Reviews for Borderlands 2 (ANZ)

90

Highly addictive and over-the-top.

PrimalHunter779 | July 28, 2014 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »

Borderlands 2 is the bombastic sequel to the original Borderlands game; it offers improvements over its predecessor along with a new story, characters and environments to provide a game that is bigger and better in every way. Firstly, the story consists of the villain, Handsome Jack, attempting to access the Vault in order to control the all-powerful Warrior, which will allow him to eliminate any resistance on Pandora. You play as one of four Vault Hunters, who are tasked with defeating Jack and bringing peace to the planet. Axton (the Commando), Salvador (The Gunzerker), Maya (The Siren) and Zer0 (The Assassin); these four classes offer different sets of abilities and perks, and all catered to suit different playing styles. The different skills possessed by each character means you'll definitely want to attempt multiple playthroughs to get a grasp of the 4 characters. Many of the characters are quirky and entertaining to interact with; this is because of the smart dialogue and strong voice work of all characters involved in the game. Handsome Jack is especially entertaining, as his dialogue stays funny throughout the entirety of the game. The gameplay is intended to be a blend of RPG's and traditional shooters, dubbed the action-rpg. You'll play in first person and use iron sights just like any other shooter, but there are RPG elements such as inventory management, skills/perks, levelling, and the obviously large in-game map. There are plenty of things to do such as side-quests and even exploration, to allow the player to level up as well as accessing new kinds of loot. There is a large amount of content included in this game, meaning that the player will devote 50+ hours if they are keen on 100% completion. There is a ridiculous amount of guns to collect, all with differing statistics and appearances. The sheer amount of guns constantly varies the gameplay, and you'll be constantly looting new weapons and exchanging them for your old ones. I liked how the game encouraged you to actively search for new guns, and it would reward you for doing so. Finally, the game looks and runs great. The stunning environments and large colour palette made the game stand out amongst other games released in the same time frame; this was a much-needed improvement of the bland arrangement of colours included in the previous game. Overall, Borderlands 2 is a ridiculously satisfying game. The sheer amount of content in addition to the polished game mechanics, story and graphics means that this is a game you'll have no problem putting hours into. Heavily recommended for fans of first-person shooters and standard role-playing games. 9 / 10.

81

One of the best Co-op Shooter!

Ryukrieger | April 16, 2014 | See all Ryukrieger's reviews »

You like playing fun shooter with ridiculously fun weapons? This is your game! And better, it has co-op mode up to four players! One of the best of its kind! The gameplay is normal shooter with more at its root with various weapons and elements, along with a big big open-world (also killing funny enemies and take their guns! Or find "gun" treasures!)! The story is a ridiculous one with a fun villain! The music is good, but I didn't find anything spectacular. The graphics is stylized so one thing for sure, the graphics won't get old anytime soon like other games!

In short, this game is great fun, it didn't have anything that would be called outstanding, but the big big world and the amount of fun you can have in this game is... well.... a lot! This game gets an 81 from me, because while doing nothing spectacular beside the open-world, the fun factor is the main factor! And no doubt you'll have lots of fun.... especially with friends!

85

Great integration of FPS and RPG

lachking | Feb. 11, 2014 | See all lachking's reviews »

I actually have not played the original Borderlands, so Borderlands 2 offers a gameplay structure that is entirely new to me. This game is a great showcase of how to integrate FPS and RPG elements together. Most of the FPS elements you could want are here: lots of enemies, weapons, locations, voice overs and a strong overall presentation. The RPG elements are also great: you gain experience and levels, find items and you can complete quests in large open worlds in the order that you like. Enemies also respawn over time so you can gain experience by farming in the same area. You can also find money and loot to spend at gun and ammo machines, a mechanic that very much reminds me of Bioshock. Aside from the successful integration of two genres, the game's presentation is excellent. The colour style is great and the whole cartoonly look really creates a vibrant world full of attitude. The voice acting is strong with a rich dialogue and a great sense of humour. The game's characters also have great personality, although I found Claptrap to be rather annoying and a weaker version of Wheatly from Portal 2. What makes the gameplay experience even better is that you can play the campaign cooperatively with friends and work together to complete quests. This is a very good game that is definitely worth your time and money.

