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Mega Man Legends

Mega Man Legends heading to PSN next Tuesday

Take that, Red Ash?
Sep 22
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Capcom announced a PSN port for original PlayStation classic Mega Man Legends. It will be re-released next Tuesday for $9.99 and work on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. PSP owners are out of luck, and not just because ...

Weekend Summer Sales: GameStop, GamersGate, & PSN

Aug 02 // Dealzon
Weekend Top Picks PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller + Free Charging Station — $59.99 PlayStation TV — $29.99  (list price $80) <- use code EMCAWAK35 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel + Season Pass (PC/Mac) — $14.61  <- pick AUD as currency to get this USD price. SteamPlay key. Duke Nukem Forever (PS3) — $1.99  (list price $4) <- two bucks too many? Summer Sales GameStop Summer Sale Evolve (Steam) — $29.99 (list price $60) <- population: muy poco Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (Steam) — $19.99 (list price $50) NBA 2K15 (Steam) — $19.79 (list price $60) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Steam) — $19.79 (list price $60) SimCity: Complete Edition (Origin) — $7.49 (list price $30) Alice: Madness Returns Complete Collection (Origin) — $7.49 (list price $30) Command and Conquer The Ultimate Collection (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $20) Mirror's Edge (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $20) Titanfall Digital Deluxe (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $20) GamersGate Summer Sale The Talos Principle (Steam) — $13.60  (list price $40) Blackguards 2 (Steam) — $12  (list price $30) Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack (Steam) — $11  (list price $55) Saints Row IV - Game of the Century Edition (Steam) — $7.50  (list price $30) Unity of Command Trilogy Bundle — $6  (list price $30) Saints Row IV (Steam) — $4.99  (list price $20) Dead Island GOTY Edition (Steam) — $4.99  (list price $20) The Inner World (Steam) — $3  (list price $15) Bridge Constructor (DRM-Free) — $2.50  (list price $10) PlayStation Store The Order: 1886 — $27.99 (list price $40) <- tehee? Driveclub — $24.99 (list price $40) Deadpool — $20 (list price $50) Ender of Fire — $8 (list price $20) Tetris Ultimate — $4 (list price $10) Recent Releases 07/30: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY (Steam) — $40  (list price $50) 07/29: Absolute Drift (Steam) — $8.64  (list price $12) 07/28: Kyn (Steam) — $16  (list price $20) 07/28: Legend of Kay Anniversary (Steam) — $14.40  (list price $20) 07/23: Better Late Than DEAD (Steam) — $5.60  (list price $7) 07/21: F1 2015 (Steam) — $39.49  (list price $55) Upcoming Releases 08/15: Armikrog (Steam) — $18  (list price $25) 08/18: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Steam) — $21.60  (list price $30) 09/01: Mad Max (Steam) — $48  (list price $60) 09/02: Act of Aggression (Steam) — $30.60  (list price $45) 09/30: Blood Bowl 2 (Steam) — $36  (list price $45) Console Game Deals Dragon Ball Xenoverse (PS4, Xbox One) — $39.99  (list price $60) Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (PS4, Xbox One) — $29.99  (list price $60) Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One) — $29.99  (list price $50) The Crew (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360) — $19.99  (list price $40) Destiny (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3) — $19.99  (list price $40) Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC DVD) — $19.99  (list price $40) Laptop Deals 17.3" Asus ROG i7-4710HQ, 24GB, GTX 970M — $1,299.99  (list price $1,650) 17.3" Asus ROG i7-4720HQ, 12GB, 1TB + 256GB SSD, GTX 960M — $1,199.99 15.6" Lenovo Y50 i7-4720HQ, 16GB, GTX 860M — $949.99  (list price $1,660) 17.3" Lenovo Y70 Touch i5-4210H, 8GB, GTX 860M — $899  (list price $1,200) Game deals from Dealzon. Sales from certain retailers help support Destructoid.
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Everywhere you look
August is still summer and thus the sale train continues. EA titles were understandably missing-in-action during Steam's Summer Sale back in June - so if you want historic low prices on Titanfall Deluxe or SimCity Complete, t...

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Lizard Squad

The hacker who ruined Christmas for Xbox Live and PSN gets off easy

A gentle slap on the wrist, very gentle
Jul 07
// Jed Whitaker
Remember last Christmas when I gave you my heart when PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were down for days at a time? That was caused by a group known as Lizard Squad of which 17-year-old Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki w...

$100 Steam Wallet, PSN, Nintendo eShop gift cards on sale for $85

Its like free money!
Jun 08
// Dealzon
How's this for a nice weekend deal? eBay has a Fathers Day sale promotion, where if you spend $100 over anything tech, sports, and tools related -- you can grab $15 off by using a coupon. Its just like free money! (Except for...

