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The best and worst games of the week - Just say Yes to Ys

Dec 14 // Wesley Ruscher
Assassin's Creed: Pirates (Android, iPad, iPhone [reviewed on an iPhone 5])Developer: Ubisoft ParisPublisher: UbisoftRelease Date: December 5, 2013MSRP: $4.99 Assassin's Creed: Pirates is a very silly game, but it's a great distraction if you're left wanting more after Black Flag. With a host of content, tons of customization and fast-paced combat, there's hardly a dull moment in Pirates. The fact that there's no money-grubbing microtransactions to ruin the experience is the cherry on top. Read the full Assassin's Creed: Pirates review Peggle 2 (Xbox One [reviewed], other platforms TBA)Developer: PopCap GamesPublisher: Electronic ArtsRelease Date: December 9, 2013MSRP: $11.99 Peggle 2 is ultimately the same basic concept as the original set of games, but it's still most definitely worth playing if you're a series fan. PopCap could have done so much more than they did, especially when you consider the generational leap, but the good news is Peggle fans will eat this up and fall in love all over again. Read the full Peggle 2 review Doki-Doki Universe (PS3, PS4 [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: HumaNature StudiosPublisher: Sony Computer Entertainment AmericaRelease Date: December 10, 2013MSRP: $14.99 (Cross-Buy across all platforms) Doki-Doki Universe is a very odd, very cute, and very simple game. There isn't a whole lot to it, so don't go in expecting a deep and rewarding adventure title. So long as you don't mind spending an afternoon helping a tiny snowman bond with his father, Doki-Doki will be more than adequate. Read the full Doki-Doki Universe review Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Mac, PC [reviewed])Developer: ThreaksPublisher: Reverb PublishingReleased: August 6, 2013MSRP: $14.99Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit Despite the praise for BeatBuddy's incredible art and sound direction, the title as a whole does not stand out as a must-play experience otherwise. The foundation for a great game is built here, but the gameplay ranges from passable to dull. Though it is never an overtly bad experience, the gameplay lacks any truly enthralling aspect to propel the player through. With a forgettable narrative, the only thing that really shines here is how BeatBuddy takes a song and really plays with it, both musically and physically within the environments. For some, that may be enough. Read the full Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians review Samurai Gunn (Mac, PC [reviewed], PS4, Vita)Developer: TeknopantsPublisher: MaxistentialismReleased: December 10, 2013 (PC) / TBA 2014 (Mac, PS4, Vita)MSRP: $14.99 ($11.99 until December 17th) Samurai Gunn will no doubt have a more limited audience due to a lack of modes, but for those of you who appreciate a deep fighting game, you'll get hours of competitive entertainment out of it. Every time I play it I feel like I've mastered a new piece of the physics engine, or a new nuance to wall-jumping. It's one of those games that keeps on giving years later due to a solid foundation, so long as you have the company to enjoy it with. Read the full Samurai Gunn review Ys: Memories of Celceta (Vita)Developer: FalcomPublisher: XseedRelease Date: November 26, 2013MSRP: $39.99 ($59.99 Silver Anniversary Edition) Falcom’s decision to take ownership of this entry, to create a more cohesive narrative amongst the series, has once again delivered one of the finest experiences for both the series and the platform it’s landed on. Ys: Memories of Celceta is not a system seller, but it’s a game worthy of buying if you own a Vita and easily one of the best RPGs of the year. Read the full Ys: Memories of Celceta review X Rebirth (PC)Developer: EgosoftPublisher: EgosoftReleased: November 15, 2013MSRP: $49.99 X Rebirth might be worth grabbing in a Steam sale in a couple of years, after 100 patches and with a dozens of mods that create an entirely different game. That game could be fun if you are into modding. As it is right now at launch, X Rebirth is simply a broken, flawed, and almost unplayable mess. It's a shell that has potential, but it's not a working game on its own. Stay far away from it for now, and maybe in a few years it could be worth the time of dedicated fans. Read the full X Rebirth review Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones SteelSeries H Wireless Headset Roxio Game Capture HD Pro
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Review Round-up: Week ending 12/14
On the second week of December Destructoid's reviews brought me, one sweet RPG called Ys. Okay, that's about as far as I'm going with turning this weeks review round-up into some sort of Christmas jingle. But feel free to kee...

