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The PC version of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is out June 8

2017-05-23T20:00:00Z

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Watching this PC trailer for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap makes me want to play through the entire thing again. Lizardcube did such a good job on this remaster, knowing just what to update and what to leave alone. I'm thankful the studio introduced me -- and, I'd imagine, plenty of you -- to Wonder Boy III along with all the bells and whistles needed to really make the 1989 game hold up well.

The PC version is due out on June 8, so there's just over two weeks left to go if you've been anxiously waiting on that. I'm hopeful the staggered release means this port will come out of the gate strong.

Still thinking about double dipping with the Switch version.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap [Steam]

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The best gaming laptop deals in the Dell and Alienware Memorial Day sale

2017-05-23T19:30:00Z

This week Dell is throwing big savings on laptops in its Memorial Day sale. Its stock from budget machines to expensive Alienware units, especially when it comes to 7th generation Intel hardware, is set at the best prices of the year.  Most of Dell's laptops with 2017 specs are hitting all-time lows, like the Dell Inspiron 7567 gaming laptop with a GTX 1050 video card. Just today it dropped to $686 at Dell Home, making a new low by $49 and a very reasonable price point for a gaming laptop that's capable of playing modern titles at decent settings. The Dell-owned Alienware brand is also on sale with the best laptop deals on the New Alienware 15 models. The base model with GTX 1050 Ti is on sale for $1,077 and the model with Radeon RX 470 can be found for $1,177. Both are at historic low price points and hundreds of dollars off their original list price. Note that the GTX model has an G-SYNC enabled IPS panel, a rare addition for gaming laptops at this price range. Use coupon: 50OFF699 (for laptops priced $699+) Gaming Laptops Alienware Alienware 15 Core i7-7700HQ, Radeon RX 470, IPS 1080p, 8GB, 1TB HDD — $1,175.99  (list price $1,550) Alienware 15 Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, IPS GSYNC 1080p, 8GB, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD — $1,077.99  (list price $1,325) Inspiron/XPS Inspiron 5577 Gaming Laptop Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB, 256GB SSD — $734.99  (list price $850) Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming Laptop Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB, 1TB SSHD — $685.99  (list price $850) XPS 15 (2017) Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB, 512B SSD — $1,499.39  (list price $1,750) Non-Gaming Laptops Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Laptop Core i7-7200U, 12GB, 512GB SSD, 1080p IPS Touch — $979.99  (list price $1,050) Inspiron 5000 Laptop AMD FX-9830P, 16GB, 1TB HDD, Radeon R7 M445 — $685.99  (list price $900) Inspiron 17 5000 Laptop Core i5-7200U, 8GB, 1TB HDD — $568.39  (list price $750) Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop Core i5-7200U, 8GB, 1TB HDD — $470.39  (list price $550) Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop Celeron N3060, 4GB, 500GB HDD — $244.99  (list price $300) Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop Celeron N3060, 2GB, 32GB eMMc — $176.39  (list price $200) Most deals in Dell's sale will run now through Memorial Day. We do expect new offers to surface between now and the actual holiday, so check back throughout the week as we'll be updating this post with fresh laptop deals from Dell. Deals from Dealzon. Sales help support Destructoid. [...]



If you want to know more about the Quake Champions characters, this comic series will fill you in

2017-05-23T19:00:00Z

Despite my tepid reaction to the beta of Quake Champions, one has to admit that the characters are pretty bad ass. Seeing Ranger make a return is a nostalgic joy and some of the new characters look pretty awesome. I may not really care about their backstories, but I'm sure someone out there does.

At least one of those someone's is Titan Comics, an independent British comics publisher. They have teamed up with Bethesda to illustrate the background of the Quake Champions cast. The books will be debuting this summer and Titan has stated that these comics, "will delve into the bloody backgrounds of the Champions of Quake: Ranger, Visor, Nyx, and more."

Artist Alan Quah seems enthralled. "I am super excited to dive into the Quake franchise!" Quah proclaims. "Exciting characters with crazy elaborate techs and environments that I will love drawing—I couldn't have wished for more!"

If the publisher sounds familiar to you, then its probably because they have done various comics over the years based on video games. Just this year, they released books based on Assassin's Creed, Tekken and Dawn of War III.

Quake Champions comics will reveal the characters' 'bloody backgrounds' [PC Gamer]

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Blasphemous is another action-platformer to watch

2017-05-23T18:00:00Z

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Having seen a few early gifs here and there, I've been waiting for a good opportunity to talk about Blasphemous. The now-live Kickstarter campaign will do just fine in that respect. This is a brutal-looking 2D action-platformer from The Game Kitchen, creator of horror point-and-click series The Last Door.

The dark-fantasy setting here is "the savage land of Orthodoxia, a place where religion is of the utmost importance in the eyes of the populace, superstition runs amok, and churches outnumber people two to one. You will find yourself in this hellish territory in the wake of the Age of Corruption."

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Blasphemous has been in pre-production since November, with the team "working non-stop since then" and "currently prototyping the second layer of gameplay, involving narrative and exploration mechanics. We're in the process of measuring the production scope and testing every required production pipeline. After that, we will confidently enter the production stage!"

