December 2020

God Of War Ragnarok: Everything We Know

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2018's God of War was a fantastic reboot of the over-the-top and grandiose action-adventure series starring the fallen demi-god Kratos, and developer Sony Santa Monica Studios plans to release the follow-up sometime in 2022. Revealed during Sony's June PS5 reveal event, the next game will see the return of Kratos and Atreus as they explore more of the ancient Norse realms and encounter more powerful gods looking for retribution. Even more information about God of War: Ragnarok--and a new trailer--was released during the September PlayStation Showcase event. Here's everything we know about the upcoming God of War sequel so far.

Release Date: Is God Of War Ragnarok Coming In 2021?

The next God of War game is poised to be one of the PS5's biggest upcoming games. However, with the shifting changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for more development time, the sequel was recently delayed to 2022. Sony Santa Monica Studios explained the delay vita Twitter, asserting its need to "remain focused on delivering a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families." During the PlayStation Showcase in September, Sony announced that Ragnarok will be released at some point in 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PS4 (more on that next).

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Eddie Makuch

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Disgaea 6: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

6 months 1 week ago
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny finally has a release date--it's coming to Nintendo Switch on June 29. But you don't have to wait to lock in a copy for yourself, because this turn-based strategy sequel is available to preorder at a number of retailers right now (see it at Amazon). The game is available to preorder in two physical editions, both of which come with some fun extras for fans of the franchise. Let's get to it, shall we?

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disgaea-6 The physical version of Disgaea 6 is called the Unrelenting Edition.
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Chris Reed

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Bravely Default 2 Is Already $10 Off at Walmart

6 months 2 weeks ago
Bravely Default II is now available for Nintendo Switch. You can pick up a copy at pretty much every retailer that sells games, but Walmart has it for $49.94, which is $10 cheaper than everywhere else. If you're pondering whether it's your kind of jam, take a look at IGN's very own Bravely Default II review to see what our resident JRPG expert thought of it.

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bravely-default-2-placemat-coastersUnlike many JRPGs, this one has a fairly bare-bones rollout.
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Chris Reed

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Hitman 3 Is Out Tomorrow and on Sale for $10 Off

7 months 4 weeks ago
Hitman 3 is set to release for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, PC, and Nintendo Switch on January 20. You can preorder most versions of the game right now (see it at Amazon). We have full details about what comes in each edition, where it's available, and how much it costs below. Hitman 3 is the conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy, and it sounds like developer IO Interactive is going all out for the finale. You'll get a whole new set of sandbox-style locations for you to carry out assassinations in any way you see fit. You can see what we thought of the game in our Hitman 3 review. If you own Hitman and/or Hitman 2, you can import all locations from those games into Hitman 3 and play them all in one place. And on PlayStation, you can also play all levels from all three games in VR. Pretty neat.
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Chris Reed

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How to do finishing moves and unlock the Wakizashi in Warzone and Cold War

7 months 4 weeks ago

Operator performs a finishing move in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone and Cold War have some cool new melee options, including the Wakizashi. They aren’t as easy to unlock as some might like though – you’ll have to be a Combat Knife expert. For the Wakizashi, you’ll need to learn to perform Finishing Moves using your trusty knife. So, with that in mind, here’s how to do Finishing Moves in Call of Duty Cold War and Warzone.

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James Law

Here’s How Big Cyberpunk 2077’s Map Is (Measured)

8 months ago

In Cyberpunk 2077, Night City is CD Projekt Red’s harrowing vision of a dystopian city ruled by corporate overlords. Gangs, thugs, and corrupt police walk its dingy streets, while the rich travel to and from luxury sky-high apartments in flying cars. As a place to live, it’s frightening, but as a sandbox for video game players to explore, it’s a bizarre but breathtaking spectacle.

In fact, it’s arguably the star of the show (when it’s working properly, that is), impressing us with its multi-layered design and honeycomb of streets and overhead walkways.

But just how big is this dense urban area compared with other open-world games? And how much more playable area does the surrounding badlands offer for players to race across in search of goons and side gigs to earn eddies?

Well, as has become standard practice at Twinfinite whenever a big open-world game launches, I’ve spent a bit of time measuring the map as best I can to offer a size estimation.

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Alex Gibson

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Fall Guys is getting a Doom crossover

8 months 1 week ago

UPDATE 7/1/21: Fall Guys has fully now revealed its long-teased Doom crossover, in a new trailer showing off Doom Guy and a couple of other familiar faces. The skins will become available next week, on Tuesday 12th January.

Here's a look at the lot in action:

ORIGINAL STORY 3/12/20: Lovable bean battle royale Fall Guys will soon play host to the guy from Doom.

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January's PlayStation Plus selection starts the year off right

8 months 1 week ago

As disappointing as it was to see Sony stop giving out PS3 and Vita games as a PlayStation Plus perk last year, I have to say, I'm liking the recent "two PS4 games and a PS5 bonus" push. It helps a lot.

