Borderlands 2 will soon include a new character


Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 showcased a new teaser that will introduce a sixth playable character into the mix. Looks like the mysterious character will be a melee fighter of sorts.

Borderlands 2 DLC available


Long story short, I dig your skills.

Today, you can pick up the brand new DLC available for Borderlands 2. Purchasable for $10 or $30 for the BL2 DLC Season Pass for all the upcoming DLC releases, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty DLC will let you head onto a new adventure aiding Captain Scarlett to find some treasure. Check out the trailer below to learn more and happy hunting.

Full disclosure, I will absolutely stab you in the back somewhere down the road.

 

The Darkness II 75% off on Steam


This weekend Steam has reduced Digital Extremes’ The Darkness II for 75% off. Therefore until Monday at 1pm EST, you can pick up a copy of The Darkness II for just $12.49.

Borderlands 2 includes fifth class, the Mechromancer


Mechromancer concept art

Borderlands 2 is almost less than one month away. With that in mind, new trailers and more details are being revealed for everyone to get excited about. Borderlands 2 features four new classes: the Gunzerker, the Siren, the Commando and the Assassin. In addition, there’s the Mechromancer, a punk girl with ponytails who has the ability to summon Deathtrap, a robot. Within the Mechromancer’s skill tree, you have the ability to upgrade your companion, Deathtrap. One of which its abilities is an explosive clap that sandwiches opponents together than has a knock-back effect afterwards. Check out the latest video below featuring Handsome Jack and remember the Borderlands sequel will be releasing on September 18th for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 and the 21st for the UK.

Deathtrap concept art

You may have noticed Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchfordspeaking out against the “girlfriend mode” nickname on Twitter.

As reported below, the Mechromancer skill tree that helps video game newcomers is formally called Best Friends Forever. But Borderlands 2 lead designer John Hemingway referred to it numerous times as “girlfriend mode”.

“Borderlands 2 does NOT have a girlfriend mode,” Pitchford stated on Twitter. “Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed or trying to stir up something that isn’t there.

“The future DLC Mechromancer class has a skill tree that makes it easier for less skilled coop partners (any gender!) to play and be useful.”

Pitchford didn’t deny that Hemingway had said “girlfriend mode”. Instead, he labelled the term a “personal anecdote” that had been spun by the media.

“There is no universe where Hemingway is a sexist,” Pitchford added. “All the women at Gearbox would beat his and anyone else’s ass” (Eurogamer).

 

Gamersgate’s summer sale is here


In case you missed the huge Steam Summer Sale, Gamersgate is having one of their own. The summer sale lasts a whopping four weeks and each week highlights a genre. This week is RPG Games. In addition, there are four daily deals. Today they are BioShock Complete Pack, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, and Dark Messiah Might & Magic. Check out the catalog of RPG games here to catch a bargain.

Here’s a hint for the upcoming deals tomorrow:

“Tomorrow we´re going to space with our pockets filled with Interstellar Kredit! After that, off to the beautiful island of Faranga for some temple ruin sightseeing (monster slaying included!), and last but not least: some classic D&D dungeon crawling!”

Orcs Must Die! and Borderlands on sale for 75% off this weekend on Steam


Orcs Must Die! is available for at a lovely $2.49 and just $3.24 for Orcs Must Die! Game of the Year Edition that features two DLCs. In addition to highlight the upcoming sequel to the game, you can pre-purchase Orcs Must Die! 2 at 10% off making it just $13.49 from the original retail price of $14.99. Snag Orcs Must Die! cheap, before the sequel launches on July 30th.

Borderlands is also available to purchase at 75% off. You can pick up the GOTY Edition for just $7.49. You can also now pre-purchase the sequel at 10% off at $53.99 if you already own Borderlands through Steam. If you haven’t gotten a copy of Borderlands, you can play the game for free until Sunday at 4pm EST.

Steam Summer Sale Day 11


Here are the daily deals for Day 11 of Steam’s Summer Sale.

The flash sales at the moment now are:

  • Portal 2 – $4.99 (75% off) less than 8 hours
  • The Witcher 2 – $15.99 (60% off) less than 10 hours
  • Trine 2 – $3.74 (75% off) less than 4 hours
  • Dead Island – $10.19 (75% off) less than 6 hours

The community poll at the moment is amongst L.A. Noire (75% off), Mirror’s Edge(75% off), and Just Cause 2(75% off). The voting ends in less than six hours and you have a chance to pick up Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition at $4.99 (75% off) before the community sale ends in less than two hours.

