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Ubisoft knew they had a bonafide hit on their hands once the first Assassin's Creed was let loose upon the public. Despite its flaws (some of which were eventually fixed, some lingered) the unique setting was one of its ...   read

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People are eager to get their hands on Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - Mars just to see if the upgrades are worthy of a new purchase -- no doubt in part due to Konami's interesting history with remakes. You'll be able to...   read

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Alt box art options rock. A few AAA games have picked up the trend over the years and while it's not a big deal to some people, but as a collector I like the idea of swapping out box art you cant' stand to look at with someth...   read

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Some people criticize Capcom for farming nostalgia, putting up classics of yesteryear in a compilation with little to no extras to show for it. I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a compilation, but Capcom is see...   read

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Meet Dark Souls Remastered, same as the old Dark Souls. Well, in terms of mechanics and level design. It does have a new coat of paint and an improved framerate, the latter of which is pretty darn useful in Blighttown. I...   read
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  Watch Video The gaming landscape has changed a lot since I first plopped into a pre-release version of Demon's Souls and soloed my way through its campaign. What was once a niche dungeon crawler in the same vein as King's Field beca...   read
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Review: Runner3

  Watch Video Choice Provisions (classically known as Gaijin Games) has a pretty sweet thing going on. Since 2009 they've mostly made Bit.Trip games, while enjoying the occasional non-Bit success. What's surprised me the most abo...   read
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As I've said in the past, Final Fantasy XIV has some amazing customization options. Between the glamour system that allows for some crazy combinations of outfits to the new Bard song system that facilitates player-create...   read

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Grinding Gear Games has been trucking along with the incredible free-to-play Path of Exile since 2013, refraining from implementing pay-to-win schemes all the while. It's a paragon in a sea of over-monetized project...   read

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Dragon Ball has the perfect system down pat with its ever-expanding power levels and forms. One can have a favorite character (or fusion of characters) like say, Vegito, and eventually the show will morph them into something ...   read

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Some of my friend's favorite pasttimes involve predicting and watching Super Smash Bros. reveals. I mean at this point any character could make it into the roster, and this latest rumor definitely has legs. Born out of V...   read

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Sony generally has pretty hefty console lifecycles. The PS2 lasted a really, really long time, like, 13 years until it was discontinued worldwide in fact, even if games stopped being produced for it on a mass scale. The PS3 l...   read

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There's a reason why so many publishers are eager to get their projects on as many platforms as possible -- large install bases. The PS3 and Xbox 360 did very well for themselves last generation, enough to support truckloads ...   read

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  Watch Video There's a lot riding on Shenmue III for a lot of people. Not only have several other developers and studios gotten in on the collaboration with Ys Net, but the original Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki is involved, and THQ Nordic, n...   read

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  Watch Video Overwatch is getting another new deathmatch map, good news for those of you that dig that particular mode. It's called Petra, and it was shown off during last night's Overwatch League festivities. The thing is we won't have t...   read

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  Watch Video While the Wii U is dead, it's still host to a ton of great first and third party games that aren't on the Switch yet. Wonderful 101 is probably the prime example (Pikmin 3, one of my favorite Wii U games is another), but...   read

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Final Fantasy Tactics is generally considered to be one of the best SRPG of all time. Born out of the 32-bit era, Tactics not only brought Ivalice into the world, the connected universe that's shared by myriad Squaresoft game...   read
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  Watch Video Time and time again we've seen Nintendo release a peripheral only to stop supporting it hastily after launch, but Labo could be different. We've seen Ariana Grande embrace it, and now, the composer for Game of Thrones. IGN go...   read

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The line between covering Magic the Gathering as a card game and as a video game are blurring, thanks to the upcoming release of Arena, now in beta. While Wizards of the Coast has stumbled in the past with getting out a ...   read

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  Watch Video Like a lot of Wii U games Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker went unnoticed. At least, it wasn't as widely known as it should have been, given that it's one of the purest puzzle games Nintendo has ever crafted. Fueled by the...   read

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It's been a weird....past six years for the Vita. Sony kind of fumbled the messaging out of the gate, showcasing an amazing OLED with exorbitantly priced proprietary memory cards. Fans just didn't take to the strategy when th...   read

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The early story of Pokemon is fairly well guarded. Although the original team might come out of the woodwork every so often and give us a nugget or two the initial designs for the first 151 can be somewhat of a mystery. But t...   read

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Owlboy is a great adventure platformer, but it's also an amazing story of perseverance. D-Pad Studio started to work on the project in 2007, and it took them nearly 10 years to release it. When they did though, it earned the ...   read

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[Update: The second wave is now confirmed by Nintendo.]Kirby Star Allies is a short romp, like most Kirby games, but the meat is in its ability to entice you with multiple playthroughs. That's a lot easier to get on board wit...   read

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Moving it from PS2 to PC to the Xbox 360 (as the system's first MMO no less). It got its last expansion in 2015, a whopping 13 years later, and though the console edition servers were turned off the game still lives on in PC ...   read

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If you've seen my gaming collection, you know I'm a big fan of bead art. It's a weird me thing for sure, but I find some of the most obscure characters through it that make me smile -- what can I say? I'm definitely not ...   read
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  Watch Video BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is nearly here, and it will bring Arc System Works into the full Switch fray when it actually hits. As of right now the Switch edition is set for the same June 5 release as the PC and PS4 versions, ...   read

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Oh hey, another big Switch day! It's a port, but it's a good one. The Switch is getting Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition tomorrow, as well as Runner3 on May 22, Little Nightmares, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2, ...   read

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  Watch Video We could always use more rad pixel art driven games, no matter how much a lot of people push back on them. Back in 2016 the Wizard of Legend project launched on Kickstarter to accomplish just that, and after just one month th...   read

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  Watch Video Yet another game on an old Nintendo system is being ported to Switch. Nintendo announced this morning, in conjunction with Namco Bandai, that Go Vacation will be arriving on the Switch on July 27. It's packed with 50 minigame...   read

 

About Chris Carterone of us since 3:56 PM on 01.05.2009



Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!

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Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

Currently backed upcoming crowdfunding projects:

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Shenmue III

I also backed the Tiny Cartridge Patreon in 2014 for several months, but no longer back any Patreon campaigns currently

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Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

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Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid
2014 - Diablo
2015 - Batman: Arkham

Future - Pokemon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception

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Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account

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My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Nioh
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman & Forte (Mega Man & Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Final Fantasy Tactics

Bonus:

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Bayonetta 2
NieR: Automata
Guilty Gear Xrd
Mario Kart 8
Gravity Rush 2
Dark Souls III
Shovel Knight
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Bloodborne
Uncharted II
Yo-Kai Watch
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ori and the Blind Forest
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Guacamelee
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Persona 4 Golden
Pokemon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Ikaruga
Asura's Wrath
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Bayonetta
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Fez
Zone of the Enders 2
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo
Diablo II
Diablo III
Amplitude
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Bastion
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spelunky
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Disgaea
Secret of Mana
Sparkster
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
Okami
The Lost Vikings
Actraiser
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
VVVVVV
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins

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The following are a few of my favorite fictional characters, compliments of SuitcoatAvenger

-My favorite video game character of all time: Magic Emperor Ghaleon.

-Legato Bluesummers from Trigun: classic villain.

-Although obscure, Zero Beat is among my favorites.

-My original avatar.
 
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