Ah, the third day of Obligatory Ice Level Day! I hope everyone’s having fun! This is all leading up to the Mario marathon on December 14th! We’re raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation! Tune in for some awesome games and sweet prizes, like handmade wooden item blocks and a Wii U Deluxe! So… you like prizes, right? What kind of prize? Weapons? Riches? How about a reward beyond your wildest dreams? Yes sir, today’s ice level is The Vault, from Borderlands!
There were rumours floating around yesterday, but Gearbox have officially stated that Borderlands 2 will be coming to us – somepoint between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2013 – one of the vaguest, yet accurate windows I’ve heard for a while
According to the Press Release given out today, there will be brand new characters, abilities, places to explore and of course all new weaponry and equipment with which to kill the brand new enemies, which is always a very welcome bonus. The announcement has come as no huge surprise, as time and time again, Randy Pitchford has stated he wants to do more with Borderlands, which has come in the shape of this sequel.
If they’re changing nearly everything about it, is there a chance it will fall into the same pit Square Enix did when they tried to revitalise Final Fantasy? Or do Gearbox know what they’re doing? Time will tell
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We all thought he was gone forever, but Duke Nukem is back! Twelve years in the making, it was thought we would never see him – Gearbox made sure that that was not the case. Can Duke still hold his own after twelve years out in the development wilderness? Or has he now become something of a joke, out of place in this modern time of gaming? Let’s dive in.
To follow up from Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is no easy feat, but Ubisoft tried their hardest to not be an afterthought in today’s round of press conferences, especially with it being their 25th Anniversary.
- Michel Ansel, original creator of the Rayman franchise, states that Rayman Origins is his way of reviving his love for the franchise. Origins will be out Autumn 2011
- Aaron Priceman, aka Mr. Caffiene gives us three taglines, starting with “Gaming is Adventure”, wanting us to be badass – How? Driver: San Fransisco is announced, August 30 2011 for US, September 2 for Europe
- Dan Hay gives us a demonstration of FarCry 3, trailer and gameplay, due in 2012
- Randy Pitchford from Gearbox announces a collaboration between them and Ubisoft, Brothers In Arms: The Furious Four, Due out 2012 – looks like Borderlands in WW2 setting
- Paramount and Ubisoft are bringing us Tintin, endorsed by Spielberg and Peter Jackson, “Coming Soon” – promising, but carries expectations of game/movie marriages failing
- Also Tenth Anniversary of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, meaning Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is announced, due for 2012
- Ghost Recon Online is announced in conjunction with GR: FS – Free To Play, to be compatible with Future, PC only. Beta open for application ((Go to www.ghostrecononline.com for more information on that and to sign up))
- Trackmania 2: Canyon is announced for PC – customisable cars and tracks, beta is next month in July, with the full retail version out by September – the trailer is made by in-game footage, higly impressive. Maniaplanet is hyped up, with Shootmania and Questmania – FPS and RPG versions of Trackmania are also hyped up.
- Raving Rabids: Alive and Kicking announcedfor the Kinect, it involves kicking and smashing Rabids – I fail to see how this could be bad. Out November 8th
- Just Dance 3 is announced with footage of regular people playing. More of the same, though not necessary a bad thing. Due out by the end of 2011
- Rocksmith, a big twist on the now defunct Rock Band and Guitar Hero brands, actually teaches how to play rather than just go “Red, red, red, blue, blue, green, Whammy bar” – Half Music Teacher, half What the genre needed to rejuvenate it, due to be released in October in USA
- Your Shape sequel to be released in November – Ubisoft aim to burn a total of One Billion calories according to the trailer, best of luck with that.
- Least Surprising Announcement Award of this Conference, Assasin’s Creed: Revelations – Out in November 2011, the game features Ezio, Altair and Desmond. Ezio is a buff badass for an old man, like Galuf levels of awesome. The trailer is promising, and seems to shun conceptions of becoming stale with Ezio’s story, the gameplay also looking fluid. Still life in this title yet, though may be last time we see Ezio, judging by his last stand.
What did you guys make of Ubisoft’s offerings? Disappointed by another year without Beyond Good and Evil 2? Rocksmith threatens to be the most impressive announcement in my opinion.
Duke Nukem Forever. You know, it has been in development since 1997. That’s before Ocarina of Time even hit! If finally getting your hands on the title in May won’t be enough to make your purchase memorable, you’ll want to get the Balls of Steel edition.
While you’ll have to dish out an extra $40 for this set, there is a lot of swag for Duke Nukem fans. First, and mostly important, you get a copy of Duke Nukem Forever. Second, a 100-page hardcover book called History, Legacy & Legend: Duke Nukem Forever Art from the Vault. Third, five post cards! Fourth, a sticker of the Duke Nukem Forever logo. Fifth, a fold out paper craft. Sixth, poker chips. Seventh, a mini-card deck. Eigth, dice with the Duke Nukem logo on them. Nineth, a collectible comic book. Tenth, a certificate of authenticity. And finally, the icing that crushes the cake, a bust of Duke Nukem. Yeah, a bust.
That’s eleven items for your $99. Twelve if you include the box! Probably one of the better collector’s edition I’ve seen in awhile. And after fourteen years, Duke Nukem Forever deserves some special treatment.
You can check out the bundle after the jump!
The current holders of the Duke Nukem License over at Gearbox have given their blessing to a group of fans trying to remake the classic First Person Shooter with updated graphics. This would actually be the second graphical update that fans have given the game. There was also an HD pack that replaced the sprites with models and updated a lot of the textures. This, however, seems to be a full remake besides some of the recorded dialogue. They have also released a trailer that shows the roof top from the beginning of Hollywood Holocaust. The official name given to it is the pretty clever Duke Nukem: Next Gen.
Check out the trailer after the jump.
Duke Nukem was confirmed that they were going to finish it a while back, however this is the first bit of info we have gotten as to who might be doing it. Gearbox has worked on other developer’s shooter franchise’s in the past with Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift. Currently their shooter RPG Borderlands has become very popular and they continue to put out DLC for it. All the developer’s and publisher’s involved have issued “No Comment” statements so it could be true or it could not be.