If that sounds like the project is a ways off, you'd be correct. The Game Kitchen is targeting a Q1 2019 launch for Blasphemous, which will be preceded by beta/alpha builds and a few prototypes for backers. It's a PC game, but with stretch goals, console ports (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) are a possibility.

Definitely follow through to see some of the enemies in motion (arguably the most impressive aspect of the pitch), to say nothing of that unsettling blind infant boss tearing the protagonist apart.

Blasphemous [Kickstarter]

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Keystone is a new F2P shooter from the Warfame developer

2017-05-23T17:30:00Z

Digital Extremes' Warframe always seemed kinda alright so this excellent art from its newest venture, Keystone, has me piqued.

It comes from a second internal development team at Digital Extremes and is "a competitive first-person shooter with a distinct blend of first-person action and deck-building strategies." Normally I'd be lost and snoring at "deck-building" except that I kind of want to check out Phantom Dust on Xbox One after comparing it with Mega Man Battle Network, if you can follow my mental gymnastics (the chips are like cards!).

Plus the promo art is great. It reminds me of the good Free Fire poster that's just a bunch of arms holding guns.

"With the look and feel of the 1970's retro-pulp era, Keystone will take players on a journey through a multi-verse that begins on the starting square of an intriguing, mystical board game. Players will wield unique decks of cards throughout the match that offer handy benefits, amazing powers, and fearsome weapons. With timing and resourcefulness, personally customized decks give players the upper hand in battle both individually and when strategically coupled with teammates' decks."

You can sign up for the alpha here.

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Review: Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

2017-05-23T17:00:00Z

As the third iteration of the barely three-year-old Xrd, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 is a tough sell if you're only halfway invested in the series. I mean, this is an aggressive stance for anyone, and it's clear that developer Arc System Works is still paying off the massive amount of resources that went into crafting that beautiful art style.

But even if you remotely enjoy fighting games, you should play Guilty Gear. Especially now.

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Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar DLC adds female soldiers

2017-05-23T16:30:00Z

You're going to have to wait until EA's pre-E3 event for the full details on DICE's latest Battlefield 1 update, but we do have a piece of art for the upcoming Russian DLC, In The Name of the Tsar.

It is somewhat notable for featuring a woman, a first for the Battlefield series. And, like the Harlem Hellfighters, the addition is grounded in history. In 1917 the Russian Provisional Government formed The 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death to support the war effort and attempt to boost morale. An estimated couple thousand joined the all-women battalion, which was led by Maria Bochkareva, who'd been serving in the Russian army for the previous three years. The Women's Battalion of Death will reportedly represent the Scout class.

In the Name of the Tsar brings with it four new maps along with Russian vehicles, soldiers, and weapons. We'll probably end up playing it -- or at least getting new info on it -- at E3 next month.

How many of y'all still playing Battlefield 1?

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My one big worry for Destiny 2 after watching the reveal

2017-05-23T16:00:00Z

The Destiny 2 gameplay reveal hit last week, and for the most part I'm pretty high on it. The stronger integration of clans into the game sounds very cool. The fact that it will facilitate mostly solo players getting to play its endgame content is a huge plus. The promise to have more active storytelling than lore reading outside of the game should address one of the most common complaints about the original game.

But there's one big thing I'm worried about. I'm in the minority (I know because I've been downvoted to heck on the Destiny subreddit), but the new direction for Super abilities is a step backward in terms of variety, and I think gameplay could suffer as a result.

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Dark Souls mod brings Shovel Knight to Lordran

2017-05-23T15:45:00Z

It's said that the flow of time is convoluted in Lordran. Brave warriors come and go, weaving in and out of one another's worlds to assist in combat or fight one for prizes. Dark Souls, with its strange inhabitants and fallen kingdoms, is no stranger to noble knights. 

But until recently, there's never been an undead hero who fought exclusively with a shovel. Redditor _Abject_ and the "Shovel Souls" mod have changed that, bringing Shovel Knight's blue-clad hero into FromSoftware's acclaimed RPG.

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Check out Tekken 7's opening movie

2017-05-23T15:30:00Z

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I hope Tekken 7's story isn't as big of a departure from the fun of previous entries as this opening movie implies, though its gameplay will always be great no matter what. I'm pretty damn excited for its release, and now that it's only few days away the wait is getting more arduous. 

At least now that I've seen the opening movie, I can just jump straight into the action when Tekken 7 hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC June 2. 

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Grim shooter Get Even delayed following Manchester bombing

2017-05-23T15:15:00Z

Bandai Namco has delayed the release of Get Even by a month following the detonation of a homemade bomb at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

"Given recent events and out of respect we have decided to postpone the commercial release of Get Even to June 23rd," Bandai Namco said in a statement. "We would like to express our deepest condolences to everyone concerned."

Get Even was meant to come to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 26. The grimy first-person thriller from The Farm 51 (Painkiller: Hell & Damnation) revolves around an amnesiac using technology to travel within his own mind. The central driving motivator is, via its Steam description, "the rescue attempt of a teenage girl with a bomb strapped to her chest."

The bombing in Manchester, perpetrated by a 22-year-old British man who died in the blast, targeted one of the exits of the Manchester Arena following a concert from American pop star Ariana Grande.

