So I am pretty sure you have heard about Borderlands: The Pre Sequel and so on but unfortunately that game isn’t out yet so I can’t review it yet but on the plus side I own Borderlands 2 and I have played it to oblivion so here is a review of it, what can I say about that hasn’t already been said, it is a great game that combines two of my favorite genres which are RPG and FPS into a perfect blend of both so if you haven’t already bought Borderlands 2 because of not being a fan of the original game then you should stop reading this, go to the nearest shop and buy the thing and here is why.
Borderlands 2 was released on September 18, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and a Game Of The Year edition was released on October 8, 2013 for the US and October 11 for the rest of the world and it takes players back to the ultra hostile planet of Pandora and it’s more hostile than ever because five years have passed since the events of first Borderlands game.
It’s sequel puts us in the shoes of four optional and equally unique characters in a fight to save Pandora from the evil Hyperion Corporation and it’s leader Handsome Jack who is without a doubt one of the most badass bad guys ever but moving onwards from that if you have played the first game then good for you because you will be happy to know this game tops the original 50 times over in many ways like the game play, story and numerous other ways.
Gearbox added so much to the world of Pandora without making anything feel alien and unfamiliar, they added new NPC characters like the stunning bar owner Mad Moxxi who may sound familiar if you played “Mad Moxxi’s Underdome” DLC from the first game and my personal favorite Tiny Tina who is a psychotic 13 year old who loves crumpets and explosives.
The developers also brought back original vault hunters Lilith, Roland, Brick and Mordecai in supporting roles to aid the new vault hunters in their quest to free Pandora and it will be one hell of a fight to do so and that’s all I will say about the game to avoid spoiling it so on to the game play.
The game play in Borderlands 2 is the first game but bigger, better and more badass in every way, it improves on many game play elements while keeping the original game play elements intact so for those of you who are unfamiliar with Borderland’s game play style, it literally sums up to shoot everything in the face with numerous weapons such as shotguns, snipers, assault rifles, pistols and rocket launchers and loot every body, box and container you come across because you can find weapons and loads of other cool stuff.
Borderlands 2 combines the best parts of FPS games with the best things about RPGs in a beautiful harmony and it does so with the following mechanics, the game randomly generates weapons with various parts to create an enormously large number of possible weapon variations meaning every weapon is unique so that means lot’s of treasure hunting for the best guns which is awesome but also very saddening because you don’t have bottomless pockets but seriously there is a gun for every gun nut on Pandora and then some which is good to know since most of this game involves killing the crap out of anything that isn’t friendly.
The RPG elements play a huge part in Borderlands 2 in numerous ways starting with the new four playable characters I mentioned earlier, they have unique skill trees, upgrades and special abilities according to their class.
The “Assassin” class for example can cloak and go in close for one hit kill while the “Gunzerker” class named Salvador can dual wield any two weapons for insane damage, Maya who is the “Siren” can phaselock to immobilize foes and finally Axton who is the “Commando” can throw out a turret for support in heavy gunfights, all four classes are really good but there is always room for improvements and the improvements come in the form of experience points which is earned by killing enemies, finding loot, completing missions and various challenges hence the RPG side of Borderlands 2.
After enough XP has been earned, the player’s chosen character will level up and be given an upgrade point to put into one of the three player specific skill trees each class has benefit the their class in numerous ways like reduced skill cool down rates and it the more levels you have, the better loot you will find and that not all, it even has hundreds of mini challenges that offer tokens upon completion that can be use for small enhancements such as reduced recoil and higher melee damage and believe me you will always be improving your chosen character during your play through because it just so enjoyable and so easy.
Anyway now onto the graphics and sound design, when it comes to the graphics style of Borderlands 2, it has a cell shaded comic book style to it which is another thing that makes this game and it’s predecessor unique, its colorful and vibrant and you can really tell that this was a game the developers poured 100 percent of their hearts and souls into to make great, I can’t believe that at one point the developers wanted a Call of Duty vibe art style for the original game years back, could you imagine Borderlands if it looked like Call of Duty…..nah me neither.
The sounds in Borderlands 2 are AMAZING and like all my friends that were playing it at the time, I put the volume to max because this game is just bursting at the seams with personality and hilarious dialog, the playable characters, NPCs and enemies have loads of funny things to say for an example I once walked into a psycho camp and they didn’t notice me until I shot off a special type of enemy’s head causing him to mutate, he then turns to the guy next to him and says “have you ever been strangled with your own intestines” before he vomited acid all over his friend and just before his friend melted into a puddle his last words were “You are so mean to me” so yeah alot of crazy shit goes down on Pandora and that’s only the tip of this crazy thrill ride.
Handsome Jack who is the main bad guy in the trailer above taunts you the entire time as you are playing by calling you names and just being an asshole and his dialog is extremely well done to the point of having you screaming at your tv “stop being an asshole Jack” oh wait maybe that last part was just me but moving on.
Everything in this game is well done, the voice acting is superb and the voice actors put 100% effort into their roles basically it is just a great game with high production values, what more is there to say other than this game kicks ass so how onto replay value and the other things.
Borderlands 2 is one of those games that sucks you in with how awesome it is but make sure bring three buddies along for the ride because that’s how Borderlands 2 was meant to be played from the beginning with online co op.
There are multiple difficulty settings that become available after beating the story mode and they sure do pack a punch because the game gets harder as more players join the game which is pretty cool because it is drop in and drop out co op.
There are loads of things to do while spending time on Pandora, like completing missions, helping NPCs with random quests, challenges that provide “badass ranks” upon completion and bosses respawn after a short while so you can farm for xp and more weapons so you can deck your character out in legendary gear.
There are also arenas that give you a challenge if you are up for it and it is quite effective way to prove yourself through trial and combat or you could go easter egg hunting because there loads of easter eggs and they are super cool to find and so worth it because they are so funny.
There are 69 achievements with a total of 1625 points for you to earn and cherish so Borderlands 2 is gonna take alot of time to complete 100 percent and there is a tonne of DLC available like four major DLC packs, two character packs and 3 smaller themed DLC packs so that’s a crap tonne of content to burn though and it is so worth it.
So in conclusion Borderlands 2 is a game that really deserves a place on every gamers shelf, it is extremely fun and it is best played with a group of friends because everything is better with friends and it is a great time, it’s a super cool game that packs in hundreds of game play hours that is just over the top and bat shit crazy, I mean come on where else could you find a rip off of batman, Minecraft creepers, double rainbows all in one game… oh wait that’s right you can’t.
Pick this game up as soon as possible because its too good to miss out on and what more could you ask for in a game, it has a great story, great action, it has a crap ton of guns and who the hell doesn’t like video game guns and loot so if you are gonna add this to your gaming collection make sure to pick up the Game Of The Year edition because you get the game and all the DLC content and while you are at it make sure to bring some friends along for the ride.
So that’s about it from me fellow vault hunters, get this game and enjoy this game and if you can, get the first game’s GOTY edition aswell if it’s dirt cheap because it will fill you in on Roland and the previous game’s cast and well that game is good also and who doesn’t like good games.