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3:00 AM on 02.27.2015

Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank

Great news for all you Pokémaniacs out there: you can now receive Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr along with their Hidden Abilities from the Pokémon Bank, brother. This comes just after the one year anniver...

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March's Games with Gold are some of the best games photo
March's Games with Gold are some of the best games
by Brett Makedonski

In the recent past, Xbox Live's Games with Gold program has had mostly the same cadence every month: a standout title, an indie game, and a bit of filler. March breaks that mold with three superb games from 2013.

March's Xbox One title is Rayman Legends, which just happened to be my game of the year in 2013. Seriously, it's amazing. When informed of the selection, Destructoid editor Jordan Devore couldn't control his outbursts, exclaiming "So dang good!" and "Those games are masterful."

Legacy console Xbox 360's titles aren't slouches either. Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider kicks off the first half of March, and BioShock Infinite holds down the back-end. All three games here are certainly worth downloading and playing.

And, as an added bonus, Microsoft has announced that April will double down on Games with Gold. That means two games on Xbox One, and four on Xbox 360. Microsoft claims that this is to celebrate the program crossing 100 million game downloads across its lifetime. Whatever the reasoning, Xbox Live subscribers will certainly welcome the freebies.

Make Room for Three Amazing Games in March – and Double Games with Gold in April [Xbox Wire]

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Steam's running a free weekend for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer photo
Steam's running a free weekend for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer
by Jordan Devore

To jump straight to the not-so-fun part: it's a 43.5GB download for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and the promo only covers multiplayer. Also, it lasts until Sunday, February 22 at 1:00pm Pacific.

So you can't swoop in, oggle digital Spacey, and clear the campaign like I was planning to do.

I spent too long trying to figure out that instead of searching for a "play for free" button on the game's Steam page, I should have been looking for Advanced Warfare in my library, uninstalled, all along. Yup, there it is. If you're not seeing the title in your list, try updating the Steam client.

 

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Hotline Miami 2 digital comic series free on Steam photo
Hotline Miami 2 digital comic series free on Steam
by Rob Morrow

Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games have teamed up with Italian art collective Dayjob Studio to bring you an early taste of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in delicious, digital comic book form.

The free, five-part comic series digs into the backstory of the brutal events of the first game and introduces some of the new playable characters and factions that will appear in the gore-encrusted sequel, due to release in Q1 2015.

Each comic is viewable in the application on Steam and readers can turn through the digital pages as select music from the game's soundtrack plays in the background. The remaining three issues will be updated to the application leading up to the release of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Digital Comic Series [Steam]

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The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by Jordan Devore

The codes for Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are now all redeemable. Just head into the Mystery Gift option and choose "receive via code," then type in POKEMON497, POKEMON500, and POKEMON503, respectively.

These Pokémon are packing hidden abilities (Contrary, Reckless, and Shell Armor), so it's worth setting aside a couple of minutes to nab them before leaving 'em inside a box, unloved.

When this distribution event was announced, I asked which of the three monsters was best, and things got weird. I expect that to happen in all Pokémon posts these days. Or all posts, really.

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3000AD releases remastered Universal Combat CE for free on Steam photo
3000AD releases remastered Universal Combat CE for free on Steam
by Jason Faulkner

If Randy Pitchford and Peter Molyneux had a baby, Derek Smart would be the result. The long-running controversy concerning his first game Battlecruiser 3000AD is the stuff of internet legend and could fill a tome. With Usenet flame wars, lawsuits, and flipped tables, it was a huge ordeal.

I bought both BC3K and Battlecruiser Millenium and they're near and dear to my heart. They're not good games, they're broken, confusing, rambling games, but they were ambitious and I had as much fun trying to get them to work and figuring out just what the fuck was even going on than I've had with complete AAA titles.

3000AD is still around and kicking, though not nearly as vocal as it was in the late '90s. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Battlecruiser series, the company has remastered Universal Combat 2.0 Collector's Edition and released it on Steam for free. Derek Smart might be crazy as a shithouse rat, but he does show appreciation for his fans as this release is just the latest in 3000AD's policy of making its older games available as shareware when support for them is ended.

