Well I guess it’s finally time to end my self-imposed exile from the internet, and what better way to do so than with a head first dive back into something that is near and dear to my non-beating heart. I am almost positive that you all know of my love for Borderlands, and just a few days ago, we got the latest installment in the psycho murdering, bandit decapitating and loot gathering franchise that has captured me beyond what most games do. There’s just something about it.
I intended to do a straight up review of said game, however, I felt like it would be a dishonorable move considering how my previous Borderlands article went, and figured since you guys liked that one so much, I would stick to the same formula. This will be a review, but it will also be a look into our newest set of Vault Hunters…..or shall we now call them Jack’s Hunters? No…..because it’s so much more than that.
Welcome back faithful readers! As promised, here is part 2 of my time with Borderlands 2. Enjoy!
So last time we met, I introduced my dear readers to the new Vault Hunters who arrived on Pandora looking for riches and glory. Today, we will take a look at our original Vault Hunters, because how can we look to the future when we don’t appreciate the past? Our original crew closely followed the parameters of the newest crew, or should I say the new crew followed the old crew? Regardless, our original Hunters proved to be just as endearing as our new ones. Let’s take a look shall we?
Roland the Soldier:
A stout soldier and always prepared to head into the front lines regardless of the dangers ahead. He is the defacto leader and decision maker of the original 4 Hunters. Calm, cool and collected, Roland brings a no nonsense approach to keeping everyone alive and making sure Santuary is safe. Taking the role of, for lack of a better term, mother hen, he makes sure the people of Sanctuary are defended and feel safe inside the confines of the makeshift city. With turret in hand and a multitude of firearms to get the job done, Roland is the definition of a proper soldier.
I love loot. Seriously. Almost as much as I love getting XP. There is rarely a feeling as good as seeing that xp bar go up and up and up until finally spilling over and granting you that new number. A number that essentially means nothing and everything all at once. It’s a testament to my constant need of virtual progression and accomplishment. Rarely do i get the same delight in the real world….customer service does not come with XP. I love Borderlands 2 even more than I loved the first one. The new characters, the old characters, the guns, the bandits, Nine-Toes, and the classes. AAAh the classes. It’s what makes or breaks a game like this. Shitty balance and lack of progress/power ups can really dull a game and make it unplayable (I’m looking at you Rogues). However, Gearbox has done a fine job of making sure everything feels good and every class feels like a murder machine. Which brings us to the point of this discussion…THE CLASSES!!! We have 4 (5 with the dlc) new classes to mess around with. I will go into detail on each one (minus the Mechromancer as I have not played as her), and as a bonus provide a track that I think fits well with each character. I will also be including the original Vault Hunters as they are very important to the narrative…and because Brick is the freaking man. So let’s get to it…