September 23, 2012

Borderlands 2 Review

Borderlands 2
My wife decided to help me out last week and bought me a copy of Borderlands 2.  I liked the first game and it is one of the few full-length Xbox 360 games that I've managed to get 100% of the achievements on.

Since Wednesday morning it seems all I've been doing is sleeping, homework, and playing Borderlands 2.  Sure, I've actually been other things, but the memory blur says it's been mostly Borderlands 2.

The folks over at 2K Games and Gearbox did a great job with this sequel.  It seems they took all the good stuff from the first game, amped it up, and added more content.  So far there haven't been grinding collection missions and for that I am thankful.

The coolest thing I like was the introduction of badass tokens.  There are a ton of minor tasks, that when completed, grant you some badass rank.  When you rank gets high enough you get a badass token.  These tokens are exchanged for minor stat bumps, like weapon damage, reloading time, etc.  They are really minor tweaks to your character, but they can add up.

Of course the randomized weapon drops is still pretty cool.

I did notice though that it looks like they fixed the replication bug.  In the first game you could drop a cool piece of equipment and exit out of the game without saving.  Your buddy could pick up the item and when you re-started the game you still have the original item.  Fixing this made legitimate trading more important.  I was given a good shield early on and I've been saving specific equipment that I won't use, but I think my friends will.

I don't want to give an entirely specific review because if you are a fan of the over-the-top ultra-violence (but not extremely graphic), bad puns and terrible innuendos, and many......many hours of gameplay, then you will want to check it out for yourself.

I will say one thing though.....2K and Gearbox did a great job making it easy to get in on your friends games, even easier than Xbox does normally.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really liked some of the RPG elements. I was sold after watching the first few minutes of the demo over at a co-worker’s house from DISH, so I put it in my Blockbuster@Home queue. Blockbuster@Home I believe is the most economical way to rent games and it even comes with a free trial! I can’t wait to start playing the game at home myself, it looks and plays awesome. I can tell that playing this game isn't going to end any time soon.