90

Grab your friends for some phat loot!

sywex | Nov. 24, 2013 | See all sywex's reviews »

Borderlands 2 builds upon the success of its predecessor to combine two most popular genres, FPS and RPG into easily hundreds of hours of shooting and looting.

The story isn't to be taken seriously as most enemies you encounter attempt to crack you up with slapstick, humour and memes. You should find yourself at least grinning on the inside everytime you do a quest. While the story quests can be completed in about 20 hours or so, the main of the goal of the this game is to reach the max level (50 in the base game, 61 with level cap dlc 1 and 72 with level cap dlc 2) and find the best quality loot which will easily take hundreds of hours. The number of weapons combining prefix, suffix and weapon type exceeds millions according to Gearbox so there's plenty of content and value in this game. You are gonna need a few buddies though if you wish to find the rarest and most powerful gear as they can only be obtained from defeating the most badass bosses.

All in all, if you enjoyed shooting, role playing or just want to chill with friends, BL2 is the perfect game to invest in.

99

Hours and hours of gameplay

TPCGorillaMunch | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all TPCGorillaMunch's reviews »

Borderlands was a great game, Borderlands 2 is even better than the original. There are improved skill trees that are much bigger and more interesting. The story is a big improvement including plenty of humour, particularly from Handsome Jack.

The single player itself is very enjoyable, however, the cooperative play is what makes this game one of my favourites of all time. Most of the DLC is also amazing and definately worth buying if you enjoy the base game.

All of the loot and guns in this game will keep you coming back for more and more and more.

90

Shoot & Loot

Monaro213 | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all Monaro213's reviews »

Absolutely fantastic first person looter (I'm adamant that term has been used somewhere before, but it doesn't lose any relevance whatsoever).

Borderlands has always been about the guns. It's the focal point of the series. How do you kill enemies? With guns. What do enemies drop? Better guns. Kill stronger enemies with your better guns, and expect even nicer weapons, shields, grenade mods, class mods, etc to rain around your head. The gunplay mechanics are spot on. Each weapon class has a satisfying feel to it: the cocking of a shotgun (particularly the Torgue variety) feels and sounds phenomenal, the kick of a Jakobs revolver... it's spot on.

It'd be a great game based on that alone, but the characteristic cel-shaded visuals return in all of their glory for this game, and the highly stylised blood, gore and general violence are perfectly suited to such carefree gameplay.

The story is, while a bit generic, very well written, with Handsome Jack delivering memorable line after memorable line. It's a bit more focused than its predecessor, and this is a very good thing. You know where to go, when to go there, while still retaining the freedom to go about your business and mug one particular enemy endlessly in the search for a ridiculously rare weapon (pointed look at Doc Mercy and the Infinity.)

It is not without issues: I had some framerate issues at points, and there are more than a few instances of enemies getting stuck in terrain, etc. Nothing crippling ,however.

All-in-all, fantastically violent shooter, and the quest for more loot keeps dragging you back in for more.

100

Awesome game!

xfeizhu | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all xfeizhu's reviews »

Guns guns guns! Played over 100 hours of this. Excellent, funny, fun game to play alone or with friends. DLC's come out quite often and worth the money.

100

The most fun you can have with four people

silfrvarg | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all silfrvarg's reviews »

This game is pretty fun when your playing it alone, but there is always something a little... lacking.

When you play it with friends though, it's the most fun you can have with your pants on! There is nothing quite like running through the strange, dangerous landscape of Pandora, pulling up, sitting behind your friends and sniping the heads off enemies while a siren pulls one into a bubble, one friends turret shreds the enemy and your little kill-bot jumps around slicing them into sushi. Co-operative violence at it's very best!

94

Lots of fun!

me2342 | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all me2342's reviews »

Borderlands 2 is quite similar to the original, same single ability for each character, same crit system, same focus on loot. Don't let this fool you into thinking it's the same though, Borderlands 2's incredible range of enemies, locations and memorable characters help to breathe new life into the planet of pandora, while the storyline is a huge improvement on the first games', and handsome jack is definitely one of gaming's more memorable antagonists. A lot of the changes are small, but they add up to make borderlands 2 into more than the sum of its parts, into a truly engaging and fun game.

