Borderlands 2 Articles RSS Feed | Borderlands 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Eli Roth Confirmed as Borderlands Movie Director Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:14:49 -0500 GS_Staff

Horror film director and writer Eli Roth will helm the Borderlands movie. The news was confirmed by Lionsgate late Thursday after rumors circulated earlier in the day, stemming from a deleted tweet from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. 

Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) joins Avi Arad (Blade), Ari Arad (Ghost Rider), and Erik Feig (Wrong Turn) on the film. Pitchford and Take-Two Interactive Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick will executive produce.

Following the news, Roth posted an update on Twitter and Instagram, saying that he is so excited to be a part of the Borderlands family, and that he can't wait to see everyone on Pandora.

In another later statement, Roth said the ambitious project comes at a good place in his career and that his relationship with Lionsgate is the perfect scenario to help bring the film to fruition.

I’m so excited to dive into the world of Borderlands, and I could not be doing it with a better script, producing team and studio. I have a long, successful history with Lionsgate — I feel like we have grown up together and that everything in my directing career has led to a project of this scale and ambition.

The Borderlands movie was first announced in 2015, but it has been in a sort of limbo ever since. The latest game in the FPS RPG franchise was Borderlands 3, which released in September 2019.

We mostly enjoyed the game, calling it "one of the best looter-shooter experiences on the market today. No other game can boast the amount of loot, nor the satisfaction of acquiring it all."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the Borderlands franchise, including the now upcoming movie, as it breaks. 

Borderlands Movie May Be Getting a Very Unexpected Director Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:18:54 -0500 Ty Arthur

It looks like none other than Hostel and Green Inferno director Eli Roth may be helming the upcoming Borderlands movie. The news comes by way of a tweet from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

The tweet was quickly deleted after coming online, indicating this info may not have been cleared for release until the Gearbox Pax East show later this month  or that Roth's hiring may not have been finalized yet.

While a director most well known for horror torture porn might raise some eyebrows, Roth's inclusion may not be so surprising to others considering violence and dark humor have always been central to the Borderlands series.

Here's a screenshot of Pitchford's tweet for posterity. 

Borderland's CEO Randy Pitchford's tweet about Eli Roth and the Borderlands movie.

Tiny Tina and her disturbingly amazing quotes could be a minefield to navigate when transferred to live-action, but other portions of the games would certainly translate well to the big screen.

We don't know many details on the story, characters, or filming date at this point, although we did already get something of an interactive Borderlands movie with Telltale's adaptation Tales From The Borderlands.

Video game movie adaptations have typically been panned, though we've seen a sudden resurgence in high-quality TV shows like Castlevania and The Witcher. The former is about to get a third season, while Season 2 of The Witcher is now in development and will include some unexpected new characters. 

Want to jump into the latest Borderlands game ahead of a potential theatrical release? The Live, Laugh, Loot experience of Borderlands 3 came to PC and consoles back in September of 2019. 

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games List 2019 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 10:00:01 -0500 GS_Staff

The complete list of Xbox and Xbox 360 games backwards compatible with the Xbox One is huge. Though support for backwards compatibility on the Xbox One has ceased, there are currently 41 Xbox games and a whopping 575 Xbox 360 games available through the current-gen console.

Below, you will find two lists with games in alphabetical order. The first is for Xbox titles. The second is for Xbox 360 titles.

The lists include games such as Battlefield Bad Company 2, Batman: Arkham Origins, Borderlands, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dark Souls, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Silent Hill HD Collection, and many more. Unfortunately, certain games, like Skyrim, are not available. 

Microsoft is currently focusing on its next-gen console, the Xbox Series X (formerly Project Scarlett). Through an interview with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer via GameSpot, we now know the console will feature backwards compatibility for all previous Microsoft consoles. The functionality will be available when the Series X launches in Holiday 2020.

However, we currently do not know exactly what previous-gen titles will be available on the Series X, as not every Xbox or 360 game is available on the Xbox One. 

List of All Xbox Backwards Compatible Games

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded
  • Crimson Skies
  • Dead to Rights
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
  • Jade Empire
  • King of Fighters: Neowave
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Pirates!
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction 2
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • SSX 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

List of All Xbox One Backwards Compatible Games

  • 0 day Attack on Earth
  • 3D Ultra Minigolf
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare
  • Alaskan Adventures
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Aliens vs Predator
  • Altered Beast
  • AirMech
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • Army of Two
  • Assassin's Creed 
  • Assassin's Creed 2
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation HD
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue
  • Assault Heroes 2
  • Asteroids and Deluxe
  • Astropop
  • Axel and Pixel
  • Asura's Wrath
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs 
  • Banjo Kazooie 
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts 
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlestations Pacific
  • Bayonetta
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good and Evil HD
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Bloodforge
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Bound by Flame
  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
  • Braid
  • Brave: The Video Game
  • Brain Challenge
  • Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway
  • Brutal Legend
  • Bullet Soul
  • Bullet Soul — Infinite Burst
  • Bully
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Burnout Revenge
  • Calbela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Cabela's Hunting Expeditions
  • Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai
  • Call of Duty 2 
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars 2: The Video Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Catherine
  • Cars: Mater-National
  • Centipede and Millipede
  • Child of Eden
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Contra
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium wars
  • Command and Conquer 3 Kane's Wrath
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert 3
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 Commander's Challenge
  • Commanders: Attack
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins 
  • Costume Quest
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crackdown 
  • Crackdown 2
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crysis
  • Crysis 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest
  • Dante's Inferno
  • The Darkness
  • Darksiders 
  • Darksiders 2
  • Dark Souls 
  • Daytona USA
  • Dark Void
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deadfall Adventures
  • Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deadly Premonition
  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
  • Defense Grid
  • Dig Dug
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Disney Bolt
  • Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom 2
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Dungeon Siege 3
  • Earth Defense Force 2017
  • Earth Defense Force 2025
  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Eat Lead
  • Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion 
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Escape Dead Island
  • F1 2014
  • Fable Anniversary 
  • Fable 2 
  • Fable 2 Pub Games
  • Fable 3
  • Fable Heroes
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3 
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Flashback
  • Fighting Vipers
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Final Fantasy 13
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Forza Horizon 
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • From Dust
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Fuel
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War 
  • Gears of War 2 
  • Gears of War 3 
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier
  • Gin Rummy
  • Girl Fight
  • Goat Simulator
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Golden Axe
  • Golf: Tee It Up!
  • GRID Autosport
  • GRID 2
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • Half-Minute Hero  Super Mega Neo Climax
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary 
  • Halo 3 
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo 4
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hitman HD Pack
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Hydrophobia
  • Hydro Thunder
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • ilomilo
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Jewel Quest
  • Joe Danger
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Just Cause
  • Just Cause 2
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Kane and Lynch 2
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
  • King of Fighters 2012 Unlimited Match
  • King of Fighters Sky Stage
  • King of Fighters 13
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 2
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Lost Planet
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Lost Planet 3
  • Lost Planet Colonies
  • Lumines Live!
  • Luxor 2 Arcade
  • Madballs Babo: Invasion
  • Mafia 2
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Magic 2012
  • Magic 2013
  • Magic 2014  Duels of the Planeswalkers
  • Marathon: Durandal
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of the Death
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect 
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD Edition
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midnight Club LA
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Mirror's Edge 
  • Missile Command
  • Monaco: What's Yours is Mine
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Monkey Island: SE
  • Monkey Island 2: SE
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Monopoly Plus
  • Moon Diver
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • N+ 
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Ninja Gaiden 2 
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • Nin2-Jump
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Orcs Must Die!
  • Outland
  • Overlord
  • Overlord 2
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • Peggle
  • Peggle 2
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero 
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Portal 2 
  • Port Royale 3 Pirates and Merchants
  • Prey
  • Prince of Persia
  • Prince of Persia (08)
  • Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Quantum Conundrum
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Radiant Silvergun
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 
  • Raiden 4
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Red Dead Redemption 
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
  • RoboBlitz
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
  • Rumble Roses XX
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • R.U.S.E.
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row
  • Saints Row 2
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Saints Row 4
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
  • Samurai Shodown 2
  • Sam and Max Save the World
  • Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Scarygirl
  • Scrap Metal
  • ScreamRide
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd and Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam and Earl
  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Shadow Assault Tenchu
  • Shadow Complex 
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Shinobi
  • Skate
  • Skate 3 
  • Skullgirls
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Silent Hill: HD Collection
  • Silent Hill Homecoming
  • Sine Mora
  • Small Arms
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Soltrio Solitaire
  • Sonic Adventure
  • Sonic Adventure 2
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sonic and Knuckles
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic Generations
  • Sonic the Fighters
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 2
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Soul Caliber
  • Soul Caliber 2 HD
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Space Giraffe
  • Space Invaders Infinity Gene
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Spelunky
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • Splinter Cell Conviction 
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent 
  • Split/Second
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • Steinsgate 
  • Strania
  • Street Fighter 4
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Super Contra 
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia
  • Syndicate
  • Tecmo Bowl Throwback
  • Tekken 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold'em
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TimeShift
  • The Cave
  • The Darkness 2
  • The Orange Box
  • The Maw
  • The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom
  • The Splatters
  • The Walking Dead: Season One 
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two 
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne 
  • Too Human
  • Tomb Raider Anniversary
  • Tomb Raider Legend
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Toybox Turbos
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trials Evolution
  • Trials HD
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tropico 4
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga
  • Undertow
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Vanquish
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Virtual-On
  • Virtual On: OT
  • Viva Piñata 
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Yosumin! Live
  • Zone of the Enders HD
  • Zuma
  • Zuma's Revenge!

Whew! That's a lot of games. It's worth noting that not only can you play all of these games on the Xbox One, but you can also use your Xbox and Xbox 360 saves and save data. You can do this manually and through cloud storage. You can even transfer your saves back to an Xbox or Xbox 360 through your Xbox Live profile or manual storage.

While it's unfortunate we won't get any more backwards compatible Xbox or Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, it's possible we'll get even more on the Xbox Series X. 

Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith Best Weapons Tier List Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:30:26 -0400 Sergey_3847

The new Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith DLC is now available for free for all owners of the game. It contains a brand new location and a ton of new weapons, including Legendary and Effervescent.

But not all of them are equally good and worth looking out for. That's why we've compiled a tier list of the best new weapons from the Commander Lilith DLC with a few tips on how to find them.


  • Manufacturer: Dahl
  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Element: Incendiary

If you look at this Effervescent assault rifle's stats, you will notice that it has 100% Accuracy, which is mind-blowing.

You can pick this weapon up from Sand Worms in The Burrow or from Queen Sandworm during the second Vaughn quest "The Hunt is Vaughn."

Toothpick is a part of the Writhing Deep set, which also contains a relic and a shield that are capable of making the weapon even stronger.

Peak Opener

  • Manufacturer: Torgue
  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Element: Shock

Peak Opener is another Effervescent assault rifle with the same amount of damage as the Toothpick, taking into consideration the double damage. However, the accuracy is a bit lower and since it is a part of the Digistruct set, its use is restricted to Digistruct Peak.

Other than that, you won't find a more brutal weapon in the game than this one. It consumes ammo like crazy, but the damage output is simply outstanding.

Amigo Sincero

  • Manufacturer: Jakobs
  • Type: Sniper Rifle
  • Element: N/A

Amigo Sincero or True Friend is the ultimate sniper rifle, which can be obtained during the "BFFFs" quest.

In the similar fashion to the infamous Trespasser, this weapon bypasses all enemy shields and deals damage directly to the enemy's health pool.

Another cool part about Amigo is that it will spawn with an attached scope and blade, unlike many other weapons in the game that spawn without any attachments whatsoever.


  • Manufacturer: Hyperion
  • Type: Shotgun
  • Element: Shock, Incendiary, Corrosive, Slag, or None

There is no better choice for close combat than a shotgun with gargantuan amounts of damage. Overcompensator is a beast of a shotgun that can be obtained as a reward for the third Vaughn quest "Chief Executive Overlord."

One of the most exciting features of this weapon besides damage is the random chance of magazine auto-refill, which may occur while you're shooting at your enemies.

This feature may not be the most reliable one, but once or twice it'll save your character's life for sure.

World Burn

  • Manufacturer: Torgue
  • Type: Rocket Launcher
  • Element: Incendiary

The only effervescent rocket launcher in the game is definitely a weapon you should look out for. It can be dropped by Lt. Bolson in Dahl Abandon. 

The explosion from the rockets is so wide that it can evaporate every single enemy hidden within a building or any type of cover with walls.

The damage output for each explosion is huge, and that's why it's called World Burn. It is also recommended to use the rocket launcher as an escape cover fire.

