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Borderlands

3 months ago

An hour of Borderlands 3 looting, shooting and interstellar travel

Gearbox fully unveiled Borderlands 3 during a livestreamed event earlier today with an hour of largely-uncut co-op footage, showing off a brighter and more colourful sequel than I was expecting. Combat is more mobile, weapons have alt-fire modes, bosses look more interesting and players can now leave the dusty wastes of Pandora to go shooting and looting on other planets. You can see the full…

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4 months ago

Feature: Cogs and levers

Steam Charts: RPS’s Greatest Secrets Revealed Edition

As this is my penultimate edition of Steam Charts, before I return to nuzzle into the warm infinite belly of Horace for all of time, I thought it might be fun to take a bit of a look behind the scenes of Steam Charts, to see how this weekly column comes together. So, hey, join me as we step behind the curtain, and learn a…

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Steam’s new “off topic” protections kick in over Borderlands review bombing

Steam’s updated approach to review bombing, which prevents “off topic” reviews from counting towards a game’s overall score, has kicked in for the Borderlands series. It seems to be the first time that the (optional) filter has been applied by Steam, after users flooded the series’ reviews following the announcement that Borderlands 3 will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. Viewing the…

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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 1, 2 and Pre-Sequel remastered for free

Borderlands 3 wasn't the only looty shooty announcement Gearbox and publisher 2K had lined up today. They also announced yet another re-release of the original trilogy (including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel), this time with a few technical improvements, some optional 4k textures and some quality-of-life improvements for the first game. The good news for us PC folks is that if you already own the original Borderlands…

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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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Gearbox hint at Borderlands 3 announcement this month

It seems Gearbox Software are winding up to announce Borderlands 3, or a cooperative looter-shooter which is effectively Borderlands 3, later this month. They've posted an unsubtle tweet with an unsettling 👀 emoji and a cartoony, Borderlands-lookin' image saying "March 28." What about March 28? Oh, nothing. Perhaps they're simply celebrating the feast day of Saint Guntram, which is the sort of name Gearbox would…

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6 months ago

Gearbox legal battle with former employee becomes messy publicly

Back in November, the Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines studio Gearbox Software filed a suit against their former lawyer, Wade Callender, accusing him of "exploit[ing] Gearbox’s generosity and trust for his own personal gain." The suit was not particularly interesting, alleging that Callender did not fully pay back a loan he borrowed to secure his house, and that he used a business credit card for…

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1 year ago

Feature: A subscription for the bargain bin

Utomik promises ‘Netflix for games’ but its library is an underwhelming collection of oldies

Utomik! Sounds like a stiff drink, but no. Utomik is a subscription-based games service that launched yesterday, angling to be ‘Netflix for games’ (sound familiar?) It’s currently offering a library of approximately 750 games for either $7 or $10 per month, depending on whether you want to share the account with your little sister or not. I signed up and took a stroll through its…

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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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Gearbox show off a little new Borderlands technology

Gearbox Software have opened up a little more about the next Borderlands, after yonks of mutters and murmurs. Well, about some of its technology. Potentially. Gearbox head honch Randy Pitchford showed off some of the Unreal Engine 4 tech "that will power the next Borderlands game" during Epic's 'State of Unreal' presentation at the Game Developers Conference yesterday. Gearbox have been working on lighting with…

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3 years ago

Borderlands 3* On Gearbox’s Menu After Battleborn

Gearbox will be turning its attention to Borderlands 3* once the team has finished off work on their upcoming team co-op shooter Battleborn [official site] and its DLC. I thiiiiiink Borderlands 3 had already been confirmed in a bunch of "yeah, in the future" and "we want to" ways but this time there was mention of actual project staff by Gearbox's CEO Randy Pitchford and…

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4 years ago

Borderlands Online Scrapped, 2K China Studio Shut

You probably haven't heard of Borderlands Online [official site], because the spin-off from Gearbox's FPS-RPG was only ever announced for China. You probably won't hear from it again, as Take-Two Interactive have cancelled the game and closed 2K China, the studio making it. Two things to take away from this [please note, this isn't intended to be any sort of 'Take-Two' pun]: yes, it probably…

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Pandorawood: A Borderlands Movie Is In The Works

Gearbox Software's toon-styled bro-shooter Borderlands [official site] is getting the Hollywood treatment with a new movie based on the franchise, in some form or another anyway. The news comes from Variety, who write that Lionsgate is developing the flick with the help of producers Avi and Ari Arad, although details beyond that remain scant. So here's what we know so far:

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5 years ago

Feature: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Aren't Dead

Tales From The Borderlands Ep One review

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…

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Borderlands Of My Dreams: Tales From The Borderlands

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…

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Feature: The Pre-Pre-Sequel Interview

Interview: Gearbox On Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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.…

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Got The Claptrap – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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…

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Whimper And Crush: Borderlands – The Pre-Sequel

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?…

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