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Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:26:12 AM »
I got this game for my BD. OK, I love the genre, however, this is a bit of a huge disappointment.
I was going to do a review myself, but this geek really nailed it in a more concise way than I could have.

I absolutely loved Borderlands 2 - right up to the point where it swallowed my saved game, erasing months of progress. I didn't encounter anything quite so terrible in The Pre-Sequel, but it's still a game obviously straining at the limits of its engine. Textures pop in slowly, visual and audio glitches are common and the game often freezes for a second when too much is going on. Again, nothing that fans of the series won't already have come to terms with, but it underlines the notion that this is a stop-gap rather than a step forward.

I can't deny that I enjoyed clicking back into the enjoyable mechanisms of Borderlands, but while I sucked the very marrow out of the previous game, I found myself growing tired of The Pre-Sequel long before reaching the end of my first playthrough. I suspect the generous and often outstanding download add-ons for Borderlands 2 can't have helped, since they seem to have satisfied my hunger for that game - and any near-identical game - for the foreseeable future.

The Pre-Sequel, then, does what it had to do but not much more. It offers more Borderlands, leaning heavily on existing characters and gameplay ideas, while sprinkling some new concepts on top but not enough to feel like a new game in its own right. Too big for DLC yet not different enough for a sequel, think of it as a familiar snack served up too soon after an enormous buffet.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-14-borderlands-the-pre-sequel-review
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2015, 09:02:55 PM »
Since 2015 is void of anything interesting to me, I'll probably pick-up Borderlands 2 for console, this week.  I've never played it.

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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2015, 09:18:34 PM »
Since 2015 is void of anything interesting to me, I'll probably pick-up Borderlands 2 for console, this week.  I've never played it.
I love the series, best game since Quake (IMO), and to really appreciate the story line, start with Borderlands very first release, then pick up Borderlands II, Hell, there may even be a package deal out by now and you could get all three for a good price.
It really is worth starting at the beginning, especially since the first release was by far the best, but II had some serious improvements, like picking up loot became easier, little improvements that made a difference.

Borderlands II Presequel has a great touch of low gravity and the ability to slam and create all kinds of mayhem.
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 07:07:31 AM »
Since 2015 is void of anything interesting to me, I'll probably pick-up Borderlands 2 for console, this week.  I've never played it.
So what did you think of it?
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2015, 10:29:12 AM »
So what did you think of it?

 :biggrin: I haven't had time to shop for it yet...  But I think I will this week.  My imagination needs some relaxation.


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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2015, 11:15:45 AM »
:biggrin: I haven't had time to shop for it yet...  But I think I will this week.  My imagination needs some relaxation.
LLOL... It's definitely a distraction from stress.....
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2015, 07:55:08 PM »
Hey thanks for a heads up on a good game to try Solar and everyone.

Anyone know of any good online games out there....as far as those I do have go, and their new releases for 2015 thus far let me just say, um, BORED here.  :blush:
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2015, 01:59:00 AM »
Hey thanks for a heads up on a good game to try Solar and everyone.

Anyone know of any good online games out there....as far as those I do have go, and their new releases for 2015 thus far let me just say, um, BORED here.  :blush:

2015 has been weirdly lackluster.  The underwhelming rollout of the NextGen consoles probably effected which PC-games received priority-development.  And the Kate Hudson-- I mean 'no reviews allowed' controversies aren't helping.  Other controversies too.  It's been a miasma.   

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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2015, 02:31:22 AM »
2015 has been weirdly lackluster.  The underwhelming rollout of the NextGen consoles probably effected which PC-games received priority-development.  And the Kate Hudson-- I mean 'no reviews allowed' controversies aren't helping.  Other controversies too.  It's been a miasma.
"no reviews" allowed? How the hell does Kate Hudson think that citizen A, cannot tell citizen B what they think of her personally, professionally (meaning how it is to actually work with her). Or her work, whether it's in a movie, or a video game?

I mean wow, just wow!

I had no idea an artist has that sort of power over others, when it concerns their work. Henceforth prepare for an outpouring of my artistry here and NO ONE better say word one about it! (J/K I know, and agree this is NOT the case, particularly on a privately owned website such as this forum)

That said I agree Kit, 2015 has been lackluster, not just where "games" are concerned though. To me it's been this way politically, economically, religiously, the year just seems to be, "blah, been there, seen it, done it, bought the T-shirt, and a bag o chips too"!   :lol:
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2015, 07:32:32 AM »
2015 has been weirdly lackluster.  The underwhelming rollout of the NextGen consoles probably effected which PC-games received priority-development.  And the Kate Hudson-- I mean 'no reviews allowed' controversies aren't helping.  Other controversies too.  It's been a miasma.
Or.... was it so damn lackluster and Boring that no one bothered?
You're right, so far this has been the year of replay.
As in, Replay all your old games, because there aren't any new ones worth a damn on the horizon.
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2015, 09:56:47 PM »
"no reviews" allowed? How the hell does Kate Hudson think that citizen A, cannot tell citizen B what they think of her personally, professionally (meaning how it is to actually work with her). Or her work, whether it's in a movie, or a video game?

