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Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 Steam cover
Game cover, featuring Psycho
Developer Gearbox Software
Publisher 2K Games
Genres First-person shooter
Action RPG
Platforms PC, PS3, PlayStation Vita, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nvidia Shield
Release Date September 18, 2012
Episodes 5
Run September 17, 2012 -
May 21, 2013
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"Alright, so Borderlands 2 has some ups and downs, but the bottom line is that the ups far outweigh the downs: an amazing story, diverse skill trees, memorable hilarious characters, and well-written dialogue make this game stand apart from its peers. Add in badass pulse-pounding combat and you've got a recipe for an amazing loot shooter. Yeah, the hit detection could use a little work, and I wouldn't mind some cooler death animations, and maybe a Clapjack courier function, but these are minor details; things to think about for Borderlands 3, because when you come right down to it, this franchise has found its stride, and definitely deserves a sequel, or a prequel, or whatever the guys over at Gearbox wanna do. You've got me hooked, and I wanna know what happens next time on Pandora. Borderlands 2 gets a 9/10 and I look forward to what comes next."

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Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooter game in the Borderlands franchise featured in S.A.G.N.U.T. and Smosh Games Review, and played by Sohinki and Lasercorn in Boss Fight of the Week and Dope! or Nope.

Information

Borderlands 2 is a 2012 action first-person shooter role-playing game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and OS X, and eventually released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Linux, and Xbox One as well. It is the second game in the Borderlands series and the sequel to 2009's Borderlands. As with the first game, Borderlands 2 allows players to complete a campaign consisting of central quests and optional side-missions as one of four treasure seekers (Vault Hunters) on the planet Pandora. Key gameplay features from the original game, such as online collaborative campaign gameplay, randomly generated loot, and character-building elements commonly found in RPGs return in this sequel.

The game received critical acclaim and was a commercial success. The Game of the Year Edition of the game was released in October 2013, including all the previous downloadable and upgrade packs except for the new campaign. The game has sold over 13 million copies, making it 2K's highest-selling title.

Setting

Five years have passed since the events of Borderlands, when the four Vault Hunters, Roland, Mordecai, Lilith, and Brick were guided by a mysterious entity known as The Guardian Angel on the planet of Pandora to the Vault, a mysterious alien structure that was rumored to hold ancient and exotic technology and riches. Instead, these Vault Hunters were confronted by an alien abomination known as The Destroyer inside the Vault. After defeating The Destroyer, a valuable mineral called Eridium started flourishing through Pandora's crust. Handsome Jack, the president of the Hyperion Corporation, secures this new resource and makes use of it to attempt to "bring peace" to the planet. Now, Handsome Jack rules over the inhabitants of Pandora with an iron fist from his massive H-shaped satellite, always visible in the sky in front of Pandora's moon. Meanwhile, rumors of an even larger Vault hidden on Pandora spread across the galaxy, drawing a new group of Vault Hunters to the planet in search of it.

Gameplay

Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing game played from a first-person perspective. The gameplay revolves around the completion of missions and the collection of randomly generated loot (such as weapons, shields, skins, and other items) with various rarities, statistics, and elemental effects. Four playable character classes are available in the base game, each with their own unique abilities and skill trees: Axton, "the Commando", can summon a turret to provide offensive support. Maya, "the Siren", can "phaselock" enemies by trapping them in a sphere of energy for a few seconds. Zer0, "the Assassin", can temporarily become invisible and spawn a hologram decoy to distract enemies; an attack delivered in this state provides bonus damage. Salvador, "the Gunzerker", can use his titular ability to temporarily dual-wield weapons.

New gameplay elements include a trading system during multiplayer play; slag, a substance that increases damage to targets that are covered in it; new E-Tech weaponry; Eridium bars, a new currency for purchasing storage upgrades and other premium items; and the Secret Stash, a small storage area for transferring items between characters. Increased character customization options ware also available, with collectibles unlocking different character head designs and color and vehicle paint schemes. A major addition is the Badass Rank system: points are awarded for completing various in-game challenges, which in turn award tokens that can be redeemed to increase the player's base stats. These stat improvements apply to all of a single player's characters.

Similarly to the original, completing the main story campaign unlocks True Vault Hunter Mode, a New Game Plus which increases the difficulty of the game by making enemies stronger, accordingly improves the probability of finding rare and higher-quality items, and allows the player's character to reach level 50. There is also an Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode that spawns more difficult enemies and increases the probability of rare item drops. This mode also raises the level cap to level 61 (72 with an additional DLC pack, The Raid on Digistruct Peak).