Hot Mama

  • Manufacturer: Jakobs
  • Type: Sniper Rifle
  • Element: Incendiary

Hot Mama is another great sniper rifle, which can be dropped by Lt. Hoffman in Mt. Scarab Research Center. Just be careful when dealing with Lt. Hoffman, as he will try to kill you with Hot Mama as soon as he drops it.

If you manage to get it and stay alive, then you'll have another excellent Effervescent weapon in your arsenal.

Hot Mama can be used both as a sniper rifle and as a bolt action rifle with an elemental capacitor. However, you will probably need to attach a Dahl stock to it in order to reduce the immense recoil.


  • Manufacturer: Torgue
  • Type: Shotgun
  • Element: Explosive

If you're familiar with the Swordsplosion shotgun from Borderlands 2, then you will know what the Unicornsplosion is. The only difference is that this weapon shoots full-sized unicorns that explode into rainbows that deal a ton of damage.

Unicornsplosion can be obtained by feeding Butt Stallion while wearing the Mysterious Amulet in The Backburner.

Mysterious Amulet can be purchased from Mr. Miz during the mission The Amulet that starts in the Lair of Infinite Agony, which is a part of the Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC.

How to Start New Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith DLC 2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:15:05 -0400 Sergey_3847

Gearbox has announced the release of the brand new DLC for Borderlands 2 at E3 2019, titled Commander Lilith & The Fight for Sanctuary. The best part about the news is that this new content will be available for free until July 8, 2019.

Of course, there is a catch and not everybody can download the new DLC. If you want to know how to get this brand new content for Borderlands 2, then just...

... Own or Buy Borderlands 2

Well, this is a bit obvious.

In order to be eligible for the free download of the Commander Lilith DLC, you need to previously own Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

If you don't own the game, but really want to try out the new DLC, then you can purchase the game on the official Borderlands 2 webpage or via your preferred retailer.

As you might expect Commander Lilith is only available on current-gen platforms, which means you must own Borderlands 2 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.

Download the DLC and Be the Level Requirement

You can download and install the DLC from the official Commander Lilith & The Fight for Sanctuary webpage for free. Click the 'Claim your copy here' link over there to choose your platform and go through the motions.

In order to access the new content, you need to make sure that you have a Vault Hunter that is at least Level 30.

If you have a Vault Hunter at 30, you can use any fast travel point to teleport them to the the Fight For Sanctuary location.

It is also advisable to complete the Borderlands 2 main campaign, since the Commander Lilith DLC includes a lot of spoilers from the original story. On top of that, you will gain access to new items, such as:

  • Effervescent weapons
  • New skins for Vault Hunters
  • New skins for vehicles
  • Infected enemies and a new Raid Boss
  • Increased level cap up to 80

Hopefully, you've been able to start the new DLC without any hiccups, and be sure to come back soon for more Borderlands 2 guides and Borderlands 3 news here at GameSkinny!

Play Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for Free This Weekend on Xbox, PC Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:08:14 -0400 GS_Staff

For players wanting to experience both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel either for the first time or after a long absence, now is the time.

According to a tweet from the official Borderlands 3 twitter account, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, a bundle that includes both games and their respective DLC offerings, is free to play this weekend on the Xbox One and PC. 

Xbox One players will be able to play the collection from now until Monday, April 8 at 3 a.m. EDT. PC players will be able to play the collection from now until Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. EDT. 

For those that would like to continue playing after the free weekend ends, The Handsome Collection is currently on sale at the following retailers and prices:

Recently, the collection received a brand-new texture pack update. The patch for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One brings a handful of enhancements to the collection, including 4K support and HDR support (not on PC), and remastered environments, characters, and more. 

The Handsome Collection originally released in 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to decent reviews, garnering critical scores of 80 on the Xbox One and 82 on PS4. 

The free play period comes after a plethora of Borderlands information released earlier this week.

At PAX East in Boston, Gearbox Software, the developer of the Borderlands franchise, announced a remaster of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, as well as Borderlands 2 VR DLC, a Borderlands board game, Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party, and the above patch.  

However, the defining moment of the PAX East presentation was the official announcement of Borderlands 3, which has been confirmed for a September 13 release. To the chagrin of some, though, Gearbox also confirmed that the PC version of the game would be an Epic Games Store exclusive until April 2020. 

Borderlands Remasters, Board Game, and Borderlands 2 VR DLC Announced Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:11:00 -0400 Josh Broadwell

During Gearbox's PAX East press conference today, the developers announced remasters of Borderlands and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, along with the first Borderlands tabletop game, Tiny Tina's Robot Party.

The original Borderlands is getting a high-quality, modern remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is set to release on April 3. The game itself is the Game of the Year edition and includes new weapons, visual upgrades, character heads and skins, gold keys, and a host of other additions.

It will also support Shift Codes, which was not introduced until Borderlands 2

Among the new quality of life improvements is the mini-map, which will display on-screen during play. Navigation was often cited as an issue in the original, and this feature will make moving around the vast game world much easier.

Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, bundled together as The Handsome Collection, are already available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, they are getting a new update called the Ultra HD Texture Pack.

Gearbox released further details about the pack and how players can find them.

On PlayStation 4 Pro, the texture pack will appear as downloadable content on the digital product page for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. On PC and Xbox One X, players will have the option to download the texture pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 separately.

On consoles, the Ultra HD Texture Pack includes:

  • 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR for Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro players
  • Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes
  • Remastered 4K characters and vehicles
  • Updated weapon meshes and textures
  • Re-encoded 4K Cinematics
  • Improved Anti-Aliasing, including improved edge line implementation
    • This includes improved ink line definition and framing/outline around character models
  • Higher Resolution Dynamic Shadows
    • Improved quality and smoothness of shadows, especially during movement

On PC, the Ultra HD Texture Pack includes:

  • Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes
  • Remastered 4K characters and vehicles
  • Remastered 4K weapon meshes and textures
  • Improved Anti-Aliasing, including improved edge line implementation
    • This includes improved ink line definition and framing/outline around character models
  • Higher Resolution Dynamic Shadows
    • Improved quality and smoothness of shadows, especially during movement
  • Improved Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
    • An improved SSAO method for more realistic ambient lighting

The upgrade allows the games to be played in 4K, but those without a 4K device will still be able to enjoy a noticeable upgrade in textures and visuals. The DLC will be available on April 3 and, as mentioned, is free.

Borderlands 2 VR DLC

Paul Sage, creative director for Borderlands 3, took to the stage today as well, announcing new content for Borderlands 2 VR. This summer, fans can expect to see all the existing DLC from Borderlands 2 make its way to the VR version.

Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party

Included in today's presentation was a brief unveiling of the first tabletop game set in the Borderlands universe: Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party. It's a card-based game where players race to be the first to build a ClapTrap. There is a variety of ClapTrap types to build, ranging from Wizard and Pirate to Gentleman.

The game will also include cards to help interfere with opponents' progress, including steal cards. Players may attach incorrect parts to their opponents' Clap Traps as well.

The models shown during the PAX presentation had just arrived, according to Pitchford, but those who aren't attending PAX East can buy them from the TinyTinaGames website here.

Top 11 Most Anticipated VR Games of 2019 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:35:37 -0500 Ty Arthur


There are undoubtedly many, many more games set to hit the virtual reality market in the coming months, but these are the ones we're most excited to try out.


What did you think of our picks for the top 11 VR games slated to land in 2019? Did we miss any that should have made this list? Sound off in the comments below!




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  • Release date: 2019
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  • Platform: Crossplay between Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows MR
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If you aren't sick of Battle Royale mania yet, you should be excited by the prospect of this growing genre finally coming to VR.


Yep, you'll be falling from the battle bus, building structures, plundering empty buildings, and struggling to survive to the #1 spot as the circle shrinks all in glorious virtual reality. 


If this catches on, I'd expect to see Fortnite add on a VR mode next year as well!


Ghost Giant

  • Release date: Unknown (maybe 2019?)
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VR is tailor-made for this kind of experience, where you are just a pair of giant disembodied hands looking down on a virtual world and deciding how you are going to interact with it.


This seems like an excellent attempt to embrace the standard tropes of virtual reality games and expand on them, rather than try to hide them. With any luck, Ghost Giant will show all the other games how it's meant to be done.


Trover Saves the Universe 

  • Release date: 2019
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  • Platform: PSVR, with PC likely down the line
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Speaking of over the top, hoo boy, Trover Saves The Universe is going to strain the patience of anyone not fully onboard with the Interdimensional Cable episodes of Rick And Morty.


This is going to be pure, grade-A, weapons-grade nutso that will put all other attempts at bizarre gaming to shame by several orders of magnitude.


I still can't decide if this will be the best thing ever or if I'll be rolling my eyes and pulling my own hair out, but either way expect this game to make a splash.


Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot 

  • Release date: Expected sometime 2019
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VR has pretty consistently shown an affinity for spin offs offering new ways to experience a well known franchise.


With Cyberpilot, we'll get to saddle up in giant mechanical doggos to light Nazis on fire. What's not to love?


I do have to wonder how much of the over-the-top grisly imagery from Wolfenstein 2 will make it over in the translation, as that might become a bit much to handle in VR mode.



  • Release date: Early 2019
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  • Platform: PC
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While plenty of VR games these days are become ever more ambitious and working in fully movement, there are still plenty of great games where you remain more stationary and just interact with the environment.


That's what's on display with Gagdeteer (previously going by the code name Ruberg), which has you setting up and knocking down intricate chain reaction puzzles. I would expect this one to be a party hit like Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes.



  • Release date: Unknown 2019
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  • Platform: Oculus Rift exclusive
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This is probably the one big VR release of 2019 that's getting the most buzz right now and its being developed by Insomniac Games and Oculus Studios.


Some of VR's biggest triumphs so far are games that change your perspective and offer a different kind of experience, and that's what it seems like we'll get as a broken down robot (the Short Circuit comparisons are coming strong and fast).


The combat here looks like a more fully realized version of Blasters Of The Universe, and that's a very good thing, and the visuals will make you think of Horizon: Zero Dawn, but minus the humans.


Ace Combat 7 

  • Release date: January 18, 2018
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  • Platform: PSVR
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Surprisingly, the number of air combat simulations in VR are pretty sparse on the PlayStation 4 right now. There's that super short Call Of Duty Jackal entry, and not a whole lot else.


Rather than a full VR game, Ace Combat 7 will include a series of VR-specific missions, but what we've seen so far looks very slick. Hopefully this is just the start of the virtual reality dog fights headed to Sony's flagship console.


Age Of Wushu 2 

  • Release date: TBA 2019
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  • Platform: PC
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This upcoming Chinese action MMO will include something you haven't seen in the massively multiplayer realm before.... a VR element for exploration (although sadly not for combat).


There's not a ton of info yet on exactly how the VR sections will work and how you will switch back to non-VR during combat, but you can officially color me intrigued.


Seeing virtual reality aspects worked into more games will go a long way towards see VR get adopted on a wider scale.


The Mage's Tale 

  • Release date: Very up in the air
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  • Platform: PSVR (already out on PC)
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This full VR RPG set between The Bard's Tale 3 and 4 is actually already out now on Steam, but it was actively in development for a PSVR port in early 2019.


Sadly, the fate of this one is now very up in the air sadly, with InXile just being bought out by Microsoft.


We can't imagine they'll be keen on letting their new acquisition release a game on a rival console, but there's been no official word yet on whether this is actually cancelled or not, since it had already been announced and was deep in development.


Borderlands 2 VR

  • Release date: December 14th, 2018
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  • Platform: PSVR
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OK, OK, we're cheating even more with Borderlands 2 VR! This one comes out December 14th, a half month before its officially 2019, but that's not going to stop us from putting it here.


This is easily my own most anticipated title as it provides another opportunity to face off against awful dad Handsome Jack and interact with the amazingly psychotic Tiny Tina yet again.


Who else absolutely cannot wait to joy puke your face off in virtual reality? Of course, with this version of the game arriving soon, it leads to a more important question... where the hell is Borderlands 3 already?


Star Child 

  • Release date: December 31st, 2018
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  • Platform: PSVR
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Yes, Star Child does in fact arrive one single day before it officially becomes 2019, but you'll forgive us, right?


This looks like the new unexpected VR game that's going to provide a totally different experience than you'd expect, much like Moss did for PSVR at the beginning of the year.


Based on the trailer, it seems like we're in for some crazy platforming and giant boss-dodging action in a unique alien landscape.


Any given trailer for a VR title these days still gets hit with the running gag about how 5 people will love the game when it releases, but the notion of VR remaining firmly underground is about to be strongly challenged in 2019.


A whole lotta killer games have already arrived since our article earlier in the year looking at whether PSVR in particular is worth investing in at this point.


Between horror games like The Persistence, shooters like Firewall Zero Hour, and platformers like Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, there's just no reason not to jump into the VR fray anymore.


