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.

 

Steam discounts Magicka and Spellforce series


For this week’s midweek madness, Steam has discount the Spellforce and Magicka series. Spellforce is available at 66% off, while Magicka is a whopping 75% off as usual. You can pick up the game itself for just $2.49, but the entire game and its DLCs is available for just $8.74. I highly recommend Magicka. It is a a very fun game to play with friends as the spell effects and the friendly fire makes an overall hilarious experience. Nordic Games’ Spellforce is purchasable for just $3.39; however, you can pick up the entire series for just $13.59. The complete edition includes Spellforce – Platinum Edition, Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny – Digital Extras, Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny, and Spellforce 2: Gold Edition.  You can pick these two games up until Thursday, September 20th at 7pm EST. Also you can pick up Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues for half-off at $9.99 until 1pm EST today. Now excuse me, while I continue to go play Borderlands 2.

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).

 

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.”

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.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition available from Amazon UK


Sega unveiled an Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition will be exclusive to Amazon UK and cost you £70 on console and £60 on PC. If you are from the US, you may also purchase from GameStop for $59.99 which provides additional characters, character customisation options and Ripley’s flamethrower as a pre-order bonus. The Gearbox Software game will debut on February 12th 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U (at a later date).

  • A high quality resin powerloader figurine.
  • Four playable movie characters including Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
  • Additional Marine character customisation options.
  • Ripley’s flamethrower.
  • Exclusive multiplayer weapons including the Phase Plasma Rifle and Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers.
  • Exclusive USCM Academy firing range level.
  • USCM Dossier including mission brief, USS Sephora schematic, Recruitment card, LV-426 recon photo, USCM iron-on badges and a USCM graduation certificate.
  • Will come in a Limited Edition xeno hive box.

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.

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