Sneak peek of ‘Borderlands 2’ shows promise

Courtesy of Gearbox Software<br>
Courtesy of Gearbox Software

 The folks at 2K Games recently gave me a peek inside Pandora’s box, and I liked what I saw.

This fall, gamers will be able to return to the planet Pandora with the first-person shooter “Borderlands 2.” Earlier this month, I got a preview of the game’s new characters, weapons and gameplay.

Diablo III: The post-release rush

It's been 12 long years since the last time I told this girl scout I didn't want any cookies. <br>Courtesy of Blizzard
It's been 12 long years since the last time I told this girl scout I didn't want any cookies.

The Stripes gaming team had a fiendishly fun time with Diablo III this week. Because we have to rush through games quickly, and because of space limitations, there’s usually a fair bit left unsaid when the review hits the paper. This record-setting PC title, however, has had a bit more news than usual.

First off: The land of WhimsyShire tries its best to counter our argument that the game is rather drab and muted until the magic gets flying. Just look at all those rainbows!

World of Warplanes: High flying history


How do you follow up one of the most accurate, exhaustively detailed and flat-out fun tank shooters of all time? Grab all those historically melded polygons and take to the air. Stars and Stripes recently caught up with Alexandr Zezulin, project manager for Wargaming.net’s upcoming “World of Warplanes,” to ask him how we should expect our tank-driving skills to take off. For more of what to expect, you can read our review of "World of Tanks" here.

Stars and Stripes: What kind of research goes into the building and modeling of the warplanes?


About the Authors

Brian Bowers is Stars and Stripes’ Assistant Managing Editor for Europe and Mideast and one of its video game reviewers. He joined the newspaper in 1992 in Germany, where he worked on the news desk and the city desk. He has a wife and three children, who are always eager to help him test games.

Sam Laney joined Stars and Stripes in 2007 as a copy/layout editor and slowly convinced upper management to support his video game habit. Since then, he’s added game reviews and previews to his list of duties and moved on to the iPad. When he’s not rocking newbies in “Left4Dead2,” he covers PC and Nintendo systems.

Michael S. Darnell joined Stars and Stripes in 2013 as a reporter and quickly annoyed his bosses into allowing him to write about video games in his spare time. He's a PC gamer at heart whose life goals include building the first gaming PC on Mars.