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Jun 29 // Jordan Devore

I'm hooked on this Fire Emblem character creator

Since Fire Emblem Fates isn't going to release outside of Japan until next year, let's melt some time away with this web-based character creator put together by LuminescentBlade. I want to see your angsty people. [Via Tiny Cartridge]
Jun 29 // Jordan Devore

In Clumsy God, helping looks a lot like hurting

The itch.io Twitter is always bringing strange morsels to my attention. Today, it's Clumsy God, a Windows game about a giant heavenly hand helping people recover from an earthquake. "Just be careful not to crush anyone along...
Jun 29 // Jordan Devore

Strike a pose with this silly Smash Bros. glitch

Smash Bros. glitches are among the funniest. A new one, captured here by MasterOfHyrule, involves pushing the Home button before the match transitions to the result screen. While the bug varies from character to character, i...
Jun 29 // Jordan Devore

'You paint the world with your Soft Body'

Well, that headline wrote itself. Soft Body, *ahem*, looks like a cool, free-flowing take on Snake. Here, you're dodging bullets while filling in the world and your snake can split apart to form two bodies, each controlled by...
Jun 29 // Jordan Devore

It's the beginning of the end for Scrolls

No, not The Elder Scrolls, silly. The other one! Just "Scrolls." Microsoft-owned Minecraft studio Mojang has confirmed the inevitable -- that work is winding down on its card title now that the "last major content patch," Ech...
Jun 29 // Jordan Devore

The Darksiders II remaster doesn't look all that different

Were we expecting the remaster of Darksiders II for current systems to look significantly better than the 2012 original (RIP THQ)? I was not. Crisper and smoother, sure, but that's about it. Here are some comparison screenshots that, at least to these less-than-stellar eyes, took some studying.
Jun 26 // Jordan Devore

Time for another PlayStation Network flash sale

I haven't made much use of the PlayStation Network flash sales -- the best deals are often for games I own -- but I'm happy they're a regular occurrence. There's another one this weekend. PS4 Bound by Flame ($14) CastleStorm...
Jun 26 // Jordan Devore

Willy Chyr's Relativity is Escher art come to life

When you jump off a ledge in Willy Chyr's Relativity, you can keep falling. Forever. The abstract world, made up of floating platforms and puzzle rooms, loops. Why climb a huge flight of stairs when you can just "fall" to the...
Jun 26 // Jordan Devore

Unlike some games, Warframe has free emotes

This week's Destiny snafu is a case study in the making. There was a backlash against the collector's edition of an upcoming expansion, The Taken King, for locking content behind a way-too-steep price tag. Bungie came back wi...
Jun 26 // Jordan Devore

Star Wars Battlefront alpha invites are going out

DICE has been emailing invites to the Star Wars Battlefront alpha on Origin. Well, more accurately, these are invites to apply for the alpha (which can be done here). No guarantees you'll get in, as "space in the Closed Alpha...
Jun 26 // Jordan Devore

Toukiden: Kiwami is now on Steam but it's $60

Omega Force's action-RPG about hunting Oni has come to Steam. Great news! There are few if any games like this available on PC. But because it's Koei Tecmo, Toukiden: Kiwami costs $59.99. This is an expanded version of Toukid...
Jun 25 // Jordan Devore

A bunch of Total War games are free to play this weekend

My goodness, Creative Assembly's tactical Total War series has been around for 15 years now. There's a sale for the occasion, naturally, but it goes further than that: Shogun: Total War and Medieval: Total War have landed on ...
Jun 25 // Jordan Devore

Portal Stories: Mel is an intriguing new Portal adventure

It's been a while since I've thought about Portal 2, but the time is right. Portal Stories: Mel is out now on Steam, free to anyone who owns the core game. This is a standalone mod with its own voiced storyline, soundtrack, a...
Jun 25 // Jordan Devore

Super Mario Maker has 100 offline courses

Coming out of E3, the Destructoid staff has been buzzing about Super Mario Maker. It's terrific. While I'm sure the game will attract plenty of talented creators, I've been wondering what all Nintendo will include on the disc...
Jun 25 // Jordan Devore

Splatoon's first North American Splatfest rescheduled

After postponing the first North American Splatfest in Splatoon, Nintendo is back with a new date: July 4, 2015. The online event begins at 12:00 AM PT and will carry on, barring technical (err, "tentacle") difficulties, unti...
Jun 24 // Jordan Devore

