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  • Summary: Play as one of four new vault hunters facing off against a massive new world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack. Make new friends, arm them with a bazillion weapons and fight alongside them in 4 player co-op or split-screen on a relentless quest for revenge andPlay as one of four new vault hunters facing off against a massive new world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack. Make new friends, arm them with a bazillion weapons and fight alongside them in 4 player co-op or split-screen on a relentless quest for revenge and redemption across the undiscovered and unpredictable living planet. Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
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  1. 100
    Borderlands 2 is huge, intense and addictive.
  2. Sep 12, 2012
    98
    From major bullet points like the story to smaller details like the UI and inventory system, Borderlands 2 surpassed my expectations and stands as a prime example of how to knock a sequel out of the park. [Oct 2012, p.90]
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    95
    Borderlands 2 hits the market like a bullet in the brain, a syringe of adrenaline, a punch in the wall. You'll get caught and won't stop playing for a long time.
  4. 90
    The only trouble with Borderlands 2, on a critical level, is that it feels less like a true sequel than a Borderlands 1.5, a redux of the original title that lacks in completely new ideas but still clearly has all-around improvements.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 10, 2012
    90
    Borderlands 2 is smarter, sharper, bigger and funnier than the game it supersedes. Everything that made the 2009 title so memorable has been improved upon, designed for you to sink your life into. These coming months are going to be packed with excellent titles, but Borderlands 2 has enough potential and sheer stuff to keep you going well into 2013. You need this. [November 2012, p62]
  6. Sep 17, 2012
    90
    Where Borderlands was 'sent out to die', Borderlands 2 has been sent out to kill. And it does just that. It will easily be one of the best games released all year and the more we dream of that delicious four-player co-op, the more we think it's one of the top games this generation.
  7. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    As someone who went into Borderlands 2 with a sickness that I thought only more Borderlands could cure, I'm left feeling like I didn't receive a full dose this time around.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 193
  1. Sep 18, 2012
    10
    borderlands 2 is published by 2k games and developed by gearbox. one thing im specially told about this game borderlands 2 is awesome.borderlands 2 is published by 2k games and developed by gearbox. one thing im specially told about this game borderlands 2 is awesome.
    borderlands 2 start with a great hand down cinematic story.Characters from the previous game initiate events that cause the planet to spit out precious minerals. Like any good story.The most significant change Borderlands 2 can boast over its predecessor is a cohesive plot that actually hangs together reasonably well and drives the story missions forward at a decent pace.The other big change in Borderlands 2 comes in the game's playable class structure. The melee-enhanced Berserker has been replaced this time around by a "Gunzerker" class that can briefly dual wield any two weapons, making for some enjoyably over the top combinations (I particularly enjoyed simultaneously using a shotgun in one hand and a rocket launcher in the other, which I can't recall ever doing in a first-person shooter). I also enjoyed the new Assassin class, which comes with the extremely useful ability to escape with the aid of a temporary decoy, and can use skill tree upgrades that make him a quality melee attacker.
    noow the time to tell something about graphics last borderlands using cell shaded engine which mean everything like cartoonist now the game using unreal engine 3.every thing in the game is design very well and work on more then 60 frame per second on xbox 360,ps3 and normal pc.if u like the review plz comment about this review thanks.
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  2. Apr 1, 2013
    10
    This game scores 999 out of 1000. I was trying and trying to think of something wrong with the game. Perfect pacing check. Huge world check.This game scores 999 out of 1000. I was trying and trying to think of something wrong with the game. Perfect pacing check. Huge world check. Wide room for imagination check. Hilarious check. Then it came to me the title. Borderlands 2? That is the best they could do? How about Beyond Borderlands, The Son, Grandson and Great Nephew of Borderlands or Borderlands Too? That is it, that is the only demerit. Expand
  3. Jun 22, 2020
    10
    Borderlands 2 is the best co-op game I've enjoyed. It's funny as hell with funny and dynamic characters. Amazing colleciton of guns andBorderlands 2 is the best co-op game I've enjoyed. It's funny as hell with funny and dynamic characters. Amazing colleciton of guns and gameplay, especially the amazing "Badass crater of Badasstitude" DLC. Must play! Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    9
    Beautiful, hilarious, immersive and compelling. These are just some of the adjectives you could use to describe the loot-hunting FPS that isBeautiful, hilarious, immersive and compelling. These are just some of the adjectives you could use to describe the loot-hunting FPS that is Borderlands 2. Whether you're a fan of comic books, shooters or finding goodies across a gorgeous map you will find something to love about B2. As you take on a variety of originally designed enemies with originally designed weapons you will come to the conclusion that this game is satisfying. It feels good to see the art of your bullets hitting the strange bodies opposing you. It would be impossible to talk about borderlands without talking about the brilliant writing that will humour you throughout your gameplay, at the forefront of which lies the games antagonist, Handsome Jack. At one point Handsome Jack offers to name his diamond pony (yes, diamond pony) "Piss-For-Brains" in honour of you but opts for a more polite, "Butt Stallion." Whilst the gameplay is fun and the writing is entertaining an amazing game wouldn't be amazing without a compelling story, which Borderlands 2 definitely has. A mystery you're thrown into straight from the beginning which the guardian angel only you can here guides you through. Shoot, loot, upgrade and play your way through one of the greatest RPG-FPS's of this generation and perhaps of all time. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2019
    9
    Borderlands 2 arrived at a time when its video game generation was nearing its end. In this sense, it was among those games that helped makeBorderlands 2 arrived at a time when its video game generation was nearing its end. In this sense, it was among those games that helped make those last years shine before their final breaths. Borderlands 2 was good and impactful more than enough to made us forget that its generation was ending.