Salman Abedi, 22, Is Identified as Manchester Arena Bomber [New York Times]

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Telltale talks about human drama and choices in this trailer for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier's finale

2017-05-23T15:00:00Z

I guess Telltale wasn't keen on waiting until next week to show off some of The Walking Dead's third season finale. With the episode releasing next Tuesday, now would be the opportune time to reveal anything before players get their hands on the game. Thankfully, this sidesteps being a pure gameplay trailer and talks mostly about the drama that Telltale's writers tried to concoct.

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GOG weekly sale brings RPG titles and the cheapest Witcher 3 GOTY

2017-05-23T14:45:00Z

Now through this weekend, the best RPG series built on Polish sweat and vodka is hitting its all-time low at GOG in a surprise RPG Week sale. The discounts began Monday and will run through the early hours of Sunday, slashing several RPG PC games, most notably the Witcher series, to summer sale pricing. In this sale The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition returns to its best price ever of $24.99 -- a price not seen since March of this year and as good as we expect it to get during the PC Gaming summer sales. At $25, it's only $1 more than the Witcher 3 base game at GOG, meaning you really should pony up that extra dollar to get the game + DLC. Witcher Series The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Game of the Year (DRM-Free) — $24.99  (list price $50) The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (DRM-Free) — $23.99  (list price $40) The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass (DRM-Free) — $12.49  (list price $25) The Witcher III: Blood and Wine (DRM-Free) — $9.99  (list price $20) The Witcher III: Hearts Of Stone (DRM-Free) — $4.99  (list price $10) The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings Enhanced (DRM-Free) — $2.99  (list price $20) The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (DRM-Free) — $1.49  (list price $10) More RPGs on Sale Tyranny: Overlord Edition (DRM-Free) — $47.99  (list price $80) Tyranny: Commander Edition (DRM-Free) — $29.99  (list price $45) Legend of Grimrock 2 (DRM-Free) — $11.99  (list price $24) The Age Of Decadence (DRM-Free) — $7.49  (list price $30) Legend Of Grimrock (DRM-Free) — $7.49  (list price $15) Dex (DRM-Free) — $3.74  (list price $15) The sale at GOG expires Sunday, May 28 at 5:00am Pacific. Less than a week to pick up cheap Witcher or other DRM-free RPG titles. [...]



Dad replaces son's cardboard Nintendo Switch with real one

2017-05-23T14:30:00Z

It's not hard to understand why @mohikan1974 has such a large following on Twitter. He always seems to be doing fun and creative things, usually with his son, Kazutoyo, like role-playing police in a crime scene. The creative spirit has flowed into his son, who likes to make things he can't afford such as a PC and laptop with cardboard, paper, and markers. He even draws a new entry of his imaginary game series "The Adventures of Prince Poop" on each one.

Dreaming of playing Nintendo Switch, Kazutoyo naturally made his own console out of cardboard and even ported a version of "The Adventures of Prince Poop 3." This time, dad thought he'd reward his son with a big surprise. While his son was bathing, @mohikan1974 cut out the imaginary buttons and screen to make it into a shell which he then placed over an actual Nintendo Switch he had bought. 

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Game releases for Wii U

2017-05-23T14:15:00Z

BREAKING: Reports are coming in that a video game has released for Nintendo's long-forgotten "Wii U" console today.

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, which released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One last year, has reportedly released for Wii U today. The "Wii U" is not an add-on or scam degree mill, but was actually a brand-new video game console from Nintendo following the successful Wii console. 

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is a remake of 2010's Darksiders, an "edgy" (#Darksiders2) metal homage to The Legend of Zelda that released before the Wii U, and thus is making its way to Nintendo consoles for the first time, where it will join its own sequel, Darksiders 2. Because of the difficulty of the Wii U port, Warmastered Edition was pushed back and long rumored canceled, but, alas, it is here.

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Nintendo announces 'Summer of Play' tour with demos of upcoming games

2017-05-23T14:00:00Z

In previous years, Nintendo has held a "Play Nintendo" event to showcase upcoming games in a public setting. In addition to being like an E3 that most people can actually visit, the kiosks are full of Nintendo charm and glee while also offering demos for upcoming games. I'm not sure if that is really needed (the internet is great for downloading things!), but maybe some people aren't sold on a console; an event like this will give them the chance to experience that device to its fullest potential.

With a slight name alteration, the Nintendo "Summer of Play" tour will be kicking off next month with dates around the US for the entirety of the season. Starting in Irvine, CA and ending in Baltimore, MD, the tour will have demos for a bunch of Switch and 3DS games (that, by the end of the tour, will already be out in stores). If you missed the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire or really just want to play Arms a few weeks before launch, this is your chance!

The games included for this tour are Splatoon 2, Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Snipperclips, 1 - 2 Switch, Ultra Street Fighter II, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Bomberman R and Minecraft: Switch Edition on the Switch while 3DS titles will feature Hey! Pikmin, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Miitopia, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and Super Mario Maker for 3DS. The dates are below.

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So this is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, huh?

2017-05-23T13:50:00Z

[Update: Even more assets have appeared on Nintendo World Report.

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According to these apparent leaked internal materials, the game is planned for an August or September 2017 launch on Nintendo Switch. So much for that "surprise" announcement!]

Is this what you pictured when you heard rumors of a Mario and Rabbids crossover RPG?