Steam Summer Sale Day 6


Here are the day deals for Day 6 of Steam’s Summer Sale.

The flash sales at the moment now are:

The community poll at the moment is amongst E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy (75% off), Sanctum (75% off), and Krater (50% off). The voting ends in less than four hours and you have a chance to pick up Batman: Arkham City at $10.19 (66% off) before the community sale ends in less than five hours.

Steam Summer Sale Day 4


Here’s your daily deals for Day 4! You still have less than twelve hours to purchase Day 3 daily deals as well.

The flash sales at the moment now are:

The community poll at the moment is amongst Terraria (75% off), Bastion (75% off), and Dungeon Defenders (75% off). The voting ends in less than five hours and you have another chance to pick up Legend of Grimrock at $5.99 (60% off) before the community sale ends in less than 6 hours.

I recommend Saints Row: The Third, it is incredibly amusing and hilarious. I definitely recommend Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP as well.

Borderlands 2 Badass system and screenshots


There’s a new infinite levels of progression system in Borderlands 2 detailed below and taken from Eurogamer since it was well-written and I’d rather not paraphrase the information and instead play some of games from the Steam Summer Sale 🙂 Oh if you happen to not purchase Borderlands from the Steam Summer Sale when it ends at less than 34 hours from now, Amazon is having a bit of their own summer sale and you can purchase Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition which includes the DLCs for just $7.49 (the same price as Steam’s) and it’ll also be redeemable on Steam. I really like the vibrant colors, bright greens, purples, and blues of Borderlands 2.

Gearbox Software has unveiled Borderlands 2’s Badass system, its character-wide progression system with an infinite number of levels.

As you play Borderlands 2 you level up your Badass rank, which is linked to your profile but provides statistical bonuses to all your characters – new and old.

Each time you use a token gained through Badass, the game randomly picks a set of statistics. Then, you decide which statistic to increase. It’s all powered by a secret algorithm the developer is keeping close to its chest,

Gearbox chief Randy Pitchford, who expects to see long-term players with Badass levels in the thousands, told Eurogamer he believes the system is the first of its kind.

“I don’t know of any examples,” he said. “There are a couple of games that have done profile levelling. Even Call of Duty multiplayer, your growth is profile related, not character related, but they don’t have character choices. You’re not growing characters.

“And I haven’t seen one that’s comfortable with infini-growth. Everything puts a cap onto it.”

Using data based on how Borderlands 1 players played the game some two-and-a-half years after launch, Gearbox is able to extrapolate how players will play the sequel two-and-a-half years after it launches, and use mathematical models to predict how the Badass system will evolve.

It’s all part of Gearbox’s effort to create a hobby with Borderlands 2, something players continue to play for years.

“Borderlands was a weird thing in the sense that, a lot of games are designed to be a story you consume and then you’re done,” Pitchford said. “Whereas Borderlands was this thing that launched and then both in sales and in playtime it kept accelerating, instead of just launching big and then dropping off.”

Borderlands 2’s expected enduring popularity should enable Gearbox to make a “really big investment” in downloadable content, much in the same way it did with Borderlands 1.

There’s also the issue of value, Pitchford added. He hopes that by creating a game that, technically, will last players forever, they will feel they’re getting value for money.

“They got to take a risk. They’ve got to spend some money. They’ve got to buy a game. And I want them to feel like, man, the value I’m getting out of this, it’s not only worth the $60 or whatever, I’m getting more value out of this than the last $500 I spent on other video games. We want that goodwill.

“So we’re thinking about it like a hobby and not like just a consumable, get it done and get ready to buy your next game.”

Steam Summer Sale Day 3


Here’s your daily deals for Day 3! You still have less than twelve hours to purchase Day 2 daily deals as well.

The flash sales at the moment now are:

The community poll at the moment is in between Left 4 Dead 2 (75% off), Portal 2 (75% off), and Half-Life 2 (75% off). The voting ends in less than five hours and you have less than six hours to pick up Plants vs. Zombies at 75% off.

New Borderlands 2 trailer


Check out a brand new trailer for Borderlands 2 that highlights the new jungle full of exotic creatures for your shooting pleasure come September 18th.

