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Ravens RB Ray Rice voted onto NFL Blitz digital 'cover'


Dec 12
// Samit Sarkar
If there's a marketing opportunity to be exploited, you can bet that Spike and the producers of the network's annual Video Game Awards will be there to take advantage of it -- no matter how absurd it may seem. I can just imag...
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The DTOID Show: Watch us recap the VGAs!


Dec 12
// Tara Long
Happy Monday, Destructoid! In the event that you were too busy huffing ether to pay attention to the Spike TV VGA's this weekend, Max and I have managed to condense the only important parts (i.e., the trailers) into a simple...
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Tonight, the Spike Video Game Awards ceremony was broadcast live, packed full of new trailers, game announcements and wretched, pandering humor. We caught the intriguing trailer for The Last of Us. We watched Miyamoto sm...

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Spike VGA game of the year: Skyrim


Dec 10
// Dale North
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards Game of the Year. I knew it. I won't tell you what I chose as a Spike Video Game Awards panelist judge, but I bet you could guess.  It was a shame that the staf...
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Revengeance. Hideo Kojima showed up to the Spike VGA awards to present his newest game. He flubbed up a bit with some nervous English during his presentation, but finally was able to offer up the first look at the new M...

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Fortnite, Epic Games' cute zombie game


Dec 10
// Dale North
Zombies have been done to death (pun intended), but have we done cute zombies yet? Don't answer that. Still, Epic is trying something a bit less uptight and more fun with upcoming game Fortnite.  Even though it seemed t...
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Wow: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron trailer


Dec 10
// Dale North
Slo-mo, dark, slick and dramatic as f*ck, here's your debut trailer for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, fresh from tonight's Spike VGA show. Explosions, bashing, transformations and fire breathing? So far, this is easily the best trailer of the night. Who's down for the Fall of Cybertron?
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Miyamoto accepts Hall of Fame award for Legend of Zelda


Dec 10
// Dale North
At tonight's Spike VGA awards, Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage to accept an award for the induction of The Legend of Zelda into the hall of fame. He took the stage like a champ, coming out of the floor and fog to accept the a...
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New Mass Effect 3 trailer has worms


Dec 10
// Dale North
Straight from the Spike VGA show, here's the latest Mass Effect 3 trailer. You know you want this sh*t. Gears of Giant Enemy Crabs!
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Come watch the Spike VGAs with us!


Dec 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
So, what are you up to tonight? We're sat at home watching beautiful people we have a hard time identifying with make casual remarks about our beloved hobby. Yes, it's time once more for the glitz, glamour and high-brow enter...
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The 2011 Spike Video Game awards are tonight


Dec 10
// Dale North
The 2011 Spike Video Game awards show goes down tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. It's a live show, as always, and can be found on Spike's television channel, as well as one of the MTV variants and a few others. You w...
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Hey! Listen! Watch me on GameTrailers TV tonight!


Dec 08
// Chad Concelmo
If I was one of Link's companions in a Zelda game, I would definitely be less cryptic and more direct. Instead of a "Hey!", "Listen!", or "Watch out!", I would be more of a "Look, Link. You could go light those torches...
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The Amazing Spider-Man game premiere at Spike VGAs


Dec 07
// Dale North
Activision and Beenox's The Amazing Spider-Man will be shared with the world for the first time through an exclusive trailer to be shown during Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, airing live on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 ...
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'Unbelievable' PS3 exclusive teased as 'The Last of Us'


Dec 05
// Jim Sterling
Sony has a PS3 exclusive in the works that, apparently, we "will not believe." It's due for unveiling at the Spike Videogame Awards on Saturday, but we've been given a little taste today, courtesy of a teaser site called The...
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'Chuck' star Zachary Levi to Host Spike Video Game Awards


Nov 30
// Dale North
Any Chuck fans out there? Chuck star Zachary Levi has been chosen to host this year's Spike TV Video Game Awards, says The Hollywood Reporter. The actor isn't new to the game world, as he's voiced characters in...

