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).

 

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.

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.

Steam Summer Sale will bring Indie Bundles each day


Everyone’s practically awaiting the Steam Summer Sale. I know I am. I have a bunch of games I’d like to try out, but not pay $30 something for them. During the Steam Summer Sale, there will be plenty of bundles on sale, especially indie bundles. There will be an Indie bundle each day of the two week sale. Of course, there will also be publisher packs on sale as well as franchise packs. Take a look below at the Indie game bundles and the confirmed packs. Indie Bundle Day 4 looks like a great one, despite I already have S:S&S EP. A lot of the indie bundles I already have one or two games out of each which I’m sure most people do as well if you constantly buy the plethora of indie game bundles out there. The rumor is the Steam Summer sale will begin on July 12th.

Indie bundles:

  • Indie Bundle Day 1 – The Baconing, Edge, Anomaly Warzone Earth, Cave Story+, Lone Survivor ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 2 – Universe Sandbox, E.Y.E, Oil Rush, Botanicula, Splice ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 3 – Braid, Bit.Trip Beat, Runespell: Overture, Bunch of Heroes, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 4 – Atom Zombie Smasher, Sanctum, Blocks That Matter, Sword and Sworcery (includes soundtrack), A Valley Without Wind ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 5 – Audiosurf, Greed Corp., Gemini Rue, The Tiny Bang Story, Ys: The Oath in Felghana ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 6 – Defcon, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, SpaceChem, Trauma, Ticket to Ride ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 7 – Zombie Driver, Dungeons of Dredmor, Vessel, Avadon: The Black Fortress, Qube ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 8 – Wings of Prey, Hoard, Swords and Soldiers, Demolition Inc., Sol Exodus ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 9 – Zeno Clash, VVVVVV, Revenge of the Titans, Jamestown, Capsized ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 10 – Machinarium, Eufloria, Beat Hazard, Bit.Trip Runner, All Zombies Must Die ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Bundle Day 11 – World of Goo, Star Ruler, Hydrophobia, Orion: Dino Beatdown, Waveform ($39.99 placeholder)

General discounts:

