So I’ve never been a huge FPS fan. Mostly because I don’t like things that I’m bad at – and, oh, was I bad at FPS.
The only first-person perspective game that I was ever good at was Portal, which doesn’t involve shooting. The only shooting game I was good at was Mass Effect, which is a third-person perspective. To play something that was first-person AND shooting stuff… I was reluctant.
Enter Borderlands 2: A fun mix of RPG (my one true love), humour, and FPS.
First came the frustration of sucking so hard at FPS that I would miss the enemies every time I shot at them.
I considered quitting, but when Handsome Jack would call me up just to be an asshole… I wanted to keep playing. Also because Borderlands 2 was pulling me into its addictive web of amusing/interesting quests, frequent loot drops, glowing green lockers to open, and endless enemies to mow down.
Slowly, begrudgingly, I became adequately competent at shooting stuff. But my strategy left something to be desired. And by strategy, I mean complete lack of strategy.
Saved by Big Dee … I mean, Salvador
Lucky for me, I had chosen the Gunzerker class, which is ideal for someone who has a habit of rushing in without a clue. He can run in recklessly, take out his second shotgun, regain his health quickly, and in short, mess bad guys up. I named him Big Dee.
I really think if I hadn’t chosen the Gunzerker, I would have become too frustrated with the game to keep playing. His ability to regain half his health when he gunzerks saved my life countless times.
Without even realizing it, I was starting to kill enemies much more efficiently. I was able to consistently hit their weak points. I wasn’t dying as often.
And holy shit, I was having fun. Like a frog who doesn’t notice it has been boiled alive until it’s too late, I hadn’t noticed that I was hooked on FPS (a genre of game that I supposedly didn’t like) until too late.
Addicted, I played the game incessantly. Finishing it with the Gunzerker, I downloaded the Mechromancer and started again. I could even use snipers properly now, having advanced from my “rush in blindly” method (although I’m still known to do that from time to time).
I even want to cosplay as Moxxi, but unfortunately I can’t make a decent costume to save my life.
DLC: Captain Scarlett’s Pirate Booty and Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
As the DLC was released, I eagerly bought it. And I was impressed.
The pirate DLC was great, I enjoyed the new vehicle and the pirate-themed missions. I also found Shade to be incredibly creepy (is it just me or did they up the “creep-factor” for the DLC?), but hilarious at the same time. Especially his recordings as though he was all of the dead people in his little town.
Torgue’s DLC was pure unadulterated joy. EXPLOSIONS. YELLING. CARNAGE.
Beyond Borderlands 2
After playing Borderlands 2, I played the campaign of Halo 4. I’m much more comfortable in the first-person perspective now.
Next stop: backtracking to play Bioshock. I always wanted to play it, but the first-person-ness of it scared me off.
So I’d like to thank Borderlands 2 for being awesome enough to make me stick with an FPS game until I didn’t rage quit anymore. It’s opened up a whole new world of gaming possibilities.
Have you guys played Borderlands 2? What class is your favourite?