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8:00 AM on 06.06.2013

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a ton of fun

I am so jealous of kids growing up this day and age. They have the coolest videogame consoles, the Internet, iPads, and now LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Combining Marvel, one of the hottest movie proprieties right now (and not t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz


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Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes photo
Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
by Abel Girmay

Just when you thought they were out of good licenses to adapt for LEGO videogames, they pull one back in. Among others, we've explored the adventures of Indiana Jones, the far away galaxy of Star Wars, and the hallowed halls of DC.

Now, TT Games jumps ship to the realm of the god of thunder, the merc with the mouth, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Just recently we got to see an early look at the game, and it's none too shabby.

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PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask photo
PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
by Chad Concelmo

As great as the Professor Layton games are (they are really great!), the last four released on the Nintendo DS have been very similar. While the art direction, puzzle-solving gameplay, and surprisingly emotional stories have been stellar, none of the last games really did anything new and shocking to move the series forward.

With Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (the series' first entry on the 3DS), things are definitely changing. And, if the demo I got to play at PAX was any indication, these changes are definitely for the better.

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Oh my GLOB: Hands-on with WayForward's Adventure Time photo
Oh my GLOB: Hands-on with WayForward's Adventure Time
by Steven Hansen

If you’ve been reading Destructoid with any regularity, you know that we love us some Adventure Time. I side quite happily with my Dtoid kin, having been enamored with the program for some time now.

Perhaps it was meant to be. Before I ever watched the show, someone told me that if I was to have a theme song, it would be the Adventure Time theme, to which I chuckled sans context, but, now in the know, can’t help but agree with.

As a fan, I was as stoked as anyone to hear about an Adventure Time game penned by Pendleton Ward himself and developed by the lovingly retro folks over at WayForward. When I saw a giant, inflatable Finn and Jake eclipsing South Hall at E3, I was sad to find the game wouldn’t be playable. However, I was finally able to get my hands on the Zelda II-inspired brawler crawler and it’s glorious.

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gamescom: LEGO LotR has a nice Skyrim vibe going  photo
gamescom: LEGO LotR has a nice Skyrim vibe going
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

LEGO Lord of the Rings is doing a number of things to really differentiate itself from prior LEGO titles. The biggest change is that this one provides a more seamless, open world design to the exploration, akin to that of Skyrim. 

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Preview: Pokemon Black and White Version 2 photo
Preview: Pokemon Black and White Version 2
by Abel Girmay

It has been two years since a small-town kid defeated the mighty Team Plasma, and in that time, the region of Unova as well as its people have changed.

Bianca, no longer unsure of herself, has settled in nicely as an assistant to Pokémon Professor Juniper; gym leader Brycen has made a name for himself in PokéStar Studios; and the once-powerful Team Plasma is now reduced to a meager band of pirates.  

Yes, the Unova region of Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 has noticeably grown -- if only the game itself seemed as promising. While Black and White 2 are not retreads of their 2010 predecessors -- at least not in the same vein as Pokémon Platinum -- there is not a whole lot new, either.

That is not necessarily a bad thing, as Pokémaniacs the world over are largely comfortable with the mostly untouched core formula. Some would argue that Pokémon Black and White 2's being a true sequel rather than a Platinum-style remake is commendable enough. When speaking about the series, this may be true. It just would have helped if some of the new additions were as substantial as others.

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Quick thoughts on the 3DS XL hardware photo
Quick thoughts on the 3DS XL hardware
by Abel Girmay

Hardware redesigns are increasingly common in our industry. Consoles, handhelds, you name it -- there are plenty of variations on this generation's systems. Nintendo is no stranger to this, with a solid four versions of their last handheld. While the original Nintendo DS featured some meaningful changes between its Lite and DSi redesigns, the changes in the upcoming 3DS XL are not nearly as substantial.

That being said, there are some bells and whistles that make this version ultimately superior to its predecessor. If you have the extra cash to spare and are still in the market for a 3DS, this is definitely the version you want to go with. If you already own a 3DS, however, it's best to keep your excitement in check and your money in the bank. Still, there's no denying the incremental upgrades to the new hardware come together to offer a better-feeling, better-functioning device.

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E3: Hands-on with Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion photo
E3: Hands-on with Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
by Chad Concelmo

I haven't made a final decision as to what my favorite game at E3 2012 is yet, but Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is right up there.