DLC

Title Released Contains
Season Pass September 18, 2012 Allows users to purchase the four Campaign expansion packs and the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack for less than buying them individually
Mechromancer Pack October 9, 2012 Additional Mechromancer character class released as the 5th class for Borderlands 2
Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty October 16, 2012 The first campaign downloadable content pack
Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage November 20, 2012 The second campaign downloadable content pack
Creature Slaughterdome December 11, 2012 A DLC "Circle of Slaughter" map for Borderlands 2
Collector's Edition Pack December 11, 2012 Content from the Pre-order bonus: The Special Edition heads and skins for the four original characters, Gearbox Gun Pack, Contraband Sky Rocket grenade, and the Vault Hunter's Relic
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt January 15, 2013 The third campaign downloadable content pack for Borderlands 2
Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack April 2, 2013 The first additional Upgrade Pack; increases the level cap to 61 and adds Pearlescent items
Psycho Pack May 14, 2013 Additional Psycho character class released as the 6th class for Borderlands 2
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep June 25, 2013 The fourth campaign downloadable content pack for Borderlands 2
Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack Two: Digistruct Peak Challenge September 3, 2013 The second additional Upgrade Pack; increases the level cap to 72 and also introduces a new 'OP' ranking system
T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest October 22, 2013 The first "Headhunter" pack for Borderlands 2
The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler November 26, 2013 The second "Headhunter" pack for Borderlands 2
How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day December 17, 2013 The third "Headhunter" pack for Borderlands 2
Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre February 11, 2014 The fourth "Headhunter" pack for Borderlands 2
Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax April 15, 2014 The fifth "Headhunter" pack for Borderlands 2

There are multiple releases of skin/head packs as well as promotional bonus packs as well.

  • Madness, Supremacy and Domination sets for each character minus Krieg, released on 1/22/2013.
  • Commando Haggard Hunter, Siren Glitter and Gore, Assassin Stinging Blade, Gunzerker Dapper Gent, Mechromancer Steampunk Slayer, Psycho Dark Psyche, Psycho Madness, Psycho Supremacy, and Psycho Domination, released on 7/2/2013.
  • Mechromancer Beatmaster, Gunzerker Greasy Grunt, Psycho Party, Assassin Cl0ckw0rk, Siren Learned Warrior, and Commando Devilish Good Looks, released on 9/3/2013.

Episodes

Series Episode title
BFotW BORDERLANDS 2 BOOM & BEWM
Review BORDERLANDS 2 REVIEW
SAGNUT 1. CLAPTRAP TAKES REVENGE WITH MECHROMANCER DLC
2. DRAGON AGE 3, NEW BORDERLANDS 2 CLASS, AND TECH DEMOS
Why We're Single MOST EPIC GAME TRAILERS
Dope or Nioe PSYCHOBANDIT IS GOING COMMANDO

Reception

Borderlands 2 was met with widespread critical acclaim. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PS3 version 90.48% and 91/100, the PC version 90.10% and 89/100, the Xbox 360 version 89.29% and 89/100, and the PS Vita version 66.76% and 64/100 respectively. IGN rated the game 9/10, praising sense of humor, world structure, and RPG systems, while disappointed by the lack of meaningful visual customization and the sharing of loot during co-op play. They stated that the game had roughly 30 hours of gameplay and was worth playing multiple times. IGN also nominated the game as one of its ten finalists for Game of the Year 2012. Game Informer gave it 9.75/10, calling it "the most rewarding gaming experiences" of the current console generation. Borderlands 2 would go on to win X-Play's game of the year.

Borderlands 2 was one of the best-selling games of 2012, and has become the best-selling game in the history of 2K Games, selling over 13 million copies by August 2015. It was nominated for five awards at the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards. Borderlands 2 wound up with five D.I.C.E. Awards nominations at the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. At the ceremony, the game won only one award for 2012's "Action Game of the Year".

The PlayStation Vita port received mixed reviews. While complimented for offering the entire game and additional content on a handheld console, the port was generally panned for its decreased graphics and sound quality, lag issues and inconsistent frame rates, and that it only offered two-player multiplayer rather than four. IGN gave the port 5.4/10, concluding that "its compromised visuals rob it of much of its bombastic charm, while its erratic performance and unreliable touch controls keep the gameplay from shining like it has in the past."

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