Borderlands patch adds Steamworks support, reinstates multiplayer after Gamespy's shutdown

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The Great Steamworks Migration continues. This time, it's Borderlands. The shoot-'n-loot FPS's co-op multiplayer has been unavailable since Gamespy's demise. Now it's back, thanks to the introduction of the Steamworks multiplayer infrastructure.

Civilization: Beyond Earth videos show how aliens will react to human presence

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Firaxis took to Twitch to stream 50 minutes or so of Civilization: Beyond Earth, in part focusing on how the indigenous (or, to us, alien) species in the game will react to the presence of us fleshy human meatbags. These creatures will essentially perform a lot of the same functions as the barbarians from Civ, but Firaxis were quick to point out some key differences. We also get to ogle at the game's lovely new Tech Web (it's no longer a tree), which is a thing of interconnected, very purple beauty. The session is now on YouTube, and I've linked all three parts below.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trailer offers 14 minutes of narrated low-grav action

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I've become quite a fan of these narrated game trailers, which show a decent chunk of in-game footage while developer or PR types talk over the top. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel had one for PAX earlier this year, and they've done another one for E3. That video is below. Don't expect too many surprises, but do expect lots of low-gravity silliness, including high jumps, methane ruptures, and bad guys floating off into space.

Evolve release date announced: Turtle Rock's co-op shooter stomps into view this October

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When fiction implies that humans are the real monsters, it rarely means it this literally. Evolve, the asymmetrical online shooter from Turtle Rock, pits four players against one hulking, monstrous friend—an evolving beast of destructive force. If you want to exercise your inner weird-jawed, growling colossus, you'll have the chance later this year. 2K have just announced the game's release date, revealing it will be available to clawed paws all around the world on 21 October.

2K migrates Civilization games and Borderlands from GameSpy to Steamworks

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Online matchmaking client GameSpy is shutting down on May 31, which means that the games that still rely on it will have to either transition to a new solution or go offline. It looked pretty grim for a long list of games when we first heard the news, but since then most of the popular games announced that they will not go silently into the night. Today, we got the great news from 2K that there might be bit of downtime, but that Borderlands and the Civilization series will be transitioning to Steamworks.

Borderlands 3 isn't currently in development

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You'd think that with the success of Borderlands 2, Gearbox would already be hard at work on Borderlands 3, but that isn't the case. "I'm not going to fuck around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3," Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford told Polygon. "We know we want it and we know it should exist, but we don't know what it is yet."

Final Borderlands 2 DLC announced, titled Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax

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It's going to be hard to say goodbye, but 2K has announced that Sir Hammerlock Versus the son of Crawmerax will be the last piece of DLC for Borderlands 2. Set to release via Steam on April 15, this fifth Headhunter pack will sell for $3.

2K consolidates Prague office, Mafia 3's future unclear

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In August 2012, we first heard rumors that Mafia 3 was being developed at 2K Czech for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Today, we have mixed news about the studio and the future of the Mafia games. A 2K representative has confirmed to us that the company is consolidating 2K Czech’s office in Prague, with some developers offered new positions in 2K’s Brno office (also in the Czech Republic), some at 2K’s headquarters in Novato, California, and some laid off. We’re also hearing unconfirmed reports that 2K is restarting development on Mafia 3 at 2K San Francisco.

Second Borderlands 2 Headhunter DLC announced: The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler

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The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. That is certainly some title, and I hope the second in Borderlands 2's Headhunter DLC series lives up to it. The head you're hunting this time is that of the Wattle Gobbler, who as you may have guessed...is a giant Thanksgiving turkey. It's the second seasonally appropriate boss arena after Halloween's TK Baha's Bloody Harvest - leaving Santa or possibly a really angry Dreidel as likely candidates for How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day, the game's next mini DLC. New boss fight/arena aside, Wattle Gobbler will also introduce you to Mr. Torgue's Grandma Flexington, who Gearbox are referring to as "super buff". As you can see in the screenshot below...they're kinda right.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown's Steam listing updates with mysterious achievements

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown has just received a collection of Achievements Unknown. Thirty of them have been added to the game's Steam Global Achievement Page, all showing placeholder names and text. It's another hint that new XCOM content could be on the way, after, last week, a Korean listing appeared for something called "XCOM: Enemy Within".

