Oct. 26th, 2015

terabient: A robot drops a grenade (Borderlands: Claptrap - FIESTA TIME)
I've been thinking about Borderlands a lot recently, so figured now would be as good a time as any to try this 30 Day Borderlands Challenge meme thingy.

Day One: Borderlands 1 or 2?

Haha, this one's easy: BL2, by a large margin. In all truth, I've never actually finished the first Borderlands--I've started it a few times, I have a Hunter at New Haven...but my interest in continuing never lasts very long and once it fades, takes months years to return.

I'm not sure why I have such a hard time getting into Borderlands: Original Recipe. My biggest gripe is the gun generation/stat system--it comes off as impenetrably complex, yet in practice just about everything works, so why have so many components that affect gun stats in the first place? I suppose in TVHM the difference between a theoretically bad gun and a theoretically good gun becomes more pronounced when actually used, but eeehhhhhhh I just don't care enough. The maps and side quests are also duller overall--side quests in particular are pretty blatant fetch quest busywork, without BL2's ridiculous and/or self-aware chatter to distract from that point.

There are a few things I prefer in BL1--Mordecai's voice is, um, a lot more attractive; Tannis has better, more consistent and less cringy dialog/characterization--but that's about it. HOORAY FOR IMPROVED SEQUELS!

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