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Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Visceral's Star Wars has hints of Uncharted and 1313

Visceral Games' (Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline) Star Wars game was noticeably absent from EA's E3 showing this year. I thought there was a chance we'd see it, anyhow. Uncharted voice actor Nolan North did give some hints ...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Nier, Drakengard creator starts new company

Taro Yoko (Nier, Drakengard) has started a mysterious new company, Bukkoro. There's a website and not much else to go on. It does have adorable drawings done by Taiko Drum Master artist Yukiko Yokoo. According to Siliconera, ...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

So people are really into this Final Fantasy VII remake

I was rooting around YouTubes as one does when a number of (hah) zeros caught my eye: 10,018,000. That was the view count on the PlayStation upload of the Final Fantasy VII remake announcement trailer (there's an additional m...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Valve no longer restores items lost in Steam trade scams

If you get swindled on Steam, Valve doesn't want you to come crying to it anymore. Used to be if you were tricked out of an item in a Steam trade, Valve would restore it, but an update in the Steam Trading Q&A ends that. ...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Gust announces JRPG Atelier Sophie for PS4, PS3, Vita

Gust has turned heads with a new PlayStation (3, 4, and Vita) action RPG Yoru no Nai Kuni (something along the line of Land of No Night). It's much darker (but still pretty) than the Atelier games the company might be best k...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Sony: 'We failed,' technical issues on PS3 'compromised' The Last Guardian

Ah, so here's a thing. Director Fumito Ueda just gave an interview with Game Informer where he put the delay on "a corporate decision by Sony" and not just technical issues. "There are always delays in production, as you know...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Star Fox Zero won't lock content behind amiibo

Unlike some of the addled fringe elements of Destructoid, I do not partake in amiibo. Recent Nintendo releases like Splatoon and Yoshi's Wooly World have locked certain gameplay bits behind Nintendo's line of collectable doll...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Spikers: Canceled Mario was a volleyball/wrestling hybrid for Wii

Next Level Games developed two fun soccer games, Super Mario Strikers, then a bunch of other junk before the excellent Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Somewhere after the Wii version of Strikers, though, it was working on some u...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Square working on new Final Fantasy Adventure

Final Fantasy Adventure (Mystic Quest in Europe,Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan) turned into the Mana series with Secret of Mana. Unfortunately, its entries have been relegated to Japan-exclusive cell phone ga...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Nintendo considering its own early access system

Early Access. Everyone's doing it. Microsoft just announced the Xbox Game Preview at E3. Nintendo's Damon Baker told Polygon, "We don't have anything to announce, but I can say that we're certainly exploring options and capab...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Kojima has seen Mad Max four times because he is right and good

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain felt pretty complete to me when they let me play 14 hours of it, though I'm sure there's still work to be done. Regardless, whether Hideo Kojima is tirelessly crunching to finish realizing...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Batman: Arkham Knight has best 2015 week one UK sales

A reminder that Arkham Knight has "Batman" in the name and no volley of excoriating 7/10 reviews (or broken PC ports) can do it harm: Rocksteady's new Batman is the top-selling game of 2015 in the UK by its first week sales, ...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Nintendo keeping digital prices up, hints at mild compensation

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata addressed the fact that eShop games are priced the same as their retail counterparts despite the cost savings of digital distribution. This comes from an investor briefing reported live by Nstyles and ...
Jun 29 // Steven Hansen

Batman: Arkham Knight mod lets you play as 10 extra characters

While the PC version of Arkham Knight was busted enough Warner Bros. stopped selling it on Steam (probably wouldn't have happened if Steam didn't just start allowing refunds), some users are making the best of a bad situatio...
Jun 26 // Steven Hansen

Animal crossover: Oh my god KK Slider covering Outkast

Hey, what are you doing right now? Fuck you, because it's not as cool as what I'm doing right now, which is listening to KK Slider covering Outkast's "Hey Ya!" Now I'm listening to KK Slider doing Johnny Cash's "Hurt." Get on...
Jun 26 // Steven Hansen

Surprise! Nomura didn't know he was directing Final Fantasy VII remake

But if I'm here...and you're here...who's driving the boat?! Tetsuya Nomura is directing the Final Fantasy VII remake, and he's already talked about ways in which it will differ from the 1997 original aside from just the visu...
Jun 25 // Steven Hansen

