Borderlands 2 features cell shaded, comic-book style graphics just like the original. The difference this time around, there's a lot more to see. The original Borderlands was all about exploring a wasteland filled with a whole bunch of baddies to shoot, run over and blow up. Borderlands 2 gives players more of everything. More environments to explore, more baddies to shoot, more loot to collect and more fun to be had. While Pandora was once filled with sand, dirt and the occasional rock, now there are all sorts of places to discover. Lush wilderness, complete with waterfalls, a shiny city of Opportunity and icy caverns are just some of the many diverse locations players can expect to find while out-and-about in Borderlands 2. The comic-book style graphics really make these environments pop into life with bright colors and dark outlines. There's a lot to see in this world, but don't get too excited, the new environments come with new and deadlier enemies.
Guns, guns, guns! Over 87 bazzilion guns! What does that even mean?! It means there will be tons of guns to play around with! How does a minigun with explosive rounds sound? What about a submachine gun that covers your enemies with burning acid? You see, all the weapons, granades and equipment in Borderlands 2 are randomly generated. That means no two items are ever the same. If you find something particularly cool, you can store it in your personal bank and, if you are not the greedy type, share the items with your friends. Finding cool guns is one of the main things that kept me coming back to the original Borderlands. You just never know what you're going to get the next time you open a treasure chest, a locker or whatever. Collecting things and shooting baddies by yourself is fun, but playing with a friend is fun times ten.
Borderlands 2 will feature four player co-op online and two player split screen - with the ability to go online with two more players while in split screen. While the game is perfectly playable in singleplayer, getting a friend along for the ride is far more fun. It eliminates the feeling of isolation as you don't feel like you're the only soul traversing this enormous game world. Your mate can jump in the drivers seat of your buggy, you jump on the turret and off you go! Then, when you get to your destination, you can implement your character's powers to their full potential. It makes for total and completely satisfying chaos. Simply put, it's some of the best co-op ever. Everything about Borderlands 2 is bigger, better and more bad-as. If you thought Borderlands was good, you haven't seen nothing yet.
Now, I'd like to hand things over to Sir Hammerlock who would like to explain everything in a bit more detail. Check out the video below!
Borderlands 2 is coming out 20 September 2012.