Oct 9, 2012

Borderlands 2 Review

What's better than guns? MORE GUNS!!!

It's been five years since a group of Vault Hunters, guided by a mysterious voice, discovered and opened the ancient alien relic known as the Vault. Upon discovering what was inside, the hunters went their separate ways, believing that all was now right with the world. However, since the Vault's opening, a strange new substance named Eridium has begun to appear across Pandora. The Hyperion corporation, wishing to use the Eridium as a fuel source, invades the Border planet of Pandora and, in their excavations, discovers evidence of another vault. And where there are vaults, there will always be vault hunters.

You'll begin your game by picking your class and then promptly surviving an attempt on your life. Handsome Jack, the leader of Hyperion, and a bit of a douchebag, isn't so keen on you stealing the contents of the vaults. You, being the utter badass that you are, won't sit back and let Jack have your potential treasure. Thus, you set out on a quest to get revenge on Jack and take the vault for yourself.

If you've played the first Borderlands, you'll immediately recognize it's a sequel. The comic book-like art style, the wacky chacters, and of course more guns than you can shake a forest's worth of sticks at. Borderlands 2's biggest problem is that it can't really separate itself from its prequel.

First off, you are once again trying to find a vault, people call you a Vault hunter, and Claptrap is annoying as hell. There are some changes in the game such as different classes and thus abilities, one of which is you now have a new form of element damage called slag, which weakens the enemy to other forms of damage. The developers even went all out with the crazy humor, but there just really isn't anything that really separates Borderlands 2 from the first one. That said, I still had a lot of fun playing it. The first game's events and characters are thrown in and tied together nicely, the leveling up system is really good, and the introduction of Badass points (a point system that you can use to upgrade your character for completing challenges) is really fun and rewarding, but again, it doesn't do anything to divide the two apart, which makes Borderlands 2 feel like a big DLC of the first game.

I guess what I'm basically trying to say is Borderlands 2 is the first Borderlands wrapped up in a new box with a few game mechanic changes. So, if you've played the first, you can pick this one up and you'll know exactly what to expect, and if you haven't played the first one, then buy this game! Because while it's the same as the first, this would only be a bad thing if the first one wasn't so damn fun to play.



  1. I've heard both good and bad things about this game... but if you think its good I might as well give it a try.

  2. Yeah, I've heard pretty decisive opinions on both sides, but I'll probably give this a shot... eventually.