One of the highly anticipated games of this year is Borderlands 2. Gearbox, the developer of the game has now released a new trailer for the game, which explains one of the brands of weapons available in the game in a quirky way.

The video seems to go with a 50s aesthetic in terms of style, much like Team Fortress 2. The video has the same morbid but funny style of writing that the first game did. Borderlands and the sequel have a cartoony cell-shaded graphical style, which gives the games a comic book-like feeling.

Earlier this month, Gearbox had announced via Twitter that the PC version of the game will not get the ability to play split-screen co-operative. “No, split-screen is not currently supported on PC due to technical reasons,” tweeted the company. PC is hardly the best platform for split-screen gaming, but it’s always nice to be able to play with a friend in the same room and on the same system.

Here are some of the details of the game that are known:

  • Co-op will probably be 4 players
  • Vehicles will have variety
  • One vehicle: Bandit Technical
  • One vehicle will have four seats
  • Eridium – enhance weapons
  • Eridium is a form of currency
  • Salvador: Gunzerker, can dual-wield with any weapon
  • Vault Hunters from the first game will be NPCs
  • Bandits can access their own type of weaponry
  • Unique styling, colour, personality for each manufacturer
  • Custom decals/ enhancements for weapons
  • More responsive enemies, more varied, better AI, improvement so that they interact with each other better
  • NPCs will also be improved, will move around more
  • Interacting dialogue for players
  • Skill tree will be similar to the first game (3 branch system)
  • Claptrap seems to be returning
  • Apparently there won’t be any old weapons
  • Story missions won’t be static
  • Some pickups will provide temporary buffs

The first game in the series, Borderlands was the world’s first role playing shooter (RPS) — it was in equal parts a role playing game, and a first person shooter. The game also boasted of literally a bazillion guns, all with stats and looks so randomised that you could find a shotgun that shoots rockets. For the sequel, the general direction and style still stays the same, which means the game is still an RPS that offers four player co-op.

He may be a swarf but he will still kick your butt

The game is going with a 50s aesthetic for its trailer

The first game in the series had a bunch of problems on the PC version, mostly because it was a very shoddy port of the console versions. Gearbox had written a letter to PC gamers explaining that they will be adding some major features to the PC version of the game. Some of the features are:

  • FOV slider
  • 100 percent mouse usable menus/ mouse wheel scrolling
  • Remappable key bindings for keyboard/ mouse
  • PC-specific UI
  • Native multiplayer matchmaking
  • Push to talk
  • Logitech keyboard support
  • LAN support (including offline mode)
  • Control pad support
  • Integrated V-sync option
  • Support for higher resolutions
  • Mouse smoothing options (can be disabled completely)
  • Cloud save support
  • Achievement support
  • Friends list support
  • No port forwarding required

Borderlands 2 will be released for the Xbox360, PS3 and PC on September 18, 2012.

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