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  1. Jason Clement

    New PS Vita Model Heading to North America

    Originally unveiled for Japan last Fall, the new "slim" PS Vita model is now confirmed to be coming to North America, and a Borderlands 2 bundle will be available along with it at launch. The bundle is set to sell for $199, which includes the new slim Vita in black, an 8GB memory card, Borderlands 2, and six DLC packs. As for the new Vita itself, it's 20% slimmer, 15% lighter, and has increased battery life for up to 4-6 hours of gameplay. Unfortunately, the OLED screen is replaced with an LCD in this version, which accounts for part of the cheaper cost. At the moment, there's no specific release date for this new model or the bundle, but Sony says it is coming sometime this Spring. Source: PlayStation Blog Will you be buying the new Vita model?
  2. http://www.gatheryourparty.com/articles/2012/11/12/pound-of-flesh/ A bit of an old article, but an interesting read, and a bit more relevant now than it was in November. Only slightly, though. Basically, it goes over how the original Borderlands' art style is *very* similar to a certain stylized movie. While this news was revealed a long time ago by Kotaku (here's that article), no one ever bothered to ask the movie director himself his thoughts on Borderlands' similarities, and that's what this article does. In light of Gearbox's messing up of the new Aliens game, everyone will be sure to enjoy another case of Gearbox being lame, right? Any thoughts? I take the article with a grain of salt myself, but it's an interesting read regardless
  3. While 2012 was certainly the year of the heavy-hitters, it felt painfully derivative and devoid of inspiration for me. Perhaps I'm becoming jaded. Perhaps it simply takes too much to satisfy me these days. Whatever the case may be, I wasn't particularly impressed with the whole of games this year. However, I was able to weed out a few that I did quite enjoy, many of which feel much more like unconventional choices -- are my tastes changing or is the overall quality of the hundreds of sequels releasing each year declining? Who can say? The only thing I'm sure of is this: these are ten of my favorite games of 2012, and I'm hoping you can get behind my reasoning. Let's talk my favorite games of 2012. 10. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Official GP Review Say what you will about this admittedly bland RPG, but I couldn't stop coming back to it. Even when I grew tired of hacking and slashing through the same three dungeons, collecting flowers and herbs, and grinding, I came right back the next day. It's a shame we'll likely never see another, because something about this high fantasy tale rubbed me the right way. 9. Asura's Wrath Official GP Review I'm an enormous Dragon Ball Z fan, and I'll be a shounen anime junkie for life. Perhaps that's why I instantly gravitated toward Asura's Wrath. Maybe it was the Street Fighter IV-esque logo, the over-the-top carnage, or maybe it was the visceral, raw action showcased within. I wasn't even bothered that most of the game took place across several well-positioned quick-time events. It was simply a full-on adrenaline rush that looked as fantastic as it played. Let's not forget how majestic the Brahmastra looked -- seriously, Death Star what? 8. Dyad Rhythm and music games are my forte, but I'm also a huge rail-shooter enthusiast, and the synesthetic sensibilities of Dyad were reminiscent of the many long nights I spent with the classic Rez. Neons, delightful audio puzzles, and pure graphical intoxication made Dyad clearly one of the best downloadable titles (closest to the classics of my personal heyday of gaming) I've had the pleasure of purchasing this year. 7. Halo 4 In many ways Halo 4, like fellow Xbox 360-exclusive stablemate Gears of War 3, is alien to the rest of the series in many ways. But rather than in a disconcerting manner, it hit all the high notes. Updated graphics, a completely retooled soundtrack, and an affecting cliffhanger of an ending were enough to rekindle interest gone by in the long-running franchise, and while aspects of it weren't perfect, it was one of the most human Halo games we've seen yet. And I'm ready for more. 6. Mass Effect 3 Official GP Review Endings be damned, Mass Effect 3 was one engaging ride. Though I was initially lukewarm on the original years ago when I first played through it, the series quickly grew on me with its endearing relationship options, tight combat, and a narrative I couldn't get enough of. I fought until the end, and the backlash meant nothing to me. Mass Effect was a ride I'd gladly take again and again, because you can't denounce an entire franchise when you had so much fun to speak of on the way to the ending. I also cheated on Liara. 