To say I’m behind the times when it comes to this game would be a massive understatement, but that being said I don’t think I’ve had more fun with a first-person shooter than with the Halo Franchise. Of course I’m talking about Borderlands 2. I originally picked up the game because it was a game that Adam and I could play together – which is a pain in itself because the man refuses to use anything but Linux. And although I have been the main motivating force behind getting him to continue playing the game, I have to say it’s a blast – whether playing alone or with your buddies.
Gotta love this intro from Marcus.
Released in 2012 and developed by 2K Games and Gearbox software, Borderlands 2 is still one of the most popular games available on Steam – selling gangbusters every time it hits a Steam Sale. In fact, as recently as March of 2015 Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed the game has sold more than 12 million units. That’s crazy good for a game that’s not Call of Duty, Halo, or Fallout. And it’s not just the sales for the game that are impressive, it’s the game itself.
Continuing the theme from the first game, Borderlands 2 mixes the serious with the comedic. Your villain in this game is Handsome Jack, a man who is funny and deadly – throwing surprises and new enemies at you every chance he gets from his Hyperion moon base. All while trying to dig up the newest Vault and utilize the powerful substance Eridium for his own nefarious and selfish purposes. There’s so much to the plot of the game that it’s difficult to summarize it here, suffice to say it’s deep, it’s funny, and it makes you want to play it more and more.
The best part of the game is molding your character however you see fit. I was immediately intrigued by the Gunzerker and as such wanted to do the most Gunzerking I could all the time (Adam went with The Commando because he likes hiding behind his turret). It is the tech tree and skill points in the game that make it so much more enjoyable – an extreme level of control which allows the player to play however they want…even if that isn’t always the best way to play that particular character you can absolutely make it harder on yourself if you want to.
And then there’s the Badass Ranks. Accomplishing goals and challenges through the game give you Badass Tokens, which allow you to increase the base stats for all characters under the same account – granted that’s only about 5% bonuses here and there but still, every little bit helps you kick more ass, right?
And although the base game is perfectly acceptable as far as length, replayability, and excitement there are a ton of extras to go along with it. Some seriously expansive DLC such as Mr. Torgue’s Carnival of Carnage or Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragonkeep – both of which are a good 4-5 hours of gameplay each. There’s some excellent skins and special head customization that goes with the game as well, hell my Gunzerker is pretty much a Rastafarian madman. And who could forget the Shift Codes? Check out the Facebook and Twitter for updated codes, and be sure to look into the Shift Code List I’ve been using through my playthrough, everybody can use some handy Golden Keys for better guns, shields, grenades, and relics – am I right?
I may be behind the times when it comes to picking up the game, but I have put more than 60 hours into Borderlands 2 and I don’t see an end to my playing in sight. I predict that I’ll get more than 100 hours out of the game before I decide to move on. But don’t take my word for it, wait for the next sale and go check it out yourself.
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