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2:01 AM on 09.18.2014

Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Disney Infinity was quite the ambitious project, but it fell flat in a few key areas. This was mostly due to a lack of even game worlds, with a few of the universes overshadowing others that felt more rushed. The other a...

Chris Carter


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It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft photo
It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft
by Chris Carter

[Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Notch have chimed in with their own statements. Spencer is obviously excited (and confirms that Minecon still exists), and Notch gives us a look at his mindset over the past few years, as well as were he's headed.]

The rumors are real -- Mojang has confirmed that they are being bought by Microsoft for a "smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars."

In a post to fans, representatives of the company noted that "Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that."

According to the post, the development and support of Minecraft on the PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android platforms will continue. Minecraft will also "continue to evolve," and it is predicted that the "majority" of Mojang's staff will continue to work there. Notch, Carl, and Jakob, the founders, are leaving. The fate of their other game, Scrolls, is still up in the air -- my guess is if it's doing poorly Microsoft will can it and focus more on Minecraft.

Well, that's interesting. We'll see how this goes, and it's a real testament of how powerful AAA publishers are -- Minecraft was one of the prime examples of how sustainable independent development was in the industry.

Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft [Mojang]

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Mighty No. 9 feels great, but the core concepts take some getting used to photo
Mighty No. 9 feels great, but the core concepts take some getting used to
by Chris Carter

Mighty No. 9 is probably one of the most anticipated games of 2015. After a massive Kickstarter, creator Inafune and developers Comcept and Inti Creates have kicked off a long line of products to hype it up, including Mighty Gunvolt and a potential cartoon.

After all that hype though we finally have a chance to play the game. I have to say, it has the feel of a Mega Man game, but a few aspects definitely took some getting used to.

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Review: CounterSpy photo
Review: CounterSpy
by Steven Hansen

CounterSpy's stylized Cold War re-imagining is on point. It looks good, with its spindly spy running, rolling, and leaping like a jumping spider. It sounds good, with its jazzy soundtrack that reminds of James Bond

Unfortunately, the rest of it feels half-baked. 

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Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment photo
Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
by Chris Carter

Despite how you may feel about the polarizing second arc of Sword Art Online, fans generally have nothing but good things to say about the first arc. It managed to nail a lot of aspects of MMO culture, along with marrying the aspect of a virtual game of death into an interesting narrative full of mostly likable characters.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment manages to re-tell the end of the arc in videogame form, and even though it isn't the best RPG on the Vita, it's pretty much a must-have for hardcore fans of the series who always wondered what lurked beyond the 75th floor of SAO.

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Review: Hohokum photo
Review: Hohokum
by Kyle MacGregor

Hohokum is amazing. It can also be awful. My time with it was often as captivating as it was arduous. Hohokum is everything right and wrong with videogames. It's equally worthy of condemnation and acclaim.

I adore this horrible thing.

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Sony does more for Vita than it gets credit for, but it's okay to be frustrated photo
Sony does more for Vita than it gets credit for, but it's okay to be frustrated
by Kyle MacGregor

A lot of people seemed disappointed when Sony closed its gamescom press conference without much mention of the PlayStation Vita. And it isn't difficult to understand why.

The struggling portable seemed like an afterthought yesterday. Anyone hoping for an exciting new Vita reveal was left wanting. Adding insult to injury, the system actually managed to lose an exclusive, as Tearaway was announced for PlayStation 4.

There was a single moment during the event that seemed indicative of Sony's approach to the handheld. Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell took the stage in Cologne, and showcased his upcoming project, Volume, a stealth title destined for PS4 and Vita next year. It's an independent game from a tiny, but talented developer. And it's cross-platform to boot.

Outside of cursory mentions like that, Sony's show was all about PS4. And why not? It's the newer and more successful system. Sony allocated its airtime wisely, highlighting its breadwinner, rather than choosing to fight an uphill battle. It made perfect sense, too, given Microsoft's strong showing earlier in the day. 

That's a rational outlook, though. Sadly for Sony, humans aren't always rational creatures. Vita owners felt spurned, and they made sure Sony heard about it.

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Here's everything that happened during Sony's 2014 gamescom conference photo
Here's everything that happened during Sony's 2014 gamescom conference
by Jordan Devore

Sony's gamescom showing went by quickly, with announcement after announcement and more than a few new intellectual properties put on display for the first time. Really, though, it's still From Software's Bloodborne that has me most wanting a PlayStation 4. As for the PS Vita, the handheld was practically non-existent at the press conference. Poor thing!

If you missed out on the stream or simply couldn't keep up, here's what went down.

News:

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Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo
Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game
by Steven Hansen

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon.

But Kadokawa Games' first internal venture can get a pass for looking a bit dated if the core gameplay can hold up, and it just might. Producer Kensuke Tanaka felt that JRPGs were "lacking in difficulty," that they didn't "make you think," NIS America representatives explained. Natural Doctrine is an answer to that.

However, NIS America was not able to answer why exactly the lead in a fantasy RPG of orcs, magic and lizard men is named Jeff. 

