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Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition

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Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition

September 4, 2019

Set a thousand years after the first game, Divinity: Original Sin II presents a darker, more grounded narrative and expands on the tactical combat system of its award-winning predecessor. In Divinity: Original Sin, you were on a quest for the forbidden Source magic. Now, you yourself are a Sourcerer: a dangerously powerful individual whose abilities summon creatures from the encroaching Void. The Divine is dead and the Void is everywhere. Sourcerers are blamed and the Divine Order is leading the charge against the threat: you. Captured and sent to Fort Joy, you will be “cured” of your powers — no matter the cost. But the Order has secrets of its own that may cast doubt on its so-called holy mission. As you escape from Fort Joy, you realize that if the world remains godless, it will be consumed by the Void.

Disco Elysium

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Disco Elysium

October 15, 2019

Disco Elysium is an open world role playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.

Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne

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Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne

September 6, 2019

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is the highly anticipated massive expansion to Monster Hunter: World, the best-selling Capcom title of all time with more than 12 million units shipped worldwide adding to the series total of more than 53 million units to date. This gargantuan follow-up rivals the gameplay volume from the original release and features a new icy setting, storyline, monsters, gameplay options, and more.

The game’s all-new story picks up after Monster Hunter: World and whisks hunters away to the newly discovered chilly locale that, once fully explored, becomes the largest region in World so far. The new locale is home to several new and returning monsters ready to challenge hunters throughout their expeditions and raises the stakes with the added higher difficulty Master Rank. Iceborne continues the skill-based progression and robust crafting system found in World and expands that with several new gameplay features that broaden the player’s combat repertoire. All this leads to the ultimate hunter test against the mysterious new flagship monster, Velkhana.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

September 27, 2019

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to long-time fans and franchise newcomers alike. A young man, about to participate in his village’s coming of age ceremony, travels to a Sacred Stone alongside his childhood friend. After a series of unexpected events, this intrepid adventurer learns he is the reincarnation of a legendary hero from a forgotten age. The young hero sets forth into an unknown world on a journey to unravel the mystery of his past… but the welcome he receives is far from warm. Upon revealing his identity to the King, the hero is branded as “The Dark spawn” and hunted by a relentless army. Fleeing from his pursuers, the hero assembles a band of endearing adventurers who believe he is actually The Luminary reborn. The hero and his newfound companions embark on a quest that will take them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

Tetris Effect

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Tetris Effect

July 23, 2019

Named after a real-world phenomenon where players’ brains are so engrossed that images of the iconic falling Tetrimino blocks (i.e. the Tetris playing pieces) linger in their vision, thoughts, and even dreams, Tetris Effect amplifies this magical feeling of total immersion by surrounding you with fantastic, fully three-dimensional worlds that react and evolve based on how you play. Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects — everything, down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing.

From deep beneath the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space and everywhere between, Tetris Effect’s 30-plus stages take players on a wondrous, emotional journey through the universe. The core of the game is still Tetris — one of the most popular puzzle games of all time — but like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

September 27, 2019

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition delivers a multitude of new areas, difficulty options, and gameplay upgrades that should appeal to both new and seasoned Ori players.

Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne

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Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne

September 6, 2019

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is the highly anticipated massive expansion to Monster Hunter: World, the best-selling Capcom title of all time with more than 12 million units shipped worldwide adding to the series total of more than 53 million units to date. This gargantuan follow-up rivals the gameplay volume from the original release and features a new icy setting, storyline, monsters, gameplay options, and more.

The game’s all-new story picks up after Monster Hunter: World and whisks hunters away to the newly discovered chilly locale that, once fully explored, becomes the largest region in World so far. The new locale is home to several new and returning monsters ready to challenge hunters throughout their expeditions and raises the stakes with the added higher difficulty Master Rank. Iceborne continues the skill-based progression and robust crafting system found in World and expands that with several new gameplay features that broaden the player’s combat repertoire. All this leads to the ultimate hunter test against the mysterious new flagship monster, Velkhana.

Valfaris

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Valfaris

October 10, 2019

Set in a far corner of space, Valfaris is a heavy metal infused 2D action-platformer and the next game from the team behind Unity Awards finalist, Slain: Back From Hell. Brutal combat. Deadly enemies. Stunning pixel art. Savage soundtrack. Get ready to rip the galaxy a new wormhole.

