Borderlands 2’s New Class, The Mechromancer, Available Later Today

Great, and I just started a Gunzerker (“Hephaestus”) character last night.

Man, Gearbox is really just killing it lately.  I mean, yeah, Duke Nukem was a colossal disappointment (to some)/ embarrassment (to everyone else), but hell, they resurrected a long thought dead IP with the best of intentions. They’re releasing a free (again, to some) extra class for a game that’s already incredibly fun & deep, with the promise of way more DLC to come.  It’s nice to see company that is all about the fans and not just in a cursory, lip service way.

Check out Gaige’s Skill tree here

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Borderlands 2: Exponential Excitement Increase

This weekend I pulled the trigger (Ed. note: really? Ugh.) and pre-ordered Borderlands 2. Not going to lie, I almost bought the $99 Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Edition.  Somehow my mania abated long enough to navigate over to the “normal” version and hit purchase.

Dumb

VS.

Smart

So now I’ve EIGHT WHOLE DAYS of waiting until the game arrives. Luckily, Gearbox Software has me (and by extension, you) covered, with interactive skill trees where you can spec out your perfect character.

Zero, the Assassin & likely my first playthrough

The original Borderlands saw me play through twice (as well as one time through the now de rigueur zombie expansion) with my character, Mordecai the Hunter & his/my trusty bloodwing named, uh, Bloodwing.  Suffice it to say, I liked the first Borderlands and I am really expecting big things form the sequel**. Especially looking forward to see what improvements they make this go ’round (and am also hoping that my previous Borderlands save bestows some sort of in-game bonus…).

Here’s the launch date trailer to whet/re-whet your appetite:

**Let’s hope this isn’t one of those games that I’m looking forward to for months, buy, and am incredibly disappointed in, like: Assassin’s Creed, Kane & Lynch, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Brink, Rage

Trailer Park: Borderlands WHOOOO, Am I Going to Have to Buy a Vita, Who is Batman & What Does Marcellus Wallace Look Like?

No game coming out this year fills me with such giddyness & joy as Borderlands 2.

Assassin’s Creed III Liberation looks so good I kind of want to buy a PS Vita.  I can’t, I mean, really.  When would I ever have time to play it? Still, watch the trailer; you’ll want one too.  To make matters worse, there’s a sweet bundle too.  Maybe I can get one cheap off of Craigslist or something.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you Batman? Are you?

Pulp Fortress 2 – The breakfast scene from Pulp Fiction  recreated in Valve’s recently released Source movie editor.

SAY WHAT AGAIN.

Weekend Links Here!

In between BBQ appointments, I’ve strained the weekend internet and these were the tastiest bits that I caught in my…strainer? Internet grabber? My analogy fell apart, unlike:

2-d's the way to be

-> 8 Foot The Legend of Zelda wall tapestry/mural – For your home AND your office.

-> Initial thoughts from Kotaku’s Owen Good on Borderlands 2.  Now that Bioshock Infinite has been pushed back to 2013 sometime (which might as well be the distant future) this could top the list of games I’m most excited for this year.

-> The Chive rounds up some stupendous examples of video game logic (Be aware: random sexiness here.)

Safe house of all safe houses

How Many $150 Borderlands 2 Special Editions Do I Need?

Definitely one.  C’mon, scale model Loot Chest. That’s in addition to the Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition which has a hardcover Art of Borderlands 2 book (which I’ll never look at), A Marcus Kincaid bobblehead (my VaultBoy bobblehead needs a friend) stickers (STICKERS!), Pandora planet map (useless), digital comic download code (I’ll never redeem it), in-game DLC which I’m thinking is the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, which comes with any pre-order.  The Premiere club DLC is a Golden Key, Vault Hunter’s Relic, Gearbox Gunpack & a new character class (the Mechromancer). SO that’s what you get in the Deluxe edition, but we’re concerned with the Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition. Your extra $50 gets you the scale model Loot Chest, a steelbook case for your game (to what end?) an ID chart for all the creatures populating Pandora (see map earlier) postcards (boo.  Not as cool as stickers), another map of Pandora (this one is cloth, so at least I can use it to dry dishes in a pinch), field notes from some in-game NPC (lame) and a certificate of authenticity (wha?). How many will you be picking up?

$150...Are you in or are you out?