Borderlands 2 (2012)

by Ji-yeong
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Borderlands 2 blends intense first-person shooter action with role-playing game mechanics, set against the backdrop of the chaotic and vibrant world of Pandora. It’s a game about revenge, redemption, and the relentless pursuit of loot, featuring a memorable cast of characters and an engaging story.


Borderlands 2 is an action-packed, first-person shooter game with RPG elements that set a new standard for the shoot-and-loot genre. Released in 2012, it offers a compelling mix of engaging narrative, unique visual style, and cooperative gameplay.


“Borderlands 2”, developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K, is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game that was released in 2012. The game is set on the frontier planet of Pandora, five years after the events of the original “Borderlands” game.

The story revolves around a new group of adventurers, known as Vault Hunters. These Vault Hunters are lured to Pandora by the promise of an unopened Vault, a repository of alien technology left behind by a mysterious advanced civilization. However, they find themselves in a trap set by Handsome Jack, the most powerful mercenary on the planet.

Handsome Jack, the game’s main antagonist, has taken over the Hyperion Corporation and declared himself Dictator of Pandora. He has claimed all credit for finding The Vault and even goes as far as to claim responsibility for killing The Destroyer, the final boss from the first game. Jack has also blotted out much of the light on the planet by having a giant orbiting H-shaped base set in front of Pandora’s stationary moon, creating a ‘big brother’ atmosphere throughout the planet.

The Vault Hunters must ally with the Crimson Raiders, a resistance group made up of civilian survivors and guerrilla fighters, to defeat Handsome Jack. Their mission is to prevent Jack from unlocking the power of a new Vault. The game begins with the protagonists on a train to an unspecified location to begin their search for the vault. The train turns out to be a trap set by Handsome Jack, to kill all who search for the Vault.

The Vault Hunters defend themselves long enough to reach a train car filled with explosives and a ‘dummy’ Handsome Jack look-a-like. The detonation causes the train to crash in the Arctic Wasteland, with our new team strewn across the wreckage. The game picks up with the Vault Hunters waking up to Claptrap, a deranged talking robot, digging through the remains.

The mysterious Guardian Angel then contacts them and explains that Handsome Jack must be killed. Players are directed to rescue the four original Vault hunters from Hyperion’s clutches to accomplish this. All four of the original Vault Hunters reappear in the sequel as NPCs, taking a pivotal role during the main storyline and offering optional missions that continue their personal story.

“Borderlands 2” features the ability to explore the in-game world and complete main missions and optional side quests, either in offline splitscreen, single-player or online cooperative gameplay. Like its predecessor, the game features a procedurally generated loot system which is capable of generating numerous combinations of weapons and other gear.

The game received universal acclaim upon release, with critics generally praising the game’s visuals, writing, gameplay, and online multiplayer, as well as its variety of guns, while criticizing its mission design and content fillers. The handheld and the virtual reality versions of the game were regarded to be inferior to the console and PC versions.

“Borderlands 2” is a thrilling journey of adventure, danger, and relentless action. It offers a unique blend of first-person shooter and role-playing game elements, set in a vibrant and expansive world. The game’s compelling storyline, engaging gameplay, and richly detailed environments make it a must-play for any fan of action RPGs.


The game features four main playable characters: Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, and Zer0 the Assassin. Each character has unique abilities and skill trees. The villain, Handsome Jack, and NPCs like Claptrap, add depth and humor to the story.


Borderlands 2 combines FPS mechanics with RPG elements, allowing for character customization and progression. Players can engage in solo or cooperative multiplayer gameplay, exploring the vast, open world of Pandora, completing missions, and collecting loot from fallen enemies and treasure chests.


Borderlands 2 stands as a towering achievement in the shoot-and-loot genre, delivering a game experience filled with humor, action, and an endless quest for gear. Its impact on gaming is undeniable, providing a blueprint for combining genres that many games have since attempted to replicate.

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