Would you like to become a master at Borderlands 2 and have a whole lot of fun doing it?
Well let someone who has played the game extensively as Zero the Assassin provide you with a quick primer on the game mechanics and some kickbutt strategies to get you up to speed.
First of all, here's my complete Borderlands 2 walkthrough of the single player campaign.
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Please note that the collection of videos in the playlist linked above is a genuine walkthrough of the game. It is not, I repeat, it is NOT a blind playthrough similar to that you might have seen with 99.999% of all the other 'walkthroughs' on Youtube.
As with all my Youtube game guides, I study the game and do many practice runs before recording and uploading videos. What you'll see in these videos is an example of playing the game the way it was meant to be played. For a more detailed discussion about the difference between 'walkthroughs' and 'playthroughs' please refer to my website home page.
This Borderlands 2 game guide and the accompanying videos will focus mainly on strategy, tactics, weapon selection, mission scheduling, skill point allocations and more in order to show you how to play this challenging game with confidence and finesse.
Let's start with...
An Introduction to Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 was released September 18th, 2012 and is the sequel to the original 2009 smash hit Borderlands. Touted as the first role-playing shooter, this game franchise combines elements of a role-playing game (RPG) and a first person shooter (FPS).
Borderlands 2 continues with the same gameplay style but brings a much more epic adventure to the table. As with the original, Borderlands 2 can be played in either 4 player online co-op mode or in single player campaign mode.
You can play the game as one of four different character classes (five if you pre-ordered the game and/or purchased the Mechromancer DLC), each of which accentuates a different play style.
Gameplay consists of typical first person shooter fare (shoot a bunch of bad guys from a behind-the-gun view) but also involves managing an XP/Skill point system similar to that you find in other RPGs such as the classic Diablo 2 or the more recent Dead Island.
XP and Levelling Up
XP (experience points) is earned by killing enemies and completing missions. Once a predetermined number of XP is accumulated, your character 'levels up' and advances to the next character level (level 2, level 3, etc).
Thus, as you play the game, you work your way toward the next predetermined amount of XP required to get to the next character level. For example, accumulating 358 XP will move you up to character level 2, accumulating 1241 XP will get you to character level 3, 2850 XP gets you to level 4, etc.
Starting with level 5, every time you level up you also earn a skill point. Skill points are spent on developing skills which can be found in the Skills menu. Developing skills will give you special abilities as well as bonuses to various attributes such as inflicting more damage with certain weapon types or attacks. Building up your skills makes your character more powerful and is essential to taking on the tougher and tougher enemies you'll face as you progress through the game.