Game Informer's Review is out

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#1 Posted by theimmortalbum (470 posts) -

And it's a 9.75. Can't pull any quotes or anything as the review isn't online and I only read it in the digital magazine on Google Play, but just thought I'd post this here.

Seems to bode well for this game, which I think we can all agree looked to be amazing anyhow.

#2 Posted by bartok (2430 posts) -

An early review gives a game a high score? This never happens!!!

#3 Posted by theimmortalbum (470 posts) -

@bartok said:

An early review gives a game a high score? This never happens!!!

Haha, yeah. They also gave the new Transformers game a 9. Still, it had good things to say about BL2!

#4 Edited by CaLe (3914 posts) -

There are 2 other reviews that have also given it 9.5 and 9.75. Magazines just get stuff first, Mr.

Games Master UK: 95/100
"Bigger. Ballsier. Bullet-ier. Borderlands 2 is the antidote to stuffy military shooters. Even statistically poor weapons are fun to handle. Underlying physics of each weapon have
been massively improved - guns feel like they used to in Doom and Unreal. Trading gear is better. Gearbox have learnt how to turn off the brown palette in Microsoft Paint, leading
to BL2 being the prettiest game of 2012 to date. Increased verticality of the world. More varied missions. Even better humour. Improved story. 30+ hours main quest. A truly epic
game once sidequests/playthroughs/badass ranks/loot has been taken into account. Bonus (optional) objectives to missions and multiple outcomes. Solo play and co-op markedly
improved (with more populated environments and more seamless co-op.)"

Game Informer: 9.75/10
"Instead of taking the easy route, the studio has taken everything that impressed in the original and greatly enhanced it. From major bullet points like the story to smaller details
like the UI and inventory system. Borderlands 2 surpassed my expectations and stands as a prime example of how to knock a sequel out of the park. Throughout the game, the
dialogue and clever missions display a sense of humor on par with the best in the industry. All of the improvements would make for a standout title even if it were constricted to
single-player. Considering Gearbox has continued to put this franchise in a league of its own when it comes to co-op, it elevates the game to something more. With its unmatched
co-op gameplay, intense shootouts, addictive loot-collecting, expansive skill customization, hilarious dialogue, and insane level of replayability, Borderlands 2 is one of the most
rewarding gaming experiences of this console generation."

I guess Game Informer was one of those other reviews I was thinking about.

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#5 Posted by believer258 (11677 posts) -

Sounds pretty good, that's still pretty high for GI.

#6 Posted by NinjaBerd (221 posts) -

I pretty much figure Borderlands 2 is going to be good... but does anyone still care about game informer reviews? That magazine has been total trash for years.

#7 Posted by Phatmac (5723 posts) -

Huh, I guess it really did improve on some of my problems with Borderlands. I'll have to check it out.

#8 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

@theimmortalbum: Hang on now, don't be talking spit about Fall of Cybertron, that's a pretty good Transformers game!

And yeah... early review ;)

#9 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

@CaLe said:

There are 2 other reviews that have also given it 9.5 and 9.75. Magazines just get stuff first, Mr.

Games Master UK: 95/100
"Bigger. Ballsier. Bullet-ier. Borderlands 2 is the antidote to stuffy military shooters. Even statistically poor weapons are fun to handle. Underlying physics of each weapon have
been massively improved - guns feel like they used to in Doom and Unreal. Trading gear is better. Gearbox have learnt how to turn off the brown palette in Microsoft Paint, leading
to BL2 being the prettiest game of 2012 to date. Increased verticality of the world. More varied missions. Even better humour. Improved story. 30+ hours main quest. A truly epic
game once sidequests/playthroughs/badass ranks/loot has been taken into account. Bonus (optional) objectives to missions and multiple outcomes. Solo play and co-op markedly
improved (with more populated environments and more seamless co-op.)"

Game Informer: 9.75/10
"Instead of taking the easy route, the studio has taken everything that impressed in the original and greatly enhanced it. From major bullet points like the story to smaller details
like the UI and inventory system. Borderlands 2 surpassed my expectations and stands as a prime example of how to knock a sequel out of the park. Throughout the game, the
dialogue and clever missions display a sense of humor on par with the best in the industry. All of the improvements would make for a standout title even if it were constricted to
single-player. Considering Gearbox has continued to put this franchise in a league of its own when it comes to co-op, it elevates the game to something more. With its unmatched
co-op gameplay, intense shootouts, addictive loot-collecting, expansive skill customization, hilarious dialogue, and insane level of replayability, Borderlands 2 is one of the most
rewarding gaming experiences of this console generation."

I guess Game Informer was one of those other reviews I was thinking about.

That looks like a good programme my mother would enjoy.

#10 Posted by Funkydupe (3312 posts) -

Not a 10. What a sucky game. Bargain bin. :D

#11 Posted by CaLe (3914 posts) -

@PillClinton: I hope your mother a happy time with this game. Many fun is wait her.