There's plenty more slated to land in the next month before the year's over as well, such as Arca's Path coming soon and two Persona dancing games arriving in early December.


That's just the beginning though, as 2019 is unquestionably going to be the year VR breaks out into the mainstream. In the slides ahead we round up the 11 most anticipated tiles in every possible genre!


While many of the upcoming games in our top 11 picks will be available for the PSVR, we've broadened out our search across the entire VR lineup, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality.

2K Games Confirms Borderlands 2 VR for PlayStation VR Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:31:22 -0400 William R. Parks

VR is becoming home to an increasing number of AAA titles, and, on December 14, one more will arrive on PlayStation VR: Borderlands 2 VR.

More than just a VR port of the 2012 shooter, Borderlands 2 VR will feature "new VR-specific mechanics and skills." More specifically, players will have "BAMF (BadAss Mega Fun) Time" at their disposal, allowing them to slow down the action around them while remaining at full speed themselves.

"Activating BAMF Time will give you the speed and reflexes of a rabid skag," a blog post from Gearbox states, "allowing you to dodge bullets, pull off 360 no-scope headshots, and even use your Action Skill to fight off hordes of bandits, bullymongs, and whatever else Pandora might throw at you."

With the addition of BAMF Time, Gearbox has altered class skill trees to include upgrades to this new mechanic, making certain that it scales properly as players progress through the game.

Additional adjustments are being made to the skill trees to accommodate for another change Borderlands 2 VR is making to the base game; it is an exclusively "single-player experience", a change that may prove disappointing to many fans of the original release's rich co-op system.

Gearbox also shared some exciting news about vehicle gameplay in Borderlands 2 VR: it will take place in first-person.

"While accelerating and steering with the PlayStation Move motion controllers, players will be able to aim the vehicle's guns with their headset," Gearbox's post elaborates.

Since the announcement, fans have been hopeful that PlayStation VR Aim Controller will be supported, and the developers have clarified with a Tweet:

Will the lack of co-op and Aim support keep you from jumping in to Pandora? Let us know in the comments below.

20+ Great Online Co-op Games Currently on Steam for Less Than $30 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 19:32:38 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If your group of friends is anything like mine, getting them all to both agree to and pay for a particular game is harder than herding feral cats. Maybe you're in a similar situation or maybe you're just on the prowl for some good multiplayer games to play in Steam Remote Play. Whatever the case, we've compiled a sizable list to help you out.

The good thing about Remote Play is that only one player in the group needs to own the game; the rest can try it out for free — at least in its current beta period. 

Let's choo choo on through, and hopefully, find you and your friend(s) a game you can play.


Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

You'll see this game mentioned on just about every list of co-op games. This co-op sandbox-adventure has loads of content for any group of friends to go to town on. Terraria has stayed on the top played Steam games for 7 years for good reason.

Grim Dawn

Price: $24.99
Steam Store link

If you're looking to scratch your ARPG itch, you could do a lot worse than Grim Dawn. Even without the expansion, you can find dozens of hours of whackin' and lootin' in Grim Dawn. If you're not too keen on its darker aesthetic but do want an ARPG, the next option may be more down your alley.

Torchlight 2

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

It may be older than Grim Dawn, but Torchlight 2 still has a lot of staying power if you've never given the game a chance. There is more content to be found in Grim Dawn but Torchlight 2 has a robust array of mods available, including content, quality of life, and classes. This is still a solid buy today in 2018, and it can be modded for up to 8-player multiplayer.

Castle Crashers

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Another staple co-op game sure to be on pretty much every co-op list, Castle Crashers is the poster boy for co-op beat'em ups. This is an easy one for all ages and kill levels to get into and have fun with.

BattleBlock Theater

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Another game from The Behemoth, the same studio behind Castle Crashers. BattleBlock Theater's campaign is completely co-op and it also features a healthy selection of hectic PvP modes, for when you want to prove your better than your friends once and for all.

Rocket League

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

Before you say, "Ugh, no. Too mainstream," take a breath and consider Rocket League as a co-op game with a low barrier of entry and a whole lot of speed. Rocket League may not be your first choice, but it's an easy game to get a group of people to agree to hop onto for a quick round.

Risk of Rain

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

Risk of Rain is a co-op game with an unquenchable bloodlust. Though not for everyone due to its extreme difficulty, Risk of Rain is an easy buy for roguelite fans or groups of friends who hate life. It's a hard game and it will knock you down a peg with ease, whether you've got 1 hour or 300 hours worth of gameplay logged.

Risk of Rain 2 is pretty good, too. It's currently $19.99 on Steam

Beat Hazard

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

This one always seems to slip through the cracks since it's been blessing Steam with its presence for eight years now, but despite its age, Beat Hazard continues to be a recommended purchase for co-op play, providing you and your friend(s) are good at shmups. Beat Hazard lets you use your own music or one of many radio stations to generate enemies, which is what makes this one so unique.

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Playing this game with a group of friends is an exercise in sadism. You and up to three other friends will be tasked with creating and completing the stages in Ultimate Chicken Horse, and you can bet at least one (or even all) of you will make them nearly impossible to beat, in the name of being the better platformer player. Ridiculously fun and honestly not as enraging as it sounds.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

An outlier among the other games in this collection, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes only requires one person to buy the game. There's a reason for that: Only one player is allowed to see the screen at a time, so only one can directly defuse the bomb. The other players must tell the defuser what to do based on the instructions in the manual.

If it sounds a little convoluted, that's because it is by design. Can you and your friends defuse a bomb? Maybe, maybe not. But you can certainly yell at each other trying.

Don't Starve Together

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Don't Starve has stood as one of the more accessible survival games over the years, and the multiplayer expansion Don't Starve Together may be an even more enjoyable game than the base with the Reign of Giants expansion. Together contains both, plus the ability to die in the forest with your friends. If  as in my case — you tried the original game but didn't enjoy it much, you may still find this fun.

Left 4 Dead 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

You may be dissuaded from picking Left 4 Dead 2 up based on its age. It's been out for 11 years now, it seems like everyone's been through the game. Why bother? If you haven't played it yet, this is your reminder to pick up L4D2 to play with your friends. It's still fun to this day, but it's best played with friends. Any community for a decade-old game is bound to be elitist and this game is no exception.


Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

If you don't play PAYDAY 2, it's possible the only thing you've heard about it was the hubbub about microtransactions a few years back. It's been a long time since then though, and the game is a solid heister. You don't need to play the first game to dive right into this one and, provided your group can cooperate, there are hours upon hours of heists for you to tackle.

Dungeon of The Endless

Price: $11.99
Steam Store link

How about something a little different? Amplitude's Endless universe has expanded this way and that, with "that" being Dungeon of the Endless, a pseudo-tower defense roguelike. In this, players must hoard resources and expand based on the ever-increasing threats of the depth of the dungeon. A single round in this game can take several hours and it is very hard, but if your group's into roguelikes you could do a lot worse.

Borderlands 2

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

Borderlands 2 is another old staple that still holds up today, especially multiplayer. Pushing through this game with friends is satisfying as firefights are intense and the weapon system is a ARPG-style lootfest. Not many games age as well as this one -- you can come back years later and still have a ton of fun.

Golf With Your Friends

Price: $7.99
Steam Store link

If you just want a game to pay a little attention to while chatting, this is an easy choice. Golf With Your Friends isn't exactly rolling in content variety and only contains 7 levels with 18 holes, but things are kept fresh through golf ball shapes and game modes. A very easy game to just sit back and play while having a couple beers and a laugh.

Human: Fall Flat

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

How about something a little less-in-your-face about its silliness? We've got some pretty quirky games listed here, but they're all a bit more obvious about it than the cooperative physics-based puzzle solving found in Human: Fall Flat. The one downside here is that there are not a lot of stages, but it's a good deal at this price. 

Project Zomboid

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Don't let this game's graphics and the year it entered Steam Early Access fool you: Project Zomboid is a fleshed-out survival sandbox with hundreds of potential hours of gameplay, with continued support from its developer as it slowly shambles toward full release. If you and your group can accept the high learning curve, you can have a great time with this game.

Portal 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

The Portal games are famous for a lot of reasons and one of those reasons is (Spoilers!) the stellar co-op campaign. If you haven't played Portal 2 and you want a game to play with a friend, you may as well throw the $2 at Valve and see what all the hubbub is about.


Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

An other roguelike to add to the pile, Barony is the closest to a traditional roguelike of any of the games listed here. It looks old, it feels old, and it plays like an old game. That's perfectly fine: You'll be hard-pressed to find another game that takes the classic roguelike formula, turns it 3D and realtime, and allows for online co-op. This one's pretty niche but you're in for a good time if you're comfortable with classic roguelikes.

Endless Legend

Price: $29.99
Steam Store link

Though Endless Space is currently also on sale, I would recommend Endless Legend over it for its similarities to the Civilization series and its overall fun factor. This is a more traditional-style 4X game. Expand, form alliances, wage wars -- it's up to you. A worthy strategy addition to most gaming groups on a budget.

Resident Evil 5

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

You don't hear much about Resident Evil 5 or 6 for a few reasons, but none of those reasons equate to them not being fun with friends. Resident Evil 5 is often overlooked in favor of 6 for co-op play because it retains the semi-tank controls found in its predecessor, but if you and a friend can adjust to that control style this is an intense and worthwhile co-op action game.

Resident Evil 6

Price: $29.99
Steam Store link

Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 6 is best played with a friend. Unlike its predecessor, it's got more modern, fluid controls and a whole lot of QTEs. This one is over-the-top in about every regard, to the extent I can't help but find it silly each playthrough. If you like classic Resi games, go with 5. If you can't deal with the antiquated controls, go with 6. The decision is as simple as that.

7 Days to Die

Price: $24.99
Steam Store link

One of the first titles in the survival game wave that paved the way for games such as Rust and ARK: Survival Evolved, 7 Days to Die still stands as one of the most played games on Steam and is just as fun now as when it came out. As with the two mentioned, 7 Days to Die allows you a great deal of freedom in your efforts to survive. Break, use, and do whatever you want to ensure your survival in a world overrun by over 50 types of zombies.

Orcs Must Die! 2

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

The original Orcs Must Die! set off a chain reaction of action-tower defense clones, some good and some bad, but none really hold up to the sequel. Orcs Must Die! 2 is an improvement over the first game in almost every way, and has the added bonus of online multiplayer. It's easy to get into, easy to wrap your head around, and easy to spend too many hours in.

Tabletop Simulator

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

This is a bit of a strange one since Tabletop Simulator itself isn't a game, but a mini-platform for tabletop gaming. The amount of games available via Tabletop Simulator are nearly endless, making this a fantastic purchase for any static group of friends who have trouble deciding on what to play or want to play board games without having to pick up after themselves.


These are definitely not all of the co-op games you can get for relatively cheap on Steam, but these are some I can personally recommend. I hope you've found at least one game you find worthy of your Steam library.

Play These Shooters to Prepare for Far Cry 5 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:46:13 -0400 Sjaak den Heijer


That wraps up our picks for 7 shooters to get you ready for Far Cry 5. If you've got a pick to add to this list, be sure to let us know in the comments. I hope you are all as excited for Far Cry 5 as we are and are able to bear the long wait. In the meantime, don't forget to stay tuned to Gameskinny for more lists and other gaming content.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution


Price: From $9.99-$19.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Steam


Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a semi-open-world, first-person shooter that focuses on stealth gameplay and the use of a skill tree with all sorts of unique abilities that completely change the way you play the game. Deus Ex is also very story driven and has a wide variety of dialogue options and multiple endings.  



The Far Cry series has been as successful as it is due to many reasons. One of them is allowing the player to get creative with the way they play the game and create their own play style through a skill tree that lets players unlock unique skills that change the way they play. Deus Ex is no different from that. Both games implement such a skill tree very well and give the player tons of options to make each playthrough entirely different.


These games also allow the player to complete the missions with their chosen set of skills. Your skills decide how you will have to complete that mission and decide the way you have to play the game overall. Almost like a Metroidvania. If you want to see what play style suits you best, be sure to check out Deus Ex: Human Revolution.


Crysis 3


Price: From $9.99-$19.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Origin


Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360


Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter that lets you play the game in two ways: either use stealth to take out enemies one by one, or run in guns blazing and cause total mayhem. Most people will know the Crysis games for their graphical capabilities, but don't be fooled -- they are much more than just tech demos.



Crysis 3 is much more contained and linear than Far Cry 5, but both games understand the awesomeness of blending stealth gameplay with awesome firefights. Both games let you decide when you want to try and kill enemies with stealth or when you just want pull out a rocket launcher and start blowing up everything around you.