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Abyss Odyssey PS4

Abyss Odyssey: Extended Dream Edition is coming to the PS4

Dodge-cancels are in
May 11
// Chris Carter
Abyss Odyssey was a pretty neat little action game that was built on fighting game mechanics, and in addition to the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 release, it's also coming to the PS4 as an Extended Dream Edition. The game will...
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PlayStation deals: $359 PS4, free PS TV bundle, or 20% off PSN credit

PS Plus card bundled in too
Feb 26
// Dealzon
Lots of PlayStation 4-related deals on this fine Thursday afternoon morning, as Rakuten offers the console's "choose one game" bundle for only $359.99. It's even throwing in six months worth of PlayStation Plus access. O...

$50 Steam, PSN Gift Cards going for $40 at Best Buy via eBay

Gift cards, the easiest Xmas gifts ever
Nov 13
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Loaded title above but some solid deals. A rare and a rather surprising deal just showed up for eBay this m...
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Sony agrees to preliminary settlement over 2011 data breach

With all this identity theft I am racking up a heap of benefits
Jul 24
// Brittany Vincent
Due to a class-action lawsuit concerning Sony's 2011 data breach which led to the theft of names, addresses, and possible credit card data of its 77 million users, the company has agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlemen...
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Class of Heroes 2G

North American release of Class of Heroes 2G has a special dual-screen feature

Double your screens, double your fun?
Jul 23
// Brittany Vincent
You may remember Class of Heroes 2G from the awesome limited run of physical copies its launch is going to spawn. Now, you can look forward to a special "dual-screen" feature coming to the North American release, which will ...

PlayStation Store has 2-for-1 sale going on this week

On 11 pre-selected bundles
Jul 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The PlayStation Store has got a 2-for-1 sale going on this week on 11 curated two-game bundles. Here's the breakdown:  Brothers A Tale of Two Sons + How to Survive -- $14.99 Bionic Commando Rearmed + Rearmed 2 -- $9.99 ...

Review: Abyss Odyssey

Jul 15 // Alasdair Duncan
Abyss Odyssey (PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)Developer: ACE TeamPublisher: AtlusMSRP: $14.99/£10.99 Released: July 15, 2014  Santiago, 1890: strange cracks in the ground have appeared across the city, revealing a nether realm of monsters and unusual beings. While the army tries to hold back the nightmarish tide, a strange woman appears, brandishing a sword and leaping into the fray to fight back. Her name is Katrien and she reveals these creatures and the Abyss itself are aspects of the mind of a powerful warlock. All of this is the setup of a particularly unique type of roguelike, a game that's closer to the recent Sunless Sea than The Binding of Issac or Spelunky. Those two games were more centered about you gaining knowledge and experience to help you progress a little further each time but Abyss Odyssey is built more about repeating levels and grinding XP to help the player progress. [embed]277987:54866:0[/embed] While Abyss Odyssey has permadeath of sorts, it's not implemented in the ways you're used to; for starters, if Katrien or one of the other player characters should fall, a soldier will take over and can revive the fallen hero if they're able to get to a shrine that might be in the level. This is neat because the soldier will level up along with the main hero (but will still be the weaker of the two). Sometimes it's easier to just run away from combat and try and find the nearest shrine, especially if you passed one on the way. Players will retain XP and their level between deaths, along with any money they've found. This is where the real progression lies as the more a player levels up, the easier the enemies will be in the earlier dungeons. There's still some difficulty spikes though, like some mini-bosses that will dish out a real beating even if you've breezed through the upper levels. It's here where frustration can set in as progress can feel quite slow at times, especially when you've replayed the opening few levels eight or nine times already. The procedurally-generated layouts aren't varied enough to make each run stand out, so you're left with a feeling of spinning your wheels while slowly getting your rewards. There's three entrances to the Abyss, each with its own set of levels descending deeper and deeper into the ground. Each level is procedurally generated and the difficulty level will be different each time you play, although that really only manifests itself in the enemies that you encounter. Things like spikes and lava pits don't drastically increase the challenge and in the first few hours, you'll only see a handful of enemies. The difficulty will ramp up to the point where you're going to just whittle down the amount of health you have until your eventual demise.  Don't be fooled, though -- enemies are still tough to deal with even on Easy levels. Undead soldiers and the freakish-looking, armless birdmen are tricky on their own but once you're facing two or three of them at a time, it becomes really important for the player to keep their guard up and pick off the weaker enemies first. They'll dodge projectile attacks and will chase you down, although there were plenty of times when I was slightly higher up than some enemies and they simply left me alone to wail on a single opponent without joining in. Some have counter attacks that will flip you up into the air leaving you vulnerable to combos and others will wield poisoned or cursed weapons. In a nice touch, it's clear when enemies are holding special weapons and things like keys, which makes it easier to know who you should take out first.  The combat in Abyss Odyssey is surprising in its depth. Each character can only wield one main weapon (different soldiers wield different firearms as their special attack), but there's still a lot to master. Enemies are smart enough to dodge and weave out of the way of your attacks, even at the easier difficulty levels. Swipes can hit enemies that are behind the player and while it's tempting to just button-mash, it's much more effective to get in a few hits between blocks. One frustration is that it's easy to get your character facing the wrong way. Katrien is the more balanced of the three playable characters, especially in terms of speed when compared to the Ghostly Monk. There's a range of moves that all characters have, from cancelling out of the special attacks to utilizing the air dodge to launch a new combo. While I'm hesitant to say Abyss Odyssey has the same depth of moves as something like Street Fighter IV, it has a much more robust fighting system than you'd expect from a game that appears to be a 2D action-platformer. The addition of two-player co-op makes fight sequences even more frantic and enjoyable. Another neat feature is the ability to possess enemies and use them as a secondary character. If you can accumulate enough mana, you can unleash a binding spell that will capture an adversary and allow you to flip between them and your main character. Your captured character has a separate health bar, so it's worth alternating between the two and taking advantage of any health drops to get your main all healed up. However, it would have been nice if this was explained at the start of the game; a lot of the small fundamental mechanics aren't properly introduced, which maddeningly enough extends to the no-death tutorial/prologue at the start. There are markers that point out where you should block, dash, and so forth but there's no button prompts to tell you how to actually do those moves. I had to exit to the main menu and look at the controller config screen to figure out what I had to do. That sense of discovery can be exciting to some but here it feels like a barrier to progress. In a game like this where mastering the mechanics is key, there's a lot to learn early on in Abyss Odyssey and it can feel slightly overwhelming. Once you understand that you're only expected to get so far in, die, and come back again, you'll be able to get into a groove that allows you to explore further and further. While it would be nice to see some more variety in the level layouts and early enemies, there's still a really enjoyable and deep combat system that's reason enough to descend into the Abyss.  [Note: There are some planned community goals that will affect the state of certain parts of the game but this wasn't able to be tested before release.]
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A strange mix of 2D combat and surreal visuals
One thing you can't accuse Chilean developer ACE Team of doing is ploughing the same, well trodden ground as other indie devs. Its debut hit Zeno Clash combined a surrealistic art style with first-person, melee combat, while ...

