By Ryan McLaughlin
KITTANNING, Pa. – Many people waited outside of GameStops and other video game stores Sept. 18 to get their hands on “Borderlands 2,” the eagerly anticipated sequel to Gearbox’s “Borderlands,” at midnight.
At the Kittanning GameStop, they tried something new to get everyone lined up. For consumers that arrived after 9:00 p.m., they paid off the rest of the game, received their receipt, and were then assigned to a group. Then, at around 11:45 p.m., the consumers were lined up according to their group and were led in by their groups to receive their game. According to one of the employees, this was to help out people that had literally lined up hours ahead, but were afraid to give up their spot to get food, take a bathroom break, etc. This new method will definitely be tested out when “Black Ops 2” launches on November 6. Kittanning GameStop is expecting around 300-400 people to show up for that launch.
In the world of “Borderlands,” the player takes control of one of four Vault Hunters, who search the planet of Pandora for the mysterious Vault. Supposedly the Vault is filled with valuable loot of one kind or another, but after opening the Vault in the first game, the players realize that the Vault is a cage for a monstrous being called the Destroyer.
In “Borderlands 2,” the player once again takes control of one of four Vault Hunters, but these are four new Hunters. Zero the Assassin, Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren and Salvador the Gunzerker are meeting on a train, answering an ad that wanted Vault Hunters. Here, Handsome Jack, who is the game’s main villain, attempts to blow them up. The Vault Hunters survive, and the game continues from there. The player soon learns that Handsome Jack has found another Vault and intends to open it and unleash the Warrior inside. To do this, the new Vault Hunters will have to work with and right beside the original Vault Hunters and many more old and new characters alike.
Fans of the new game have much more to look forward. Gearbox has announced four DLC packs and one new character class, the Mechromancer. Fans that preordered from GameStop also received the Creature Slaughter Dome, which resides in the Wildlife Exploitation Preserve. Here, players battle wave after wave of enemy creatures to win in-game cash and loot, with the last prize being Moxxi’s Rocket Launcher.
“Borderlands 2” has much to offer to fans of role-playing games and first-person shooters, offering skill trees and various weapons. With even more content on the way, Gearbox is definitely trying to offer their fans a worthwhile experience.