Trophy List: Borderlands

borderlandsboxLooks like we have got a little behind on our trophy lists so here is Borderlands with all the DLC (well up to knoxx) included.


Paid in Fyrestone
Completed 5 missions in the Arid Badlands

Made in Fyrestone
Completed all missions in the Arid Badlands

Paid in New Haven
Completed 5 missions in the Rust Commons

Made in New Haven
Completed all missions in the Rust Commons

My Brother is an Italian Plumber
Killed an enemy plumber-style

12 Days of Pandora
Mastered the technology of Pandora

Speedy McSpeederton
Raced around the Ludicrous Speedway in record time

You call this archaeology?
Applied an elemental artifact

Ding! Newbie
Earned level 5

Ding! Novice
Earned level 10

Ding! Expert
Earned level 20

Ding! Hardcore
Earned level 30

Ding! Sleepless
Earned level 40

Discovered Skag Gullu
Discovered Skag Gully

Discovered Sledge’s Safe House
Discovered Sledge’s Safe House

Discovered Headstone Mine
Discovered Headstone Mine

Discovered Trash Coast
Discovered Trash Coast

Discovered the Scrapyard
Discovered the Scrapyard

Discovered Krom’s Canyon
Discovered Krom’s Canyon

Discovered Crimson Lance Enclave
Discovered Crimson Lance Enclave

Discovered Eridian Promontory
Discovered Eridian Promontory

Ding! Champion
Earned level 50

Get A Little Blood on the Tires
Killed 25 enemies by ramming them with any vehicle

Rootinest, Tootinest, Shootinest
Killed 5 Rakk in under 10 seconds

Sold 50 guns to a shop

Can’t We Get BEYOND Thunderdome?
Emerged victorious from an arena match

Won a duel against another player

Group LF Healer
Rescued a groupmate from death in a co-op game

There’s No “I” In “Team”
Completed 15 missions in co-op

Weapon Aficionado
Reached proficiency level 10 with any weapon type

You’re on a boat!
I bet you never thought you’d be here

Killed 25 enemies with corrosive

1.21 Gigawatts
Killed 25 enemies with shock weapons

Killed 25 enemies with incendiary weapons

Master Exploder
Killed 25 enemies with explosive weapon

There are some who call me… Tim
Equipped a class mod for your character

Fully Loaded
Rescued enough Claptraps to earn 42 inventory slots

Truly Outrageous
Killed an enemy with the Siren’s action skill

Careful, he Bites
Killed 15 enemies with the Hunter’s action skill

Reckless Abandon
Killed 15 enemies with the Berserker’s action skill

Down in Front!
Killed 15 enemies with the Soldier’s action skill


Wanted: Sledge
Killed Sledge

Wanted: Krom
Killed Krom

Wanted: Flynt
Killed Flynt

Destroyed the Hive
Killed the Rakk Hive

Pandora-dog Milionaire
Earned $1,000,000

And They’ll Tell Two Freinds
Played in a co-op game with either an employee of Gearbox or someone who had this trophy

Won a duel without taking damage


Destroyed the Destroyer
Killed the Vault Boss

United We Stand
Defeted the Rakk Hive, the Vault Boss, Sledge, Krom, or Flynt in a co-op game


Borderland Defender
You have defeted all bosses and are a powerful force to be reckoned with

The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned


House of the Ned
Completed the “House of the Ned” mission

Jakobs Fodder
Completed the “Jakobs Fodder” mission


Night of the Living Ned
Killed Ned… sort of

Completed the “Braaaaaaaaaaaaains!” mission


Ned’s Undead, Baby, Ned’s Undead
Killed Ned. Again.

Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot


Small Tournament
Completed the lesser challenge in all 3 coliseums


Completed the larger challenge in the Hell-Burbia coliseum

The Angelic Ruins
Completed the larger challenge in The Angelic Ruins coliseum

The Gully
Completed the larger challenge in The Gully coliseum


Big Tournament
Completed each of the larger challenges in all 3 coliseums

The Secret Armory of General Knoxx


Making a Monster
Built the New Car: Monster

Athena, Out
Rescued Athena

Depot Demolition
Destroyed Lance Depot

Sneaky Little Buggers
Killed each of the loot midgets

Speed Kills
Destroyed a Lancer while in a Racer

Ding! Overleveled
Reached level 51

Completed all missions in Secret Armory

Sucker born every minute
Paid for a worthless tour of the world’s largest bullet


Killed Crawmerax the Invincible

Ding! Overleveled to 11
Reached Level 61


Dead Space 2 Launch Trailer Arrives!

ds2We’re all big Dead Space fans here at BOMB, so imagine my delight when Visceral and Sony brought us a new trailer for Dead Space 2 this morning.