Asgard's Wrath

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Asgard’s Wrath

October 10, 2019

Unleash the wrath of the Gods in a mythical Norse adventure that can only unfold in VR. Forge your destiny as both a mortal hero and living god in an action role playing game of unworldly depth.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

July 26, 2019

War is coming to the continent of Fódlan. Here, order is maintained by the Church of Seiros, which hosts the prestigious Officer’s Academy within its headquarters. You are invited to teach one of its three mighty houses, each comprised of students brimming with personality and represented by a royal from one of three territories. As their professor, you must lead your students in their academic lives and in turn-based, tactical RPG battles wrought with strategic, new twists to overcome. Which house, and which path, will you choose?

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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond Takes The Franchise To VR

Respawn announced today that the revered Medal of Honor franchise is returning with a VR title, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, exclusive to the Rift. As an allied agent with the OSS, you'll travel to many important WWII locations across Europe to bring down the Nazis.

Embracing the potential and power of VR, the experience appears to be a tactile one – you'll heal by mimiking the motion of jamming needles into your body, pull the pins off grenades and throw them with real velocity (no crosshairs or big circles show you where it's landing!), and pick up guns from the battlefield. Learn more in the video below!

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A full story gallery gives players context to the game's real-world inspirations and showcases settings and environments with commentary from veterans of WWII.

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is scheduled to arrive in 2020.

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Code Vein Review – A Simulacrum Lacking Soul

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release:
September 27, 2019
Rating: Rating Pending
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Also on:
Xbox One, PC

Code Vein is trying to be anime Dark Souls, and there’s no way around it. This title attempts to pull every possible mechanic and feature from From Software’s heralded series, then add a bit of its own flair. Developers taking inspiration from other games is common, but Code Vein shamelessly goes all-in; several levels and a boss fight will be immediately and eerily familiar to Souls fans. The end result feels rough around the edges. Combat lacks weight, fights are forgettable, and byzantine stages desperately try (and fail) to capture the things that make Souls-like games interesting.

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Everything in Code Vein feels like an off-brand knockoff. Combat, which is one of the foundational components of this genre, is lifeless; attacking enemies feels as if you’re beating on a rudderless chunk of meat with a blunt object. Bosses and stages don’t have flavor, impact, or style. The occasional framerate drops do nothing to help, and further drag down the core experience. These major issues put a limit on how much anyone – even Souls-like veterans – can enjoy Code Vein. But surrounding these critical failings are some interesting ideas that keep the experience from becoming a total loss.

As a blood-starved revenant, your journey begins in a fallen world where these vampiric entities must feed to survive. Revenants are trapped in a closed off-prison shard where humans – and their blood – are rare prizes. The story begins as indecipherable, off-putting gibberish, though essential information is revealed as you dig deeper via the acquisition of blood codes. These serve to both convey information as you dive into a character’s memories in cool segments and give you new abilities and archetypes to play with from a functional standpoint. 

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The blood code system allows you to keep your level and simply swap to another core class, like a mage or an assassin, at any time. Since it also takes care of the necessary stat allocations, it’s a great tool for trying out new strategies to get past areas or bosses. You can even take skills from one class and place them on another with ease, letting you create your own customized build. Experimenting is fun and quite expansive as you get farther in the game, with lots of choices to mix and match. 

The biggest move away from the Souls-like template is the fact that you can always have a companion by your side. Your collection of A.I. companion choices expands as you progress, and you can pick sidekicks that fit whatever your playstyle calls for, whether it’s some potent ranged damage or a brutal melee assailant. These characters do real damage to bosses and can even bring you back from the brink of death, and you can rely on them to provide valuable assistance. Your friends are still fairly fragile, and bosses will punish and kill them if you try to rely on them too much, but they’re an incredible boon and fun to work back and forth with during intense fights. You can also build up relationships with your companions at your continually developing home base to unlock powerful items, adding an additional engaging wrinkle to your friendships.

Code Vein has some cool things to enjoy along the way and some nice ideas that shake up the core formula, but they are all incidental details. The heart of Code Vein remains overburdened by stale scenery, boring bosses, and tiresome trudging, and all of that is beyond what some nice touches can redeem.
 

Score: 6.5

Summary: Code Vein has some cool quirks to explore, but lacks any of the magic that inspired it.