92

Excellent Game!

samfergo | July 11, 2013 | See all samfergo's reviews »

The sequel to the hit Borderlands, is just as great if not better than the original, with some great and very memorable characters and bringing back some of the lovable ones from the first.

The gameplay is a mix of FPS and RPG, with loot exploding from the corpses of your enemies. The skill trees are much more varied this time as well providing many different play styles. But it is definitely much funner with some friends, the game was made to be played coop.

The story is much better compared to the first, and the comedy has come along with that.

Excellent DLC for it, that is just as enjoyable as the main story.

80

Doesn't do much different, but is still great.

Apsac | July 9, 2013 | See all Apsac's reviews »

Borderlands left people wanting more of the same... Minus the technical issues, and that's basically what Borderlands 2 is.

It's fun alone, it's fun with friends, and offers hundreds of hours worth of content.

The mechanics are solid, the visuals are nice and accommodating to all builds of PCs, the humour is actually funny, and the replayability factor is through the roof.

If you haven't played it yet, you're missing out.

94

Absolutely brilliant!

bercilak | July 7, 2013 | See all bercilak's reviews »

Have just cracked 150 hours of Borderlands 2, must say it is some of the best fun I've had in a long time. The story-line has yet to become stale for me even though I've played through it entirely 3 times now. The choice of characters is also brilliant, I have played as all four and must say my favourite two are the Siren and Commando (just can't beat those turrets) but the best feature of all is the customisation of each that is available. I choose to focus on health generally, but you can specialise in melee attacks, ranged attacks or a combination of different skills depending on player character. The difference in maps that the story moves through is fantastic, you go from snowy areas, to industrial, cities to deserts, the range keeps it interesting as does the huge variety of different enemies.

96

Coop at its finest

mor0se | July 7, 2013 | See all mor0se's reviews »

Just as the first one, borderlands 2 is a mix of action, loot, and humor. With a gazillion guns to find you never get bored with the projectiles that may fire out of them. Lots to do and plenty to see, the coop is un-surpassable. dueling each other, finding the best loot, and just showing off to your friends in this game is unforgettable.

95

Great game

Kiwislash | July 3, 2013 | See all Kiwislash's reviews »

If you liked the first game, then chances are you'll like this just as much.

Comes with four characters, with an additional two available for purchase. The original four are somewhat reminiscent of the first game, though there are some interesting differences. For example, the siren's new 'phaselock' ability that is great for crowd control, or the assassin's melee spec. The two purchasable characters are nice additions if you have the spare money to spend.

The game's plot was decent, especially for a FPS game, and there are plenty of side-quests as well, some of which have very nice rewards. Though for the most part, loot is where you'll get most of the gear that you need. Luckily for you, there's a ton of it.

94

It's back and it's better than ever!

timedranzer | June 19, 2013 | See all timedranzer's reviews »

Borderlands 2 is back and if you enjoyed the last game, you're gonna love this one. New characters, more elemental abilities, and most importantly, more guns. Co-op like the original, is how the game was meant to be played. Seamless drop in and drop out of friends games, a trading system and with the dlc, more character choice than ever before. In this day of age of repetitive First Person Shooters that offer nothing new and are mostly the same game re-branded, Borderlands 2 like it's predecessor, is a welcome change from the other FPS games.

89

All round awesomeness!

BlaberDear | May 15, 2013 | See all BlaberDear's reviews »

This is a game where you will literally never run out of things to do. The in depth characters are quirky and extremely entertaining. I would definitely recommend this game to be played with friends as it doubles the fun ten fold. The continuous roll out of new DLC's brings fresh content to the game and continues on with what was already an awesome story on its own.

96

Excellent!

casvle | May 13, 2013 | See all casvle's reviews »

Great Story, Great gameplay, great overall. A must buy!!

95

Bigger and better than ever

Joeru | May 11, 2013 | See all Joeru's reviews »

If you have played Borderlands 1 you know what you are getting yourself in for.

Borderlands 2 is a FPS/RPG with a random gun generation system, the story line is simple and very much like the first you play the role of a vault hunter on Pandora searching for the elusive vault which is full of alien technology.

