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by Take 2 Interactive
Release Date: 10/12/2010

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Borderlands 2 doesn’t 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.This game is Massive, packs in a good 20 hours or more of content.

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2012-12-18

tkafitz09

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6.0

Borderlands 2 - In my opinion its a well built game & the power struggle throughout the campaign doesn’t lose its pace. However, much of the game’s consistent flow must be credited to its crafty screenplay. There’s plenty to laugh at in Borderlands 2 especially if nerd humor is your thing. Most characters from Jack’s 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, let’s 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 game’s 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 don’t 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. It’s 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 it’s not about what you’re doing, but how the action’s 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 doesn’t lose its pace. However, much of the game’s consistent flow must be credited to its crafty screenplay. There’s plenty to laugh at in Borderlands 2 especially if geek humor is your bag. Most characters from Jack’s smart ass comments to Scooter’s 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, let’s 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 game’s 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’ll 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 don’t 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 Lillith’s 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.

Zero’s enigmatic tone gets a bit corny but you figure someone had to counter-balance the rest of the crew’s brazen dispositions.

Borderlands 2 doesn’t 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. What’s 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. You’ll only be ineligible if you join midway through a mission’s 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 you’ll be busy for a long time.

I would rate it 9/10

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