Steam’s summer sale is finally here


Today the Steam summer sale everybody has been eagerly awaiting for has finally hit. There are the usual daily deals and now there are flash sales and a poll to choose an upcoming sale.

For each day I will try to update about each daily deal and flash sales.

There are nine daily deals and today’s are:

The flash sales are:

You can also cast your vote among three top hits and the one that receives the most votes will be the next deal in eight hours. The choices right now are: The Witcher 2 (60% off), Saint’s Row: The Third (75% off), and Batman: Arkham City (66% off). Of course, there are your publishers’ packs on sale. Check out the entire Steam catalog and be sure to check back each day for new deals. Happy bargain shopping.

Did you keep your Borderlands save file?


Borderlands 2 will now offer Vault Veteran Rewards for those players who played the first installment of the series. Gearbox has stated there will be exclusive customization items such as heads and skins available with Borderlands 2 when the game detects a former save file. Borderlands 2 launches on September 18th on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. In addition, a PlayStation Vita might be a possibility later.

LittleBigPlanet Vita now has BioShock pre-order bonus


LittleBigPlanet Vita will be releasing late 2012. You can pre-order the game now and receive some bonuses. Available with pre-order, LittleBigPlanet can come with either the BioShock pack or the Knights of Old pack according to the PlayStation Blog. Big Daddy and Little Sister are available from the BioShock pack, while the Knights of Old pack gives you two knights, a renaissance maiden, and a dragon costume. At the moment, Amazon US is the only one with these pre-order specials.

Game weekend deals on Steam, Amazon, Gamersgate, and more


Weekend Game Deals – Summer is here! *article taken from PC Gamer because it would just be silly to rewrite what’s already been conveniently laid out heh*

at 01:47am June 23 2012

Gather ’round, discount hounds: I’ve tales of summer sales for ye. Steam has augmented Deus Ex prices by 75%, Amazon has kicked 75% off Super Street Fighter IV: AE, GamersGate’s Total War sale has come back for the wounded soldiers who missed last week’s Steam sale, and GOG has initiated 17 days of head-to-head dealmatches. See all of this week’s sales inside! (I promise to use fewer awful analogies.)

STEAM

As you know, Deus Ex games are all 75% off this weekend. There are a few smaller discounts as well, but that’s the big one for this weekend. Oh, except 80% off Bejeweled 3, if you want a game with an exceptional number of ‘e’s in the title.

AMAZON

[US Only] Much remains the same at Amazon, though it’s now selling Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition at 75% off, and both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 for $5 each.

ORIGIN

Origin is holding a “pre-order one, get one half off” sale. Origin’s deals page lists the pre-orders available and their resulting discounts. Some of them are silly, like 50% off SimCity 4, which is constantly discounted everywhere else. Pre-ordering Dead Space 3 can get you 50% off Mass Effect 3 or Battlefield 3, which isn’t bad…but you have to pre-order Dead Space 3. I prefer to avoid potential early adopter remorse.

GAMERSGATE

GamersGate is selling Total War stuff at 75% off or more, including the complete collection for $24.90.

 

GAMESTOP

GameStop only has a few new sales, most notably Aliens vs. Predator, Saints Row: The Third, and L.A. Noire. GamersGate beats its Shogun 2 sale, and the rest are carried over from last week.

 

GOG

I can’t list GOG’s sales at the moment, because it’s time for… BATTLE OF THE GAMES! Every day two games will be discounted — one at 40% off and one at 60% off — with the bigger discount going to the game with the most votes recorded the previous day. Go get your interactive marketing on, just be sure to vote for the games I want. (Please deactivate your neural firewall for a moment so I can upload my preferences.)

GAMEFLY

GameFly is rather barren this week — the only deal I spotted was the 50% off Payday: The Heist sale that’s being offered everywhere.

Let us know in the comments if you find any deals we missed!

