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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two-disc set
This edition comes with two discs. The first one has no title, but the second disc is titled "Add-on Disc." When you run the second disc it brings a menu up with one option: "Install Expansion Pack." Once you click on that you are given a list of all the content to install and can choose to deselect content you already have. This list includes the collector's edition,...
Published 9 months ago by Gregory Cameron Nelson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great game, scratched upon delivery
This game is awesome and lots of fun. Buy it and enjoy it. I only gave 2 stars because it came pre-scratched and I cannot enter Zed's place in Sanctuary without the game crashing. I have ordered the non-GOTY edition of the game and that should fix the problem, but it did upset me of course. Not a black mark against this AWESOME GAME, just FedEx and Amazon for not...
Published 10 days ago by W. B. Jenkins


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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two-disc set, October 8, 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition (Video Game)
This edition comes with two discs. The first one has no title, but the second disc is titled "Add-on Disc." When you run the second disc it brings a menu up with one option: "Install Expansion Pack." Once you click on that you are given a list of all the content to install and can choose to deselect content you already have. This list includes the collector's edition, premiere club, creature slaughter dome and Psycho contents just to name a few. HAPPY HUNTING!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good value, lots of content, November 2, 2013
This review is from: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition (Video Game)
This edition of borderlands 2 comes with 2 discs, the main play disc and the content disc. The content disc comes with the four expansions, 2 new classes, and the level cap increase to 62, however you will still need to get the pack off of your respective marketplace for $5 to get the level cap increase to 72. Even though the other lvl increase is left out, this is still a great value and well worth the money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Good Sequel Should Be, December 26, 2013
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This review is from: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition (Video Game)
The original Borderlands was a good, if flawed, game that combined full on first person shooter action with RPG elements. While Fallout III (another first person RPG) focused more on the RPG aspect (the VATS mode, where combat is temporarily taken out of the arena of reflexes, and instead depends entirely on stats, was ample evidence that Bethesda knew the limits of the game's FPS mechanics), Borderlands put twitchy action first, with the RPG elements there to essentially keep the player engaged beyond the mechanics. As unique as the game's cel-shaded look, pick up and play online co-op questing, and overall quirky feel were, the game did suffer from a few flaws. Namely, the game's characters and storyline progression were muddled and sort of buried, Pandora's desolate environments tended to blend together, and extended play sessions could become extremely tedious. The promise was definitely there, but the execution was just a bit short of the game's ambitions.

Borderlands 2, fortunately, delivers on that promise extensively. This review is for the Game of the Year Edition, which takes the already impressive "vanilla" Borderlands 2 game, and packages it with a second disc to install the 4 major downloadable campaigns, 2 additional characters, and a couple odds and ends. That's right; Gearbox wisely learned that we don't want that voucher @#$#@$!, and want something that will work if we fire up the old Xbox 360/PS3 a decade later, after the servers no longer have that DLC up. So a word of warning- make sure you have enough hard drive space (probably at least 7-8 gigs). Unfortunately, the GOTY Edition does not include the "Headhunter" mini-expansions that just came out, nor does it include the latest level cap increase. That being said, this edition of the game has a lot of gameplay packed in there. On my single playthrough as a Gunzerker, I've clocked around 95 hours after completing all the campaigns, and most, but not all, of the sidequests.

While the original Borderlands essentially threw you onto an alien planet with the vague goal of "find and open the hidden alien vault", Borderlands 2 has a much more out-front story, involving a corporate villain named Handsome Jack, who has somehow taken credit for the original Vault Hunters' deeds from the first game. The game begins with him double-crossing a new team of Vault Hunters, thus setting the conflict up from the get-go. During the course of the game, you run into the now-discredited old Vault Hunters, who are trying to fight the tyranny of Jack (who has essentially declared his intent to rule Pandora), as well as other characters old (Scooter, Tannis, Marcus) and new (Tiny Tina, and a host of other NPCs). The humor is much more pronounced, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Fighting "shirtless men" volleyball players at a bandit airbase in an obvious reference to Top Gun is pretty entertaining, as are the violent verbal outbursts of Randy Savage-wannabe Mr. Torgue, but by the same token, the constant sardonic, pop-culture/internet meme savvy, relentlessly self-aware, almost hipsterish "Really? Seriously?" tone is bound to annoy at some point. The game's unmistakeably prominent personality is a double-edged sword, but it does certainly keep it from being another grim po-faced military shooter.

It's much harder to find fault with the rest of the game, though. Borderlands 2 manages to be modern and old-school at the same time. The character ability progression, constant allure of finding new cool weapons, vehicular combat, and slick controls all fit in perfectly with current gaming, as do the vast, open environments. By the same token, however, you'll find the kind of elaborate area layouts (complete with dead ends, and all manner of nooks and crannies) you'd find back in the days of Doom II, as opposed to the linear, simplified level design many shooters use currently. On a similar note, when many shooters seem content to have a limited selection of enemies, Borderlands 2 is bursting with variety, and even more so in the GOTY Edition. Mutated madmen, enraged nomads, corporate soldiers, armed bandits in jeeps and hover-gunships, robot walkers, flying drones, transforming fliers, killer arachnids, multi-armed giant primates, burrowing underground monsters, wolf-beasts, crystalline hulks, chameleon-like deadly lizards, monstrous flying insects, pirates, ghosts, biker gangs, unbalanced corporate goons, titanic insectoid walkers, deadly flying spoors, alien scorpions, savage cultists..........oh, and orcs, skeletons, dragons, knights, wizards, and dwarves. I've managed to miss more than a few enemy types in my list, so as you can tell, there's a lot of variety. The environments also have more variety this time around, even if there's some blatant resource recycling. Icy wastelands, temperate highlands, deserts, irradiated volcanic fields, frontier towns, swamps, and even some more developed areas await you. Places like Hayter's Folly (an oasis hidden in a cave system), the vast scale of the Caustic Caverns, which only appear after a major story event, and "The Beatdown", a Detroit-like urban area taken over by psychotic gangs, are just a couple of many well-designed environments. Like many western RPGs, to get the full experience of the game, you need to tackle side quests constantly, as they not only provide experience points, they also expose you to characters and areas outside the main questline. Oh, and they are often quite amusing.

