I played the DICKENS out of the original Borderlands. I bought all of the DLC (even the bad bad bad Mad Moxxi’s arena bit). I played through the game twice, almost to 100 % completion. I all but S ranked it. A Boderlands 2 purchase was not even a question and the game has absolutely delivered on every front and is an unquestionable blast to play. With one exception noted by me and mentioned in one of the reviews.
The world absolutely feels more alive and much much less brown. The environments are much more varied and in the first few hours immediately offers up enemies beyond skags and bigger skags and huge skags. Also crazy guys with guns. The AI is much improved and the ability to knock down or trip up enemies by shooting them in the leg or the side makes the combat feel so much more engaging. It also makes the game a little harder as you adjust from the constant backpedaling of the first game while blasting away until the baddies were dead.
My complaint with the game is the Gunzerker. His special ability just isn’t that special. He goes into a ‘rage’ and can dual wield guns but he still runs out of ammo, has to reload, and takes damage. It doesn’t feel powerful or different and the ability is dependent on the order of the guns in your inventory. I gave up on him around level 14 and have switched over to the Mechromance offered as DLC. She almost feels overpowered, but either way I am having a LOT more fun with her. Alas... I could type for hours about the game, but these other folks give it a MUCH better treatment. Read on...
Jeff at GiantBomb likes his games like he likes his coffee (4/5): “Borderlands 2 feels like someone sat down and built a checklist of the first game's issues--simplistic AI, PC interface issues, bad boss battles, the lack of a trade interface--and set out to fix them. By that standard, it's certainly a better game than the original, and it backs these additions up with smart online updates, an even more expansive random loot generator, and a revamped set of character classes that make every piece of gear and every skill point you spend feel like a tough trade-off between different types of character growth.”
David Hinkle at Joystiq zooms in for a shot (4.5/5): “Gearbox has done a great job of distracting you from the rote loot hunt, by constantly pushing you to go to the next objective and tightening up the rigmarole that is often the unfortunate byproduct of a game driven by greed and lust for shiny new things.”
Chris Watters at Gamespot knows what I am sayin’ (8.5/10): “Now if all this sounds familiar, well, you must have played Borderlands before. Borderlands 2 doesn't reach far beyond its predecessor's scope, but it does do almost everything better.”
And be sure to check out the DLC, both announced and coming soon as well as some words of warning if playing online here .