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8:00 AM on 04.17.2014

High Strangeness lets you shift between 8-bit and 16-bit

Longtime Destructoid community member AgentMOO's High Strangeness was back at PAX this year with a nearly done build. With the help of indie publisher Midnight City, High Strangeness is coming out late this year on PC and consoles. Holmes and Ben "AgentMOO" Shostak talked about the "12- bit" adventure and enemies that get more nefarious and capable as you do when you switch to the 16-bit world.

Steven Hansen



2:45 AM on 04.17.2014

Elena is all smiles in Ultra Street Fighter IV's opening cinematic

Am I tripping, or does she seem way happier than usual, with softer eyes? How about an Ulta Street Fighter IV Android/iPhone companion app that is just a makeup studio sim and you get to pretty up all the characters in the game? Capcom Releases Ultra Street Fighter IV’s Opening Cinematic [Shoryuken]

Steven Hansen



11:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Listen to Holmes sing 'God Bless the USA' in this Broforce interview

Free Lives' Broforce is already out in the wild on Steam Early Access, playable to those willing to part with $14.99 in exchange for a super macho, explosion-filled action-platformer romp featuring such characters as Bromman...

Jordan Devore



9:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Not a Hero: Get a rabbit from the future elected mayor with murder

An anthropomorphic purple rabbit from the future wants to become mayor and you're his campaign manager, which means murdering all of the competition and their supporters. "I think that's how politics works." Well, it's close...

Steven Hansen



7:30 PM on 04.16.2014

Talking Videoball with the one-of-a-kind Tim Rogers

Get our own Jonathan Holmes and Action Button Entertainment's Tim Rogers in a room together and magic will happen. Here the two are at PAX East discussing Videoball, a "real-time strategy shooting sports game" that's far dee...

Jordan Devore



6:30 PM on 04.16.2014

In BaraBariBall you lose your balls when you jump

I played BaraBariBall over a year ago at GDC 2013 and it was fun as heck. I liked it BaraBari much. But it's still not out. Not yet, anyways. It's coming this year to PC, PS4, and PS3 as a part of the amazing Sportsfriends. ...

Steven Hansen



1:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Hyper Light Drifter probably won't be out until early 2015

Heart Machine pushed back its wildly anticipated Hyper Light Drifter from the previous June 2014 release to the end of 2014. Heart Machine's Alex Preston, talking to Jonathan Holmes at PAX, explained that, while they're stil...

Steven Hansen



10:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Open world platformer/space shooter A.N.N.E is a retro buffet

Really, why even play clearly deficient retro games? I mean, where are the shmup segments in Metroid? Where are the open world segments in Contra? Where are the line segments in a bisected triangle? A.N.N.E. is one part platformer, one part shmup, one part RPG. And this year at PAX A.N.N.E. has all its systems in play. Maybe we'll all get to play it this year.

Steven Hansen



9:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Boy, The Hong Kong Massacre sure looks like Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami by way of Stranglehold or any other John Woo flick, at least. Which is appropriate for the setting. Though I'm also reminded of Michael Mann's Miami Vice movie for some reason. I guess it can't exactly be Hotli...

Steven Hansen



6:30 PM on 04.15.2014

Krautscape redefines tactical racing, jumps off cliff

Everyone's favorite cuddle bunny, Jonathan Holmes, got a chance to check out Krautscape at the Midnight City booth at PAX East this past weekend. King Friday gives the low-down as to how this game is "tactical racing re...

Brett Makedonski



5:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Ackk Studios is going all out for its next RPG, Y2K

I knew to expect interesting things from Ackk Studios after the flawed but compelling Two Brothers. Even then, I wasn't mentally prepared for the team's newest game, Y2K. I came in knowing little about the turn-based RPG oth...

Jordan Devore



2:30 PM on 04.15.2014

SoundSelf is an experience that puts you into a trance

SoundSelf was one of the more interesting experiences I had at PAX, or any other convention for that matter. I put on the Oculus Rift, the headset, and then hummed into the microphone where the visuals and audio would react ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



2:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos

In announcing that Mercenary Kings would hit PS Vita at PAX East, developer Tribute Games also briefly talked up Curses 'N Chaos, a game which sounded like a mighty good time based on the name alone. After watching this Jona...

Jordan Devore



12:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Kero Blaster stars a frog businessman

So Kero Blaster is apparently pretty much finished, despite Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya (Cave Story) originally scrapping the entire project (known as Gero Blaster) and doing the whole game over. It stars a businessman frog and hi...

Steven Hansen



11:45 AM on 04.15.2014

Here's a half hour of the Arkham Origins Mr. Freeze DLC, if you want to watch that

I've never quite understood why people want to watch extended gameplay videos of upcoming content. I mean, if you're excited and want to play it, why would you want to spoil a long chunk of it? Conversely, if you couldn't ca...

Brett Makedonski



11:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Make cats have sex in the name of natural selection in Mew-Genics

This Holmes interview with Mew-Genics' Tommy Refenes at its first public showing explains every reason I badly want this game. Cat animations based on personality sound great. I am already laughing at the mental image of, "d...

