Borderlands 2 Review – A Medication For Depression!

By   /   Sep 23, 2012

When your game is primarily focused around humor, it would seem to me, that you would want to make it as enjoyable with friends as possible. However, between the difficulty and the shared loot system, it would seem to me that they make that pretty much impossible. Resulting in an experience where the player is often just not in the mood for dick jokes. Which is a shame, because Handsome Jack has some really good jokes pertaining to that very subject.

Another thing that irritated me about the gameplay, was just how much time was spent just walking and driving around, without doing much of anything. This was especially tedious when you cleared an entire zone and then had to back track the exact same way you came from. Only, this time, there isn’t anyone to shoot, stab or blow up. Fun.

I will say this, though. The talent trees are seemingly very well done. I haven’t played all the classes to max level, obviously, but just looking around at talent trees seems like there are so many talents whom I want. Spending each point was always done with careful consideration, and I really appreciated the low-cost respecs.

Ending on a good note, I really enjoyed the style of the game. Everything from the music, presentation, leveling up, UI, character introduction and graphics, all had this distinct style that no other game has. This is easily the best cell shading that I have ever seen; and I love me some cell shading.

Honestly, this game is all about humor, and it does it better than anything else that’s out there. This game is absolutely worth it, if for no other reason than to interact with all the eccentric characters.

I went out of my way to complete side quests, not because I enjoyed doing them, or wanted any EXP or item rewards. Rather, I did them for the jokes and quipy comments. I did them, because I liked the characters, and I wanted to experience more of them. It got me through the game, even if the game itself wasn’t so great.

I firmly believe that the reason this game is so consistently funny, is because it knows its audience. Too many films try to spread their jokes too thin, in an attempt to cater to multiple audiences. If you’re a gamer who enjoys a good laugh, and who among us is not one of those, then you owe it to yourself to experience the world of Pandora and all of the eccentric characters that reside there.

Gameplay: 6
Terrible pacing, massive spikes in damage and shared loot makes the game play more frustrating, than fun.

Graphics: 8
While the models and the world all look gorgeous, the animations of said models are often wonky. A lack of decent particle effects also lessened the beauty of the cell shading in this game.

Sound: 10
Everything from the music, to the voice acting, was absolutely astonishing.

Presentation: 10
The game has style, and lots of it. The UI is crisp and clean, while the comedic writing is the best there is. This game is so funny, the characters so lovable, that in later years, doctors will start prescribing it as medication for depression.

Value: 8
The humor is reason enough to get this game, but the poor gameplay mechanics won’t keep you around for years to come.

Verdict: 8

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