Review: Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

Nov 16 // Ian Bonds
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: SpikePublisher: Namco BandaiReleased: October 25, 2011MSRP: $59.99 First, let me say how ambitious Ultimate Tenkaichi is. Taking the huge storyline of the Dragon Ball Z series and condensing it for a game is no small task, especially when you weigh the fact that every DBZ game has repeated the same story ad nauseum. If I have to fight Raditz and Piccolo has to kill Goku at the beginning of every game, I'm going to shoot someone. Thankfully, the story has been nicely condensed to keep things fresh for folks familiar with the source material while not alienating those who are viewing a DBZ product for the first time. Developer Spike has done a great job of emulating the look and style of the show without going overboard on re-hashing. The bright colors pop and the backgrounds all fit within the scope and storylines involved. Recreating the epic battles the show is known for is an entirely different matter, and despite some issues, Spike has done admirably well in that respect too. Combat is heated, with characters charging Ki here and blasting energy there. There's even environmental damage based on attacks, though the environments only stay damaged for a brief, cinematic "aftermath" moment. Once the animation is finished, the area is clear of craters. It would have been nice if they stuck around and affected gameplay, but it's still a cool effect once the devastation occurs. There are two standard attacks, quick and hard. After a series of quick attacks, you'll go into "Clash" mode, where you basically have a 50/50 shot at hitting the opposite button your opponent does in order to win the clash and beat down your foe with a series of flashy moves. The first few times you do this, it's exciting and visually stimulating, but after a while, it becomes what all DBZ games degrade to: repetition. The main problem here is that all the characters perform essentially the same way. Sure, their special attacks (executed by tilting up or down on the right analog stick once "Spirit" energy has been gathered in battle) are unique to each character and look fantastic, but the standard combat looks and acts the same. As the game progresses, your character naturally evolves with the storyline, but since they all play the same, it doesn't make much difference, even despite the obvious power difference (cue "Over 9000!" now). In fact, while floating through the overhead map in story mode, I stumbled upon the in-game "World Tournament" and beat it with my base character without having advanced at all.. That isn't to say there's not a lot to do here. Far from it, as Ultimate Tenkaichi boasts the most robust gameplay modes in the series. For the first time ever, players can create their own Saiyan heroes and take them on an alternate-history version of the DBZ storyline, leveling and powering up their characters through training missions between battles. While the character creation isn't as deep as, say, those found in a WWE game, there's still a decent variety of edits to be made. Plus, it's kind of cool to power up your character for a brand-new beatdown. The story modes (the main story and "Hero Mode") will last about a dozen hours each, but they do get a bit tiresome. The presentation switches between cutscenes with in-game graphics and clips from the anime itself. Sadly, all of this is consistently broken up by long, arduous loading screens -- if I ever see another damn capsule, it'll be too soon! There are also your standard versus and tournament modes, as well as online play, but I had some connection issues in trying to find matches. Capturing the breadth of the Dragon Ball Z franchise is no small feat, and Ultimate Tenkaichi does an admirable job. While combat can be a bit on the repetitive side, there's still that hint of satisfaction when you decimate your foe with an canyon-creating power move. There's a lot here for fans to enjoy, and while the story may be streamlined for new fans of the franchise, I can't really recommend it to anyone but the hardcore.
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Dragon Ball Z games are a dime a dozen. The TV series may have ended 15 years ago, but that hasn't stopped developers and publishers from trying to make the ultimate recreation of the show's experience in game form. The lates...

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New Alan Wake teaser trailer is a tease


Nov 10
// Victoria Medina
Remember the Alan Wake teasers that have been surfacing? Well now there's a trailer to go with them. The full trailer will be premiered during the 2011 VGAs, but Spike has posted a seven second teaser of the upcoming trailer...
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First image of next BioWare game hits ahead of VGA reveal


Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
Seat belts? Where we're going, we don't need seat belts. A new BioWare game will be announced on December 10 during the Spike Video Game Awards, and, by way of Game Informer, we have access to the first teaser image of said p...
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New Alan Wake & BioWare title, MGS:Rising to debut at VGA


Nov 03
// Maurice Tan
It's almost that time of the year again: the run-up to the Video Game Awards and the inevitable announcements of new games as Call of Duty steals some Best Character award from a game that actually has characters. First of al...
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Spike Video Game Awards Game of the Year Nominations


Nov 03
// Dale North
I've been waiting for this. I know what I picked for my top games of the year, but I wanted to see what the top five nominations were when the votes from my peers were tallied up. Here they are: Batman: Arkham City...
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Bring out your broadsword! Deadliest Warrior: AC trailer


Oct 31
// Jason Cabral
Looking for that perfect present for the domineering and bloodthirsty war monger in your life? Well, Spike Games has the answer to your prayers in Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The retail ...
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There is a new PSP game about conceiving children


Oct 30
// Jonathan Holmes
The 3DS has been home to some pretty pervy games lately. The success of the boob-crazy brawler Senran Kagura and the announcement of If I Were in a Sealed Room with a Girl I'd Probably XXX had me thinking that the consol...
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Become Nathan Drake: Uncharted TV show casting call


Sep 08
// Kyle MacGregor
In promotion of Uncharted 3's upcoming release Spike TV and Naughty Dog are teaming up to create a TV series. And if you're a huge Uncharted fan, you'll have a chance to be a competitor on the show. Of course, there...
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DBZ: Ultimate Tenkaichi allows you to Frankenstein a hero


Sep 04
// Tony Ponce
In my previous post about Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, I suggested that new game-exclusive characters needed to be introduced in order to spice up the franchise. I suppose Spike and Namco Bandai were listening, but sin...
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Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi trailer has butt lasers


Jul 02
// Tony Ponce
The Dragon Ball Game Project Age 2011 we told you about a couple months back has (thankfully) been renamed Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. It's... well, it's Dragon Ball. You fly, you fight, you shoot powerful blasts of e...
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E3 11: If you missed last night's episode of GTTV ...


May 27
// Chad Concelmo
... you can watch it right here! In this episode, I represent Destructoid and talk to Geoff Keighley about this year's upcoming E3! Antics ensue! I always get extremely uncomfortable talking about appearances like this...
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E3 11: GameTrailers TV and some blonde dude talk E3 2011!


May 26
// Chad Concelmo
If you are up late tonight, feeling good after a couple glasses of red wine, and are in the mood to have your eyes and ears snuggle up next to an overly excitable guy talking about what he thinks will happen at this year's E...
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This week's Jimquisition tackles the outrage that was had when SSX: Deadly Descents was revealed last week. Even if you're not into SSX, it's worth watching because it addresses a more specific issue of gamers getting furiou...

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Spike Video Game Awards ratings drop even farther


Dec 15
// Dale North
This is the fourth year in a row the Spike Video Game Awards have seen their ratings drop. Variety reports that this year's numbers were even lower than last year's, with about 627,000 viewers watching compared to last year's...
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So, I was at the Spike VGAs on Saturday ... which was pretty cool! I also did some interviews while on the red carpet before the show ... which was even cooler! I am terrible at interviewing, but Max Scoville and Tara Long (d...


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