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Thu 21/03/13 at 19:44
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Gearbox's 2009 FPS/RPG Borderlands was and still is a huge amount of fun to play. Boasting millions of guns to loot, addictive yet simple RPG elements, 4 player co-op and an immersive world full of things to do and baddies to shoot in the face, the game became a big success pretty much making a sequel inevitable. Promising the return of everything that made the original fun, a new group of Vault Hunters to play as and more it's clear that Borderlands 2 has a lot to live up to. Will the game be 400% more awesome or have Gearbox shot themselves in the foot?

Borderlands 2 picks up a few years after the original game left off. The Hyperion corporation led by president "Handsome Jack" has taken control of Pandora, what's more, there are also rumours of another vault filled to the brim with loot. This is where the new Vault Hunters come in, lured to Pandora in search of the riches the Vault promises they are attacked by Hyperion and left for dead. With the help of some familiar faces the new Vault Hunters must get to safety, find out what Jack is up to and stop him.

Every aspect of the game has been changed, improved or refined in some way but the core gameplay mechanics remain largely unchanged since the original game. The First-Person combat is still challenging and fast-paced, you can drop in and out of co-op play whenever you like and the RPG elements such as character development and finding better equipment feel satisfying and rewarding, there are also plenty of side missions to get stuck into if you want to take a break from the main story but sadly a lot of these are repetitive "fetch" quests.

The millions of guns available to find in the original were varied and fun to use but apart from a few exceptions they never felt truly unique. This changes in Borderlands 2 as each brand of weapon has it's own gimmick and unique design. Other changes include slightly easier to control vehicles, better map design and a revamped challenge system which no longer rewards you with "xp" but instead tokens that can be redeemed for permanent bonuses to stats, making your life that little bit easier when faced with a horde of angry midgets charging you.

What is perhaps the most important change however is the ability to trade with other players, which means that great acid spewing shotgun you found but hate to use doesn't have to sit in your inventory unused and can be swapped for something which suits your play style. Using the trade menu you can also offer in-game cash for items or duel for them.

The cel-shaded graphics go well with the darkly humourous nature of the game, as does the great voice acting, a lot of what various NPCs and enemies come out with has the potential to make you fall off your chair laughing whether it's the sarcastic and smarmy quips of Handsome Jack or just the insane rantings of random Psychos.

Borderlands 2 surpasses the original in every way, it's fun and addictive enough to keep players going for months. If you like either First Person Shooters, Role Playing Games or both then this is a game you need to have in your collection.


PROS

- Challenging combat
- Addictive RPG Elements
- Great graphics
- Excellent voice acting
- 4 player co-op

CONS

- Missions are repetitive
- Vehicles still somewhat tricky to control

9/10
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Thu 21/03/13 at 19:44
Regular
Posts: 34
Gearbox's 2009 FPS/RPG Borderlands was and still is a huge amount of fun to play. Boasting millions of guns to loot, addictive yet simple RPG elements, 4 player co-op and an immersive world full of things to do and baddies to shoot in the face, the game became a big success pretty much making a sequel inevitable. Promising the return of everything that made the original fun, a new group of Vault Hunters to play as and more it's clear that Borderlands 2 has a lot to live up to. Will the game be 400% more awesome or have Gearbox shot themselves in the foot?

Borderlands 2 picks up a few years after the original game left off. The Hyperion corporation led by president "Handsome Jack" has taken control of Pandora, what's more, there are also rumours of another vault filled to the brim with loot. This is where the new Vault Hunters come in, lured to Pandora in search of the riches the Vault promises they are attacked by Hyperion and left for dead. With the help of some familiar faces the new Vault Hunters must get to safety, find out what Jack is up to and stop him.

Every aspect of the game has been changed, improved or refined in some way but the core gameplay mechanics remain largely unchanged since the original game. The First-Person combat is still challenging and fast-paced, you can drop in and out of co-op play whenever you like and the RPG elements such as character development and finding better equipment feel satisfying and rewarding, there are also plenty of side missions to get stuck into if you want to take a break from the main story but sadly a lot of these are repetitive "fetch" quests.

The millions of guns available to find in the original were varied and fun to use but apart from a few exceptions they never felt truly unique. This changes in Borderlands 2 as each brand of weapon has it's own gimmick and unique design. Other changes include slightly easier to control vehicles, better map design and a revamped challenge system which no longer rewards you with "xp" but instead tokens that can be redeemed for permanent bonuses to stats, making your life that little bit easier when faced with a horde of angry midgets charging you.

What is perhaps the most important change however is the ability to trade with other players, which means that great acid spewing shotgun you found but hate to use doesn't have to sit in your inventory unused and can be swapped for something which suits your play style. Using the trade menu you can also offer in-game cash for items or duel for them.

The cel-shaded graphics go well with the darkly humourous nature of the game, as does the great voice acting, a lot of what various NPCs and enemies come out with has the potential to make you fall off your chair laughing whether it's the sarcastic and smarmy quips of Handsome Jack or just the insane rantings of random Psychos.

Borderlands 2 surpasses the original in every way, it's fun and addictive enough to keep players going for months. If you like either First Person Shooters, Role Playing Games or both then this is a game you need to have in your collection.


PROS

- Challenging combat
- Addictive RPG Elements
- Great graphics
- Excellent voice acting
- 4 player co-op

CONS

- Missions are repetitive
- Vehicles still somewhat tricky to control

9/10

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