Borderlands 2 Review
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Borderlands 2 is one of the best co-op experiences of this generation and vastly superior to its predecessor, which is saying a lot. Get lost under a pile of loot as you join friends on the battlefield in your new quest on Pandora.
- Addictive looting system
- Terrific co-op experience with solid gameplay
- Hilarious characters in a vastly improved narrative
- Graphic, mostly texture, issues
- Occasional bugs
- Only fair vehicle mechanics and usage
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Pandora looks so much better in Borderlands 2. The graphics still have that almost cartoonish quality, but it's the world design that received the most impressive makeover. You'll return to familiar places, large deserts, sprawling frozen tundra, the small rebel city of Sanctuary, an acidic wasteland, and something of an industrial complex. These varied environments help keep things fresh in what turns out to be a long narrative. The solid soundtrack rounds out the impressive presentation. It's nice that Gearbox didn't just focus on gameplay, but instead offered a complete package.
In fact, there is a ton of content under the hood. Outside the main quest, the side missions are simply a blast, often better than the story ones. Most quests evolve as you go, meaning if you have to go kill someone, after you do that the quest giver wants you to collect a sample, or help name local wildlife, or do something else crazy. These quests are far more than a diversion. They offer even more comic relief to the otherwise funny main story.
Borderlands 2 is an excellent game, without a doubt. However, there are no perfect games, and for Borderlands 2, the main issues revolve around graphic--mostly texture--problems and some occasional bugs. None of these are game breaking at all, but it's a bit annoying to see those vending machines blurred as you load a new level. In addition, it's even more frustrating to see enemies running against walls. The latter happens far less than the former, and again, none of these issues take away from the overall joy that comes from playing Borderlands 2.
There are minor updates to the original that helps complete this package. You now have a minimap, which happened to be one of my personal favorite additions, along with auto loot for dropped money, health boosts, and ammo. The user interface got an overhaul, too, and while it doesn't fundamentally change anything, it simply adds to that clean-coat perfection.
There is still so much to experience in Borderlands 2, including those badass bosses, but the best recommendation I can give is to simply tell you to play this game, play it now, as soon as you can. If you pick it up, you'll be rewarded with a ton of replay value. Your character gets 50 levels--for now--and you can, of course, play the whole game again as a different character. Or you can wait for the forthcoming DLC. There is simply so much to see and do here, even gambling in the local pub, that you should probably plan your excuses for calling out of work or school this week.
Borderlands 2 is by far a giant leap ahead compared to its predecessor, but it's also one of the greatest games to finish off this generation of consoles. You'll get lost under enormous piles of loot, a good-enough story that's surpassed by side missions, and an absolutely hilarious cast of characters. This all comes together in a giant package of joy. Spend the next few weeks or months playing this game with friends and you'll likely wonder how you were able to live without it in your life. Borderlands 2 is a fantastic first-person shooter game with RPG tendencies, and for once, you should believe every bit of the hype surrounding this title. Now go hunt Pandora.