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Borderlands 2 PAX Prime 2011 Demo impressions and Interview

By: BatRastered Aug 31, 2011 | 4 Comments | Updated: Feb 22, 2012

Team Gouki went to PAX Prime in Seattle and got the scoop on Borderlands 2 from Gearbox Software. Read on for info from the demo, and watch the video interview with art director Jeramy Cooke.

Borderlands 2 was our number one game going into PAX. I've personally put 500 hours into the first game according to Raptr. (I've also got 100% of the acheivements!) It was hard to wait for the last day of the convention for our appointment with Gearbox, but it was worth it.

WarLoaderBandits

We entered the Borderlands 2 theater, adorned with art of the gunzerker and new monsters on the walls, I noticed the game was being demoed on the PC. We were introduced to Steve Gibson who proceded to give the presentation.

The first thing I noticed when they started playing the game was the addition of a minimap in the upper right corner. No more jumping into the menu to figure out where you are! It's a small touch to be sure, but it can make the game so much more enjoyable. The player then paused the game to show us the new streamlined menus. They look a whole lot better and are much narrower to fit into the split screen mode (so it looks, for now, like split screen will be vertical again). We got to see some of the Gunzerker's skill tree. You still need to be level 5 just to get your action skill and start the tree. This demo started off at level 4.

As the Gunzerker moved forward he was attacked by 2 Bullymongs, a new artic ape like creature with four arms. The Bullymongs will attack directly, or stand back and throw rocks or other pieces of the environment at you (including cars according to Steve, but we didn't see that). After picking up a "Tediore disposable gun" the player showed us how, instead of reloading a Tediore, you simply throw it away and watch it explode as a copy respawns in your hands. The explosion can be made bigger at the expense of ammo if you throw it down before the clip is empty. This was super effective against the bullymongs.

Bullymong attack

As the Gunzerker chased down his objective, a hostage you may recognize, we got to see our first bandits. The new enemy AI is a great improvement over the first Borderlands. Gone are the days where you just get some high ground and pick off the helpless saps. Now the bandits will chase you to the high ground, climbing and jumping along with you, jumping over low walls and generally not giving you any room to rest. This should help give BL2 a bit more of the challenge factor that it needs. The bandit animation has been beefed up as well; they stagger backwards realistically when shot, loose limbs if hit in the right spot, and eventually fall over dead (assuming you don't explode them of course). The animation looks great even at this early stage. The hostage, okay it was Roland the soldier class from the first game, was trapped by a mech called W4R-D3N which was moving slowly through the level and being protected by mechs. As the first round of mechs died off, the warden would shoot fireworks to signal for help and more mechs would drop in from the giant Hyperion H in the sky. As saving Roland was the objective, the waypoint moved as the warden traveled the level, showing us that mission objectives were no longer static in Borderlands 2. 

The Gunzerker

Gunzerker

The gunzerker class is a re-imagining of the bezerker (Brick) from the first game. Instead of punching things as his action skill, the gunzerker instead pulls out a second weapon which could have some awesome combined elemental effects with the right weapons. He can use ANY weapons in dual wield mode, so two rocket launchers or a minigun with a sniper. Even without knowing what the other classes action skills are, this one looks like a winner.

There's a new siren in the game too. She joined the fight about halfway through the demo to show us the drop-in/drop-out co-op that made Borderlands so successful was still in place. Gearbox would not reveal what her action skill was, only that it was definitely NOT phasewalk. (They also assured us it was "Mysterious and Powerful").

During a short driving section where we saw the new bandit truck, Steve told us that the driving mechanics had been completely re-worked so that you wouldn't get stuck on a small rock anymore. Huge smiley face there!  The vehicles also don't stop when they hit an enemy that they don't insta-kill anymore, instead the skag (in this case) flew up and over the hood as he was run down by the bandit truck. Sweet...

If you're wondering if the humor is back, well I'm happy to report that this is definitely a Borderlands game. From badguys with midgets strapped to their shields to mechs named "EXP-Loader" that self destruct (get it?). The demo brought back lots of memories of seeing the original game for the first time. (Before anyone asks, we did NOT see any claptraps.)

After the demo, we had a chance to talk to Jeramy Cooke, art director for Borderlands 2. Here's the full interview.

While we confirmed that a bank will be in BL2, it was hinted during the panel later that this might be a shared bank, allowing you to move weapons and items between your saves. Personally, I'm really hoping for this!

