Although Borderlands 2 has gone gold and it’ll be hitting store shelves in a few weeks, Gearbox Software brought it to PAX Prime this year because, well, they love PAX. They attribute the first Borderlands success from positive feedback at previous PAX Primes, so bringing it back to Seattle this year was a no brainer. But what could they show us that most of us haven’t already seen? In the newest trailer released today for PAX, Sir Hammerlock shows off all four vault hunters, their trades, and introduces the “Badass Ranks”.
During the Borderlands 2 presentation, Gearbox explained what “Badass Ranks” are, and gave us a first look at the new Mechromancer class. “Badass Ranks” will be resistances and buffs that will span over all four of your characters the more you play Borderlands 2, using these ranks is completely optional, and you can turn them off if you prefer a more challenging run through Pandora.
We got a chance to see the newest Mechromancer, her skill tree, and the “DeathTrap” abomination she spawns. The DeathTrap has an explosive clap, lasers, and becomes a floating machine that leaves pink mist in it’s wake as he demolishes the inhabitants of Pandora. Besides the whole “Girlfriend Mode” fiasco, the Gearbox devs added an “Anarchy” perk to one of the Mechromancer’s trees. “Anarchy” is a skill that stacks and becomes more powerful, increasing bullet damage, but decreasing accuracy every time you completely empty your weapons clip…without reloading. Once you reload, the stack is reset, so forcing your character to auto-reload let’s you add a little strategy to your game.
Gearbox Software thoroughly impressed me again, besides having a playing level of Borderlands 2, they still gave us fresh and exciting content on a game that’s coming out in literally 3 weeks. Well played Gearbox and 2K Games.
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