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Name: Borderlands 2
Release date: September 18, 2012
Platforms: PC, XBOX 360, PS3
Genre: FPS

Description

Borderlands 2 is an FPS developed by Gearbox Studios and a sequel to Borderlands. The game is set on a planet called Pandora, where players choose one of the base characters, called Vault Hunters, and go to a path to destroy the game's antagonist, Handsome Jack, alongside many others.

The gameplay is based on the player, by himself or with up to three other players, performing quests tied to the main story and fighting various enemies with his character's abilities and the game's many guns. The game has a procedural weapons system, so there are potentially millions of unique weapons combinations. This prompts the gameplay to be based on getting better and better loot and upgrading your character.
 

Recommendation

Borderlands 2 was released to major critical and community acclaim, with praise for the art style, weapons, fun gameplay and unique enemies. It was mainly criticized for its main story, which serves as more of a backdrop to the gameplay rather than a force that drives it.

We recommend it if you like fun first-person shooters, don't mind the art style, and mainly if you have buddies to play with in coop. Many players feel that that's when the game is the most fun.

Metacritics Rating: 89 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 45-60 h

Our recommendation

Buy if you like quirky, loot based shooter, and mainly if you have friends to play with.

Description

Borderlands 2 is an FPS developed by Gearbox Studios and a sequel to Borderlands. The game is set on a planet called Pandora, where players choose one of the base characters, called Vault Hunters, and go to a path to destroy the game's antagonist, Handsome Jack, alongside many others.

The gameplay is based on the player, by himself or with up to three other players, performing quests tied to the main story and fighting various enemies with his character's abilities and the game's many guns. The game has a procedural weapons system, so there are potentially millions of unique weapons combinations. This prompts the gameplay to be based on getting better and better loot and upgrading your character.
 

Recommendation

Borderlands 2 was released to major critical and community acclaim, with praise for the art style, weapons, fun gameplay and unique enemies. It was mainly criticized for its main story, which serves as more of a backdrop to the gameplay rather than a force that drives it.

We recommend it if you like fun first-person shooters, don't mind the art style, and mainly if you have buddies to play with in coop. Many players feel that that's when the game is the most fun.

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Major Story DLCs

Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty arrow

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What does it add?

It adds a new environment with new areas, new types of weapons, new NPCs, new types of enemies and bosses, a new vehicle called Sandskiff and new heads for character customization. Overall, it adds cca. 5-7 hours of gameplay.

Buy this if:

  • You're buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • You like desert environments

Key store price: 5.54 €
Traditional store price: 9.99 €
Metacritics Rating: 81
Release date: Oct 16, 2012

Mr Torgue's Campaign of Carnage arrow

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What does it add?

It adds multiple main missions and side missions, and a new event - an arena-style horde mode, where enemies fight the player as well as between each other. Also adds new weapons, enemies. Overall, it adds 6-8 hours of gameplay.

Buy this if:

  • You're buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • You like arena style mode with hordes of enemies

Key store price: 3.11 €
Traditional store price: 9.99 €
Metacritics Rating: 82
Release date: Nov 20, 2012

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What does it add?

It adds several main missions and side missions, a new jungle area, a new vehicle with many skins, a new boss called Professor Nakayama, new regular enemies, new types of weapons, raid bosses. Contains about 5-7 hours of gameplay.

Buy this if:

  • You're buying the Game of The Year Edition anyway
  • Otherwise, not really recommended due to a lukewarm reception from the community

Key store price: 3.61 €
Traditional store price: 9.99 €
Metacritics Rating: 75
Release date: Jan 15, 2013

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What does it add?

It adds a new area and story with fantasy elements like orcs and skeletons, new guns, shields, new types of chests. Contains about 6-8 hours of gameplay.

Buy this if:

  • If you like the idea of fantasy elements in a sci-fi shooter

Key store price: 4.88 €
Traditional store price: 9.99 €
Metacritics Rating: 87
Release date: Jun 25, 2013

Smaller Mission DLCs

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What does it add?

