‘Borderlands 3’ Is In Development Exclusively For Next-Gen Consoles

Borderlands 3 will be a next-gen exclusive, so those who haven’t joined the new generation better start saving up!

It was recently revealed that Gearbox Software are beginning to work on Borderlands 3, announcing that the time has come for the series to continue. Now, Take Two president Karl Slatoff stated in an earnings call that the third game in the series is in development “specifically for next-gen consoles”. So, those who are still exclusively last-gen owners and who are also Borderlands fans will need to start saving up if they wish to experience the third one.

This isn’t the biggest surprise, however, as it was recently revealed that both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel would be remastered in 1080p for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as part of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The pack gets its name from the fact that both games feature the beloved Handsome Jack, who is probably the best character the series has come up with yet. There are currently no plans to release the original Borderlands on next-gen consoles.

Even though Borderlands 3 is still a ways off, the series is still going strong thanks to the Telltale Games collaboration called Tales From The Borderlands. The first episode was released at the end of last year and episode two is expected to be arriving soon.

An Indie Studio Could Continue The Condemned Series

Jace Hall wants to hand off the series to an indie development team, but who should he provide it to?

The man who owns the Condemned video games series, Monolith Productions founder Jace Hall, posted a message on his Facebook page a few days ago. He mentioned that he is committed to other things and will be for some time, but he is consistently asked if a 3rd installment in the Condemned series will ever be made.

This is where Hall is contemplating something interesting, as he is considering “providing” the series to a proven indie development team so they can move the franchise forward. It is not specified whether or not he means to take back the series at some point down the line, but he definitely wants something new for the series to happen within the foreseeable future.

I personally love both of the Condemned games that released on the Xbox 360 many years ago and would love to see the series continue in some way. The games are credited with paving the way for many current horror hits like Outlast and Amnesia, and it would just be awesome to have it back in the fray again along with those it influenced.

Hall concludes the message by asking, “Should I explore this idea further? What say you all?” You can find the message right here and let him know yourself!

Condemn O.R. Condone – Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PlayStation Vita)

While the game features decent enough combat mechanics, the game is unfortunately buried in offensive sexualization and repetition.

I would consider myself pretty in-the-know when it comes to RPG Dungeon Crawlers. There’s something gratifyingly simple about making your way through a seemingly endless amount of floors while battling your way though an equally endless amount of random encounters. I love the genre and I love that developers are willing to go back to it in an age where such a genre is near the bottom of the hot list. So, Criminal Girls: Invite Only seemed like it would be right up my alley, having heard very little about the title other than its genre.

Well, lets just say I was surprised.

While Criminal Girls: Invite Only is very much a dungeon crawler, the gameplay exists in a world that is sexual to an uncomfortable degree. The game is about a group of girls that have been banished to hell and your character is tasked with reforming them by “motivating” them and having them battle through many levels filled with baddies to battle. What is the “motivation”, you may be asking? Well, since all of the girls are criminals and want nothing to do with you, the only way to get them to battle is to take part in a mini-game where you whip them (among others variations of the same formula) in various sexual poses that concludes with them making sexual references.

While this mechanic is disturbing enough in its own right, its made even worse by the fact that the mini-games themselves are dead simple and get dull quickly. What they essentially boil down to are square icons known as “temptations” popping up on various parts of the screen and you having to press either the spot on the front screen or the opposite back touch pad to clear away the square. As this is going on there will be a sexual picture of the girl you are “motivating” in the background that is covered in pink fog, and the more squares you clear the more fog that disappears and reveals more of the scantily-clad girl. What’s hilarious about the US localization of this game is that many of the images have been censored and the sexual audio during these segments removed completely, so the perverts who purchased this game solely for the T&A factor are going to be left in the cold.

Even though this aspect is disturbing, the results of it directly benefit your characters. While your characters level up through battle you will gain points to “motivate” them, and as you level them up through “motivation” you unlock new abilities for them to use. These moves are absolutely necessary through the course of the game, as they will allow you to do things like deal huge amounts of damage while also healing your entire party. The classic player-progression mechanic is there, it’s just disturbing that the big twist to make it fresh is so sour.

