'Borderlands 2' Sends Players Back To Pandora To Loot Their Hearts Out

September 20, 2012

Shooting and looting were the two most memorable parts of the original Borderlands when it was unleashed on an unsuspecting gaming community back in 2009. The cell-shaded, space western was a dream for fans of both co-op and first-person shooter games, where players could level up with or without their friends as they played as one of four different characters (classes). After the fantastic and all-consuming experience of the original, gamers begged for more Borderlands, and this week their prayers were answered with the release of Borderlands 2. Here's what you need to know before you get started on your second trip to Pandora.

Gearbox Software and 2K Games – the same team behind the original Borderlands, and this time they’ve taken player suggestions into account fixing problems and revamping one of the most beloved games of 2009.

Part FPS, part RPG, Borderlands 2 continues to bridge the gap between genres by giving players a huge open world to explore, either alone or co-op with up to three other friends. The game is set five years after the original, and stars four new characters - Salvador (a gunzerker), Maya (a siren), Axton (a commando), and Zer0 (an assassin) - who are taking on the maniacal Handsome Jack and the Hyperion Corporation once again.

Borderlands 2 is available at retail on your Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. You can also download it for PC and PlayStation 3 if you don't feel like dealing with those pesky discs.

Because you love shooting things with your friends? Because the Clap Traps are the most adorable robot buddies since R2D2? But really, the world you loved in the first game is expanded with new characters, like a gajillion weapons (seriously), and a fresh story that should keep you looting throughout the furthest reaches of Pandora for months to come. The original was special because it offered co-op gaming like nothing else on the market, and Borderlands 2 is still a unique experience that fans of the first game will love, and newcomers will become engrossed in. It’s everything that hooked you from the first game, just better, and more of it.