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Have You Played… Borderlands 2?

The Borderlands series is aesthetically and tonally consistent. Borderlands 2 has the same exact mood as its predecessor, and its sequel, and whatever you'd call Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in that scheme of reference. It's one of those series where even though there's only four main installments (admittedly with near-infinite DLC), it becomes very difficult to remember which particular bits or characters appeared in which games,…

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Feature: Just one more early-game

Have you played… Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

"Just one more turn." For all that the phrase is most commonly attributed to the Civilization franchise, I've never really experienced that feeling with the games. Whenever I've wanted to pack the game in and continue another day, I'm able to do so. If the phrase were instead "Just one more game," then that would much more accurately capture the influence Civilization VI in particular…

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Mafia: Definitive Edition shows off its updated gunfights in a new gameplay video

The Mafia: Definitive Edition remake is coming in September, but you can take a look at some of the remade missions ahead of time in a new video. Lost Heaven looks much shinier, of course, and its characters have gotten a glowup, but there have been some updates to how it plays as well, which Hangar 13 explain.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition’s remastered crime spree has been delayed

Turns out, not even make-believe crime is safe from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Today, the mob bosses at Hangar 13 announced that Mafia: Definitive Edition, a re-jigged rerelease of the 2002 crime 'em up, will no longer hit its planned August launch. Instead, they're pushing their old fashioned crime romp into September, with a proper peek at Mafia's new look set to air later this…

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Mafia: Definitive Edition is more than just a lick of paint

Mafia: Definitive Edition looks a bit nice. The remake of the 2002 open world crime 'em up was announced with an extremely brief trailer a few weeks ago, but it was unclear exactly how remade it would be. A new trailer today makes clear that the answer is: a lot. It's a ground-up recreation, and the screenshot above gives a sense of the graphical upgrade.

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Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store right now

The latest giveaway on the Epic Games Store is a doozy: Civilization VI, for free, for keepsies. I'm pretty sure some countries consider handing out free Civ to be an act of economic terrorism, for encouraging innumerable late nights and sick days in people who couldn't resist the siren call of just one more turn. The turn-based strategy game may be almost four years old…

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Civilization VI starts its DLC season pass today with new civs and the Apocalypse

Firaxis today kicked off a year of new DLC for Civilization VI, with the first of six packs coming as part of their New Frontier Pass. Seems a smattering new civs and modes will be the focus for the next while, rather than a big ol' expansion. The first of these adds two new civs, Maya and Gran Colombia, along with a few bits and…

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Mafia: Definitive Edition remake officially announced for August

A real pretty remake of Mafia is coming on August 28, 2K announced today. After accidentally blowing the surprise last week, they've now made Mafia: Definitive Edition official. As well as remaking the 2002 wiseguy 'em up, they've given the less-good 2010 sequel Mafia II a less-dramatic remastering, which is due to launch today as a free update. And Mafia III is getting its DLC…

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Reminder: XCOM Chimera Squad’s 50% launch discount ends today

If you're curious about XCOM: Chimera Squad, the new spin-off about a swat team of human and alien cops, take note: its half-price launch offer ends today. It's clearly an experiment the publishers weren't quite sure people would easily take to, so launched with a 50% discount last Friday. £8 is a good "Ah yeah gwan, I'm curious" price, but it'll double at 6pm today.…

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Instead of WWE 2K21, wrestling fans are getting arcade action in WWE 2K Battlegrounds this year

There's no proper WWE 2K game coming this year, which isn't too surprising after the rough landing that WWE 2K20 had last year. Instead, 2K have announced something that seems, or at least looks, quite different. Enter stage left WWE 2K Battlegrounds, a game which sounds like a wrestling battle royale but probably is not. All we've seen so far is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson…

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XCOM: Chimera Squad is out now, and it’s half-price

It's time to put down your world-saving guns and pick up your alien-policing batons, because XCOM: Chimera Squad is out. XCOPS takes a big sidewards leap away from the main series, boiling down turn-based combat into single-room encounters. Developers Firaxis have messed with the turn-order, too, with your troops' individual moves now interleaved with your enemies. I've already played it, and have mixed feelings. It's…

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XCOM: Chimera Squad review

It is very hard for me not to think about XCOM: Chimera Squad as a warped and watered down version of XCOM proper. We're still in the same universe, fighting many of the same enemies. We're still alternating between squad-based missions and a boardgamey over-structure, researching new weapons and gadgets while unlocking new abilities for our troops. This is still, fundamentally, a game about devising…

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Real sports teams are broadcasting fake sports while we isolate

Sitting in a stadium surrounded by thousands of other folks is the exact opposite of self-isolating. To help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus by preventing large gatherings, sports organizations around the world have been cancelling and postponing their live sports events. All is not lost though, because some are now livestreaming and broadcasting simulated versions of scheduled matches inside games like NHL 20…

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Borderlands 3 is coming to Steam on March 13, and it’ll let you play with Epic folks

The Epic Games Store exclusivity of Borderlands 3 will end on March 13th with a Steam launch, developers Gearbox Software announced today. They had previously said the looter-shooter's exile would end in April 2020 so apparently the Steam launch has been bumped up a bit, now coming exactly six months after the Epic debut. Steamers will be able to join Epiceers in multiplayer to burst…

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It looks like Hostel director Eli Roth will be making the Borderlands film

The long-forgotten Borderlands film might actually be making some headway, as Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted that Eli Roth has joined the team to direct it. Roth is known for making a fair few horror flicks (as well as that one weird family film where Jack Black plays a warlock that saves the world), so, yeah, no idea what his link is with Borderlands really.Pitchford…

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Borderlands 3’s Broken Hearts Day event starts tomorrow

Rejoice, for one of the capitalist high holidays is upon us. Valentine's Day is this Friday in our world, which means that every one of your online games will need a pink-themed event to keep you grinding for special pink items. This is Borderlands 3, so it involves hearts and shooting because if "guns" were a personality trait, they would be Borderlands'. The Broken Hearts Day…

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For the second year running, the Glaad awards look like they’re missing the mark on celebrating queer representation

Glaad (formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) have brought their media awards back for the 31st year, and for the second year in a row they're recognising video games "for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives".Last year, Jay Castello wrote about how these video game…

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Borderlands 3’s first expansion is out now

While every other game is adding snowflakes and presents, Borderlands 3 is skulking off to a dingy old casino ship for its first story expansion. Moxxie's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is out as of yesterday. If you were missing dear dead Jack, he's back in hologram form to berate you as you shoot and loot your way through his derelict money trap.

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A new BioShock is being made at 2K’s new studio

Pretty pop-philosophy FPS series BioShock is to return, 2K announced today, with a new game coming from a new studio. 2K don't reveal even the name of the new game, let alone in which sort of strange city it'll (surely?) be set, but it's official: BioShock is back, baby. 2K have muttered about resurrecting it several times in the years since the release of BioShock…

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Here’s the first 13 minutes of Borderlands 3’s first DLC

Get ready for more gear and more guns. The shoot 'em up and loot 'em up Borderlands 3 has its first actual campaign DLC coming on December 19th, called Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot. You'll apparently be giving up vault hunting for Ocean's-style casino heists by wrecking Handsome Dead Jack's gaudy gambling den. Gearbox have released gameplay footage of the first 13 minutes of…

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