Border-Buddies!

Borderlands 2, what a game right?

By now you’ve probably slammed your way through the game and are looking at the “TRUE VAULT HUNTER MODE” level of difficulty. It’s intimidating, filled with scarily high level bosses and grunts. But fear not, for out of the challenge rise new heroes, out of the darkness comes new light, out of oven tasty cookies emerge…..

 

THE BORDER BUDDIES ARE HERE!

 

Led by the charismatic and totally modest man-god Retr0J the team of VivaLaCrowe, RookCarmine and Luminum will be facing this mammoth challenge with style and skill (we are British after all good chap). Expect lots of swearing, lots of dying and lots of fun!

Here’s a teaser ep to wet your whistle!

Borderlands 2 – EXPANSION PACK RELEASE DATE!

 

Just a week after the early Mechromancer drop Borderlands 2 will have it’s first expansion pack! on October 16th “Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty” will be hitting Xbox Live and the PSNetwork for a low price of 800 MS Points/$9.99

What new wonders await us? Well I tell you this much, I’ll be ploughing through the last bits of the story to playtest this for you lovely people and get a review up asap!

Here’s the link to the GearBox post about this wonderful news!

http://gearboxsoftware.com/community/articles/942/captain-scarlett-and-her-pirate–39-s-booty …

Retr0J

Borderlands 2 Expansion Pack announced!

Riding high off the initial success of the Mechromancer DLC and the game in general, Gerbox has fueled the fires by announcing the first expansion pack for the game. It will be called “Captain Scarlett and Het Pirate’s Booty” and if it maintains the level of writing brilliance, it’s a sure fire hit!

The question is, what will it entail? As this is a sci-fi game (in essence) will their be space pirates? or will it be a peg leg grounded affair? either way new chevoooos, weapons, missions and loooooooot are a given. There’s a lot of pressure on this for Gearbox as it sets a tone for the other 3 planned expansions, but I wish them the best of luck!

-Here’s the direct lift from the Eurogamer website on which my info is based -

Borderlands 2’s first major expansion looks like it’s called Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty.

The add-on’s existence was outed by new PlayStation 3 Trophies relating to the DLC, added in the game’s latest title update (which went live on PS3 yesterday alongside the new Mechromancer character).

Captain Scarlett will offer a spectrum of new features, including the new location of Oasis, new missions, weapons, bosses, raids and a fresh rarity level.

More details have been uncovered within the game’s Steam files (posted on the officialGearbox forums). Most notably, this includes the story’s entire script, which is now housed on Pastebin.

Dialogue is set to include the lines: “You slagged-up fistomitch! DIEEEE!” and “I am the Censorbot. All lewd behavior must be stopped. A deviant known as P3RV-E is in possession of sexually explicit materials. Please murder him, because morality.”

Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty has yet to be announced by Borderlands 2 developer Gearbox. It’s presumably one of the four major add-ons included in the game’s Season Pass.

Sounds as mental as the rest of this adrenaline soaked assault to the senses!

What’s your favorite Borderlands DLC? Sound off in the comments below!

Retr0J

Red Dead Wed – Horse Dubstep?

Red Dead Wed is upon us again and this time our anti-hero Corneli is out fighting an armoured stagecoach in an effort to bring General Diego down.

things get a bit hairy but there’s a ray of hope in Corneli’s new companion WAMPA! the wonder horse!

Check out some comedic poetry, horse based antics and the sickest drops! (it’s a weird show ok?)

Dead or Alive

Retr0J

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer DLC Review

D4TH-TRP ACTIVATED!

You’ve got to love Gearbox, a company who not only has one of the more likable figureheads as it’s leader but also seems to do nice things for its fan base often and with great effect.

This time it was letting the rabid loot-hunting mass of Borderlands 2 players early access to the 5th playable character yesterday. Totaling at 800 MS points (or free if you are a premium club member), the Mechromancer DLC lets you jump into the stripy stocking of Gaige, a teenage tech wizard who can summon a mobile artillery base called the “Death Trap”.

I downloaded this last night, boosted her to level 11 thanks to a level 43 friend and gave her a solid road test across The Dust and The Highlands to see the difference between organic and robotic enemies.

Lets start with the aesthetics of the character, Gearbox has really nailed the look of a this vault hunting fan girl. From the tightly pulled twin ponytails to the vault hunter logos plastered over her boots and jacket, Gaige comes across as a little girl with a big attitude, a “Scene” kid who is trying to bust out of the shadows of the other Vault hunters and into the spotlight.

Because of her slight frame and young age, you can see that in this universe that she would be overlooked as a “tough” choice, but therein lies the deceit, for with a wave of her hand she can digistruct one of the most imposing characters in the game And let’s not beat around the bush, Death-Trap IS a fully fledged character. His motives may be simple but he has a life to him that presents more of a relationship than Axton with his turret (who he affectionately calls ‘Darling'” From the way he swoops in front of Gaige to protect her or switches target to the last person to deal her damage, he present the feeling of an over protective brother or father figure.

As a result the look and feel of the character sits nicely into a world so filled with tech and ties the two together with the harmonious union of Gaige and Death-Trap

The skill tree of the Mechromancer offers a completely new style of play in that you almost don’t have to be a good shot to get far with this class as you can sink points into skills that let shots ricochet off the ground and walls to hit their intended target, or even synch up to Death-Trap giving him your shields to make him last longer in the fight.

This means that you can hand back and effectively supercharge him into a weapon of true destruction.

As you would expect, being a robot means that you can “upgrade” Death Trap with skills like a laser eye-beam called “The Stare” and you can even shoot him with elemental weapons to imbue him with this to pass on to enemies! The playbook is really re-written with this character class as you are necessarily charging forth or turtle defencing, you are marching slowly through the enemies, bouncing bullets off walls to hit those behind cover, regenerating health by having a full clip (so useful) and then summoning the mighty Death Trap to burn all others away with his laser eyes and tearing them to shreds with his electric claws.

This truly is the class for the cocky, for people willing to expose themselves to danger only so they can obliterate people with a quick call for backup.

HOWEVER, there are a few problems which stop this from being another perfect gem for the Borderlands Universe.

The first and foremost is that I really didn’t get a feel that Gaige was fully integrated into the series as well as she could have been. She didn’t feel like she could ever fit in with the 4 original VHunters from Borderlands 2 as she is simply plopped into the world. It would have been nice to have even a one min vid explaining her desire for the vault (maybe about having something to prove to her dad who she has reference in her ECHO logs on the Twitter page).

This is further exemplified in that my Gaige seemingly only spouted 2 lines of dialogue and had no jump/fall/out of breath sounds. It made her seems a bit too static and it didnt push the attitude feulled personality that is given in the ECHO recordings.

The other complaint is one touted by all dlc purchases this close after release. Did it have to cost 800 MS points? I know its a new perspective on the game but there aren’t any story lines or new weapons tied to this purchase. I would feel reluctant to part with 800 on this if I didn’t know first hand how much fun she was to play. If Gearbox is going to issue more of these characters then maybe a trial character test could be implemented (maybe starts at lvl 5 and you can use until lvl 7?)

Regardless, I got this for free and I would heartily recommend this to anyone looking to get a bit of a different playstyle into the game. After testing I can confirm that she is worth the price and she is literally a blast to play.

Overall Score : 8/10 – Must Buy!

Retr0J