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Review: Borderlands 2 'Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage'

[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, the writer of Borderlands 2, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] The best downloadable content, in my experience, se...   read

 
 
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Review: Pid

All mystery stories necessarily deal in misinformation, and Pid, the new puzzle-platformer from Swedish firm Might & Delight, is no different. It keeps its secrets well-hidden. There’s the climactic plot twist that I should have s...   read

 
 


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Review: Borderlands 2 'Captain Scarlett' DLC

[Disclosure: Anthony Burch, the writer of Borderlands 2, was previously employed at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Borderlands has often been described, perhaps ...   read

 
 
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Nordic New Wave: Technology and the new social game

With support from our partner, Intel, we're exploring how technology is evolving and improving the gaming experience. The company's goal is to develop tools that, in the right hands, allow us to play new and exciting games. As high-speed in...   read

 
 
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Review: FIFA Street

The somewhat mythologized sub-genre called street soccer -- as presented by FIFA Street -- is hedonistic and excessive, with a strong tilt toward showboating and theatrics. It’s puzzling, then, that EA Sports decided to use Lionel Mes...   read

 
 
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Review: Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow

"RAAM's Shadow"'s greatest strength is its premise. A prequel set in the hours following Emergence Day, the first piece of campaign DLC for Gears of War 3 hints at what Ilima City looked like before it was destroyed, both by the Locust and ...   read

 
 
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Preview: Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow

There’s a scene in the second chapter of Gears of War 3 in which Cole Train has a flashback to his time as a professional thrashball player before becoming a COG soldier. When I saw it the first time, I noticed that it would've been m...   read

 
 
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Capcom confirms: Darkstalkers coming to PSN this month

Another day, another game outed by the ESRB and later confirmed by publishers. This time, it's Capcom community manager Brett Elston confirming that Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors is headed to the PlayStation Network, with a provisional r...   read

 
 
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Capsized goes free for iPad in the new year

Over two years since it was announced -- and several months since it became available on Steam -- Alientrap's 2D shooter Capsized is coming soon to the AppStore, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. First things first: Capsized w...   read

 
 
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Review: FIFA 12

My first impression of FIFA 12 was not good.Players moved like they were covered in molasses, my passes were inaccurate and under-hit, and apoplectic flailing had seemingly replaced tackling in my center-backs’ collective skillset. I ...   read

 
 
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Review: Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin

To play the first, oh, ten minutes of Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is to gaze into the abyss, to confront everything weird about videogames and the culture that surrounds them. The scene: protagonist Hawke is enlisted to help an exil...   read

 
 
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Limbo dev: new game takes 3 years, our engine is FUBAR

In a recent interview with Edge, Playdead game director Arnt Jensen explained that the Danish dev's next game will take three-and-a-half years to make. "A good game takes time," says Playdead CEO Dino Patti. Game director Arnt Jensen descri...   read

 
 
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Feast your eyes: indie platformer Vessel gets trailer

A few days ago, Strange Loop Games cut a sharp new trailer for their recently-announced puzzle-platformer, Vessel.  A few notes on the visuals: I love the lighting, the water effects, and the zoomed-out perspective, especially when it...   read

 
 
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Rad roguelike: Cardinal Quest is cheap and awesome

A few years ago, one of my best friends bought Baroque, an Atlus-published roguelike, after I turned him onto Persona 3. It didn't go well: lured by the Atlus name and the misconception that Baroque was another RPG, he wasn't ready for...   read

 
 
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Impressions: a promising Owlboy demo teases

The Owlboy demo makes a good first impression -- after D-Pad Studio's logo flashes, players are treated to a sweeping, pixelated vista as Otus looks on. Pastoral music plays and, though the demo begins in medias res, the menu screen tells p...   read

 
 
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The Owlboy demo is both available and good

A demo for Owlboy, the much talked-about 2D platformer from Norwegian indies D-Pad Studio, is now available for PC -- a good sign for a game beset my development trouble, despite winning a visual design award at the 2010 Independent Ga...   read

 
 
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Wonderputt is the best way to spend your next 15 minutes

What you're looking at, right there above this text, is a 620px-wide swath of Wonderputt, the best 15-minute putt-putt game I've ever played. Granted, I'm not exactly a golf aficionado, but Wonderputt -- designed by Damp Gnat and publi...   read

 
 
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Death, memory, space travel: To the Moon lands this fall

To the Moon, an indie adventure game developed by Freebird Games, is slowly but surely gaining traction around les salons of the games press circuit. And why not? It's heartbreaking premise and genre-swapping aesthetic hit all the rig...   read

 
 
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New book PIXELGALAXY collects Game Boy art and essays

"PIXELGALAXY is a book all about the Nintendo Game Boy and the pixel graphics. It includes its secret of success, an overview of the top games and takes a closer look at the graphics," writes Sergio Ingravalle, the book's author and cu...   read

 
 
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Adventures of Shuggy dev tells of XBLA publishing woes

No one, I reckon, really wants to talk about David Johnston, the one-man dev team behind Smudged Cat Games' The Adventures of Shuggy. That's because his four years of development hell illustrate most of the systemic shortcomings of the...   read

 
 
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If only there were an 8-bit Nyan Cat game by Konami

So. Nyan Cat. There is very little left to be said about Nyan Cat, except that it's my profound disappointment to inform you that Konami did not, in fact, release a licensed Nyan game in 1988. Not only would Nyan Cat vs. Tac Nayn have made ...   read

 
 
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Review: Dragon Age II: Legacy

“Legacy” comes from humble beginnings: Varric, our dwarven narrator, tells Cassandra, a Chantry seeker, that he didn’t tell her about Hawke’s excursion into the Vimmark because he “didn’t think it was imp...   read

 
 
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Review: The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

Without digging into the semantic details too much, auteur theory -- the idea that a single, charismatic designer can leave his mark on a game -- was a popular talking point a few years ago. While no longer part of the games criticism zeitg...   read

 
 
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QWOP dev releases GIRP; hilarity ensues

You remember QWOP, don't you? (Now on iPad!) Of course you do -- it almost spawned a meme, and you can't hear Chariots of Fire without seeing the bruised and broken body of QWOP's nameless protagonist. Today, Bennett Foddy released GIR...   read

 
 
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Project Zomboid: a zombie apocalypse browser game

[Update: Seems we got this one a bit wrong, originally reporting that the game would be an MMORPG. But according to the game's developer, that's not the case. Indie Stone's Chris Simpson explains that Project Zomboid is "primarily a single...   read

 
 
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