Since its release in 2012, Borderlands 2 has been heralded as one of the greatest games of this generation.
It’s not hard to see why either; the game is an outstanding RPG with hours and hours of gameplay and replay value.
Borderlands 2 is a FPS RPG (First Person Shooter Role Playing Game) developed by
Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
It was released for consoles on September 18th 2012 and for PC on October 16th 2012.
The sequel to Borderlands, the game follows four new Vault Hunters as they journey across Pandora in order
to stop Handsome Jack from achieving his ultimate desire: unlimited power.
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Tl;dr: It’s a game that you’ll enjoy playing in your free time.
Getting through the game and the DLC will take you around 100+ hours to get everything, which is a pretty decent length for a good RPG.
A Game That’s Definitely Worth Your Time(ish)
If you’ve played first person shooters, or RPG games for that matter, then Borderlands 2 will be an absolute treat for you.
If you haven’t played any of these genres before, then it’s probably a good thing if you haven’t already started playing.
The controls can be very difficult to get used to and the skill ceiling is quite high. It’ll take a while to get used to, but I guarantee it’s worth it.
At it’s core, Borderlands 2 is very much a looter-shooter.
The long and short of Borderlands 2 is that you’re going to be walking around shooting various bad guys with your friends
(or alone if you want) looking for loot of all shapes, sizes, and rarities. This shouldn’t come as any surprise for anyone
who has played any type of looter-shooter in the past, whether it’s Borderlands 2 or Destiny.
When you kill an enemy, or break open a crate, you get some loot (of course).
This is where the RPG part of Borderlands 2 comes in; there are so many different types of things that you can collect and use.
You have your typical RPG elements, such as guns and mods. There are also various kinds of shields
to equip to protect you from damage and various kinds of grenades to throw in enemy faces.
However, aside from the loot, there are also experience points (XP) to gain.
Every time you kill something, you gain XP. When you gain enough XP, your character levels up,
which grants perks and improves your character in some way.
Levels are capped at level 50, but you’ll be gaining XP for a long time before that cap is reached.
As I mentioned before, as you play, your character gains various different perks as they go through the whole leveling process.
Some are passive and others are active skills that can be used at any time.
Here are some examples of perks that you might find useful:
Gunner: Steady as she goes. Your accuracy with a pistol is high, even when you’re not aiming down the sights. (Passive)
Sixth Sense: You see enemy health bars when they are nearby, which makes it easier to plan your attack against them. (Active)
Scavenger: Scavenger makes things drop more often and in greater quantities. (Passive)
Perks can make a huge difference in Borderlands 2, so be sure to choose wisely!
And once you’re done with the leveling process, there are various other things that can keep you occupied for quite some time, such as….
Borderlands 2 is a game that has been praised for its replay value and justly so.
Throughout the main story you will automatically get access to all four playable characters:
Salvador the Gunzerker, Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren and Zer0 the Assassin.
After completing each character’s story line, you can then play their respective “Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode”.
Endless gameplay aside, there are many more ways to keep you playing long after you’ve beaten the main story.
If you’re more into solo play, there’s “Bounty Hunting” (hunting down a specific target),
“Decryption” (getting an item decrypted by a.k.a killing things with it), and “Trap-O-Matic” (a combination of the two).
Group play also has many other options as well, including “Raids”, which is an end game activity that you unlock after a certain main story quest.
Side-quests and side-missions
Borderlands 2 also offers many side quests that are also worth doing.
You can find these during your playthrough of the game in various different ways.
These quests range from killing a certain number of enemies,
to picking up an item, or even just mindlessly running back and forth between two points on the map a certain amount of times.
There are many different things you can do, but most of the quests will reward you with bonus XP and money.