XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

  • Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
  • Developer: Firaxis Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Price: $59.99
  • Official: XCOM

Fan favorite returns new and improved”

Six well trained and experienced marines, outfitted with the latest in technological warfare, had arrived at the small shopping center located in the middle of Russia only twenty minutes prior, now five of those well trained and experienced soldiers have fallen in battle, victims of both an alien war none of them asked for, and the incompetence of their commander. Now the lone marine is panicking and screaming while being flanked on all sides from enemies the world doesn’t yet understand. In minutes he will be eliminated, and the world will be one step closer to annihilation. Welcome commander, welcome to XCOM.

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Borderlands 2 Review

  • Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Price: $59.99
  • Official: Borderlands

“Another addictive trip to Pandora”

It’s surprising that it took so long for a game like Borderlands to come around. Take general first-person shooter mechanics and blend them together with small role playing elements in an open world. The Elder Scrolls series has had a similar gameplay style only leaning more towards hardcore RPG elements rather than gunplay. But it took a small veteran studio like Gearbox to see the true potential in the combination and to make it happen, and to also sell a few million copies in the process. The sequel was inevitable.

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