Borderlands 2 is an open-world first-person role-playing shooter developed by Gearbox and published by 2K for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on September 12, 2012. It is the sequel to 2009's Borderlands, adding a variety of new characters, skills, weapons, equipment, enemies, and environments while adding a brand new story (filled with new and returning characters).
Set five years after a group of four Vault Hunters (Roland the Soldier, Lilith the Siren, Mordecai the Hunter, and Brick the Berserker) traveled through the dangerous planet of Pandora (with the help from a mysterious entity known as "The Guardian Angel") to open a cache of alien technology known as The Vault (causing a valuable mineral, known as "Eridium", to flourish around the planet), Borderlands 2 tells the tale of a new group of Vault Hunters (including Salvador the Gunzerker, Maya the Siren, Zero the Assassin, Axton the Commando, Gaige the Mechromancer, and Krieg the Psycho), as they search for a new Vault while foiling the plans of Handsome Jack (the ruthless CEO of the Hyperion Corporation and self-proclaimed "dictator of Pandora").
Borderlands 2 takes place five years after the events of the original game and retains the setting of Pandora. Handsome Jack, the primary antagonist, has taken over the Hyperion Corporation and has ambitions to rule over all of Pandora. He is also claiming credit for discovering the vault and defeating the Destroyer.
The game starts off with four new vault hunters who are hired by Handsome Jack to discover a vault. Unfortunately Jack betrays them while they were traveling by train. The vault hunter manages to escape to a frozen part of Pandora where he encounters the last Claptrap. Claptrap, with help from the Guardian Angel, eventually leads the hunter to Sanctuary, the last free city on Pandora that bitterly opposes Jack and Hyperion.
The city of Sanctuary is controlled by Crimson Raiders, a group that originated from the Crimson Lance. They are led by Roland who asks the vault hunter to help him defeat Jack. As it happens, Roland was captured by the Bloodshot bandit clan before the hunter could meet him in person, and so he was tasked with rescuing him. Along the way the vault hunter meets Firehawk - Lilith who has joined the fight against Jack, she reveals Roland's location but before he could be rescued Jack sends an army of robots to capture Roland from the bandits. Eventually, he is rescued from both the Bloodshot bandits and Hyperion robots. Once back in the Sanctuary, Roland shares the information he obtained on Jack's plan. While the Crimson Raiders knew that Jack plans on finding a vault; they didn't know he planned to control it. This particular vault isn't loaded with priceless resources, advanced alien weapons and it's not an alien prison. Rather, the vault is a living thing simply known as The Warrior. Whomever awakens it will control it; unfortunately Jack has the key. But the key is useless unless charged. It charges itself once in every two hundred years, but Jack can't wait that long. He needs a siren that can charge the key with eridium.
The next step in the fight against Hyperion leads the hunter to the best sniper, spy and scout in the Crimson Raiders, Mordecai. He has information on the location of Jack's vault key, and the hunter's next objective is to ambush the train that holds it and take it. Explosives were needed for the job, and it leads him to the most skilled and deadly explosives expert on Pandora, a 13 year old girl named Tiny Tina. The vault hunter proceeds to attack the train en route and attempt to take the key. As it turns out the train was simply a trap, and the key wasn't there. Instead the hunter encounters Wilhelm, a ruthless robot and one of Jack's most powerful weapons. After dealing with the robot they take his power core, an advanced piece of Hyperion technology that can help Sanctuary's energy defense stay online indefinitely. Unfortunately the power core itself is yet another trap, and the Guardian Angel betrays everyone by helping Jack shut down the city's energy defenses. This leads to the bombardment of the city by Jack's H shaped space station that orbits Pandora. With the help of Lilith and her siren abilities, Scooter and the vault hunter, the city is teleported to another location. But due to Lilith's consumption of large amounts of eridium (which was needed for the process) the hunter was accidentally left behind, and he had to make his way towards the new location of Sanctuary.
As the hunter makes his way to the new location, Angel attempts to explain herself to him. Once the vault hunter reaches Sanctuary, Angel informs everyone that the vault key is actually with her, but to get to it and thus prevent Jack from reaching the vault, resistance forces would have to pass a very difficult series of defenses set by Jack to secure the key. The first is a "death wall" entrance that leads to the bunker where the key is held. Only Hyperion personnel can pass through that entrance, for this task Claptrap had to be upgraded. The upgrade was actually supposed to be delivered by Bloodwing, but she got captured and it was up to the hunter to rescue her. Unfortunately Bloodwing was turned into a hideous giant monster through slag experimentation. Bloodwing could shapeshift into different elemental forms. The hunter weakened her and Mordecai attempted to tranquilize her, but Jack had explosives planted on her that he detonated as soon as the hunters took claptrap's upgrade located in Bloodwing's collar. The next challenge were Hyperion combat personnel and robots outfitted by the best equipment created by the same company, here Brick and his bandit clan, the Slabs, would help. Brick had a falling out with Roland 2 years after opening up the vault, Roland thought his methods to be too ruthless and bloodthirsty. So some convincing was needed to get Brick and his bandits to help. The last challenge was a door that only opens for Handsome Jack, for this the hunter had to kill Jack's double in Opportunity and record several examples of his voice in order to activate the door.