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Class of Heroes 2G

Class of Heroes 2G is getting a scant few physical copies

Better pre-order if you want in on this production run
Jul 04
// Brittany Vincent
Class of Heroes 2G, a dungeon-crawling RPG playable on PlayStation 3, Vita, or PSP, will be receiving a run of limited edition boxed copies. After pre-orders for the physical editions cease on July 25, there will be no additi...
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Sony's Shuhei Yoshida doesn't understand people who 'only want AAA games'

Yoshida sings the praises of indie gaming
Jul 03
// Brittany Vincent
During a recent interview with GI Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios, chimed in with his thoughts of the disparity of perception between AAA and indie titles. Yoshida harped on the variety of games that Son...
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End of Serenity

Kemco's PSP role-playing game End of Serenity available June 24

PSP gathering dust? Here's something to play
Jun 20
// Brittany Vincent
Back in April, Natsume and Kemco teamed up to announce the upcoming PSP RPG End of Serenity, previously a mobile adventure that's made the jump to handheld. Now, End of Serenity has been graced with a release date so you'll k...
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PSN maintenance

PlayStation Network doomed to 6 hours of maintenance Monday

What the hell am I going to do, talk to my stupid kids???
May 30
// Steven Hansen
Greeting webizens. I have most dire news. According to the PlayStation Blog, the PSN is going to be down -- kaput, ocupado -- for six hours of scheduled maintenance. This will happen on Monday, June 2, from 9:50 AM to 3:30 PM...
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Mass Effect 3

Thank the Goddess! Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC is free on PSN

Snap up some additional Mass Effect goodness
May 02
// Brittany Vincent
If you've been holding off on purchasing additional Mass Effect DLC because of the sticker shock, today's your lucky day -- if you're a PS3 player, at least. The Mass Effect 3: Omega DLC pack is currently free via PSN for US ...
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End of Serenity

Natsume's End of Serenity is a PSN-exclusive classic JRPG

Serenity NOW!
Apr 24
// Brittany Vincent
The retro JRPG aesthetic is infinitely appealing to me, and Natsume and Kemco hope you'll feel the same way with the upcoming End of Serenity. It's a love letter to the 16-bit era with traditional undertones set for a North A...
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BurgerTime World Tour

BurgerTime World Tour is $5 now through April 30 before it disappears forever

Forever ever? For-EVER EVER?
Apr 17
// Brittany Vincent
MonkeyPaw Games is holding a funeral one last sale for BurgerTime: World Tour, allowing players to snap it up for only $5 before it's yanked from the digital distribution channels forever on April 30. You may be thinking th...
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Bust-a-Move 4

