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1:00 PM on 03.06.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition makes great use of Frostbite 3

The Frostbite 3 engine shows its stuff in this new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition covering the game's stunning landscapes. Those leafless tress, that shimmering water -- I'm impressed. This kind of visual fidelity is al...

Jordan Devore





9:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Titanfall Arcade claims '8-bit is better with a Titan'

Hamza happened upon Titanfall Arcade, an official browser-based mashup of Titanfall and classic Atari games. Wondering why anyone would create such a thing, I couldn't help myself. I clicked. Asteroids is playable now, with M...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 03.05.2014

The Titanfall season pass isn't exactly revolutionary stuff

Alright, everyone -- let's play a game. I'm going to tell you what's included in the recently confirmed Titanfall Season Pass, and you act elated about what a totally sweet deal it is. Ready? Let's do this. Titanfall's Pass o...

Brett Makedonski



Grab your pilot and watch the Titanfall launch trailer photo
Grab your pilot and watch the Titanfall launch trailer
by Conrad Zimmerman

Titanfall is just one week from release, which also means we're nearing hype critical mass. Here is today's reminder that Titanfall will provide a much-needed feather in Microsoft's cap when the game releases for Windows and Xbox One on March 11, a gameplay trailer full of robots, action and drama.

The robot designs are by far my favorite aspect of this game. They're rough, functional machines built solely to serve a military application. This isn't a sleek, futurist aesthetic, but the kind of hulking battle bots made by people who recognize little benefit in prettying up devastation. And yet, they're beautiful all the same because you have to acknowledge the effort in bringing that to life visually is much more demanding than smooth lines and contours. 

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12:15 PM on 03.04.2014

Peggle 2 ricochets onto Xbox 360 on May 7

Though early adoption of new consoles is something I tend to avoid these days, there is one game that has made me jealous of Xbox One users: Peggle 2. Soon enough, the ball-bouncing lesson in geometry and rainbows will not be...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 03.03.2014

DICE prioritizing Battlefield 4 netcode issues

In a blog post about the current state of Battlefield 4's multiplayer, DICE wrote that fixing netcode issues with the game is "one of the top priorities." I'd sure hope so -- few things are more irritating in competitive game...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 03.03.2014

Titanfall leaks: Maps, Generations, Achievements, and more

We're one week out from the launch of Titanfall, and there's been so many leaks on the game over the last few days. All the leaks come from reddit, where a user has released several photos of the maps, including top down imag...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:30 PM on 03.03.2014

BioWare has discussed bringing Mass Effect Trilogy to PS4, Xbox One

BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn has responded to a fan query from December about the studio remastering Mass Effect Trilogy for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 featuring "1080p/high-res textures/60fps, etc." Now, Flynn obvious...

Jordan Devore



Review: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare photo
Review: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
by Chris Carter

Plants vs. Zombies has been on one wild ride since PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts. What started off as a grassroots (hah) series with humble beginnings on the PC has become an exclusive-heavy franchise -- with Plants vs. Zombies 2 originally launching on iOS, and Garden Warfare launching on Xbox platforms and the PC.

In many ways EA has hurt the overall image of PopCap, but there are some benefits to being owned by a major publisher. Most notably, an in-house engine ripe for the taking, and the resources to create one of the most oddball third-person shooters ever made. While it's not everything it could be, Garden Warfare is most definitely a successful experiment.

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5:00 AM on 02.21.2014

Learn botanical battle basics from Garden Warfare video

When you're engaged in war with the likes of plantlife or the animated undead, you can't just rush into the fray. Only a fool would do that. No, you have to study your enemy, and more importantly, know thyself. This gameplay...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 PM on 02.19.2014

What do you think of the Titanfall beta?

Today is the last day to get your hands on Titanfall before the full release on March 11 for the Xbox One and PC. The beta ends at 6PM PST tonight, and I know many of you have thoughts on what you've played. Whether you like ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Why Titanfall won't be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall won't be my next big gaming obsession
by Brett Makedonski

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Titanfall is the talk of the gaming world right now. With the game in the middle of an open beta on both Xbox One and PC in preparation for its March 11 release, everyone's checking out what Microsoft views to be a system-seller for its new console. Titanfall is being received generally positively by most that have played it. Our own Hamza Aziz even said that it'll be his next big gaming obsession. I know for a fact that it won't be mine.

After playing the beta for maybe five hours and hitting the level cap, I can't see myself ever going back to it. I have no problem giving credit where it's due. Titanfall does a lot of things right to breathe some life back into the first-person shooter formula. Particularly, adding substantial gameplay across the y-axis through its use of verticality goes a long way toward making it feel like a different game than we've already played.

There were even a fair number of occasions that had me temporarily thrilled. The first time I used the mech successfully to take down several opponents was supremely rewarding. The same goes for the lives where I would rodeo to destroy many titans and rack up big points. However, these moments were fleeting. 

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Dungeon Keeper is free on GOG.com photo
Dungeon Keeper is free on GOG.com
by Jordan Devore

In light of the negative reactions to the new Dungeon Keeper for mobile, this is too perfect. GOG.com is offering the original game for free in a 48-hour promotion.

Unless you already own the Bullfrog classic, there's no reason to miss out on this deal. It seems many people are taking the site up on the offer -- requesting your copy currently gives the message "You'll get your game soon! Minion, due to high demand, we will tell you when your free copy of Dungeon Keeper is ready via email in a little bit."

GOG.com, you can be my valentine any time. Also, Dungeon Keeper 2 is on sale for $1.49.

[Thanks, Eduardo]

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9:30 AM on 02.14.2014

Garden Warfare live-action trailer has a porpoise

Every time I think that Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare can't possibly do anything else to leave me speechless, it goes and does just that. Maybe I should've dropped the expectation of any semblance of rationale the v...

Brett Makedonski



Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

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 more and more interest in them. That's not to say there haven't been some great competitive FPS games of course. PlanetSide 2, Tribes: Ascend, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Halo 4 were some of the last ones I really got into, and while they were great, they just weren't able to hold my interest for long.

And outside of playing them for the purpose of coverage on Destructoid at preview events, I didn't even touch Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4's multiplayer after they launched. Playing the preview builds was enough for me, a "been there, done that" sort of feeling.

Titanfall, though -- it's the game-changer for me. I've played it in shorts bursts at E3 and PAX, but last week I got to go hands-on for several hours, and feel confident in saying it makes me feel as if I'm rediscovering the genre like I did in the Nintendo 64 days.

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Go and sign-up for the Titanfall beta RIGHT NOW (Update) photo
Go and sign-up for the Titanfall beta RIGHT NOW (Update)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: The Titanfall beta kicks off on February 14 for the Xbox One and PC as revealed by this new trailer. There will be two maps available, and three modes which are Attrition (team deathmatch), Hardpoint Domination, and a Last Titan Standing gametype where everyone starts in a Titan in a round-based mode that ends when one team has lost all of their Titans as there is no respawning or replacement Titans.]

Want in on the Titanfall closed beta? Then just go to this website, pick your platform of choice, fill out your info, and you're good to go. Well, I mean you'll be entered to maybe get into the closed beta. So there's a chance.

You will be emailed by EA no later than 11:59PM PST on February 17 if you've been selected to enter. You also have until February 14 at 4PM PST to register for the beta period. Good luck!

For those of you that don't make it in you can expect some coverage of Titanfall's beta to appear this week on Destructoid, and we'll be doing some live gameplay of Titanfall on our Twitch channel too.

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