It makes me happy, but your employer may not feel the same; definitely Not Safe For Work.

If you’re as excited as we are, you’ll want to Preorder Dead Space 2.

PS3 Trophy List: Hyperballoid HD


This next-gen brick-breaker game is now available on the PSN. With 1 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze, this is a quick and easy set of trophies.


Bronze Trophies

Ball Frenzy
Get 9 balls at the same time on screen

Blind Balls
30 shots in a row without hitting a brick

The Wall
50,000 reflected balls

Cannon Sniper
Twenty cannon shots hit the target

The Jongleur
Control three or more balls for at least one minute without letting them fall


Silver Trophies

Ancient Conqueror
Complete Ancient World Campaign

Planets Ruler
Complete Planets World Campaign

Crystal Hunter
Collect 200 Gems

Lust For Life
Collect three or more lives at one level


Gold Trophy

The Collector
Collect all other trophies

Game Review: Hyperballoid HD (PSN)


hyperballoidHyperballoid HD, the latest game with brick-breaker action, is now available for download via the PSN. This next-gen spin on an arcade classic offers two campaigns with a total of 100 challenging levels with realistic physics developed specifically for the PS3.

The graphics, supporting 1080p high definition as well as standard definitions, are amazing. The gameplay is fun and addicting, as all brick-breaker games should be. While the soundtrack can be fun, the game offers the capability of custom playlists so you can listen to your own music while you’re playing.

Whether you’re looking for a new brick-breaker game, an easy set of trophies, or just something fun to play, this is definitely a buy-it. With 100 levels and a low price of only $4.99, this game offers a lot of game for your buck. So what are you waiting for?

AxeWerks Guitar: Episode 1 – Parts List

Vintage StratAs we get ready to launch our latest show, I thought it might be a good idea to give everyone a head start.

AxeWerks Guitar is a video-only podcast that will focus on building, repairing, and modifying electric guitars and related equipment.

The first episode will be mostly about how to wire a standard Fender Stratocaster, using this ‘vintage recreation’ from my personal collection as an example.

If you’re interested in doing the homework with the show, here are a list of parts used, and where you can get a good deal on them.

All parts are identical to ones used on the actual guitar we’ll be building, except the pickguard (which is custom) and the pickups. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an actual set of Fender ’57 handwound pickups, but the Custom Shop recreations listed below are a reasonable (and affordable) alternative.

Fender Original 250k Splitshaft Potentiometer
Fender Original ’57/’62 Stratocaster Pickups
Fender 5-way Selector Switch
Fender Strat Knobs
Fender Pickguard Screws
Fender American Standard Strat 11-Hole Pickguard

Look for AxeWerks Guitar to arrive on all your favorite podcast outlets in May 2010.


Product Review: Apple iPad

The 60 days following it’s official announcement have passed, and the wait is over.ipad

Consumers can finally get their hands on the iPad in stores and see for themselves whether or not it is all that it has been hyped up to be.

Let’s start with the specs:

Half an inch thin
Weighs 1.5 pounds
9.7-inch IPS display (1024×768)
1 GHz A4 chip
16, 32,or 64 Gigabytes of storage
Wi-Fi 802.11n

“Is it really just an overgrown iPod Touch?”

Fundamentally, it is. But you will use it in a very different way.

Besides, is that such a bad thing?

Having a lot more screen and speed to work with will allow many applications to be more useful on a day to day basis, instead of  just being nice to have in a pinch. The smaller screens on iPods and iPhones made some applications feel awkward and almost unusable, except when in dire need.

Speaking of applications, the default ones installed are: Calendar, Contacts, Maps, Videos, YouTube, App Store,  iTunes,  Safari, Mail, Photos, iPod, and Notes.

You will notice that the two missing are from iPod and iPhone are Clock and Calculator.

Most likely this is because there are so many different clocks and calendars in the App Store. They seem to be the new “Hello World” program for new developers.

As with all the Apple touch devices, there are very few actual buttons. There are Home, power, volume up/down, and orientation lock buttons.

The iPad is a lot more sensitive than the other touch devices, which makes the orientation lock a very nice addition.

Reading for extended amounts of time is very easy on the eyes and with the different zoom levels, as well as the accessibility options, there is plenty of room for adjustment for everyone.

When in landscape mode, the keyboard is large enough for me type easily, accurately and at a pretty good speed.

