All the winners, in no particular order
PAX East ended several days ago, but its memory lingers on — as does the sickness it bestowed on a handful of us poor Destructoid staffers. Much like how Jesus died for our sins, we risked our health for you, dear readers. So why not go ahead and read about some of our favorite things we saw at that plague-ridden show. Go on, now. Also, send us some drugs. We’re dying here.
Here are our 10 favorite games, unranked. Make sure to check the full impressions for the games that interest you. Just click on their titles below!
Imagine a shoot-’em-up without the shooting. Just Shapes & Beats is just that, an addictive multiplayer experience about avoiding an incoming barrage of bullets headed your way.
We headed to PAX East with high expectations ofEnter The Gungeon and came away even more excited about the top-down gun-fighting shooter — if that’s even possible.
Downwell is a lo-fi platformer that really nails the gameplay. In fact, we had so much fun with it that developer Ojiro Fumoto commented on how long we stayed at the booth. Twitch gameplay bliss.
Chainsawesome Games describesKnight SquadasBombermanmeetsGauntlet.What does that mean? An incredibly fun multiplayer game that grabs you and doesn’t let gountil the party’s over.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
InKeep Talking and Nobody Explodes, one player wears an Oculus Rift while another sifts through a real-life binder and walks them through the process of diffusing a bomb. Wow!
Don’t dismissTumblestoneas “just another match-three” game. This is a truly intelligent puzzle game with modevariants that completely change the way you approach the genre.
Affordable Space Adventuresmakes excellent use of the Wii U GamePad. Anyone who likes asymmetric co-op multiplayer should check this out. It feels like the game Wii U was made for.
Severedmay have had a lengthy demo, but it left us craving more. Between its dark story, unique touchscreen inputs, and Drinkbox’s signature art style, it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
Harebrained Schemes really took us by surprise with its newthird-person action game,Necropolis. This is an absolutely gorgeous roguelike with thoughtful combat and personality in spades.
AxiomVerge is certain to draw a lot of comparisons with classic Metroid titles, but it’s so much more than just that. Come for the nostalgia, stay for a uniqueexperience that stands on its own.