Excerpt: I’m feeling a little sad right now as I have had to retire Mordecai the Hunter at level 69 with a bloodwing that has pillaged it’s way through many a loot drop, come face to face with the destroyer, made Moxxi moist by playing her bizarre game of Horde, defeated ninja claptraps and with a little help from my friends, Let Crawmerax know how we get daan. Yup, my hunter and me have had many stories to tell and each one a memory that will stay with me for a long time.
Summary: It’s entertaining from beginning to end, and with the four character classes, True Vault Hunter mode for the hardcore, and online co-op, we’ll be playing this game for a long time to come. Price $60 , www.borderlands2.com , ESRB: M Note: This review was taken from the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
Excerpt: And when you die (and you will, the combat here is harder than the main game), Mr. Torgue will get on the ECHO and make you laugh because you’re having fun even though you died. Gearbox did well their first time out, but it hit it out of the park on this one.
Pros: Torgue is funny, arena combat is fun here and rewards the player, raid boss is doable
Cons: You’re going to die until you find better guns: combat is universally more difficult than the main game
Conclusion: Every once in a while, a video game comes along that reaffirms your love for the industry, and Borderlands 2 is one of these games. It makes you remember why you began to play games in the first place: fun. The loot, the headshots, the comedy, the characters: it all comes together amazingly. The few issues that hold it back are ultimately minimal. If you are a fan of fun, humor, and guns, do yourself a huge favor, and pick Borderlands 2 up as soon as possible.
Excerpt: I really enjoyed Borderlands. The graphic comic art style, the synthesis of action-RPG and first-person shooter gameplay, the twisted sense of humor, and the plethora of loot and weapons were among the things that I liked about the game. If you liked Borderlands for those same reasons, then you're going to love Borderlands 2 because it has all of that and it's kicked everything up a notch. I guess you could say that Borderlands 2 is Borderlands turned up to 11.
Excerpt: 9! 24! 58! 100! 500! 1000! Critical! Is there a better visual barometer for satisfaction in videogames than damage numbers popping out of an enemy’s bullet-riddled head? The original Borderlands revelled in this instant gratification, complementing this core conceit with a ‘bazillion’ guns, tight shooting, addictive loot and a droll sense of humour.
Conclusion: Borderlands 2 addresses every single complaint I had with the first game, and is better in every possible way (except, maybe put a scroll of town portal in Borderlands 3 ?). But going so far to specifically address fan concern robs Borderlands 2 of any surprises. Borderlands 2 is full of hilarious writing, is a blast to play with friends, and promises hundreds of hours of content.
Conclusion: Borderlands 2 may feel just like its predecessor in terms of gameplay, but Gearbox has improved on a variety of areas, from the top notch story, to the gameplay that's been tweaked for a much more varied experience, depending on what skills you choose for your favorite class. It's also quite a lengthy game that keeps you going with the great plot and the hilarious side missions, so be prepared to spend a lot of time on Pandora with your friends, in which case you'll have...