Shoot, loot, rinse, repeat. These are the things that make up the element of Borderlands 2, well, except for the rinse part, we like our guns dirty!
It’s been 3 years since we have explored the barren wasteland of Pandora, luckily the past three years have been good to it, a typical dictator has taken over and another vault has been discovered, yes, another reason for a group of rag-tag heroes to come check out Pandora’s loot.
The game starts with your character lying, almost, dead in a snowy wasteland where you are found by a familiar sight, Clap-Trap, this and a bit more shooting, walking, eventually leads to you Sanctuary, this is where the game really starts to pick up, boss battles, looting, all of this comes to life as new enemies and mechanics start to make experience, bandits actually think!
As with all RPGs, this is definitely Borderlands 2’s hook, the drive to come back, replay, redo, replay ability is definitely a huge factor in this game, bringing you back to do certain things, along with the fact that you can tag along with a few friends definitely adds to the experience.
The humour is plentiful as you play, it becomes obvious that this is a game meant purely for fun with the background being story, character, etc.
Like having a sidequest where you have to kill four bandits who love pizza and live in the sewer, who are also casually named after the four ninja turtles, Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo and Michaelangelo. Or a section where you must slay a creeper to find a Minecraft skin
Guns are definitely Borderlands 2 bulk of loot, as you’ll be spending almost all of your time using them, aiming at them, building them, finding them, you will never be satisfied as long as you keep levelling with new and improved weapons which are always just a quest away. And quests are just plentiful, you will always be aiming on doing better, more experience points, finding better weapons will never make you satisfied and there will always be better weapons.
Looting is definitely high on everyone’s list for playing this, just seeing any magically coloured loot makes you instantly turn on all your friends for a few seconds just to compare this to the rest of your gear, deliciously tempting just to steal, but rewarding to share as the rest of your team will definitely benefit from it. You can be devilishly evil or a fair and respected team mate, it’s all up to you as a person to decide how your character will play out, delving even further into the games ability to distinguish your character is the wide array of classmods, changing your classmod edits your entire character, will you rather improve your melee or become a healer for the rest of the team to rely on and use in times of need. This all weighs down to how you play, letting you stand out as an all-powerful character, or stand back to support the others. This is backed up with the inclusion of badass points, which are points you spend on your account rather than your character, there’s no feeling of waste as they are balanced and will benefit your character no matter what role you are, healer, soldier, ninja, tank.
Not that being a soldier or a tank is a bad thing, but having a support healer is definitely useful and you can be sure you’ll want to break something while playing this game, dying is extremely common and extremely frustrating, a waste of money and time and only leads to extremely high levels of aggression to anything and anyone in your immediate vicinity, especially the friend who didn’t shoot that guy who totally shot you.
Through and through, Borderlands 2 is an enjoyable game with extremely good values, a polished refined version of what came before it and well worth all your money and time.