Concept: Discover your mysterious past while attempting to salvage a devastated world

Graphics: Flashy style accents characters and moves, but many environments and bosses are bland

Sound: The soundtrack pumps up the action, but tunes are limited and overused

Playability: Familiarity with Souls-like games helps, but new players can ease themselves in with a leveling system that supports customization without consequence

Entertainment: You can have some fun with the stylish anime accoutrements, but Code Vein leans far too heavily on its inspirations and fails to capture any of the associated magic

Replay: Moderate

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In addition, Game offers guaranteed service on all products with proof of purchase. And among the retailer’s most shopped departments are computers, appliances, furniture, outdoor and toys usually offered with best pricing in the Game leaflets. Promotions vary from lower priced groceries to percents off selected categories such as baby, laundry, kitchen, sport, liquor and many others.

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Four Things You Need To Know About The Last Of Us Part II

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Release:
February 21, 2020
Rating: Rating Pending
Platform: PlayStation 4

Naughty Dog says that The Last of Us Part II is its biggest and most ambitious title to date. Recently, we got a small (two hour) taste of this ambitious project, but we walked away incredibly satisfied. It almost goes without saying that The Last of Us fans should be excited for the game’s launch on February 21, but here are four other big takeaways from our time with the game.

Prepare to feel rage

The original Last of Us explored a child/parent relationship between Joel and Ellie. Naughty Dog says that if the first game was about exploring that kind of love, then the sequel explores a completely different kind of emotion: rage.

Ellie grew up in a broken world – a planet where a fungal outbreak transformed most of humanity into zombie-like monsters. However, by the end of the first game, Ellie reaches a safe haven where it seems that she might have the chance to build a new life and experience some of the joys that many of us take for granted. As Part II opens, Ellie lives inside a relatively safe community of people and she even has the chance to explore a romantic relationship with another young girl named Dina.

However, at some point in the game, Ellie faces a tragedy that completely changes her outlook. Naughty Dog remains tight-lipped about the nature of this tragedy, but the event sets Ellie off on a quest for revenge. In The Last of Us Part II, we’ll get to see how Ellie behaves after she’s had the safety of a “normal” life ripped from her – we’ll get to see the lengths with which Ellie will go to punish those who have hurt her. You can see the pain etched into the lines in Ellie’s face every time she sneaks up behind an enemy and slides her knife into their throat. The Last of Us Part II isn’t a game for the squeamish.

Movement is key to survival

Like the first The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s action feels grounded and brutal. Enemies coordinate their attacks and even call to each other by name. Ellie’s luck can quickly run out of she is surrounded and outnumbered. One of the best strategies remains to stay hidden for as long as possible and pick off your foes one-by-one. Fortunately, environments are large enough that I found it easy to run and find a hiding spot to catch my breath. Still, enemies won’t forget that they saw you and are constantly on your heels, which adds a lot of tension to the action. I felt like I was constantly on the move – taking a few sections to loot a room or craft an item before I had to hide again from a roaming patrol.

Unlike Joel, Ellie now has a jump button, so she can scamper and climb all over the environment. Climbing over things is sometimes a great way to avoid your captures, but it can also make you easier to spot. I found that it was often better to go low. Ellie can both crouch or go prone. Laying down in tall grass makes Ellie harder to spot, but as enemies get closer they will be more likely to see you. In The Last of Us Part II, you’re never completely hidden or safe.

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New enemies help heat up the action

The Last of Us Part II’s enemies are smarter than ever. Not only will human foes coordinate their attacks, they have a few new tools to use while hunting you. One of those tools is actually man’s best friend. Humans now employ hunting dogs, and they will use them to sniff you out. Using Ellie’s hunter’s vision, you can see your own scent trail and watch these animals slowly follow that trail to your current position. Dogs are a challenge to stealth kill because they can sense you coming, so you need to take them down from a distance with a bow and arrow or some other silent weapon. Unfortunately, you will feel like a monster every time you kill a dog. At one point, a sniped a dog’s master, and the pup started to whine and paw at his master’s feet. I didn’t have the heart to kill the dog, which may have been a mistake, because the animal eventually caught my scent and hounded me until its teeth were in my throat.

Another new enemy is a version of infected called the Shambler. These lumbering brutes aren’t too fast, but they are tanks who can’t be stealth killed and will force you to burn through a lot of ammo. At one point, I smashed the glass of a vending machine to get at the goodies inside and I inadvertently alerted a Shambler who was next door. The beast charged into my room and startled me. I tried hacking at the monster with a hatchet, but the creature released a toxic plume of gas that sent Ellie coughing her way to an early grave. Shamblers are dangerous creatures, and you should feel no shame in avoiding a fight with these horror shows.  

