Video Game Review: ‘Borderlands 2’ features rich storylineWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Michael Siebenaler, Toledo Free Press Star Writer
“Borderlands 2” (2K Games), a futuristic role-playing action game, continues the shooting and looting as various mercenaries seek alien technology on the planet Pandora while dealing with the antagonist Handsome Jack. After a brief background story bridges the gap between the first installment and this game, players choose one of four new characters: commando Axton, siren Maya, the stealthy Zer0 and gunzerker Salvador, who can wield two weapons at a time.
New features include an immense customizable weapons system and a system in which players can level up by gaining currency and experience points. Even though respawn stations are always nearby, the improved artificial intelligence (AI) and intense battle scenarios make each character death dramatic. Fast travel options speed up some potentially tedious game mechanics while the colored visuals and text help distinguish information, though the font should have been larger.
Long-distance attack strategies work well, as do “duck-and-cover” methods where players alternate between attacking enemies and restocking ammo/health. Players can acquire necessary battlefield items from concession-like machines that dispense various weapon and health items or from boxes and objects scattered throughout the environments. Players can also use melee attacks to break open areas that contain items. This expansive game also includes user-generated content and forthcoming downloadable content, including the Mechromancer, set to release Oct. 16 for $10 or as a free download for players who preordered this game.
This recommended game boasts an outstanding four-player online cooperative mode, a wicked sense of humor, unpredictable plot, challenging enemy AI and role-playing elements. Also available in Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition and Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition.
(***, rated M for language, violence, sexual themes, alcohol use, blood and gore).