The two games allow the player to run into a firefight like a maniac by giving them large health pools and abilities that negate damage. Far Cry has quick, on-the-fly healing while Crysis has active armor. On the other side, both games also give the player many options to use stealth, so it's completely up to you how you play the game.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


Price: From $29.99-$49.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Steam 


Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE, PS3, Xbox 360


Metal Gear Solid V is a third-person shooter that emphasizes stealth. The game drops you in a large area to complete your mission, and it's up to you what route you take, which guards you'll silently pass by, and which ones you'll take down. This freedom, combined with a set of awesome mechanics, makes Metal Gear Solid V an awesome stealth experience.



The feeling of freedom in Far Cry when it comes to completing your missions is amazing -- you can approach each mission in countless ways. The same goes for Metal Gear Solid V. It might not be open-world, but the freedom and countless possibilities in achieving your objectives are just as good.


Both games implement stealth flawlessly and give you a multitude of mechanics to work with to stay unnoticed by your enemies. If you want to practice being an unseeable ghost and passing by tough guards like they don't even exist, make sure to try Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain




Price: From $19.99-$39.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Steam


Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE, PS3, Xbox 360


The Borderlands games are first-person shooters that focus on co-op, action-packed gameplay and tons of loot. The Borderlands games are known for their massive amounts of unique guns and their unmatched co-op gameplay that provides countless hours of fun for you and up to three friends.



Far Cry and Borderlands don't seem to have much in common apart from their first-person perspectives, and frankly, they don't share all that many things with each other. However, both games are even better when played in co-op. Playing with friends is usually much more fun than playing alone, and this is definitely true for both Far Cry and Borderlands.


Both games are awesome co-op experiences that emphasize teamwork and the reward of having lots of fun with your friends. If you can't wait to shoot your way through Far Cry 5 with friends, try the Borderlands series to have just as much, if not more, crazy fun!


Tomb Raider


Price: From $19.99-$29.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Steam


Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE, PS3, Xbox 360


Tomb Raider is a semi-open-world, third-person shooter that has a heavy focus on exploration, story, and action-packed gameplay. In Tomb Raider, you'll have to fight through many enemies using everything you have at your disposal, distract enemies with a thrown bottle for a sneaky stealth kill, shoot an explosive barrel to take out a group, and set traps for other incoming enemies. 



Tomb Raider might not have the awesome villains Far Cry has, but apart from that, both games are really similar. They both are story driven and encourage exploration while also having awesome action-packed combat that lets you interact with the environment to create some unforgettable moments.


Story progression is also quite similar. The games both have a clear objective from the start. but achieving the objective is a long way and has several twists and turns to excite and surprise players. If you've never played a Far Cry game before but you do like Tomb Raider, you'll definitely want to play Far Cry 5.


Sniper Elite 4


Price: From $39.99-$49.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Steam


Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE


Sniper Elite 4 is an open-world, third-person shooter set in World War 2. As the title reveals, the game is all about sniping, but on the higher difficulty settings, this is no easy task. You'll have to take many things into consideration, like bullet drop and wind-directions. This game definitely is for the real "sniper elites" among gamers.



From the description, Sniper Elite is nothing like Far Cry 5 ,but with a closer look, the games do share some interesting similarities. Both games are open-world games that use stealth elements, and they both let you approach your mission from many directions.


This gives you the opportunity to find a path to your objective that suits your play-style best but also requires you to adapt whenever things don't turn out the way you intended. This gives both games a lot of replay value and gives the player an opportunity to explore different ways of playing the game.


If you like making up plans on the fly and approaching things from new and interesting ways, be sure to check out Sniper Elite 4


Just Cause 3


Price: From $19.99-$29.99


Buy it on: Amazon & Steam


Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE


Just Cause 3 is an open-world third-person shooter that lets you do whatever you want. The game  throws you on an island with a wide arsenal of deadly tools to unleash total mayhem and chaos. Just Cause 3 also lets you decide whether you want to help the civilians or the bad guys -- it's completely up to you.



Though Far Cry 5 isn't set on an island like most other Far Cry games and Just Cause games are, they both sure let you bring total chaos to all your surroundings. Both game series usually are about two groups who are at war with one another and you find yourself in the middle of their battles.


Even though Far Cry doesn't let you choose a side to fight on, you'll still get to help one side beat the other. Both games definitely allow you to rain down chaos upon your enemies with a wide variety of explosives, weapons, and vehicles all made to obliterate everything in front of you. 


Definitely play Just Cause 3 to prepare yourself for all the explosive action and awesome moments Far Cry 5 is going to bring.


Another Far Cry game is on the horizon, and although it has a new and interesting setting, almost everybody knows what they are getting into with the Far Cry games. However, if you are one of the players who never played a Far Cry game in their lives, we've selected 7 shooters that will let you taste the awesome Far Cry experience and get you ready for the newest installment of Far Cry 5


Top 7 Gaming Subscription Services for Your Money Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:22:02 -0400 Sarah Elliman

We’ve all heard that cliché, the unavoidable "Netflix for gaming," phrase, but who can really take the top spot? There are surprisingly more gaming subscription services than you would expect that can offer you different services. But which ones offer you more bang for your buck? What subscription offers you the greater variety of games? We’re here to answer your questions and give you the top 7 list on gaming subscriptions.

7. OnePlay

This service mainly came in dead last for me as it felt less clear on what services it offered for your money. There are a variety of options from a basic package, to VIP membership, then to renting and buying. It appears you get some games for free as part of your subscription, but other titles you buy at a discounted rate. The distinction didn’t appear to be very clear when browsing through their site.

OnePlay does boast one of the most extensive list of video games with over 2,000 titles and new games added weekly. Furthermore, it is both a PC and Android games subscription, so you get games for both platforms within the bounds of your subscription.

The price is pretty good at $9.99 for the month which also gives you 10% off your purchases. If you’re not sure about the service than you have a 7-day trial to give it a go. However, the confusing nature of the website and the lack of clarity on what titles are playable, rent-able or to buy is worrisome. There are other gaming subscription services with greater transparency and with a similar number of games.


6. PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a great subscription service if you want to play PS3 classics or perhaps don’t have access to a PS4. PlayStation Now features over 500 games for PS4 and PS3 with more being added every month to the gaming subscription service. However, it is the price that lets this service down.

As you will see throughout the article, PlayStation Now is the most expensive service going. A one-month subscription will set your bank balance back by $19.99 and a three-month long package will take you back by $44.99. Compared to other gaming subscription services, PlayStation Now is incredibly pricey.

The saving grace for the service is being able to use it without owning a PS4. You can use PlayStation Now on PC and even on some smart TVs if you have a compatible controller. This is perfect if you want to experience those PlayStation exclusives like Uncharted or The Last of Us without investing in a console. Furthermore, for as long as you hold your subscription you have unlimited access to PlayStation Now’s library.

Sadly, with the higher price tag and the 7-day trial it puts PlayStation Now in second to last place. The range of games and cross platform play is fantastic. However, there are other services that offer a similar range for a less expensive price.

5. Xbox One Pass

The Xbox One Pass ranks slightly higher than PlayStation Now simply because of the pricing. The service is relatively new, which is why you have a much more limited selection of games. The service boasts only 100 titles, which is the second lowest of all seven.

Nevertheless, Microsoft are slowly adding new games to the roaster which include both Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Additionally, when you have a 14 day free trial and a monthly subscription for $9.99, you get way more for your money.

You will receive unlimited access to the Xbox Games Pass library and get discounts on select games and season passes for Xbox One games. Fantastic titles like Halo 5: Guardians and Payday are already available with Xbox Game Pass, with more to be added along the way.

The Xbox Games Pass saves you money while still offering you the chance to play classic Xbox games. The price tag is on the lower end of the scale and once the games roster has been bulked out, it’ll be worth more than the money you pay.

4. GameFly

GameFly offers you a gaming subscription without having to buy an expensive console. No PlayStation, no Xbox, no PC? Don’t worry because GameFly has got you covered.

GameFly works through certain smart TV’s and through Amazon Fire. All you need is a compatible controller or your handheld device and you’re good to go. This is the perfect service for anyone who can’t purchase a console for any reason, but still loves gaming! The app is applicable to certain Samsung, LG and Phillips TV models, but if you don’t have that model then don’t panic. An Amazon Fire Stick will turn your TV into a smart TV and you can access the app there.

The subscription service is less than $10 a month with a growing list of games and unlimited access. It is one of the best gaming subscriptions out there. GameFly also saves your data to the cloud so you won’t have to worry about losing all the hard work you put into a game. There are already notable games on GameFly, such as Borderlands 2, the Batman series and the Bioshock series.

GameFly is the perfect middle ground gaming subscription service. It allows for flexibility without burning a hole in your wallet. You can play some great games as much as you want without having to fork out the cash for a console.

3. EA Access

EA Access is a personal favorite of mine, mainly because of the incredibly cheap price tag and the access to games you receive as part of your subscription. If you haven’t already guessed, they are all EA games which is why it is in third place. But, the type of access you get for the price is astounding to say the least.

For a one-month subscription you will pay $4.99--this is the cheapest subscription price yet! Even better is that if you invest in a year of EA Access it will only cost you $29.99. It feels like you're practically stealing from the company, especially when they throw in a further 10% discount on digital EA purchases on games not included as part of Access. You really get incredible value for money. You can access the service through Origins or through Xbox One, giving you more freedom of movement with the service.

When you sign up to EA Access, you will be able to play games from the EA vault. These games are free to play and for an unlimited period, as long as you keep the subscription. I personally downloaded all three Dragon Age installments for free and all the DLC’s came with them. It really gave me incentive to re-play this beloved series. If Dragon Age isn’t your style then other games in the vault include Mass Effect Andromeda, FIFA17 and Battlefield 1, with many more that I haven’t listed. You don’t just get old forgotten games nobody wants to play anymore, but hot new releases as well. If that wasn’t enough, you also get to try EA games before they are even released!

EA Access has incredible value for money with some fantastic AAA titles to keep you entertained. However, because it is simply EA games it won’t be to everyone’s taste and that’s why they only win the bronze.

2. Jump

Jump is a wonderful gaming subscription service if you’re mad for Indie games. Jump specializes in giving their customers access to award winning Indie games; you won’t find an 8-year old's attempt to make their Halo fan game here. It’s the perfect way to discover magnificent pieces of work that you may not have heard of before.

Jump offers you a 14-day free trial which then turns to a $9.99 charge after the trial period ends. With that subscription cost you get unlimited access to their Indie collection. The only negative is that their roster is just over 60 games. It is the lowest roster in our list, but is comprised of high-quality games. A lot of services may throw in a lot of titles that don’t give you the quality that Jump does. Some intriguing titles that have been added recently include Along the Edge, The Bridge and Always Sometimes Monsters. Furthermore, you can also submit a game to the company that you think should be added to the list.

Even though Jump offers the lowest number of titles, it is still a fantastic service. Indie games are the soul of the gaming community, and Jump brings the best together for you to play. Without any constraints as well. It may not be the most extensive, but the quality of the games is the highest.

1. Utomik

Last but not least by any means is the grand gaming subscription service Utomik. Combining a low price with a larger roster and a high number of quality games puts Utomik in the top spot. They have partnered up with companies such as TellTale Games, SEGA, Paradox and even Disney to bring you quality games at a low price.

 So how low can Utomik go? For one user you will pay $5.99 for the month and this will give you unlimited access to Utomik’s library. This consists of over 640 games, with 20 new games being added every month. You’ll never be able to get through them all! Even better if you’re in a family or you and your roommates want to join than there is a family plan. This is only $9.99 a month and allows 4 users unlimited access and for any family’s parental controls as well. You even get a 14-day free trial to test it out!

Saint’s Row, Dead Island, Borderlands are just some of the games you can access through Utomik. They also have a whole host of Indie games that are ready at your disposal. Kid’s giving you hassle? Roommate won’t budge from the couch? Throw in Utomik and you’ll be able to enjoy the gaming subscription service too.

My Verdict

Utomik, to me, is the best service out there. It combines a great price, range and quality of games with unlimited access to those games. Why not check them out for yourself? All services have been linked so you can see which one is right for you.


Do you agree with the list? Did I miss your favorite gaming subscription service? Comment below and let us know what you think!

How Gameplay Can Be Used to Shape A Game's Narrative Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:00:02 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Many games have a disconnect between what happens when you're playing and what happens during cut scenes. At its worst, scenarios exist where one second you're an invincible killing machine and the next you're a fragile weakling that could be bested by the most basic adversaries. We've all had those moments where we turn the other cheek in order to rectify these differences in our mind.

A very salient instance from my childhood was returning to the ruins of Trodain Castle in Dragon Quest VIII, and the main entrance was barricaded by large vines as thick as trees. Instead of looking for another path, my fireball wielding team mate, Jessica, steps up and quickly burns these vines away. Despite the story showing that she can destroy these vines, the inside of the castle is full of unexplorable pathways thanks to the vines blocking the way.

