Borderlands 3 "will be specifically for next-gen"

Borderlands 3 "will be specifically for next-gen"

The Borderlands Series have been one of favorites. And when I heard about the pre-sequel, I was excited at the thought of playing as some of favorite vault hunters, unfortunately that title was only for last gen systems. But now, with E3 right around the corner, I’ve been hearing more whispers of a “Borderlands 3” for the next gen and the good ladies and gents at 2k/Gearbox are apparently serious about giving us just that.

A little while back, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff was quoted as saying “Looking further ahead, we have robust long-term pipeline of titles in development, including ground-breaking new intellectual properties and new releases from our proven franchises.”

 

“We can confirm that 2K and Gearbox Software will develop an all new Borderlands game built specifically for the next-gen consoles.”

Hopefully you guys out there are equally stoked as I am about this. The Borderlands series have not disappointed yet and I’m sincerely hoping they can continue that trend with the upcoming incarnation of the series. Granted with a better netcode, more beefy character customization and better rare drop rate.

Here’s to hoping they have something awesome for us at E3!

 

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

For years I’ve been hearing from my PC friends about how awesome the witcher is and how I should really join the master race to play it, I never did. And though The Witcher 2 released on both PC and Xbox360, I still didn’t play because at the time I refused to have anything to do with the Xbox360. So when I heard that Witcher 3 would be released on console, I was super excited to finally be able to play this awesomeness that everyone appears to be so hyped over. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the witcher except the main character is Geralt and the genre.

So as time went by and more information was released about the game, one thing struck me as interesting and somewhat disturbing. There was no “true” character creation. The character creation in the game is limited to hair and clothing; this made me decidedly less excited at thought of playing. Coming off games like Skyrim, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Demon’s Souls series, Dragons Dogma and the Mass Effect series that all have healthy character creation, as a PoC (person of color) it was off putting. That was until I read the GameZone article in which Adrian Chmielarz, formally of people can fly responded to what he calls a poisoning of the industry. After reading his response to the polygon review in which he goes into detail about the background of the game, the history and polish mythology; which the game is based on. Chmielarz also pointed out that there are in fact many diverse races within the witcher world, though the may not be so prevalent in this game, they do indeed exstist. And lays out examples.

No game, especially RPG’s are ever without their faults and shortcomings. Sometimes we have to take a step back, look at the whole picture and get a little more information from all sides before we make a decision. As this is written, I’m downloading The Witcher 3: Wild hunt on my PS4 and will do a review to let you guys know what I think after sometime with it. Look out for that on the Slovenly Gamer podcast. 

GameZone Article:

http://www.gamezone.com/news/developer-slams-polygon-over-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-review-3416520

 

 

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ETHERone

ETHERone

Recently I was scrolling through the psn store looking for something interesting, free/cheap (because I’m poor) to keep me going until Battlefront releases. Man did I find what I was looking for and more in ETHERone. This first person puzzle thriller (is there such a genre?) from White paper games seeks to explore, expand and expose the fragile nature of the mind.  The game opens up on a black screen. You then hear a phone ring, a beep, and then a voicemail plays. “Hey, it’s me. Listen, I’m sorry for the things I said earlier on. It’s just, god. I really don’t think you should go to that place. I don’t think they care. Not like they should…” The message goes on a little more. The light raises and you’re in an elevator. Things only get progressively creepier from there; you are urged in a point and click fashion to push a button and open the elevator, you then walk into an empty office space reminiscent of half – life or many other countless zombie movies. As you walk through the area investigating, a voice is heard over the speakers giving you directions.  She urges you to meet her on the lower level, all the while making references to your condition. You soon find out you’re here trying to reclaim missing parts of your memory, which will also help you to not only get back a piece of who you are but in many ways validate your existence.    

The Art style harkens to a borderlands/the walking dead mix. Which gives it a more earthy, neutral and dark tone that works perfectly in tandem with somewhat silent background to give you a good chase of Goosebumps (or chicken skin. Whatever you like). ETHERone also makes excellent us of the onboard speaker on your PS4 controller, giving an extra bump up in the creepy atmosphere.

I can’t recommend ETHERone enough; this game is truly a wonderfully executed journey down a road of psychosis, healing and restoration.

 

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Never Alone

Never Alone

I downloaded this title from the psn not knowing what to expect. It pleasantly turned out to be one the best games I’ve played in a very long while. Never Alone opens with a beautiful and minimalistic art style reminiscent of cave paintings, as a dis-embodied voice begins to narrate the story in the indigenous language of the Inupiat people (which the game is based on). It then transitions into the actual art style, which remains simplistic yet modern and beautifully rendered and lit.

As you begin to play- you’re thrusted into a blizzard playing as a young Inupiat girl; A character you’ve somehow instantly connected with and begin your journey to find the cause of this unrelenting storm that has wrought starvation and darkness on your people. This is the beginning of a beautiful, wonderful and heartbreaking journey through this dark atmospheric puzzle plat former. As you travel down this gorgeous ice ridden world that is interwoven and laid out through the lore of the Inupiat people. All the while feeling and sensing like you’re truly in danger and death is ever so close and can come in the form of a harsh gust of icy wind, the puzzles or the figures lurking just beyond the light of your vision.

I’m only a few hours in but so far, Never Alone has been an amazing gaming experience I have not had since shadow of the colossus. 

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