Crafting is still king

Crafting was an important element of the first game, and it remains a huge focus in the sequel. As you explore these dilapidated cities, you can scavenge old homes and commercial districts for ingredients to make new weapons and other supplies. As in the first game, the same ingredients can be used to make a health pack or a molotov cocktail, forcing players to make a strategic choice: do you heal up or give yourself another offensive tool to help clear out the next room? This strategic pattern is repeated multiple times in the crafting menu for The Last of Us Part II. You won’t always be able to make everything you want, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make something good.

One of the new gadgets I crafted is a trap bomb that can be strategically placed throughout the environment and triggers automatically like a landmine. I used these bombs occasionally to cover my tracks and they became a handy early warning system, alerting me whenever I was being followed.

Some crafting items will be locked behind the upgrade menu. As with the first game, Ellie finds pills throughout the environment, which she can use to upgrade her skills. I used some pills to allow Ellie to crawl faster and gain a larger boost from health packs, but you probably won’t find enough pills to upgrade Ellie completely. In fact, at one point, I found a hunting magazine that unlocked an entirely new upgrade branch filled with things like reduced weapon sway and faster movement speed while aiming. So, it’s possible that some players won’t even unlock or discover certain upgrades during their playthrough.


For more about The Last of Us Part II, be sure to watch the most recent trailer or catch up on the first game by reading our review.

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The Guns Of Borderlands 3: A Revolving Journal

From corroding the oversized armor of the arrogant Crimson Lance to shorting out deranged mechs Borderlands has always excelled at giving our bloodthirsty id something to wallow in. Now the new game is upon us, and, if you’re like me, you’re probably curious what tools of destruction 2K has given us. So, to quell our mutual curiosity I am embarking on a journey. A journey to uncover the best, most brutal weapons in the Borderlands. I’ll be updating regularly as I uncover more but without further hesitation here are the best guns I’ve found so far. As Claptrap commands, “Let’s reek righteous vengeance!”

Hostile Downsizer

After an hour of common trash, the magic happens. I kill a bad-ass skag and find my first love: the Hyperion Hostile Downsizer. This bucktastic bulldozer comes fully augmented with a bayonet, frontal shield, and most importantly, incendiary rounds. Sure, incendiary rounds are everywhere, but what makes this special is how it augments Moze: the gunner class. It’s possible to increase her incendiary potential both passively and after reloading – delighting my inner pyromaniac. The occasional spark evolves to constant immolation – downsizing every enemy to ash.

Deluxe Sureshot

Now, this gun was a surprise. I never gave pistols much consideration in the prior Borderlands but now that changes. The little wonder packs in the quickness of an SMG with the accuracy of a revolver – allowing for near-constant critical hits. The pistol’s pugnacious precision would be enough to land it on this list but leave it to Gearbox to throw in an extra burst of love. Not content being another Tediore combustible, this gun not only explodes upon reloading but also splits into three homing missiles. Let the body parts rain!  

Brashi's Dedication

After finishing the main mission, Cult Following, in the Holy Broadcast Center, I have found another treat. Finishing the side quest Head Case (activated by grabbing the head in the jar found when leaving the center) unlocks one of the game’s best early guns: Brashi’s Dedication. A gun enthusiast’s dream it combines four different shooting styles into two modes. The first is an electric mid-range rifle (think the M14 in Call of Duty) while the second is a corrosive long-range sniper. The versatility of being able to fluidly alter tactics without changing weapons is already delicious, but the varying elemental effects make this a tactical must. I will not be dropping it anytime soon. 

Searing Wolfhound

My favorite gun, thus far, graced me during my final mission on Pandora. Both a rifle and SMG this incinerator decimates. Whether it’s scoping a headshot with the semi-automatic mode or eviscerating a badass up close with fully automatic abandon, all who stand against me face hellfire. Leaving Pandora, a fully armed soldier, I’m content. Borderlands 3 has already come through by giving me multiple ways to slaughter, and I’m excited to see what creative weaponry the future holds. 

Eviscerating Nebula

After being on Promethea a grand total of 15 minutes, I have already found a replacement for my beloved searing wolfhound. I feel a sense of loss in parting ways with my recent love, but the sadness is brief since I am whisked away by fiery passion. Maliwan’s eviscerating nebula lacks the wolfhound’s sniping ability, but makes up for it with elemental ferocity. The nebula does six more fire damage, has corrosive damage, and doubles the chance for an elemental effect as compared to the wolfhound! I’m a walking incinerator. 

