The Best of Kotaku, This Week

Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

Luke just keeps finding all the best cosplayers. This week, he stumbled on a fantastic Assassin's Creed duo that was just too good to not feature for the Best of Kotaku.

Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.


The Best Comment From The Community

Our favorite comment of this week comes to you from Asami who shares a love story in response to Stephen Totilo's return to PC Gaming:

I live in a tiny apartment and still have a large tower. A PC I built with my bare hands; with love and care and precision. Managing the cables, making sure the thermal paste was applied in the most efficient way. It's a giant, a behemoth, a looming monolith over the rest of my desk. I named it Titan.

A HAF 922. MY HAF 922. With its twin 20cm fans, it drinks in air at a whisper, keeping the vicious quad-core and powerful GPU contained within at perfect temperatures.

It sits on an enormous L-shaped desk. With a 23" monitor, and a racing wheel, and a drawing tablet. A MacBook Pro, too. That has its own drawing tablet.

It is my Battle station. My home. It is where the magical things happen. It's where at Midnight I played my first game of Borderlands 2, laughing as I chatted via Skype to a few friends. Marveling at the gorgeous PhysX particles and cloth and blood and goo that spilled from barrels.

And somewhere, deep in the back of my mind, feeling just a little smug that those people on consoles would never witness this beauty.

I say, Stephen. Come back to us. Yes it is more work, but the work is little, and simple, and the rewards are great. Vast riches of pixels and shader effects await you.
Come home to the grand-daddy of gaming. We are still alive, and we are still the best.


A League of Legends For The PlayStation 3, But With Guns and a Lombax

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Stephen Totilo explains how the next Ratchet & Clank game may be the first important Ratchet & Clank game in many years. More »


Can You Tell The Difference Between Wii Mario and Wii U Mario?

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Stephen presents us with some in-game screenshots to compare two separate Mario generations. More »


Nintendo Doesn't Think Your Wii U Will Collect Dust

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Jason asks Reggie Fils-Aime if the Wii U will end up untouched on our game shelves like the Wii did. More »


Borderlands 2: The Kotaku Review

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Tina Amini (that's me!) tells you about how awesome Borderlands 2 is. More »


HG Wells Practically Invented Modern Tabletop Wargaming

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Luke Plunkett tells us about our introduction to recreational wargames, thanks to HG Wells. More »


Before You Start... Tips For Playing Borderlands 2 The Best Way

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Tina (hey that's me again!) gives you some tips on things to take note of before you start Borderlands 2. More »


Torchlight II Vs. Diablo III: The Comparison We Had To Make

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Kirk Hamilton gives us the rundown of how Torchlight II differs from Diablo III. More »


It's Time For Me To Be A PC Gamer Again

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Stephen tells us about his relationship with PC gaming. More »


In 13 Minutes, We'll Show You What's New and Cool in Borderlands 2

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Tina shares 13 minutes of gameplay in Borderlands 2. More »


New PS3, New Inafune Game And More of Last Night's Big Tokyo Gaming News

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Mike Fahey rounds up all of Sony's news from their conference in Japan. More »


A Mysterious Borderlands 2 Side-Project, The Future of Contra and Other Gaming Secrets

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Superannuation has dug up details on the status of a Contra reboot, the future of Riot Games, and what could be future Borderlands 2 DLC. More »


Torchlight II: The Kotaku Review

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Kirk says Torchlight II is a wicked compulsive, rambunctious game. More »


Guild Wars 2, Log Four: Ten-and-a-Half Lessons I Learned From My Adventures

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Kate learns more about Guild Wars 2 through more experiences. More »


Touchy Assassin's Creed, Social Metal Gear Solid and More Excitement from Tokyo Game Show's First Day

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Fahey rounds up the first day's worth of TGS news and impressions from the Kotaku East team. More »


Borderlands 2's Killer PC Version Gives Us A Taste Of The Future

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Kirk is really impressed with the PC version of Borderlands 2. More »


Before You Start… Tips For Playing Torchlight II The Best Way

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Kirk gives us some helpful Torchlight II tips based on his many hours of play. More »


F1 2012: The Kotaku Review

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Owen Good, a natural arcade racer, enjoys F1 2012. More »


Five Things I Like (And Five Things I Don't Like) About The Latest Final Fantasy Game

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Jason likes a lot of things about Final Fantasy Dimensions, but he has some issues with it, too. More »


Randy Pitchford, CEO of the Company That Made Borderlands 2, Is Answering Your Questions Right Here

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Randy Pitchford answered your questions live. More »


Black Mesa: The Kotaku Review

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Luke enjoys the remake of Half-Life despite how aged it is in certain aspects. More »


Reality Bending Head-Mounted Displays, Disappointing Wii U Pro Controllers and More Excitement from Tokyo Game Show's Second Day

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Tina (yeah yeah, you got the point) rounds up TGS's second day of news and impressions. More »


Don't Panic: The Wii U Naysayers Are Wrong

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Jason thinks Nintendo is on the right track with the Wii U. More »


Football Is Basically An RPG

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Jason related football to RPGs. More »