[PS3 Review] Borderlands 2


Greetings, fellow Pandorians.

Worst lead-in ever? Probably. Taken quite some time for your old pal to write another review? Most likely.

While you’re tapping your foot for an apology that you’ll never get, and one I’m not ready to give, let me tell you about this gripping game – maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s called Borderlands 2. Made by the fine folks over at Gearbox, and by fine – I mean completely awesome.

Another opening cinematic leads in with another catchy tune by the band “The Heavy,” titled “Short Change Hero,” which really sets the pace for this game. Considering that this game never short changes you in any department is something that is really spectacular and also something that is really lacking in today’s games: content.

It’s where this game shines.

The actual title of this game should be: “Borderlands 2: We Got Something For Everyone”. And if you’re an avid fan of the first one, you’re going to love this newest installment. There’s:

  • Side Quests
  • Fetch Quests
  • Collection-Type Quests
  • Collectible Character Skins
  • Mega Huge Boss Quests
  • Challenges For Everything
  • Unlockable Weapons
  • Secrets!
  • References Galore!
  • Guns! Guns! Guns! And more guns!
  • Did I mention guns?

Get yourself a gun in this game and you could spend hours comparing stats and seeing which one is better and weighing in on what gun you should go with. It’s true, I’ve done it myself. While there’s no pearlescent weapons in the newest version, there’s plenty of gun types that include legendary status and one scripted with the coveted red lettering. My personal favorite is the legendary pistol that never needs reloading. That’s right – a gun that shoots – FOREVER. Never running out of bullets is one the many perks that certain weapons have, amongst others.

Characters. They’re back!

Axton, Maya, Salvador, and the mysterious “Zero” character, all come to our aid in the vicious land of Pandora and each has their own specific and highly thought out skill tree. Like to cause insane amounts of damage? Axton is your guy! Want to feel what it’s like to dual wield a rocket launcher and an oversized shotgun that cuts enemies to ribbons? Try out gunzerker “Salvador!” When it comes to personal choice, I recently obtained the newest DLC character, “Gaige” the mechromancer, which has the ability to summon a DeathTrap robot that slices and dices its way into your heart.

In the end, the story had a good mix of humor and that certain charm that we have grown to love from the Borderlands series. And this one is no different; sporting an evil villain named “Handsome Jack,” and we’re subjugated to his evil exploits as well as deep seated emotional problems. This is by far the best game I have played all year and would not be surprised for some type of GOTY nod during the VGA season. Do yourself a favor and buy this title from your local retailer – you’ll be glad you did – and tell’em FooBear sent ya!

What’s the count?

Review

ProsCons
Great coop play
Lots of content
Online is seamless
Story is fantastic
GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!
Maps sometimes feel a bit too big
Texture 'pop in' kind of sours the loading experience
Ammo is not shared between players
Items are NOT your own and can be looted in front of you
Rating
95%

This review is based on a retail copy purchased by Author


Written by: Damon - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by pedrolabate on October 22nd, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    Great game indeed, though I must say, I found the first Borderlands to be funnier than this one.

  2. #2 by hobbes on October 22nd, 2012 [ 30476 Points ]

    major fix in coop over BL1 is the voice chat actually is functional in BL2. Inventory is much easier to manage as well. Seems like DLC maybe very extensive in the future as well, they’ve hinted at future chars down the road as well.

  3. #3 by hobbes on October 22nd, 2012 [ 30476 Points ]

    Nice review as well. You hit on the major great things about the game.

  4. #4 by crazy88 on October 22nd, 2012 [ 65 Points ]

    Shame the DLC is a sham though… smallest ever! 3 trophies in the first, and upcoming one, compared to enough content to produce at least 5 in BL1 DLC. :/

    The core game is still awesome though, the Orange tier loot is always some fancy lil trick to either entertain or enhance your awesomesauce, like a bazooka that bounces around like a bunny dropping grenades when you reload, or a shotgun that heat-seeks targets to shoot at them. :D Yay for guns that bring ‘bang for your buck’ to a whole new meaning. lol

    Oh, and TF2… eat your heart out. >.> BL ‘hats’ rock.

  5. #5 by Oly on October 22nd, 2012 [ 132130 Points ]

    One of my all time favorite games

  6. #6 by hobbes on October 22nd, 2012 [ 30476 Points ]

    Also please note, you should backup your main profile save for this game early and often.(not just to the cloud but to a USB stick/other profile), and make sure you have old copies to ensure issues don’t arrise with certain info saved in main profile.

  7. #7 by pedrolabate on October 22nd, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    @hobbes I find backing it up to another profile is the simpler/easier solution, the only minor problem is that you have to manually delete the save (on the alternate profile) every time you want to back it up.

  8. #8 by Ajescent on October 22nd, 2012 [ 2705 Points ]

    95%? nice

  9. #9 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on October 22nd, 2012 [ 2160 Points ]

    I give the game a solid 9. I liked the game, I had the pleasure of playing the first game my cousin worked on at Gearbox. (His name is the first name in the credits!) Anyway I like the story, it made you feel for some of the characters. Mainly Angel and Lilith. Was challenging at times. The game just has a lot to offer, and is very unique. But now I am done with this game, and just can’t wait for MOH to release tomorrow.

  10. #10 by Cheeto on October 23rd, 2012 [ 29099 Points ]

    That’s a fine gun you got there. Although I didn’t like the series when it first came out, but the guys here in the site encouraged me to try the first installment, especially because it was free for PS+ members. Borderlands might not have the best story, but man the humor and dialogue are top notch. The loot, the achievements, there is always something that keeps you coming. I wish I can level up to 50 to finish that final quest, but I don’t have the time to invest lol Thanks for the review Damon.

  11. #11 by tedrabear on October 23rd, 2012 [ 146 Points ]

    Look forwards to playing this, though I’ll be waiting for GotY edition.

  12. #12 by Jay on October 23rd, 2012 [ 83111 Points ]

    I tried getting into the first Borderlands, but I quickly lost interest :/ Not sure I will ever pick this up.

  13. #13 by Trieloth on October 23rd, 2012 [ 3426 Points ]

    Why do people keep saying the voice chat didnt work in BL1? I used it alot and so did my friends. :/
    Anyways this game is awesome! My only gripe is me fighting myself over which guns to keep. I want a bigger inventory!


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