Upon the release of Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software promised some great and original DLC add-ons for the game and they haven't yet failed to deliver on that score. Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep - out now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC - is no exception.
Here are a few things we've been loving with the new content:
The writing in Borderlands 2 is some of my absolute favorite work in the last few years and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the Dragon Keep DLC. Centered around the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired tabletop game Bunkers and Badasses, Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep serves as a playful homage to all-things nerd culture. This is, perhaps, Anthony Burch's finest work and that is saying something.
If you're a fan of fantasy or tabletop games, Dragon Keep is a must-have for you.
Gearbox Software has released the official skill tree for Krieg the Psycho, the next player class to be introduced in Borderlands 2, and there's a lot here to digest. You can view the full skill tree right here, but let's take a look at some of the highlights.
Buzz Axe Rampage
Krieg's action skill, as we had previously heard, is Buzz Axe Rampage, in which Krieg's melee damage and movement speed are increased and earning kills will instantly refill your health bar. This essentially turns Krieg into a killing machine, but remember it does not affect ranged weapons at all as Krieg is a melee character first and foremost.
Other standouts in Krieg's skill trees include:
Buzz Axe Bombardier - when thrown, your Buzz Axe now has dynamite attached to it that explodes on impact.
Bloodsplosion - killing an enemy will cause an Elemental Nova that matches the element of the weapon used to kill them. If no element is applied, the Nova will use explosive damage.
Light the Fuse - when activated, Fight For Your Life is replaced with Light the Fuse. Krieg pulls out a bundle of dynamite, earning a kill with which will cause you to be revived.
Release the Beast - if Krieg is at 33% or less health when activating Buzz Axe Rampage, his health will instantly be refilled and he will turn into a Badass Pyscho Mutant. This also comes with increased melee damage and damage reduction.
Fire a Fiend - melee attacks have the chance to ignite enemies.
Raving Retribution - when on fire, homing balls of fire will target your attacker and explode on impact, locked to a rate of one ball of fire per second.
Krieg will be available in The Pyscho Pack which releases tomorrow, May 14th, for $9.99.
Telltale Games has announced a pretty awesome lineup of bonus characters coming to their upcoming game Poker Night 2. The game itself, of course, is a poker game and not actually a shooter but with all of these awesome FPS-related bonuses, we just had to share.
To start with, players will be able to play a few hands with Claptrap from Borderlands at the table. To ensure everyone is playing by the rules, hands will be dealt by none other than GLaDOS from Valve's iconic Portal franchise. On top of those great characters, players will also be able to earn 'Bounty Unlocks' in Poker Night 2, that include skins and character heads for use in Borderlands 2 as well as some special accessories that can be used in Team Fortress 2 (PC exclusive).
Other goodies include Xbox 360 avatar items and premium themes for PlayStation 3.
Before you start scratching your head, yes the psycho bandits in Borderlands 2 are normally on receiving end of your bullets but in the next player class add-on for the game, you are actually playing as the bandit for a change.
Krieg is an ex-psycho bandit that serves as a brawler-style character class in Borderlands 2. His skills are mainly melee based and make use of his Buzz Axe. We don't have the full skill trees for Krieg yet, unfortunately, but we're definitely excited to see more from him. Hit up the source link for some images of Krieg's skill trees, it's not much but it's all we have right now!
The Krieg update will go live in May for $10.00 on all platforms. Check him out in action in the video above.
Gearbox also announced that the next campaign DLC will be released sometime towards the end of June but no details on what that will entail.
We should have more solid information after PAX wraps up today in Boston, most of this stuff is being collected piecemeal so doubtless Gearbox will release full trailers and previews on YouTube either later today or throughout this week. Stay tuned!
Announced this morning at Gearbox's panel at PAX East, we've learned that Borderlands 2will be getting two pretty significant updates.
The first update is definitely a long awaited one for some Borderlands 2 players. Gearbox is going to be bringing the level cap up to 61 from it's current cap at 50. The level cap add-on will actually run you $5.00 unless you have already purchased the season pass for Borderlands 2. This update will also include the return of Pearlescent weapons, which were a high-level weapon type from the original Borderlands.
Secondly, Gearbox is going to be adding a third playthrough difficulty mode for people looking to run through the game again on an even higher difficulty. The game shipped such that once you completed the game, you could play it through a game on True Vault Hunter Mode for an even deeper challenge. Well, if that wasn't enough for you, perhaps Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode will sate your appetite.
This is going to be an even more challenging difficulty and will only be available to players who have reached level 50 or above. This content update will be completely free.
Both of these big Borderlands 2 updates are coming on April 2nd and will presumably be available on all platforms, though we haven't confirmed that yet.
This was just revealed this morning and we had to share it, because we know that a lot of you guys are big Minecraft fans. Coming to Xbox 360 in Skin Pack 4 are four brand new skins for the game featuring classic Borderlands characters.
These skins are going ot be available as part of the larger skin pack that will most likely retail at 160MSP as all previous skin packs have gone for. This is just the latest in a growing love affair between Gearbox Software and Minecraft. We haven't forgotten that epic Minecraft easter egg, have we?
All told, players will be able to outfit their character as Lilith, Brick, Mordecai and Claptrap.
2K Games announced in an investor call yesterday that Borderlands 2 is rapidly approaching 6 million units sold, easily surpassing the 4 million that the original Borderlands notched. If Borderlands 2 reaches 6 million units sold - which it will - it will become 2K Games' best-selling game to date. As you may have assumed, Borderlands 2 was 2K's biggest game in 2012.
Speaking on the call, Take-Two Interactive CEO (2K Games' parent company) said:
Building on its extraordinary launch in September, Borderlands 2 continues to expand its audience and remains on pace to become the highest-selling title in 2K's history. It has also been the largest contributor to our digitally delivered revenue this year, driven both by strong sales of full game downloads, and high attach rates for the title's add-on content, especially the Borderlands 2 Season Pass.
Gearbox Software has officially been hacked. Or at least their Twitter account @Echocasts has been hacked.
This time, it's none other than Sir Hammerlock himself who has taken over control of the account. But don't worry, he's not out to wreak some social revolution in 140 characters or less, he's just here to announce some brand new Borderlands 2 DLC. 'Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt' is officially set to release on January 15th, bringing some brand new content to Borderlands 2 in the form of new weapons and new player customization, including heads and skins for all characters. The team also released a brand new trailer for the content update, which you can see after the break below.
Earlier this month, Gearbox Software released Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage for Borderlands 2. This second DLC expansion has a lot of great content to offer, and we've gone hands-on to help our readers make an educated purchase.
Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage doesn't raise the level cap in Borderlands 2 or include any new vehicles, but don't let that make you think that this DLC pack is light on content. Clocking in at roughly 6 - 8 hours, depending on your playstyle, Mr. Torgue brings a lot of fresh gameplay for not a very high price tag. The campaign revolves around the Badass Crater of Badassitude and the arena that it plays home to.
If you signed up for the season pass when Borderlands 2 came out, then this content is already yours. If not, then hopefully you can learn something new and see the DLC in action for yourself in the video above!