It is fairly shameful to admit never getting into the first Borderlands. It seemed to be everything
you would look for in a game: huge open worlds, dystopian wasteland settings and hoards of
twisted creatures to explode in a shower of blood, a true RPG/FPS paradise. So, where could it
have possibly gone wrong? Time, I suppose. Borderlands is a game that requires a whole lot of
mental investment and its much anticipated sequel is no exception. Now, three years later, Gearbox
Interactive are once again transporting us back to Pandora to cut, shoot and burn our ways to
victory against the villainous Handsome Jack, who is intent on mining our beloved planet into dust.
Banding together with other rebels and even the former Borderlands cast, it is your duty as one of
five newly revamped classes to protect Pandora from destruction and discover the mystery of the
Vault before anyone else can get their grubby mitts on it.
On first impressions it may startle you at how nothing has really changed and you wouldn’t be
too wrong. In fact, this familiarity is very much forced upon you from the beginning in the form
of mind-numbing eccentric, Claptrap, a returning robot menace who just can’t keep his goddamn
mouth shut. But, as always, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is a philosophy that certainly applies very
nicely to the Borderlands 2 universe and its much defined graphical style. That’s not to say it isn’t
a vast improvement, however, with the inclusion of full day cycles, diverse biomes and advanced
levelling systems, enough to keep any veteran or fresh-faced newcomer plugged into their computer
for the next 10,000 years – especially so with the return of four-player online co-op.
As stated before, Borderlands 2 is a game that requires time, however that is purely by choice.
Whilst other titles can quickly become mundane and send you into a state of mindless grinding,
Borderlands 2 seems to have a peculiar effect that encourages you to check every container and
dropped item that can possibly be found throughout its vast landscapes, merely because you can.
You will quickly find yourself exploring every single corner, cave and rooftop, searching for that
next favourite blaster to pop some alien heads with.
In all seriousness, this is one of the best releases the gaming world has had for a long while and
I can quite comfortably say it will be diverting gamers’ attentions for some time to come. It is
extremely rare to find a game with so much depth, character and style in such an accessible package
and it would truly be a shame to not give Borderlands 2 the chance it deserves. So, grab a gun and
get hunting, Pandora awaits!