Vault Hunters! Please welcome the newest member of your ranks, Krieg the Psycho Bandit! Part of the Psycho Pack, which is available for purchase on the Mac today for $9.99, Krieg is looking to make some new friends after a rather less-than-pleasant experience at the hands of Hyperion and the bandits of Pandora.
Bringing completely new skill trees and playstyle to Borderlands 2, Krieg is unlike any Vault Hunter before him. Players can focus on the bonus-stacking Bloodlust tree, the melee and explosive damage-friendly Mania tree, the fire-breathing Hellborn tree, or a mixture of all three. Regardless of what skill path players choose, Krieg is also unique in that taking damage reduces the cooldown of his action skill, the Buzz Axe Rampage, which features a 500% melee boost and instant health regeneration for each kill! Think of him as a a fireball-spewing, TNT-throwing, Buzz Axe-slashing badass version of Brick.
As noted, the Psycho Pack is now available for download for $9.99 and can be found at the GameAgent Store, directly through Steam, and via other participating online retailers. Grab it today and start exploring Pandora for some FRESH MEAT!
It’s about time isn’t it? We’ve wanted to discuss the music to Borderlands 2 for quite a while, but were waiting for it to become available on Spotify or some other music-focused website that could be embedded here for your listening pleasure. That never happened, but thanks to fans on YouTube, you can listen to the entire thing. If you’ve been playing this game constantly for the past few months like we have, then most of this music is pretty familiar to you, but let’s take a step back and give it a listen on its own, without the frenzied action that usually accompanies hearing it. What you’ll find is an incredibly diverse and satisfying mixture of sounds and genres that create a textured and dynamic sonic experience. Give it a listen right here:
This aurally arresting mixture of sounds is brought to us by Jesper Kyd, a renowned game composer known for his work on Assassin’s Creed, Soul Calibre V, Darksiders II, and of course the first Borderlands game. There’s a little something for everybody: haunting ambient tracks like “Ascent,” thumping electronic beats (“Glacial,” “Bandit Slaughter”), and even some beautiful guitar work (“Main Menu,” “Interlude Ambient,” “Caverns”). Every one of these pieces has a sense of urgency and at the same time, each piece breathes. Kyd doesn’t just beat you over the head with thumping beats to match gunfire; he excels at the quiet moments amidst the storm, knowing that not only could multiple events happen over the course of one piece of music, but also that these moments add delicious tension. Despite the rampant humor throughout the game, these tracks make the journey through Pandora feel that much more serious and epic thanks to such skillfully crafted music.
As a bonus, this playlist also includes music from the DLC packs, including Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. However, what’s not included in this playlist or official soundtrack is the music that plays while you’re in the open world of Pandora, exploring. It’s subtle, compelling, and worth tracking down. After some research, the song is called ”Ice” and is available to listen to on Jesper Kyd’s official website. Kotaku Australia also posted a great article about what’s so great about the song and it’s worth a read.
The official soundtrack can be purchased digitally through iTunes or Amazon.
And let’s not forget the fantastic song “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy! It’s a great song that deserves a mention when talking about the soundtrack:
What are your favorite tracks from the Borderlands 2 soundtrack? Is there another game’s music that deserves the spotlight too? Let us know in the comments!
Great news, Vault Hunters–Aspyr has just released the latest update for Borderlands 2 on Steam, bringing the Mac version back in sync with the PC version! The game should update next time you launch your Steam client.
Aspyr has released the update ahead of the upcoming Psycho Pack DLC which is scheduled to release on the Mac next week. The Psycho Pack will introduce a 6th playable character, Krieg the Psycho Bandit, with all new skills and playstyle.
In the meantime, head online and start exploring Pandora again with your PC buddies!
Borderlands 2 on the Mac App Store just got even more awesome! A new update has just been released that brings online multiplayer to the game, as well as a few additional features and Game Center support!
First, online multiplayer is now a reality for Borderlands 2 Mac App players. Mac App players can play online with anyone on their Game Center friends list, and sending and accepting game invites is super simple. There’s no Quick Match feature in this update, but Aspyr has set up a Borderlands 2 Mac App Facebook Group to get around this minor limitation. Mac App players can meet up in the Facebook Group and add each other to friends lists so they’ll always have someone to play with.
Update: Players can also check out this guide on how to get the most out of multiplayer and Game Center.
Mac App players also now have a set of exclusive leader boards through Game Center! These leader boards will track character levels and players’ Badass Ranks. In addition to rising to the top for glory, players will be able to send friend invites to others on the list. This is particularly helpful for players looking for a companion around the same skill or character level.
Achievements have also been added to the game through Game Center. These achievements are exactly the same as those on the Steam version. (Please note that these achievements won’t backfill, as they won’t count progress made prior to achievement support.)