Mega Man Legacy Collection has tough new challenges

Mega Man Legacy Collection bundles the first six Mega Man games for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and 3DS. I played a bit at E3. Gut reaction: it's probably going to be worth the $14.99 asking price. You might be wondering what's up wit...
Jun 24 // Jordan Devore

Peek at Gears of War: Ultimate Edition's touched-up cinematics

I've mostly avoided the remaster trend, but Gears of War: Ultimate Edition might be one of the few to pull me in. Not so much for the campaign, whose revamped cutscenes are briefly shown here, but as a way to get back into t...
Jun 24 // Jordan Devore

Nintendo is making it harder to get around Miiverse account restrictions

[Art by megablurdxl] Miiverse is a wacky place full of strange people. I love it. But I don't know that I'll ever fully understand what is and isn't considered inappropriate in the eyes of moderators and users who seem to arb...
Jun 24 // Jordan Devore

Driveclub PS Plus Edition is out tomorrow, but...

The Driveclub PS Plus Edition saga is nearing its end. After months of delays, the trial version for PlayStation Plus subscribers released on the store yesterday only to be pulled. It was "premature," according to Evolution S...
Jun 24 // Jordan Devore

Pikmin x Chibi-Robo! would be too cute

There are a few GameCube titles I regret missing. Cubivore is one of them. Chibi-Robo! is another. The latter series has managed to live on through handheld spinoffs, and there's a new on the way. The games star a miniature r...
Jun 23 // Jordan Devore

Fatal Frame for Wii U might be eShop only in North America

I was relieved to hear that Nintendo had picked up Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for release outside of Japan, but there might still be cause for concern. The newly updated page for the Wii U ghost game on Nintendo.com s...
Jun 23 // Jordan Devore

Celebrate Sonic's birthday with cheap Sega games on PSN

Oh shoot, it's Sonic's birthday today! He's 24 years old. I find that unsettling for some reason. Anyway, Sega is holding a celebratory sale on PlayStation Network. Besides Sonic games, this is an inexpensive way to score Yak...
Jun 23 // Jordan Devore

Enough talk, let's watch some Shadow Warrior 2

With all of the stops to carefully pan the camera, you know this is an E3 demo, but the upgraded lighting in Shadow Warrior 2 does look nice. Demons aside, I'd like to retire here. Lo Wang spouts a bunch of cheesy lines, as ...
Jun 23 // Jordan Devore

How to get into the Street Fighter V beta for PS4

In North America, it's easy enough to score beta access for Street Fighter V. You'll just need to pre-order the PS4 game at GameStop, Amazon, or Best Buy to get a code via email. Those will go out starting July 20 and can be ...
Jun 23 // Jordan Devore

Dwayne Johnson is doing a Rampage movie

Coming off of San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson, producer Beau Flynn, and New Line are working on adapting the Midway arcade game Rampage into a live-action feature film, reports Deadline. My usual reaction to these announcements i...
Jun 23 // Jordan Devore

Standalone PS1-style DualShock 4 out this September

For most of us, that limited-edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 was something to look at and nothing more. Sony didn't produce enough of them to meet demand. But at least with the controller, we're getting a second chance...
Jun 22 // Jordan Devore

Miyamoto on where the Wii U went wrong

NPR had a nice chat with long-time designer Shigeru Miyamoto about the origins of his characters and how he first got started with Nintendo a few decades ago. Lovely. He also opened up about the Wii U's lackluster sales. Aske...
Jun 22 // Jordan Devore

What is this, a race? Project CARS 2 announced

It was only last month that I read Brett's review of Project CARS, and now Slightly Mad Studios is out there talking up a sequel for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and SteamOS. Only thing that's missing is a call for pre-orders but, worr...
Jun 22 // Jordan Devore

I'm starting to care about Halo 5 thanks to Warzone

While E3 didn't officially start until last Tuesday, there was plenty of video game stuff happening in and around Los Angeles the day before (and even the day before that!). Covering press conferences from Microsoft, Electron...
Jun 22 // Jordan Devore

Toys-to-life games have a long way to go

Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, amiibo, and now LEGO Dimensions, I'm hearing an awful lot of talk about the "toys to life" category these days. That's fine, but nudge me when we can do this:

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