Review: Batman: Arkham Knight

[Note: This review is based on a retail PlayStation 4 copy of Batman: Arkham Knight, not the PC version that is so broken publisher Warner Bros. temporarily delisted it from sale] If the difference between the real Batman and...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

999 and Zero Escape writer's new game coming to PS4, Vita

What with Zero Escape not being profitable and the trilogy being put on hold, series writer and director Kotaro Uchikoshi (999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors) went and wrote an anime called Punch Line. It has a pretty ...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

Final Fantasy VII remake: No new characters, more realistic gameplay

First, I'd like to know if "there won’t be new characters" includes previously invented Final Fantasy VII characters, say from Advent Children, or if it means no new characters added relative to the original Final Fanta...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

Kingdom Hearts III worlds set, mostly new

Hoping some fan favorites from series past would make it into Kingdom Hearts III? Well you should let it go. That notion, I mean. Let it go, like from the movie Frozone. Tangled was also confirmed at E3. Anyways, Gematsu tra...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

Persona 5 screenshots leak via Dancing All Night bonus disc

I wouldn't blame you for avoiding these if you want to wait to experience them in the majesty that is the second Persona 5 trailer, from where these screens were ripped. Folks in Japan got their hands on Persona 4: Dancing All Night early along with the special bonus disc that contains a Persona 5 trailer, so be on the lookout for that soon. Also, blue-haired guy a new character?
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

Rustic: Rust generates avatar cock size by Steam ID

Haha, rustic. I think it's time for Jordan to take another Rust adventure. The open world survival sim is fascinating. It recently made headlines when players flipped out after it randomly assigned face and skin tone to users...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

Keiji Inafune still loves robots, talks about ReCore

"Robots play a very important role in this adventure, and there will be many more robots that will lead to a rich experience." Okay, Inafune, we get it. Newly announced ReCore is your third (3rd!) Not-Mega-Man game. It's jus...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

NIS gets creepy with new teaser

These days, Japanese games being creepy usually has more to do with upskirts than spooks. Fatal Frame couldn't even get squeezed into Nintendo's E3 event. Still, very-anime publisher and developer Nippon Ichi recently upload...
Jun 23 // Steven Hansen

Where's our Batman: Arkham Knight review?

A select handful of reviews for Batman: Arkham Knight have popped up on the net this morning. We don't have one up and we likely won't have one ahead of its Tuesday release. In fact, it's looking like I will be heading out to...
Jun 22 // Steven Hansen

Xbox One's Phantom Dust no longer in active development

Microsoft announced a Phantom Dust reboot at its E3 conference in 2014, but less than a year later the project was shelved, allegedly due to unfair demands by Microsoft. Developer Darkside was shutdown and over 50 people lost...
Jun 22 // Steven Hansen

Shenmue 3 needs $10 million for a true open world

Shenmue 3's existence is pretty neat. Its presence on a major publisher's stage show to hock a Kickstarter is less neat, to me. Obviously the $2 million goal (and $3.5 million raised at time of writing) would not be enough fo...
Jun 22 // Steven Hansen

Video impressions: Uncharted 4's extended E3 demo

I got to see another large chunk of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End from after the trailer cut off at E3. I wrote about that a bit here. I've also written a bit about why I think Uncharted 4 has the potential to be much better than Uncharted 3's poor showing. Anyways, if you want to see the video we shot in conjunction where I crouch in some bushes as teens do skate tricks nearby, here's that.
Jun 22 // Steven Hansen

Gust's dark RPG Land of No Night continues to look good

I was surprisingly impressed with Gust's (Atelier) new PlayStation (3, 4, and Vita) action RPG Yoru no Nai Kuni, or Land of No Night, when we got a first look at the gameplay (and whatever shreds of fabric the character is wearing in that picture). This new trailer shows off the battling a bit more, as well as some of the menus and monster accumulation system.
Jun 22 // Steven Hansen

Hands-on with 2D Souls-like Eitr

Zack and I finally played Eitr, which I've talked about before, at E3 this year. Then we sat very close together in camping chairs, shared a mic, and talked about it. To quote a YouTube comment, "Is everyone is dtoid just ga...

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