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Review: Planet Coaster

It feels very weird to me to be reviewing a coaster sim in 2016. I had just always thought that it was a genre left to the past, and I was pretty okay with that. The days of staying over a friend's house and laughing as we made drinks free ...   read

 
 
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Planet Coaster has a big free winter update

Winter levels are some of my favorite themed levels in video games. Don't get me wrong, I could go the rest of my life without ever setting foot in snow again, and that'd be a life well lived. But in games? The sights and sounds are whimsi...   read

 
 
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The first Stardew Valley console update is in the works

While Caitlin got along fairly well with Stardew Valley on consoles, it sounds like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions aren't without their issues, some of which will be fixed "in the next few weeks." According to game creator Eric Bar...   read

 
 
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Stardew Valley is mostly the same on consoles

Indie obsession Stardew Valley took Harvest Moon and other simulator fans by storm earlier this year and some of us still can’t stop playing. For those unfortunate souls who missed out on PC, Stardew Valley is maki...   read

 
 
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Review: Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality

Playing the PC version of Surgeon Simulator, Bossa Studios' gory slapstick operation game, was like being in charge of a mechanized shell of a human whose arm, hand, and individual fingers were each run by tiny mech pilots. The controls wer...   read

 
 
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Domesticate dinosaurs in Wild West settlement builder Dino Frontier

Amid the hustle and bustle of PlayStation Experience 2016, I utterly missed seeing one of the newly-announced games, Dino Frontier. We must talk about it now, for a few reasons. It's a settlement builder. More importantly, it's a settleme...   read

 
 
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New VR burger game brings zombies and death metal to the cooking sim genre

Q-Games, developer of The Tomorrow Children and the PixelJunk series, has decided to move to VR for its next title, Dead Hungry. More specifically it will be coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive via Steam. If you were baffled by The...   read

 
 
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The natural disaster DLC for Cities: Skylines looks cathartic

With the new Natural Disasters expansion for Cities: Skylines, nature can lash out "randomly, or be triggered deliberately by monstrous mayors who have never liked their citizens." Congested traffic got you done? Why, send in the earthquak...   read

 
 
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Stardew Valley hits Xbox One and PS4 in December, Nintendo Switch at a later date

[Update: Stardew Valley is also coming to PS4 next month, on December 13, according to creator Eric Barone. Unsurprisingly, the planned Wii U port has been dropped in favor of a Nintendo Switch version. "I believe that the Switch's unique ...   read

 
 
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Review: Harvest Moon: Skytree Village

It’s weird to think how competitive the farm sim genre has become. You have Stardew Valley, which may be the best farm sim ever created, Story of Seasons continues to impress, Rune Factory is outstanding, and there's Farming Simu...   read

 
 
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Birthdays the Beginning is out in March in the west

I feel like Birthdays the Beginning is not on a lot of people's radars, but it should be. The adorable looking sandbox game from the creator of Harvest Moon looks pretty great, in that you can not only impact the wildlife and the ...   read

 
 
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Throwing boiling hot ramen at customers in Japanese VR Game Counter Fight

I started to write this first sentence as "Japan is a country where people really love working, so I'm surprised there aren't more games about working" but then I remembered that RPGs, as much as I love them, are quite a bit like work. Stil...   read

 
 
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Oh shit, we got a rollercoaster rivalry!

Theme parks are some of the most happy-go-lucky places on earth. But, try to look past the dazzling spectacle of colors and the cotton candy-stained sidewalks. There's some serious competition there and it's coming to a head in one week -- ...   read

 
 
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A game about driving tractors is more popular on Steam than Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

That's right, Farming Simulator 17, a game about being a modern farmer and driving expensive tractors is currently destroying the just-released Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Steam, at least numbers wise. According to Steam's own st...   read

 
 
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Underpay your staff and overcharge customers in Planet Coaster

It's almost November and that means it's almost time to see who will emerge victorious in the great debate, and all the discussion will end (because people just never shut up about these two). That's right, soon we'll finally see if Planet ...   read

 
 
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Review: Job Simulator

There was a period where it felt like we, collectively, might be overrun by simulator games. Not the oddly specific but still very much earnest slice-of-life ones like the Euro Truck or Farm Simulator lines -- I've got nothing against eith...   read

 
 
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Keep the old gods asleep in village manager The Shrouded Isle

The Shrouded Isle, an upcoming PC game from Moon Hunters creator Kitfox, raises an important question: "Whose blood will feed the old gods?" It's also an appropriate question, given that this is a "cult village manager," a genre I didn't y...   read

 
 
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Stardew Valley adds more farm maps, buildings, and a quest

Stardew Valley is worming its way back into my life. News of a beta update put the farmer-life sim back on my radar last week, and in the days since, I realized that its soundtrack is accessible through Spotify. I've been chilling out to t...   read

 
 
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Time to get sucked back into Stardew Valley

I've wrestled free of Stardew Valley. I don't know how I got away from the soothing farm life sim, but I did, and I'm hesitant to so much as look at its listing in my Steam library unless I have no obligations left for the day. This isn't a...   read

 
 
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Planet Coaster celebrates the joy of crashing

From what I've played of Planet Coaster in its early alpha builds, I think the theme park sim has a sound foundation and Frontier is on the right track. As someone who has felt unsatisfied with the genre in recent years, that's so hearteni...   read

 
 
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Sony boss thinks No Man's Sky could have been marketed better

Eurogamer managed to catch up with Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who shared a few thoughts on the No Man's Sky debacle. Ever the optimist, he mentions multiple times that he's happy with the game itself and that...   read

 
 
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Logitech picks up simulation brand Saitek from Mad Catz

Simulation game controller brand Saitek has been with Mad Catz since 2007, but as of this week, it has found a new and arguably much better home: Logitech. The company just paid $13 million for Saitek, which, given the lucrative resurgence ...   read

 
 
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Birthdays the Beginning is my kind of life sim

I can appreciate that this game, Birthdays the Beginning, won't be for everyone. But as someone totally enamored with ecological simulations in which you watch over living organisms with a careful eye and raise the ecosystem into something...   read

 
 
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My time with Dragon Quest Builders was delightful, yet simple

With the runaway success Minecraft has had, I don't blame many eastern studios for trying to emulate the formula. It's gotten to the point where a new voxel-like sandbox game pops up every few weeks or so, and even Square Enix is getti...   read

 
 
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Review: Style Savvy: Fashion Forward

What do you mean Destructoid's never reviewed a Style Savvy game before?   read

 
 



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