Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Borderlands 2 Review

B*nerfart. That's right, we're calling it B*nerfart.

Now, I'm pretty damn excited for Borderlands: The Pre Sequel. Playing as a mech called Fragtrap, set on the moon with no gravity? Sounds awesome. So, because that's coming out, now is a good time to look at the previous game, Borderlands 2.

The story of Borderlands isn't as complex as other series' stories, but it's far from bad. You're a vault hunter on the planet Pandora in 5252, searching for minerals. But you gotta fight things like a guy with a mask on named Handsome Jack (Borderlands, stop complementing me). I don't know it that well since I haven't played the first, but I will soon.

Characters are one of the best parts of Borderlands 2. They're funny, memorable, and each unique. My favorites are Tiny Tina, the fat woman, and Claptrap. All have great voice acting and look awesome. Claptrap is one of my favorite robot video game companions, since his lines are funny as hell.

Weapons are the best part. There's like, 87 bazillion guns (and a similar number of brilliant puns), and all of them stand out. From Flame SMGs, to snipers, to rocket launchers, to pistols, to goddamn shotguns of electricity. They're all great and you can do sh*t any style you want. A lot of guns, a lot of puns, a lot a lot and a lot of fun. Yes, I made that joke. Deal with it.

As well as NPCs, though, there's also some great playable characters. Go as the stealthy assassin like me, or go as guns-blazing Arnold Schwarzenegger with turrets galore. As well as this, there's notably the Gunzerker, Siren, Physco and Mechromancer.

Enemies are well designed. You have the weak psychos and midgets, who either run at you with swords and fire or shoot you with a shotgun. Bandits are everywhere, shooting with guns you can pick up and forts you can raid, as well as the wildlife of Pandora, from angry birds swooping down to the beasts that roam everywhere, freely. They're all great, but lets not forget heavy hitters like Three Balls or Normad Pyros.

As well as these, there's also "badass" versions of enemies; more health, better guns, do more damage, bigger, look awesome. They're cool, and a great challenge for players.

Multiplayer is great in this game. You work with other players, fighting, continuing the game from where you finished off in singleplayer (or the other person, whatever). You level up, get loot, and fight bosses with friends. It's goddamn cool and enjoyable. Only problem is the guns. The trade system is cool as hell, but usually you have to grab what you can. It... can be annoying.

For those that care, graphics and sound is great here. You have an epic, cell-shading cartoon style game, with funny as hell lines that are voiced great by some talented actors. And sfx is good too. I like this style of graphics a lot.

I haven't played any DLC yet, so I can't judge it yet. But, currently, it is an outstandingly good game. I reccomend you get the Game of The Year edition, since it's only £10 and has over £75 in content. Pick it up asap.

Story: 9. Simple, and a great one.
Characters: 8.5. Hilarious, unique, and memorable.
Fun: 10. Multiplayer and singleplayer is sooooooo fun, and I love playing it with friends.
Sound and Graphics: 9. I love the cell shading style, and voice acting is brill.
Controls: 9. Any first person shooter player instantly adapts to them.
Writing: 9.
Level Design: 9. I love open worlds.

OVERALL RATING: 9/10, aka 4.5 stars.

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