Borderlands 2 – Game of the Year Edition Review


You observe one in every of six distinctive vault hunters, every with totally different talents: Axton the Commando, Salvador the Gunzerker, Maya our resident Siren, Zero the murderer, the 2 DLC characters, Gaige the Mecromancer and Krieg the Psycho on their quest to cease Good-looking Jack and Hyperion, discover journey and the very best gear on Pandora.

Earlier than we get into the story, I wish to spend a little bit of time with our playable characters, their totally different talents and again tales:

First is Axton, our Commando, who like Roland makes use of Turrets. A former Dahl Sergeant, dishonorably discharged for his private glory looking for methods and sentenced to dying by firing squad. His former spouse/commanding officer recommends he not attempt to escape to one of many many locations past Dahl’s attain, which he does, then makes his technique to Pandora after listening to one in every of Good-looking Jack’s advertisements. Relying on which tree you make the most of your turret can heal you, set off nuclear explosions and even spawn a second Turret.

Salvador, the Gunzerker, in my eyes, is that this sport’s Brick, utilizing two weapons as a substitute of his fists. Born and raised on Pandora, he has a love of violence (and steroids, inflicting his 5’4″ stature), however aimed it in the direction of bandits and different outlaws. None the much less, earlier than the occasions of Borderlands he too is ready to die for his actions, however earlier than he does, Hyperion makes an attempt to grab his city. After defeating the invaders, Salvador turns into within the vault, after interrogating (torturing) the final survivor.

Like I mentioned beforehand, Salvador’s capability is gunzerking, that means firing two weapons directly, so weapon placement for him is vital. methodology is holding a slag weapon in every rotation. His ability bushes vary between gun and harm boosting, extending gunzerking instances, ammo regen and therapeutic.

Zer0 is the sport’s Murderer, kinda like Mordecai’s hunter along with his sniper rifle proficiency, however no bloodwing. An murderer for rent, coping with frequent hits in addition to political ones, he turns into disillusioned when his sufferer will not combat again, even after Zer0 calls for it. A bartender tells Zer0 of Pandora after he laments about his lack of curiosity currently.

There’s not a lot identified about Zer0, even his gender possibly a lie. He will get his title from the zero displayed on his face plate. There’s additionally lots of debate on if Zer0 is even human or not, given his physique kind and lack of fingers. I might prefer to suppose he was presumably a R.A.T, or genetically modified not directly, although it is speculated that Tanis is aware of his origins.

Zer0’s capability is decepti0n, making a hologram of himself to distract enemies. His ability bushes contain strengthening his sniper rifle utilization and demanding harm, strengthening the decepti0n capability and fight and strengthening his melee assaults. Fairly helpful since his melee weapon is a sword.

Maya is among the 6 Sirens, like Lilith, although her capability is to phaselock, locking an enemy in a bubble and damaging them. She was given to The Order of the Impending Storm when she was recognized as a Siren when she was nonetheless an toddler. She was skilled in secret till she was revealed as a goddess to the orders followers. She later came upon she was really getting used to extort cash from the followers. Maya kills the monks who raised her, and decides to go to Pandora, to be taught extra about Sirens, and to lastly discover.

Maya’s capability will be nice for co-op, enjoying the position of a healer. Along with her capability to phaselock a teammate again from combat in your life, heal them by capturing them and heal everybody by phaselocking an enemy. Like the opposite Sirens, she will be able to additionally trigger elemental harm, even creating some out of nothing.

After the sport’s launch we got two DLC characters, Gaige and Krieg. Each fully new and distinctive to the sport. This is their rundown.

Gaige is a highschool pupil, who for her science truthful made an anti bullying robotic. Whereas making the robotic she lower her arm fairly deeply, so as a substitute of therapeutic it, she sliced it off and made a cybernetic one to digistruct her robotic, at that time named DT. She later finds out the college bully discovered her blueprints for DT and offered them to the native police power. Enraged she finalizes DT, with digistructed claws and lasers and renamed him Deathtrap.

On the science truthful her bully’s father has bribed the judges, giving Gaige third place. Her bully begins to brag and shove Gaige, prompting Deathtrap to guard Gaige along with his digistruct claws. When struck by the claws, the bully, for lack of a greater phrase, exploded. Gaige was despatched to the principal’s workplace, the place her worst fears are confirmed, she’s going to be expelled and arrested. Her father creates a distraction, with a golf cart and plenty of gasoline, and Gaige escapes to a ship heading for Pandora. There she hopes her intelligence will be appreciated.

Gaige makes use of Dying Lure, her companion robotic who can assault with claws, lasers, and explosions, he may regenerate your and your teammates shields. That does not imply Gaige herself can simply shoot, she has many distinctive and enjoyable talents. Relying on which tree you employ you possibly can commerce accuracy for harm, have ricocheting bullets, and trigger electrical and burn harm.

Our last character is Krieg, the Psycho, mainly one of many dangerous guys turned a vault hunter. Not a lot is thought about Krieg’s previous aside from he is deemed Hyperion property, although you possibly can see small glimpses of the person he was earlier than along with his interior voice. Earlier than the occasions of Borderlands 2 he wandered the wastelands on the lookout for bandits and different combatants to this point his bloodlust. He tries to keep away from the non-fighters/innocents, since his interior voice threatens to kill him if he does.

