Borderlands 2

Pandora. A world taken over by Handsome Jack, The owner of the Hyperion Corporation.

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You are a Vault Hunter, come to Pandora to find, well, The Vault. But so is Handsome Jack. It is up to you to stop him.

Borderlands 2 is, of course, the sequel to the 2009 game Borderlands, developed by Gearbox Software and produced by 2K Games.

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Like the first game, there are different classes that you can play.¬† They all have their own special skills that you can upgrade as you wish. First there’s Axton, The Commando. Like Roland, from the first game, Axton throws out a large Sabre Turret, which is like having another soldier on the field, and if you beef it up right it will do all the fighting for you. Second we have Maya, the Siren. If you played as Lilith in the first game you’ll remember her ability Phasewalk, well it turns out all sirens have a different ability. Maya’s is Phaselock. Phaselock gives you the ability to hold your enemy in midair giving you time to reload, deal with other enemies, or focus on them. Maya is known as the healer in Borderlands 2 whereas in the first one it was Roland, but if you level up her skills just right her Phaselock can be one of the deadliest weapons in the game. Next there is Salvador, the Gunzerker. In Borderlands there was Brick the Berzerker who when Berzerking, would use his fists to pound his enemies. Well when Gunzerking Salvador can dual wield ANY TWO GUNS. Yes, that means you could dual wield a rocket launcher and a shotgun if you wanted. That is definitely not one little man you want to piss off. Then we have Zer0, the Assassain. This is one of the newest classes to the game. There was Mordecai, who was the Hunter in Borderlands but they are nothing alike. Zer0 has the ability to send out a hologram of himself (Yes it still does damage to enemies) so that he becomes invisibile and can do damage to his foes without being seen. This is a more difficult charachter to master and most people that play as Zer0 don’t exactly understand how to use him but when played correctly he can be one of the strongest characters in the game. And last we have Gaige, the Mechromancer. The newest edition to Pandora. Gaige is a tech wiz, and she has the ability to summon a bot named Death Trap. No matter what tree you decide to level up Gaige and Death Trap are unstoppable.

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One thing that was taken from the first game was the importance of loot. Loot is one of the most important parts of game. The higher the level the better the loot. The more people you play with (up to 4) the harder the game the better the loot. There are numerous factors that affect the level of loot you get. Never just look over anything because even if you can’t and/or don’t want to use it doesn’t mean you can’t sell it! Money is also a big deal. Never hesitate to open anything either…there is always some kind of goody hiding inside!

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Borderlands was definitely a different style game when it was released in 2009 and of course like all games it had its bugs and glitches but somehow Gearbox managed to fix them, all of them. I have only noticed one glitch in one area and its because the graphics can get incredibly intense. Other then that I haven’t noticed anything wrong with the game and neither has anyone I have talked to about it. Also unlike the first one, Gearbox has given Pandora a complete makeover. Pandora has become a more colorful planet. In the first one Pandora was a very dry, desolate place so very bland colors were used. Once the Vault was opened in the first one an element called Eriduim was being found all over and Pandora became a more beautiful planet.

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Also something new that Gearbox integrated into Borderlands 2 was character customization. Sure in the first one you can choose from a basic color palet but in Borderlands 2 you can unlock new heads and skins for your characher. All you need is a customization station and your character can be whoever you want them to be.

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Overall Gearbox Software did an amazing job with Borderlands 2. Be careful when you enter the Caustic Caverns because the game will be a bit glitchy but not enough to cause problems. I highly reccomend you give the game a chance. Revisit Pandora, find old friends, meet new ones, and above all save Pandora from Handsome Jack.

Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad

On February 10, 2009 a Japanese title by the name of Onechabara: Bikini Samurai Squad made its debut on the Xbox 360 in the United States.

A spinoff of the original Japanese title¬†Simple 2000 Series Vol. 61: The Oneechanbara, which came out for the PS2 on August 8, 2004 in Japan, you play as Aya, and if you’re tag teaming with a friend sometimes her sister Saki, as you fight through hordes of the undead and other ghoulish enemies as blood sprays and your Katana fills with blood (make sure to clean it regularly otherwise it becomes useless against your foes!).

When my boyfriend brought the game home I was hesitant to play because all he could tell me was it was interesting, but after giving it a try that really is the only way to describe it. Yes, there are numerous games about zombies and the undead but this was before the era of the Zombie, and although it is an older game ,and the graphics look like they are from the early 2000s the game is definitely worth the time to check out. Although I would typically avoid a game with women in skimpy clothing, the “reason” for the ‘skimpy-ness’ definitely makes the game that much more intriguing, but of course I can’t tell you why! You’ll just have to find out for yourself.