Preview: Borderlands 2

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Borderlands 2 came out recently and I will try to make a short introduction to this game here, so that you can decide whether this game is a must-have for this month or whether you can let it go past you.

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Borderlands 2 is a (first person shooting) action RPG coming out as a follow up on its predecessor Borderlands.
It’s playing in a different universe (Space Western science fiction) with different planets. On the planet Pandora there are a lot of resources to be found and it attracts fortune seekers and miners that are looking for interesting artifacts. Borderlands 2 continues there where the first Borderlands left off.
Five years after the defeat of The Destroyer a new resource came up from the core of the planet, making it interesting for ‘Handsome Jack’ to build his base upon this and mine it to sell further. That’s why Handsome Jack is now pretty much running the place. But then the rumour came out that there is another big vault on the planet, which lured in more adventurers.

Borderlands 2 comes with a lot of new features and most importantly a lot of new loot. Guns especially. With the new system in place, weapons can be customized much more and are expandible.
Like in the first game, Borderlands 2 comes with a 3-branched skill tree with which you can specialize your characters’ class in a personal way. Borderlands 2 also adds a dynamic mission system in which things can also go wrong (for example someone that you were supposed to export, dies) which will influence the world around you and the next quests.

The AI in Borderlands 2 has been improved greatly. Monsters will be able to communicate with each other and in this way help each other during fights. Also will NPC’s and monsters be able to find their ways better (pathfinding).

The addicting part is the loot that might drop by every (boss) kill or an opened chest. Or is it perhaps the slot machines in the city? These slot machines might take all your money away, or you might hit the jackpot and get some items.

I noticed also that Borderlands 2 has this system that you can fight for your life (this we also see in Guild Wars 2). Perhaps this feature was already in the first Borderlands game, but as I never played it I have simply no clue. Fighting for your life gives you some more time to get the enemy downed (which means that you will get back alive) or until another player/NPC has healed you up.

The game comes with ingame challenges which offer you a unique style of gameplay. It could be anything from killing a certain number of monsters of one type, to killing specific main bosses, to opening a certain amount of chests.

The graphics in this game are cartoonic, meaning the details of items and armour look brilliant!

For the MineCraft fans: there is a MineCraft reference in this game in the form of an Easter Egg.


Borderlands 2 runs on a modified version of the Unreal 3 engine and is available on Xbox360, Playstation 3 and PC. Platforms such as Steam do sell the PC version, but the game can also be bought in DVD version from the many retail shops.

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