The January 2021 PlayStation Plus lineup follows that trio format again with Shadow of the Tomb Raider (the third title in Square Enix's modern Lara Croft trilogy), GreedFall (a flawed RPG gem from Spiders), and the PS5 version of Maneater (a silly fish-, gator-, and human-chomping action game). Not bad.

You'll be able to redeem these games on the PlayStation Store beginning January 5. Reminder: you can (and should!) claim PS5-only PS Plus games even if you don't own a PlayStation 5. Stockpile away!

Maneater is also available on PS4 there's even a free PS5 upgrade for owners but this particular PlayStation Plus giveaway only covers the PS5 copy, so that's all you can play. No funny business. 

Did any of you just buy any of these in a sale? Always happens to someone.

January's PlayStation Plus selection starts the year off right screenshot

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Jordan Devore

Atelier Ryza 2 + Atelier Ryza Giveaway: Win a Copy of Both for PS5, PS4, Switch, or PC by Sharing Your Comments [UPDATED]

8 months 1 week ago

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is the most popular game of the Atelier series and Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy seems to be poised to surpass its predecessor.

To celebrate the Holidays, we teamed up with Koei Tecmo to bring you a very special giveaway, giving you a chance to win a special package including both games.

You heard it right: the second game of the series will release in the west only at the end of January, but you can already secure your copy for the platform of your choice by winning it here.

Of course, you won’t get it before launch (we aren’t licensed for miracles just yet), so the winner will receive a digital copy of the original Atelier Ryza as soon as the giveaway ends, and a digital copy of Atelier Ryza 2 on release day (in North America on January 26, 2020, and in Europe on Jan. 29).

The way to get involved is really, really easy.

All you have to do is to comment on our articles, everywhere on the site. The more you comment, the better your chances. We want to hear your opinions and insight, and there is no better way for that to happen than sharing your comments with us.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Download a copy of Alba and Monument Valley dev Ustwo will plant a tree

8 months 1 week ago

UPDATE 4/1/21: In one of the last news stories I wrote back in 2020, I mentioned below how Monument Valley studio Ustwo was planting a tree for every copy of its new game Alba that was either downloaded or sold.

Well, a couple of weeks, one broken radiator and several plumber visits later (how was your Christmas break?) there's some good news at least on this front.

Ustwo has now said it has ensured over a quarter of a million trees will be planted - 276,490 at the time of writing - which presumably also equates to the number of times Alba has so far either been bought on PC or downloaded on iPhone, where it is part of the Apple Arcade subscription.

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It's time to vote for Destructoid's 2020 Community Game of the Year

8 months 2 weeks ago

You've already heard from the Destructoid staff regarding our favorite games that came out of the hellscape year 2020, but now it's time for your voice to be heard, Dtoid readers. That's right, it's time for the annual Community Game of the Year vote, and this year we're switching things up a bit.

For 2020, we're implementing a preferential voting mechanic so that you can pick not just one but three nominees for the Game of the Year. The vote is simple: select your top three games in the form provided here, and then when all is said and done on January 4, I'll tally up the votes in a weighted vote.

Your first pick will receive three points, second choice two points, and third choice one point. The game that receives the most cumulative points by the Destructoid community will then be declared the winner. Because of this, any vote that has a single game listed more than once will be invalidated. It's a long list of eligible games in the dropdown menu so I've provided a cumulative list here.

Additionally, for fun, you can tell us what your favorite game from a previous year that you played for the first time in 2020.

Voting will remain open until next Monday, January 4, 2021 at 18:00 Eastern time, with the results to follow sometime that week.

It's time to vote for Destructoid's 2020 Community Game of the Year screenshot

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Anthony Marzano

Review: Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise

8 months 2 weeks ago

I should probably stop volunteering to review fitness games. Not because I don’t need them or I don’t enjoy them, but because every time I sit down to write the lede, I have to face the fact that I ultimately failed at getting the most out of the last game I played. Every time I start one of these things, I tend to be in the same place I was the last time I reviewed one: overweight and out of shape.

But I imagine most people feel that way around the holidays. With all the cookies, candy canes, and prime ribs, it can be easy to let yourself go before making that big New Year’s resolution to lose weight. With COVID-19 lockdowns still a reality for much of the world, now is as good a time as any to start an at-home exercise routine. Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is a fine way to get started toward your fitness goals, provided you don't already have another game at your disposal.

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CJ Andriessen

What game did too many people overlook in 2020?

8 months 2 weeks ago

It feels super strange to pick a Capcom title as one of my favorite overlooked games of 2020 when there are far more obscure gems to suggest, but I'm doing it. I'm going with Shinsekai anyway.

Shinsekai: Into the Depths originally launched in 2019 as an Apple Arcade exclusive before coming to Nintendo Switch in March 2020. That less-than-ideal rollout caused the game to slip through the cracks on multiple fronts – for many metroidvania fans, it was the right game on the wrong platform. By the time it came to Switch, it wasn't necessarily "too little, too late," but many of us were busy elsewhere.

