Gorn, the VR game about beating the crap out of gladiators, has left Early Access

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Gorn, the VR game about beating the crap out of gladiators, has left Early Access

When I put on a VR headset I'm after a serene experience, like soaring through ancient cities as an eagle, or exploring quaint fantasy worlds as a mouse. But if you'd prefer to brutally murder people in visceral gladiatorial combat, well, obviously there's a game for that. it's called Gorn, and it's reportedly very good if that's your thing.

The original Borderlands is free on Steam for the weekend

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The original Borderlands is free on Steam for the weekend

With Borderlands 3 on the horizon (it's arriving in September, which is already closer than you think), it's not a bad time to get acquainted, or re-acquainted, with the original. Well, a newer version of the original, anyway. Borderlands Game of the Year Enhanced is free for the weekend on Steam, which should give you enough time to sample at least a quarter-bazillion of the co-op shooter's 'bazillion' guns.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 review - with medium power comes medium responsibility

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 review - with medium power comes medium responsibility

A decade after Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 came out, the series returns in curious circumstances. This isn't an Activision gig, published to all the platforms of the time. Nor is it a Raven Software or Vicarious Visions development, as the originals were respectively. Rather, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is developed by Team Ninja, the people behind Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden and Nioh, and published by Nintendo exclusively for the Switch. Such a change! Still, despite this publisher and developer shakeup, Nintendo has taken an old-school approach - for better and for worse.

The formula follows its predecessors closely: four Marvel characters on-screen, smashing scores of enemies to bits using a combination of light and heavy attacks, special attacks and screen-clearing ultimate attacks. With the camera in the classic view (there's a new "heroic" perspective that puts the camera closer to the character you control, but I didn't use it because I like to see as much of the arena as possible), MUA3 has a Diablo vibe to it, as its predecessors did. Combat is the focus. Tweaking the makeup of your team to trigger stat bonuses, such as "Heavy Hitters" and "Big Brains", is merely the preamble to the bashing of buttons.

Round About

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Round About

A few weeks ago, Activision and Infinity Ward revealed the newest Call of Duty multiplayer mode, titled Gunfight. This 2v2 close-quarters mode pits two teams against each other in a quick series of rounds. I myself tried the mode a few months ago and it is probably the most fun I have had in Call of Duty multiplayer during that short play session.

But it's hard to explain just what the mode is like with a description, so Infinity Ward has posted a video today showing more. The fighting game-like pacing and back-and-forth feels fairly unique to shooters in general. You can check five minutes of the Gunfight mode out above.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25.

Subnautica: Below Zero's Artic Living update is all about home improvements

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Subnautica: Below Zero's Artic Living update is all about home improvements

Developer Unknown Worlds is still hard at work on Subnautica's frosty standalone expansion, Below Zero, nudging ever further through early access on PC - and its latest efforts are available now in the Artic Living update, bringing all the mod-cons to players' underwater abodes.

Note that those wanting to keep Below Zero's surprises at bay until its full, final release, should stop reading now.

Alongside a shiny new glass dome to place atop your habitation chambers, Artic Living introduces the new, matter-of-factly titled Large Room. This new, highly modular living area is significantly bigger than previous offerings, providing ample space for budding homemakers to slot in new partition walls, partition doors, and furnishings.

Avengers Releasing Polished Demo Footage Just After Gamescom

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Avengers Releasing Polished Demo Footage Just After Gamescom

A lot has been made about Square Enix's showing of Avengers at E3 this year. The initial press conference reveal wasn't, really, as it had little gameplay and confusing messaging. The behind-closed-doors demo on the show floor failed to impress many and leaked footage shot on a cellphone did it no favors. Now Square Enix and Marvel say they're polishing up the gameplay demo to reveal it online just after Gamescom.

The news comes from the Marvel Games panel at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as made official by a tweet from the game's official account.

According to attendees, the gameplay demo is similar to the E3 floor showing, but more polished and expanded. In the SDCC video, a girl wearing a Captain Marvel shirt inhales Terrigen mists, likely confirming Ms. Marvel. That also likely confirms leaks from a few months ago that put Ms. Marvel at the center of the beginning of the story.

Overwatch begins testing its game-changing Role Queue system

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Overwatch begins testing its game-changing Role Queue system

The age of casually flitting between roles mid-match in Overwatch is over, as Blizzard just dropped a game-changing patch on their competitive team shooter’s public test servers. Applying to Quick and Competitive match modes (as well as the esports league, which is a shakeup), players will now have to commit to a role – Tank, […]