Posted: January 24
Let me set my small backstory of this game for you guys. Back in 2012 I had my 14th birthday and I'd asked my friends "what should I buy for us to play together?" This was back when I didn't have a PC and played on a Xbox 360, their answer? Borderlands. I bought this interesting little title for around £8 in a CEX. Let me just say, best £8 I'd ever spent, one of the few games I actually bought ALL the DLC for too (GOTY edition was impossible to find, believe me). So of course, I heard rumours of Borderlands 2 and got pretty hype. I saw the release date "September 12th 2012". Pre-Ordered the ♥♥♥♥ outta it. I got home from school that day more excited than a child recieving a lollipop and popped in the disc and played Borderlands 2 for the first time.
I'd played atleast 200 hours, perhaps more on it, but never the DLC. So lets say I got 200 hours out of just the MAIN GAME.
Later on in life I got a good PC, first thing on my buy list was Borderlands 2. This time, with all the DLC I could get. After completing this game for a 10th time in my life I feel like I should review it.
So this is the meat of the review, the game itself. Whilst not going into spoilers I'll give a quick synopsis. You're a Vault Hunter, Handsome Jack wants this Vault, you want to stop him. A generic plot I suppose but very very well written. I've played through this so many times (I say completed 10, but I've had multiple characters I've just started and never finished with) and the dialouge still makes me giggle at times. I find it all just so silly and wacky that it gets to me every time.
The main story itself is quite long, you'll need to do side quests to keep leveled alongside the main story, but don't worry, each sidequest is entertaining in itself, varying from robbing a bank, shooting a guy in the face (but not the arm, or body, or leg) to simply jumping off a cliff. The main story is also pretty great, you get emotionally invested in characters, you learn to hate the snark of Handsome Jack, you learn to love the Vault Hunters of the past game, you learn to despise Claptrap and his annoying voice lines. jk claptrap i love you really
The gameplay? Oh my it is so addicting. Looting new guns, out of what the game boasts to be a gazillion, each one with a different possible outcome. Maybe this one will have a scope, or a knife, or BOTH. Grenade Mods offer an interesting use too, altering what your grenades do. My favourite is a singularity grenade, pulls the enemies in and then blows up with them all together. The gunplay itself, while sometimes you feel like you're pretty much throwing a wet paper towel at a wall in the hopes of breaking it down, is also satisfying. Snipers are nice to aim, shotguns have a nice little kick and assault rifles kick ♥♥♥ (I recommend Jakobs). The best part? This game is Co-Op. 1-4 players and A LOT better when experienced in a group than solo, in my opinion. Each person taking a different character from the cast of 6 to vary up gameplay and make a very gorey battlefield.
Level design is also great, my favourite map being Lynchwood. Every place has some form of parkour and a lovely look to it, from sweeping vistas in the Highlands, to the metropolis of Opportunity, to the... well... dust of "The Dust". Every place jumps out with life and is memorable in its own way.
The game also looks A-MAZ-ING. Cel-Shaded art style is perhaps my favourite when it comes to games and this game just looks so nice with it. A cartoony feel to an over the top game, whilst still managing to maintain beauty of landscapes. The only thing I recommend is not using PhysX, it's known to tank FPS (my friend gets around 40 with it on high and he uses a GTX Titan, just set it to low).
The characters you can play as are all pretty damn cool too, I'll just list them:Maya
My current character I'm playing with, was never a fan of the Siren til I played Maya, an absoloute pleasure to play as you control the battlefield, you take key targets out, you revive team mates with Res, you heal, you corrode, you do everything within your power to destroy and reign supreme over the hordes of bandits that Pandora has to throw at you. Also you can shoot your friends to heal them. She has two play styles, a "medic" of sorts, supporting the team, or a absoloute destructive force, murdering hordes of bandits with a quick tap of the ability key.Gaige
My favourite character to play as, she has a giant death robot. That in itself is amazing to me. She has 3 very different trees, the left tree, "Best Friends Forever" focuses on helping newer players out by giving abilities that help things like aim, with an ability that lets bullets riochet off of surfaces and find their way cozily inside that nearby enemies cranium. "Little Big Trouble" focuses on using elemental weapons, mainly shock, to your advantage. The final tree, "Anarchy" is an interesting one, it lets Gaige do more damage at the cost of accuracy, allowing for even the worst gun to become a power house. The best part about this tree is combining this tree with the bullet reflects from the BFF tree, Zer0
An interesting fellow, not much is known about this illusive figure, other than he's a badass mofo. He's an assassin, who's specialties are in melee and backstabs, or if you decide to go for it, sniping and pistols. Zer0 has the potential to be one of the best pick of Vault Hunters in the game, able to do ridiculous damage to single targets in a single shot. His ability, Decepti0n, lets Zer0 go into stealth mode and send a decoy that enemies will attack. This is also pretty good for reviving people, but its main use is to pick off a high priority target before a fight starts, or to escape from a fight you can't win. I haven't played as much Zer0 as I have Gaige, but from what I have played I love the guy, and is always a pleasure to have one guy playing the haiku speaking assassin with ya. Also when he revives you he gets a "<3" on his face, what could be better?Axton
Axton was my original guy, after playing Roland in BL1 I felt like going for something similar, Axton was just that. His ability, a turret, can murder enemies pretty efficently. You can chose to level up your turrets or your own ability, the turrets were perhaps my favourite to level up though. You can get a variety of upgrades, a shield on your turret? Rockets? Two turrets? Sure thing, Axton got it all. My main fault with him however is that he's a pretty cover based character, prefering to let his turret to do the dirty work, but a nice character nevertheless.Salvador
Salvador is my least favourite character to play, which is pretty funny considering I like playing them all. His ability, whilst somewhat tame compared to the rest, can be a whole load of fun. Salvador can go "Gunzerk", wielding two weapons at once. Any two, you aren't limited? Two snipers? Go ahead. Two rockets? Sure thing. I can't remember much of my time as gunzerker, I just remember that he was a little guy with a pretty big appetite for destroying everything. Krieg
Okay I'll be completly honest with you, I've not got the DLC for Krieg but I can tell you one thing. He solos raid bosses for a living. If you choose him, have fun with that.
Closing Note for this reivew. It helps to play Borderlands 1 before this, it will give you a closer bond to some of the characters. But other than that, the main game is absoloutely amazing. I would recommend this game to anyone with an addiction to picking up things with stats and comparing it with other things with stats. Also to any shooter fan. And to anyone. Even your dog.
Also before I close this off for good, two things. One, I ran out of space to do DLC reviews and two this may be slightly bias due to my franchise nerdboner, but it is still an amazing game despite that.
10/10, would shoot in the face again.