    Compared to the first Borderlands, we are certainly in front of a more interesting and better written plot. Handsome Jack is exactly what was missing in the first game: a real villain, identifiable, well characterized, perhaps not very original but with a really brilliant writing at times. And this applies to the game's writing in general, the level of humor was increased and only a few times it's exaggerated. And then the events in the plot, turning points, characters, all this contributed in making Borderalnds 2's plot hardly forgettable, without comparing it to plots that were still much better.

    Borderlands 2 doesn't alter the solid "Role-playing shooter" formula of the first game, but certainly, by playing it, it is impossible not to notice differences. Let's start from the fact that Salvador, "the Gunzerker", is the most successful class of the game, the only one that is worth talking about compared to Axton, Maya and Zero. Salvador is Borderlands: chaotic, wild, unstoppable; Pandora embodied. Using two weapons, even of different type, and unleash a lead shower, while HPs and ammunition are constantly regenerated: it's not OP, it's just extraordinarily fun. Addition of "slag" elementary effect is very welcome, as is the introduction of special E-tech weapons. I must say that I missed Eridian weapons and Atlas manufacturer but at least Bandit manufacturer guarantees weapons with gargantuan ammo loads, in part replacing S&S Munitions which is gone. Variety of enemies has grown exponentially and among them I think Goliaths are the most well designed. It's always a pleasure to fight them, to make them become angry and to listen to their mad deliriums. Normally being angry makes you stupid, but not for Goliaths: "wrath" is evolution for them, which is awesome. I can't say if the side-quests are more than in the first Borderlands, but it's certain that they are much more fun and more varied. Addition of mini-map is also certainly good, as it is no longer always necessary to pause the game to have a minimum idea of ​​where to go. Driving system remained almost unchanged, but at least there is the addition of the Bandit Technical vehicle. Some problems of the first game still remain: going forward it becomes more difficult to get EXP points, and only the most recent enemies guarantee a good leveling. Weapons are also subject to "aging". A legendary orange but low-level weapon (even E-tech) can be easily outclassed by a common white high-level weapon. Loot generation's random algorithm has been improved in the sense that offers more variety of possible combinations. Maybe it's true, however, that it's more difficult to obtain really rare and unique weapons than in the previous game.

    Graphically the game was improved. Even if this it's not visible at first glance, still cel-shading ages very well. On the other hand, cel-shading makes difficult to perceive all of improvements. I played the game when it came out, on PC, and only years later on PS3. Differences are obvious: PC version offers extra features as well as simply better graphics in lighting, texture resolution, ambient occlusion and anti-aliasing. PS3 version is however well optimized, and performs well almost like Xbox 360 version. Frame rate it's still a problem, when things become chaotic. As in the first Borderlands, there's no unforgettable soundtrack but at least the intro song, "Short Change Hero" (however technically not OST, I guess) is very fitting.

    Borderlands 2 received critical acclaim, it's one of the best-selling video games of all time with 22,000,000 copies sold and left a far greater impact than its predecessor in video gaming. You will find in it what you were looking for in the first Borderlands, but several times multiplied. After 7 years Borderlands 2 stands the test of time.
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  6. Dec 8, 2014
    8
    Enjoyable art-style. Good soundtrack. Immersive environments. And addictive loot based gameplay. So addictive in fact that if it weren't forEnjoyable art-style. Good soundtrack. Immersive environments. And addictive loot based gameplay. So addictive in fact that if it weren't for a slightly weak story and poor character development I would have given it a 9 or even a 10. Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2012
    0
    Borderlands 2 is game for pshyco`s, with graphics that suck like hell, and all you do is go and kill, the whole series is stupid, all its madeBorderlands 2 is game for pshyco`s, with graphics that suck like hell, and all you do is go and kill, the whole series is stupid, all its made is for killing and killing and not using your mind, to me this game is pointless, the only thing i see in this game is to kill 2 million people. It`s stupid once again it is a pointless game and does not make sense at all, i have to agree with these 16 bad reviews. It has no sense, i don`t know why people are giving 9`s and 10`s to this game totally not worth it. Overall i say, there is no goal except killing, the graphics suck, like the shadows. So i wouldnt pay much for this game to me it`s worth something like 10 to 15$, it doesnt look realistic. I dont know if you agree with me or not. But this is my review, i respect yours and you should respect mine. thank you. Expand

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