As some of you may know, Borderlands 2 was released in to the wild. It is a very stylized FPS (First-Person Shooter) with aspects of a RPG (Role-Playing Game), which can be played solo or cooperatively with up to 3 of your friends. Game Monkey loves both of these types of games, so he picked up a copy of the Borderlands 2 to try for himself.
Once the game is installed and the opening cinematic plays, you're given the option to choose what class you would like to play. As in the original Borderlands, there are only four classes to choose from: Gunzerker, Commando, Siren, and Assassin. Also, if you like, you can download a new class called the Mechromancer. Improving upon the original Borderland's ability to let you customize your chosen class's color, you can now completely customize the appearance of your character. You get all kinds of new skins (i.e., costumes) and colors to choose from. Game Monkey decided to play a Siren with the default skinand an all-black color scheme.
Borderlands 2 starts you out in the frozen wreckage of the train from the opening cinematic, and a Claptrap is digging a grave for you. The Claptrap is surprised to find out your alive, then offers to get you out of the cold. From there you just follow him for a bit until you're out in the world on your own. Sadly, the game will start out kind of slow, and it may take you some time to start seeing the really cool randomly-generated guns.
The gameplay makes Borderlands 2 shine. The game's combination of FPS and RPG elements lets it appeal to a wider crowd. The game is played from a first-person perpective with plenty of guns to choose from, yet you get quests and can level up your character's skills and abilities.
The loot system is where it really gets addicting. Weapons are randomly generated using a procedural system of combining different archetypes, subtypes, modifiers, etc. You never know just what you're going to stuble across and the possibilities are endless. Literally! In fact, Borderlands 2 holds the Guinness World Record for the most guns in a video game: a whopping 17.75 million.
Like many games, Borderlands 2 also features an achievement system. This one is just a little bit different, though. Certain achievements, once earned, will grant you an account-wide bonus to be enjoyed with all your characters and play-throughs. You're given choices for the bonuses granted from your achievements, but choosing the same one multiple times will apply diminishing returns.
Game Monkey really likes the graphic styling of Borderlands 2. The developer has really taken the "cell-shaded" look of the original Borderlands to the next level! It reminds him of early 90s comic books. Just a little word of advice though: if you do not have the field of view properly set in the options, you will most likely start to get a little motion sick after a few hours of playing.
The Borderlands games have always had good sound quality and fun music. Game Monkey's favorite part is all the one-liners that the various characters crack throughout the game. Once you've played either of the Borderlands games, you will never forget how funny and annoying Claptraps are.
Game Monkey really enjoyed Borderlands 2, but he says it best played with a group of friends. Grab your friends, pull up a keyboard and start the hunt for the vault on Pandora. Oh, just to let you know, Game Monkey says the Tiny Tina side quests are well worth the time!
Game Monkey gives this game 3 and a half out of 5 bananas!