Gearbox releases browser-based, overhead arcade-style shooter "The Border Lands" for PC.
Gearbox Software's Borderlands series did not exist in the 16-bit era of games, but thanks to a new browser-based de-make of the franchise, gamers can see what such a game could have been like.
The developer has released "The Border Lands" for PC, an overhead arcade-style shooter that has players enlisting as one of four characters and surviving waves of oncoming enemies. As in the contemporary version, gamers can level their characters and collect loot.
Development recently wrapped on Borderlands 2, with Gearbox now working on postlaunch support for the game, including the mechromancer class. The game is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on September 18. A recent game guide writer's playthrough of the title took 58 hours, with Gearbox calling the game a "hobby." For more on Borderlands 2, check out GameSpot's latest preview.
Perfect..... This reminds me of my Childhood(well actually I'm still playing some even now on my console and I love it). Put this on a rom, I'll play it on my 16 bit console.
Fantastic way to fuel the hype train! I'd love to see more developers do this, but fear that it'd lose its uniqueness. A bit like when Bulletstorm made Duty Calls, it was fantastic.
What were Gearbox meant to be working on when they made this? :P
Still, I always love to imagine what current games would look like if they were made as 8/16bit titles :)
I had more fun playing this browser game for thirty minutes than I did playing Spec Ops: The Line for three hours.
..See what you modders missed, a chance to clone the big bad game in 16 bits of wonder (and to make it better by removing or replacing the annoying quirks).
Yeah, so THAT is a ton of fun. Played up to level 20 and made myself stop. Fun little time-sink... Love that they included a lot of the "weapon effects" in the loot chests. :)
Nerds will complain about anything: "Um well, you see now, this is more like an 8-bit game as opposed to a, um, game from the 16-bit era." Just enjoy the game and quit whining. And now I'll probably get lots of comments about how I'm complaining about the complainers. On a more positive note, I can't wait for Borderlands 2! My social life is going down the toilet on September 18th.
uh...dude learn your gaming history this aint 16 bit. Its barely 8 bit tbh its more like high res Atari 7800
I ran into glitch on first level. One of the enemies got glitched to off screen and just couldn't shoot him, so level1 never ended.
Just played it. Pretty fun. But it looks more 8bit than 16bit. My only gripe is that I wish they'd use WASD for movement.
been playing this today - good fun. Borderlands weapons and enemies with a Smash-TV style of gameplay.... all in glorious 16-bit blockiness. Great fun. And free to boot, can't say fairer than that
I thought that I was playing a ps3 powwa uv da cell exclusive there for a minute. But then I realized that the over priced internet ready blu ray player couldn't pull off this kind of detail without a 10gig M A N D A T O R Y install.
The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack
the nostalgia implied by those graphics practically has me sitting here imaging the screech of tape-drive loading screens, and the rubber keys on my ZX Spectrum. awesome
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