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92

Great Sequel

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

I had some reservations about this game; but I was pleasantly surprised. Borderlands 2 takes everything that made the first game great, and added to it. One thing that makes this game great is that you can play it either solo, or with friends and the difficulty will dynamically scale with the number of players. Another important aspect in this games favor is that it is a sequel that someone new to the franchise can start playing and not feel like they are missing something; while at the same time continuing the ideas and story created in the original Borderlands.
All around this is a great game that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of this genre of games.

93

The FPS Co-op Experience You Are Looking For

templetonpeck | May 12, 2013 | See all templetonpeck's reviews »

Borderlands 2 takes the same formula from the first game and kicks it up another notch. They aren't trying to re-invent the wheel here, they know they have a winning formula already and the second game improves upon this.

Customizable characters, skills and tons of loot combined with plenty of action and interesting missions to complete. Many of the same characters return from the first game along with some great new characters.

Where the game really shines is in two areas. The first is the comedic value and just plain craziness of some of the missions you undertake. This separates the game from your typical missions you find in most games. The second, is the experience you have playing with friends, this is really a much more rewarding experience when you hop online with a few friends.

At the end of the day there are many hours of entertainment to be had here and it's well worth the asking price.

86

Good, but not as good as the first

acloggedtoaster | May 10, 2013 | See all acloggedtoaster's reviews »

Borderlands 2 is very similar to its predecessor, in the shoot and loot formula. The graphics have been updated nicely and a new area of Pandora has been opened, however the game never quite reaches the level the first one did. The game is far more difficult, which could be interpreted as good or bad, and the game starts to feel tedious after a while. The would sort of feels bland, unlike the first. The game is still spectacular with more than one player, and ultimately still a very good FPS.

65

Better than the original, but not really.

UltraJake | May 10, 2013 | See all UltraJake's reviews »

The story in both games was pretty bad, but I think it could be agreed that 2 did it better. And there were certainly more guns and options. But the game lacks something that 1 had, even if it was also an average game. You may know that the damage of guns in the original Borderlands increased at a fairly predictable rate as they leveled up. The same cannot be said for Borderlands 2. The damage increases at an exponential rate, which means that while you once found a great gun in the original that could last you 10 levels, in 2 it would last you maybe 3 or 4 levels before you needed to ditch it for a new one. The same goes for the enemies. If you are ~3 levels below an enemy, it will have an easy time slaughtering you unless you've got a lot of cover, bullets, and time. At the same level, it's a fair fight. And then once you are 3 or so levels higher than the enemy, it becomes trivial to kill them. So the game has exponential damage increases and enemy health scaling to an insane degree. Enemy health scaling was the thing in the original, but have scaling in two ways just pushes it past my tolerance limit. They may have listened to fans and made loot more plentiful, but any joy you once had when you found an amazing gun in the original is now a rare occasion indeed. The game has humor similar to 1, but it's just not the same. Nothing is the same. And for a game that took pride in simply improving what it did in the last game, that is a very bad thing.

90

Great Value

tumtum87 | May 7, 2013 | See all tumtum87's reviews »

When it comes to entertainment per hour, Borderlands 2 is one of the best. The base game alone has so many hours of high quality story missions and side quests that for the cost of this game you will be playing for cents an hour!

The characters in Borderlands 2 are fully realized as well. There really aren't any second-stringers. While a lot of great games have been released, it's been a shame that so many of them are just too short.

So in short, if you're looking for a great game, at a great price and want plenty of content then Borderlands 2 is for you!

85

What a sequel should be

deceptive_yoshi | May 5, 2013 | See all deceptive_yoshi's reviews »

The first game had it's issues but it was an overall good game for those who had the patience and the friends to deal with the first rough hours. Borderlands 2 however starts out with a bang and is a much better game overall. The story isn't game of the year worthy but it is pretty good in my opinion. The antagonist Handsome Jack is hilarious and helps drive you to complete the main story but I have to say that he is probably my favorite antagonist since Glados from Portal.

The looting and gunning is much better, the game is nice and long and it has tons of options for you to tinker with in the video settings as well as much better optimized. The classes are all fun and you're bound to find one that fits your taste. Unfortunately the game does use memes as part of it's jokes at times and while they're good for a giggle now they will most likely lose the humor after a year like most memes do. This is not part of the review score but all I can say about the DLCs is that they are a complete hit or miss.