As far as the core gameplay is concerned, what Criminal Girls does with the genre is not much at all. The game consists of you trekking though levels with many different paths to take, while you occasionally find treasure chests, hidden items and switches to open new paths to progress. The level designs are very bland and don’t really do anything to stand out from each other, and to make matters worse there is a lot of backtracking that must be done that is directly tied to the game’s story.

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You’re trying to find other girls reform and they will always end up on the other side of locked door, which then results on you having to find a certain item of hit a particular switch to gain access to them. However, you will accomplish many of this through trial & error as each path you go down leads to a switch or item that doesn’t work, meaning you will be monotonously journeying through several different paths until you eventually hit the right one. While backtracking isn’t always a bad thing, how it is utilized here becomes grating and the fact that random encounters are frequent only serves to amplify that feeling.

Fortunately, the combat itself is pretty decent. You can have 4 girls in battle at once, with each turn giving you access to a random 4 abilities for you to use. Some options will let two girls attack at once, while others will allow you to unleash a special move to deal big damage. While it’s only a slight variation on what’s been done before, I found that it actually resulted in more strategic gameplay. When you never know which commands are coming up next it forces you to take advantage when a big move shows up, while also requiring you to be patient when they don’t. The monsters put up quite a fight in this game, meaning that perfect execution of the combat mechanics is vital if you plan on surviving.

Then there are the girls themselves, who are pretty stereotypical anime girls that all end up getting pretty annoying. While some of their interactions with you and the other girls can be entertaining, nothing is ever done to truly make you care for any of them. The game just displays them as bad girls that need a good whipping, more or less, and when all is said and done that’s all they really are. This fact is made crystal clear when you witness how some of them are designed, with bust sizes and outfits that are so unrealistic that it’s laughable.

Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a game that may be enjoyable for a very specific crowd, but for the rest of us looking for an engaging gameplay experience this is pretty poor. I can’t figure out if the devs had poor mechanics and decided to sex it up to make it more interesting, or if the point from the beginning was to make a sexy game with standard gameplay mechanics slapped on as an after thought. While the core combat mechanics are pretty solid, this game is far too sexual and repetitive to recommend to anyone looking for a solid dungeon crawler.

OBJECTIONABLE

Club Nintendo’s New Rewards List Is Massive

As you may or may not have heard, Nintendo announced last month that their Club Nintendo service would be shutting down this year. The service allowed gamers to redeem download codes that came packaged with games they purchased to exchange for rewards on the Club Nintendo website.

They also revealed that they would be releasing a bunch more things to download in February to get rid of all those coins you have, and they have just revealed what that list consists of. The rewards range from downloads to physical products, with over 100 things for you to chose from when all is said and done.

To start things off, lets go into the physical items on the list. There are over 10 Nintendo Collectibles to select from that range anywhere from 300 coins to 800 coins that you can find below:

  • Mario & Luigi Greeting Cards (300 coins)
  • Nintendogs Greeting Cards (300 coins)
  • Nintendo 3DS Game Card Case: 2015 Edition (400 coins)
  • 2016 Desktop Calendar (400 coins)
  • Animal Crossing Mini Playing Cards (600 coins)
  • 3DS XL Pouch: The Legend of Zelda (600 coins)
  • Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set (700 coins)
  • Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set v2 (700 coins)
  • Retro Mario T-Shirt (700 coins)
  • Limited Edition 2013 Platinum Poster Set (700 coins)
  • Fierce Deity Link Jigsaw Puzzle (800 coins)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Messenger Bag (800 coins)

Next up we have the digital game selection and it is absolutely massive. The games that are downloadable are available on Wii, Wii U and 3DS, though keep in mind that the system listed notes the system that you can play it on and not the platform it originally released on. These range anywhere from 150 coins to 850 coins.

