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Review: Kalimba photo
Review: Kalimba
by Chris Carter

Games built around co-op have always had a place in my life. When I was younger, I had a lot of friends who were gamers, which made it easy to pick up and play multiplayer titles. As I grew up, I attended college, met more gamers, and then met my wife, who also plays games.

As such, I almost always have someone who is down to co-op. Thankfully, Kalimba not only has one of the best cooperative experiences around, but it also has a strong single-player element.

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Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer photo
Finally! Final Fantasy XV English trailer
by Steven Hansen

"I could do with a baaaaaahhhhth." Got to have a Brit to help differentiate the bro-cast, innit? These are, for the first time, the English voices for Final Fantasy XV. Same ones you'll spend two hours with in the March demo if you buy Type-0. I encourage you to all get into a nice debate over subs versus dubs, because those are always fruitful and healthy. At least we'll all agree that the music is good. Right? 

Mostly, I appreciated the handsome Noctis voice at the end: "Been a long time. Too long. Not much longer." 

Got to show some self-awareness at this point. 

There's also a recent Jump scan that shows off the boys' mechanic. It's possible she'll serve as this entry's Cid, taking care of the boys' town car with her car skills and inexplicable cleavage. I bet that car ends up being a sentient Knight Rider or something. It can't just be the bro'd trip vessel. 

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Nominees for Destructoid's Best Game Mechanics of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Best Game Mechanics of 2014
by Brittany Vincent

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

You can have the greatest narrative in the world and sprinkle memorable characters and scenes throughout a game, but all of it's for naught if your mechanics can't shine through. As the great Irving Mills once wrote, "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing."

These nominees spotlight the best of games that transcend the simple title of "functional" and instead go for the gold when it comes to making things feel absolutely solid. Pulling off combos is akin to wrapping yourself up in a silk robe. You never have to fight these games in order to complete objectives. They're all titles you'd be playing over and over even if the other aspects were lacking. They simply feel right. We all know I'm talking about Bayonetta 2, but here's a list of other games, I guess. 

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2:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Friday Night Fights: Naughty or nice?

Happy Friday! With this being the last Friday Night Fights before Christmas, I want to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays or merry whatever other holiday tradition you typi...

Bill Platt

2:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition gets 20% cut on Origin with sitewide coupon

Origin launched a rare sitewide promo code on its storefront today, knocking 20 percent off almost everything in the catalog. (It doesn't work on BioWare points, so don't bother checking.) While there are definitely some excl...

Dealzon

1:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Miyamoto on Zelda Wii U, amiibo cards, and the next Nintendo console

In an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about several topics, including sold-out amiibo figures, the future of Mario, and next year's open-world Zelda. On missing exclusive in-game content...

Jordan Devore







GOTY 2014: Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum photo
GOTY 2014: Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum
by Steven Hansen

Someone once told me I talk like Jeff Goldblum. This is not true. I also don't look like Charlie Day, Peter Frampton, Bret McKenzie, Michael Sheen, or Dikembe Mutombo. But at least I appreciated the former (tip: don't tell people who they look like; it is confusing and uncanny at best, offensive at worst). If I could channel a fraction of Goldblum's swarthy, gangly, aloof sex appeal or ability to vomit stomach acid onto his food while his shedding, greasy hair starts to look like a perm, my life would definitely be better. Especially if I had the vomit thing. 

And so it is that the third Steven Hansen's Destructoid's GOTY 2014 award is for the Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum. If you missed them, here are the awards for illiteracy (Best willful misspelling in a title) and Best musical.  

Because I am being sneaky/horny and using a shirtless Goldblum to adorn this post rather than art from the winner, now it feels like I have the element of surprise on my side and I'm pussyfooting around giving the award. Juking left, juking right. Will there be a world-shattering upset? I can feel you tittering with suspense as if you were hanging on Jeff Goldblum's every word and "Look," hand gestures. 

Without further stalling, I hereby award Transistor the Steven Hansen's Destructoid's GOTY 2014 award for Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum! Supergiant's sophomore effort is almost cool to a fault. It is aloof, but with a sumptuous, angular aesthetic that mirror's Goldblum's icy-hot mystery. 

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12:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Steam sale: Assassin's Creed Unity, Valkyria Chronicles, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

How will you be spending the second day of the Steam Holiday Sale? I suggest by doing anything other than spending money on games you may or may not ever play. Ever try cross-country skiing? In the red states, they shoot stuf...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment

Majesco Entertainment's fallen on hard times. It had gotten so bad that sources familiar with the publisher's financial situation said the company had become unresponsive and that its leadership had gone reclusive. And, that ...

Brett Makedonski



Predicting the next Telltale Games series photo
Predicting the next Telltale Games series
by Kyle MacGregor

The people at Telltale Games are wizards. There's no other explanation. They have an uncanny ability to coax money men into handing over the keys to some of the most valuable properties in the entertainment business. Then they seemingly have carte blanche to toy with things people hold dear, churning out officially sanctioned fan fiction right and left like there's no tomorrow.

They did it to Back to the Future. And Law & OrderNow they're doing it to MinecraftMinecraft!

Sometimes it turns out great. Other times Jurassic Park happens. It's wonderful. It's awful. It's everything that's right and wrong in the world. And it's going to happen again. And again...

I'm curious, though. What will they do next? Let's explore the possibilities. Let's find out.

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10:00 AM on 12.19.2014

Sony airs clever viral ad for The Order: 1886 in Japan

I really have no idea of what to expect from The Order: 1886, but I enjoyed this new viral ad from Sony, the game's publisher. Framed as a news investigation, the video takes a viral approach to the game's 1886 setting....

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 12.19.2014

First Deception IV: Another Princess screens show toilet trap

We already knew a bit about the upcoming Deception IV: Another Princess expansion/re-release, including the addition of new traps, a new protagonist, and a quest mode, but seeing it in action is something else entirely. ...

Chris Carter



Toys
Toys"R"Us canceling Lucario amiibo orders
by Chris Carter

[Update: Toys"R"Us put pre-orders back up momentarily this morning, and I expect them to either be faulty or drop very soon. Try to re-pre-order if you want at your own risk!]

[Update 2: Now the retailer has taken off the listing entirely -- there's not even a "sold out" page. What a circus.]

The day the Lucario amiibo went on sale, I pre-ordered it. As in, weeks ago. Now Toys"R"Us is canceling orders, including mine. For reference, Lucario is exclusive to Toys"R"Us and you can't get it anywhere else. Huh?

I'm not alone it seems, as our own Brittany Vincent and Bill Platt have had their orders canceled too, as well as a number of readers out there who reached out last night. We are following up with both Nintendo and Toys"R"Us to see what the deal is. It's entirely possible that the latter wants people running into the store at the release date and buying add-on items. That's retail for you.

Between this, the holy trinity, and Rosalina pre-orders selling out in 30 minutes in the dead of night, this has become a total shitshow by Nintendo and the retailers involved, which chose to do exclusive amiibo in the first place. Why is it that Activision and Disney were able to sell millions of dollars worth of Skylanders and Disney Infinity toys near launch without a hitch?

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8:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The Gift of Gaming: The world's greatest coping mechanism

[Dtoid community member TheDustinThomas shares the story of how video games helped him cope with the loss of his best friend. This made me ache a bit and wish I could see Isabelle again. Want to see your own stuff appear on t...

TheDustinThomas

7:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Capcom is delisting Marvel vs. Capcom Origins soon

It's a shame when companies delist digital-only games but it's even worse when they don't give a heads up. Capcom had the courtesy to let us know that Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is coming off PlayStation Network on December 23...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...

Patrick Hancock