Stark Particle Rifle

Now I’m starting to wonder … is Maliwan just overpowered? About 30 min after finding the nebula, I find a Maliwan sniper that humiliates Brashi’s Dedication. This monstrosity does 34 elemental damage (incendiary and shock) and boasts a 30 percent chance for elemental activation. That’s triple the elemental power of Brashi’s Dedication. The gun nearly one-shots shielded enemies, so it holds a special place in my heart, but something tells me I’ll be finding something sexier soon. 

Stoic Oddy-Knocky

Ooooh, what a beauty. Despite the baffling name and lack of elemental damage, this gun is as awesome to use as it is to look at. It combines the range, impact, and aesthetic of an AK-47 with the magazine size and fire-rate of a heavy machine gun. No matter the range, this gun has me covered. The under-barrel shotgun is just icing on the cake, knocking down any enemies spry enough to get close. The Stoic Oddy-Knocky shreds supine enemies to pieces. Yeah, it’s my new main.     

Gettleburger

Now, this is a weird one. Awarded after completing the Dynasty Diner side quest, this burger bazooka barfs out rotten roach meat – drenching enemies in rancid rain. Like a fizzling fart, armored enemies evaporate into nothingness. 

Stark Krakatoa

Living up to its volcanic namesake, the Stark Krakatoa erupts with charm. Enemies killed by this sniper rifle spew forth fireballs. The flames scorch enemies, but their tiny range make them only an occasional joy. Even removing the flames, the gun lives up to its legendary status with a near assault-rifle firing rate: Hold down the trigger and watch it unleash hell. The gun annihilates from afar on every occasion, and when the time is right, it incinerates even the most rabid rabble into a lump of dust. 

Unsafe Pattern Block

Finally, I’ve found a genuine rocket launcher, and what a beefcake! While the gun has the homemade feel of a high school science project, it packs the wallop of a military-grade armament. Replete with trackers, this launcher’s missiles quickly home in on targets. Furthermore, the trackers come in the form of grenades; if they explode in the enemy’s vicinity, the missiles cannot miss. It’s assured destruction, without the mutual part.    

One Pump Chump

Living up to the One-Punch Man legacy, this godly weapon eradicates enemies in a single hit. A random drop off the One Punch mini boss, the holy armament comes with a hefty price. One Punch killed me multiple times, but it is worth the pain. Alongside deific damage this weapon boasts sniper level range and accuracy – allowing for one-shot kills from across the map. 

Unshippable Pattern Red

Like the Unsafe Pattern Bloc, the Unshippable Pattern Red looks like it came right out of some 1950 military, sci-fi propaganda. However, it boosts even greater firepower. This iteration comes with tracking darts that allow for superior firing range. Resembling a howitzer, the Unshippable Pattern Red mortars mobs from afar.

Porta-Pooper 5000

Borderlands has never shied away from potty humor, but this is a whole new level – and I love it! That’s right, I’ve found a launcher that fires not grenades but excrement! The resulting poo puddles are so nasty they cause literal radiation poisoning. The resulting radiation immediately spreads amongst enemies. Even monkeys would envy this gun’s dung throwing power. Unleash fecal fury!

Gatlin Clipper

True to the Jackob’s steam punk spirit this assault rifle boasts a classic, Victorian aesthetic. Part Gatling gun, part tommy gun, it captures the unrelenting power of the former while retaining the mobility of the latter. Ripping through health and shields with equal efficiency, it’s fantastic in most situations. Combine excellent accuracy and fire rate with a potent ricochet ability (all critical hits bounce to next closet enemy) and you have an assault rifle that decimates groups about as effectively as it does individuals. 

The Mind Killer (Guest Attribution — Alex Stadnik)

When Frank Herbert wrote the sci-fi classic Dune, I doubt he thought his work would be embodied into a video game shotgun. But in classic Gearbox form, the developers have taken the sci-fi master’s work and turned it into one of Borderlands 3’s most powerful early game weapons. What makes this legendary shotgun special is that it doesn’t use the common man’s buckshot to turn enemies into a red mist, but a multicolored soundwave that can land devastating blows from surprisingly far away. With the Mind Killer, I felt like one of the Calypso Twins, unabashedly slaughtering bandits for my own amusement and personal gain. Even now, 10 levels higher than when I first stumbled upon the Maliwan shotgun, I can’t seem to part with it. It may not do as much damage as some of the weapons on Promethea, but it still packs a punch and holds a special place in my fanatic-slaughtering heart.

