We're getting one step closer to shooting and looting on the moon as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is now available for pre-ordering on Steam...but wait, there's more. This whole weekend is pretty much Borderlands madness...well, it's really 2K madness as various 2K games are up to 80% off, but let's focus on the task at hand here.
For starters, from now through August 25th, owners of either Borderlands 1 or 2 will get 10% off when they pre-order The Pre-Sequel (sadly this doesn't stack if you own both), plus pre-ordering will get you the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus content. Don't own Borderlands 2 yet but want to see what all the excitement's about? Now's the time to find out as Borderlands 2 is free to play this weekend on Steam, and if you happen to like what you see you can pick it up for $4.99 for the regular version and $9.99 for the Game of the Year Edition which includes several DLC packs including the four main DLC packs and both the Psycho and Mechromancer packs, as well as a little bit more.
Wild Frontera is a game that's been on my docket to write about for some time now. It's a spaghetti western themed top down shooter that looks like it has elements of an adventure game and a bullet hell. In other words, it's right up my alley.
You play as a gunman on the run from the law in the wild west, fending off attacks from wild animals and outlaws alike. Judging by the wanted posters that announce the bossfights, you might also be a bounty hunter, or on a vengeance-fueled killing spree. It promises to have gratuitous Western tropes, so it's probably one of the two. Best of all, the game will support Co-op play for up to four players, so you and your bandito buddies can blaze through waves of enemies and work together to take down notorious criminals.
It's currently in development, but has already been successfully Greenlit on Steam, and according do the teaser video it's due to come out this fall. Knowing how game development typically goes though, I don't know how accurate that is. You can follow Wild Frontera's progress by reading Tamarian Studio's devblog, or by following them on Twitter and IndieDB.
While it hasn’t been confirmed by Capcom, it appears as though Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is on its way to consoles in the near future. The game appears to have been leaked on the Xbox.com domain. The title and an early version of the boxart were found by the French site Gamer In a Box.
The image has, obviously, been removed since that attention was brought to it and both Capcom and Microsoft are remaining quiet. This would appear to be a direct follow up to the highly acclaimed game that was released originally on the Nintendo 3DS in early 2012, but later made its way to consoles. Our own Russell absolutely loved the 3DS version while Cyril was a little less impressed when it made the leap to PC and consoles. I don’t expect to hear anything official about the game until at least the Tokyo Game Show next month.
Joker has the whole wide world in his pants. Or at least that's what he wants when he finds out Braniac's plan to shrink the Earth down to the size where such a desire is possible.
Today's new LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham trailer features Braniac. He wants to shrink the Earth apparently and either doesn't realize or doesn't care how pointless that be. But whatever, it's a LEGO game; logic is not required - only fun.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be out this fall for EVERY GAMING MACHINE AND HANDHELD CURRENTLY BEING COMMONLY SUPPORTED - every single one: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, WiiU, 3DS, and PC.
If you're not familiar with Goodwill, they're a charity that uses the money from selling donated items (aka Goodwill stores) to educate and train people for employment opportunities. That model has worked for a while, and with 83% of the funds raised going directly to programs, it's got a pretty serious track record.
That's not to say the over 100 year old organization isn't up for learning some new tricks. Back in early June, Goodwill opened The Grid: Powered by Goodwill which gives them a computer and video gaming speicific storefront location for used and refurbished video game products that have been donated. Located in Charlotte, NC, the pictures provided by a Reddit user show a pretty nice setup, with a ton of older systems supported from NES up to a PS3 being prominently displayed. Prices are allegedly quite good (as to be expected of Goodwill stores), and I saw several harder to find older items in just these few photos.
This store seems to have primarily only received regional press, but if these started to pop up all over the country, this could be a big thing for gamers, keeping older products out of landfills, and making gaming available to those on lesser budgets. So if you're in NC, maybe you can pick up some retro titles or consoles you've been looking for at a good price while assisting a charitable organization with a history of helping others.
(Hat tip to our own Travis Huinker for bringing this to my attention.)
Razer has revealed a custom-branded BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard in partnership with the Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) eSports team. The CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard includes a black and white color scheme and body with keys that are illuminated in white coloring.
Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan commented on the partnership and keyboard, "CLG is one of the driving forces behind the explosive growth of professional gaming in North America and the world. The new CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard features the only unobtrusive mechanical switch that was specifically designed for gaming."
The CLG Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard is available now for $149.99. Check out John's review of the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate for his thoughts on the keyboard.
Keyboard Features and Specifications
Overkill Studios, makers of Payday 2 are filming something and they gave us a sneak peak on Youtube. The following was posted on their official Twitter page...
What's this?: #PAYDAY2 #prisoner #Gensec #breakout #wankers. We're not sure what's going on but we figured you'd like to see it. ;)
The short clip shows what seems to be guards beating up a prisoner until they are blown away by an explosion in the wall. If I had to guess, I would think this may be part of the trailer for the Old Hoxton Breakout DLC, which we know is coming in the future. For those unaware, the Hoxton in Payday 2 is a different Hoxton. The Hoxton from Payday: The Heist is in prison and The Dentist says he will give Dallas information on how to break him out.
Right now the page sits at 1,262,268, which means Payday 2 players have earned the following content free when it becomes available.
Either way, hopefully we will see what the clip is for in the near future.
Here's 35 minutes of uninterrupted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay. And it's wonderful.
Agile combat. No standstill, knockdown dragout matches. And it's possible the demonstrator was just too good at combat, or the enemies he faced were weak, but there was no good indicators of when and if Geralt was being hit by anything. (One of my quiet little pet peeves in role-playing games is how that tucked-away hit point bar is your only indication that you're dying.)
At the 8:50 mark, listen to a swell of Witcher folk music slowly turn up the soundtrack.
I love Geralt's empathy when dealing with a mute, childlike "godling" in the swamp, versus his snide remarks in dealing with greasy mercenaries.
The vistas are stunning. Realistic terrain that isn't afraid to swell gently rather than be ceaslessly craggy for the sake of hiding nooks and crannies around every corner. The light and shadow of the swamp is particularly striking.
There's also an edge and dark comedy to the writing that contributes to the character of the world every bit as much as the god rays and the speed trees. And even with the grimy, low fantasy fiction at play here, there are memorable set pieces, more subtle than just outsized architecture.
My heart sunk only for a moment when the demo narrator said we'd be spending most of our time in the character inventory screen. That'd be a shame. But if the demo was any indication, there's actually very little time spent there at all, which I can appreciate.
I'm not here to pick winners, but between The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, I'm chomping at the bit to start this Wild Hunt.
The pre-order bonus for Namco Bandai's racing title called Project Cars has been announced.
In the Modified Car Pack, you'll get the Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster, the Ariel Atom 3 Mugen, and finally the Ruf CTR3 SMS-R. You can find pics of the three vehicles below (sort of - that last one is covered by a tarp).
Project Cars will be released for Xbox One, PS4, and WiiU next year.