PC, PS3, XB360 / Action / Release: Oct 26, 2009 / ESRB: M


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Borderlands 'Zombie Island' DLC Review: More Treat Than Trick

While everyone is starting to pull out the Christmas decorations and hang up the lights, developer Gearbox has just doled out a Halloween-themed expansion for the console editions of Borderlands. And though the timing is a bit odd, I certainly don't mind.

Quite simply, if you enjoyed Borderlands before, you should probably check out "The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned." The $10 download brings new areas, enemies and missions to the shooter-RPG, providing a fresh excuse to grind more hours away. Read more »

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Trailer for 'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned' Borderlands DLC Infested with the Undead

A new trailer for the upcoming Borderlands downloadable content, called 'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned,' showcases the mad doctor himself, undead vomit, and what is quite possibly the most awesome strap-on mustache in the history of video games.

'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned," will be available for download on the Xbox 360 and PS3 tomorrow for $10 (800 Microsoft Points).

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"Curious to see how this plugs into the main content (separate area? separate playthrough?). ..."
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Borderlands DLC Screenshots: Zombie Island

With the undead-themed Borderlands downloadble content 'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned' arriving on consoles this week, Gearbox has raised a handful of new screenshots.

Toting new quests, locations, items and enemies including "Were Skags, Crawling Torsos and Exploding Tankensteins and the so-called 'undead,'" The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned will hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 tomorrow, November 24, at $10. A PC release is also planned for the DLC, though Gearbox has yet to announce when that will be. Read more »

"I wish that gamers would get over Zombies so we can get more variety in DLC... "
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Weekly PC Sales: Left 4 Dead by Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age, Borderlands and Torchlight

Update: According to Big Download and Blue's News, Left 4 Dead 2 pre-orders were listed as Steam's second top-grossing game for the week of 11/8 - 11/14, though it seems that listing disappeared after the game launched on November 17.

Original: The week before Left 4 Dead 2's release curiously saw Valve's zombie shooter get left behind by digital customers, as online pre-orders for the sequel slipped from the number three spot on Steam's top ten to, well, a position not listed on the chart. Read more »

"I've been a staunch PC platform defender since DOS 2.11. But at this point I don't think I can ..."
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Borderlands PC Patch v1.01 Released

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As promised mere moments ago, Gearbox has released the v1.01 patch for Borderlands PC, with the 184MB update now available for your perusal on FileShack.

The update includes several notable tweaks for the shooter-RPG, including the addition of volume controls to voice chat, word that leaving a co-op game will no longer wipe your proficiency progress, and a refunding of any character's lost skill points. Read more »

"Dear Randy and Gearbox, your game is awesome. It has some bugs, but I had so much fun with the ..."
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Gearbox Declares Borderlands Fastest Selling Original IP of 2009, PC Patch Due Later Today

Borderlands had "the fastest-selling original property video game launch of 2009," developer Gearbox proclaimed today alongside word of the imminent PC patch.

Exact sales figures for the shooter-RPG, which hit consoles and PC in October, weren't provided. Sales-tracking firm NPD recently revealed that the Xbox 360 version sold 418,000 copies in the United States during October, with the PlayStation 3 version netting sales of 113,000. Combined, the two SKUs rival chart topper Uncharted 2. Read more »

"uh, in that link to recently revealed it listed Borderlands 360 as 418K, PS3 ver in the NPD ..."
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Borderlands 'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned' DLC Coming to Consoles This Month

Borderlands players on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be able to buy the undead-themed downloadable content 'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned' from November 24 for $10 (800 Microsoft Points), developer Gearbox has announced.

Revealed shortly before the shooter RPG's release, 'Dr. Ned' is a described as a "full-fledged expansion" which adds new areas, quests, undead enemies and rare loot. Read more »

"Very psyched for the PC version! Fortunately for me my copy wasn't broken and runs fine! ..."
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Borderlands Gets Patched on Consoles

Developer Gearbox has rolled out a pair of updates for Borderlands, bringing a number of bug fixes and tweaks to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.