Finally, all major pieces of DLC, including the three add-on content campaigns, are now available to Mac App players via in-app purchases. This list of DLC currently includes:
Creature Slaughter Dome
Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty
Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
And the best part of it all? The game’s currently on sale for only $29.99 (half off!)! If you’ve been holding out on the game, now’s the best time to get it!
Have any questions about the update or the Mac App version of Borderlands 2 in general? Let us know in the comments. Or you can head on over to the Borderlands 2 FAQ to learn more about what this awesome game has to offer!
Tally-ho Vault Hunters! With the release of a big software update today, Aspyr has integrated Apple’s Game Center into Borderlands 2 for the Mac App Store! That means that you can now finally experience some co-op excitement and take down Handsome Jack with a friend or two. Game Center is a very different beast than Steam, as we explained in last week’s Game Center article. This means grabbing friends to play Borderlands 2 with you is a different process than what you’re used to with Steam or even for other Game Center games for that matter.
To make sure you’re able to get started looting Pandora with friends as quickly as possible, we’ve assembled this article to explain the Game Center features now built into the game and how to use them to invite friends for a co-op brouhaha. (more…)
Tally-ho Vault Hunters! Many of you have gotten cracking good at ransacking Pandora, reaching the upper-echelon of skills and levels. We wouldn’t want you thinking there’s nothing new to see or do in Pandora, so a new, FREE update for Borderlands 2 as well as other additional content is coming this week! We up the challenge and give added weapons and much more, but like a double rainbow we have to ask, what does it mean? (more…)
Great news, Vault Hunters! Aspyr Media has just updated Borderlands 2 on the Mac, bringing more content and significant updates to the game!
The latest Borderlands 2 DLC, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt ($9.99), is now available to Mac Steam users! This new adventure takes the Vault Hunters to an entirely new continent on Pandora in search of even more powerful loot. Players will see all-new locales, new enemies (including some epic raid bosses!), powerful new guns, and new ways to customize the look of your characters!
Also released is the latest patch for Borderlands 2 Mac players on Steam. This patch brings the Mac version up to v1.3.1 which means cross-platform multiplayer has been enabled! Time to go blow $#@7 up for a while with your PC friends.
The update should be rolling out to all Mac Steam users and should download and install automatically the next time you launch Borderlands 2. If you have any problems, please contact Aspyr Support for assistance! See below for the full patch notes, and keep in mind – the joys of cross-platform multiplayer are likely only temporary until the next PC patch, so get your adventuring on while the gettin’s good!
Finally, all GameAgent members are free to enjoy an exclusive discount of 25% on this latest DLC (and any other DLC or expansion to an Aspyr game!) for a limited time. Simply log in to GameAgent.com and check the homepage for your coupon code!
This guest-post is brought to you by Ric Molina (@MacGamerRic). A self-proclaimed Mac gaming fan, he runs MacGamerHQ, the blog where you can find all things Mac Games.
Time sure flies. 2012 is long gone and I’m left here with this bittersweet feeling. Why? Well, because 2012 brought so many great games that I can’t even decide which one to tackle next! I guess having too many choices can be difficult…. I know, I know, this is a great problem to have . There are several reasons I said 2012 was Mac gaming’s best year yet, but if you need to remember the main one, it’s the games! 2012 brought more high quality games than ever before. Today, I will give you my top 10 games of the year:
“I don’t care if I can’t play Black Ops 2 on the Mac as long as I can keep shooting things in the face with my pals in Borderlands 2!”
Borderlands 2 was without a doubt my favourite game of the year. Combining a highly polished First-person shooter with addictive RPG elements such as looting, experience and levelling up, Gearbox Software found the perfect formula for an awesome game. The story, world and characters blend perfectly, creating a great atmosphere. Did I mention the game gets even better when playing co-op with a friend? Aspyr did a great job too, bringing a gorgeous and demanding game to the Mac without a hitch. Borderlands 2 got an 89 Metascore, meaning I’m not alone with this one. (more…)
As a new addition to the blog, we’re going to make efforts to answer some of our most popular questions in efforts to bring more information to our faithful gaming fans. This week, our topic is Borderlands 2. We’ve seen some questions about the recent DLC releases and want to get you guys as much information as we have.
Borderlands 2 Mac DLC and owners of Season Pass:
Aspyr is hard at work on the latest DLC, Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. We anticipate having this available for the Mac in 3-6 weeks pending approvals. This piece of DLC will be available to all owners of the Borderlands 2: Season Pass and available for purchase at that time. We’ll do everything we can to expedite approvals and release, and we appreciate your patience.
If you have more questions about DLC, additional content, etc., please leave a comment so we can be sure and cover everything.