Like millions of others players (seriously: biggest selling launch of 2012, forecast to be fourth best-selling game of 2012) I am happily exploring new areas of Pandora, and gleefully shooting its hostile denizens.
Everything we loved about the first game has been improved upon and turned to eleven in the sequel. I’ve chuckled or outright laughed out loud at the humor more times in my 26 hours (according to Raptr) so far than I have in quite a long time in a video game.
One of my favorite aspects is that I’m even enjoying the game solo. In Borderlands I didn’t so much care to play solo, but had a blast co-op. I can’t even put my finger on what has changed, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my solo time. Of course, co-op is far more fun, as well as more challenging and rewarding.
My only real complaint so far is the reload time. I’m only up to level 19 so far, and just to the point in the story where I unlocked the fourth weapon slot yesterday, but it seem every single weapon I’ve found (that was worth using) has ridiculously stupid reload times. Hence, I’ve put a ton of Badass Tokens into reload speed if that category is available.
If I had to list a second, minor complaint, it’s that Eridium doesn’t auto-loot like gold does. It’s a currency, and of course I want it and need it! So fly into my wallet!
I’ve never cared for Diablo-style games (mostly due to the overhead view and mouse control) but the Borderlands twist of putting it into a shooter really does it for me. I still haven’t finished the “General Knoxx” and “Claptrap Revolution” DLC from the first game, but right now my priority is getting to level cap in Borderlands 2, along with racking up as many of the challenges as I can along the way, before Aaron and I nab a couple of the AGErs to finish up the Borderlands 1 game and 100% the Achievements.
Gearbox has promised four DLC campaigns for Borderlands 2 (yes, I will get the Season Pass) and if the “Mechromancer” DLC sells well enough (what do they consider “well enough” considering all the pre-orders – which set a pre-order record for 2K Games — get it free?) they want to create new character classes as additional DLC (ie. not part of the Season Pass). So I anticipate plenty of extra Borderlands 2 play time over the next couple years.
If Lady Luck is kind to me, I’ll get that wrapped up before December 4th when Far Cry 3 arrives!