Posts Tagged ‘2K Games’

Morederlands: 87 Bazillion Mins Of Borderlands: Pre-Sequel

By Nathan Grayson on July 9th, 2014.

But can your high-powered magic rifle stand up to our space buzzsaws?

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel this, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel that. Personally I’m waiting for Borderlands: The Post-Sequel, which is like regular Borderlands but without lyrics. For now, though, Pre-Sequel looks a fair deal like regular Borderlands, except it’s moon-flavored. That means enemies that freeze and shatter, low-gravity airborne (not to be confused with Battleborn) antics, and other such space-defacing shenanigans. Also, you won’t actually find 87 bazillion minutes of footage below. Only 14. But close enough.

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Mo’ MOBAs: Gearbox Announce Battleborn

By Alice O'Connor on July 8th, 2014.

LOOK AT HIS HEAD

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting episode of “It’s A MOBA But…”! Today’s mystery game is Battleborn! It’s coming from that Borderlands gang Gearbox Software, and certainly not to be confused with Bethesda’s BattleCry, From Software’s Bloodborne, or Battlezone. Now we’re all settled, our first round is, as ever, Name That Twist! So, is Battleborn’s twist:

a) destructible voxel terrain,
b) a first-person view,
or c) it’s a roguelike?

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Civilization: Beyond Earth Making Planetfall In October

By Alice O'Connor on July 3rd, 2014.

Hexcellent.

Joking about booking time off work for a video game’s release is awfully hackneyed, but I have known people to do it for two series: Grand Theft Auto and Civ. So, just so you know, Civilization: Beyond Earth now has a release date so WINK you might want to WINK book time off work or WINK consider laying the dramatic groundwork for a WINK illness to strike you on October 24.

The news comes alongside a new video with Beyond Earth’s co-lead designers talking about the kinda-Alpha-Centurai-ish-but-really-more-Civ-y game, over footage that’s mostly cinematics but does give a few tantalising peeks at things including the new web-like tech tree.

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Finally: Grand Theft Auto V PC Announced

By Alice O'Connor on June 10th, 2014.

Yes, this screenshot is from the old console version.

“Where’s Grand Theft Auto V PC?” we once wailed. “Where oh where oh where could it be? Why haven’t they announced it?” Then Saints Row IV came out and we were distracted by the realisation that maybe superpowers were more fun than super-serious. But then hey, GTA V came out on consoles, and we peered over shoulders and muttered “Yeah, okay, sure, I’d play that. Why haven’t they announced it for PC?” The answer’s very simple: because it wasn’t pretty enough yet.

Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on PC this autumn, prettier than ever, Rockstar have finally announced at E3 this year.

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Rapturous: BioShock Not Dead, Will Continue At 2K Marin

By Nathan Grayson on May 31st, 2014.

With Irrational 20,000 leagues under and Ken Levine off doing his own, significantly smaller thing at 2K, you might think BioShock dead in the water. You would, however, be wrong. Following on from Levine’s original comment that he was leaving the series in 2K’s hands, Take-Two Big Daddy Strauss Zelnick has confirmed at a recent analyst conference that the oft-divisive series will carry on and once-thought-dead BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin will do the honors.

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Deep Breath: Lunar Larks In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

By Alice O'Connor on May 27th, 2014.

Boing.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has me interested in Borderlands. So far I’ve found the series a so-so FPS and a so-so action-RPG, and throwing the two together didn’t help either, but the Proquel (I can invent words too, see) at least has some fun ideas, mostly thanks to being set on a good old moon. Low-gravity is interesting to me, after years of server admins turning gravity down for jollies, and so’s introducing oxygen as a resource to be collected, created, lost, and exploited. Watching 15 minutes of it in a new ‘gameplay walkthrough’ trailer doesn’t make me want to play the game, but those ideas have given more enjoyment than playing Borderlands ever has.

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Evolve Won’t Have Mod Support At Launch, But Maybe Later

By Nathan Grayson on May 23rd, 2014.

I'm sorry evil monster rhino man. You can't be a giant beautiful unicorn yet. But someday. Someday.

When you hear Evolve‘s premise, it’s not exactly difficult to trace its lineage back to Left 4 Dead. Four vs one asymmetrical human vs monster competitive co-op? It’s a markedly different experience from developer Turtle Rock’s previous work (they collaborated with Valve) once you’re on the hunt, but it’s a natural, er, evolution of the undead phenom. Left 4 Dead’s staying power, however, wasn’t entirely homegrown. Valve and Turtle Rock gave it festering brains and an undying heart, but modders gave it legs. What about Evolve, though? I’m optimistic about what I’ve played, but I could definitely see it fading into obscurity without frequent support. Are mods a solution? Maybe, but not straight out the gate.

