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(Cracked)   So you can't stop playing Borderland 2? Here are five things that make it a "remorseless addiction machine"   (cracked.com ) divider line
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2012-10-04 10:03:21 PM  

Without Fail: My current addiction is Orcs Must Die 2


Its in my list, I'm assuming its the first but better?
 
2012-10-04 10:22:19 PM  

Dafatone: I can't imagine playing Borderlands 1 or 2 single player. That sounds kinda nightmarish. But as far as something fun and hilarious to play with friends, it's great.


I only played single for loot reasons and leveling up for side quests.
 
2012-10-04 10:23:42 PM  
Everyone should totally go to IndieGameStand and spend $1 or more to get Gnomoria*. Think a less complex Dwarf Fortress with graphics and mouse support. It's technically in Alpha, but includes free updates and already has a lot available.

*I am in no way associated with Indie Game Stand or Robotronic Games. I've just been playing Gnomoria all day.
 
2012-10-04 10:30:13 PM  

gopher321: Meh. I think I'll wait for October 8th for my next gaming addiction: X-COM: Enemy Unknown


I've been in a gaming slump recently. Replayed Deus Ex: HR for the 3rd time. Fired up Skyrim. Played through HL:2, EP:1, EP:2, and even The Witcher 2. After that, I'd try a game and get bored within 10 minutes, instead falling back on Counterstrike: GO for some quick action with friends.

But then I downloaded the X-COM demo (I played the original extensively), and all it took was 25 minutes of playing the storied first mission, and playing the 2nd mission. I shut it down and my brother and wife were like, "that bad huh?"

I said "No, that's all I need. I'll be buying this asap when I get off work on the 8th. Book it, done."

I cannot farking wait for this game. CANNOT. WAIT.
 
2012-10-04 10:32:46 PM  

MaxxLarge: I prefer Penny Arcade's description of it as an "Arrow-Comparison Engine."


I still don't even know what that means, or why two differently colored arrows require much consideration (regardless of how many there are).
 
2012-10-04 10:47:38 PM  

Fade2black: I've been in a gaming slump recently. Replayed Deus Ex: HR for the 3rd time. Fired up Skyrim. Played through HL:2, EP:1, EP:2, and even The Witcher 2. After that, I'd try a game and get bored within 10 minutes, instead falling back on Counterstrike: GO for some quick action with friends.


In contrast, I am swamped right now. Dark Souls (half done), Borderlands 2 (maybe a quarter through first playthrough), Torchlight 2 (half done), FTL and SPAZ (both I could quit any time) on the go. Need to finish up New Vegas (I am tired of side quests and just want to finish a main quest line), trying to start playing Planetside 2 and/or L4D2 plus a couple more games I got on the recent Humble Indie Bundle I want to try. And have been looking for am opportunity to start Arkham City for a few months but it keeps getting bumped from major game spot. Then I have the Oddworld, Trine II, and Skyrim that got put on the backburner in the spring but I want to finish.

And now X-Com is coming.....

I really liked X-Com: UFO Defence, but as a person who played it for the first time about a year and a half ago I just got sick of struggling with the horribly dated UI. Looking forward to playing something similar with a modern UI.

And if TOR hits free to play soon and I want to get Guild Wars for Xmas. Lord, I am swamped but I am loving it.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:52 PM  

dywed88: Need to finish up New Vegas


I am going to be evil and hope you have "Johnny Guitar" playing in your head as soon as you're done reading this.
 
2012-10-04 10:53:54 PM  

PanicMan: Without Fail: My current addiction is Orcs Must Die 2

Its in my list, I'm assuming its the first but better?


Yes. But that's a good thing.

It adds multiplayer, but I'm primarily a solo gamer.

I find tour defense and 3rd person shooter to be an addictive combination.

Played Sanctum when it first came out. OMD is better.
 
2012-10-04 11:04:21 PM  
BRB, playing Borderlands 2...
 