5. Minecraft (XBLA) Say what you will about the lack of features in the Xbox 360 release of the wildly popular PC sandbox game, but it drew in brand new audiences and players who may never have been in the line of sight of a creeper on the prowl. Its simplification of a game that might have mystified others with crafting and the various nuances of gameplay turned into a fantastic departure on the Xbox 360, and one I enjoyed with friends who couldn't afford a gaming PC (or PC for that matter) time and time again. It may never be as complete of a package as the PC version is, but it's an extremely competent release that deserves your time and attention, infinitely more so than the mobile version. 4. Borderlands 2 What can be said about Borderlands 2 but loot, loot, loot? While I felt it did little to advance the franchise, it did excel at what the games have done best at so far: giving me stuff to pick up. Handsome Jack was a deliciously devious villain, the additional characters were entertaining (especially latecomer Mechromancer Gage), and I choked back a few tears when some of my favorite teammates were murdered. It was the greatest co-op challenge I had this year, and for that I must thank Gearbox in the middle of wartime debauchery and zombie nonsense for giving me something a little more light-hearted to adventure with. 3. Little Inferno I typically allot little time to independent releases that take only a few hours to complete, but I'm so glad I stopped to see what all the commotion was about here. Little Inferno is a game about burning things: magnets, miniature nukes, cat plushies, and anything you can get your hands on from Tomorrow Corporation's several catalogues, but it's also a post-apocalyptic tale that resonates with the player. You'll laugh your way through the unlockable combos, but come time for the game to end, you'll be singing another tune. 2. Hotline Miami Official GP Review Gaudy fonts, hip techno beats, gore, and violence? Someone tapped into my personal "favorites" list when it comes to design, fashion, and media. All they needed was a little glitter and it would have been set, but Hotline Miami hit the ball out of the park as-is. I won't ruin it for you. Just pick it up on Steam and get ready for some disturbing, action-packed gore -- roll on up in your DeLorean and take everyone out. 1. Persona 4 Golden Persona 4 received a lot more love than my personal favorite, Persona 3, but nevertheless Persona 4 Golden meant the most to me this year in the realm of RPG gaming and more. It sports a phenomenal amount of content packed into a single card. One of the PlayStation 2's greatest role-playing games of all time graced the Vita with slick, vivid aesthetic improvements, loads of additional areas to explore, and tons of reasons to come back even if you've beaten the game into the ground. I'm not one to come back to a game once it's been completed, but this is one re-release that was worth the hype, and quite possibly the most fun I had all year.
  4. Jason Clement

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  5. This year saw the opening of a video games exhibit in the museum in the Smithsonian and the promise of one in the Museum of Modern Art next March, as well as a video game whose score was nominated for a friggin“ Grammy. Video game culture is evolving, and the Pangaea that was once the entirety of “video games” has broken off into a number of continents. Point-and-click adventures, top-down arcade bloodbaths, rhythm RPGs – it seems like no genre is off limits in this new, hopeful era of gaming, ruled by passion and creativity. In no particular order, here are some of my personal highlights of what I truly hope is a gaming renaissance. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Official GP Review Theatrhythm makes my list not only because it“s an extremely addictive and unique game, combining RPG elements with rhythm-based gameplay in an experience that lasts far longer than the initial run through (I“ve put in over 55 hours so far); I“m also including it because it“s the best Final Fantasy game released in recent memory, a fact that is as sad as it is indicative of the gaming culture shift we are witnessing. Formulaic gameplay might have worked for a while, but with so many creative titles on the market, it wouldn“t be a stretch to say that shallow cookie-cutter sequels (like, ahem, Final Fantasy XIII-2) won“t keep the attention of the new gaming crowd, whose attentions are constantly threatened by a rainbow-like barrage of great new properties. Hotline Miami Official GP Review While larger studios were preoccupied with crafting storylines, characters, special effects, and whatever else in their attempts to distract us from what was often the same old experience, smaller groups have demonstrated a natural talent for proving the adage that "less is more." Hotline Miami, made by a couple of guys and a handful of composers, has you infiltrating buildings and strategically wasting goons in short bursts (by shooting them, throwing pipes at them, or my favorite, knocking them out by timing the opening of doors just right) using only the WASD keys and mouse, in a top-down perspective reminiscent of the first Grand Theft Auto. It“s laughably simple, and yet this game emanates with blood-soaked charm and an arcade-style addictive quality that will keep you entertained far longer than most of the big-budget titles that