Similarly, if you followed the logic of Borderlands’ mechanics, then any character should almost instantly be brought back to life when they die because of the New U stations.

Okay, the vines weren't as thick as trees. Give me a break; I was twelve!

The dissonance between mechanics and story is not necessarily a catastrophic thing. Both Borderlands 2 and Dragon Quest VIII are easily in my top 5 favorite games of all time. However, while DQ8 merely bothers me because a dungeon is made illogically, major plot points have the wind taken out of their sails in Borderlands 2 because of this (Even though it's sort of inevitable when you canonically make your respawn system based around an instant cloning device).

Shooters often suffer heavily from this dissonance. It's hard to believe a cutscene that shows a character dying from a gunshot wound when your invincible ally absorbed dozens of bullets in the preceding fire fight.

Even The Last of Us, which is hailed as having one of the greatest stories in video games, features an AI companion invisible and invincible during combat encounters. 

The recent Tomb Raider Reboots suffer from this dissonance to an extreme degree. One moment Lara is making insane jumps, shooting foes, taking bullets, and just generally being a badass. The next, a QTE asks you to take cauterizing a small wound seriously, despite having taken dozens of shotgun blasts earlier. You can’t heal from bullet wounds in seconds during gameplay while being vulnerable during cut scenes and expect your storytelling to carry full effect.

I promise you don't have to cauterize every single bullet wound.

That’s where Pharmakon enters stage left.

This indie strategy title uses its mechanics in multiple ways to sell its story and build its world. The first example is how the game handles its enemies. 5 different types of elemental beasts appear in 5 distinct kingdoms, each of which is built around the supposed dominance of their particular element. The kingdoms hunt down and exterminate these beasts, and devote a large amount of their existence to exterminating them. It's accepted that they're a threat and they are always hastily dealt with when encountered.

But see, here’s the thing -- while the game tells you that these beasts are a threat, they're not actually all that violent. Unlike enemies in almost any other game I’ve ever played, these foes will not actually attack you unless provoked. They only counterattack, or when they become infuriated by you knocking other enemies into them.

Whether they realize, or simply refuse to admit that the beasts are docile, isn’t ever alluded to. But that’s not important. What is important is what it says about a society willing to compete to fight a threat more perceived than existent. Pharmakon’s countries seem to have built their identities around facing off against these beasts. You could say I'm reading too much into this, but when I asked the game’s developer about it, he confirmed what I thought, adding:

"The Elemental Beasts are punching bags in which factions see one another."- Visumeca Games

The whole thing is reminiscent of North Korea. The government tells their people that they're at constant war with the western world to fuel patriotism and reduce upheaval, despite the country’s high poverty rate and poor human rights record. One can only imagine what sorts of secrets the governments of Pharmakon is hiding away from their own people.

Another great example of the game’s mechanics selling its story is your ambiguous, almost entirely anonymous avatar. You play as an agent of one of the 5 nations in its world, but you don’t choose your nation. Instead, it's randomized when you start the game and every time you die afterward.

Upon death, you're informed that you are no longer useful, and a new agent will be assigned to your mission. You see, you're not actually playing as just one agent, but as a series of agents. You're not a chosen one, you play as all the unfortunate dredges that were unlucky enough to be sent on this mission -- one after the other until one is finally successful. You play as metaphorical generations building on top of their ancestor’s backs.

It feels believable that anyone could get dragged into this. Much like when you see a crash in front of you and know if you were going a little faster, you would be the one in a crumpled up ball of steel and plexiglass. It could be anyone.

 "Abandon him and send a new agent."

I would argue that, in a lot of ways, mechanics do help build their worlds in ways that we don’t pay attention to. For instance, in Borderlands, getting loot is an integral part of the core gameplay, but it's also a huge motivation for every character in its universe. While the playable characters are mostly blank faces, it's hard to imagine a version of Pandora where they would be satisfied with the vault if it only contained gold and jewels but no wicked guns.

In a lot of ways, when mechanics compliment a game’s story it goes unnoticed, and when they actually conflict with the game’s narrative we choose to ignore it. Since this is so common, we really don’t have a lot more choice; we have become desensitized to it, or perhaps we were never sensitized to it in the first place.

That being said, the power of mechanics as a narrative device is undeniable. Pharmakon is an indie title made by a one man team with a very minimalistic approach to storytelling. If it weren’t for the mechanics helping do so much of the heavy lifting, the whole narrative would have lacked the weight it had. But it’s more than that. A game can be good and its story engaging when its mechanics conflict with its world. But to be truly great in this interactive medium, you need to blur the lines between the rules of mechanics and the worlds these systems exist within.

Steam Summer Sale 2017 -- The Best Games Under $5 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:09 -0400 Adreon Patterson


Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition 


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


As the OG of the Batman Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum follows Batman as he must fight his way past nefarious foes in order to stop the Joker from once again trying to destroy Gotham City. It would be unjust for any gamer to sleep on this hallmark game with its detailed world design, revolutionary combat system, compelling storyline, and stellar graphics.




All of these games are just a sampling of what the Steam 2017 Summer Sale has to offer. Make sure to check out our other Steam Summer Sale articles for even more savings on great games. 


Shadowrun Returns


Regular Price: $14.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 1.49
Buy it on Steam


This PC version of the tabletop game allows players to join any five races and six classes as they hunt down the Emerald City Ripper in this gritty, futuristic CRPG. Despite a sparse saving system, Shadowrun Returns showcases smooth character development, excellent combat scenes, and highly interactive gameplay in a cyberpunk, turn-based atmosphere. 


Mass Effect 2


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


Bioware's follow-up to the highly successful Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 once again puts players into the space boots of the stoic Commander Shepard as he must assemble a diverse team in order to stop an alien species known as the Collectors. The spectacular melting pot of diverse characters, stellar interactive storytelling, excellent voice acting, stunning visuals, and improved gameplay will hook any gamer interested in science fiction RPGs.




Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam


In Outlast, a first-person survival horror game predicated on stealth and strategy, players become investigative journalist Miles Upshur as he maneuvers his way through the dilapidated Mount Massive Asylum. The top-notch horror elements and thrilling gameplay would be great for any gamer to experience, especially horror fans and fans of SOMA, Amnesia, and early Resident Evil titles.




Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam


This indie sci-fi action game lets players become the famous singer Red as she battles the robotic force of The Process, all while keeping the sword-like Transistor from those who would seek to acquire it. Players are thrust into a futuristic city where they battle enemies, solve puzzles, learn new skills (or Functions), and journey through a story rich with RPG undertones. Any gamer will fall in love with the effervescent visuals, stellar combat system, and lush soundtrack.


Borderlands 2


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


In the sequel to 2009's Borderlands, players (as four new characters) once again must complete missions while acquiring loot on the planet of Pandora. This FPS is worth any gamer's time (especially fans of the first-person shooter genre) as it manages to build upon the original's strongest points -- humor and role-playing systems -- while adding a sense of world structure that fleshes out the Borderlands mythos. 


Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


As an episodic adventure, Life is Strange showcases twelfth-grade photography student Max Caufield's strange ability to rewind time and how it influences the butterfly effect of her universe. Following the episodic drama format, gamers are swept up in some truly great character development, tackling of taboo issues, and novel gameplay mechanics.


Tomb Raider


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


This retelling of Lara Croft's origin story follows the iconic heroine as she helps herself and her friends escape the island of Yamatai while being hunted down by a strange cult. Despite some qualms about the multiplayer mode and sometimes disconnected narrative, gamers should still enjoy this game with its splendid graphics, excellent third-person gameplay, and amazing character development -- especially for Croft. This action-adventure title from Square Enix reinvented the Tomb Raider brand and has overwhelmingly positive Steam reviews for its hard work. 




This War of Mine


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
Buy it on Steam


This war survival game based on the Siege of Sarajevo deals with civilians surviving a post-war society through everyday decision-making. The player must keep various characters' health, hunger, and mood levels stable while gathering tools and materials for survival. Every decision can make or break survival -- and some of the decisions with which players are faced range from difficult to excruciating.  


Metro 2033 Redux


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


Set in post-nuclear war Moscow, Metro 2033 Redux deals with survivors living underground, having to kill human and mutant enemies in order to get ammunition and other resources -- as well as survive. This game can be endless fun; with an enthralling plot, realistic, detailed environments, and graphic horror elements, this is an FPS that has seen a cult following develop around it -- and for good reason.


Garry's Mod


Regular Price: $9.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


A devil-may-care sandbox game, Garry's Mod allows players to manipulate ragdoll physics and props during gameplay. With its bizarre nature, user content is able to flood the game with the Physics Gun (manipulating ragdolls), the Tool Gun (creating buttons and controllable props), and the Havok Physics Engine (creating contraptions with props). Its openness allows players to roam free without any constraints. Garry's Mod is a zany sandbox creation game that focuses on creativity and mental agility. 


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
Buy it on Steam


Taking place between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor follows the combined body and soul of dead ranger Talion and Elf Lord Celebrimbor as they take revenge on Sauron for the death of their loved ones. This Tolkein-based, Peter Jackson-influenced action-adventure game boasts stellar combat scenes, great lore, an expansive open world, and the Nemesis System, which allows non-playable characters to uniquely react to the protagonist accordingly through each playthrough.


Endless Space: Collection


Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam


Endless Space is a turn-based, 4X sci-fi adventure game allows players to choose or build a civilization and expand their empire to conquer the galaxy through a series of victories. This edition collects both the Endless Space base game and the DLC, Disharmony, providing players a great user interface and great accessibility for endless replay.


After what's seemed like an eternity, summer has finally arrived. Sunny beaches. Scorching, hot weather. Family vacations. Weird tan lines. 


But there is another image that's conjured when talking about summer -- the Steam Summer Sale. Summer truly doesn't begin until the gaming community can buy some amazing games and other items on the cheap. 


The true pull for the sale is the incredible discounts gamers can get on some of their favorite games. There are individual games, expansion packs, DLCs, bundles. Any and everything a gamer could want or need is available with discounts of up to 80%.


This is not only a big deal for the gaming community but for the online community as a whole. Articles, blurbs, and blog posts from indie sites to major players are written up days before the sale. Just like offline life, the internet goes crazy over discounts.


Let's take a look at some of the best games under $5 for Steam's 2017 Summer Sale.

My dad could beat up your dad: Father's Day video game battle royale Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:21:23 -0400 Ty Arthur


Now that the dust has settled and the match ups are finished, we want to wish all the gaming dads an amazing Father's Day this year!


What did you think of our dad vs dad picks, and what other video game Father's Day grudge matches would you like to see go down?


Let us know in the comments section below!


James McCloud (Star Fox) vs. Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)


So, these are maybe the two coolest dads a kid could ever dream of having, and picking one is sort of impossible for anyone who grew up in the late 80s or early 90s.


Anthropomorphic rat ninja dad who dispenses wisdom and lets you eat inordinate amounts of pizza while playing with dangerous weapons, or anthropomorphic fox and sunglasses-wearing space pilot with a gun dad who lets his kids blow things up in glorious 3D?


How this battle would go depends on the arena: one one one, or does James have his ship? Even while piloting a spacecraft, I get the feeling Splinter has the edge here, with his mystical ninjitsu alerting him to the presence of enemies and his ability to bite through solid metal.


Since James was previously taken down by a pig-man, we know he doesn't fare well against other anthropomorphic animals as well... I think in this case Splinter wins, although that probably starts a war between Fox McCloud's crew and the ninja turtles, which I now want to see in some sort of comic book form.


Harry Mason (Silent Hill 2) vs. Barret Wallace (Final Fantasy 7)


Here we've got two dads trying to keep their daughters safe in a world gone mad.


We've also got some serious "firsts" with both characters. Silent Hill 2 was probably the first time we saw an on-screen rape in a PlayStation game, while Barret was among the first foul-mouthed characters to throw out those four letter words in a major U.S. RPG release.


Barret's gun arm and access to materia seems like an insta-win, but don't discount Mason just yet! He battled the supernatural forces of Silent Hill and came out the victor (at least for a while anyway; never mind what happened in the beginning of the next game).


Plus, he's Sean Bean in the movie, so... oh wait, never mind, Bean dies in literally everything. Barret Wallace for the win.


King Of All Cosmos (Katamari Damamcy) Vs. Octodad (Octodad: Dadliest Catch)


You'd think the King Of All Cosmos would win this one without working up much of a sweat -- being the ultimate god of all creation and maker of everything and all that -- but that's not how it would actually go down.


We know the King has some curious behaviors and dislikes. I'm picturing Ocotdad's loving tentacle suckers wrapping around the King and he'd immediately yield while screaming something like, "icky, icky, icky!". He'd then blame his loss on his son.


But how would Octodad get through the gauntlet of the universe to even start the fight? He can't even walk through the kitchen without destroying everything in his path or getting stuck to every single object!