2012-10-04 11:09:07 PM  

Gunderson: dywed88: Need to finish up New Vegas

I am going to be evil and hope you have "Johnny Guitar" playing in your head as soon as you're done reading this.


No idea what you are talking about. But I haven't played the game in a month and a half. With games like that I obsessively do every sidequest, unfortunately if the game is big enough, I get tired of the game before getting to the main quest. The same happened with Skyrim (I have the last battle in the Civil War left and the main quest up to the point you have to resolve the Civil War and most major side quests done (I have completed the main lines for each group, but I didn't cure all the Companions or fully rebuild the Thieves Guild).
 
2012-10-04 11:59:29 PM  

Dafatone: Mike_LowELL: I was going to leave this discussion thread alone, but since everyone decided to get butthurt over ZeroCorpse's perfectly reasonable comment, this is a good time to point out that Borderlands is a mediocre first-person shooter with mediocre gunplay, a lack of meaningful customization, built into one of the worst templates the industry has so-far conceived (the post-roguelike dungeon crawler), and instead of going with the obvious route (taking the swarms of monsters in Diablo and coming up with something similar to Serious Sam), the game is closer to World of Warcraft than any competent shooter. Now, whether you choose to accept that is not my problem, but at the end of the day, Doom II had nine weapons, seven of which were incredibly well balanced and all of which could be used in the course of routine combat. Having "88 bazillion guns" is only interesting if you can do interesting things with them.

It's a loot grind. If you like shooting things and the cracklike addiction of looking for better loot, it's your thing.

Compared to more sandboxed games like Fallout 3 or Red Dead Redemption, or more streamlined standard shooters. I can't imagine playing Borderlands 1 or 2 single player. That sounds kinda nightmarish. But as far as something fun and hilarious to play with friends, it's great.


See for me, sandbox games are too distracting. I get bogged down exploring things and I end up with unfinished quests and not finishing the game after getting bored because I don't stay on track. Having at least a semi-linear story to helps me stay on track and finish games.

That said, I can't say I totally disagree with Mike Lowell up there. I can't speak for the second game, but the first BL game wasn't great, IMO. Maybe it's because I don't do multiplayer, but I'd get bored here and there due to the repetitive nature of some of the quests, and the scenery was pretty drab throughout much of the game. It's saving grace was the dialogue and little things the NPC's would say, and some of the funny or cool references.
 
2012-10-05 12:02:25 AM  

dywed88: Gunderson: dywed88: Need to finish up New Vegas

I am going to be evil and hope you have "Johnny Guitar" playing in your head as soon as you're done reading this.

No idea what you are talking about.


"Johnny Guitar"...one of the songs in New Vegas
 
2012-10-05 12:03:25 AM  

Dafatone: It's a loot grind Skinner's Box. If you like shooting things and the cracklike addiction of looking for better loot, it's your thing.


FTFY

www.appsychology.com
 
2012-10-05 12:04:04 AM  

Kaybeck: Dafatone: It's a loot grind Skinner's Box. If you like shooting things and the cracklike addiction of looking for better loot, it's your thing.

FTFY

[www.appsychology.com image 500x303]


I don't see any guns in that diagram
 
2012-10-05 12:04:53 AM  
I'm holding my breath for this one.
0x10c

and Roberts space industries.
 
2012-10-05 12:28:00 AM  

ZeroCorpse: ZeroCorpse: So, I don't get it.

I just got the first one for free on my Playstation Plus account and... well... it's BORING. It's a standard FPS with really basic "missions" and a f♥cking annoying, slow track you must follow when the robot is leading you around. It's like the old rides at a theme park, when you sit in a car and you go through a tunnel and things pop out at you at specific intervals... You experience the scene, and interact a bit, and then the car moves on to the next timed event.

Maybe I'm just spoiled by the true sandboxy goodness of games like Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Red Dead Redemption (among others), but I am finding Borderland to be a dull slog through a shooting gallery on a track, and little more.

