By Jonathan Charles | Sep 07, 2012 09:08 AM EDT
Borderlands 2 is a loot-based first-person shooter, requiring players to shoot well to collect dropped loot from fallen enemies. Developer Gearbox aims to make Borderlands 2 more accessible to less-skilled players by introducing the Mechromancer, a robot-summoning class that assists in aiming.
The Mechromancer is available as downloadable content, free with pre-orders and $10 otherwise, though there is no word on whether it is available alongside the game at its launch in September. The class assists in aiming through the Best Friends Forever (BFF) skill tree, giving a 50 percent chance for bullets that miss to "reflect", according to Kotaku Australia, decreasing damage in exchange for aim assists. A robot called Deathtrap, not Claptrap, can also be summoned, dealing area of effect and status damage to enemies of its own accord.
"On the BFF mode, Borderlands 2 handles the prioritising of targets rather than asking you to do so," Kotaku added.
Playing as Mechromancer will not just ease the experience; players also have the option to be "dangerous," as Kotaku Australia claimed, by speccing in the Ordered Chaos skill tree. Abilities can be stacked, so for example, summoned robots can be made to do fire damage.
Borderlands applied different types of damage to weapons, though it never gave players the option to combine skills or moves.
"You can invest in skill points in this tree to specify that a certain sequence of hits will give you bonus damage on a certain numbered hit. If you're airborne when you strike with a critical hit, the Mechromancer gets additional stacks of anarchy for more potential damage," explained Kotaku. It sounds like skills grant effects depending on the context of the encounter.
The original Borderlands was well-received, an unexpected success for publishers 2KGames, though issues including a repetitive 'fetch quest' system are being corrected in Borderlands 2 along with deeper customization. The world is also fully explorable: environments in the background are real.
Borderlands 2 will be released on Sept. 18 for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 in the U.S. and September 21 worldwide.
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