On its official forums, the company vowed that it is "continuing work on support updates for all platforms, and will deploy fixes for every version as soon as possible." Read more »

"I see that there has been some discussion about the PC vs. consoles for this game. I bought it ..."
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Interview: Gearbox on Borderlands' End, Future

Gearbox's Mikey Neumann has been billed as many things. Sometimes, he's "a guy who can get you things." Other times, he's a creative director. Today, he's answering some of the questions I had after wrapping up my initial playthrough of Borderlands.

And before we got around to discussing the ending--rest assured that spoilers are limited to the third page--we chatted about a variety of topics that any fan of Borderlands should find interesting, including talk of downloadable content and a vow that "we'll look at what the community really latches on to or wants, and we'll move in that direction." Read more »

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Gearbox Working on PS3 Borderlands Co-op Fix (Updated)

Update: Gearbox's Gibson sends word that the problem has been fixed, saying in a release: "We are very pleased to report that using PSN friends lists with the game should now work properly for all PS3 customers."

A few bugs leaving some Borderlands users unable to start co-op matches in the PlayStation 3 version of the game are currently being hammered out, according to developer Gearbox. Read more »

"Played this game for six hours straight last night with three friends. I almost left work half ..."
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Borderlands: The Shacknews Review

If you've been following Borderlands from the get-go, then you won't need much of an explanation. You won't need a reminder that it has been billed as a hybrid between the first-person shooting of Halo and the addictive nature of Diablo. Right now, all you want to know is if it's worth playing; if Gearbox managed to meet its lofty aspirations.

In short, yes. That's not to say the game is free of annoyances and oddities, far from it. But despite the flaws, Borderlands offers an addictive experience that I can't stop playing. Read more »

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Borderlands DLC 'The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned' Announced

Borderlands publisher 2K Games has announced the first batch of downloadable content for Gearbox's upcoming shooter-RPG, titled The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned.

"Tasked with keeping the workers of Jakobs Cove alive, Dr. Ned... does his job a little too well, creating zombies and other abominations that now run rampant in this region," 2K explains, describing it as a "full-fledged expansion." The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned will bring "new enemies, new quests and rare loot drops" for $10 (800 Microsoft Points). Read more »

"I'm so sick and tired of reading the borderlands posts hoping to see people embrace this game. ..."
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Borderlands TV Spot Touts '87 Bazillion Guns'

The fall games season is officially underway, and the publishers are off to the races. Gearbox's Borderlands is out of the gate with this TV spot, plugging the game's four player co-op, item randomization, and friendly NPC inhabitants.

Borderlands hits the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 20 and the PC on October 26.

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"This is how to market a game properly. I'll hardly care if the game bites now; these trailers rock!"
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Borderlands Gone Gold Too

Joining Tekken 6 and Ratchet & Clank Future, Gearbox today revealed that its colorful shooter-RPG Borderlands has gone gold and entered manufacturing on all three platforms.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of Borderlands hit North America on October 20 and Europe on October 23. The PC version follows a week later--October 26 in North America, October 30 in Europe--due to optimization. In its mailing, Gearbox noted that the console versions had "already gone off to the presses" while the PC edition was just "wrapped up." Read more »

"I know I'm a couple days late, but will there be a demo on any platform?"
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Gearbox's Pitchford Says Valve is 'Exploiting' Smaller Devs with Steam, Advocates Split

In a new interview with Maximum PC, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford claims that Valve's dominance in the PC digital distribution arena could come to hurt the industry, citing a "dangerous" conflict of interest and a lack of competition that has already lead to the exploitation of smaller developers.

"I'll tell you what, Steam helps. As a guy in this industry though, I don't trust Valve," said Pitchford, who later clarified that while he personally trusts the company, "a lot of the industry doesn't." Read more »

"Randy, Is Steam exploiting people the way that gearbox did when they released a PC version of ..."
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