art legend and former Boondocks artist [name withheld per request]. That's pretty awesome. Other than that, I don't have much to say. Just watch the video.   more

The Ballad of Sexy Layton (and Sexy Luke) photo

Beatbuddy brings the bass beat, buddy

Non-instrument rhythm games seem to be on the up and up these days. Runner 2 and HarmoKnight are two recent examples that really stepped up their game and did a perfect job of blending music and gameplay into one e...   more

Beatbuddy brings the bass beat, buddy photo

God Factory: Wingmen is about arcade dogfights in space

Dogfighting games are somewhat of a rarity these days and we are definitely overdue for another one. God Factory: Wingmen is an arcade-style space combat title that scratches a specific itch I've had...   more

God Factory: Wingmen is about arcade dogfights in space  photo

Asobogo combines crowdfunding and distribution for games

In one of the more business-oriented discussions Jonathan Holmes had at PAX East, Sam Ee describes his new company, Asobogo, which seeks to offer crowdfunding and distribution of indie games on a single platform. Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Asobogo combines crowdfunding and distribution for games photo

Inside the minds (and merch booth) of Mega64

While at PAX East this weekend, Holmes took a swing by the merchandise booth of Mega64 to discover what drives them to produce their unique brand of satirical humor and who they're trying to reach with it.  Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Inside the minds (and merch booth) of Mega64 photo

Media Molecule offers up the basics on Tearaway

In another fast-paced interview from PAX East, Jonathan Holmes talks with James Spafford of Media Molecule to discover what makes Tearaway so special.  Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!     more

Media Molecule offers up the basics on Tearaway photo

Flying high on Luftrausers with Vlambeer

Holmes talks with the ever-charming Rami Ismail of Vlambeer to help those of you with short attention spans learn more about Luftrausers, coming soon to almost all the things (PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS Vita). Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Flying high on Luftrausers with Vlambeer  photo

Digging to the heart of Shovel Knight with Sean Velasco

Shovel Knight was given our coveted "Must Play" award at PAX East, and with good reason. Jonathan Holmes caught up with Sean Velasco of Yacht Club Games to find out what it is that makes this retro-inspired platformer so dang special. Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Digging to the heart of Shovel Knight with Sean Velasco photo

Holmes discovers some High Strangeness

We're still going through all of the rapid-fire interviews Jonathan Holmes engaged in during PAX East this past weekend. Here's one with a familiar face, as Holmes talks with Ben Shostak, who Destructoid users may know better as "AgentMoo." Check out the video to whet your appetite for their new "12-Bit" game, High Strangeness. Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Holmes discovers some High Strangeness photo

Blendo tells us what Quadrilateral Cowboy is

In another time-saving interview from PAX East 2013, Jonathan Holmes talks with Brendon Chung of Blendo Games about their upcoming 1980's inspired cyberpunk hacking game, Quadrilateral Cowboy.  Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Blendo tells us what Quadrilateral Cowboy is photo

PAX: Tiny Brains will make a big splash

The PAX East booth for Tiny Brains is what lured my three friends and I near. Blue beakers filled with brains, the exhibitors wearing lab coats, and the promise of cooperative play was too much to resist. I am super happy th...   more

PAX: Tiny Brains will make a big splash photo

PAX: Fast Talk with Supergiant Games about Transistor

One of the biggest reveals to come out of PAX East this year is Transistor from Supergiant Games, developers of Bastion. Holmes pinned down Supergiant co-founder Amir Rao to get you the skinny on this new action-strategy title. Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

PAX: Fast Talk with Supergiant Games about Transistor photo

PAX: SmashMuck Champions is a faster MOBA

I love games like League of Legends and Dota 2, but their matches can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. SmashMuck Champions is looking to give us a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) with faster matches and ...   more

PAX: SmashMuck Champions is a faster MOBA photo

PAX: High Strangeness shows off a different view

Long-time Dtoid community member turned videogame developer, AgentMOO, is showing his team's latest efforts off at PAX East, and the product looks pretty impressive thus far. High Strangeness is a top-down retro adventu...   more

PAX: High Strangeness shows off a different view photo

PAX: Phil Tibitoski lays out Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Jonathan Holmes is a maniac. He's been running around PAX East shoving microphones in faces and forcing immediate and swift responses. In this installment of Talk Fast, Holmes pins down Phil Tibitoski of Young Horses to get a straight dirt summary of Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

PAX: Phil Tibitoski lays out Octodad: Dadliest Catch photo

PAX: James Silva talks fast about Charlie Murder

In another rapid-fire interview from PAX East, Jonathan Holmes talks with James Silva of Ska Studios about their upcoming brawler, Charlie Murder. Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

PAX: James Silva talks fast about Charlie Murder photo

PAX: Dungeon Defenders II co-op mode revealed

We learned a few days ago Dungeon Defenders II would have a new competitive MOBA mode but today we had the reveal trailer for the traditional four-player co-op that hooked me and friends so well. It looks like we'll be playi...   more

PAX: Dungeon Defenders II co-op mode revealed photo

PAX: Two Brothers brings the old-school ambition

After more than doubling its modest Kickstarter goal of $6,000, AckkStudios has been hard at work on Two Brothers. The team's perseverance shines in the demo that's on display at PAX East, as its crowdfunded project shows si...   more

PAX: Two Brothers brings the old-school ambition photo