This ain’t no place for a hero

Borderlands 2 is one of the best games ever.

Why you ask ? Simply because the game is so well made. First of all, Pandora, the setting of the game is huge and diverse . Don’t believe me ? Just take a look :

Look ma ! No hands ! 

I don’t think Santa’s here…

Is this Springfield’s nuclear power plant ?

Each section of Pandora has a large about of detail and care given into it.  And what’s even better? You are able to free roam throughout all of  it and enjoy the scenery  at your own pace.

 The setting is nice and all but what would a video game be if it didn’t have its protagonists ? Unlike most first person shooters where you are basically given a single character to use, Borderlands 2 allows you to choose 4 unique and quirky characters to be your instrument of death (not including the 2 DLC characters).

It’s time to chew gum and kick butt. And we’re all out of gum.

Each character have their own different strengthens and weakness as well as a special ability. In addition, they all have their own personality and backgrounds, thus setting them apart from each other even more . To make sure you survive the dangerous lands of Pandora you can upgrade your character through a skill tree to become the ultimate killing machine while customizing them to look they way you see fit. The amount of engagement you can put into your character is splendid.

” You talkin’ to me ? “

As much as how awesome the protagonists are, every protagonist needs an antagonists to keep things spicy. You don’t have to look any further than Handsome Jack. Unlike where most antagonists who stay quite or you don’t meet them until the end of the game, Handsome Jack is always there, insulting you , taunting you and annoying you. This makes the game very amusing and actually kinda gives you (the player) a reason to fight to where he is and shut him up.

“I’m rackin’ my brain trying to think of a name for that diamond-pony i bought. I was gonna’ call it ‘piss-for-brains’ in honor of you, but that just feels immature. Maybe… ‘Butt-Stallion’? Nah that’s even worse. I tell ya’ what though, i’ll give it some more thought.” -Handsome Jack ( This is from the actual game. I’m not making this up. He’s that rude.)

However, before you can actually wring your hands around Jack’s neck, you have to face through the dangerous lands of Pandora first. Why is it dangerous you ask ?  There are bandits, beasts, and robots roaming everywhere and they’re out for your blood, There is such a large amount of unique enemies that fill up the world that Pandora  that it’ll take a long time before the fighting gets stale.( Let’s not forget the ‘upgraded’ enemies who are basically pumped up versions of their comrades to keep you on your tippy-toes )

Are you telling me that this is just a small clip from the actual poster of all the enemies ? Oh my….

Do you know what a lot of enemies mean ? A lot of guns needed to dispose of all these baddies. Have no fear, for Borderlands 2 provides these needs with 6 types of guns ( pistols, sub-machine guns, etc.) and 8 gun manufacturers.  The 8 gun manufacturers give a real twist on the combat for each manufacturer have their own specialty that drastically changes the guns and thus the strategy of a battle . For example, Tediore guns are disposable. Instead of reloading and re-using the gun, the gun must be thrown away for it will explode like a grenade.  Another example would be the Bandit guns. Bandit guns have a large large magazine( meaning that you can shoot longer before you have to reload) but have very low stats ( such as long reloads and low damage). In addition,  Borderlands 2 uses a procedural algorithm that combines parts  to create a large amount of guns that differ from one another.

Where am I suppose to keep all of this !? 

As you can see, Borderlands 2 is already a jam-packed first person shooter.  However,it’d get really bland if all you do is go after Jack right ? Don’t worry ! Besides from just going after Jack you actually have ‘friends’ who have tasks for you to do with rewards! That way, you can take a break from the main quest and go explore the various places the side missions send you to and live through the mini-stories that each side mission holds. In addition, many of the side missions have some quirky humor inserted into it to keep you amused ( and distract you from how bleak, depressing and horrible Pandora can be). Oh, did I also mention that these ‘friends’ are not just any other regular npc that you’ll quickly forget after completing the mission but actual memorable, interesting side characters that actually stand apart from one another? Just take a look :

This must be the next old spice man.

That’s not Siri.

Hey !  You’re from the first game ! Whatcha doing here !?

All of this is great and all but what really takes the bakery is its multi-player. I’m not talking  about the generic multi-player of first person shooters where basically you going into teams and shoot each other for laughs. The multi-player of Borderlands 2 allows you and up to three other friends to travel through out Pandora together as you hunt down for Jack. ( Did I mention that besides the online multi-player there’s actual local co-op so you and your bud can sit on the couch together and play ? ) It’s a very refreshing change and actually gives you a desire to work together. ( Unlike the generic fps multi-player where its more like every man for himself even if it’s a team based event). Because of each character having their own special ability ( as mentioned earlier) you and your friends can form strategies to defeat even the most dangerous of enemies.

A real friend would shoot some bandits who are charging at you while you use your magical powers to trap a thing into an alter-dimension bubble. Like a real friend.

These are the reasons why I think Borderlands 2 is one of the best games out there.  From a beautiful world to explore in, to unique and memorable characters, to diversity of weapons to engaging multi-player, it’s a very appealing game. You may disagree but in my opinion Borderlands 2 rocks.

Fun for the whole family !

( Please don’t take this as a review. It’s more of a little silly post on why I like the game. If you’re looking for a post about the strengths and weaknesses of the game to see if you should buy the game, I think that might be on the other side of the internet)

The pictures do not belong to me. They belong to their respective owners.

Borderlands 2 belongs to 2K Games.

The only thing that belongs to me is the writing( besides the 3 quotes ) and my opinion on Borderlands 2.