Firstly to get it out of the way: I am enjoying this game, a lot more than I did Borderlands 1 which I found somewhat boring. I am playing Zer0, which must be a popular class cause everyone on my friends list is doing the same. The art direction certainly looks really great. I'm only level 13 but so far the environments have been pretty neat and varied.
With that out of the way, holy shit is this pop-in bad. YES I have it installed, and my 360 is a 250gb Slim model bought last year. Now I never played RAGE but thought the complaints about texture pop in sounded really overblown. If they were anything like Borderlands 2 then I fully sympathize. In games like Mass Effect or Gears of War you get some initial pop-in at the start of a new area etc but Borderlands 2 it is constant. I hardly know what an ammo box looks like because each time I open a crate it's just a liquefied blurry mess and then I span X to pick everything up and am on my merry way.
Is this something that can be patched? I know the engine can't possible be that bad as I played other Unreal type games and it didn't seem to struggle nearly as much. I also kind of wish Jeff mentioned this pop in at some point since it's just crazy bad, although different people can tolerate different levels of graphical quality. It won't cause me to quit playing but it is kinda detracting from the value of the game in the long run. I wish Gearbox took the time to maybe iron this out, especially since so much time had passed since Borderlands 1.