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Platform 360, PS3, Win, Mac, PS Vita Publisher 2K Games Developer Gearbox Software Release Date 2012-09-18

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Borderlands 2 review: firing range

Borderlands 2 exists in a state of post-Vault hysteria. The Hyperion corporation has seized control of the world of Pandora, seeking to control a mysterious and powerful substance known as Eridium that's emerged from the planet's surface. Hyperion has set out to lure more self-styled Vault hunters to Pandora in order to further a mysterious plan regarding a powerful alien technology. Character classes have seen some significant changes in Borderlands 2. The Siren class has been rejiggered and given a new primary talent, the Soldier class has been replaced by the Commando, the Hunter is now the Assassin, and the Berzerker has been replaced by the, er, Gunzerker. Borderlands 2's basic structure is the same, however. You gain experience through completing quests and killing...

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Check out the upcoming Borderlands comic

The first issue of Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone, a canonical comic miniseries from IDW Publishing, will be available tomorrow for $3.99. Written by Gearbox Software creative director and writer Mikey Neumann, who also wrote Borderlands and the series' previous comic, Borderlands: Origins, Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone will be drawn by Agustin Padilla. The comic, a prequel to Borderlands, begins as noted vault hunters Brick, Lilith, Mordecai and Roland exit a bus. "Since we finished up Origins, I've been waiting for the opportunity to continue onward in the story now that the Vault Hunters have met up on the bus," Neuman said last month at the comic's announcement. "No, seriously. I've been waiting outside of Tom Waltz's house since we shipped the last issue. My hair has...

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel skins are coming to Borderlands 2

Character skins based on content from upcoming title Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are coming to Borderlands 2, Gearbox announced today during its panel at the GaymerX conference. The skins will be available as a free, automatic update that is currently slated to hit next Tuesday, Gearbox said. They can be obtained as rare random item drops within the game. Costumes include a Moon Moxxi outfit for Gaige and a Claptrap costume for male characters, and Gearbox is planning to host community events around the skins. During the panel, Gearbox noted that the skins were inspired by cosplay — these skins are basically the Borderlands 2 characters cosplaying at Pre-Sequel characters. Borderlands 2 is currently available on Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. B...

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel guide instructs on the do's and don't of lunar survival with Handsome Jack

This Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel instructional guide, narrated by Handsome Jack, initiates Vault Hunters new to Pandora's moon on the various do's and don't's of lunar survival, and the badassery of their new weapons, skills and abilities. The pre-sequel is set in between Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and serves as a sequel to the first game and a prequel to the second. Its story centers on the rise of Handsome Jack, who began his journey "maybe with morally good intentions," according to head of Gearbox Randy Pitchford. The title features new four characters fighting together one another on the team of Handsome Jack. In development by 2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is scheduled to launch on Oct. 14 in North America, with an international release slated for Oct. 17 for...

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Borderlands 2 patch delivers fixes for stability, PS Vita controls

Borderlands 2's recently launched PlayStation Vita version has been patched, offering stability updates as well as control options tailored to the handheld's control scheme. In Borderlands 2's 1.04 title update, gryoscopic controls now may be independently inverted along one axis or another, allowing users who favor an inverted-Y axis to do so. Another fix scales down the input on the rear touch screen to allow users who mapped commands to that pad to grip the PS Vita without accidentally triggering them. Borderlands 2 launched for the PlayStation Vita on May 13, and has patched in major updates since then, including cross-save functionality between its PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions.

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Sony: Indies, third-party games are increasingly Vita's focus moving forward

And that's not exactly surprising, he added. "When we launched PSP titles, a big talking point was PS2-quality games in your hands," Yoshida said. "It was an amazing experience to play PS2-quality like Twisted Metal on your portable device. But as time went on and the PS3 launched and people started to see next-gen games, that PS2 quality was not enough. People's expectations for the quality just moved on. "So when we launched the Vita with Uncharted, it was amazing; PS3-like quality in your palm, but as time moved on, you are seeing PS4 quality and people's expectations for the graphic fidelity has gone up." Yoshida said as graphics become less of a "talking point" for the Vita, the focus on what they want to put on the portable platform shifted. "It's very fortunate that the indie...