When DreamRift's game was announced a couple of months ago, I was shocked. Instead of just being a straight port of the 3D Epic Mickey sequels on other consoles, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is a brand-new 2D platformer releasing for the 3DS.

And just look at the game. It is beautiful. If you are a fan of any of the old Capcom Disney games for the Super Nintendo, you are going to lose your mind over this.

I know I did.

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E3: Unchained Blades is an RPG for the hardcore photo
E3: Unchained Blades is an RPG for the hardcore
by Jayson Napolitano

I doubt it surprises anyone, but my excitement for Unchained Blades stems from my love of the game’s soundtrack, which was released last year. While it features a main theme by Nobuo Uematsu that sounds a lot like Iron Chef, the true star is Tsutomu Narita. He has crafted an amazing soundtrack that combines modern instrumentation with fantastic melodies that will remind you of some of your favorite SNES-era RPG soundtracks.

After getting some hands-on time with the game, I can tell you this is an RPG for hardcore gamers. Prepare for a long and incredibly challenging adventure full of memorable characters and an interesting story. There’s a lot going on in this game, so let’s dig in.

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E3: New details on Paper Mario: Sticker Star photo
E3: New details on Paper Mario: Sticker Star
by Chad Concelmo

Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the 3DS is not playable on the show floor at E3. Let me say that again: Paper Mario: Sticker Star is not playable. WHAT THE HECK, NINTENDO?!

Of all the games here at E3, I was really hoping to get some time with Paper Mario, as it is one of my favorite series of all time.

Luckily, there was a demo played for us last night at the special Nintendo 3DS event. It wasn't playable, but we were treated to a ton of new details about the promising game.

I will forgive you, Nintendo. For now.

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E3: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate preview photo
E3: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate preview
by Daniel Starkey

I am exceptionally wary of ridiculously titled games. They have a tendency to be exceptionally awful. Still, I made an attempt to swallow my prejudice and dig into the latest installment in the Castlevania series. 

I played both Symphony of the Night and Dawn of Sorrow last year, without the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia. They were two of my favorite games at the time, and served as my introduction to one of the longest-running series in gaming. Sadly, Mirror of Fate doesn't look like it will live up to its potential.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate takes place between the first Lords of Shadow and the full sequel announced last week at Konami's pre-E3 event. 

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E3: Amazing Spider-Man looks so damn good photo
E3: Amazing Spider-Man looks so damn good
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Seriously, just watch the video that's made up of all in-game footage. It feels so good knowing there's an open world Spider-Man game once again. Hopefully the end products ends up being worth it. What I played was awesome, but it's hard to tell what the full game can be like when you're restricted to a small demo.

I have hope that The Amazing Spider-Man will be worth it when it's released on June 26.

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E3: What's new with Skylanders Giants  photo
E3: What's new with Skylanders Giants
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Did you know that last year's Skylanders: Spryo's Adventure had the best single-year sales of any new children's IP ever in America? I figured the game would do well, but not to such a crazy extent!

Obviously, Activision has a successful new franchise on their hands and will continue the Skylanders story with Skylanders Giants. There's a ton of new additions, the biggest being the new giant-sized playable Skylanders heroes.

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E3: Putting the 'amazing' back in The Amazing Spider-Man photo
E3: Putting the 'amazing' back in The Amazing Spider-Man
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The Spider-Man videogames have been a roller coaster of real fun highs and "Why did I just waste $60 on this?" lows. Thankfully, The Amazing Spider-Man is somewhere in the "real fun highs" category, at least based on what I played recently.

Really, my biggest concern has been the Web Rush feature, an ability that makes moving about the world an absolute breeze. We got to see this earlier in the year, but it was a hands-off demo and the feature looked somewhat complicated.

In reality, it's really fun and easy to use. It's also a feature that will make your head spin and feel a slight sense of vertigo.

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Preview: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes photo
Preview: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
by Dale North

Batman's back (in LEGO form) and he brought his friends along for sequel in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Not just Robin, though. Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are among the blocky heroes, and The Joker and Lex Luthor have the villain thing on lock, as always. Last week we got our first hands-on preview with the title, so read on to see how it all ... stacks up.

Sorry about that.

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3:30 PM on 05.02.2012

Preview: Pokemon Conquest

I made the harrowing decision to pass on Pokémon Black and White when they released, which I never expected to do, as an avid fan of Pokémon. It’s still a choice that doesn’t sit quite well with me (...

Steven Hansen