After all preparations for this difficult undertaking were made, the hunter set out to the bunker. Finally after fighting many enemies with the help of Brick and his bandits, they made their way to the top of the bunker where they found out that it is not a simple building but that it is actually a giant flying robot (who Jack claims he designed himself). After defeating the robot the hunters make their way to Angel's inner chamber, there they see that Angel isn't just an AI but a Siren and Jack's daughter. She was trapped in her state and was fed eridium by Jack in the effort to find the vault. She tells the hunter that in order to defeat Jack, taking the key wouldn't be enough, he had to kill her. After a long battle with Hyperion robots and with the help of Roland and Lilith the hunter manages to destroy the eridium injectors, with many objections from Jack. Without those injectors Angel could not survive. As they succeed in their objective Jack teleports to them, kills Roland and captures Lilith.
In light of these events the hunter returns to Sanctuary where he receives orders from Mordecai. Mordecai suggests that in order to defeat Jack once and for all, they'd have to find the vault In order to do so. However the vault hunter would have to access a Hyperion info stockade to get the location of the vault, and in order to get to the stockade he'd need very high grade explosives to breach the way. The info stockade is located in Fyrestone, now occupied by Hyperion forces. Once there the hunter learn that Jack has been transporting very large amounts of eridium to Hero's Pass. He leaves for Hero's Pass where, alongside Mordecai and Brick, fights a very large amount of Hyperion soldiers and robots. Brick and Mordecai are eventually overwhelmed and fall into lava. The vault hunter reachs The Vault of the Warrior, where he sees Jack for the second time in person. Before The Warrior is summoned the hunter fights Jack and defeats him. As he's about to land the killing blow The Warrior is summoned and is under Jack's command. After a very long and difficult battle The Warrior is bested by the hunter. Mordecai and Brick appear while Lilith takes the key and tries to destroy it but as she does a map showing several galaxies and planets with vaults appears.
Gameplay is similar to the original, although with many enhancements. Players start by picking a character class and then progress through quests, earning money, experience, and equipment in the process. Unlike the original, weapon proficiency is not based on class. Defeating enemies earns experience points and loot in the form of weapons, ammunition, grenade mods, shields, etc. Loot is also available in a variety of chests, safes, cabinets, lockers, and refuse piles. Borderlands 2 uses a randomization system to generate loot.
Characters have separate health and shield values; should the player's shield deplete and health reach zero, he or she will enter "Fight for your Life" mode. In this mode, players are given a short period of time to kill an enemy and gain a "second wind." In solo play, players must kill an enemy to continue; in co-op play, they must kill someone or must be revived by a teammate. Co-op players get more time to survive/be revived. Without a kill or help from a teammate, the character dies and respawns at the last save point. Hyperion Corporation also charges the player a percentage of their money for the privilege of respawning, with an occasionally snarky voiceover. If the player is very low on funds the fee will be waived.
As players gain experience and level up, they can distribute skill points to the current character. Each class has a unique action skill and three skill trees loosely organized around a particular style of play. Each increase in level also brings an increase to health and damage dealt, and a decrease to damage received. The level cap is currently set at 50 but, as with the original game, the cap may be raised later by Downloadable Content. Once players complete the first playthrough with a character, they have the option of using the character in True Vault Hunter mode, basically a new playthrough with tougher enemies and better loot. After completing the second playthrough, a third, or playthrough 2.5 is entered, where enemies and loot scale up to level 50.
Announced at Gearbox's PAX East 2013 panel, with the help of a $5 (400 MSP) add-on for the title (unless one has the season pass), those who are maxed out at level 50 will be able to level up to 61. Additionally, Pearlescent weapon types, a set of rare finds in Borderlands, would populate the sequel with possible drops.
Yet another new addition to Borderlands 2 is a system called badass ranks. The player may complete ingame challenges, like killing a certain amount of enemies with a shotgun, or scoring critical hits with a sniper rifle or finding vault symbols at given locations and many other challenges. The challenges are grouped into several tiers. The 1st tier gives 1 badass rank, the 2nd 5, the 3rd 10, 4th 50, and the 5th 100. Once enough badass ranks are attained the player gains a token that can be used on improving various statistics, like critical hit damage, gun damage, shield capacity, maximum health and so on. These improvements are rather small, with diminishing returns on several upgrades, but the badass rank system has infinite levels. The badass rank (along with the improvements) are carried out to all characters. And every new character created by the player starts with all the challenges reset, thus allowing the player to acquire an infinite number of badass ranks and therefor badass tokens. Due to a player being able to theoretically gain a huge advantage with improvements from tokens, Gearbox added the option of turning off the improved statistics so that the game wouldn't be too easy.
Players can buy new equipment and sell unwanted equipment at the numerous vending machines located throughout Pandora. The items on offer will depend on the location of the vending machine, not character level, with the exception of vending machines in Sanctuary, which do scale by level. Each type of vending machine sells certain types of equipment, as follows:
- Weapon Vending Machines - sells only weapons;
- Ammunition Vending Machines - sells ammo and grenade mods;
- Medical Vending Machines - sells shields, class mods, artifacts, and health regenerating items.