Borderlands 2 releases sometime in 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC (a Mac version will be released as well, and Gearbox are trying to make that simultaneous with the other three, but can't say for sure yet).

The room goes crazy as everybody gets a free copy of Borderlands 2... and also pizza.

We didn't think we were going to get into this panel as it started right after our interview with Jeramy Cooke. By the time we got to the theater, we had to wait in the standby line. We managed to get in though when they called for a group of three we were the first in the overflow line to jump for that!

Watch as Randy Pitchford does his best Oprah and gives everyone a great prize then makes the crowd recite an oath of thanks for the free gift. Everybody pulls the same "I state your name" joke too. Awesome...

Special Thanks to 2K Games, Jeramy Cooke, Steve Gibson, Gearbox Software & Randy Pitchford.

Check out the goods (code obscured by official gearbox biz card):

Borderlands 2 vouchers

Here's a look at what we'll be doing at PAX this year. Some great opportunities with Valve for CS:GO. TERA presentation & demo at En Masse Entertainment. I Got Next Screening, a Street Fighter Documentary. Very excited, we have never been to PAX. Jimah!

The major thing for us is Borderlands 2 and I've send 2K like 50+ emails and they have never responded. Steve Gibson from Gearbox has forwarded emails to them. The @2kgames Twitter account gave me her email, but says she has never received an email from me. #straightface So we're going there first thing Friday morning. I had to cancel my Bethesda appointment for this, so no matter what happens with the PR Jimmys of 2k, We're getting Borderlands 2 first and we're getting it good. Don't be a Jimmy!

**Some of these games I have no idea what I'm getting into. The most I could go off on some were just YouTube videos I've found. Tera sounds cool and yes I will come to your studio, to check it out. That sounds like fun. Skulls of Shogun is a RTS. SOLExodus, I don't know what that is. Hi-rez studios, cool. Prey 2 I saw at E3 and I'm interested to see the progress of this game. XCOM would be the last game that I'd really want to see where they are with it. Very exciting, but 2KNubfarm.

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Convention Place tunnel entrance
Dance off!

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dragonkiss83

Borderlands 2 FTW

By: dragonkiss83 Aug 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

Gameinformer has revealed their cover for September and it's great news. They will have 12 pages about the game.

My head just exploded.

" Gearbox is introducing new and more diverse environments, smarter and more powerful enemies, and an improved mission system capable of delivering a better story." Gameinformer

I picked up the first game thanks to the hype here on Gouki.com and I've loved it.  It is one of the best shooters I've played.  Getting to upgrade your character and collect loot brought in the rpg feel.  And the story was delivered with comedy so it kept you going.  I am so hyped to get info about the next game that I'll be looking for the issue and the websites to drop whatever they can.

What do you jimmies think?  Hyped for this?  Did you like the first one?  What do you hope they add?  Anything you want removed?  Don't be a Jimmy let's here what you think.

source http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/08/03/september-cover-revealed_3a00_-borderlands-2-75830-3458572.aspx

Edit - here is the official link http://www.borderlands2.com/ They say we'll get a look at PAX Rrime 2011 and Gamescon this month.

Official:

"New York, NY – August 3, 2011 – 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced today that the sequel to the extravasplosive breakout hit, Borderlands™, is currently in development at world-renowned developer Gearbox Software. Coming to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC during Take-Two's fiscal year 2013 beginning on April 1, 2012, Borderlands 2 is the epic sequel to the ultimate four-player Role-Playing Shooter loot fest. Combining invention and evolution, Borderlands 2 features all new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment, which come together in an ambitiously crafted story. Players will reveal secrets, and escalate mysteries of the Borderlands universe as they adventure across the unexplored new areas of Pandora.

  2K Games and Gearbox Software are taking this show on the road, and fans and media will be able to get their first look at the game at Gamescom 2011 from August 17 – August 21, and at PAX Prime (Booth #3417) from August 26 – August 28. Eager gamers can learn more about Borderlands 2 right now by picking up the latest issue of Game Informer Magazine, which has the worldwide exclusive cover story on the title. Readers will find many game details inside the issue, including the first reveal of one of the several new character classes being introduced in Borderlands 2."

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TERA Online first impressions

By: BatRastered Sep 6, 2011 | 2 Comments | Updated: Sep 7, 2011

Team Gouki paid a visit to En Masse Entertainment's Seattle HQ and got a first-hand look at TERA for the PC.

