Azurephile gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Azurephile gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.

  • Recommended +1

  • Visual upgrade over first game

  • Large variety of weapons

  • Recurring characters
I thought the first Borderlands game was ok, not bad. It had it’s fun and challenges, which in some cases were polar opposites. I left two missions behind for another time, Moxxi’s DLC and Crawmerax. I had fun running over enemies. I chose to play as Roland, the Soldier and went with a Commando Class Mod. So, when I got to Borderlands 2, I decided to chose Axton, the Commando with a similar ability. In the first game, I stuck mostly with a good shotgun and sniper rifle. I liked using the grenades that heal me.

I had a friend that told me he was playing BL2 on his Xbox and liked it. I also noticed many of my Cheerful Ghost friends playing it as well, including an event I didn’t participate in. I tried it out during a free weekend on Steam and started as Zero. I didn’t play long, I was probably occupied with another game at the time. I decided to get the bundle on Steam during a recent sale.

I’m not sure if my friends played the first game before the second, but I think it makes BL2 much more enjoyable. Right away I noticed the visual upgrade within BL2, but there are other changes, additions, and improvements. The AI seems to behave much more intelligently. The RPG element seems to be deeper. You can run over enemies, but it doesn’t do as much damage as it did in the first game.

I haven’t explored the DLC yet (I’m only 31 hours into the main game), but I’ve already unlocked things and I’ve found numerous skins. It’s pretty cool, I am enjoying it. I obtained a good shotgun that does explosive damage, but I’ve later migrated to pistols with fire or corrosive damage. Now, I’m back with another good shotgun that does fire damage, which is against “flesh” and a sweet pistol that does corrosive damage, which is great against robots. There seems to be a larger variety of weapons in this game, they have new features, they look cool. It’s nice to see returning characters, like Roland, Moxxi, Marcus, Scooter, etc.

I found a relic, which I think I’ve had since creating my character, which increases the chance for rare loot from enemies, so that’s the one I’ve been using. I have a few others I like, too, but haven’t used. As for class mods, I’ve been going with the Point Man, which increases health regeneration.

If you’ve played this game, feel free to let me know about your gameplay(s). What characters, class mods, relics, guns, etc. did you use? Feel free to share whatever you like below in the comments.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/03/2017 at 08:22pm

I finished the game and now I'm exploring the DLC, beginning with the Oasis. BL2 is, to me, a sequel done right.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/03/2017 at 09:10pm

I agree. The only negative I have is the story gets a bit old after a few playthroughs but it's a solid game and holds up incredibly well for replays.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/04/2017 at 01:11am

I died a lot in the beginning, it reminded me of starting out with the first game. But, I've found BL2 to be much more fun and entertaining. I still get amazed by how it looks and behaves.

I really haven't messed with class mods and relics much. I use the relic that increases the chance of rare loot from enemies by 5%. It may not be significant and I'd probably be better off with the max health bonus relic I have been carrying. I'm using the Pointman class mod, which increases health regen and max health.

I have a variety of weapons, I pretty much use a fire shotgun on nearly everything. Yesterday, the game told me that if enemies have a yellow bar of health then to shoot with with corrosive weapons, so I have a weird SMG I use for that. There's a pistol from Moxxi I don't need anymore, should find a place to stash it, I don't want to sell it.

So far, I've only run into one boss that has a skeleton by it's name, which opens up after you defeat the game and get the mission from Tannis, I think. I may come back to that mission later. I'm almost level 40 and I've recently been getting rich from killing Cave Crystalisks in the Oasis area.

Oh and the skit/vehicle you get in the Oasis is the best! I usually use the Light vehicle with rockets.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/06/2017 at 03:09am

> Oh and the skit/vehicle you get in the Oasis is the best! I usually use the Light vehicle with rockets.

The light vehicle is good, I really like the truck with rockets. I wanted to see more vehicles in BL2 but the ones we got were pretty good. Hopefully Bl3 includes a few kinds and maybe a flying vehicle.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/06/2017 at 03:26am

It wasn't called a "skit" I was incorrect, but I really enjoyed it. The one in the swamp (Hunter DLC) is cool, too, because it can use fire, corrosive, or shock. I went with shock.

The Badass Crater of Badassisittude was BADASS because I learned that, "NOTHING'S MORE BADASS THAN TREATING A WOMAN WITH RESPECT!!!" Ah, these characters are cool. Now I'm working on Tiny Tina's DLC.

I saw something of BL3 and an Unreal Engine test, but I didn't look at it or into it....yet. I'm cool with more BL though.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/07/2017 at 09:48pm

I'm missing the BL2 Headhunters missions. I may look into buying them later. There's still some other things to do in BL2, but I'm done. I don't feel like taking on extremely hard bosses or continuing to go through "rounds" or repeating certain missions at a higher difficulty level. It's time to move on to the Pre-Sequel!

Overall, I've enjoyed BL2 and I think playing the first game helped me enjoy this one much more.

If there's another BL Cheerful Ghost event, I am ready for it (except for the Pre-Sequel). Some missions or bosses pretty much require four people. I can wait, though. I may replay these two games sometime with another character, but it's now time to move on.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/08/2017 at 02:18am

So you beat the base game and what DLC exactally? Awesome you did it that quick!

I still have yet to finish up BL2 but I'm in the last area doing a mission to save Jacks Grandmother? smile

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/08/2017 at 02:24am

Pretty much all of it, yes. I also forgot that I have $40 in my Steam wallet, so I can actually get those Head hunter packs without spending any more money.

I don't recall Jack's grandmother, but his body double is the character I've chosen for the Pre-Sequel.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/08/2017 at 04:15am

> I don't recall Jack's grandmother, but his body double is the character I've chosen for the Pre-Sequel.

I still haven't played the Pre-Sequel but when I do(I picked it up in some bundle) I'd play as Jack. I've heard good things about it and moon stomping or something like it.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/08/2017 at 04:19am

Moon stomping is fun as hell.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 03/08/2017 at 04:57am

I played as Roland and Axton and I wasn't sure which character best suited me for the PS. I could have chosen to play as Clap-trap! I don't really like the ability/skill tree for Jack's body double, but I'll work through it and figure out what to get as I go.

I haven't done any moon stomping, other than when having to jump on that first jump pad.

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