Tuesday, September 18th 2012

2K Games and Gearbox Software Announce Borderlands 2 Now Available in North America

2K Games and Gearbox Software announced today the much anticipated Borderlands 2 is now available in North America and will be available internationally on September 21, 2012 for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. The four-player cooperative shooter-looter already has critics raving, with review scores of 9 out of 10 from IGN, 9.75 out of 10 from Game Informer and a perfect 10 out of 10 from PlayStation: The Official Magazine.

“Borderlands 2 is a game made by gamers for gamers,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “The unique visual art style, all-new characters, loads of loot, 87 bazillion guns, and role-playing-shooting combine for a truly addictive experience, especially when played with three other friends. The initial response from the press has been fantastic and the game is poised to be one of the highest-rated titles in the history of 2K.”

Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands 2 features all-new characters and skill trees, diverse new environments, missions and enemies, as well as weapons and equipment with more personality than ever before. Players will also experience an all-new story that takes place five years after the events of the original game. Four friends can team up online to journey through the huge, open world of Pandora to take down the notorious Handsome Jack and his corrupt Hyperion Corporation.

"Borderlands 2 is a Gearbox team passion project through and through," said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. "Borderlands 2 is a must-play, one-of-a-kind single-player game and the best-in-class cooperative experience. Bring friends!"

Like the original game, Borderlands 2 will be supported with four add-on content campaigns. These four add-on content campaigns will be available individually or as a combined purchase of the Borderlands 2 Season Pass. This special offer, available starting on September 18, includes nearly $40.00 of add-on content and will be available for $29.99 (PlayStation Network) / 2400 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE online entertainment network) / $29.99 (Windows PC). Once purchased, the Borderlands 2 Season Pass enables gamers to download all of the announced add-on content campaigns for free as they become available on the PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE and Windows PC. All four add-on content campaigns are scheduled to be available by June 2013.

Borderlands 2 is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and is available now on Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PC. For the latest Borderlands 2 news and information, please visit www.borderlands2.com.
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47 Comments on 2K Games and Gearbox Software Announce Borderlands 2 Now Available in North America

#2
nt300
Will this be cartoonish like the first one? Looking forward to reviews.
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#3
3870x2
by: nt300
Will this be cartoonish like the first one? Looking forward to reviews.
IGN has its review up.
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#4
Bull Dog
I had tons of fun playing Borderlands. Steam has me clocked in at over 300 hours on it.

However, I won't be buying Borderlands 2. I'm voting with my wallet to send the message that implementing extra special effects in a proprietary physics routine (PhysX) that only works fully on one vender's GFX cards in unacceptable. Providing a neutered, watered down experience for everyone else is unacceptable. And now, it will cost you at least one sale.

Same applies to why I was never even remotely interested in the Batman Games for that matter.
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#5
kajson
by: Bull Dog
I had tons of fun playing Borderlands. Steam has me clocked in at over 300 hours on it.

However, I won't be buying Borderlands 2. I'm voting with my wallet to send the message that implementing extra special effects in a proprietary physics routine (PhysX) that only works fully on one vender's GFX cards in unacceptable. Providing a neutered, watered down experience for everyone else is unacceptable. And now, it will cost you at least one sale.

Same applies to why I was never even remotely interested in the Batman Games for that matter.
Is this really true? I've seen some Nvidia promo vid that is a bit like a tellsell commercial, with the non physx version dull colored and the nvidia version vibrant etc.


Maybe someone who has bought the game and has a system with an amd card and one with an nvidia card could test if there is a difference at all?


I thought AMD had an opensourced replacement for physx in their drivers for over a year now?
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#6
Recus
by: Bull Dog
I had tons of fun playing Borderlands. Steam has me clocked in at over 300 hours on it.

However, I won't be buying Borderlands 2. I'm voting with my wallet to send the message that implementing extra special effects in a proprietary physics routine (PhysX) that only works fully on one vender's GFX cards in unacceptable. Providing a neutered, watered down experience for everyone else is unacceptable. And now, it will cost you at least one sale.