He meets Maya, his interior voice thinks she might help him, so he makes an attempt to name out to her, however as a substitute yells about poop trains. Maya, considering he is a daily psycho, and engages him in fight, and does not see the R.A.T.S creeping up behind her. Krieg’s interior voice lastly is ready to yell out a warning to Maya, earlier than decimating her attackers. On the finish of his introduction video you possibly can see him on the aspect of the prepare heading to Windshear Waste, explaining how he received there.

His capability is The Buzz Ax Rampage, your melee harm goes up 500%, you fully heal with each kill, pace will increase 33% and also you acquire the power to throw your buzz ax. Relying in your tree you select you possibly can pad your melee talents even when your not rampaging, add explosive harm, and trigger elemental harm. Krieg’s talents additionally alter combat in your life, the place he can drop a grenade and acquire double expertise for the kills, or throw dynamite at enemies to attempt to regain well being.


Our sport begins when the prepare carrying you and your fellow Vault hunters is found to truly be a entice by our video games predominant villain, Good-looking Jack. You are discovered by claptrap, from Borderlands one, who decides you may be his ticket out of his frozen wasteland jail. You journey via Windshear Waste, the place you meet some new additions to the Borderlands badie workforce, Bullymongs, and have your first boss combat with Knuckledragger.

Claptrap later leads you to Liar’s Berg, the place you meet one of many new characters, Sir Hammerlock, the place, after doing a couple of extra missions, you lastly get to sanctuary, the place you get to fulfill a number of characters from Borderlands. The previous vault hunters are again, and extra fleshed out with some nice personalities.

In comparison with its predecessor, Borderlands 2 has positively stepped up. From character customization, Borderlands you bought to decide on the hair, shirt and pant coloration, whereas in 2 you get tons of coloration schemes to play with and head customizations. You will get these customizations purchase doing sure missions, enemy drops and 17 hornet ammo for sale machines.

The weapons have drastically improved as nicely, they’re extra correct, vividly coloured and stronger. The launchers in a single had been weak, and did extra extra harm to you than for you, right here… nicely, in case you blast your self it will nonetheless take an enormous chunk of your well being, nevertheless it might be a one hit kill in your favor too. Sadly the Atlas gun firm is gone, however we get the fundamental Maliwan as a substitute (excellent for Maya). The rarity ranges are nonetheless the identical as nicely (white (most typical), inexperienced, blue, (uncommons) purple (uncommon), orange (legendary) and light-weight blue (pearlescent/mega legendary).

The primary story is so immersive, and you actually get hooked up to those characters. There have been a number of components that did make me really tear up. There are such a lot of twists, turns and surprises it all the time retains you guessing, even when it is your first, second (True Vault Hunter Mode) or third (Final Vault Hunter mode). One other enjoyable bonus is that they introduced again the Catch-A-Rides, and naturally Scooter. You get your primary two seater runner, with a ton extra coloration choices, and a brand new version, the Bandit Technical, which may carry as much as for gamers, has a turret and you need to use your regular weapons on it as nicely, this too has a number of customizable colours.


The co-op mode is nice, there isn’t any tether (until your teammate has the menu open), You possibly can full separate missions and each get the rewards. The upside (or down in case you don’t love lots of issue) is with the extra teammates (solely two per system, 4 in your celebration all collectively) the stronger the enemies, and rarer the loot. A private suggestion us in case your co-oping, have a Siren in your workforce, particularly in case your doing a slaughter dome problem, even when she will get taken out she will be able to nonetheless snipe and phaselock you again to well being from the sidelines.


One thing chances are you’ll wish to put money into is the sport of the 12 months version, or all the DLC, not simply Gaige and Krieg. Within the GOTY set you get each characters, and 4 enlargement video games, all going down after the primary story, so if it is your first play via, save them for final. The GOTY’s expansions are: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Marketing campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Massive Recreation Hunt and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Maintain. I do know there are extra DLC, however I solely have expertise with these 4. After finishing every DLC you may get an unique head and pores and skin.

Captain Scarlet and her Pirate’s Booty has you trying to find Captain Blade’s misplaced treasure. You meet Captain Scarlet simply after you arrive within the unusual city of Oasis, the place she asks you to affix her in her search of the misplaced treasure.

The second DLC, Mr. Torgue’s Marketing campaign of Carnage, introduces Mr. Torgue, of Torgue’s weapons. He is discovered the subsequent vault, so to determine who will get to open it, he hosts a brutal combat to the dying match. On this DLC you get a ton of Torgue tools, together with sure heads and skins.

The third marketing campaign is Sir Hammerlock’s Massive Recreation Looking. It wasn’t as nicely acquired as the opposite DLC, and I can see why. It begins off as a searching journey with Hammerlock, which turns into coping with a Good-looking Jack cult. Sadly the story appears a bit missing, with some components being needlessly tough, and others laughably simple. I truthfully simply performed it for the sake of completion.

The fourth was Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon’s Maintain, my private favourite. Whereas our present Vault Hunters are interrogating a Hyperion spy, the originals are enjoying a sport of Bunkers and Badasses to move the time. The story is such a wild fantasy, and I by no means felt prefer it was dragging on, it manages to incorporate many of the characters. Since its from Tiny Tina’s thoughts you realize its wild, entertaining and also you by no means know what anybody will say.

All in all in case your a fan of FPS, loopy characters and a wild story from starting to finish, you then positively want to provide Borderlands 2 a attempt. You may positively get addicted.

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