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  • Blog Post: Top 10 Deranged Video Game Villains

    Video game villains are compelling for a variety of reasons. Some have great power and abuse it for their own means; others are simple rivals, meant to provide extra drive toward your ultimate goal. These enemies can be daunting, but rarely achieve that feeling of pure evil. Pure evil can be hard to... More
  • Blog Post: Why Gearbox Is Making Battleborn And Not Borderlands 3

    We unveiled Gearbox's next game Battleborn for our August cover story earlier this month. Even though Gearbox is assisting in the development of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel , a lot of fans are curious why the studio isn't focusing its effort on a new-gen Borderlands 3. While visiting the studio... More
  • Blog Post: The Twenty Best Things We Saw At PAX East

    We’re still coming down off our PAX high, and wanted to share some of our favorite things that we saw this weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the coverage, this list (and the links in each entry) should point you in the direction of our favorite experiences. 20. Goliath (And... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games That Can Benefit From A Definitive Edition

    It’s official. We’ve left the world of HD remakes behind (almost). We’ve evolved to the next generation. Enter: The Definitive Edition. Tomb Raider is the first game that’s getting one , and it’s more than a Game of the Year edition. This is a full-fledged overhaul that... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Creepiest Masks In Video Games

    Masks serve many functions in video games. Sometimes they’re just used to change a character’s appearance, and sometimes they bestow bonuses or trigger transformations. It’s undeniable, however, that some of the best or most memorable masks are also pretty creepy. Whether it’s... More
  • Blog Post: 2012 Shooter Of The Year Awards

    With premier titles like Halo 4 and Borderlands 2 garnering headlines and the revenue juggernaut Call of Duty dominating the sales charts once again, the shooter genre turned in an impressive 2012. Naysayers view the category as lacking innovation or surprises, but nobody predicted the open-world greatness... More
  • Blog Post: Game Music Spotlight: God of War/Mass Effect 3 Composer Cris Velasco

    Cris Velasco is a rapidly rising star in the world of video game scores, having composed music for blockbusters like Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2, and the God of War series. We spoke to Velasco about his background, approach to creating game scores, and the future of the art form. You have a degree in... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 12/14/12

    It’s a jungle out there this weekend as we will be trying to survive the harsh environments of the gaming world just as much as the real world. What world will you be exploring this weekend? Ben Hanson: This weekend I hope to play some more XCOM, but there's no surprise there. I'm also... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 12/7/2012

    It's snowing here in Minneapolis. To most people that means icy roads, itchy scarves, and bad drivers, but to us it's just a great excuse to stay in and play video games. Andrew Reiner: If I don't shoot a handful of endangered animals in Far Cry 3, this weekend is a failure. If you haven't... More
  • Blog Post: Gameplay Over Narrative: Placing Story On The Back Burner

    Video games have become host to some of the most in-depth universes created in recent years, sporting fully fleshed out histories, detailed lore, and famous characters to boot. Major franchises use these elements in an attempt to create cohesive stories, tying separate installments together. Undoubtedly... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – Borderlands 2

    Borderlands 2 is a critical and commercial success, with Gearbox succeeding in making it bigger and better than its predecessor. Now that it’s been in gamers’ hands for a couple of months, we spoke to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford about the sequel’s development and future. Game Informer... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: Why I Put Down Borderlands 2

    The rush of holiday releases are enough reason for anyone to put down a game that came out in September, but I stopped playing Borderlands 2 shortly after its release. Talking about my issues with the game has been difficult, given the nearly unified praise it’s received. I agree that Borderlands... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 10/26/12

    A huge number of Assassin's Creed III copies made their way into the office today, so many of us will be partaking in that adventure over the weekend. Dishonored, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Lord of the Rings Online, and newborn babies may also fill out our weekend. Andy McNamara: Since Assassin's Creed... More
  • Blog Post: Alternative Cover Art Compendium

    There is a new trend in video game boxart to include an alternative cover on the opposite side of the cover insert, and it's a trend that I hope more publishers embrace. Having an alternative cover for a game gives designers the opportunity to make visually distinct, often abstract, and definitely... More
  • Blog Post: Returning To Pandora: A Look Back At Borderlands' DLC

    Today, Gearbox officially announced the first DLC campaign for Borderlands 2, providing us with a few tantalizing details of the upcoming expansion. Join us as we look back at what worked and didn't work for the DLC offerings of the original Borderlands, and compare them to the announced features... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Borderlands 2: Mechromancer DLC

    Gearbox wasn't originally going to release the new class of Borderlands 2 until next week, but they've pulled the trigger on the Mechromancer early . It's available now on all platforms, and Gaige comes free for members of the Premiere Club. For those that didn't pre-order, she'll... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 10/05/12

    We are now in the haunting month of October and the staff is feeling the spirit. From blasting monsters in Resident Evil 6 to catching monsters in Pokémon we will all have our hands full this weekend. Kimberley Wallace: Every October, I devote myself to survival horror games. Right now, I’m... More
  • Blog Post: Crafting A Memorable Villain

    If there is one thing the original Borderlands desperately needed, it was a villain. A slew of characters came and went through the story, but there was never any singular presence players could set their sights on. That all changed in the sequel, though. The dynamic between the heroic do-gooder and... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 9/28/12

    Borderlands 2 is still taking up a lot of our time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t throw a few other games into the mix. Advanced copies of Resident Evil 6, unborn babies, and already-born babies will also demand some time this weekend. Tim Turi: This weekend I hope to keep plugging away... More
  • Blog Post: How To Make The Gunzerker A Rapid-Firing Maniac

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted a guide on how to turn Zero into a sword-focused badass. Today, I want to focus on Salvador, our cover boy from the Borderlands 2 issue last year. I’m hovering around level 30 with him right now, and I’m finding him to be even more deadly than Zero if you level... More
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