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Aliens: Colonial Marines review

Chris Thursten at

Late in the campaign you find yourself fighting through the xenomorph-haunted hallways of Hadley’s Hope. You are accompanied by Private O’Neal, a smartgun-toting jarhead. He’s the model of an FPS sidekick: a bottomless font of bullets and exposition who always knows what the plot requires him to know and occasionally - just occasionally - needs you to watch his back while he hacks a door. The two of you turn a corner in time to see an anonymous marine get hoisted into a ventilation shaft by a xenomorph’s lunging tail-spike.

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

Phil Savage at

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".

Aliens: Colonial Marines DLC plans include $30 Season Pass

Omri Petitte at

After many years growing in its slimy cocoon, Aliens: Colonial Marines will finally come out on February 12. Though Gearbox hasn't talked about post-launch DLC plans, a ping on Polygon's motion tracker shows a $30 Season Pass for the incoming FPS lurking on GameStop's digital storefront.

Gearbox: Borderlands 2 level cap increase by March

Omri Petitte at

The latest adventure for Borderlands 2's Vault Hunters involves knocking the loot-stuffing out of Pandora's deadliest creatures in the Sir Hammerlock DLC, but why stop the madness there? Gearbox has planned a level cap increase beyond 50 for some time, and speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine UK, Gearbox Producer James Lopez said we'll see more levels sometime during the year's first quarter which ends in March.

Aliens: Colonial Marines system requirements are eating your face

Tom Senior at

If it feels like Aliens: Colonial Marines has been in production for yeaaaars, that's because it has. Remember when it was announced as a squad shooter in which you could direct AI teammates a la Star Wars: Republic Commando? Perhaps not. It was way back in 2008, and the pitch has changed somewhat since then. Still, it's an excuse to go toe to toe with the most memorable monsters in movie history, which is all the more reason to hope it'll turn out okay. Aliens has always struggled a little to make it in videogame form, which is odd given how videogamey the second film was.

Oh yes, Videogamer have the system specs, which you'll find below.

Borderlands 2 Sir Hammerlock DLC releases January 15, trailer shows sparkly teeth

Omri Petitte at

Borderlands 2's dapper gentleman hunter Sir Hammerlock was always around to aid the struggle against Handsome Jack from his remote safehouse, but now he's getting more involved by inviting the Vault Hunters on an expedition they can't refuse. Or maybe they can. If they do, they'll be skipping Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, the next DLC for Gearbox's loot-tastic RPG. It releases on January 15 for an expected price of $10/£6 or free for Season Pass holders.

Aliens: Colonial Marines survivor multiplayer trailer goes badly for all humans involved

Tom Senior at

The latest Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer shows of Survivor mode, in which playable Xenomorphs face off against a team of human-controlled Marine meatbags. The Marines must stay alive long enough to secure a small area in the face of waves of Xenospawn. The trailer shows a few new alien types as well, including one that tears its own head open and then explodes, and one that mounts Marines and vomits acid into their faces. Shouting, screaming, shrieking and the white noise of endless machine gun fire await you in the video below.

Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage DLC released today

Omri Petitte at

If a syringe containing the distilled souls of Dragonball Z's Hercule Satan, Team Fortress 2's Saxton Hale, and Hulk Hogan was injected into someone's arm, you'd get Mr. Torgue. If you asked Mr. Torgue what his favorite kind of explosion is, he'd respond with "YES." If a vault hunter asked him for directions to the newest uncovered vault, he'd throw his horns in the direction of his freshly launched Campaign of Carnage DLC for Borderlands 2. And then blow it up with the grenades his hand was holding.

Balls of iron(y): Duke Nukem voice actor dislikes violence, guns

Omri Petitte at

When unloading a shotgunful of death or crushing a shrunken Pig Cop alien beneath your manly boots in Duke Nukem, you can always expect to hear a clever follow-up—quips that defined one of classic PC gaming's most memorable characters. Jon St. John, owner of the deep baritone fueling Duke's wisecracks, has reprised his role in a franchise spanning nearly 15 games, but he doesn't necessarily share Duke's pleasure of slugging bullets into warm bodies. In fact, during the latest episode of the Unlimited Hyperbole podcast (via PCGamesN), he revealed his aversion to guns and the violence they promote, saying, "I don't care for guns in general."