The Bureau XCOM Declassified: see nine minutes of footage from the opening mission

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The Bureau is a game about an alien invasion, and not a sort of chest of drawers, so it makes sense that this fresh load of gameplay footage would focus on killing aliens and ordering teammates about, rather than storing stuff in a convenient yet pricey piece of furniture. There are nine-and-a-bit minutes of killy, sprinty, 60sy action below, taken (courtesy of VG247) from the opening mission of the game.

Borderlands 2 gets new character, increased level cap and fourth expansion teaser

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Borderlands 2 received a big DLC info-dump at PAX East this weekend. First up, the game's sixth playable character has been introduced. His name is Krieg the Psycho, and he seems nice. Primarily a melee class, Krieg's skill-trees are Bloodlust (combat buffs), Hellborn (fire-based elemental attacks), and Mania (er, being manic?)

Read on for details of the level cap increase, and a teaser for the fourth expansion DLC.

Bioshock Infinite gets Season Pass for three upcoming DLC packs

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Irrational have just announced the Bioshock Infinite Season Pass, a three-pack DLC pre-order bundle that will be made available at the game's launch on March 26. I guess inherent in that reveal is also the news that Bioshock Infinite will be getting at least three additional bits of DLC content.

Bioshock Infinite's "Lamb of God" trailer lets Elizabeth loose

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Roughly two million* Bioshock Infinite trailers have been released so far, detailing everything from the majesty of floating cities, to eerie alternate-history reporting, to questionable pre-order bonuses, to spoilerful opening cinematics. The latest, titled Lamb of God, teases the role of Elizabeth, Booker's reason for being on Columbia in the first place.

Borderlands 2's Tiny Tina accused of conveying racism, writer says he may change her in future

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The Borderlands 2 character Tiny Tina came under fire last night, as a Twitter discussion between the game's lead writer, Anthony Burch, and some of the game's players raised the question of whether her characterisation was racist. In the game, Tina - an explosives expert, and child - speaks using African American lingo, in a way that one Twitter user compared to "verbal blackface".

Bioshock Infinite's City in the Sky trailer provides Comstock footage

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Here's a rather splendid new trailer for Bioshock Infinite; one that packs together grand vistas of the soaring city of Columbia, insight into its fire-and-brimstone ruler Zachary Comstock, and plenty of explosive combat against men and monstrosities. It's also likely to be the only trailer you'll see today that features a minigun-toting mechanical George Washington.

Bioshock Infinite trailer asks what happened to Columbia?

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We recently made the case that trailers should stop mucking about with thematically tenuous CGI trailers and just show us the damn game. I'm now going to undo all of that work by praising this, a Bioshock Infinite trailer that contains no game footage whatsoever. I do this because, 1) I'd really rather not see any more of the game before it's released, and 2) it's pretty marvellous in its own right, exploring the city of Columbia through the medium of an 70s educational documentary. It's like Look Around You for alternate history.

The five best game trailers of all time

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This week has seen the release of several pre-rendered cinematic trailers. Exciting though theywere, brows were raised, then furrowed, then frowned in the PCG office as we noted how precious little these dramatic scenes reflected the actual action of the game.

It need not be so. Even fully pre-rendered trailers can do a better job of encapsulating the games they promote - and probably do a better job of selling them too. We cast our minds back to our favourite trailers of yore, and picked out the five that we felt best captured the games within, while offering visuals that are every bit as thrilling, powerful and cool.

Bioshock Infinite's pre-order bonuses: boosts, cash and lockpicks

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Irrational have announced the pre-order bonuses that eager Bioshock Infinite fans will receive on pre-ordering the game. The Industrial Revolution pack contains a selection of character buffs, extra cash and five lockpicks. As you may know, the industrial revolution was the thieviest of time periods. A trailer runs through the content, as well as provides more glimpses of the game's frenetic combat.

The Singleplayer Shooter of the Year 2012: Dishonored

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I became lost in the sprawling city of Dunwall a total of 14 times after receiving the teleporting Blink ability. The culprit wasn’t entangling level design or oblique objectives. It was curiosity – a hunger for the unknown rivalling Corvo Attano’s desire for revenge in its intensity.

From the moment salty ferryman Samuel Beechworth deposited me on the silty, moonlit shoreline of Dunwall’s outskirts, I sensed it: the compelling need to uncover the beating pulse of this once-mighty industrial city.