Posted: January 28
loot and shoot.
Buy advice: [Borderlands 2 GOTY edition + Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2] buy these two during a steam sale is the best advice I can give for anyone. It'll run you right now about $15-$18 and you'll have all the DLC's worth having without rebuying or spending a bunch of money. It gets asked constantly in the forums.
Classic FPS that can have a high entertaintement/hour value with replayable storylines, scaleable enemies, with better and better loot as you go. There are three main types of BL2 players I've seen. You have the diehard, the casual, and the barely interested. The diehards love doing the playthroughs, they love farming bosses and loot, they love the skills; they are great players and they have above 1k hours in the game, they can talk shop about this game all day but they're a dying breed because the game does have a half life for how interesting it is; the diehards will buy the game when it comes out, they don't need a steam sale, they'll buy all the DLCs and they bought TPS (the pre-sequel) for $60 the day it came out and already have 50 hours on it. The barely interested will wait for the steam sale, they'll wait for a few friends and they'll play up to level 30, maybe 60, they'll buy only the GOTY version, and theyll have 40 hours and be done with it. The hard part is figuring out if you're a casual player since you've never played the game.
The best way for a casual player to play is to select the most interesting character to you (first time favorites: commando, siren, assassin) and you play them through until you finish all the storylines, challenges, achievements, sidemission and do level 1 to 72 to op8, that will take about 200-300 hours. Then you normally don't want to do another complete playtrhough of a couple hundred hours so you get powerleveled through to op8 on the other characters and you can go through the storylines easier, you can play with the skills and see how the skills work and even more fun see how the skills work with all the loot, most likely duped loot. Most of your playtime then will be helping others get there missions done, doing raid bosses, a little farming and the game will reach its half life, that will take another few hundred hours and you'll be finished with the game.