I'd say yes, but that'd be a half-truth. I couldn't in my darkest of nightmares have come up with that selfie-taking Princess Peach Rabbid. Oh boy. Just weeks ahead of E3, this real-enough-looking artwork for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has surfaced over at WWG.

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I'm curious to hear what's up with those arm cannons (and to see the game in-engine).

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Confirmed, Key Art [WWG]

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June's Games with Gold Xbox line-up is another shrugtastic selection

2017-05-23T13:45:00Z

Look, I'm going to be honest with you guys. I hate Assassin's Creed III. I understand some people feel it is a great game and it does have a very interesting setting, but it was easily one of the worst titles of 2012. I didn't even play it until years later (2014) and on PC, but the game still had a bunch of issues. That final chase scene was one of the worst bits of gameplay I've ever dealt with; I don't know why Connor likes running up invisible walls or can't jump over fire, but I guess Ubisoft wants me to experience their grand finale in a highly scripted manner.

Regardless, I wouldn't consider next month's line-up of Games with Gold bad if Assassin's Creed III was the only questionable title. For whatever reason, Microsoft has deemed Xbox One owners should get Watch_Dogs, so now I really have to wonder if Ubisoft made some kind of deal to ruin Xbox Gamers' June. At least the other two games are good, even if Dragon Age is eight years old.

For Xbox One users, you'll be able to grab Speedrunners (finally) from June 1 to the 30th and pass over Watch Dogs from June 16 - July 15. Xbox 360 users can forget Assassin's Creed III from June 1 - June 15 and nab Dragon Age: Origins from June 16 - June 30. Microsoft is also throwing in a freebie of some Phantom Dust DLC, which should work on Xbox One and PC (the game is an Xbox Play Anywhere title).

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Hitman developer IO Interactive is laying off employees

2017-05-23T13:30:00Z

Not even two weeks have passed since Square Enix decided to drop IO Interactive, but people are already losing jobs while the company continues searching for a new parent. The Hitman developer posted an update on Twitter, stating it had to make "some changes...which will allow us to be better equipped for future adventures."

Despite Hitman being one of the best, if not the best game of 2016, it apparently didn't sell well enough to convince Square Enix that keeping IO Interactive would be profitable. The future of the highly-anticipated second season of Hitman looks rather bleak now, but hopefully "better equipped for future adventures" translates to "we're trying to make season two happen one way or another." Business is business as they say.

If you want to shame anyone, don't shame Square Enix; shame those who didn't buy the best game last year. Shame on you! 

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PSN deal: Get $15 back when you spend $100

2017-05-23T13:15:00Z

While I am bummed I just wasted a header image of Chow Yun-fat burning a hundred dollar bill to light a cigarette, nevertheless I have good news for you big spenders on the PlayStation Network. Though you might want to hold some purchases off for the next couple weeks.

If you manage to spend $100 on the PlayStation Network between June 9 and June 20 (E3 is tucked in the middle of that range somewhere), you'll be credited with a gratis $15. The deal is open to the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Two things to note: 1) You can only get one $15 credit, so don't go and spend $200, $300, or even $400, and 2) the $15 credit expires July 18, so don't go and sit on that piggy bank for too long. Buy yourself something nice. Or buy me Nier: Automata. It's crazy (and a huge missed opportunity) that you can't straight gift games over PSN still.

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Destiny 2 isn't 60FPS on consoles because the PS4 Pro can't even run it

2017-05-23T13:00:00Z

When it was revealed that Destiny 2 wouldn't be 60FPS on the PlayStation Pro, it made perfect sense. I mean, with the series leaning so heavily into PVP, how bad would it be if Pro owners could benefit from an enhanced framerate while normal PS4 users were locked at 30FPS? But as it turns out, the PS4 Pro can't even run Destiny 2 at 60FPS, period.

Speaking to Digital Foundry, Destiny 2 bosses Luke Smith and Mark Noseworthy mused on the possibility, but stated that they just couldn't get it to work: "The console, the PS4 Pro is super powerful, but it couldn’t run our game at 60. Our game’s this rich physics simulation where collision of players, networking, etc, and like, it wouldn’t run… [there’s] not enough horsepower there."

While Noseworthy does explain that the GPU is powerful enough to push 4K upscaling, the CPU side is the one that's lacking. He explains, "Destiny’s simulation, like we have more AI, more monsters in an environment with physically simulated vehicles and characters and projectiles, and it’s part of the Destiny magic, like that, like 30 seconds of fun, like coming around a corner and throwing a grenade, popping a guy in the head, and then you add like five, six, seven other players in a public event; that is incredibly intensive for hardware."

As someone who played Destiny since 2014, 60FPS was on pretty much every player I met's wishlist. When the Pro came out folks speculated that there would be an update that would allow a better framerate for just PVE, but now we know that is not even happening for the sequel, full stop. Maybe the Scorpio will have some sort of PVE proviso? Probably not, given the partnership between Bungie/Activision and Sony I doubt they'll want any sort of disparity, or reason for fans to flock to Xbox.

