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We're probably done hearing about Scorpio until E3

It's hot stove season for video games -- that time right before any major E3-related announcements happen where everyone's left to speculate what major E3-related announcements will happen. Microsoft fueled the fire a bit last week wit...   read

 
 
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EA's doing its 'we're not at E3 but we're totally at E3' thing again this year

Electronic Arts pulled out of E3 last year and that, along with Activision doing the same, caused a panic. "E3 is dead!" everyone proclaimed in their spiciest meatballiest takes. How could the most important video game show survive if some ...   read

 
 

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Bethesda has another E3 presser this year, which means we can probably expect big things

As it has for the two years prior to this, Bethesda will again hold a press conference at E3. And, like previous years, it'll take place on Sunday. This was all confirmed by Bethesda today, although a specific time hasn't yet been mentioned...   read

 
 
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Xbox's E3 press conference won't be the same day and time that it always is

Early indications are that this will not be your standard fare E3. Even if the quality of the reveals is about the same as usual, the format of the whole show has significantly changed. Last week, the ESA announced that it's selling tickets...   read

 
 
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E3 is open to the public this year, 15,000 tickets go on sale Monday

The ESA has just announced this morning that as of this coming Monday at 12 ET, 15,000 tickets will go on sale to attend E3 2017 -- and you don't need to be a member of the press to get in. Yep, for $250 (or $150 if you buy in the first day...   read

 
 
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The sad, manic face of Wii Music is performing at the Trump inauguration

By E3 2008, the Wii had just passed the Xbox 360 in US sales, despite having come out a year later. With the PS3 flagging, it was Nintendo's race to win. And then we met Ravi. Riding high, Nintendo came into E3 2008 with absolutely nothing...   read

 
 
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Scalebound trailers are being snuffed out online

Whether or not Scalebound looked like your cup of tea, Microsoft wasn't gelling with the project. There is a lot of speculation on the why, but the game has been officially cancelled, so any potential fans are left in the cold. At least the...   read

 
 
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Gone Home studio takes its voyeurism to space

"We've got no air supply, no external comms, no way to call for help. Anybody got any bright ideas?" This is the cliff upon which The Fullbright Company left me hanging at the conclusion of a hands-off demo for the studio's upcoming so...   read

 
 
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes 'Best of Show' at E3 2016

In addition to being Destructoid's Game of the Show, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has won the Game Critics Award for "Best of Show" at E3 2016. After last year (Fallout 4 was the big winner among critics; we chose The Phantom Pai...   read

 
 
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Shiness
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Dang, I should've been following Shiness this whole time!

Do you know about Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom? I didn't know a thing about it -- not until a couple of weeks ago, at E3 2016, where I was given a rapid-fire rundown. Schedule changes and general last-day-of-the-expo busyness meant I had ...   read

 
 


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Bungie cagey about the future of Destiny

The future of Destiny is unclear.  That was my big takeaway from a recent interview with Bungie's Scott Taylor, the executive producer behind the online first-person shooter's forthcoming expansion, Rise of Iron. "We're still work...   read

 
 
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The belles of the E3 ball

The winners and losers of E3, according to me, Jed Whitaker

E3 2016 having come and gone feels like a distant memory at this point, but that won't stop me from making a list of who I thought the winners and losers of the show were. Somehow, I think some of you will disagree, and that is fine by me. ...   read

 
 
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Akiba's Beat team 'thinking about' PC port

While in Los Angeles last week for E3, I had an opportunity to sit down with Acquire's Kohta Takano, the director behind the Tenchu and Way of the Samurai studio's latest project, Akiba's Beat. Akiba's Beat is a continuation of sorts of Acq...   read

 
 
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Nioh interview

Bent, not broken: Nioh's flexible rigidity

It's been a long and winding road for Nioh. Koei unveiled the project a decade and a half ago -- four years prior to the company's 2008 merger with Tecmo, whose own Team Ninja (Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden) is now handling development of the...   read

 
 
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ReCore preview

ReCore could've just as easily been named 'DeCore'

To some extent, ReCore's name makes sense. It's a game about restoring power by stashing new cores in currently power-less things. But, in a more minute-to-minute sense, it could've also been titled DeCore because getting those power s...   read

 
 
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Wilson's Heart was my biggest surprise of E3

During one of my appointments at E3, I was ushered into a room at the Oculus booth to take a look at something called "Wilson's Heart." I didn't know what type of game it would be, or who was making it, or anything, really -- I just saw the...   read

 
 
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Zelda's E3 attention
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Wow, the Xbox One S is bigger than I expected

As we wound down from E3 last year, the view count for the Final Fantasy VII trailer on the PlayStation YouTube channel surprised me and so I set out to take a casual glance at PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo's official channels to see wha...   read

 
 
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Best of E3 2016

And Destructoid's E3 2016 Game of the Show was...

What a weird E3 this was. Big publishers like EA held adjacent events off the show floor. Nintendo dedicated its whole booth to a single game, and people just ate it up. Sony had a dedicated app for scheduling appointments to try PlayStatio...   read

 
 
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Watch Dogs 2 is on the right track

In my mind, Watch Dogs 2 has two things going for it over its predecessor: a not-dreadful protagonist (Marcus Holloway) and a sunnier, more dog-filled real-world setting (San Francisco). The rest of the changes are the sort of safe but stil...   read

 
 
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Even at its most basic, Sea of Thieves is a total blast

Rare brought only a basic slice of its Xbox One and Windows 10 shared-world pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves for attendees to play together at E3 2016, and yet it still ended up becoming one of the more talked-about demos of the show. I...   read

 
 
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Mafia III preview

When it comes to Mafia III, we have to talk about politics in games

Politics in video games has been at the epicenter of a fascinating movement and anti-movement over the past few years. A reductive but simple view of it is that some people want change and others don't. It can be uncomfortable because the i...   read

 
 
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Absolver preview

Absolver reminds me of God Hand (so I need it right now)

I lucked into my Absolver appointment at E3. I had wanted to see it since I watched the reveal trailer, but Steven Hansen was booked for the appointment. Sure, I questioned the idea of him playing a game that takes inspiration from Dark Sou...   read

 
 
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Cuphead preview

Cuphead's platforming levels are brutal

For my money, Cuphead has unrivaled art direction and animation in the gaming space, but how does it actually play? Is it fun or frustrating? Well, it depends which side you're talking about. After trying Studio MDHR's run-and-gun title at ...   read

 
 
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Forza Horizon 3

It's an important year for the annualization of Forza

For as much flak as the practice of annual installments in popular video game franchises catches, Microsoft feels like it's doing it the right way with Forza. Quietly, Microsoft has released a new Forza title every year for the past fi...   read

 
 
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Arkham VR preview

Batman Arkham VR is a radical departure from the other Arkham games

I took off my headset just long enough to incredulously ask "Wait, you fucking killed off Nightwing?!" It wasn't so much the confidence and spunk to do it that took me by surprise. Hell, comic books off main characters all the time. It's th...   read

 
 



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