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Borderlands 2

2 years ago

Feature: the real pre-sequel

Have you played… Borderlands?

Strange now, when Borderlands is as big as it is and as synonymous as it is with bug-eyed shrieking, to think back to the transformative and ambitious promises of the first few times we glimpsed it. The idea of an FPS with the mentality of Diablo was ahead of its time, and at the time seemed thrilling rather than, as is the case now, the…

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Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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4 years ago

6 years ago

Feature: To the moon

Pre-Preview – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Yesterday I was shown around half an hour of footage from the new Borderlands game, which everyone already knew about as it got leaked on Monday. Here's what it's all about. I'm pretty sure we're not supposed to take the messy portmanteau 'Pre-Sequel' too seriously, given Borderlands' traditionally derisive-about-everything tone. So while it's playful rather than the latest 'expandalone' or 'freemium' or whatever the latest…

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7 years ago

Unlock Your Inner Lansbury: Steam Guides Are Out

The gaming guide is something of a lost art form. Back in the day, they were the only way to find out how to get past that bloody goat in Broken Sword, aside from phoning Uncle Charles and asking him on his goat hotline. Now it's all Google, Youtube, wikis, or skywriters. You can't look at a sunset without the best StarCraft 2 build orders…

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Feature: "I’m the opposite of a tyrannical overlord"

Interviews About Borders: Pitchford Talks Borderlands 2

Randy Pitchford is but one of many developers behind upcoming frenzied shoot'n'loot odyssey Borderlands 2, but as the garrulous bossman of Gearbox he's the natural guy to talk to about the game, its manic mood, its team, its sub-quests and, of course, the physics of the moon. No, I didn't ask about DNF, every other site in the known universe did that.

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Feature: Tea party of death

Pandoraing To The Crowd: Hands-On With Borderlands 2

‘Manic’ is the word that lurked spider-like atop my forebrain after an hour or so with Borderlands 2. It had been a sustained torrent of colour and noise, the slaying of small armies of bandits, insectoid aliens and flying buggies interspersed with frenzied, light-speed jabbering from a psychotic teenage girl. Borderlands 2 is attention deficit disorder incarnate, a whirling, gnashing Tasmanian devil of hypercaffeinated gags,…

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Have A Randy Old Time At Rezzed

Excellent news, troops. Reinforcing the ranks of impending PC games show Rezzed - orchestrated of course by Eurogamer and this here website - is lord of the Borders Randy Pitchford. The Gearbox head and former magician whose surname isn't but should be Pitchfork, veteran of Borderlands, Brothers in Arms, Half-Life: Opposing Force and Ukeday Ukemnay Oreverfay, will take to the stage in Brighton on Friday…

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Play Borderlands 2, See XCOM: Rezzed Revs Up

Perhaps you would be mildly interested in seeing the handsome men of Rock, Paper, Shotgun strolling by the sea in Brighton, or perhaps you are more interested in being among the first in the UK to play Borderlands 2? You could also see XCOM: Enemy Unknown in action, with a 15-minute demo being presented by one of the brains behind the game. But where and…

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8 years ago

Mechin’ Magic: Borderlands 2’s Fifth Class to be DLC

Borderlands 2 is going to have all the guns. Hundreds of thousands of the things. 87 bazillion! Probably. Gearbox's unabashed ode to all things projectile will - as it turns out - also have five character classes to wield them. There is, however, something of a catch: the Mechromancer (which I was crushed to discover in no way involves candle-lit dinners) won't be working its…

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Feature: Pandora's (Gear)box

Hands On: Borderlands 2

And now for the sequel. That's the trick, isn't it? If a game is successful then the studio end up being required to do it again, and it must be the same, but more so and different. Getting that right can be a peculiar challenge. There's a stack of shortcuts available, of course, because you're building on existing technology, fiction, and art, but there's also…

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LAN, FOV, PC UI: Borderlands 2 Wants You Bad, Baby

The time: Autumn 2009. The place: My PC, Jim's PC, John's PC, Kieron's PC. The game: Borderlands. The situation: staring at router configuration screens, weeping, screaming, failing to make co-op work. The time: Spring 2012. The place: The internet. The game: Borderlands 2. The promise: Not to screw up the PC version.

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Borderlands 2 Promises 96.5% More WUB WUB, Sept 18th

Start getting excited, because Rock, Paper, Shotgun will soon be releasing its trailer to celebrate the announcement of a release date for the reveal date for its next trailer! But in the meantime, why not enjoy the trailer released to announce the launch date for Borderlands 2? Which is the 18th September in the US, then after a long swim the 21st Sept in the…

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Borderlands 2 Has Better Guns, Apparently

That sounds flippant, but for a loot-driven game like the Borderlands sequel it's actually pretty important. It is, as concept designer Scott Kester explains in the first episode of a new video series about the forthcoming game (below), about making a loot-chomping shooter less repetitive by making the content more interesting, and more distinct. No new game footage in this video, sadly, so you'll just…

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Borderlands 2 Hearts The PC

Ah, here's a spot of good mini-news for platform mini-zealots such as you and I. We've become all-too accustomed to PC versions of games being cursorily ported cast-offs of the console editions, riddled with references to X buttons and triggers, but Gearbox aren't thinking that way for Borderlands 2. While the game's still, at best guess, around a year from release, already they're plotting on…

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Feature: Pandorable

After Forever: Borderlands 2 Preview

Gearbox have got some explaining to do. No, nothing to do with Duke Nukem Forever – but because, back when they were first promoting Borderlands, they emphasised what a risk it was, how unusual to have something new rather than a sequel, and why the media and gamers should thus give their RPG-shooter their full attention even though it wasn't a known quantity. Now, of…

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First Fragments Of Borderlands 2 Revealed

Game Informer are doing one of their big, slow reveals for Borderlands 2, and some details have already begun to trickle out. The characters from the first game are apparently now NPCs in this game, and robo-host Claptrap will also be making an appearance. The new game will have a currency and resource system, based on an element called "Eridium", and there will apparently be…

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