Adds an arena to fight high-level enemies, new types of enemies and new loot, an example being Moxxi's Rocket Launcher.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of the Year Edition anyway

Usual price: 3.99 €
Release date: Dec 11, 2012

T. K. Baha's Bloody Harvest arrow

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What does it add?

It adds a new environment, a fetch mission and a boss fight. Players then get the boss's head as a customization option. Also adds other customization options. It adds about an hour of content.

Buy this if:

  • You have money to spend on small amounts of content
  • You experienced all other content and want more

Usual price: 2.99 €
Metacritics Rating: 58
Release date: Oct 22, 2013

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What does it add?

It adds three missions inspired by Hunger Games and Thanksgiving, several new enemies and loot items. Adds about an hour of content.

Buy this if:

  • You have money to spend on little amounts of content
  • You experienced all other content

Usual price: 2.99 €
Release date: Nov 26, 2013

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What does it add?

It adds one story mission and one side mission, and a new, medium-sized location. Adds about an hour of content.
 

Buy this if:

  • You have money to spend on small amounts of content
  • You experienced all other content and want more

Usual price: 2.99 €
Release date: Dec 17, 2013

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What does it add?

It adds one story mission and one small side mission, as well as some secret activities and a medium-sized location. Adds about 45 minutes of content.

Buy this if:

  • You have money to spend on little amounts of content
  • You experienced all other content

Usual price: 2.99 €
Release date: Feb 11, 2014

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What does it add?

It adds one story mission and one side mission, as well as some secret activities and a medium-sized location.
 

Buy this if:

  • You have money to spend on little amounts of content
  • You experienced all other content

Usual price: 2.99 €
Release date: Apr 15, 2014

Character Packs

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What does it add?

Adds a playable Mechromancer class, Gold Gun Pack, a golden key that can unlock rare items, and the Vault Hunter's Relic.
 

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of the Year Edition anyway.
  • You want to play the character of Mechromancer

Usual price: 9.99 €
Release date: Dec 11, 2012

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What does it add?

Adds a playable Psycho class, a class based on taking damage and being in melee.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of the Year Edition anyway.
  • You want to play the character of Psycho

Usual price: 9.99 €
Release date: May 14, 2013

Upgrade Packs

Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack arrow

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What does it add?

Includes a new difficulty level for the game, as well as increases a level cap for the players.

Buy this if:

  • You are buying the Game of the Year Edition anyway
  • You have gotten your character to the max level and want to go further

Usual price: 4.99 €
Release date: May 14, 2013

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What does it add?

Adds the possibility of fighting high-level enemies for loot. It also adds additional backpack, ammo and bank slots. Also increases the level cap by additional 11 levels.

Buy this if:

  • You have gone to the max level and you want a further challenge

Usual price: 3.99 €
Release date: Sep 3, 2013
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, X360, PS3 7.49 € 5.97€
Game of The Year Edition PC, X360, PS3 9.89 € 7.33€

Edition Chart

Standard Edition Game of The Year Edition
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Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty DLC white checkmark
Mr Torgue's Campaign of Carnage DLC white checkmark
Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC white checkmark
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC white checkmark
Mechromancer Pack DLC white checkmark
Psycho Pack DLC white checkmark
Ultimate Vault Hunter's Upgrade Pack white checkmark

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Note: Last updated: 16 hours ago. This feature is being worked on and there may be some inaccuracies.

Classic videogame stores

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9.89 €

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39.99 €

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44.99 €

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The reason we include them is that you can buy keys on these sites usually for very big discounts, sometimes quite ridiculously cheap. In 99 % of cases, they will work the same as a much more expensive key would. For many people, especially people from countries with lower standards of living, this can mean big savings that have a significant impact on their life, while also playing the game and not resorting to piracy.

If you are buying on these stores, we have a few recommendations to follow:

  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
  2. If the price is not cheaper on key stores (it almost always is, though), then we recommend to buy from the traditional, established retailers.
  3. If it is a store with multiple sellers with ratings, always pick the one with the highest number of sold keys and ratings. The probability of a successful purchase is much higher if buying from a reputable key seller.