A new addition to Borderlands 2 is the Black Market run by Crazy Earl. There the player can buy upgrades (backpack slots, bank slots, maximum ammo limits) in exchange for refined eridium.
Borderlands 2 offers vastly improved character customization options. In the first game, players could only choose basic clothing colors and character names. Borderlands 2 features a wider variety of color schemes, as well as distinctive head wear that can be found in shops, loot drops, slot machines, and by completing quests. Unlocked color schemes and specific headwear apply only to the active character, although a character may find skins and headwear for other classes. Vehicles also have distinct skins and collectable customization mods.
Borderlands 2 features split-screen for all platforms. Local and online co-op may be combined, so that two players can play split-screen locally with two other online friends. However, only two players may play in split-screen at any given time, as the game requires one person to be the host. The host cannot play split-screen due to the CPU burden.
Borderlands 2 features an open world with main and side missions provided by various NPCs and bounty boards. Some missions include an optional objective, such as killing a certain NPC with a certain weapon, or killing x number of bandits. The completion of side missions and optional objectives leads to the completion of challenges.
The player can use vehicles or fast travel or a combination of both in order to traverse the world in a speedy manner. Like the original there is a fast travel system as well as vehicles. Vehicles have a turbo boost, that increases the speed at which the vehicle travels. Unlike the first game, vehicles no longer have shields, but just a general amount of hit points, and once depleted the vehicle will explode leading to all characters who were garrisoned inside to go through second wind. In the first game the only vehicle available was the Runner, it has 2 seats, one for the driver and one for the gunner. In Borderlands 2, there will be several "families" of vehicles, for example Bandit Technical, or a Light Runner. There is a new feature that allows players to equip relics that improve a vehicles performance, thus increasing various statistics. Another feature is a more robust customization option, featuring many color schemes for different vehicles. As in the previous game players can access their vehicles through " Catch-A-Ride" that is run by Scooter along with his sister Ellie.
There is a new type of flying vehicle, that is unfortunately only available to enemies.
Like the previous version Borderlands 2 will have options for co-op play. This can be done on using a LAN or online using an internet connection. The drop-in\drop-out option is again available for players to join a running game instantly. The player can play with up to three friends in a co-op game. They can also challenge their friends to a duel.
Trading equipment between players is now friendlier than ever. When both players want to exchange stuff, they both need to press the exchange buttons and can then offer weapons, ammo and other equipment to each other. It's also possible to add another weapon or equipment and extra money if needed to make a deal. When both parties agree, the deal is done.
Weapons played a big role in the original game, this is true for Borderlands 2 as well. Weapons, like enemies and characters, have a level, this determines their stats. As the players gain levels they will find better, higher level weapons. Weapons dropped or found as loot are always random, in their appearance, quality and stats. However, there are certain unique weapons that are given to the player after certain quests, and legendary weapons that can drop from loot-able objects or defeated enemies. Weapons in Borderlands 2 have more variety, both in terms of their mechanics and appearance, when compared to the first game. An example would be a rocket launching assault rifle or a sniper rifle with 3 barrels that spin once fired for a faster fire rate. Weapons have several stats, and some even have a chance of inflicting elemental damage.
Weapon stats include:
- Rate of Fire
- Magazine Size
- Reload Speed
- Chance for Elemental Effects on Hit
- Elemental Damage per Second
Loot, weapons, and equipment have colored names to help identify their rarity - a feature seen in many other RPG titles:
- White - average or common.
- Green - a little above average.
- Blue - uncommon.
- Purple - rare.
- Orange/Gold - legendary.
- Pink - "E-Tech"
Unique weapons that are given as quest rewards can never be white, legendary weapons can only be orange/gold.
The "pearlescent" quality weapons added to the first game by the Secret Armory Of General Knoxx won't be making a return in the base game.
Apart from that, weapons can have certain abilities such as increasing damage, or firing speed, or magazine size etc. Weapons can also have an elemental modifier, that deal fire, shock, acid, or explosive damage. A new elemental modifier is slag, which covers an enemy in a purple goo-like substance that directly increases the damage other elemental modifiers do. Some items also have extra bonuses for equipping other items, or having multiple players equipping the same item.
The players can choose from shotguns, semi automatic pistols (revolvers are no longer separated into a different category), assault rifles, rocket launchers, SMGs, and sniper rifles. Eridian Weapons do not reappear, although there's a new weapon type known as E-Tech that utilizes eridium. Each class has a specific melee attack (Zer0 has a sword), which cannot be changed but can be upgraded through the bloodshed skill tree. The damage done also increases with higher levels. A good way of finding weapons is to loot weapon chests, finding a weapon is guaranteed, but the type of weapon as well as its stats, appearance and level are random. One new addition to gameplay allows Tediore weapons to be thrown as explosives once used, instead of reloaded, with damage done corresponding to the amount of ammo left in the clip when thrown/reloaded. The gun re-digistructs in the players hand so they can continue to use that weapon.
The weapons of Borderlands 2 have distinct visual characteristics, allowing the player to recognize a gun's maker through sight alone. The game will feature different weapon manufacturers that design and produce all kinds of weapons, ranging from semi automatic pistols and revolvers to rocket launchers and heavy machine-guns.