Why can't Destiny 2 run at 60fps on PS4 Pro? [Digital Foundry]

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Take-Two planning huge game from major franchise next year

2017-05-23T12:30:00Z

At the fiscal year results reporting today, Take-Two games backed-up it's profit estimations for the 2019 fiscal year (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019), citing Red Dead Redemption 2 and a "highly-anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises." The company also stated it will not be showing any products at E3.

I doubt a new Mafia would be highly anticipated. But what about a new Civilization or Borderlands? I'm going to put my money on a new BioShock game.

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Microsoft adds five more Xbox One backward compatible games

2017-05-23T12:15:00Z

Have you had an urge to play Assassin's Creed III on your Xbox--wait, wait, come back.

Xbox's Larry Hryb has announced five new backward compatible games for Xbox One, including the aforementioned Assassin's Creed III, Shadow Assault/Tenchu, ilomilo, Shinobi, and Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond.

Did you know they made a sequel to the "ironic" Duke Nukem knock-off, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard? I didn't! Still, at least ilomilo is cool.

Major Nelson [Twitter]

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One patient Zelda: Breath of the Wild player escorted a Bokoblin for miles

2017-05-23T12:00:00Z

So as most RPG players know (especially MMO goers), enemies typically have a rubber banding range. After reaching a certain distance during a chase said foes will usually cease their pursuit and return to their default staging area. But in this case, player BOOXMOWO decided to try and break the rules of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and see how far they could take a creature.

Specifically, they took a Silver Bokoblin into Kakariko Village, at which point the enemy tried to constantly return home. That spurred their creative side, as they then went on a quest to see how far they could take it without it trying to head back. Utilizing the Bokoblin mask, they lured it away to the Kakariko Bridge, where it paced around and abandoned its homeland.

The entire journey is worth reading as it's basically in picture book format, and even has a sad ending. As many people have mentioned, Breath of the Wild is so conducive to this level of storytelling that we'll probably be seeing things like this for months.

Bokoblin [Imgur via Reddit]

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El Shaddai spiritual successor, The Lost Child, announced

2017-05-23T11:30:00Z

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Kadokawa games is publishing Takeyasu Sawaki's next title on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Sawaki is best known for El Shaddai which was not too el shabby. Unlike El Shaddai, The Lost Child is a turn-based RPG, but is based on the world of El Shaddai, connected to its story, and even features a character from that game, Lucifel. Already 90% complete, it hits Japan this summer.

The story follows a magazine writer named Hayato Ibuki who is covering the story of a person who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Shinjuku Station. During the search, he is nearly pushed onto the tracks by a mysterious black shadow, but is saved by a mysterious and beautiful woman named Barcia. She gives him a Demon Gun Gangour, which gives him (and thus the player) the ability to capture and train angels and demons. Assited by a woman named Rua, you'll investigate various mysteries while searching for Barcia, 

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will get Scorpio and PS4 Pro support, but no Switch version

2017-05-23T11:00:00Z

Along with re-confirming that the new Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will utilize the power of the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Pro, they also put any rumors of a Switch version to bed. Speaking to GameSpot, Monolith creative VP Michael de Plater stated that they have "no plans" for the Switch, which is pretty much inline with the rest of WB's priorities.

In other news de Plater explains that the reason the original game ended so abruptly (and badly) is because they had to "cut off a lot" of the story, something they're looking to rectify in Shadow of War. I'm interested in seeing how, if at all, Monolith has upped their game. I wasn't very impressed with the gamey nature of the "Nemesis" system, which ended up being hyped beyond belief.

It seems as if they've doubled down on it with the sequel, as de Plater explains that even though the first Nemesis NPCs "become more similar to fight" over time (I wish we got this frank explanation instead of months of hype), there are now more "tools" to draw from with Shadow of War, so things will be different. Now that people have to disclose that they're pimping the sequel for cash, we might see a bigger array of opinions at launch if they don't follow through.

Shadow of War dev on creating Mordor sequel [GameSpot]

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Level 5 is developing for Nintendo Switch

2017-05-23T10:30:00Z

Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino stated "although I can't reveal the content, we're making game(s) for [the Nintendo Switch]" in a Nikkei Trendy Interview. Japanese language does not differentiate nouns by plurality or singularity, so it's not clear if he means a single game or multiple games. Two months ago, Hino mentioned that the currently in-development Inazuma Eleven: Ares for 3DS "may also release on what you would call a higher quality game machine… perhaps."

Hino also talked about his love for the console, and his shyness playing it outdoors. He was hesitant to play outdoors, especially with the red and blue neon colored Joy-Con he received: "when I carried it around a lot, the looks I got made me self-conscious. I bought the black controller that they released myself and attached it." Hino especially loved Zelda: Breath of the Wild and thinks it's a "wonderful fit for competitive games."

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Amazon Germany lists Chaos;Child for PS4, PS Vita

2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

Listings for Chaos;Child have appeared on Amazon Germany for PS4 and PS Vita.

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(Update) Here is the full trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

2017-05-23T09:30:00Z

[Update: It looks like GameSpot pulled the trigger too early. Their tweet (which is embedded below) has been removed and the trailer is currently not available. We'll do our best to get the official trailer up ASAP. I'm embedded a mirror below and have kept the original text intact.]

As promised from the teaser last week, the full trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 has been revealed. This is a more story focused trailer and sets up the events that will unfold throughout the campaign. It also features an oddly voiced Rocket Racoon, but maybe I've just gotten used to Bradley Cooper (despite never actually seeing Guardians of the Galaxy).

