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After that brief break from games, I wanted to discuss some games stuff with youz! SO LETS GET TO IT!
I am on my second play through of Borderlands 2. I
beat the game alone, after my buddies wussed out, and found it extremely
difficult to beat, yet still I won. Then I started again.
And it's as difficult as ***.
Now some of you might ask, why use that particular
word? Why is that to such a degree of swearing? Well I'll tell you why.
Borderlands 2 is so difficult, that it is literally
the only word that can express it. There is no other word, in any other language
that can express how difficult it is except that one. But this isn't Dark soul's
difficulty per se, it's more overbearingly hard, but once you let it break you it's
not as frustrating. I feel that this is the way to play the game, if not with
friends(that's really the best way), because it adds some cool stuff to the
experience. Let me break it down for you:
makes you think tactically
played BL2 alone on true vault hunter, or even with my buddies I would simply
run into combat situations, without a care for the guns I used, just as long as
they shot good and boomed real nice.
That ain't gonna fly in true vault hunter mode.
Now when I grab gear, I make sure to exploit its
ability against certain enemies, and I am more cautious to make sure my guns
are up to the task of what they need to be to survive, rather than swap them
out with a better stat, but crap use gun. I now hold onto guns longer, and try
to avoid replacing them with anything but what I will use. Now I think
carefully about where I put my turret, and think about a good place to take
cover, because crouching isn't all that effective when half your body is still
above said cover. It's made me think more about how I do things, what guns I should
use, and how to approach things. In short, it made me try to use some tactics
rather than simply run around shooting for dear life.
I mean I still do that, but now I think about it a
little more. Yep.
It helps to have a friend who doesn't judge you for that.
makes you play side-missions
Let me tell you a little secret: while a decent
amount of borderlands 2 quests seem dull on the surface, the humor and
pop-culture references surrounding them make them really interesting. But I didn't
play them much because I was too busy blowing through the main quest.
You'll quickly find that's not a viable option in
true vault hunter mode.
Its kinda like this, really
If you attempt to get through the game without doing
side-quests, not only are you missing out on some bitchin loot, and fun dialogue
and references, but you will get your ass kicked. And while that may happen in
the side quests, in the main quests, you will REALLY get your ass kicked. You are
outnumbered, outgunned, and you need to get tough enough to deal with that. And
I really appreciate that, because it helped flesh out Pandora, and gave me a
better feel for this world. It really improves the world and the characters,
teaching me things I didn't know about many of the characters, or their various
experiences. It made me care more, and made things funnier in context, as
opposed to generally funnier. They are also pretty fun, and like I said, you
get some epic loot. Here are some examples: a talking shield/gun, a Hyperion
shotgun (which is so incredible it would blow your brains away) and all sorts
of customized costumes. I didn't pay them much heed, but after fighting a riff
on teenage mutant ninja turtles, and RAK-MAN!, I have to keep doing them to see
what crazy crap will happen next. Also: 3 dog reference. HELL YESH!!!!! And the
main game is almost impossible if you don't do this, so I am glad I got forced
to do it, because now I want to do it. Which is pretty good, considering that
almost impossible thing.
Loot fest only gets better
Yeah, the loots always pretty good (relatively
speaking) but I found myself getting more and more excited to open chests as I explored
and did quests, just to see what crazy thing I would discover next. It's a small,
obvious thing, but this correlates directly with the side mission thing, so I thought
I'd throw it out there.
Imagine that, but like, 700 times better.
Ah yes, but now we come to the dark side. See,
borderlands 2 has this irritating habit of never giving you enough ammo, all
the time. It doesn't matter so much when you're playing, as enemies drop all sorts
of ammo, and chances are one gun won't go dry, but then there are the boss
battles. Specifically BNK4R, or Bunker. There's never enough ammo, and the
respawn rate of ammo is pitiful. The main problem is that while there is enough
for a clean run, killing the boss without dying, that never happens. And the
bosses always regenerate health, which isn't an issue until you realize that
all your guns are dry, and you're all out of money to buy more. Money is
basically useless anyway, but once you run out you can't buy more ammo for this
cheap damn fight, so you'll have to pray that you get lucky enough to grab some
and get through the battle.
Hate that guy
Aside from that though, it all depends on the
perspective from which you approach the situation. At first I found it to be a
negative, but upon reflection I find it highly improves my game experience, and
am glad for it. But what do you, the reader think? I want your opinion! Do you
disagree or have something to add? You may get your name in an insignificant
blog if you do! But only if you have something to add. That's important.
TELL ME. Seriously. Or I. Will. Destroy. Your. Tacos.
Hope to discuss with you!