Civilization V: Gods & Kings releasing Tuesday, features remade religion and diplomacy systems, Steam Workshop now integrated with Civ. V


This Tuesday, Civilization V‘s expansion pack, Gods & Kings, will release. Firaxis has incorporated these new features list below:

  • Expanded Epic Game: The core game experience has been greatly expanded with the addition of new technologies (like Combined Arms), 27 new units (like the new 1-hex ranged unit Machine Gunner), 13 new buildings (like the Bomb Shelter), and 9 new Wonders (see below). Additionally, there are even more new units and buildings included in the three new Scenarios for modders to use.
  • New Civilizations: The expansion will deliver 9 new civilizations, such as Carthage, Netherlands, the Celts, and the Maya (it is 2012, after all), along with their unique traits, units and buildings. The expansion also includes 9 new leaders including William I, Prince of Orange, Boudicca and Pacal the Great.
  • Religion: A righteous people will seek out Faith to found a Pantheon of the Gods. As your Faith becomes stronger, you can cultivate Great Prophets who build on these simple beliefs to create a religion that you can customize and enhance as desired. Are you tolerant of other religions or is this the one true faith? Are you focused on Gold, Arts or Military? Beliefs can even unlock custom buildings that only people of your religion can construct. Great prophets, missionaries and inquisitors help you spread your beliefs to other lands and gain the alliances of City States, and like-minded civilizations.
  • Enhanced Diplomacy and Espionage: Establish embassies at foreign courts for closer ties (or clandestine operations). As the religions of the world start settling in, and the world moves into the Renaissance, you unlock your first spy (with more to come). Send them out to establish surveillance of foreign cities, steal advanced technologies from your strongest or wisest competitors, or interfere with city-state alliances. All of your actions can have a diplomatic impact if discovered, so always tread carefully.
  • City-States: Two new city-state types have been added (Mercantile and Religious) to bring all new advantages to the table. The city-state quest system has received a complete overhaul to decrease the importance of gold and add a whole range of new quests that further the narrative of the game, as well as make the diplomatic victory a more varied option. Ally with Marrakech to get access to their unique luxury resources! Vatican City and Jerusalem are holy cities that play key roles in the religious struggle.
  • World Domination: The fight for world domination is now more dynamic than ever before. The Gods and Kings expansion features a reworked combat system and AI that puts more emphasis on a balanced army composition. The new system allows your lines to stand longer than they could before, so you, as a player, can make smarter tactical decisions without worrying about a single unlucky roll of the dice.
  • Naval Combat: Your navy is now split into two different ship types, melee and ranged. This means that no coastal city should be considered safe, and can now fall to a surprise naval attack. Additionally, all embarked units now have Defensive Embarkation, and can stack with a naval unit for extra protection. Add to this the new Great Admiral, and the high seas have become a much more dangerous place.
  • New Wonders: There will be 9 new Wonders with all new effects including Neuschwanstein, the Great Mosque of Djenne, the Terracotta Army, the Great Firewall, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Three new Scenarios:
    • Medieval: Grow your medieval kingdom into one of the great nations of Renaissance Europe, fending off outside invasions from Mongols and Ottoman Turks and fighting the religious wars of the Crusades and Reformation!
    • Fall of Rome: Play as either Eastern Rome or Western Rome trying to fend off the barbarians OR as one of the barbarians themselves.
    • Empires of the Smoky Skies: Build flying airships and huge tractor-like tanks from the unique tech tree of this Victorian science-fiction scenario, and use them to spread your empire across the pre-industrial world.

Also check below to see the developers talk about the new integrations to the critically acclaimed 2010 PC game. Pre-purchase it on Steam here for just $26.99, $3 off of the original price due to a pre-order sale. Also Valve has incorporated the Steam Workshop with Civilization V, therefore people can create mods for the strategic turn-based game. However Steam Workshop is not supported with Mac for Civilization V.

BioShock will receive an Ultimate Rapture Edition


BioShock Infinite is delayed until 2013, but BioShock and BioShock 2 will be receiving a special edition called the BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition, according to the British Board of Film and Classification. The UK Edition will feature BioShock and BioShock 2 with all previous DLCs.

According to BBFC, this is what they had to say about the games’ description (possible spoiler ahead):

“During normal gameplay, the BioShock Ultimate Rapture compilation contains frequent strong bloody violence. The depiction of violence is similar throughout the original game and its sequel, with sight of spraying blood as enemies are attacked with a range of weapons, including a mechanised drill and a rivet gun.

“In spite of the fantastical nature of ‘Rapture’ and the heavy science fiction elements present in the narrative, such as the ability to use special destructive powers including freezing, immolation and telekinesis, the violence has a visceral feel during much of the combat. Enemies, including genetically mutated humans, twitch and scream as they are gunned down, and weapons such as a spear gun allow the player to pin characters to the wall in a cloud of blood. It is also possible to shoot enemies after death, with blood spurting from the corpses.