TERA, or The Exiled Realm of Arborea, is an MMORPG and En Masse wants you to put an "A" in front of that for Action. Team Gouki took a break from the madness of the PAX show floor to head over to En Masse Entertainment's HQ for a glimpse into what that means. First, let's get this out of the way, TERA has already been released in South Korea (home of developer Bluehole Studio) and is being localised for the N.A. and Euro markets.

Intro to TERA

As we arrived at En Masse, we were shown into the conference room and seated at computers with different class names labeled on each. As we were the first group in, we were given a choice as to what we wanted to play as. I chose the sorcerer, a high damage but low health "glass cannon" type. FnJimmy chose the archer, a ranged damage class. One of the guys from En Masse would play as the Mystic (healer) class to keep all of us n00bs alive for the demo. Typically, one of their staff would play as the tank as well, but we had a full room, so to maximize the available PCs another member of the gaming press was seated at the tank station.

En Masse conf room

There are a total of eight classes (to start) for TERA; two healers, two tanks, and four damage classes. You probably need at least one tank and one healer in your party if you want to do well against the tougher enemies or raids.

After we were given a brief overview of the game mechanics and story, we jumped right in to the game. What makes TERA an "Action" MMORPG is that you have to aim and move (and dodge) in real time. The fights are more Mass-Effect like, just with a bunch more options. I had opened up the menu to look at what my spells did, since the icons were unfamiliar, most of the others in the group had done the same or were playing around with the dodge mechanic in the empty hallway leading into the room full of monsters. Not FnJimmy. No, he had to go all LEEEROY JENKINNNNS!!! on us and rush into the action where he agro a bunch of monsters and drew them back into the narrow hallway where we were all standing. Actual quote from the En Masse staff: "That's not good, I'd be surprised if you survived this." Fuckin' Jimmy!

FnJimmy plays TERA

I stood rear guard and killed some of the monsters that were chasing FnJimmy down the hall while the rest of the group cleared the door so we could get into the large room we were supposed to be fighting in. We made it, barely. Now it was time for a boss fight, TERA allows you to combo chain your attacks together when they connect, I quickly learned that my standard attack (a fireball) could be chained off of the #4 spell on my keyboard (an electrical ball attack that was slow) and allow a follow-up ice bomb. These follow up combos were done by simply pressing the spacebar after your first move connected (provided your cross hairs were still on target) and increased in damage massively. I was taking off 11,000+ points of damage on the boss every time. Our tank player was good at keeping the boss's attention away from us weaker characters and the healer kept him alive and the rest of us buffed up. We dropped the boss without anyone dying. Sweet.

BatRastered on TERA

GoukiJones then subbed in for FnJimmy to get a taste of the archer, I kept playing. We went to fight another boss who had minions he would summon periodically. It was a fierce battle that took the remainder of our time, but we came out on top, again with zero deaths. First group to do that according to the En Masse staff, and we did it without their tank!

Honestly, TERA was a big surprise for me at PAX, because I'm not a huge MMO fan. Adding the "Action" to it made a huge difference, and I liked what I saw of this more than I did of SW:TOR (although this was the third show where I've seen TOR, I played it over 15 months ago at E3 2010, so maybe I'm just tired of looking at it, seriously release that shit already).

The folks at En Masse are putting a lot into the end-game of TERA as well, there will be elections and cross-server invasions (or defense depending on what side you're on I guess). I don't know how much of that I'll be into, PvP was never my thing on RPGs.

TERA is scheduled to be released in North America and Europe in Spring 2012.

In case you missed it. I gave that chopper my most devestating move. I had to choose between my regular fireball or my normal dragon punch. Whatch what happens.

These auctions start at a penny because we want you guys to decide what these items are worth to you. We just need the money. lol. All the profits from these auctions help Gouki.com pay the bills. Thank you very much.

Check it out, it's an inflatable Mass Effect 3 OmniBlade. That's the coolest thing IMO. The DLC code is for nubfarm and the medal is okay. But the OmniBlade, you blow it up and wear it on your wrist and PWN your closest friend. Both actual items are great for any Mass Effect cosplayer too.

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Arthvader

Thanks for the PAX swag pakage

By: Arthvader Aug 31, 2011 | 5 Comments | Updated: Aug 31, 2011

A package arrived today with swag from PAX.

