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Borderlands

10 months 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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1 year 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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4 years ago

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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7 years ago

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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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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8 years ago

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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Borderlands 2 Is Really Real, Due 2012

Eurogamer had already called it, now 2K and Gearbox have officially announced it: Borderlands 2 will be revealed at Gamescom later this month (I'm just about to pester them for an appointment) and released at some point beetween April 2012 and April 2013. Almost no details whatsover - this is how the games industry rolls - but there will be a"ll-new characters, skills, environments, enemies,…

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Next Month: A Borderlands Patch

Borderlanders! Gearbox has revealed that next month's 1.41 patch will up the game's level cap by 8 levels, and owners of the General Knoxx DLC can achieve an increase to a maximum level of 69. The game's enemies and loot will scale accordingly, too. It was RPS' opinion that Borderlands was only really ever any good multiplayer. Do we have any brave, lonely lone wolves…

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The Duke Nukem/Borderlands Cruelty Zoo

Or Loving, Gift-Laden Zoo, depending on whether or not you've already bought Gearbox's pretty good RPG-shooter Borderlands yet. If you haven't, you might be planning on buying its upcoming Game Of The Year edition. (I chortle whenever a re-release of a game call itself that. By whose authority, exactly? I might buy a new hat and start referring to myself as Gaming Blogger Of The…

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A Load Of Claptrap: New Borderlands DLC

The fourth piece of Borderlands DLC has trundled into our crosshairs. It's Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, which is available via Steam or the Gearbox store for about $10, or £6.30 in Imperial cash tokens. I'll download it in a minute, and will try to have a look and update this post tonight with some thoughts on its worth. Gearbox have produced a mildly amusing trailer…

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Feature:

RPS Think Tank: Let’s End This

Game endings, then. They’re crap, aren’t they? Even games that tell engaging and creative stories have a habit of foundering abruptly instead of providing a satisfying finale. Maybe it’s because statistically, developers know less people will see the ending than any other part of their game, and a finale is a lot of work. Maybe it’s because creating closure is an entirely different discipline to…

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9 years ago

Comradical: More Borderlands DLC

2K Games just fired a rocket of scalding-hot news through the RPS postbox. After waiting for it to cool, we read that a fourth piece of Borderlands DLC, Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, will be released this September, granting players 20+ new missions, 10 extra skill points and 3 more backpack slots. Exciting! Or is it? I'm not sure. I lost interest in Borderlands after the…

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Knoxx Knoxx: Whose Lair?

New Borderlands DLC, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, will be out on Thursday, priced at $10. Apparently this new pack is even bigger than the previous Island Of Dr Ned, and continues the game from where it ended, raising the level cap to 61. There are reportedly thirty new enemies in this expansion, and even a 4-player vehicle (pictured above). Some trailers below.

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Borderlands Multiplayer Now Multiplayable?

Probably our major gripe with Gearbox's many-weaponed first-person-roleplayer Borderlands was that hosting/joining multiplayer games was more complicated than painting a ceiling with a live scorpion. Four people dicking around with router settings is hardly gung-ho adventuring. A mere four months after release, they've finally fixed the networking problems that made the game's super-fun co-op mode super-unfun. Or so they say. Actually they say this: "Multiplayer…

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B’lands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx

Gearbox have announced, but not dated, another piece of DLC for Borderlands. Here's the blurb: “This DLC extends the Borderlands experience, providing new challenges and opportunities for growth for characters from around level 34 to level 50. Growth for characters at 50? Yeah, that’s right, we’ve raised the level cap; even players who think they’ve seen it all have tons more to do! The Secret…

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Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot

The second piece of Borderlands DLC is now available. Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot introduces a new "riot" mode, in which you face "endless hordes of menacing antagonists, thirsting for carnage in tournaments where the rules of warfare are constantly changing." It seems that the add-on provides a series of tournament matches in the new "Underdome" arena, which is presided over by the titular Moxxi, a…

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