3000AD is still hard at work bringing its unique brand of broken, yet intriguing, space odysseys to new generations of players with a new refresh of Universal Combat underway. Regardless of quality I'm glad that there are developers like this in the industry who aren't afraid to reject the status quo.

Universal Combat CE "remastered" and released for free on Steam [PC Gamer]

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Contest: Win a code for Kromaia on Steam! photo
Contest: Win a code for Kromaia on Steam!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Kraken Empire have given us five keys for their crazy shoot-'em-up Kromaia to give away to lucky Dtoiders!

Described as a frantic, old-school, coin-op shoot-'em-up that's come crashing headlong into the 21st century, Kromaia has you blasting hordes of enemies in a 360-degree, sci-fi environment, and it looks like great fun!

To enter, just leave a comment in the thread below! You have until Sunday, February 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the world!

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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#Fortune is a game that predicts your future by reading your tweets photo
#Fortune is a game that predicts your future by reading your tweets
by Jonathan Holmes

As a youth, I became temporarily obsessed with an early Rare title for the NES called Taboo. It was a simple fortune telling game that used virtual Tarot cards to predict your future, but it inspired a deep level of fascination within me and my friends. If this game existed, it must have some purpose, right? There must be some meaning we could squeeze out of it, some understanding that we could eke out of its code. If there was method to its madness, and we could come to understand that method, maybe we would understand what adults thought was important, and then figure out a way to outsmart them forever. 

That lasted about a week before we gave up. If we had something like #Fortune back then, we may have never given up. #Fortune's creator Zach Gage (SpellTower, Ridiculous Fishing) probably knows what I mean. He's been playing the game himself since 2013, when it first manifested as physical instillation piece. It was a follow up to Best Day Ever, a bot account that Gage had designed in 2009 to aggregate pure positivity from Twitter. #Fortune was also a bot, but instead of positivity, it worked to use Twitter to predict your future.

What appears to be a random set of daily message at may start to reveal some interconnected meaning over time, or it just might make you laugh to read a distorted picture of your future as crafted by your present online persona. As Gage puts it "Who we are online is often a carefully crafted version of who we want to be. Tweets might be like mantras, tiny self-fulfilling prophesies... Or they might just be little lies we tell ourselves. #Fortune is both."

#Fortune is free on iOS

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Contest: Win a bunch of awesome games from the Be Mine 17 bundle! photo
Contest: Win a bunch of awesome games from the Be Mine 17 bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Groupees are in the midst of their latest charity bundle, and they've given us 20 codes to help spread the word!

Included in the Be Mine 17 bundle are Last Inua, Sinking Island, Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum, Cats Never Die, Chaos Ride, Popcornkid! Neon, Cinders, Cat Goes Fishing, Majestic Nights: Chapter 1, Deep Dungeons of Doom, and Millennium 5. Proceeds go to support the Unbound charity, and you can learn more about that here!

To enter to win a code, just tweet the following:

Enter to win the Be Mine 17 charity bundle from @Groupees1 and @Destructoid! http://tinyurl.com/dtoidbm17

Then post a link to your tweet in the comments below. Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Saturday, February 7 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the world!

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Platinum's 404 page is a cute little Bayonetta demake photo
Platinum's 404 page is a cute little Bayonetta demake
by Jordan Devore

Instead of displaying a simple file-not-found message, the 404 page on Platinum Games' website holds a score-attack demake of Bayonetta. It's worth a moment of your day.

The game is simplistic -- you jump and shoot at oncoming angels -- but the music's appropriate for the aesthetic and I just love the cartoonish eye bulge when Affinities get hit. Brings me back to the classic Data East series Joe & Mac. Feel free to compare high scores in the comments.