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Games of the Week: B-52's edition


Jan 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
This is the most terrifying dream I think you can ever have. And I actually like the B-52s.  As with every week, the staff at Destructoid has played a few videogames. We like to put together this little thing where we talk about the games we played in the previous week and solicit responses from the community. So, without further ado, here's what we've been up to.
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Games of the Week for 1/23/2011: The dream of the 90s


Jan 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
IFC debuted Portlandia this weekend. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet but as a newcomer to the city they're poking fun at, it's pretty evident that there's something weird going on here. Up above is a delightf...

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Games of the Week for 12/26/2010: Leftovers


Dec 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
It is late. I am full of second-run turkey and ginger ale. The fireplace behind me is crackling out its last and the snow is piling up outside. Good thing there's plenty of warm game systems to keep us all toasty this holiday...
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Games of the Week for 12/12/2010: Crazed


Dec 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
There's no reason for the above image other than my own personal amusement. Carry on. Destructoid played games during the last 7 Earth-standard days. You would refer to this specific quantity of time as a "week" and we do the...
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Games of the Week for 12/5/2010: Riding elephants edition


Dec 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
Mind not that there exists such a thing as a "behind-the-scenes" interview for a commercial. If that has to be a thing, let them all have Conan O'Brien in them. We played games at Destructoid during the last week and we're itching to tell you all about it. Keep reading and you'll find out what the best console audio visualizer is. The answer may surprise you.
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Games of the Week for 11/28/2010: Doing it as a goof


Nov 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
Clearly, you're just not understanding my sense of humor. I goof a lot. The Destructoid staff does not goof. They're intensely serious people who do nothing but play videogames all week long, diodes strapped to their heads while the news is written to the page via a neural induction link. We're from the future, playing your games in the past. Read on to find out what we were up to this week.
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Games of the Week for 11/21/2010: Spanish voting edition


Nov 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
[The above video is about as safe for work as When Harry Met Sally] Apparently, Spain is about to have elections. I know this because the Socialist Catalonian Party has made an advertisement in which a woman voting has an or...
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Games of the Week for 11/14/2010: Not funny edition


Nov 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
Poor, poor Bill Murray. It was so hard on him in the early days. I can totally relate. I am far, far more funny in real life than I am on this blog. Yes, sir, I'm a veritable fount of comedy gold in person but I just can't s...
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Games of the Week for 11/7/2010


Nov 07
// Conrad Zimmerman
And people say that American Football has some ridiculous victory dances. Time once again for the Destructoid staff to run down the list of games they played over the last week. Can you guess all of the games we played before we have time to tell you what they were? See how many you can come up with and then read on.
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Games of the Week for 10/4/2010: Zombie edition


Oct 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
I get the feeling that it's going to be a slow news night. That's okay. I have 72,000 zombies that aren't going to kill themselves. The Destructoid staff spend a little time each week playing videogames. And, once a week, we talk about the videogames we played during that time. It's a complicated process, but if you read along I'm sure you'll come to grok it in due time.
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Games of the Week for 9/26/2010: Late(ly) edition


Sep 27
// Conrad Zimmerman
It's seemingly impossible to find a version of Carol King's "It's Too Late" in a 16:9 ratio. Someone should get on that. It's so rare that I get to say Stevie Wonder is my second choice in anything, but here it is. Destructoid played games this week. Lots of them. So many, that I simply couldn't get this to you on schedule. Read on to find out what they were and how we felt about them.
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Games of the Week for 9/19/2010: Todd Margaret Edition


Sep 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
It amazes me that there are programming directors out there who would greenlight a series starring David Cross. That takes balls that clang. And, yet, here we are. The Destructoid editors played videogames this week. I bet you did also. We've written out the games we played in a list with our tappy-tappy boards and published it below. You should do the same.
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Games of the Week for 9/12/2010: Tapuface Edition


Sep 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
THE TAPUFACE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN. We played videogames this week at Destructoid. Hard to imagine, I realize. Read on to find out what games made the cut this week.
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Games of the Week for 8/29/2010: Life lessons edition


Aug 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sometimes you just need a platitude to get you through the day. In a staggering departure from form, the Destructoid staff played videogames this week. Read on to find out more and tell us what you've been on about.
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Games of the Week for 8/22/10: Carol Channing edition


