Recent Articles: Borderlands 2

Evolve, Borderlands 2 Vita playable at PAX East 2014


2K Games has announced (via the 2K Blog) that they will have two games playable on the PAX East show floor during next week’s convention. But gamers who attend either of the company’s panels might be in for an additional surprise.

Evolve, the multiplayer shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, will be the centerpiece of 2K’s PAX East presence. Players will be able to control the game’s four alien hunters as well as the alien itself as they battle for supremacy in the jungle. Congoers will also be able to get their hands on the Vita version of Gearbox’s Borderlands 2, which should be available sometime this Spring.

And speaking of Gearbox, as expected, developers from the company will host their annual Sunday morning panel at PAX East. Much discussion of Borderlands 2 will ensue along with “a few more surprises.” Hmm, I wonder if Gearbox plans to announce a new game during their panel? After all, we know they have multiple games in development.

However, we definitely don’t have to wonder what will happen at the Firaxis panel, which will be held on Saturday. 2K has assured us that the developer behind the acclaimed Civilization series and XCOM: Enemy Unknown will give the attended audience “a glimpse into the latest projects of the studio.”

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Final Borderlands 2 DLC, Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax, out on April 15

Gearbox is wrapping up the Headhunter Packs with their final DLC for Borderlands 2. This one is Easter-themed – or at least, Easter-colored – and is called Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax.

The Vault Hunters are setting out to take a nice vacation when Sir Hammerlock gets unceremoniously kidnapped. Spend some time with Brick, Mordecai, Lilith, and Crazy Earl as you try to find Hammerlock and destroy Crawmerax Jr. in the process. (He’s just a little peeved about his dad getting killed back in The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC from Borderlands, and wants some revenge.)

Of course, you’ll get a great head for your troubles, and there are some new skins for the Vault Hunters as well. This final Headhunter Pack will cost $2.99 and will be out on April 15 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

My only question is… if Gearbox isn’t working on Borderlands 3, and this is the final DLC for Borderlands 2, what exactly are they working on?

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Vita Slim handheld launches alongside Borderlands 2 this Spring


Wow. Sony announced today that the Vita Slim is coming to the US this spring, along with dropping the bombshell on this beauty: a gorgeous Borderlands 2 Vita Slim bundle. The bundle will have the brand new slim, which is 20% slimmer, 15% lighter, and has “1GB of internal memory built into the system.” It will also have Borderlands 2, six DLC packs (Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Psycho Character Class, Mechromancer Character Class, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1, and the Collector’s Edition Pack), and an 8GB memory card.

That’s not all – there’s also the fact that “the battery life of the new PS Vita system has increased to 4-6 hours of game play, up from 3-5 hours in the current model, and about 7 hours of video play, up from 5 hours from the current model.” Add in that “its 5-inch front touchscreen has a new high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD),” and you’ve got some heavy machinery – for $199.99.

If you’ve been waiting to get a Vita, this might be your best chance. Hit the jump for a list of a few other big games Sony plans to release for the platform this year. (more…)

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Borderlands 2: Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre DLC coming next week


Gearbox is hard at work on the latest addition to the Borderlands 2 Headhunter series… and its almost here! The latest DLC, Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, takes a poke at the big bad Hallmark machine, Valentine’s Day. The Hodunks, the Zafords, and everyone’s favorite, Ellie, will be there, as well as Innuendo Bot 5000, who is sure to have some hilarious new dialogue.

Of course, once you beat the main boss, there are head mods for your character, and according to the 2K blog, “This time the heads are a little more graphic. With these new heads, you’ll also get an inside look at the Vault Hunters, especially Zer0… though it should be said that his new head is named ‘N0t C4n0n’ for a reason.”

Gearbox also announced that, Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax, the fifth (and final!) DLC in the Headhunters series, will be out in April. While these are fun, they are far too short, and I’m hoping these talented developers will get to making Borderlands 3 already.

Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre will be out on February 11 for the PC, PlayStation Network (PS3), and Xbox Live Store (Xbox 360).

