ManaTank Podcast – 9/17/2012

ManaTank Podcast – 9/17/2012

Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Borderlands 2 and a ringing Resident Evil: Retribution endorsement, all in the face of the Go-Pro camera.

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Borderlands 2 Doomsday Trailer and Release Date

Borderlands 2 Doomsday Trailer and Release Date

We knew Borderlands 2 was coming, we just didn’t know when. But as of now, Gearbox software has made it officially official with a solid release date and a killer Doomsday announcement trailer.

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The Borderlands 2 Weapon Manufacturer Showcase

The Borderlands 2 Weapon Manufacturer Showcase

Borderlands had a massive amount of weaponry, and the sequel is going to have a whole lot more, judging by the amount of different in-game weapon manufacturers that have been revealed by Gearbox.

The guns, this time around, are designed to have significantly more personality than they did in the first game – basically you’ll know what brand a weapon is based on how it looks, and soon you’ll be able to tell which one’s your favourite. There’s bound to be hundreds of unique combinations after all, so it’s great to see Gearbox is already planning on packing their sequel with more content than the first.

But what exactly are some of these companies? Well, allow me to educate you:

Bandit

The weaponry of choice of none other than the Bandits, the idea behind this weaponry is it’s very ramshackle – the bandits have basically grabbed whatever they can find and have jammed it all together to create a weapon. For example, a sniper rifle may have a scope made out a glass bottle instead of conventional materials – they do, however, apparently have larger magazine sizes.

DAHL

Returning from the first game in the series, DAHL weaponry is the ‘realistic’ weaponry of the Borderlands universe. These are the type of weapons you’d find kicking around other FPS’s such as COD, and as such they’re designed to be similar to a lot of modern weaponry. Basically these are the guns for those who don’t want to be unconventional, and are therefore probably going to be quite dull to use compare to some of the others. Oh well!

Hyperion

Quite difficult to find in the original Borderlands, Hyperion guns are top of the range, usually unique weapons that give the player unique bonuses. They’re also the primary manufacturers of CL4PTrAPS, as well as the mysterious satellite that you may remember put in an appearance at the end of the original Borderlands.

VLADOF

Russian guns equipped with minigun barrels, even when they’re AK47’s. Certainly very Borderlands-ish, these weapons were famously unaccurate in the first title, although I can’t imagine minigun barrels allowing the player to maintain much accuracy.

There’s a load more information about some of the other weapon’s manufacturers over at GameInformer, who are doing  month long coverage of the title.

 

 

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Borderlands 2 Officially Set for 2012

Borderlands 2 Officially Set for 2012

It should come as no surprise that a sequel is being planned to a game that was a bit of a smash-hit, but according to Eurogamer, the sequel to multiplayer and slightly mad shooter Borderlands should be seeing the light of day come 2012.

Citing an unamed source claiming to be ‘close to the game’ Eurogamer goes on to state that the game will release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC next year, and that an official announcement from THQ should be coming along very shortly.

Of course, like all rumours, take this with a pinch of salt until we receive totally official confirmation of the title. However, given how well received the first game in the franchise was, it almost seems inevitable that a sequel should be planned; in fact, they’d be positively mad not to make one.

Borderlands, if you’re not familiar with the game, is a single-player or multiplayer RPG/shooter hybrid that takes place in a large, open-world and totally non-linear environment. It also boasts the largest collection of different guns I’ve ever seen in a videogame – there’s so much variation and each and every playthrough will probably find you netting a different set of weapons each time.

We’ll be sure to tell you all about official confirmation of Borderlands 2 should THQ decide to officially announce it.

Update: THQ has announced the game officialy via a press release today after this article’s publication, confirming that the title will indeed be released after April 1st, 2012 at some point.

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