Octodad would have a terrible time just getting across the road to fight the King Of All Cosmos, but something tells me his horribly treated son, the prince, and all those nephews and cousins would probably roll up everything to help out the secret octopus dad.


You reap what you sow Mr. Cosmos, and you've sown some serious ill will with your family...


Kratos 1 (God Of War) Vs. Kratos 2 (Tales Of Symphonia)


Who deserves the name more -- a spiky-haired anime dude with a sword, or the bulging muscled, rage-filled man who kills gods left and right?


Both have a shameful past and try protecting their families to varying degrees of success. Kratos 1 has the upper hand in the pure strength department, but Kratos 2 is a couple of thousand years old, and he's learned some tricks along the way in all that time.


We also have to consider this: Are we talking sleek, height-of-his-power Kratos 1 from earlier in the series or is this hipster neckbeard Kratos shackled with a little kid the whole game (where they are totally NOT copying The Last Of Us)?


Eh, you know what, either way, I feel that while Kratos 2 is rooting around in his menu screen trying to select Demon Fang, Kratos 1 would have probably already torn him apart with the Blades of Chaos and then completed a couple of threesome sex mini-games.


Booker DeWitt (Bioshock Infinite) Vs. Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)  


Oh, boy (or in this case, oh, girl), you really don't want either of these guys to be your dad! Both did some pretty heinous stuff to their respective daughters, and neither can really claim the moral high ground in any way.


Handsome Jack really only imprisoned and sacrificed his daughter the one time, though, while Booker DeWitt just keeps. on. doing. it. in. every. single. reality. Elizabeth gets him back though, killing him off in universe after universe.


In a knock down, drag out fight, who would come out ahead? It's a tough one -- Booker can swap between realities to get the upper hand and find a universe where he has the advantage. But Handsome Jack does have a whole lot of firepower on his side, from the entirety of Hyperion Corporation to potentially controlling the world-destroying Warrior after opening the vault.


If Jack gets his pet Warrior, the win goes to him (unless Songbird constantly shows up to thwart the Warrior), otherwise I see the grim-faced DeWitt coming out the victor and then probably learning some other devastating truth about his past to make him even more hard boiled than before.


James (Fallout 3) Vs. The Sole Survivor (Fallout 4)


These are both some seriously lazy dads with a "Meh when I get to it" approach to parenting. Apparently, the post-nuclear war U.S. wasteland does not spawn good fathers.


Liam Neeson might have a special set of skills for finding wayward children, but James sure didn't. Meanwhile, the Sole Survivor keeps having to go on just one more fetch quest before he can really start looking for Shawn...


James has a whole lot of scientific equipment at his disposal, not to mention the security guards from Rivet City. But then again, the Sole Survivor is decked out in full power armor and probably has a legendary minigun with the wounding property or a 16 mini nuke MIRV launcher, so I'm gonna give the win to Fallout 4's awful dad.


To be totally honest, I feel like rather than fighting, they'd both team up to go do a bunch of random quests instead before devoting their monthly 5 minutes to searching for their children.


Hojo (Final Fantasy 7) Vs. Henry Lawson (Mass Effect)


Both of these sci-fi mad scientists spawned some high quality genetic experiments who managed to break free and make their own mark on the universe. Neither is much of a fighter on their own or without any injected upgrades; Hojo is your typical lab coat and Henry's an intergalactic business man.


Instead, the question becomes: "Could they get their offspring to help them, or would their kids try to help the other to kill their own evil parent? In both franchises, these kids end up turning on their fathers.


You can't discount the Sephiroth effect here – just how effective would he be against Commander Shepherd's team? That sword made short work of the Midgar Zolom, but would he fall against laser fire and psychic powers?


Seriously though... Miranda Lawson's form-fitting outfit. I think that's a major KO right there, no matter who the enemy ends up being. Sorry Sephiroth, but you can use all the earth-destroying black materia that you want, and I still think Lawson and the crew of the Normady are going to come out on top.


In the end, I see both of these dads ending up six feet under courtesy of their own children.


Joel (The Last Of Us) Vs. Lee (The Walking Dead)


Good lord, look at the sad eyes both of these post-apocalyptic survivors have! They'd do just about anything to protect their surrogate daughters, and its the pain of the past that drives them forward.


My first instinct is to say "Joel wins, sorry Lee" and move on -- Joel is a stealthy killing machine in The Last Of Us!


But first, let's consider a few things. Lee's a big guy, and while he's reluctant to engage in violence, he's been known to do so to devastating effect. He's not afraid to teach a little girl to kill, and even the impending doom of becoming a zombie won't stop him!


I think we're going to have to boil this one down to which choices you made in Telltale's Walking Dead. Hard-as-nails Lee who makes Clementine put him down would probably come out the victor. Sappy Lee who decides to go zombie rather than teach a tough lesson definitely loses to Joel.


Michael De Santa (Grand Theft Auto V) Vs. Ethan Mars (Heavy Rain)


It's the bad dad world cup up in here!


Michael De Santa is the definition of the uncaring white trash dad (oh, woe is me, I'm rich and bored in suburbia and I hate my kids!) while Ethan's life has gone down the toilet since his son Jason died because of his inattentiveness. 


Despite that early-game apathy, both go to extreme, absurd lengths to protect their kids.


Michael assaults a whole boat filled to the brim with pimps and drug dealers to keep his daughter from being in an impromptu porno shoot, while Ethan goes through some serious Saw levels of torture to find his other missing son, Shaun.


Michael's got the street smarts and gun-fu on his side, of that there's no doubt, but Ethan is the bumbling guy who just won't die, no matter how hard you try to kill him. 


Without Michael's full GTA 5 crew to back him up, I'm going to call this one a draw -- they'd end up killing each other or getting themselves thrown in the clink via misadventure.


Bowser (Super Mario) Vs. Dr. Light (Mega Man)


It was never really clear to me if Bowser was the progenitor of all the koopas and goombas or just the biggest, baddest one around.


But for our purposes, we're going to assume he's somehow sired the whole lot of 'em (probably with that big tease Princess Peach, who keeps getting "kidnapped" and showing up in Bowser's castle all the time to be "rescued" by a clueless Mario).


So with that out of the way, which would win: an army of koopa troopas or an army of robots? Dr. Light never seems to make as devastatingly powerful robots as his nemesis, Dr. Wily, but Mega Man and his cohorts always manage to upgrade themselves with screen-clearing weaponry because of a little help from dad (or dad's digital ghost, as the case may occasionally be).


On the other hand, it seems like koopa troopas and goombas can pretty much only die if you jump right on their heads (or you run at them at full speed after having recently eaten some magic mushrooms), so that superior fire power might not be helpful.


This one's a tough call, but I think with his endless minions piloting airships and massive, maze-like castles the robotic crew would have to fight through, eventually, Bowser would come out on top and tear Dr. Light to shreds. 


Now I have visions in my head of Dr. Wily and Dr. Robotnik teaming up with Bowser to create an army of robotic koopa troopas... 


We've already looked at the best and worst video game dads -- and there's plenty to pick from in the latter category. And of course, daddy issues are at the heart of more than a few quests to save (or destroy) the world. In short, there's a disturbing number of fathers in the gamingverse who have genetically created monstrosities and made the world an (un)safer place.


With all these hero dads trying to save their kids and villain dads who let their offspring die horrible deaths, the question has to be asked: Which dad would win in a fight?


Every eight year old out there thinks his or her dad can beat up YOUR dad, and today, we're going to unleash our inner adolescence to pit all the gaming papas against one another in a battle to the death!


WARNING: There are some spoilers throughout (some of these dads aren't revealed as such until the end of their respective games), and we assume you know how each of these games concluded. Proceed at your own risk!

Crazy Video Game Cameos -- Game Characters Edition Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:00:02 -0400 Ricardo melfi

Whenever you're playing a game and you see a character inside from a different game, it really gets your juices flowing. After noticing how many celebrity cameos have been seen in games over the last 20+ years, we noticed that there are even more cameos from other video game characters. Cue the second part of our issue.

Welcome back to the second part of Crazy Video Game Cameos. Earlier, we covered movies and celebrities which appeared in a multitude of video games. In this issue, we will be taking a look at all the video game characters that have appeared in other video games!

Duke Nukem - Blood & Bulletstorm: Full Clip

The Duke, and his developers 3D Realms, have pulled no punches when they decide to make fun of other video games, so it's only fitting that the Duke cops some insults of his own. Play long enough into 90's shooter, Blood, and you'll find a secret entrance. Continue down this path and there's poor, old Duke. Hanging upside down and horribly mutilated but it's him, no doubt. Hit him enough times and your character will steal Duke's line, "Shake it baby!"

For another (current), weird cameo, the Duke is appearing as a playable character in cult classic, Bulletstorm: Full Clip. Check out the trailer below!

Mega Man- Dead Rising Series

Capcom love to throw characters from other universes in their games. Evident throughout all the Dead Rising games, every protagonist can eventually find Mega Man's outfit and become the titular hero himself. Sure, it may just be a costume that you put on but we still get to act like Mega Man, arm rockets and all. Poor guy... it seems he always finds himself in apocalyptic situations. I'm pretty sure you can find a Blanka outfit too (from the Street Fighter series).

Creepers - Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is a great game full of inside jokes and some very crude humor. With the success and popularity of Minecraft (even so many years later), the developers must have thought, "Ah, f**k it. Let's throw a creeper in as a bad guy." Either that or they were running out of enemy creation ideas. While making your way through some of the mines in this game, you will eventually come across a few block built, familiar characters. A nice little touch. A least they didn't throw griefers in there...

Jill Valentine & Nemesis- Under the Skin

Body snatching sim, Under the Skin, is a novel little piece to play. Similar to Destroy All Humans, this game has you playing as a blue little alien sent to cause as much chaos on earth as possible. At a certain level, you'll notice that it is called Raccoon City. Well, you get to play as Jill and the Nemesis in this level, set with locales from the first two Resident Evil games. Suffice to say, this was enough to get me to play the game.

Claire, Leon & Zombie Cop- Trick N' Snowboarder

Yes, another game that sees cameos from one of the biggest franchise of video game history. Look, it was the 90's and Resident Evil was a global smash, with everyone talking about Raccoon City and the T-Virus. It only makes sense that not so great games tried to pick up on their success, by including certain characters as unlockable players. Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy reporting for snowboarding duty, dude. The developers even threw a zombie cop from Resident Evil 2 in there, just for good measure.

Doom Marine - Duke Nukem 3D

One of those moments in a Duke Nukem game where 3D Realms just couldn't help themselves. With Doom being much more successful than Duke Nukem 3D, they decided to take a jab at the shooter that started all shooters. Get far enough into Duke Nukem 3D and you'll come across a hell-like portal, complete with inverted crosses. At the base of this portal, you'll find the torso of a mauled Doom marine. Guess he didn't have the guts...

Chun Li - Breath of Fire

Timeless RPG, Breath of Fire, by Capcom threw in yet another one of their famous characters somewhere they don't belong. During one of your quests, you meet a master who talks about an amazing fighter. Someone who can kick at the speed of light. Sound familiar? If you thought of Street Fighter alumni, Chun-Li then you'd be correct. Sure, you can't play as her and it's only a 10 to 20 second cameo but it still counts!

Lara Croft & TMNT - Shadow Warrior

Doom and Duke Nukem rip-off, Shadow Warrior, is your average cult classic, FPS. Run around, kill some monsters, blow s**t up. Pretty simple, until you come across a cameo from Tomb Raider's very own, Lara Croft. The protagonist actually mentions that, "She won't be raiding anymore tombs." Nice touch but continue further on into the game and you can find another cameo from 90's sensations, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dead, but still a cameo.

Spider-Man - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series has always had fun with including random cameos in their games but none stands out more than the web-slinging, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Neversoft could have just used a normal character dressed as the titular hero but I love them for going the extra mile. Definitely the best skater in the game, Spider-Man web slings, flips, and does whatever a spider can while racking up hundreds of thousands of points. I might jump back on after writing this article...

Donkey Kong - Wii Punch Out!

 In the Wii remake to Super Nintendo's, Super Punch Out!, there's a new boss character that you have to take on and boy, is he one of the most difficult! In Wii Super Punch Out!, you don't have to take on Mike Tyson anymore. Now you have to take on a 900 pound gorilla with boxing gloves. Don't be fooled as Donkey Kong is the hardest character to fight in the game. Good luck, it was nice knowing you...

Wesker, West, Marcus & Dom - Lost Planet 2

Mega cameos are starring in Capcom's sci-fi, 3rd person action-shooter, Lost Planet 2. An average game when it was released and unfortunately lost the test of time, this entry had a few cool cameos as unlockable players. Up to four different universe characters appeared to play with, being Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago from the Gears of War series, Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil series, and Frank West from the Dead Rising series. The game didn't change much but being one of these bad-asses sure made me think so.