Hyper-Hydrator

Okay, this gun is horrible. I feel duty bound to warn against its use. Do not pay attention to the legendary status or nostalgic nods to wonderful child-hood memories of squirt gun battles. This is no lethal squirt gun. Rather it’s about as useful as a thrift store spray bottle. Sure, it’ll take down shields, but any other shock weapon will do a better job. With limited range and unusually clunky ammo switching this gun is not a fun novelty but just a novelty. Okay, this gun is horrible. I feel duty bound to warn against its use. Do not pay attention to the legendary status or nostalgic nods to wonderful child-hood memories of squirt gun battles. This is no lethal squirt gun. Rather it’s about as useful as a thrift store spray bottle. Sure, it’ll take down shields, but any other shock weapon will do a better job. With limited range and unusually clunky ammo switching this gun is not a fun novelty but just a novelty. 

The Unique Guns We Missed

During my tenure on Pandora, there was one mystical gun that eluded me. Rewarded during the Dump on Dumptruck side-mission (activated by the bounty in Ellie’s garage), the beguilingly named Butt Plug is an easy miss. In order to receive the unique weapon, one must successfully shoot Dumptruck’s bum. As my buddy and I unfortunately learned, this is not simply shooting him in the back. Gearbox demands precise iniquity: you must shoot him DIRECTLY in the butt. The easiest way to do this is to wait for him to shove his posterior in your face. Once you have the all clear, go to town. Upon completing the mission you’ll then receive the reward: a bayonetted pistol. Appropriately, this pistol is rather weak at range but devastating up close. It does double melee damage from behind. Venture forth future proctologists! 

Goodbye, For Now

While my time with Borderlands is nowhere near over, my updates are coming to an end – at least for now. If something truly special emerges, or DLC graces us soon, I will add more. But, for now, I’ll give with my overall take on the game and its guns: It’s awesome!
Over 20 hours in, the game’s whimsy and guns still surprise me. In prior entries, I began to feel fatigue. The guns became simple, beefed up versions of prior greats. That is not true with this Borderlands 3. Even when the guns are near identical in type, there is tremendous variety in the feel and aesthetic. As a case in point, one of my early favorites, the Searing Wolfhound, has been reborn for my first cryo-weapon: The Arctic Barking Wolfhound. Being a cryo-weapon the gun already feels tremendously different as it has greater utility. Whereas the Searing Wolfhound only scorched flesh, the Arctic Barking Wolfhound tears through both skin and armor. Furthermore, while it lacks its fiery brother’s semi-automatic/sniper functionality, it boasts a potent three-shot burst: making it a powerhouse in close and mid-range fights. All it needs to be perfect is the Frozen sisters singing, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” as I’ve made so many snowmen. 
Thanks to this unprecedented gun variety, and much improved level design, I can say this game is an absolute joy. So, go forth and enjoy this wondrous shooter. I leave you with some recent footage I have captured with my most recent loves to show off just how powerful, and unique, some of these guns are despite being variants of prior iterations. Plus, there’s a special, hidden boss. Until next time, shoot and loot!  

For more Borderlands 3 be sure to check out our reviewhttps://www.gameinformer.com/review/borderlands-3/borderlands-3-review-…; and our recent discussion on the podcast.

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Board Game Rank

Title

Geek Rating

Avg Rating

Num Voters

Shop

1

Gloomhaven

(2017)

8.594

8.87

28588

[Shop]

2

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

(2015)

8.476

8.63

33205

[Shop]

3

Terraforming Mars

(2016)

8.255

8.41

44253

[Shop]

4

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

(2015)

8.246

8.51

17258

iOS App: $9.99

[Shop]

5

Twilight Struggle

(2005)

8.170

8.32

35796

iOS App: $6.99

[Shop]

6

Star Wars: Rebellion

(2016)

8.156

8.43

18018

[Shop]

7

Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)

(2017)

8.148

8.70

8389

[Shop]

8

Gaia Project

(2017)

8.137

8.52

10995

[Shop]

9

Brass: Birmingham

(2018)

8.114

8.61

7753

[Shop]

10

Scythe

(2016)

8.108

8.27

43773

[Shop]

11

Great Western Trail

(2016)

8.095

8.29

21641

[Shop]

12

War of the Ring (Second Edition)

(2012)

8.050

8.44

10605

[Shop]

13

Terra Mystica

(2012)