Aug 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
Heavy is the head that wears the crown. It may surprise you to learn that the Destructoid staff played games this week. Follow along as we tell you all about it.
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Games of the Week for 8/8/2010: Tigers vs Gibbon edition


Aug 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
Truly an epic battle for the ages. Games were played this week and they were played by the staff at Destructoid. Read on to find out what those games were. Apply our wisdom to your life and be enriched.
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Games of the Week for 8/1/10: Lawn Jockey edition


Aug 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
I am not Jim Sterling. Depending on your perspective, this could be a great or terrible thing. Jim's plate is pretty full these days, so I will be taking over the posting duties for our weekly celebration of the games we played the week before.  Let us begin as all things should begin: With a murderous lawn jockey. Hop along past the jump for everything we did last week.
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Games of the week for 07/25/10: Scatman edition


Jul 25
// Jim Sterling
Our very own Joseph Leray reminded me of Scatman today. Now you all get to watch Scatman and be reminded of him as well. My God the Nineties was an age of kings. An age, my friends, of kings! In other news, games were played this week. Hit the jump to find out which ones.
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Games of the week for 06/11/10: Bottom edition


Jul 11
// Jim Sterling
I've been on a real Rik & Ade kick lately, rewatching episodes of Filthy, Rich & Catflap and Bottom. This is a clip from the last episode of Bottom in which Richie and Eddie film a viciously hilarious accident to try...
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Games of the week for 07/04/10: American justice edition


Jul 04
// Jim Sterling
It's July 4, the day we celebrate America doing some stuff to some people a number of years ago because of reasons. In honor of this great day, what could be more Patriotic than a classic scene from Metal Wolf Chaos? Richard Hawk is the most American man that ever did America. Long live the USA! Also, videogames. If you're bored of watching fireworks, why not read our stupid words?
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Games of the week for 05/27/10: Spengbab edition


Jun 27
// Jim Sterling
Yep, because that's a thing. In other news, we played videogames this week, as per usual. If you want to find out which ones, all you have to do is hit the jump. Easy, right!?
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Games of the week for E3 2010: Everyone's tired edition


Jun 20
// Dale North
As you likely know, Jim usually does this. But he's wiped from E3. Everyone is, actually. No one's in a mood or anything, and we feel pretty good about our coverage, but today is definitely a down day. We need a down day, com...
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Games of the week for 06/06/10: Z-List celebrity edition


Jun 06
// Jim Sterling
I have officially obtained the rank of "minor Z-list celebrity that nobody cares about", making this the most important day of everybody's lives. Basically, I was on the BBC's World Service station this morning talking about ...
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Games of the week for 05/30/10: Tim Minchin edition


May 30
// Jim Sterling
  Anybody who follows me on Twitter or Facebook will know that I have become obsessed with Tim Minchin lately. The singer/songwriter/skeptic/handsome bastard is a genius and well worth watching. The above video is "The G...
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Games of the week for 05/16/10: Transformers edition


May 16
// Jim Sterling
Those who know me will know that my non-videogame obsessions tend to fluctuate wildly between Aliens and Transformers, and the obsession is usually kicked into high gear when a videogame is on the horizon. With War for Cyber...
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Games of the week for 05/09/10: There is no God edition


May 09
// Jim Sterling
I've come to realize that this section has had a distinct lack of Mitchell & Webb. Luckily, this is soon to be rectified. This week's not-game-related video presents proof that there is no God. Enjoy that, why don't you?...
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Games of the week for 05/02/10: Bangers & Mash edition


May 02
// Jim Sterling
They never mean to do no harm, but you can guarantee, they'll upset the apple cart, though accidentally, Mash and Bangers' clangers come about quite frequently... Hit the jump for our games of the week.
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Games of the week for 04/25/10: Riverleap edition


Apr 25
// Jim Sterling
I have been obsessed with Riverleap. The game was free on iTunes this weekend, and it is amazing. It's not actually very good, considering the graphics are weird and confusing, the gameplay is based on pure luck and death co...
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Games of the week for 04/11/10: More Ray Peacock edition


Apr 11
// Jim Sterling
Comedian, handsome boy and friend of Destructoid Ray Peacock recently did a lovely bit of comedy for Russel Howard's Good News, which is a telly show on the telly. He was very funny and made me do laughing out of the toothed...

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