A couple of weeks ago I wrote a Borderlands 2 Review, and today I have the opportunity to put that same review to rest. It’s been two and a half years since the original release of this first-person shooter video game, and while I can’t deny that it has aged very well, I also can’t say that it’s had the same impact on me that it did when I first played it. Like many people, I grew up playing games on the Amiga and other platforms, and while the PC version is a fantastic experience, I find that the game features really shine when I’m playing it on my gaming computer.
The reason for this is primarily tied to the way that Gearbox has improved the graphics on a variety of levels. For example, one of the most stunning moments in the game occurs when you take cover behind a destroyed tank. In the previous version of the game, all you could see was the shell of the tank as it spewed bullets at an incredibly fast rate. Thankfully, Gearbox has taken all of the previous issues into account, and you can now see the tank from all angles. The explosions are spectacular, and it’s quite impressive the way that Gearbox managed to refract the light in such a way that everything is crystal clear.
Another reason why I love playing the newer versions of games like Borderlands 2 is because of how much smoother everything is. I used to get a little stuck when the game wasn’t moving along at a fast enough pace. It would take a few minutes to load into the next room, and then after I did I was usually stuck in the action for eternity. Luckily, Gearbox has made a lot of improvements to how quickly everything moves on the gaming screen. It’s so smooth that I don’t even have to wait as long to reload my gun!
The story in this one isn’t particularly unique, but it’s still an enjoyable one. You basically find yourself in the center of a power struggle between some pirates and some very angry government agents who want to rule the roost. It’s an emotional ride watching everything play out, and it’s one of the strongest endings you can find in a video game. The voice acting is excellent too.
One thing that the previous game missed, however, was a few new classes. You now get a chance to play as a Cloner, a Gunslinger, a Medic, and a Tinker. Each class provides its own set of perks and benefits. The Cloner is basically an upgraded variant on the Engineer. You’ll get a few perks that make healing easier, and a powerful ability that allows you to revive fallen team members. The Tinker is essentially an improved version of the Cloner and also has a passive ability that increases your recharge speed.
There are also several new maps and environments to explore in Gearbox’s follow-up to the original game. The maps are visually stunning, and the gameplay really picks up once you start exploring. It gets more chaotic as you go, and I’m not sure how much further Gearbox wants to take things. I won’t be able to give it away in this Gearbox 2 review, but I will say that if you loved the first game, you’ll love the second.
All told, this is a fun game that’s well worth your time. If you’re tired of the same old RPG plots, with the same old gameplay, just try something different. This game provides an enjoyable change of pace. I don’t think there will ever be a game with better sound effects or graphics, and it’s clear that Gearbox really put a lot of effort into improving the gameplay experience.
I only have a few minutes to share with you today, so I’ll wrap it up quickly. The story in Gearbox’s follow-up to the game is well done. I liked the story, the characters, and the overall execution. All in all, I’m happy with what Gearbox has created here. I just hope the next game doesn’t disappoint as poorly as this one did.