- Bandit - In the five years after the first game, bandits have taken to making their own weapons. Bandit weapons have a makeshift look, Instead of iron sights, for example, a Bandit weapon might have a bolt screwed into the top of the gun. Bandit weapons have the largest magazines, replacing S&S Munitions from the first game.
- Dahl - " Dahl's guns absorb a lot of recoil, allowing you to stay accurate throughout the fight!" Dahl weapons stick more closely to the weapons seen in modern military shooters. Dahl weapons have the lowest recoil and seem to be marketed as mercenary weapons. They also fire in bursts when aiming down the iron sites or scopes.
- Hyperion - "Hyperion asks, what good is a gun that doesn't shoot where you point? Get a gun that's as accurate as you are!" Hyperion weapons will have a similar aesthetic to the Claptrap robots from the first game (which are also manufactured by the same company). Hyperion tends to focus on accuracy, making the most accurate guns on Pandora. These guns are different to most because the longer they're fired the higher the accuracy goes, becoming more accurate at the end of the clip.
- Vladof - "Want to shoot a lot of bullets really fast? Vladof has your needs covered!" Vladof weapons have the highest firing rate of any other firearms manufacturer, and their weapons tend to have very large clips. It would appear that Vladof is a Russian manufacturer, judging by the name of their weapons.
- Tediore - "Cheap, reliable, lightweight, and incredibly fast reload speeds. Tediore makes an easy-to-use gun!" These weapons are disposable. After fully unloading a clip, the gun can be used as a thrown explosive. The more ammo left in the clip when thrown, the more powerful the explosion. The gun will then be reconstructed out of the Digistruct module. In the first game Tediore weapons regenerated ammo. Tediore guns (for Borderlands 2) have been described as "Cheap, plastic pieces of crap" and "Wal-Mart guns" by Randy Pitchford.
- Torgue - "Torgue combines good damage, high fire rate, and recoil reduction into one lethal weapon." Heavy duty and high powered guns. Torgue weapons aren't exceptional in any one area, but are balanced and always make a big boom.
- Maliwan - "Is shooting bullets just not cool enough for you? Get a Maliwan, and light some people on fire!" All of Maliwan guns have an elemental modifier, fire, shock, explosion, acid or slag. Slag being the new elemental modifier, it increases the damage from all other sources.
- Jakobs - "If it took more than one shot, you weren't using a Jakobs!" These weapons are a cross between wild west guns and WW2 era guns that have high damage stats and will fire as quickly as the trigger can be pulled. As a trade off they have a rather low reload speed and very high kick.
Atlas, S&S Munitions, and Eridian weapons do not reappear in Borderlands 2. As a replacement for Eridian weapons is 'E-tech', a modification that can be used to augment weapons from all manufacturers.
Like the original Borderlands, players can choose from a group of four protagonists (Salvador, Maya, Zero, and Axton) in Borderlands 2, each with their own unique skill trees and Action Skill. New to the game are downloadable protagonists (Gaige and Krieg), who are included in game updates but cannot be used by those who did not purchase the DLC.
As players defeat enemies, finish quests, and complete challenges, their character gains experience points, eventually gaining a new level. After reaching Level 5, players earn their character's Action Skill, granting them a unique upgradable ability. For each new level after that, players earn a Skill Point to fill up any of their three Skill Trees (granting them special class-specific attributes).
Like the predecessor, players are able to both modify the color scheme of their character's outfit and "re-spec" their skill trees (for a certain fee). New to Borderlands 2 are rare "skin" (color scheme) and "head" (head model) items, usually found in rare loot drops, that can be traded to other players or sold for currency.
Unlike the previous game, no class is restricted to a certain weapon affinity, though each class have certain skills boosting efficiency with certain weapon types (for example, Axton can increase the magazine capacity of Assault Rifles and the damage of Rocket Launchers).
Axton - The Commando
Replacing the Soldier class (represented by Roland) from the original Borderlands is the Commando, represented by Axton. As a veteran soldier, he is skilled both by his grit (allowing him to maintain his position), excellence with standard military weaponry (especially assault rifles, rocket launchers, and grenades), and reliance on his pet Sabre turret (which has a variety of dangerous upgrades). His melee weapon of choice is his trusty Tomahawk.
A cocky former sergeant of the Dahl military force, Axton escaped death by firing squad (after being discharged from the military due to numerous compromised missions as a result of his disobedience) by fleeing to the border worlds. After being bored by becoming one of the most successful bounty hunters in Pandora, he hears of the Vault through a targeted radio advertisement by Handsome Jack.
Action Skill - Sabre Turret
Similar to Roland's Scorpio Turret action skill from the original Borderlands, Axton can deploy a stationary automated sentry gun that can fire streams of bullets at nearby enemies. While this turret cannot resupply health and ammo like the Scorpio Turret (but can now rotate a full 360 degrees), Axton can add a variety of unique upgrades to make it deadlier in the battlefield:
- Improve the turret's firing rate (through extra ammunition belts, also giving it a longer duration) and accuracy (through an optical laser sight).