Steven Hansen



10:00 AM on 04.15.2014

You can play Crypt of the Necrodancer with a DDR mat

The infectiously rhythmic Crypt of the Necrodancer (I hardly even know her!) was one of our games of the show last year at PAX Prime. It's back at PAX East, so Holmes tried to do an interview while playing. On a DDR mat. Whi...

Steven Hansen



1:00 AM on 04.15.2014

This 20:41 speedrun of Half-Life is a joy to watch

Segmented or not, this record-breaking 20:41 speedrun of Half-Life is seriously impressive. But as mind-blowing and enjoyable as it is to watch without context, the more you read up on the run, the crazier it all seems. Take...

Jordan Devore



7:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Cult of the Wind might just be the funniest arena shooter

A third-person shooter in which combatants are humans pretending to be airplanes -- this is Cult of the Wind. Despite the usual fears that something like this will lose its audience not long after launching, I'm so charmed b...

Jordan Devore



6:45 PM on 04.14.2014

Radicool skateboard game OlliOlli coming to PS3, PS4, PC in July

OlliOlli is a super fun little Vita game, but a lot of people won't buy a Vita because "it doesn't have any games" and they like to be wrong about things. If you're one of those people (or you don't have a Vita for a reasona...

Steven Hansen



6:30 PM on 04.14.2014

Welcome to The Weird Story of Waldermar the Warlock

When a developer emails you and says "Well, yet another Kickstarter," you have to smile. At least Paco at Spanish indie studio enComblot has a sense of humor about the state of crowdfunding. His team is currently working on ...

Alasdair Duncan



5:45 PM on 04.14.2014

Rain World has competitive slugcat multiplayer and bat attacks

Rain World is still the best. And it's coming to Vita (and more). Jonathan Holmes went and chatted with Rain World's developers at PAX. In the background you can see a very early alpha multiplayer sandbox that looks to be in the vein of Samurai Gunn and Towerfall. You get points for eating flies and lizards and killing each other. Did you know lizard only has one "z"? That's weird.

Steven Hansen



5:15 PM on 04.14.2014

Shovel Knight gets 3DS and Wii U specific features

Wondering which version of Shovel Knight to get? Well, maybe some additional features might help. Thanks to the 3DS' two screens, when you play Shovel Knight you don't have to stop shoveling fools to change your items or vie...

Steven Hansen



3:15 PM on 04.14.2014

Yes! Rain World is coming to Vita, PSN

Last week we learned Adult Swim Games had picked up and planned to publish Rain World, among other cool games. I have been unfettered in my enthusiasm for Rain World, which stars a slugcat who goes around stabbing other weir...

Steven Hansen



2:30 PM on 04.14.2014

Still Alive is a PVP survival platformer

It seems like the the genre of "survival games" is well and truly established, what with the likes of DayZ, Rust, et al being pretty popular. So it's no surprise to see newer games take the core ideas but tweak the gameplay ...

Alasdair Duncan



9:15 AM on 04.14.2014

I'm into Adventures in Game Development

I recently started watching Adventures in Game Development cold turkey. Falco Girigs, lead engine developer of the Elysian Shadows project, had just told me about his upcoming indie, next-gen 2D RPG for current computers and...

Dale North



9:00 AM on 04.14.2014

This Bound By Flame combat overview is pretty damn informative

I'm not completely sold on Bound By Flame yet, but this video is doing a pretty decent job of showing off the variety of locales, enemies, and combat situations the game has to offer. The basic gimmick is that you'...

Chris Carter



8:45 AM on 04.14.2014

Divekick Addition Edition+ will keep growing if you keep playing

We've got about 30 videos from PAX East to show you soon, many of which (Mewgenics, Rain World, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Interstellar Selfie Station, Kero Blaster, La-Mulana 2) are already up on the Dtoid You...

Jonathan Holmes



3:30 PM on 04.12.2014

Desert nightmare Grave is coming to the Xbox One

The Oculus-supported surrealist hellscape Grave will be coming to Xbox One in addition to the planned 2015 PC, Mac, and Linux releases, Destructoid has confirmed. The horror game, which features a rapid day and night cycle w...

Steven Hansen



12:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Civilization explores the final frontier with Beyond Earth

We knew Firaxis would be announcing a new game at their panel this morning at PAX East, and now we know what the team has been working on. Civilization: Beyond Earth is taking the series past future tech and into space explo...

Darren Nakamura



4:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Watch Chris Roberts play Star Citizen's Dogfighting module

Here's designer Chris Roberts playing a bit of Star Citizen ahead of PAX East, complete with the audience losing its shit over some rather silly things. Not that I blame them -- there's an immense amount of excitement built ...

Jordan Devore



7:00 AM on 04.11.2014

Double Fine drops a 90s themed Hack 'n' Slash trailer

Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash, which is similar to Zelda with a hacking mechanic involved, is looking pretty great so far. Here to help the wait is a new trailer from the developer, which is themed like a 90s commercial ...

Chris Carter



9:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Last Life is a sci-fi, murder-mystery adventure game set on Mars

It's no secret that I've been loving the adventure games that have been finding life via Kickstarter and Last Life is no different. Described by developer Sam Farmer, this is an episodic "sci-fi noir adventure game in which ...