That said I agree Kit, 2015 has been lackluster, not just where "games" are concerned though. To me it's been this way politically, economically, religiously, the year just seems to be, "blah, been there, seen it, done it, bought the T-shirt, and a bag o chips too"!   :lol:

Sorry, D...  I meant Kate Upton (even some reviewers kept calling her 'Hudson'), and the controversy around her Game Of War play now for FREE con-job.  Because you can play for free, but you've got to buy in-game weapons, etc...  Otherwise you're just grinding endlessly on low levels at a snails pace, or slower.  There's a handful of other games that are doing the same thing.  In-game microtransactions must stop before they become the norm, hogging marketshare from traditional level-up rpg's. 

Same with downloadable content crap.  If it's a legitimate add-on, fine.  But studios are beginning to chop-the-games into 'chunks', attempting to sucker you to buy the DLC at the same price as the original game.

Those are 2 controversies.  Your question applies to the 'no reviews allowed because they may criticize us controversy that suddenly popped-up.  It's essentially payola if you sign a contract not to criticize the game a week-or-so before its release.

That's what Microsoft tried with Kinnect, which they inexplicably abandoned last Summer, leaving purchasers with a tiny assortment of games.

And you probably remember the Christmas hack which left PS4 and Xbox One users in denial-of-service mode for a few days.  I think it was a Scandinavian group called Lizard Squad.  They players couldn't even play their previous PC-downloads if they were 'trapped' online at the time.

The last SNAFU I can think of is major studios muscling-onto Steam, where indie developers allow fans to play half-finished games, then donate to the developer so they can finish the product.  The website wasn't built for commercial-franchise 'donations'... a crappy game will have the financial-backing to get developed anyway, so why muscle-out independents who don't have money to continue?  -Also causing Steam's site to crash a lot, from traffic-volume.

These are some of the reasons why 2015 is getting off to a slow start, I think.

   

     



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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2015, 10:05:38 PM »
Or.... was it so damn lackluster and Boring that no one bothered?
You're right, so far this has been the year of replay.
As in, Replay all your old games, because there aren't any new ones worth a damn on the horizon.

Spot-on.  I was contemplating replaying a couple of them.  -Alan Wake being the first one.  You might like that one... Pacific Northwest mountain-backdrop.

But I still want to pick-up Borderlands first.

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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2015, 07:10:13 AM »
Spot-on.  I was contemplating replaying a couple of them.  -Alan Wake being the first one.  You might like that one... Pacific Northwest mountain-backdrop.

But I still want to pick-up Borderlands first.
Personal opinion as to how much I like the Borderland series.
So much so, I've been playing it exclusively since it's initial release. Sure, I buy other games/genres, but after a week or two of replay, I go back to BL and pick up where I left off.

The last game that had this much to offer was the Quake series.
Just my ;personal opinion.
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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2015, 08:22:00 PM »
k... playin' it... and it's addictingly good.  I'm at the area where I'm encountering Captain Flynn.  I'm not quite used-to the weapons yet and once I realized that stealth isn't a priority, I adjusted to the pace.

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Re: Borderlands II The Pre-Sequel
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2015, 08:53:00 PM »
k... playin' it... and it's addictingly good.  I'm at the area where I'm encountering Captain Flynn.  I'm not quite used-to the weapons yet and once I realized that stealth isn't a priority, I adjusted to the pace.
Explosive weapon, pistol or machine gun, get up on the platform, one level below where he jumped down, that's the safest place to take him out.
As soon as you kill off all his support, he drops down below you, save your grenades for this part., about four, two at a time creeps come out directly below you, hit them with grenades, then fire away on Flint with explosive weapons, nothing much else works.
He is only vulnerable in the rear where he has no armor, so a sniper rifle works on the back of his head.

After you kill him, gather up everything, jump back up to the weapon machine and sell everything, reload and follow Claptrap to his boat.
Fire weapons work good in the next level, but it too can be a tough battle.

Be prepared for hours of addictive game play, their is a long series of maps ahead. :thumbsup:

Oh and be sure to search high and low, there are weapon boxes scattered all around.
If you're up to it, go back to the building where you had to buy a shield, on the roof is a box with pistols, they bring you much needed money early in the game.
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