Wii Titles

  • Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II – Wii (200 coins)
  • NES Play Action Football – Wii (200 coins)
  • Art Style: Cubello – Wii (200 coins)
  • Doc Louis’s Punch-Out – Wii (250 coins)
  • Mario Golf – Wii (250 coins)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (250 coins)
  • Starfox 64 – Wii (250 coins)
  • F-Zero X – Wii (250 coins)
  • Super Mario 64 – Wii (250 coins)
  • Paper Mario – Wii (250 coins)
  • Mario Kart 64 – Wii (250 coins)
  • 1080 Snowboarding – Wii (250 coins)
  • ThruSpace – Wii (250 coins)
  • Super Punch-Out – Wii (250 coins)
  • Pilotwings – Wii (250 coins)
  • Super Smash Bros. – Wii (250 coins)
  • Mario Tennis – Wii (250 coins)
  • Eco Shooter: Plant 350 – Wii (250 coins)
  • Snowpack Park – Wii (250 coins)
  • Excitebike: World Rally – Wii (250 coins)
  • Mario Party 2 – Wii (250 coins)
  • Super Mario Kart – Wii (250 coins)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Wii (250 coins)
  • Fluidity – Wii (250 coins)

Wii U Titles

  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Punch-Out – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Golden Sun – Wii U (200 coins)
  • F-Zero – Wii U (200 coins)
  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Ice Climber – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Volleyball – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Tennis – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Pinball – Wii U (200 coins)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Ice Hockey – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Golf – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Clu Clu Land – Wii or Wii U (200 coins)
  • Baseball – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Wario’s Woods – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Urban Champion – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Dr. Mario – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Donkey Kong 3 – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Mario Bros. – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Mario Bros. – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels – Wii or Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Mario World – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Yoshi – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Balloon Fight – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Kid Icarus – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Metroid – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Pilotwings – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Wrecking Crew – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Excitebike – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. – Wii (250 coins) or Wii U (200 coins)
  • Super Metroid – Wii U (200 coins)
  • Punch-Out!! – Wii U (200 coins)
  • EarthBound – Wii U (250 coins)
  • Dr. Luigi – Wii U (300 coins)
  • NES Remix – Wii U (300 coins)
  • The Wonderful 101 – Wii U (600 coins)
  • Wii Fit U – Wii U (600 coins)
  • Game & Wario – Wii U (600 coins)
  • Wii Party U – Wii U (850 coins)

3DS Titles

  • 3D Classics: Twinbee – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Super Mario Land – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Kersploosh – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Nintendo Baseball – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Metroid II – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Tennis – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Golf – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Donkey Kong – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Mario’s Picross – 3DS (150 coins)
  • Radar Mission – 3DS (150 coins)
  • 3D Classics: Xevious – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Ketzal’s Corridors – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Sparkle Snapshots 3D – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Looksley’s Line Up – 3DS (200 coins)
  • WarioLand II – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Punch-Out – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Mario Golf – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Donkey Kong 3 – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters – 3DS (200 coins)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword – 3DS (200 coins)
  • A Kappa’s Trail – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Tokyo Crash Mobs – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Brain Age Express: Math – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Brain Age Express: Sudoku – 3DS (200 coins)
  • 3D Classics: Urban Champion – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again – 3DS (200 coins)
  • Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder – 3DS (250 coins)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – 3DS (250 coins)
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western – 3DS (250 coins)
  • HarmoKnight – 3DS (300 coins)
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle – 3DS (300 coins)
  • Crosswords Plus – 3DS (600 coins)
  • Brain Age: Concentration Training – 3DS (600 coins)
  • Super Mario 3D Land – 3DS (600 coins)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3DS (600 coins)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 3DS (600 coins)
  • Star Fox 64 3D – 3DS (700 coins)
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star – 3DS (700 coins)
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising – 3DS (700 coins)

This is an incredible selection of games to chose from for Club Nintendo and a truly classy way to send Club Nintendo off into the sunset. It’s worth noting that the service itself is not going away entirely, as Nintendo is essentially going back to the drawing board and launching a brand new rewards system later this year. Please keep in mind that this information has resulted in massive amounts of traffic on the site that has resulted in it crashing, so if the link provided here does not appear to work it is due to continued issues on the site’s end of things.