came out this year. The Walking Dead If there“s anything that represents the point of this list, it“s this: an adventure game based on a popular comic that features a riveting story, multi-dimensional character relationships, and choices that affect the game in ways that range from the subtle to the devastating. More important, though, is that The Walking Dead is possibly revitalizing the entire point-and-click adventure genre, a category that has been pretty much dead itself to the larger gaming populace since the days of Grim Fandango. I don“t know what it means when a low-budget indie game can make this kind of impact on the industry, but it“s surprising, exciting, and likely to inspire a whole new wave of would-be game designers to work with the archaic game genre of their choice. Journey Official GP Review As you traverse through a mountainous desert landscape with your partner – an anonymous online player with whom you can“t communicate save for a wordless shout – you get the sensation an early explorer must have felt after docking his ship at an unknown island for the first time. Stunning landscapes, emotionally-charged co-op gameplay, and an evocative, Grammy-nominated soundtrack all come together to produce something far bigger than the sum of its parts. It seems like an insult to call this a “game.” This is humanity, programmed and interpreted. Borderlands 2 And yet, amidst this paradigm shift into more minimalistic and avant-garde attitudes, there remains the knowledge that a game may not have to do something entirely unprecedented as long as it does a phenomenal job of pulling you into it and keeping you there. Also, that a big budget can still be used to kick entire truckloads of ass. Borderlands 2 isn“t just about the millions of guns you can acquire, or the constant barrage of tasks and rewards, or about the unique, colorful characters or well-written dialogue or the sheer hilarity of playing it for even half an hour. It“s about how all of these things conflate into an unequivocally magnificent experience.
  6. This year has proved to be a rather great year for video games. From new IPs to highly anticipated sequels, gamers of all kinds have been given plenty of great titles to play. While I haven't been able to play every game released this year, there have been a few that I just can't get enough of. For a title to be considered 'game of the year' material for me, it has to offer something special and keep me wanting to play it well past beating the final boss. Below are my games of the year in no set order. If you haven't had the chance to play these, I recommend you do so. Borderlands 2 What is there to say about Borderlands 2? If you loved the first one, then you will be pleased to know that the sequel is bigger and better. The humor is great and it offers so much more in the way of guns and gameplay. The four Vault Hunters are back but you don't get to use them. Instead, they're given important roles in the story and you get control over one of five new characters with their won unique classes. With the new DLCs being released and possible new characters to use, Borderlands 2 has been soaking up a lot of my gaming time. Guild Wars 2 I have to admit that outside of a couple of F2P MMOs, I haven't really given the MMO genre a shot. Guild Wars 2 just seemed to dazzle me with the different world events and being able to play with others no matter your level. While I did enjoy Diablo III when it came out, I lost interest in it once I completed the first playthrough. With Guild Wars 2, I can see myself putting in tons of hours just to uncover each nook and cranny in the vast worlds. Not to mention, the holiday events so far have been wonderfully handled with very few issues. Adventure TIme: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! This handheld title might not see a spot any other GOTY lists, but it makes its way on mine for two simple facts: the game's premise fits the Adventure Time style perfectly, and gamers of all ages will enjoy it. Its Zelda II-like gameplay is sure to please old school gamers. This is a game that appeals to not only fans of the show but gamers who enjoy the gameplay on their handheld systems. It's not too lengthy of a game but it's not one that can be finished within an hour either.
  7. Borderlands 2 may be off obtaining new loot at various video game award shows, but Gearbox Software employees are not simply sitting inside the company“s money vault doing the backstroke. Gearbox Software is keeping Borderlands 2 on everybody“s mind by promptly releasing new content, which does not appear to be changing in the near future. Gearbox forum members initially spotted three new trophies following an update on the Playstation 3, unearthing some minor details about the next task in queue for the vault hunters. Sir Hammerlock“s Big Game Hunt, confirmed to Joystiq, will be the third piece of downloadable content provided for Season Pass holders. This potentially bizarre safari will be following Mr. Torgue“s Campaign of Carnage and Captain Scarlett & Her Pirate“s Booty, both of which were well-received by critics.