- Attach multiple rocket pods on the top of the turret, which can fire a volley of deadly rockets against clusters of enemies.
- Utilize Longbow technology, so that Axton can deploy the turret to a faraway position instantly using teleportation.
- Deploy a protective shield around the turret when deployed, which blocks most ranged enemy attacks (while letting friendly enemy attacks pass through).
- Attach mag-lock bases to the turret, allowing it to stick on surfaces (including walls and ceilings) during deployment.
- Add a second gun on the turret (while giving bullets Slag properties).
- Deploy a small nuclear blast around the turret when deployed (dealing explosive damage while setting enemies on fire).
- Allow Axton to deploy another turret shortly after the other, allowing for two turrets simultaneously on the battlefield.
The Guerrilla skill tree primarily focuses on improving the Sabre Turret's weaponry while improving Axton's survivability in close-ranged combat. The Gunpowder skill tree primarily focuses on improving Axton's weaponry. The Survival skill tree primarily focuses on Axton's defensive capabilities.
Zero - The Assassin
Replacing the Hunter class (represented by Mordecai) from the original Borderlands is the Assassin, represented by Zero (sometimes known as Zer0). Preferring to stay out of general combat, Zero excels with long-ranged precision weaponry (primarily sniper rifles), close-ranged melee combat, and his ability to cloak from enemies (while deploying a holographic decoy of himself and preparing a dangerous attack). His melee weapon of choice is his trusty laser sword.
A professional assassin-for-hire (who mostly speaks in haiku), Zero's origins and identity are shrouded in mystery (it is unsure if he is really human). After feeling unchallenged by easy assassinations, Zero travels to Pandora after learning of the Vault and deeming the journey to it worthy of his skills.
Action Skill - Decepti0n
Zero can deploy a holographic decoy of himself while activating his "stealth mode", rendering him completely invisible from enemies (who are focused on the decoy instead) while giving him the ability to amplify his damage output and accuracy for his next attack (which increases as Zero maintains invisibility). Zero loses both his decoy and invisibility after either waiting five seconds (which can be longer depending on certain other skills), firing his weapon, or performing a successful melee attack.
Through certain upgrades, Zero can augment his Decepti0n skill with:
- Improved movement speed and health regeneration.
- The ability to highlight locations of enemy weaknesses ("critical hit" areas) on his HUD.
- The ability to make his decoy explode (instead of silently disappearing), dealing shock damage to nearby enemies.
- The ability to perform a special "execution" maneuver from three meters away.
- The ability to throw handfuls of exploding kunai, dealing a random elemental property (with the same damage as standard melee attacks) while not prematurely ending the skill. Kunai explosions can mark targets for additional damage if the Death Mark skill is taken.
- The ability to extend the duration of the skill (while deploying an additional decoy) by performing a successful melee kill.
Salvador - The Gunzerker
Replacing the Berserker class (represented by Brick) from the original Borderlands is the Gunzerker, represented by Salvador. Preferring direct combat, Salvador is skilled in his physical toughness, weapon maintenance (including swapping between weapons, reloading guns, and retaining ammunition), and ability to throw himself into a powerful rage (allowing him to dual-wield his weapons). His melee weapon of choice is his fists (which can be upgraded into a powerful uppercut).
Born and raised in the Pandora village of Ovejas, Salvador is a gun-loving fighter who, thanks to steroid abuse throughout his life, has a short stature. While being sentenced to death by hanging (for "murdering" a group of bandits), the village becomes attacked by a Hyperion occupation force (under orders from Handsome Jack). After flying into a rage and single-handedly killing the attackers, he learns of the Vault through the one soldier he left alive (but broken).
Action Skill - Gunzerking
Similar to Brick's Berserk action skill from the original Borderlands, Gunzerking allows Salvador to enter a mode of pure rage, giving him serious damage output and damage resistance while constantly regenerating his health over time. Unlike Berserk, where Brick must attack with his fists, Gunzerking lets Salvador use two weapons at once. Activating the skill automatically heals half of his health and instantly reloads his equipped weapons. Salvador also constantly regenerates his ammo over time (for all weapons except rockets and grenades).
Through certain upgrades, Salvador can buff himself while Gunzerking with:
- Increased duration (further increased by killing an enemy), health regeneration rate (up to a certain percentage), and movement speed.
- Increased weapon damage (when wielding two weapons of the same type) or weapon accuracy (when wielding two weapons of different types).
- Significantly reduced weapon recoil while giving him a random chance of buffing his weapon accuracy when shooting an enemy.
- The ability to trigger the skill (or remain in the skill) during Fight For Life mode.
- The ability to throw two grenades at once (with the other grenade not using up his grenade capacity).
- Increased firing rate and reloading speed while holding down the trigger.
- The ability to taunt all nearby enemies, making them more likely to target him while instantly giving him both full health and massive damage reduction for a few seconds.
In addition, Salvador can increase the skill's cooldown rate using a certain upgrade (while using another upgrade to further increase it by shooting at enemies). Another upgrade can increase his base damage while the skill is cooling down.
Maya - The Siren
Maya replaces Lilith from the original game as the siren in Borderlands 2. She has an ability called 'phaselock', as well as skills that allow her to drain health from enemies, revive allies, increase bullet speed and damage, and reflect enemy bullets. Like Lilith, Maya is a Siren, a powerful female being capable of incredible powers.