8.030

8.18

33972

iOS App: $9.99

[Shop]

14

Spirit Island

(2017)

8.017

8.34

14033

[Shop]

15

The Castles of Burgundy

(2011)

8.010

8.13

38805

iOS App: $8.99

[Shop]

16

The 7th Continent

(2017)

8.003

8.41

11693

[Shop]

17

7 Wonders Duel

(2015)

7.985

8.11

44405

[Shop]

18

Concordia

(2013)

7.936

8.10

21681

[Shop]

19

Brass: Lancashire

(2007)

7.925

8.14

15980

iOS App: $5.99

[Shop]

20

Viticulture Essential Edition

(2015)

7.923

8.12

19986

[Shop]

21

Arkham Horror: The Card Game

(2016)

7.920

8.21

19646

[Shop]

22

Puerto Rico

(2002)

7.909

8.03

57810

iOS App: $3.99

[Shop]

23

Mage Knight Board Game

(2011)

7.891

8.10

24512

[Shop]

24

Caverna: The Cave Farmers

(2013)

7.888

8.05

24714

[Shop]

25

A Feast for Odin

(2016)

7.882

8.18

12604

[Shop]

26

Orléans

(2014)

7.881

8.08

17224

[Shop]

27

Agricola

(2007)

7.875

7.98

58474

iOS App: $4.99

[Shop]

28

Food Chain Magnate

(2015)

7.871

8.19

10689

[Shop]

29

Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

(2016)

7.866

8.13

18423

iOS App: Free

[Shop]

30

Blood Rage

(2015)

7.833

8.02

27466

[Shop]

31

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

(2017)

7.817

8.23

8236

[Shop]

32

Wingspan

(2019)

7.809

8.09

14892

[Shop]

33

Kingdom Death: Monster

(2015)

7.804

8.75

6305

[Shop]

34

Power Grid

(2004)

7.793

7.88

51326

[Shop]

35

Mechs vs. Minions

(2016)

7.793

8.11

11827

[Shop]

36

Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

(2006)

7.786

7.98

17124

[Shop]

37

Star Wars: Imperial Assault

(2014)

7.781

8.06

17509

iOS App: Free

[Shop]

38

Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

(2012)

7.772

7.92

25779

[Shop]

39

Eclipse

(2011)

7.757

7.93

24506

[Shop]

40

Azul

(2017)

7.754

7.89

33919

[Shop]

41

Root

(2018)

7.749

8.09

11559

[Shop]

42

Le Havre

(2008)

7.745

7.89

23796

iOS App: $4.99

[Shop]

43

The Voyages of Marco Polo

(2015)

7.730

7.94

16533

[Shop]

44

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

(2012)

7.723

7.89

28406

[Shop]

45

Clans of Caledonia

(2017)

7.715

8.04

10316

[Shop]

46

Android: Netrunner

(2012)

7.696

7.89

24855

[Shop]

47

Anachrony

(2017)

7.695

8.13

8235

[Shop]

48

7 Wonders

(2010)

7.678

7.77

72019

iOS App: $4.99

[Shop]

49

Race for the Galaxy

(2007)

7.663

7.76

41749

iOS App: $6.99

[Shop]

50

Keyflower

(2012)

7.661

7.84

16585

[Shop]

51

Dominant Species

(2010)

7.652

7.85

16253

iOS App: $6.99

[Shop]

52

Caylus

(2005)

7.650

7.80

25091

[Shop]

53

Fields of Arle

(2014)

7.649

8.12

6266

[Shop]

54

Lords of Waterdeep

(2012)

7.640

7.76

40163

iOS App: $6.99

[Shop]

55

Five Tribes

(2014)

7.630

7.77

27101

[Shop]

56

Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)

(2005)

7.623

7.86

17505

[Shop]

57

El Grande

(1995)

7.620

7.77

21775

[Shop]

58

Rising Sun

(2018)

7.619

7.96

12024

[Shop]

59

The Gallerist

(2015)

7.618

8.02

7524

[Shop]

60

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

(2016)

7.617

7.81

19627

[Shop]

61

Eldritch Horror

(2013)

7.615

7.84

24929

[Shop]

62

Dominion: Intrigue

(2009)

7.599

7.74

27738

[Shop]

63

Codenames

(2015)

7.597

7.68

54458

[Shop]

64

Mombasa

(2015)

7.596

7.92

9208

[Shop]

65

Patchwork

(2014)

7.587

7.70

36143

iOS App: $3.99

[Shop]