Borderlands 2 Captain Scarlett DLC screenshots show colorful pirate lair, poor ship parking

Omri Petitte at

SpongeBob Squarepants' term "nautical nonsense" probably best summarizes the scurvy Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty DLC releasing for Borderlands 2 tomorrow. In the new hooligan's haven of Oasis, players track down the titular Captain aboard a very Lucas-esque sand skiff and join her search for a magical Pandoran treasure. Expect an extra chunk of 10 to 15 hours of gameplay for $9.99/£6.20. Until tomorrow, check out the new snaps inside.

Borderlands 2 DLC expansion revealed as "Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty"

Marsh Davies at

Borderlands 2 looks like it will receive a piratically-themed expansion, if the sleuthing of PS3Trophies is anything to go by. The PS3 version of the game received a title update yesterday, and eagle-eyed members of the community quickly spotted a number of extra trophies (otherwise known as "achievements" to me and thee) which made reference to an expansion titled "Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty".

Borderlands 2 grenade mod creates bouncing bomb mayhem

Marsh Davies at

I just can't seem to master lobbing splodes in Borderlands 2, but this devastating Legendary MIRV/Bouncing Bettie Hybrid grenade mod might just help my inept throwing arm. Spotted over at Kotaku, the "Rolling Thunder" mod is a loot drop from Wilhelm, the boss at the, uh, end of "End of the Line". Video within!

How to enable split-screen in Borderlands 2

Omri Petitte at

A poster on Gearbox's official forums has created a walkthrough explaining how to jury rig split-screen co-op into the PC version of Borderlands 2.

Gearbox already brainstorming for Borderlands 3

Omri Petitte at

The smoke still belches forth from our endlessly firing guns in Borderlands 2, but Gearbox lost no time swinging straight into toying with more absurd quips, plotlines, and bonkers bandits yelling "Stop yelling at me!" for Borderlands 3, according to a recent video interview with lead writer Anthony Burch.

Borderlands 2 bug resets Badass Rank to zero

Chris Thursten at

A bug affecting all versions of Borderlands 2 has been resetting players' account-wide Badass Rank to zero and wiping associated bonuses, including unlocked skins and upgrades.

The issue is "fairly rare" according to Gearbox Community Manager Chris Faylor and the developers are working on a resolution.

Gearbox: More Borderlands 2 DLC incoming

Rob Edwards at

Borderlands 2 won’t be running low on DLC anytime soon according to Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford, who has confirmed that there will be a plethora of content available for download after the four Season Pass releases that were announced in August.

Meet Borderlands 2's most annoying gun

Omri Petitte at

Gearbox's totally accurate "zillion guns" boast has players buying, unearthing, gambling, and stealing a galaxy-spanning variety of weapons across Pandora. Today marks special significance, however, as one Vault Hunter procured what's probably the wackiest and most annoying gun ever. Why? Well, see for yourself inside...but you might want to turn down the volume first.

Borderlands 2 ten hour 'Torque' DLC rumoured

Rob Edwards at

A Borderlands 2 expansion codenamed 'Torque' could be on its way from The Workshop - the developer behind PS Move game Sorcery.

Kotaku report that games industry super sleuth Superannuation has dug up a number of CV's from The Workshop employees past and present referencing the project. The resumes of an animator and level designer, which have since been removed, mentioned work on Borderlands 2 and specifically the 'Torque' expansion.

Borderlands 2 review

Tom Francis at

Borderlands 2 is a first-person shooter that randomly generates the guns you find, varying damage values, clip sizes, accuracy, and even how many bullets they fire at once. It’s built like an RPG: you level up by killing things, improve your character’s abilities, and find higher-level guns to kill higher-level beasts and bandits on a rocky, backwater planet.

That was already compulsive in Borderlands 1, but here the formula’s been tweaked to ridiculously addictive effect. I think I had one or two guns I really liked in Borderlands, and the rest were necessary but uninspiring situational alternatives. In 2, I have a full loadout of weird, powerful and satisfying weapons I love, and an entire ‘alternate’ set in my backpack that I switch in and out to compare potency.

Borderlands 2 skill trees detailed in funky web-app

Marsh Davies at

The Borderlands 2 website has launched this handy little skill picker, allowing you to explore the skill trees of the game’s four complex classes: Commando, Assassin, Siren or Gunzerker.