There are 4 classes in the base game with more available via DLC, The core story line should keep you entertained for roughly 30+ hours if all side quests are done.

This jumps up to 40+ hours with the DLC.

The graphics are a blend of 3D cell shading so the graphic style wont age to much with time due to its artistic nature.

The characters in the game are all hilarious and many of the quests equally so. Many of your old favorites return such as Dr Zed, Claptrap and the original characters from Borderlands 1 play a major role as part of the resistance against the every so amusing villain handsome jack and his diamond butt stallion.

The music fits well into the game and the ambient sounds are just as fitting.

Overall this game has a lot to offer and has a lot of replay ability. The DLC extends this further and with Tiny Tinas new DLC on the horizon it looks to be even better.

I cannot recommend this game enough and if you haven't played Borderlands 1 pick it up first particularly the GOTY edition which includes all the DLC packs.

85

Co-op at its best

PhlyQ | May 8, 2013 | See all PhlyQ's reviews »

The original Borderlands was amazing but its main selling point was how fun it was with friends and Borderlands 2 is no different. If you played the original you will feel at home with Borderlands 2, except everything has been improved. More varied quests and locations, new classes and NPCs, improved graphics and best of all new GUNS!!! If you didn’t enjoy the original Borderlands then I can’t really recommend this game for you because the game hasn’t changed enough to draw in those who didn’t like the first, however those who missed the bandwagon in 2009 should jump on now with a three friends and appreciate this magnificent game. The only gripe I had with the game was that when playing single player the game can slow down and you can get bored quite fast. So in simple terms, if you have a enjoy cooperative shooters this game is for you, lone wolves won’t enjoy this quite as much but it is still a ride worth taking if only just to experience the beauty of Pandora.

85

I really enjoyes playing Borderlands 2 with my mae!

StagMan | April 28, 2013 | See all StagMan's reviews »

I hear people complaining about how much of the same BL2 is compared with BL, and I have to agree, it is, but it is much more refined, making it a better game all round. Better graphics make for a more sharper feel to the game, the characters this time around are much better in terms of one-liners and script, but maybe that's just me. It is an absolute blast to play with a friend, be it 1 or 3 others! All in all, I recommend Borderlands 2 to whoever may be thinking of buying it! It is a well refined, extremely fun FPS!

90

This game is awesome

davo0677 | April 25, 2013 | See all davo0677's reviews »

To be honest I didn't like the 1st one that much and I said to myself I will give the second one a go and its fantastic it's really fun and enjoyable much better than the 1st and improved visuals. I really recommend this to anyone and its the best when you play CO-OP with a friend.

62

Original was better

backslashio | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »

For some odd reason I had more fun with the original than I did with this. The storyline seemed more interesting, the environments, whilst drab had their own particular charm and the game ended within a reasonable amount of time whereas Borderlands 2 seems to go on & on if you try and complete all the additional sidequests too. Perhaps its because after Borderlands 1 I felt like I was done with it until the sequel where I'd hoped something had changed to make it its own game with a new compelling type of gameplay. Instead its more of the same except visually prettier with different types of enemies and even more gun randomness combinations

Perhaps with a more talkative main character & a better story structure I would've had fun that would hide the level grinding and endless enemies. Instead, I was completely underwhelmed and didn't bother trying to finish it. Its one of those games where "more of the same" is actually bad rather than good!

60

More of the same...

boris73 | Dec. 27, 2012 | See all boris73's reviews »

If you've played the first game, its pretty much the same thing. It looks the same (except now its SNOWING!!), and it still feels the same, its still the same dull repetitive collection/kill/fetch quest type missions as before, with emphasis on loot and the shooter experience rather than any kind of narrative/story satisfaction... it is essentially as if you're playing an online mmo. If that's your thing, then I highly recommend this game, because what it does, it does well. But if you want something more substantial than endless 'go here, kill 10 of this and then come back for your reward' missions, then probably best to go elsewhere. Personally, id suggest playing this with friends, because that's where the real meat of the experience is; being able to kill things with your friends to alleviate the monotony of the single player experience - and with friends, its a VERY fun game. But if you do intend to play it by yourself, and you are looking for something more than just a single player mmorpg type experience, you may find yourself getting bored of the very samey gameplay after a couple of hours.