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Take Two: 10 next-gen games in development, more Borderlands 2 DLC on the way


As we first reported back in September, 2K Games has announced plans to release more downloadable content for Borderlands 2 in 2014. I guess the three “Headhunter Packs” (and the rest of the game’s DLC expansions) were quite successful.

Here’s what Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick had to say about Gearbox’s future DLC plans for Borderlands 2 during yesterday’s quarterly conference call:

“Borderlands 2 is a prime example of how we are able to generate substantial revenue and profits from add-on content over an extended period. In the 16 months following the title launch, we released nine substantial downloadable offerings, dozens of smaller character customizations, and we have plans to release more downloadable content in the coming months.”

Zelnick also reconfirmed that the publisher has more than ten titles in development for next-generation consoles:

“Looking ahead, we have a robust pipeline for both new intellectual properties and offerings from our proven franchises in development including more than ten unique titles for the next-generation consoles.”

This Fall’s Evolve, a co-op shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, will likely be the next next-generation title released by 2K Games.

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Borderlands 2: How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day DLC coming tomorrow

borderlands2-headhunter3-1It’s great to see that some games are still getting new content over a year after their release. Borderlands 2 was released in September of last year, and has since seen almost a dozen DLC options including full-size expansions like “Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt” and “Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep” and smaller downloads such as the “Krieg the Beserker” character and this Fall’s bite-sized “Headhunter Packs.”

Speaking of Headhunter Packs, the latest one, “How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day,” was recently revealed by Gearbox.

The downloadable content is the third installment in Gearbox’s Headhunter series, which also includes the Halloween-inspired “T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest” and the Thanksgiving-themed “Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler.” The newest Headhunter Pack will take place in a snowy town called Gingerton where players will explore Frost Bottom in an all-new mission, complete with unlockable heads and skins.

Best of all, “How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day” will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC (and Mac) tomorrow, December 17th.

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2K has “more than 10″ next-gen games in development; next Borderlands 2 DLC set for November

taketwo-logoTake-Two Interactive published their quarterly financial report yesterday and while revenues were down, the company expects to post a very healthy profit by the end of the year thanks to Grand Theft Auto V.

Looking to the future, Take-Two announced that they have a wide variety of next-generation games in development. According to Take-Two’s President, Karl Slatoff, the company has “more than 10″ next-generation titles in the works including Turtle Rock’s co-op shooter Evolve and an unannounced game at 2K’s recently opened Bay Area studio. And before you get your hopes up, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick adamantly refused to talk about the company’s next-gen plans for the Grand Theft Auto series.

The publisher plans to begin unveiling some of these titles “during the next several months” and plans to release several of them during their 2015 fiscal year (April 2014-March 2015).

But in the more immediate future, Take-Two also confirmed that the next Headhunter Pack for Borderlands 2, “Wattle Gobbler,” will be released in November.

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New Releases: Beyond: Two Souls, Pokemon X/Y, Just Dance 2014, More


All you Pokemaniacs can rejoice, for it is time. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, the first “main series” Pokemon games for the 3DS, will be released this week.

If you’d prefer something a little more out there (and you own a PS3), there’s Quantic Dream’s latest action/adventure game, Beyond: Two Souls. The supernatural Saga of Jodie (played by Ellen Page) and her doctor (played by Willem Dafoe) is sure to feature plenty of the developer’s signature weirdness and grandeur.

And if you want to go REALLY out there, NIS America will release Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness for the PS3. The latest game in the insane strategy RPG franchise is a direct sequel to the to the first game in the series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, which should please its many fans.

This week’s last “new” releases is Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014. The dancing franchise will boogie its way (again) onto the PS3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this week. PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are set to be released in November.

Finally, a trio of re-releases should keep budget hunters happy as 2K Games/Gearbox will release Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Bethesda/Arkane will release Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition, and Capcom will release the Capcom Essentials collection (which contains Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 10, Resident Evil 6, and Super Street Fighter IV).

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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