Borderlands 2 – Review (PS3)

I really enjoyed the first Borderlands but I think even it’s biggest fans would admit it had some issues. The enemy AI wasn’t great and it took a *long* time for the game to get going. Quite frankly the less said about the ending the better but as a whole the title was good solid fun and it sold a huge amount of copies.

So Gearbox Software greenlit a sequel, with the blueprint (based on the trailers) seemingly being bigger, funnier, crazier and just generally better.

Rather than directly continuing the stories of Brick, Lillith, Roland and Mordecai from the original game, Borderlands 2 uses those characters as non-playable ‘mission-givers’ which grants it a nice feeling of familiarity to anyone who played the previous Borderlands title.

This time out you’ll have a choice of Salvador (Gunzerker), Zer0 (Assassin), Maya (Siren) or Axton (Commando). In addition to the four characters that come with the game a fifth, Gaige (Mecromancer), was added as DLC if you want to try something different.

Each of the characters brings something different to the playing field and mixing in the variables for shields/weapons/relics etc means that it’s unlikely two people, even playing the same class, will have similar characters.

The story isn’t the best narrative experience out there but it’s funny, well written and does the job it needs to… giving you a reason to travel to different places, kill stuff and pick up loot.

The game was built for co-op (up to 4 players) and when you get a few of your friends online to blast through some missions, Borderlands 2 is in it’s element. You’ll get to see your friend’s true colours as well – though it’s not like anyone would stop reviving a fallen colleague to grab some more loot, would they @jtdangerman? 😆

Borderlands 2 can definitely be played on your own but for the full experience get some friends together and explore Pandora to your hearts content.

The environments are more varied than the first game and you are thrown into the deep end pretty much from the off here, which is a good thing.

Borderlands 2’s cartoon aesthetic and larger than life characters give the game a unique and very fun feel. The player characters and AI are well balanced and the game is really solid. I encountered only two problems (one technical – stuck under the map and one map design – we had no idea where to go next) during my entire 25+ hours with the game. For a game of this size that is fairly impressive.

I can’t recommend Borderlands 2 enough – Gearbox have improved on the original in almost every way and have delivered a fantastic open world first person shooter. Now, where’s that DLC *downloads*.

Rating: 10/10

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3 Comments

  1. Great review, man. I’m in 100% agreement here — this is my Game of the Year so far, and it’s going to be awfully hard to top it. Speaking of which, I also need to dig into the DLC…

  2. Man, I had some fun with this game! Completely forgot that I have the Season Pass too; need to book in some time for the DLC. Great review, mate.

  3. @Eric It’s such a quality title, even better than I expected.

    @LeftyFlip Indeed sir, we’ll have to seek out that Booty asap!


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