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Published on September 1st, 2013 | by gareth


Borderlands 2 Halloween DLC and XCOM: The Enemy Within PAX Prime Preview

During our coverage of PAX Prime 2013, I got some hands on time with the latest DLC for Borderlands 2. This new content is due in October and fitting the season has a Halloween theme to it. While we were told there was a larger campaign than what we were being shown, we were put into a battle with a gigantic boss.
This boss was a huge Jack O Lantern figure with flames and fiery pumpkins that made battling him and his minions in the pumpkin patch visually entertaining.
We were told that there would be some new skins and customizations for players but what really was interesting is being able to wear a custom skin based on characters from the game.

While the boss was a challenge, he was not as difficult as some of the enemies I faced during the last DLC but no sooner had we dispatched the boss, then his flying head took to the skies of Pandora and forced us to deploy a new strategy.

For me it was to bring the second gun into play and in no time we had reduced good old Jack to shreds.

With the completion of the four previous DLC offerings, we were told that packs would be released on an individual basis at this point onwards as developers do not want to announce a new season and be locked into delivering a specific number of DLC campaigns in a certain timeframe.

Following my gameplay session, I was seated in a viewing room to see the latest content for the pending XCOM: The Enemy Within.

This new expansion shows off a new power armor equipped trooper who is armed with a chain gun, can destroy enemy cover and take them out with collateral damage or with a devastating punch.

Up next were the G Mod troopers who are genetically modified soldiers. One was able to leap a tall wall easily to find a optimum shooting point and the other was able to reflect a Psyonic attack back at the alien who issued it with deadly results.

We were also shown a new needle grenade that allowed the player to take out a Thin Man who was behind cover by using a cloud of needles to get him.
The demo ended with a look at the new alien power armor and a promise that the new content will also be available for console players as well.

Both games looked great and showed that 2K is committed to supporting their past games while they work on future builds and have created new offerings that fans should enjoy.

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Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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