A land nestled with chaos in deep patches, still persists on Pandora. The mood is quite the same on how abruptly and humorously the beginning intro entails itself. Claptrap is just like the definition of his name, absurd or nonsensical talk of ideas. And the shiny shim of comic book style graphics are gleaming with updated textures. Borderlands 2 is a rivaling experience to it’s predecessor with bigger gun fights and major problems in occurrence as well.
I picked the Commando for my first walk-through in Borderlands 2. In the past I had picked Brick the berserk-er in the former Borderlands 1 campaign. Now I will say that my play style is really not of that of the commando. I’m a player in consistent use of a sniper rifle, while I did use it a lot in conjunction with the sentry turret, I was up and close and personal sometimes as well with a shotgun. I couldn’t really find the perfect chemistry with my character. Noting this as maybe a bad choice that created a problem in my own personal strategy of combat.
Pandora is more beautiful then ever. With the ice maps changing to desolate deserts in a moments notice, literally unfolding in front of you. I loved the atmospheric changes, trippy coincidentally to my eyes. It didn’t change the combat to my notice, yet it’s addition created a few problems. Cause your looking at each part of the map, on a texture note, in a black and white difference. Considering during a thorough walk-through of the map. You will have one of those brain freeze moments…. When you think to your self, have I been here before? Only to realize that you have actually walked past this point on several occasions. Insane in the membrane as Cypress Hill would say.
The combat is as gloriously cunning and gory, as it is repetitive to all hell. I find that consistent trend of the same gun fights over and over and over again to be a little much when playing solo. Bearable when in a group, and that bears in my mind the experience of the group. While sometimes I would open myself up to the network match ups and get someone that was a grand player many levels ahead of me, with proper advice and technique. Other times I would get the impulse that I had gotten the greatest imbecile to stand the test of time, like Pandora. So sticking to groups who are experienced or more mature audiences who deal with attack strategy in a manner of logic, is probably a good idea!
I found that the dark atmosphere was extremely cruel in some instances. Not that I had a problem with it, but I was being matched with children in most circumstances. They in fact were troubled by it and even mentioned it at several instances. Especially a torture scene that ended in the victim pleading for his life, while he is zapped with electricity on and off. Finally ending in a fit of screams that leads to being fried externally. Other times it was just the moral issues. Borderlands has that way about it, where it’s humor can really change the prospect of it’s cruelty, to make you joyous doing horrible things to horrible people. Jack, the main villain, is a grade A asshole with humor. He can be funny and say all the things that lead me to a laugh out riot. I would say the laugh out riots were more in the intro. Later, he seemed to be childishly more bratty and self indulged with himself. And really how many times does Jack tell you throughout the campaign that he is going to kill you? By the end of the 52 hour campaign it leads to fight that I found very lacking in Jackassness, and more just an idiot with overused ridicules.
Glitches were a constant nuisances along my way through a 52 hour long campaign. The infamous sinking sand, as you can see above, was an issue that was funny at first. But quickly changed to lets restart the game, oh it happened again, now I’m stuck beneath the map, lets restart again. This pissed me off, as if it only had happened a few times I would have been okay with it. But I had times when my loot got stuck in the air! To which I continued trying to do a Michael Jordan leap of faith to recover the items at no prevail. Sometimes I would fall through the grates of steps. Not particularly a fun position, especially when your like a dog trying to jump up and grab some food. Each jump your sure your going to get out, but the hard truth is that your going to be their for a very long time. For fuck sake get me out of this grate! I even threw grenades right next to me out of desperation! That my body would be blown out like a cannonball, and my teammates would stop tea bagging my head on the steps.
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PLOT– Enormous connections of odds and ends. But lacking true emotion to the characters with a childish sense of humor, but a setting that is gory as all hell. With a menacing villain JACK, that is just too bratty to take seriously for how vulgar and cruel he really is…. 7.25 OUT OF 10
GAMEPLAY- Gun fights after gun fights. The repetitiveness is overwhelming and downright exhausting after a while. While the never ending kinds of loot are intriguing. Fighting the same horde of enemies you just killed 10 minutes ago in the same exact area is not…… I always like how almost every type of enemy has a bad ass edition. Probably my biggest plus on game play!…… 7.5 OUT OF 10
GRAPHICS– Simply stunning recreation of a comic book like feel. That I believe I took more screen-shots then I have ever taken in a walk-through. I love the cut-scene like boss fights, ending in glimmering blood and head explosions. Will say this, not a kids game! Even though that did seem like the majority of the players that I ran into….9.25 OUT OF 10
DEVELOPMENT FAULTS– Horrendous glitches! As I said before, you have the infamous sinking sand. But what saddens me more is that this hasn’t been fixed in the game. This game has been out for some time! Fix it!…..4.5 OUT OF 10
REPLAY– If you have the luck to acquire some good teammates. I can see this game producing huge time frames of replay ability. If your going to go solo, even one 52 hour campaign is going to be taxing on the old numbskull……9.0 OUT OF 10 with teammates. 4.25 OUT OF 10 WITHOUT TEAMMATES
MUSIC– Dub-step techno beat that really is vibrant and flows with the game play almost perfectly….. 9.5 OUT OF 10
VALUE– I got Borderland 2 for $5 and received 52 hours of mediocre game-play. That’s almost 10 cents per hour. Which were amazing hours when I got good teammates. So what do you think? 10 cents an hour. Hell yeah!……9.75 OUT OF 10
8.107 WITH TEAMMATES
7.428 WITHOUT TEAMMATES