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Alice O'Connor

3 weeks ago

Borderlands games reload with updated art and features

There ain't no rest for the wicked, a video game once told me, and Gearbox Software certainly have been busy. Today they launched remastered versions of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, coming to PC as free updates. They're all prettied-up a bit, while the first game also now includes all the DLC as well as features borrowed from later games in the looter-shooter…

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Borderlands 3 blasts new gameplay vid, confirms Epic launch date

Following last week's announcement of Borderlands 3, publishers 2K today blasted a new trailer which does seem to actually contain several seconds of the game being played in there somewhere. They also confirmed the leaked release date of September 13, as well as a details about the game. In short, it's more of the usual looter-shooter action but on new planets with new characters and…

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Jackbox Party Pack 6 will pack elderly assistance, more murder mystery

I may not know jack but I do at least know Jackbox Games are coming back with another Party Pack of local multiplayer party games. They recently announced The Jackbox Party Pack 6, which will bring a sequel to the Party Pack 3's Trivia Murder Party along with something named Everybody Help Grandma plus more yet-to-be-announced games. I'll a number of those games involve coming…

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Call Of Duty drops into Blackout free trial month

Blackout, the battle royale mode of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, is free for all and sundry to play from today until the end of April. Get a Battle.net account, download it, and away you go, dropping down into the trees and hills to hike and loot and shoot. Blopout is also getting a second map, set on the prison island of Alcatraz, though…

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Darkborn is a neat-looking first-person masher played as a monster

Tearing people to piece as a monster is a right lark, The Darkness demonstrated, and I'm reminded of that monstrous power in a new Darkborn gameplay video. Formerly known by the working title Project Wight, it's about a wee bipedal beastie who'll grow into a honking great monster as he tears through the viking gits who killed his family. The circle of life truly is…

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Romero Games making strategy game with Paradox

Romero Games, the Irish studio led by John and Brenda Romero, are making a mysterious new strategy game with Paradox Interactive. Y'know, John Romero, the famed Doom level designer who's also known as the victim of Daikatana's marketing campaign. And y'know, Brenda Romero, designer and writer on Wizardry 8 and the creator of the monstrous board game Train. That Romero Games, with them. What exactly…

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Snap and share photos of birds being cute in Toripon

It's a little known fact that the first data Tim Berners-Lee sent across his world-wide web was a description of a budgerigar enthusiastically pecking at a carrot. The march of technology soon brought pictures of birds, then videos, and now the Internet is estimated to be 40% birds by weight. That'll grow even more with the release of Toripon 鳥ポン, an upcoming game about snapping…

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Tickets, please: stolen Metro Exodus Steam keys cancelled

Deep Silver have cancelled a load of Metro Exodus Steam keys sold through key resellers after discovering, they say, the keys had been stolen from the factory making boxed copies. Metro Exodus switched to Epic Games Store exclusivity late enough in development that they produced physical PC copies set up for Steam, then swapped out the Steam keys for Epic keys and stuck Epic stickers…

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Suspiria director Dario Argento lends his name to Dreadful Bond

Dario Argento, the Italian director known for such horror classics as Suspiria and Deep Red, has lent his name to a horror game. Currently raising funds through Kickstarter, Dario Argento's Dreadful Bond is a first-person spooker which has earned its name by making Argento the "creative supervisor". I hope this is a success so he gets more into games then takes over series currently ruled…

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is now in early access, totally

After yonks giggling at goofy GIFs of snake-firing archers and googly-eyed mammoths in Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, we can ourselves pit weird armies against each other in physics-driven foolish fisticuffs. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator entered early access today and yes, I know today is April Fools' Day but the launch is real. The contents of the game, perhaps less so. Did Vikings really carry longboats…

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Court gives 20 years in prison for swatting death spark by CoD match

A Kansas court has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison on charges related to swatting, including one incident which started with a $1.50 (£1.15) bet on a Call Of Duty: WWII match and ended with the police shooting an innocent person dead. Swatting is the not-very-funny prank of phoning emergency services with fake threats so cops bust into the prankee's house, typically when…

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Super Meat Boy Forever won’t meet you this April, boy

Super Meat Boy and Bandage Girl may dash ever onwards at a steady pace in Super Meat Boy Forever, but the's game development isn't so simple, and developers Team Meat are delaying it from the planned April launch to... when it's done. Team Meat big cheese Tommy Refenes told our roving reporter Katharine, during PAX East this weekend, that the auto-running sequel to Super Meat…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: WELL?

What are we all playing this weekend?

This weekend, we are like a duck: aloof, quizzical, gagging for bread, aggressive to strangers during mating season, and calm on the surface but paddling like hell underneath. PAX East is this weekend in the Americky, and we have a small part in it thanks to sharing parent companies. Then next week is EGX Rezzed, the games show in London which we have a much…

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Destiny 2 making frustratingly rare loot more common

Guardians still chasing godroll guns, rare loot for achievements and titles, or a deathray built from spacedragon bones should soon find themselves a little less frustrated, as Bungie plan to remove or reduce the randomisation that's stopping us from getting goodies in Destiny 2. The MMOFPS's weekly content reshuffle has given many players long and frustrating waits for specific activities to get items they want,…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 announced, again

It was a great surprise when GSC Game World announced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in 2018, given that they previously scrapped it when the studio essentially shut down in 2011 and its makers had long-since left. It's simultaneously a) less and b) more of a surprise to see GSC Game World announce S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 again in 2019 because a) we knew b) wait they're announcing it again?…

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F1 2019 getting off to an earlier start

Because reasons, Codemasters tend to release their Formula One games near the end of the racing season they're simulating, which is weird. Wouldn't it be better if motorheads could themselves play through all the tracks ahead of their Grand Prix? Or maybe even race alongside it, listening to the actual team's racing radio? Wearing a full fireproof racing suit in their house? Shouting for their…

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Borderlands 3 announced

Gearbox Software are, as expected, headed back to a beat-up alien planet for more looting and shooting in Borderlands 3. They announced their third game in the FPS action-RPG series, which has also seen a prequel and spin-off from other developers, at PAX East today with a flashy trailer. A trailer which looked like heck during the big announcement presentation due to technical difficulties. Though…

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Zug zug! Warcraft & Warcraft II deployed to GOG

Warcraft may now be a well-regarded name in cinema, but it actually began life as a video game. Cinephiles can explore these origins today in re-releases of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II, two games seminal within the genre we ludophiles call 'click on men to tell them to go fight the other men right now'. Welcome to the world of video games, filmfaces,…

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Grim Dawn clicks through Ancient Notegypt in new expansion

Tip-top throwback action-RPG Grim Dawn yesterday launched its second expansion, Forgotten Gods, venturing into a fictional fantasy land that's not at all Ancient Egypt nuh uh to click on new monsters until they explode in showers of gold coins and new loot. The base game and the perquisite first expansion are on sale right now too. Given that our Grim Dawn review noted that Titan…

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Twitch Squad Streams let folks broadcast together on one page

Livestreaming site Twitch now lets up to four folks form a 'squad' to stream together in one window, so viewers can see the perspectives of all their imaginary cyberpals at once rather than having to pick just one. Squad Stream, Twitch call it. Perhaps these four folks are playing Apex Legends together and you want to see what everyone's doing, or speedrunners are racing each…

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