66

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

(2008)

7.586

7.74

30572

[Shop]

67

Troyes

(2010)

7.577

7.77

15864

[Shop]

68

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

(1981)

7.568

7.79

14216

[Shop]

69

Roll for the Galaxy

(2014)

7.567

7.71

22434

[Shop]

70

Lisboa

(2017)

7.564

8.18

4746

[Shop]

71

Russian Railroads

(2013)

7.563

7.79

12725

[Shop]

72

Crokinole

(1876)

7.556

7.82

9967

[Shop]

73

Tigris & Euphrates

(1997)

7.553

7.70

23616

iOS App: $4.99

[Shop]

74

Trajan

(2011)

7.546

7.78

13142

[Shop]

75

Aeon’s End

(2016)

7.538

8.06

6300

[Shop]

76

Dominion

(2008)

7.536

7.64

70187

[Shop]

77

Teotihuacan: City of Gods

(2018)

7.535

7.97

7008

[Shop]

78

Pandemic

(2008)

7.534

7.63

86842

iOS App: $4.99

[Shop]

79

Agricola (Revised Edition)

(2016)

7.526

8.09

5697

iOS App: $4.99

[Shop]

80

T.I.M.E Stories

(2015)

7.524

7.71

20152

[Shop]

81

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

(2012)

7.520

7.74

21328

[Shop]

82

Raiders of the North Sea

(2015)

7.514

7.81

10398

iOS App: $9.99

[Shop]

83

Nemesis

(2018)

7.513

8.49

4109

[Shop]

84

Kemet

(2012)

7.510

7.74

13990

[Shop]

85

Pandemic: Iberia

(2016)

7.508

7.96

6632

[Shop]

86

Architects of the West Kingdom

(2018)

7.507

7.87

8387

[Shop]

87

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

(2014)

7.503

7.65

34347

[Shop]

88

Too Many Bones

(2017)

7.502

8.50

3366

[Shop]

89

Yokohama

(2016)

7.496

7.90

6645

[Shop]

90

Forbidden Stars

(2015)

7.487

7.97

6383

[Shop]

91

Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)

(2012)

7.486

7.72

20165

[Shop]

92

Stone Age

(2008)

7.486

7.59

39604

[Shop]

93

Alchemists

(2014)

7.478

7.69

15507

[Shop]

94

Grand Austria Hotel

(2015)

7.474

7.79

9291

[Shop]

95

Champions of Midgard

(2015)

7.469

7.78

9891

[Shop]

96

Star Realms

(2014)

7.466

7.60

30113

iOS App: Free

[Shop]

97

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

(2014)

7.460

7.79

9676

[Shop]

98

War of the Ring (First Edition)

(2004)

7.459

7.77

9544

[Shop]

99

Istanbul

(2014)

7.451

7.60

21294

iOS App: $6.99

[Shop]

100

Lorenzo il Magnifico

(2016)

7.448

7.88

6335

[Shop]

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GI Show – The Last Of Us Part II, Code Vein, Apple Arcade


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Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! On this episode we get to unpack Ben Reeves' latest adventure where he got to play several hours of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II on the PlayStation 4. After that we compare two games clearly inspired by From Software's Dark Souls: Code Vein and The Surge 2. After some wonderful community emails, in the back half of the show Andy McNamara, Andrew Reiner, and Matt Miller weigh in on the surprising launch of Apple Arcade and what it means for the game industry and mobile microtransactions.

You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten on SoundCloudstream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show.

Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below.

2:00 – The Last of Us Part II
21:00 – Humanity
21:56 – Contra: Rogue Corps
24:10 – Code Vein
28:40 – The Surge 2
34:14 – Community emails
1:32:40 – Apple Arcade impressions

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Fortnite, PUBG, Far Cry 5? Which game would you play on this gaming PC setup?

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New Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Trailer Ignites


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Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Release:
November 15, 2019
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Electronic Arts and developer Respawn Entertainment have released a new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in conjunction with other announcements for the Triple Force Friday merchandise blitz on October 4 (Fallen Order itself hits stores on November 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One).

The trailer shows Cal's companions, Jedi Knight Cere Jundo, pilot Greez Dritus, and droid BD-1, as he searches for something “precious to the Empire” and encounters Inquisitor the Second Sister as Cal and Cere try to resurrect the Jedi Order in the wake of Order 66.

The footage also appears to show worlds other than Kashyyyk, including Cal's battles with some very large and angry indigenous beings.

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