Borderlands 2 has been out for a few days now and TYG is finally ready to give it a score. Click the jump to watch the video, or read our full review on the game.
First up for those of you who don’t like reading, check the video to get the gist of how we feel about Borderlands 2.
Borderlands 2 is not a great leap forward for Shooter’s everywhere but It did not need to be to be successful. Borderlands was such a hit that simply fixing the issues that the first game had would make the sequel almost perfect. While Borderlands 2 is far from perfect the weakness are simply shot in the face by the overwhelming amount of things that are done right.
Borderlands 2 actually features a story, and it’s cast of characters are more than simply avatars of destruction with no real reason to be doing what they are doing except for the search for the vault. Character’s in borderlands didn’t feel like a team during co-op and if not for the awesomeness of the multi-player would have probably been a poor game.
In Borderlands 2 however characters react to other members of the party. when someone is in the menu delaying travel the in-game characters react, when someone goes down cause they suck at the game and you pick them back up, dialogue is exchanged between the characters. It’s these little touches that make playing a character more worthwhile than it was in Borderlands. As for the Story the cast is large and for the most part exceptionally well done with the low brow humor one would expect from the franchise.
The multi-player is still as awesome as it was in Borderlands, and if your playing with a (trustworthy) group of people its hard to ask for anything more. It’s still the same old rush of running around gunning down bandits and skags, but the package is nicer, and easier to use and a lot more immersive.
Customization has not taken a huge leap. Character Skins are available and you can do head swaps. but that is pretty much the extent of it. Gun’s look WAY better in Borderlands 2, and for the most part make you feel like even more of a badass.
There are a few complaints though. Borderlands 2 has some texture pop-in issues at least on the 360. Which for a game of this scope I guess is excusable. Frankly I’d like to believe that the 360 is just showing its age and that’s the cause but I’m not sure. This small issue is a (literal) blemish on a beautiful game though and at times can be quite jarring.
The other thing that irks me about borderlands 2 is the loot sharing. I play with a pack of dirty filthy snakes on a regular basis which has basically turned me into a loot hog. when I pick up a good gun I don’t care if I can’t use it until two levels from now. I’m not sharing it. This is largely due to people I play with taking all the guns as soon as they drop, not to mention ammo. I would have liked to see a (shudder) system more in line with Diablo 3 but alas Gearbox left that out.
Overall Borderlands 2 is a great game and everyone should give it a shot (terrible pun intended).