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Behold, the winner of our E3 2014 Community Choice Award! photo
Behold, the winner of our E3 2014 Community Choice Award!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Last week, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite games of E3 2014. And weigh in you did! There were approximately eleventy bajillion votes cast and hand-counted by yours truly, making this one of the most popular E3 awards we've ever held. Thanks to all who voted!

Now, before we unveil the winner, I'd like to congratulate this year's entire massive list of E3 standouts. There were more great games on display this year than I could ever hope to play, ensuring everybody has something to look forward to in 2014 and beyond!

And now, without further adieu, the winner of Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award is...

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Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 winners! photo
Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 winners!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

E3 was all about the games this year. With the console launches out of the way, game developers have been able to focus on making great games, and we saw a ton of that at E3 2014 this year. 

We shared with you our nominees for game of the show and about a dozen other categories. Now it's time to find out what games have won our Best of E3 2014 winners!

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Yoshida notes that the Vita is being used more and more as a 'companion' photo
Yoshida notes that the Vita is being used more and more as a 'companion'
by Chris Carter

I picked up the PlayStation Vita at launch, and still have no regrets. Ludicrous proprietary memory card prices aside (man was that a disaster, and the prices are still too high), I really enjoy Sony's newest portable, but it's become increasingly harder to get excited for it when Sony has nothing to show for it at E3.

Speaking to Game Informer, Sony president Shuhei Yoshida shines some light as to why the company didn't go guns blazing with the Vita during E3. He notes, "It’s still an independent platform you can play on. There are games for Vita, especially in Japan. However, more and more people use it as a companion device for PS4 and we are very happy that people are using it as such. We are bringing PlayStation Now to PS Vita. We are making it more of a total ecosystem, with PS4 as the central device."

He also didn't discuss any new titles coming from any major franchises, which isn't a great sign for the near future at least. So for now, it seems as if using your Vita in conjunction with your PS4 (remote play and the upcoming PlayStation Now) is the best way to use it.

I hope you have a PS4.

Sony’s Yoshida: More Vita Owners Using Handheld As Companion Device [Game Informer]

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Vote now for Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award! photo
Vote now for Destructoid's E3 2014 Community Choice Award!
by Mr Andy Dixon

E3 has been all about the games this year, which means it's been a very good year to be a gamer indeed! Now that all the major press conferences have come and gone and the majority of the big reveals have made their marks, it's time once again for you to pick your favorite game of the show!

Below is a lengthy list of the games that will soon be joining your libraries. Which one are you the most excited for? Check the box and cast your vote! Then after you're done, go argue about your choice in the comments.

If you need a refresher about any of the games below, click here to check out our continuing E3 Unfiltered coverage. And stay tuned next week when we unveil the winner of the Destructoid Community Choice Award for E3 2014!

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Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 nominees! photo
Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 nominees!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

E3 2014 is all about the games this year. The consoles launched last year, so now it's time for everyone to put up or shut up with their lineups that will make the new-gen worth it.

We nominated a ton of game s for Destructoid's E3 awards, spanning 13 categories. We even brought back the best fighting category as there's a lot of fighting games this year! We'll be announcing winners early next week after we've recovered from E3, but in the meantime you can see all of our top picks from the show below.

And remember, we also have a community choice award where you can vote on your favorite game of E3 yourself.

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Who won E3 2014? photo
Who won E3 2014?
by Jordan Devore

Finally, a spare moment to take a breather. It's been nonstop madness since Monday morning, not that I'm complaining -- I adore the energy of E3. Hope you're having fun.

So, which company won this year's show?

Microsoft kicked the week off with a solid press conference featuring games -- The Master Chief Collection, Phantom Dust, Crackdown, and Scalebound, to name a few -- and not much else, as promised. A respectable but not necessarily stellar showing. It helped that Kinect is now optional.

Next was Sony, and while its press briefing went on for far too long as per usual, the games themselves delivered: Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, LittleBigPlanet 3, No Man's Sky. That said, gosh, not much in the way of PS Vita love. Some Gravity Rush 2 would've been nice.

Finally, Nintendo aired its prerecorded Digital Event this morning, which I found to be a nice mix of silliness and fun-looking games. That's all I ever want from Nintendo, anyway. For games, we had Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Maker, and talk of a new Zelda. There's also amiibo toys for Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and other titles.

Who won? It's a total cop-out, but I'd say we all did.

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo had new software to get excited about for their respective consoles. We're a customer base with a diverse taste in games, and we're always wanting more -- especially when it comes to "surprise" announcements -- but this has been a good E3. Very good indeed.

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MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball photo
MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball
by Steven Hansen

I was mostly satisfied with MLB 14 The Show's initial PS3 and Vita release. Hitting ahead of the PS4 version led to some (perhaps overdue) improvements, from the UI overhaul to PS3/PS4/Vita cross saves to a universal The Show profile to franchise carry over into the next years' installments.

Coupled with little touches like a new dynamic camera angle, the addictive weekly challenge, and even more gameplay options (Quick Count and Player Lock), it felt like a worthy send off for the best baseball series of the last generation.

The problem, of course, is when the PS4 version hits (now), none of this is new. It just looks better. And somehow loads slower.

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