Whenever or wherever you play it, though, Shinsekai is a cool game. It's a more survival-oriented underwater metroidvania rather than the usual combat-heavy power fantasy. There's this exciting sense of danger to its propulsion-based movement, and the thought of recklessly busting your explorer's extra oxygen tanks can even make routine item-nabbing expeditions feel threatening.

On paper, that might sound overbearing, but Capcom mostly strikes the right balance. I also love the context the setting brings. Rather than use video-game-y doors (which I'm fine with!), certain areas are "gated off" simply because the pressure is too intense for your suit to handle. Nothing feels phoned in.

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Jordan Devore

Anno: Mutationem Delayed; PS5 Version Announced

8 months 2 weeks ago

Today developer ThinkingStars and publisher Lightning Games announced that Anno: Mutationem has been officially delayed.

The PS4 version of the charming pizel-art/3D hybrid game will now be released in Q3 2021 and will be joined by a brand new PS5 version.

The PC version doesn’t have a release window just now and ThinkingStars plans to reveal more details at a later date.

Basically, feedback from the demo gave the developers the signal that the game requires some more time in the oven.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Guilty Gear -Strive- for PS5, PS4, & PC Reveals Mito Anji’s Gameplay in New Trailer; Next Reveal in February

8 months 2 weeks ago

As teased a few days ago, Arc System Works released the new trailer of its upcoming fighting game Guilty Gear -Strive-.

The trailer focuses on showing off Mito Anji, who was revealed a while ago alongside Giovanna.

He has a new look, but he certainly seems to still pack a punch.. ahem… fan.

We also learn that the next character reveal is coming in February. It should be the the last of the initial roster of the game, which will include 15 characters.

That being said, we already know that five more are coming with the first character pass.

You can check the trailer out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation Celebrates Monica’s Birthday With The Usual Microtransactions

8 months 2 weeks ago

It’s January 1 in Japan at the moment of this writing, which means that it’s the birthday of Monica from Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation.

Of course, the free to play PC game is “celebrating” in the usual way. If you’re familiar with the game, you know the drill.

The developer released a new paid-only costume gacha with the usual abysmal SSR chance that pretty much turns this into a money sink.

There is a 1.1% chance to draw an SSR, but the odds to get the new one are even lower since they threw in random older costumes. You need to hit a crazy-low 0.78% and that’s certainly not easy.

Since only one gacha wasn’t enough, they also restored the costumes from last year, so you get two ways to sink money into the game instead of one. isn’t throwing money at frustrating low-chance gacha a joyous way to celebrate the new year?

Incidentally, only the older gacha is included in the Steam version in English, which is behind in content by approximately a year.

You can check out a trailer featuring the new costume below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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The Big Nintendo 2021 Preview - NVC 541

8 months 2 weeks ago
Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat! For the final episode of 2020, join Seth Macy, Peer Schneider, Brian Altano, and Tom Marks as they look ahead to what's in store for Nintendo's 2021. Thank you for supporting NVC in 2020! We'll see you next year! And as always, get the thing!

NVC is available on your preferred platform!

You can also Download NVC 541 Directly Here

You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at nvc@ign.com and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We're all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community.

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Logan Plant is the Production Assistant for NVC. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.

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Logan Plant

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The Best Board Games Of 2020

8 months 2 weeks ago

2020 was a challenging year to enjoy the full breadth of the tabletop hobby. Many players were unable to gather with friends and gaming groups to play in person, but it didn’t stop publishers from continuing to pump out some remarkable and incredibly fun games. And many players responded by finding ways to play games remotely, sharing the hobby with partners, family, and roommates, as well as buying and learning new games solo, with the hope of playing again with bigger groups in the coming months and years.

Amid an extraordinary mix of game styles and settings, the selections below were 10 of the very best new releases, each promising the potential for many hours of shared fun. And for more great tabletop games from the last year, check out some of the Best Tabletop RPGs of 2020


Atheneum: Mystic Library
Publisher: Renegade Game Studios

On the eve of your magical exam, you have a lot of spells to study, but you can’t forget to re-shelve the books before you’re done. Atheneum is filled with charm and lovely components (including individually named book chips), but it’s the solid card-drafting system that really makes the magic work.

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Matt Miller

UK Contest: Win a custom Twin Mirror Xbox controller and a copy of the game

8 months 2 weeks ago

In today’s contest, UK residents can win a Twin Mirror custom Xbox controller, along with a free copy of the game!

Are all you chaps in the UK sad that you can never win physical prizes because most of the contests are US-based? Well, let’s change that up a little bit!

We’ve got this really awesome custom-made Twin Mirror Xbox controller to give away to one lucky UK resident. In addition to the gamepad, you’ll also get a digital copy of the game to test out that new bad boy!

UK Contest: Win a custom Twin Mirror Xbox controller and a copy of the game screenshot

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Wes Tacos