Same applies to why I was never even remotely interested in the Batman Games for that matter.
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#7
Hilux SSRG
So to those members that got the game, how is it?
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#8
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Hilux SSRG
So to those members that got the game, how is it?
Badass! Its all the first one was and 10x more!
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#9
Avarice
Wish they would release it in Aus been waiting months for this game and i still cant play it.....

still need to wait till the 21st.... and I'm oncall all weekend so im lucky if i even get to play it
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#10
Bull Dog
by: Recus
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Says the guy with an NVIDIA card.
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#11
Radical_Edward
by: Bull Dog
I had tons of fun playing Borderlands. Steam has me clocked in at over 300 hours on it.

However, I won't be buying Borderlands 2. I'm voting with my wallet to send the message that implementing extra special effects in a proprietary physics routine (PhysX) that only works fully on one vender's GFX cards in unacceptable. Providing a neutered, watered down experience for everyone else is unacceptable. And now, it will cost you at least one sale.

Same applies to why I was never even remotely interested in the Batman Games for that matter.
Can't you just use software PhysX instead?

I might just buy it and give it a go for my fellow AMD users. :D
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#12
Oberon
by: Radical_Edward
Can't you just use software PhysX instead?

I might just buy it and give it a go for my fellow AMD users. :D
Sure, if it wasn't arbitrarily locked out in a weak attempt to drum up a few hundred sales.
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#13
Benetanegia
by: Bull Dog
Same applies to why I was never even remotely interested in the Batman Games for that matter.
So I guess you wouldn't touch Dirt:Showdown with a 10 foot pole.

EDIT:

Before a moron comes up with the "but that's because Kepler sux at compute" lame excuse. Because you know, excluding the fact that it is not true, that does not explain why Fermi is not better than Kepler in that game AND most importantly why even the HD6950 destroys the much faster and much much more compute capable GTX580...
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#14
Prima.Vera
To be honest, this game is kinda made for kids until 15...Cartoonish graphics, silly story...
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#15
HumanSmoke
by: Benetanegia
So I guess you wouldn't touch Dirt:Showdown with a 10 foot pole.
Aye, DiRT:Showdown has been pretty much tailored to AMD's GCN architecture....to the point where the HD 6970 (VLIW4) which is normally ~15% faster than the HD 7850, starts looking like a chump in comparison in this game (and likely the other GCN-centric titles- Sleeping Dogs and Sniper Elite V2)...so it's more a case of trashing performance of anything pre-GCN- Nvidia or AMD- if you want the max eye candy. AMD Gaming Evolved is more equal opportunity game hobbling it would seem.
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Benetanegia
by: HumanSmoke
Aye, DiRT:Showdown has been pretty much tailored to AMD's GCN architecture....to the point where the HD 6970 (VLIW4) which is normally ~15% faster than the HD 7850, starts looking like a chump in comparison in this game (and likely the other GCN-centric titles- Sleeping Dogs and Sniper Elite V2)...so it's more a case of trashing performance of anything pre-GCN- Nvidia or AMD- if you want the max eye candy. AMD Gaming Evolved is more equal opportunity game hobbling it would seem.
And how do you explain Cayman being so much faster than GF110 and being actually close to the GTX680? No. It's AMD first, then GCN.

