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How does the original Borderlands hold up today?

Oh dear loot shooters, how you’ve grown. We’ve had two Destiny games, two Divisions from Tom Clancy, Warframe is still going strong and even BioWare’s had a nibble with the divisive Anthem. Nowadays this is a sub-genre with well-defined rituals, core loops, challenges and, of course, highly involved loot systems. The loot shooter is such a known quantity, in fact, that it’s easy to forget how much it owes to Borderlands. The first instalment of the rambunctious franchise burst onto our screens in October 2009, just a whisker shy of five years before Bungie’s Destiny. At the time I remember…

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Hob's clockwork world is beautiful and bittersweet

The world is under threat in plenty of video games. In Hob, the world is broken, a vast mechanism that has been gummed up and misaligned. Your job is to save it by fixing it, wielding a sword that looks like a key and tinkering with locks and escapements and cogs and gears, realigning, repositioning, sliding crucial pieces back into place.There is a thing out there in the world these days called lock sports: people love locks and keys and spend their spare time learning how to mess with them, how to play with tumblers and get the pins bouncing.…

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Devil May Cry 5's Bloody Palace is the perfect counterpoint to Sekiro

Some things just go perfectly together, even if they’re so very different. Strawberries and black pepper. Bacon and syrup. Watermelon and feta. Okay, I haven’t tried that last one, but I’m told it works. Sekiro and Devil May Cry 5 have a fair few similarities – they’re both early contenders for game of the year, and both products of Japanese developers at the top of their game – but they come from opposing ends of the action spectrum. Sekiro, as you may well know, updates the long neglected Tenchu formula, demanding patience, exquisite timing and controlled bursts of aggression. Devil…

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The five best things we played at PAX East

Last week, Aoife and I flew out to PAX East (which is run by Eurogamer’s parent company ReedPOP) to sample some lobster and play some video games, although not necessarily in that order (they were interspersed). Since this is Eurogamer and not Eurocrustacean, here are the five best games we played at PAX East and not the five best times we ate lobster in Boston. Rad is a new project from Double Fine that’s all about being a teenager with a baseball bat in the post-post apocalypse. With humanity having suffered not one but two cataclysmic events, you might think…

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Xbox One deals roundup: Spyro, Crash and titles under £10

Spring’s finally here, and in its wake the games deals have started to trickle in. Whether you’re looking for Lego dinosaurs or fancy being a berserk marsupial, we’ve got you covered. Lets take a look at early April’s best Xbox One games deals – including a title or two for under £10. First up, the big games. Adorable purple dragon jaunt Spyro Reignited Trilogy is down to £17.85 at Base, while the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is £19.85 over at the same retailer. Additionally, Lara’s latest outing Shadow of The Tomb Raider has crept down to under £20 at…

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Dangerous Driving represents the road not taken by Burnout 4

Dangerous Driving is Burnout, but what kind of Burnout is it? This question shouldn’t be easy to answer because, like Tetris, Burnout is one of those games that was always, secretly, reworking itself. Burnout 3 introduced takedowns, for example, the ability to strike a rival once you had crashed, steering your own wreckage through the thick, sparking air for fun and profit. Burnout 4 took that idea and turned it into traffic-checking, which meant that any cars you hit that were travelling the same way as you would suddenly begin to bounce down the road, taking out anything and everything…

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Pocket City, urban deers and the rewilding of video games

There’s a moment in an oldish film – I think it’s Mad Dog and Glory but I wouldn’t bet on it – where a guy is taking a photo of a New York street in the dead of night and a deer turns up. I can’t remember the guy’s reaction – I think it’s De Niro but I wouldn’t bet on it – and I can’t remember how it fits into the plot. Yet I remember, even as it happened, realising that it was too much, too good, too brilliant and clear and luxurious a moment for the rest of…

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The Walking Dead – The Final Season Episode 4: Take Us Back review – It was never going to be easy to say goodbye to Clem, was it?

I thought he was just another corpse at first.Body bruised and blackened, he looked dead, anyway. That said, I’m so used to death at this point – both the humdrum and the heartbreaking ones – I barely register the bodies scattered around, and didn’t notice this one at all until he raises his head. He lifts bloodshot eyes to mine and begs for mercy, pleads to be put out of his misery. Clem stares back, unblinking.My gut instinct is to oblige, of course. Perhaps yours would be, too. But I hesitate. I have no idea how many bullets are in…

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It looks like junior formulae are coming to Codemasters' F1 games for the first time

Codemasters is bringing the release of its annual F1 game forward from its regular slot, with the release confirmed for June 28th this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. And it looks like that’s not the only change that’s being made. There’s an edgier new look, and the introduction of a 2019 spec car designed by Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds that will allow players to employ their own choice of liveries, allowing for a little more customisation when it comes to multiplayer races. The most exciting part, though, comes in a brief flash at the end of the…

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