Let me point out that I haven't given up entirely... But I do hope it gets more open than it starts out, because the beginning is not impressing me.


I would encourage you to hang on a bit. The intro is your basic tutorial. Get to level 10-15 before you really start to judge it. Characters become far more interesting once you have access to your Action Skill. Also, it's totally okay if you don't like it. No game is good for everyone.

@Radioactive - You have voiced one of my fav characters in a video game ever, kudos sir!
 
2012-10-05 12:32:24 AM  

Radioactive_Clown: As the voice of Claptrap, I'm really getting a kick out of all these replies... :)


FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

without CL4P-TP the game would be missing a lot. The voice is perfect.

//Thanks for turning me on to Torchlight 2, assholes. At least tha runs on my laptop.
 
2012-10-05 12:45:09 AM  

Radioactive_Clown: As the voice of Claptrap, I'm really getting a kick out of all these replies... :)


You have my adoration too. The "I was programmed this way, I'm really quite depressed" line was perfect. You and everyone who worked on the game did an amazing job.

/playing through on my roommates PS3
//annoyed that he managed to lose his preorder code so we don't have the DLC :'(
 
2012-10-05 01:58:04 AM  

Fade2black: gopher321: Meh. I think I'll wait for October 8th for my next gaming addiction: X-COM: Enemy Unknown

I've been in a gaming slump recently. Replayed Deus Ex: HR for the 3rd time. Fired up Skyrim. Played through HL:2, EP:1, EP:2, and even The Witcher 2. After that, I'd try a game and get bored within 10 minutes, instead falling back on Counterstrike: GO for some quick action with friends.

But then I downloaded the X-COM demo (I played the original extensively), and all it took was 25 minutes of playing the storied first mission, and playing the 2nd mission. I shut it down and my brother and wife were like, "that bad huh?"

I said "No, that's all I need. I'll be buying this asap when I get off work on the 8th. Book it, done."

I cannot farking wait for this game. CANNOT. WAIT.


Pre-order from Steam and you get a free copy of Civ V and some extra squad customization options. Beats waiting until release day to grab it in a store.
 
2012-10-05 02:08:36 AM  

Strategeryz0r: pute kisses like a man: that's too bad this game is getting so much buzz...

I was hoping it would go on a super sale on steam soon

/ that's how i got borderlands I and all the dlc.
// is borderlands 2 better than 1, or just more of the same?

Better enemies, more guns, much better story.

It's basically Borderlands at it's core, but a zillion tiny improvements have made it a VASTLY superior game in my opinion.


If I can add to this, one of the enhancements seems to have been to the game engine in terms of efficiency, as in it will run better than BL1 on the same hardware. I've actually got my girlfriend playing it on a Single Core 3.2GHz P4 (below minimum specs, technically) with an 8800 GTS 512mb and she gets a solid 15-20fps in high-activity areas (lots of geometry, mobs of enemies, etc). It's nothing amazing, but it's playable, compared to BL1 which used to chunk periodically; we've yet to see BL2 do that for her.
 
2012-10-05 02:28:21 AM  

Spaced Cowboy: Fade2black: gopher321: Meh. I think I'll wait for October 8th for my next gaming addiction: X-COM: Enemy Unknown

I've been in a gaming slump recently. Replayed Deus Ex: HR for the 3rd time. Fired up Skyrim. Played through HL:2, EP:1, EP:2, and even The Witcher 2. After that, I'd try a game and get bored within 10 minutes, instead falling back on Counterstrike: GO for some quick action with friends.

But then I downloaded the X-COM demo (I played the original extensively), and all it took was 25 minutes of playing the storied first mission, and playing the 2nd mission. I shut it down and my brother and wife were like, "that bad huh?"

I said "No, that's all I need. I'll be buying this asap when I get off work on the 8th. Book it, done."

I cannot farking wait for this game. CANNOT. WAIT.

