The story plays out at the start of a civil war in Pandora. The game’s protagonist, Handsome Jack, is the leader of the Hyperion Corporation and is looking to wipe out all of his enemies, including the player’s ragtag team of vault hunters. The player meets up with the characters from the first game, who now head up a rebel movement to stop Handsome Jack. Shenanigans ensue.
Another impressive feature carried through from the original game is the number of guns. There are millions of weapons available. While an awesome gun can occasionally be found, most of them are typically weak and the player often ends up spending more time comparing guns/weapons/mods to those picked up. This is time-consuming and rather irritating.Unfortunately, the game is not perfect. Baddies are probably the weakest element of the game – they’re often predictable and not much of a challenge; this makes for repetitive gameplay. The map and inventory, although improved from the previous game, is annoyingly user unfriendly.
Finally, when the character dies, it is regenerated quite close by, and knowing the player will be right back in the battle a few seconds later takes a lot of tension out of the combat.
Still, the game is fun; combat is intense and the satisfaction gained from working as a team to take down an almost impossible boss is hugely satisfying. While, the storyline isn’t deep, baddies are pretty stupid and the menu isn’t great, it doesn’t take away too much from the overall experience. Venturing into Pandora is a must for any co-op gamer.
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