Maya was raised by The Order of the Impending Storm that rule the planet of Athenes, her parents fate is unknown. Once it was discovered that she is a siren she was trained since childhood to protect the order and people of Athenes. Once Maya reached adulthood brother Sophis, the head of the order, brought a terrorist before her for punishment. Having seen the siren the prisoner begins to beg for his life in fear of her powers, saying that he'll pay the tithe. Once Maya hears this she becomes enraged to learn that the order had used to her to keep the people docile, she kills brother Sophis and goes to Pandora to learn more of her siren heritage.
Action Skill - Phaselock
Similar to Lilith's Phasewalking ability Maya uses her siren powers to affect the environment around her, but instead of maneuvering around the battlefield she locks her victim in a bubble extra-dimensional energy. Phaselocking allows Maya, and any vault hunter with her, to attack the enemy inside the bubble with no restrictions. The Phaselock can be altered through Maya's various skill trees to have different effects on both enemies and allies;
- Elated - While an enemy is phaselocked, Maya and the party regenerate health.
- Thoughtlock- Instead of being trapped in a bubble, enemies turn on each other when Phaselocked.
- Chain Reaction- Attacking a Phaselocked enemy gives Maya's bullets a chance to ricochet off them and hit their allies.
- Ruin- Phaselocking a enemy unleashes a wave of multiple elemental effects
- Suspension- Increases the Duration of Phaselock
Gaige - The Mechromancer
Gaige, the Mechromancer is the fifth playable class. Described as almost a "Pet Class" (somewhat similar to Mordecai). She was added to the game post release via DLC. Those who pre-ordered the game received the DLC for free, otherwise a small fee is required. Gaige has the ability to control a mech known as "DeathTrap".
One of her skill trees titled "Best Friends Forever" is dedicated to helping new players be more useful in co-op, granting ricochet chances to shots fired while lowering weapon damage, another skill tree is stated as being "high risk, high reward" for more hardcore players. Making her a great choice for either type of player.
She was released October 9th, 2012.
Active Skill - Summon Deathtrap
Gaige will summon a broken down robot, who is made from various pieces of scrap. When summoned, Deathtrap will attack enemy characters on sight, acting very much like another ally on the battlefield. By use of skill trees, Deathtrap can be upgraded to have more weapons, defenses and abilities:
- Buck Up: Deathtrap will restore ally's shields.
- Potent as a Pony: Deathtrap's maximum health is increased.
- Upshot Robot: Deathtrap's duration is increased by killing enemies.
- One Two Boom: Deathtrap shoots an explosive orb.
- Annoyed Android: Increases Deathtrap's movement speed.
|Best Friends Forever||Little Big Trouble||Ordered Chaos|
Kreig - The Psycho
Kreig, the Psycho, is the sixth playable class. In order to play as Kreig, the player must acquire him via DLC.
With Kreig, health will not regenerate like the other characters. Instead, one will have to kill enemies to regenerate it fully. Gearbox has stated that this is intentionally a challenge to master, yet one can pull off very strong attacks to be successful Most of his skill focuses on his buzz axe, for both melee and ranged use.
Kreig's skill tree will revolve around Bloodlust, Mania, and Hellborn. Bloodlust, similar to Gaige's Anarchy tree, will focus on accumulation. Mania will focus on rewarding the player for taking damage. In this instance, geting shot by teammates actually increases the player's power. Additionally Hellborn is based around setting himself on fire, leading to more power. Second wind powers see krieg throwing dynamite at enemies when in a downed state.
The "Psycho" DLC released for $9.99 (800 MSP) on May 14th, 2013.
Active Skill - Buzz Axe Rampage
Krieg's rage overtakes him and he draws his trusty buzz axe to attack. When activated, his movement speed doubles, his melee attacks increase 500%, and by throwing his axe he is able to deal 300% more damage. Certain skills are able to grant upgrades and new abilities to Krieg:
- Taste of Blood: Will gain extra bloodlust for kills made during Buzz Axe Rampage.
- Fuel the Rampage: Taking damage will decrease skill cooldown.
- Release the Beast: Makes Buzz Axe Rampage more powerful.
Handsome Jack is the main antagonist of Borderalnds 2. He has taken over Pandora through his extremely wealthy company, Hyperion. He wants to rule the planet and destroy any and all who oppose him. Jack has sacked Fyrestone, Old Heaven and plans on destroying Sanctuary, labeling anyone who has lived in these settlements as a bandit.
Before becoming the CEO of Hyperion and a ruthless dictator Jack was a "code monkey" serving the head of Hyperion whom he would later strangle. Jack's and Hyperion's wealth comes from his interest in Pandora, where he using his daughter - Angel tricked the original vault hunters into opening the vault, after which Eridium started appearing all over Pandora. This very valuable resource made Jack hundreds of times wealthier almost over night. Jack has managed to defeat the resistance on many occasions, forcing them to retreat to their last refuge an old mining city created by Dahl - Sanctuary.
