Monday 31 December 2012

2012’s GOTY: Borderlands 2

It’s been an epic list of very impressive titles but we’ve finally made it to the No. 1 spot. This game beat every one else to the punch as the most enjoyable, the most content-rich and one of the most visually stunning games of 2012. The game I’m talking about is none other than Borderlands 2.

Fun is simply not a word we use to describe games anymore. If you look at how people discuss games you’ll see people pointing to graphics, narrative, story, controls and while all these things do need to culminate to form a game, if I were to tell you that a title is simply a whole load of fun, it would be hard not give it a go and find out if you agree with me or not.

Building upon the fantastic predecessor, Borderlands 2 continues on as an action first-person shooter role-play game (breathes in). Crossing genres was always part of Borderland’s appeal, especially when it’s done this well. Players travel in groups looking for loot and taking down groups of enemies while constantly leveling up, upgrading weapons, unlocking new skills and progressing as a unit.

Borderlands 2 is obviously at its best when played with human companions. Getting a group together and exploring Pandora leads to an extraordinary amount of content to cover. Pandora has now been expanded and is full of side quests, treasures, secrets as well as the campaign story. When games expand so significantly there’s always the danger of the title losing life and character. This couldn’t be any further from the truth here in Borderlands 2 as Pandora bustles with life like never before. In fact some of the most enjoyable and humorous moments of Borderlands 2 comes in the form of amazing AI characters you meet along the way.

There’s always been something especially rewarding about collecting and upgrading. That constant click and reward psychology behind leveling up makes it very difficult to put down the controller and stop playing Borderlands 2. With an almost unlimited amount of weapons just begging to be found across the very different classes available, you’ll be spending a whole load of time trying to find the very best gear to make sure you’re the baddest Vault Hunter this side of Pandora.

Borderlands 2 is easily the most rewarding video game experience of 2012. Very few games will have you so invested in not just the game, but the friends you are playing with. Borderlands 2 demands your attention and you will be organizing times when all of your buddies can get online at once so you can continue on with your quest on Pandora. Borderlands 2 brings together hilarious narrative, well-structured and finely paced gameplay all onto a world full of life and character. This is the game to play this holiday period and it is the game of 2012, why? On top of the aforementioned, it’s just so much fun.

Igor Kharin

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