Hideki Kamiya [Twitter]

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February's Xbox One Games with Gold is already out photo
February's Xbox One Games with Gold is already out
by Brett Makedonski

February's the shortest month of the year, but Xbox is artificially lengthening it by spilling it over into January. That's the only way to explain this month's Xbox One Games with Gold already popping up for free on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

#IDARB is available and free right now on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. It was supposed to go up on February 1, but you can have it more than two days early.

Why did #IDARB go up so soon? My best guess is that Xbox Live's servers just couldn't contain its wild, insane party ways. Try it out; you'll see what I mean. If not, we'll have a live look for you soon if all goes according to plan.

#IDARB [Xbox]

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Contest: Win a copy of Mega Ran Com: Mission! photo
Contest: Win a copy of Mega Ran Com: Mission!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Originally a commission by a hardcore fan, Mega Ran Com: Mission, was recently unlocked for the general public, and we've got five digital copies to hand out to lucky readers!

To enter to win, just leave a comment in the thread below telling us your favorite Mega Ran track! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the world! You have until this Sunday, February 1 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes photo
Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes
by Jordan Devore

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round won't hit its original February 17, 2015 release on PC, as Koei Tecmo has pushed the game to March 30 "[i]n order to provide you with the best possible experience..."

To that end, the company is giving away the Halloween 2013 costume set to everyone who buys Last Round on Steam. That's 28 outfits, many of them predictably scandalous.

Frankly, I've got a feeling the port won't be without its issues, delay or no delay, but let's shelve that thought until launch. At the very least, the PC version of Last Round will not support online multiplayer right away -- that's supposed to arrive "within three months of release."

But then again, mods. They're going to escalate quickly.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round [Steam]

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Brothers and #IDARB headline February's Games with Gold photo
Brothers and #IDARB headline February's Games with Gold
by Brett Makedonski

February's a tricky proposition if you're the procrastinating type when it comes to gobbling up your free videogames. A meager 28 days means that you need to get in gear and download the new Xbox Live Games with Gold early. No depending on a 31st to bail your lazy ass out.

Xbox has unveiled next month's Games with Gold, and they're mostly what we've come to expect -- a really good game, an indie title we don't know much about, and some filler. They are Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, #IDARB, and Sniper Elite V2.

Brothers is the clear standout here, which can be downloaded from February 1-15. I gave it an excellent score a few years ago and managed to still be on the low end of most outlets. I've also got your back if you need help cleaning up the Achievements.

#IDARB is the lone Xbox One game. It's supposed to be zany and fun. Guess you'll have to find out for yourself. Then, there's Sniper Elite V2 bringing up the second half of the month on Xbox 360. By then, you'll probably just be looking forward to March's games.

It’s Cold! Bundle Up with Some Hot Deals with February Games with Gold [Xbox Wire]

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Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit photo
Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit
by Jordan Devore

I'm filing this one under "You'd be stupid not to cover it, Jordan."

Lovesick is a simple, physics-driven two-player game for PC and Mac in which a bride and groom explode out of both ends after eating undercooked shrimp. Classic mistake. The player who lands the most "projectiles" in the toilet is deemed victorious. But really, whoever wins, we lose.

I refuse to spoil the game's fabulous song selection, but know that it's on point.

Lovesick [Deep Plaid Games]

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A free roguelike with music by Banjo-Kazooie's Grant Kirkhope? Yes, please! photo
A free roguelike with music by Banjo-Kazooie's Grant Kirkhope? Yes, please!
by Jordan Devore

I'm struggling to stop playing The Enchanted Cave 2 for long enough to tell you about it. Unassuming name and overabundance of roguelikes aside, this browser-based game is terrific.

You delve into a cavern in search of gold, gear, and experience but here's the trick: only certain items can be brought back to the surface. And you need a special item to escape in the first place. Combat is tile-based in classic "mash against a monster until someone dies" fashion. There's skill trees, crafting, and did I mention the music? It's typical Kirkhope. Amazing.

If you're coming in as a veteran of the original game, prepare for quite the upgrade.

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