Bust-a-Move 4 busting out on PSN this spring

Not a new entry in the rhythm game series, unfortunately
Apr 16
// Brittany Vincent
Ready to get your Bust-a-Move 4 on? Are you just aching for more Natsume games in your life? Do you just hate bubbles and want to pop them? Rejoice! The fourth Puzzle Bobble game is poised to hit the PlayStation Network this ...
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Far Cry

Far Cry Classic coming to US, launch date revealed

Arriving one day earlier than in EMEA territories
Feb 07
// Harry Monogenis
Ubisoft announced Far Cry Classic quite a while ago, but things quickly went quiet -- which is understandable, seeing as how most people were too focused on news coming out of E3 to really care too much. That change...
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The Firemen 2 coming to PSOne Classics

How have I not heard of this before?
Jan 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
MonkeyPaw Games is continuing to release PlayStation games previously unavailable in North America through PlayStation Network and their next title, The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny, launched today. It is playable on PlayStatio...

Unity 4.3 now supports the PlayStation Vita

That's a good thing!
Jan 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest version of Unity will now support the PlayStation Vita. Now developers licensed with Sony can use the engine to create Vita games, making use of the handheld's features from the cameras, rear touch pad, motion sens...
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PSN downtime

PSA: PSN will be down for eight hours on Monday

UK gamers won't be able to play online Monday night
Dec 06
// Joshua Derocher
The PlayStation Network will be down on Monday the 9th starting at 16:00 GMT for maintenance. The PlayStation Europe Twitter account shared the times, since this outage will be during peak gaming hours for people in the UK. ...
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New Rocksmith 2014 DLC adds Radiohead tracks

Less than a month after the Iron Maiden DLC
Nov 26
// Harry Monogenis
Ubisoft's released the latest batch of Rocksmith 2014 DLC today and, much like the previous bundle, adds five new tracks to the game's playlist. This time around the track pack consists of songs from Radiohead. They are...
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Amazon PSN store

Now you can buy PSN games from Amazon

Get a $5 credit
Nov 12
// Joshua Derocher
Amazon has a PlayStation Network store now, and it is exactly what you think it is. You can buy digital copies of games and downloadable content to play on your Sony gaming device. Right now you can get a $5 credit if you buy a select title from the new store, so it might be worth checking out. Some games I saw are discounted a little bit too, which is always nice.
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PSN monitoring

Sony can monitor your PSN messaging activity

They are watching you
Nov 11
// Joshua Derocher
Sony just updated the usage terms for the PlayStation Network, and something was added that could make some people uncomfortable. In the terms, Sony says that they "can't monitor all PSN activity," but they "reserve the right...
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Sony adds PayPal support to PlayStation 3

Another way to give them your money
Nov 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sony has announced today that PayPal may be used to make purchases through the PlayStation 3, and consumers may now commence transferring funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallets through the console to their heart's ...
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Final Fantasy Agito

Final Fantasy Agito 'will definitely be localized'

Though no guarantee it will be released outside of Japan
Sep 18
// Steven Hansen
We recently learned about Final Fantasy Agito, an Android/iOS game in development at Square Enix that is a companion to Final Fantasy Type-0 (which was formerly known as Final Fantasy Agito XIII and was a mobile game before ...

Contest: Win a PSN gift card and some Star Trek swag!

Sep 10 // mrandydixon
Here's the run-down of each prize pack: Grand Prize (1 winner) Cubify Star Trek: The Next Generation personalized 3D printed figurine PS Home Star Trek: The Next Generation collection (voucher codes for all items) Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray movie collection $49 PSN card 2nd Place (1 winner) PS Home Star Trek: The Next Generation collection (voucher codes for all items) Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray movie collection $20 PSN card 3rd Place (1 winner) PS Home Star Trek: The Next Generation collection (voucher codes for all items) $10 PSN card Runners Up (10 winners) Voucher code for one Star Trek: The Next Generation PS Home costume *Cash equivalent may be awarded in lieu of prize listed for international winners.
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Celebrate the launch of The Next Generation items on PS Home
[Update: Contest over! Big winners are Agent9, Adam Ruining, and WildHairZero! (10 runners-up have been PM'd codes for their avatars.)] Our friends at Flashman Studios recently unveiled a new line of Star Trek: The Next Gener...

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Starbound, Fez, and Velocity 2X coming to Vita (Update)

More indies to feast on!
Aug 20
// Tim Sheehy
[Update: As announced on Polytron's official site, Fez will be headed to PS3 as well. In addition, Sony's released a full list of indie titles headed for each platform in the near future. The list includes gems such as B...

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