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Monster a Go-Go: Evolve Trailer Shows Oodles Of Gameplay

By Alice O'Connor on April 25th, 2014.

I'm the king of the castle, and you're all dirty rascals

Left 4 Dead‘s Tank was terrifying for a while, grunting and crashing and smashing all over the place, before everyone realised you can simply set him ablaze then leg it. Something supposed to be so intimidating became a little pitiful, desperately chasing people around while his life ticked down. It’s left me wary of L4D creators Turtle Rock’s new multiplayer man vs. monster FPS Evolve, but a new gameplay trailer puts my mind at ease. I’ve been losing sleep over this. Tearing my hair out. Scratching at the walls until my nails tear off and I’m grinding bone.

The trailer shows an eight-minute round from all five players’ perspectives (four humans of varying classes and the monster) and evidently the big fella’s no slouch.

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Hexchat: Watch Civ: Beyond Earth’s Panel Discussion

By Alice O'Connor on April 17th, 2014.

Looking... 'hexy.' Wait, no, 'hexcellent.' How about 'hexciting?'

Perhaps I’m unfairly stereotyping Civilization fans, but I broadly imagine that they’re the type who’ll eagerly watch a panel of developers talk about the next game for half an hour, then perhaps rewatch it, wringing every last fact and morsel of information into their dry eyes. What I’m trying to say is, the panel discussion where Civilization: Beyond Earth was revealed is now online in talkie format, and I imagine you might like to watch it so I’m posting about it on Rock, Paper, Shotgun where you might see it.

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Party Like It’s 1998: BioShock Burial At Sea’s Thief-Like Mode

By Nathan Grayson on February 28th, 2014.

how do you like my cosplay

Irrational has (mostly) sunk beneath the gaming industry’s ever-turbulent waves, but its spirit lives on. And by that, I mean the rather tumultuous work environment gave birth to one last piece of DLC before massive (and by many accounts, inevitable) layoffs struck. BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode One was a mixed bag, but Episode Two has a shot at going out on a high note. There are plenty of solid ingredients in place: we’re back in Rapture, we get to play as Elizabeth, and apparently we can entirely avoid killing anyone if we want to. 1998 mode is a bonus option with a heavy emphasis on stealth, and if some referential fake box art is to be believed, it’s rather heavily influenced by the original Thief.

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Sources: Bureau XCOM, BioShock 2 Dev ‘Essentially’ Closed

By Nathan Grayson on October 17th, 2013.

Oh boy. It is officially another One Of Those Days. The diabolical layoff stampede beast of certain doom has struck again, this time allegedly laying waste to the whole of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin. For now, 2K is only officially saying that there have been “staff reductions” at the oft-beleaguered studio, but sources close to the situation told RPS a significantly more dire tale.

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2K Yanks GFWL From Bioshock 2, Brings DLC To Steam

By Craig Pearson on October 4th, 2013.


Small victories are important. Games For Windows Live has been minced into a fine paste and sent off to a major supermarket chain as a horse meat substitute, but the effects of it are still being felt. Most games are still saddled with the client, and it takes an act of will on the part of the publishers to swab that canker sore. 2K did that to BioShock 2 last night. All traces of the client have been yanked out of the Steam version, with the publisher adding joypad and Big Picture support in, as well as bringing the DLC to Steam for you to buy (so it’s not totally altruistic). It’s the first time Minerva’s Den can be bought anywhere but the GFWL marketplace.
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An Alien-Focused XCOM? Firaxis Talks Possibilities

By Nathan Grayson on September 27th, 2013.

I recently had the chance to chat with XCOM: The Enemy Within senior game designer Ananda Gupta, and I was immediately faced with a crushing dilemma. Adam had done his job too well in a previous interview and discussed everything (XCOM-related) ON EARTH. I was stumped. I was about to hand in both my hands and my ability to ask questions to the Intergalactic Journalism Police when it hit me: if Earth’s no longer an option, then the only way out is up. Space! So Gupta and I chatted about aliens and the possibility of an XCOM campaign starring said nefarious extraterrestrials, and it was absolutely wonderful. [Warning - some XCOM: Enemy Unknown spoilers ahead.]

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