Summary Borderlands 2 is a fantastic game that is best played in multi-player mode with equally enthusiastic mates on a PS3 console.
Description Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Platform: PS3, PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, PSN
Players: 4 - Axton, Zero, Salvador, Maya
Game Time: 15 hours
Developer or Designer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Fantastic characters that you will grow to love
Haphazard distribution of side quests
Lack of visual customization - skins/heads/gear
Review Borderlands 2 presents us with a new era of "shoot and loot".
This game gives us the option to play as one of four new vault hunters who have a face-off against a new, technologically advanced world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack.
Borderlands 2 was one of the best selling games of 2012, with 5 award nominations and 4 award achievements - including "Best Shooter", "Best Multi-Player Game", "Best Performance by a Human Male", and "Character Of The Year".
Borderlands 2 follows the fight of four Vault Hunters to free Pandora from the clutches of Handsome Jack, the brilliant, charismatic, and utterly despicable CEO of the Hyperion Corporation.
We as players get to choose from the range of characters and use the unique strength and power of our character to complete missions (both side-quests and the main mission) to earn XP points, upgrades and new weapons. These aid the players in their struggle to defeat Handsome Jack from awakening an ancient alien evil known only as "the Warrior."
Borderlands 2 has a fantastic set up of weaponry - sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, and one of my absolute favourites: rocket launchers.
I played as Salvador, the Gunzerking champion and it was such a delight. Seeing how I'm not a huge game player, targeting my enemies is not a strong point for me. Borderlands 2, however, gave me the opportunity to hone that skill through assault rifles and rocket launchers. Shotguns are also pretty strong, especially for the enemies such as goliaths and robots.
Salvador also has the ability to go into rage mode, where he fires two weapons simultaneously, giving you more XP points and increased protection from attacks.
My partner played as Zero, the Ninja. A quick runner, the Ninja has the ability to go into Deception mode that allows him to overtake the enemy while he is distracted by a mirage version of the Ninja. He also has excellent melee damage abilities and slices his enemies with minimal effort. Sniper rifles are ideal for this character.
Every time the player upgrades a level, they receive a skill point that they can then use to upgrade certain skills they've got - gun accuracy, recoil reduction, etc.
This is a blessing, especially when you feel like the missions are getting too tough to handle. The added upgrade is a great way to overtake enemies at a much more reasonable rate.
Another great feature includes the gain of new ammo, weaponry and XP points after a fairly tough boss fight. Look out for containers with a green light and you may find some lovely gifts to accompany you with your mission.
Another brilliant concept of this game is their art and cinematography. As a big fan of cell-shading, Borderlands 2 provides us with a great balance of reality and cartoonism. The cinematographic elements of this game are well-detailed and highlight the main components of each section quite well. It gives you a beautiful outlook on the gruesome activity but it is not an eye-sore and almost seems comical.
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who has a PS3, has a knack for gaming or simply loves sci-fi. You will love it.