Posted: April 11
While BioShock Infinite might be the best game I have ever played, Borderlands 2 is the absulutely best in terms of overall player experience. I have never ever had so much fun as when playing this game. Beautiful graphics, entertaining storyline, probably the best voice acting in all of video game industry, some of the greatest character designs ever made (Claptrap, Tiny Tina and especially Handsome Jack), immense amounts of loots (there are literally millions of guns you can choose from) and excellent replayability. The game has about 200 hours of gameplay if you wish to level a character entirely, which is a lot, but I guarantee you, they will be some of the best moments of your gaming life.
A lot can be said about maturity of the content of the game as well. A lot of harsh language, sexual innuendos and things that would be disgusting in other games (cannibalism, torture and so on) is present, but the game is incredibly mature and deals with all of these themes in a very respectable way, which is further supplemented by the perfect graphics. Not only that, but the game also packs striking thoughts and supports LGBT rights, goes against domestic violence (I will never forget Mr. Torgue saying his best quote ever: "YOU BETTER TREAT MOXXI NICE! NOTHING IS MORE BADASS THAN TREATING A WOMAN WITH RESPECT!"), regards personal insecurity and many many other important topics in our current society. It does all of this with grace. There is even an NPC created specifically for a now-deceased Borderlands fan - and that is just one of many examples of how great the developers are. Honestly, Gearbox Software staff are some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
The humour in the game is also something that cannot be possibly overglorified. Not only you will find references to just about every game and pop culture theme ever to be made here, but the dialogues are incredibly funny even when discussing important things. The way the game makes fun of itself is something that absolutely captured me. ("Torgue weapons ALWAYS fire EXPLOSIVE ROUNDS. They are also LOUD and require EXCESSIVE use of CAPITAL LETTERS") The fourth wall is broken all the time, but it is done in a so incredibly funny way that it feels so, so right. ("Hey guys, remember the old Crawmerax the Invincible?" "Sure, we exploited his glitches for HOURS! Oh, Pearlescents!")
The DLCs are all worth is as well, as they add a lot to the story and offer a lot additional content. Tiny Tina's Assault on the Dragon Keep is probably the greatest DLC ever created for any game ever. The amount of references, fun and interesting enemies present here are incredible. If I had to choose a single game out of all of them and spend the rest of my life playing it, it would be Borderlands 2.
Would I recommend this game? No. No, I do not recommend you to buy this game. I recommend you to head to the Store and buy the Borderlands GOTY Edition, Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and it's Season Pass and The Tales of Borderlands as well. Buy the entire franchise. Just. Do. It. Also, write a love letter to Gearbox Software and thank them for creating the best game franchise currently to exist.