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Rime follows Minecraft as latest Switch game that runs at 720p on both tablet and TV

2017-05-23T09:00:00Z

Rime will launch this week on PC, PS4, and Xbox One after quite a bit of strife on Tequila Works' part.

But it's also slated for Switch, eventually, and when it does hit that platform it'll be locked at 720p all around. Speaking to Game Reactor, the developers clarified that Tantalus Media, the studio that's handling the port, are only working on 720p for both docked (TV) and portable mode. This is the exact same situation that Microsoft is in with Minecraft on Switch, but 4J is actively working on a way to fix that.

Every console has growing pains -- even the Xbox One had the infamous resolution disparity, which was eventually blamed on the Kinect.

Rime [Game Reactor via Nintendo Life]

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Latest Final Fantasy XV update includes stinky tofu and a survey

2017-05-23T08:00:00Z

An update is coming to Final Fantasy XV tomorrow, May 24. It will fix various bugs, including one that crashes the game on the Timed Quest rankings screen; add the winning photo of the snapshot contest to the front of the Hammerhead restaurant; and provide a survey on the title menu about future updates. The most important addition is, of course, Ignis's new mellow-flavored Stinky Tofu, thanks to the results of a Taiwanese survey.

Additionally, a "Jumper" outfit for Noctis will be available for download on May 30th. It's got a weird rendition of a Behemoth on the back of a black leather jacket. Cool?

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Bloodstained, Kickstarted in 2015, is only '20 to 30 percent' done

2017-05-23T07:20:00Z

It takes a lot to make a game. Like, a whole lot of money, blood, sweat, tears, and time. Koji Igarashi (IGA) knows this as an experienced developer, but even he is aware that he needs to kick things up at notch with Bloodstained, which is due for 2018.

Kickstarted in mid-2015, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is apparently only "20 to 30 percent complete" roughly two years later. IGA revealed the news to Famitsu this week, and notes that he needs to "speed up development" if he wants to hit his target. Before you freak out know that since a lot of the groundwork has been set it'll likely be less work from here on out, but still, he's pushing it, especially with a platform change from Wii U to Switch a year and a half after the fact. IGA explains yet again that the Wii U would have been obsolete, so they had no choice but to alter their course.

But really, I hope he isn't pressured to rush this game. So many Kickstarted projects haven't met the expectations of their backers, so it would be a shame to see IGA exit Konami and fail. If he needs to delay it further, so be it. There was a time when Kickstarters like Project Rap Rabbit, a game from the revered creators of PaRappa and Gitaroo Man, would have made millions in mere hours -- now they're struggling to even meet their goal.

Bloodstained [Famitsu via Japanese Nintendo]

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen coming to PS4 and Xbox One

2017-05-23T06:00:00Z

Originally released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2012, Dragon's Dogma is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this fall in its upgraded form, Dark Arisen. It will also release for the first time on PC in Japan at the same time.

Many fans are still holding out for a sequel or Dragon's Dogma Online localization. I was quite underwhelmed by the the first game, especially considering the insane amounts of praise its fans shower it with, but would love nothing more than for this to be successful enough to encourage them to take another shot at it.

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Some Steins;Gate games have been added to Xbox One backward compatibility

2017-05-22T21:30:00Z

Microsoft had made a big push to get into the Japanese market with the launch of the Xbox 360, but that ended up backfiring and led to Microsoft embracing more Western properties. That is a real shame, too, since we got the classic Lost Odyssey and some pretty oft-kilter releases from Cave (Deathsmiles, DoDanPachi, etc).

Now, you can relive some of the crazy part of Microsoft's history on Xbox One. According to Major Nelson on Twitter, three of the Steins;Gate games have been added to the backward compatibility list. The titles include the original Steins;Gate and its spin-offs Linear Bounded Phenogram and Darling of Loving Vows.

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The Marvel Heroes Omega open beta hits PS4 tomorrow

2017-05-22T21:00:00Z

Gazillion's action-RPG Marvel Heroes Omega is holding an open beta on PlayStation 4 tomorrow, May 23. For the impatient among us and/or superfans who dig Marvel Heroes on PC enough to want to do it all again, there are several Founder's Packs offering instant beta access. Those start at $20.

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Considering it's free-to-play, there's local co-op, and folks have fond memories of games like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (not that this is the same thing), I can see Omega resonating well with console players.

While PS4 is up first, Xbox One is also getting the game -- on June 20, 2017.

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We're streaming PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

2017-05-22T20:50:00Z

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It's been too long since you've had to stare at my ugly mug. Let's fix that. We're going live in 10 minutes with the 100-player battle royale PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. I'm going in blind. I haven't played yet, so I'll be fumbling around for a while. Can we last longer than 69th? Let's find out!

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(Update) Valve has hired some of the developers behind Kerbal Space Program

2017-05-22T20:30:00Z

[Update: Daniele Peloggio, Community Manager at Squad, has provided Destructoid with the following statement: "We have had several people working on our team over the years, it is common among development studios for team members to come and go, and if some of them are currently working in Valve, it is on their behalf and we have nothing to do with it. We can only wish whomever they are good luck and success in their current and future endeavors. We are not joining Valve. We continue to be an independent studio and the core KSP team remains at Squad, hard at work on Update 1.3 and the Making History Expansion."]

