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Way Too Late Borderlands 2 review

On 08/27/2014 at 08:50 PM by rejo1479

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I didn't have much exposure to the first Borderlands game. Aside from hearing "It's got mad LEWTZ!" I didn't know anything about the game. It was released about a year before I got back into gaming, so I missed the fervor that occurs on any game's release. However, the sequel was released nearly 2 years ago. And I was around to hear about it. I actually got fairly excited and hoped to play it with an old friend of mine. However, with varying schedules, it quickly fell to the wayside.

When the game became one of the PS Plus selections in December of last year, it opened up the game for several other friends. This time, I was able to play more than the first couple of hours in co-op, which is how I wanted to experience the game.

And holy hell, was it worth the wait.

I'd heard and read reviews that talked about the silliness of the game. How it seemed to revel in the over the top violence and sometimes trashy humor that flowed throughout the game. I'd heard that Handsome Jack was one of the better villains in gaming. What I wasn't prepared for was the story.

I applaud the internet for not spoiling one of the most interesting stories I'd played in a very long time. I won't spoil anything for those that haven't yet played the game, but once the extent of Handsome Jack's villainy was shown, I stood up and clapped. Seriously.

Bits and pieces of information were doled out over the course of the game via the ECHO recordings. We learned about the various vault hunter's back stories and why they were on Pandora. ECHO recordings also covered some of the history of the inhabitants and how Handsome Jack ruined their lives.

While the loot system was fun and it was very rewarding to explore the world to find Vault Hunter symbols; while I laughed at the wide variety of lines given to various mooks in the world and shook my head at some of the concepts (Innuendobot 5000, for one); while the story's core took an unexpected turn for dour, it wasn't a just one of these that catapulted Borderlands 2 into my must-play recommendations. It was all of them.

Gearbox was able to smash all of these together into a lengthy and engrossing game in a very astounding way. Even more astounding is that the game encourages multiple playthroughs, not just in a new game plus type mode, but as one of the 6 available characters--each with their own powers and combat abilities. AND there are several pieces of DLC that can add between a couple hours to about 10 hours of additional gameplay.

Borderlands 2 is how a developer can do a great job at making a video game. Great story, gameplay that makes co-op and single player outings viable and a devotion to providing dlc that provides a large amount of content--not just a single mission.



Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/27/2014 at 10:35 PM

i never got into these.  I know they are good, and in fact I bought the Vita version and loved it --- but still don't play it.  I dunno why.  


08/28/2014 at 12:30 AM

It happens. Sometimes things don't catch you. I'm that way with Destiny. Everyone I know loved the beta, but I wanted to gouge out my eyes and break my fingers after playing it. 


08/28/2014 at 01:05 AM

Is this game worth the time for a solo player? I really liked the art design and that little robot, whatever it's name is, but I felt like this was meant to be co-op and I was short of players. Am I wrong about that? Do you need to play the first one to know what is going on with this game? That completion time also scares me away from this game, like Skyrim.

Chris Yarger Community Manager

08/28/2014 at 05:03 PM

If you got it on the Vita, I'm typically playing every so often on there solo. I'm always willing to take a partner!


08/28/2014 at 05:15 PM

I only have the Steam version. The Vita one sounds tempting because the portablel is better for long ass games that never end. I might pick it up. Vita needs lovin'! And I like the art style.


08/28/2014 at 07:20 PM

This game is so chock full of character, from the art to the writing. There's no way to mistake this game for anything else. I'd say keep playing!


08/28/2014 at 07:47 PM

What is the best solo class to start with? Best story? I hate being under powered in co-op games. 


08/29/2014 at 01:42 PM

Depends on what you're going for. The commando and the siren have some pretty good solo slayer skills, but you have to be careful with your health unless you invest in skills for regeneration. The gunzerker (understandbly) is a great tank class on it's own.

I had the most fun with a pure cataclysm skill Siren. She could phaselock enemies, cause status effects and some pretty good sized area of effect attacks.


08/29/2014 at 01:46 PM

Oh! And the Psycho is fun, though most of the skills are dependant on harming yourself too.


08/28/2014 at 02:32 PM

I'll say you can play it solo, but it's more fun when playing it co-op. There are points where it's like watching a schlocky movie: it's more fun to have more people experiencing it with you. The good thing is that there are ways to customize your character that makes it viable in single-player. In co-op, my siren would act like the healer, but when I would play alone, I would respec into a really effective damage dealer.

While there is some reference to the first game, it's not really necessary. I hadn't played the first one, but they made it obvious what was a reference and then explained it to you.

I currently have over 3 days on one playthrough with just my siren character, with about a dozen hours each on the psycho, the assassin and the commando characters. But it's not completely necessary. Trust me, though: the game is crazy fun and you'll get sucked in.

Chris Yarger Community Manager

08/28/2014 at 05:03 PM

Great review Rejo!

Had I known you were playing this to review, I would've played it along with you. I've been crushing it lately on the Vita!


08/28/2014 at 07:18 PM


Alas, I only have it on the PS3. I kinda wanted to get it on the Vita too, it's so good.


08/29/2014 at 02:36 AM

My friend's 360 is down for a while, but he's still collecting keys from facebook to unlock more weapons when he gets back on. I'll  probably get back to it too when he does. Still got to find Donkey Mong for an achievement. I know where he appears, but you got to get lucky and show up when he does.


08/29/2014 at 01:32 PM

My friend was able to kill both Donkey Mong and a chubby on our first playthrough. I haven't been able to run into them, though. I've tried a couple of times, but the random spawning hasn't brought them up yet. I'm pretty sad about that.


08/30/2014 at 03:38 PM

We tried dozens of times to see Donkey Mong but no luck yet.

Aren't those chubbies and tubbies adorable.




08/30/2014 at 03:59 PM

It's a good game but I got frustrated as a certain point and put it down. No reason I cannot go back to it though!

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