Official FAQ: Borderlands 2
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
NA: September 18, 2012
EU: September 21, 2012
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Graphics Engine: Unreal Engine 3 (DX9)
Borderlands 2 is the highly anticipated sequel of the award winning original, Borderlands. It’s a combination of Quake-style shooting mechanics with Diablo-style RPG elements, including an astonishing number of weapons to loot. The entire game can be played with friends (up to 3) via co-op.
Five years have passed since the secrets were revealed of Eridian Vault. The CEO of Hyperion Corporation, Handsome Jack, has taken control and is trying to awaken an ancient evil alien known as “The Warrior”. You choose from four new Vault dwellers as they battle their way through the varies psychopaths of Pandora to stop Handsome Jack.
Upon beating Borderlands 2, you’ll unlock True Vault Hunter Mode as a New Game+. The enemies will hit harder, have more health, and their A.I. will increase. There will also be more resistance to certain weapon attacks and require you to think outside of the box.
Here’s some of the new features introduced in Borderlands 2!
- Dancin’: Actually, no.
- Dynamic Quests: Some quest will have the ability to fail due to horsing around or whatever else you may be doing.
- New Character Skills: You can actually check out all the new character skills below in the “Characters” section.
- New Environments: Less desert, more snow fields and grasslands.
- New Enemies: Not only are a lot of enemies returning but several new “hulking” enemies are arriving.
- More Weapons: Who would have thought you could have more than a million weapons?!
- Better A.I.: Enemies will now flank better, provide teamwork for each other, and heal each other.
- Better Vehicles: Borderlands didn’t really give you too many thrills when you drove around Pandora. Borderlands 2 fixes this by giving vehicles the ability to drift and applying more physics to each vehicle. You can also have 4 players to a vehicle now.
The characters you choose are going to determine what type of skills you’re going to deal with. For example, Zer0 is going to be for the player who wants to specialize in sniping and stealth while the Commando is going to be your jack-of-all-trades.
*Skill tree for Gaige currently unavailable.
“Borderlands 2 preserves the best parts of the franchise while also making numerous, much needed improvements to areas like narrative and class skill design. Additional visual customization options would make it better, and the occasional technical issue takes away from the experience, but overall this is an excellent shooter no one even remotely curious should overlook. Prepare to level. Prepare to loot. Prepare to get lost in the hilarious, bizarre and wonderful world of Pandora.”
Game Informer 9.75/10
“Instead of taking the easy route, the studio has taken everything that impressed in the original and greatly enhanced it. From major bullet points like the story to smaller details like the UI and inventory system. Borderlands 2 surpassed my expectations and stands as a prime example of how to knock a sequel out of the park. Throughout the game, the dialogue and clever missions display a sense of humor on par with the best in the industry. All of the improvements would make for a standout title even if it were constricted to single-player. Considering Gearbox has continued to put this franchise in a league of its own when it comes to co-op, it elevates the game to something more. With its unmatched co-op gameplay, intense shootouts, addictive loot-collecting, expansive skill customization, hilarious dialogue, and insane level of replayability, Borderlands 2 is one of the most rewarding gaming experiences of this console generation.”
Curious who the Mad Moxxi girl is in some of the pictures? Here’s a link to her Flickr account. Special thanks to Meagan Marie.