Posts Tagged ‘Gearbox Software’

Wot I Think: Homeworld Remastered Collection

By Alec Meer on February 25th, 2015.

Disclaimer: I played Relic’s space strategy game Homeworld [official site] when it first released (because of course I did), but unlike many of its fans I didn’t continue to live and breathe it, so I am simply not your guy to get into the fine detail of how the new version does or doesn’t differ from the original. I’m sure other places and even our own comments section will provide that stuff, but this piece is essentially looking at whether the Homeworld games, newly remastered by Gearbox, still hold up today. I should also note that I’m discussing this as an overall package rather than comparing the two games within it to each other.

Two questions:
1) Is it pretty enough?
2) Is it still any good?
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See Homeworld Remastered At 5K Resolution

By Alec Meer on February 12th, 2015.

They should have sent – hey, no, don’t interrupt me with your obvious, tired pop culture quote. I was going to say they should have sent someone with a triple SLI setup and a 4K monitor. Instead they sent me, with a single graphics card and a 1440p monitor. Even so, I was able to get a preview build of the Homeworld Collection Remastered [official site] running at a preposterous beyond-4K 5120×2880 resolution, via the dynamic super resolution stuff in drivers*. Take a below. It is… well, yeah, maybe I do need that poet after all.

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A Beautiful Relic: 37 Mins of Homeworld Remastered

By Alec Meer on February 6th, 2015.

It’s only three weeks until we can get lost in space again ourselves, but in the meantime your eyeballs will thank for pointing them at this big chunk of 1080p footage from Gearbox’s upcoming remastering of cult classic spaceship RTS Homeworld. Whereas other recent remasterings – Grim Fandango and Indigo Prophecy – focused on making the game less archaic, this looks like it’s really going for it. For instance, where once the mothership’s textures took up a lowly 100k, now they’re a meaty 10Mb.

Can’t speak yet for how the game feels, but the results of all this fiddling are spectacularly pretty. Take a look.
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Homeworld Bound: Remastered Collection In February

By Alice O'Connor on January 26th, 2015.

Nyoooom!

February 25th. That’s it. That’s the day when Gearbox will release the Homeworld Remastered Collection with its two made-over, fancied-up re-releases of Relic’s wonderful spaceborne real-time strategy games. After a long but comfortable silence, Gearbox this weekend announced a release date and, gosh oh golly, a trailer with a look at its new look. It is pretty. I’d say it looks as good as I remember Homeworld looking in the first place, which means the Remasters impressively can equal the sludgy haze of nostalgia, memory, and imagination.

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Wot I Think: Tales From The Borderlands Ep One

By Adam Smith on November 25th, 2014.

Tales From The Borderlands Episode One is the funniest adventure game Telltale have released in years. Given that The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us are the most recent offerings that might not seem like such a big deal. Throw in Back to the Future alongside those two and the average number of decent jokes actually goes down.

But Borderlands would stand out as a winner in any company and you don’t need to know, or be amused by, Gearbox’ games to enjoy it.

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Borderlands Of My Dreams: Tales From The Borderlands

By Alice O'Connor on November 14th, 2014.

Oh, don't fuss over the Xbox controller prompts - these are just press kit shots, y'all.

I don’t enjoy Borderlands. I find the core first-person shooting unsatisfying, and I don’t enjoy how its action-RPG side augments that with boring incremental skills and randomised weapons.

I do, however, dig the idea of a weird west planet on the outskirts of known space filled with chancers, treasure-hunters, weirdos, and gangs of murderers. That’s nice, that. And gosh oh golly, I have very much enjoyed watching the new trailer for Telltale’s episodic adventure game series Tales from the Borderlands. It’s got all the griftin’, cheatin’, sneakin’, and rootin’ tootin’ robot shootin’ I would want from a game set in that world. Come see!

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Interview: Gearbox On Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

By Paul Dean on September 30th, 2014.

With every new release, the Borderlands universe becomes increasingly ridiculous. It’s been happening for a while now, with the puns, the slapstick and the hidden pop culture references that pepper Borderlands 2 and further season its DLC. I’m hardly complaining, because I’ve gradually disengaged from the first-person shooter over the last few years, confronted again and again by far too many po-faced, monochrome military affairs. Borderlands 2 has been a welcome exception.

Like a sudden burst of ketchup from a thoroughly-spanked Heinz bottle, even more of that often unsubtle flavouring is set to season our PCs very soon. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out in two weeks. Developed in conjunction with 2K Australia, the Pre-Sequel is exactly what you’d expect from the series: more jokes, more cartoonish violence, more character diversity and a further expansion of a gun collection that would already make any Tom Clancy fan spurt like… well, like a sudden burst of ketchup from a thoroughly-spanked Heinz bottle.

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Battleborn’s First 14 Minute Video Has All The Genres

By Graham Smith on September 25th, 2014.

I briefly dismissed Battleborn as a console game that didn’t belong on these pages, before realising, no, wait, that’s Bloodborne. Battleborn is instead Gearbox’s multiplayer first-person shooter that takes easy co-op and a cartoon-y world reminiscent of Borderlands’ and combines it with lessons from e-sports, MOBAs and MMOs. They call it a “hero-shooter”, but what the heck does that even mean.

There’s fourteen-minutes of the game in action below, which does a better job of explaining what it really is.

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Aliens Legal Throwdown: Sega, Gearbox And That E3 Demo

By Alice O'Connor on September 4th, 2014.

A satirical cartoonist might attach hilarious name badges to this image.

As Sega and Gearbox scrap over liability in the class action lawsuit from folks who bought Aliens: Colonial Marines and felt more than a mite deceived, it’s getting a bit messy. Sega have dug out a big bag of internal e-mails to establish who exactly is responsible for some of the misleading marketing, including the E3 2011 demo that looked better than the finished game. Naturally they’re saying Gearbox were complicit, and that at times Gearbox president Randy Pitchford was “doing whatever the fuck he likes”. Oof.

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Got The Claptrap – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

By Ben Barrett on August 14th, 2014.

Borderlands! Apparently lots of people like it, I just happen not to know many of them. A quick RPS-chat whip round revealed a startling apathy for its cell-shaded comedy and endless weaponry. I feel like I really should love it, but just can’t get past how boring it is to play. It gains a little from co-op, clearly the supposed strength of its formula, but a game would need to be extraordinarily bad not to be fun with a group of friends.

The baitingly-titled Pre-Sequel doesn’t look to be changing much of that. It’s low-grav gimmicks and the series’ best-known characters placed in what we’ve seen before. As lazy as it is to say: if you liked that, presumably you’ll feel similarly about this. Check with the Gamescom trailer below.

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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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Whimper And Crush: Borderlands – The Pre-Sequel

By Adam Smith on June 5th, 2014.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is called Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which should already tip you off that it’s a game trying extremely hard to out-zany its predecessors. In the press release that accompanies the release date trailer below (it’s out on October 17th on this side of the internet oceans and on the 14th in the US), several characters do a dance on the moon. Crazy, right? I can’t think of anything more hilarious than lunar choreography set to ironically terrible music, except maybe exactly the same thing but with a gun that shoots bees dropped in the middle of the whole show. Borderlands 3 will probably be announced by a troupe of clowns spilling out of a tiny car at your front door and rubbing a cream pie into your face.

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