90

Devs Might Ruin Only Gem They have

Nuuance | April 30, 2013 | See all Nuuance's reviews »

Borderlands 1 was a bit of a cult hit I never caught on to until about 1 year after it dropped. I'm quite glad I got a chance to play it too, but when I think about Borderlands, the only real thing I think of is the Knoxx DLC. This DLC defined Borderlands & still remains as one of the most well-known and well-done DLCs ever. In fact it's so easy to forget it is not part of the original game. After something like that, the stakes for borderlands 2 were understandably raised.

Did Borderlands 2 live up to the hype? Short answer? Yes. Long answer? No.

When Borderlands 2 dropped, there was so much excitement. Most likely this was the only game of 2012 besides Guild Wars 2 that elicited so much fandom & both were worth it. However, because people were so hungry for Borderlands 2, people devoured the content impossibly fast, and even finished the game with multiple characters fully leveled short of a week w/inventories full of rare weapons. Having done this, many quickly got bored and just stopped playing. The same happened with Guild Wars 2...people leveling to max level in about 2-3 days (but still played). Anticipation for games has proven to be a both a blessing & curse...and BL2 wasn't exempt.

After figuring out weapon drops and such, items were further hunted as usual, and people stopped playing when they were burnt out from farming. A DLC would pop up, then the cycle would happen again. The only thing was the DLCs weren't that good. The 2nd one was alright, but none of the 3 DLCs really have weapons people truly cared about that the primary game didnt. Expectedly, disappointment ensued.

Just recently the level cap was raised, forcing players to finish the game THREE TIMES just to level up completely. It's ridiculous. All the weapons people farmed so hard for are now invalid & lackluster "pearlescents" from the first game have been thrown in. What these devs can't get through their thick skulls is to make the weapon skins DIFFERENT. They've stuck to the same ones since release and people ask for more, but they don't deliver. It's pathetic & people know it doesn't take mug to make new weapon models.

Borderlands 2 has one more DLC for season 1 pass. This will be the last if there's no season 2 pass or it isn't received well. People have been CONSTANTLY asking for things on the forums but no one seems to listen & it's beginning to get on people's nerves.

Borderlands 2 is a wonderful game w/good RPG, FPS & co-op aspects, but the devs are screwing up every chance they have to really fix things and isn't helping. DLC4 has to be good or else.

But aside from all the doom and gloom, this game was a great game and has a lot of hilarious writing and precious moments. The villain is amazing along with everything else. Idk...you should definitely buy it but the DLC has been horrific. Just being real.

This games barely a 90 of 100

91

Shooting and Looting

soth79 | April 28, 2013 | See all soth79's reviews »

Like its predecessor, Borderlands 2 is a game about killing enemies and grabbing the loot from kills and chests. This time around, the story is stronger and kept at the forefront - the main antagonist taunting you throughout the game until getting the chance to kill him at the end is vastly satisfying. The talent trees add some nice choices, but as in the first game you will still only have one main activated ability. The humor is over the top and enjoyable even in the side quests which you'll have to avoid most of in one playthrough or risk overleveling, which can be a problem - as can leveling past friends you play with. That's where the game shines, my pick for the best multiplayer game in the past year, though only having one of the classes able to heal others is a downgrade from the first game, you can get by without one. The graphics are decent but not great, however the unique art style makes that moot as it's still quite pretty to look at it. Physx is implemented heavily in the game, so if you have an nvidia card you can experience all the flowing cloth and magnificent explosions it entails, it is optimized poorly though so expect slowdowns in framerate with the game maxed in heavy combat areas. All in all, this is my most played game on steam at over 300 hours, which is telling of just how enjoyable it is despite some of the flaws it shares with the first Borderlands.

70

Better than the first.

sittinghawk10 | April 26, 2013 | See all sittinghawk10's reviews »

I didn't hate the first game, but I didn't love it like everyone else did. If you liked the first one, this is more of the same with some UI improvements. It still sucks to me though. I had more fun with this game than the first, but it was still the same game pretty much. If you liked the first, you'll like this one. If you are on the fence, I'd recommend buying the first one cheaply and seeing if you like it. If you don't, you'll save some money avoiding this one, but if you do, you'll like this game more.