The expansions are all surprisingly meaty, and together provide a huge amount of bang for the buck (enough to easily make it worth the purchase even if you have the non-GOTY version). What's more impressive is the fact that the core game itself never felt compromised in favor of cutting content for it to only be resold later as DLC. The expansions all feel connected as part of the whole experience, but are still separate enough to avoid feeling like just cut content. All 4 expansions are high quality, but the last one, "Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep" is particularly noteworthy, as it takes the game in a fairly different direction, turning the game into a loving parody of the fantasy genre, set in a set of fantasy-themed zones that you can still jump back and forth from with the rest of the game areas.

If there's a weakness, aside from the occasionally overbearing "this is teh LOLZ!!!!" humor, it's that, as before, extended play sessions can become tedious after a while. While this game has definitely improved on keeping the environments from blending together as much as the first game's did, Pandora is still a relatively desolate place, and the game's heavy reliance on, well, shooting stuff can make it hard to play more than a few hours in a row. But this is something that most games with a lot of content unavoidably suffer from, and it's nothing that taking a day off in between sessions won't easily fix. All things considered, this game is one of the better ones to emerge from its generation. For people who never played the base version of Borderlands 2, and for those who did, but didn't bother with the DLC, this one is a no brainer.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Amazing Game, October 15, 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition (Video Game)
"Borderlands 2" has become one of my favorite games of all time. Once you get into this world, it's hard to get out. As someone who paid over $100 for the original game plus all DLC packs, I can tell you this is a steal at $40.

The level of depth to this game is mind-boggling -- from the brilliant comedy writing and pop-culture references to the distinctive character classes and RPG progression system. Combined with the fast-paced gameplay and over-the-top futuristic weapons, this game may be both my favorite FPS *and* my favorite RPG.

The clever use of high-contrast, comic-book-style graphics gives this game an unmatched visual aesthetic that will continue to look great even as we enter the next generation of consoles. (Although, if they re-release it running at 60 fps on the PS4, I would happily buy it again.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blandssss, June 1, 2014
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There is a mission to shoot someone in the face. There is a porta-potty with "no-fapping", written on the side.

10/10. Would purchase again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The voice acting and story are pretty good. I found the end story boss battle ..., July 16, 2014
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The Borderlands 2 GOTY edition has enough content to keep the devoted Borderlands player busy for many, many hours. I have played over 300 hours in the game and still have more to do. Obviously you can spend a lot less time in the game or a lot more depending on what you want to get out of it. That's one of the positives of the game.

Game play, graphics and leveling are all very similar to Borderlands. Obviously so is the loot mechanic. The voice acting and story are pretty good. I found the end story boss battle a little bit of a let down but that leads into some of the negatives of this game.

This game obviously cannot match the freshness that Borderlands had because it is a sequel. This one feels like it is very much designed for co-op play as you can easily get into areas that you cannot progress through alone without some grinding to level up. Many of the quests feel like busy work and some become downright tedious, going back and forth into the same area multiple times.

Final complaint is the loot, it is very very difficult to get decent loot drops. Possible because of the key system that Gearbox introduced where you can get and redeem codes to open a chest in the main town. The drops out of this chest are always your best bet to find equipment that can either break the game as they overpower your character or allow you to stay alive in the all too frequent areas that you may find yourself if you try to tackle quests one after another without grinding out any experience.

Overall Borderlands 2 is a fun game that brings much more of the same. The changes that Gearbox made probably make this a better co-op experience than a single player game but it is certainly possible to play through the game solo. It's worth picking up the Game of the Year edition especially now that the price has come way down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My children are.....somewhere I think., July 2, 2014
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I love this game. The expansions are so worth it. The little clip that keeps the case closed came broken. I will hold Gearbox personally responsible later. Luckily I don't play the box and the game never comes out of the xbox.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but needs more DLC included., November 29, 2013
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A very fun game (very similar in many ways to the first one) but it doesn't include all of the downloadable content as I'd thought that it did. Overall a fun continuation of the first game but might be worth waiting to see if they come out with any more DLC included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the pick-up!, July 15, 2014
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Great deal, very fun and addictive game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This game is too good! Be warned!, July 14, 2014
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Don't buy this software. Don't let your kids play it. Ever! You or they will never, ever, be able to stop. It is that good! At first the challenges will seem way to hard to overcome, the enemies to tough to combat. Eventually you will begin to understand the weapons and play style. You will quickly fall in love (or hate) with the characters. As long as it is ... and it is pretty darn long .. the main game will be over. Then you can do it all over again in True or Ultimate Vault Hunter mode. Did I mention tons of exceptional DLC? Oh, and superb on-line and even local co-op play. This game has it all. Yeah, whoever starts playing this game, can kiss their life outside of it goodbye. It is that good!
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