Alasdair Duncan



8:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Awesomenauts adds Penny Fox with its biggest update yet

Ronimo has rolled out its Secrets of Space update for Awesomenauts today on Steam and it's time to give the multiplayer game another look. The patch will be available on PlayStation 4 at a later date -- "we'll do our best to...

Jordan Devore



5:30 PM on 04.10.2014

You can now buy into the Elite Dangerous beta

Paying for early access to a game now seems the norm, and whilst I've no objection to the concept, I've rarely put money down for a game that's still in alpha. Especially not when that alpha access costs £200. Elite Da...

Alasdair Duncan



5:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Yup, Capy is also bringing Below to Steam

Capy never said its Xbox One roguelike Below would come to Steam -- but it also didn't deny that it might, noting back in August that the game was a timed exclusive on Microsoft's platform. Now, right before Below's first public showing at PAX East, it's been officially confirmed for Steam in an atmospheric new trailer. People attending the convention: go play this beautiful thing.

Jordan Devore



1:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Ahead of PAX East, Robot Entertainment has announced Orcs Must Die! Unchained and it sounds like the next logical step for the series. Players will control the forces on both sides, meaning you'll have to attack the other te...

Jordan Devore



8:00 AM on 04.10.2014

Renegade Kid drops some early footage of Cult County

Renegade Kid is currently in the process of seeking funding for Cult County, which is set to hit all major consoles and PC. One of the best things you can do in a Kickstarter campaign is quell people's fears with actual game...

Chris Carter



1:00 AM on 04.10.2014

Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth

It's been said before that a "failed" Kickstarter isn't the end -- that every dollar matters even if the total amount raised ultimately falls short. That's true for Eden Industries' Citizens of Earth, a role-playing game whi...

Jordan Devore



8:00 PM on 04.09.2014

Batman goes all Iron Man in the Arkham Origins Mr. Freeze DLC

DC All Access is showing off what we can expect out of the Batman: Arkham Origins "Cold, Cold Heart" downloadable content, and it looks like DC is taking a page out of Iron Man's playbook. To deal with Mr. Freeze, Batman wil...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



9:00 AM on 04.09.2014

Yep, The Evil Within is going to be one super creepy game alright

Oh The Evil Within, how I can't wait for you to scare the every living daylights out of me. Shinji Mikami's past games were my first tastes of the survival horror genre, and I'm quite looking forward to see what he does with...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



4:30 PM on 04.08.2014

Johnny Gat joins the roster of Divekick

When I first saw the trailer above, I thought "C'mon, Maurice Tan, former Destructoid writer/current Deep Silver PR dude, April Fools' Day was last week, you're a bit late with the jokes." But no, it's no joke; Saints Row ma...

Alasdair Duncan



3:15 PM on 04.08.2014

See the ugly side of football in Dirty Sexy Soccer

Football sure has its ugly side, whether it's match fixing, hooliganism, and John Terry's wandering hands. Football Manager, for all its accuracy, never takes into account any of these things, but Dirty Sexy Soccer does. It'...

Alasdair Duncan



2:15 PM on 04.08.2014

LEGO The Hobbit now available

Warner Bros. has released LEGO: The Hobbit to retailers in North America today, with a European release coming on April 11. As one might expect, new marketing materials have been released for the game, including the abo...

Conrad Zimmerman



11:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Huge open world and endless customization define The Crew

The developers of The Crew have an unusual take on their new IP that features fast cars, deep customization, and miles and miles of the United States to traverse across and race within. Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections in...

Casey Baker



10:30 AM on 04.08.2014

Mark of the Old Ones swings through a Lovecraftian metroidvania

Kickstarter is a different landscape for videogame funding than it was a few years ago. Long gone are the days when a good idea and some concept art could get a project funded (Double Fine notwithstanding). Mark of the Old O...

Darren Nakamura



10:15 AM on 04.08.2014

New Hotline Miami 2 trailer will wake you up this morning

I went from sipping tea from a corgi mug to wanting to hurt people this morning in about 30 seconds flat after watching this badass, brand new Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number trailer. I was like yeah. Hell yeah. Headbangi...

Dale North



9:00 AM on 04.08.2014

'Nowhere to Run' in new Wolfenstein gameplay trailer

I've got kind of a thing for Wolfenstein 3D, since it was one of the first PC games I ever played, but also World War II and alternate histories in general. So excuse me while I indulge in some inappropriate levels of excite...

Brittany Vincent



7:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Doujin fighter Magical Battle Festa strikes PC today

Magical Battle Festa is hitting PC today, courtesy of the localization team at Playism. Set in a future where mankind has averted crisis by harnessing the power of magic, this arena fighter pits up to four-players in an all-...

Kyle MacGregor



11:00 PM on 04.07.2014

This may be the best character creator system for a game yet

Black Desert is an upcoming Korean MMORPG and that sentence is usually more than enough to get a majority of people to start tuning out. That is until you watch this video, showing off the game's amazing character creator sy...

Hamza CTZ Aziz






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