Scorpion, Reptile, Sub-Zero & Raiden - NBA Jam

Not content with throwing in one of the most powerful, political couples of the time (Bill and Hillary Clinton), Midway decided that they wanted to see what b-ball skills some of the Mortal Kombat roster has. Including Raiden, Reptile, Sub-Zero and Scorpion into the fold made for some pretty awesome basketball games. The only problem was arguing with your friends over who would play as Team Netherealm.

Tanner - GTA III

One of the biggest franchises of the time, Grand Theft Auto, decides to take the mickey out of another large franchise of the time. Everyone remembers Driver,  one of the best driving games to ever come out on the original PlayStation. Well so do the developers at Rockstar, when one of your missions has you dealing with a detective who 'runs funny' and also drives a muscle car. Now they don't ever say his name but the running funny and muscle car part? Definitely a rip on Tanner and his later installments when he has the ability to get out of his cars.

Heihachi & Xiaoyu - Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2

Heihachi has appeared numerous times in a number of different games but who knew the billionaire CEO could use a racket? It seems that when he isn't planning on killing his son and ruling the world in Tekken, he's working on his serves. First time cameo for Ling however, which makes me wonder why they included her and not, say, Kazuya or Jin? The Mishimas could put their rivalry to the side for a few doubles games...

Solid Snake - Evolution Skateboarding

One of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater imitation rip-offs, Evolution Skateboarding was pretty much a simple, skateboarding game. Complete with challenges, time limits, decent graphics, and an amalgam of different tricks to pull off, this game wasn't so bad when you got into it. Unfortunately, the THPS franchise completely overshadowed any skateboarding game that tried to release. One way to put your game on the map is to include a cameo as a playable character. None other than 90's stealth-hero, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid.

Samus & Link - Super Mario RPG

In the 90's, RPG attempt at putting Mario in a genre he definitely didn't belong, Super Mario RPG was a surprisingly great game. Taking on RPG roots, a level-up system, and turn-based battles, this game happened to also include some cameos from other Nintendo icons. In one part of the tavern/inn, Link can be found sleeping in one of the beds. Approach him to try and talk and he will just sing one of the iconic Legend of Zelda songs. Samus from Metroid is also sleeping in a bed but this time it's in the Royal Mushroom Castle, where she lets you know that she is "Resting for Mother Brain." We'll just leave you both there until your game time comes around.

Altair Ibn-La'AHad - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

You wouldn't expect to see it in a serious RPG like The Witcher 2, but it does give you a small hint in the game's title Assassins of Kings. Approaching one of the destroyed barns in one of the towns will have you come across a broken hale bay cart. You even notice a dead person in a white, hooded outfit, so you move in for a closer look. At this point, it's 100% clear who the developers are trying to mock. It seems Altair (from Assassin's Creed) was attempting to assassinate one of the kings in the game but failed to land one of his famous eagle drops correctly. Oh yeah, you know he's dead.


Proving that video games and cameos are a fantastic mix, even when it doesn't make sense at all, cameos are the stuff of much conversation. I hope you enjoyed and probably even learned about some cameos you didn't know where there. Thanks for reading our latest listicle!

So what did you think? Did I miss any major video game character cameos you think should have been included? Don't forget to leave a comment below!

Anew: The Distant Light -- An Intriguing 2D Adventure From Industry Veterans Coming To Kickstarter Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:58:19 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

Anew: The Distant Light is a 2D Action-Adventure Metroidvania exploration game planned to launch soon on Kickstarter.

The game revolves around the mysterious story of a child who walks up on an alien planet 20 light years from Earth, who must battle and puzzle his way through a hostile alien environment in order to "carry out a mission of critical importance."

And we're quite interested to learn what that mission is.

According to the game's official Kickstarter page. Anew: The Distant Light will feature a variety of different weapons and gear that are meant to each switch-up the gameplay, and all weapons can be upgraded in order to customize your own personal playstyle.

Anew will follow a classic Metroidvania structure, where the player will unlock new parts of the world as they discover new gear and abilities and grow in strength. This will in turn create new gameplay opportunities when revisiting previous areas.

The environments will also feature a day-to-night cycle, featuring varying atmospheric conditions and weather effects. These will affect the way in which you play the game more than just visibly passing time.

The game will include a hub-world in the form of the ship that you traveled to the alien planet on. As you explore the world, you will find and collect power cells, which will allow you to unlock more rooms inside the ship and increase gameplay options. Players can also pilot giant mechs, shuttles, and tanks as the explore the world, which all open up new combat and explorations possibilities.

The gradually unlocked spaceship hub.

The Kickstarter page also claims that it's, "inspired by classic games like Metroid, Cave Story, and Dark Souls, Anew: The Distant Light will appeal to fans of platforming, combat, exploration, and visual storytelling."

The game is being developed by the newly formed small team of Resonator Games, consisting of veterans of the AAA gaming industry veterans including Jeff Spoonhower, Steve Copeland, and Wilbert Roget II.

The logo for Resonator Games.

Collectively, Resonator members Jeff Spoonhower and Steve Copeland have worked in various positions from animation to gameplay and sound design at a number of high-end AAA developers such as EA, BioWare, Sony Computer Entertainment, Deep Silver, and 2K. Their work includes contributions to the development of Bioshock 2, Borderlands 2, Saints Row 1-4, Spec Ops: The Line, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. 

The composer at Resonator games, Wilbert Roget II, is a veteran to the industry as well, and has created music for Monkey Island 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. 

While only a few tracks have been made available to the public so far, what has been shared so far has been quite impressive. The music can range from massively oppressive and action-oriented to calm and emotional, and from the official trailer it seems as though it will be thematically appropriate.

If you're curious about the soundtrack, you can here one of the game's tracks by clicking here.

The last thing to mention must of course be the art style. Resonator Games sought to give Anew a very distinct, and wholly alien aesthetic, and it seems that they have succeeded. The entire game was not just hand-drawn, but apparently "hand-painted" by Jeff Spoonhower, and it shows.

Every environment is loaded with detail, each of them distinct in their atmosphere and setting, as well as a different yet appropriate choices of color-palette, and all of them clearly falling under the same "alien" style that the team was hoping for.  

 A dim and desolate forest-like area.

 A cozy and curious family living room.

 A deadly and sun-baked cavernous location.

Based on what we've seen so far, Anew: The Distant Light looks like a standout member among Kickstarter games, especially with so many 2D competitors in that department. It's a gorgeous, mysterious, and deep-looking adventure that you very well may want to keep your eye on.

Anew: The Distant Light will launch it's campaign on Kickstarter on Tuesday, February 14th, 8 AM Eastern Standard Time.

The game currently has target release date of July 2018 on PC.

You can watch the Kickstarter trailer for Anew: The Distant Light down below:

(Access to the early Kickstarter page and press kit provided by Resonator Games.)

Merchant Mudcrabs & 4 Other Bizarre Vendors RPGs Have Given Us Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Justin Michael

RPGs play host to a number of characters of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of sanity. From the corrupt Lord swayed by the powers of darkness to the princess who only wishes to see the best for her people, RPGs give us a host of memorable NPCs to deal with through our gameplay experience.

But sometimes, RPGs like the throw us a curveball and introduce a character that's as quirky as they are memorable. I'm talking about those bizarre vendors -- those NPCs that leave us both scratching our heads as well as wondering what we'd do without them. Let's take a look at 5 of my most memorable RPG vendors and what made them stand out in their game world.

The Mudcrab Merchant - Morrowind

The Mudcrab Merchant made his debut in The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. while not an essential character for the player to interact with, the mudcrab Merchant is more of an Easter egg With the added bonus of being the richest merchant in the game Having access to over 10,000 septims, more than any other merchant in the game.

The Mudcrab Merchant can be found on a small island in the Azura's coast region and even boasts dialogue where he teases the player for being confused by a talking mudcrab. There is also another unique vendor in Morrowind that's a non-humanoid and if you know what I'm talking about, post its name in the comments below.

Tingle - Legend of Zelda series


Tingle is a recurring character that we first meet in Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Tingle, a 35-year-old man obsessed with Forest fairies, sells maps to Link, the main character of the game, to help him navigate the man games that he appears in.

What makes Tingle such a strange character is his almost childlike nature and strange mannerisms. For example, Tingle believes that by dressing up like a forest fairy he can reach his goal of becoming one himself.

With that being said, his maps are helpful and the somewhat awkward comic relief his presence brings is an enjoyable break in tension… especially when the moon is mere minutes from destroying the world.

Crazy Earl - The Borderlands series

Crazy Earl is, well, crazy. we originally meet Crazy Earl in the first Borderlands game where he provides the player with several missions that contribute to the main storyline, as well as several side missions for cash and loot.

As the player, you see very little of Crazy Earl aside from his face staring at you from the slot on his door. He’s also prone to hurling insults at you, even as you’re buying items from him with such lines as “It's dangerous to go alone, jerkwad!” and “Don't you hurry back!” There is even a rumor that he once ate an entire car using only a fork but since that comes from Scooter, a rather questionable character in his own right, I’m not sure I believe it.

The Merchant - Resident Evil 4

"What are ya buyin', Stranger?" Chances are that even if you've not played a Resident Evil game, you'll still get the reference to the iconic line from the merchant in Resident Evil 4.

As a player, you knew that you were in a “safe space” when you saw the iconic pale blue flames that marked the location of the merchant’s shop. Everything about the merchant screams creeper --  from the tattered trench coat to the flashing of his red eyes but you can’t really ignore him as he has what you need.

I always wondered playing the game where exactly did the merchant get all of his guns from? How did he always seem to get ahead of me, even beyond locked doors? And was he really buying things from me at a high price?

Cricket, The Wandering Weapons Dealer - Fallout 4

Although probably not considered bizarre given the setting, Cricket, one of the traveling merchants and weapons dealers in Fallout 4, is quite the character. With her frantic speech and jet-addict twitching, Cricket makes me feel less than comfortable dealing with her, even while I’m wearing power armor.

Oh, and have I mentioned her love of guns? She loves guns and loves to let you know about said love, with lines like. “Got a hankering for melting face? Then I'm your girl,” or, “hot death flying faster than the speed of sound.. oh, my knees are getting weak just from thinking about it.” Not the most comforting thing to think about, because as the raiders are fond of saying “the jet will make you jittery” and the last thing you’d want to do is startle someone who’s a drugged up merchant of death, like Cricket.

Not every NPC or merchant has to be a super colorful character in every game that we play but I feel like making sure you have at least a few in your game really adds to the immersion. It's even more fun when it's a character that's not necessarily one that you'll have to interact with on a regular basis as their quirky nature can be a good distraction or a way to cut some of the tension.

What crazy merchants or vendors do you think I could add to this list? Let me know about it in the comments below!

The Most Hilarious and Unusual Side Quests in RPGs [SPOILERS] Sat, 19 Nov 2016 06:08:03 -0500 chopchamen

Ahh, side quests. No RPG would be whole without them. Skyrim would be about JUST killing dragons. And as awesome as that sounds, you know that side quests often serve a greater good. They can flesh out the story, add to the lore be there purely for the sake of comedy -- or at the least, to make you scratch your head.

Below is a list of comedic or otherwise strange missions from the RPG world.

10. Borderlands 2: The Name Game

In this quest you must aid Sir Hammerlock in researching the Bullymongs to come up with a more fitting name. In the process, he comes up with a few names that get shot down by his publisher.

He finally becomes frustrated and says, "I'm so sick of coming up with names for - you know what? 'Bonerfarts' All of them - That's right we're calling them 'Bonerfarts' now. Just kill a few of them or something. I don't care anymore." It's slightly shocking hearing such a gentleman say something so brusque!

9. Fallout 4: Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution

In this quest, you deal with a naval ship that somehow ended on top of a building near Bunker Hill. During the quest, you have to deal with the ship's all-robot crew. You also have to make a number of repairs to the ship, and eventually, you must choose an alliance with either the robots or a group of scavengers nearby. 

After the repairs are complete and you choose to side with the scavengers, they turn on you in an attempt to kill you. However, if you choose to side with the robots, you get to ignite the rocket boosters and launch the ship back into the Atlantic Ocean -- except it crashes into an even taller building and they're back to square one.

But Fallout 4 does have some truly great and inspiring quests you should definitely check out, too. 

8.The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Sheogorath

To begin this quest you must get lettuce, yarn and lesser soul gems to offer at the shrine of Sheogorath. After you do this, you hear Sheogorath speak to you, and he tells you to go to the settlement of Border Watch, where the inhabitants are a superstitious bunch.

