Borderlands 2 User Review
The game's graphics retain the cel shaded visuals of the original. However, rather than constant desert like regions of the original, the game provides much more variety. You begin on a frozen tundra and explore through almost every type of environment imaginable. The game's maps can be extremely large and Gearbox has facilitated this by utilizing multiple textures similar to how it was done in the first game (e.g. objects appearing blurry at first until the proper texture is loaded). Whilst on rare occasions, this might be a slight annoyance, the improved load times and sheer scale of the game more than make up for it.
The gameplay of the sequel retains everything that made the original great. The game offers four main character classes, with the addition of a fifth via DLC. Each class has three class trees to choose from, and while you could pick and choose from all three, it's best to stick within a single tree. This provides numerous options for you to play the game in whatever style you prefer and the sheer amount of weapons available further broadens the manner in which you can customize the way you play. In addition, the game has multiple built in challenges that when completed provide "Badass" points. Points can be used to add stat modifiers that increase various attributes of your character. Badass points carryover from your other characters allowing you to stack additional bonuses with each time you play.
As previously mentioned, the game offers multiple character skins to customize the appearance of your character. Throughout the game, you'll unlock additional skins for each of the characters. If you unlock a skin for another character class, it will be available if you create a new character or already have a character of that class.
One of the most disappointing aspects of the original was its story. Gearbox has listened to their fans and placed a much greater emphasis of telling the story. Still filled with many pop culture references, the story in Borderlands 2 feels much more fleshed out and even explains parts of the original. The addition of new characters and implementing their back stories is well done. I was actually saddened once I heard the echo recording of Tiny Tina's mother.
From the very beginning, Borderlands 2 promised a little more of everything, so the question is: Did it deliver? Indeed it does. Gearbox Software has truly improved on the game in almost every way imaginable, more guns, a larger landscape, an improved story, and, if you viewed the trailer, more "wub, wub."
Borderlands 2 was the first game I've actually pre-ordered and I have no regrets. The original game was one in which I only played co-op however I've been playing both single player and co-op since it's release in mid-September and I'm still loving it. I normally don't replay games I've beaten, but this one keeps bringing me back. I highly recommend you try this game, as in my opinion, this is definitely a Game of the Year contender.
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