Borderlands 2 VR Review

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When we dream of replaying our favorite traditional games in virtual reality, what are we really envisioning? In the case of Borderlands 2, the beloved looter-shooter from Gearbox, you might imagine looting and shooting with newfound immediacy, flinging yourself headlong back into the vibrant world of Pandora to delight in its distinctive hand-drawn environments first-hand. What you are probably not picturing is an awkward, unwieldy, often defective-seeming port, which reimagines the nimble action classic as a sluggish and clumsy slog for the PSVR.

So much of what made Borderlands 2 great has been stripped out of its VR version that it feels as if it’s been ransacked by Vault Hunters. The most conspicuous absence — and one that changes the experience in a fundamental way — is cooperative play. Borderlands 2 does work in single-player but it was always intended to be enjoyed with up to three friends, yoked together in frantic bouts of madcap chaos. Racing to snag coveted loot before it’s whisked away from under you is an essential component of its popularity, and for many people accustomed to its whirlwind pace, Borderlands VR is bound to seem lonely. It’s the kind of feature whose omission is frankly unforgivable.

Every IGN Mortal Kombat Review

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Mortal Kombat has been gruesomely dismembering fighters since 1992 – four years before IGN was around. With the announcement of Mortal Kombat 11 (which, shockingly, is not actually the 11th Mortal Kombat game) we're looking back over all 30 reviews IGN has published. Interestingly, the series contains such a wide range of games that it's one of the few that's earned almost every score in the book, except the very highest and lowest available.

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Dan Stapleton is IGN's Reviews Editor. You can follow him on Twitter to hear gaming rants and lots of random old-school Simpsons references.

Xbox: The State of Every First-Party Developer

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Microsoft made huge strides towards solving their long-running first-party game deficiency this year with the creation or acquisition of over half a dozen studios. So what the heck are each of them doing? Let’s take a look at what we know – or have heard – about each of Xbox’s dozen first-party development studios.

Current Known Project: Halo Infinite

Status: Halo Infinite, aka Halo 6, was officially unveiled at E3 2018. It’ll utilize a brand-new graphics engine called Slipspace, which, along with the fact that it wasn’t given a 2019 release window like other Xbox titles at E3, leads us to believe it will be launched alongside the next-generation Xbox, codenamed Scarlett, probably in Fall 2020. It will likely be playable on the current Xbox One console family, as well.

Xbox Live Currently Experiencing Game Purchase Issues

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Some users may be unable to currently purchase backward compatible content on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft.

The Xbox Live status page notes that the issue appears to be with backward compatible content purchased through the Xbox One, advising players instead to buy content through the Microsoft website.

"We're aware some users are unable to purchase backwards compatible content on the Xbox One. While we investigate the issue, please purchase this content through the Microsoft Store website," the status page reads.

How Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Ended Up on Switch

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Following the surprise announcement of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 exclusively for Switch, Nintendo has shed a little bit of light on how that deal came together.

In an interview following The Game Awards, we asked Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime about working with Koei Tecmo, who is developing Ultimate Alliance 3, and if previous collaborations on Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors helped make this project happen.

“It did. What happens in the world of development is you have companies who have positive experiences in working together, coupled with franchises being available, and the franchise owner wanting to do something with a particular franchise,” Fils-Aime told IGN. “And in this case, those three elements came together in order to create the opportunity for that game."

These Are the Best Deals on Nintendo Switch Ahead of Christmas

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest items of the 2018 holiday season, and as such, there aren't many Nintendo Switch deals happening right now. At least, there's nothing approaching the excellence of the Black Friday Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle. That doesn't mean there aren't still some great chances to save, though.

We've scoured the internet to come up with the best deals on Nintendo Switch consoles and bundles, and if you're after a new Nintendo Switch, the good news there's still time to get one before Christmas.