Took me a while to get into it, but once the story got into full swing it was pretty good. Very much the same game as Borderlands 1 but with more of everything. More story, more locales, more enemies, more weapons, more NPCs, more more more. Borderlands has a very striking visual style and an off-the-wall sense of humor that you will probably either like or detest. It’s hard to imagine someone being ambivalent about it. I happen to like it for the most part.
I had no technical problems, music is very fitting, sound design is solid, dialogue and voice acting are both decent. The main problem with Borderlands is that it just doesn’t ever rise to greatness. Most of the guns are rubbish, the boss battles aren’t memorable in the slightest, except that last one, which was dramatic but ridiculously easy. As you level up the skill trees, you rarely gain an exciting new trick. Mostly it’s a series of minor buffs that accumulate to make you much better, but you’re left feeling a little bit like ‘that was it?’.
For me, the best part of the game is in the details of the environments. There are jokes everywhere and I play the game with a constant grin and occasional belly laugh. You can get BL on the cheap nowadays, I recommend everyone give it a go purely because of its uniqueness. Even though the stories are intertwined, it’s not necessary to play both, feel free to skip straight to the second one.
I can’t comment on all the classes except to say I did not like Assassin but I did like Gunzerker. In Borderlands 1 I played the Hunter I think? Whatever class Mordecai was, and that was also very fun.
There’s a lot of DLC and endgame stuff to do, but I think I’ve had my fill.
//Handsome Jack was a top drawer villain. Top drawer I say.