First of all, I would like to thank the Gouki.com staff for sending me this sweet swag pakage. This is by far one of the coolest pieces of merchandise you've sent me. Here's the pic of all that I received in the mail, which just arrived today:

 

PAX Swag

As I said, this is some really cool swag. I'll be hanging that KOFXIII Poster soon. I also like the Halo related items here, such as the Halo Fest Badge and the Mega Block Halo set.

 

In addition, since I haven't done it yet, I've decided to set a picture of what I received from E3 as well. Here's the pic:

 

E3 Swag

 

Again, thank you for the sweet swag you've sent me. Gouki.com, #1 in the world

 

 

UPDATE:

I took some time out of my day to make the Halo Mega Block Warthog. Here's Some Pics of it:

 

Tron is my favorite character in Marvel VS Capcom 3. While playing UMvC3 I noticed that the chains just weren't there anymore. Jimmy don't like that!

FnJimmy and I had the pleasure to square off against one another in UMv3 a few times over the weekend. We have our first match on tape and you can watch that below. But before you do, I would like to clarify that I do not like anything about UMvC3 except that it has more characters that I might want to use.

Tron is definitely not the same, the simple drill into medium attack, repeat and carry on combo is gone. You can clearly see in the video me attempting to do it. Maybe the timing is different in UMvC3, maybe not, I was struggling for sure. I don't like the health bars. I'm totally confused which is which, it's dark and hard to see, especially when everything in UMvC3 is already moving fast enough and is all over the screen.

I used Dr. Strange and Nemesis and you can see my PWNn with Strange in the video below, but not so much with the Nemesis. I don't like him too much. Another time we played I used Ghost Rider again(I used him at EVO.) Ghost Rider is cool, Hulk don't like that chain reaching across the map and neither does FnJimmy. So if my Tron truly is nerfed, it be Ghost Rider stepping in as of now. Don't be a Jimmy! Watch the video and leave some comments below. And don't forget to hype the UMvC3 up on the catalog page.

GoukiJones VS FnJimmy UMvC3 PAX 2011 World Championship

Believe it or not, I did not play this game at E3 or EVO. What is wrong with me? There's something about it I just don't like. Nnnnnnnnnnuab!

Of course I chose Kuma and Poison. A perfect Menage a trois in my humble opinion. I would have rather played this demo with 1 hand and my pants around my ankles. Double tap heavy to chain a tag out? Ok. I understood, but still perhaps made a mistake with that once or twice, but what a weird button config for that.

Kuma is slow and awkward has hell, I didn't like him. And of course BatRastered gives me no chance, he's at least played the game before. Spitting all over me with that stupid Yoshimitsu green spit. Poison is weird as well with her fireball whip thingy. I had no idea what was going. No idea how to do supers and I kept wasting my meter swapping out and doing EX type moves.

Just watch the video. Are you hype?

Then we all had the honor to watch FnJimmy go to work on some random nuab who challenged him at PAX. FnJimmy chose Michelle and Chun Li. What the fuck? The other guy has Ryu and some Tekken Jimmy I'm unaware of. FnJimmy finishes the match the only way he knows how, by turtling his ass off. What a Jimmy!

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BatRastered

Razer reveals the Blade gaming laptop at PAX

By: BatRastered Aug 30, 2011 | 8 Comments

You want to play PC games on a laptop, but don't want to sacrifice true portability? Razer has the answer, but it will cost you...

Yeah, $2,800 is a little steep for a laptop these days. It is made of milled aluminum like a Mac Book Pro and has some insane specs:

  • 2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Processor
  • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
  • 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
  • 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
  • Built-in HD Webcam
  • Integrated 60Wh Battery
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
  • 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)

No word on how long that battery will last with all that power hungry hardware, but dang that's a sweet setup. The custom "switchblade" buttons that change based on the game your playing and the touchscreen/touchpad mouse are not really available anywhere else, so there's that. I still can't help but think that I could buy a Mac Book Pro plus a super high powered desktop for that much money though.

Razer Blade

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Borderlands 2 PAX presentation audio recording

By: BatRastered Sep 1, 2011 | 1 Comments

No video was allowed inside the demo for Borderlands 2 at PAX prime 2011 in Seattle. Someone left the mic on though...

We've added some helpful screen shots to make it more interesting. Enjoy!

Are you hyped for BL2?

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