Portrait mode is a different story. I would chalk that up to getting used to the size more than anything. Either way the keyboard response is excellent once you find what is most comfortable for you.

Wireless range seems to be a bit shorter, and I suspect that it has something to do with the all-aluminum back.

Speed while browsing and streaming media is quick and I have experienced no lockups or degradation of performance.

Netflix on the iPad is perhaps my favorite app, and it runs like a champ.

Battery life is pretty close to advertised; I have only charged it twice in the week since I’ve purchased it, and I have used it a lot.

Most people have been turned off by the fact that it was not running a version of OSX of some sort, and running the iPhone OS instead. This leaves the ability to install standard applications, multi-tasking, expansion, and media card slots out of the picture.

At least in the traditional sense.

The App Store has some sort of application for whatever you need in some form or another. By keeping expansion out of the picture, software developers do not need to worry about as many variables, only whether a user has a 3G model or not, and can work on making more refined applications (in theory).

Multitasking is being addressed this fall with OS 4.0. As far as the lack of media card slots? This is a pain point with me, but I have come to expect it and it’s not a big issue. If Apple thought they could get away with not having them in their MacBooks, they probably would.  EDITOR’S NOTE: Current baseline MacBooks do not include a media card slot. So apparently the author is correct. No hate mail, please.

Instead, you can buy a camera connectivity kit which will allow you to transfer pictures and video only to the iPad.

While the iPad will never completely replace your laptop, it definitely has a place and has proven quite useful to me.

If your not sold on it or you just want a full featured OS, there are other options on their way.

I was lucky enough to have a friend who let me borrow his the first week he had it (thanks Stig!) for a day and i knew that i wanted one.

I am really enjoying mine and would recommend it. Your best bet would be to find one and play with it a while and see if you can find a place for it in your lifestyle.

Apple iPad – 16GB
Apple iPad – 32GB
Apple iPad – 64GB

Game Review: God of War III (PS3)

gowcoverThe end arrives in the final installment of the God of War franchise as we know it.

This is the title that many people have been waiting for,  and perhaps their initial reason to buy a Playstation 3. 

Sony’s Santa Monica Studio decided to end this tale with a bang and held absolutely nothing back. Everything is done on a much larger scale and is the most visually stunning action game to date. The amount of things going on at one time and still maintaining a constant 60fps is staggering.

When my collectors edition of GOW III arrived, I had a few hours remaining on GOW II and it was very difficult for me to stay focused on it while the box glared at me from across the room. I was happy that I resisted the temptation and finished it before taking it on as the beginning starts off exactly where the previous title left off.

In the span of a few days, I burned through Chains of Olympus and God of War I & 2 in order to get the full experience. While it isn’t necessary, I would recommend playing these before playing GOWIII,  if you haven’t already.

I was pleased that the Chains of Olympus storyline was referenced a lot and not ignored. Cutscenes with Helios, Atlas, and Hades wouldn’t make as much sense if you hadn’t played it. All the core gameplay controls and elements are the same as we have come to know and love. Santa Monica Studios simply polished them without making any major changes.

One simple change that was implemented is the action sequences, instead of being in the middle of the screen, they now show up on the borders on the screen in relation to the face buttons on the controller. The triangle button appears at the top, square button appears on the left… you get the picture. This allows you to enjoy the visuals a lot more, and the button prompts are less of a distraction during gameplay.

Magic was tweaked a bit this time around. Instead of having access to all magic regardless of which weapon you have armed, it is tied directly to the weapon itself.

Speaking of weapons, this was the first time that I actually have had a difficult time deciding which weapon I liked better. The previous games, I always seem to stick with the blades and rarely switched. Each weapon has it’s use, but during the free-for-all areas, each weapon was just as effective and more importantly fun to use.GOWIII

Weapon chaining combos that switch between the weapons was another excellent addition. The puzzles in the game are back to being a bit more challenging as they were in the first one. I really felt that the puzzles in the second game were a bit too easy in comparison to the original.

The soundtrack, as always, is top notch and didn’t get old. The sound in general is excellent and should be cranked while playing, the swoosh of the chains around you on a good home theater is fantastic.

There is very little wrong with this game, my only real gripe is that there were a few moments in the game that were drawn out a bit long. I thoroughly enjoyed this game, the entire franchise would have to be in my top 5 series of all time.

This should be in your library of PS3 games, many have tried but no other action title comes close it.

Buy God of War III
Buy God of War III: Ultimate Edition
Buy God of War III Strategy Guide