This may come as a surprise to most of you, but Valve used to make video games once upon a time. A lot of their titles came about when they hired mod teams to work as full time programmers. This resulted in things like Counter-Strike and Portal becoming mainstream successes before Valve realized they never had to make games again. Ah, the good old days.

Either way, it looks like news is getting out that Valve has hired a portion of the developers from Squad, the team behind Kerbal Space Program. Apparently this happened towards the beginning of the year, but information is just now getting out to the media. In an interview with Game Dev Unchained, former Valve developer Roger Lundeen made mention of the acquisition.

"[Valve] is still buying up mod teams. There's the group of... the modders who made—is it Kerbal Space Station? ... I think it just happened about four or five months ago, six months ago. They just gave that entire team jobs," Lundeen recounts. While Lundeen is wrong on a few counts (the game isn't a mod and its title doesn't include Station), Valve has confirmed that Squad was hired and that they'll be announcing more about what they are doing soon.

What this means for Squad and for Valve remains to be seen, but seeing as how Valve has three VR titles in production, maybe Squad will be working on one of those. I would love it if they tackled Half-Life 3, if only so we could finally put that damn meme to bed and finish off the series.

Valve hires members of the Kerbal Space Program team [PC Gamer]

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These Pokemon woodblock prints don't come cheap

2017-05-22T20:00:00Z

Video games and woodblock prints are often a winning combination. The U.S. Pokémon Center has begun selling a pair of prints, and at $450 a piece (and with only 50 of each print being produced), we're just gonna have to look. Which, hey, that's fine with me! The making-of photos are neat enough:

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If the staging looks at all familiar (particularly the bridge), that's because these prints draw inspiration from famous pieces: Gojō Bridge, an Episode from the Life of Yoshitsune, and the third station, Kanagawa, from The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. Super cool. Even if you don't care for the Pokémon renditions, this is a good chance to pore over traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

It's been an expensive sort of day on Destructoid.

Woodblock Prints [Pokémon Center]

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Space sim Starpoint Gemini 2 free to own on Steam

2017-05-22T19:30:00Z

I don't know about you, but I like starting the week off with a free game that I in all likelihood will never get around to playing, much less downloading. This week, that game is the tactical space simulator Starpoint Gemini 2. It's free to claim for 48 hours and once you do, it's yours to keep for good.

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(The narrator of this years-old trailer has the enthusiasm of my inner voice on a Monday morning.)

Why give it away? There's always a reason. In this case, the promo precedes the full launch of Starpoint Gemini Warlords. It's been in Steam Early Access for about a year now, and as of tomorrow, it'll be out.

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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory introduces Zubamon

2017-05-22T19:00:00Z

Bandai Namco has released new screenshots and details for Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory, covering new characters, the new "Domination Battle" system, and the Digital Monster 20th Anniversary Digimon Zubamon.

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Rust is nearing the end of its run on Steam Early Access

2017-05-22T18:30:00Z

The last time I played Rust was back in October 2014. To recap: I smashed a warthog to pieces and then got my own head bashed in by another player, like you do. I haven't been back since. It's not even that I'm bored of the humans-are-the-real-monsters survival sandbox (though, admittedly, the concept is less novel nowadays). I've simply been holding out for the final release, whenever that might be.

In a blog post about the curse of Early Access, creator Garry Newman touched on when Rust will finally launch on Steam proper. It's happening sooner than I was thinking. Here's the crucial excerpt:

"To me it comes down to a single question:

'If early access didn’t exist – would we release this game?'

Once you put it in these simple terms, it's easy to answer. We definitely would have released it by now. We obviously wouldn't have stopped updating it yet (and we don't plan to stop updating it after we leave EA), but it would have been on Steam by now.

So our plan is to add a bit more help to the game (so first time players can actually open the inventory menu without reading guides on the internet), and then quietly slip out of Early Access."

It's been long enough for me that I'll essentially be coming in fresh, so, good to hear.

The curse of Early Access [garry's blofg]

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How has Injustice 2 been for you so far?

2017-05-22T18:00:00Z

It feels like Injustice 2 has a bit of a thing going against it. Gamers aren't too keen on aggressive DLC strategies. Not to mention NetherRealm Studios always makes a complete edition re-release a year or two later. It has been guaranteed each and every time since Mortal Kombat 9. But a fighting game can feel really different at launch compared to a re-release, and if I want to be known for one thing, it's my love and respect for fighting games.

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Microsoft won't force Xbox One and Scorpio games to run at the same framerate

2017-05-22T17:45:00Z

While Microsoft has been mostly mum on its souped up new Xbox One, Project Scorpio, ahead of E3 next month (except to say that there are "no issues" and it's coming this year), Twitter has granted us one tidbit: Microsoft won't mandate games run at the same framerate between Xbox One and Scorpio.

Someone on Twitter said there was "fps parity" between Xbox One and Scorpio in multiplayer, intimating that Xbox One owners would be "holding back" people who plonk down cash on the nicer model.

Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra replied, "No, there isn't," adding, "This is up to the developer to choose, for their games, what they want to do." Ybarra loosed an addition tweet, writing, "Developers are free to choose how they use the power of Project Scorpio for games. We have no requirements limiting framerate or fidelity."

So don't blame Microsoft if you have the same disgusting framerate in multiplayer as the unwashed poors. Unfortunately (for the disposable-income-havers), you probably will, just not via Microsoft mandate. Microsoft Studios boss Shannon Loftis commented on the question, noting, "Developer choice, but as a developer I would bet no one chooses different framerates for mp games ever."

Mike Ybarra [Twitter]

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Skydiving with a Nintendo Switch looks terrifying

2017-05-22T17:30:00Z

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This strange but compelling "short action film" by Valera Boluchevsky and Richard Chirkin shows some of the places you can take your Nintendo Switch, up to -- and including! -- while skydiving.

I can't say I fully understand the Donkey Kong Country-ness of it all, but dang, what a cool video!

[Via reddit]

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Wynncraft is a full, free fantasy MMO built within Minecraft

2017-05-22T17:15:00Z

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There are two kinds of people in this world. One uses Minecraft's endless possibility to make dicks, the other builds a complete fantasy MMO with over 100 quests, guilds, and more. That's Wynncraft, a full-featured MMO four years in the making that you can play right now for free if you have a copy of Minecraft. Just add the server.

The site boasts Wynncraft has a million unique users, with over a thousand online right now. And there's a huge world for these folks to explore. Look at this full map (you can even zoom in).

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Angry Birds sequel coming to theaters in 2019

2017-05-22T17:00:00Z

Rovio Entertainment has announced that The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be launching onto the silver screen in Fall 2019.

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BioWare is developing a new Dragon Age

2017-05-22T16:45:00Z

It's been an open secret and not really discussed here, especially with Mass Effect: Andromeda hogging the recent limelight, but the Dragon Age series, last seen with 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, is still alive over at BioWare.

Eurogamer interviewed Fallen London and Sunless Sea creator Alexis Kennedy, currently in an "unusual arrangement" as a guest writer (writing from London) working with BioWare (headquartered in Canada) on a new project, "which I can now legitimately say is in the Dragon Age franchise although it has been known for a while."

The full piece is a good look behind the development process, though in an atypical case, given that BioWare usually, "doesn't have guest writers, as a rule." Kennedy naturally wasn't able to divulge much about what the next Dragon Age actually is -- it's not even been announced and is still in early stages -- but has explained his unique role.

"What I can say is I have been given considerable autonomy to work on a storyline bit of lore which is well-segregated from other parts of the game," Kennedy said. "It's nothing that grandiose, but it is distinct. It’s a bit of lore which has not been addressed much to date in Dragon Age." 

Writing the next Dragon Age [Eurogamer]

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Switch port coming West this Fall, Super Pack 4 in June

2017-05-22T16:30:00Z

Although I would prefer another entry in the Budokai series, as that first trilogy played like a goofier Tekken, I'm glad as many people as possible are going to have access to one of the most fun Dragon Ball games in quite some time, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

A Nintendo Switch port of the title was recently confirmed for a Fall 2017 release in Japan, but now will also release in the West at that time as well. The port will feature motion controls (can't wait to Yamcha my way through that), ad-hoc play with up to six players, and two people can fight on one system with a Joy-Con each. 

Also the newest DLC, DB Super Pack 4, releases in June for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and features some new missions as well as Fused Zamasu and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito. I'm sure that string of letters means something to those watching the subbed episodes of Dragon Ball Super, and not waiting for the dubbed ones like me. The dub just got to the Resurrection F arc, so I'm pretty psyched to watch something I've already seen stretched out over fourteen weeks. 

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Incredible Zelda: Breath of the Wild cheat lets you spawn anything, anywhere

2017-05-22T16:15:00Z

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While we've seen people do all kinds of amazing things over the last few months with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, behold, an effective God mode, no longer working within the limitations of mortal men.

The Accio Master Code, created by Chadderz and MrBean35000vr, is a powerful cheat for the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild, with instructions on how to run it for yourself in the video description. It may be a bit beyond a layman's grasp (it requires a Wii U cheat client), but at the very least you can enjoy the above video, as Link spawns a gang bang of Old Mans, banana rain, 999,999 rupees, every boss in a single room, and more.

Oh, and it, "can also be run alongside Tornado Mode." What's "Tornado Mode," you ask?

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Overwatch is getting its own minor league

2017-05-22T16:00:00Z

Some of my favorite memories growing up were heading with my family out to Everett, WA to watch the AquaSox play. The 'Sox is a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Seattle Mariners. It's where Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first professional home run. Watching the AquaSox made me want to play baseball before I realized how bad I am at it. Watching the new Overwatch Contenders will probably have the same effect.

Revealed today, Overwatch Contenders is a developmental league for the soon-to-launch professional Overwatch League. Starting this summer in North America and Europe, the Contenders minor league is open to every Overwatch player in those regions with an online qualifier that will whittle the teams down to the top 16. From there, the top eight teams will be selected for the Contenders Playoffs.

If you have a squad that thinks it can compete with the best of them, registration is open now.

A Foundations for Greatness: Introducing Overwatch Contenders [Blizzard Entertainment]

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