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  Watch Video Apex Legends Season 6 launches in two days, and compared to the map modifications and new weapon, the biggest potential shakeup to the meta between seasons is always the new character. In a character trailer released today, R...   read

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  Watch Video One of the cool aspects of Respawn's battle royale Apex Legends is its evolving story providing the backdrop for changes and additions over the course of its life. Players can choose to ignore it completely and just go for th...   read

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  Watch Video We are just one week away from the launch of Apex Legends Season 6, and just the other day we got our first look at the new playable character, Rampart. While that was a look at the near future with her fighting in the Apex G...   read

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  Watch Video Apex Legends Season 5 is winding down, with this week being the last to provide challenges for those who still need to fill out their battle passes. Next week, there will be a limited-time mode wherein the ring never stops sh...   read

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  Watch Video At last week's EA Play event, Apex Legends kicked off the festivities, probably in part because its news was so pressing: the upcoming Lost Treasures event launches tomorrow. With it come several features that were shown in t...   read

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A few weeks ago we checked in on the new story mode in Apex Legends Season 5, the "Broken Ghost." And the verdict there could be distilled to "neat, but shallow." Still, the model appears to be working well for Resp...   read
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The new season of Apex Legends launched last week, and with it came the surprise addition of the "Broken Ghost" quest, a new solo or cooperative multiplayer experience meant to flesh out the back story for its league of mass-...   read
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  Watch Video Apex Legends is finishing up its Season 4 this week, with Season 5 launching on May 12, and we have some details now on what sounds like it could be the biggest seasonal addition the game has seen since it launched last year....   read

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You know Gloomhaven, right? It's the number one board game in the world according to BoardGameGeek, it's got a Steam Early Access game, and it's absolutely huge. It's so large, even though it released about three years ago, s...   read

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[Author's note: This is a community blog I wrote almost eight years ago. With only days away from the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and only a week away from our ninth wedding anniversary, it seemed fitting to rev...   read
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Over the decades, games and ideas come and go. At the end of last decade, plastic instrument music games were riding high, but these days they're all but gone. Today, hero shooters and battles royale are the hot ticket, but w...   read
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  Watch Video The digital adaptation of the current top-rated board game on BoardGameGeek Gloomhaven was announced about a year ago, and it is now available on Steam Early Access. For strategy gamers, it may seem like a no-brainer. If that...   read
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  Watch Video Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair popped up unexpectedly a couple weeks ago, and we were able to get some hands-on time with it at E3 last week. It takes the lizard-and-bat duo from 2017's crowdfunded 3D platformer and fla...   read
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  Watch Video CJ got the early take on Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 this year, and after having played through the same section he did, I can agree with most of his observations. But this is one of those big deals so we needed to dig dee...   read
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  Watch Video At one point in the hands-off gameplay demo of Dying Light 2 at E3, the Techland employee making decisions for the packed room to see on-screen turned on some pumps at a dam, draining one section of the city and flooding anot...   read
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  Watch Video Three writers sat in a room in the Microsoft Theater, looking at one man in a room with his wife. She wants to have dessert, so he sets the table while she goes into the other room. The man starts eating without her. Presumab...   read
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  Watch Video Sitting down next to my temporary sister in Bethesda's booth at E3, we shake hands. He takes control of Jess while I get to handle Soph. We're the twin daughters of legendary Nazi fighter B.J. Blazkowicz, and he's raised us r...   read
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  Watch Video All right, I may have messed up. When we called dibs last month, I was dazzled by the south Asian muscle woman Amara. And while I'm still going to put her poster up in my locker and draw hearts around it in pink permanent mar...   read
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  Watch Video When the original Destroy All Humans! released, it was met with a favorable (but not spectacular) reception. So it may seem like doing a quick, cheap remaster could be viable, but you have to remember: that game came out in 2...   read
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  Watch Video I'll admit it: Doom Eternal is not the kind of game I typically play. Don't get me wrong; I play first-person shooters a ton. But I'm more used to the flavor of shooters that have you ducking behind cover to catch a breath an...   read
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  Watch Video Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a substantial remake. Not only did the team at Beenox update all of the tracks from 1999's Crash Team Racing, it also added in the tracks from 2003's Crash Nitro Kart. It took those tracks, ...   read
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The free-to-play cooperative action-RPG that released on other PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Dauntless is heading Nintendo's little console a smidge late. It's coming to the Switch later this year. There's a decent chance it gets cross-save, so players can probably get started on one of the other platforms now and then take it on the go in a few months on the Switch. Big monsters on a little console.   read

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  Watch Video In a stylish trailer during today's Nintendo Direct, we rewound through a tommy gun massacre, unbreaking a perfectly good bottle of whiskey and unmessing up some poker chips. Little else was shown, but it looked like players control a party of characters, and the camera angle implied a sort of tactical view. According to Paradox Interactive, it'll be a "character-driven strategy game."   read

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  Watch Video It's The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch. The Switcher 3. (It's too easy to pass up.) This was announced this morning during the E3 Nintendo Direct. It only got a few seconds of screen time, but that's all it really needed to de...   read

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Crystal Dynamics' Scot Amos and Meagan Marie were up on stage talking up the virtues of the new Marvel's Avengers game. In what feels like a return to the good old days, it will have continuously releasing downloadable conten...   read

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  Watch Video Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions have been available in Japan, but as Square Enix is wont to do, it is bringing those puppies over here. Eventually. "Soon," if the presentation at E3 today is to be believed....   read

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  Watch Video Dragon Quest Builders 2 has been out in Japan for a little while now, but we're closing in on its western release. Set for July 12, it's just over one month away. Players will be able to sate their blocky appetites a bit soo...   read

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  Watch Video Ubisoft's Brenda Panagrossi stood on stage today and announced Uplay+, a subscription service that allows access (and early access) to Ubisoft's library. For $14.99 per month, subscribers would have the ability to play the pr...   read

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  Watch Video At Ubisoft's E3 press conference, Community Developer Laura Cordrey briefly introduced Ghost Recon Delta Company, an official group created to aid the Ghost Recon community. Information was light, but the video above has mor...   read

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QuakeCon is focused one Quake. How can Bethesda bring a lot of Doom stuff to QuakeCon? By setting up a miniature con-within-a-con and calling it DoomCon. That's it, that's the story, there's going to be enough Doom stuff at QuakeCon this year for them to come up with a name and a graphic. QuakeCon this year runs from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28 in Dallas, Texas.   read

 

About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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