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A massive variety of weapons was one of the primary selling points of the first Borderlands, touted in ad campaigns as featuring “87 bazillion” guns. While the game may not have actually invented a new unit of measurement, there certainly was a ton of unique weapons with a wide variety of attributes and functions. If you looked at these guns within your inventory, you’d get to see which manufacturer made them. Despite the inclusion of these brands in the first game, they never really had a distinct personality. With Borderlands 2, Gearbox wants each manufacturer to have a distinct visual ID and clearly-defined characteristics. Read on to learn about some of Pandora’s primary gun peddlers.
BanditAnyone who played through the first game is familiar with the bandit foes (hell, a bandit is even the primary focus of the box art). In Borderlands 2, these troublemakers have started putting together their own weaponry. They’re not the most organized or mechanically inclined group, so their selection will be notably ramshackle. Instead of a scope, a Bandit sniper rifle might feature a glass bottle. Instead of iron sights, a screw. On the plus side, Bandit guns feature the largest magazines of any manufacturer, though the increased size leads to longer reload times.
Borderlands certainly sticks out from the crowded FPS marketplace, but Dahl’s weapons should feel familiar to fans of modern military shooters. These weapons will resemble more realistic gun designs like the firearms from series such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.
Even if you don’t remember the Hyperion name from the first Borderlands,
you know their visual style thanks to a certain robotic buddy they
happened to manufacture. Yes, Claptrap’s clean yellow-and-white design
is a trademark of the weapons dealer, and their guns will feature the
These weapons carry a distinctly Russian vibe, with similarities to the ultra-common AK-47. This being Borderlands and all, it wouldn't feel right to not have at least some silliness present. That's why all of Vladof's weapons will have minigun barrels as attachments. In terms of stars, this brand boasts the highest fire rate out of any of Pandora's weapons.
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All I've got to say is...Maliwan.
Vladof, Maliwan, and Jacobs seem to be my most used weapons in the game when it coems out. Each have guns that are my style.
Thankfully they're making a more clear distinction in all the weapons!
hopefully you get to customize the weapons this time around.
This is cool
I'm liking the clearer distinction. I guess I didn't even process the fact that there were different manufacturers in the first game... I just knew there were a lot of guns. :P
man...SO MANY GUNS!!!
Awesome. Loving this month long coverage. Playing Badlands for first time now, and the game is uber addicting!
That's really cool and all...but i still want to be able to customize my guns. If Gearbox made some kind of "Chop Shop", where i could take one of my guns that has a really cool scope or ammo clip and put it on a gun that is compatible, and if they opened it up so it worked kinda like a auction house where people can buy and sell guns and parts they don't want...Sounds like a pipe dream...But i think it would be really cool.
Most of these manufacturers were in the first game, although it sounds like Gearbox is giving the guns some more personality to them.
Where is atlas?!
The first one was such a great game that the borderlands 2 is just going to be better hands down
these guns sound awesome can't wait to play the game.
hope the guns are actually a bit more unique than different colored versions of the same gun over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over over and over and over and over and over and over again
vladof, tediore, and torque sound the best
This concept sounds really cool, but I have my doubts that true uniqueness in each weapon brand can be achieved. How do you create a "Russian feel" to a weapon. Every gun can't look like an AK-47. I just hope Gearbox isn't starting to make promises they can't deliver on...after all, we already have Molyneux for that!
This might be awesome if they can really pull it off.
Guns in the first borderlands defiantly had distinctions. I could easily tell what guns where witch on the ground without looking directly at them.