Jack is vain, arrogant, egotistical, delusional and megalomaniacal. He has imprisoned his daughter, Angel for most of her life after finding out that she was a siren.
CL4P-TP is a robot model designed for various tasks and purposes. They are more commonly known as Claptraps (plural), and are seen throughout Pandora in Borderlands. In Borderlands 2 there is only one Claptrap left in existence. Most Claptraps were destroyed by the order of Handsome Jack. Now, the original Claptrap is seeking revenge, mostly through insults and petty vandalism. The last claptrap unit in existence is 7 years old.He is a terrifying foe and he has only one weakness known to mankind STAIRS.
Marcus Kincaid is an arms dealer. He has only three interests in life, selling weapons, making a profit and his ex-wife, Moxxi. Marcus is an unscrupulous dealer, as shown by the fact that he offered to sell his merchandise to both the Bloodshot bandits and the Crimson Raiders at the time of their war. Eventually only the Bloodshots accepted his offer and due to the quality of his arms they began worshiping him as a God. They even built him a large shrine on the dam that is located near the Bloodshot stronghold.
Marcus is very greedy and stingy, he even sent the vault hunter to acquire 9$ that he accidentally gave to a customer when giving him back the change. There's only one occasion where Marcus decided to give out refunds. He got drunk one night and started thinking about all of his unhappy customers, after which he started mailing out refunds. As soon as he became sober he hired the vault hunter to get the refunds back, he swore to never drink Rakk ale again. Any other time should a customer come back demanding one Marcus will test the weapon, usually by shooting the unhappy customer.
Scooter is a savant mechanic. He, along with his sister Ellie, was born in the Hodunk clan. The clan is established in The Dust and is led by Papa Hodunk. Scooter is Moxxi's son, he owns and operates a system of machines - Catch-a-Rides that can digitally construct a vehicle for the user. Scooter despises anyone who attempts to hack one of his catch-a-ride machines, even hiring the vault hunter to kill a bandit that attempted it. He was also planing to kill the hunter for the same offense. Apart from his day to day job of owning and maintaining catch-a-ride, Scooter also maintains the city of Sanctuary, and eventually helps get it airborne. He also has an interest in getting to and finding out what second base is. Scooter throughout the game has interest in Laney (who joined a group of mutated bandits to get away from Scooter) and Daisy (who shoots herself after hearing Scooter's poem). It's also suggested that Scooter had a romantic interest in his sister, Ellie.
Scooter also appeared in the first game, where he also operated the catch-a-ride system.
Dr. Zed is an unlicensed doctor who operates out of Sanctuary. He first remained in Fyrestone, vowing to die in the place he was born in until Hyperion robots came to kill him. Zed has an unethical practice, to say the least. He doesn't operate on people anymore, unless they're Hyperion spies, in which case they rarely leave the operating table alive. Other than that, Zed is involved in some questionable endeavors, like buying severed arms from an arms dealer and creating a horrific creature from the body parts of skags, spireants and rakks.
Earl is a returning character from the original Borderlands. He is the "face" of the black market and acts a means for players to upgrade their ammo capacity, backpack capacity, and storage space in their bank. He is voiced by Randy Pitchford and is known for eating an entire car, as well as being a reclusive and lonely individual.
Moxxi is another returning character, although she is not in the main game of Borderlands, she is in the DLC / add-on of Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot. In Borderlands 2 she is in sanctuary and runs the bar moxxxi, where she has a tip jar that if the player puts certain amounts of money into they will get rewards such as guns and achievements. She was stolen from Mordecai by Handsome Jack and at one point was married to Marcus. She is the mother of Scooter and Ellie, she also has 3 more children though it is unknown who they are.
Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collectors Edition
This special edition of Borderlands 2 retails for $99.99 (US) and includes the game, a Marcus Kincaid bobblehead, a hardcover art book, a cloth map of Pandora, a download code for a digital comic book, and a set of four stickers.
Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition
This special edition of Borderlands 2 retails for $149.99 (US) and includes everything from the Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collectors Edition plus a SteelBook case for the game, a numbered certificate of authenticity, a chart/poster of the creatures of Pandora, four lithograph post cards, and it's all bundled within a replica of the famous loot chests from the game.
Premier Club Edition
This extra edition is available during pre-order and includes the following extra digital goodies:
- Gearbox Gold Gun Pack - A package of unique Gearbox Golden Guns to help start the journey on Pandora.
- Golden Key - Unlock a rare item in the mysterious Sanctuary Loot Chest.
- Vault Hunter’s Relic - Play solo or team up with friends and boost the party's gear-hunting fortune with the Vault Hunter’s Relic.
- New Character Class - Receive a free download of the all-new Mechromancer character class as soon as she’s available.
Players who buy either the Loot Chest or Vault Hunters edition will receive a set of bonus skins for each class.
2K Games has announced Borderlands 2 will have a season pass for upcoming DLC which will grant access to four upcoming DLC expansions for the game. The season pass will be 2400 MSP / $29.99.
Each individual add-on will be 800 MSP / $9.99 without the season pass. Add-ons will be released through June 2013.
There is a GameStop exclusive pre-order bonus called The Creature Slaughter Dome, Slaughter Dome is a horde-like mode where players will be pit against the creatures of Pandora. It will also include a weapon called "Moxxi's Rocket Launcher". It is unknown if this will be made available for purchase at a later date.
