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More Borderlands but Better

deltahawk22 | Oct. 13, 2012 | Review of Borderlands 2 (NA) DNS

For people new to the series, don't let the over-the-top violence fool you. Under all of the gore and guns lies a great story with very memorable characters. This is far more than just another brainless shooter.

For people returning to the series, this is the same borderlands you played in 2009, with slight but significant tweaks. Developer Gearbox has decided to play it safe and not take any big risks with the gameplay style and that's fine. Not every sequel or game needs to innovate. That isn't to say that Borderlands 2 is a carbon copy of the original, Gearbox hasn't deviated from the borderlands formula very much but what little changes they have made do make this a much better game than the original. The largest change comes in the form of the story. Whereas the original Borderlands's story was weak and heavily lacking in substance, this game really surprised me with how well thought out every act was. I won’t write much to avoid spoiling anything but Handsome Jack is a very memorable character and a great villain. Besides the story, several other features of the game have been tweaked. Guns have been tweaked to have unique feels and, rather than randomizing stats and colors on the same model, randomization of guns has been improved to give each other a more unique look. The classes archetypes have been altered slightly as well and the classes feel more balanced than those in the first game. The environments the game will take place in have also been overhauled and most do look quite stunning, especially for someone who’s last memory of borderlands was the dry deserts of the first game. The game does start off a bit slow but bear with it and you will find an amazing game that’s very engaging, largely due to the story, to play in both single player and in cooperative mode. For people new to the game, yes, you can play through the entire game with 3 of your friends. Borderlands 2 doesn’t attempt to innovate or largely change the series formula but, as the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”