“At various points, the player is also given a moral choice to either kill or save ‘Little Sisters’ (possessed little girls who harvest the corpses scattered around the city). Such a scenario is clearly fantastical, although the player sees the girl reduced to a slimy writhing creature if he or she decides to harvest the girl rather than saving her. At ’15’, the BBFC’s Guidelines state ‘Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury.’ The frequency and visceral impact of the violence exceeds this limit, with a dwelling on the infliction of both pain and injury throughout.

“The game also includes some very strong language during gameplay, as well as numerous uses of strong language. The very strong language is most appropriately classified at ’18’.”

Borderlands 2 new screenshots


 

Borderlands 2 gets two collector’s editions


One of the most anticipated sequels of the year has now received two collector’s editions. If you have already pre-ordered 2K Games and Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2 from Amazon, Gamestop or Best Buy, you will receive the Borderlands 2 Premier Club which includes:

Borderlands 2 Premier Club (above):

  • Gearbox Gun Pack (collection of unique guns)
  • Golden Key (unlocks a rare in-game item in the Golden Sanctuary Loot Chest)
  • Vault Hunter’s Relic (boosts your gear-hunting fortune)
  • The Mechromancer Character Class (available after launch. Can also be purchased if you do not pre-order the game)

Now also if you pre-order with Gamestop, you’ll additionally receive the exclusive Gamestop pre-order offer which is Borderlands 2 Creature Slaughter Dome. It’s basically a big arena where you can kill monsters and receive loot and experience that you will be able to bring into the main game. It also includes Noxxi’s Rocket Launcher.

Now onto the big collector’s editions. There’s the Borderlands 2 Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition which is going for $99.99 and includes:

Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition ($99.99)

  • Copy of the game
  • Marcus Kincaid bobblehead
  • Inside the Vault: The Art & Design of Borderlands 2 book
  • Sticker set
  • Map of Pandora
  • Download code for the digital comic
  • Un-specified bonus downloadable in-game content

Then there is the Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition which is for $149.99 and includes:

Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition ($149.99)

  • Everything from the Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition detailed above
  • Replica loot chest
  • Steel book case
  • Creatures of Pandora ID chart
  • Lithograph postcard set
  • Field notes from Sir Hamerlock
  • Cloth map of Pandora
  • Numbered certificate of authenticity

In addition to each collector’s edition having immense amount of loot in their box, you’ll also receive the Borderlands 2 Premier Club with any of the two Borderlands 2 collector’s editions. The game is slated to release on September 18th on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

BioShock Infinite delayed to 2013


You’ll have to wait for next year for the third installment of the BioShock series. BioShock Infinite has been pushed back to February 26, 2013. In addition to the game not being released this coming fall, it will also not be featured at E3 or Gamescom held in Germany. Check out the message from Ken Levine that was dropped in Game Informer’s inbox this morning.

A MESSAGE FROM KEN LEVINE

When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing. 

Since then, we’ve come to realize that some specific tweaks and improvements will make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.

I won’t kid you: BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter. We had a similar experience with the original BioShock, which was delayed several months as our original ship date drew near. Why? Because the Big Daddies weren’t the Big Daddies you’ve since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan’s golf club didn’t have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco.

The same principle now applies to BioShock Infinite.

What does this mean for you? It means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite. The great can be made greater, and we owe it to both ourselves and to you, our fans, to take this opportunity. Irrational Games is one of those rare developers lucky enough to ask the people who sign the checks: “Hey, can we have a few more of those checks?”

We are also going to hold off on showing BioShock Infinite at the big events of the summer, like E3 and Gamescom. That way, the next time you see our game, it will be essentially the product we intend to put in the box. Preparing for these events takes time away from development, time we’re going to use instead to get the best version of Infinite into your hands in February.

BioShock devs are working on a non-violent video game


*article taken from Eurogamer.net*

BioShock devs set up new studio, prep “non-violent game in an unfantastical locale”

By Fred Dutton Published 30 April, 2012

Three BioShock alumni have handed in their notice at 2K and set up a new studio called The Fullbright Company under their own steam, according to a Gamasutra report.

The embryonic outfit’s payroll includes Steve Gaynor, a level designer who worked on BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite; 2K Marin programmer Johnnemann Nordhagen; and editor/researcher Karla Zimonja.

The trio first met while working on the Minerva’s Den DLC for BioShock 2.