The first piece of DLC was announced as Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, this DLC will come out October the 16th and will run for about 800 MSP / $9.99.
The second piece of DLC was Mr. Tougue's Campaign of Carnage. It focused on new characters like head of the Tougue company, as well as characters from the main game like Tiny Tina and Mad Moxxi. The game play was a mix of the normal quests and arena combat. Sold for 800 MSP or $9.99.
The Third piece of DLC was Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt. This was the first DLC that takes place after the ending of the main story. This DLC introduces the most new variety of enemies to face, along with a new vehicle. The story follows a new villain as well as a hefty dose of Sir Hammerlock of course and Claptrap. Sold for 800 MSP or $9.99.
The fourth piece of DLC, arriving June 25, 2013, will be Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. Its existence was apparently announced, by accident, through a picture posted to Twitter. Official confirmation by Gearbox followed shortly thereafter with further detail. The expansion places the Vault Hunter in the midst of a D&D-like game, played by Lilith, Brick, and Mordecai, with Tina as dungeonmaster, set in the world of Borderlands 2. As with earlier DLC campaigns, Tiny Tina's Assault will retail at $10 for non-Season Pass holders.
|A Road Less Traveled||Completed the mission "The Road To Sanctuary"|
|Always Improving||Reached level 25|
|An Angel's Wish||Completed the mission "Where Angels Fear To Tread"|
|An Old Flame||Completed the mission "Hunting The Firehawk"|
|Arctic Explorer||Discovered all named locations in Three Horns, Tundra Express, and Frostburn Canyon|
|Better Than Money||Purchased 5 items from the black market|
|Better Than You Were||Reached level 10|
|Blight Explorer||Discovered all named locations in Eridium Blight, Arid Nexus, and Sawtooth Cauldron|
|Bombs Away||Completed the mission "Toil And Trouble"|
|Bounty Hunter||Completed 20 side missions|
|Build Buster||Killed a Constructor without it ever building another bot|
|Can See My House From Here||Completed the mission "Bright Lights, Flying City"|
|Capped Out...For Now||Reached level 50|
|Challenge Accepted||Completed level 1 of all non-level-specific challenges with a single character|
|Cool Story, Bro||Defeated Jack|
|Cute Loot||Killed a Chubby|
|Decked Out||Had Purple-rated gear or better equipped in every slot|
|Definitely An Italian Plumber||Killed Donkey Mong|
|Did It All||Completed all side missions|
|Dragon Slayer||Completed the mission "Best Minion Ever"|
|Farewell, Old Girl||Completed the mission "Wildlife Preservation"|
|Feels Like The First Time||Opened the chest at the bus stop in Fyrestone|
|First One's Free||Completed the mission "My First Gun"|
|Friendship Rules||Revived someone from "Fight for Your Life!" that is on your friends list|
|Goliath, Meet David||Allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him|
|Got The Band Back Together||Completed the mission "The Once and Future Slab"|
|High-Flying Hurler||Killed a flying enemy with a thrown Tediore weapon|
|Highlands Explorer||Discovered all named locations in The Highlands, Thousand Cuts, and Wildlife Exploitation Preserve|
|How Do I Look?||Unlocked 10 customization items|
|Identity Theft||Completed the mission "The Man Who Would Be Jack"|
|Knowing Is Half The Battle||Completed the mission "Data Mining"|
|New In Town||Completed the mission "Plan B"|
|No Man Left Behind||Completed the mission "A Dam Fine Rescue"|
|Not Quite Dead||Reached level 5|
|Phased and Confused||Phaselocked 100 enemies|
|Sabre Rattler||Killed 100 enemies with the Sabre turret|
|Sky's The Limit||Completed the mission "Rising Action"|
|So Much Blood!||Gunzerked continuously for 90 seconds|
|Sugar Daddy||Tipped Moxxi $10,000|
|Thresher Thrashed||Defeated Terramorphous the Invincible|
|Token Gesture||Redeemed 25 tokens|
|Tribute To A Vault Hunter||Got an item from Michael Mamaril|
|Unseen Predator||Remained in Zero's Deception mode for ten seconds straight|
|Up High, Down Low||Gave Claptrap a high five|
|Urban Explorer||Discovered all named locations in Sanctuary, Opportunity, and Lynchwood|
|Well That Was Easy||Completed the mission "Shoot This Guy in the Face"|
|Went Five Rounds||Completed Round 5 of any Circle of Slaughter|
|What does it mean?||I can't even capture it on my camera|
|Wilhelm Screamed||Completed the mission "A Train To Catch"|
Discovered all named locations
PC System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP SP3
- Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
- Memory: 2 GB(XP)/ 2 GB(Vista)
- Hard Disk Space: 20 GB free
- Video Memory: 256 MB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 /ATI Radeon HD 2600
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
- Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, Visual C++ Redistributable 2008, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)
- OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Win 7
- Processor: 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor
- Memory: 2 GB
- Hard Disk Space: 20 GB free
- Video Memory: 512MB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5850
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
- Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, Visual C++ Redistributable 2008, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)
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