BORDERLANDS 2 Publisher: 2K Developer: Gearbox. Platform: PS3, Xbox360, PC. PLOT: Gearbox return to their shoot and loot format with four new tuned up heroes out to save the borderland planet Pandora from an irritating menace called Handsome Jack and of course to find a Vault to score some loot GOOD POINTS: It has a rich game world full of beautifully crazy characters and loathsome evildoers for you to help or trade with or shoot in the face, (mainly, shoot in the face). If you like shooting things and looting their corpses to buy bigger guns to go shoot more things, then this here is the game for you! The simplicity of the game coupled with some great characterisation draws you into the insane world of where stereotypical American rednecks mix with high concept science fiction easily and more importantly amusingly FACTOID: Borderlands 2 holds the world record for the most individual guns in a computer game. The four individual classes come with for different types of awesome, the rampaging Gunzerker, the silent and truly deadly Assassin, the turret wielding Commando and the godlike Siren all come together to form an awesome experience. Challenging battles wait around every corner as do laughs. The co-op mode has been greatly enhanced too, allowing you to form squads to play through the game and gain better loot or do battle with other squads, for loot and fun. I like loot. BAD POINTS: Having to constantly play the slots for bonus ammo slots and the like does
become a pain. I’m kind of surprised there haven’t been complaints from the moral minority about forcing people to gamble. The character sound effects can start to wear on the nerves after a while also there are a lot of grinding missions (Kill twelve of this type of creature, ten of that etc.) and the timed missions are a frustrating. The fact that the vehicles still handle like a barely conscious, post colonoscopy donkey does not help. VERDICT: If the Shoot and Loot format appeals to you this is one of those games that you will sit down with the intention of playing for a half hour of an evening and the next thing you know its dawn. There are some people out there who don’t like shooting things, in the face, repeatedly. Those people need to be brought to a Hyperion re-education centre immediately! 4/5
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