  • 1C Collection – Cryostasis, Men of War series, NecroVisioN, Kings Bounty series, Theatre of War series, Rig ‘n’ Roll, Space Rangers 2 Reboot ($39.99)
  • 2K Pack 2 Bioshock 2, Darkness 2: Limited Edition, Duke Nukem Forever, Mafia 2, SpecOps: The Line (no price yet)
  • Batman / Gotham City Imposters Bundle – Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City & DLC, Gotham City Imposters ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Bethesda Collection – Brink & DLC, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, Fallout: New Vegas & DLC, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim ($99.99 placeholder)
  • BioShock Franchise Pack – BioShock, BioShock 2 ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Bit Trip Beat Pack – Bit.Trip Beat plus soundtrack ($9.99)
  • Bit Trip Runner Pack – Bit.Trip Runner plus soundtrack ($9.99)
  • Blendo Games Pack – Airforte, Atom Zombie Smasher, Flotilla (no price yet)
  • Carpe Fulgur Bundle – Chantelise, Recettear, Fortune Summoners ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Civilization Collection – Civilization 3 Complete, Civilization 4 Complete, Civilization 5 plus DLC (not Gods & Kings) ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Command & Conquer Franchise Pack – Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising, Command & Conquer 4 ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Cyan Complete Pack 2012 – Real Myst, Myst Masterpiece Edition, Myst 5, Riven, Uru, Spelunx, Manhole, Cosmic Osmo ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Cyanide Studios Compilation – A Game of Thrones, Blood Bowl: Dark Elves Edition, Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition, Loki, Pro Cycling Manager 2008, Pro Cycling Manager 2012 (no price yet)
  • Dawn of War Franchise Pack – Dawn of War 1 series and Dawn of War 2 series plus DLC ($39.99)
  • Deep Silver Compilation – Dead Island & DLC, Emergency 2012, Iron Front, Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters, Lost Horizon, Nail’d, Risen, Risen 2, Rush for Berlin, Sacred 2, Secret Files, Secret Files 2, The Dark Eye, The Whispered World (no price yet)
  • Duke Nukem Bundle – Duke Nukem Forever plus DLC ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Europa Universalis 3 Chronicles – Europa Universalis 3 Complete, EU3 Divine Wind, EU3 Heir to the Throne (no price yet)
  • Foreign Legion Bundle – Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood, Foreign Legion: Multi Massacre ($59.99 placeholder)
  • Gratuitous Battle Pack – Gratuitous Space Battles, Gratuitous Tank Battles ($39.99 placeholder)
  • GTA IV Complete Pack – Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Indie Fright Pack – Burn Zombie Burn, The Path, The Scourge Project, The Void, Zombie Driver ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Kalypso Collection – Tropico 3, Tropico 4, Dungeons, Dungeons: The Dark Lord, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, SkyDrift, Airline Tycoon 2, Port Royale 3, Bang Bang Racing ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Killing Floor Bundle – Killing Floor, Outbreak Character Pack, Nightfall Character Pack, Post Mortem Character Pack, London’s Finest Character Pack, Defence Alliance 2, Steampunk Mr. Froster DLC,Christmas Character Pack, Urban Nightmare Character Pack, Harold Lott Character Pack ($19.99)
  • Majesty Franchise Bundle – Majesty Gold, Majesty HD, Majesty 2, Defenders of Ardania & DLC, Warlock: Master of the Arcane & DLC ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Nordic Games Compilation – Agatha Christie games, Aquanox, Aquanox 2, Gothic, Gothic 2, Gothic 3, Gothic 4 Arcania & expansion, Aura, Aura 2, Chaser, Europa 1400, Painkiller games, Safecracker, Safecracker 2, Spellforce Platinum, Spellforce 2 Gold, The Guild 2, Guild 2 Renaissance, Guild 2 Pirates of the European Seas (no price yet)
  • Paradox Collection – Crusader Kings 2, Defenders of Ardania, Europa Universalis 3 Complete plus Divine Wind, Gettysburg: Armored Warfare, Magicka Collection, Mount & Blade Series, Naval War Arctic Circle, Sword of the Stars 2, Warlock – Masters of the Arcane ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Pendulo Adventure Pack – Runaway: A Road Adventure, Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, The Next BIG Thing, Yesterday ($29.99)
  • Perfect World Collection – Forsaken World, Rusty Hearts, Blacklight Retribution & Starter Pack (no price yet)
  • Railworks 3 – Summer Sale Collection – Railworks 3 plus 27 DLCs ($39.99)
  • Red Orchestra Franchise Pack – Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, Mare Nostrum, Darkest Hour, Red Orchestra 2 plus Digital Deluxe DLC ($39.99)
  • Square Hit Collection – Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition plus DLC, Hitman, Hitman 2, Hitman Blood Money, Just Cause 2 plus DLC, Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light plus DLC, Quantum Conundrum & soundtrack, Thief Gold, Thief II, Thief Deadly Shadows, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Underworld ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Sniper Elite Franchise Pack – Sniper Elite, Sniper Elite V2 & Pre-order rifles ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Space Marine Pack – Space Marine plus all DLC ($39.99)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky, S.T.A.L.K.E.R Call of Pripyat ($39.99 placeholder)
  • Stardock Collection – Demigod, Galactic Civilizations 2 Ultimate Edition, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion ($39.99)
  • Strategy First Complete Pack – Dangerous Waters, Space Empires 4 Deluxe, Disciples 2, Iron Warriors, Space Empires 5, 688I Hunter-Killer, Fleet Command, Sub Command, Birth of America, Flatout, Flatout 2, Flatout Ultimate Carnage, Flatout 3, Ghost Master, Vegas: Make it Big, Making History, Making History 2, Ducati World Championship, Culpa Innata, Sacred Gold, Darkstar One, Jack Keane, Jagged Alliance 2 Gold, Exodus From the Earth, Perimeter 2, Ankh: Heart of Osiris, Ankh: Battle of the Gods, BC Kings, Port Royale 2, 9th Company – Roots of Terror, Puzzle Kingdoms, Patrician III, The Great Art Race, Bad Rats, Razor 2, Chocolatier: Decadence by Design, Cooking Dash, Diaper Dash, Diner Dash, Dream Chronicles, Emerald City Confidential, Wandering Willows, Wedding Dash 2, Zenerchi, DinerTown Tycoon, DinerTown Detective Agency, Nightshift Code, Nightshift Legacy, Fitness Dash, Parking Dash, Mahjong Roadshow, Trijinx, Valerie Porter, Gemini Lost, Ironclads Collection, Dimensity, Hazen, World Basketball Manager 2010, Dark Fall: Lost Souls, Zombie Pirates, Hotel Dash, Deep Black, Fireburst ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Sword of the Stars Franchise Bundle – Sword of the Stars Complete, Sword of the Stars 2: Lords of Winter, Immersion Pack DLCs ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Tale of Tales Complete Pack – The Graveyard, The Path, Fatale (no price yet)
  • THQ Collection – S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Darksiders, Dawn of War 2 series, Space Marine, Nexuiz, Homefront, Saints Row: The Third, Metro 2033, Company of Heroes Series, Titan Quest ($99.99 placeholder)
  • Victoria Franchise Bundle – Victoria, Victoria 2 & DLC, Victoria 2: A House Divided expansion pack ($99 placeholder)

