Game series raises grade
‘Borderlands 2’ sets new shooter standard, caliber
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 15:10
After gaining popularity for its first edition, “Borderlands” returned with its sequel on Sept. 18.
Although Gearbox’s “Borderlands 2” is gun heavy with a selection of every type, every aspect of the game has improved from its first installment in 2009. “Borderlands 2” is a wonderful ride throughout as the player is immediately introduced to the action in the game.
The planet Pandora has changed a lot from the last game, as the new storyline involves a villain named Handsome Jack who sets up the four new playable vault hunters — Maya, Salvador, Zero and Axton — by trapping them on a train implanted with bombs. But they end up escaping just in time. The player learns of Jack’s ultimate goal which is to take over Pandora, killing each of the vault hunters in the process.
The storyline is interesting, making the player wonder what is to happen next.
Just like the first game, “Borderlands 2” still has a four-player online co-op, which is another feature that has been enhanced. Unlike the first installment, a trade system is introduced to the co-op, allowing multi-players to trade or duel for weapons and money.
Physical aspects have improved from the first version, such as shooting an enemy. While in the first game the characters were stiff in movement, in this game they are more reactive to where they’ve been shot.
Also running over enemies doesn’t cause them to explode anymore. Instead they fold on top of the vehicle and crumble.
Even Jack’s killing of characters is incredible, creating situations that are either funny or leave the player wanting retaliation.
Though he comes off as arrogant and playful at the same time, Jack is still a likable villain. “Borderlands 2” also improves on its skill set as each character has three different skills that cover almost all of the players’ capabilities.
Overall, “Borderlands 2” is exactly like how a sequel is supposed to be.
Upgraded from all the flaws that were present in the first installment, the game shows that Gearbox is listening to its audience to deliver a more entertaining game.