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Cross-save support for PS Vita Borderlands 2 coming Tuesday, says Gearbox

The PlayStation Vita version of Borderlands 2 will add cross-save functionality with the PlayStation 3 on Tuesday, two weeks after the game was first available at retail, the studio's president announced over Twitter. The feature will come through a patch to Borderlands 2's PS3 version on that day, Randy Pitchford said. Mindful that last week he said cross-save functionality would arrive on Friday, he added "The news felt more reliable/credible today than last time." Borderlands 2 launched on May 13, though it was available a week earlier as part of a $200 bundle with the PS Vita Slim. When it arrived without cross-save functionality enabled, several fans complained about it to Gearbox's forums. Borderlands 2's Vita version was made by 2K Games, Sony and Iron Galaxy Studios; while it...

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New PlayStation Vita model hits Australia June 4

The first redesign to the PlayStation Vita wi-fi model, the PCH-2000 series, will hit Australia with a 1GB internal memory June 4 for AU$269.95, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia announced today. The design of the PS Vita PCH-2000 series is 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the existing PS Vita PCH-1000 models. It also features a high-definition five-inch LCD screen, four to six hours of gameplay and replaces the proprietary charging cable with a micro USB cable. The new systems will gradually replace the original models at retail. The PS Vita PCH-2000 series first launched in Japan last October, followed by a release in the U.K. on Feb. 7 for a suggested retail price of £180.  The Borderlands 2 PlayStation Vita bundle, featuring the new slimmer model and the...

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Borderlands 2 hits PS Vita May 28 in Europe

The handheld incarnation of Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software's first-person shooter, will launch on the PS Vita in Europe on May 28, according to the official PlayStation Europe Twitter account. In development at Divekick developer Iron Galaxy Studios, Borderlands 2 will arrive in North America this spring bundled with the redesigned slim PlayStation Vita for $199. Sony announced the port last August at Gamescom, which you can see running on the PS Vita in footage released earlier this year. Borderlands 2 was originally released in September 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac and Windows PC. For more on the game, be sure to read Polygon's review.

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Xbox 360 Gold subscribers get a Batman-themed sale this week

This week's Xbox 360 sale is live, offering discounts to Xbox Live Gold subscribers on games and add-on content set in Batman's home city through April 21, 2014. Gotham-themed discounts include: Batman Arkham Asylum for $4.99, 75 percent off Batman Arkham City for $4.99, 75 percent off Batman Arkham City Harley Quinn's Revenge for $2.49, 75 percent off Batman Arkham City Arkham City Skins Pack for $1.24, 75 percent off Batman Arkham Origins: Deathstroke Challenge Pack for $2.99, 50 percent off Batman Arkham Origins Infinite Earths Skins Pack for $2.49, 50 percent off Batman Arkham Origins Initiation for $3.49, 50 percent off Batman Arkham Origins New Millennium Skins Pack for $2.49, 50 percent off Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass for $9.99, 50 percent off Gotham...

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Why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a last-gen game developed outside of Gearbox

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC this fall and is in development by 2K Australia. Randy Pitchford, head of Gearbox, met with journalists in New York this week to walk them through the upcoming game and explain why it won't be on next-gen platforms or made by the people who created the first two. Gearbox, Pitchford said, is a studio right now that very much wants to concentrate on building entirely new properties and creating "technology for the future." But the studio also still sees an unmet demand for more Borderlands by its most passionate fans. "The last quarterly report that Take-Two talked to the shareholders about, they announced that Borderlands 2 has become the best selling game in 2K Games history, which is pretty awesome,"...

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North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2012-09-18
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Gearbox Software
    • Score 7.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2012-09-18
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Gearbox Software
  • Windows
    • Released 2012-09-18
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Gearbox Software
    • Score 7.5
  • Mac
    • Released 2012-11-20
    • Publisher Aspyr Media
    • Developer Gearbox Software
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 2014-05-13
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Iron Galaxy Studios
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