Possibles:

  • 2K Games & Rockstar “Public Released” Pack (may not be a pack but recently updated) – no price yet – Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Borderlands & DLC, Bully, Civilization IV Complete, Civilization V & DLC, Civ V Gods and Kings, CivCity: Rome, Darkness II, Duke Nukem Forever & DLC, Freedom Force Pack, Grand Theft Auto series, LA Noire, Mafia II & DLC, Max Payne 1 and 2 (not 3 though), Manhunt, Midnight Club 2, MLB series, NBA series, Railroad Tycoon 2, Railroad Tycoon 3, Shattered Union, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Sid Meier’s Railroads!, SpecOps: The Line, Stronghold Pack, X-ComCollection
  • Activision Pack (may not be a pack but recently updated) – no price yet – Everything, including MW3
  • SEGA “Public Compilation” Pack (recently updated but may not be a pack in the sale) – no price yet – MegaDrive / Genesis Classics Collection, Aliens vs Predator, Alpha Protocol, Dreamcast Collection, Football Manager series, London 2012, Total War series, Sega Rally, The Club, The Incredible Hulk, The Golden Compass, Universe at War, Vancouver 2010, Virtua Tennis 2009
  • Ubisoft Public (probably not a pack, but updated in the last couple of days so who knows) – no price yet – Everything on Steam (6 pages of it, too much to list)

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.

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!

SWTOR releases new updates, receive your little Tauntaun


If you happen to play Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, you’re in for a treat if you have dedicated a huge chunk of your time to it. If you have created a level 50 player, you’ll soon be receiving a free 30 days of game time for your loyalty to the MMO. In addition, you’ll receive a cute Tauntaun pet. When I first played SWTOR, I actually really enjoyed it; it made me really want to learn more about the story line, something of which I could really care less about in World of Warcraft. However, as someone who has dedicated three years into WoW, I find it difficult to immerse myself into another MMO. It’s a lot of time out of your pocket and I thoroughly have more enjoyment trekking through my single player/co-op games (Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher, Borderlands, Indie games, etc). I’m one of those players who you’ll get me through great graphics, interesting gameplay, and for the most part (when I feel like not mindlessly killing crap) an intriguing storyline. WoW and any MMO is great for about a month or so, then it becomes this grueling task of grinding. There is no doubt that I’ll still continue exploring MMOs, but besides the social aspect (which I have certainly met my fair share of assholes and then on the other hand, I have connected with some wonderful people), there is not much any MMO could offer that I couldn’t have from an amazingly developed single player game. Of course, with that being said, I’m still going to check out the updates with the free 7 days of game time for inactive subscribers Bioware has offered from April 13th to April 20th. Besides it’s Star Wars, who doesn’t love clashing lightsabers and destruction through the force?

As divulged from Game Informer, the SWTOR patch update will include new high-level content detailed below:

Flashpoint: Lost Island continues the story of Flashpoint: Kaon Under Siege from Game Update 1.1 – Rise of the Rakghouls. Players must survive a menacing island of mystery on Ord Mantell as they hunt for clues to the Rakghoul virus outbreak that ravaged the Tion Hegemony. But the answers to this riddle may prove fatal! This flashpoint is for groups of four Imperial or Republic  players with characters at level 50.

Operation: Explosive Conflict sends players to a new zone on the planet of Denova, where traitors and mercenaries are selling the rare explosive mineral baradium to the highest bidder. Players will battle through hordes of droids, mercenaries and deadly creatures all fighting for control of the planet and its valuable resources. This Operation is for groups of eight or sixteen Imperial or Republic players with characters at level 50.

Warzone:  Novare Coast pits two teams in an epic battle to control multiple mortar locations and use them to bombard vulnerable enemy bases. Like the Huttball Warzone, Novare Coast can be played Republic vs. Empire or with players of the same faction fighting each other in a thrilling contest of wills to determine each side’s greatest champions. Like all Warzones, Novare Coast is available for characters over level 10.

For those of you who stopped playing The Old Republic, is this enough to entice you to fire up your hyperdrive and return? If not, maybe these rewards will:

  • All subscribers with active game accounts on April 12, 2012 or April 21, 2012 will be rewarded with an in-game Legacy Reward: the Tauntaun Ram Pet via in-game mail
  • New players who subscribe to The Old Republic before April 21, 2012 will also receive the Legacy Tauntaun Ram Pet
  • All active subscribers who have achieved a level 50 character by April 12, 2012 will receive 30 days of game time at no charge as a reward for their loyalty to the game
  • Former subscribers with inactive accounts are invited back to play Game Update 1.2 for up to seven days at no charge starting April 13, 2012

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