Borderlands 2 developers Gearbox are introducing a new class as DLC, the Mechromancer, and is an option for player that struggle with first-person shooters. Two skill trees are available for the class, and one aims to simplify Borderland 2’s mechanics
If you’re the kind of person that wouldn’t dare to step foot inside a Call of Duty multiplayer lobby then Borderland 2’s new class is ideal
Even if you’ve played a wealth of competitive first-person shooters, the twitchy nature of getting kills in a game like Call of Duty or Counter-Strike is off-putting (and a reason I prefer Halo). Borderlands 2 isn’t a competitive shooter, though developers Gearbox Software is introducing the class if you’re more often than not on the wrong end of a FAMAS.
In Borderlands 2 you can select skills as part of a wider skill tree, and for the Mechromancer a skill tree is called Best Friends Forever. It brings a 50 percent chance for missed bullets to reflect, decreasing damage while increasing the aim assist. You can also summon a robot called Deathtrap, not Claptrap, that deals area of effect and status damages to enemies without the player’s control. Using Best Friends Forever means targets are prioritized automatically.
Though Mechromancer isn’t just for new players. The Order Chaos skill tree allows abilities to be stacked, so Deathtrap can deal fire damage.
Kotaku Australia reported that players can invest skill points into a tree. A sequence of successful hits will grant a bonus effect on a specific hits; the example given is being in the air and landing a critical hit. Stacks of an ability called anarchy grant the bonus.
It’s a little confusing: we don’t know if the abilities are context sensitive or exactly how we equip different stacks of abilities.
However we do know that the Mechromancer DLC is free with pre-orders or Borderlands 2 or $10. The DLC does not have a release date.
The original Borderlands was well received, combining a first-person shooter experience with the mechanics of a loot-based game like Diablo. The repetitive fetch quests, though, made the game feel laborious.
Borderlands 2 release September 18 in the U.S. for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. It releases internationally September 21.
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