You are to approach their shaman, Ri'Bassa, whom you are to ask about "The K'sharra Prophecy," or the three signs of the end times:

  1. A plague of vermin
  2. A plague of famine and the third sign is
  3. A plague of fear

Your job is to play with these poor Khajiits' minds by bringing about these signs yourself.

First, you have to get into the inn where the owner has cheese wedges in display cases. After stealing them, you have to cook them in a pot outside, after which a wave of rats pour into the village.

Ri'Bassa then places rat poison in the middle of the rats in an attempt to thwart the infestation, but you pick up the poison instead and use it on the Khajit livestock. After this, Sheogorath tells you to head to the center of town. Once you do this, the sky turns red, and it starts to rain flaming dogs -- because cats are scared dogs, I guess. Then you return to the shrine for your reward.

It's all pretty darn strange if you ask me... 

7. Chrono Cross: Rebuilding Skelly

This odd Chrono Cross quest starts off with you finding a skull in Fossil Valley, which talks to you and asks you to find all the pieces of his body that are scattered around the world. This quest can take a while to accomplish, but once you put Skelly together, he runs off and says he "owes you."

Later, if you head to Termina, and enter his grandma's house, there is an oddly touching scene in which Skelly and his grandmother reunite, shedding tears of joy. If you leave and re-enter, you can recruit Skelly as a member of your party.

So, in the end, it's all pretty worth it. 

6. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions: Getting Cloud

In this quest, you have to do a lot of travelling and fighting, experiencing a few weird events in the process. Things like: saving a dragon, (who later turns out to be a human woman, not a dragon), waking up a robot who then becomes a party member, and witnessing Cloud burst on the scene Terminator-style, only to then see him freak out and run away.

Later you find him in Zarghidas, where he is fighting a group of thugs that are trying to bully a flower girl (who was coincidentally named "Aeris"). After successfully saving Cloud, you gain him as a party member.

5. Skyrim: A Night to Remember

There is a man named Sam Guevenne who appears at random in one of the taverns of one of Skyrim's major cities. And if you talk to him, he will challenge you to a drinking game, which you win only to black out.

You wake up in the temple of Dibella in Markarth. The priest there says that you came in, making a commotion and that you need to clean up after yourself. After doing this, she will point you in the direction of Rorikstead, where you had stolen a man's goat and sold it to a giant.

The man tells you to get his goat back, and after you do this, the man points you in the direction of Whiterun, where you had taken a ring from Ysolda to propose to your "fiancee," who turns out to be a hagraven. You try to get the ring back from your fiancee only to be attacked (which is very nice when you think about it ...).

After you get the ring back, Ysolda tells you the ceremony was going to take place at Morvunscar, and Sam was supposed to be your best man. You go to Morvunscar, which is a fortress occupied by a group of mages. Inside of Morvunscar, there is a portal to Misty Grove where you find Sam sitting with others at a table. Sam then reveals himself to be Sanguine, the daedric prince of debauchery. He gives you his artifact, and you're teleported back to the tavern where it all began.

4. Skyrim: A Daedra's Best Friend

This quest starts in Falkreath, where you talk to the blacksmith who has his heart out for a stray dog on the outskirts of town. The blacksmith asks you to go and give the dog some meat, and bring the dog back to the blacksmith.

It comes as a surprise that the dog approaches you and talks to you: it's pretty funny considering he sounds like a cross between Gilbert Gotffried and Andy Richter. As it turns out, his name is Barbas, and his master is Clavicus Vile, the daedric prince of trickery and wishes.

Barbas leads you back to one of Clavicus' shrines in Haemar's shame, where you confront a group of vampire cultists and then proceed to the shrine. There, you speak to Clavicus Vile himself who asks you to obtain an axe he lent to Sebastian Lort in the past. 

Once you obtain the axe, you return to the shrine and Clavicus offers you the axe if you kill Barbas with it. However, if you refuse, Barbas returns by Clavicus' side and you receive the masque of Clavicus Vile.

So not only does Skyrim have some pretty weird quests, but it's also got some of the darkest quests in any RPG.

3.  Fallout 4: The Silver Shroud

This quest begins with a radio broadcast that you hear near Goodneighbor, which takes you to the memory den where you talk to Kent Connolly. He asks you to retrieve the Silver Shroud costume and the Silver Shroud submachine gun prop.

Once you retrieve these, you bring them back to Kent, and he takes them and comes up with an idea: He wants to make you the silver shroud so you can fight crime on the streets of Goodneighbor. He then gives the costume back to you with a real Silver Shroud submachine gun to go along with it, after which he instructs you to listen to the Silver Shroud Radio to find your targets.

You confront a murderer, a man who sells drugs to kids and an assassin, as well as two raider leaders, before finally pissing off Sinjin, the guy who's pretty much behind all of the criminals throughout the quest. Sinjin kidnaps Kent and broadcasts a message over Silver Shroud Radio telling you to come find him at Milton General hospital.

After you arrive at the hospital, you have to fight your way through a series of raiders before you reach the basement, where Sinjin is holding Kent hostage. After you kill Sinjin and his thugs and speak to Kent, it seems he has thrown in the towel on the whole Silver Shroud thing. However, he can later make you an improved Silver Shroud costume as a belated reward for the quest.

2. Borderlands 2: Clan War

In this quest you help Ellie start a clan war between the Irish Zafords and the hillbilly Hodunks. Each clan has stereotypes coursing through their being, making for some humorous moments.

In the process of this quest, you will blow up the Hodunks' main gate, sabotage the Zafords' liquor distillery, sabotage the Hodunks' racing track, talk to a gibberish speaking old guy in a wheelchair, kill a leprechaun, burn down the Hodunks' trailers, get wasted at Moxxi's and infiltrate the Zafords' bar and crash their annual wake. By the end, you have to choose one side and finish the other side off.

1. World of Warcraft: The Day that Deathwing Came

In this three-part quest, you listen to three characters telling their story about the day that Deathwing came. What's more, you get to actually play as these characters in their hilarious tall tales.

You first play as Theldurin the Lost, who claims he "punched Deathwing in the face." Afterward, he runs through the valley, punching Rock Elementals along the way, eventually approaching Deathwing and in fact, punching him in the face.

You then play as Lucien Tosselwrench, who claims he used a device to "keep shrinking the world down until he reached the clouds." He keeps looking in the clouds only to realize that Deathwing must be hiding in the sun. Lucien then reaches for the sun, grabs Deathwing and throws him to Kalimdor.

Finally, you play as Martek the Exiled, who claims he "had a tender moment with his chosen beauty on his flying motorcycle" before having a knife fight with Deathwing. Sadly, before he gets to the knife fight, he is rudely interrupted by the previous two storytellers cutting in with their tales again, merging all stories into one.

There you have it. Looking at all these quests has been a blast -- and reminds us: RPGs can be wild and crazy places!

Do you remember these quests, and did you like them? Do you have anything even more funny or strange hidden up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments!

Top 10 Coolest Mechs in FPS Games Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Caio Sampaio

1. Adam Jensen (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

Many games allow you to battle against mechs, some will let you fight alongside with them and others will let you pilot them. What can be better than any of these alternatives? Becoming a mech yourself.


Set in a cyber-punk dystopian future, Deus Ex: Human Revolution players play as Adam Jensen and have the ability to purchase upgrade to enhance his body, using cybernetic implants and microchips.


Through these physical improvements, players can see through walls, fall from any height without injury and even punch through a wall. The protagonist begins the game with a mundane body, but as the story progresses, he becomes a walking tank.


Who needs to deploy a mech on the battlefield, when you can become one yourself?


Which mechs in video games make you feel the most powerful? Let me know in the comments below.

2. Ronin (Titanfall 2)

The developers of the Titanfall franchise found a way to solve the lack of options for players to choose from in the first entry of the series. The second installment of the series contains six different mechs and of them is Ronin.


This robot is the result you get when combining a gladiator and a gigantic robot. Equipped with a sword, it can deliver deadly melee attacks, while it can also use a shotgun to blast its enemies away.


Unlike most mechs that feature machine guns and missiles, making them suitable for medium-long ranged combats, Ronin gives to players the opportunity to get closer and more personal with the enemies.



3. Mech Hitler (Wolfenstein 3D)

In the game that helped to establish the first person shooter genre, players controled an American soldier who had been captured during World War II and taken to castle Wolfenstein. The objective of the game was to escape from the castle, defeating its security guards in the process.


Stopping the possible escape ranked high on the priority list of the Third Reich and when near the exit, players needed to defeat the man who many consider to be the greatest threat this world has ever seen: Adolf Hitler.


Developers figured this was not enough; however, and decided to arm Hitler with a mech suit, equipped with two machine guns.


This encounter will forever be in the memory of the FPS fans from the 90s.

4. Atlas (Titanfall)

The first game of the franchise met an unfortunate end, as the initial crowd dwindled up to the point of leaving most servers in abandonment. One of the reasons for this was the number of Titans available for players to choose, but that does not mean that the few mechs featured in the game were not satisfying.


Above all, one stands out: Atlas.


While the other mechs mandated players to choose from either speed or strength, Atlas was the balance in between.


Presenting players with an equilibrium between agility and force, this mech adapted to nearly every style players could have and this factor made it unique.  

5. Incinerator (Hawken - Early Access)

Currently in Steam Early access, Hawken brings to players an intense first person shooter experience and allows them to step inside a variety of mechs, which players can customize as they wish.


Of all robots players can pick, one stands out: the Incinerator. Capable of delivering damage to several enemies at once, using its weapons to set opponents on fire, while protecting its allies, by absorbing the energy from the attacks of other mechs, this robot is designed to leave a trace of destruction behind.

6. Liberty Prime (Fallout 3)

Fallout 3 presented players with the opportunity to witness one of the greatest combat assets ever seen in a video game. Equipped with an eye laser and tactical nuclear bombs, it can turn the entire battlefield into ashes with the blink of an eye.


Initially built  to fight against the Chinese army, this mech fights alongside the player, in order to storm the wastelands of the post-apocalyptic version of Washington D.C.

7. REV9 Power Armor (F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin)

The first mech of this list that players actually control. In the F.E.A.R. franchise, players may feel depowered, as they need to take down a legion of supernatural creatures, an army of elite security guards and a battalion of telepathically controlled super soldiers.


There is a moment in the second game of the franchise; however, when all of this changes. As players strap themselves in the cockpit of the REV9 Power Armor, nothing can stop them, as they blast their way through the enemy lines.


Equipped with rockets that can take down several enemies at once and a machine gun, for more precise shooting, this mech can suit the style of each player.

8. Gaige, the Mechromancer and Death Trap (Borderlands 2)

Borderlands 2 makes another appearance in this list with the fifth playable character of the game. Back in High School, Gaige built a robot, named Death Trap to protect her from bullies and once she moved to the wastelands of Pandora, the dynamic duo started to fight a different type of bandit.


Players who chose to play with her were able to summon Death Trap, a small mech capable of attacking enemies with a variety of melee attacks that will keep its master safe from the foes of the wasteland, and from bullies.  

9. The Badassasaurus (Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage)

The world of the Borderlands 2 created an unlikely combination of comedy and a first person shooter. Developers achieved the comedic tone of this game through many techniques and one of them consisted of allowing players to face absurd enemies.


This was the case of the final boss of the Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage DLC, where players needed to take down not only a gigantic mech, but also what characters in the game described as a “Giant Goddamn Metal T-Rex”.  Because a giant robot was not deadly enough.

10. Mech Dog (Wolfenstein: Thew New Order)

This installment of the franchise offered players a perspective of how the world could have changed for the worst. In an alternate reality where the Nazis have won World War II, players must fight along with the resistance, in order to claim Earth back from the hands of the Third Reich.


Throughout the journey, players encounter many types of enemies, including the Mech Dog. While it is not very strong, its agility makes it perfect to ambush players that will need to be faster than the machine.


This enemy offers balance in the experience, as most of the enemies are human and move slowly. The mech dog changes that and developers often used it to catch players off-guard, using the old trick of creating patterns and then breaking them. Once players had become accustomed to the normal enemies, the game caught them by surprise, by throwing the mech dog in the combat.




If you are reading this, it means you have an interest in video games. You have probably played games that made you feel powerful, by giving you swords, rifles, grenades and every kind of arm you can imagine (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided allows you to fire a blade out of your arm). Only, nothing beats the sensation of piloting a gigantic robot, as you blast your way through the ones who dare to stand in your way.


Video games are cool already, but by adding mechs, the “coolness factor” is multiplied by a factor of 10.


Either fighting or piloting them, every time you encounter a mech in a game, you know that's the perfect moment to grab a beer and kick some rear. But in a universe full of dazzling machinery, it is hard to pick your favorite one. In order to ease your burden, we have taken that task for you. You are welcome.


We listed the ten coolest mechs featured in first person shooters. Strap in and check them out.