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#12 Edited by bartok (2430 posts) -

Don't get me wrong I loved the shit out of Borderlands and can't wait for Borderlands 2. It is just once I would love to see an early review of a movie or a video game where the critic does not think highly of the yet to be released product.

#13 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

4 player co-op is where this game is at

#14 Posted by stryker1121 (1352 posts) -

Any word about the solo campaign? In BL1, going solo and playing w/ friends were vastly different experiences.

#15 Posted by Socialone (202 posts) -

Instead of taking the easy route, the studio has taken everything that impressed in the original and greatly enhanced it.

Is it just me or that sounds like the exact definition of an easy route? I'll buy the game in a heartbeat, but that statement is dumb.

#16 Posted by Marcsman (3125 posts) -

I'm in regardless of reviews.

#17 Posted by ozzdog12 (856 posts) -

@theimmortalbum: Here's the thing. I put probably put around 125 hours into Borderlands. Bought all 4 DLC's and Maxed out 3 characters. I loved , loved, loved Borderlands. I like dungeon crawler/loot fest type games especially co-op. But for some reason, Borderlands 2 absolutely has not in any way peaked my interest. I think the only way I would play it, is if someone gave me a copy. I don't know why but I just have NO interest in this game, but still 9.75 is pretty damn good

#18 Posted by Funkydupe (3312 posts) -

@Socialone: The game is very iterative. If you liked Borderlands then you'll like this game. If you thought Borderlands got boring fast, well... I watched 5 minutes of the GB Ex:QL (Jeff with the guy who hardly had a pulse going), got to see the Commando turret etc, and some gun variations, and yeah... I played Borderlands recently, so maybe that's why I'm burnt out on it.

#19 Posted by BeachThunder (11713 posts) -

You know, I just realised that I don't give a shit about reviews...

#20 Posted by Fattony12000 (7088 posts) -

8.8!???????????????????????????????????????

#21 Posted by theimmortalbum (470 posts) -

@Mnemoidian said:

@theimmortalbum: Hang on now, don't be talking spit about Fall of Cybertron, that's a pretty good Transformers game!

And yeah... early review ;)

So I heard! Just seems the consensus wasn't that it was a 9. Haha. I'm waiting to get it on the cheap on Steam!

#22 Posted by Jimbo (9775 posts) -

Pre-ordered it blind so that's cool.  I'm about ready for some more Borderlands.

#23 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

@Fattony12000 said:

8.8!???????????????????????????????????????

I give this comment an 8.73. Would recommend to a friend.

#24 Posted by morrelloman (606 posts) -

I calculate that to be the best game of the year so far.

#25 Posted by JasonR86 (9611 posts) -

I don't get the 'early review' comments. It sounds like the got the game on Monday. Game Informer may have even gotten it sooner because they are a big outlet. I could see someone dedicating a day or two to a game to beat and then review it.

#26 Posted by ObiKwiet (126 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

I don't get the 'early review' comments. It sounds like the got the game on Monday. Game Informer may have even gotten it sooner because they are a big outlet. I could see someone dedicating a day or two to a game to beat and then review it.

Most of the time early reviews are only allowed to be posted if they are above a certain score.

#27 Posted by Meltac (1999 posts) -

I liked the first one, but I am still not really anticipating this game.. at all. Good for Gearbox, though.

#28 Posted by Hosstile17 (763 posts) -

I loved the first Borderlands when I picked it up and I started progressively souring on it as I got further in the game. I think I might wait on this one. I totally get why people loved the first game and can't wait to get their hands on more of that hot loot action. But, I will wait for a Black Friday sale.

#29 Edited by JasonR86 (9611 posts) -

@ObiKwiet said:

@JasonR86 said:

I don't get the 'early review' comments. It sounds like the got the game on Monday. Game Informer may have even gotten it sooner because they are a big outlet. I could see someone dedicating a day or two to a game to beat and then review it.

Most of the time early reviews are only allowed to be posted if they are above a certain score.

The review wasn't released by gameinformer. It was leaked from their magazine.

EDIT:

Oh, I guess it is from their digital issue. But all sorts of reviews are in that issue too I imagine both positive and negative. I doubt the high score has to do with some underlying nonsense.

#30 Posted by MildMolasses (3213 posts) -

As much as I loved the original game, and 3 of the 4 add-ons, I'm really not interested in another one. I'm glad that they improved on it and do like some of the stuff they're doing, but the fun of that game is collecting loot, and I just don't want to be collecting any more loot this calendar year

#31 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

It's no 9.80.

#32 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

Haha exclusive reviews... hilarious!

#33 Posted by CaLe (3914 posts) -

@CptBedlam said:

Haha exclusive reviews... hilarious!

It isn't an exclusive review.

