Borderlands 2 Review

Borderlands 2 Review

Gearbox Software surprised the video gaming world in 2009 with the release of Borderlands. The game was a great mixture of a first person shooter, RPG leveling, and loot collecting elements. It also had a rather different art style. This was all wrapped up in an open world co-op shooter, that was fun no matter which way you wanted to play. With Borderlands 2, Gearbox are trying to bring fans everything they liked from the first game and fix some of the issues people complained about from the original.

The story in Borderlands 2 is completely aware of how underwhelming the first game's ending was and uses that to its advantage in delivering something significantly better. While the story is fairly simple, the ways you can go through it are what makes it so memorable. Once again you play as one of four vault hunters who have come to the planet Pandora five years after the ending of Borderlands. Your mission is to try and reunite with the original vault hunters from the first game and take down Handsome Jack.

Jack is in charge of the Hyperion Corporation and is trying to control the planet of Pandora by finding the vault. So when it comes down to it that is all the motivation you need to start your journey that will introduce you to a number of crazy characters and locations. The writing stands out in a way that not enough games do, by being very witty, clever, and extremely referential. This leads to always wanting to hear what each character will have to say next.

Writing also makes every side mission in the game so fun you can get lost completing them for hours. These can range from something as subtle as a quest that has nothing but Top Gun quotes in it, or where you need to find a group of ninjas who love pizza in the sewers. This is just a taste of how many easter eggs and nods to other games, TV shows, and movies you will find while playing. It is hard to not fall in love with the world that Borderlands 2 gives you, it will just keep bringing you back for more until you see everything there is to see in this massive game.

Borderlands 2 gives you so many different ways to play that if you want to play four player co-op or single player, you will need to play completely different. This all depends on what class you choose from and how you want to develop your skill tree. The different types of classes cater to different player types and picking just right matters. The Soldier can throw a turret and is best for new players who want to play it safe. The Siren can phaselock her enemies and trap them in place leaving them vulnerable and Gunzerkers are more of the crazy run into battle duel wielding guns. Lastly, there is the Assassin who is more complicated than any of the other classes with his ability to become invisible and send out a decoy of himself.

The character development doesn't stop there as each unique character can place skill points into a tree which adds to their individual ability and how they play. You have three different trees and unlike the first game where you put your skill points after leveling up really makes a difference. So if you play by yourself you might want a lot of ways to heal yourself. While you might want more power in a certain skill tree when you know you will be playing with others online or in split screen.


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