Pre-order from Steam and you get a free copy of Civ V and some extra squad customization options. Beats waiting until release day to grab it in a store.


Gamestop near my house is selling XCOM for $10 more than Steam, and without the customizations. Bleh.
 
2012-10-05 02:41:44 AM  

rickycal78: That said, I can't say I totally disagree with Mike Lowell up there. I can't speak for the second game, but the first BL game wasn't great, IMO. Maybe it's because I don't do multiplayer, but I'd get bored here and there due to the repetitive nature of some of the quests, and the scenery was pretty drab throughout much of the game. It's saving grace was the dialogue and little things the NPC's would say, and some of the funny or cool references.


Borderlands 2 is funnier and prettier and better at the things you say you liked. I'm only level 31, so I can't speak to the itemization or stuff like that.
 
2012-10-05 04:49:10 AM  

Radioactive_Clown: As the voice of Claptrap, I'm really getting a kick out of all these replies... :)


I just wanted to let you guys know how much I, and my girlfriend enjoy Borderlands 2. I am a game designer that has worked on AAA titles (for like 9 years now) and as someone that knows games and the process of making them I could tell by the quality of Gearbox's work on BL2 that you guys and girls are extremely passionate about the project and love it as if it were your child.

That kind of care and engagement for a game is rare, especially at the AAA level, but it absolutely shines through in your work. Congratulations to you and everyone there, I bet Gearbox is a fantastic place to work.

"By their fruits you will know them"
 
2012-10-05 05:31:48 AM  

Kaybeck: Dafatone: It's a loot grind Skinner's Box. If you like shooting things and the cracklike addiction of looking for better loot, it's your thing.

FTFY

[www.appsychology.com image 500x303]


I LOVE pellets! Gimme!

/BL2 is a great game, great characters, one of the funniest evar, horrible menus (PC)
 
2012-10-05 08:05:20 AM  
Was the article any good?

I couldn't get very far into once it became clear to me the author didn't know how to play video games, because there were many better things to do in Suikoden II than swap gear around.
 
2012-10-05 09:09:33 AM  

Doctor Jan Itor: /BL2 is a great game, great characters, one of the funniest evar, horrible menus (PC)


I think it was kind of a blessing that at first my mouse wouldn't show up on screen at all. Just learn all the keyboard shortcuts, and the menus become MUCH easier to navigate. The only thing I ever use the mouse for is to mark things as favorites (or trash) so I know what to sell/not sell... (hover over the right side of the item, and a star and an 'x' appear, I'll leave it up to you to figure out which is favorite and which is trash)
 
2012-10-05 10:22:55 AM  

Fusorfodder: SWAPPIN WEAPONS!


Ugh...Just picked up The Bane last night.

Hilarious, and hilariously awful. I laughed, I cried, I pooped, it was worse than "Cats."
 
2012-10-05 10:26:44 AM  

yukichigai: Strategeryz0r: pute kisses like a man: that's too bad this game is getting so much buzz...

I was hoping it would go on a super sale on steam soon

/ that's how i got borderlands I and all the dlc.
// is borderlands 2 better than 1, or just more of the same?

Better enemies, more guns, much better story.

It's basically Borderlands at it's core, but a zillion tiny improvements have made it a VASTLY superior game in my opinion.

If I can add to this, one of the enhancements seems to have been to the game engine in terms of efficiency, as in it will run better than BL1 on the same hardware. I've actually got my girlfriend playing it on a Single Core 3.2GHz P4 (below minimum specs, technically) with an 8800 GTS 512mb and she gets a solid 15-20fps in high-activity areas (lots of geometry, mobs of enemies, etc). It's nothing amazing, but it's playable, compared to BL1 which used to chunk periodically; we've yet to see BL2 do that for her.


that's actually great news, BL1 would occassionally give my older computer some problems... which always surprised me because I could run much more attractive (seemingly demanding) games with less frame rate problems.
 
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