Back in 2009 the first Borderlands was released to much critical acclaim and quickly grew a large fan base. The game was praised for innovating in cooperative multiplayer and combining Call of Duty style first person shooters with its own unique brand of humor. Most of the criticism directed at the game was the game's lackluster ending and repetitive quests. However, the sequel not only managed to fix the problems with the first game, but it dramatically improved upon every element of the first game.
The basic premise of the game is that you are a Vault Hunter searching for the planet Pandora's vault. While your character is riding the train, it is destroyed by Handsome Jack, the evil dictator of Pandora who wants the vault's riches for himself. You survive the crash, only to meet a funny little robot named Claptrap who gives you the idea to kill Handsome Jack. Throughout the game your primary motivation is to kill him at all costs. The story can only be described in two words; nonsensical and hilarious. I do not think I have found myself laughing hysterically playing a game until Borderlands 2. The game has some of the most amusing dialogue in video games from it's beginning to end.
The game is a basic mix of Call of Duty style gameplay with classic RPG elements and an amazing sense of humor. The basic format of the game is you talk to characters in the game world that give you missions. Completing missions result in gaining experience and new weapons. There are 4 different playable characters in the game and they each have their own benefits. My total playtime of the game was 25 hrs and I only finished the main story and some side quests. With all the sidequests included it would probably take about 40-50 hours to complete. The game is even more fun to play with cooperatively with friends.
Borderlands 2 is without a doubt one of the best games of the year, and one of my favorite games of all time.
My score: 5 out of 5 stars.
(Warning this game is rated M for mature. Parents should read the label before buying this for a child below 17.)