And yeah, I thnk you are right about Sniper: Elite and Sleeping Dogs. I just find humorous how AMD always gets away with it. It's known that AMD has a better public image simply because they are/have been the underdog, but come on... Gaming Evolve tittles are far worse that TWIMTBP games have ever been, even for AMD cards. i.e. Dirt: Showdown is 50% slower with the advancing lighting on AMD cards, and 70% slower on Nvidia cards. Infamous Crysis 2 DX11 "hobbled" Nvidia cards by 20% and AMD by 30-40%, a dire contrast wth Showdown, with the added fact that tesselation is not a "shader program" which can be programmed and optimized. It's a fixed function feature, which is integral part of DX11 and whose performance is only affected by the number of tesselators (which Fermi/Kepler have much more of).
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#17
HumanSmoke
by: Benetanegia
And how do you explain Cayman being so much faster than GF110 and being actually close to the GTX680?
That could be attributed to lack of driver optimization. ComputerBase for instance, testing with a newer driver revision for the Kepler cards has the 670/680 distancing itself from the Cayman SKU's. FWIW, the Fermi cards in the same graph are running earlier 301-304 series drivers judging by the numbers in previous reviews. DiRT:Showdown is a relatively new release, and AMD seem to be playing hardball these days with their titles ( Shogun 2's patch pretty much destroyed Nvidia cards level of performance and had Nvidia's driver team scrambling for a fix. 306.23 seems to remedy the problem)
by: Benetanegia
And yeah, I thnk you are right about Sniper: Elite and Sleeping Dogs. I just find humorous how AMD always gets away with it. It's known that AMD has a better public image simply because they are/have been the underdog
Underdog status allied with guerilla marketing and Jen Hsun's perceived arrogance/confidence -strike as applicable. It has always been the trendy option to support the underdog against the perceived market leader...3dfx weren't exactly loved back in the day, and Intel, Microsoft, the big OEM's, Apple etc. aren't exactly universally loved either- Tall Poppy Syndrome- while boutique and smaller companys get praised/deified simply for keeping the front door open...and sometimes, not even that (DFI and Universal Abit come to mind)
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#18
erocker
7970 user and I've been playing this game. It's great.

Please stay on topic and not turn this into another PhysX crapfest. <--- WARNING.
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#19
SIGSEGV
by: Recus
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i don't like this forum becoming racist, what's wrong with you? this guy need serious mentally treatment.
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#20
jalex3
by: Prima.Vera
To be honest, this game is kinda made for kids until 15...Cartoonish graphics, silly story...
If playing realistic looking games makes you feel mature, good for you.
I on the other hand don't care, I find this lets me enjoy more things.
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#21
happita
by: jalex3
If playing realistic looking games makes you feel mature, good for you.
I on the other hand don't care, I find this lets me enjoy more things.
My thought exactly. Actually, it's still a good looking game, however people tend to see things differently with different pairs of eyes I guess. Games are just that, games. And if it tends to look more like real life, I'd just rather go out and loot some MIRV grenades along with a repeater or 2 :laugh:
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#22
eidairaman1
by: Prima.Vera
To be honest, this game is kinda made for kids until 15...Cartoonish graphics, silly story...
Well if there is such a problem with it go play BF3 or COD MW 3
(ive seen enough real rifles, pistols, machine guns, tanks- makes it unappealing to me being in actually)

This Game I find actually fun with the Cell Shading Graphics, reminds me of Killer7

This is like what UT3 should of been to extent.

Its Your loss especially when you can play against others on this site even take out pent up disgruntlement on them
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#23
Prima.Vera
by: jalex3
If playing realistic looking games makes you feel mature, good for you.
I on the other hand don't care, I find this lets me enjoy more things.
It doesn't make me feel mature, you misunderstood what I've said.
For a plastical and maybe a forced comparison, playing this game over others is like listening to Justin Beaver over Guns'N'Roses...or something. :toast:
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#24
eidairaman1
by: Prima.Vera
It doesn't make me feel mature, you misunderstood what I've said.
For a plastical and maybe a forced comparison, playing this game over others is like listening to Justin Beaver over Guns'N'Roses...or something. :toast:
bad analogy.
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#25
Prima.Vera
by: eidairaman1
bad analogy.
For you maybe, for me is exactly how I fell when playing this. I just get the urge to uninstall-it and play something different. Like that nice game called FTL, or Black Mesa, hehe! :p:ohwell:
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