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#34 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

@CaLe said:

@CptBedlam said:

Haha exclusive reviews... hilarious!

It isn't an exclusive review.

Haha, print magazines ... hilarious!

Better?

Also, maybe they make these things look like leaks these days because "exclusive review" has gotten a pretty negative connotation.

#35 Posted by Humanity (8849 posts) -

It's always a bummer when a series you don't have any real attachment to gets all this praise and attention. No matter how many people give this game high scores and talk about how many hours they'll spend playing I'll probably never be able to enjoy the game on the same level and I'd really like to.

#36 Posted by CaLe (3914 posts) -

@CptBedlam: What's wrong with print magazines? I don't buy them, but wasn't aware of any negative reputation associated with them. I know they get stuff earlier than most websites so early reviews aren't very surprising to me.

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#37 Posted by JasonR86 (9611 posts) -

@CptBedlam said:

@CaLe said:

@CptBedlam said:

Haha exclusive reviews... hilarious!

It isn't an exclusive review.

Haha, print magazines ... hilarious!

Better?

Also, maybe they make these things look like leaks these days because "exclusive review" has gotten a pretty negative connotation.

It's from the digital issue. Subscribers get access to the digital issue before the print issue. You're reading too much into this.

#38 Edited by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

@CaLe said:

@CptBedlam: What's wrong with print magazines? I don't buy them, but wasn't aware of any negative reputation associated with them. I know they get stuff earlier than most websites so early reviews aren't very surprising to me.

They (and IGN) are pretty much the last bastion of that whole exclusive review thing.

@JasonR86: I'm always sceptical of early reviews. Especially when there's an embargo in place.

#39 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Speaking of which, I placed a 50000 point bet for a 5-star rating on I'm Calling It. I have faith in this game.

#40 Posted by JackOhara (227 posts) -

@Fattony12000 said:

8.8!???????????????????????????????????????

#41 Posted by JasonR86 (9611 posts) -

@CptBedlam said:

@CaLe said:

@CptBedlam: What's wrong with print magazines? I don't buy them, but wasn't aware of any negative reputation associated with them. I know they get stuff earlier than most websites so early reviews aren't very surprising to me.

They (and IGN) are pretty much the last bastion of that whole exclusive review thing.

@JasonR86: I'm always sceptical of early reviews. Especially when there's an embargo in place.

That's fine. But I think Gameinformer has been a pretty good company for quite a while. If they broke embargo I imagine it was a mistake more then something else.

#42 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

@Meltac said:

I liked the first one, but I am still not really anticipating this game.. at all. Good for Gearbox, though.

I'm the opposite way, so far this year to me has been a let down in terms of games for me; Diablo 3, ME3 (not as good as I had hoped), Twisted Metal, etc. Borderlands 1 was good to me, but needed some work (at least on PC). So I am hoping they fix their mistakes, especially for online play. As BL2 will take up most of my free time, if all goes well.

#43 Posted by Fattony12000 (7088 posts) -

@PillClinton said:

@Fattony12000 said:

8.8!???????????????????????????????????????

I give this comment an 8.73. Would recommend to a friend.

A FRIEND!? YEAH THAT'S RIGHT, JUST CUT THAT DEAL WITH THOSE SUITS.

Blood Money. Blood Money. Blood Money.

@JackOhara said:

@Fattony12000 said:

8.8!???????????????????????????????????????

#44 Posted by Sanity (1893 posts) -

Good score i guess, but i dont trust reviews that i cant read unless i buy the magazine. Already know this game is going to be good just watching the previews.

#45 Posted by Solh0und (1759 posts) -

I made the right choice to preorder this super early I see. a 9.75 is pretty high for GI nowadays.

#46 Posted by Aegon (5415 posts) -

I couldn't watch that borderlands quick look EX. I usually watch quick looks in their entirety, but I had to keep skimming until I reached the end. Something about that game just bores me so much.

#47 Posted by Fearbeard (824 posts) -

I'm really eager to play the game. Still don't give a shit about reviews.

Also, I'm not that big a fan of Quick Look EX's either (particularly when it means that GB doesn't do a normal QL for the game). While it can be nice to get an early look of the game, I'd personally rather wait and see what the Giant Bomb crew really thinks in their own QL rather then being stuck with someone who worked on the game guiding them through it.

#48 Posted by Sanity (1893 posts) -

I will be surprised if we dont get a true QL for borderlands 2 plus a TNT for it. Im sure there will be tons of talk on next weeks bombcast as well.

#49 Posted by huntad (1930 posts) -

I wonder if when they call the game 'rewarding' if they mean it in the literal sense that the game gives you rewards for everything. The other example would be a game that challenges you and rewards you when you accomplish stuff.

#50 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

While I too don't really care much about reviews, there was part of me that was thinking BL2 could end up shipping ridiculously broken or something. So good to hear it isn't.

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