  8. Vault Hunters. Are you in search for new loot? Borderlands 2 owners may remember seeing notifications on the game's menu that bonus loot may be available through Facebook and Twitter. Gearbox Software and Randy Pitchford have been doing "test runs" for their newly developed SHiFT program by releasing a hefty number of free Golden Key codes throughout the last month. Gearbox Software is offering a different type of loot through social media networks today, exclusive Borderlands 2 Halloween themed costumes. The first costume is already available and features Maya, the Siren, in her "Fright of the BumbleBee" costume. In order to redeem these costumes simply load Borderlands 2, head to the "EXTRAS" menu and select the SHiFT Code option. Salvador's "Killer Bee" costume is next and will be available starting at 12:00 PM CST. Happy Halloween.
  9. Shakefire is giving away a copy of Borderlands 2 if anyone doesn't have it yet. I'll enter and if I win by some lucky chance, I'll give it away on here. They are offering the choice of PS3 or 360 version. I still haven't gotten far in the game, so if anyone wants to play some co-op on PSN just let me know. I'm only level 5 at the moment. The giveaway ends on October 26th. http://www.shakefire...e/borderlands-2
  10. Gearbox Software unleashed the Mechromancer into Pandora earlier this week, but that patch included a bit more than just a character addition. Users on the official Gearbox Software forumsdid a bit of digging in their Steam files and uncovered that new Pirate-themed downloadable content could be the next addition to the Borderlands 2 universe. Gearbox Software confirmed today that Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate Booty will not only be the first piece of downloadable content available, but that this new Star Wars inspired content will also be available on October 16! In this pack the heroes of Pandora will be put face-to-face with a group of bandits who have embraced their destiny as pirates without oceans. The vault hunters will travel a vast desert on Sand Skiffs, a new type of vehicle, while en route to plundering more loot. Borderlands 2 fans can also expect to receive a pirate-themed vault hunter head, encounter new enemies, struggle against a new raid boss and even scavenge a new class currency. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate Booty will be available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC for $9.99 (800 Microsoft Points), but will also be available as the first installment for those who purchase the $29.99 “Season Pass.” Will this quick scheduling of extra content keep your interest in Borderlands 2 or will it simply lead to a burnout?
  11. The Mechromancer awaits her entry onto center stage, but Borderlands 2's fifth vault hunter may just be a little bit too anxious to wait her turn. Randy Pitchford, the President of Gearbox Software, announced via twitter that the Mechromancer will actually be making her debut an entire week early. Gaige, accompanied by her trusty Deathtrap, was originally scheduled to make her appearance on Pandora just four weeks after the retail release of Borderlands 2. According to Pitchford, this character will bring her unique skillset to Pandora on every platform by the end of the day. This bonus content will be available for 800 Microsoft Points, approximately $10, but the content will also be available at no extra cost for those who pre-ordered the title from select retailers and redeemed their Premiere Club code. Will you be joining Pandora's struggles as a Mechromancer?
  12. Just found another Borderlands 2 giveaway...a couple days left on it. http://www.cotygeek.com/borderlands-2-giveaway/
  13. Borderlands 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Gearbox Studios' cult classic, finds itself as the latest game to jump on the "Season Pass" bandwagon. Borderlands 2, whose September 18th release date is rapidly approaching, will now be receiving a discounted bundle for new content set to be released through June 2013. According to Gearbox Studios and 2K Games the season pass will be priced at $29.99 (2400 Microsoft Points) and offer buyers 4 downloadable packs. Conversely, players will also be able to purchase these content packs individually for $9.99 (800 Microsoft Points) once they are released. The season passes will not only be available directly through Playstation Network, Steam and Xbox 360, but will also be available directly from Gamestop. The content of the expansions will remain a mystery, but gamers can expect new areas to explore and enemies to obliterate. If the original Borderlands expansions are any indication of what one could expect, then this pass could be a great gift that keeps on giving. Interested in Borderlands 2 and still on the fence about making the purchase or short on cash? Check out Game Podunk's Games Are Everything But Small MEGA Giveaway to win yourself a copy of the game!