“In our time apart after that project, we missed it. We missed working on a small team, on a small project, focused on telling a personal story in a player-driven way. We wanted to do that again,” the team explained on its website.

“So we bailed out of corporate game development and reformed as an indie team, to see what we can do on our own.”

It’s set some lofty goals for its debut project – an as-yet untitled first person adventure for PC.

“A memorable experience that you’ll be drawn into, and keep thinking about after the game’s turned off, and want to come back to again someday,” read its web blurb.

“An experience that gets away from the constraints of ossified game genres, while relying on what we’re good at as a team: creating immersive places to inhabit, and a deep, personal story to explore at your own pace.

“A non-violent game in an unfantastical locale; an experience that not many games provide, built out of techniques that only video games can employ.”

Steam adds pre-order for PC releases


Along with Torchlight 2, Steam has added some pages for games that have already released; however not on PC. You may pre-order Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Prototype 2 now. RE: ORC will be available on May 18th and Prototype 2 will be ready to play on July 24th. If you order Prototype 2, you’ll receive the RADNET DLC with your purchase. It includes:

RADNET FEATURES:

  • Over 55 unique pieces of digital content accessible at launch at no extra charge.
  • 20 Events Death-defying chopper races, intense combat scenarios plus more!
  • 20 Challenges Compete with and beat your friends’ best scores!
  • 5 Exclusive ‘Behind The Scenes’ Videos
  • 5 Exclusive Sgt James Heller Mutation Abilities
  • 5 Bonus Unlock Abilities for Sgt James Heller
  • Alex Mercer Skin unlock – the ultimate fan reward

In addition to those games, some games’ pages were already up that you might want to pre-order or keep your eye on: Assassin’s Creed III, BioShock Infinite, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro: Last Light, Sleeping Dogs, Toki Tori 2, Risen 2: Dark Waters (free DLC with order), and Game of Thrones (free Prima guide with order).

Upcoming fall releases


I like this article by Matt Bertz, quick and concise and I don’t have to figure out all the releases myself.

Fall Release Schedule Coming Into Shape – By Matt Bertz

UPDATE: Halo 4 has now claimed its spot in the packed release window.

Check out this murderers’ row of highly anticipated games scheduled to ship in the second half of the year.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your saving. If you want to play the biggest games of the year, your wallet warning level will be at Defcon 1 come the autumn months. Here are the confirmed dates we have so far:

Sleeping Dogs – August 17
Dark Souls (PC) – August 24
Madden NFL 13 – August 28
Far Cry 3 – September 4
Borderlands 2 – September 18
Resident Evil 6 – October 2
BioShock Infinite – October 16
Medal of Honor: Warfighter – October 23
Assassin’s Creed III – October 30
Halo 4 – November 6

Add the annual big seller NBA 2K13 to that mix, and you have quite a lineup of titles scheduled to drop before the yearly Call of Duty sales explosion in November. Several other games scheduled to release in 2012 are still waiting for release dates, like Skylanders Giants, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Tomb Raider, Dishonored, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and Brothers in Arms: Furious 4. If they want to stay clear of the Call of Duty blast radius, we wouldn’t be surprised to see many of these titles shoehorned into September and October as well. Add the rumors of Grand Theft Auto V possibly shipping this year, and It’s shaping up to be an exciting lineup.

Which games are you planning to splurge for first?”

2K Games release date on Civilization V: Gods and Kings


On June 19, 2012, the much anticipated expansion, Gods & Kings, for Civilization V is coming to North America. A few days later on June 22, 2012, it will also release internationally. The expansion will include new technologies, religions, leaders, and units. There will be 27 new units, 14 new buildings, and 9 new civilizations which includes the Celts, Byzantines, and Carthaginians to name a few. Along with these new additions, there will be a newly build religion system. Players will rather faith as the new resource much like they do for culture and science. Players have the ability to create their own religion or choose from 11 popular real-world religions. Players will be able to spread their influence of their chosen religion and values across other civilizations that will ultimately play a diplomatic role in allegiances within the game. Along with the new religion system integrated by the expansion, Firaxis changed the battle system to be more engaging. As a result, they upped the hit points on units in order to draw out battles; therefore if a player is caught off-guard by an ambush, they have the possibility to call in reinforcements to help against the threat. Another big improvement Firaxis incorporated is the split between the naval units, allowing for both melee and range sea units, which allows for more strategical ideas.

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