Really looking forward to this
Overwatch is shaping up. I really enjoyed my time with it back in October, but as of this newest closed beta build, it's clear that the team knows what they're doing.
This week, they added in one simple upgrade that made a lot of people happy -- player progression. Now just by playing you'll earn new rewards, separate from any sort of character-centric requirements. It's a great change.
After experiencing utter disappointment with the first Homefront I expected nothing less than the same crushing feeling playing the Revolution closed beta (which kicked off today on Xbox One). But to my surpris...
When Bungie announced the Crimson Days event for Destiny, my heart sunk a bit. I mean the notion is nice, but really, we all know that the Tower makeover is basically just an excuse to sell more microtransactions.
"But you can pay for the [insert popular meme here] Drake Dance." Should I just...uninstall it now, or?
Domo arigato Mr. Martian Roboto
The 1950s were considered the golden age of campy sci-fi films, with aliens often invading Earth alongside giant animals, and, of course, robots.
Fortified tries to recreate the feeling of those films in a third-pe...
Impressions of a solo playthrough
One part third-person cooperative shooter, one part campy 1950s sci-fi, Fortified releases today for PC and Xbox One. I've had the chance to play through the single-player mode and will be doing a full review once t...
Impressions of the PS4 port
Thank you, Roll7, for reminding me what an utter joy it can be to slide around in video games.
I'm not sure what I was so wrapped up playing last May, but it wasn't Not a Hero, the studio's cheeky side-scrolling take on cover...
I get it, let's move on
It's easy to settle into playing Crashlands. To start, it takes on the fairly well-trodden survival genre, where players start with nothing, punch some trees, harvest resources, and eventually build fantastic items. It most c...
Voice acting equivalent of The Room
Some games just hand out answers to puzzles -- if you can even call them that -- with numbers or solutions written nearby. While the first-person adventure INFRA does this a bit, it certainly isn't holding your hand most...
Up now on PTR
The last two characters in Heroes of the Storm have ended up with rather disappointing when it comes to rankings. After two weeks, Greymane is the fourth worst hero in terms of win-rate, and Lunara is the fifth worst. That's ...
Blow won't hold your hand
I've been playing The Witness for the past day or so. Although I don't like it as much as Brett (yet, at least) I think it's pretty damn great, and if you even remotely like puzzle games you should get it -- it's like a modern day Myst.
In this era of instant gratification I suspect a lot of people are going to be turned off by it, but for me, it couldn't have come at a better time.
'Put it out, you fools!'
I've been playing a lot of Minecraft lately, and part of that process involves checking in on past projects to see their progress. And you know what? The folks who are working on Minecraft Middle Earth are pretty damn ta...
Do you have time for another MMO? NCSoft sure hopes you do, as the long awaited localization of Blade & Soul has finally arrived this week. It was released in Korea in 2012 and took the country by storm, and now, nearly four long years later, it's available in the West.
I took it for a spin, and found a mix of both fresh ideas and stubborn legacy concepts.
Plants or Zombies
It's a damn shame that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare wasn't more popular. I mean, it did well enough for EA to greenlight a sequel, but many of my friends weren't keen on it because it looked too silly. Little did t...
15,000 gold or $9.99
Greymane has hit Heroes of the Storm today, entering the arena as the only Worgen character -- the werewolf-like race of Warcraft fame.
After an afternoon of giving him a shot though, I'm not super jazzed about fitting him into my normal rotation.
Barring a couple of control confusions
Kyle plunged into the icy depths of The Banner Saga almost, aw jeez, exactly two years ago. Somehow I never took that same jump, even though vikings, strategy RPGs, and Oregon Trail all put together in a neat little box is My Kinda Thing.
Now that it's on consoles, I've finally taken a stab at leading too many people too far across a land that's much too wide on PS4.
There's a few caveats though
I managed to pick up a Shovel Knight amiibo yesterday for the US launch, and I couldn't resist giving it a go immediately on Wii U.
Despite the fact that I've completed the campaign roughly 10 times since its launch (not counting the Plague Knight add-on), I was surprised to find that I fell in love with it all over again.
15,000 gold or $9.99 ($4.99 with sale)
Lunara arrived in Heroes of the Storm this week, and I boosted her up to level 5 in one night alone -- she's that fun to play. As an assassin she's capable of tons of damage (I'm usually top Hero Damage in unranked play)...
What a delightful experience
PaRappa the Rapper 2 holds up so well!
As you might have seen, the PlayStation 2 rhythm game became available this week on PS4. It's a classic tale about a rapping dog with a lifetime supply of noodles who really just wants a...
Don't Starve: Shipwrecked
Drowning, yes, swimming, no
I've always wanted to do one of those 'survival diary' types of writings, even though that's hardly an original idea at this point. And what better time to start than now that Don't Starve: Shipwrecked has come to Steam Early...
Like the Vita's controls for your iPhone
Mobile gaming is becoming closer and closer to console gaming, and with the line thinning the only thing missing is phones coming with dedicated controllers.
That is where the Gamevice comes in, to try to fill that hole by turning your iPhone 6 into a fully-fledged gaming console. While it does the job well, it certainly isn't without some minor flaws.
Out for three weeks
Bungie laid out its plans going forward for Destiny today. Instead of providing full expansion-like experiences, they're going to be focusing on micro-events, like the Festival of the Lost Halloween activity at the Tower a fe...
It's pronounced A-DEN, Jodie, not I-DEN!
When Beyond: Two Souls released at the end of 2013, it epitomised not just the lofty ambitions of creator David Cage, but also the capability still lurking in the PlayStation 3’s ageing infrastructure.
But whilst it&r...
Airdropped into my heart
Earlier in the year, Conrad Zimmerman gave the PS4 version of Helldivers his highest recommendation. He praised it for its brutal and unrelenting action, and its dedication to pitch-black humor and decidedly laissez-faire att...
More free games from Locomalito
The Curse of Issyos is the newest game from indie developer Locomalito, known for releasing a ton of cool freeware games like Hydorah, Maldita Castilla, and L'Abbaye des Morts. He started this particular project back in 2010,...
'Get yo drank on,' Drake
The Uncharted 4 beta is now live, and set to run until December 13.
After it launched I was able to get in immediately, and was plopped into an intro section that showed off the new engine, as well as a few pointers for the m...
Smooth like butta
At some point, I downloaded Dragon's Dogma onto my PS3, but never got around to playing it. I'd scroll through and tell myself "some other day." Well, apparently that other day is the day it comes to PC.
I hear tell that...
But at least it's free
Oh thank goodness, more content for Star Wars Battlefront.
While The Battle of Jakku hasn't seen a wide release yet (that's happening on December 8), the free new DLC is now available for folks who pre-ordered the game.
But again, not a replacement
Back in October, I had the chance to test out the new Alienware Steam Machine's mid-range model (i3 Dual Core, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD), and was fairly pleased with the results. As the hardware manufacturer even noted before launch...
But I still love it
Lara Croft GO might just be my favorite mobile game of the year. Having played through the campaign twice now, I can safely say there isn't much I'd change about Square Enix Montréal's minimalist puzzler -- though...
With multi-mission campaigns
Every so often we cover board games here at Destructoid, mostly from our tabletop expert Darren Nakamura. But when the opportunity presented itself to check out the brand new Ghostbusters game, I sprang at the chance.