Borderlands 2 marks the beginning of a fourth quarter dominated by big first-person shooter games. Big hitters like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 are pencilled in for release in a couple of months time, and Borderlands 2 will need to be on point if it wants to stand up to the FPS big boys.
While Borderlands was a relatively low-key release back in 2009, it turned out to be a rough diamond. As a result, expectations are incredibly high for Borderlands 2, which is available for under £40 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Borderlands 2 Storyline
Borderlands 2 begins five years after the events of the original Borderlands. The Atlas Corporation has been put out of business and the Crimson Lance is gone for good. But where one weed has been uprooted, another has taken its place, and Hyperion is that weed.
Hyperion has taken control of Pandora, and its leader – Handsome Jack – has stolen credit from the original Vault Hunters for both finding The Vault and taking down The Destroyer at the end of the first game. Jack has made everyone outside Hyperion into outlaws, including yourself, and it’s very much a case of killing him before he kills you.
Borderlands 2 Characters
The Vault Hunters from the original Borderlands do make an appearance in Borderlands 2. Now though, they are non-player characters, and seeing them as part of the game world does feel a bit odd at first.
The sense of humour and personality that characterised the first game has been retained, in large part via the excellent voice acting. Claptrap returns as a star performer, and is humorous and loveable in equal measure, but there are plenty of new story characters all of whom have fantastic depth, and do a great deal to bring the Borderlands 2 world to life. Chief among them is Sir Hammerlock, a cybernetic hunter with a totally exaggerated English accent and a glass eye (obviously).
That said, the humour does occasionally fall flat, with overused and outdated internet humour (‘U mad bro?’) deployed to extreme levels. This is a subjective thing, some will love it, and others, like us, will feel it’s a little cringe worthy.
As for your character, you can chose one from four classes; the Gunzerker - a stocky, gun-toting soldier capable of dual-wielding any weapons; the Assassin - a stealthy sniper, who can distract enemies with decoys and inflict massive damage on a single target; the Siren - a support class, capable of controlling enemies and healing team-mates; and the Commando - a skilled soldier with a personal, mobile turret.
Thankfully these characters can be customised, so now your character will have a fairly unique look. In Borderlands, you would often find yourself in a game with four identical Soldiers barrelling around. Now you can easily identify your team-mates by their unique customisations and the identity tag above their head.
You’ll still find enemies such as the Skags and Spiderants roaming around the levels of Borderlands 2, as well as the usual Bandits and Psychos. But they’ve been joined by a large host of other enemies all intent on your destruction, including a wide range of heavily-armed robots, rock-tossing Bullymongs and lethal plant-life. All in all – plenty of stuff to fill with bullets, or grenades, or whatever the hell that gun of yours fires.