Have you ever played a sequel to a game that improves upon the formula so well it makes the predecessor unplayable? When the game first came out you could have played it relentlessly, but since the sequel, you try to go back to it and it feels dated. This has happened to me for plenty of games and when it happens it's a testament to the developer for completely outdoing their sequel. This is the reason why I can't play Gearbox's RPG, loot farming, fps Borderlands.
I really enjoyed the Borderlands game when it came out back in 2009. The characters were enjoying to play as any character out of any RPG. Being it was the first time I had played a game that was a mix of shooter and RPG and it stuck out in my mind. The fun was always dialed up to eleven when it came to playing with friends online and on the couch. I had some laughs with my friends talking about this game and its hilarity. The first time I saw the caption for Nine Toes saying he also had three balls had me dying. The ability for the characters like Brick's punching with exploding fists to Roland throwing out a turret to assist you in battle by healing you and giving out ammo.
The multiple enemy types and unique enemy types that littered pandora made it feel like it was an actual world. I had hours upon hours of fun playing them all with my Vault Hunter of choice with one of the thousand upon thousand of guns at my disposal. The humor was the best I've seen in a game from a shooter and different from the bro shooters we had on the market flooding the shelves. It didn't take itself too seriously and neither were you supposed to and while lacking an engaging story mode, claptrap being weak, annoying, and unfunny to me. I was able to look past that because the game was a blast to play. It all changed the day the sequel came out.
Borderlands 2 came out and only added to what the first game brought. It took the special abilities and added more flair to it while also fleshed them out and also adding more diversity on how your character was built. The gunplay was tighter and better with their somehow being, even more, guns in this one than the first one. You had a more varied look to guns and even had grenade mods to add flair grenades in the game and made you actually want to use them in combat. Borderlands 2 introduced a new element in corrosive adding a different way to take down enemies. Little touches to the guns made them all feel unique and the distinct ways each gun would look different from Maliwan's color scheme and elemental focus to Dahl's camoflauge finish and sleek design.The abilites of the characters were improved upon and the skill trees added ways for you to have a different experience no matter how you play.
The story was engaging from start to finish with an actual antagonist who you loved to hate. The moment you find out Angel was leading you on the entire two games all for the benefit of Handsome Jack my mind needed to be swept up off the floor. A person I had grown to trust and rely on turns out to be be working for the enemy before I even knew who he was. It took the goofiness and amusement of the last game upped the ante. Who could forget the way Handsome Jack antagonised you all the whole way throughout the game and even bought a diamond pony just to brag about it to you. How you first meet Ellie by crushing a car with the bandit still inside it. Claptrap even managed to not be nearly as annoying this time around and got laughs out of me especially with his birthday party that nobody showed up for and the quest for all the preposterious things he wanted only for you to turn around and find the item transfer box.
I've tried to go back to play the first one, but everytime I try I only yearn to go back to playing the second one again and eventually go back to playing that one. When it comes down to it Borderlands 1 is dwarfed by Borderlands 2 and that doesn't make it bad just antiquated in the way it feels and plays. Do you have a game sequels that comes out and completely improves the game before it and make the game harder to play through? Tell me and share why and also have a wonderful whatever time it is for you.