Borderlands 2 PS3 User Review
Borderlands 2 - In my opinion its a well built game & the power struggle throughout the campaign doesnt lose its pace. However, much of the games consistent flow must be credited to its crafty screenplay. Theres plenty to laugh at in Borderlands 2 especially if nerd humor is your thing. Most characters from Jacks smart ass comments to Scooter's "hillbillyness" catch you off guard and make the competition feel dry in the process. Such an approach is a welcome change to the gotta save the world bro, lets get serious! vibe most shooters use...
Multiple locations and unique enemies also work on all cylinders to keeping game play fresh. The vast range of locations and vast color palettes show off the games massive scope and character. The presentation is sharp in most cases but the console versions suffer from slowdown during chaotic events and some unsightly pop-in. You will often think you saw all the game has to offer until a new enemy or Bad Ass form spring up to hand you a new one. The variety keeps you on your toes even though adversaries in some areas dont level up with you.
Some game designers will tell you the key to a good product requires making 15 minutes of fun spread out into hours of entertainment. Its not a golden rule but, when such focus is expertly applied, you'll have a winner on your hands. Borderlands 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) stands as a testament to the philosophy. All you essentially do in the game is complete missions, get cool weapons, rank up with RPG-lite features, shoot stuff and do some driving. Yet this game proves its not about what youre doing, but how the actions presented: compelling players of various preferences.
Borderlands 2 hits the ground running via revamped storytelling, writing and environments. The new rag tag bunch of vault hunters are tasked to open a new vault all while beating Handsome Jack and his Hyperion mega-corporation to the punch. The power struggle throughout the campaign doesnt lose its pace. However, much of the games consistent flow must be credited to its crafty screenplay. Theres plenty to laugh at in Borderlands 2 especially if geek humor is your bag. Most characters from Jacks smart ass comments to Scooters hillbilly witticisms catch you off guard and make the competition feel dry in the process. Such an approach is a welcome change to the gotta save the world bro, lets get serious! vibe most shooters effuse.
Multiple locations and unique enemies also work on all cylinders to keep gameplay fresh. The tremendous range of locales and vast color palettes show off the games massive scope and character. The presentation is sharp in most cases but the console versions suffer from slowdown during chaotic events and some unsightly pop-in. Youll often think you saw all the game has to offer until a new foe or Bad Ass form spring up to hand you a new one. The variety keeps you on your toes even though adversaries in some areas dont level up with you.
New vault hunters come fully equipped with powers different enough to avoid that deja vu feeling.
Axton - the army commando, has a turret just like his forefather Roland but it provides smarter, more potential offensive abilities to the team.
Maya - phaselocking ability comes in stark contrasts to Lilliths siren powers and works wonders against most trickier enemies.
Zero the assassin, who uses a mixture of stealth and attacking power unlike anyone has seen in Borderlands 1. (my personal favorite)
Finally Salvador the gunzerker is for all the guys out there who love mayhem. He can dual wield any gun in the game.
Each hunter has an attitude that matches their look and personalities.
Zeros enigmatic tone gets a bit corny but you figure someone had to counter-balance the rest of the crews brazen dispositions.
Borderlands 2 doesnt forget about the players who prefer to keep things social whether on the couch or online. The game supports drop in local and online co-op for up to four players. Whats even cooler is the game will let you skip story/side missions you completed in a group once you encounter them in your save: no matter how deep your party played in the campaign. Youll only be ineligible if you join midway through a missions progress and always move forward.
This game is Massive, packs in a good 20 hours or more of content. Throw in the optional missions and youll be busy for a long time.
I would rate it 9/10
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Super Gamer Dude
Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed Borderlands by 2k and Gearbox. In this latest offering you start as a new vault hunter, stranded in snow barren wasteland after Handsome Jack (The leader of Hyperion) tried to murder you on the way to pandora. You are then escorted to safety by Claptrap, your favorite robot back from the first Borderlands.
If you played Borderlands 1, the scenery in 2 will make you feel right at home, the barren wastelands only inhabited by the insane nomads of Pandora, and the cold steel of hyperion robots. The environment is beautiful in its own way though, and very polished. From Epic desert environments to Deep ice cavers, Borderlands 2 is definitely not an eye-sore.
The actual gameplay is very smooth, just like the first Borderlands, moving is smooth, aiming and shooting very consistent and easy. Picking up items though, is still a bit clunky and difficult.
The skill trees are back, basically a replica of the original Borderlands. They have some all new original classes, that are influenced by the original classes. The new classes are, Salvador the Gunzerker, Zer0 the Assassin, Maya the Siren, Axton the Commando, Gaige the Mechromancer.
Salvador the Gunzerker is a dual wielding raging bull. He is inspired by Brick of the original game. He has the ability to wield any 2 weapons at the same time, with increased damage, bullet, and health regeneration. He has the ability to dish out some incredibly insane damage with 2 launchers.
Zer0 The assassin is the sniper/melee class of Borderlands 2. He has a very cool stealth ability, which increases the first damage you do when you exit it. He can pull of some crazy crits out of stealth. He is inspired by Mordecai of Borderlands 1. Zero is the best hunter for the killing of any single enemy quickly.
Maya the Siren, is indeed a siren, like Lilith from Borderlands 1. Maya has a new ability in Borderlands 2, Phaselock. Phaselock suspends enemies midair, temporarily preventing them from moving or attacking. She is a great team player as she has crowd control and healing in her skill trees.
Axton the Commando is inspired by Roland, the original soldier from Borderlands 1. Just like Roland, this Commando can drop a Sabre Turret during a fight. You can build your Commando to have 2 crazy turrets at once, To be an insanely hard hunter to kill, or to increase your skills and damage when your turret is deployed. The commando is a very versatile and defensive hunter.
Gaige the Mechromancer is a brand new and completely original vault hunter. She is a gadget-savvy mix between human and machine. Her playstyle is formed around movement, elemental damage, and pet support. Gaige's action skill is Death Trap, a Huge machine of bad ass death. It can act as a tank or a huge damage dealer.
Borderlands also comes with a whole bunch of very well made DLC, so many that this review cannot do justice to them all.